Friday, March 30, 2012

Fri’s Devo - The Outcome

Read Gen. 14:8-18

We go back to the first verses where these forces of evil are contending against one another. I believe Chedorlaomer is the devil himself since his name means “the one who binds”. These four evil principalities went up against the 5 other principalities and they fought in a depression called the vale of Siddim which means “furrows, or cultivators”. A furrow is a tunnel dug in the ground which is where they came from. This place was full of slime pits (how fitting). The kings of Sodom (fettered) and Gomorrah (bondage) fell there and all remaining fled to the mountain. Notice how everyone goes to the mountain of prayer when things go bad. Even when it is their fault - esp. when it is their fault. They were completely plundered which is what the devil does - he doesn’t play fair and he is out to steal everything from us. Lot had chosen to live with these vial people, so he was taken with the spoils. One person escaped to tell Abram that his nephew had been kidnapped. Abram had joined himself with good people. When he heard the news about Lot he mustered all his family, 318 in all, and went after them to Dan which means “to judge”. It was going to be judgment day for someone. He got back everything they had taken along with Lot - their goods, women, and all the people. When he came back to Sodom with all their people and stuff the king came out to meet him. In the valley of Shaveh (equality). Amazing how things equal out on the battle field. This king comes to meet a nobody to thank him. Another interesting king came to the meeting - Melchizedek. We could write a book about this guy and most of it would be speculation. He is a mystery, but the Bible gives us lots of hints, and God loves to reveal the answer to mysteries.

Lord, we are made more and more aware that we are living in a spiritual battle. Make us awake to our part.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thurs.’s Devo - The Forces of Evil

Read Gen. 14:5-7

The Rephaims mean “the dead; giants” which makes me think of Gen 6 when the sons of God came down and had sex with the daughters of men and their offsprings were giants. They were from Asheroth Karnaim which means “doubled-horned deities”. Horns speak of powers. The next group were the Zuzims which means “roving creatures”. Ham means “he raged”. So they were mad, roving creatures. The third group was the Emims which means “terror doubled”. The last group was the Horites which means “cave-like”. (I can only imagine what they looked like.) My question was answered when I looked up the meaning of where they were from. “Seir” means “shaggy, hairy, goat-like”. Meet the X-men of the Bible. Now we know how Hollywood gets their ideas. Remember, there is nothing new under the sun. These are the groups of people or creatures that Chedorlaomer conquered and put under his power. His name means “one who binds, or generation of a handful”. I would say they were a handful!

They met at En-mishpat which means “fount of judgment” which is also called Kadesh (“a sanctuary”). From there they went and conquered the Amalekites (“perverseness”) and the Amorites (“the sayers”) that dwelt in Hazezon-tamar (“those that steal and bring division”). Every name that Chedorlaomer conquers, it comes under his power and he adds it to his arsenal. The same is true in the positive. What ever demon we bring under our feet, it now has to serve us.

Lord, help us to learn that we live in a natural body in a spiritual world. By your strength, we will conquer the giants in our land and lay them at your feet.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wed.’s Devo - Battle of the Evil Forces

Read Gen. 14:1-5

Ecclesiastes 1:9 says, “that which has been is what will be, and that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” This is a spiritual law. We can look at stories in the Bible and they can show us what happened in the heaven lies eons ago. This is one of those chapters. It starts with a battle of 4 kings against 5. If you decipher the meanings of the names in order it tells a story of what happened in the heavens between the forces of evil. Satan’s forces do not get along and they fight one another like they fight us. Here is the story: There was a (1) sayer of darkness who was like a (2) devouring lion. (3) God chastened him and eternally bound him and (4) cast him out of heaven. He fought against (1) evil forces that were fettered (2) in wickedness and in bondage. (3) They had a change of fathers and chose the one of the earth. (4) They became soaring troops that (5) swallowed everyone they could and brought them down. This is the story of Satan and his fall to earth and a rebellion in his forces. All these forces met in the valley called “hunting” which was a place of death (salt sea). For 12 years they had served the one who had eternally bound them (Satan) and in the 13th year they rebelled. The number 12 means “united” - these kings came together as one to fight one another. They rebelled in the 13th year which the number 13 means “rebelled”. In the 14th Chedorlaomer fought and prevailed over 4 more people groups doubling their forces. The number 14 means “double”. Tomorrow we will learn the meanings of the ones he conquered. Isn’t it interesting how nothing in the Bible is written for naught. It all has meaning.

Lord, teach us your mysteries that we might see your greatness.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tues.’s Devo - Abram and Lot Part

Read Gen. 13:1-18

Abram comes out of Egypt back into his land. He is very rich in possessions because God has prospered him. He goes back to the place God spoke to him last and called on God to help. (Beth-el means “house of God”.) God had also blessed his nephew with lots of cattle and possessions so that they both needed their own land. Their shepherds did not get along because they fought over the good pasture. So Abram told Lot to choose which land he wanted and Abram would go the opposite way. Lot surveyed the land and saw that the plain of Jordan had rich land and streams for water and cities already established so he chose to go east. Abram went west which was Canaan. Abram’s land was undeveloped and rough. Lot’s land was fertile and had cities. Lot chose the easy city life with godless people as his neighbor. When Lot had left, God told Abram to look in all directions because all the land was to be his. His seed would be numbered as much as the dust... so many that it would be impossible to count. Abram lived in the plain of Mamre (causing fatness) which was in Hebron (communion). So we can assume that this was a time when Abram had communion with God and his soul was made fat with the richness of God. He immediately built him an altar where he could go and meet with God. What a contrast to Lot who placed the door of his tent so he could see Sodom first thing every morning. Lot set himself up for a fall when Abram set him self in position for an encounter with God. How we position ourselves will constitute what we will get from God or from the devil. They both want us in their control but only one is working for our good.

Lord, help us to remember this as we have choices of where we position ourselves today. Let us position ourselves so that we can hear your voice and obey you.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Mon.’s Devo - Abram’s Detour Through Egypt

Read Gen. 12:6-20

The Lord is gracious in giving us words of encouragement and vision all throughout our journey through life. We see that in Abraham’s life as God appears to him time and time again to reestablish his covenant with him. God speaks to him again on his travels to tell him that he is giving him the land he is walking through. Abram stopped and built an altar as proof that God had spoken to him at that place and that it was his land. He was marking his territory. God caused Abraham to walk the land that he would one day possess. We do that in our lives through prayer and writing down visitations from God or things that he tells us in a journal.

Abraham chooses to take a detour through Egypt because there is a famine in the land (not a good idea in this case). We have a tendency to want to run from adversity when God may want us to plow right through trials knowing that he will help us. There are some times when God wants us to flee but it should be because he told us to. God told Joseph to take Mary and Jesus into Egypt to flee the king who wanted to kill Jesus. But in Abraham’s case, Egypt was not a good place to be.

When he entered Egypt he told Sarai to tell everyone that she was his sister so they wouldn’t kill him to have her since she was so beautiful. (Remember she was probably in her 80’s at that time.) That very thing happened and they tried to take Sarai for the Pharaoh. When he took her, a plague fell on the house of Pharaoh. Because they feared God, he called Abram in and asked him about her, since the plague came the day he took her. When he found out she was Abram’s wife he sent them all away.

Lord, help us to trust you in the storm and in the peaceful times.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Fri.’s Devo - The Story of Abram

Read Gen. 11:10- 12:5

Everything, especially time was altered after the flood. For example: Adam’s son, Seth, lived 105 years before he ever had a son which was not uncommon. After the flood, they were having their first child in their 30’s. Their life-spans were greatly shortened from 800-900 years to about 200-300 years.

As we go through all the generations of Noah we get to Abram who was the oldest of the three sons of Terah. His younger brother, Haran died leaving a son, Lot. Abram married Sarai but she was barren and had no children. Terah, Abram’s father moved his family to the land of Haran which was named after Terah’s 3rd son that died. Haran means “their mountain” so we can suppose that this land was mountainous. It was there that Abram’s father, Terah died. After this, God spoke to Abram and told him to leave the land of his family and moved to a undisclosed land he was going to show him. What a picture of God telling us to leave the curses of our past and move to a new place of blessings. When Abram did this, God promised to bless him, cause everyone else to bless him, and cause him to be a blessing to the whole earth. That is the result of obedience every time: God will bless us, man will bless us, and we will bless everyone. It doesn’t get much better than that. (So why would we not obey?) Abram did obey God. He left all he had ever known and all of his family except his wife and his nephew, Lot and his servants. They left Haran and went to Canaan.

Lord, thank you for your benefits. It is such an honor to obey you. Help us to learn first-time obedience.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thurs.’s Devo - The Tower of Babel

Read Gen. 11:1-9

When it says that the earth was of one language and speech it means that not only did they speak the same tongue, but they spoke the same opinion. There was no new thought or doctrine. These type of people are usually led astray easily because they don’t think for themselves, they just follow the crowd. This is how cults are started. God had given Noah the command to spread out and replenish the earth. This large group of people had decided that they would stay in the area of Shinar. Shinar is located in a fertile valley between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. This could have been around the area of the Garden of Eden because both of those rivers were located in the Garden of Eden. They settled here to build a city. In this city they decided they could build a portal to heaven in the form of this tower. It was not only a physical tower, but a spiritual portal. When God looked at it he knew that they would accomplish this because they were one in their efforts and spirit which is a great key to getting things done in the spirit. That is why our prayers are so much more powerful when we agree with another believer. In Matt. 18:19,20, Jesus said, “if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Jesus was talking about the power of two people but in Shinar there were hundreds of people agreeing. So they had an abundance of spiritual power. God’s counterattack was to confuse their languages so they couldn’t agree anymore with their mouth. Our power comes from the spirit inside us and what we speak with our mouths. When they could no longer agree with their mouths they broke up and dispersed upon the earth like they were suppose to do in the first place. The name of this place was called Babel which means confusion by mixture. From it we get Babylon which is Satan’s seat in Revelations.

Lord, let us remember this: that our agreements and our words are very powerful. May we use our mouths to speak blessings and build your kingdom.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wed.’s Devo- Ham and Shem’s Geneologies

Read Gen. 10:12-32

The next few verses give us the lands of Assyria. This is the land Noah gave to Ham his younger son. I am not going to go through all the names and what they meant or we would never get through Genesis but I did find it interesting that Nineveh means “land of ease” and Calah means “wholehearted”. Between them is the great city of Resen which means “a bridle”. So the bridle would control the ones that are laid back with and the ones who are intense which is a city of opposites. (Sounds like the church!) Canaan, the not-good line produced children whose names meant “hunted”, “terror”, and all the ites that God told the children of Israel to destroy before they could take the land. Sodom and Gomorrah were in their land. Ham’s land was southward into Lower Egypt. Satan’s land is always denoted as “Southward” in the Bible signifying the pit.

Next we have the genealogy of Shem, Noah’s oldest son. His name means “a name”. As he tried to make a name for himself he produced children whose names went from “exalted” to “I failed”. In verse 25 we come to the name Peleg which means “earthquake”. It says in his days that the earth was divided. His brothers name was Joktan which means “he will be made little”. Shem’s people lived in the land of Arabia to the east. East in scriptures mean the law. West means grace. Our sins have been removed as far as the east (the law) is from the west (grace). The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. First we had the law, but we will end in grace. Praise the Lord!!!

Lord, I thank you that in the end you are going to give us all a new name. Rev. 2:17

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tues.’s Devo - The First Kingdoms

Read Gen. 10:1-11

Next we have the genealogy of Noah and his sons. Notice in verse 5 it calls them Gentiles. It is from all these people that God chose Abraham’s tribe to set apart as His children to be a picture to the world of how God cares for his children. Japheth’s sons did as God told them to do: multiply and spread out. They became the foreign tribes with different languages and nations. We zero in on one of Ham’s descendants - Cush. Cush means “black, terror” and he had a son named Nimrod which means “we will rebel”. He became prominent in the earth and known for his strength and ability to hunt. Because this was such a useful service to the people it earned him respect and public gratitude. As a leader, he founded the first kingdom in the world [Ge 10: 10]: Babel. Babel means “confusion by mixture”. God hates when we mix a little of him with a little of the world. It comes out confusion. This city was so wicked and strong that God ended up destroying it. When the root is bad, the fruit is bad. Ham is a bad seed which cannot produce anything good.

Shem’s second son, Asshur, traveled a distance away and built Nineveh and several other cities. Nineveh would be the city that Jonah would be sent to preach to because the people had strayed so far from God. To their credit; they repented. Sadly for them their repentance only lasted a generation then it went back into sin and was destroyed. It is still under the curse and lies desolate today.

Reading the genealogies make me wonder what my genealogy will produce. Will it get more godly as time continues or will it turn away from God like Nineveh did. I pray it doesn’t.

Lord, may we leave an everlasting generation of godliness on the earth. Watch over our bloodlines and may they become more and more pure.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Mon.’s Devo - Noah’s Vineyard

Read Gen. 9:20-29

The first thing Noah is recorded doing is planting a vineyard to make wine. I find this interesting since you would think he would plant crops to eat first. Spiritually, wine is a symbol of joy.After the trial of the flood I guess Noah thought they needed a little joy. The trouble with Noah was that he had a little too much joy and got drunk. He was not only drunk but naked and drunk. Since the father was honored so highly in the Jewish family, this was not a funny thing. Ham happened to find his father in this state and told his brothers instead of covering his embarrassment. Shem and Japheth did the right thing and took a mantle, laid it on their shoulders and walked backward covering their father as they went. They showed Noah honor. Somehow when Noah woke out of his stupor, he knew that Ham had made fun of him and that Shem and Japheth had covered him. Instead of cursing Ham, he cursed Ham’s son, Canaan, to be a slave to his uncles Shem and Japheth. He blessed Shem to lord over Canaan and blessed Japheth to be enlarged on the earth and also to have Canaan as his slave. Noah lived 350 more years after the flood and a total of 950 years. The days of his life signify that he was fruitful in his service to God.

In the day we live in it is acceptable to laugh at others abnormalities and short comings. Somehow it makes us feel good about out own failures. Have we forgotten how to have grace and cover each others weaknesses and mistakes?

Lord, let us be like Shem and Japheth and cover others mistakes instead of exposing them. Remind us to tell you alone about them because you alone can take make a difference.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Fri.’s Devo - Noah’s Sons

Read Gen. 9:8-19

God established a new covenant with Noah, everyone that would be born after him, and the animals. He promised never to destroy the earth by waters of a flood. To prove this covenant God set a rainbow in the clouds as a sign of his promise. This bow would remain in the cloud to remind the Lord of his covenant. We get a glimpse of this bow after a rain but it is always there to remind us of God’s faithfulness. Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Shem means “a name”. Ham means “tumult or raging” and Japheth means “to spread out”. Their names describe their choices: Shem established a name for himself. Ham was full of anger and selfishness. His son’s name is mentioned, Canaan, which means a “trafficker” or in our terms “a salesman”. Ham was out for himself and all he could get. Japheth’s name means “to spread out”. This was what God told them to do: “be fruitful and multiply on the earth”. Japheth did the will of the Lord. From these 3 temperaments the whole human race was formed. We see these tendencies in people everyday. There are those who live only for their pride and their popularity on the earth. They would be from Shem. And there are those, like Ham, who are born angry at the world and everything that comes their way. They live to take advantage of others for their own good. They die bitter and unfulfilled. Then, there are those like Japheth who do the will of the Lord, no matter what it is. They live to spread the good news of the gospel everywhere they go. They leave a posterity of peace and fruitfulness on the earth.

Lord, let us be like Japheth who followed the Lord’s commands. May we and our future generations leave a legacy of godliness and love on the earth.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Wed.’s Devo- Dry Ground!

Read Gen. 8:6-13

At the end of the 40 days which ends the time of judgment, Noah opened the window and sent out a raven. A raven is a picture of confusion. (Is. 34:11) It is used as minister of judgment (Pro. 30:17) or provision (1 k. 17:4,6). Interesting that Noah would loose confusion on the earth, then the dove of peace. Maybe the confusion represented what was before. The raven flew back and forth till there was a place to land. The dove came back to the ark and stayed till the waters were dried up. What a picture of the nature of the spirit of Satan and the spirit of God. The raven goes to and fro with no place to call home. The dove is at home in the safety of God’s provision. It was the dove that indicated the time to leave the ark. Noah waited another 7 days and sent the dove back out. This time she came back with an olive leaf in her mouth. The olive tree stands for the Jewish nation. Of all the trees, God orchestrated that one. It was signifying that now it is time to rebuild my nation. Noah waited another 7 days and sent out the dove again. This time it didn’t come back because it could now take care of itself. So on day one of year 600 Noah took off the covering and saw for himself that the earth was dry. It is now time for man to start over on the earth. On day one of the 6,000th year we will wake up in millennium. Only God knows the right calendar, but God keeps his appointments and what he has done before, he will do again.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Thurs.’s Devo- Be Fruitful and Multiply

Read Gen. 8:14- 9-7

In the second month (division), on the seventh (complete) and twentieth (separated and measured) day the earth dried. That means: God brought a division between the evil and the good on the earth. When the judgement was complete only Noah and his family were found holy. Then God spoke to Noah and told him to take his family and all the animals and let them loose on the earth to repopulate the earth. Noah took lumber from the ark and built an altar to God. He took some of the clean animals (the ones that God told him to take 7 of ) and sacrificed them to God. God promised never to destroy the earth like that again. As long as the earth remains there will be seeds planted and harvested, seasons and cycles.

So God blessed Noah and his sons and sent them out to be fruitful. He then put a fear between man and animal that had not been there before because for the first time God told man he could eat meat. The only stipulation was that it had to be dead first. If you kill a man, then you shall be killed. Once again, he told them to be fruitful and multiply and bring forth abundantly.

This is still our commandment from God: to be fruitful and multiply or as Jesus said to “go ye therefore into all nations…”. We can do that in so many ways: we spread our joy to others, we give of the abundance God has given us, we give out our salvation to all who are around us. We can multiply peace to others simply by being quieted in our own spirit. We can multiply knowledge by teaching others. We can multiply understanding by being understanding to others. There are so many ways we can be fruitful and multiply on the earth.

Lord, help us to spread the gospel in all that we do that the knowledge of you will occupy the whole earth.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tues.’s Devo- God’s Rest

Read Gen. 7:18- 8:5

The waters covered the highest mountains by about 15 feet. They measured in cubits which was the distance between the elbow and the wrist which is about 12”. Everything above the earth died: all humans, birds, animals, and man. The water stayed for 150 days. For Noah’s sake God stopped the floods and sent a wind to change the weather. It was like his hand being waved over the earth, stilling the waters and calling them to dry up. Noah’s ark rested on the mountain of Ararat in the 7th month, Tishrei) on the 17th day. That is the same day that the Jews celebrate the feast of tabernacles which represents the final rest we will have with the Lord in heaven after Jesus returns. Ararat means “the curse reversed”. The whole earth will experience the curse reversed from that time on. The lion will lie down with the lamb, the Christians will reign on the earth, etc. (Is. 11, 65) Right now, we are to live this out in a spiritually hostile environment. We do this by faith, wielding our weapon of the Word of God. Jesus came to take the curse from us so we are to live in freedom. The waters continued to decrease till the 1st day of the 10th month. Ten is the number for a trial and I would say this was a trial!

Lord, prepare us to fight for our rest in this tumultuous world and to find it in the shelter of your wings.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Mon.’s Devo - The Refuge of the Ark

Read Gen. 7:6-17

Noah, whose name means “rest,” was 600 years old when the flood came. The earth will be 6000 years old when Jesus comes and leads us into rest. Noah and his family were saved from judgment poured out on the world. In verse 11 it says that the fountains of the deep were broken up and the windows of heaven were opened. The flood rose up and came down. This is where we get plate tectonics. The earth burst forth and formed seams that we now call plates. Water burst forth from these seams at such power and magnitude that they burst holes in the canopy that had covered our atmosphere. Scientists now call that the ozone layer. In the Garden of Eden the atmosphere was mostly oxygen so man could live longer and run faster and do much greater things. After the flood this canopy was burst and we lost this perfect rain forest atmosphere. There had been a mist that went up from the earth and watered the garden. Now there would be no mist and the earth would be watered by rain which came in proportion to the obedience on the earth to God. The sky before was a pale pink which is the most soothing color according to scientists and they could hear the stars singing (Job 38:7). In the Garden, man used 100% of his brain which is how Adam could name all the animals in short amount of time. Man had open communication and communion with God.

The rain was on the earth 40 days and 40 nights which is usually God’s time table for judgement. During this time the ark was lifted up above the storm and Noah and all his family were safe.

Lord, thank you for this beautiful picture of deliverance. When we go through storms you lift us up above the storm and you carry us safely through.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Fri.’s Devo - Noah’s Obedience

Read Gen. 6:17-7:5

God deals out judgment in the first verse and deliverance in the next. The judgment: all the earth will be destroyed. The deliverance: God establishes his covenant with Noah and his family and they will be saved. This is great news for us living in the last days. Yes, there will be judgment on the earth and all flesh will be destroyed but God will deliver his family above it. I loved the movie “Bruce Almighty” where the animals just showed up. Remember, back then man and animal were friends and the animals weren’t afraid of people. That would have been a fun time to live. We will get to experience that in Millennium. It says in verse 20 that the animals would come to him. The work came in gathering all the food to feed the zoo. I love the last verse: “Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him. so did he.” I pray that God would say that about my life.

Noah was told to take 7 one the clean animals so that he would have enough to sacrifice when it was over. After 7 days, the rain was going to come down. I wonder what Noah thought rain was seeing it had never rained before. It was probably a new word to them. So, Noah had 7 days to get the animals situated in their places on the ark and gather enough food to feed them for several months. It would rain for 40 straight days but then it would take a while for the rain to subside. That is a lot of food! And once again it says that Noah did all that the Lord commanded.

Lord, may we learn to be that obedient that we would do all that You command us to do no matter how foolish it seems at the time.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thurs.’s Devo - The Ark

Read Gen. 6: 14-16

Enoch and Noah are a picture of the rapture. Both were taken out of the world without having to die. Enoch was taken to heaven and Noah was taken to ride the waters above the earth while the whole earth went through tribulation and judgment because of sin. Noah was told to build an ark to live in while God was destroying the earth. This ark is not only a picture of heaven but a picture of the rest we should live in while we live here on earth. He was told to make it of gopher wood. Gopher wood would float and not water log. The gopher wood stands for the salvation we clothe ourselves in through the blood of Jesus. That is what keeps the storms of life from overwhelming us. The dimensions were 300x50x30. The ratio of the length to width is 6 to 1. Six is the number of man and one is the number of God. The height was 3 different levels which represent the 3 levels of God: father, son and Holy Spirit and the 3 levels of heaven. Years ago the Naval Academy assigned a project. They were given one dimension: the length, and were told to fashion a boat that would not sink under any circumstance. They were divided into 10 groups. One group decided they would build theirs in direct proportion to the Ark. When they brought their rectangular box in everyone laughed. But when they put all the boats in the vat and turned on the generator and the fans blew within a few minutes every vessel was at the bottom except the one built like the Ark. God is our refuge that can weather any storm. One day, like Enoch, the body of Christ will be taken out of this earth because we are clothed with the blood of Jesus.

There was a window in the ark that looks toward heaven. When we go through storms we need to look only up to God and not at our storm. There was a door on the side which represents Jesus. He is the door to salvation and there is only one way in, and it is through that door.

Lord, thank you for the ark you provide for us through your Word and the Holy Spirit. May we enter into your rest and allow you to carry us through our storms.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Wed.’s Devo- Noah

Read Gen. 6: 5-13

It is hard for us to imagine a world so evil that God would totally destroy it and start over. Why that generation and not ours? The difference was the supernatural people on the earth doing such evil that we can not imagine. Satan had found a way to pollute God’s creation, first by sin, then by infiltrating their bloodline. According to the Book of Enoch, these creatures taught man how to extract metal from the earth and make weapons of destruction and how to take herbs and mix them together and make hallucinating drugs. They held dark secrets of the demonic realm and they were leading man in their rituals. But, before he destroyed the whole earth God found one man, Noah who was pure in his bloodline. God needed a pure bloodline to bring forth his son, Jesus, and he found it in Noah.

Noah means rest. Noah walked with God in the midst of a perverted and evil generation. When Noah was 500 years old he had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Their names meant: a name, enraged, and to open. They signified what God was about to do on the earth. He was going to exalt his name above the demonic powers that were prevailing because he had finally had enough. In his anger and judgment he would open the heavens and the earth and bring forth water to kill all living persons except for Noah and his family and the animals. What God did then is a picture of what judgment will look like in the end, only then it will be by fire and not water.

Lord, may we be pure in our bloodline and walk with you as Noah did.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tues.’s Devo -God’s Time Table

Read again Gen. 6:3

I used to read this and wonder what God meant when he said mans’ days will be 120 years when men went on to live hundreds of years. So, I came to the conclusion quickly that this must not mean what I though he was saying. God set up a law of Jubilee which should be celebrated every 50 years. (Lev. 25) At this time anyone who has had to sell their land has the right to buy it back at a fair price. If they have lost a family member to slavery, they can buy him back at this time also. For a whole year, they are to let the land lay dormant and not plant or reap. It is a time of freedom and rest. If you counted 120 jubilees you would get 6000 years which would be when Jesus would come back. In 2 Peter 3:8 it says, “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us- ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” So we know that God measures a thousand years as a day. On the 7th day God rested and had a sabbatical jubilee. In the 7000th year this earth will rest in millennium. Even though our calendars are in 2012 A.D., the Jewish calendar is in 6,800. Only God knows the correct time but on a Roshashana during the 120th Jubilee, Jesus will come back. We don’t know the day, but we do know the season. God shows us secrets in types and shadows. Moses was a type of the law and he had to die before the people could enter the promised land. He died at the age of 120. Our promised land is the new heavens and the new earth that God promised in Revelations, so man shall have 120 jubilees then they will all enter the promised land. I pray this is not Greek to you, but will show us the greatness of our God.

Lord, your ways are so much higher than ours. We can not comprehend them but we love delving into your Word and finding your hidden mysteries. How great are you Lord!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Mon.’s Devo- The Sons of God

Read Gen. 6:1-4

There have been so many different ideas about this subject that until they found the Book of Enoch it was hard to understand. Enoch explains what happened. The fallen angels (sons of God) broke the natural law of spiritual beings and came down and had sexual relations with human women (daughters of men). The Bible says that it will be like the days of Noah before the Lord comes back. Luke 17:26 “And as it came to pass in the days of Noah, even so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27 They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.” These women had children, called giants, who became famous for their super-natural powers. They were half-demon/half-human beings who produced a whole line of human demons. I was watching a documentary on the History Channel the other day about portals to Hell on the earth, written from a Christian perspective. They had found places on the earth where ancient people believed they could travel down under the earth and reach hell and come back. On the wall of one of these portals were pictures of things they saw of the demonic powers they were encountering and on one was a picture of a demon biting the neck of a woman. I wonder if that is not how the demons procreated with the women of the earth. In the book of Enoch it was said that the women were not willing partners which would make sense. This would also explain why vampires are so popular now. I believe they are very real and will resurface on the earth if we are truly living in the last days. The Bible says that “life is in the blood” so in order for these demons to put their life in a human being would be an exchange of blood. I don’t claim to understand it all but I do know that there is a spiritual world out there that is more real than the one we see with our natural eyes.

Lord, open our eyes to see your world invading ours.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Fri.’s Devo - Noah’s Line

Read Gen. 5:25-32

We’ll try to get further than yesterday! Enoch’s son was Methuselah. He was the longest living person on the earth living 969 years. He died the day the flood started. He was the last of the long-lifers. After the flood man’s days were cut much shorter. During Methuselah’s life time he had a son named Lamech whose name means “to bringing low”. He must have felt low because when he had Noah he thought Noah would bring comfort to their hard work in a soil that had been cursed.

Noah means “rest”. Lamech lived 777 years. He lived that many years because it was the perfect time for God to bring the world to completion. The number 100 means “full reward”, and the number 10 means “measured for the purpose of accepting or rejecting that which was measured”. Since the number 7 is the measurement that means “complete; all; finished;and rest” that means Lamech was measured by God and found complete and perfect. He will receive a complete reward and enter into rest. He completely fulfilled his destiny. Lamech died 5 years before his father, Methuselah. When Noah was 500 years old he had 3 sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. I am going to great detail to explain numbers because God goes to great detail to explain numbers. He is concerned about everything that goes on in the earth and he has a master plan.

Lord, may we live in your master plan.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Thurs.’s Devo - Enoch

Read Gen 5:24

We pick up today with Enoch. Enoch is all about time. He lived 365 years which is how many days in our year. He walked with God till one day he walked right into heaven by-passing death. In Hebrews 11, that great hall of fame chapter, Enoch is mentioned in verse 5: “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” He is mentioned again in Jude. Jude is talking about ungodly people on the earth and mentions examples of three: Cain, Balaam, and Korah. Enoch wrote a book which is not in our Bible. It was recovered in 1948 when they found the Dead Sea Scrolls. Much of Jude is quotes from Enoch’s book and Jesus quotes Enoch over 25 times. In the Book of Enoch he prophesies the coming judgement. Their coming judgment was the flood, but it parallels our coming judgment, which will be the return of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Jude says that Enoch was the 7th generation from Adam which is a clue that after 6000 years God will complete his work and we will be taken from the earth just like Enoch was if we walk with God. The “rapture” is not for the carnal Christian, but for the ones who, like the wise virgins, had their oil in their lamps. We must be looking earnestly for his coming or we will be left to go through judgment on earth.

Lord, may we be ready and faithful when you return.