SONGS OF ASCENT
BY: JOHN LEWIS
SONGS OF ASCENT
THE FEMALE GOD-DESS”?!
SECRET PLACE OF THE STAIRS
WHAT ABOUT THE NUMBER 120?
THE MYSTERIOUS NUMBER 15
MEDITATIONS AND AFFIRMATIONS
The Book of Psalms is one of the most favorite books in the Bible for Believers and non-believers. This was the hymnal for the Old Testament Church as well as the New. This book was actually divided into 5 books, or sections, divinely inspired and put together. The first 5 books (Torah) of the Bible are called the Pentateuch, which are parallel to the 5 divisions of the Book of Psalms.
This book teaches us Worship, Wisdom, and Warfare. It exalts the Creator and declares that all creation, even nature must praise Him. It also speaks about sin, evil, justice and judgment, and of course, the coming Messiah. The Book of Psalms was written by several prophetic psalmist over a span of 1000 years, 73 of the psalms are attributed to David; the beloved psalmist of Israel. This Prayer Book opens with a benediction, “Blessed is the man,” and ends with Praises and Glory to God.
SONGS OF ASCENT
Toward the end of this great book are 15 Psalms (Songs), numbers 120-134. These were called Songs of Degrees or Ascent. They are short, but carry very powerful mystical messages for those who have an ear to hear. While we won’t have the time to deal with these psalms individually in this writing, I would like to share some information and revelation about why they were named such.
We will be looking at the mysteries behind the numbers 120 and 15, plus the principle of Ascending. As stated earlier, the Book of Psalms has 5 sections. The Songs of Ascent are in the 5th section, which corresponds with the Book of Deuteronomy; which means, Words, or repeated Words.
We know that Jesus the Christ came as the Word 2000 years ago, but we are expecting and experiencing a Repeat, Second Coming of the Word materialized in our flesh, (Words). With the full revelation of the Christ in us, we will be able to move on out of this wilderness into Fullness.
Why were they called Songs of Ascent?
(1). This was prophetically written for pilgrims, a people that were not satisfied with a limited measure of God. It is not for a people that would make a religion or denomination out of their experience.
It was foreshadowing a people that would Ascend beyond religion into all that God is. In Deuteronomy 16:16 God commanded Israel, the Church to appear before Him 3 times a year. The Feast of Passover, Feast of Pentecost and the Feast of Tabernacles (Ingathering). As most of you know, that represents our 3 major experiences with and in God. Most of the Believers today only know about 2, (Passover=Salvation and Pentecost=Baptism of the Holy Ghost). Thank God that there are some of us which are beginning to understand and experience Tabernacles.
As Israel “went up” to Jerusalem to observe the Feasts, they sang these 15 songs on the way. Each song represents a higher dimension in God. The New Testament tells us that we are being Changed from one degree of Glory to another. As we come together during the feasts of the Lord, there is an Acceleration and a Release of Christ within us, the hope of Glory.
(2). The Book of Ezra deals with the return of the captives (Church), after being exiled in Babylon for 70 years. Ezra 7. According to Ezra 2, there were 42,360 of the captives returned to Jerusalem. History says that the captives sang the 15 Songs of Ascent as they journeyed back to Jerusalem. I can imagine they must have sang them 100 times as they came weeping and rejoicing to their homeland. Babylon (confusion) of Religion, Economics and Politics are Fallen. The cry is being made, “Come out of her my people.” There is an exodus taking place, the Church has been held captive long enough. This is the Jubilee, year of Release. I can hear the Spirit crying out, “LET MY PEOPLE GO!” Religion, as you see it today, is rapidly coming to an End.
The trumpet has sounded, the alarm is heard throughout the land, it’s been decreed in the heavens by the watchers and soon you will see a manifestation in the earth. Just as the Berlin Wall fell seemingly overnight, so shall it be with Babylon in one day, she shall be dealt with.
It’s already done says the Lord. The ax is laid to the root, it’s already dried up. The roots have been destroyed; the trunk and branches shall wither away. Now behold the plantings of the Lord which shall not be moved, they are planted by the rivers of My Spirit. The redeem of the Lord are returning, they are coming singing songs birthed by my Spirit which causes them to ascend in Me. Return unto Zion, with everlasting joy and gladness, for this is a day of joy, not sadness. Rejoice at the fall of Babylon. Rejoice as you ascend up to Zion.” Hal–le-lu- Yah!! Thus says the Lord!!
(3). In the Court area of Solomon’s Temple there was a stairway that had 15 Steps, parallel to the 15 Songs of Ascent. The 15 Steps led from the Court of Men to the Court of Women.
The Levites stood on the steps starting the 1st day of Tabernacles, till the end of that Great Feast. They sang as other men danced below before the women for 8 days.
Each step was assigned a song from Psalms 120-134, 15 songs and 15 steps for 8 days. (15 x 8=120, we’ll get to that later)’
During the Feast of Tabernacles there was a procession, an honoring and acknowledgment of the female by the Levites, only in this feast was this done. Why?? This speaks of the mystical union of male and female, Christ and his bride, the two becoming one. This speaks of the spirit and soul operating on the same level, not one above another.
This is Adam and Eve before the transgression and deception. The word Levites comes from the name Levi, the ministerial tribe to Israel; which means to join, make one. For 6000 years soul has been lowered beneath spirit, Eve has been beneath Adam, female has been subordinate to male, (especially in eastern concept). However, it’s time for oneness, this can only happen as we acknowledge and honor Eve. This must be realized in us first.
THE FEMALE GOD-DESS?!
“So God created man in his image, In the Image of God Created He Him (Adam), male and female created he them.” Gen.1:27 God’s Image is both Male and Female, however, most believers today only know about the masculine side of God.
God revealed Himself to the patriarchs in the book of Genesis, as El Shaddai (Breasted one, Almighty) Gen. 17:1 This is the feminine – Mother God (dess). They did not know the masculine side, Father God until Moses was called. “And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name God Almighty (El Shaddai-Breasted One/Mother), but by my name Yahweh (Jehovah- Self Existing One/Father), was I not known to them.” Exodus 6:3
They had heard the name Yahweh and used it, but there was no special revelation given to it. Unbelievers hear and use the name Jesus all the time, but they don’t know the nature, revelation or power of it.
For 3500 years we have seen the masculine energies at work – Father God. Prophetically speaking we are about to see a great expression of feminine energies – Mother God. “In the last days sons and Daughters will prophesy.” (For further truth study: See the Feminine Wisdom of God, and God the Mother, Proverbs 8-9, Song of Sol. 8:1-2, Isaiah 66:10-13)
Wisdom, she stands in the top of the high places and cries. There are 15 steps to the high places where she may be serenaded to bring the Balance again between the male and female energies. In the natural it take male and female to produce a child, this principal is also true in spirit.
It has been said that, “Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus.” During the Feast of Tabernacles we will realize that we are really from each other.
SECRET PLACES OF THE STAIRS
This strange verse was written by Solomon. “O my dove, in the cleft of the rock, In the Secret Places of the Stairs, let me see your countenance, let me hear your voice; for sweet is your voice, and your countenance is comely.” Song of Solomon 2:14
In Solomon’s Temple, there were the stairs; a bridge to bring male and female together, also in this temple of God (body), there is the secret place of ascending; which brings Divine Balance. In a previous publication, “Jacob’s Ladder,” we found out that at the top of the Ladder stood Yahweh. However, in this study of the 15 Steps of the secret stairs, at the top are women.
We now have both the Masculine (spirit-positive) and Feminine (soul-negative), a full expression of All Power. Yah, being the masculine and Weh, being the feminine. The tetragrammation YHWH, the unpronounceable name of God. With the vowels, “A” and “E” from the names Adam and Eve we get YAH-WEH.
In Psalms 133, at the 14th mystical step, there is a song of celebration of the Unity of the brethren (male-female). In the realization of this Union will the anointing, peace, and blessings flow, it is also a place of maturity. The call or voice in the cleft of the Rock or the secret places of the stairs is the Voice of the Bridegroom (Christ) to the Bride (Church). The voice of spirit to soul, or the voice of Adam (male) to Eve (female). She has been dwelling in the secret places of the stairs. Adam has blamed Eve from the beginning for getting them evicted from the Garden, losing their light bodies garments, and living in poverty. She’s been afraid to show her face or to speak in various religions, cultures and chauvinistic households.
She is called a dove, symbolic of the Holy Spirit. A dove commits to its mate for life, that’s how our commitment should be to Christ. The soul is committed to the spirit. In the Songs of Ascent sung during the Feast of Tabernacles, we realize that our countenance is the image of His, our voice (words) are sweet, because they are His.
Sin has been dealt with at Atonement, we have been abiding in the secret place and all He wants to do is rejoice over us and in us with singing and dances of deliverance. Zephaniah 3:17
WHAT ABOUT THE NUMBER 120?
Earlier we discovered that the Songs of Ascent begin with Psalms 120. During the 8 days of Tabernacles the Levites ascended the 15 steps with musical instruments and songs. (8 x 15=120) Is that coincidence? There is no coincidence, only prophetic indicators.
The number 120 has a two-fold meaning as most numbers do. The negative side of 120 means, the end of flesh. (I really think that’s positive). Gen. 6:3, God shortens man’s lifespan from 969 to 120 years. He brought an end to flesh in that day by flood. Moses lived 120 years, then Joshua succeeded him. On the other hand we see Outpourings surrounding the number 120. There were 120 priest blowing trumpets, they fell under the power and the glory of God filled the Temple. 2 Chron. 5 On the day of Pentecost 120 were in the Upper Room, they were all filled with the Holy Ghost. Acts 2 Through the preaching of Jonah 120 thousand were saved. Jonah 4:11 This is the 6000th year from Adam, 50 is the number of Jubilee, and we are experiencing the 120th Jubilee. (50 x 120=6000).
I think one of the secret messages of the stairs is, before there can be an Outpouring on and through your life, your flesh must come to an end. Before you can ascend these 15 mystical steps in the Tabernacle Experience, you must die to the lesser self. Then, the flood of the Spirit will come, the Joshua will arise to take you to the other side, the glory of God will fill your physical body, the upper room of your mind will be set ablaze to purge your thinking, and your whole spirit, soul, and body will be saved through the ministry of Jonah, which means, Dove (Holy Spirit). And all of groaning creation will be set free into the glorious liberty of the sons of God.
THE MYSTERIOUS NUMBER 15
It is made up of two sacred numbers, 3 and 5. The number 3 speaks of Triuneness (Trinity), Divine Completeness. The number 5 speaks of Grace (ministry gifts). So 3 x 5=15 i.e., Divine or Completed Grace.
Another way to see this is through the Hebrew alphabets. In most study Bibles Psalms 119 is divided into 22 sections subtitled with the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet, which all have in-depth meanings. Using the 10th letter “Yod” and the 5th letter “He,” we also get 15. (10 +5=15) These letters also make up the sacred divine name of God, Yah.
Now we understand a little better why Solomon’s Temple had 15 steps. It represented Complete Grace, and rest which could only come through the divine nature/name of God. Just another step to further understand Father/Mother God and the mystery of divine polarity. Dealing with the number 5, which 15 is made of; notice the 5th commandment. “Honor thy father and mother that your days may be long on the land.” Ex. 20:12
Noah found Grace (the number 15) in the eyes of the Lord and was instructed to build an Ark.
It was 300 cubits long, (20 x 15=300) which is equivalent to 450 ft. or (30 x 15=450). COINCIDENCE ?
It was 50 cubits in breadth, which is equivalent to 75 ft, or (5 x 15=75).
The height of it was 30 cubits (2 x 15=30), which is equivalent to 45 ft. or (3 x 15=45). Genesis chapter 6 and Verse 15.
The flood waters prevail 15 cubits (22 ft) above the mountains. Gen. 7:20 COINCIDENCE? I DON’T THINK SO ! That’s Divine Grace multiplied.
The purpose for showing all the above measurements is to show you the Awesomeness of our God. God is so detail and precise that He even hid this series of 15’s in the 15th verse. Hallelujah!
King Hezekiah found Divine Grace in the eyes of the Lord. Isaiah 38:and verse 5 God prolongs the life of Hezekiah for 15 years.
John 11:18 says that Bethany was 15 furlongs (2 miles) from Jerusalem where Martha met Jesus and found Divine Grace that brought resurrection life to Lazarus decaying dead body.
The Feast of Tabernacles started on the 15th day of the 7th month. Foreshadowing the Age of God’s Kingdom on the earth in full manifestation and all creation being reconciled through the Divine grace of God. Lev. 23:34 (There are many other hidden messages surrounding the number 15 we can’t mention at this time.)
MEDITATIONS and AFFIRMATIONS
(I will put together the last verse or phrase of these 15 Songs of Ascent-from Psalms 120-134. Let these be your meditations and affirmations as you ascend the mystical secret stairs of the temple which you are, and there may you find the Divine Grace which is more than enough. As you ascend this secret staircase, you will experience healing, wholeness, soundness of mind, acceptance and peace. Feel free to chant over and over each sentence or phrase, until you become it).
I Am For Peace. The Lord Shall Preserve My Going Out And My Coming In From This Time Forth, And Even Forevermore. I Will Seek That Which Is Good. My Soul Feels Compassionate When I See Those Who Are Filled With Pride And Insensitivity. My Help Is In The Name Of The Lord, Who Made The Heaven And Earth. Peace Shall Be Upon Me. Those Who Go Forth Weeping And Bearing Precious Seed, Will Surely Come Again With Rejoicing, Bringing in His Sheaves. I Am Happy And Shall Never Be Ashamed. I Will See My Grandchildren And Have Peace. The Blessings Of The Lord Are Upon Me. I Have Been Redeemed From All My Iniquities. My Trust Is Forever In The Lord. I Am Crowned With God’s Glory. The Lord Commanded The Blessing, Even Life Forevermore Upon Zion. The Lord Who Made Heaven And Earth, Bless Me Out Of Zion.
May God stretch you and cause you to be able to digest this revelation knowledge. May it become a reality as you do the Word and He will be your Song of Ascent in the night seasons. If this message has blessed you, share it with someone else.
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