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Releasing the Dove in the Midst of the Flood

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          According to Ecclesiastes, if you want to know what will happen in the future, you must look at what has happened in the past, because it says there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”

          In Noah’s day the central theme was the water that covered the earth and destroyed all living creatures except those in the ark. Of course that excludes that which lived in the waters. Today we are seeing water being used in judgment. Although God promised that He would not again destroy the entire earth again with water, He didn’t say that water wouldn’t be used for selective judgment, as in the tsunami of 2004 and the hurricanes of 2005 and even flooding in parts of the country as the North-East and California.

          After Noah and all were safely inside the ark and God closed the door, most likely Noah and his family lived in the upper level where the window was at the time of the conclusion of the flood. Noah then sent out the dove; Genesis 8:8-14Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground; But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark. And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark; And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more. And it came to pass in the six hundredth and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from off the earth: and Noah removed the covering of the ark, and looked, and, behold, the face of the ground was dry. And in the second month, on the seven and twentieth day of the month, was the earth dried.”

          This is all more than the story of what happened in Noah’s day, it is also prophetic, a picture of what was to come, another of God’s patterns.

          Let us look at three interesting things recorded here. First, the dove found no rest. Then it says the dove came to him in the evening and then finally the dove returned not again. It was the same dove, but three different pictures of the connection of this dove. Remember the dove in Scripture represents the Holy Spirit as everything in the natural represents something that is spiritual.

          There is a law in Hebraic interpretation, in the law of hermeneutics among the rabbis in Israel they have what is called gematria or gamatria, one of their laws of hermeneutics, which is simply mathematics connected to the Hebrew alphabet. Every letter of the Hebrew alphabet has a numerical value connected to it. Gematria is the calculation of the numerical equivalence of letters, words, or phrases, and, on that basis, gaining, insight into interrelation of different concepts and exploring the interrelationship between words and ideas. It is the mathematics of the Torah. The assumption behind this technique is that numerical equivalence is not coincidental. Since the world was created through God's "speech," each letter represents a different creative force. Thus, the numerical equivalence of two words reveals an internal connection between the creative potentials of each one. Don’t think that strange because in Revelation it tells us to count the number of the beast. Revelation 13:18Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.” That is the law of gamatria, how a name totals a number.

          Having said that, the name Noah is two Hebrew letters, nun and (he,hei or heht), remember their alphabet has no vowels, though they have been added today by small dots. The letter nun has a number of 50, heht the eighth letter has a number of 8. That makes a total of 58. If you take the name Noah and reverse the two letters, you get the Hebrew word for grace. Its value is also 58. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Noah was unique in that there were 10 generations from Adam to Noah, and that was ten generations of righteous men that are listed. Lamech, Noah’s father dies at 777 years of age. In Biblical numerology, not something weird, 7 speaks of completion or perfection. Then Noah had a grandfather that lived to be 969 years, the oldest man in the world, Methuselah. His great grandfather Enoch walked so close to God that one day God took him. Noah was not just some man God choose but was of a godly genealogy.

          According to Josephus the prophecy that the world would one day be destroyed by fire was given to Adam and passed down through those generations to Noah. Noah knew the ancient prediction from Adam that water would cover the earth and destroy it. That is according to Jewish history. Adam knew that the earth would be destroyed once by a flood and then later again by fire and all of those of the ten righteous generations knew that. In Joshua 10:13 there is a book listed called the book of Jasher. No one knew what it was for many centuries, but in the 1800’s a scroll was found which did not have the dots under the letters for vowel points, which began in about the sixth century and is used in modern Hebrew but not in the scriptures.  A British scholar translated it in 1840 and the original scroll is in a British museum. It appeared to be a copy of the original spoke of in the scripture. It gives some information about Noah and puts together some things that make sense and fills in some of the details not given in the 66 books of the Bible.

          Jasher teaches that Noah was 480 years of age and not yet married because God had been given a revelation that man’s days will be 120 and so he thought that meant that God would wipe out everything in 120 years (Genesis 6:3) and he thought, why should I have children when God judges the world. So he didn’t get married. Then suddenly Jasher 5:9-10 says “And Noah and Methuselah spoke all the words of the Lord to the sons of men, day after day, constantly speaking to them. But the sons of men would not hearken to them, nor incline their ears to their words, and they were stiffnecked.” Doesn’t that sound like folks today, stiffnecked. You talk about judgment coming and they mock you. If you talk about the ‘rapture’ and they scoff. 2 Peter 2:3-5 “…that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming?”

          So according to this secular history, since Jasher is not a part of the inspired Word of God. But it says in Jasher 5:12 “Noah the son of Lamech refrained from taking a wife in those days, to beget children, for he said, Surely now God will destroy the earth, wherefore then shall I beget children?” All of a sudden God visits Noah and tells him to marry and have children because he has found grace in His sight (Genesis 6:8) and he and his family would be spared from the coming destruction. Jasher 5:14 “And the Lord said unto Noah, Take unto thee a wife, and beget children, for I have seen thee righteous before me in this generation.”

          This bit of Jewish history teaches that Noah’s wife was the daughter of Enoch, the one who was translated. Genesis 5:32And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth.” He had children at age 500. Yet Noah was not married at 480 years of age. Noah’s three sons according to scripture married the 3 daughters of a son of Methuselah. So God has told Noah I will spare you. So how do you spare a man and his family when the world will be flooded with water? You build a floating zoo or houseboat. The implication of the scripture is that the 3 sons of Noah were triplets. It says they were all born when he was 500. God knew he needed some help to build that Ark.

          The flood comes when Noah is 600. So from the time the boys are born until the flood was 100 years. That is another Biblical cycle. The ark was made of gopher wood and most think it was a type of Cyprus tree because it doesn’t easily rot and is not affected by worms. The measurements of the ark was in cubits, which was approximately 18 inches, elbow to middle finger. That would have made the Ark 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, 45 feet high. It was much bigger than a football field. If the Egyptian cubit was used and that was 21.888 inches, then the ark would have been 547 feet long, 91 feet wide and 47 feet high. There is a difference of opinion of how much cargo it could hold. But some say it could have held 40,000 tons. When you study the Old Testament there are different ark’s. The ark Moses was put in, in the bulrush, the Ark of the Covenant, the ark of Noah and in Jewish synagogues they have an ark in which they put the Torah scrolls, though that is not mentioned in scripture. So there are four types of arks.

          This ark of Noah, that came before the Ark of the Covenant was rectangular, as was the Ark of the Covenant. The ark of Noah had 3 levels. The Ark of the Covenant had 3 layers or boxes, the wood overlaid with gold, a wooden box and then a thin gold tray lay inside the box. The ark of Noah had animals that would be used for a blood sacrifice on an altar when Noah came off the ark. The Ark of the Covenant had animal blood on it as it was sprinkled with blood by the High Priest every year on the Day of Atonement.

          The window of the ark was in the 3rd story of the ark and that is where the dove went in and out from. The dove is a picture of the Holy Spirit. On the top part of the ark was the mercy seat where the blood was and where God’s presence came. The ark of Noah was built long before the Ark of the Covenant or the tabernacle of Moses in the wilderness.

          There were 3 levels in the ark and 3 chambers in the tabernacle, the outer court, inner court and holy of holies. The tabernacle was rectangular and had wooden beams on the outside. The ark was rectangular and made of wood. The ark’s door was somewhere in the second story area from what we can understand. You have the outer court and then the inner court that led to the more sacred chamber. The window and the word for window in the Hebrew is called Zoar, and zoar means illumination. So the 3rd story where the family lived is where the dove came out of. The holy of holies in the tabernacle was the 3rd level, the innermost level where the presence of God dwelt, which was illuminated by His presence rather than by the light of fire, as the candelabra.

          When you look at the ark, God let it be a pattern or preview of the Ark of the Covenant where He would dwell and where animal blood would be sprinkled in the tabernacle. The ark of Noah redeemed and saved a family. The arc of the covenant saved a nation on the Day of Atonement and the tabernacle of Moses was a house of redemption.

          In Noah’s story there are two main birds, a raven and a dove. A raven is as interesting as a dove, each very unique. Ravens were used by ancient Mariners like a compass. These birds have a build in compass and know directions. That may be why the raven was sent out. If he comes back there is nothing there, but if he finds a carcass, he will stay and not come back but sit on the carcass and eat it. However a dove will not land on dead things or muddy water. The reason the dove of the Holy Spirit doesn’t show up in most churches today is because they have a bunch of gossipers, gripers and such and the dove doesn’t land on dirty water. He will not rest where thee is confusion, strife and division. The Holy Spirit doesn’t come to people because they are religious or do religious things.  

          When Jesus was being baptized he came up and saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove, not a dove, meaning that if you saw what was coming down, it had the form, appearance or shape of a dove. The dove is mentioned only 4 times in the New Testament, all in the gospels and they all refer to the baptism of Jesus. The dove showed up over water. Jesus was still in the water, in the Jordan River, in water and the dove hovers over Him. Noah is in an arc, there is a dove and he is in the middle of water. Why is that important?

          A dove has characteristics that should be similar to Christians. The characteristics of a natural dove should fit our lives. The Middle Eastern dove is white in color and white expresses the purity of the Holy Spirit. White garments are given to the saints in heaven representing their righteousness. Revelation 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.” So the dove represents the righteousness the believer should have. Revelation 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment…” Revelation 7:13-14 What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which … have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

          Secondly, the dove is the most affectionate of birds. It shows its affection by stroking and cooing (Kind of how I like to treat my wife, being a romantic at heart). Third, the dove is a very gently creature. It never retaliates against its enemies, it will retreat. Jesus said, pray for your enemies, pray for them, and don’t retaliate. I have had watched a dove make a nest in my back yard covered barbeque covering. After being attacked a couple times by another bird while on its nest of eggs, the mother dove left and the eggs never hatched.

          Fourth, when the dove has young baby doves and the young are attacked, it does not fight what is attacking the young, but cries out in distress when that which it loves is under attack. Romans 8:26-27 says we don’t know what to pray for but the spirit makes intercession with groanings that can’t be uttered. It makes a distress cry as we do in the spirit in intercession.

          Strange noises will frighten a dove. If it hears a noise it is not familiar with it will spook and fly. A dove will feed at a place and if you spook it, it will return and feed there again. But if you spook it a third time, it will never show up at that place again. God said my spirit will not always strive with man. That is what God said in Noah’s day. When the Holy Spirit comes to you and tells you to repent and you keep rejecting it, know that He will not always be there and you have to come to Christ and repent and get saved when He is there drawing you and calling you. God’s spirit will not always deal with you and so you have to get right when He is dealing with you.

          A dove hovers when it is flying. Middle Eastern doves are this way, but the tips of the wing feathers of most birds point to the tail, but when a dove hovers, the wing tip feathers point to the head, forward. Jesus said the Holy Spirit won’t speak of himself, but he will speak of me and Jesus is the head of the church. When the dove hovers, it hovers in the shape of the Hebrew letter  kaf (kaph). Why is that important? In the Old Testament. when priests and kings were anointed and the oil was placed on their head, they either had a wreath shaped anointing going from side to side across the front of the head or in the shape of a letter x in the middle.  When Aaron was anointed, it ran down his beard, which means that his anointing was from ear to ear, which is the same shape of that letter of the Hebrew alphabet, like a big C reversed. It is the same shape of the doves’ wings when it is hovering.  When Jesus is at the Jordan River, and the Holy Spirit was upon him in the form of a dove, in that fashion, it was in the shape of that Hebrew letter and was saying, “Here is your next high priest.”

          Leonard Ravenhill noted that a dove has many little feathers, but one Middle Eastern dove has 9 main feathers on the right wing and 9 main feathers on the left wing. In the New Testament there are 9 gifts of the spirit in Corinthians and 9 fruits of the spirit in Galatians. But there are 5 main tail feathers. The Holy Spirit brought a fivefold ministry into the church. The Holy Spirit has 9 gifts on one wing, 9 gifts on the other wing, but the balance comes through the 5 fold ministry.

          Eight things about a dove: A dove doesn’t sing songs like other birds. A dove sings lamentations like a wooing sound, because believers groan in the spirit. Two, the dove lacks bile. A bile system represents bitterness and a real believer should not have unforgiveness and bitterness. Third, a dove likes to kiss. I like that too. It is a loving and affectionate bird and we should be filled with the love of God shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. People really filled with the Holy Spirit are huggy and affectionate. When you got saved, God put a love in your heart you didn’t have before. When I got saved I got up from the altar and hugged everyone around me and I didn’t know a single one there in that church. I was a visitor for the first time and knew not one person in that church. Forth, doves fly in flocks. God sent his disciples forth 2 by 2. That is the unity of the body; we are not loaners trying to do it all. God doesn’t call one, He calls the church. A dove never steals; it won’t steal from another bird, like a raven. But many Christians will take things without paying for them and ministries who have tables with things they sell have to watch them closely so stuff doesn’t disappear. A dove doesn’t feed off dead things. Some people like to hear nothing but the latest bad news of others. A real dove gets repulsed by all that and has to leave the room when the gossip gets thick. Seven, a dove eats good grain. A believer will always want to eat good food form the Word of God. A dove raises two chicks at a time. The dove who left her nest at my house left 2 eggs.

          Now that we have a brief study on the ark and the dove as an introduction, let us go on. There are last day clues concerning the return of Jesus in the story of Noah. There is a promise in the Bible about a last day outpouring of the Holy Spirit that is compared to rain. James 5:7-8Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.”

Water is linked to the flood, it is linked also to the return of Jesus and the dove is linked to both stories. The Hebrew word for dove is yownah, yo-naw' and it describes the warmth of their mating. People filled with the Holy Spirit will produce a harvest of souls, spiritual fruit. The root word for yownah, yo-naw' is yayin, yah'-yin, the Hebrew word for wine or intoxication. The word for Dove represents warmth, intimacy and being intoxicated. Ever heard of being drunk in the spirit? That is something lost to the old days and you don’t see or hear much of any more. I know what it is to be so drunk in the Holy Spirit. I remember when I couldn’t stand and walk straight or talk in English for hours, like a drunken man. It was time of grace and refreshing from the Holy Spirit at a time of deep emotional hurt and pain.

          The word dove from the Hebrew root is warmth and intimacy and wine. Why do you think the term new wine is used about the baptism of the Holy Spirit? If you get filled with the Holy Spirit you won’t need a toddy for your body. He will lift you up and place you in heavenly places in Christ and put your feet on solid ground. Peter said, “For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:” (Acts 2:15-17).

          There are 3 stages of the dove being sent out of the ark by Noah and they represent the 3 moves of God in the end time. The first was when she found no rest for the sole of her foot, she returned to him in the ark… he took her and pulled her unto him in the ark. The first visitation of the Holy Spirit in North America happened prior to a great storm hitting the world called WWI.  That revival is called the Azusa Street revival. In the late 1800’s near North Carolina a Baptist group was filled with the Holy Spirit. In 1900 at a house in Topeka Kansas they had an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Then in 1906 a black minister names Seymor was used in the outbreak of the Azusa street revival. Notice this. On the East Coast, Midwest and West within a ten year period of time the Holy Spirit is being poured out, at a time when the world is encountering political and spiritual storms. Flood waters are covering the earth, but when the dove is moving, he couldn’t find a place to rest and likewise at the turn of the century when there was a terrible storm brewing in the world, the dove of the Holy Spirit kept moving, finding no place to rest. Why? Because those early moves of the Holy Spirit were rejected by traditional Christian churches.

          The mainline churches in that day said those people involved in the outpouring of the spirit were nuts, it was heresy and false doctrine and they persecuted the early full gospel people who were filled with the spirit and spoke in tongues and believed in the gifts of the spirit. The dove had no place to rest when he was being poured out. Then Noah takes the dove in and says; ‘I’ll take you, I want you’. In the midst of massive rejection by most who thought all the gifts of the spirit was fanaticism and Satan and many still do today, a group of people told the dove, maybe it isn’t time for you to land yet, but we want you, we will take you. And out of that move of God came 8 major Pentecostal churches. The Church of God, A/G, Foursquare, Pentecostal Holiness, United Pentecostal, Church of God in Christ and two more, 8 denominations in all. But by in large it was rejected by all others but a remnant took the dove to themselves. That is the picture.

          In the Azuza street revival there was a young girl in the Holy Spirit that prayed in tongues all day so they took her to the attic, the upper room and a Jewish man, that nobody knew who was and when he came up the steps the girl looked at him and spoke in tongues the whole time. When she finally calmed down a bit, he grabbed her hand and took her downstairs and he said to the people there, I want to share something with you. I have come to this city under an alias name, come to investigate this we have heard, I am a Jewish Rabbi and I came to discredit this and go back and report it with Jewish periodicals. I heard this girl praying in Hebrew. When I went upstairs this girl said to me, in Hebrew “You’re here by an alias name, your name is such and such, you are a Jewish Rabbi and God wants to tell you that this is real” and He fell on his face, repented and became saved and a believer in Jesus.

          The second stage. He stayed yet another 7 days. And again Noah sent the dove out of the ark. It is a picture of God sending the dove form heaven to the earth again, another move of God. The dove came to him in the evening and in her mouth was an olive leaf. Here is historically when the second move of God came to America . The first move was 1896 to 1906, rejected by the masses. The second move started in 1949 with what was called the healing revival, when men like T L. Lowry, Jack Cole, A.A. Allen, Oral Roberts, Morris Cerelo and others began their ministries. In 1948 God called hundreds of men into the ministry because in 1948 the nation of Israel was reborn. The Spirit of God was moving on two fronts in the world, one spiritual and one physical. Today when you see a star of David everyone knows that is a emblem of the Jews, when you see a menorah that is a symbol of the modern nation of Israel . The star is on the flag but for the government the star is not used, but the menorah. The 7 branch menorah from the temple is the symbol of the Israeli government. The Bible picture of Israel in Romans 11 is an olive tree. In 1948 Israel was rebirthed as a nation. In 1948 the healing revival began.

          Then 7 days later Noah loosed the dove again, the third and final timee. The healing revival actually lasted 7 years from 1948 to 1955 and started dying out in the ‘54-55 time frame.

          The waters were covering the earth and the dove brings back an olive leaf plucked, In Romans 11 Paul said Israel is the olive tree and because of their unbelief, certain branches were plucked  but in the last days as they come to faith, God will restore the branches back to the tree. Don’t miss the picture. 1948 Israel again becomes a nation. They are pictured as an olive tree. The dove comes back from the  second wave with an olive branch signifying new life was beginning, prophetically signifying the nation of Israel and their rebirth. New life has come to Israel . The dove came in the evening. For those 7 years of the healing revival, those preachers preached outside under tents and not in buildings. And the services started in the evenings.

          So the dove has an olive leaf in its mouth, when you have the baptism of the Holy Spirit one of the manifestations is praying in tongues which comes out of the mouth. This is a picture of the dove moving in another flood called the holocaust. Remember during the first move WWI was about to break out, creating a global storm. During the second move there was a seven year holocaust. After 7 days, Noah looses the dove. At the end of a 7 year holocaust, God restores the nation of Israel and brings the Jewish people back and pours out the Holy Spirit at the same time.

          We have gone through two main moves of God. This is all church history. The first move at the turn of the century that birthed 8 Pentecostal denominations, the second move was in 1948 when Israel was restored as a nation after a seven year tribulation called the holocaust and that move of the Spirit lasted 7 years called the healing revival. But guess what. There is one more move of God yet to go, one more move of the Holy Spirit.

          When you see this one, if it doesn’t excite you, nothing will. Genesis 8:8-12. “…he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground; But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark,” The first time the dove went out and couldn’t find a resting place. “And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark; And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off:” The second time he brings back an olive leaf. Then the final move of the Holy Spirit. “And he stayed yet other seven days; and sent forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more.” He stayed yet another 7 days and the dove returned not again anymore.

In the first month, first day of the month of God’s calendar, the waters were dried from the earth. Noah removes the covering of the ark and the face of the ground is dry. Water represents the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The knowledge of the Lord covers the earth as the waters cover the sea.

          The waters dry up and dove is gone. What is that a picture of. After 7 days there is coming in the future a 7 year tribulation. Why is it important that in the last mention of the dove, why does it mention the first month and first day of the month? On the Jewish civil calendar the first day of the first month is the first day of the Feast of Trumpets, which precedes the Day of Atonement also know as the Day of Judgment, which is when Christ returns. It is an absolute picture of the rapture. We know that when Jesus returns, He will come back for us during the Feast of Trumpets; then what does Jesus return for as the world is concerned? Judgment! Following the Feast of Trumpets is the Day of Atonement, but then it will be the Day of Judgment. The third time the dove went out and it didn’t return. When the church is ruptured, the Holy Spirit and power of God will leave with the church.

          Romans 8:11But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.” That same spirit that raised Jesus will one day raise us up and the anointing of the Holy Spirit will leave with the church. That is the picture. 7 days the dove goes. In the future there will be a 7 year tribulation. First month, first day is when the waters are dry, gone. The dove disappears, a picture of the coming of the Lord. The covering was removed. When Noah saw the dove was gone he knows the waters are gone and removes the cover. The ark of Noah represents Jesus, our ark of safety. The ark also represented salvation from judgment and destruction, God’s deliverance for those who follow Him in faith and obedience to live. This represents for the world, the end of the day of salvation, the end of the time of the Gentiles and time for judgment.

          In Genesis 6:16 Noah is told “A window shalt thou make to the ark”. In Genesis 8:6 is the word window again, “And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made”. Genesis 6:16 is the Hebrew tsohar, tso'-har, but the second mention of window is the Hebrew challown, khal-lone' meaning a window within the window (as perforated). They are two different words. We don’t know exactly how it was built, but Noah put a covering over the window. Many believe the animals were on the lower deck the larger, then the smaller and food, then Noah and family in the top level. Noah put the covering to keep the dove in and the rain out.

There are churches all over America that don’t want the rain of the Holy Spirit coming into their church. They don’t want people emotional. On the outside of those churches God is pouring out His Spirit on all flesh, but within these churches there is a barrier and they have said that they have the same Holy Spirit, but inside their ark, they say they got the Holy Spirit with salvation and they will have church the way they want it and everything else going on, on the outside, they don’t want in their church. Many preachers publicly say, “We don’t want tongues in our church, we don’t want praying for people and emotionalism in our church.” They have put a covering over the window of the church. The window is where the dove goes in and out.

          2 Corinthians 3:14-17But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same veil untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which veil is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the veil is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the veil shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” We love to quote the verse, but see it in context. It is saying when you preach the word, people don’t get it, when you preach the Bible they don’t get it because they have a hardness in their heart. But when it is removed, when the veil, the covering is removed, then the Lord’s spirit will bring liberty.

You may ask for a move of God in your church, but your praying the wrong way, you need to pray, Lord remove the veil over the eyes of the people, melt the old traditions and take out their hearts of stone and give them hearts of flesh. When the veil is removed you won’t have to pray for a move to the Holy Spirit, you wont’ have to pray for revival, because once the veil is removed the spirit of the Lord can be manifested and liberty will break out and God can be glorified.

          This is where we are prophetically. We are between the olive leaf being restored and that has been a process. First Israel became a nation and then the land started to blossom and then the Jews stared coming back and then Jerusalem was restored. It is a process called the restitution of all things (Acts 3:21). We are between the olive leaf and the covering being taken off. When the dove came back with the olive leaf, there was a window in a window, something covering that Noah then removed. That represents the veil over the hearts of people that will be removed but also denominational veils. God used denominations and their missions programs. There has been some good in the accountability of them where men are not a law unto themselves and can do whatever they want.

But something they have done that is not good is trying to hold their people within their own ark and by their own man-made rules and doctrines. Yes a good pastor is the bishop of your soul and looks out for his sheep and tries to keep them from wolves and false doctrines, etc but when denominations don’t want the move of God or the Holy Spirit and are scared to death of anything that would bring a little life into their church because then they would loose control when it happens. I got news, the covering is about to come off. We are in between the restoration of Israel and the loosing of the dove and the removal of the covering allowing the light to shine in.

          It said when the dove didn’t come back Noah realized the waters had receded. We are showing the prophetic parallel to the story of Noah. Jesus said in Mark 13:28-30Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When her branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is near: So ye in like manner, when ye shall see these things come to pass, know that it is nigh, even at the doors. Verily I say unto you, that this generation shall not pass, till all these things be done.” Jesus compares His coming to the blossoming of the fig tree.  He said when you see the fig tree putting forth leaves, not the fruit. In 1948 Israel is restored as a nation and the fig tree began to make leaves. Know the coming is near. The dove brought an olive leaf. Again, it is a sign of something about to happen.

          Normally when Jesus told the disciples to learn a parable, He would then explain it fully. Not here. He said learn it and that is what his coming is like. So where is it? The Song of Solomon has the parable the disciples understood he was talking about. Song of Solomon 2:10-13My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

          What does that have to do with anything? This is a story of a bridegroom and a bride. The church is a picture of the bride of Christ and Christ is the groom. This is about the lover and his bride. Two times it says, arise and come away, because two times there will be a raising up, first the dead in Christ shall rise first, then us who are alive and remain will arise. He first address one group, the dead, then speaks to the living, arise and come away. Hear the parable, when the fig starts growing, winter is over and you know my coming is near. And we know the fig tree prophetically is a picture of Israel , the nation.

But don’t miss the point of the song. The days of Noah had a flood and so will it be in the time of the coming of the Son of Man. There are floods and water all over, in tsunami, hurricane, cyclones, typhoons and flooding from rain storms. But the spiritual water is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. When will we arise and go away? When will Jesus come? It tells us, when the rain is over and gone.  In the last move Noah knew the waters had dried up. That was in the third move of the Holy Spirit. When the rain was over and gone and they knew summer was near. When the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, called the early and latter rain in Joel and James, when the last major outpouring of the Holy Spirit occurs in the world, the rain will be over and the dove will take his flight with the church.

          Loosen the dove in the midst of the flood. Noah didn’t wait until there was no water to turn him loose. He turned him loose when water was still covering the earth. What happens when a dove is loosed? Matthew 21: Jesus is going to the temple. He is at the temple and as he walks to the house of prayer he saw the moneychangers. The Jews brought money to buy doves and animals for sacrifices that were legitimate, that were required, but in Jesus day the moneychangers were charging interest rates, more than was right and they were clipping the corners of the coins and putting them in a bag. According to Malachi they were selling blemished sacrifices. So the process of sacrifice for atonement was right, but what they were doing with it was wrong.

Jesus saw doves locked up in cages and the dove trying to move its wings. The dove was never meant to be locked in a cage, but to fly high and flutter over its young. A dove was meant to pluck an olive leaf that represented peace. Jesus saw the money changers in seats with their arms folded and controlling the doves. Today there are people with a little money trying to control the church. They sit in their high seats and are in control of the dove, telling the pastor what they can teach or not, what they can sing or not. They sit on their high seats controlling the dove. Jesus knew prophetically speaking the dove is the Holy Ghost and it is meant to fly. In Matthew 21:12 Jesus overturned the money changes and the seats of them that sold doves. “And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves…” The moment that cage hit the ground and broke open those doves realized they could flap their wings and all of a sudden they started flying.

          There are some dead dry churches that have tried to keep the Holy Spirit out but a day is coming when God will break open their cages and people will start getting hungry for the Spirit and being set free from the bondages of men by the Holy Spirit. The dove will be loosed and poured out. Two verses later it says “And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them” (Matthew 21:14). That means when those people saw or heard about the doves that were flying up over the temple, they decided to go see what was happening and see for themselves why so many white doves were in the sky over the temple and them came and were healed. The Holy Spirit was never meant to be kept inside in a church, we don’t go to church to a funeral to worship a dead Jesus. Some may not like the noise but the noise doesn’t make God nervous and He is not bothered in the lest bit. It is time to start loosing the dove, to loose the Holy Spirit in the inside and start praising and worshipping in the Holy Spirit.

          Say I receive the word of the Lord for me right now. I’m hungry for more of God, I’m hungry for a move of the spirit in my life.

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