ABSTRACT: Part II of three parts. Here we will explore why “All roads lead from Damascus” and not why “All roads lead to Damascus“.
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When I had finished writing “Part I – Heaven is Going to Release a Renaissance” (11.27.2016), I wrote down another revelation that was spoken to me. “All roads lead from Damascus“.
I researched this expression and the most definitive explanation I found was in the Jewish Encyclopedia.
“ROADS”: By Executive Committee of the Editorial Board., Joseph Jacobs. “Palestine was a necessary link between the two great powers of the Biblical world—Egypt, and Assyria—but because of the unsettled state of the country and the more fortunate location of Damascus, this city, rather than Jerusalem or Samaria, was the central mart toward which traffic tended. In the world of the Old Testament, it may fairly have been said, “All roads lead to Damascus“. The four chief roads to Damascus which led through the Holy Land were:
(1) The coast route, known as “the way of the land of the Philistines” (Ex. xiii. 17), running through Gaza, Ashdod, Dor, Accho, and Tyre. At the last-named city, this road took a sharp curve inland to Dan and thence ran to Damascus.
(2) The route which branched off from the first at Ashdod and, skirting the foot of the Shefelah, went to Antipatris and Accho, while a branch line from Cæsarea crossed it and ran to Cana, Tiberias, and thence to Damascus.
(3) The route from Beersheba to Damascus. This route went through Hebron, Jerusalem, Beth-el, and Shechem, and, crossing the Jordan at Bethshean, followed the river to the Sea of Galilee, thence running northeastward to Damascus.
(4) Finally, the route from Arabia, which touched Kir Moab, Ataroth, Heshbon, and Rabbath Ammon, and afterward traversed the plain of Gilead until it joined the Shechem-Bethshean route (see No. 3) (Jewish Encyclopedia)
So I did not know why I heard “All roads lead from Damascus”, instead of the previous statements which purports “All roads lead to Damascus”. Perplexed, I put the Word of revelation on the self so to speak.
Jubilee is Beginning to Become A Reality!
Today, I was reading Part I again, a revelation of the explanation flashed across my mind about why I received “from Damascus”, instead of “to Damascus”.
Operating on the premise from Part I, the purpose of the Lord’s current mission is to bring about the reality of Matthew 6:10,
“Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven”.
Although it is for another topic, Jubilee in my mind and as I understand it is this; Jubilee equals Covenant Rest. God will not always strive with His church.
Taking the position that Damascus was the pivotal link between Egypt and Assyria in the Old Testament, we can say the spiritual significance of Egypt and Assyria in the Bible related to how the church on earth on how it is applying and treating the Word of God,
“On that day there will be a path from Egypt to Assyria, and Assyria will come into Egypt and Egypt into Assyria, and the Egyptians will serve Assyria. On that day Israel will be third to Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the middle of the earth, whom Jehovah Sabaoth will bless, saying, “A blessing on my people Egypt and on the work of my hands, Assyria, and on my inheritance, Israel!” (Isaiah 19:23-24, 25)
Here we can see the church (“Israel“) will be “A blessing on my people Egypt and on the work of my hands, Assyria,“
Or generally speaking, the Bible and how we read and perceive it, compared to the heavenly perception and truth found in reading the Bible among the church in heaven. Is there a major difference or are they similar?
The litmus test then is does the WORD form a direct link between heaven and earth?
“Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven” (Matthew 6:10)
Damascus was the root out of which came forth Eber, or the Hebrew church. From the Hebrew Church sprang forth the Christian church. In Bible history the Hebrew church was always caught in between Egypt and Assyria. Using the vernacular, caught “between hell and high water”.
The Christian church at this time is not in much better shape
We have been given so much more illumination and power through the cross of Jesus Christ to read and comprehend the Bible. However, we are like the Hebrew church, we are also stuck between Egypt and Assyria. We are weak and ineffective. We are disengaged from our purpose through and from heaven.
The church was created to be located between Bethel and Ai, not Egypt and Assyria.
“But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).
Glory, glory, glory our God still sits on the throne! The time of Jubilee is now dawning upon us. As I mentioned before, in my Jubilee equals Covenant Rest;
No longer will God strive with His people. He will ascend to His rightful position as the head of the church on the earth,
“And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:18).
The Road Map Leads From Damascus
No longer shall the tail wag the dog (“All roads lead to Damascus”). The church on earth will begin to reconnect with its counterpart in heaven. This is the covenant rest. The Lord will not always strive with His church on earth. Natural things will become increasingly spiritual.
“For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known”. (1 Corinthians 13:12).
This is an unprecedented time in human and church history
“No one has ever heard of such a God. No one has ever heard such a story. No one has ever seen any God except you, who does such great things for those who trust him” (Isaiah 64:4)
All roads now lead from the New Emerging Church reinvigorated and moving forward.
“Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in judgment”. (Isaiah 32:1)