MIDNIGHT MEDITATION

 
“Blessed is the man that walketh not” (Psalm 1. 1).
Three things are notable about this man:
1. His company. “He walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”
2. His reading and thinking. “His delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law doth he meditates day and night.”
3. His fruitfulness. “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”
The river is the Holy Ghost; the planting, the deep, abiding life in which, not occasionally, but habitually, we absorb the Holy Spirit; and the fruit is not occasional, but continual, and appropriate to each changing season.
His life is also prosperous, and his spirit fresh, like the unfading leaf. Such a life must be happy. Indeed, happiness is a matter of spiritual conditions. Put a sunbeam in a cellar and it must be bright. Put a nightingale in the darkest midnight, and it must sing.
 
Sir Godfrey Gregg D. Div

WHEN GOD LAUGHS


      Read Psalm 2:1-12
Are you surprised that God laughs? “He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision” (verse 4). God has a sense of humor, but His laughter is the kind that is born of judgment. It’s the laughter of derision, the laughter of irony. What is God laughing at? He’s laughing at puny little kings and rulers who have united to shake their fists at His throne and tell Him they don’t want Him to rule over them (verse 2,3). God laughs at them because He knows the man cannot survive without submitting to His authority. Man is made in the image of God, and if he fights against Him, he fights against himself. Man, in his rebellion, tries to make God in his own image. He thinks God can be treated with disdain and disobedience. And God laughs.

      We can laugh when we read the headlines or watch TV reports. We see a world in turmoil, a world united against God, but we laugh because He is still on the throne. “Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion” (verse 6). Jesus Christ is God’s King, and He is on the throne. Therefore, we can look at the nations as they are in turmoil, as they unite against God, and we can smile–in fact, we can laugh. They are fighting a losing battle. Jesus Christ is on the throne of the universe, and we who are Christians are seated with Him on that throne.

      As believers, we are to be witnesses for Christ. Reaching a world that rebels against God’s authority can be difficult. Be encouraged, for your efforts will not be wasted. God is in control and one day will bring all governments and earthly powers into submission. Pray that He will use your life to reach others and glorify Himself.

Sir Godfrey Gregg D. Div

THE COST OF VICTORY

Blessed good morning to all saints in Christ Jesus and The Mystical Order. Grace and peace be unto you.

He touched the Hollow of his Thigh. Genesis 32:25

Our greatest victories are wrought out through pain and purchased at the cost of the humbling of the flesh. Jacob learned that the secret of prevailing with God and man was not in the strength but in the weakness and suffering of the flesh. It must ever be so. The Victor Lamb bears still the scars of Calvary and appears as one who had been slain.

Had Laban met Jacob that morning, he would have pointed to that limp as an indication of God’s wrath and displeasure; but if he had looked into his face, he would have seen all its hardness and cunning gone, and would have been arrested by the unwonted tenderness in his voice.

The shrunken sinew counteracts pride. – So high a spiritual achievement as to prevail with God might have tempted Jacob to arrogance and self-esteem. But God anticipated the possible temptation by this physical infirmity, which was constantly present to Jacob’s consciousness.

The shrunken sinew was the secret of victory. – Had it not been shriveled by the angel’s touch, Jacob would have continued to resist in the pride of his strength, and would never have clung convulsively to the angel, crying, “I will not let thee go.” It was only in that act that he became Israel, the Prince.

The shrunken sinew makes us think little of this world and much of the next. – Brethren, from this moment Jacob takes up more of the pilgrim attitude. He finds that for him, at least, the pace will have to be slower; but it is well, for he relaxes his hold on the seen to entwine more tenaciously about the unseen. “The days of the years of my pilgrimage ” – such is his epitome of his life.

Sir Godfrey Gregg D. Div

Co-Founder of The Mystical Order

WAITING UPON OUR GOD

Waiting Upon God

“I wait on thee.” Psalm 25:21

In the great biblical thought of waiting upon God, there are several interwoven strands of meaning, and it is well to try to distinguish some of these that we may better grasp the importance of the term.

DEPENDENCE

The first meaning, nestling at the heart of it and never absent from the mind of any writer, is the concept of dependence. As the baby waits upon its mother for without its mother it will die; as the anguished patient waits upon the surgeon for in the skill of the surgeon is the hope of life, so when one is said to wait on God there is implied an entire dependence upon Him. There is a sense, in biblical phraseology, in which this waiting is a universal thing. “The eyes of all things living to wait on thee.” The bird that sings, the beast that hunts its prey–all of them are waiting upon God. But such an inescapable dependence does not bring the thought to its full blossoming. That demands a dependence which is conscious. It is when we realize, however dimly, that in Him we live and move and have our being, it is when we waken to the mysterious certainty that we all hang on God for every heartbeat–it is only then the word comes to its fullness in the deep usage of the Scriptures, and man is said to be waiting upon God.

OBEDIENCE

Another strand of meaning in the word takes us into the region of obedience. To wait on is another term for service. The man who serves us when we sit down at the table and who is there just to supply our wants, we still distinguish by the name of waiter. When a prime minister waits upon the king, that is not an idle sauntering business. It is part of the service to which he has been called, a service which demands his highest energies. And so when a man is said to wait On God, it is not a negation of activity, for the thought of service runs right through the term. We wait on God whenever we help a brother and do it lovingly for Jesus’ sake. We wait on God when we teach our little class or climb the stairs to cheer some lonely soul. The servant in the kitchen waits on God when for His sake she does her duty faithfully. The mistress in the living room waits on God when for His sake she is a lady to her servants. We are all apt to forget that and to narrow down these fine old Bible words. We are prone to limit the great thought of waiting to the single region of devotion. But the root idea of it is not devotion. The root idea is simple, quiet obedience. And what doth the Lord thy God require of thee but to obey?

LOVE

Another of the interwoven strands is love: in true waiting that is invariably present. As love is the source of all the highest work, so is it the spring of all the finest waiting. Jacob waited for Rachel seven years, and the years were as a day or two to Jacob because of the great love he had for her. What makes the mother wait upon her child and rise from her pillow when she hears it cry? What makes her wait on it with tireless patience when it frets or tosses with fever? She may be only a frail and sickly woman, but she never wearies of waiting on her child, and the secret of it is a mother’s love. Love beareth all things and endureth all things. Love can wait with a patience all her own. Love can achieve miracles of waiting, as many a young engaged couple knows. And that is why, if we are ever to wait nobly, in the teeth of all our natural impatience, we must be taught to love the Lord our God. It must have been very hard in the times of the older covenant for the common man to wait on God, for God seemed very far away then, and clouds and darkness were about His throne. But now brethren, under the new covenant and by the revealing grace of the Redeemer, it is within the reach and compass of us all. If we hold to it that “God so loved the world,” if we say believingly “Our Father,” love to God, once so supremely difficult, is in the range of the ordinary heart. And, lovingly, we can wait as Jacob waited, and as the mother waits upon her child, with a service that knows no weariness at all. Hallelujah

EXPECTANCY

Brethren, there is only one other strand woven in the word and that is the strand of eager, tense expectancy. To wait on, in a hundred spheres of life, is eagerly and tensely to expect. You see that in the dumb creatures–watch the dog waiting on his master. Is the master going to give him a bit of food? Is he going to throw that stick into the stream? You see that in any court of law when the accused waits on the verdict or the judge with an expectancy so tense that it is painful. Now apply that to the realm of prayer and how it illuminates the matter! To wait on God is not just to pray to God, for many pray and never expect an answer. To wait on God is to pray with tense expectancy that the prayer we offer will be answered, for He is the answer of prayer. All prayer is not waiting upon God in the full and highest sense of the Old Testament. For a man may rise from his knees and forget the thing he prayed for and fail to keep on the lookout for an answer. Only when we pray and pray believingly, and climb the watchtower to see the answer coming, do we reach the fullness of that fine old term waiting upon God.

WHERE IS THE ARK OF THE COVENANT?

Research writer Sir Godfrey Gregg D. Div

Introduction
The Ark of the Covenant disappeared off of the pages of history by the time of the Babylonian Captivity. Nothing in the Bible is said about the Ark in the Old Testament after the return from Babylon, but the Apocrypha states that the Ark could not be found when the Jewish people rebuilt the Temple at the time of Ezra and Zechariah. The explanation in the Apocrypha was that Jeremiah hid the Ark in a cave in Mt. Nebo before the Babylonian invasion and that its location would not be revealed until God was ready for it to be found.

No Ark in the Second Temple
Thus, the Holy of Holies in the Second Temple was an empty chamber, without the Ark of the Covenant. When the Roman General Pompey conquered Jerusalem around 63 B.C., he demanded the privilege of entering the Holy of Holies. When he did, he came out saying that he could not understand what all the interest was about the sanctuary, when it was only an empty room. (He had no knowledge of the Ark)

The fact that the Ark of the Covenant was not used in the Second Temple has led to the speculation of where the Ark is, or if it still exists on the earth. The Ark was so important in Israel from the time of Moses through the Judges and the First Temple era, that it seems remarkable that nothing is said of it in the Bible after the Babylonian Captivity until the Letter to the Hebrews and the Book of Revelation in the New Testament. In Hebrews it is described as it was in the original Tabernacle made by Moses; and in Revelation, the Ark is seen by John in heaven. In neither case is the Ark mentioned as something that remains on the earth now.

Is the Ark Needed for the Tribulation Temple?
One question that arises is, can the Temple be rebuilt if it does not contain the Ark? The Scriptures indicate that the Temple will be rebuilt and standing during the Tribulation period and that the Tribulation Temple will be desecrated by the Antichrist. How can the worship of God be resumed as it was in ancient times if there is no Ark in the Holy of Holies? We have already seen, though, that the absence of the Ark of the Covenant did not keep the Temple from being rebuilt at the conclusion of the Babylonian Captivity.

The Second Temple stood for over 500 years without containing an Ark, and it was fully recognized as a valid house of worship for the Lord. Christ Himself declared the Temple to be His Father’s House. So it would not be unthinkable to build the Tribulation Temple, even if the Ark is not discovered. If the Ark does still exist, however, and it was somehow discovered, it would certainly give rise to a strong movement in Israel and around the world to rebuild the Temple to house the Ark properly.

Is the Ark Hidden in the Temple Mount?
There persists a legend that the Ark does exist on earth, but is hidden. A recently published book by Randall Price, entitled In Search of Temple Treasures, presents the various views on what has happened to the Ark. Some of the traditions place the Ark outside of Israel, such as at Mt. Nebo, Egypt, and even far-off Ethiopia. But all of these traditions have problems and seem unlikely since there is a lack of any scriptural evidence for them.

A view that has predominated in rabbinic circles is that the Ark was hidden in a cave beneath the Temple Mount in the very heart of Israel. The theory goes that the priests hid the Ark beneath the Temple Mount, perhaps as early as during the time of King Josiah, since the coming prophesied invasion by the Babylonians was only a matter of time. By hiding the Ark and other Temple treasures, the priests felt that the priceless sacred articles could be protected from desecration by the pagan invaders. (In my opinion, Israel has to be protected to protect and preserve the treasures of the Temple until the time is right.)

Why Didn’t Israel Use the Ark in the Second Temple?
As it turned out, the Babylonians did invade Jerusalem. They destroyed the Temple and carried away many of the vessels and implements to their capital city a thousand miles away. No mention is made in the Scriptures of the Babylonians taking the Ark, the Menorah, or other key Temple items. If the Ark and the other implements were hidden under the Temple, why weren’t they recovered and used after the Captivity? It’s hard to imagine that the priests would have knowingly left the Ark out of the Holy of Holies if they could have utilized it during the 500 years of the Second Temple.

The explanation offered is that they felt that as long as Jerusalem was subject to domination by the succeeding powers of Babylonia, Persia, Greece, and Rome, the Ark and other treasures could be desecrated and captured by the Gentile armies. Thus, the sacred items would remain in seclusion until it was considered safe to bring them out to be placed in the Temple.

The Rabbinical Attempt to Find the Ark
At any rate, Rabbi Shlomo Goren and Rabbi Yehuda Getz, the rabbis in charge of the Western Wall area, are convinced that the Ark has been hidden in a cave in the Temple Mount directly under the site of the Holy of Holies, since the time of King Josiah. They probably represent the majority of Orthodox rabbis in their views. They have a concept of vertical air space, by which the space of the Holy of Holies sanctifies the ground directly below it. Thus, the ancient priests would have been careful to locate the cave repository for the Ark in the sanctified area below the Holy of Holies. The evidence for all of these suppositions about the location of the Ark, as Rabbi Getz concedes, comes more from the Talmud than the Scriptures. Nevertheless, there is a large and growing group of Orthodox Jewish adherents who believe that the Ark is in this cave below the Holy of Holies, and awaits the right time to be found.

Rabbi Getz believes that in 1982 he was very close, within 40 feet, to find the cave in which the Ark resides. He was conducting a search in an old tunnel that had been filled with the debris of centuries, which runs perpendicular to the Western Wall and under the Temple Mount. However, when the Moslems discovered that there were diggings being conducted under the Dome of the Rock, they threatened a general riot and the diggings were stopped. The rabbi explains that, for the sake of maintaining peace with their Moslem neighbors, the Israelis had to reseal the entrance to the tunnel, and it remains blocked up to this day.

Temple Interest an Indication of the Imminent Rapture
The Scriptures are not clear as to whether the Ark of the Covenant still exists on the earth, but they are clear that the Temple will be rebuilt and standing during the Tribulation. There is no question that if the Ark were found, it would give enormous impetus to the rebuilding of the Temple to house it. Bible-believing Christians should keep a sharp eye out for any developments surrounding the Temple Mount, realizing that it is a key element leading to the Tribulation era. The closer we get to the Tribulation, the closer we are to the imminent Rapture of the Church, which, we believe the Scriptures teach, will precede the Tribulation. Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus.

OPEN UP THE TRENCHES

Open the Trenches

“Ye shall not see the wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts. And this is but a light thing in the sight of the Lord: he will deliver the Moabites also into your hands” (2 Kings 3:16-18).

To human thinking, it was simply impossible, but nothing is hard for God.

Without a sound or sign, from sources invisible and apparently impossible, the floods came stealing in all night long; and when the morning dawned, those ditches were flooded with the crystal waters, and reflecting the rays of the morning sun from the red hills of Edom.

Our unbelief is always wanting some outward sign. The religion of many is largely sensational, and they are not satisfied with its genuineness without manifestations, etc.; but the greatest triumph of faith is to be still and know that He is God.

The great victory of faith is to stand before some impassable Red Sea, and hear the Master say, “Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord,” and “Go forward!” As we step out without any sign or sound–not a wave-splash–and wetting our very feet as we take the first step into its waters, still marching on we shall see the sea divide and the pathway open through the very midst of the waters.

If we have seen the miraculous workings of God in some marvelous case of healing or some extraordinary providential deliverance, I am sure the thing that has impressed us most has been the quietness with which it was all done, the absence of everything spectacular and sensational, and the utter sense of nothingness which came to us as we stood in the presence of this mighty God and felt how easy, it was for Him to do it all without the faintest effort on His part or the slightest help on ours.

It is not the part of faith to question, but to obey. The ditches were made, and the water came pouring in from some supernatural source. What a lesson for our faith!

Are you craving a spiritual blessing? Open the trenches, and God will fill them. And this, too, in the most unexpected places and in the most unexpected ways.

Oh, for that faith that can act by faith and not by sight, and expect God to work although we see no wind or rain.

Sir Godfrey Gregg D. Div

Co-Founder of The Mystical Order

DO IT AGAIN, LORD

Blessed good morning brethren and the faithful in Christ Jesus our Lord. This is truly a  new experience and a new day.
He said He will show up and do it again. Believe it right now, He will stand on His promises. Thank You, Lord. Sometimes you just need God to do it again–to hear it again, to see it again. Can’t nobody do me like Jesus? We need an encore in finances. You are able to supply all our needs. God, You have been showing up in my broken places. You know that God was the only one who brought you out, last time. You have called God and He will show up mightily. The enemy is trying to disguise your season. Give us an encore in marriages Your word says let no man put asunder. We have been waiting on You God, do it again, God.
God, we are looking for you to fill us–encore! We need You to show– Yourself again; to rescue us again; put us back together again; show us more mercy and grace; a way out again. Nobody but Jesus can do it. Get up boldly and tell God I need You to show up in marriages, finances, and jobs–do it again. I know I’m right back in the same place–I fall short. I need an encore–strengthen me, Lord. I’m tired of what the world is taking me through. But I am not of this world.
Show me an encore. God, You told me to move and I didn’t move Your way. Give me another chance–do it again. I don’t wanna miss you. Show me the vision–you gotta move on what God speaks to you. Be a doer of His word. You will have to start walking by faith and not by sight. Stop sitting there saying God can do it, you need to move. I need an encore. Some of us God has been waiting for us to move for His encore. I need an encore. He is calling us onto the water. You better walk on water–He’s gonna do it again. I need an encore, God. Show me Yourself again, God. Can you see that God just gave sight to the blind and you say, I need an encore? Open the windows of heaven, God. I need an encore, I know You can do it again. Set me free again God.
When the storms come in my life are raging, You will speak to the storms. We need an encore–do it again, God. We have sold out God, do it again. We need and an encore. Don’t close the curtains yet. I need another performance in my life–over and over again. That’s the one that saved my life, I’m calling for that same performance–can’t nobody do me like Jesus. I need an encore, God. I need an encore for my children, marriages, jobs. Protect me, put up a hedge of protection. Thank You, Lord, do it again–restore my joy–, shape, break, mold me God–do it again. You deserve a standing ovation–
Thank You, Lord. I need an encore, God. Thank You, Lord, do it again. God, you can show up, we have set the atmosphere–do it again God. Don’t close the curtains yet, I need a miracle, healing and I need to see Your face, God. I need an encore. Thank You, Lord, I feel Your restful presence right now. You better ask Him. Don’t you miss out on your encore? Go right now and write down the things that you need an encore. Don’t miss Him. Trust His and watch him in action.
Sir Godfrey Gregg D. Div
Co-Founder of The Mystical Order
 
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GOD, I NEED AN ENCORE

Genesis 28:15, 35:9; Deuteronomy 30:9

We are walking in today: God I need an encore. Thank you, Lord, for breathing on me. I need an encore. I know You can do it again. Time after time, again You have brought me out.

Genesis 35:9 And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padanaram, and blessed him. I know You will bless me again. Deuteronomy 30:9 And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers. 
It’s time for God to rejoice over you again. You will be fruitful in every place in your life. It’s time for an encore, do it again. Encore defined as a demand by an audience, for an additional performance, usually expressed by applause. Are you clapping for God this morning? Praising God for an encore. Some of us are struggling right now, we need an encore. I need peace, rest, joy–encore does it again.
Thank you, Lord, for breathing on me, now I need an encore. It’s time for God to rejoice over me again. Some of us are struggling right now. We need peace, we need joy. You breathe into our nostrils. We need You to do it again. We trust You, God. God, I need an encore.  Brethren we need an encore. Merciful Father, we come right now–thank You for being a God of mercy and favour. You woke us up this morning. God, we come to set the atmosphere. You have brought us from a mighty long way. You can open a door that no man can shut.
I heard so many voices that were saying I’m still struggling. I know that You breathed on us. We are asking that You do it again–favour, peace, rest, joy. You gave us brand new mercies. There is no weapon formed against us that shall prosper. This morning I need an encore, I’m struggling–I have faith, this is a faith walk. I need You to do it again. Resurrect my spirit. You are the God who can bring us out of anything. We are pulling down our encore from the spirit into the natural.
Encore, we need You to do it again, God. Nobody can do me like Jesus. We clap out hands in praise. I thank You for my encore. We are being strengthened like never before. Peace like never before. Remember when you call on God for something–God shows up mightily. The word says seek ME first. We get up early every morning, early seeking Him. Last year (2016) has been a press and a struggle–everything we get–is through our faith in 2016. Tell God you need an encore for what ever you are struggling in. God, we are pressed on every side. We lift up this prayer circle for what they are standing in the need of. Just sit with me, fill me–God I need an encore.
Oh, brethren, we are now empty vessels–because we’re sold out. We need an encore God like never before. I can see the again coming right now. God will do it, again and again. We come asking for an encore. We ask for forgiveness. We lift up prayer requests in marriage, finances, and children–give us an encore. Give us Your peace, that surpasses all understanding. We envelope it and write in the blood: God I need an encore.
This is our time and we can do it if we fully surrender ourselves to His will for His own purpose.
Sir Godfrey Gregg D. Div
Co-Founder of The Mystical Order
 
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ORDER IS CALLED

 
After 16 hours of work and a long drive home, I had t make the time to write to you this morning in my daily page and groups.I thank God for the energy and stamina where I can come boldly to the Throne of Grace and ask for favours. Here I am standing in need of mercy.
 
I worked in the Court system for many years and on many occasions called the Court to ORDER, while announcing the arrival of the Judge in the court. I had the privilege to sit in court with many judges and the court of appeal judges and I learned a lot and it is my guide as I write. Today I sit in church with a gavel in my hand calling the church to Order.
 
We’ve all witnessed the scene many times: An irate judge slams down his wooden gavel and with a voice of fiery indignation shouts, “Order in the court! Order in the court!”
 
That appointed judge carries within his title the power and authority vested in him by the office that he holds. Therefore, all subjects who might attempt to challenge that authority are quickly reprimanded by a possible charge of contempt.
 
So it is with our Divine Judge. Our God is a God of perfect order, and there is nothing that He does that is contrary to His perfect will for us individually or for us as a nation.
 
In this decisive hour, a trumpet is being sounded; a voice of urgency is moving swiftly across our land. Those who have ears to hear what the Spirit of the Lord is saying are uniting together in one accord. Like good soldiers of the cross, Christians are falling in line, standing at attention, ready to receive instruction from their company Commander. More and more, a rallying force of believers is coming together with united hearts and like minds, fervently praying for God’s mantle of righteousness to again be restored to our judiciary.
 
The Great Judge of the Universe is about to lower His gavel and bring forth this mandate: “There will be… ORDER IN THE COURT!” Brethren it is my prayer that one day there will be a meeting place for The Mystical Order and there will be a roll call. I hope you will be there.
 
As a nation, we pray that His righteous standard will be held high, fixed and immovable within our judicial system. We pray that the cry for godly justices will be heard loudly within the chambers of the highest court in our land and that a spirit of the fear of the Lord will settle upon the hearts of those dignitaries who even now serve on the Supreme Court. We pray that the balance of powers will once again shift into their rightful positions and be forever maintained by HIS divine scales of justice—and His alone!
 
We as a nation like St. Vincent and the Grenadines are blessed and privileged to live within the boundary of our shores as a free democracy. But many times, because of that Democratic mindset, we lose sight of the fact that we, who are called by His name, are subject to the dictates of the King and His Kingdom. Thereby, we as a governing body are to submit ourselves to His rule and not to our own set of laws. The Scriptures remind us, “But it is God who judges: He brings one down, and exalts another (Psalm 75:7). The structural foundation of the Kingdom is one of perfect rank and perfect order. That is why we must humble ourselves and submit our lives, our nation, and our judges to the rule and reign of His Lordship. We can confidently rest in the knowledge and the assurance that by His authority, He will bring about His righteous sentencing.
 
The Lord says: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet. The Lord will extend your mighty scepter from Zion; you will rule in the midst of your enemies. Your troops will be willing on your day of battle (Psalm 110:1-3).
 
Your servant and brother,
 
Sir Godfrey Gregg D. Div