CLAPPING of the WAVES
BY: KEVIN & KATHY BLACKER
JULY 1, 2008
At this time, it is imperative that we are preparing our Spiritual habitation to be found in The Christ. It isn’t a physical location or natural provision that will help us to abide The Day of the Lord Jesus Christ, but it will be in learning to dwell with God by possessing a humbled and submitted heart. Seasons and times continue to exist in the economy of God, periods when time is delayed no longer. (Rev. 10:6) Time isn’t ending, but time is coming when God is fulfilling His promises to creation. In order for the fulfilling of God’s promises to us, there are two things (two-edged sword) that must take place. First, the oppressed need to be delivered and the oppressor judged; and second, darkness and all that it hides must be dispelled and judged by the splendor of His Light.
Judg. 7:20 “And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.”
It doesn’t matter whether or not we’re ready: now is the time, the season has come. The rays of The Day of the Lord are even dawning now upon this dark and wretched world and nothing will be able to pull back His Arm. For those that haven’t loved His ‘appearing’, the Day will come as a thief in the night when His great and Mighty Presence drives back the shadows of the night. What darkness can stand before Him in its pride and arrogance, NONE. Wherever your habitation, the Light will shine upon it; for one there will be shame and loss, and for another there will be glory with reward. It matters not where you think you are; the Day will make it plain.
1 Cor. 3:13 “Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.”
I was talking to someone inside an ocean liner about an event that had taken place. No one seemed worried about the sea or its condition (Self confidence). I saw a large wave that was billowing over and V-shaped; the converging of two waves. At the same time that I was being told the details about the event that had taken place, I was experiencing it. The warning of the converging waves was the water receding from under the ocean liner; causing it to sink lower in the water. All of a sudden the great wave crashed into the ocean liner slamming us into the wall from the direction of the wave. It took a mighty force to move the ocean liner so swiftly. I was jarred so hard that I awoke from the dream. End of Dream
As I lay in my bed thinking about this event, the Spirit of the Lord came upon me, giving witness.
What affect will the coming wave of God’s great outpouring have upon our orderly arrangements (world)? These times and events don’t always occur when we are ready: They occur when it is time (God’s time). God in His foreknowledge is encouraging us to prepare for events that are out of our field of view, but events that are never the less eminent. When taken to heart, our faith through His instruction will enable us to ford the storms of life by creating a place of safety during His judgments. God’s Judgments are setting things into the proper order of the Kingdom of God. Being warned of the coming flood, God gave Noah instructions on what he was to do. Noah didn’t just make it through the flood; he was also transformed by the flood and given a new world to dwell in. We’re not to be found seeking a way out of trials, but we are to learn from them. Learning from Noah’s experience teaches us to subdue the beasts that God brings to us, binding them up in the Ark of Christ, no longer able to run free. The bear (self will), the lion (roaring of the mind), and the carnal nature of man (the beast nature that serves the appetites of the body of sin) are examples of such beasts. We must be preparing our hearts as Peter warns, “What manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation (ways, behavior, and manner of living) and godliness?” (2 Peter 3:5-15) This time in Noah’s life wasn’t just a time of judgment, but this was a time of deliverance from the present evil age/world. Because of Noah’s faith in God and God’s grace toward Noah, God’s instruction to him would result in a very different outcome than for those that were not hearing His voice.
Psa. 32:6 “For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.”
It is important for us to be found in The Ark, and not to be found outside of it. Let me share what God was speaking in the above dream. The gigantic wave was the coming together of two waves (judgment), and a combined force that overflows or propels all that is in its path. When we are found flowing with the wave, we will be carried forward into new purposes with the move of God. On the other hand, if we are not flowing with the wave, the mighty billowing wave will turn our world (orderly arrangements) upside down. Many scriptures speak of double waves and billows (breakers). Exploring some of these scriptures will help to better understand what God is speaking to us.
1Sam. 28:4 “And the Philistines gathered themselves together, and came and pitched in Shunem: and Saul gathered all Israel together, and they pitched in Gilboa.”
Once again, Saul is arrayed in battle against the Philistines; and unlike before, when David the Champion showed up at the right place, time, and in order, he won’t be showing up on this day. Saul has persecuted David, driving David from before his face, and David is now living in exile with the Philistines.
During this time David is on his own mission to recover what the enemy has stolen from him, from his men, and from those in the surrounding region. (1Sam. 30:1-19) At first, David is asked not to go up with the Philistines in battle, but this only serves God’s purposes by placing David where God wants him. (1Sam. 29:9) Just because things aren’t working out the way we think they should, doesn’t mean God isn’t working it out for our good. We must not judge it by the sight of our eyes or by the hearing of our ears. On the third day, David is once again where he needs to be, in the divine will of God. Such is the order of those that walk in The Day of the Lord. That Day isn’t overtaking them as a thief, for they dwell not in the night, but are of The Day. The light of God is their habitation.
The old order (Sauls) are refusing to come into obedience to God’s order and are killing or driving the anointed ones out of their presence. Jealousy has overtaken those of the old order and they are found persecuting the very ones from whom they received their past victories. The “old order” speaks of those that aren’t moving forward with God under the direction of His Spirit, and it speaks of those that have fallen back into apostasy. A disobedient heart that refuses to be converted will ultimately persecute the faithful servant; they see the obedience as condemnation; envying what they’re unwilling to purchase, faithfulness. The Rebellious will always seek followers, but they themselves are unable to follow. From Saul’s viewpoint, someone else is always to blame for his trouble. Not only are the Sauls of the old order always willing to pull their swords out against their enemies, but to pull their swords out against those of their own house. The vow of a covenant means nothing to them. They say they’ll be in covenant, but this isn’t their true intention, as David and countless others have found out. The Davids and their followers have been driven into the wilderness to serve the Lord in obscurity. Though this time in the wilderness seems long, it serves to train and equip them for the battles ahead. Meanwhile, the Philistines are pitched in Shunem (to rest; quietly, quiet) where they are not in fear of Saul.
They can see that Saul is out of order and the favor of God isn’t with him. Saul and all Israel are pitched in Gilboa (fountain of ebullition, to gush over, a spring of water (plural waves). Saul is out of order and in the place of the plural waves. It is so important in this hour that we are not only in the right place and in the right time, but that we are also found in the right order. The enemy has entrenched himself in OUR place of rest and doesn’t believe anyone can drive him from his place of comfort. When in union with the gushing forth of the plural waves of the Spirit of God, the enemy should be easily removed from his resting place. But as Saul finds out, being out of order serves only in allowing God’s judgments to overflow upon him. (1Sam. 28:18)
Jesus is our Captain and all those in His army follow in His Way. Yielding to His Spirit and His order, the enemies of the Kingdom of God haven’t a chance. Those in the ranks of the Most High need to be encouraged and need to lift their heads high as the call to move forward is upon us. Be ready, for this move will put our backs against the wall. We will not be able to turn to the left or to the right, but we will be able to turn only forward with the driving force of this mighty and tremendous wave of His Glorious Kingdom. All of our trials and testing have served to fashion our obedience for such a time as this. We have been being trained under great pressure, in order to try to sway us from our hope, but we are holding steady as an ‘Elite Seal Team’ should. Through Christ we will drive the enemy from his quiet confidence and we shall occupy Shunem.
Saul was trying to dwell in the heavenlies but the sin found in him prevented him from abiding in the spiritual realm that he was called to. The one thing that kept him from abiding in right order with God was his concealing the seed of iniquity in his heart, rather than offering the sin in his heart up to God. God is bringing us into our Feast of Tabernacles where we learn to dwell in full maturity with God. This process requires the removal of the seed of iniquity that has been hidden in the heart; therefore, Saul dies in the wilderness not entering the promised-land – or the full potential of God’s blessings.
Heb. 3:17 “And with whom was he displeased forty years? was it not with them that sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness?”
Neh. 8:14 -16 “And they found written in the law which the LORD had commanded by Moses, that the children of Israel should dwell in booths in the feast of the seventh month: So the people went forth, and brought them, and made themselves booths, every one upon the roof of his house, and in their courts, and in the courts of the house of God, and in the street of the water gate, and in the street of the gate of Ephraim.”
The ‘Feast of Tabernacles’ is a feast of great importance and it needs to be understood. During the Feast, we are to build booths in which to dwell for a week of solemn affliction of our hearts before The LORD. This Feast takes place during the seventh month. (Deut. 16:13-16) This wasn’t a time to get together and see if we could all agree or disagree. There is but one mind that will bring unity, God’s! Many are trying to come together in what they call ‘love and acceptance’ of one another; choosing to ignore each others’ spiritual condition or affiliation. Open sinners are being permitted to minister while excluding those of righteous heart. This exclusion stems from their intolerance of the pure in heart; Esau openly despising Jacob. Mercy isn’t found condoning sin, but mercy is found keeping an open heart to those that wish to submit their lives to Christ and die to their old ways. The Booth of Tabernacles is where we get our heart back into right relationship with God’s heart. When we do it’ll become evident that we’ve been alone with Him in our closet. Zechariah 14:1-19, warns of the outcome of those not willing to come up to this Feast, those wishing only the fellowship and acceptance of others rather than God’s approval.
2 Ki.4:8-10 “And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually. Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither.”
Has the Double Anointed One been passing by our house in Shunem (to rest; quietly, quiet) without us discerning our hour of visitation? Have we broken bread in communion with him every time he has passed by our house? Do we wish to also provide a place of habitation in the upper portion of our house – on the roof or wall?
This story speaks of the Body of Christ which is coming into a time of special opportunity. This great woman, discerning her hour of visitation, builds with her husband a place of habitation in the upper portion of their house –a place for the mind of the Double Anointed One to dwell. And in that place there is found a bed of rest where Christ may lay His head, a seat of authority in our lives, a table of an acceptable sacrifice, and a candle for the light of the Spirit to shine from. Elisha (to whom God is salvation) is a type of the Body of Christ coming into the Life of the double portion that is now flowing from The Head, Jesus, into His Body. It is the time of experiencing The Feast of Tabernacles. It hasn’t been anything like the first two feasts, but times of afflicting our hearts as His light shines into the darkness of our houses.
The woman is the Church (called out) that begins to discern, by the Spirit, the hour of her visitation. The Day of the Lord has come in a way that we weren’t expecting, but we discerned it through the eyes of the Spirit; walking in a Way we’ve never gone before. Growing up into the Christ Life, seizing the opportunity, she ministers to the Anointed One that graces her threshold (covenant). She isn’t commanded to do what she does, but she’s compelled. No law governs her outwardly, but only what is written in her heart and mind. This is a freewill offering: just because it’s in your heart to do. Not only is she in a place of quiet – Shunem, but she is also childless being without hope of producing life from her old man. To her surprise, the Lord gives her a Seed of Promise whereby she is able to birth a child she has all but given up hope of ever producing. (Col 1:27) As time goes by, what we once rejoiced in becomes our sorrow; as Rachel with the birthing of Benjamin. (Gen. 35:16-19) God asks us to undergo a different kind of travail that will test our faith beyond measure. Yet, through this test we’ll come to see the Arm of God in a whole new light. Resurrection can only occur after death has taken place.
2 Ki. 4:18-19 “And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers. And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother.”
It is the Day of the Harvest and what has been sown has come to maturity, including the tares (vs18). The places where we’re still in agreement with the old man, our ways of thinking, have only served to manifest death. Coming to the understanding that the Seed of Promise is to have no relationship with the old carnal man and that dying to the old relationship is a must. The hidden seed of iniquity has come to fruit (the disease that keeps you from abiding in His rest) and the old carnal man sees it, but he doesn’t know what to do or wishes not to involve himself with it; therefore, he gives the dying son back to the mother (soul) to deal with. When we see death in our ways of thinking, what will remove this disease? No longer is there quite rest in Shunem.
We need to find our quiet rest again in God’s presence. Sin can move us from abiding with Christ. (2Th. 2) Perplexed by what has taken place, we search for The Mind of the Spirit for our answer. The old man of the flesh (carnal thinking) has no idea what to do or where to find the Anointed One; after all from his view point, it’s not time to gather (v23). He thinks, “When Jesus comes then it’ll be time to be obedient,” not discerning His presence in the Cloud of Glory – The Holy Spirit of Jesus and Father – our regeneration. The old man is limited because he only walks by the sight of his eyes and the hearing of his own carnal understanding. We must be willing to bring that which is dead in us into the booth and seek The Lord for deliverance. Leaving the Child upon the Prophet’s bed, the Woman (soul) rides upon the subdued ass (stubborn self-will), the mixture of Pentecost (Mt. Sinai), in search of the Anointed One, and finally finds Him in a place of fruitfulness (– Mt. Carmel: Jesus is seated in the throne of The Glory Cloud). Wherever the Spirit is, there is Aion-Life and Liberty. In desperation she casts all convention aside and lays hold of His feet/walk (v27). Are we coming into agreement with the faith walk of Christ forsaking the old man and searching after the one seated in Heavenly places?
Those possessing a limited vision (Gehazi – valley of a visionary) are offended by this act and wish to cast her away. A resolute, single-minded, and abandoned heart offends their compromising idolatrous ways. They can’t see very far from their valleys, although trying to appear spiritual. Just because we are around the anointing doesn’t mean we have the same heart or vision. It’s not the talk, but what can be put to shoe leather.
2 Ki 4:29 “Then he said to Gehazi, Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thine hand, and go thy way: if thou meet any man, salute him not; and if any salute thee, answer him not again: and lay my staff upon the face of the child.”
Those of limited vision are given the chance to exercise the authority under the mantle of the Double Anointing, but something in them is out of order with the staff they are trying to wield. God is always judging the heart of a matter. It doesn’t reveal why The Spirit of the LORD didn’t move through Gehazi, but later in chapter five we see things of deceit hidden in Gehazi’s heart (2 Kings 5:20-27); even the heart of a thief.
2 Ki. 4:30 “And the mother of the child said, As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And he arose, and followed her.”
In comparison, hear what the Mother says, ‘…I will not leave thee.’ She is fixed with no shadow of turning. Elisha had made the same vow with Elijah, ‘… As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee.’ (2 Kings 2:2) Hear the Words of the vow; “I’m in agreement with the LORD’s and your Way and I’m fixed – immovable. My life is now cleaving in total abandonment to you and the LORD no matter the outcome.” When your back is against the wall, this is the best position for your soul to be found. As we bow our knee in submission and worship before His Throne, we are acknowledging who truly rules in the Kingdom of God. From this position of faith the hand of God moves on our behalf. He allows us to be placed in positions which shall bring forth a heart that is – totally abandoned into His arms. We are His, whether we are delivered or not. We’ll never know what that experience feels like until we’ve walked through it. To be single minded is to have removed all adulterous thoughts that could turn us out of the Way. A price must be paid to possess an anointed walk. A thief, being unwilling to work out the price, obtains it unlawfully manifesting the seed of jealousy – a body of sin belonging to one called a thief. We need not be jealous, but we do need to be inspired as David at the Threshing floor of Ornan. (1Ch 21:7-24) David and Israel were under judgment and this was the location where the judgment would stop. As we see in the scripture, David knew there was a price he would have to pay to purchase the Threshing floor of Ornan. Understanding the process of the threshing floor is critical.
1 Ch. 21:24 “And king David said to Ornan, Nay; but I will verily buy it for the full price: for I will not take that which is thine for the LORD, nor offer burnt offerings without cost.”
We know many that have gone through this kind of pressing with their backs pressed into the wall under great pressure. It is during these times God gives much revelation. Just as the swallow builds its nest up high and against the wall, we must build our nest high (in the heavenlies) and up against the wall – our habitation in the House of The Lord.
Psa. 84:3 “Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God.”
What a wonderful place to raise the babies in Christ; teaching them how to live against the wall. There is no safer place to be than totally abandoned in The Lord’s loving care. Many enemies try to discourage ‘this nest’ from being built, but those of His Seed won’t give up. The best place to build our nest is high up in the barn or storehouse of God, never far from His provisions.
While we’ve examined the positive side and the wisdom found in observing the swallow, we need to also look at the other side as it relates to the carnal man who is found under the influence of another spirit. I remember once trying to discourage some swallows from nesting under the porch of my past employer’s business. For several weeks each morning I would come out to find several nearly completed nests that I would have to knock down. Finally my employer gave up and asked me to stop. The reason they refused to go elsewhere was because they had been allowed to stay the year before. These babies were coming back to the place of their origin. Once the birthing of a seed takes place it’ll always return to its birthplace to raise its own young; to teach them in the ways that they were raised in. Many of us raise our young after the way that Dad and Mom raised us. This may not be the right way, but it is all that we know to do. God is now undoing our old ways and teaching us His Ways. It’s so important to guard what we allow to be sown into our hearts and minds. Once a seed is given life, it’ll keep multiplying until we are able to stop it.
Prov. 26:2 “As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.”
A seed, once birthed, receives a body that God has given to that particular seed. (1Cor.15:38) We wonder where things come from that seem to plague us. A bird doesn’t lay fish eggs, a cat doesn’t produce dogs, and kindness doesn’t come from the seed of hate. If vengeance is manifesting (body of sin) then we can be assured that unforgiveness or the like is at its root (seed). We needn’t look any further than the soil of our own hearts as we’ve opened the doors of our hearts to a spiritual seed that isn’t of Christ. Spirits of darkness and things that seem to continually plague us need to be looked at closely. We need to look into our hearts and find the root or origin of the seed. If the seed is already producing fruit, it may take many attempts to knock down the new nests before we’re no longer plagued with visitors. The covenant we’ve made with these things must be broken.
2 Ki. 4:34-35 “And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm. Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.”
He went up to the booth or room where she had laid the child. Where we’ve had no strength or ability, God shows Himself strong with the Right Arm of His Power. Elisha ministering to the young man speaks of an order that will bring about the Resurrection desired by the Mother. The manner in which this takes place reveals unity of Spirit and Word (mouth to mouth) breathing His Life into us, Seeing Eye to Eye with the Spirit, and the works of our hands in union with the Spirit of God. The Lord needs to be found walking up and down in our house occupying every area of our lives, removing everything that isn’t in agreement with the Anointed One. This will bring about the expelling of any spiritual seeds (sneezing) that aren’t of Christ in our lives and bringing us to a whole man (one with Christ): Seven being the number of perfection. Only then will our eyes be opened to see our Lord Face to Face: One with Resurrection Life. Let us build our booth constraining the Lord to stay with us, ever willing to do whatever it takes; and being found holding nothing back. The positioning of Elisha upon the young man is the position of the Cross of Christ. It is through our relationship with the Cross that we partake of Resurrection Life. The next article will delve more into our relationship with the Cross.
Psa. 98:8-9 “Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together.”
Before the LORD; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.
The clapping of the floods or waves are God’s judgments establishing order. Another story that we’ve covered (in The Word Made Flesh, part 2, Unity With The Father) is Jacob fleeing from Laban. It was to Mount Gilead that Jacob flees from the face of Laban. Laban over takes him on the tenth day from the time that Jacob flees. It is in mount Gilead that Laban catches up with him (Ten being Law and Order, trials and testing).
Gilead-H1568 heap of testimony; something rolled, that is, a heap of stone, (plural waves), a witness
Who can abide the judgments of God when they are in the earth? His Day is like no other day. Who can remain in it or abide the Day of His presence? Jacob tries to abide in Mount Gilead, but is judged by God – not Laban. Laban didn’t find the sin, but God knew. (Gen. 31) God would be the witness between Laban and Jacob (Vs. 47-52). Jesus is showing us the path to abiding in Gilead and His Bride will find Him there.
S of Sol. 4:1 “Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves’ eyes within thy locks: thy hair is as a flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead.”
The hair is a symbol of the vow of a Nazarite. (Numbers 6:18) The hair is not cut while fulfilling a vow – such as Samson. To be found dwelling in Gilead is to have the heart of a Nazarene that is pure; a heart that cherishes covenant. Although Rachel was judged in Gilead, there would be one birthed from her womb that would possess Gilead – Benjamin – Son of my Right Hand; one that is in agreement with the Throne of God.
Obad. 1:17-21 “But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the LORD hath spoken it. And they of the south shall possess the mount of Esau; …and Benjamin shall possess Gilead. And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel shall possess that of the Canaanites. … And saviors shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S.”
“Zion cast out the stones that the enemy has laid in The Way and dig out the wells that have been stopped up with carnal reasoning of the enemy; For I shall surely come upon thee to deliver and not destroy!”
Gen. 1:9 (LITV) “And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be collected to one place, and let the dry land appear. And it was so.”
As Israel is being pressed against the Red Sea with the enemy in pursuit, Israel can only see an impossible situation. (Exod. 14:21-31) It is in our weaknesses, as Paul found, God shows Himself strong. He makes a Way where there is no way, light where there was but darkness, and victory where we see only certain defeat. He parts the waters revealing a heavenly path, a Highway of the redeemed, and a walk of The Spirit in the midst of the waves. (Rom. 8:1, Eph. 2:6, 3:10) What an awesome God! As Israel passes over, someone else is found trying to pass over, the uncircumcised of heart. This was a time of The Clapping of the Waves. Edom (Esau, the religiously carnal man) has tried to dwell with the stars of Heaven and in the heights of the mountain of The Lord, but he’s out of order. (Exod. 32:13, Isa. 14)
Job 22:11-16 “Or darkness, that thou canst not see; and abundance of waters cover thee. Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are! And thou sayest, How doth God know? can he judge through the dark cloud? Thick clouds are a covering to him, that he seeth not; and he walketh in the circuit of heaven. Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden? Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood.”
It is to him that possesses the Mantle (the Witness- approval of God) who will pass through the waters showing The Way for the body to follow. It is he that will possess Gilead – The Witness of God – One in agreement with The Right arm of God – Benjamin.
2 Ki. 2:13 “He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan.”
2 Ki. 2:14 “And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.”
Zech. 10:11 (LITV) “And He shall pass through the sea of distress and strike the waves in the sea, and all the depths of the Nile shall dry up. And the pride of Assyria shall be brought down, and the scepter of Egypt shall go away.”
CLAPPING of the WAVES [Kevin-Kathy Blacker] 7-1-08 1