The Year to Draw Near – The Intentional Invitation Into the Holy of Holies

    “Since therefore, brethren, we have confidence to enter the holy place, by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, LET US DRAW NEAR with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith …”                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Hebrews 10:19-22a (NASB)

    “And He-called to Moses, and YHVH spoke to him from the tent of meeting (tent of appointment) to say, ‘Speak to the sons of Israel, and say to them, “A man (adam) which brings-near, from you, an ‘offering-of-drawing-near’ to YHVH … ” ‘ “                                                                                                                                                                                                              Leviticus 1:1-2a

    Opening up to Leviticus 1 in the Hebrew text I had barely read the first two verses when I was shocked to see the Hebrew for “bring/present an offering” (v2), because it reveals the very heartbeat of Almighty God towards mankind, most especially pointing forward to the moment of Jesus’s final breath on the cross.

    Each book of the Bible, by their opening verses, reveal the intent of the Holy Spirit for that book.  So it is with Leviticus.  This book, however, is not called “Leviticus” (“book of the Levites”) in Hebrew, rather, “VaYikra”, that is, “And-He-Called”, the opening verse saying, “VaYikra el Moshe”, “And He called to [the one] drawn out, …”.

    “Speak to the sons of Israel, and say to them, “A man (‘adam’ in Heb.) which brings-near, from you, an ‘offering-of-drawing-near’ to YHVH from (the) herd – from oxen or from flock – you-shall-bring-near/draw-near with your drawing-near-offering.” ‘ “

   While most translations say, “present an offering”, “offer an oblation”, or, “offer a sacrifice”, there is an aspect to this word denoting “drawing-near”, showing the intent of this word.  It is a single word, used both as a noun and a verb in Hebrew, specifically relating to a sacrifice, yet still very intentionally rooted in the denotation of “approaching”, having to do with coming into the midst.  I knew its root word by recognition from Joshua 3 in the Hebrew text.

   “And Joshua said to the people, ” Sanctify yourselves, for tomorrow, YHVH will do, IN-THE-MIDST of youwonders.” “                                         (v3)

    Several verses later, Joshua, having commanded the priests to walk the Ark of the covenant through the camp before (literally “in the face of”) the people, which they do right away, immediately thereafter calls the people to draw near to hear the word of the LORD to them:

 “and Joshua saith, ‘By this ye know that the living God [is] in your midst …”                                                                                                            (v10)                                                       Young’s Literal Translation (YLT 1898)

     Hence, what becomes obvious is the reason for the book of Leviticus: It is  God’s call to us, His focused desire for us, to draw near to Him, to make an appointment, as it were – and doing thus through the blood of sacrifice – that we might hear, personally, from the God of the universe without obscurity, without a blocking veil because of sin or sin consciousness.  This “drawing-near-sacrifice” is how Abel had first gotten God’s focused attention (Gen. 4:4).  Moreover, this is how revelation kept coming to Abraham pertaining to the continued unveiling of the Divine promise of inheritance throughout his life.

   Beloved, there is an acceleration presently by God’s Holy Spirit concerning this.  His heart is to get us to  intentionally meet with Him, yet even more, that we might grow in this, that our hearing might increase – in volume AND accuracy.  He has a world to woo to Jesus, Beloved, because of the costly price of love that Jesus paid to gain them … and multitudes are crying in their hearts for the revelation of the real God.

    There is, in Leviticus 1:2, a concealed word pointing to Jesus, yes, in sacrifice, but also in the issue of Him being the door, the door opener, even the very Trailblazer, to getting us through the veil to stand before God, before His Face, complete(See Gen. 17:1b, Col.3:10).

  “…an ‘offering-of-drawing-near’ to YHVH from (the) herd – from oxen …”

    The first draw-near offering declared by the LORD in Leviticus is the offering of a bullock, a young male ox.  The Hebrew word for ox is “בקר – (bqr)- Baqar“.  (I’m showng the Hebrew with its English equivalent intentionally, to make known to you how I’m seeing the similarities to virtual identical words; for this is how I’m stumbling upon other non-definition-identical words that actually are connected to each other; we just can’t see it in English, so we don’t find the treasure).  “Baqar’s” identical was so obvious to me because it had spoken so loudly to me many months ago in its distinct mention with Abraham, Moses, and Joshua.  When I saw it here in Leviticus as another word, I looked up its root to find the link and thus the treasure. 

וַיַּשְׁכֵּם אַבְרָהָם בַּבֹּקֶר  – “vaYashKem Avraham BaBoqer …” –                                           “And Abraham rose early in the morning …”                                                                                                                 Genesis 22:3a (NASB)

וַיַּשְׁכֵּם מֹשֶׁה בַּבֹּקֶר  – ” vaYashKem Moshe BaBoqer …” –                                                    “And Moses rose early in the morning…”                                                                                                                          Exodus34:4 (NASB)

 וַיַּשְׁכֵּם יְהוֹשֻׁעַ בַּבֹּקֶר  – ” vaYashKem y’Hoshua BaBoqer …” –                                                   “And Joshua rose early in the morning…”                                                                                                                    Joshua 3:1 (NASB)

   “Boqer”- (“morning”) and “Baqar”- (“ox”) are linked by their root action, and it is these that point directly to Jesus for our benefit.  Their roots stem from a word meaning, “to plough, to Break forth”; and from this breaking open (of the earth or of the day), comes, “to seek, to enquire.

   This, then, is how both tie to Jesus, …  and “coincidentally” in one particular gospel in one verse  …   Are you ready?

   You may remember, in the making of the tabernacle, on the veil between the Holy place and the Holy of Holies (and on the ceiling fabric) there were cherubim, (which are described as being by the Throne, as seen of the two over the ark of the covenant) woven into the fabric, (Ex. 26:1,31).  Ezekiel 1:10 and Revelation 4:7 describe four living creatures who are immediately around the Throne of God, having four different faces: a Lion, a Man, a Calf, and an Eagle. These may have been woven into the fabric of the veil, as Moses was commanded to make everything according to exactly as God had caused him, up on Sinai, to see it all; (See Ex. 25:40, Heb. 8:5).  Each one of these faces describe Jesus respectively in one of each of the four1gospels:                                                                                                                                   *- the Lion being a King, which is how Jesus is presented in Matthew (as seen in how His genealogy is presented through to King David, and to Abraham, who was promised that Kings would descend from him);                                                                                                                                                      * – the Calf, being a Servant (the ox was used in putting his shoulder to plow), which is Jesus in Mark’s gospel;                                                                   * – the Man, as Luke shows (again, by the way His genealogy is presented all the way back through to Adam);aasjaa   dd                                  * – the Eagle, showing the One from heaven, as God’s Son, as God, as clearly shown in John’s gospel!  (I.e. John 1:1)

   It is in Mark’s gospel only that this One presented as the “Baqar”-“ox”, the Servant, the One Who would become the True “draw-near-sacrifice”, as presented by the LORD in Leviticus 1:2, that becomes first for us the Door/Door-Opener/Trailblazer, breaking open the day  “Boqer”, the way into the Holy of Holies, Who did in (fulfillment) action literally as Abraham, Moses, and Joshua had done.

   ” And early in the morning, while it was still dark, He arose and went out and departed to a lonely place, and was praying there.”                                                                                                                                                              Mark 1:35 (NASB)

    Do not servants rise early, even just before the break of day, to do their tasks?   What Jesus did alone, as the Alpha, at the beginning of this “Baqar/Boqer” gospel, He completed as the Omega – in the Father breaking open, by Jesus’s sacrifice, the darkness brought on by the law (Mk. 15;33-38{ref. Ex 19, Heb. 12:18}) AND breaking open a New Dawn for mankind just before the Sun’s rising on that glorious ressurection morning – at the end of Mark’s gospel (Mk. 16;2,9).  

    Jesus was shown however, to be raised from out of the dead in ALL four gospels, thus as King Of kings, as still a Servant, as a Man, and as God (John 20:28, ref. also Rom. 1:4), passing through to the heavens, to God’s throne (See Heb 4:14).

   “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast, and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered  as a forerunner for us …”                                                                                                                                                                                         Hebrews 6:19-20 (NASB)

   “Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace…”                                                                                                                   Hebrews 4:16a (NASB)

   While I’ve shown to you Biblically the theology of our Grace-gift entrance into the Holy of Holies by Jesus as our sacrificial Servant, it is imperative in this kairos time that you see together with this the other three faces.  Because it is a Fullness of all of these authorities, as One fullness of authority, that Jesus has and is inviting us by GOD’s Grace to draw near to This Throne.  Why?  It is this Four-faced authority that we need as our covering, AND as our Voice of authority in these last days.  For in this is Jesus glorified in His Servant/Sacrifice of what all He broke open for us, of what all He accomplished and gained for us and as us in His cross and in His Exalted-by-God Throne-seated position in heaven, that we might live and walk in Him and He in us, before a world looking for the real Revelation of the True God and in the face of an enemy that would keep this from happening at all costs.

    So then, this is what I heard from Father on two different mornings as I was driving to work, just after I had begun this writing.  I asked the Father what was on His heart, and He answered me, “My Son”. And as I asked as to this, immediately He spoke this verse to me:

   “But He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD, waiting from that time onward UNTIL HIS ENEMIES BE MADE A FOOTSTOOL FOR HIS FEET.”                                                                                                                                             Hebrews 10:12-13 (NASB)

   When God made the first Adam He gave to him dominion and authority to rule over the earth (Gen. 1:28).  But the first Adam forfeited the authority of the glory of the authority image of God in which he was created.  Therefore, Jesus, as a Man, as the last “Adam” (1 Cor. 15:45b), stripped the enemy of our souls, to whom the first Adam had forfeited his God-given authority, doing so at the cross (Col. 2:15), and was raised from the dead and ascended to heaven to sit on the Throne, far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion – AND HE SEATED US WITH HIM ON THAT AUTHORITATIVE THRONE (Eph. 1:20-23), and a whole bunch of you are saying, “I know all that” …  

   When the LORD spoke to me that morning Hebrew 10:13, I asked Him about Jesus waiting till His enemies be put under His feet, if there was something on our part that we are to do in speeding this up or seeing this accomplished, His answer came to me from the story of Esther (chs. 4,5,7) … the king in the throne room waiting, as it were, for Esther to come in, (to draw near) in her royal garments, in the beauty of who she was as queen, to request a royal decision against Haman – for her enemy was the King’s enemy, her LORD’S enemy …  (Because of her being of God’s people, the Jews, she would have been subject to the decree by Haman, the destruction of them all … depriving the King … of his first love!).  Our drawing-near desire-of-God in this hour is far greater than we have esteemed.  I believe we have been coming into the Throne Room, but for requests far lower than all that He has for us as Royal sons and daughters.  We have not realized the great weightiness of our Royal endowment as a chosen, drawn-out, bride of Christ, of the Lion King Who sits on the highest, most powerful Throne in all creation.  There is more to say on this, but not now.

   One more word the LORD put on my heart; and for those of you who have been following this blog from last year, you will see what Holy Spirit is emphasizing, yet increasingly with greater weight to our spiritual understanding.

    Look back at the very opening verse, Beloved:

 “Since therefore, brethren, we have confidence to enter the holy place, by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh,                                                                                                                                                                                      Hebrews 10:19-22a (NASB)

   What do you see, Dear One?

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      Communion!

   The LORD’s table!  This scares the enemies of Jesus more than anything, because every time you take the bread and the cup, you proclaim the LORD’s death … the enemy’s stripping … the ripped veil by Almighty God and Father, and invitation into THE most powerful Throne-room in the universe.   Let me clearly state again as in past blogs, because every single one of us need to be reminded of this over and over pertaining to taking the LORD’s supper: Communion is NOT about remembering sin, even if we blew it 2 minutes ago.  Rather it is a reminder that the power of sin was broken, the authority of sin was stripped from off of us in Jesus, made a reality for us the moment we believed into Jesus.  Our greatest triumph, Beloved, is the cross of our LORD Jesus.  Thus our greatest remembrance of that triumph is when we partake of Communion, the LORD’s body and blood, where that sacrifice became for us and always becomes for us the draw-near-offering, making us, by His grace-gifting, to stand Holy and Complete before God in Christ.  When Paul, in I Corinthians 11:26ff teaches communion, what follows for us, in Chapters 12, 13, and then 14, is a revelation of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the revelation of Who God is in Love, and the marriage of these two things … which consummation of these two as living revelations in the Bride of Christ, the Church, will be an unstoppable river of the Revelation of God in giving up His Son to Servant/Sacrifice, Living water to a lost and dying world looking in all the wrong religions for This Love of Heaven.

You are Greatly, Greatly loved, Beloved.                                                              Mark Dingemans

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** – Beloved, take the time to go through these scriptures, and let the Holy Spirit write them and bear witness to them in your hearts and minds.  Let the Word of God and the Blood of Jesus and the witness of the Holy Spirit who lives inside of you wash through you and renew your mind.  These blogs are meant to be Bible studies, so you are free to print up any newsletter of this blog site for your own study.  Let communion be a refreshing of the Blood and the Spirit (Heb. 9:14) to cleanse your conscious from sin consciousness to righteousness consciousness, that you are indeed clean, as a gift of His grace.  You are no more, Dearly Beloved, under condemnation; rather, you are under justification – eternally! (Rom. 4:25b, 5:21;b; Heb. 9:11-12).

If you have never believed into Jesus Christ, you can do so now, from your own heart and words.  If you wish to help to pray, pray, “LORD Jesus, I believe You died for me and as me because You love me.  I ask You for Your Forgiveness for my sin.  Thank You for shedding Your blood to cleanse me, for making me clean, for breaking the power of sin in my life.  I ask You to live inside of me.  I thank You, Jesus, for giving me eternal life, that I might know You and Your Father, as my God, forever.  In Your Name, LORD Jesus.  Amen!”

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kairos – (Kahee-ros’) – Strong’s concordance defines this word: “an occasion, I.e. set or proper  time.”  The Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible (NASB) defines this word; “season, time, but not merely as a succession of moments, which is chronos,” [from which we derive the English word ‘chronology’].  “Kairos, however, implies not the convenience of the season, but the necessity of the task at hand, whether the time provides a good, convenient opportunity or not.”  This must be understood.  Strategic times of the Lord do not necessarily imply good or convenient times.  We are in Kairos times.  Maybe not good or convenient times, but definitely strategic, opportune times because of the season we are in.  We must have “ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches,” (Rev. 2:29), so as to respond correctly to the Kairos time.
* Some Scripture for this letter is taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE, (c) 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, by The  Lockman Foundation.  Used by permission.  Other references translated from Grk. Txt as presented in T. Newberry’s Englishman’s Greek New Testament, Zondervan Publishing – 1982- originally published in London, Eng. 1877                                                                                                                                                                                                Scripture references not showing a Translation in Brackets are this writer’s translation from the Hebrew Massoretic Text as it appears on the web-site “qbible.com”

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“They Trust in You, Those Knowing Your Name”

   “Father, has-come, the hour. Glorify Your Son, in-order-that the Son of-You might-glorify You; according-as You-gave to-Him authority over-all flesh, in-order-that all whom You-have-given to-Him, He-might-give to-them Life Eternal.  THIS, THEN, IS ETERNAL LIFE, IN-THAT THEY-MAY-KNOW YOU, THE ONLY TRUE GOD, and Whom You sent, Jesus Christ!   I, You I glorified upon the earth, the work having-completed, which You-have-given to-Me in-that I-might-do (it).  And, now, glorify Me, You, Father, with Yourself …  I-manifested YOUR Name to-the men whom You-have-given to-Me out-of the world.”                                                                                                                                                                   From Jesus’s prayer – John 17:1-6                                                      (**from the Grk txt & its Grk word order) 

    There has been a sense in my heart from the LORD for months that there is coming to the body of Christ a new revelation of Father as “God” in a way we’ve never known before.  It is not new apart from scripture, rather a correction of our perception of Him that will strip away from our consciousness “Old Covenant” views of Who He really is as “God”, every single strand that still keeps believers from living openly, honestly, before His Face in the Holy of Holies because of guilt or holding back (requests for His Blessings from the cross) through sin consciousness, (having wrongly believed God is still finger pointing your sin – see Heb. 8:8-12 -esp v 12, & 10:15, 17, then also II Cor. 5:19, 21).

“And was, Abram, ninety-nine years.  And YHVH was seen (lit. also, “caused-(Himself)-to-be-seen”) to Abram; and He was saying to him, “I (am) El Shaddai; Walk before Me (connotes“Walk (as though) openly before My Face”) and be-complete” … And Elohiym talked with him…”                                                                                                excerpt from Genesis 17:1, 3                                                                                                     (Lit. frm Massoretic txt)

    I believe this unveiling revelation is going to set the Bride of Christ into a level of Royal authority in her walk, which she has believed exists for her, however, has not really walked in, because of “Fear of the Throne Room” (ref. Est. 4:10-11)

    For the last some years there has been an unveiling of Jesus in His resurrection glory, to show to us what the finished work of the cross really means for us as to our standing before God (ref. Rom 5:1), that the New Covenant has nothing at all to do with sin consciousness, as was the state of God’s people under the Old Covenant of Law (ref. Heb 9:8-9; 10:1-2, 19-22; 9:14).  In this unveiling of Jesus there has been a revelation, to the body of Christ, of the Father, about Whom Jesus continually spoke, in the Gospels – especially in John’s Gospel.  What’s amazing about Jesus unveiling His Father, even through the works He was doing (“He went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed by the devil; for God was with Him.” Acts 10:38b NASB. Ref also Jhn. 14:11), is that the people, in hearing of the Father, were saying, “ImmanuEl“, that is, “with-us, God! (Mat. 1:23 – see Mat. 9:8, Mk 2:12, Lk 5:26 et al).  In other words, Jesus was demonstrating, in all of these amazing works of power to set free God’s people from the ramifications of sin and the devil, that the One to Whom He taught the people to pray, “Our Father…” was not the perception of a God ready to judge for every sin, a big Divine Ogre in the heavens who angrily wasn’t speaking anymore, or wasn’t willing for them to have promised inheritance, the blessings promised Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, all because of centuries of mounted up sins of all the fathers.  Rather, this suddenly “ImmanuEl” was actually, through Jesus, showing the immensity of Himself – of such incredible loving-kindness, of His heart so full of Grace – the TRUTH of His heart for them, towards them, in pouring out exceedingly unmerited, undeserved, unearned Favor – as Father, yes, as GOD! (Ref. John 5:18-47; 14:1,11).  Yet was it not so that Isaiah had prophesied this revelation – of both “Father” and “God” – would come out of a Son (Isaiah 9:6)?  Jesus was fulfilling God the Father’s prophetic destiny, His very intentional purpose to bring about the revelation of the Abrahamic covenant. (Explanation is coming … hold on – it is mind-boggling amazing!)

   The Old Covenant perception, of who God was, had been wholly based upon His having to treat them in such hard discipline because of the Law of Moses; He had to condemn, to judge, for the people put themselves in obligation to the Law – to all of its precepts, its demands … and, yes, to all of its judgments – if they did not keep their end of the deal (Ex. 19:8; 24:3, 7; Deut. 5:27; 27:26) Today, too many of us still regard, even slightly, “God” under the auspices of this Old Covenant’s aspect that did not come from His heart for us.  We are, in this hour, receiving the revelation of Who He is as “Father”… It has been desperately needed, and must continuously be taught.  But we have separated, in our minds, to some degree, “God” from “Father”, still holding fast to vestiges of Old Covenant/Law perception of how we behold Him as “God” in our thinking.  I hear it in the way He is spoken about, in the way He is proclaimed in preaching from different preachers.  He is still being held in view of a God ready at any moment to pour out judgment for sin.  We see a “Good, Good Father”.  But I think our hearts have yet to be wholly convinced that this “Good, Good Father” is so because He is an Awesomely Good God! 

   And it is the resurrection of Christ Jesus that proves this to be so, that He is, indeed, an Awesomely Good God.  God, as God, yes as Father, but as an exceedingly good and powerful God, raised His Son from out of the dead – because this Holy God received completely the perfect sentence – the full ransom payment – through Jesus offering Himself by faith – while WE were STILL sinners –  for your and my sin, for your and my release from sin, for your and my release from the penalty of sin, for eternity – and thus GOD declared us, you and I, righteous(Rom. 4:22-25; Eph. 2:4-7).

   The people, even in Jesus’s day, had no recollection whatsoever that not a single one of their forefathers, who’d eventually died in the Sinai desert, were actually not one time ever hit with judgment, with any sort of condemnation between Egypt and Sinai, from this Almighty Awesome God.  The God who remembered, in their crying out in the bitterness of slavery, the covenant He had made with Abraham (Ex. 2:24), Who accordingly did wondrous act upon act upon act to deliver them from the strong and iron hand of Pharoah, of several hundred years of bondage, poured out not one time a judgment upon His people after they walked out of Egypt … not one single one died, or were even plagued with anything … for 3 long months of desert walking, of complaining for no water or food, towards the mountain where He had made Himself known to Moses.  This YHVH of their forefather Abraham, Who’d revealed Himself as a Covenant God of immense blessing and promise, had treated them, from Egypt to Sinai, under that covenant He’d given to Abraham – TO BE GOD TO THEM, to  Abraham’s seed (see Gen. 17:7b, 8b), blessing them and providing for them with every single complaint (I.e. Ex. 16:1-18)

   Some fifteen hundred years later, the Father, in Whom Jesus was constantly boasting, was in fact, being “God” – through Christ Jesus, His Son – making known intentionally to the seed of Abraham the Grace-Truth reality of who He really was, of Who He always wanted to show Himself to be to all of mankind, in all the wonders and signs, in all the healings, and deliverances from demonic possession and oppression.  The people under the Iron Roman rule in Jesus’s day were beholding the great love of the Father as “GOD”, a God their fathers all the way back to Sinai never knew as such, but a God who really was this good as He had revealed Himself to Abraham.

“So-that, if anyone in Christ – a NEW Creation! The old passed away.  Behold! Have come-to-be new, All (things)!  And the “All” – from GOD! The One having-[decisively]-reconciled us TO-HIMSELF through Jesus Christ; and He-gave to-us the service of [decisive]-reconciliation: – how that GOD was, in Christ, a world [decisively]-reconciling to-Himself, not accounting / not reckoning to-them the offences of-them.”                                                                                                                                   II Corinthians 5:17-19a                                                                                                             (** from the Grk txt)

   This revelation of God in Grace-Truth reality exploded to me from the Scriptures several weeks ago, in seeing something from Abraham’s life I’ve never seen before or heard preached, and then seeing it explode in confirmation in the New Testament throughout the epistles of Paul.

    Look back up top to where the quote from Genesis 17 is.  In v 3, when Abram falls on his face, the next statement of the Scriptures, from the Hebrew text, says,  “And Elohiym talked with him…”  It is the first time, since “YHVH” first spoke to him back in Ur of the Chaldees, Genesis 12:1-3, this Genesis 17 encounter is the very first time in this man’s life that the LORD made Himself known to Abram as “Elohiym”, the fullness of the Godhead God.  The last time before here that “Elohiym” is used, by Name, was about 400 years earlier, in Genesis 9, after Noah offers up a sacrifice of every clean animal, having lived through the judgment that swept over the earth; God, Elohiym, covenants not to curse again (through a flood).  The very reason that God makes Himself to be named as “Elohiym”/”God” back in Noah’s day is exactly the very same reason why He is making Himself known as such to Abram – to cut covenant, in order to show forth unmerited Favor to man!  The revelation to Abram, though, is immense.

“And was, Abram, ninety-nine years.  And YHVH was seen  to Abram; and He was saying to him, “I – El Shaddai;  Walk before Me (connotes“Walk (as though) openly before My Face”) and be-complete.  And I give My Covenant between Me and you;  And I increase [namely] you in exceeding exceedingness.”  And Abram fell upon his face.  And Elohiym talked with him, saying, IBehold!  My Covenant, with you!  And you will be a father of many Nations.  And is not called anymore, your name, ‘Abram’; but will be, your name, ‘Abraham’; for a father of many nations I make you.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                           excerpt from Genesis 17:1-5                                                                                                     (Lit. frm Massoretic txt)

   You need to see this, Beloved.  The very first revelation of YHVH, of the LORD, to Abram as the fullness of the Godhead God comes to this man when he is 99.  In the twenty-four years since having been in Canaan, even since the very first revelation of the LORD to this man back in Ur of the Chaldees, not one single time has Abram ever had a revelation or known the LORD as “Elohiym”.  Abram here now falls on his face at the opening statement of YHVH as El Shaddai, with His blessing.   And then the Scriptures say “Elohiym talked with him, saying, “I – Behold! (“I, look [at Me]!)” ... you can picture Abram looking up from his on the ground posture … and he sees “Elohiym/the fulness of the Godhead God” (“Jesus” in the fullness of Deity {See Jesus’s prayer frm Jhn 17:5, then Jhn 8:58, Phil. 2:6a, Col. 2:9, Heb. 1:8,10} – the scriptures are clear from Jhn 1:18 & 1 Jhn 4:12a that “no one has seen God at any time“).  When Abram sees “Elohiym”, God declares, as GOD, that His covenant is with Abram… and Abram suddenly becomes/receives faith to become … a FATHER!  His name is changed to reflect the covenant, to reflect the GOD he is beholding.  Do you see, Beloved? 

   The true Revelation of the Father of our LORD Jesus Christ is the Grace-Truth reality of an Almighty God that raised Christ Jesus our Saviour and LORD from the dead AS GOD for our blessing, not our judgment, that we might get to know Him as Father, as our Heavenly Father – without any sense of guilt or condemnation because of sin … and thus, knowing Him as our Heavenly Father, we might come into the revelation of Who He is AS GOD, the power of this God Who raised Jesus from out of the realm of the dead, for us, as us, … This  is what Eternal Life is Beloved…to know THIS Heavenly Father as also our Awesome God!  (You can look & study the connection between Genesis 17’s encounter with Abraham and the resurrection of Jesus for our blessing in Romans 4).

  The Grace-truth reality of who the God of the Jewish people actually was came to be for Paul when he beheld Jesus in His resurrection glory on the road to Damascus.  It is borne witness to in Paul’s opening statements from many of his epistles, from the Greek word order:

“Grace to-you, and peace, from God/Father, of-us, and (from) LORD Jesus Christ”  – Rom. 1:7.  It is virtually identical also in I Cor. 1:3,  II Cor. 1:2, Eph. 1:2, Phil. 1:2, Col. 1:2, I Thess. 1:1b, II Thess. 1:2

“Paul, (an) apostle, not from men, not-even through man, rather through Jesus Christ and God/Father, The (One) having-raised Him from-out-of (among the) dead.  Grace to-you, and peace, from God/Father, and LORD of-us, Jesus Christ.” – Gal. 1:1-3

“Grace, mercy, and peace, from God/Father, and Christ Jesus, the LORD of-us” – II Tim. 1:2

   Paul is not just filling up space on the pages of his letters.  The  revelation of the Father as God, of God as Father, never came to him through the Law.  It came to him through the unveiling of Christ Jesus, whom he first saw on his way to Damascus thinking he was doing the work of “God” … it had previously always been through Old Covenant eyes that he had set God up in his mind as to how he thought He was; that’s why he was carrying a “sword” against the church.  His pursuit to persecute was changed, however, to a pursuit of Abba Father’s love as the True God of his fathers … when he beheld Jesus in His resurrection glory! (… a direct answer to Jesus’s prayer quoted at the top from John 17:3).  (Look up the Greek word for “Persecute” in Acts 9:5, and the Greek word for “Pursue” in I Cor. 14:1).  Christ Jesus is the true Revelation of Who the Father is as God.  And this God/Father only has Grace and peace to speak to you, to pour out of His heart to you.

   It’s time for the veil to wholly be pulled from our eyes, Beloved.  We cannot unveil to the world the immensity of this Awesome God as God and Father if we do not see Him through the severe goodness He grants to us without ceasing through the severity of the judgment He poured out upon His Son at the cross instead of upon us (ref. Rom. 8:32).  Yes, there will be a future judgment by God to those who reject ultimately such overwhelming Grace and Mercy. But until that day, it is for us to bear the ministry of reconciliation, the same way as did Jesus our Saviour, with GOD in Him “not reckoning their trespasses against them” …  …  because it is “the kindness of God, yes, of GOD, that leads to repentance.”

   So this is my prayer for you, Dear Ones, as has been prayed and declared at our church by a businessman for many months over us, as that which Paul prayed for the precious saints in Ephesus:

   “Because of this, I also, having heard of the among-you faith in the LORD Jesus, and the love which (you have) unto all the saints, do not cease giving thanks for you, remembrance of-you making in my prayers, in that the GOD of the LORD of-us, Jesus Christ, the FATHER of Glory, might-give to-you a spirit of-wisdom and of-revelation in detailed/intimate/true knowledge, HIS (GOD’s), being-enlightened, the eyes of the heart of-you, towards knowing, you, what is the hope …”                                                                                                                    Ephesians 1:15-18a                                                                                                                      (** from Grk txt)

You are greatly, greatly loved, Beloved.                                                                 Mark Dingemans

This letter’s opening title is taken from Psalms 9:10

P.S.  Beloved, this newsletter is meant to be a Bible study for you that you might come to know, confidently, the Grace Truth reality of the Father’s full heart of Love towards you because of His having sacrificed His only Son to gain you, to gain an uncondemned open faced relationship with you everyday of your life, even and especially when you blow it.  Please take the liberty to print up any of these newsletters if you wish, and write out the scripture references posted in these letters.  You are greatly Loved, Beloved.  Mark D.

kairos – (Kahee-ros’) – Strong’s concordance defines this word: “an occasion, I.e. set or proper  time.”  The Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible (NASB) defines this word; “season, time, but not merely as a succession of moments, which is chronos,” [from which we derive the English word ‘chronology’].  “Kairos, however, implies not the convenience of the season, but the necessity of the task at hand, whether the time provides a good, convenient opportunity or not.”  This must be understood.  Strategic times of the Lord do not necessarily imply good or convenient times.  We are in Kairos times.  Maybe not good or convenient times, but definitely strategic, opportune times because of the season we are in.  We must have “ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches,” (Rev. 2:29), so as to respond correctly to the Kairos time.
* Some Scripture for this letter is taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE, (c) 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, by The  Lockman Foundation.  Used by permission.  Other references translated from Grk. Txt as presented in T. Newberry’s Englishman’s Greek New Testament, Zondervan Publishing – 1982- originally published in London, Eng. 1877

** The translation from the Greek Txt as presented in Thomas Newberry's "The Englishman's Greek New Testament" Originally published in London, Eng. 1877.                                   Zondervan Publishing House of the Zondervan Corporation. Grand Rapids, MI  49506
   I have endeavored to show both Greek text wrd order, along with hyphens between words in English, which are single words in the Greek text.

Massoretic text from website qbible.com/hebrew-old-testament

Pursuing His Voice – at the Place of Sacrifice – Part 3 – Touching His Heart, Getting His Attention

                                         Initiated Sacrifice                                                                              Touching   His   Heart                                                Getting    His    Attention!        

                                                                                                                                                          And the LORD had regard for… his offering,                                                                                                                                                                   Genesis 4:4b  (NASB)

   When I got finished publishing the previous Kairos and sending it out, my own heart would not let me go on from this Bethel encounter.  Yes, there is more to unveil in the succeeding altar Abram would build down in Hebron; what would follow from there is huge.  Yet it seemed that the Holy Spirit has kept the eyes and ears of my heart focused on Bethel, and I just have not been able to go on.  I believe this late Genesis 13 encounter is so precipitous, the very pinnacle, if you will, of all that had taken place to get Abram into Canaan AND of all that would take place afterwards, in unveiling to him all that would come to be in inheriting the Divine promise.  For that inheritance to be was to be both for himself, yet far more, for his seed … and ultimately in unveiling to his seed – natural and spiritual – the heart of Almighty God AND Father in giving to us promised inheritance, in what is ‘possessing promised possessions’.

   Bethel is the beginning, I believe, of an intimate Divine friendship, because of initiated sacrifice in pursuit of wanting to hear YHVH’s voice! … and to those who would hear, this pursuit of His Voice through initiated sacrifice, like Abraham, would open “like” Divine friendship to any and all who would walk in the likeness of the faith action of this father of faith.

And he went on his journeys from the Negev as far as Bethel,                                  to the place of the altar, which he had made there formerly:                                 and there Abram called upon the Name of the LORD.”                                                                                                          Genesis 12:8, 13:3, 4,14  (NASB)

   Beloved, give your attention to this letter, and let sink into your heart from of the title above.  There is a breakthrough unveiling of the LORD of the scriptures to you which I believe He will use to bring about an acceleration of answers for you from the Throne (Rom. 9:28), a possessing of possessions from Abba Father God  because of your action in believing Him in His unveiling to you the link as to pursuing His voice and sacrifice.

  “For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life …  on My own intiative.”                                                                                                                                                                                        excerpt frm John 10:17-18 (NASB)

    And the LORD had regard for… his offering,                                                                                                                                                              Genesis 4:4b  (NASB)

   If you will give heed to what the Holy Spirit is saying in this, through what it was that Abraham kept doing in his pursuit of YHVH, taking hold of it by faith, and letting Him continue to unfold to you, to teach you even more from the scriptures, you will find that the LORD of heaven and earth, Who holds the Key of David, will be, for you, unlocking doors that have to do with inheritance, literally, I believe, to possess possessions having to do with the lost around us, having to do with the the world in which we live.


   When Abram left Shechem and came upon the hill before Bethel, he did something differently than he had done back at Shechem. Abram initiated pursuit of the LORD’s voice – before the LORD spoke to him – through building an altar and offering a sacrifice and calling upon His Name.  Up at Shechem he had sacrificed after YHVH had appeared and spoken to him.  At Bethel Abram initiated pursuit of YHVH’s Voice in sacrifice before He spoke to him.  While it is true that he did not at that time hear from the LORD, he nevertheless got the LORD’s attention.

    And the LORD had regard for… his offering,                                                                                                                                                                Genesis 4:4b  (NASB)

  Upon Abram’s return from Egypt however many months later, he came back to this hill in front of Bethel where his heart had felt at home for the first time since having left Ur of the Chaldees (ref Gen. 12:8).  Coming back to this spot and to the altar where he’d sacrificed, he again calls upon the Name of the LORD.  The scriptures do not say if he sacrificed again; but what was to take place immediately afterwards reveals YHVH’s intentional intent to speak to Abram, even to unveil to him something He had promised him way back in Ur, which He had not done back up at Shechem where He’d first spoken to him in this land.

   Look back at the initial promise:

   “Now the LORD had said unto Abram,  “Get thee out of thy country ... unto a land THAT I WILL SHOW YOU  (lit. cause you to see).””                                                                                                                                  Genesis 12:1  (KJV)

   The Word he first heard back in Ur was a Living Word inside of him, by which he was walking this walk of faith, even if he was making mistakes along the way in his walk.  Having now returned from Egypt, that Living, Leading-him Word was not inclining his heart back up to Shechem, though that was the last place he had heard from his LORD.  Look again, Beloved, at what YHVH had said to him back up at Shechem; “Unto thy seed will I give this land”.  Period (Gen 12:7a)… but He did not show him there the land as He had promised him that He would cause him to see it when He’d first revealed Himself to him in Ur of the Chaldees!  While this has to do with Lot, there is yet something else that also ties this spot to the Law …

  The significance of Abram not being able to see his inheritance from Shechem is seen prophetically by its geography:  On the north side of Shechem is Mt. Ebal, and on the south, towards the direction of Bethel, is Mt. Gerazim.  There is made clear later in the scriptures concerning these two mountains a detail by which we understand his not being able to see inheritance Divinely promised.  For these two mountains are where the Law of Moses would be read AND written in stone, set there for all to read:  Mt Ebal, the curses, and Mt. Gerazim, the blessings – (see Deut. 27:1-8; Josh 8:30-35).  Mount Ebal, the north side, the mountain of the declared “curses”, is the side upon which the Law would be posted … in stone! (Josh 8:30-32).  Shechem signifies the Law.  Shechem thus signifies a veil – LOT! (Ref. II Cor. 3:14-15).  Beloved, the generation that God led out of Egypt set themselves, at Mount Sinai, under the Law.  Once they had submitted to the authority of the Law, they forsook, unknowingly, their right to enter or even to see the inheritance promised them.  It was not under the servant Moses, through whom the Law was given, that the sons of Israel could enter to possess promised inheritance, but through Yehoshua (Joshua).  Abram was promised the land at Shechem, but was not shown his inheritance there – he was not able to be caused to see what was promised him because of a veil, which represents the Law .

    “For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants (seed) that he would be heir of the world was NOT through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Romans 4:13 (NASB)

  “Not one of these men, this evil generation, shall see the good land which I swore to give your fathers”                                                                                                                                                                              Deuteronomy 1:35 (NASB)

  Abram was not under the Law.  But the significance of Shechem and of Lot being with him are prophetic indicators of what the Law does in keeping us from being able to behold the unmerited gift of Grace in inheriting promised possessions.  The Law, even the mixture of the Law with Grace, keeps a veil over our eyes, keeps us from … beholding!

   What was to take place down at Bethel would become a benchmark encounter.  The initiated sacrifice by Abram down there I believe touched the heart of God, captured His attention, in bringing about the circumstance that would cause Lot and Abram to be separated, the veil to be removed from the eyes and ears of Abram’s heart … so that YHVH could answer Abram’s sacrifice pursuit of His voice … so that He could cause him to see all that He had promised him!

Selah                                                                                                                                             _______________________________________________

    I have been sitting on this writing for weeks, asking the LORD and searching through the scriptures, because there has been a sense in my heart that I was not seeing something.  Almost from the beginning of this particular writing the Holy Spirit was putting on my heart to look at the first initiated altars of sacrifice in the scriptures, most especially from Abel, in Genesis 4:4, and then also from Noah, in Genesis 8:20 & 21.  There is a link from these two to Abraham’s initiated sacrifice at Bethel.   And in the midst of looking at Abel’s sacrifice, the pastor of our church, one night at mid-week service, spoke from both Cain and Abel’s offerings, from the Hebrew text, unveiling to me a huge part that I was not seeing.

  There are two previous times when an initiated sacrifice was offered to God with no command or even a word from Him beforehand to do so … yet both times the initiated offering captured the attention of the God of heaven and earth, the Creator of all that exists, the Divine Promiser of Possessions.

“Abel was a keeper of sheep.                                                                                         and Abel … brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions.   And the LORD had regard (lit. “gazed upon”) Abel and his offering,                                                                                                         Genesis 4:2a, 4a  (NASB)

  Abel is the very first named “faith hall of Fame-er” in Hebrews 11, the very first person to cause the Holy Spirit to take note … all because of Abel’s willing, self-initiated, sacrifice to the LORD.  And it seems that the Holy Spirit marked something of Abel that I think we have missed.

By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain,                           THROUGH WHICH HE OBTAINED THE TESTIMONY                                            THAT HE WAS RIGHTEOUS,                                                                                   God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead,              HE STILL SPEAKS.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Hebrews 11:4 (NASB)

   Beloved, don’t read quickly through this verse … There is such voluminuous wealth in this verse.  Abel is the very first person on earth to obtain the “righteousness by faith” accounting from eternal God … and it came through his offering up the sacrifice of the firstlings of his flock.  To add, moreover, the Holy Spirit here, in this verse, is declaring that Abel is still speaking.  “Of course he is,” some of you would quickly say, “the Bible says that his blood cried to God from the ground.”  This is not what is being said in this verse.  Abel is declaring still, to us, to anyone who would hear, the righteousness of God apart from works, from self-effort, through willing sacrifice!  This faith sacrifice points always to the willing sacrifice of Jesus, to the willing sacrifice of God the Father in giving up – willingly sacrificing – the most-costly-to-Eternal-Father-God sacrifice He could give, in order to declare you and I “righteous”!  You must see all of the scriptures of the Old Testament through the finished work of the cross, Beloved, always!

   “And beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning HIMSELF in ALL the scriptures.”                                                                                                                                        Luke 24:27 (NASB)

  The blood of Abel’s sacrifice got the LORD’s attention.  And the LORD turned to give respect to Abel because of his willing initiated sacrificial offering … all of this accordingly brought about Almighty God to cause Abel’s voice to still speak to us today concerning how we cause Almighty God to turn His gaze favorably towards us!  God bore witness to Abel – through his offering – that he was righteous.

  So let me show you what I learned that Wednesday night concerning Cain and Abel’s offerings, and I will tie Abel’s offering to Noah’s.

   The Holy Spirit had the apostle John to write, in I John 3:10-12,  that Cain was wicked by his deeds, and rather that Abel was counted as “doing righteousness” by his deeds.  The “deeds” which God counts either wicked or righteous, to which John is referring, is by their respective offerings.  The key to seeing the difference between Cain’s offering and Abel’s is seen in the Hebrew text, from Genesis 4:2b:

   “… Cain was a tiller of the ground.”

   The Hebrew word for  “tiller” is “obed” taken from the root verb “abad”  … meaning … “to work, to serve”; this word causatively means, “to enslave”.  There are several things seen from Cain’s offering “of the fruit of the ground”.  Cain’s offering is from self effort, “works”, and from the ground which the LORD had cursed.  His effort was by sweat.  Accordingly, Cain did not offer “by faith”.  His offering had nothing in it that pointed to the sacrifice of Jesus; hence,  his deeds were “wicked”.  Cain’s offering was not apart from works, from self effort, thus not “by faith”; for faith declares, “none of me, all of Christ”.  Where works is involved in “service to God”, it is utterly apart from “rest”.  A “by faith” willing sacrifice is utterly apart from works, from self effort of flesh.

   Abel willlingly offered sacrifice “by faith”, and God consequently bore witness to his faith offering that he was righteous. This sacrifice of Abel, which caused him to “still speak”, caused Jesus to declare Abel to be the very first prophet ever – (Luke 11:50-51a).  Accordingly, you need to have ears to hear what the first prophet is still speaking, still prophesying … the righteousness of faith through sacrifice that is utterly apart from works!  Beloved, the righteousness of God ALWAYS bears witness to the sacrifice He would give – His only begotten Son to the cross.  The very first sacrifice ever by a man pointed intentionally to the intentional willing sacrifice of the firstling of Father God, which, from eternity, was set to grant to us His righteousness, completely and utterly apart from any effort on our part whatsoever in trying to obtain this costly, but free, Gift.

   “Now then, apart from Law GOD’s righteousness has been manifested, being borne witness to by the Law and the prophets, even GOD’s righteousness through faith, Jesus Christ’s, into all [and upon all] the (ones) believing, … being made righteous gratuitously (as a free gift) by His grace, through  redemption, the (redemption) in Jesus Christ, Whom God set forth a propitiation (a satisfactory-offering) in His blood, towards a showing forth of the righteousness of Him.”                                                                                                      Romans 3:21-22, 24-25 (Lit, frm Grk text – TNB).                               (Bold shows emphasis from the Greek text word order)

  The righteousness that God accounted under the Old Covenant, that which He accounted to Abel, the very first “sacrifice-er” and first prophet, that eternal righteousness accounted, even down through to this very day, always pointed, always points, towards the cross of His Son … for it has always eternally been the only way for God to declare “righteous” anyone.  For this is the manifestation of GOD’s righteousness.  It is an accounting utterly apart from the effort or works of man, works that somehow try to make amends through human effort in becoming righteous in the face of God.  When we heed the prophetic word of Abel, even the often taking of communion, WE GET GOD’S ATTENTION, WE GET GOD OUR FATHER’S GAZE … because this sacrifice touches the very heart of Abba Father, Eternal God of you and I.  (And out of this, Dear One, comes to us from heaven “hearing” and “seeing”).

Selah!

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  And this is where this points to Noah’s offering after the flood …    AFTER finished judgment.

   “Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.  And the LORD smelled the soothing aroma; and the LORD said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, … Then God spoke to Noah … saying, “I Myself do establish My covenant with you, and with your descendants (seed) after you;” “                                                                                                                                                           Genesis 8:20-21a, 9:8a-9  (NASB)

   I just saw something as I was typing out the verses … Noah didn’t offer an offering.  Noah offered offerings – plural.  He kept offering.  His worship before YHVH was exceeding. (Abel offered offerings, -plural – per the Heb. Text of Gen. 4:4 & per the Grk. Text of Heb. 11:4).  It would have taken considerable time to offer burnt offerings of EVERY clean animal and EVERY clean bird.

   We know from the scriptures that blood speaks in the ears of God.  (Gen. 4:10; Heb. 12;24).  Pay attention to this, Beloved.  I’m going to show you from the Hebrew text the words of Genesis 8:21a, “And the LORD smelled the soothing aroma;”

   The word “aroma”, (translated in other versions as “savour, fragrance”), is rooted in the  word “smelled”, which is the Hebrew word “Ruach” – to Breath – out of which is the identical Hebrew word “Ruach” for “Spirit”, and/or “Breath”.  The “odour” of sacrifice is a “breath”,  a “voice” that speaks  …  back to God.

  But here is the most amazing thing of Noah’s offerings.  You remember that Noah’s name means “Rest”; (see Gen. 5:29).   The word in Genesis 8:21 for “soothing” (And the LORD smelled the soothing aroma;”), (translated in other versions as “sweet”), is “Nicho-ach”, rooted in Noah’s name “No-ach” – “REST”.  Noah’s willing initiated offerings were all a fragrance of rest, a sweet fragrant voice breathing into God’s nostrils and heart rest  …

Selah! – Some of you need to stop and let these words sink into your heart …                                                                                                                                                                                 _______________________________________

   Abram had gotten God’s attention because the fragrance of his willing, initiated sacrifice along with his prayer in calling upon the name of the LORD rose up as an aroma, and captured His heart. Almighty God had already established that the gospel of His Son was to be preached/proclaimed through Abraham – (Gal. 3:8-9; 4:21-31).  The sacrificial pursuit by Abram of YHVH, of His Voice, His Presence – the revelation of His Son – would eventually culminate in no longer sacrificing the first of his flock, but far greater, of his son. The fragrance of Christ Jesus was prophetically arising to the throne of heaven.  Out of this, Beloved, began an eternal friendship, an unveiling to Abraham of Eternal Covenant.  It is beyond what we have ever comprehended in depth, in magnitude, when we willingly and intentionally pursue the LORD through the LORD’s table, the fragrant remembrance before Eternal God and Father of His Son’s willingness and love towards His Father in laying down His life on His own initiative … to gain you and I.

“For we are a fragrance of Christ TO GOD …”                                                                                                                                                      II Corinthians 2:15a  (NASB)

   Almighty God distinctly hears and smells the sweet, fragrant voice of the stripes and of the blood of His Son, of the cross of our LORD Jesus.  And it is the blood of His Son whose blood speaks the clearest, with the greatest authority, both in heaven and on earth.  Do you see, Beloved, what is the foundation in our often taking the LORD’s table – the LORD’s willing initiated sacrifice of His Son – when we often take communion?  Do you realize what is being spoken, even breathed over you and into you each time you partake of communion?  Do you understand that this fragrance of rest, of the finished work of Christ Jesus, the Son of God, is ascending as an aroma back to God … with a speaking voice?

  The Finished work of the cross of Christ Jesus our LORD, is an ascending aroma of rest – of rest from out of sin, of rest from out of wrath, a rest into Christ Jesus our Awesome Savior, a rest from works, from the effort of trying to get righteous when it is freely and fragrantly given to us as an unmerited, yet extremely expensive to God gift to us.  It is a fragrance of our declared righteousness, back to God, and in this world.  It is a fragrance that so moves God’s heart, He cannot but speak back to us …                                                                                                               … of promised inheritance …                                                                                                                …   because of …                                                                                                                                              … initiated sacrifice.

Selah!

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   If you will take hold of this Grace, Beloved, this free gift that has absolutely no condemnation whatsoever from our Father in heaven (** Rom. 8:1; 4:8, Eph. 1:3-8, 2:4-8; Col. 2:13-14; Heb. 10:15, 17 ), if you will take hold of this lavish gift of God’s unmerited, undeserved, unearned favor, you will come into an exceeding Liberty of the Holy Spirit (II Cor. 3:17)  where He will cause the eyes and ears of your heart to be opened to see your inheritance in Christ and to hear Him clearly what is the wealth of His great love for you as you find yourself standing unblemished and completely holy because of Christ Jesus in you … in this, Beloved, you will be able to hear and see, for this life, possessions He would cause you to possess – what your eye has not seen and ear has not heard and all that God the Father has prepared for you, far greater than you ever could have imagined, because of the Greatness of His Love towards you.

You are greatly loved, Beloved.                                                                                 Mark Dingemans      

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** – Beloved, take the time to go through these scriptures, and let the Holy Spirit write them and bear witness to them in your hearts and minds.  Let the Word of God and the Blood of Jesus and the witness of the Holy Spirit who lives inside of you wash through you and renew your mind.  Let communion be a refreshing of the Blood and the Spirit (Heb. 9:14) to cleanse your conscious from sin consciousness to righteousness consciousness, that you are indeed clean as a gift of His grace.  You are no more, Dearly Beloved, under condemnation; rather, you are under justification – eternally! (Rom. 4:25b, 5:21;b; Heb. 9:11-12)

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kairos – (Kahee-ros’) – Strong’s concordance defines this word: “an occasion, I.e. set or proper  time.”  The Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible (NASB) defines this word; “season, time, but not merely as a succession of moments, which is chronos,” [from which we derive the English word ‘chronology’].  “Kairos, however, implies not the convenience of the season, but the necessity of the task at hand, whether the time provides a good, convenient opportunity or not.”  This must be understood.  Strategic times of the Lord do not necessarily imply good or convenient times.  We are in Kairos times.  Maybe not good or convenient times, but definitely strategic, opportune times because of the season we are in.  We must have “ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches,” (Rev. 2:29), so as to respond correctly to the Kairos time.
* Some Scripture for this letter is taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE, (c) 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, by The  Lockman Foundation.  Used by permission.  Other references translated from Grk. Txt as presented in T. Newberry’s Englishman’s Greek New Testament, Zondervan Publishing – 1982- originally published in London, Eng. 1877

Pursuing His Voice – at the Place of Sacrifice – Part 2 – Removing the Veil

 “And he took … Lot, his nephew …”

  “Then he proceeded from there (Shechem) to the mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; and there he built an altar to the LORD and called upon the Name of the LORD.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Genesis 12:5a, 8  (NASB)

   Abram, after the LORD had spoken to him in Shechem, continued on his trek through this land promised him, with his entire caravan, including his nephew Lot whom he had taken along when he’d departed Haran.  He walked still southward some twenty plus miles.  Coming up to a hill between what would come to be known as Bethel and Ai, instead of waiting for the LORD to first speak, Abram proceeds to here build yet another altar of sacrifice, and again he calls upon the Name of the LORD.  However, at this place Abram does not hear from YHVH, so he pushes onward, again heading south, all the way down into the Negev, which name is derived from another, meaning, “to be parched”, a present day desert in Southern Israel; (the “Negev”, by name, carries an identical definition to Haran, from where he’d departed after the death of his father)… and he finds there in the parched Negev quite a severe famine.  So he keeps moving, only this time in a westerly direction … all the way to Egypt. 

   What we don’t see, Beloved, is the reason for Abram not being able to hear from his LORD back on that hill near Bethel.

   You know the story of Abram’s time in Egypt, with his wife having been taken by the Pharaoh, then restored back to him, at the end of Genesis 12.  At the beginning of Genesis 13 we find Abram and his entire entourage – actually larger than when he’d gone down into Egypt because of all that Pharaoh had gifted him for Sarai – we see them all returning to the land of Canaan.

“So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev … And he went on his journeys from the Negev as far as Bethel,  … to the place of the altar, which he had made there formerly; and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.”                                                                                                                                                                                                       excrpt frm.  Genesis 13:1-4  (NASB)

  At the place of his last sacrifice Abram again calls upon the Name of the LORD.  It seems that his heart is hungry to hear from YHVH, I Am That I Am.   There is something inside of this man that knows the Living promise, spoken both years before in Ur, and then only however many moons ago back up at Shechem, while it is an unfolding vision, is actually also an eternal friendship coming to be (Is. 41:8b; James 2:23) … this all was causing this man to keep pursuing hearing his LORD.

  What Abram did not realize until his return to the altar he’d built, until he called again upon the LORD, was that there was a veil over the eyes and ears of his heart, a soul tie to this age, as it were, that was actually keeping him from hearing.  Even so now, the Kindness and Grace of the LORD, in response to Abram’s continuing pursuit of His Voice, of this man’s pursuit of friendship with this Awesome God at the place of sacrifice, was about to cause this veil to be removed so that he could again hear, and likewise also see even more of the Divine promise unveiled.

   “And he went … to the place of the altar which he had made formerly; and there Abram called on the Name of the LORD.  Now Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents.  And the land could not sustain them while dwelling together; for their possessions were so great that they were not able to remain together (lit. also “to dwell as one)And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock.”                                                                                                                                                                                 Genesis 13:4a, 5-7  (NASB)

  Abram calls upon the Name of the LORD at the altar of sacrifice … and immediately there is a sudden distraction (… Divinely caused to be brought about…?).  Do not see this as just some worldly or even demonic distraction, Dear One.  Abraham has called now twice upon the name of the LORD at this altar, and there had been no response.  Yet it is very much on the LORD’s heart to respond.  Please hear this, Beloved: the sacrifice upon the altar is not at all being ignored by our LORD.

So why no response?

LOT!

    Lot had not merely joined his uncle on this journey from Haran; the scriptures say that Abram took Lot with him (Gen. 12:5)The hidden reason for Abram’s inability to continue hearing is seen in the definition of Lot’s name!

  In the natural realm, the land could not presently sustain the wealth of flocks and cattle belonging to each man, to Abram and to Lot. Abram, not wanting any discord to persist with his kin, appealed to his nephew to choose which way to go, to the right or to the left, and that he himself would go the opposite direction.  Lot would separate from his uncle, taking all his goods, choosing to go towards the well-watered circle of the valley around the Jordan and the Dead Sea, and eventually turning south towards one of the cities at the end of the Jordan’s final destination – Sodom.

   Lot’s name means “veil”, like a tight cloth wrapped around one’s face, (Ref. 1 Kings 19:13 – the verb in this verse wrapped his face ” is the root of Lot’s name)The soul tie to Lot, Abram’s nephew, was the wrap around the eyes and ears of Abram’s heart, blinding and muffling him from seeing and hearing any more from his LORD.

  Twice in verse 6 the Holy Spirit had Moses to write that Abram and Lot could not “dwell as one”.  There is, in the heart and purposes of the LORD of heaven and earth, in His verbalizing a promise from out of who He is, an unstoppable geizer, if you will, that requires the continual unfolding AND THUS a fulfilling of His promise, His heart, which will consequently force, I believe, situations to be agitated in order to bring into existense that Divine purpose and plan – which is ultimately to manifest and glorify His Son.   Abram was pursuing His Voice by sacrifice, and it is so that the LORD could not hold back, could not allow to be held back the unfolding of His eternal plan for and through this man … for the sacrifice-pursuit was pointed directly to what the the eventual finished work of the cross would accomplish … a ripped veil access, a sacrificial pursuit by YHVH Himself … of you, a relationship which He had destined for each individual of all of mankind from before creation with Himself!

   At this juncture in Abram’s walk he was frankly not going to be able to receive more of the unfolding Eternal promise while part of his heart was being held captive to the growing, already voluminous, soul tie to this age overburdening his dwelling place (Ref. Mat. 10:37; Mk. 3:31-35).  The LORD’s directive to Abram initially, way back in Ur of the Chaldees, was clear that there had to be a severing entirely from everything of his natural roots in this life, all the way down to his father’s house, in order for the promise to come to be (Gen. 12:1-3).  Yet he had traveled to Haran with Terah, his father, and ended up being delayed there until his father died, thus having his LORD’s voice seeminly “dried up” the entire time he’d dwelt in the city whose name means “Parched”.  Terah’s name, by definition, has to do with “delay”.  When Terah had finally died, this part of Abram’s leaving his father’s house gave him at least a slight opening to hear again from YHVH, which did occur once he’d gotten down to Shechem.

   I have been thinking on this entire Bethel/Gen. 13 account for days, asking the LORD to unveil what my heart was telling me that there was more to see in this.  It was not my intent, at the completion of the previous Kairos, to dwell on this one thing, but to show all the places where Abraham would journey, build an altar, call upon the Name of the LORD, and to show the LORD’s response.  But I believe there is something that the Holy Spirit would say as to this that is being unfolded concerning Abraham and concerning Lot.  For there is a continuance, even a progression in each succeeding place to which Abram would go, where he calls upon the LORD, in conjunction with Lot.

  The very moment, Beloved, that Lot separated from Abram, as soon as this “veil” is removed from Abram’s eyes there near Bethel, where twice he had called upon the name of the LORD, the eyes and ears of Abram’s heart are suddenly unstopped, are clearer now than ever before,  opened to hear and see even more from his LORD …

“And the LORD SAID to Abram, AFTER LOT HAD SEPARATED FROM HIM“Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward; for all the land which you see, I will give it to you and to your descendants forever … Arise, walk about the land through its length and breadth; for I will give it to you.””                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Genesis 13:14-15, 17  (NASB)

   Bethel and Ai are “markers”, if you will, current cities in the days of  Moses to the generation to whom he is writing the book of Genesis, so that they could know where occurred the events of their forefathers.  (Bethel was named Bethel by Jacob in Genesis 28, years after Abraham).  The separation of Lot from Abram is huge in significance by reason of the definition of the names of these places west and east of the altar.  Abram’s altar was on the hill between Bethel and Ai: Bethel to his west, Ai to the east.  Lot chose what his eyes saw in the natural, what he beheld of this age, the eastern side, the well watered circle of the Jordan, because it was, in the natural, “like the garden of the LORD”, like Eden (Gen. 13:10).  He was going to do what he could by his own effort to increase himself, his belongings, his possessions.  The eyes and ears of Lot’s heart were utterly veiled, however, to Abram’s promise, completely wrapped up from beholding what only the eyes and ears of faith can see and hear … because his delight was this age.  The direction he chose, easterly, through Ai, was prophetically in the direction of ruin.  “Ai” means “heap of ruins”.  Abram stayed west, on the side of Bethel, the “house of God”, because his eyes were on the promise before him, a promise that would extend in the increase already so effortlessly, and by Grace, his, the increase by Grace ahead of him into his lifetime, and then Blessings of “Blessing I will Bless you” (Gen. 22:17; Heb. 6:13-14) into centuries and milleniums in this age, and yet more, into eternity.  Lot chose the cities he could see, and would eventually lose everything (Gen. 19, Mat. 10:39).  Abram was living for the city he could not see (Heb. 11:13-16) because of the Living Voice of the God of Eternity that he was continually pursuing through sacrifice.  

  The Hebrew text of Genesis 13:11 & 14, in these two relatives separating, says that they separated “from upon one another”, as well as denoting that this detachment put alas a distinction from of the overshadowing of one over the other where one had disappeared in the shadow of the first.  The unwrapping of this veil allowed the light of the LORD to no longer be shadowed from Abram’s ability to see and to hear his LORD.  His sacrifice had, indeed, not been in vain.  The Voice of which he longed to hear in the two times he had called upon the Name of YHVH at his altar was suddenly now as clear as day, and a joy to his heart.

“And the LORD said to Abram, AFTER LOT HAD SEPARATED FROM HIM,  “Now lift up your eyes and look…”                                                                                                                                                                         Genesis 13:14  (NASB)

  The sad issue for Lot is that, while not, himself, having directly heard  from YHVH the way his uncle did, the LORD nevertheless gave him an opportunity to let be removed the veil of his heart.  When Abram, in Genesis 14:14-16, fought to rescue him and his family, along with the people of Lot’s chosen city, restoring also back to him all his possessions, upon their return trip south from the Damascus region, Abram encountered Melchizedek, the priesthood of Jesus (Heb. 7:1-3; Gen. 14:17-24) … Lot was among the throng who witnessed this supernatural meeting; and likewise another time, some years later, two angels who, with the LORD Himself, had been with Abram only hours earlier, came and stayed with Lot and his family, and then rescued them from the impending judgment only hours away (Gen. 18:22, 19:1ff).   Nevertheless, the eyes and ears of Lot’s heart did not want anything more than what had existed before him in the natural realm.  He had chosen the cities associated with the cities of the eastern side of the Jordan (Gen. 14:5b-8).  It is a picture of choosing life before the cross, not wanting to live life through the cross; for the cross removes the veil of the heart (II Cor. 3:16).  The western side of the Jordan, the baptism, as it were, through this river, was the place of true, enduring inheritance, where the Living Voice of the LORD is ever unveiled for access to keep hearing and to keep seeing.  Lot never came to an altar of sacrifice himself.  He had watched his uncle take communion with an eternal Priest and King … but Lot never came himself to the communion table, to the sacrifice where the voice of YHVH is ever alive with Grace and Promise of what is exceedingly greater than all that this life has to offer.  His righteous soul lived in a daily torment of what he gave his eyes to see and his ears to hear (Ref. II Pet. 2:8).  He never came into a promise of rest.

   Lot would have one descendant several centuries later, a woman, to cross out of judgment through the River of Baptism and back into Divine promise … and come to be part of the lineage of THE Divine Promised Inheritance offered in sacrifice to the world, (Book of Ruth; Jhn 10:16).  But it is terribly sad that this one man, whom the Scriptures call “righteous”, let his soul be tormented by the voices of this age instead of coming into rest for his soul under the example and blessing of his uncle Abraham.

   This is a year of entering into the LORD’s Promises, Beloved, of having them unveiled to you more deeply than you ever have before.  This Kairos season is in the determinate plan, the Divine Destiny of our LORD Jesus for you, an increasing unfolding to such a greater degree of Abba Father God’s inheritance to you, Dear One, to make even clearer the prophetic promises, even understanding and wisdom for the steps ahead, things into which we have only previously partially glimpsed.  I’m not telling you to ask for strife as what came to be for Abraham and Lot.  But if you will press back to Bethel because you want to pursue hearing, and seeing, even more from of the LORD, press into communion, Beloved, the Father’s most costly sacrifice that gained for us a ripped veil access to always abide, to always be able to hear Him!  A number of you reading this have been crying out to the LORD – to hear more, for clearer vision, for understanding – crying out as to when will come to be the prophetic promises of yesterday.  The answer will come to you, Beloved, in communion.  Remember, the LORD’s table is not a place where the LORD recalls your sin, (Heb. 10:15, 17).  It is a place for you to recall His eternal forgiveness, His eternal cleansing of you once and for all time – a place to recall your eternal sonship/daughtership because of His costly sacrifice to gain you; (Eph. 1:3-7)!  (Some of you needed to hear this last statement over yourselves).  I believe that you will find the Holy Spirit bringing about, or allowing, situations that cause any veil wrapping up the eyes and/or ears of your heart to be finally unwrapped.  I believe we have entered into a season where what, of this age, captivated our hearts previously suddenly fall off.  I believe you will find yourself effortlessly pressing into the LORD like you never did before, and you will find your time with Him even increasing, and your longing for time with Him augmenting, all effortlessly, because it is all a working of His Grace in you.  What you had tried so often, so hard to do before in getting to this position only to fail, you will find now easier, way more than you expected, because it will be by His doing, not your effort.

Let fall off of you love for the things of this age, Dear One, even the noise, the news  of this age.  Let His Voice, the Voice of your Saviour, even His very Presence, capture your heart and mind.  You will find His voice getting clearer and clearer, and dearer and dearer … and your authority in Him in this life increasing … And the world around you will notice you are rising way above the fears that shake them … and they will ask of the Hope that is within you.

You are greatly loved, Beloved.                                                                                    Mark Dingemans

 (The Next Kairos – Revelation from two previous sacrifices in unveiling what it means to capture Abba Father God’s heart and get His Attention)
 

kairos – (Kahee-ros’) – Strong’s concordance defines this word: “an occasion, I.e. set or proper  time.”  The Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible (NASB) defines this word; “season, time, but not merely as a succession of moments, which is chronos,” [from which we derive the English word ‘chronology’].  “Kairos, however, implies not the convenience of the season, but the necessity of the task at hand, whether the time provides a good, convenient opportunity or not.”  This must be understood.  Strategic times of the Lord do not necessarily imply good or convenient times.  We are in Kairos times.  Maybe not good or convenient times, but definitely strategic, opportune times because of the season we are in.  We must have “ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches,” (Rev. 2:29), so as to respond correctly to the Kairos time.
* Some Scripture for this letter is taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE, (c) 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, by The  Lockman Foundation.  Used by permission.  Other references translated from Grk. Txt as presented in T. Newberry’s Englishman’s Greek New Testament, Zondervan Publishing – 1982- originally published in London, Eng. 1877

Pursuing His Voice … at the place of His Sacrifice.

                 the Place of  Sacrifice … & Hearing His Voice                   –  Communion  –

  And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Shechem…”   “And Yahweh appeared unto Abram, and said: ‘To thy seed, will I give this land,’And he built there, an altar, unto Yahweh who appeared unto him.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Genesis 12:6-7  (v6-ASV/v7-REB)

    The Hebrew word for “altar” in the above verse is rooted in a word for “slaughter” for a sacrifice.  Blood was shed and a sacrifice was offered … because the LORD had appeared to him; He spoke with him.

   I’ve been reading the account of Abraham’s life  again and again for months, because there is so much life jumping off the pages to me.  Yet I had not noticed, till after months of going over these chapters, that there was a pattern to Abraham’s “hearing” from the LORD.  It was something, it seems, that the Holy Spirit put into his heart from the moment He first spoke with him after he’d entered into the land promised him.

   Abraham (‘Abram’ at this time) had not heard from the LORD since having departed the city of his birth, Ur, per the very first time He’d spoken to him (see Acts 7:2, Gen. 12:1-3).  When he’d left Ur (present day south Iraq), a place some 80 miles SSE of Babylon, he made it west northwest, as far as Haran, in present day south-central Turkey, until his father died (Acts 7:4) Haran had been a silent of the LORD’s confirmation, of His Word as to the first promise.  Abram packed up and started walking again, by faith, by his believing from of the Rhema living Voice of the only True Living God, a believing which was causing his heart to make his feet move again towards hearing again (Heb. 11:8).  His journey this time went southward, into the land of Canaan.  Abram, with his entire caravan, crossed down almost halfway  … until he was suddenly “captured” again by the the One who had first captured his heart however many years before way back in Ur. 

   “And Yahweh appeared unto Abram, and said, ‘To thy seed, will I give this land,’                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Genesis 12:7a  (REB)

   In gratefulness he offers a sacrifice “unto Yahweh who appeared unto him.”  It was in this sacrifice, Beloved, that something was ignited in Abram,  something that he would initiate at most every place thereafter to which he would journey within this promised land, believing, it seems, to hear yet again from YHVH. 

   And he would inevitably always see his believing answered!

   There was a living faith in Abram’s heart, an active believing, in his sacrificing together with his calling upon the Name of the LORD, that brought about YHVH speaking to him at each those places of sacrifice.  And each time, Dear One, that he would hear from his LORD, there was being spoken to him an augmenting, an “adding to”, the very first revelation of the LORD from Genesis 12:1-3, an ongoing unveiling, if you will, of the initial promise from of YHVH back in UR of the Chaldees.   

   Abram would come to learn, in this altar building/sacrificing, that YHVH would respond.  You don’t always see the response initially, so the pattern is not easily seen; yet you can trace virtually every encounter between YHVH and Abram back to an altar, to a sacrifice, where he would, in the sacrificing, call upon His Name, believing He would speak with him.

  What you come to see, Beloved, in each succeeding Face to face encounter between YHVH and Abram, in this augmenting revelation of the promise, in this Living Word of the LORD to the man who kept pursuing His Voice, is the message of the cross, a speaking of God’s plan of Salvation for the world – the Gospel of Jesus Christ – “And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham…” (Galatians 3:8a – NASB).   In the ongoing pursuing of the Voice of the LORD, Abram was finding himself being transformed by Grace … unto an Abraham.  The eternal covenant planned from eternity was being revealed  by the sacrificing pursuit of the LORD’s Voice, even unto the offering up of his own son on one of the hills of Mount Moriah … which would emphatically point forwards, though in a mystery to the powers of this age,  to an actual sacrifice to be accomplished of another Son on the very same mountain range centuries later.

   We who have believed into the LORD, like Abraham, are transformed through the sacrifice, Beloved … but how do we “sacrifice” in the pursuit of the LORD’s voice?

  In the LORD’s sacrifice for us, even in Communion, the LORD’s table!

     “And it came to be as they reclined, He, with them, having taken the bread  He blessed it, and having broken it, He was giving it to them.  AND THE EYES OF-THEM WERE-COMPLETELY-OPENED AND THEY RECOGNIZED HIM (lit- INTIMATELY, ACCURATELY, PERSONALLY – KNEW HIM!) .                                                                                                                                    And they related … how He was known to them in the breaking of the bread.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Luke 24:30-31a, 35          (Frm Grk txt, Thomas Newberry Englishman’s Greek Interlinear)

 There is no greater sacrifice which we can offer to God the Father other than the One He gave to us in Sacrifice… and it is The Father’s sacrifice, the blood of His Son upon the true Mercy Seat, the broken body of His ripped flesh, that has given us an abiding access to hear His Voice  (Heb. 10:19-20; 12:24b.  Ref. also Ex. 25:21-22; Num. 7:89).

   Paul the apostle writes, in I Corinthians 11:26, of “often” in the taking of communion.  Don’t be afraid of “often” taking the LORD’s table, Beloved.  It is not a place of remembrance of sin because the New Covenant in Jesus’ blood is not at all about sin consciousness.  The Holy Spirit will not bear witness to your short-coming (Heb. 10:15 & 17), rather to the victory that is already yours ongoingly as a free gift, your inheritance in Christ (John 14:21b, 26; 16:13-15).  If you would take communion with the consciousness that you are already clean by the blood of Jesus (Eph. 1:7-9 et al), realizing also in “discerning the LORD’s body” that His broken body was for your body to be whole AND that His flesh was the veil torn apart, giving you unmerited access to hear from the God of the universe whom Jesus made also to be both OUR God AND our Abba Father, what you will find increasingly, Dear One, is the Voice of the Holy Spirit of Abba Father God and Christ Jesus our LORD breaking open to you the life of the scriptures.  The Word of God will come to be so alive to you as He unveils the resurrection Glory of your Savior, which you will find ministering life to you throughout your day, around your home, in your secular job, wherever it is that you need Him, and just because He wants to speak to you and share with you His heart.  (I Cor. 2:9-16).

You are so greatly loved, Beloved.                                                                              Mark Dingemans

 (In the Next Kairos we will look specifically at those places where Abraham sacrificed and called upon the Name of the LORD, and the LORD’s response at those very places).
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 Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible (1902)

kairos – (Kahee-ros’) – Strong’s concordance defines this word: “an occasion, I.e. set or proper  time.”  The Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible (NASB) defines this word; “season, time, but not merely as a succession of moments, which is chronos,” [from which we derive the English word ‘chronology’].  “Kairos, however, implies not the convenience of the season, but the necessity of the task at hand, whether the time provides a good, convenient opportunity or not.”  This must be understood.  Strategic times of the Lord do not necessarily imply good or convenient times.  We are in Kairos times.  Maybe not good or convenient times, but definitely strategic, opportune times because of the season we are in.  We must have “ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches,” (Rev. 2:29), so as to respond correctly to the Kairos time.
* Some Scripture for this letter is taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE, (c) 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, by The  Lockman Foundation.  Used by permission.  Other references translated from Grk. Txt as presented in T. Newberry’s Englishman’s Greek New Testament, Zondervan Publishing – 1982- originally published in London, Eng. 1877

“My SERVANT Caleb”- It’s Not about ‘Doing’

And YHVH said, … ” MY SERVANT CALEB, because there hath been another spirit with him, and he is fully after Me…   ”
                                                                                          Numbers 14:24 (Bold –YLT)

   The revelation/unveiling in this Kairos season of Who is our LORD Jesus this side of the cross, this side of the finished work of His cross for us, what all means His present throne SEATED position in which place & in which Person we are seated (Eph. 2:6), is  revealing to us what is the REST of faith, (as opposed to the “works” [of the Law])The eyes of our hearts are being changed in this hour as the Spirit of the LORD is making known to us that our NEW Covenant walk is not a comparison to Old Covenant demands to holiness, rather an utter dichotomy to it, a complete contrast to the demands, to the requirements to holiness, of the Old Covenant.

“They said therefore to Him, “What shall WE do that WE may work the works of God?”                                                                                                                         Jesus answered and said to them, “THIS is the work of God THAT YOU       BELIEVE in(to) Whom He has sent.””                                                                                                                                                                                      j  John 6:28-20 (NASB)

   We have been stuck on the question for too long, Beloved, (“What shall WE DO that WE may work the works of God?”) without having let sink into our hearts Jesus’s answer to us.  We have made “Christianity”, that is, our walk/our following God, to be about “doing” and “works”, forever having let stay engraved upon our hearts and minds that we’re supposed to “do” that we might “work the works of God” in order to really please Him, that if we don’t focus on our doing, we are not pleasing to God. (Two different precious saints, from opposite sides of this planet, whom I know, told me that they were instructed that “ministry” is spelled “W-O-R-K”).

  But this is “demand” from out of the Old Covenant.  This is the “requirement to holiness” thinking, yet by no means reflects the Grace-truth reality of the FINISHED work of Jesus’ cross, of His consequential Throne-seated position for us and as us, as that which completed the Divine Demand, as it were, to our holiness in the face of Holy God, who is equally now our Abba Father.

   Look again at the account of Numbers 13 after the spies had returned from having looked over the land which the LORD had sworn to give to them.

“Nevertheless, the people who live in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large; and moreover, we saw the descendants of Anak there. … “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are too strong for us.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Numbers 13:28, 31 (NASB)

   The people made receiving God’s promise to them all about their ability instead of resting in (“amen”ing) His promise, out of which He would have imputed (literally from the Hebrew root as seen in Gen. 15:6, “weave into” them) His righteousness – the authority AND power of His own very nature, whereby is a gracing by His working for them, in them, and through them to so receive, to be able(d) to so possess His Divine promises of exceeding goodness.  The people were, in essence, depending on their “perceived” “imputed-by-God” demand of their own effort – works – to take the promise …   “What shall WE DO that we may work the works of God?”     

   Caleb was a man of a different spirit … He was a man of the Spirit (the breath) of YHVH.  Caleb was literally taking a bold stand for resting upon God’s Word, God’s sworn oath to them.  For his words show that their taking the land of promise was wholly based upon the LORD’s pleasure upon them, which was thus His gracing to cause them to go up to possess.

    Then Caleb QUIETED (lit. also HUSHED“) the people before Moses AND SAID, “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it.   … The land which we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land.  If the LORD is pleased with us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us …”                                                                                             excerpt frm. Numbers 13:30, 14:7b-8 (NASB)

   It is the LORD’s response as to Caleb that caused me to see something I had not seen before, until this morning.

     “And *My servant Caleb—because there was another spirit with him,      he was full to follow Me.”                                                                                                                                                                                                    Excerpt frm. Numbers 14:24

   The LORD calls Caleb “My SERVANT“.   Beloved, it is not in what Caleb “did”; rather it is in what Caleb declared.  He was re-setting the people’s focus back on YHVH who had delivered them by His great power out of the hand of the Egyptians, from out of whose hand this people had had no self power to deliver themselves.  Caleb was a “Servant” of the LORD, Beloved, because he was an “Amen-er” of His Word.   He believed and so declared (“barked”, as it were [per the root of his name]) the bigness AND the goodness of their God in the ears of God’s people… and it was THIS that was and is “the work of God”, making Caleb a true “Servant of the Word”,  a Servant of YHVH, a Servant of the One Whom Himself watches over His word to perform it (Jeremiah 1;12).

And His “Word” … is His Son;    (John 1:1)

    Everything of God the Father’s working is wholly focused on His Son.  Though it was a mystery in the Old Covenant, it is an unveiling of this mystery in the New Covenant.  The Father’s heart is all about Christ Jesus His Son, and thus all about the work, even the finished work of His Son.  Hence, our entire life as a believer must focus upon our LORD Jesus, God’s Son, yet completely, even imperatively, this side of the cross, not as He was prior to the cross (ref. II Cor. 5:16); for in this is our transformation from glory to glory, and thus gained inheritance of Divine promises.

  Our focus as to “obedience” to the Word, accordingly, as to what means our being Servants of God, has not to do with focusing upon our “doing”, but upon what Jesus already has done for us and as us.

   I saw something of a declaration that the LORD made to Isaac concerning his father, Abraham, which bears witness to this, that God the Father’s view of us has got more to do with our focus upon His Word than upon whether we think we ourselves are doing enough and/or all the right things to be pleasing to Him.

“And the LORD appeared to him (Isaac) and said, ” … I will be with you and bless you … because Abraham obeyed Me and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes and My laws.”                                                                                                                                          excerpt from Genesis 26:2-5 (NASB)

  If we didn’t know anything about Abraham, we would think what an obedient and pious man he was.  Yet too many us know more of his mistakes and blunders … and can hardly come up with a list such as what the LORD here speaks, that Abraham did all the above.   Yet you would also say, “See, God did focus on Abraham’s “obedience”.”   But the Grace-truth reality in the eyes of the LORD concerning Abraham and thus concerning we who have believed into Jesus is in the Hebrew word “obeyed”.  This word, in Hebrew, even in the Greek of the New Testament, as well as the etymology of the English word, is not at all rooted in “doing” rather in “hearing”, in willingly “bending one’s ear” (continually) “to hear” the Word of the LORD, to hear God’s Spirit.  That ongoing, willing desire to keep our ears bent to the Living Word of God IS OUR BELIEVING (AMENING) (Rom. 10:10; Gen 15:6).  We do it willingly because we continually fall in love with hearing Him.  Even the “kept My charge” from the Hebrew shows that Abraham let be engraved into his heart and mind (so as to guard from loss) the words of the LORD to him.

   The “doing”, Beloved, is the true fruit, the effortless outworking, if you will, of the inworking, the engraving (II Cor. 3:3) of God’s living word upon our hearts and minds (Eph. 2:8-10; Phil. 2:12-13).  As a man of God has often said in accordance with our rest walk of faith, “Rest is not inactivity, but Holy Spirit led activity”.  Our focus thus remains on Him, on Christ Jesus our LORD, our WORD from the mouth of God, from the heart of Abba Father.

  Almighty God sees true servants of Him as those who keep hearing and thus keep believing Him.  Their deeds will indeed follow, will be fruit abundant for the world to pick and eat to taste and see how good (not how demanding) is our God and Savior, Jesus Christ!

  Let the ears of your heart be captivated by the Word of our God, by this ongoing unveiling of Jesus from the scriptures.  Shut your ears, Dear One, to the ongoing noise of this world’s news, this age’s noise.  You will find yourself falling in love again and again with how much Abba Father really does love you, with how amazing the unfolding of His goodness and grace speaks to you all through your day.  You will find yourself willingly unwittingly becoming a true Servant of the Word, of His Voice, of HIM!

You are deeply Loved, Beloved.

Mark Dingemans

(*underlined portion of Num. 14:24 frm. Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible – EBR 1902)

kairos – (Kahee-ros’) – Strong’s concordance defines this word: “an occasion, I.e. set or proper  time.”  The Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible (NASB) defines this word; “season, time, but not merely as a succession of moments, which is chronos,” [from which we derive the English word ‘chronology’].  “Kairos, however, implies not the convenience of the season, but the necessity of the task at hand, whether the time provides a good, convenient opportunity or not.”  This must be understood.  Strategic times of the Lord do not necessarily imply good or convenient times.  We are in Kairos times.  Maybe not good or convenient times, but definitely strategic, opportune times because of the season we are in.  We must have “ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches,” (Rev. 2:29), so as to respond correctly to the Kairos time.
* Some Scripture for this letter is taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE, (c) 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, by The  Lockman Foundation.  Used by permission.  Other references translated from Grk. Txt as presented in T. Newberry’s Englishman’s Greek New Testament, Zondervan Publishing – 1982- originally published in London, Eng. 1877

“Prepare” the Way of the LORD – It’s not what you think!

“And Joshua_said to-the sons of-Israel,                                                                ‘Comenear here and hear the-words of-YHVH your-Elohiym.’                And Joshua_said, ‘By this you-know that God (the One) Living in-midst-of-you  (denotes “nearest you/in the center of you” ); Behold, (the) Ark of-the-Covenent of (the) Lord of-all the earth is-crossing before you” (denotes before your face)                                                                                                                      Joshua 3:9-10

    By the edge of the Jordan River Joshua called the people to draw near him in order for them to hear what the LORD had (what He possessed) to give to them.  This entire Jordan River occurrence, from Joshua 1 through to the end of Joshua 5, would become a sign to Israel, a declaration of truth to be unveiled to any who would heed Joshua’s beckoning to draw near to hear him tell them YHVH’s heart to them/for them.

   Joshua proceeded to reveal to them that, in their God about to cause them to inherit through His driving out the inhabitants of Canaan (the giants whom their fathers had greatly feared), the ark of the covenant of the Lord of the whole earth was passing before them, before their faces, to cut off, all the way back to Adam (Josh. 3:16) the waters of the Jordan – the descending flow of life that eventually ended at the point of judgment (see Jude 7)

   … yet in the statement to “Behold, the ark of the Covenant”, they could not actually behold the ark of the Covenant.

   There is so very much to unfold before your eyes, Beloved, in the magnitude of this crossing; it is monstrous beyond what we have realized.  The entire prophetic statement of this event would stay a mystery to Israel for centuries, yet renewed in far greater significance in its partial fulfillment when John the Baptist showed up, most probably in the very region where Joshua would have lead his people across into their Promised inheritance.

   It seems that by the opening of the kairos time to bring about the New Covenant, the LORD was intentionally bringing His people back to this place of the Jordan, for there was something they did not carry over the first time … (I just got it as I’m writing)

   What they did not carry across with them  …  was an unveiled ark … for their ark of the Covenant was merely a type & shadow, and also only of the Old Covenant (thus why it had to be veiled).  This one did not allow them to live in the face of the LORD (that is, with them having an unveiled face toward the LORD –  “But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart … for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains unlifted.”  II Cor. 3 15, 14a / * see note below).   The Law kept the people in the place of themselves keeping a veil over their hearts – out of fear – so as not to be able to face the LORD their God … because the consciousness of one’s own sin was a daily living reality, most especially when in the hearing of the Torah, or in the presence of a Levite.  The temporal covering of the once-a-year temporal blood, set upon the type and shadow ark, did not remove sin consciousness; thus their standing before God was not an open faced relationship of liberty, rather a shy-away shame relationship because of how intense consciousness of sin would be the closer to the temporal tabernacle one came to be.

   However, the LORD’s heart for His people through the centuries was going to bring them all the way back to the Jordan river to reveal His Salvation in order to properly bring them into their intended inheritance … and He would bring this about by declaring His heart, His intent for them, through the name of the one sent to prepare … “John” – “Yochanan” in Hebrew – YHVH’s Grace!  Their inheritance, Beloved, our inheritance, was to be by the eternal working of an unveiled ark of the covenant.  And the only way for anyone to be able to lay eyes on THAT real ark had to be through a gifting, an unmerited gifting, of such a Holy God.

    The story of Christmas actually begins in front of the veil to the Holy of Holies, many moons prior to the birth of our LORD Jesus, where an old priest by the name of Zacariah, whose barren wife’s name is Elizabeth, was carrying out the proscribed priestly duty of offering one of the twice-per-day incense offerings with prayer (Lk. 1:8ff).

   I will not go into detail here, except to say that their names, Zachariah & Elizabeth, jointly mean “Yah-remembers God’s oath”.  And so He gives to them, even to all of Israel, “YHVH’s Grace”, a son (“son being “ben” in Hebrew, from the verb “bana” meaning, “to build”), sent to prepare the way of God’s Son, who Himself would be the purist, truest Revelation of Grace to Israel and to the world (See Zacariah’s explosive prophetic word over his son – Luke 1:63, 67-79 – esp. Vs. 72-73).

   Mark’s gospel opens up with declaring that “the beginning of the Good News of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, takes place right at the Jordan river; and he then proceeds to unveil this Good-News-beginning with John’s baptizing  in the Jordan River.

   It is the proclamation, sited in Mark  1:2-3, of both Malachi and Isaiah from the Hebrew Text, concerning John’s “messenger mission” that changes perspective as to exactly what this mission is … and it reveals the very intent of Almighty God’s heart towards mankind, differently than what or how we’ve understood, pointing utterly directly towards that purpose (ref. Mat. 3:13-15, Lk. 12:50, Heb. 2:9) even to the finished work of the cross of the One about to be baptized by this “Yochanan… God’s Grace-John” .

Mark 1:2b-3a (NASB)                                                                                                        “Behold, I send My messenger before Your face,                                                     Who will prepare Your way;                                                                                              The voice of one crying in the wilderness,                                                                ‘Make ready the way of the LORD.’ “

   While the words ‘prepare’ &Make ready’ are, in their two different Greek roots, construction terms, their Hebrew root (frm. Malachi 3:2 & Isaiah 40:3 – both use the same Hebrew verb) reveal how “Prepare/ Make-ready” is accomplished.  The Holy Spirit intentionally wanted the fullness, in the usage of the two Greek words, brought out; yet the single Hebrew word reveals how to bring about the two construction/building terms.  The Hebrew verb is “panah”, meaning “to turn (the face)”, the noun of this being “paneh” – the “face” as that which is turned toward (to look).

   Jesus, speaking of John, in Matthew 11:10 b, quotes in the hearing of the people the Malachi 3:1 prophesy, as shown in Mark 1 above, knowing John was called to literally turn the face of the people to face Him (not him).  John was a messenger anointed by God the Father in heaven to ready a people to be built facing the LORD – YHVH – face to Face in the Face of His Son YHVH-shua – Jesus.

“Jesus said, “… He who has seen Me has seen the Father.” ”                                                                                                  John 14:9 (NASB) (ref. also Heb. 1:3)

     But as stated earlier, the heart of Almighty God was that the people come into view … of the true Ark of the Covenant, because their greatest Promised inheritance could only be gained by passing in the open face of this Ark.  The LORD in heaven intentionally wanted  the people to see, to behold, to turn their faces to face His Salvation! (“Yeshua” in Hebrew(see the last phrase of Ps. 91 in Heb.))

    The Father in heaven wanted His people first to behold His Jesus in the demonstrations of His lovingkindness (miracles, healings, etc) as well as to give their attention to His teaching.  And then, with captivated face and heart, He wanted them to alas see, with their eyes facing, the true Ark, with its blood offering AND Judgment/Mercy-Seat … the cross on Golgatha’s hill.  For here was the complete prophetic fulfillment of that first Jordan crossing, as well as the fullfillment of the missed prophetic statement of Jesus’ own baptism in the Jordan.

“…Jesus Christ, whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith…                                                                                                                                                                                                  Romans 3:24b-25a (NASB)

     The word “propitiation” refers primarily to the sacrifice yet also to the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant.  The Entire blood of the Covenant for the true Mercy Seat as well as the Mercy Seat were on public display atop Golgatha – intentionally by Holy God’s doing – to demonstrate the cost of His own willing sacrifice, indeed, the depths of His very Heart, to give us unmerited lovingkindness – Grace from YHVH! … that we might come into face to Face relationship with this Holy God WITHOUT condemnation or even the fear of it! 

    The cross of our LORD Jesus Christ is the unveiled Ark, Beloved, with the eternal blood forever and always declaring us, those who have believed into Him, “CLEAN” / “FORGIVEN” / RELEASED FROM SIN, FROM SIN’S DOMINION … and giving us face to Face access, with the ripped veil of Jesus’s flesh, to Eternal God, our Heavenly Father.

    It is in this face to Face relationship, Beloved, as we behold (II Cor. 4:6) and thus increasingly believe (“Amen”) the revelation of the immensity of God’s real and true Goodness to us that we come into revelation of how great and magnificent are His promises, our Promised Inheritance (II Cor. 1:20; 2 Pet. 1:2-4).

  Let the eyes of your heart capture and be captured by the unveiled Ark of the Covenant, Beloved, the real One.  The revelation will show you ongoingly and increasingly, without ending, what “Finished” really means for you – how cut off our old Adamic root really is, (Rom. 6:6-7; I Cor. 5:17; Col. 3:3) how cut off utterly our place in eternal wrath and condemnation really are (Rom. 5:9; 1 Thess. 1:10), how lavish is the greatness of His Grace to us, yes, Dear One, how LAVISH is the wealth of His grace toward us (Eph. 1:7b-8a; Rom. 5:17).   Don’t be afraid to take hold of this Ark of this Covenant.  Don’t be afraid to live, to dwell, in the face of this glorious Holy Place where there is NO condemnation whatsoever from so amazing a God who has made Himself our Abba Father because of His Son’s willing, costly sacrifice.  Your heart will find out what is first Love, that it was never about you loving God, but about Him loving YOU and giving up His only Beloved Son to gain you.  What has been “theology” will sink the 18 or so inches from your head, and become living reality … and the Word will never again be merely a “theology book about God”.

   You will find with Jesus that Father God becomes your Best Friend!

You are so greatly loved.                                                                                           Mark D.

* (We know that the Num. 6:22-27 priestly blessing is often spoken over the people; but Jewish tradition to the present in synagogues requires the people to stand & turn towards the back with their backs facing the rabbis when the rabbis speak this blessing of the LORD’s face upon them.)

kairos – (Kahee-ros’) – Strong’s concordance defines this word: “an occasion, I.e. set or proper  time.”  The Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible (NASB) defines this word; “season, time, but not merely as a succession of moments, which is chronos,” [from which we derive the English word ‘chronology’].  “Kairos, however, implies not the convenience of the season, but the necessity of the task at hand, whether the time provides a good, convenient opportunity or not.”  This must be understood.  Strategic times of the Lord do not necessarily imply good or convenient times.  We are in Kairos times.  Maybe not good or convenient times, but definitely strategic, opportune times because of the season we are in.  We must have “ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches,” (Rev. 2:29), so as to respond correctly to the Kairos time.
* Some Scripture for this letter is taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE, (c) 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, by The  Lockman Foundation.  Used by permission.  Other references translated from Grk. Txt as presented in T. Newberry’s Englishman’s Greek New Testament, Zondervan Publishing – 1982- originally published in London, Eng. 1877

– Caleb – A Man of a Different Spirit – Part 2

Then Caleb QUIETED (lit. also HUSHED“) the people before Moses AND SAID, “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it.  

  … The land which we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land.  If the LORD is pleased with us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us …”                                                                                                                                                                    excerpt frm. Numbers 13:30, 14:7b-8 (NASB)

    When the twelve men, each a respective leader from of the tribes of Israel, returned from their forty days of spying out Canaan – their Divinely promised inheritance – bringing back with them a single cluster of grapes which needed two of them to hoist on a pole, along with pomegranates & figs, their words testifying to the abundance of the land were abruptly short-circuited by 10 of them who had viewed all the inhabitants then presently living in their Promised possession as a situation that was going to be impossible for they themselves to possess.  The thirty-one words of these leaders (Numbers 13:28-29 in Hebrew) started a firestorm that swept through in a wave of unbelief, almost instantaneously gripping the minds of the people.

    Yet before another word of this unbelief being raged against Moses could come out of these ten, Caleb, in a bark that immediately hushed the noise, declared boldly that they should indeed go up to possess their inheritance.  (Remember, Beloved; Moses is the set apart leader by YHVH before the Law had even been given, when it was only on the LORD’s heart to deliver His people from out of Egypt in order to bring them into the land He had promised their forefathers that He was going to give to them – see Ex. 3:16-17What you don’t see in the English text of Caleb’s words is that the Hebrew literally says Caleb “Silenced the people toward Moses ….”; it was literally his bark, We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome itthat hushed the words of unbelief pouring out of the mouths of the ten other named leaders, fellow spies, against Moses. 

    Caleb’s name means “dog”.  The Hebrew specifically relates his name to the “bark” of a dog.  Strong’s Concordance suggests also the connotation of “forcible” to Caleb’s name definition.  And it is in the force of his words that reveals the intensity of his belief, his faith, his heart’s persuasion in the unmerited, unearned Promise to them by YHVH, the LORD their Awesome & Mighty God!  This, Beloved, is what captured the LORD’s ears and attention (Num. 14:24; Deut. 1:26).   In both Numbers 14 & then the recounting of this incident by Moses years later in Deuteronomy 1:34-39, the LORD, YHVH, reveals something of Caleb, which to me speaks louder from how it is said in the Hebrew text.  I will show you how the English says it, then how it is in the Hebrew.

   “But My servant Caleb, because he has had a different spirit and has followed Me fully,”                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Numbers 14:24a (NASB)

   It is not incorrect to say the above verse in the way that most translations have it written.   But the Hebrew text is a bit stronger in the way it is declared.   It is not so much that he had a different spirit, rather that he WAS of a different spirit.  The verb used is from the infinitive “to be(come)”.   Moreover, it is not so much that he fully followed the LORD, rather he WAS-FULL to follow the LORD.  The active verb used in Hebrew is to be full“; (the “follow” is used in the infinitive).  His “being full”, Beloved, wasn’t “effort to follow”, rather was in the boldness to declare, to speak out of his spirit the agreement of his heart to the Spirit (Ruach) of the LORD his God.  The Hebrew text, in the body of this verse, leans to this; “And *my servant Caleb—because there was another spirit with him, he was full to follow Me.”  Oh Beloved, he was of another Spirit because his breath wasn’t voicing the reality of what his eyes and ears saw in the natural, as was the voice of the other ten.  Indeed, Caleb was of another Spirit because, in the face of “reality in the natural” was the greater Grace-Truth reality that Almighty God had already shown to them the awesomeness of His might, THE POWER OF YHVH’s GRACE, in having delivered them all from the strong hand of Egyptian bondage to slavery the day after they all ate from of the sacrificed lamb whose blood on their doorposts had kept out the death angel which had robbed the breath of every uncovered-by-blood first-born of Egypt.  Caleb’s spirit, Caleb’s breath, was in the present reality of the Holy Spirit of God (Ruach Elohiym) keeping in his remembrance and thus on his lips the intensity of the Grace-Truth reality of who this Deliverer was and is.

    Caleb’s boldness, Dear One, was not “effort to believe“; his heart was already full after the LORD because he was already fully convinced of God’s grace upon them and to them just because of what HE, YHVH, had already done for them.  God is not a yesterday God.  His “I was, I am, I will be” is wholly under the Grace-truth reality that He is “I-AM”.

“This is My Name forever, and this is My Memorial Name TO ALL GENERATIONS.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Exodus 3:15b (NASB)

   What He, the LORD, was, He still is, and accordingly, always will be.  Caleb’s anchored faith, his full-to-follow-spirit, was evident in his bark which suddenly silenced the unbelief pouring out of the mouths of the ten other leaders of the people.  The Hebrew usage of the verb “to be full” carries the denotation of “intentional”.  Again, it is not “effort” to show forth a face of faith.  His “intentionally being full” to follow was revealing the already anchored-to-YHVH believing heart, that what He had promised, He, the LORD, intended to bring to pass for them.

   Though it is so that the majority voices of the ten leaders overrode Caleb’s bold faith declaration in the ears, minds, & heart of that generation (Num. 14:1-4, 10), the following younger generation was all the while quietly paying attention … The LORD told Moses that his generation would die in the desert, save Joshua and Caleb, and of Caleb specifically, that would he march in, take the land, and that Caleb’s seed would indeed inherit (Num. 13:20-24) … That young generation watched their unbelieving parents die over the next thirty-nine to forty years … save Joshua and Caleb … then watched these two men of years, to whom the LORD saved their strength of their younger years, lead them into their Divinely Promised inheritance to overcome the land of the “Hittites” – “dreads/fears/terrors”  (see http://kairosmark.net/2014/01/11/nuggets-from-the-book-of-joshua-part-3/ ).  Even as the LORD declared, their seed rose up in the likeness of the faith of these two lone surviving spies, the true leaders of God’s unmerited, uncompromising, powerful Grace, the two men of a different spirit; and they followed to be conquerors.  Caleb’s daughter would be given to a young man named Othniel – “force of God”.  Othniel, a young man, after having watched this faithful, full-to-follow man of a different spirit take out the giants who had beset the previous generation with terror, came to be likewise a man of a different spirit, and would accordingly himself knock out the next set of giant terrors, ( see Josh. 15:13-19).

    Jesus is our Joshua and our Caleb, Beloved.  We have to let be anchored our hearts in the finished work of Jesus’ cross, in what He fully did, having fully been a Man of a different Spirit in following His Father … all the way to the death of the cross, in defeating the Hittites of our lives, the fears and dreads of this age.  Our confidence to stand boldly, to proclaim boldly, is anchored in the unprecedented heart and will of Almighty God in giving us grace to be so bold, because our feet are standing on the finished work of Jesus, His Son.  Our lives are hidden with Christ in God.  The breath we breath out, Beloved, the voice we voice out, must come out of a heart resting, wholly rested, in what Jesus has done for us and as us.  Don’t be afraid to declare boldly what all your heart comes to rest in.  The work of the cross was a work of yesterday that is still as powerfully “I Am”, today, against every evil force as it was the the day Jesus shed His blood to strip satan and to utterly, wholly, and completely cleanse, forgive, set you free into a broad place, and give you authority as Sons and Daughters of the Living God (Eph. 1:5-7; Col. 2:9-15).

   Let your heart and mind, and then your lips, take courage, Beloved, in and because of your Throne-Seated, far-above-all-principality-and-power King of Kings & Lord of Lords, … because you are seated with Him there, with your LORD Jesus Christ, our awesome, awesome Savior!   (Eph. 2:6)

You are so loved.

Mark Dingemans

(*underlined portion of Num. 14:24 frm. Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible – EBR 1902)

kairos – (Kahee-ros’) – Strong’s concordance defines this word: “an occasion, I.e. set or proper  time.”  The Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible (NASB) defines this word; “season, time, but not merely as a succession of moments, which is chronos,” [from which we derive the English word ‘chronology’].  “Kairos, however, implies not the convenience of the season, but the necessity of the task at hand, whether the time provides a good, convenient opportunity or not.”  This must be understood.  Strategic times of the Lord do not necessarily imply good or convenient times.  We are in Kairos times.  Maybe not good or convenient times, but definitely strategic, opportune times because of the season we are in.  We must have “ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches,” (Rev. 2:29), so as to respond correctly to the Kairos time.
* Some Scripture for this letter is taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE, (c) 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, by The  Lockman Foundation.  Used by permission.  Other references translated from Grk. Txt as presented in T. Newberry’s Englishman’s Greek New Testament, Zondervan Publishing – 1982- originally published in London, Eng. 1877

– Caleb – A Man of a Different Spirit –

  And YHVH said, … ” My servant Caleb, because there hath been another spirit with him, and he is fully after Me…   ”
                                                                                        Numbers 14:24 (Bold –YLT)

    When Moses sent twelve men in to spy out the land promised to them by God, they all returned declaring the goodness and exceeding abundance of the land (Num. 13:23-27), but 10 of them (the number of the Law) lowered their vision from the awesome powerful God who had delivered them by His Grace with a strong powerful hand from the domination slavery of Egypt, to now seeing their own small selves in view of the size of the giants dwelling inside their Divinely promised inheritance.  And seeing themselves in such comparison reduced the Grace-truth reality of so great a Savior to now looking at their own inability to be able to acquire this huge, Divine promise, a promise only able to be gained by faith … not by works (self effort) of the Law (Rom. 4:14 & 16a) … they forgot that their monster deliverance to begin with had had nothing whatsoever to do with their same inability to bring about such freedom .

   But Caleb, along with Joshua, did not forget unmerited, undeserved, unearned favor.

    Then Caleb quieted (lit. also hushed“) the people before Moses and said, “We should by all means go up and take possession of it, for we will surely overcome it.”                                                                                                                        … Caleb the son of Jephunneh … spoke to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, saying, “The land which we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land.  If the LORD is pleased with us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us …”                                                                                                                                                excerpt frm.   Numbers 13:30, 14:6-8 (NASB)

   Caleb’s faith was wholly on the LORD’s unmerited favor already having been demonstrated in their deliverance from out of Egyptian bondage.  God’s dealings to and for His people were wholly based upon His good pleasure to pour out of who He is – full of Grace, full of Love – to show forth of His exceeding goodness, all of which has absolutely nothing to do with human effort to earn even an ounce of it!

    What set Caleb apart in the eyes of the LORD was his confession of His grace and favor towards them all.  Caleb’s words were Caleb’s very breath voicing, breathing out God’s own breath, YHVH’s own Spirit.  Caleb’s heart and mouth persuasion was in God the LORD’s greatness for them and to them, believing thus it would also be through them.  He wasn’t focused on the reality of their smallness in the eyes of the world, rather on the Greater One who was exceedingly superior in comparison to the giants.  Those giants did not overwhelm him.  They would indeed be the very giants whom he would, at 85 years of age, dispossess from out of his own inheritance, the very giants who dismayed his named fellow spies. (Josh. 14:6-15; Num. 13:4-16)

   Oh, Beloved, we have let our eyes and our ears to this world’s news and events dictate to our heart, dictate to our believing, that our Almighty God is not going to do for us as He has promised.  We have settled for the desert (deliverance out of without inheritance into abundance of so very great and abundant promises).  We don’t realize that the generation delivered out of Egypt was not at all pleasing to the LORD (Ps. 95:10; I Cor. 10:1-5), that the generation from whom reproach of slavery was cut off was the following generation, the generation that followed Joshua across the Jordan into their Divine inheritance (Josh. 5:9)We have let our hearts be captivated by an alleged big devil, all because this world’s news has made the dust eating, dust crawling snake of Genesis 3 be magnified into a dragon over our heavens.  We have not let our hearts be captivated by the overwhelmingness of the good news of the finished work of the cross of our Savior Jesus Christ who stripped the devil at His death (Col. 2:15), then overcame death, having been raised from out of among the dead, then ascended to heaven and kicked the dragon from out of heaven, no longer allowed access there to accuse us before so awesome a God of impossibilities all because of the Living Blood of Jesus upon the true Mercy Seat (Rev. 12:5, 9-10; Heb. 12:22-24; Heb. 10:10-23).  We have allowed our own seeming insignificance and/or our continually remembered short comings dictate to God that we can’t take possession of ALL what He has promised us.                                          …                                                                                                                                               It’s not about us, Beloved!  It’s not about our ability or inability to possess.  It’s not about our ability to have “great faith”.  It’s wholly about the finished work of Jesus’ cross on our behalf, for us and as us, His having been raised to glory, to the glory of what He has gained FOR US AND AS US!   Faith in Jesus is not about effort to believe.  Let your heart and your lips be captivated by the glory of the finished work of the cross, Beloved.  “Great Faith” will be the fruit of gazing.

   You, Dear One, see the LORD Jesus in the greatness of resurrection glory (II Cor. 3:17-18) … He is the One to see and behold your faith.  Your heart’s faith will rest in its believing and confession, instead of in striving to believe and to confess.  You will be being changed effortlessly, even surprisingly to yourself … stuff for which you have striven in vain to change will fall off of you while you behold your LORD Jesus in the glory of the finished work of His cross.  This is what it means to “believe in the good news”.  Quit letting your ears and your eyes be imprisoned (captivated) to the events of this age.   It skews true Grace-truth reality of God our Savior’s dealings with us and with the world from the scriptural truth of the finished work of the cross.  Moreover, it robs of faith, even the rest of faith, for believing for inheritance, for huge inheritance.  The news of this world, of this age, has always been bad.  Rather, let your focus gaze increasingly on your Glorious, exceedingly Powerful, throne seated Savior  …  for …

                                                      “AS HE IS,                                                                                                          SO ALSO ARE WE ON THE EARTH.”                                                                                                                                             1 John 4:17b (NASB)

It’s time to be a people of a different spirit, Beloved!

 You are so greatly loved.                                                                                                      Mark D.

kairos – (Kahee-ros’) – Strong’s concordance defines this word: “an occasion, I.e. set or proper  time.”  The Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible (NASB) defines this word; “season, time, but not merely as a succession of moments, which is chronos,” [from which we derive the English word ‘chronology’].  “Kairos, however, implies not the convenience of the season, but the necessity of the task at hand, whether the time provides a good, convenient opportunity or not.”  This must be understood.  Strategic times of the Lord do not necessarily imply good or convenient times.  We are in Kairos times.  Maybe not good or convenient times, but definitely strategic, opportune times because of the season we are in.  We must have “ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches,” (Rev. 2:29), so as to respond correctly to the Kairos time.
* Some Scripture for this letter is taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE, (c) 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, by The  Lockman Foundation.  Used by permission.  Other references translated from Grk. Txt as presented in T. Newberry’s Englishman’s Greek New Testament, Zondervan Publishing – 1982- originally published in London, Eng. 1877

Get Rid of Your “Achan Breakin” Heart – Exposing the Root of Delayed Inheritance

   “Let not your heart be troubled (roiled); believe in God, believe also in Me.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 John 14:1 (NASB)

   “And He-was-telling them, “Take-heed what  you-hear…”                                                                                           “Take-heed how you-hear …”                                                                                              Mark 4:24; Luke. 8:18  (Lit. frm Grk Txt)

   When the Hebrews were powerfully delivered from the hand of Egyptian slavery, God’s heart and spoken promise to them was to bring them all the way into the land He had sworn to Abraham to give to his seed (Gen. 12:7; 15:16; 17:8; Ex. 6:7-8 ff).  The sad chapters telling the story of halted inheritance are Numbers 13 & 14.  But there is so much to glean from this accounting.  Of the 12 men who were sent in to spy out the good land, all which testified that this promised inheritance did indeed flow with milk & honey, having brought out, moreover, a cluster of grapes on a pole which had to be carried back by two of them, 10 of these leaders of the people nevertheless let their physical eyes tell them that the giants [the Hebrew word conotes “big bully”, denoting “one who (intentionally) causes (because of using his size, another)to fall “], that these giants were the (logical) reason they were not able to go in to take what God had promised them was already theirs.  It was this that they let overwhelm their hearts instead of intentionally bringing back to their conscious memory the bigness of what their YHVH Almighty God had done for them back in Egypt to free them from centuries of slavery.   And though Caleb piped up to cancel out these negative words and so to believe God, the words of the 10 who gave the bad report prevailed louder in the hearts of the people … and it was these words, Beloved, that the people mulled over all  night in their tents, and so let their hearts get roiled to the point of utter unbelief.   (See Num. 14:1-4).  

   You need to see the LORD’s response, Beloved, from out of one of the Hebrew words:

   “how long will they not believe in Me?”                                                                                                                                                                        Numbers 14:11   (NASB)

   The Hebrew verb, “to Believe” ? … “Aman” … from which we derive our English-ized “Amen”.   

  Even though God had delivered this numerous multitude so powerfully from out of bondage, that generation displeased the LORD, for they would not go on to continually believe Him / they did not give their hearts and mouths to “Amen” Him  (ref. Ps. 95:7-11 & Heb. 3).  The evil report into their ears became the seed that bore fruit through their words …                                                                                                          … words that God Himself heard  (see Num. 14:28).

   A generation later, when Joshua took in the grown up children of the delivered-out-of-Egypt nation into their promised inheritance, as they were receiving instructions from him in taking the first & the greatest city, he commanded them all NOT to speak during the days of their march around Jericho (Josh. 6:10) … he did not want what their eyes were physically to behold to take root as unbelief in their hearts and then their mouths.  Forty years was already too long for him outside in the wilderness wandering by reason of spoken unbelief.

   Yet also, as the anointed leader, he was, in essence, letting continue to root in the hearts of his people the power of the mighty hand of God through the issue of the Ark of the Covenant supernaturally having stopped & rolled back the flood waters of the Jordan in order for them to alas enter into this Divinely promised inheritance, along with what happened spiritually with the succeeding  circumcision & passover celebration, to be the anchor of their faith.  (See previous blog).

   And so it was that Jericho fell, yet that Rahab and her family were spared, because she had made room in her heart & home to keep the spies (See Joshua 2).  Her faith in YHVH’s greatness was far greater because of the report of that forty year old account of Israel’s God having opened the Red Sea, as well as what He did through His people to the two giant kings east of the Jordan just prior to their crossing.  The “big” of all the wickedness of her own city, of all that her city was, did not compare to the greatness of Israel’s God for what He had done for His people.  She wanted to be a part of “His People”.

   It is what takes place, in the conquering of Jericho, yet not revealed until the beginning of ch. 7, in which is that which has been stirring in my heart for the last several days from the LORD.  I did not initially receive it from the Holy Spirit from out of ch. 7, but from reading of Rahab’s hiding of the spies in ch. 2, which led me to a few verses of Psalms 31; (and it was in these verses that the LORD brought me back to one of the key words He has kept alive in my heart for several years).

  When the two young men came into Jericho, they came to the woman, Rahab, to her house.  Word quickly spread through the city, making it all the way to the king, who sent to have these two young men brought out.  But Rahab had hidden them up on the flat roof of her house-in-the-wall.  While it is true that she was a prostitute, she apparently was also a seamstress or cloth maker … for she had hidden the two spies under the stalks of flax, a tall but thin plant from whose stalks are taken fiber to make linen.  The stalks were up there in thick bunches intentionally because of the process flax is put through to finally end up as linen threading.  As I was studying one of the Hebrew words for “hide” (denoting “by burying”  – Josh. 2:6) I chanced over to Ps. 31:19-21a  (NASB)

“How great is Your goodness, which You have stored up (“hidden [by burying”- same Heb. wrd. used in Josh. 2:6]) for those who fear You, which You have wrought for those who take refuge in You before the sons of men (Adam).  You hide (cover) them in the secret place (covering) of Your Presence (Lit. also, “of Your face”from the conspiracies (snares – meshes) of men.  You shall keep them secretly (cover [by burying]) in a shelter (cukkah) from the strife of tongues.  Blessed be the LORD, for He has made marvelous His lovingkindness to me…”                                                                                (Bracketed words my insert to show from the Heb. text)

  There is a place in the Face of our LORD, Beloved, to be hidden from the striving and noise of this world, from all the words of this life which are set by the enemy of our souls to rob us of faith, of believing our LORD.  Yet this is also a place where we can walk confidently complete as a child of God in the Face of Him who gave Himself to be to us both God AND Father (Gen. 17:1; Col. 2:9-10). Even in this life YHVH, our Almighty God, can literally hide us by burying us in the presence of His face (See Ps. 91:1).

    What delays our moving forward in faith, in increasingly believing, in our growing & walking in (and on) deeper waters where we have never walked before, are words of the news of this life which are set to roil our hearts, literally, causing us thus to see a bigger devil than a defeated devil in the face of the Greater One who stripped him at Golgatha.  When you look at the account of Joshua 7 and bring out the meaning of names, it is clear that the strife of tongues, the strife coming from the mouths of this age which we let into our lives (our eyes and our ears), will grind to a halt our advancement in kingdom inheritance.  Look at this account:

   After Jericho, Joshua moved ahead to Ai near Beth-aven which was near Bethel.  Ai means “heap of ruins”.  Beth-aven means “house of vanity.”  Beyond these two was Bethel, “House of God”, where Jacob had had his vision of an open heaven (see Gen. 28:10-19).  Israel  was defeated in the battle to take Ai (heap of ruins), and so were stopped, yet all because of the sin of Achan, whose name means “troubler” but which is rooted in a word meaning “to roil” like water (being boiled).  Achan’s sin was covetousness … he had stolen goods from Jericho of which no one was to take anything.  Jesus addressed this issue in the parable of the sower and the seed:

“And other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. … these are the ones who have heard the word, and the worries of the world (age) and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.”                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mark 4:7, 18b-19  (NASB)

  The roiled heart is the one that does not let the Word take root in his heart, having let worries of this age and also the (empty) desire for things to fill it.  It is not a heart & soul at peace, and so the noise of this world comes into both ears, keeping the covetous heart roiled – in a state of ongoing worry, in a place of ongoing unbelief.  Even when the Word still gets spoken into their ears (i.e. Sunday church sermon), that Word cannot bear fruit because the soil of that heart has too many thorny weeds left there.

  That Ai is on one side and Beth-aven on the other is like the news of the age in which we live – bad news of destruction – coming into one ear, and coming into the other the vanity news (such as from out of Hollywood), which is nothing but hopelessness in the end.   Both halt our advancement, as it were, towards what ought to be the open heaven of the house of God, where we clearly see and hear through the Holy Spirit in us what all is our inheritance in Christ Jesus our LORD.

A lot of you have heard or read from me as to what I am going to here write, for this is the Word that the Holy Spirit has kept before me for some years, yet the last couple of years provoking me to take this more seriously than I have before.  Paul writes by the Holy Spirit in Ephesians 4:31, “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger AND CLAMOR and slander be put away from you …”  When I saw this some years ago, it was like being slapped in the face ‘pay attention’ because this word to me didn’t fit the list in which Paul wrote it.  I remember saying, “Father, ‘clamor’ means ‘noise'”, and He answered me immediately, saying “that’s right”.  For years I saw this verse as “don’t let clamor in”.  But Paul was actually writing “don’t let ‘clamor’ come out of you.”  And then I remembered the old computer saying, “garbage in, garabage out”, and I got it.  The noise, the clamor, the multitude of this age’s voices, allowed to come into our ears & hearts turns to become noise that comes out of our mouths, an indistinct sound, which bears no peace and grace in those who are giving their ears to us.  But it produces also unbelief.   It produces an unsurety in our hearing our LORD Jesus.  Even though He said, in John 10, that His sheep hear His voice, too many believers cannot hear Him … and are stymied in their forward faith walk, in gaining more inheritance from what Jesus gave His life to give us.

   “Let not your heart be troubled (roiled); believe in God, believe also in Me.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 John 14:1 (NASB)

The word for “troubled”, according to Strong’s concordance, denotes “to stir or agitate (roil water)”.  From Thayer’s lexicon, “b. tropically, “to cause one inward commotion, take away his calmness of mind, disturb his equanimity; to disquiet, make restless” “.

The antidote, Beloved, is to let the life, the real life-giving life of His Word be “amen-ed” by our hearts and mouths.  You will find the Holy Spirit unveiling Jesus to you like you’ve never seen or heard.  This treasure, Beloved, will be far more valuable than the treasures or promises (noise) of treasures this world has to offer.

  There is a hiding place in this time in the LORD’s face, in the presence of YHVH, Hand of Grace Nailed in Grace.  There is Grace, there is a rest for your souls, clear hearing and thus a heart and mouth willingly saying “Amen” to so faithful a God who has stored up Goodness for us for this life.  Your “completeness” in Christ is in the unspoiled Glory, the rich treasure of the ripped veil access into the open heaven of the Holy of Holies, where the Father has so much more for you than you can even imagine or dream.  Let your heart be captivated by the Glory of your resurrected LORD, Beloved.  All the noise of this world will fall off,  and you will find your believing heart unroiled in a world of so much turmoil.

You are so greatly loved, Beloved                                                                          Mark D.

kairos – (Kahee-ros’) – Strong’s concordance defines this word: “an occasion, I.e. set or proper  time.”  The Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible (NASB) defines this word; “season, time, but not merely as a succession of moments, which is chronos,” [from which we derive the English word ‘chronology’].  “Kairos, however, implies not the convenience of the season, but the necessity of the task at hand, whether the time provides a good, convenient opportunity or not.”  This must be understood.  Strategic times of the Lord do not necessarily imply good or convenient times.  We are in Kairos times.  Maybe not good or convenient times, but definitely strategic, opportune times because of the season we are in.  We must have “ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches,” (Rev. 2:29), so as to respond correctly to the Kairos time.
* Some Scripture for this letter is taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE, (c) 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, by The  Lockman Foundation.  Used by permission.  Other references translated from Grk. Txt as presented in T. Newberry’s Englishman’s Greek New Testament, Zondervan Publishing – 1982- originally published in London, Eng. 1877