Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb
For His Glory!
It has been said everyone loves a mystery. That may be true for most and when it comes to the good-news we find in Scripture it too involves mysteries. Those uninterested in salvation and restoration will generally say it is all a mystery. There is more than one mystery in Scripture and for the most part we (the interested) are given the keys to understanding them. For our Savior, Yeshua, said as much:
Matt 13:11And He answered and said to them, "To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted.
The Apostle Paul spoke of the gospel as a mystery:
Ephesians 6:19and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel…
Let us see what mystery is from a couple of sources.
MYS'TERY, n. [L. mysterium; Gr. a secret. … Gr. to shut, to conceal.
1. A profound secret; something wholly unknown or something kept cautiously concealed…
3. That which is beyond human comprehension until explained. In this sense, mystery often conveys the idea of something awfully sublime or important; something that excites wonder.
Great is the mystery of godliness. 1 Tim 3.
Having made known to us the mystery of his will. Eph 1.
We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery. 1 Cor 2.
MYSTERY (Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary)
…the word normally translated "mystery" in the book of Daniel is more likely the background for NT usage. In Daniel a mystery (Aramaic raz) was a revealed secret, something that could not be understood apart from divine revelation or explanation (Dan. 2:17-47; 4:9); this is certainly the force of the numerous instances of musterion in the NT. Jesus used musterion only once, and this was in reference to the mysteries or secrets about the kingdom that He revealed and explained to His disciples (Matt. 13:11; cp. Mark 4:11; Luke 8:10). Paul used musterion 21 times, and on each occasion the secret is already known from previous revelation (see Rom. 16:25; Eph. 1:9; 6:19; Col. 2:2; 4:3; 1 Tim. 3:16), or it is explained in the context (see Rom. 11:25; 1 Cor. 15:51; Eph. 3:1-13; 5:32; Col. 1:25-27)-that is, it is no longer a secret. The final four uses of musterion in the NT occur in Revelation, where the secret is a symbol that needs to be decoded (1:20; 10:7; 17:5, 7). Stephen W. Carlson
The Wonder of the Mystery of Christ
Eph 3:3that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery, as I wrote before in brief. 4 And by referring to this, when you read you can understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to His holy apostles and prophets in the Spirit; 6 to be specific, that the Gentiles are fellow heirs and fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel, 7 of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of God's grace which was given to me according to the working of His power.
Eph 3:8To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God, who created all things; 10 in order that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places.
Col 4:3praying at the same time for us as well, that God may open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned;
The Apostle Paul here tells us what mystery he was preaching
Col 1:25Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, 26 that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations; but has now been manifested to His saints, 27 to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Deut 30:11"For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, 'Who will go up to heaven for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?' 13 Nor is it beyond the sea, that you should say, 'Who will cross the sea for us to get it for us and make us hear it, that we may observe it?' 14 But the word is very near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that you may observe it.
Col 2:1For I want you to know how great a struggle I have on your behalf, and for those who are at Laodicea, and for all those who have not personally seen my face, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ Himself, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Christ and the Church
Eph 5:32This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church.
Rom 16:25Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, 26 but now is manifested, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the eternal God, has been made known to all the nations, leading to obedience of faith; 27 to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, be the glory forever. Amen.
Another mystery about the kindness and severity of Elohim and a warning to believers
Rom 11:19You will say then, "Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in." 20 Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear; 21 for if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will He spare you.
Rom 11:22Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God's kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off. 23 And they also, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in; for God is able to graft them in again. 24 For if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more shall these who are the natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree?
Rom 11:25For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery, lest you be wise in your own estimation, that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; 26 and thus all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, "The Deliverer will come from Zion, He will remove ungodliness from Jacob."
The Mystery of godliness
1Tim 3:16And by common confession great is the mystery of godliness: He who was revealed in the flesh, Was vindicated in the Spirit, Beheld by angels, Proclaimed among the nations, Believed on in the world, Taken up in glory.
And when the Mystery of God is finished
Rev 10:7but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is finished, as He preached to His servants the prophets.
1Cor 15:51Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
Deut 29:29"The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.
Ps 25:14The secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him, And He will make them know His covenant.
Mark 4:22"For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it should come to light.
Amos 3:7Surely the Lord God does nothing Unless He reveals His secret counsel To His servants the prophets.
YHVH give us ears to hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
A Proverb(as cloaked in riddles, parables and requires wisdom and a seeking for understanding)
3. In Scripture, it sometimes signifies a moral sentence or maxim that is enigmatical; a dark saying of the wise that requires interpretation. Proverbs 1.
Proverbs 1:5A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, 6 To understand a proverb and a figure, The words of the wise and their riddles.
Proverbs 9:9Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser, Teach a righteous man, and he will increase his learning. 10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Therefore James tells us:
James 1:5But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
James 3:17…the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.
Eternal One we ask for the understanding of the Proverbs, which is Your wisdom for mankind.
"Our safety is in having lofty ideals, and in constant labor to secure their realization. Let the getting of money be a man’s ideal, and he will of necessity grow toward the dust; let a man hunger and thirst after the kingdom of God, and he will grow into strength and enjoy an unspeakable peace." Joseph Parker.
Wisdom from Yeshua (Jesus)
John 14:27"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
Almighty Elohim, we tend to seek the material - thus not finding peace - help us to seek Your Kingdom, first.
In our pursuit of humility:(Lessons from humility and exaltation)
The Mystery of Humility
"I used to think that God’s gifts were on shelves-one above another-and the taller we grow, the easier we can reach them. Now I find that God’s gifts are on shelves-and the lower we stoop, the more we get."
F. B. Meyer
The wisdom of the mysteries of God.
Isa 66:2"For My hand made all these things, Thus all these things came into being," declares the LORD. "But to this one I will look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.
Father, help us to be quick to admit we are nothing - to admit our need for Your Spirit in our lives.
Understanding the precepts of prayer.
Ps 122:6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May they prosper who love you.
Another mystery - How could praying for Jerusalem cause us to prosper?
Ps 122:1I Was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the LORD."
Ps 122:2Our feet are standing Within your gates, O Jerusalem, 3 Jerusalem, that is built As a city that is compact together; 4 To which the tribes go up, even the tribes of the LORD -- An ordinance for Israel -- To give thanks to the name of the LORD.
Ps 122:5For their thrones were set for judgment, The thrones of the house of David.
Ps 122:6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May they prosper who love you. 7 May peace be within your walls, And prosperity within your palaces."
Ps 122:8For the sake of my brothers and my friends, I will now say, "May peace be within you."
Ps 122:9For the sake of the house of the LORD our God I will seek your good.
YHVH, Jerusalem - Your choice for Your House.
How does God feel about issues we face today?
The Mystery of Faith
Do you like to have an answer for every question, complete comprehension of everything you consider? God has not promised you this. There is an element of mystery to faith, otherwise it would not be faith at all. Yet mysteries yield understanding if you press in to them. God told Abraham to arise and go to a place He would show him. It was a place he had never been before. God gives the same call to you, to arise and go to a place He will show you. In at least one sense you have never been there, for your future is not revealed to you. Yet you have access to it by walking with God into it. Do not fear mysteries but press in. Abide in God, and walk with Him, and you will see the mysteries of your own life revealed.(Adopted from a blog post by Dale Cresap)
But just as it is written, "Things that no eye has seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, are the things God has prepared for those who love him."(1 Cor 2:9)
Material in this section is based on various prayer diaries.
From a strictly mathematical viewpoint:
What Equals 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%? Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%? We have all been in situations where someone wants you to give over 100%. How about achieving 101%? What equals 100% in life?
Here's a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions:
Is represented as:
12+15+22+5+15+6+7+15+4 = 101%
Therefore, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that:
While Hard work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there, it's the Love of God that will put you over the top!
An alien raid-a frightened nurse
Drops a baby in the path,
A guest at David’s table;
It’s lame _________________.
(If needed see end of MEM for answer)
Father Murphy walks into a pub in Donegal, and asks the first man he meets, 'Do you want to go to heaven?'
The man said, 'I do, Father.'
The priest said, 'Then stand over there against the wall.'
Then the priest asked the second man, 'Do you want to go to heaven?'
'Certainly, Father,' the man replied.
'Then stand over there against the wall,' said the priest.
Then Father Murphy walked up to O' Toole and asked, 'Do you want to go to heaven?'
O' Toole said, 'No, I don't Father.'
The priest said, 'I don't believe this. You mean to tell me that when you die you don't want to go to heaven?'
O' Toole said, 'Oh, when I die, yes. I thought you were getting a group together to go right now.'
Gallagher opened the morning newspaper and was dumbfounded to read in the obituary column that he had died. He quickly phoned his best friend, Finney.
'Did you see the paper?' asked Gallagher. 'They say I died!!'
'Yes, I saw it!' replied Finney. 'Where are ye callin' from?'
An Irish priest is driving down to New York and gets stopped for speeding in Connecticut … The state trooper smells alcohol on the priest's breath and then sees an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car.
He says, 'Sir, have you been drinking?'
'Just water,' says the priest.
The trooper says, 'Then why do I smell wine?'
The priest looks at the bottle and says, 'The Lord has done it again!'
ScribblesMichael Boldea Jr.(length edited)
The Mysterious way of Elohim and the benefit of fasting
Since I heard through the grapevine that a friend’s church was taking a few days of fasting, (and since all of the Hand of Help staff go to this church and I knew there would be very little risk of them calling and asking if I wanted to go to lunch if they were all fasting), I decided I would join in, and fast along with everyone else.
I have always found fasting to be a great bringer of clarity, and given the times and the seasons of that are upon us, who among us couldn’t use a little more clarity?
The first day of the fast, I had picked my brother Sergin up from the airport in Chicago, brought him home, and gone to bed, when I had a dream.
I dreamt I was walking down a street, but to the left and the right of me everything was utterly destroyed. If not for the foundations sticking out of the earth, one would not have known anything had once stood there.
I have seen the aftermath of earthquakes while living in California in the eighties, I have likewise seen the aftermath of tornadoes live and in person, and this looked like neither of the two. The best way I can describe it, is that the entire street seemed to have been razed. From trees, to homes, to fences, everything had been flattened and annihilated.
The street curved to the left, and as I followed it turning the corner, I was surprised to see a house standing a couple hundred yards ahead of me on the right. There was nothing special about the house. A single story home, with a porch and a porch swing, once painted white by what I could gather, but having taken on a charred look.
I quickened my pace, as even in my dream this seemed odd and surreal, and as I approached the house I heard what could only have been prayer coming from inside.
This was no typical prayer. It was passionate, and fervent, and the only time I remember having heard prayer like this, is when we would have prayer nights in our home in Romania during the communist occupation.
This was anything but a restrained prayer gathering, and the voices coming from inside the house were praising God, and giving glory to Him.
I stood just short of the front step, and listened to the prayers coming from within the house, until in my dream, I woke up.
As I awoke from my dream within a dream, the man I have grown accustomed to seeing was standing at the foot of me mattress.
"Do you understand what you’ve just seen?" he asked without prelude.
"I believe I do’ I answered somewhat confidently.
The man gave me a look one might give to a slowwitted individual and said, "perhaps in part’ then reached out and touched my shoulder.
Suddenly I was back on the same street, and I realized this only because of the house with the porch swing, now a pristine white. It was the only thing that was the same as in my previous dream, because now there were trees, and homes, up and down the block. It looked and sounded like a typical neighborhood, but above the din of chirping birds and barking dogs, I could hear prayer coming from inside the home with the porch swing. It was the same kind of fervent, passionate prayer I had heard on the previous occasion.
I strained to hear what they were praying for, but I could only hear snippets from time to time.
As I made the climb up the first of three steps, I was back in my bed, with the man standing patiently by my bedside.
‘Now you understand’, he said, ‘tell them not to fear, but to draw close to the Father in whom is shelter from the storm, and protection from destruction.’
I then woke up, disoriented, wondering for a while if this was yet another dream within a dream, Realizing that it was not, I knelt beside my mattress and started to pray.
I have not released a dream or a vision in two years, and if not for the specific instruction ‘tell them’ I would have been hesitant in releasing this dream as well.
As I explained in a recent radio interview, the reason why I have not released any visions or dreams is because many within the household of faith have become, for lack of a better term, prophecy junkies.
At every gathering, at every meeting, there is always the inevitable ‘what’s the Lord been showing you lately’, as though He hasn’t shown us enough, or as though His word is not clear enough.
I specifically asked permission of God to withhold what He was showing me for a season, and have single-mindedly focused on preaching Christ, and Him crucified wherever I was asked to preach, because our safety, our shelter, and our protection is in Christ Jesus our Lord, Savior and King.
Our refuge, our shelter, our place of safety is not a geographical location; it is in the arms of Jesus, in the will of God, in fellowship and intimacy with Him.
If we are walking in the will of the Father, then we have nothing to fear. If we are being obedient to His word, His guidance, and His leading, then wherever He will guide us will be a safe place, and wherever He will guide us will be a safe place, and wherever He will lead us will be a place of shelter.
Our safety is found in obedience. If God has told you to go to a certain place, then do as He has commanded. If however God has not spoken, then be at peace where you are, for God is able to protect you in the midst of the storm.
It is time to draw closer to God than ever before, to come before Him in prayer, and fasting, in righteousness, and purity of heart. The day draws near when we will behold the miracle working power of our God firsthand, when we will see what our God can do, and glory in His omnipotence.
Ps 18:25With the merciful You will show Yourself merciful; With a blameless man You will show Yourself blameless; 26 With the pure You will show Yourself pure; And with the devious You will show Yourself shrewd. 27 For You will save the humble people, But will bring down haughty looks. 28 For You will light my lamp; The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. 29 For by You I can run against a troop, By my God I can leap over a wall. 30 As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the LORD is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
Ps 25:4Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. 5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.
With love in ChristMichael Boldea Jr.www handofhelp.com
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Yom Kippur - God's Provision*
[MEM editing - The Mystery of YHVH’s plan-The age to Come-as we approach the fall Feast of YHVH]
In anticipation of the holy day of Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), [and] … the Feast of Tabernacles. These two God-ordained occasions are intimately related, being part of the series of holidays of the [seventh] month [of God’s calendar]. [On the first day of the seventh month] commonly known as Rosh Hashanah (New Year), but referred to in the Torah as the Day of Blowing [most likely of the shofar]. The blowing of the shofar (ram's horn) at Rosh Hashanah reminds us in our busyness not to forget that God is the creator of all things and the one to whom we must give an account. This begins a process of self-examination to make sure that we are in right relationship with both God and other people. The culmination of this process is Yom Kippur, when in ancient times, the High Priest would take the blood of a special annual sacrifice into the Holy of Holies. Contrary to how some may think, the observance of Yom Kippur was not to attain spiritual cleansing and forgiveness from God, but to receive it. Once this process was complete, then we are sufficiently prepared for the week-long festival of thanksgiving and rejoicing five days later.
Yeshua the Messiah is the fulfillment of all that Yom Kippur anticipated [Day of Atonement]. It is through him, his death and his resurrection, that we become adequately prepared to participate in the great celebration of Sukkot in the age to come. Yom Kippur reminds us that God's intent for us is to know his cleansing and forgiveness. A great future celebration awaits us if we would receive God's provision though Yeshua now.
By Alan Gilman
*(This document may be edited for length)
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say to the LORD, "My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!"
For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper, And from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.
You will not be afraid of the terror by night, Or of the arrow that flies by day;
Blessed be YHVH (Genesis 14:20And blessed be God Most High…)
Mark 4:11And He was saying to them, "To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God; but those who are outside get everything in parables, 12 in order that while seeing, they may see and not perceive; and while hearing, they may hear and not understand lest they return and be forgiven."
May our Great King grant us the eyes to see and the ears to hear what the Spirit says to the Churches
1. The armies of heaven - Revelation 19:11-14
3. Egypt - Hebrews 11:24, 27
4. Seven - Acts 6:2-3
5. To test Solomon with hard questions - 1 Kings 10:1-2
6. Naboth’s - 1 Kings 21:1-2
7. Steven - Acts 7:56
Simple Quiz answer - "Mephibosheth"
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