PRE-AMBLE by Robert
Acts 1:3-5 v3: To whom also he sheweth himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days. And speaking of the things about the kingdom of God: v:4 and being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, ” but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. v5: for John indeed baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
In my last published article “The Beginning” I related, “The reality is Yeshua 2000+ years ago suffered was crucified buried and was resurrected to sit on the right hand of God.” “Salvation and Grace became obtainable gifts to all mankind because our Lord was resurrected. I believe Yeshua is now recruiting modern-day disciples to again spread the truth afresh without worldly attachments, myths, or traditional ceremonies.” as witnesses to his resurrection and the gifts of Salvation and Grace.
The emphasis in this article is the preparation Yeshua did with his Apostles during the 40 days he spent with them before his ascension and the receiving of the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Yeshua knew in many ways they were still attached to the world, and the Jewish customs and laws. As he knows our thoughts and continued attachments to our modern world and its customs and traditions, which our current day churches or centers of entertainment, calling themselves churches, have attached to the gospel. But Yeshua also knows all these things will fall off once we’re baptized with the Holy Ghost as he did with the Apostles of old.
OPENING PRAYER by Robert
Heavenly Father hear our petition which we place before your throne! We humbly ask for your wisdom, meekness, humility, patience, understanding, strength discernment and courage to fill us as we are being prepared for the Heavenly Gifts you choose to bestow upon us through the “Holy Ghost’s Baptism.” We ask this in all humility and meekness in your name Yeshua. Bring upon us Father your words as promised in times of need remove the spirit of fear from our minds fill it with your knowledge as you did Yeshua in his time of need. We humbly in reverence for your greatness Father petition for your kindness to be upon us. Amen and Amen.
OPENING STATEMENT by Robert
All truths will be revealed through the Heavenly gifts bestowed at the moment we receive the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, our spirit will be filled with his knowledge as were the Apostles of old.
Once the Holy Ghost was received the Apostles entered into a dark, wicked and sin-filled world. So will the new Disciples come into a dark, evil and sin-filled world? As the Prophet, Joel’s prophecies were described by Commentary in the book of Joel 1:8-13 All who labor for the meat which perishes, will, sooner or later, be ashamed of their labor. Those that place their happiness in the delights of sense, when deprived of them, or disturbed in the enjoyment, lose their joy. Whereas spiritual pleasure then flourishes more than ever. See what perishing, uncertain things our creature-comforts are. See how we need to live in continual dependence upon God and his providence. See what ruinous work sin makes. As far as poverty occasions the decay of deity of piety, and starves the cause of religion among people, it is a very severe judgment. But how blessed are the awakening judgments of God, in rousing his people and calling home the heart to Yeshua, and his salvation?
The new disciples will do so having the Apostles witness of Yeshua’s Resurrection and Ascension to be seated at the right hand of God. Our mission will be to Re-establish God’s church in the heart’s of Yahweh’s children as a result of them falling away and denying Yeshua through the false teachings which will bring about God’s calamities forecast in the book of Joel Chapter One. As the Prophet, Joel’s prophecies were described by Commentary from the book of Joel 1: 1-7 God is Lord of hosts, has every creature at his command, and, when he pleases, can humble and mortify a proud, rebellious people, by the weakest and most contemptible creatures. It is just with God to take away the comforts which are abused to luxury and excess. And the more men place their happiness in the gratifications of sense, the more severe temporal afflictions are upon them. The more earthly delights we make needful to satisfy us, the more we expose ourselves to trouble.
However, as Yeshua was ascending our Lord gave the Apostles a severe warning to their question “Lord wilt thou at this time restore the kingdom again to Israel?” And he said unto them “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost has come upon you. And ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
Matthew Henry (1662 – 1774) “Yeshua came to set up his own kingdom, and that a kingdom of Heaven, not to restore the kingdom to Israel, an earthly kingdom.” As the Apostles had believed Yeshua was going to make the nation of the Jews as tremendous and considerable among the countries as it was in the days of David and Solomon, of Asa and Jehoshaphat.
“How able even good men are to place the happiness of the church too much in external pomp and power. As if Israel could not be glorious unless the kingdom was restored to it, nor Christ’s disciples honored unless they were peers of the realm whereas we are told to expect the cross in this world and to wait for the kingdom in the other world.”
“How we retain what we have imbibed, and how hard it is to get over the prejudices of education.”
“How apt we are to misunderstand scripture to understand that literally which is spoken figuratively, and to expound scripture by our schemes, whereas we ought to form our schemes by the scriptures.” “But, when the Spirit shall be poured out from on high, our mistakes will be rectified, as the Apostles’ soon after were.”
Yeshua had told them they should sit on thrones (Luke 22:30). And now nothing will serve them but they must be in the throne immediately, and cannot stay the time whereas “he that believeth doth not make haste,” but is satisfied that “God’s time is the best time.”
Yeshua’s warnings to the Apostles as he ascended were not only for them at the time, but for all his churches over time. His warning applies to the modern day disciples as fervently as it did to the Apostles of old. The warnings came about due to the question asked at that time in regards to setting up of God’s kingdom which they believed would be restoring Israel to its former position.
I believe the question we as followers today are asking is “when will Yeshua return and set up his kingdom” and the same answer he gave the Apostles of old applies here as well. As followers, we know the promise of His return, and we are impatient for the setting up of that kingdom and are inquisitive into that which our Master has never directed or encouraged us to inquire into. Perhaps like the Apostles of old we have promised ourselves a significant share and anticipate the divine counsels.
The check Yeshua gave then is the same today “What is that to thee?” “It is not for you to know the times and seasons.” It is clear we are not to ask this question his rebuke was as he ascended and was intended as a caution to his church in all ages. Take heed of splitting upon the rock which was fatal to our first parents, an inordinate desire of forbidden knowledge, and intruding into things which we have not seen because God has not shown them. Yeshua is showing us, which Matthew Henry (1662 -1774) reveals in the following quote. “It is folly to covet to be wise above what is written, and wisdom to be content to be no wiser.” Yeshua had given his disciples a great deal of knowledge above others (“to you, it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God”) and had promised them his Spirit. To teach them more now, lest they should be puffed up with the abundance of the revelations, he here lets them understand that there were some things which it was not for them to know. We shall see how little reason we have to be proud of our knowledge when we consider how many things we are ignorant of.
Here it is essential for us to reconcile Yeshua has provided the knowledge and information he knew we could handle as we present ourselves as disciples in His name. The example is illustrated by Matthew Henry (1662 -1774) Yeshua had given his disciple’s instructions sufficient for the discharge of their duty. Both before his death and since his resurrection, and in this knowledge he will have them to be satisfied for it is enough for a Christian, in whom vain curiosity is a corrupt humor, to be mortified and not gratified.
Here it is essential those who have followed our articles over the months recognize your current position. Because we in the spirit have gone through the crucifixion as followers and received Yeshua’s teachings as the Apostles did and spiritually through the scriptures seen them performed by Yeshua as teaching examples. We should heed the above rendition which does apply to us as it did to the Apostles. Do not let vain curiosity as a corrupt humor enter into our lives or walk as we go forward. Yeshua has left us through the Scriptures the things about the kingdom of God and had promised that the Spirit should show us things to come concerning it. (John 16:13) “Howbeit, when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.”
Like the Apostles of old, we have through the Scriptures been given signs of the times (the book of Joel), which we need to observe, and know that it is a sin to overlook them (Matt. 24:33, Matt. 16:3). We must not expect or desire to know either all the particulars of future events or the exact times of them. Dr. Henry Hammond (1605 – 1660) explains “It is good for us to be kept in the dark, and left at uncertainty concerning the times and moments of future events concerning the church, as well as concerning ourselves. Concerning all the periods of time and the final period of it, as well as concerning the period of our own time.”
CLOSING COMMENTS by Robert
So now, Yeshua having left instructions for the Apostles as he has done for us Scripturally. And said all that he had to say, he blessed them (Luke 24:50), and while they beheld him and had their eye fixed upon him receiving his blessing, he was gradually taken up, and a cloud received him out of their sight.
Dr. Henry Hammond (1605 – 1660) believes “that the clouds receiving him here were angels receiving him for the appearance of angels is ordinarily described by a cloud comparing Exodus 25:22; Leviticus 16:2. By the clouds, there is a sort of communication kept between the upper and lower world in them the vapors are sent up from earth, and the dew sent down from heaven.”
I know there will be questions or comments on this next paragraph some will say there cannot be the second ascension of Yeshua, and as a follower I already have the Holy Spirit guiding me.
“I in no way am asserting there can or will be the second ascension.
Here I must explain having spiritually relived the crucifixion due to following Yeshua’s footsteps in preparation for our personal relationship with Yeshua we through the spirit have emotionally relived that day. Now having spiritually relived and witnessed the Crucifixion through the article “THE PRICE OF OUR PERPETUAL GIFTS.” We are now turning to the Scriptures to recognize and spiritually capture the witness of his ascension and leaving the promise of receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit as part of “God” initially calling us to return to his laws which started this journey several articles and months back.
You see as we progressed and grew spiritually closer to Yeshua through the articles it has become clear God was preparing us for a great work. Earlier in this article, I revealed what I believe the Holy Spirit brought forward about what the great work was to be. “Our mission is to spread the word of Salvation and grace which will provide guidance and spiritual sustenance to God’s children who have suffered the great Calamities prophesied in the book of Joel 3:9-17“Here is a challenge to all the enemies of God’s people. There is no escaping God’s judgments; hardened sinners, in that day of wrath, shall be cut off from comfort and joy. Most of the prophets foretell the same final victory of the church of God over all that oppose it. To the wicked, it will be a terrible day, but to the righteous, it will be a joyful day. What cause have those who possess an interest in Yeshua, to glory in their Strength and their Redeemer! The acceptable year of the Lord, a day of such great favor to some, will be a day of remarkable vengeance to others: let every one that is out of Yeshua awake and flee from the wrath to come.”
Recognize what the prophet Joel was describing in Joel 2:1-14 If the alarm of temporal judgments is given to offending nations, how much more should sinners be warned to seek deliverance from the wrath to come! Our business therefore on earth must especially be, to secure an interest in our Lord Yeshua. And we should seek to be weaned from objects which will soon be torn from all who now make idols of them. There must be outward expressions of sorrow and shame, fasting, weeping, and mourning; tears for trouble must be turned into tears for sin that caused it. There is no question but that if we truly repent of our sins, God will forgive them, but whether he will remove affliction is not promised, yet the probability of it should encourage us to repent.
Thus the preparation for the receiving of the “Baptism of the Holy Ghost” as the final piece of Yeshua’s plan to send his modern-day disciples out to be available to bring his children back to His Father’s laws. And the re-establishment of His church. as prophesied in the book of Joel chapter 3: 18-21. There shall be abundant Divine influences, and the gospel will spread speedily into the remotest corners of the earth. These events are predicted under significant emblems.
Our walk has been a different one but special, and I have always maintained there would be significant rewards for those who continued in God’s call to return to following his laws.
For those who claim they already have the Holy Spirit “yes” you do. And why you do is explained here by Matthew Henry (1662 -1774) “ Now that Yeshua was about to leave the Apostles and they, since he breathed on them and opened their understandings, were better able to receive the instructions he furnished his disciples with.
We acknowledge you must have the Holy Spirit to enact the miracles of God and confess Yeshua as the Lord, so without the Holy Spirit, (1Cor.12:7) There is no discernment. Like the Apostles, “before leaving them,” Yeshua breathed the Holy Spirit on them for them to understand and discern. As he blessed us with the Holy Spirit when we received Salvation, so we might discernment the scriptures and accept the teachings of the Holy Spirit to develop our personal relationship. The preparation for Spiritually receiving the “Baptism of the Holy Spirit” is to further deepen our testimony of Yeshua’s Crucifixion and witness to his resurrection accompanied by God’s heavenly gifts bestowed upon those receiving the “Baptism of the Holy Ghost” as the Apostles of old did at Pentecost. “ARE YOU PREPARED FOR YOUR FUTURE”?
They were of one accord. We cannot forget how often, while the Master was with them. There were strifes among them, who should be the greatest. But now all these discords were at an end, we hear no more of them, What they had received already of the Holy Ghost, when Yeshua breathed on them, had in good measure rectified the mistakes upon which those contests were grounded, and had disposed them to holy love. They had prayed more together of late than usual (Acts 1:14) and this made them love one another better. By his grace he thus prepared them for the gift of the Holy Ghost for that blessed dove comes not where there are noise and clamor, but moves upon the face of the still waters, not the rugged ones.
Let us be all of one accord, and notwithstanding the variety of sentiments and interests, as no doubt, there was among the disciples, let us agree to love one another for, where brethren dwell together in unity, there it is that the Lord commands his blessing.
The Spirit descended upon our Saviour when he was praying, (Luke 3:21). Those are in the best frame to receive spiritual blessings that are in a praying structure. Yeshua had promised now shortly to send the Holy Ghost now this promise was not to supersede prayer but to quicken and encourage it. God will be enquired of for pledged mercies, and the nearer the performance seems to be the more earnest we should be in prayer for it. They did this in one accord. This intimates that they were together in holy love and that there was no quarrel nor discord among them and those who so keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace are best prepared to receive the comforts of the Holy Ghost.
A rushing mighty wind came with great force. This was to signify the powerful influences and working of the Spirit of God upon the minds of men and thereby upon the world. Thus the convictions of the Spirit make way for his comforts, and the rough blasts of that blessed wind, prepare the soul for its soft and gentle gales. There was an appearance of something like flaming fire, lighting on every one of them, according to John Baptist’s saying concerning Yeshua. He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire. The Spirit, like fire, melts the heart, burns the dross, and kindles pious and devout affections in the soul. In which, as in the fire on the altar, the spiritual sacrifices are offered up. They were all filled with the Holy Ghost, more than before. They were filled with the graces of the Spirit, and more than ever under his sanctifying influences; more weaned from this world, and better acquainted with the other.They were more filled with the comforts of the Spirit, rejoiced more than ever in the love of Yeshua and the hope of heaven. In it, all their griefs and fears were swallowed up. They were filled with the gifts of the Holy Ghost, they had miraculous powers for the furtherance of the gospel. They spake, not from previous thought or meditation, but as the Spirit gave them utterance.
As prophesied in the book of Joel chapter 3: 18-21. There shall be abundant Divine influences, and the gospel will spread speedily into the remotest corners of the earth. These events are predicted under significant emblems; there is a day coming when everything amiss shall be amended. The fountain of this plenty is in the house of God, whence the streams take rise. Yeshua is the Fountain. His sufferings, merit, and grace cleanse, refresh, and make fruitful. Gospel grace flowing from Yeshua, shall reach to the Gentile world, to the most remote regions, and make them abound in fruits of righteousness. And from the house of the Lord above, from his heavenly temple, flows all good we daily taste, and hope to enjoy eternally.
CLOSING PRAYER by Robert
Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name thy kingdom come thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power and the glory forever, Amen.
Bless those Father who have followed your footsteps to the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and will now witness your gifts of Salvation and Grace as life unto eternity in your presence Amen.
As the Watchman, I must sound the Trumpet that in this article not only is it giving information but is providing us with a spiritual warning through the prophet Joel of an upcoming catastrophe. Joel relates to those who would listen to how this calamity is going to unfold by using the cycle of the Locust. Armies of insects were coming upon the land to eat the fruits of it. It is expressed so as to apply also to the destruction of the country by a foreign enemy. God is Lord of hosts, has every creature at his command, and, when he pleases, can humble and mortify a proud, rebellious people, by the weakest and most contemptible creatures. It is just with God to take away the comforts which are abused to luxury and excess, and the more men place their happiness in the gratifications of sense, the more severe the temporal afflictions are upon them. The more earthly delights we make needful to satisfy us, the more we expose ourselves to trouble.
Our nation (Canada) is under attack not physically but spiritually, and many are confused and do not understand how or why. This calamity is going to occur from within and unfold as follows. It is understood literally as armies of insects but in reality is an invasion of Nations, people, tongues, languages, potentates, and revenging kingdoms. These insects first eat up the fruits of the country, there will be four types each destroying what the other left behind. They initially appear as being vulnerable but grow in numbers and use their vast numbers to destroy everything in their path. Heed the sounding of the “Trumpet” be prepared for our nation to fall into utter destruction and ruin as our enemy is coming with fury and force. We must take note our enemy begins as a simple insect yet becomes a lion when they come armed with a divine commission. Take heed all in this great nation there is a fall about to take place prepare yourselves in the Lord.
I again remind you these articles are the work of a humble servant merely passing on what the Holy Spirit reveals as a message. May God bless all who partake and share so others may drink from this well of living water. God bless and God’s Speed.