Last Saturday morning I know many of you were up, waiting for the clouds to clear so we could see God’s handiwork in the sky. But, for whatever reason, His sign was hidden to us. We knew it was there – we knew what was behind the cloud cover – His sign on the 4th day of the 4th month, that was complete for 4 minutes and 44 seconds – was hidden.
Since the Saturday morning cloud cover, I keep hearing and seeing the word “hidden.” God keeps highlighting it all over the place. That morning, I felt like we were ‘hidden’ in the Cloud by Day. The normal and supernaturally significant place of safety as a Christian is “hidden in Christ” (think about you – on the front lines of an epic war – in a foxhole – hidden from the enemy).
That afternoon, our family served at the Easter services at our church. Still on the 4th day of the 4th month, the blood moon hidden from our view that morning — the word ‘easter’ is derived from the pagan worship of the goddess Ishtar, or Eostre, or Ostara. Originally, this festival was an orgy in the springtime. Any man, who tapped any woman on the shoulder, could force her to have sexual relations with him, no questions asked. If you wanted to protect your women relatives and friends, you hid them. They were hidden. The men would hunt (ie: hunting eostre eggs), and if they found what was hidden, the consummation ensued. Like rabbits.
Sunday, our family sat together for a lovely Passover seder. The kids found hidden matzoh, threw it in the fire; we all – 15 of us – dipped parsley in salt water and choked down bitter horseradish sweetened by haroset. Watched as my dad wrapped the middle matzoh. The hidden one.
Monday, I was watching the Sid Roth show online (Love him! He’s so dramatic!). Sid’s topic was – wait for it – wait for it – Esther. Which is the Persian form of Ishtar. Which means hidden. Sid’s point was that Esther was hidden in plain sight. She was the Queen of Persia. The Jewish Queen of Persia. And no one knew it until it was time to be unveiled. Until ‘such as time as this’ came to pass.
So fascinating. All these different images of being hidden, in the place of safety, covered by the strength of perfect blood. And then there is that number four. Wow. I read an article about a Jewish mystic rabbi who linked the number 4 with life. And blood. http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/35128/shocking-passover-blood-moon-predictions-by-israeli-rabbi-jewish-world/#7t0ugflO7KyEKRz0.97 It is true, God created the sun, moon and stars on the 4th day. And the Passover blood moon was in full eclipse on the 4th Gentile day of the 4th Gentile month for 4 minutes and 44 seconds.
But I also wanted to bring this to your attention: the Hebrew number 4 is a pictographic word that has rich meaning. ‘Four’ in Hebrew is called the dalet. ‘Four’ brings with it an image of a person, stooping, bending down, humbling oneself for the purpose of entering through a door or a tent flap. ‘Four,’ therefore, also means ‘The Door.’
“I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:9, 10 ESV)
My mind began to be blown. Images of blood-soaked Hebrew doors. The land of Egypt in utter travail, tensing for the opening of the birth canal for the Jewish people through the Sea of Reeds. The number 4, repeated in succession five times. God breathing, “The Door! The Door! The Door! The Door! The Door!” warning in the skies through all markers of time. The veil that is over the hearts of the Jews (2 Corinthians 3:12-18), hiding and partially hardening them until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in (Romans 11:25). Jesus. The Door. The Hidden Door.
Only You God. You decree from Your Throne, Your good Judgment Seat, and Your Words go forth; they do Your kind intents. They do not return void, but accomplish what You have purposed for them. Are we, Your Beloved, are we full? Are we mature in the fullness You have decreed for us?
If the Blood Moons are a sign to Israel, both physical and spiritual Israel, let him who has an ear, hear. “Humble yourselves, oh My People (James 4:10). You are hidden in Christ (Colossians 3:3) for such a time as this (Esther 4:14). Enter in (Hebrews 4). The Door is open (John 10:9). Come up here (Revelation 4:1).”
Lastly, I about melted when I listened to the podcast linked below. It only takes 15 minutes to hear — it is so rich and well worth the time. It seems that I’m not the only one seeing the hidden door. Milly Bennitt might have a more experiential approach to Christianity that what some of you might be used to, but listen to her wisdom and her heart. Wow. Wow. Wow. Flood of tears. So good.
Seeking out mysteries (Proverbs 25:2),
Daughter of Fire