Ever wonder why it was that many signs and wonders were taking place among the people at the hands of those sent by The Messiah in Acts 15? So much so, that none of the rest of ‘them’ dared to associate with them, however, the people held them in high esteem? V-13 Yet, multitudes of men and women were constantly being added to their number. Today multitudes of men and women are constantly either fleeing the ‘church system’ or ‘steeple chasing’, leaving one building to try another, and another etc. Today we have sick people, weak in their faith, not sure of what they believe in, in contrast to Acts 15 where ‘something was manifested’ to the extent that they even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on cots and pallets, so that when Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on any one of them!
Because the people who were sick, or afflicted with unclean spirits were ALL being healed! Acts 15:16. Now that’s what I call an affordable universal health care system! Notice what happened when folks get healed and set free apart from the Government health care law! V-18: “And laid their hands on the apostles, and put them in the common prison.” (I’d say that’s a different take on having hands laid upon someone!)
Are we seeing any of this in today’s religious culture? Why not? What’s with Peter’s shadow? What’s your shadow doing to the people you walk by? Are you prepared to be arrested for healing people because of your shadow? It happened to them, why don’t you think it won’t happen to those who follow?
What is ‘the shadow’?
Colossians 2:17 tells us that there are 4 things that are a ‘shadow’ of what is to come but the body of Messiah. Question you need to stop and ask yourself, Are you in ‘the Body of Messiah’? If so, then there are 4 things that are a ‘shadow’ of your life according to verse 16. (Read them both for yourself and check me on this)
1) What you eat and drink. Your diet. Who tells you what food is? The USDA? Or The Creator?
2) What Festivals and Holidays do you honor? Men? Your religion? Hallmark? Or The Creator?
3) What calendar are you on? Pope Gregory’s? Julius Ceasers? Or The Creators?
4) What day do you stop and rest and honor His 4th Commandment? Sunday? Or The Creators?
Didn’t ‘Paul ‘tell us that these 4 things are the ‘shadow’ of what is to come? The Body of Messiah? If not, then tell me what is the ‘shadow’ he’s talking about? I’m looking for the same shadow Peter had! One that helps people and not a shadow that keeps people in the dark! Like mushrooms that are kept in the dark and fed crap and to grow, that’s religious B.S. That system produces spores and not fruit!
So what is ‘this shadow’ that produces health and wholenesss and send unclean spirits packing? According to ‘Paul’ it’s obedience to The Creator dietary instructions, His Appointed Feasts (Lev 23), His reckoning of time (months), and His Sabbath, not yours! Do these and you’ll cast a ‘shadow’ of good things to come! You want that? Or do you want to keep the same rut you got with the same results you get?
A better question is, Who is this Shadow? May I ask these questions?
1) Is the Messiah the Rose of Sharon? (Song of Solomon 2:1)
2) Is He the Lilly of the Valley? (IBID)
3) Is He a Lily among thorns? (IBID)
4) Is He ‘My Beloved’ (Your Beloved?) V-3
5) Is His fruit sweet to your taste? V-3
Then He is your Shadow! In whom you take great delight! V-3! (Go read it now and enjoy!)
Lamentations is not a ‘pleasant or happy’ book. When is the last time you read it? Let’s get real who wants to read about mothers eating their own babies? (Lam 2:20) Which by the way is what is going on in North Korea this very day, google that to see for yourself. Likewise, Lamentations has this verse as well: ‘We had to pay for our drinking water,’ (Lam 5:4) Think about that next time you open up a plastic bottle of water!
Back to The Shadow you will be! Lamentations 4:20 says this: “The breath of our nostrils, The Creators Messiah, was captured in their pits, of whom we said, "Under His shadow we shall live among the nations."
Are you under His Shadow? Are we producing the fruit of Peter’s shadow? Are we walking as Peter walked in obedience to the 4 items of the ‘shadow’ of good things to come: Body of Messiah?
I know you can and want to claim this verse in Psalm 91. “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” We can’t claim it if we are not doing the 4 things that are ‘the shadow’ of the Body of Messiah, right Body? (Not to be saved! Because we ARE saved and we Love Him! John 14:15)
Why is this important and timely to know about ‘Your Shadow’?
Read Isaiah 4, slowly sometime, it’s an end time prophecy about what’s coming. When? No dates, just dots. So if it’s not for you and me in this hour we need to be telling our children so they can prepare their children, hmmmmm Psalm 78 come to mind right about now?
After you read about all the stuff that’s going to happen in Isaiah 4 1-5, and yes you will be here for that! Aren’t you glad about verse 6!? “And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.”
Are you beginning to see the importance of walking in The Light? (I John 1:7), because the light you walk in will determine the shadow you cast. It’s about the importance of keeping His Sabbath, His Appointed times, His diet, His calendar? Walk His way and don’t let anyone judge you and say get off that stuff and do it our way, Sunday, Christmas/Easter, Ham sandwiches, and pagan god named month calendar.
Keep in mind there is one who masquerades as an ‘angel of light’ that will have his shadow! His shadow won’t heal, it will make sick, it won’t bring Life, it will kill, and it won’t restore, it will destroy! Hmmm, Steal, Kill and destroy, who is that? Joh_10:10; “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Don’t believe me?
Read Isaiah 30 very slowly sometime and see the shadow of the restrainer, the evil one, the one who restrains. Isa 30:1-3 Woe to the rebellious children, says YHVH, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt! Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.” Be sure to read the whole chapter of Isaiah 30 and see how important The Creators feasts and His instructions are vs. the one who has counseled us to rebel!!!!
As the Prophet Scooby Doo once said, “ Rut Ro!”
Finally; did you know The Creator cried when He cast Lucifer from His presence? He also commanded the entire heavenly host to mourn at His loss? Read Ezekiel 31 and pay attention to verse 15. So Our Father understands the loss of a loved one that He trusted!
I say this to point out that ‘other’ shadow, that you don’t want to find yourself in. Verse 17 of Ezekiel 31; ‘ They also went down into hell with him unto them that be slain with the sword; and they that were his arm, that dwelt under his shadow in the midst of the heathen.”
I find this fascinating, how about you? What shadow do you want to cast? One that heals and helps and restores or one that hurts and restrains and keeps folks bound up in the dark?
We were privileged to receive this message on His Sabbath 3/1/14 from a dear Torah teacher, who happens to be a widow, it you are so led and want to help her, then mark your gift, widow. I assure you 100% will go to her.
Questions or comments always welcomed, Rick@Godleyworks.com