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Revelation Chapter 3 – Philadelphia

Messianic Community in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, a city of Lydia in Asia Minor, was located on a hill about 25 miles southeast of Sardis. It was founded by the king of Pergamum, who had a special love for his brother and was nicknamed ‘brother lover,’ hence the ‘city of brotherly love.’ The city was known for its wine production and was situated along one of the roads known as the doorway to central Asia Minor. This city was known for earthquakes which made the city walls unsafe that much of the population lived outside the walls.

“To the angel of the Messianic Community in Philadelphia, write: ‘Here is the message of HaKadosh, the True One, the one who has the key of David, who, if he opens something, no one else can shut it, and if he closes something, no one else can open it. “I know what you are doing. Look, I have put in front of you an open door, and no one can shut it. I know that you have but little power, yet you have obeyed my message and have not disowned me. Here, I will give you some from the synagogue of the Adversary, those who call themselves Jews but aren’t — on the contrary, they are lying — see, I will cause them to come and prostrate themselves at your feet, and they will know that I have loved you. Because you did obey my message about persevering, I will keep you from the time of trial coming upon the whole world to put the people living on earth to the test. I am coming soon; hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown. I will make him who wins the victory a pillar in the Temple of my God, and he will never leave it. Also I will write on him the name of my God and the name of my God’s city, the new Yerushalayim coming down out of heaven from my God, and my own new name. Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities'” (Revelation 3:7-13). 

Yeshua sends the sixth messenger to the community of Philadelphia where he reveals himself as “the message of the HaKodesh [the Holy Spirit], the True One, the one who has the key of David.” 

Yeshua’s message to Philadelphia is from the Ruach HaKodesh, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth which empowers his people to be overcomers. It is apparent the believers in Philadelphia have the Spirit of Elohim and walk in the Ruach, but are struggling.

The Ruach haKodesh imparts gifts to Elohim’s people so they can minister, comfort, and speak Truth to the Body of Messiah. From the Ruach haKodesh flows spiritual gifts of love, joy, shalom, perseverance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. It is these gifts that set the people of Adoni apart from the world’s humanistic love that never brings shalom.

The True One

Yeshua is the ‘True One’ because he speaks the Truth; no lie ever leaves his mouth. He is also called the True and Faithful witness of the El Elyon (Most High God) (Revelation 19:11). He speaks only what he hears his Father tells him to say, even to these communities of faith (John 12:49). His truthful words convict them of sin and righteousness.

“The true Torah was in his [Yeshua’s) mouth, and no dishonesty was found on his lips; he walked with me in peace and uprightness and turned many away from sin” (Malachi 2:6).

Key of David

“I will place the key of David’s house on his [Yeshua’s] shoulder; no one will shut what he opens; no one will open what he shuts” (Isaiah 22:22).

The key to David’s ‘house’ represents the lineage of King David. Yeshua, as the Son of Man, descended from King David as the “root and offspring of David.” It is Yeshua who will build a ‘house’ for the Name of Adonai. He will sit on its throne and reign forever. Yeshua has been given the key to this eternal Kingdom promised to King David (2 Samuel 7:12-14).

A Door

“I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture” (John 10:9, NASB)

Both Isaiah and Yeshua speak of a ‘door’ that will be opened or shut by the ‘key of David.’ In Hebrew the word ‘door’ is dalet. Dalet is the fourth letter of the Hebrew alphabet with a letter picture that means ‘pathway.’ Yeshua uses the example of a pathway; there is a choice for which ‘path’ one chooses and how that choice determines their destination: eternal life or destruction and eternal loss.

A ‘door’ – opened or closed – can symbolize multiple things in Scripture. An ‘open door’ can be an invitation from Yeshua to ‘enter’ the Kingdom and enjoy fellowship with him. A ‘closed door’ may suggest the invitation is no longer available or rescinded.

In the Parable of the Ten Virgins, the bridegroom shuts the ‘door’ after he arrives taking the wise virgins into the wedding chamber. The foolish virgins are left outside with no access to the bridegroom. The wise bridesmaids enter the bridal chamber; the foolish ones miss the opportunity (Matthew 25).

In Revelation 3:20, Yeshua stands at the ‘door’ and knocks hoping someone will open the ‘door’ so he may fellowship with those inside. The door is ‘closed’ and those on the other side, who don’t open it, miss an important event. Feasting with Yeshua is an allusion to the Feasts of the LORD, the ‘appointed times’ that are prophetic to Yeshua’s life, death, resurrection, sanctification, return, judgment, and redemption of all things.

Yeshua “stands at the door and knocks” because he desires to fellowship with his people through his Father’s holy convocations, just like he desired to celebrate the Passover with his disciples (Luke 22:15). ‘Holy convocation’ in Hebrew is mikra and means ‘rehearsal.’ In order to be ready for the actual event of a wedding, there is always a ‘rehearsal dinner’ for the bride and groom and their groomsmen and bridesmaids. Yeshua is the Bridegroom and he desires his Bride to prepare herself by rehearsing for Wedding Feast of the Lamb. This is the meaning of Yeshua’s words that he would not “drink this ‘fruit of the vine’ until the day I drink new wine with you in my Father’s kingdom” (Matthew 26:28-29).

New wine is an allusion to the Feast of Tabernacles or Sukkot. The prophetic vision of this ‘appointed time’ is the dwelling presence of Yeshua on earth as King of Kings. It is the time of the Messianic Era when Yeshua rules and reigns with his resurrected saints for one thousand years. During the one-thousand-year Feast of Tabernacles, ‘new wine will be put into new wineskins’ (Luke 5:37-38, Zechariah 9:16-17, Job 32:18-19).

A ‘closed door’ may also symbolize the time for repentance has ended. For those who refused to open the door of salvation, they will find judgment instead of reward, eternal death instead of eternal life (James 5:9).

The community in Philadelphia has an ‘open door’ that no one can shut. As Yochanan’s vision progresses, he is shown an ‘open door’ into the heavenly realm that leads to the throne of Elohim (Revelation 4:1). Philadelphia has been given a blessing different from any of the other communities.

Little Strength in the World

The community in Philadelphia continues its works despite having little strength.  The Greek word for ‘strength’ in Revelation 3:8 is dunamis and means ‘miraculous power, ‘energy’ or ‘ability.’ It appears that this community of believers has little energy for whatever they are facing in the world; they need to persevere by trusting in the ‘miraculous power’ of Elohim to get them through (Zechariah 4:6).

This community of believers ‘obeys the gospel’ For many, the gospel is something to believe, not obey. Yet, these people are commended for ‘obeying the gospel.’

After Yeshua came out of the wilderness, he left Nazareth and settled in Capernaum. At this time he began to proclaim the Kingdom of God. He began to preach the good news of the Kingdom. According to his own words, there is action attached to the gospel:

“From that time on, Yeshua began proclaiming, “Turn from your sins to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near!” (John 4:17).

‘Turning from sins’ is ‘repentance.’ In Hebrew, ‘repentance’ is teshuvah and means ‘return.’ Teshuvah is making a 180-degree turn in your life that returns you back to the ways of Adonai. Repenting from sin and turning back to Elohim is an action.

Sin is defined by Yochanan as breaking the commandments of Adonai, being lawless (1 John 3:4-6). When those in Philadelphia obeyed the good news, they repented from sinful acts and stopped breaking Torah. They obeyed Adonai’s instructions as taught by Yeshua. Their obedience to repentance becomes the evidence of this community’s faithfulness to Yeshua’s message; they have no disowned him. They stand firm for him in the pagan world and remain connected to him and his message of hope.

“Therefore, repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be erased; so that times of refreshing may come from the Lord’s presence” (Acts 3:19-20)

Hebrew Word Pictures

Repent – teshuvah – תשובה

ת Tav – Crossed Sticks means ‘sign’ or ‘covenant.’

ש Shin – A Tooth means ‘consume’ or ‘destroy.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

ב Bet – A House means ‘house’ or ‘family.’

ה Hey – A Window means ‘reveal’ or ‘behold.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for teshuvah: sign of the covenant destroying the binding of the house revealed.

False Jews

Like Smyrna, Philadelphia has some people in their congregation who call themselves Jews, but are not.  These ‘fake’ Jews are telling the Messianic believers in Philadelphia that Yeshua does not love them. The ‘city of brotherly love’ appears to have a love problem between so-called brothers.   These liars will eventually prostrate themselves at the feet of the ‘true Jews’ admitting that Yeshua does love them (Romans 2:28-29).

There is a dogma known as Two-House that focuses solely on the two houses of Isra’el –– Judah and Ephraim. The followers of Two-House take on an exterior facade of being Jewish while separating themselves from anything and everything Jewish. They claim that because Elohim divorced Judah, the Jewish people have lost any share in the Kingdom and Ephraim now receives the promises. Apart from being deeply anti-semitic and replacement theology, this movement has created a group of ‘false Jews’ who claim that Yeshua doesn’t love the Jewish people.

The new covenant is predicated on the words of the prophet Jeremiah and is promised to the House of Judah and the House of Isra’el (Jeremiah 31:30-32). Yeshua instituted the new covenant at his Passover seder with his Jewish disciples (Luke 22:20). Salvation comes from the Jews, and no one in the Body of Messiah should ever conceive a doctrine that would separate Yeshua’s brothers and sisters from their Jewish redeemer (John 4:22).

Power of Perseverance

Perseverance through the trials that Philadelphia faces will keep them from the time of trial coming on the whole earth.  This time of trial is known as the Great Tribulation or the ‘Time of Jacob’s Trouble.’ The Greek word for ‘keep’ in Revelation 3:10 is tereso and means ‘to watch, to guard over.’ How Elohim will guard or watch over them during this time of trial remains a divine mystery, but these faithful believers will be kept safe during the Day of Adonai’s vengeance because they have patiently endured. With their little strength, they have remained faithful to Yeshua and obey Torah (Revelation 14:12).

The Greek word for ‘endure’ is hupomone and means ‘remaining behind.’ Though believers may be martyred, the faithful in Philadelphia will ‘remain behind.’ For those who adhere to a pre-tribulation rapture, those ‘left behind,’ are not the lost, but followers of Yeshua. In the Day of Adonai, their faithful endurance will be the only testimony the lawless world has to see redemption in Yeshua.

Hebrew Word Pictures

Persevere – hatmadah – התמדה

ה Hey – A Window means ‘reveal’ or ‘behold.’

ת Tav – Crossed Sticks means ‘sign’ or ‘covenant.’

מ Mem – Water means ‘chaos’ or ‘mighty.’

ד Dalet – A Door means ‘pathway.’

ה Hey – A Window means ‘reveal’ or ‘behold.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for hatmadah: reveal the sign of the covenent of the mighty pathway, behold.

Eternal Rewards

“Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:8).

Yeshua tells this community to hold on to what they have and no one will take away their crown of righteousness (2 Timothy 4:8). Their eternal reward, however, includes more than this crown. They will become a pillar in the Millennial Temple of Adonai. The Hebrew word for ‘pillar’ is netzab and means ‘to guard or protect.’ One reward for those in Philadelphia will be to ‘guard and protect’ the Millennial Temple.

Pillars are used as imagery to describe the earth’s foundation. When it quakes, Elohim holds the pillars firm for all the people on the earth (Psalm 75:4). The first reference to a pillar is in Genesis 35:14 when Ya’akov (Jacob) sets up a standing stone or pillar at Beit-el. While the Israelites wandered through the wilderness, the glory of Adonai led them by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. His pillar shaded them from the heat of the day and kept them warm at night. His pillar protected them from their enemies and moved with them for 40 years. His pillar lived above the Ark of the Covenant in the Tabernacle; His pillar was their sukkah of covering for 40 years.

When Moshe read the words of Adonai and the people responded they would obey everything they heard, he set up 12 pillars for the 12 Tribes of Isra’el. Jeremiah was made an ‘iron pillar’ with whom the kings, princes, and priests of Judah would fight against. He would not be overcome, but rescued (Jeremiah 1:18-19).

Yeshua’s words are similar to Philadelphia who will ‘remain behind’ and not be overcome. They will be as King David wrote: “Our sons in their youth will be like full-grown saplings, our daughters will be like sculptured pillars fit for the corner of a palace” (Psalm 144:12).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Pillar – netzab

Nun – A Fish means ‘life.’

Tzakik – A Fishhook means ‘draw near.’

Yod – A Closed Hand means ‘finished work.’

Bet – A House means ‘house’ or ‘family.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for netzab: life draws near to finished work of the house.

In Hebrew, the word for ‘endure’ is amad and means ‘to take one’s stand in the covenant.’ It suggests an ‘attitude’ of standing.’ To become a pillar in the Millennial Temple suggests the believers of Philadelphia are strong in their covenant relationship with Yeshua and they will continue to stand strong during his one-thousand-year reign.

The believers in Philadelphia have prepared themselves as wise virgins with oil in their lamps. They have matured in faith and have not faltered in their first love. Their clothes are not soiled. They repented and the fruits of righteousness followed. They have stood firm like a pillar when faced with trials. They have not fallen into sexual immorality or eaten foods sacrificed to idols. They have blessed Isra’el and the Jewish people. They have not learned the deep secrets of the Adversary and have nothing to do with Jezebel. They remain behind, enduring patiently the days of tribulation, and are welcomed into the Kingdom by Yeshua who holds the key to the House of David.

This is highest reward given to any of the seven communities. The believers in Philadelphia are not just invited guests to the wedding feast; they become the pure and spotless Bride of Messiah.  They receive the Kingdom family name, the name of their Father –– yod-hey-vav-hey.  They receive a new home in the heavenly New Jerusalem.  They also receive the highest name of all –– the name of their Bridegroom, Yeshua, the King of Kings.

Those [in Philadelphia] who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit, Ruach haKodesh [the holy wind] is saying to the Messianic community.”

Yeshua uses these same words in the gospels when he speaks in parables, however, he doesn’t include the words, ‘what the Spirit says to the communities.’  One reason that he taught in parables was so people could ‘look but not see, and listen but not understand’ the message of the Kingdom (Isaiah 6:9-10, Luke 8:10).  Because he wanted his disciples to have a deeper understanding of the coming Kingdom, he explained the hidden meaning away from the crowds.

Yeshua spoke all of his parables before the Feast of Weeks or Shavuot when the ‘holy wind’ was poured out and the new covenant was instituted (Acts 2:2).  With the arrival of the new covenant, men and women who obey the message of Yeshua are given new hearts and a renewed spirit.  The Ruach haKodesh within them gives them ‘ears to hear what the Spirit is saying’ so they can obey His voice.

Yeshua doesn’t want this community to just ‘hear’ his message, but ‘listen’ to it.  His message was to be heard through spiritual ears that were fine-tuned to his voice, the voice of the Shepherd (Psalm 95:7-8, John 10:27-28)  His sheep were to ‘listen’ to the message and ‘obey’ so they would be overcomers –– Isra’el –– and receive their eternal reward.

But you [Philadelphia], how blessed are your eyes, because they see, and your ears, because they hear!” (Matthew 13:14-16). 

Revelation 3 – Messianic Congregation of Laodicea

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A Dream of Three Spiritual Places

January 17, 2013

I was living in a city that had a very large square (praça).  One morning about 8:45 a.m. I left the building in which I lived and began walking through the town square on the cobbled stones. I came to a building whose length filled one whole side of the square. It had a glass front. Inside were a lot of young and beautiful women singing and dancing.  Though I could not hear anything specific, I knew by watching them that they were worshipping the God of Israel.

I stopped to watch the dancing and tried to hear the music beating through the glass.    While I stood there, men – older and younger –  began to arrive and stand outside the building.  As I looked at them, I realized they were Jewish as they were all wearing kippot.  I seemed to be the only female person who was in the square so I tried to make myself disappear and went closer to the building. I pressed myself against one of the pillars near the glass that also held up a small protective overhang.  Between the pillars were three steps that went up to the door of the glass-front.  The crowd of men kept growing until there were hundreds of Jewish men standing in the square waiting for something.

At precisely 9:00 a.m. the huge front glass door to the building slid open and there was complete silence for a moment.   Then, with no obvious sign, the entire crowd – inside and out – began singing the Shema.  I stood there in awe.   It was the most beautiful sound I had ever heard with so many different harmonies.  I had tears in my eyes because the sound was nothing like I had ever heard before.  I knew I was witnessing something extraordinary – like heaven and earth worshipping God together.

Shema Israel, Adonai Elohenu, Adonai Echad ….  My spirit soared and I wanted to sing with them so I joined in,  “Baruch shem kavod ….” I don’t know if something was wrong with my voice,  but the whole crowd began looking around until they saw me.  At that moment I knew I knew I was to stop singing.

After singing the Shema, the group inside the building began a different song in Hebrew though the words sounded like Portuguese to me.  I knew they were singing in Hebrew, but I was understanding it in Portuguese.  They began singing,  ‘Me abraçar’ which means ‘Hug me’ or ‘Embrace me’.  I knew the people inside were leading the Jewish men outside to join in.  As individual Jewish men sang the words, he reached his hands toward the sapphire blue sky with floating white clouds until everyone was reaching out for an embrace from God.

When the singing finished (it seemed like a long time), the crowed dispersed and I went home.  I returned the next morning at 8:45 a.m., stood by my pillar and waited.  More Jewish men than the day before arrived.  This time I sang the Shema completely, but quietly within my heart.  It was the words of ‘Me Abraçar’ that touched my soul when I watched the way the Jewish men stretched out their arms toward the sky.

I wondered about the daily event,  yet I continued to go every morning just to watch the men gather and listen to the beauty of the Shema being sung.  Each day more and more Jewish men came until the coblestoned-square was nearly packed with worshippers.

One morning I decided to take my husband.  He wasn’t feeling well so I had to drag him along and hold him up as he trudged along.  I kept telling him how beautiful the sound was and he had to go with me.  I told him he would be blessed.   I pushed my way through the growing crowd to my usual place.  I propped him up by my pillar and together we listened to the singing of the Shema.  While they were singing ‘Me Abraçar’, we returned to our building.  Feeling better, my husband walked up the stairs.   I went down the stairs toward the basement.

In the basement of the the building was a room situated behind two huge solid wooden doors. The doors were shut so I opened them to see what was happening inside. A large group of people,  some standing and some sitting in white plastic chairs, were singing.  Their words were nearly the same  as what I had heard in the square: “I embrace you Lord, I embrace you”, but the room had a completely different atmosphere.

In the front of the room stood two men.  They both faced the group.   One stood behind a little podium, shorter than the average podium.   Everyone watched him sing and then sang as he directed.  It was obvious he was their leader.

The other man stood about five feet away to the left of the leader at the podium.   He was not singing, but kept his eye on the man leading.  As I heard the words, “I embrace you, Lord” for about the fourth or fifth time, something inside my heart realized that these two groups – the one outside in the town square and the one inside this dark cubicle needed to unite and become one group.  One group knew God and embraced him with joyous dancing and beautiful singing.  The other group seemed to embrace God, but had no joy.

I knew that these two groups needed each other.  I knew that the group in the basement needed to leave their dark and dreary place and go to the square where the sun was shining and the sky was blue.

I became so excited with the revelation that I ran toward the leader at the podium and tried to interrupt his singing with, “You need to embrace each other! You need to embrace each other!”   He scowled at me, but remained in a kind of singing trance.   I repeated, “You need to embrace each other.” He then pointed me to the man standing three feet away.  The leader never took his eyes from the group in front of him nor did he miss a beat in the song.

I walked quietly to the other man trying not to interrupt the leader again.   When I got in front of the second man, I noticed that though he faced straight ahead, he was somehow watching at the leader to his side.    I shouted in his face as the singing seemed to get louder as I approached him. “Your people and the people outside need to embrace each other!”  He pretended not to hear and kept looking forward.  I shouted the phrase again and again until two men wearing black suits and ties took me by the arms and led me toward the wooden doors.  The staring man followed us and under his breath, he finally spoke, ‘We’ll discuss this out here.”

Once outside the room, he shut the thick wooden doors tightly.  The singing silenced.  I said, “Don’t you get it?  The Jewish men are outside embracing God and you are inside singing about embracing God. You need to embrace each other.”

He grumbled.   I looked at him again and realized that the two men held a pole on wheels holding an oxygen tank.  I had not noticed earlier, but the man had a tracheotomy in his throat.  One of the men in a black suit put a mask on the man’s face while the other hooked tubes from the oxygen tank to an apparatus around his neck.  I was a little freaked out.   What was wrong with this man?  Just a few seconds ago inside the room, he appeared to be quite healthy as his staring sideways eyes bored through the leader as if controlling him. Now, he seemed weak as he gasped for breath.

The sounds of singing began to penetrate the thick door and the man then ordered me to go up the stairs and then pushed me up the first stair.  With each step we took up the stairs, the singing seemed to be getting louder and I suddenly felt like I a prisoner with these two men being my guards. I reached out to help the man with the pole and he became more uncompromising.

At the top of the stairs, the two men in black suits remained behind guarding the stairs and I followed the man to another room. It was an empty ballroom with wooden floors and gorgeous old and ornate trim.  He turned around and I saw that his face had now changed. It had become gray, pasty and his cheeks shrunken in.  From a young man downstairs, he had transformed into a very old man. Even with an oxygen mask he struggled to breathe.   He managed between his heavy breathing to get the words out, “WHAT DO YOU WANT?”

I replied, “You still don’t get it?   Out there they are embracing God.   In here you are singing about embracing God.  You need to embrace each other.   You need to unite together.”

My response did not please this man.  His body began to twist and bend and his voice turned raspy.  He demanded, “WHO SENT YOU HERE?”

I responded, “No one sent me here.   I just know that both of you need to embrace each other, but you are separated. One of you is inside this basement and the other is out in the square.”

He turned quickly whipping the pole with the oxygen behind him and the numerous tubes seemed to fly everywhere.  He hobbled his way across the ballroom floor like he was 120 years old back toward the stairs.   I ran behind him and asked, “Do you know nothing about Romans 11,” but he just kept dragging himself and the oxygen pole and the wheels squeaked as they rolled across the floor.

The closer we got to the stairs the less he hobbled. When we got to the top of the stairs, I went to help him with the metal pole and realized he had folded it up and it was in the back pocket of his jacket.  I thought it was strange that a metal pole could be folded into a jacket pocket, but didn’t comment.   As he took the first two steps down the stairs, he removed the mask and placed the tubes in his jacket pocket.   He turned around and smiled at me.  I was shocked.   He had no teeth.  Only bloody gums filled his mouth.  I still wasn’t sure who this man was, but I knew he was dying and doing whatever he could to stay alive.  For some reason, I didn’t feel sad for him, but wondered when he would finally give up.

I wanted to go with him down the stairs and asked again, “Can’t you both just embrace each other?”   From what seemed like nowhere, men in black suits filled the stairway and surrounded the toothless man until I could no longer get near him.  I could only watch as he descended the stairs.  Others in black suits pulled me back up the stairs until I was in the ballroom again.  The ballroom was packed with these men in black suits and I had lost complete contact with the dying man.  Where these men came from, I had no idea as there had been no one in the ballroom earlier,  but I instinctively knew they were this man’s legal guardians and their job was to protect that dying man.   I also instinctively knew that he needed to get back into the room at the bottom of the stairs or he would suffocate and die.

I woke up.

The Interpretation

The Praisers of God

Inside the glass-front building, a Temple-like building, a group of women, the Bride of Messiah, danced and sang.  They worshipped the God of Israel fully and joyfully offering their bodies as a ‘sacrifice of praise.’   Though their joyous worship is visible through the transparent glass to everyone, it remained quiet until ‘the door’ was opened.   This reminded me of the ‘sea of glass’ that is before the Throne of God. I believe the women before the Throne are the faithful ‘bridesmaids’ in the Body of Messiah who have oil in their lamps and worship in Spirit and Truth. I believe their witness to the God of Israel is transparent to everyone who has ‘ears to hear’ and ‘eyes to see’ the spiritual realm.

Jewish men, outside of the glass Temple, filled the square of the city.   There was a brightness in the square with the brilliant sun, the sapphire blue sky, and the cobblestoned street as they came together from every direction outside the city.   The words of the Shema became a beautiful song of worship as they gathered to sing at a prescribed time each morning. I believe the Shema represents the foundation of faith not only for the Jewish people, but also for everyone who puts their faith in the Jewish Messiah of Israel, Yeshua.

When the glass door of the Temple was opened, it was Jew and gentile as ‘one new man,’ singing the Shema with one unified harmonious beautiful voice.  It was a ‘heavenly kingdom’-like sound because it represents Messiah’s kingdom. Once the Shema ended, the Bride inside the glass temple led the Jewish men to sing about the ’embrace of God’ in Hebrew, but each heard it in their own national language symbolized by me hearing it in Portuguese – a foreign language I understand versus Polish which I don’t.

A Pillar In the Temple

I stood by a pillar of the Temple court and became one of the worshippers, dancers, and singers in my heart.  I did not enter the glass room nor did I try.  I completely understood the worship celebration uniting these two peoples, but realized when I started singing the Shema and had to stop that I was only to watch and observe the events transpiring.

I brought my sick husband to the pillar of the Temple to see and hear the beautiful sight of unity and the melodious otherworldly sound of the Shema.  I wanted him to hear and see what I had had heard and seen.  Though I had to help him get to the Temple, when we left, he had been healed in the presence of God and walked home on his own. He disappeared up the stairs as I went down the stairs to the basement room of the building.

The Basement Worship

In the basement room there were people singing to God who thought they understood God’s embrace, but they were singing what they were told to sing. They did not sing words of God from their heart or with joy. Their worship had become mundane and they only repeated what their leader said. Some stood and some sat to show that whether they sat or stood, they remained complacent and only followed the man’s lead behind the podium.

The podium was shorter than most. It came only up to the knees of the leader. There is no need for a real podium of correct height because no one opens the Word of God in this room. I believe the podium came to the leader’s knees as a symbol that he really needs to ‘get on his knees’ and turn away from this godless-type of worship.

They people were in a closed dark room where nothing they did or said could be heard or seen. The doors were shut tight. Their witness to the world was silent and always ‘behind closed doors.’

Even after a few hours after the dream, I was still not quite sure who the sick man was. As I began writing out the dream, I realized the the man who masqueraded as being alive, but was really dying personified the ‘doctrines of men.’ The doctrines appear to give life to those who follow them, but are really death to their spirit. Leaders have to remain within the boundaries of manmade doctrines in order to keep control of their people. This is why the leader pointed me to the sick man, the manmade doctrinal system that controlled him.

The ‘doctrines of man’ don’t like to be messed with. They don’t like to be challenged. When they are challenged, those who bring forth the challenge are taken out of the ‘room’ and rebuked. They are asked, “Who sent you here?” knowing that any disruption to the status quo could result in the loss of their people and their job.

Though the people in the basement sang of God’s embrace, they had a false sense of  knowing God because they followed a leader who was controlled by the ‘doctrines of men.’  Their songs came not from the Word of God, but words created by men.   The the ‘doctrines of men’ left the room, their singing became louder and began to break the barrier of the ‘closed door.’

As I climbed the stairs and moved closer to the city center where Jewish men worshipped and the Bride of Messiah was transparent, the ‘doctrines of men’ began to die and also so the man who represented them. When he left the basement room, he had lost all control. He was ‘without oxygen.’

The farther the man went from that room, the older he became because there was nobody to give life to his lies except some men in black suits.   The man’s bloody toothless mouth was nothing more than evidence that when the ‘doctrines of men die,’ their ‘teeth’ lose the ability to bite or ‘destroy’ those who leave them behind.

The men in the black coats and ties are the ‘doctrines of men’s’ guardians. These men represent the multitude of denominations. They are the self-made religious men who take keep the ‘doctrines of men’ alive at all costs. They are the front-men for the ‘demons’ who are behind all denominations who lead the masses away from a true worship of God.

The ballroom with its wooden floors and decorative ornate trims used to be the place of ‘glory’ where ‘doctrines of men’ danced with ‘faithless women,’ but has become empty. Only a few men remain guarding the ‘doctrines’ while ‘faithless women’ continue to sing complacently behind their huge closed church doors.

The ballroom was built entirely with wood because someday it will face fire and judgment just as the cobblestones in the square.  The wood will burn, but the stones will remain.

The ‘doctrines of men’ do not accept Romans 11 and the joining of non-Jew with the Jew to become ‘one new man.’ ‘Doctrines of men’ believe that anything Jewish is legalistic and thus nullify their own code words of Judeo-Christian. In essence ‘doctrines of men’ are anti-semitic at their core. ‘Doctrines of men’ do not embrace ‘the Spirit’ of the God of Israel in Truth (Shema). Therefore, these ‘faithless women’ remain separated from God’s presence in a dark basement sitting plastic chairs that will melt in the judgment of fire.

I first went to the basement and to try to tell the leader to embrace God with the others outside who understood ‘one new man.’  He refused to listen.  He pointed me to the ‘doctrines of men.’  I  confronted the ‘doctrines of men,’ but he had me removed from the basement and away from the leader and the complacent people so I could not influence them. I followed him up some stairs and  tried to be kind to him with his oxygen pole, but he did not appreciate even my kindness.  In fact, he not only became angry, but was fearful.  He was a dying man and he knew that I knew it.  He tried to protect himself from me by bringing out the men in suits.   I recognized his fine-dressed guardians as nothing more than denominational demons who deceive the masses.

The Pillar

I was standing at the pillar outside of glass Temple and that became my specified place of observation. Yeshua spoke to a community in Revelation about ‘becoming a pillar’ in the Temple of God so I decided to read about this congregation to see if I could discern some connection between me and the pillar.

To be a pillar in the Temple of God is the reward for someone who wins a victory. In my dream, it seems the victory is multi-level if I apply the three ‘places’ in my dream to my personal walk of faith. First, I began my walk as one of those in the basement. I was most definitely tied to the ‘doctrines of men’ and a denominational mindset. I could be described as one of those ‘faithless women’ who danced with the ‘doctrines of men’ in an ornate building. Even when I left a mainstream denomination for a non-denominational church, I was still under the control of manmade traditions and beliefs that were inherently imbedded in Christianity and were anti-semitic.

Pastors, though they taught from the Bible, didn’t teach the whole counsel of the Word. Their pulpit teachings did nothing for my spiritual growth so I studied the Word by myself. When I confronted different leaders about what I was learning from the Bible, I was taken out of the room and rebuked – numerous times by different leaders, both pastors and deacons. I was called ‘legalistic’ by the guardians of modern-day church legalism even though they were blinded by their own legalistic customs. I was called a Judaizer by those who had no understanding of what that word even meant. Eventually I had to stand up from my plastic chair and leave through the double wooden doors.

I climbed the stairs from the basement institution to the cobblestoned street lined with ‘living stones,’ the way of the ancient paths as Jeremiah called them. In the town square, I met many Jewish men and women who challenged the ‘doctrines of men’ through teaching the full Word of God and showed its value to everyone who called Yeshua their King and Savior.

I was never anti-semitic because I had always loved the Jewish people from the time I was a young girl. The separation of Jews from ‘the church’ always confounded me. When I heard the Shema, I began to understand the ‘one new man’ – Jew and non-Jew – worshipping the God of Israel together the way He commanded and His Son taught. Through faith in Yeshua, I joined the commonwealth of Israel and worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in a Jewish way.

From the cobbled streets, I went up the three steps to enter the glass Temple. The number ‘three’ has several unique meanings. Biblically it means divine completeness, wholeness and perfection. On a Chabad site, I found the following:

“The number three symbolizes a harmony that includes and synthesizes two opposites. The unity symbolized by the number three isn’t accomplished by getting rid of number two, the entity that caused the discord, and reverting to the unity symbolized by number one. Rather, three merges the two to create a new entity, one that harmoniously includes both opposites.”

That quote certainly gives credence to the Romans 11 Scripture of the natural olive branches and the wild olives branches being grafted together in the Olive Tree of Israel. It substantiates the idea of unity between Jew and non-Jew and becoming ‘one new man!’

Though I could have gone into the Temple because I am one of the dancers, I remained outside by the pillar to observe the events. I have danced for the Lord for many years as part of a worship team. Even before I became part of this team, I loved to dance for the Lord as a child. It is the ultimate expression of being a ‘living sacrifice’ and expressing joy in Yeshua at the same time. The blessing from this dream is to see the Bride of Messiah as one the bridesmaids who have oil in their lamps.

“I will make him who wins the victory a pillar in the Temple of my God, and he will never leave it. Also I will write on him the name of my God and the name of my God’s city, the new Yerushalayim coming down out of heaven from my God, and my own new name. Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying to the Messianic communities(Revelation 3:12-13).

I was only called to be an observer in my dream. I was a type of ‘watchman.’ I believe I was ‘watching’ the events in the square and the glass temple as they are a vision of the New Jerusalem. I believe I became part of the events in the basement because it is my deepest desire to see people set free from ‘doctrines of men’ in order to go into the courtyard and worship the God of Israel before His throne.

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