9/22/12 Edit: I’ve gotten several search hits for Keith Johnson “Time will Tell” coming to this blog. Please feel free to read this blog entry, which is composed of my notes from His Shavuot teaching May 2012. However, if you would like to know more, please visit Keith’s website at:
And, Like this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TimeWillTellSeries?ref=ts
The following blog was written and published June 19, 2012 – and is a transcription of my notes from one of the speakers at Shavuot 2012, with A Rood Awakening. The weekend was intended to equip and strengthen those able to attend. Seating was limited and there was a cover charge/donation for this “continuing education” event, so it was a small group. The teachings were solid, the fellowship wonderful, the two meals per day provided excellent, and we came home with a box of study helps and teachings.
On a couple of the teachings, I didn’t take great notes, because we were in meetings from 9 am till 10 pm, with meal breaks, and I struggled to stay awake during the afternoon meetings. (I’m so glad I left my boys with my mom, as they would not have done well with the long hours and I would have missed so much!) All of the teachings included teaching helps, power point, pics, etc, which of course, I can’t duplicate here… All texts are from the Complete Jewish Bible or the KJV as I didn’t have internet access to copy/paste from other versions.
I truly appreciated the many hours of instruction, from several teachers, on the subject of the work of the Holy Spirit.
Though SDA’s say they accept the gifts of the Spirit as being valid for today, they tend to be exceptionally leery of any manifestation of the Spirit, and especially tongues. Unintelligible tongues (not a foreign language) are completely out of the accepted norm, despite Paul’s clear writing in 1 Cor 12, 13 & 14. Including “though I speak with the tongues of men, even angels” and “Keep on eagerly seeking the things of the Spirit; and especially seek to be able to prophecy.” Or “I wish you all would speak in tongues” or “I thank God that I speak in tongues more than all of you” and that tongue is described as “For someone speaking in a tongue is not speaking to people but to God, because no one can understand, since he is uttering mysteries in the power of the Spirit.” Or… “For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit does pray, but my mind is unproductive”. (None of which sound like the speaking in a foreign, but known to a people group on earth, language). His instructions on congregational setting is – “Whenever you come together, let everyone be ready with a psalm or a teaching or a revelation, or ready to use his gift of tongues or given an interpretation; but let everything be done for edification.” How do we embrace 1 Cor 13, but toss out so much of 12 & 14?!?!
I’d already been wrestling with these Scriptures vs my upbringing vs my experience with the edifying gift of tongues over the past month – having just realized that the “love” chapter, which has been the defining chapter of my life, is sandwiched between two chapters on the Gifts and Manifestations of the Spirit, which I confess, I don’t understand well, given my upbringing. So, it was incredibly good for me to have hours of solid Biblical teaching on the things of the Spirit!!!
I will say that as I typed these notes up, there were a few things that left questions in my mind. Please know that I don’t have all the answers to all the questions these teachings might bring. I’m merely transcribing my handwritten notes to typeset and posting as a blog for my remembrance, and to push us all to deeper study.
I will say this – I am convinced that it is okay – No, not just okay, but RIGHT to Eagerly seek the things of the Spirit!!!
“ YHVH, I want more of You and Your Spirit! Make me a vessel of Honor for You to indwell and fill with your Spirit and manifestations in accordance with Your incredible plan for My life!!”
At Passover, Keith told us about his study on Time. The Spirit told me then that this study was going to be crucial, and that if Keith was going to be doing any teaching for Shavuot, I need to be in attendance. So, when I found out that He was going to be teaching, with A Rood Awakening, I knew where I needed to be… YHVH had good plans 😀
Keith Johnson – Time will Tell…
10 years ago, Keith was confronted with 3 things while in Israel – Time. Torah. Tetragramaton (YHVH’s name)
Sometimes we must be led by the Spirit, because we can’t see what we need to with our bare eyes!
Keith has been on a journey, in which he feels the Spirit has led him. He thought the Tetragramaton was going to be a big thing to present, but it turns out, Time and what he has discovered there will be huge!
2 Thess 2:1-4
But in connection with the coming of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah and our gathering together to meet him, we ask you, brothers, not to be easily shaken in your thinking or anxious because of a spirit or a spoken message or a letter supposedly from us claiming that the Day of the Lord has already come. Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way. For the Day will not come until after the Apostasy has come and the man of sin (KJV) or lawlessness or ‘who separates himself from Torah’ (CJB – also a look back at the Greek shows this “lawlessness to be connected with not having Torah) has been revealed, the one destined for doom. He will oppose himself to everything that people call a god or make an object of worship; he will put himself above them all, so that he will sit in the Temple of YHVH and proclaim that he himself is God.
Don’t you remember that when I was still with you, I used to tell you these things? And now you know what is restraining, so that he may be revealed in his own time. For already this separating from Torah is at work secretly, but it will be secretly only until he who is restraining is out of the way. Then the one who embodies separation from Torah (“and then shall that Wicked be revealed” KJV) will be revealed, the one whom the Lord Yeshua will slay with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the glory of His coming.
When this man who avoids Torah comes (even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan – KJV), the Adversary will give him the power to work all kinds of false miracles, signs and wonders. He will enable him to deceive, in all kinds of wicked ways, those who are headed for destruction Because they would not receive the love of the truth that could have saved them. This is why YHVH is causing them to go astray, so that they will believe the Lie. The result will be that all who have not believed the truth, but have taken their pleasure in wickedness, will be condemned.”
This verse connects back to Daniel 7:24, 25 an incredibly familiar verse for me, having been raised in Daniel seminars from the time I could talk…
As for the ten hours, out of this kingdom, ten kings will arise; and yet another will arise after them. Now he will be different from the earlier ones, and he will put down three kings. He will speak words against the Most High and try to exhaust the holy ones of the Most High. He will attempt to alter the seasons and the laws, (think to change times and laws – KJV) and they will be given over to him for a time, times and half a time. (CJB)
As I learned this verse in childhood – the things that this “man of sin” would change would be the Sabbath changed to Sunday (times) and the 10 Commandments – specifically the 2nd and 4th.
However… to truly understand this verse, we need to go back to original language – Aramaic, which makes sense, given Daniel lived his entire adult life in Babylon…. If we look at the words in Aramaic, and compare their usage in this verse with the usage in the rest of an Aramaic translation of the OT from Hebrew to Aramaic, we find that the first time the word for “time” is found in Aramaic Scriptures in Gen 1:14 – which in Hebrew means mo’ed or Mo’edim (plural) and means set apart or appointed times. Mo’edim is also used to describe the Feasts of YHVH in the list of Lev 23.
Soo, the Time that this ruler would think to change would be the Feasts of YHVH!!!! Including, but not limited to Sabbath!!!
And the word for “law”? The Aramaic to Hebrew takes it back to Torah; Or, instructions given in the first 5 books of Scripture.
Thinking back over church history – have we seen this? Have the Feasts and Instructions been changed??
The Arch of Titus gives a clear picture of the physical which lead to the spiritual change…
Titus was the General who destroyed Jerusalem in 70 AD. Titus and Pope Pious (who had the Arch preserved) are described on the Arch as being Divine, and High Priest.
Titus destroyed the temple, but said, “I need things from the Jews”
The things he took (as depicted on the Arch of Titus) included the Gold Menorah, the Table of Shew Bread, Torah scrolls, and the Silver Trumpets.
We must ask – why did Rome want these things? What did the spiritual entity behind Rome want with these things???
The Temple was where YHVH hardwired His Time!
Shavuot, and the other pilgrimage feasts brought in 1 million Jews from ALL over the known world, into Jerusalem because they were to worship where YHVH would place his name forever! That’s a lot of people flocking to Jerusalem, rather than Rome….
When Titus took the Silver Trumpets he took “Time”! He took the instruments used to proclaim YHVH’s calendar, his appointments, his Feasts, His Sacred TIME!
If we don’t know what the mo’edim and Torah say, then I’m under the man of lawlessness, the man of sin….
The following is a replication of the same relief on the Arch… Most notable are the Menorah and the Two Trumpets. Some historians believe the items held aloft are signs, others believe them to be Torah scrolls….
This presentation brought me to tears… agonizing tears for 10 min or more…
My tears were for the Seventh-day Adventist church. I am not sure, even now, weeks later, that I can completely put into words why, other than the Holy Spirit grieving within me…
However, the best I can say is, “we”, SDA’s have taught only part. “We” have this idea that we have it ALL figured out! “We” understand end time events… however, the teaching above summarizes what I’ve learned over the course of the last few years which is – NO “we” don’t! Yes, Sabbath is important, but there’s more! If we really want to understand prophecy, we have to understand ALL of YHVH’s appointments! All of His Feasts!!! If we want to understand what Yeshua came to do – both free us and give us abundant life we have to understand all of His Torah, not just the 10 commandments and the clean/unclean meats… We’ve missed the mark! Yes, there was a “love of truth” that started the SDA movement, but somewhere along the way we stopped looking for those nuggets of truth, decided we “had it all” and became complacent with what we knew…
and so, I cried. Not for one individual, but for the collective whole, for the movement, for the denomination made of individuals…
I don’t know exactly what YHVH has for me, in having experienced that grieving, but I will say it was not me, it was Him in me! My personal feelings toward the SDA movement/denomination are not one of truly grieving. I have many mixed emotions; mostly summarized in a defiance toward what was false… but grieving has not been part of that mix…. I’ve prayed that He would put His words in my mouth, and His heart for me to have toward Adventism. I know He will, in His time!!
Another woman was equally grieved, for the “church” at large, and we took some time together to pray. We prayed for release from fear and for power to be poured out upon the churches. She saw a shaking – a shaking of the chains which MUST come loose! Not a shaking to condemnation as is so often covertly taught within SDA’sm on the subject of the coming “shaking”. But a Shaking to Freedom!!! Like the earthquake that loosened the disciples held in Jail! HalleluYah!!!
Time Will Tell – Part 2
When Keith was first in Israel, he, thru a miraculous course of events, acquired a Torah scroll, which he’s since learned to read, and feels it is his “insurance policy” to be sure he is on track with YHVH.
While in Israel, he was on the South side of the Temple (which is where the Aviv barley was presented, and where the Trumpet was sounded from to announce “time”) celebrating Pentecost 10 years ago.
He asked himself what was the connection between Pentecost & the OT. Since that time, he has experienced it.
Yeshua told his Disciples – Don’t leave Jerusalem! Wait here for the promise!!
We have to go back to the Scriptures if we want “the Gift”
There is a difference between Truth & Tradition – between the Real/Authentic & Error. Sometimes Tradition is real, and part of authentic History… sometimes it is not. It takes the Ruach to help us see how to parse tradition.
In Exodus 12:38 we find that in the Exodus was a Mixed Multitude. The Hebrew is Erev Rav and is also used, elsewhere, as foreigners. Or in the Jewish Publication Society Translation – a “motley Crowd”
At Sinai, YHVH spoke and, according to Jewish tradition, all heard in their own language! So, YHVH spoke in Tongues and the “Motley Crowd” understood Him!
Time Will Tell!
Scripture must be understood thru Language, History & Context!
“Time is the only entity without a polar opposite. It has no compliment. Time has no opposite, no compliment, no counterpart. We must respect time as an entity that stands alone, and continues” ~ Andrew Johnson
Ex 12:1, 2 – YHVH spoke to Moses & Aaron in the land of Egypt; he said, “This month shall be unto you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.”
YHVH – which means – He who was, is & will be
used the root word of Chodesh three times in this one sentence. It can mean the sliver of the moon or the Full Month of 29 days. So he was saying…
“Do you see the new Moon? This New Moon shall mark for you the First of the month, and the First of Months in a year.”
Deut 16:1: Guard the Chodesh of Aviv, for, in the month of Aviv YHVH your Elohim brought you out Egypt at night. We know that they would have come out on the 14th of the month, under a full moon.
Ex 19:1 In the third month (chodesh) after the Israelites left Egypt, on the very day, they came to the Desert of Sinai.
The question to be asked is – was it on the same day of the Month of the Aviv?
Or was it on the day of the new moon of the third month?
The first man to use Chodesh to mean new moon is David.
However, the Jewish Publication society translates the verse as “On the 3rd new Moon after the Israelites left Egypt (in the month of the Aviv).
Looking at a calendar based on YHVH’s time keeping (new moon & aviv barley) it’s clear that the events of Ex 19 – 23 could EASILY have occurred within less than a week, quite possibly on the very day of Shavuot!
Isa 66:23 tells us that the celebration of the new moon is not just for the “Jews”…
In the context of new heavens and a new earth, YHVH says,
“Every month on the new moon and every week on Sabbath, everyone living will come to worship in my presence.” Or, in the King James, “And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith YHVH.”
As we celebrate Shavuot, let us remember YHVH’s first words on the very first Shavuot and giving of the first covenant:
Ex 20: 1,2 ; Then Elohim said all these words,
“I am YHVH your Elohim, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of slavery.”
The word “your” is singular possessive. Not plural possessive. It does not mean “I am YHVH ya’ll’s God” It means “I am YHVH your personal God!!”
HalleluYah! He is MY God!!!