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The 2005 MLB playoffs (follow-up)

First posted: November 8, 2005

 

Question

{This question is a follow-up to a previously-posted question.}

 

The Chicago White Sox uniforms were a gray (pale) color. [A] brother is colorblind, and I showed him a Walkman medium-gray color case, and asked him what color it was. He said it looked green to him. I was told by a brother in the Lord that the White Sox did play a game wearing green uniforms. I do not know the occasion. It may have been a St. Patrick's Day event.

 

Was the green-horse color (green) prophetically represented in the color of the White Sox uniform?

 

Answer

Jermaine Dye

In this year's (2005's) World Series, the Chicago White Sox swept the Houston Astros in 4 straight games. As we shared before, the White Sox represented the pastoral matriarchy's effort to remain in control over God's Church. Therefore, it is not surprising that the Series MVP was Jermaine Dye, the White Sox player who "happens to" wear the number 23, which (as we have said before) is spiritually related to the pastoral ministry.

 

In the 4th and deciding game, the White Sox and Astros were tied 0-0 after 7 innings. In the 8th inning, Jermaine Dye drove in a run, which allowed the White Sox to win the game 1-0. As we have said before, the number "8" is a figure of spiritual regeneration. Therefore, the fact that Jermaine Dye, #23, drove in the winning run in the 8th inning is a figure of how pastors across America (and the world) have been able to convince believers that the Church can be regenerated while they (the pastors) remain in charge. Those who have woken up to the inherent problems in the Church have been appeased into thinking that those problems can be solved without removing the pastoral ministry from its spiritual kingship over the Church.

 

The name "Jermaine" is very similar to the name "Jeremiah". The name "Jermaine" can also be changed into the word "jeremiad" by doing 3 simple letter changes (moving the "e" at the end, flipping the letters "ai", and changing the "n" to a "d"). According to Webster's Dictionary, "jeremiad" is a "lamentation", or a "long, woeful complaint". All of this points to the following passage in the book of Jeremiah:

 

"1Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD. 2Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD. 3And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. 4And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD." (Jeremiah 23:1-4)

 

Women "dye" their hair to "hide" their natural color. Hair dying is not inherently wrong. However, in the context of this World Series, the last name "Dye" refers to how pastors have tried to "hide" their "true colors" without changing on the inside. As most women know, the hair "roots" are the first part of the hair that starts showing the hair's original color after it has been dyed. This points to the fact that pastors (in general) constantly try to "white out" problems without dealing with the root issues. Why? Because "root change" implies the sometimes painful application of Godly logos judgments, and Canaanite pastors are inherently anti-judgment, especially when the judgment is against their own iniquity.

 

From all of the above, we can say that the name "Jermaine Dye" prophetically points to how the pastoral matriarchy is trying to "dye" (i.e.- "mask") God's impending "jeremiad" (i.e.- woe) against her. The U.S. has been called by God to be the country from which the latter-rain revival will flow out into all the world. Unfortunately, the Church in the U.S. has been duped into believing that there is no impending judgment against the pastoral structures, and that the latter-rain revival can come while the pastoral ministry continues suppressing God's "male" ministries. This is the reason why the Chicago White Sox swept the Astros in 4 games, and it's the reason why Chicago's "Jermaine Dye" was the Series MVP ("Most Valuable Pastor").

 

In one of the games, Jermaine Dye was granted first base by the umpire because he was supposedly "hit by the pitch". This call was crucial in that game's White Sox victory. The replays, however, show that the ball actually hit Jermaine Dye's bat, not his hands. In their playoff series against the Angels, the White Sox were also favored with another erroneous call (the "3rd-strike-in-the-dirt" play). Again, this points to how the Canaanite spirit distorts apostolic judgments when it is not proactively dealt with. As we have studied before, "Zoar" (i.e.- little) things can lead to large and tragic consequences, because unrighteousness is like malignant leaven (1 Corinthians 5:6-8).

 

Gray that looks green

As we have said before, computer monitors display all colors by combining the colors red, green, and blue. If you combine these 3 colors at 50% intensity, you obtain the color gray. As we have also said before, the colors red, green, and blue can be associated with each of the 3 "male" ministries (apostle, prophet, and evangelist). Therefore, the color "gray" (in this context) speaks of how the pastoral matriarchy is trying to do a half-hearted (50%) conversion towards the "male" ministries. It preaches about "apostolic covering", "prophetic grace", and "evangelistic conquest", but it does not preach about "apostolic judgment", "prophetic sacrifice", or "evangelistic warfare struggle". The unpleasant half is always conveniently cut out.

 

Before proceeding to speak about "colorblindness", we must make the following "disclaimer". As we have studied before, all "disease" or "physical ailments" can be traced back to sin, without exception. However, the "sin" in question is not always in the heart of the person with the disease or ailment. On many occasions, we are called to suffer disease or ailments for the sake of others. Through our disease or ailment, we become physical conduits that reflect the spiritual disease of the people around us, and, through our suffering in Christ, we become agents of restoration for those around us who are spiritually sick (Galatians 4:13, Isaiah 53:1-5, Colossians 1:24). Let him who can bear this truth bear it.

 

As we have shared before, "colorblindness" is a physical manifestation of the "simplicity spirit". This spirit oversimplifies the complexity of God's wisdom logos, ignoring the subtle differences between similar "color tones". Wisdom is for the making of judgments (2 Chronicles 1:10); therefore, artificially-simplified wisdom leads to wrong and simplistic judgments that eventually lead to tragic consequences. Imagine a colorblind bomb-deactivator who is supposed to cut the "orange" wire in a bomb, but who cuts the "red" wire instead, detonating the bomb. The deliberate ignoring of subtle differences leads to not-so-subtle consequences!

 

As we shared before, the U.S. (and the Church in general) was supposed to progress from the black horse of the Apocalypse into the next horse, the green horse. However, the spirit of delay in America has not only delayed the latter rain's manifestation, but it has also regressed it temporarily. The pastoral matriarchy, which is behind this "spirit of delay", has replaced the green horse with a gray horse that looks the same to the undiscerning mind. What looks like progress is actually a "drawing back" (Hebrews 10:38-39). As we have said before, this retreat was caused by the former remnant believers who betrayed God's calling and gave up on His Promise because they were unwilling to go through the necessary pain to complete the task.

 

In conclusion, the fact that the colorblind brother mentioned above could not distinguish between the colors "green" and "gray" is a prophetic figure of how the "colorblind" Church in America has been unable to discern the temporary regression that has taken place in the spirit realm. America's gray half-heartedness has led to a temporary victory by the pastoral matriarchy. It is not a coincidence, therefore, that the game-4 starter for the Houston Astros was "Brandon Backe".

 

Fence straddling

All 4 World Series games were decided in the late innings, and 3 of them were 1-run games. This is a figure of how the faithful in America's Church have come to the edge of the Jordan River but have been unwilling to take the final step of faith to reach the Promised Land. God is calling many faithful believers in America to travel up uncharted territory. He is calling them to fully adopt a Gospel that has been hidden from the Church for centuries. He is calling them to fully discard the old religious paradigms and adopt a Gospel of judgments and prophetic anointing that has been hidden by satan for centuries. This Gospel may be "new" to man, but it is not "new" to God. It is the original Gospel that God had planned from before the foundation of the world (Matthew 13:34-35).

 

"1And Joshua rose early in the morning; and they removed from Shittim, and came to Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over. 2And it came to pass after three days, that the officers went through the host; 3And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it. 4Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore." (Joshua 3:1-4)

[Notice how verse 4 speaks of entering into unknown territory. This means that those who are not "hospitable to the strange things of God" cannot enter into the fullness of their calling (Hebrews 13:1-3).]

 

The word "Shittim" in verse 1 literally means "acacias", and is derived from the Hebrew word shotet, which means "scourge"; the word shotet only appears once in Scripture, in verse 13 of the following passage:

 

"11Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God. 12Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you: 13Know for a certainty that the LORD your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the LORD your God hath given you." (Joshua 23:11-13)

 

Notice how verse 12 above speaks of people who "go back" and allow themselves to get contaminated by the "remnant of pagan nations". This speaks of people who do not deal the "death blow", the "knockout punch", the "coup de grace" on the enemy. It speaks of people who hand the enemy a resounding defeat, but without exterminating him, leaving a "remnant" that eventually comes back to haunt them. Notice how verse 13 above speaks of God exterminating the people from "off this good land". This shows how (unlike most believers) God is not shy about "exterminating" those who have set themselves against Him.

 

From Joshua 23:11-13, we can conclude that "Shittim" is a figure of a relatively-faithful Church that regresses because it refuses to fully exterminate the unrighteous structures that are contrary to God's perfect will. According to Joshua 3:1 above, the Church must "remove itself" from Shittim before it can aspire to crossing the Jordan and entering the Promised Land.

 

Notice also how the Israelites "lodged by" the Jordan river before crossing it (Joshua 3:1). This means that the Jordan cannot be crossed "casually". It must be crossed as a result of a very deliberate and proactive decision. As you are forced to "lodge by" the Jordan river, you are compelled to weigh all the potential dangers in the decision you are about to make. You are forced to face your fears and ask yourself if the dream you are pregnant with is worth such a high risk of failure. Those who are not willing to "take the chance" will retreat from the edge of the Jordan and lose out on the utter fulfillment of God's purposes for their own lives (and the lives of others). Those who are not willing to go through that final stretch of pain will not break through and enter into the Promised Land.

 

Last Sunday (November 7, 2005), the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs were playing the Oakland Raiders. The score was 23-20 in favor of Oakland, and the Chiefs had the ball on Oakland's 1-yard line, with 5 seconds left in the game. Under those circumstances, the "normal" thing to do would have been to kick a short 3-point field goal to tie the game at 23-23 and send the game into overtime. However, the Chiefs' head coach, Dick Vermeil, decided to forsake the safety of the game-tying field goal, choosing instead to go for a game-winning touchdown. Kansas City's Larry Johnson then leapt over the line of scrimmage, landing in the end zone for a touchdown, and Kansas City won the game 27-23.

 

As we have said before, the number "23" points to the pastoral ministry. Therefore, a 23-23 tie represents a Church that does not chase after total victory, allowing the pastoral matriarchy to remain in control. Dick Vermeil's risky decision to go for the win is a figure of the prophetic remnant that will not settle for a partial victory; it is a figure of a prophetic remnant that is willing to go all out to achieve the total victory that God has promised.

 

Had the Chiefs settled for the tie, the score would have been 23-23, meaning that 46 points would have been scored in the game. As we said before, the number "46" (in the context of the 2005 World Series) is a figure of a "pastorized" Church dominated by the 2 "female" ministries. However, since Kansas City went for the 7-point touchdown, the final score was 27-23, meaning that 50 points were scored in the game. As we have said before, the number "50" in Scripture speaks of the outpouring of the Spirit. This means that those who have their eyes set on the latter-rain outpouring will be willing to take the necessary chances because they will settle for nothing but the Lord's total victory. Those who act like Lot -- by settling for the safe but intermediate refuge of a nearby "Zoar" (Genesis 19:30-38) -- will not conquer the Promised Land.

 

In Joshua 3:1-4 (quoted above), the Lord commanded His people to stand at a distance of 2000 cubits from the ark of the covenant. This distance corresponds to the place where the River of God reaches the knees (Ezekiel 47:1-5). As we have said before, this is the place where the apostolic and prophetic anointings are operating "full-force" in the believer's life. The apostolic anointing drives us to endure long-term suffering, and the prophetic anointing drives us to suffer the torment of brief but intense "stings". We cannot act as evangelistic conquerors of the Promised Land without the foundation of these two anointings (Ephesians 2:20). Therefore, only those who are willing to go through the 1000 cubits of apostolic suffering and the 1000 cubits of prophetic torment will be able to conquer the Promised Land.

 

In Joshua 3:1-4, the Lord commands His people to keep their eyes on the ark of the covenant in front of them. In Scripture, the "ark of the covenant" is a figure of the Lord's shekinah presence. Therefore, the Lord is saying that only those of you who keep your eyes on the goal of seeing God's Glory manifested on Earth will be willing to go through the last stretch of apostolic suffering and prophetic torment required to unleash that manifestation. When you keep your focus on the worthiness of the prize you are after, you will be willing to do whatever it takes to seize it.

 

"11If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. 12Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:11-14)

 

Fellow believer, our calling goes beyond being "moral citizens" and "nice, churchgoing Christians". We are called to suffer labor pains in order to birth God's latter-rain Glory in this world. Through this latter-day generation, God's shekinah presence will invade the Earth and bring about the greatest and most dramatic revival mankind has ever seen. Through this generation, the spiritual atmosphere of the Earth will be totally transformed, but that transformation will require people who are willing to suffer in the Spirit. Those of you who volunteer for this work will be led by the "ark of the covenant" to the places and circumstances in which you are to suffer. As you do, you will receive an impartation of God's sovereignty, and you will be an agent through whom God's perfect will is fulfilled on Earth. You will rejoice as God's will is fulfilled, because His will and yours will become indistinguishable.

 

"20Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. 21A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. 22And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. 23And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. 24Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full." (John 16:20-24)

 

"9After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:9-10)

[Notice that we must pray for His Kingdom to come. The traditional Church believes that His kingdom will come as we stand cross-armed, waiting for God to bring the Kingdom upon us. Scripture, however, reveals that God will bring His kingdom through those who long and suffer for its manifestation. Those who long for something get frustrated when that which they long for is delayed.]

 

"Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life" (Proverbs 13:12)

 

Those who are not willing to go through the torment of "hoping" will turn into "fence straddlers" who will walk along the edge of the Jordan River without ever crossing it. The birth of the latter-rain revival in America requires a painful "final push" that the Church in America has been unwilling to make. Many of the believers who sincerely want to see this revival got stuck at "Shittim", the spiritual place where the unrighteous pastoral structures are not fully exterminated. When you leave a remnant of unrighteousness, that remnant will inevitably grow back and bite you. Because of America's Shittim regression, the truly faithful remnant has been forced to suffer for yet "another day".

 

"19My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you, 20I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you." (Galatians 4:19-20)

 

Every time I would start praying for the Astros during each of the World Series games, a "heaviness" and a sense of "futility" would burden my heart. I felt as if they lacked that "oomph", that final push that would place them over the top. They constantly left runners on base during crucial moments of each game. They lacked a "clutch" hitter, a player who would take the team on his shoulders and help win the game for them. They seemed like a lackluster bunch of players who lacked the desire to dominate the opponent. This is what the Church in America looks like in the spirit realm. This is what happens when the Church is led by "fence straddlers".

 

A Latin dark night

Game 4 of the 2005 World Series was impregnated with a strong Latin American influence, as shown by the following facts:

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Before the game, Major League Baseball paid a tribute to Latin American baseball stars of the past.

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Latin American singer Jon Secada gave a Latinized rendition of the U.S. national anthem.

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The starter for the White Sox was Latin American Freddy Garcia.

 

As we have said before, Latin America is a stronghold of the Canaanite influence on Earth. Therefore, the strong "impregnation" of Latin American influence in the final game of the World Series is a figure of how the Church in America has allowed the Canaanite influence to infiltrate her, thereby delaying the latter-rain manifestation.

 

In the natural realm, a negative Latin American influence has crept into the U.S. because of the "fence-straddling" stance of people like George W. Bush, who look the other way as illegal immigrants flood in from the southern border with Mexico. The same has happened in the spirit realm, which has led to a temporary but painful delay of what God wanted to do in America's spiritual atmosphere.

 

Game 3 of the World Series went into extra innings, and was decided by a Jeff Blum homerun in the 14th inning that gave Chicago the victory. Up until July 31st of this year (2005), Jeff Blum had been a San Diego Padre; he was then traded to the White Sox, where he finished the regular season. This once again emphasizes the Latin American influence represented by the Chicago White Sox. As you may know, the name "Padre" means "father", and it is the name used to refer to catholic priests, who are predominant in Latin American culture. Latin America used to be overwhelmingly catholic, but a "mini-revival" has allowed the Protestant influence to grow strong. Unfortunately, this Protestant movement rebelled against God's plans, and it turned into a "religious" movement rather than a "spiritual" movement. Those who "converted" from "catholicism" to "Protestantism" in Latin America have simply replaced one set of human rituals for another, without changing on the inside, and Latin America's latter state is now worse than the former. The fact that a "Padre" hit the game-winning homerun in Game 3 is a reflection of how the Church in America allowed the spirit of religiosity to delay its revival. This is why the visitor who sent in the question mentions the White Sox possibly wearing green on "St. Patrick's Day". As we have said before, the name "Patrick" is generally related to the spirit of religiosity that makes reconciliation with unrepentant enemies instead of destroying them.

 

The Sunday after the White Sox World Series sweep (October 30, 2005), Al Lopez (of Latin American descent) died at age 97. Al Lopez managed the White Sox in the 1959 World Series, which was the last World Series the White Sox had appeared in before 2005. After 46 years, the White Sox reappeared in the World Series under another manager of Latin American descent, Ozzie Guillen.

 

The Sunday that Al Lopez died, the NFL's Chicago Bears beat the Detroit Lions in overtime. The Detroit Lions were quarterbacked by Jeff Garcia (of Latin American descent), who threw an interception in overtime that was returned by the Bears for the game-winning touchdown. As we have said before, the "lion" is spiritually associated with the making of judgments, and Chicago represents the pastoral-matriarchy stronghold in America. Therefore, the Lions' defeat at the hands of Chicago speaks of how the Church in America allowed the Gospel of Justice and Judgments to be temporarily silenced by the "pastoral" spirit of Canaanite mercy. The fact that Jeff Garcia threw the interception that led to the Lions' overtime loss reveals how the Latin-American Canaanite influence was key to the revival's temporary setback in the spirit realm. When Canaanite mercy is allowed to creep in, the full extermination of unrighteous roots is left incomplete, and the unrighteous weed is allowed to grow back. When this happens, the Amorite bears are allowed to regain their control, and precious time is once again wasted.

 

"28And it came to pass, when Israel was strong, that they put the Canaanites to tribute, and did not utterly drive them out. 29Neither did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer; but the Canaanites dwelt in Gezer among them." (Judges 1:28-29)

 

"34And the Amorites forced the children of Dan into the mountain: for they would not suffer them to come down to the valley: 35But the Amorites would dwell in mount Heres in Aijalon, and in Shaalbim: yet the hand of the house of Joseph prevailed, so that they became tributaries. 36And the coast of the Amorites was from the going up to Akrabbim, from the rock, and upward." (Judges 1:34-36)

[The name "Dan" means "judge", which points to the Detroit "Lions". The "bears" are left-handed Amorites. Therefore, the Bears' victory over the Lions is a physical manifestation of how verse 34 came to pass in America, temporarily setting the latter-rain revival back a few years.]