We journeyed to Winnipeg, Manitoba this past week to teach and lead worship with our friends from Voice of Torah. On the way up we stayed at a Super 8 Motel and we were given a key to room 110. On the way home we stayed at a Day's Inn and we were given a key to room 110. As you know, I do not take these things as "coincidences." The Ruach uses them to give us important messages, if we have ears to hear. So, when I got home I looked up my notes on the Hebraic attributes of the numbers 100 and 10. Here is what I found:
100 = Holiness, or "to come closer."
10 = Humility
"Come closer to Me in holiness and humility" was the message of the room keys. The Father was speaking; this is indeed the KEY to this season, my friends. It suddenly hit me that He has named us "DoorKeeper Ministries" and He is giving us the key to the Door! "I tell you, I am the door for the sheep. All whoever came before Me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door; whoever enters through ME will be saved." (John 10:7-9).
In the week before we left for Canada, our town suffered a massive hailstorm. It hailed for a solid 45 minutes and the sound was deafening. I stood at the door watching this onslaught of wind and ice and could only exclaim, "Oh, the AWESOME POWER OF THE ALMIGHTY!" Every tree, plant, and crop in our immediate area was stripped and demolished. Every roof in our town needs replacing. Then two days later we were bringing our grandson home from the airport, driving north up the highway, when we saw the great plumes of black smoke billowing over the mountains west of us. The High Park Fire had just erupted - and my mind recalled the prophecy of the end-time signs in Ezekiel 38: "I will execute judgment...I will pour down torrents of rain, hailstone, and burning fire..."
Hailstones and fire - all within my own eyesight!
"Come closer to Me in holiness and humility," says the LORD. "It is a season of judgment. I AM drawing lines in the sand between "Ammi" (My people) and "Lo Ammi" (not My people)." This message begs the question: how do we know who His people are? What are we to be found doing during these days of judgment, these days in which the God of Israel identifies HIS people? He has not changed; He is the same yesterday, today and forever. And when He answered this question in the beginning, I believe He gave a timeless answer (Exodus 31:12-13): Then YHVH said to Moshe, "Say to the Israelites, 'You must observe My Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am YHVH, who makes you holy." Keeping the Sabbaths and the Feast Days of our God is a Covenant SIGN that marks His people! We may still be in "Egypt" (the world, the nations), but we cannot look or smell or act like Egypt. We must be SET-APART. This is the very definition of the word "holy" - to be a "peculiar people," defined in 1 Peter 2:9 as "a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God."
Are we ready for this season of judgment and separation? Will we be found with HIS mark on us? Our walk is not to be a walk of legalism, or a quest for higher knowledge, or an attitude of arrogance and self-righteousness. Our calling is defined by room key 110: "Come closer to me in holiness and humility!" This is the key, this is the room for His chosen ones, His set-apart people. This is where we are to go, pursuing the LORD with all our hearts, minds, souls and strength, bowed low before Him, in fear and reverence. He is calling us to abandon man's traditions and man's calendar, and hear the clarion call of the shofar to get in rhythm with HIS time, HIS calendar, HIS cycles, HIS feast days!
I have never felt more urgency than I am feeling right now, to sound the alarm. Get ready, for the days of judgment are soon. "Where shall we flee?" people all across America are asking me. "Go, my people, enter your rooms and shut the doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until his wrath has passed by." This is the LORD's answer, found in Isa. 26:20. Even though America will suffer great judgment for her sins, we do not need to run to another nation. We need to run to HIM - in holiness and humility.
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