Shalom, shalom; peace, peace in the name of Yeshua. This is Crystal Sharpe and welcome to the Ancient Scrolls program.
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Today I am going to point out some passages in Exodus chapters 5 and 6; this concerns Egypt, the two witnesses, and YHVH; and make mention of the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4.
Let’s get started on the program with the liturgy
Shema from Deuteronomy 6:4
Shema, O Israel, the Lord God, the Lord is one. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
The earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof; the world and those who dwell therein.
You are the King of the universe, You are King over the heaven and the earth. I ask You to cleanse us from all unrighteousness so that our prayers will be effective against the kingdom of darkness; against every design and strategy of the enemy, every hex, vex, curse, Ouija board, black magic, white magic, witchcraft, warlock, every demon sent on assignment; we pray the kingdom of darkness will be thrust into chaos and confusion. We pray the enemy will devour each other.
We pray for revival to increase, to fill the land with repentance, healing and restoration. We pray against the elitists and their machinations. These people are vessels of demons and we are petitioning You to expose them for what they are and what they are doing to our economy, and to Your people.
This crisis we are in speaks to me the end of the age. According to the Word the world will continue to degenerate. All the prophetic passages in the Bible have to be fulfilled. We thank You for the outpouring of Your Holy Spirit in these last days, to prepare us for persecution and the return of Yeshua. We pray strength for Your people. We pray revelation over Your people today. In Yeshua’s name.
Today, I was thinking about Acts 2 and the promise of the outpouring of His Spirit in the last days. For some years He has shown me a revival of great proportions that would usher in His kingdom, the Messianic Age, the thousand-year reign of King Yeshua. So, I get excited about it, about what He plans to do in these next two to three years. Right now, the nation is in a moment of crisis with the coronavirus . . . and crude oil had bottomed out to zero. People on Facebook were asking: “What does this mean?’’ I took it to mean that the perverse elite had finally collapsed our economy.
This is similar to ancient Egypt. The demise of that nation began with plagues. The plagues continued until the nation was ruined and it never recovered its former eminence among the nations.
From the events that we see here and around the globe is at some point a new currency will be introduced. On down the road it will become mandatory to take the mark of the beast. That is where we are going, and the Word is being fulfilled every day. Anyways, let’s move on.
I do believe I have a word for today, and I hope it will give some of you something to think about. I am going to focus on revelation and demonstration.
Let’s go and take a look at how the story begins Exodus, chapter 5:1
Moses and Aaron have a first meeting with Pharaoh. They inform him that the LORD God (Adonai Elohim) had given an emphatic command for Pharaoh to let the Israelites go to have a feast to Him in the wilderness.
Now Pharaoh asks a question: “Who is this LORD (Adonai), that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the LORD (Adonai), nor will I let Israel go.”
Pharaoh has not had a revelation of God. He is going to have one, a revelation, but it is going to come the hard way. Why? Because he has a hard heart. He has a defiant heart toward the God of Israel. He is used to having people obey him, not having lowly people coming into his court and demanding a release of his slaves. Moses and Aaron has certainly broken protocol here.
Where was I . . .
Pharaoh asked: “Who is this LORD (Adonai), that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the LORD (Adonai), nor will I let Israel go.”
They, Moses and Aaron, reply: “The God (Elohim) of the Hebrews has met with us.” These two witnesses are saying they had a revelation from the God who is over the Hebrew people.
What was it the Samaritan woman said at the well to Yeshua (John 4)? Sir, I perceive You are a prophet (because He was able to speak some intimate and painful details of her life). Our fathers worshiped on this mountain (she is speaking of Mt. Gerizim), and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship. He answered: You worship what you do not know, we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.
This is an interestingly direct statement made by Yeshua: You worship what you do not know. The Samaritans did not have a direct revelation of God. They had the Pentetauch of the Jews, the first five books of the Bible, the Torah. They rejected the revelation of the Prophets and writings (Job, Esther, Ruth, Psalms, Lamentations, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, etc.) of the Old Testament/Tanach; but the whole Bible speaks of the Messiah. It points to Him and what God purposes through Him.
The Samaritans had inserted within the Law, I think it was Deuteronomy 11, to build an altar on Mount Gerizim because to them it was the sole place of blessing. The original manuscripts do not state that. They fiercely rejected Jerusalem and all Jerusalem-related traditions and institutions such as kingship and messianic eschatology.
The whole gist of it, the woman at the well, is this: they did not have the revelation of God. They did not have the revelation of Abraham, Isaac or Jacob, or Moses, or Mt. Sinai, it was only given to the Jews. But that day at the well, the Samaritan woman had a revelation.
Back to Moses and Aaron, they reply to Pharaoh: “The God (Elohim) of the Hebrews has met with us. Please, let us go three days’ journey into the desert and sacrifice to the Lord (Adonai) our God (Elohim). Otherwise, He may strike us with a plague or with a sword.” Of course, Pharaoh rejects this and they are dismissed. After this meeting Pharaoh issues an edict for the Israelites to meet the same quota of bricks but the straw would not be supplied for preparation of the bricks. Their time searching for straw caused them to not meet their daily quota and they were abused for it. This caused great alarm among the Israelites and they meet Aaron and Moses and they say: “May the LORD (Adonai) look at you and judge accordingly, because you have made us utterly abhorrent in the sight of Pharaoh and his servants, and you have put a sword in their hands to kill us.”
Moses goes before the LORD and complains: “LORD (Adonai), why have You treated this people so terribly? What has been the value of sending me? For ever since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has dealt terribly with this people! And you haven’t rescued Your people at all!”
Chapter 6:1, the LORD gives an answer
The LORD said to Moses, Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh. For with a strong hand he will let them go, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land. And God (Elohim) spoke to Moses and said to him: I Am the LORD (Adonai). 3. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty (El Shaddai), although I did not make myself known to them by my name YHVH [Adonai]. (Tetragrammaton)
No one knows the correct pronunciation of the four letters. It can be YeHoVaH, or YeHWeH. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, it seems here they wanted God to have a name so they named Him El Shaddai. God had never shared with them His personal name until Moses spoke with God at the burning bush at Mt. Sinai. Today, the debate rages on the perfect interpretation of the letters YHVH; no one agrees, Jews nor scholars. We are speaking about an ancient text, close to 1500 years old, and in the process of time we have lost some of the original meaning to the texts.
Before this time at the burning bush, names such as Elohim, Adonai, El, El Elyon and El Shaddai were used. If I understand correctly, all these names are descriptions of Him, of certain characteristics they understood He possessed.
The word El is usually accepted as the word God, and Shaddai has a couple of meanings; in Akkadian it would mean God of the Mountain. The suggestion by some is that it may be connected with the Assyrian mountain (Shadu). The Hebrews took a name representing a mountain to express their understanding about their strong God. Another possibility is that the name derives from the Hebrew word shad or “breast.” And in this case would be seen as a nourisher, the one who imparts and provides life.
In the case of God being referred to as God of the Mountain, I find it interesting because that is where Moses had his first revelation of God and learned His personal name, it was Mount Sinai.
Where did Abraham offer his son Isaac? On a mountain. Genesis 22:1. Next week we may discuss God of the Mountain in a little more detail from Daniel, Revelation and I Kings. It is just some interesting information.
I have but a few minutes left in this program. There are two important aspects, or features that we see in Egypt in the book of Exodus and these are the revelation and demonstration of God.
These two ingredients run parallel with our present or current time as well.
We are in the last days, and the whole world is going to witness a revelation of God, and not only that but He is going to demonstrate His power to all the nations.
This last days outpouring of His Spirit is going to shake everyone. It is going to come with revelation and demonstration.
I Corinthians 2
And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
People are saved by the revelation of the Cross, not by eloquent rhetoric.
Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.
When Yeshua came, He came with power and authority. He healed the diseased, the lame, the blind, the deaf, the lepers, and in several cases even death would let go of their victims. Yes, He died, but even at this juncture, or this point, He was still doing miracles, He defeated death and came to life.
I am saying in these last days, this outpouring is going to bring relief to many people who are diseased and oppressed by the demonic realm. The world will see the demonstration of His kingdom.
These last days are known as the days of our deliverance or redemption. The Pharaohs in this life, those that have a disdain for God, have been saying: “Who is this Adonai? Who is this God of Israel that I should fear Him and let His people go?” Well, listeners, they are going to find out.
And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth. And if anyone wants to harm them, fire proceeds from their mouth and devours their enemies. And if anyone wants to harm them, they must be killed in this manner.
But I am at the end of this program.
If it is God’s will, I will be here next program
Remember to walk by faith, not by sight. Ask God to cleanse you from all unrighteousness every day. Keep your spiritual garments clean from spots, wrinkles and blemishes. Do two things this week: love and forgive. Love God, love your neighbor.
Ricco Cortes will sing the Aaronic priestly blessing.