we begin to seek Yahuweh and His Word earnestly and with all our heart,
we begin to experience a collision of doctrines -- of Biblical Truth,
colliding against Doctrines and Commandments of Men. This collision
produces a great sense of uneasiness, turmoil, and confusion, not
unlike a battle field. In order to bring peace and calm, one must
either surrender to the enemy's weapons — the Doctrines and
Commandments of Men — or must wrestle over the issues, and
must overcome, and attain victory.
are running directly to the Bride's
waiting-room, trying to avoid the wrestling over the issues.
The process of seeking Yahuweh, and searching the Scriptures,
confronting the issues,
and wrestling, and overcoming, is too difficult for
them. Some avoid
the confrontation altogether, thinking what they currently hold is pure
Truth, and the colliding
Biblical doctrine) is the error. These
will be among the Foolish virgins. The Wise virgins, however, are
willing to seek, face the issues, and engage the wrestling, head-on.
These are the
ones who will overcome.
In this writing we will
address the wrestling, and overcoming, that must occur as we confront
the doctrinal issues head-on, using the Word of Yahuweh (the
Scriptures), and prayer. This wrestling must continue until we prevail,
and overcome. The only alternative is to shrink back, and not enter the
fray. For the Bride-Candidates, that shrinking-back should not
be an option. We must prevail, and overcome in the doctrinal arena, for
this is the preparation-room for those that would be among the
Bride-Company as 'Wise' virgins.
In Part 1: The Wrestling of Rachel
looked at an overview of the confrontation, and the process
of how one may overcome. It is befitting that we might see Rachel as
our first example of overcoming, for in many ways she
is prophetic of the Bride.
Here in part
2, we will show a little
more detail, and will look at Jacob as the example of one who
overcomes, and prevails.
Results of Wrestling: Prevailing and Blessing
In Part 1, we
saw Rachel's 'elohiym'
wrestling was her wrestling in prayer with Elohiym (Yahuweh), which was
a simultaneous wrestling against her opposition. It was this wrestling
with Yahuweh Elohiym in prayer that brought prevailing and
same 'wrestling' with Elohiym (Yahuweh) that we saw in Rachel can
be seen in more
in the wrestling of Jacob,
Genesis chapter 32:And
Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a
man with him until the breaking of the day.
25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the
hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint,
as he wrestled with him. 26 And he said, Let me go, for the day
breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. 27
And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he
said, Jacob. 28 And he
said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for
as a prince hast thou power with
God<0430>('elohiym') and with men, and hast
29 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And
he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name?
he blessed him there.
30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen
God<0430>('elohiym') face to face, and my life is
preserved. (Genesis 32:24-30)
Notice that the result of wrestling, and prevailing, was
that Jacob's name
(meaning 'deceitful, crafty, and supplanter') was changed to Israel
(meaning 'one who has power with elohiym
and has prevailed, and has
overcome'). Notice also that Jacob received the Blessing he had sought.
As a result of this wrestling with
Yahuweh, Jacob not only
prevailed, and received his blessing. But he also had a shrinking in
his leg, a 'failure' in the strength of his leg. Jacob's walk
changed. He could no longer rely on his own strength. This is
important example for us today. Just as Jacob could no longer walk with
consuming confidence or prideful strength, even so our walk with
Yahuweh, and our knowledge of Him, becomes more intimate, as we learn
to "lean on our Beloved."
Likewise Jacob's wrestling
resulted in his receiving a new name. Like Jacob we
are, of ourselves, deceitful, crafty, and walk under our own efforts.
But as we learn to overcome in each area, we too receive a new name,
indicating we have prevailed, and have overcome. We not only receive a
new name, but we receive the blessing of knowing Yahuweh even more
intimately than we did prior to the wrestling; even to the
point that we find out His
Wrestling: a Pattern for Us Today
two accounts of Rachel's and Jacob's wrestling are given to Yahuweh's
people as a prophetic pattern — a pattern for us today. Yahuweh's
purpose for His New Covenant Believers today is identical
to what we see in the accounts of Rachel and Jacob.
Rachel, our Elohiym
wrestlings in prayer
are simultaneous wrestlings
against those who oppose us, especially in the heavenly or spirit realm.
Jacob, Yahuweh intends to draw us to a place where we are all alone,
without anyone else's input, to wrestle with THE MAN concerning many
issues regarding His Word and His Name. Like Jacob, this wrestling is
to continue until the diligent seeker experiences the dawning or
dayspring, the arising of the light upon him. Like Jacob, this
wrestling will result in our name as no longer Jacob, but 'Israel.'
And, like Jacob, we will receive the Blessing of knowing Him!
briefly at New Testament confirmation of this blessing for us today. We
recall that Jacob was a son of Yahuweh's Promise: "...They
which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God:
but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
Now we, brethren,
as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, all those who have become New Covenant
Believers in Messiah Yahushua are called 'children of Promise.'
Although Jacob was a son of promise, he still had to prevail, and
Jacob, we must overcome, and prevail, even though we are called
'children of promise' through Messiah Yahushua. Let's look further at
Inheritance Depends on Overcoming
to the messages addressed to the called-out
in the 7 cities in Revelation, some
overcome, or prevail, and some will not. It is those who 'wrestle'
with Yahuweh regarding His Word, and His Name, who will overcome, and
prevail, and will have their names changed to Israel.
It is those who
wrestle in prayer with Yahuweh, who simultaneously prevail over
those who oppose them with false Doctrines.
previously received the promises, and the blessings, but was still
required of Jacob to overcome. This is the pattern for us today! And,
like Jacob, those who wrestle with Yahuweh will notice that their walk
will be forever changed as a result of this wrestling.
the issues over which we are to wrestle? Yahuweh has hidden various
mysteries in His Word, so that only His Bride would seek, and find,
these Pearls of great price. He expects those who will rule with Him as
kings to diligently seek them out.
All others will be kept at arm's
length, and kept at a distance from Him. And it is for this reason that
Yahuweh intentionally hides, and obscures His Word, telling truths in
parables, and in dark sayings and hidden words, which are likened to
hidden manna to nourish those who seek, and who overcome (Deu 4:29;1
The Key to Overcoming: the Mystery of
are 27 'mysteries'
listed in the New Testament.
mysteries reveal many twists and turns in the 'Way'
under the New Covenant. Most of those who are wise in the ways
the world have completely missed these hidden turns, and are blindly
going on their own way. Thus most of what we see today is the
accumulation of 2,000 years of man-made doctrines, dead
traditions, and fossilised customs — instead of The Faith that was
once delivered unto the saints.
The Apostle Paul
had much to say of these mysteries. As Peter tells us in
some things Paul wrote are hard to be understood, which they
that are unlearned and unstable 'wrest'
Scriptures to say something they do not mean to say). These wrested
Words of Scripture, in the form of strange Doctrines, is
perhaps the greatest source of conflict today, and is a rich source of
error. These are known in Scripture simply as the Doctrines and
Commandments of Men, and they actually turn
away from the truth (Titus 1:14).12
It is because of these wrested
twisted Doctrines, that there is almost no teaching of these necessary
mysteries today. It is these 'mysteries'
us to become perfected in love,
and for this
reason, (1Corinthians 13:2)13
is full of irony!
is one mystery
of the New covenant that is the
centerpiece of all the
others, and is the central focus of The Faith, and of the New
Covenant: the mystery of
"Messiah-in-you" (Col 1:27).14
All the New Covenant Truths concerning Law
("Torah"), Grace, Faith, and Works all revolve around understanding
this single issue of Yahushua-in-you. Likewise, the conflicts and error
concerning these same issues of Law, Grace, etc. are because
this central New Covenant theme remains hidden to so many.
must therefore endeavour to
understand the central New Covenant understanding of "Messiah-in-you,"
and to understand the answer to the question, "What Would Yahushua Do?"
For until we begin to grasp the simplicity of these two Truths, it will
be easy to accept counterfeit, man-mad doctrines regarding the issues
of Law, Grace, Faith, and Works.
This issue of
simply the issue of one's turning, and allowing Yahushua to become
planted within them (one becomes 'Born-Again'), and then allowing
Messiah to live in them, and to walk in them, and to provide the
'Grace' that enables obedience to Torah, which Yahushua-in-them desires
to keep. In fact, to allow "Messiah-in-you" is your (only) hope of
(being among those called My) Glory, and is also your (only) hope of
entering in. (Isa 46:13;15
early Believers started out following Yahuweh. But in the ensuing years,
Yahuweh made a turn, and no one noticed. Many Gentile Believers in
Yahushua are now awakening, and are seeking Him diligently, following
hard after Yahuweh, and are discovering the twists and turns. They are
now discovering the magnificence and simplicity of the New (Renewed)
Covenant. They are also saying exactly as Jeremiah had prophesied:
"Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, things wherein there
is no profit." (Jer 16:19).18
Yahuweh is calling all
Believers in Yahushua to seek Him diligently, and to discover His plans
and purposes hidden within His Word! He has foretold us ALL things (Mk
He has revealed who will enter in with Him as the Bride (the
'Wise'), and who will be left behind (those that are not
'Wise'). Yet, "think it not strange" that your seeking the
Yahuweh, and the truth of the Scriptures, would bring you controversy,
Seeking Yahuweh, and His
Word, will bring about a
doctrines — of Biblical Truth, colliding against Doctrines and
Commandments of Men — and will require wrestling over the issues. The
wrestling will bring forth a change in one's walk with Yahuweh. The
change in our walk, in turn, results in confrontation, conflict,
loneliness, persecution by dear friends and family, and even loss of
one's own identity, even one's own life.
however, will bring us to a point where we begin to 'lean on
That change brings extreme delight and pleasure
to the Bridegroom, and results in the Bridegroom rejoicing
over His beloved
Bride. The changed walk brings us close to His heart, and into His
presence. If we look to Him, and lean on Him in our walk with Him, we
at His right hand, where there are pleasures forevermore. (Ps. 16:11).21
the Bride undergoes her preparation, she begins to find her
new identity in her Bridegroom. It is here, where the Bride is 'leaning
on her beloved,'
that the wrestling and trials become a
rejoicing and gladness. Because of the glorious changes that
are taking place
within her, the fiery trials turn into gladness and joy:
Beloved, think it not
strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try ("test") you, as
though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice,
as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his
be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If
reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit
glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil
but on your part he is glorified. (1Peter 4:12-14)
But we all, with open face
beholding as in a glass
of the Lord, are changed into the same image from
glory to glory, even
as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2Co 3:18)
- But if from
thence thou shalt
seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him
thy heart and with all thy soul. (Deut 4:29)
will open my
mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings
of old: (Psalms 78:2)
understand a proverb, and the interpretation; the words of
and their dark sayings. (Proverbs 1:6)
is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of
kings is to
search out a matter. (Proverbs 25:2)
ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me
your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)
he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries
of the kingdom of
God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and
hearing they might not understand. (Luke 8:10)
we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden
God ordained before the world unto our glory: (1 Corinthians 2:7)
to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery,
the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created
by Jesus Christ: (Ephesians 3:9)
without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God
must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them
diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)
that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches;
To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna,
give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name
written, which no
man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. (Revelation 2:17)
also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which
are some things hard to be understood, which they
that are unlearned
and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures,
own destruction. (2 Peter 3:16)
giving heed to ... commandments of men, that
turn from the truth. (Titus 1:14b)
though I ... understand all mysteries ... and have not
(love), I am nothing. (1Corinthians 13:2)
whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this
mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you,
the hope of glory:
it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will
place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.
he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one,
that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep
they that do his
commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life,
enter in through the gates into the city.
LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of
affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from
the ends of the
earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies,
and things wherein there is no profit. (Jeremiah 16:19)
take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things.
is this that
cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved?
(Song of Songs 8:5a)
wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is
fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are
pleasures for evermore. (Psalms 16:11)