September 2008

Paul Keith & Wanda Davis, & JoAnn McFatter

Greetings friends,

This month’s newsletter is coming out at one of the most important times in recent memory. Beginning sundown September 29 we will enter into Rosh Hashanah, followed by the Day of Atonement and Tabernacles. Although these feasts outlined in the Old Testament were experienced by natural Israel, they continue to have prophetic significance for this generation.

Throughout the years we have observed key revelations and insights coming at times that surround the biblical Holy Days. Though we clearly are not under the law, we still keep a watchful eye on these days and how God’s times and seasons unfold. We believe this next season will be a time of considerable acceleration, fruitfulness and favor for those who have positioned themselves according to God’s standards.

A seven-year cycle is coming to an end with a new seven-year cycle beginning. Much of the direction of this next interval will be determined by God’s people. This is true spiritually, politically, and economically. As we learn to stand in the gap and exercise righteously God’s authority through prayer, praise and prophetic proclamation, we will see clear demonstrations of the Spirit that set the course in every arena of life.

We are not to be troubled by the news media or circumstances in the world. We are citizens of a higher Kingdom that cannot be shaken. This is a time for us to,
“Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you.”
–Isaiah 60:1-2

All for the Harvest,

Paul Keith & Wanda and the WhiteDove Team

God Tabernacled in His Bride
By Paul Keith Davis

Throughout the Body of Christ one word is consistently accentuated to identify our present place in Church history– Transition. I wrote extensively about this subject in my book, “Angels That Gather.”

As time progresses, greater clarity is coming into view as to the nature of this shift and how the Bride of Christ should be positioning herself. Clearly, we are thankful for every expression of spiritual outpouring enjoyed in recent years. However, we also recognize none of the “revivals” have yet fulfilled what has been promised for this age nor what we as a ministry have been contending for.

There is something unique woven into the spiritual DNA of an overcoming generation that desperately longs for the invisible union of the Heavenly Bridegroom and the earthly Bride. This “revival” will take on different characteristics from any previously demonstrated in Church history. It will be distinguished by passion and purity paving the way for more pronounced expressions of power and authority; it will be the Lord Himself fully tabernacled in His people.

This transition can easily be identified with a historically important time for the nation of Israel and their commitment to worship the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The Feast of Tabernacles also known as the Feast of Ingathering was the final feast of the seventh month symbolizing this present season.

With the closing of the harvest year, centered on the ingathering of fruit, the Israelites set aside a time of rejoicing and celebration. According to the Lord’s instructions they were to leave their dwelling places and construct temporary booths in which they resided as a prophetic picture of the Lord Himself dwelling for a short season within His people before he comes to permanently reside in the millennial Kingdom. The “booths” symbolized temporary dwelling places to be occupied enroute to the Promised Land.

The Lord spoke to me extensively in 1994 about the importance of Tabernacles in the midst of an extended fast. Now, 14 years later I am seeing many of the things spoken at that time poised for fulfillment.

Three Times a Year

Three times a year the Israelites were required to gather in Jerusalem to observe the Feasts of the Lord. Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles were each built around the harvest cycles. In them there is considerable prophetic insight to help identify where we are in history and what God’s people ought to do.

Also you shall observe the Feast of the Harvest of the first fruits of your labors from what you sow in the field; also the Feast of the Ingathering at the end of the year when you gather in the fruit of your labors from the field. Three times a year all your males shall appear before the Lord GOD. – Exodus 23:16-17

The Feast of the First Month—Passover
1. The Feast of Passover-
2. The Feast of Unleavened Bread
3. The Feast of Firstfruits

The Feast of the Third Month—Pentecost
1. The Feast of Weeks

The Feast of the Seventh Month – Tabernacles
1. The Feast of Trumpets
2. The Feast Day of Atonement
3. The Feast of Tabernacles

Application of the Blood
1. In Passover the blood was sprinkled upon the door.
2. In Pentecost the blood was sprinkled on the people and the covenant book.
3. In Tabernacles the blood was sprinkled seven times on the mercy seat.

Spiritual Israel

Clearly, the Lord’s Church is spiritual Israel. What happened to natural Israel historically provides types and shadows of what is to take place during the Church Ages. First the natural then the spiritual; the apostle made this profoundly clear in 1 Corinthians 10:11 and 1 Corinthians 15:46 saying:

Now all these things happened to them [Israel] as examples, and they were written for our admonition, on whom the ends of the ages have come.

However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual.

Each of the three Feasts must also be experientially revealed in and through God’s people. There is an abundance of historical evidence from the New Testament that affirms two of the three annual Feasts of the Lord have been fulfilled in Christ and His church. We now stand on the brink of the fulfillment of the last Feast that will usher in the Lord’s return. This is the feast of the seventh month or the Feasts of Ingathering–Tabernacles.

End-of-the-Age Harvest

We live in the days of the final harvest. Jesus said the end-of-the-age is the harvest and during that season He would send “angels that gather” out of His Kingdom all stumbling blocks and everything offensive so that the righteous would shine like the sun in the Kingdom of our Father. (Matthew 13:41 & 43) This will be the unveiling of the Sons of God who will exhibit a Power and Glory not yet seen in Church history.

It will be the Lord Jesus tabernacled in His Bride to demonstrate His Kingdom and His divine nature. There are ever increasing heights of Truth and Glory that are to be appropriated in these last days. It is upon this prize that we fix our hopes and expectations for the full revelation of who He is and what He is able to do through us as a result of the Cross.

The Feast of Tabernacles is also known as the Feast of Rest. This is the promised rest spoken in Hebrews saying:

For if Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that. So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.

Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience. –Hebrews 4:9-11

The Spirit’s anointing that came upon the Old Testament prophets rested for a season until God’s mandate was complete and then it lifted; in the ministry of the Lord Jesus the Spirit remained and tabernacled in the Son of God. The Bible declares that the Heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descended as the appearance of a dove and remained. This is our promise as well; just as He was sent so also will we be sent!

We Wish to See Jesus

An interesting exchange took place in John 12:20-24 with fascinating inferences for this day. Two of His disciples informed the Lord that a company of Greeks had come with a request saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” The Lord’s reply seemed odd unless you read it from a contemporary point of view understanding the incredible prophetic implications of His statement. He said:

The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

The Lord Himself was the grain of wheat that went into the earth. That Seed has experienced two thousand years of growth, pruning and maturation until at the end-of-the-age there will be an ingathering harvest of exponentially multiplied grains of wheat just like the original seed. That is the principal outlined in Genesis 1:11-12; seed produces after its own kind. This last day’s generation is saying “we wish to see Jesus;” and that is to occur in His Bride as a seed harvest like the original that went into the earth.

The Lord prophesied in Matthew 13 that the end-of-the-age will be the harvest and the wheat sown into the earth are “sons of the Kingdom.” This reality can only be achieved when the Lord’s Spirit is fully manifested and tabernacled in His bridal company doing the greater works. Then this generation will “see Jesus” in a real and tangible way. This will bring in the fullness of the Gentiles as promised by the Apostle Paul in Romans 11.

Leaven Free

When the Lord discovers His rest in us we will then discover our promised rest from the toils and labors that makes us weary emotionally and spiritually. It is in this season that we will be most fruitful. Pentecost is the only Feast that allowed leaven. Leaven is a symbol of false teachings, religiosity and mixture. The Lord once said, “If I can find a people without mixture, I will release my Spirit without measure.” That is what lies imminently before us.

The Feast of Tabernacles included Trumpets as a prophetic picture calling for a Holy convocation and preparation for purification and cleansing. The Day of Atonement and Ingatherings prophetically set forth the final operation of the Lord in the earth prior to the Lord’s second coming.

The final harvest of souls before the Lord’s return will then be facilitated. It sets in motion the gatherings or calling out of the Saints unto the Lord and the perfection of the Church by the power of blood atonement. That is, we are to know the full measure of redemption and the power of His atonement and fulfill the Apostle Paul’s prayer saying, “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” –Thessalonians 5:23.

The fullness of the Feast of the seventh month overflows or overlaps into the seventh day of the Lord which is the Kingdom Age to be enjoyed for one thousand years.

Sanctified in Truth

Neither in Passover, nor Pentecost, but in Tabernacles the word was opened, read and explained to the people. This is a picture of the mysteries of the Kingdom being unveiled to provide insight and illumination to cause us to “shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.” – Daniel 12:3

The prophecies of Daniel clearly point to this season of history when the book that had been previously concealed at the Lord’s instruction is now opened and devoured by a bridal company at the end-of-time generation when many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase. It is at this time that we fulfill the prophetic directive of Revelations 10:11 and take the now opened book from the Lord’s hand, devour it and ”prophesy again concerning many peoples, nations, tongues and kings.”

Spiritual truth was revealed at Passover and Pentecost; but in Tabernacles full and complete Truth will come into the Bride of Christ making her a bright shining light to the nations. This will ultimately prepare her for the Lord and “…sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.” –Ephesians 5:26-27

To Be Continued:

Positioning For His Presence
By JoAnn McFatter

It is beyond my comprehension to think that God has made available for us
to have the mind of Christ. Whenever I hear that I always think, “oh, the
beautiful mind of Christ” as I think of the expression of truth, humility,
righteousness, holiness, meekness, wisdom, understanding, and, of course,
the endless list of words describing how He thinks. Yet still, this is truly
what is being extended to us – the invitation to be one with Him who is one
with the Father, by His Holy Spirit, even to the extent of living life out of the
mind of Christ.

FOR WHO HAS KNOWN OR UNDERSTOOD THE MIND (THE
COUNSELS AND PURPOSES) OF THE LORD SO AS TO GUIDE AND
INSTRUCT HIM AND GIVE HIM KNOWLEDGE? BUT WE HAVE THE
MIND OF CHRIST (THE MESSIAH) AND DO HOLD THE THOUGHTS
(FEELINGS AND PURPOSES) OF HIS HEART –1 Corinthians 2:16
Amplified Version

Unimaginable and even a bit scary to think about, nevertheless,
accomplished by His grace and Holy Spirit. However, there is one catch…..
one that most of us conveniently forget. That would be the process of dying
daily until it is not I who lives but Christ who lives in me.

(I ASSURE YOU) BY THE PRIDE WHICH I HAVE IN YOU IN (YOUR
FELLOWSHIP AND UNION WITH) JESUS CHRIST, THAT I DIE DAILY
(I FACE DEATH EVERY DAY AND DIE TO SELF). –1 Corinthians 15:31
Amplified Version

It is ONLY by this process that we are able to obtain the mind of Christ,
thank God. Otherwise, we would have a lot of dangerous people running
around with the thoughts of God, using them for their own agendas……
hmmmm……..sound familiar? God help us all! There but by the grace of
God go I! The set pattern is for us to become foolish in the eyes of the world,
not with the intent to be goofy but rather to live life according to Kingdom
mentality. That would be a Kingdom in which up is down, in which the
way to the top is by getting up underneath others to serve them in whatever
capacity is needed. Jesus clearly presented this to the disciples as the
pattern to live out this life. Why do we always forget this?

It’s interesting in Matthew just as the crowds are getting huge and “His
fame went throughout Syria,” Jesus climbs to the top of the mountain, sits,
waits for the disciples to come to Him and begins to speak. It’s as if He
realizes that fame has now hit and it’s time to talk to the guys about how to
posture themselves through all of this. They are probably thinking about
their ministries they are about to launch and all the perks that come with
that (just putting it in today’s scenario). Jesus just wants to bring a reality
check in the guise of some Kingdom perspective as to how this thing
should play out……how they should posture themselves — in fact, how
we should ALL posture ourselves in these coming days as He releases
power and authority never seen before in the earth.

BLESSED (HAPPY, TO BE ENVIED, AND SPIRITUALLY PROSPEROUS –
WITH LIFE-JOY AND SATISFACTION IN GOD’S FAVOR AND
SALVATION, REGARDLESS OF THEIR OUTWARD CONDITIONS) ARE
THE POOR IN SPIRIT (THE HUMBLE, WHO RATE THEMSELVES
INSIGNIFICANT), FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.
BLESSED AND ENVIABLY HAPPY (WITH A HAPPINESS PRODUCED
BY THE EXPERIENCE OF GOD’S FAVOR AND ESPECIALLY
CONDITIONED BY THE REVELATION OF HIS MATCHLESS GRACE)
ARE THOSE WHO MOURN, FOR THEY SHALL BE COMFORTED.
BLESSED ARE THE MEEK (THE MILD, PATIENT, LONGSUFFERING),
FOR THEY SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH.
– Matthew 5:3-5 Amplified Version

The word meek here means “humble by affliction.” Ouch! I know very few
people who aren’t experiencing some kind of affliction these days, or have
just been there. It certainly does develop character, though, when walked
through rightly. There’s a saying, “what doesn’t kill us will strengthen us,”
but I guess we should be saying what DOES kill us will strengthen us, since
the point is to die daily! Again, God help us all — to die gracefully, that is!

But the good news is that as a result, THEY SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH!
We will get back to the original mandate that Adam was given to take
dominion of the earth. There is coming a day and an hour when all manner
of this physical realm will be subject to our authority. Some will come to a
place in oneness with God that when they say, “Mountain be moved,” it
will literally be moved. Others will not be subject to the laws or limitations
of the physical realm and will step out onto the water and walk across it.
Not for some sensational display, but for the work of the Kingdom. Many
will be translated from place to place. The list is endless and unimaginable
that we will participate in as we die to self, serve others and become one
with Him as we submit ourselves to this death process. Count it all joy!
This is the destiny of this last generation! This is YOUR destiny in and
through God!

CONSIDER IT WHOLLY JOYFUL, MY BRETHREN, WHENEVER YOU
ARE ENVELOPED IN OR ENCOUNTER TRIALS OF ANY SORT OR FALL
INTO VARIOUS TEMPTATIONS. BE ASSURED AND UNDERSTAND
THAT THE TRIAL AND PROVING OF YOUR FAITH BRING OUT
ENDURANCE AND STEADFASTNESS AND PATIENCE.
–James 1:2-3 Amplified Version

We can’t go around it, can’t go under it, and can’t go over it – we must pass
through it and overcome the adversity. Likewise, we must overcome the
tendency to want to be recognized and celebrated for what we have done,
though it really is only what the Lord enables us to participate in as He
moves through us. Even above that, we are told to not only embrace and
move through it in love and dying to self, but also to be thankful in it!

SEE THAT NONE OF YOU REPAYS ANOTHER WITH EVIL FOR EVIL,
BUT ALWAYS AIM TO SHOW KINDNESS AND SEEK TO DO GOOD TO
ONE ANOTHER AND TO EVERYBODY. BE HAPPY (IN YOUR FAITH)
AND REJOICE AND BE GLAD-HEARTED CONTINUALLY (ALWAYS);
BE UNCEASING IN PRAYER (PRAYING PERSEVERINGLY);THANK
(GOD) IN EVERYTHING (NO MATTER WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES
MAY BE, BE THANKFUL AND GIVE THANKS), FOR THIS IS THE WILL
OF GOD FOR YOU (WHO ARE) IN CHRIST (THE REVEALER AND
MEDIATOR OF THAT WILL). –1Thessalonians 5:15-18

I know we all have heard this and we know this in our minds but walking
it out is a whole other thing. We must encourage each other in this that as
many as possible will overcome and become the friends of God in the earth!
Most precious in all of this is to become the friend of God. This is the
pathway that leads us to becoming His friend. He tells his friends His
secrets, those who will pick up His cross and follow Him even into the
sufferings of Christ Jesus. We must become ones who He can trust with
these secrets, who will not put it out over the internet every time He tells
us something or gives us an experience in Him. If you tell a friend a secret
and they share it with others, you learn that you can’t trust them so you
stop telling them intimate things.

HE WHO GOES ABOUT AS A TALEBEARER REVEALS SECRETS, BUT
HE WHO IS TRUSTWORTHY AND FAITHFUL IN SPIRIT KEEPS THE
MATTER HIDDEN –Proverbs 11:13

HE WHO GOES ABOUT AS A TALEBEARER REVEALS SECRETS;
THEREFORE ASSOCIATE NOT WITH HIM WHO TALKS TOO FREELY.
–Proverbs 20:19

The point is that God is looking for people He can entrust some astounding
things to in the days ahead, over and above any other time in history. We
get excited about this, but tend to not talk about the fact that there is a price.
We must be ones who have truly died to self, are seeking Him in prayer
and relationship, and can be counted on to not tell everything we know.
Jesus said He did only what He saw the Father do. He only said what the
Father told Him to say. That does not mean that is all that He knew or all
that He could have done, only that He was obedient and could be trusted
to engage only when told to by His Father. Can we get by with anything
less than the very Son of God, Himself?

Oh, to be the friend of God! That is the cry of cries in this hour! Everything
else will flow out of that place with Him. Posturing ourselves for His
presence is costly but the rewards are beyond our comprehension. Oh for
the day when it will be cried out in the streets, ‘The tabernacle of God is
with men! These are the ones called the friends of God! ‘

Simple Demonstrations of Love
By Caleb L. Davis

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
– 1 John 4:8

Because love is such an important aspect of life, it is no surprise that the Bible is filled with stories and quotations from the Lord Himself concerning love. Life would be much more fulfilling if we could only learn to passionately love the Lord first and subsequently love others.

A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another – John 13: 34-35

These scriptures basically outline the demonstration of love the way God intended in His Word; our adherence to them would leave no room for mistaking who our Lord and Savior is and Who we represent.

The Lord put the subject of love on my heart a few weeks ago. I have gotten to the point now that I know when God brings things like this to my attention, that I am about to become more aware of that particular subject than ever before. As sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, I started hearing passages and sermons that focused mainly on love.

Nevertheless, at the same time, I also realized that most of what I was hearing, I have already heard before. So I came to the quick conclusion that the Lord will spark something in our spirit, soul, and body that allows us see the same things, but from a different perspective. I started to hear a variety of teachers and speakers talk about love and how important it is to show love in everything we do. They were saying “we are supposed to love everyone, all the time, no matter what.”

Well a few days after I heard this statement I really started thinking about it. And of course the Lord waited until I was not in a good mood and surrounded by people that I didn’t know or care to know, before He brought it back to my attention. That day I was in a long line at the post office, and randomly I started looking around at all these people that I didn’t know. People with different cultures, features, gender, and I’m sure different beliefs.

As I was standing there waiting in this long line of people, the Lord put the thought in my head, “so I am really supposed to love all of these random, strange people like I would love my own family? I am supposed to care for them and do things for them as if they were my own mother, or father, or sister, or brother?”

Well, I would soon have my answer. At the same time that thought entered my mind, the lady directly behind me calls someone to tell them that she will be late because she realized as she was walking in the post office, that she had a flat tire. Under normal circumstances I would either not think about her phone call all together or maybe think to myself “that sure is unfortunate for her.” But not today; I couldn’t help but contemplate my previous thoughts of loving everyone and doing generous things for them.

I said to myself, “I wonder if God is testing me right now to see how much love I am willing to show.” Then I thought, “No, this is not a test it is just one of those things that happens in life.” No sooner than that thought came into my mind, she made another quick phone call telling someone else that she had a flat tire. At that point I smiled and said, “Alright, I hear you Lord, I will help this lady.”