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Flight of sadness

First posted: January 22, 2008

 

This article is the twelfth in a series of articles dealing with the spiritual events --- as prophesied by the Lord in Matthew 24 --- that are already taking place prior to the coming of the Son of Man. This article will share on the words spoken by the Lord in Matthew 24:19-20.

 

Index

Oh, the gastric burden!

Will you please grow up and give me a break?

Fending off inclement weather

Empty Sabbath of Hittite torment

Ambush Sabbath of oaths against you

Praying through the enclosing beast

 

 

Oh, the gastric burden!

As we have shared in the previous word of this series, Matthew 24:16-18 speaks of the remnant's flight through the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th seals of the Apocalypse (the red, black, and green horses). Therefore, we can say that the subsequent verses are related to the 5th-seal's phase of the remnant flight:

 

"19And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 20But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day" (Matthew 24:19-20)

 

The phrase "that are with child" in verse 19 was translated from the Greek words echo, en, and gaster, meaning "to have", "in", and "belly" respectively. In other words, the Greek text literally says, "that have in the belly". The Greek word gaster is the word from which the English word "gastric" is derived; gaster appears 9 times in 9 verses of the New Testament; it appears 6 times in 3 of the 4 Gospels and 3 times elsewhere. Out of the 6 times it is used in the Gospels, it is used 3 times to refer to Mary being pregnant with Jesus, and the other 3 times, it is used to refer to the time of great tribulation (as is the case in Matthew 24:19 above). This has prophetic significance. When Mary "had Jesus in the belly", she was forced to experience public shame for being an "unwed mother". As her belly grew in size, she was considered to be just another young girl who had thrown her life away. Mary's pregnancy made her look like a "failure" in the eyes of natural man. Thus, the word gaster is used in the Gospels to represent a burden that exposes you as a "failure" in the eyes of soulish man.

 

The first time gaster appears outside of the Gospels (7th time overall) is in verse 3 of the following passage:

 

"1But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 2For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape." (1 Thessalonians 5:1-3)

[The phrase "woman with child" in verse 3 was translated from the 3 Greek words echo, en, and gaster that appear in Matthew 24:19]

 

It is no coincidence that the Holy Spirit waited until the first epistle to the Thessalonians to mention the word gaster again. As we have said before, a close study of the epistles to the Thessalonians reveals that they are the epistles most directly related to awaiting God's green-horse visitation, and they are the epistles that most explicitly talk about the Lord's parousia. This emphasises the fact that gaster is a word intimately related to believers who have been willing to receive the green-horse anointing that takes them to Death and Sheol, just as was the case with Jonah when he went into the big fish's gaster.

 

Notice how 1 Thessalonians 5:3 above establishes a link between "having in the belly" and not being able to escape. Due to their unconditional surrender unto God, green-horse riders are often forced to suffer through "binding pregnancies" that prevent them escaping heartache that they could have avoided under more favourable circumstances. Therefore, when God unleashes His vindicating vengeance on behalf of His green-horse riders, He causes their enemies to suffer through the same type of heartache that they ruthlessly put His green-horse riders through, and He gives them a taste of what it feels like to be in a circumstance from which you cannot escape due to a binding burden that limits your mobility.

 

The 2nd time that gaster appears outside of the Gospels (8th time overall) is in verse 12 of the following passage:

 

"12One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. 13This witness is true." (Titus 1:12-13)

[Both the word "prophet" in verse 12 and the word "witness" in verse 13 show that this passage is spoken in the context of someone bearing the prophetic anointing (as we have shared before, being a "witness" is a manifestation of the prophetic anointing)]

 

The word "bellies" in verse 12 was translated from gaster, and the word "slow" was translated from the word argos, which literally means "free from labour, at leisure" or "lazy, shunning the labour one ought to perform". Therefore, it has the connotation of delay-causing negligence and a disinterest in making prophetic sacrifices in order to forge righteousness in others. Thus, the "slow bellies" mentioned in verse 12 above refer to those who are not willing to bear burdens on behalf of others in order to get them "across the bridge". Such people are only interested their own burdens and have no interest in fulfilling the law of Christ:

 

"1Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. 2Bear ye one anotherís burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. 3For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself." (Galatians 6:1-3)

 

Many believers deceive themselves into thinking that they are fulfilling all the obligations that a "Christian" is supposed to fulfil by simply living a "good, moral" life and taking care of their earthly business. As we have studied before, this constitutes "Level-1 righteousness", and is not enough to enter into the Promise. Level-1 believers are fulfilling "the law and the prophets" at the literal and soul levels (Matthew 5:17-20, Luke 16:16), but they are not fulfilling them at the spirit level (Romans 13:8-10, Galatians 6:1), which is the level required to please God, for God is Spirit (John 4:24).

 

When you live in level-1 righteousness, you are not required to bear others' burdens. When you enter into a life of level-2 righteousness, bearing others' burdens becomes a law that you are required to fulfil. That is when making voluntary "Christ sacrifices" in the prophetic anointing of God becomes a requirement you are bound to fulfil. That is the "law of Christ", a law that "slow bellies" (i.e.- negligent bellies) are uninterested in fulfilling.

 

The last (i.e.- the 9th) time that gaster appears in the New Testament is in verse 2 of the following passage:

 

"1And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: 2And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered." (Revelation 12:1-2)

 

As we have studied before, Revelation 12 speaks of the tribulation process that God's remnant must go through in order to bring forth the "male" spirit nature in God's people. The fulfilment of God's purposes for the Church is impossible without a weak remnant willing to bear the unbearable burden. It is the only way to get the Church across the threshold and into the realm of resurrection dunamis (Philippians 3:10).

 

The word "pained" in Revelation 12:2 above was translated from the Greek verb basanizo, which literally means "to torment" and is translated as such in other verses in the King James translation. Therefore, the burden to bring forth God's purposes in these latter days involves exposing one's souls to much Hittite torment from Sheol.

 

Will you please grow up and give me a break?

In Matthew 24:19, the Lord says, "woe unto them that have in the belly and those who are breastfeeding in those days". There is a spiritual message behind the phrase "in those days". God's green-horse remnant will have to endure great suffering and torment as they surrender in weakness and die. After their death, however, they are granted a "period of rest" in relative prosperity as they await God's vindication. Unfortunately, in the middle of this "rest period" (i.e.- "in those days"), many of God's remnant are forced to go through additional suffering, and the Lord's "woe" in Matthew 24:19 is with regard to them. This unnecessary extra suffering is caused by believers under your care who have neglected their spiritual growth and have actually regressed. Because of the spiritual work you have wrought in their lives (a work which they gladly allowed), their spiritual calling will continue to be alive, so God will not have the freedom to discard them, even when they have become stagnant and have actually begun to regress in their spiritual walk. Since they have the "remnant scent" on them (impregnated on them for being around you and being relatively receptive and cooperative towards you), satan will come after them to destroy them. Due to their spiritual stagnation, however, they will not have the spiritual wherewithal to defend themselves. Because of their wilful immaturity, they will be like defenceless lads in the face of the enemy, and they will require your motherly spiritual protection. As a result, the Lord will drag you down from your place of rest and send you to defend them in the middle of your "rest period". This will expose you to suffering that you were not originally supposed to endure. You will be forced to act as a shield for them, taking the shots from the enemy on their behalf. Why? Because you have the spiritual armour required to absorb and stand those shots; that armour should be on them, but it is absent because they neglected to develop it. You will suffer from those shots, but you will have the spiritual robustness to survive them. If they had been the ones taking those shots, they would have irremediably bled to death.

 

"12Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye have not injured me at all. 13 Ye know how through infirmity of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first. 14And my temptation which was in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. 15Where is then the blessedness ye spake of? for I bear you record, that, if it had been possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me. 16Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? 17They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that ye might affect them. 18But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, and not only when I am present with you. 19My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you, 20 I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you." (Galatians 4:12-20)

 

Notice how the Galatians had shown receptiveness and generosity towards Paul, which drew favour from God towards them. They now had the "remnant's scent" on them, with their calling still alive, and they could not be discarded by God, despite the fact that they had regressed in their walk (God never forgets a favour you have done to one of His little ones, and He always repays in full - Matthew 10:42). Because of this, Paul was forced to reluctantly suffer birth pangs on their behalf once again. As "little children" who had failed to mature (v19), they were vulnerable to satan's attacks, and Paul was forced to act as a shield to defend them.

 

Woe to those of the remnant who have believers under their care who need to remain in the oven (i.e.- "belly") or who still need to be breastfed. The protracted growth of these spiritual foetuses and babies will force the remnant believers assigned to them to suffer even more in the midst of their spiritual persecution during the 5th-seal phase, a phase that is supposed to be spent in relative safety.

 

Fending off inclement weather

In Matthew 24:20, the Lord tells His remnant believers (the ones who hear His intimate voice - Matthew 24:3) to pray that our spiritual flight may not be during the "winter" or during the "Sabbath". Considering the spiritual connotation of all that the Lord has spoken in Matthew 24, it would be Girgashitely ludicrous to think that Jesus was speaking about literal "winters" and literal "Sabbaths". Since most believers are Gentiles, they do not live in cultures where the Jewish "Sabbath" is kept; the closest thing to the Jewish Sabbath is the "Gentile Sunday"; should we then pray that our flight not happen on a Sunday? Of course not! Such a conclusion only makes sense to the natural mind of a believer who is not used to hearing the intimate voice of God's Spirit.

 

What, then, did the Lord mean when He told us to pray that our flight not be during "winter" or during the "Sabbath"? In order to understand the meaning of "winter", we must consider the word used by the Holy Spirit in the original Greek text. The word "winter" in Matthew 24:20 was translated from the Greek word cheimon, which refers to "stormy or rainy weather". This word is only used 6 times in the New Testament. The first time it appears is in verse 3 of the following passage (translated as "foul weather"):

 

"1The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven. 2 He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. 3And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? 4A wicked and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas. And he left them, and departed." (Matthew 16:1-4)

 

As we studied before, the "morning" mentioned in verse 3 points to the Old Covenant of human intermediaries, and the "red sky" points to the wrath of God unleashed upon those living under the spiritual structures of the Old Covenant. This means that the cheimon (i.e.- "foul weather") of verse 3 refers to judgement brought about by Old-Covenant structures.

 

The next 2 times that cheimon appears in the New Testament is in Matthew 24:20 and Mark 13:18; in both cases, cheimon is used in the context of the Lord's exhortation to pray that our spiritual flight not be in "winter". The 4th time that cheimon is used is in verse 22 of the following passage:

 

"22And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. 23And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomonís porch. 24Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly. 25Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Fatherís name, they bear witness of me. 26But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. 27My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Fatherís hand. 30I and my Father are one. 31Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. 32Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? 33The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. 34Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? 35If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; 36Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? 37If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. 38But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him. 39Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand, 40And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode." (John 10:22-40)

[The word "escaped" in verse 39 was mistranslated from the Greek verb exerchomai, which literally means "to come out"]

 

Notice how the religious Jews surrounded Jesus and began to hound him, questioning His spiritual authority because that authority was not backed by their natural, visible parameters. As Jesus spoke words of the Spirit, words that went beyond their religious understanding (v25), the Jews became irate, to the point of picking up stones (again) to stone Jesus (v31). Even after Jesus defended Himself and showed them that they did not understand the Scriptures which they so staunchly "defended", they "sought again to take Him", but He "came out of their hand" (v39), which means that He was in their grasp for a while. As they had Jesus in their grasp, they were trying to prove to themselves and to Jesus that He was nothing more than a lowly mortal with no God-nature inside of Him. "The one who claims to 'be equal to God' and to speak words from above can't even get away from our grasp", was the thought that they would happily mutter to themselves as their hands held on to the lowly body of Jesus and as they apparently were doing with Him as they pleased. As Jesus remained in their grasp for a while, He was forced to deal with the apparent contradiction between the height of His spiritual claims and the lowliness of His temporal condition. He did not have the army of men and resources that the religious system had. As He wrestled to free Himself from His enemies, He was basically on His own. He seemed like a king with no kingdom, a saviour with no one to save, a liberator with no one interested in the liberty He had to offer. He was indeed the Messiah, the Christ, the one fulfilling the prophecies of old, yet no one seemed to realise it (v24) because He was fulfilling all the prophecies in ways that no one had expected; He was fulfilling them in their true sense, in the spiritual sense, the sense which truly mattered, the sense that would lead to eternal ramifications that shook the very core of human existence.

 

All of this happened during "winter" (v22), which shows that cheimon (i.e.- winter) refers to a period during which you come under intense judgement from those who are unable to understand the spiritual language you have spoken and who try to "bring you down" to their earthly level by denying the God-nature inside of you. Through this rain of judgements that is unleashed upon you via human agents, the enemy tries to discredit the invisible value of the spiritual work you are doing. This is the reason why Yeshua's accusers said to Him, "If you are the Christ, tell us plainly" (v24), as if to say, "If you want to prove to us that you are the Messiah, do some work that shows it; do what Messiahs are supposed to do". In response to this, the Lord pointed to His works, as if to say, "I am doing the works of Messiah, but you are unable to see the value of those works; the fact that you cannot see them does not deny their reality" (v25-28).

 

As we have studied before, Jebusites are judges gone awry, i.e.- judges who judge by the appearance they see and not by what they hear in the Spirit. Jebusites like to humiliate the "little" people, pummelling them with unrighteous judgements in an effort to suck them dry of any sense of spiritual authority or inherent value in Christ. Therefore, we can safely say that cheimon "winters" are periods during which you are barraged with Jebusite judgements intended to "kill" the God-nature in you. Jebusites are utterly merciless. Devoid of the "first love", they are blind to the God-potential in the son of man, and they are especially ruthless towards any one who manifests that God-potential in defiance of their earthly laws and paradigms. Therefore, a rain of Jebusite judgements is inherently inclement, for Jebusites are lacking in God's clemency.

 

After John 10:22, the next time that cheimon appears in the New Testament is in verse 20 of the following passage, translated as "tempest" instead of "winter":

 

"18And we being exceedingly tossed with a tempest, the next day they lightened the ship; 19And the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship. 20And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away. 21But after long abstinence Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said, Sirs, ye should have hearkened unto me, and not have loosed from Crete, and to have gained this harm and loss. 22And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any manís life among you, but of the ship. 23For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, 24Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. 25Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me. 26Howbeit we must be cast upon a certain island." (Acts 27:18-26)

 

The phrase "no small tempest lay on us" (v20) was translated from the original Greek text as follows:

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The word "lay" was translated from the Greek verb epikeimai, which is derived from the prefix epi meaning "over, upon" and the verb keimai meaning "to lie, lay"; interestingly enough, the verb keimai is also used to refer to the "laying down of laws".

 

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The word "small" in "no small tempest" was translated from the word oligos, which means "few, little" and has a connotation of "low quantity"

Therefore, the phrase "no small tempest lay on us" refers to a large quantity of judgements raining down on a person as others apply laws on him or her. This is emphasised by the "long abstinence" (v21) that the "no small tempest" produced. The phrase "long abstinence" was translated from the original Greek text as follows:

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The word "long" was translated from the Greek word polus, which is the exact opposite of oligos and means "much" (in the sense of "high quantity")

 

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The word "abstinence" was translated from asitia, which is derived from the prefix a meaning "without" and the word sitos meaning "wheat, grain"; therefore, asitia refers to fasting, and, as we have said before, fasting speaks of being "consumed" in a fire of judgements.

Thus, the phrase "long abstinence" speaks of being "consumed" by a barrage of multiple judgements. As stated in verse 20, this barrage sucked the hope out of those under it.

 

The 6th (and last) place in the New Testament where cheimon appears is in the following verse, translated as "winter":

 

"Do thy diligence to come before winter. Eubulus greeteth thee, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren" (2 Timothy 4:21)

 

Notice how Paul exhorts Timothy to get to where Paul was "before winter" came around, which correlates with the Lord's instruction to pray so that our flight may not be in winter. After his exhortation, Paul mentions 4 names under the anointing of the Spirit, which have the following meanings:

  1. "Eubulus" means "of good will"

  2. "Pudens" means "shamefaced" (according to weddingvendors.com)

  3. "Linus" means "flax" (according to behindthename.com)

  4. "Claudia" means "lame, crippled".

The names "Pudens" ("shamefaced") and "Claudia" ("crippled") both point to the Jebusite spirit since, as we have said before, Jebusites love to shame the "little" people through unrighteous and patronising judgements that end up crippling them into a state of Perizzite dependency on Canaanite pastors. To understand the spiritual significance of the name "Linus" ("flax") in verse 21 above, we must consider the Hebrew word for "flax", pishteh, which is in turn derived from the word pash meaning "folly, weakness, stupidity". Therefore, the name "Linus" subliminally points to the spirit of human judgements that makes people feel like "weak fools", like "nobodies" who should "know better" than to dabble in spiritual matters.

 

If you take a close look at 2 Timothy 4:21, you will notice that the name "Eubulus" ("of good will") is separated from the other 3 names by the phrase "greeteth thee". The word "greeteth" was translated from the Greek verb aspazomai, which literally means "to draw to one's self" and can also be used to mean "to welcome, to receive joyfully". Therefore, the 4 names mentioned by the Holy Spirit in 2 Timothy 4:21 are God's way of saying: As you escape from the cheimon of inclement Jebusite judgements, you will be running to people of "good will" towards you who will welcome you and receive you joyfully. Such people will help you to endure the intense shame induced by the cheimon judgements against you ("Pudens"); they will also help you to endure the sense of "weakness" and "stupidity" you will feel at the hands of those who will claim that you have no right to delve in spiritual matters ("Linus"); and, they will help you to resist all the enemy's efforts to turn you into a spiritual cripple ("Claudia"). In short, as you run from the cheimon of inclement Jebusite judgements,

  1. "Eubulus" will help the shamefaced "Pudens" in you to resist the mental arguments from the enemy that will prompt you to surrender your authority to make apostolic judgements.

     

  2. "Eubulus" will also help the "Linus" in you to endure the emotional devastation and sense of helplessness that will prompt you to surrender your ability to operate in the prophetic.

     

  3. "Eubulus" will also help the "Claudia" in you to endure the force of will from the enemy that will try to cripple your will and prompt you to surrender your ability to operate as a strong-willed conqueror in the evangelistic endowment of God.

As you pray to diminish the inclement winter (cheimon) of your flight, God will provide a "Eubulus" umbrella to protect the manifestation of the 3 "male-spirit" endowments in you so that you will be strong enough to overcome the matriarchy of the "female" soul.

 

Empty Sabbath of Hittite torment

In Matthew 24:20, the Lord also tells His close believers to pray that their flight not be during the "Sabbath". The Sabbath was a day of rest that people were supposed to dedicate to God. As shown by the Gospels, the religious people of Jesus's days on Earth observed the Sabbath with great zeal. After 6 days of work, they would make a conscious effort not to make any strenuous physical effort on the Sabbath. They would "forsake the mundane" for one day to spend that day in more "spiritual matters" (just like most Christians currently do on Sundays). This made for relatively quiet days in which the religious deceived themselves into thinking that they were really serving God and that they really were "spiritual people" (just like most Christians currently do on Sundays). They would observe the literal Sabbath without understanding its spiritual underpinnings, which led to little more than a spiritual charade.

 

However, as the Jews would stop their mundane work and the streets would quiet down for one day, a spiritual principle began to kick in: The stoppage of their literal human works would initiate the operation of spiritual activity in the air. As declared by Jesus throughout the Gospels, that spiritual activity was not of God, which means that it was the activity of evil spirits. The void caused by the silencing of human activity would draw the influx of evil spirits that would "fill" that void. As we have studied before, the evil spirits most directly related to "void" and "emptiness" are the Hittite spirits, which are the distorted-mirror image of the prophetic spirit. Whereas God's prophetic anointing causes the atmosphere to be filled with His righteous presence, the Hittite spirits "fill the atmosphere with emptiness". They create a stir of spiritual activity that is founded on falsehood; it is activity that seems to "fill" but is actually draining all those around it. Hittite spirits are spirits of deceit that create a false sense of fullness that eventually turns into dark and self-destructive emptiness.

 

From the above, we can conclude that the Sabbath celebrated by the Jews became a cauldron of Hittite activity. This connection between the Sabbath of the religious and Hittite spirits is confirmed by the word "Sabbath" itself. The Hebrew word for "Sabbath", shabath, is almost identical to the Hebrew word for "seven", sheba. This is more than a coincidence, since the Sabbath was the 7th day of the week. Interestingly enough, the word sheba is itself almost identical to the word shebah meaning "oath". The only time that shebah appears in the Old Testament is in verse 33 of the following passage:

 

"28And they said, We saw certainly that the LORD was with thee: and we said, Let there be now an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let us make a covenant with thee; 29That thou wilt do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee, and as we have done unto thee nothing but good, and have sent thee away in peace: thou art now the blessed of the LORD. 30And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink. 31And they rose up betimes in the morning, and sware one to another: and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace. 32And it came to pass the same day, that Isaacís servants came, and told him concerning the well which they had digged, and said unto him, We have found water. 33And he called it Shebah: therefore the name of the city is Beersheba unto this day. 34And Esau was forty years old when he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon the Hittite: 35Which were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekah." (Genesis 26:28-35)

 

The first 33 verses of Genesis 26 deal with Isaac's journey through the valley of Gerar as he dug various wells. Therefore, it is interesting to consider that the last two verses (v34 and 35) of that chapter suddenly go from talking about Isaac to talking about the Hittite wives that Esau (one of Isaac's sons) took. This apparent "subject change" shows that there is a spiritual connection between the last well, called "Shebah" (v33), and the Hittite spirit.

 

As Isaac journeyed through the valley of Gerar, he came under the intense harassment of the people there. Yet, Abimelech, king of Gerar, approaches Isaac and speaks to him as if they had done absolutely no wrong to him (v29). In typical Hivite fashion, Abimelech's and his friends' intent was to strike a "peace" covenant with Isaac because they knew that God was with Isaac and they feared him becoming too strong. Unfortunately, Isaac accepted their peace offering without confronting the people of Gerar for harassing him. He entered into an oath (v31) with them that gave him a temporary "rest" from his conflicts with them, but, as that "rest" settled in, Hittite spirits began to fill the spiritual atmosphere. This is the reason why Esau chose all of a sudden to take 2 Hittite women as wives. According to verse 35, these 2 women became a torment for Isaac and Rebecca. The phrase "grief of mind" in verse 35 was mistranslated from the Hebrew words morah meaning "bitterness" and ruach meaning "spirit". Therefore, the phrase "grief of mind" should be replaced by the phrase "bitterness of spirit". The fact that the word "spirit" is used by the Lord in verse 35 emphasises the unseen, spiritual nature of the attack on Isaac. As we have studied before, out of the 7 types of evil spirits, the Hittite spirit is the spirit with the most evident "spiritual manifestations". As Hittite spirits are released into the atmosphere, "spiritual" things begin to happen, things from the unseen that are manifested in the natural realm, things which torment the soul of those whose calling remains alive.

 

As indicated in Genesis 26:34, one of Esau's Hittite wives was "Judith, daughter of Beeri". The name "Judith" literally means "Jewess", and is translated from the Hebrew word yehuwdith, which is used 6 other times in the Old Testament to mean "Jewish language, Jewish speech". This means that yehuwdith appears a total of 7 times in the Old Testament, and is used as a proper name in only one of those 7 appearances (its first appearance, in Genesis 26:34). Therefore, the name "Judith" (i.e.- "Jewess") prophetically points to the Sabbath day observed by the religious Jews every 7 days of the week. This Sabbath is filled with religiously correct "Jewish speech", which can deceive the righteous into accepting it as from God.

 

The name of Judith's father, "Beeri", means "my well", which points to the well of Beersheba (Genesis 26:34), emphasising the spiritual connection between Isaac's "peace covenant" and the emergence of Hittite spirits in his life. The name "Beeri" only appears twice in the Old Testament, with the other appearance being in Hosea 1:1, where the Holy Spirit declares that Beeri was the father of Hosea, the prophet who was called by God to take "a wife of whoredoms" (Hosea 1:2); the word "whoredoms" used in Hosea 1:2 was translated from the Hebrew word zanuwn, which is derived from another word meaning "highly fed and therefore wanton"; therefore, zanuwn has the connotation of a self-indulgent Hivite soul that feels that she has a right to "rest" from any moral constraints because she has reached "the big time".

 

As indicated in Genesis 26:34, the other Hittite wife of Esau was "Bashemath, daughter of Elon". The name "Bashemath" literally means "spice", and is derived from a Hebrew word meaning "to be fragrant". Therefore, Bashemath speaks of a presence that fills the air without being seen, which, as we said above, points to the Hittite spirit when that presence is not of God. The Hebrew name "Bashemath" appears for the first time in Genesis 26:34, and it appears a total of 7 times in the Old Testament (mistranslated as "Basmath" in 1 Kings 4:15). This points once again to the observance of the Sabbath (the 7th day of the week). According to Genesis 36, Bashemath, Esau's wife, gave birth to Reuel, who in turn gave birth to Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah (Genesis 36:17). These names have the following meanings:

  1. "Nahath" means "rest", which, once again points to the Sabbath day of rest

  2. "Zerah" means "rising"

  3. "Shammah" means "astonishment, desolation"

  4. "Mizzah" means "fear"

Therefore, the names of the 4 sons of Reuel, son of Bashemath, encode the following message: As the religious observe the Sabbath day of rest ("Nahath"), a spiritual presence arises ("Zerah") from Sheol that fills the atmosphere with a sense of spiritual void and desolation ("Shammah"), a presence of Hittite spirits that work to terrorise and bring fear to those whose calling remains alive ("Mizzah").

 

The name of Bashemath's father, "Elon", is derived from the Hebrew word ayil meaning "ram" (the Hebrew word el meaning "god" is derived from ayil). A close study of passages such as Genesis 32:14, Psalm 82:1, and Genesis 3:5-6 reveals a spiritual connection between "rams" and the spirit of apostolic wisdom to make judgements. "Coincidentally", the name "Elon" also appears 7 times in the Old Testament, the last 2 appearances being in the book of Judges, in reference to Elon, a Zebulonite who judged Israel for 10 years (Judges 12:11-12). Therefore, the name "Elon", when used in a negative context, speaks of a spirit of Jebusite judgements, since Jebusites are "apostles gone bad". As we have said before, the number "10" speaks of prophetic sacrifice, and, Hittites are "prophets gone bad". Thus, the 10 years that Elon the Zebulonite judged Israel, along with the fact that Zebulun was the 10th son of Jacob, means that, when used in a negative context, the name "Elon" speaks of Jebusite judgements with a strong Hittite, emotional tinge.

 

From all of the above, we can conclude that an atmosphere of rest that is not according to God will lead to a "Sabbath" during which Hittite spirits will be unleashed into the atmosphere. This atmosphere will have a strong Hivite component to it that will try to woo you into a "peace" covenant. If you yield to that temptation in an effort to end the harassment against you, you will allow the Hittite spirits to have greater "tormenting access" to your life, as was the case with Isaac. As shown by the names of Esau's Hittite wives, the Hittite Sabbath is filled with religiously correct "Jewish speech" ("Judith") that tries to deceive the righteous into a false sense of self-indulgent Hivite peace with the enemy ("Beeri"). As the Hittite Sabbath of rest continues, a spiritual "fragrance" ("Bashemath") rises from Sheol that fills the atmosphere with a sense of spiritual void and desolation, and those whose calling remains alive begin to be tormented and terrorised; Jebusite judgements with a strong Hittite, emotional tinge begin to harass them ("Elon"). Your life will be filled with people randomly coming out of nowhere to harass you with unrighteous judgements. That is what the Church's Hittite Sabbaths are all about.

 

Ambush Sabbath of oaths against you

As we saw above, the word "Sabbath" is strongly related to the word shebah meaning "oath". Oaths are obligations you voluntarily enter into, which points to the prophetic endowment, since the prophetic anointing prompts people to make voluntary sacrifices. On the other hand, you incur the wrath of judgements upon you when you break an oath, which points to the apostolic endowment of judgements in wisdom. Therefore, oaths are both (left-handedly) prophetic and (right-handedly) apostolic in their nature, which means that, when oaths are made in a negative context, they are Hittite-Jebusite in nature (since Hittites are "prophets gone bad" and Jebusites are "apostles gone bad"). This is confirmed by the following passage:

 

"12And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. 13And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy. 14And they came to the chief priests and elders, and said, We have bound ourselves under a great curse, that we will eat nothing until we have slain Paul. 15Now therefore ye with the council signify to the chief captain that he bring him down unto you to morrow, as though ye would enquire something more perfectly concerning him: and we, or ever he come near, are ready to kill him. 16And when Paulís sisterís son heard of their lying in wait, he went and entered into the castle, and told Paul. 17Then Paul called one of the centurions unto him, and said, Bring this young man unto the chief captain: for he hath a certain thing to tell him. 18So he took him, and brought him to the chief captain, and said, Paul the prisoner called me unto him, and prayed me to bring this young man unto thee, who hath something to say unto thee. 19Then the chief captain took him by the hand, and went with him aside privately, and asked him, What is that thou hast to tell me? 20And he said, The Jews have agreed to desire thee that thou wouldest bring down Paul to morrow into the council, as though they would enquire somewhat of him more perfectly. 21But do not thou yield unto them: for there lie in wait for him of them more than forty men, which have bound themselves with an oath, that they will neither eat nor drink till they have killed him: and now are they ready, looking for a promise from thee. 22So the chief captain then let the young man depart, and charged him, See thou tell no man that thou hast shewed these things to me. 23And he called unto him two centurions, saying, Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Caesarea, and horsemen threescore and ten, and spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night; 24And provide them beasts, that they may set Paul on, and bring him safe unto Felix the governor. 25And he wrote a letter after this manner: 26Claudius Lysias unto the most excellent governor Felix sendeth greeting. 27This man was taken of the Jews, and should have been killed of them: then came I with an army, and rescued him, having understood that he was a Roman." (Acts 23:12-27)

[Notice how verse 13 declares that "more than 40" had made an oath to kill Paul. According to Genesis 26:34, Esau was 40 years old when he took the Hittites Judith and Bashemath as wives. The recurrence of the number "40" speaks of the end of a journey through the desert (the number "40" represents deserts) and the beginning of the time to possess the land. The 5th-seal enemies of God, however, do their best to prolong the remnant's "40-year" desert period, working tirelessly to prevent them finding the rest of God and entering the Promise (Hebrews 4:10-12).]

 

Notice how the Jews (i.e.- the religious) voluntarily entered into an oath, swearing not to eat or drink until they had murdered Paul (v12, 21), which means that they were determined to apply (Jebusite) judgements on Paul that were based on their distorted human laws and principles. In order to judge Paul to death, they set up an ambush based on (Hittite) deceit. They would ask Claudius Lysias (v26) to "temporarily" hand Paul over to them for a "simple inquiry", yet that inquiry was a Hittite disguise for their Jebusite murder plans. The idea was to get Paul and Claudius Lysias to "rest" for a moment, trusting that the Jews had suddenly become "reasonable" and were intent on evaluating Paul in an impartial way. However, that "rest" was the Hittitely deceitful calm before a vicious storm of Jebusite judgements that would have resulted in Paul's premature death. Spiritually speaking, Claudius Lysias was Paul's "Eubulus" during that stage of his spiritual journey; in Claudius Lysias, he had found a bubble of spiritual protection, a temporary safe refuge in the midst of the Jebusite-Hittite onslaught against him. Therefore, the enemy was working to lure Paul out of that bubble and get him into a place of false confidence in order to destroy him.

 

As you enter into the 5th-seal phase of your spiritual walk, you will become susceptible to multiple random ambushes of a Hittite-Jebusite nature that will come from people and spirits that have sworn to finish with you, just as you have sworn to finish with them. You will be attacked by people who will subconsciously become antagonistic towards you. A series of random assaults shall be launched against you, but those "coincidental" and "seemingly unrelated" assaults will be devised and coordinated by a "Hittite/Hivite central agency", so to speak, that will be conspiring in the spirit realm against you. If you exercise your spiritual vision, however, the random attacks will make spiritual sense to you and you will be quick to discern the pattern and the motivation behind those attacks. As you stay in prayerful communion with the Lord, you will be forewarned on various occasions about ambushes coming against you, just as Paul was forewarned, but there will be times when the random attacks from all directions will seem like a tormenting whirlwind swirling all around you. In the midst of a Sabbath in which the religious rest comfortably, you will be forced into a state of restlessness by an enemy pressuring you to join it in Hivite peace.

 

Praying through the enclosing beast

So far, we have seen how "winter" points to Jebusite inclemency and the "Sabbath" points to Hittite attacks. Therefore, the Lord is saying in Matthew 24:20 that we must pray to lessen the impact of a spiritual enemy that will come against us with a vicious Jebusite-Hittite onslaught. As we have studied before, Cain is the spiritual enemy faced by God's remnant during the red-horse phase (i.e.- the 2nd seal of the Apocalypse), Balaam is the enemy faced during the black-horse phase (i.e.- the 3rd seal), and Korah is the enemy faced during the green-horse phase (i.e.- the 4th seal). From all that we have studied so far, we can safely conclude that the enemy faced during the 5th-seal stage is a Jebusite-Hittite. This fact confirms a spiritual pattern in the nature of the enemy faced from seal to seal, as we shall see below.

 

A thoughtful meditation of Cain's nature shows that Cain is a Girgashite-Jebusite gone Amorite, because Cain is a man bent on preserving Girgashite traditions and is willing to enforce them with Jebusite intensity; Cain becomes too Amoritely proud to admit the error of his ways, so much so that he is willing to commit Jebusite murder against the "little Abels" who confront him and whose spiritual value he is unable to discern with his Girgashite-Jebusite eyes. Cain's emotions are dominated by Girgashite irritability against things that he cannot see with his natural eyes; his mind is dominated by a "wisdom" framework of Jebusite laws and principles; and his heart is dominated by Amorite pride in his Girgashite and Jebusite "achievements", a pride that makes him utterly unwilling to admit to his flaws.

 

A thoughtful meditation of Balaam's nature shows that Balaam is a Hittite-Amorite gone Girgashite. Balaam takes prophetic and evangelistic grace and perverts it towards temporal, Girgashite ends. As he perverts prophetic grace, that grace turns Hittite, and, as he perverts evangelistic grace, that grace turns Amorite. Balaam's emotions are dominated by the pursuit of fleeting Hittite "wheat"; his mind is dominated by the pursuit of Amorite "barley"; and his heart becomes focused on Girgashite interests.

 

A thoughtful meditation of Korah's nature shows that Korah is a Canaanite-Girgashite gone Hittite. Korah is a Canaanite who gives his stamp of approval to the unrighteousness of others and refuses to judge it, judging instead those who have "dared to" judge the unrighteous. He is a Girgashite who emphasises the importance of hierarchical structures, and he uses the "influence of hierarchy" to defend the unrighteous from the "nasty judging folks". He goes Hittite by deceiving himself, realigning his judgement patterns in order to make the unrighteous seem righteous, all in an effort to gain their support and rise in the hierarchical ranks. Korah is the enemy's desperate effort to maintain the matriarchy of Canaanite pastors and Girgashite teachers in the Church and the world. Korah's emotions are dominated by Canaanite sentimentalism that values "gooey" feelings over truth; his mind is dominated by Girgashite paradigms that deny the value of the Spirit; and his heart is dominated by Hittite deceit that sends him into projects that are inherently flawed and distanced from the truth.

 

The nature of Cain, Balaam, and Korah can be summarised in the following table:

 

Enemy Seal # Emotions Mind Heart
Cain 2 Girgashite Jebusite Amorite
Balaam 3 Hittite Amorite Girgashite
Korah 4 Canaanite Girgashite Hittite

 

Ephesians 4:11 lists the 5 ministry endowments in the following order: apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher. Jebusites are "apostles gone bad", Hittites are "prophets gone bad", Amorites are "evangelists gone bad", Canaanites are "pastors gone bad", and Girgashites are "teachers gone bad". Therefore, the "perverted version" of Ephesians 4:11 would list these evil spirits as follows: Jebusites, Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, and Girgashites. Therefore, the Jebusite spirit could be considered evil spirit #1, the Hittite spirit as evil spirit #2, the Amorite spirit as evil spirit #3, the Canaanite spirit as evil spirit #4, and the Girgashite spirit as evil spirit #5. If we place these evil spirits in a closed circle, we obtain the following:

 

 

If you go back to the Cain-Balaam-Korah spirits table above, you will notice that the spirit in the "Mind" column is always 1 spirit after the spirit in the "Emotions" column if you travel along the circle, and the spirit in the "Heart" column is always 2 spirits after the spirit in the "Mind" column along the circle, and the spirits in each column are always 2 spirits after the spirit in the row above. This pattern can be expressed in the following way:

 

  Emotions Mind Heart

(One row)

 

 

x

(=Emotions+1)

x+1 (=y)

(=Mind+2)

y+2 (=z)

(The next row)

(=Above row's Emotions+2)

x+2

(=Above row's Mind+2)

y+2

(=Above row's Heart+2)

z+2

 

For example, in the "Cain" row, the "Emotions" spirit is the Girgashite spirit; if you move 1 spirit forward from the Girgashite spirit along the circle, you reach the Jebusite spirit, which is Cain's "Mind" spirit; if you then move 2 spirits forward from the Jebusite spirit along the circle, you reach the Amorite spirit, which "happens to be" Cain's "Heart" spirit. If you move 2 spirits forward from Cain's "Emotions" spirit along the circle, you will move from the Girgashite spirit to the Hittite spirit, which "happens to be" Balaam's "Emotions" spirit (the spirit in the row below). If you move 2 spirits forward from Cain's "Mind" spirit along the circle, you will move from the Jebusite spirit to the Amorite spirit, which "happens to be" Balaam's "Mind" spirit. If you move 2 spirits forward from Cain's "Heart" spirit along the circle, you will move from the Amorite spirit to the Girgashite spirit, which "happens to be" Balaam's "Heart" spirit:

 

Enemy Seal # Emotions Mind Heart
Cain 2

 

Girgashite

(=Girgashite+1)

Jebusite

(=Jebusite+2)

Amorite

Balaam 3

(=Girgashite+2)

Hittite

(=Jebusite+2)

Amorite

(=Amorite+2)

Girgashite

 

If you do the "maths" and apply this pattern backwards to seal #1 and forwards to seal #5 and #6, we can complete the table above as follows:

 

Enemy Seal # Emotions Mind Heart
The matriarchal beast 1 Amorite Canaanite Jebusite
Cain 2 Girgashite Jebusite Amorite
Balaam 3 Hittite Amorite Girgashite
Korah 4 Canaanite Girgashite Hittite
The second beast 5 Jebusite Hittite Canaanite
The matriarchal beast 6 Amorite Canaanite Jebusite

 

Notice how this table confirms the Jebusite-Hittite nature of the enemy faced by God's remnant during their 5th-seal flight. The Jebusite spirit is a spirit anchored in the judgements-making mind, and the Hittite spirit is a spirit anchored in the emotions. Therefore, the fact that the 5th-seal beast is Jebusite in its emotions and Hittite in its mind speaks of a tight crosswise (crisscross) interknitting between the Jebusite and Hittite spirits that is forged in a determined effort to keep the remnant trapped in their "Fort-Wayne" refuges; this 5th-seal enemy does its best to "hold the remnant waters" whilst it buys "recovery time" for the matriarchal beast that was mortally wounded by the remnant as the 4 horses of the Apocalypse galloped across the Earth (Revelation 13:3).

 

As we saw above, the remnant's 5th-seal enemy has a Jebusite influence that tries to reassert the Perizzite spirit amongst God's people, and it has a Hittite influence with strong Hivite overtones. As we have said before, the Perizzite and Hivite spirits are "village" spirits. Therefore, we can conclude that the 5th-seal enemy makes a concerted effort to enclose God's people within a spiritual village. Why? Because it knows that the open manifestation of God's remnant means the rise of God's Kingdom on Earth and the utter demise of man's soulish queendom.

 

Notice that the 5th-seal enemy of Jebusite-winter and Hittite-Sabbath attacks has a Canaanite heart. This makes its attacks against the remnant all the more vindictive, since Canaanites are particularly vengeful against those who have "dared" to judge them. The 5th-seal enemy hates the remnant to death because of all the profound "structural damage" that the remnant inflict upon the soul matriarchy through their spiritual sacrifice. This hateful Jebusite-Hittite-Canaanite nature points to the second beast mentioned in the book of Revelation:

 

"7And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 8And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. 9If any man have an ear, let him hear. 10He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. 11And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. 12And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed." (Revelation 13:7-12)

 

Verse 7 speaks of the matriarchal beast (the first beast) overcoming God's green-horse remnant and sending them to their death. Verse 10 then speaks of the 5th-seal captivity period during which the remnant must remain in their "Fort-Wayne" refuges, a difficult period that requires "the patience and the faith of the saints". As the 5th-seal period comes around, a second beast arises (v11), a beast with "two horns like a lamb" and who speaks like a dragon. The two horns represent the Jebusite and Hittite spirits it operates under, since the apostolic and prophetic endowments are like horns on the evangelist's head, as shown by the "triangle of ministries" we have studied earlier:

 

 

When the "male" ministry endowments (apostle, prophet, and evangelist) "go bad", they subtly turn into Jebusite, Hittite, and Amorite contaminations. That is when the visible authority figures in the Church turn into Jebusite policemen and Hittite secret agents who act to support a difficult-to-discern Amorite presence. To the undiscerning eye, these authority figures may seem to be supporting the "male" Lamb of God, but they are really supporting an unrighteous Amorite head, a head that is eventually exposed by the 4 horses' gallop and which the 2nd beast rises up to re-establish as the "head of the Church".

 

 

The word "spake" in the phrase "spake as a dragon" in Revelation 13:11 was translated from the Greek verb laleo; unlike other Greek verbs that can be translated as "speak", laleo has a the connotation of "using the tongue to speak"; it is no spiritual coincidence that the Greek word for "tongue", glossa, has a similar "rolls-off-your-tongue" sound. As we have said before, the "deceptive tongue" is a spiritual manifestation of the Canaanite spirit that tries to forge soul communion by suppressing "divisive" judgements, even at the cost of truth and righteousness. Therefore, the phrase "spake as a dragon" speaks of a Canaanite contamination that works to unite all those in the "female" soul, rallying them against the upsurge of God's "male-spirit" remnant.

 

"13And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. 14For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. 15Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. 16And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon." (Revelation 16:13-16)

[Notice the reference to the Hebrew tongue in verse 16, which points to those who speak the language of the Spirit rather than the dragon's language of the froggy soul.]

 

The fact that the Lord says in Matthew 24:20 that we must pray that our flight not be during winter or the Sabbath means that the full weight of the second beast's attack is not completely inevitable. We have a say over the intensity of its attack against us. Through our prayerful longing for relief during our 5th-seal enclosure, its attacks against us can be reduced in Hittite intensity and Jebusite frequency. As we saw at the beginning of this word, we become more susceptible to this enemy's attacks due to immature believers under our care who are unwilling to grow up, but we can counterbalance that increased burden through prayer.

 

The 2nd beast works to enclose God's remnant and prevent them being manifested, but the enclosing Jebusite winter and Hittite Sabbath shall not prevail. This heavy flight of sadness shall not last forever, for the Earth shall most definitely see the light of God's Day.

 

{The next article is titled "The humanity project preserved"}