With the news of Hurricane Irma making landfall in Florida, the Lord took me to the following passage of Scripture and began to share a word with me:
Mark 4:36-38 (NKJV)
Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him (Yeshua) along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him.
And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling.
But He (Yeshua) was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
In the Ancient Greek New Testament “windstorm” (Greek: lailaps) is translated as “hurricane”.
Strong’s defines this word lailaps as:
The Rabbis, when writing the Septuagint (Greek translation of the New Testament) associated this Greek word lailaps with the Hebrew word cuwphah.
Strong’s defines this word cuwphah as:
You can see the connection between hurricane and honeycomb in these two pictures:
(Photo Courtesy of www.nasa.gov)
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The connection is the bowl shape of the eye of Hurricane Irma and the bowl shape of the indentations in the honeycomb.
Also, from my research the “place east of the Jordan” is apparently a river valley with a bowl-shaped landscape.
If we look at the word caph (sap), from which the Hebrew word cuwphah is derived, we discover the following meaning in Strong’s:
“This word is used to describe where the blood of the slain Passover lamb was collected: in a bowl or basin (as per most translations of Exodus 12:22; hence the legend of the Holy Grail - Matthew 26:2) but note that this blood was to be taken from the סף (sap) and applied to the two posts and the lintel of the door. In other words: it's by no means certain that the lamb's blood was collected in a bowl. The lamb was more probably slaughtered in the door frame causing its blood to first cover the door's threshold.”
Furthermore, they observe that:
“In the above described general structure, this סף (sap) serves as the divider between the house (the greater) and the outside world (the lesser). The סף (sap) was where the house began if one was about to walk in, and where it ended when one had just walked out; it denoted the ultimate extreme of the house's occupational area, or rather the area of transition between outside and inside; its "event horizon" if you will.”
With this as a back drop I would like to make some observations of my own in relation to Mark 4:36-38:
The principalities, powers, the rulers of the darkness of this age and the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places have “stepped down” on earth to whip up a hurricane of chaos. Nevertheless, we as the Body of Christ, as the blood bought people, can stand on the threshold, which exists in the eye of the hurricane and declare to those authorities, “Peace, be still!!!”
Will you join me, standing on the threshold with your feet soaked in the Blood of the Lamb, so that everywhere you walk in the 7 mountains of society you declare and decree His peace because your feet are covered in the Blood of the Gospel of Peace?
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints--
and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,
for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.