Day 6 – Separate and Vigilant
This morning marked the sixth day of the 10 Days of Awe – a holy time for consecration, reflection, and pursuit of God. The Day of Atonement is just a few short days away! If you’ve missed any of these teaching emails, be sure to catch up!
As we come before God during this sacred feast season, we stand in awe and reverent anticipation of Him by searching our hearts, our minds, our thoughts, and our lives to “get the leaven out.”
He’s coming. One way or another, He’s coming. Either this year’s Atonement season of Tabernacles will herald the coming of the Lord Jesus in the rapture of the Church, or the Spirit of the Lord will move in marvelous ways in your life as He pours out the 7 blessings of the atonement promised to those who celebrate the feast!
Jesus described His return like lightning.
“For just as lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” — Matthew 24:27 (KJV)
The Apostle Paul used the phrase like a thief
“For you know quite well that the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:2 (NLT)
Our response must be vigilance.
“If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch …” — Matthew 24:43
I believe there isn’t a single other prophetic event that must take place before the rapture can happen. As such, we must remember the warning from the Lord Jesus in Mark 8:15 to beware of the leaven of Herod.
In Chapter 6 of Mark, against the admonition of John the Baptist, King Herod married his sister-in-law. Later at his birthday celebration, his stepdaughter was commanded by her mother to dance provocatively for him.
King Herod was so gripped by lust and pride that he tried to seduce her, publicly granting her anything she would desire. At the behest of her mother, she asked for the head of John the Baptist on a platter – and he granted her request.
Not only was Herod driven by pride and immorality, but he also used his position of authority and political influence to change the rule of law contrary to God’s will.
My friend, the leaven of the Herodians is alive and well today and its spirit … the spirit of this world … runs contrary to the Kingdom of God.
2 Corinthians 6:17-18 shouts it:
“Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”
Hallelujah! As you join me each day in separating from what is “normal” in your life, I want to pray with you for miracles leading up to the holiest day on God’s calendar: Thursday, September 16 this year — Yom Kippur
, the Day of Atonement.
If you haven’t already done so, make sure you send me your prayer needs now so I can believe God with you for your miracle every day. There’s still time to celebrate the feast — sow your Atonement Offering today!
Yours for the harvest,
Pastor Rod Parsley