We are often thrown many “curve balls” in the game of life. The opponents seem to think that only “idiots” would want to “walk with God”.
Others may consider it a “good idea” but are frustrated when their prayers are “not answered.” Some after trying hard to be a “good Christian” eventually give up and turn bitter against the whole thing.
To come to a place in life where you start to really walk with God is a great thing! And I am more and more convinced that as we approach the end of this age two things are about to happen.
1. Many will fail, turn bitter and hateful, and start living a miserable existence. as prophesied by Enoch, Daniel and Ezekiel:
2. But many will do the opposite. From Daniel 12:
Go your way, Daniel, because the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end. Many will be cleansed and made spotless and purified. But the wrong-doers will continue to do wrong. None of the wrong-doers will understand, but those who have insight will understand.
There is one very surprising switch in this “time of the end” situation. Did you see it? …
No it is not the term “wrong-doers”. It is the word “many,” because in the New Testament, we hear that “few” will find the way, and that “many” will be deceived! That has in fact happened and was the major characteristic of the Seventh Week of Age of Enoch’s vision — the AGE of Apostasy.
“The last will be first?”
Yahushua, the one most call “Jesus,” said something that few understand: Here is one of the accounts. This from Luke:
Strive to enter through the narrow gate, because many, I say to you, shall seek to enter in and shall not be able. When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, “Master, Master, open for us,’ he shall answer and say to you, ‘ I do not know you, and where you are from?’ Then you shall begin to say, ‘ We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’
But He shall say, ‘ I say to you I do not know you, and where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of what is wrong.’
There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the Kingdom [Domain] of Elahim, and yourselves thrown outside. And they shall come from the east and the west, and from the north and the south and sit down in the Kingdom of Elohim. And see, there are last who shall be first, and there are first who shall be last.“
Although, this may not be an unfamiliar passage, the context may be.
Yahushua prophesied about what was about to happen, and in particular during the Age of Apostasy:
“Do not be deceived, for many will come in My Name, saying I am the Christ, and will lead the masses astray.”
This began on or about 135 AD and continues to this day.
“A time of cleansing?”
But now we are in the “time of the end,” many shall be cleansed and made spotless and purified! This is the time when those prophecies, long sealed, have been “unsealed” and made known, and you read it here first, didn’t you?
Those who were first didn’t get it. They were led astray. But the time for that has come to an end. Now is the time for the cleansing to start.
Does that mean the we all need a bath or shower? Not really.
The cleansing begins where? If you said, “inside” then you did not mean your internal organs, right? “Inside” is your thoughts and even deeper than that. It is in your subconscious!
“Out the abundance of stuff in the heart (subconscious) the mouth speaks.”
Therefore, there is stuff in all of us that hurts us and others. And that makes us unclean and not pure, does it not?
How did all the stuff get into our Heart (subconscious)?
All things that are “external” to us can only enter in by our senses, touch, taste, hearing, seeing, and smelling. But these don’t carry anything more than stimulations that are picked up by special nerves that transmit the sensations to our brain. They are not accompanied by “words” or “meanings.”
For example, if you smell a rose, you experience a sensation that may be either pleasant or unpleasant and nothing more. However, the next time you see that rose, you may remember your first experience and either smile or frown or simply ignore it. In other words, the experience causes a “frame of mind” to be created in which all things about the rose, what is seen, felt, smelled, and any emotions caused by this experience are stored inside this frame. From that time on, different roses will expand that original frame and create subframes within a larger frame.
If the original rose created a negative emotion toward the rose, like if during the process of smelling the rose, you badly cut yourself on its thorns, then other roses may be victims of that first experience. Therefore, you will carry a negative emotion toward other roses, even if some other roses do not have the despised characteristics of the that first rose, and may have the opposite reaction if you got more familiar with it! Say, for example, the rose “Brides Dream,” which lacks thorns on the long stems.
I use this example because my wife and I have about 135 rose plants in our yard with about 70 varieties. Now every year a rose may not perform well or perhaps has only a single bloom that doesn’t last long. This rose is removed and a better one takes its place. After a while the garden has strong roses, with wonderful fragrance, and multiple proficient blooms.
In other words, the garden “a frame for roses” was “cleansed” and “made spotless” and “purified,” wasn’t it?
Looking back on this example then, did you notice that we were relying only upon experience and nothing more? And it was the mind that provided “meaning” to that experience, wasn’t it? There was no “meaning” until our senses brought information to our mind, which then began to attach emotions and create a “frame of mind” within which all future “rose” experiences would now “live.” Interesting, isn’t it?
The hidden depths of the mind
How many of these frames do we have in our minds? Thousands? Hundred thousands? Millions? We don’t know because they reside in the subconscious, “the heart” and when we see, hear, taste, smell or touch something, the subconscious pulls from its abundance, and we react and most often “speak” about it.
Scientists have found that in our conscious mind we can usually contain at most seven of these “frames of reference.” Some of us can only handle less and others more. Doesn’t matter. The point is that there is a huge warehouse of “frames” in our subconscious.
And a lot of it is junk, isn’t it?
In part 1, of this series about Waling with God, we learned about King David and his grievous errors and terrible mistakes. Psalm 51 is what King David prayed, after he had committed adultery with Bathsheba, and realized how serious his actions were and how many people suffering as a result. In the first the quarter of the psalm David acknowledges and confesses his state:
“For I know that I did wrong and my grievous error is ever before me. Against You, You alone, have I done these terrible things and committed this incredible wrong in Your eyes.”
But then he starts to examine the source of the wrong, and what he desires to be done to him:
“See! You desired truth in the inward parts, and in the hidden part You make me to know wisdom. [So I am asking You to] Cleanse me with hyssop, then I will be clean. [You] Wash me, then I will be whiter than snow. Let me hear joy and gladness. Let the bones You have crushed rejoice. Hide Your face from the wrong I have done, and blot out all my crookedness.”
Then David continuing to look inward, at the source of all these terrible actions, and he petitions for change:
“Create in me a clean heart, O Elohim, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your “Set-apart” [Holy, Unique, Special] Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your deliverance, and uphold me, Noble Spirit!”
If we earnestly desire to walk with the Elohim, then we need not only the cleansing and washing, but the creation of a new heart [subconscious] that knows only truth. “Truth in the inward parts.”
How can we get “truth in the inward parts”?
First, must come the desire to be cleansed of all the baggage that all of us have packed into our subconscious through all of our experiences and accompanying reactions to them. This includes all the things that we still hold dear that are not true realities. We have been creating our own realities [frames] all our life, haven’t we? The things we learn from others including parents and family, friends, school teachers, college professors, media, movies, TV, radio, politicians, books, heroes and more, feed information into our subconscious and create multiple frames of reference that color our every thought, action, and spoken word.
David had some serious problems. He was carrying some very dangerous baggage, and it got him in so much trouble that not only was he hurt by it so was the nation, didn’t?
Second, David saw the solution. A clean heart that now needed to be created in him. He saw that his spirit was leading him into wrong-doing. It was not a spirit that led him to do what is right, as it did when he was younger. And he prayed that the spirit that leads to doing right would be renewed.
Then he understood where that Spirit came from and he was afraid it would be taken from him. It was the special Spirit that came from Elohim, which we call the “Holy” Spirit.
Now I hear some saying, “Well, I don’t know about that? The Holy Ghost didn’t come until Pentecost, and all those Old Testament people were cut off from salvation because they didn’t know Jesus.”
Did any before the New Testament walk with God? Of course they did. Enoch is the father of us all, and he walk with God. So did Noah, also our father. And his sons, our fathers. Also Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Joshua, and the prophets. They all had the special [set-apart] Spirit that comes only from Elohim.
But on the Feast of Firstfruits (also known as Pentecost), the Spirit was now made available to ALL who desire to have it and who have the same “mind-set” that David had.
You can see that David was humble, can’t you? And that he saw how he was betrayed by what was in his own heart, wasn’t he? So he asked in prayer for the same thing that Elohim desires for each of us: “You desire truth in the inward parts.” And David wanted a restoration of what he had before, a connection with Elohim that allows for the creation of Wisdom: “In the hidden part You make me to know wisdom.”
Third, David’s request included a commitment based upon this new way of seeing things and doing what is right that required a new and clean reality inside, in the heart or subconscious:
Let me teach Your ways to those who do wrong, so that those who live and do mostly wrong and hurtful things will turn back to You.
After this David returned he set his other wives free. He became a changed man, “a man after Yahua’s own heart.” He married and cared for Bathsheba as his only wife for the rest of his life and had a child by her. This child was the start of the line that carried the name the House of David from which Yahushua, the Messiah (Chosen and Anointed One) was born.
The LORD has sought Him a man after His own heart, and the LORD has commanded him to be captain over his people.
1 Samuel 13:14
To be continued …