Sunday, April 24, 2016

FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT PASSOVER AND EASTER


~*~ 1 Corinthians 15:22-23 NKJV ~*~
“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ
all shall be made alive. But each one in his
own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward
those who are Christ’s at His coming.”

First of all, did you know that Easter is more popularly known as Pascha, which is the Latin word for Passover in most of Europe? Furthermore, did you know that the German name for Pascha, which is Easter, is derived from the old German word for Spring, and it was not the name of any goddess or pagan feast in that region of the world ever? Well, that's the unvarnished truth that you can share with all the people that hate even the mention of the word Easter because they have been erroneously taught that it is a pagan feast day.

Furthermore, the date for Easter is chosen so that it will coincide with the exact day that the Firstfruits Offering was once offered up to God in the Temple to Yahweh in Jerusalem, and this was the exact day that Yahshua was resurrected from the dead as the Firstfruits of the Resurrection. This was on the Sunday or first day of the week during Passover Week or the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which should ALWAYS fall on the Sunday after the first Full Moon after the Spring Equinox for those not residing in Israel, where the Aviv barley or first ripe stalks of the Spring barley harvest for the Firstfruits Offering in the Temple had to be taken into consideration.

Although the first ripe barley stalks don't figure into the choice of months for the celebration of Passover Week and the Feast of Unleavened Bread today for most religious Jews, Jewish officials add an extra Spring month to their Lunar Calendar every four years in order to keep it in sync with the Solar Calendar, and this happens to be a year that they had to do that. That is why Easter and the Sunday of Passover Week didn't coincide this year, although they very often do.

So I want to wish you all a very Happy Easter, Pascha or Resurrection Sunday this year, again, in keeping with the Jewish Traditions that Yahshua kept. May the day, and this whole Holy Week be a very blessed and happy one for you as we await the very soon return of our Messiah and King Yahshua or Jesus, when we will be able to join Him as another wave of the Firstfruits of the First Resurrection. This First Resurrection began with Christ's Resurrection and the resurrection of many Jewish saints in Israel in conjunction with an earthquake there, which opened up many old tombs either shortly after, or exactly when Yahshua rose. This major event is attested to in Matthew 27:51-53.

The Apostle Paul may actually have mentioned this Firstfruits Resurrection of these Jewish saints at Christ's resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15:22-23, which I quoted both on and below the graphic at the beginning of this article. Since there was no punctuation in the actual Greek and Aramaic versions of this Scripture, this passage could read:

~*~ 1 Corinthians 15:22-23 ~*~
“For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ
all shall be made alive. But each one in his
own order: Christ, the firstfruits, and afterward,
those who are Christ’s at His coming.”

When punctuated this way, it suggests that the First Resurrection has several parts, beginning when Christ rose, and then the saints that were part of the Firstfruits of the Resurrection along with Christ rose, and then we who are to be taken in the Rapture with the saints that already died will rise up at two different times in close proximity. The first time will be at the time of the appearance of the Sign of the Son of Man in the heavens above the Earth, which is when the Rapture will occur. The second time will occur when all the martyrs that come to Christ and die during the worst part of the Great Tribulation will be risen up, which will be just after the Battle of Armageddon. Of course, the punctuation of that passage in Scripture is subject to interpretation. But it makes sense that Paul, as the Apostle to the Gentiles who was a devout Jew before that, would know this.

I wrote this article partly in response to a Messianic Jewish friend's attack on the celebration of Easter. It was an attempt to persuade him to abandon his dislike of Easter because the Holy Day is actually the Christian celebration of Passover. Why, I reasoned, would someone continue to despise a day that was never chosen in error, but for all the right reasons? Sadly, because of the association of Easter with pagan feasts that was done by the common people and not the Church, as many who hate Easter have been erroneously taught, most will not budge in their refusal to accept the truth. But I do understand it, since I used to believe this fabricated history being pushed by rabidly Antichristian Messianic Jews as well until I did my own research, and found out that it is patently untrue.

For more encouragement to all the saints that are waiting for the Rapture in this holy season, be sure to read the following hope-filled posts on my blog:

THE BEAST IS RISING, 
SO THE RAPTURE IS IMMINENT!

THE RAPTURE PROMISE 
AT THE RESURRECTION!

MY HOPE IN A COMING RAPTURE, 
DESPITE DIRE WARNINGS!

God Bless you all and Maranatha!


Helena Lehman of
The Pillar of Enoch Ministry
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Friday, April 22, 2016

WHEN MIGHT THE RAPTURE BE THIS YEAR?


The question of how soon, or when the Rapture will be is always an intriguing question, and it's fun to speculate. So following are my best guesses on when the Rapture could be this Spring Season. If we're still here later this year (Which I hope will NOT be the case!),  I'll speculate on potential Autumn and Winter dates then.

A major current event that could affect the timing of the Rapture is the fact that the United Nations is planning to vote on a Two State Solution to divide the Land of Israel between the Jews and the Palestinians. If the leaders in the United Nations do try to force Israel to be divided to form a separate Palestinian nation in the near future, this move will greatly anger God the Father, and it could cause Him to start bringing down His Wrath on the enemies of Israel. So if a plan to divide Israel is decided upon this month by the United Nations, I'd say we're looking at a late spring to early summer Rapture this year, even if Israel isn't scheduled to be divided immediately.

Even though no one knows the day or hour of the Rapture, the fulfillment of many End Time prophecies and the appearance of many heavenly and earthly signs are telling us that it is imminent. Since we know that the Rapture is coming soon by the signs that Yahshua or Jesus told us to watch for as a sign of its nearness, there are several special upcoming dates to consider.

First on the list is Passover, which begins on the evening of April 22nd, 2016. Furthermore, the Sunday after - which falls on April 24th - would correspond to Christ's Resurrection Day on the Jewish Calendar. Since Christ ascended to Heaven briefly on that day before returning to Earth to visit the Apostles that evening, it corresponds well with the Rapture, in which the Bride of Christ and the Wise Virgins will be taken up to Heaven to be presented before the Father at the Wedding of the Lamb. In fact, all of Passover Week - which is also called the Feast of Unleavened Bread - is a High Rapture Watch period, and it runs from April 22nd through the 30th this year.

40 days later marks Christ's formal Ascension Day, which ended His First Advent on the Earth. This fell ten days before the Jewish version of Pentecost called Shavuot. Ascension Day and the Feast of Shavuot itself both have strong ties to the theme of the Rapture and Resurrection since they are tied to the spring Barley harvest, and Shavuot falls on June 11th, 2016 this year. So ten days before that is June 1st, 2016.

Since all born-again saints will ascend to Heaven at the time of the Rapture, I consider these dates that are tied to Yahshua's Ascension into Heaven, and the pouring out of His Holy Spirit on Shavuot or Pentecost to have a very high potential as Rapture days. Also, coming in May of 2016, the Christian date for Pentecost will be on Sunday, May 15th. So May 5th will be the Christian date marking Yahshua's Ascension Day ten days before Pentecost. So the period from May 4th through to the day after Pentecost on May 16th is also a high Rapture Watch period.

But again, remember that no one knows exactly when the Rapture will be. We only know it's definitely the season for the Rapture due to all the Heavenly and Earthly signs that there have been. So we always need to be ready! To be sure you are ready, remember to repent from every sin, forgive everyone you need to forgive, pray for your brethren and loved ones, and be kind and loving - in so far as it is possible - to prepare your heart to meet the source of all Love - our Messiah Yahshua or Jesus.

Don't get discouraged, fellow believers! Keep looking up, for our deliverance from this wicked world draws ever nearer! Also, for more encouragement, be sure to read the following hope-filled posts on my blog:

THE BEAST IS RISING, 
SO THE RAPTURE IS IMMINENT!

THE RAPTURE PROMISE 
AT THE RESURRECTION!

MY HOPE IN A COMING RAPTURE, 
DESPITE DIRE WARNINGS!

God Bless you all and Maranatha!

Helena Lehman of
The Pillar of Enoch Ministry
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

BE A SHEEP GRAZING IN A PEN FILLED WITH WHEAT!


The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats and the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares explain what is happening in the world today by God's own hand. Yes, God is pouring out His Spirit right now in an effort to reach the lost, and He is doing so with or without our support and cooperation. That is why so many former Muslims have been coming to Christ in the Middle East. Yahshua or Jesus our Savior has been appearing to them in visions and dreams,  just as the Prophet Joel said God would do in the Last Days.

But God is also dividing the nations into distinct groups, and all the rioting, fighting, bombings, and demonstrations that have been going on around the world today is a sign that the division of the nations into these two spiritual groups is nearly complete. Among these two groups, those that want to serve God and follow His moral commandments are the Wheat or Sheep of the aforementioned Parables, and those who reject God's Word and despise His Moral Laws are the Goats and the Tares that are to be burned in the fire.

The world is hopelessly divided right now along political lines that reflect the two opposing spiritual ideologies that are at work in the world today. This is very evident in the United States and Israel right now, where there are very few fence sitters or lost sheep left to be won for Christ. Those that have been reached have been reached in the USA, Europe, China, Asia and the Middle East because Yahshua has been steadily appearing to the ones that He has chosen to save in those nations over the past few decades.

Yahshua is doing this because we are so close to the end of the Age of Grace. Even the Jews in Israel and the USA have been steadily led to face the fact that Yahshua or Jesus is their Messiah, and they will eventually realize this - and mourn over what they have suffered for their long and stubborn refusal to accept Him.

We can rejoice now in the harvest of saints that have been found in these Last Days, and also pray for the many who are still lost that will be left behind in the Rapture. These poor souls need to be refined further in even greater tribulations than the ones we have had to face. Many unbelievers that have hardened their hearts to the Gospel of Salvation still dwell in darkness - NOT because they did not hear the Gospel, but because they are not yet worthy to receive Christ! Instead, they need to be refined in the fires of the worst part of the Great Tribulation before they will be ready.

So do not mourn for the lost that will be left behind. God has a plan for their salvation too, and many will still be saved - but only after they have suffered great loss, and have made the ultimate sacrifice in order to be spiritually purified. Remember also that we will sit with Yahshua or Jesus in judgment of the nations that still survive after the Battle of Armageddon, and after the Beast and the False Prophet are cast into the Lake of Fire forever.

So we saints will all have a say in who should be shown mercy, and who should not from among those who are not killed by war, famine, old age, or sickness. This will happen just before the Millennial Kingdom of Christ is set up. Furthermore, we will also be on hand to help judge those that will be resurrected to be judged during the Great White Throne Judgment at the end of the Millennial Rule of Christ.

At both of these times of formal judgment, I believe that God our Father in Heaven and Yahshua our Messiah and King will listen to all of our pleas for mercy for those whom we love and vouch for at that time, for He wants none of His beloved saints to be consumed by sorrow, or left to mourn for eternity.

Be A Saved Sheep And Inherit Everlasting Life!
Helena Lehman of
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BE CAREFUL HOW YOU WAGE SPIRITUAL WARFARE!


I am writing this as a warning to my Prayer Warrior friends out there who - like me - have been suffering a good deal from demonic attack lately because they are regularly praying for the nation and their political leaders - often asking God to bring down, destroy or severely limit various spiritual principalities and powers over our nation's capitol, over various cities, and over various regions of the world.

I have been doing the same thing because I have been taught that it is within our authority in Christ to do so. But I now believe that this practice is not only unhealthy, but foolhardy. In fact, I now understand that there are some very real limits that human beings need to set around Spiritual Warfare so that they do not bring curses on themselves. These curses manifest when we do not understand the boundaries that surround our inherited power and authority in Christ.

For example, when we humbly pray for something specific, requesting God's intervention, and recognizing that only His power and authority can get the job done, God isn't going to turn it into a curse on us, or someone or something else. He will only do that when our request is made with boasting, pride, or selfish ambition, and/or it is interfering with, or trying to target spiritual principalities and powers that are not under our jurisdiction, but that belong solely to God to govern and control.

So - as long as we are praying for things that are physically needed, like forgiveness, or healing, or spiritual equipping, we are not going to cause any trouble for ourselves or others, and will see real and good results from our prayers. The key to achieving this is to not engage the Devil at all, or mess with His authority, which was given to him by God for a set time and purpose, and is governed by a principality that we have no business messing with. In short, we don't have any right to war against the demonic spiritual principalities and powers in high places directly, but only to ask God to deliver us and our loved ones from demonic attack here on Earth when it manifests in our limited sphere of influence.

Only when we recognize that the unseen principalities governing demonic oppression and attack are not under our jurisdiction will we be delivered from, and protected from direct demonic attack and oppression when we ask. We can command demons to flee in the Name of Jesus or Yahshua, but we cannot demand that God destroy the principality that allows those same demons to attack the unwary. This is because it is God who set up its parameters, and it is God who controls the limits of that principality's extent and power, and not us.

This likely explains why I - and others I know and love - have been suffering so much lately with poor health and financial woes. We have erroneously been trying to wage a spiritual war in the heavenly places, commanding God's angels to break down spiritual principalities, and to destroy or bind the powers of wickedness over our nation, over our cities, and over our neighborhoods and homes when we had no business or authority to do so.

As a result, we have been cursing ourselves with demonic oppression by interfering with God's and the Devil's authority. This is a direct affront to God's authority, and this affront sets us up to be cursed rather than protected by God. We all need to learn to stay within our sphere of influence, which extends no further than our homes, our church family, our local politics, and our individual finances. Everything else is - or should be - spiritually off limits!

This limitation to the kinds of spiritual warfare we are allowed to have, and what kind of warfare we have the authority to wage becomes evident when we look at examples of the kind of prayers we ought to be praying. These examples are primarily found in the Gospels, and in the Psalms.

The biggest and best example is when Yahshua or Jesus taught us how to pray by sharing the prayer now known as the "Our Father".  When Yahshua prayed this prayer as an example to us, He did so with humility, not commanding God, but humbly beseeching God, and asking only for our collective and individual spiritual and physical needs to be met.

In His prayer example, Yahshua or Jesus asked God to deliver the church from evil or sin. In addition, He asked God to help us to be able to forgive those who sin against us as we await our deliverance in the Rapture, and the setting up of the Kingdom of God on Earth. There were no curses in His prayer aimed at the Devil or his demons, and no proud commands for God the Father to cast demons into the abyss, or to destroy the wicked principalities governing various regions of the Earth.

But I have been erroneously asking for that for years, and so have many of you - unwittingly cursing yourselves with demonic trouble whenever you do! So please be careful, fellow believers. Do wage Spiritual Warfare daily, but be careful to keep your warfare prayers within the parameters that have been physically assigned to you by God, which are clearly delineated by your own sphere of influence, and do not go beyond it, even as I am now humbly learning to do.

Please remember that the Holy Spirit is not being poured out to bring people to Christ because of our will, or our prayers. It is being poured out because that is what God intended to do all along, just as the prophets of old revealed! The Holy Spirit is and has been poured out many times since Christ died on the Cross to raise up true believers where there once was none, and to show the world that God does not need the help of any believer to fulfill His Great Commission.

God will accomplish His Will on His own, if necessary, and we should know that He doesn't need our help unless He specifically asks us for it via the Holy Spirit living in us! Sadly, however, many have ignored the need to hear from God before they pray, freely attempting to engage the evil spirits dwelling in the supernatural realms where we are not, and were never authorized to go. Too many believers have been operating under the notion that we have the authority to command God to act on our behalf - without knowing or caring what God's Will is, or thinking that God's Will must be our own! How presumptuous and pompous of us, and how foolhardy!

Just as the Old Testament patriarch Job was put in his place by God when he questioned God's Will and God terrifyingly answered Job out of a whirlwind, or tornado (read ALL of Job, Chapters 40 through 42!), those of us who presume we are acting under God's authority when we attempt to command angels and demons should be ashamed of ourselves for thinking that we have that kind of authority! It is not, and never has been our place, or God's Will, and what we are actually doing is playing with witchcraft under the false guise of truth when we do this! This is why Yahshua rebuked some of those who claimed that they were doing mighty works in His Name like healing, telling them this:
~*~ Matthew 7:21-22 ~*~ “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” 
These people claimed to be believers, but did not even know Yahshua, so they could not have been doing the supposed "good" works that they did with God's approval, authority or power, and were rather using the Devil's stolen authority to perform seeming miracles! This is a really sobering thing to face. I know I've been guilty of this, and many others in the Church have also. We all need to repent of this NOW, and seek to do God's Will from now on, and not our own.

The lesson I've learned from this is that we should not engage evil directly unless it manifests itself in something like demonic oppression or possession in someone we love. That is the only time when we have the authority to exorcise the person affected, and address demons to flee in Yahshua's Name, OR BY HIS AUTHORITY, and by the power of His shed blood. Even then, we should be calling on Christ to do the work, not seeking to do it ourselves. See 2 Peter 2:10-12 and Jude 8-10 for more Scriptures that fully back up what I'm saying here.

Stay Safe and Secure in Christ With Prayer!
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THE BEAST IS RISING, SO THE RAPTURE IS IMMINENT!


Let me share with you some very pertinent and exciting facts that not only suggest, but loudly proclaim that the Beast and Antichrist have now been revealed, and the Rapture is imminent. As you read this, however, you need to remember that the supposed sequence of events that the mainstream Bible Prophecy teachers have held onto for years are only assumptions based on interpretation, and they are very likely wrong in many of their assumptions, as this short article will reveal.

First of all, as I said in earlier posts on my Facebook timeline and Ministry blog recently, we are experiencing tribulation right now, and all believers will and do experience tribulation and persecution if they believe and have faith in Christ, and love and follow Him. Furthermore, there is every reason to believe that the Great Tribulation began at the onset of World War I, and has continued through World War II and the constant wars since then. In short, the first Five Seal Judgments of the Book of Revelation have already been opened, the Great Tribulation has been ongoing, and the worst and last portion of the Great Tribulation that will begin when God's Wrath is unleashed is imminent.

For verification of this fact, we need to focus on the Scriptures that mention the Antichrist. When taken together, these Bible verses make it clear that there are MANY antichrists, not just one. For example, the Beast from the Sea, which is often associated with the Antichrist, is described as having seven heads, which can be seen as nations or kings, and ten horns, or lesser nations or kings that serve the seven top kings. What this means is that the Beast is a system of tyrannical international government that is being controlled by seven nations with ten other leaders or nations that help the first seven nations, and figure prominently in its affairs.

Personally, I believe that this Beast is a perfect description of the United Nations Security Council, which has seven permanent member nations that primarily govern its affairs: These are the USA, France, China, Russia, and the UK, which is really three nations in one (England, Ireland, & Scotland). That accounts for the seven heads of the Beast. Then there are 10 non-permanent member nations in the UN, and these vary from year to year. This accounts for the ten horns of the Beast.

Many people equate the Beast with the Antichrist, and since the Bible makes it clear that there are many antichrists, it connects to the idea that all these member nations of the UN are antichristian, and their tyrannical lordship over the Earth is diabolical in nature. Since the Antichrist and the Beast appear to be synonymous, then we can assume that the President of the United Nations is representative of the Antichrist. This assumption about the Beast fits the available facts given to us in the Bible prophecies of the Book of Revelation very well.

This assumption is further reinforced by the fact that it is obvious that the United Nations hates Israel. This can be discerned by the fact that the UN makes much of the false claims of Israel's human rights violations, yet ignores the real violations of her enemies. Furthermore, even now, the UN is setting itself up to be the driving power behind enforcing the "Two State Solution", or evil plan to divide Israel into Israel and Palestine. Variations of this plan are to be voted on by the United Nations assembly just before Passover this April 22nd, 2016.

If this division of Israel is set about to be enforced by the UN this year, then it is safe to say that God's Wrath will soon be poured out against all the nations represented by the UN. Sadly, by virtue of their membership in the UN - all the UN member nations, which signify the whole world, are wittingly or unwittingly standing against Israel - and this means that the entire world is plotting against Israel along with the UN leader nations.

Now, it is my guess that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government will not allow this division to take place without a fight, which means they may be prepared or forced to use their military might against the world. Since we know that God has vowed in His Word to protect Israel during the upcoming war of Gog and Magog, it is apparent that those nations that go against Israel at this time will be defeated, and Israel will retain some control of its fate - although it may finally agree to give up Jerusalem to be trodden upon by the Gentiles - and occupied and governed by the Antichrist or UN - to keep the peace.

Since all of this may happen in the very near future, and it will trigger God's Wrath against the nations that stand against Israel (and this includes all the nations that are a part of the United Nations Security Council), we who love Christ, and are alive and able to witness this as it unfolds are to be taken in the Rapture shortly after these things take place, or begin to take place. Because we believers know this, and we are seeing it unfold even now, we should all be preparing for the imminent Rapture of the saints, and the Wedding of the Lamb! To be prepared to be taken in the Rapture, and to not be left behind, we all need to repent of all our sins daily, forgive all those we need to forgive, and make amends to all we need to make amends to, in so far as we are able.

So get ready, Tribulation Saints! Your deliverance from this wicked world in the Rapture is coming very, very soon! In anticipation of the Rapture as a possibility this year, and to keep everyone's hopes up, I wrote an article that looks at the High Rapture Watch periods coming up in the near future. Here is the title and link to it:

WHEN MIGHT THE RAPTURE BE THIS YEAR?

God bless you all, and Maranatha!
Helena Lehman of
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