Obedience Delivers Prosperity
We need to bring up a possible concern that some of our more researched subscribers and readers might have had with our previous article regarding the genealogy of Bezalel, the chief architect of the Tabernacle: It is not fully clear that Moses’ sister Miriam and mother Yocheved are in fact the midwives Shiphrah and Puah who defied the Pharaohs’ order to murder the Israelite males by drowning them in the Nile as recorded in Exodus 1:15-22.
What’s really significant about all of this is that Shiphrah and Puah may not have been Israelites at all and may actually have been Egyptians who served the pregnant Israelite community. We are not certain if they were Israelites, converts, or simply regional midwives who were inspired by the faith of the Israelite mothers.
While some, though not all, Jewish traditions contend that they are Moses’ mother and sister, the possibility that these women were not related to Moses, had no real personal connection to the consequences of the Israelite genocide, and were motivated wholly because they “feared God, [so they] did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do” (Exodus 1:17) makes for a far more compelling and inspiring story.
Their fear of God is not based in self-interest, as they were defying the Pharaoh of Egypt, the most powerful leader in their country, exposing themselves to possible execution for treason. They realistically could have believed their obstacle was too large and their contribution was too small.
They had everything to lose.
These extreme consequences are the reason why Exodus 1:21 expounds that “because the midwives feared God, He (`asah bayith)”. This last part has been deciphered many different ways, with “built them houses”, “gave them their own families”, & “established their family dynasty” all being reputable translations. This relates to the true definition of prosperity, since they were not just blessed in a financial aspect, but more importantly, Pharaoh, with his zeal for murder, was unable to touch or harass them. In fact, even though they remained in Egypt, their names and families gained power and prestige because they carried the weight of God’s blessing.
This phrase (`asah bayith) is also seen in Psalm 127:1, “Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain”. All our efforts to ensure the PMT Campus’ completion will fail if God is not in it. But because we have already seen His Hand moving mightily, our greater concern is that people will miss out on the blessings God has for those who fear Him and do as He wills. We need to remember that Shiphrah and Puah’s names could have been replaced by others who had the courage to claim the blessing.
We’ve had several God-fearing readers ask what they can do to help contribute to the Vision of the Tabernacle if they don’t feel called to make the PMT Campus their long-term homestead. Prayers and financial gifts are of course always needed, but sharing our articles, videos, and podcasts with your friends, family, and other networks helps us reach others that God may intend to be a part of this new move He has for the Church.
We’ve received many other relevant questions and will be addressing them in a weekly segment during our Sunday broadcasts.
God will bless you and your family for following His Voice. Your actions have a profound ripple effect that spreads out to the rest of your family, church, community, and the World as a whole as we see with the midwives’ decision to fear God more than man, leading to the emancipation of Israel. As we’ll see in our next few articles, regular people’s decision to trust God’s Voice not only lead to great blessing for themselves and their families, but caused tidal waves which shook the known world.
Prepared by, Kent Simpson, Apostolic Prophet & Eric Sepulveda, PMT Administrator
Our previous article touched on a special man mentioned in the Bible, who lacks a lot of modern recognition for the great things he accomplished.
(בְּצַלְאֵל), Bəṣalʼēl, or Bezalel in its Anglicized form, was the chief artisan of the Tabernacle, which seems fitting since his name translates to “in the shadow of the Lord“. He is also responsible for building the Ark of the Covenant, the consecrated utensils for worship, the sacred furniture, the priestly garments, and preparing the oil and incense for service.
In Exodus 31:1-5, God informs Moses that He has filled Bezalel with the Spirit of God, with Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding and the ability to be a skilled artisan crafting things out of gold, silver, and brass. Bezalel would be able to cut stone and set them, and carve wood with intricate detail.
Bezalel and his amazing talents follow a long line of accomplishment seen throughout his distinguished family tree.
He was the son of Uri, whose name means my light/my flame/illumination, which could be a reference to his upstanding ethics or possibly an extremely enlightened mind.
Bezalel’s grandfather was Hur, the companion of Moses who helped Aaron keep Moses’ hands up to win the battle of Rephidim against the Amelekites in Exodus 17:12. In 1 Chronicles 4:4, Hur is listed as the father of the town of Bethlehem. When Moses goes up to Mount Sinai, he tells the Israelites that “Aaron and Hur are with you; whosoever hath a cause, let him come near unto them ( Exodus 24:14)” indicating that Hur was a key right hand man to Moses and deeply trusted by him. Afterwards, Hur is no longer mentioned in Biblical account and Jewish Talmudic tradition holds that he was killed while trying to prevent the making of the Golden Calf.
Though not fully clear in Biblical text, rabbinic folklore holds that Bezalel’s great grandparents were Miriam and Caleb.
Most will remember Miriam as Moses’ sister, who helped Moses survive in the Nile and offered the Egyptian princess her family’s services to nurse him. Some Jewish scholars believe that Miriam and Moses’ mother Yocheved were actually the famous midwives Shiphrah and Puah. These are the women whom the Egyptian Pharaoh ordered to kill the Hebrew boys as they were being born, but instead saved them in Exodus 1:15-22. If Miriam and Yocheved were midwives, they would have possibly known that the Egyptian princess was open to adopting. It also makes more sense that the Egyptian princess would not trust some random girl to look after her newly embraced baby, but would recognize the midwife’s daughter who regularly visited the Pharaoh.
Puah (Miriam’s midwife name), comes from the root pa’ah which means ‘to cry out or scream” referring to the newborn child’s cries. It also translates as “cooing” which implies Miriam’s role in the midwifing process was looking after and comforting the baby after birth. This makes sense that, after years of singing lullabies after the birth of a baby, Miriam’s natural instinct after crossing the Red Sea, a symbolic birthing of Israel out of Egypt, is to lead the newly freed Israelite women to start singing Miriam’s Song recorded in Exodus 15:19-21. Miriam also served as a prophetess and the leader of the women during the 40 year march in the wilderness.
Caleb, Bezalel’s great grandfather, was one of twelve spies sent out into the Promised Land to scout the region and conduct reconnaissance. He, along with Joshua, were the only ones who brought back a positive report of the area, trusting, that with God’s help, they would be able to conquer the land (Numbers 14:6-9). Caleb’s name means “dog”, which has been interpreted different ways. His father Jephunneh (Numbers 32:12, Joshua 14:6, 14) was a Kenizzite (Genesis 15:19), which were a foreign Gentile tribe, so Caleb being a “dog” might refer to his mixed race heritage. Customary Jewish sources paint a more positive picture of Caleb as a man with a dog-like loyalty to Moses and most importantly, to God. Caleb’s voice was so booming and loud that in a Jewish legend, he rescues the other spies in the Promised Land with his shouts and “barks” by frightening away giants who had cornered them.
Caleb’s dog-like loyalty and courage are profoundly expressed when he confronts Joshua before the final invasion of the Promised Land. Caleb reminds Joshua of their Special Forces mission forty-five years earlier and how at “eighty-five years old, [Caleb was] still as strong as the day Moses sent [him] out“, and that after all this time Caleb still believes that with “God’s help, [he would] drive [the giants] out” (ref Joshua 14:6-15).
I hope you understand that I am not arguing that God’s spiritual gifts are genetic or that only special lineages helped complete His plans, but that His promises are accomplished by a long stream of people with different talents each deciding to be courageous and follow the role and path God had laid out for them, building upon the accomplishments of those who came before them.
Some are blessed with a myriad of spiritual gifts and huge public positions, like we see with Bezalel, the chief architect of the Tabernacle. Others may at first seem insignificant or un-profound like the father of Caleb, Jephunneh, the Kenizzite, until we consider that if it were not for his Faithful decision to bravely leave behind his family and homeland to convert and join the Israelite Nation, the rest of his family’s story wouldn’t have taken place. God did not overlook the sacrifices and choices of these characters and their legacies stand thousands of years later for us to learn from today. The decision to turn from the world by joining the Vision of the Tabernacle, living by God’s principles, and employing your spiritual gifts, may not seem profound in your lifetime but it has ripple effects for generations to come.
In the next articles, we’ll be exploring the parallels between the roles and gifts seen in the building of the Tabernacle and what God is constructing today.
Prepared by, Kent Simpson, Apostolic Prophet & Eric Sepulveda, PMT Administrator
Recently, Prophet Kent Simpson sent out a challenge to our eldership and associated ministers asking them for advice and direction concerning their thoughts on our current and future steps towards making the PMT Campus a reality. We have been extremely grateful for their heart-filled responses, suggestions, and prayers. But one particular response rang intensely to me.
This elder’s response was filled with great wisdom and insight but it was their closing sentence that deeply spurred me to begin to write.
“I pray God will give you the words to activate your builders and resources and bring substance to that shadow you are building on earth as in heaven.”
First, I want to clarify any confusion someone might have over the word “shadow“.
While most Christians might automatically connect shadow with something terrible, dark or frightening, as seen in Psalms 23:4, which is most often quoted through its King James translation, with the line, “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death“, we need to remember that God’s Shadow is often described as a place of safety, calm, & rest.
Psalms 91:1 explains that “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty“. Psalms 36:7 shouts “How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings“. Psalms 121:5 reminds us that “The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade on your right hand“.
There are many more examples, but I just wanted to include a few verses from the book of Psalms where the “shadow of death” comes from.
Regarding our elder’s message, I was instantly reminded of a little known character from the Bible. This person activated his fellow builders and took the resources he was provided and built a shadow on Earth as in Heaven. In fact, his name actually meant “Shadow of the Lord“.
I’ll reveal who this mystery person is in my next article but I want to briefly explain that the PMT Campus is not something that can be created using only the efforts of those who received the challenge message. We need Christians of varied knowledge, talents, and spiritual gifts to be able to make the PMT campus a reality.
While I understand our elder’s words were initially meant for Prophet Kent Simpson, I know this elder is open to being used by God in whatever capacity He intends. God will direct His Team of Prophets, like a battalion of archers, quivers filled with prophetic words, to strike the heads, hearts, and hands of His people to redirect their focus, to drive their passions, and guide their actions.
This series will explore the different roles that God’s people serve in His Spiritual Military, how you can recognize and develop your spiritual gifts, how they can be used in your ministerial mission, and if God directs you, how you can help us realize the Vision of the Tabernacle.
Prepared by, Kent Simpson, Apostolic Prophet & Eric Sepulveda, PMT Administrator
This new series will introduce you to the future layout of the PMT Campus, based on the Vision of the Tabernacle, which our Lord placed within me in 1991.
Just as we were created in the image of God: Spirit, Soul and Body, the PMT Campus will also be made up of three parts, each focused on a different dimension of our being.
Spirit Life Retreat – determine and develop your spiritual gifts through short-term stays or join the spiritual community for long-term residence on the Campus
Miracle Trail & Tabernacle – whether walking this anointed trail, while led by PMT ministers, or worshiping in the Tabernacle, you can expect to experience life changing miracles
Temple of God – healthy lifestyle cultivation ranging from exercise classes, natural healthcare, to raising our own food which will be processed and prepared by highly educated resident medical ministry partners
This week, we will focus on the Spirit Life Retreat.
The PMT Campus will offer secure living while you’re activated into a climate of spiritual knowledge. This Knowledge of God is available to all who have an ear to hear. Under the oversight of the Holy Spirit, who rules His Kingdom within the Spiritual Realm, you will be taught how to exercise the gifts of true believers.
“But you have an Anointing from the Holy One, and you Know All Things” (I John 2:20 NKJV).
Through the Anointing of the Holy Spirit, you will begin your prophetic quest and discern the answers your spirit deeply desires. You will discover how to open and close the Windows of Heaven with authorities abiding in your spirit and collaborate with the angelic Host of God, who are ascending and descending from His throne, delivering the mysteries and commands only known to a few.
“And so, we have the Prophetic Word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19).
It will be a place of refuge for those who are looking to separate themselves from the world and all its lawlessness. Whether you make PMT’s Spirit Life Retreat your permanent homestead or a temporary place to visit, you will have the opportunity to unite with fellow believers and activate the earth-shattering but little-known areas of your inner being that Jesus promised would influence the world in miraculous ways.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father” (John 14:12 NKJV)
How Will This Campus Work, and What Will It Look Like?
Longing for a place to be rejuvenated before returning to the mission field God has called you to, whether secular of ministerial? PMT’s Campus will be a place you can come to receive impartations, healings, miracles, and more. Attend a weekend conference to fellowship and network, or even stay for a week or two. You will leave encouraged and equipped to minister mightily to the people in the life and location God has called you to full-time.
Have you ever asked God to lead you to a place where you can invest your life for Him? Do you want to live in a community of like-minded people, who desire to live out their days pleasing the Lord together? Do you also desire the security of a group of people who look out for each other, all with the safety of your children in mind? PMT’s Campus will also be a long-term homestead, where you can invest all you have – finances, knowledge, energy, time, etc. If you have a desire to serve, to teach, and to work alongside other generations in order to invest in the future, then consider this Campus as a long-term location for you and your family.
If you need direction for your life, PMT’s Campus will be a training center where you will be granted the impartations, equipping and commissioning for you to accomplish what the Holy Spirit desires you to do. Assisted by staff especially gifted to hear God, you will be trained to also hear Him. After you know what steps you should take, you will have a safe place to practice moving in your destiny. Your calling could be in areas of business, education, prophetic counseling, signs and wonders, or new things yet to be revealed! PMT Academies is the place for you to learn all about what God has for tomorrow.
Prepared by, Kent Simpson, Apostolic Prophet
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