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Yahweh, name for the God of Israelites, is originally YHWH in Hebrew but in order to pronounce it, over time, the vowels “a” and “e” were added by men so that we can pronounce it easily today as “Yaweh.”
The original YHWH cannot be pronounced easily. Try to pronounce it and what you end up with a breath of air, signifying the breath of God.
So when God changed Abram and Sarai’s names to Abraham and Sarah, He retains their original identifies, He did not delineate their original identities but He made it better and transformed it by adding the “H” God element into their names. So now they are still Abraham and Sarah but they are boosted with the dynamism of God in their lives and their futures.
In the same way, God cherishes your unique identity, even those parts which you would rather forget or you hate. God accepts the full of you, but God transforms the bad parts by breathing in His new life into it. As we know, God’s breath contains the heavenly life of God. When he breathes into your names, your identities and destines are transformed into glorious and perfect, even you who are downtrodden, lost, misaligned and wasted.
God often transforms identities, destinies and lives of many people. Let’s look at some people in the Bible whom God transformed and super-packed their names and identities.
|Abram||Abraham||Gen 17:5. As above|
|Sarai||Sarah||Gen 17:15. As above|
|Jacob||Israel||Gen 32:22. Jacob meaning “deceiver” depicts his life of constantly having to outwit others in a harsh environment to get resources and do well. To Israel, because he wrestled with God and men and prevailed. 12 tribes of Israel.|
|Saul||Paul||Acts 26: 14. Notice the duality of both names, replacing “S” with “P” slightly, Saul shifts from being a persecutor of Christians to the great disciple of Jesus, Paul. God is amazing and creative!|
|Simon||Cephas, Peter, meaning rock.||John 1:42. Impetuous, spontaneous Simon who faltered at his test disclaiming Jesus at His death. When Jesus encountered him again after His resurrection and gently restores him and bestows upon him Peter, Cephas Rock, stability and an unwavering faith in God.|
|Moses||“drawn from the reeds” Reeds grow at riverside bank. Transition lines from boundaries from ocean / land. Hints at future when God will use Moses to part the red sea for Israelites to cross.|
|Jabez||1 Chronicles 4:9 Someone who has a “bad” name as his name means pain. But God redeemed Jabez’s name and destiny when he cried out to God, and God turned his life into a blessing.|
|Saul||1 Sam 28 of King Saul. Saul is reminisce of Sheol (hell) as they stem from the same Hebrew root. It is that why Saul, when he departed from God, seek out the witch of Endor to call up the dead?|
In practicing to decipher names on myself and others, I have found that God is much more creative, imagination, humorous and insightful than we often limit ourselves in thinking about Him. Most of all, I find that God takes a genuine delight in our names, our lives, destiny and potential. He is like a master artist and we are His handiworks, reflecting His glory, wisdom and overturning.
How to Start:
|Etymological||Analysis of root meaning of a name and separate syllabus|
|Homological||similarity of sound with another word,|
|Word associations||links one name to another|
|Allusions||Words create new meanings when placed together|
|Anagrammatic||rearranging of letters|
Note: God should be the guide and source of our knowledge. Do not seek knowledge from forbidden sources e.g. divination.
In 2020, I was first given the vision of the overhanging – overarching sky of tsunami water, and you can read about it here. I have never described what happens when the flood waters came but two years later, I feel that it is now that I am able to release this word.
God is a spiritual being and He speaks of spiritual things which are often more important than physical things, which has a limited shelf life and dies away, but our spiritual destiny lasts forever. In my vision, the tsunami is not a literal tsunami but a spiritual tsunami of our souls.
I will now pick up the story where I left off in part one, and describe what happens when flood waters started to fall. You should understand that I am describing a spiritual tsunami that will sweep the world economy, not a literal one.
The little Christian family that was in the tower was transfixed with amazement and horror as the huge catchment of water overhead broke. Experiencing this vision as if I was there, I would never forget the moment. I first heard sound of the water before the tsunami hit. It was the loudest, most deafening roar of sound made by water hitting the rocks and dirt, and the largest volume of water one ever saw gushing down the mountaintops towards us at the fastest speed possible. The roar was so loud that the family felt minute in their tower as sound reverberated all around their hemisphere. I honestly did not know that one would hear water before one saw a tsunami.
The grandfather, who represented unbelievers who are logical, experienced and educated, was transfixed at the sight of the tsunami coming towards them. In that moment that hinges between life and death, the old man was transfixed by a mixture of horror and awe. In that instant, facing calamity, he realized the fragility of life, despite man’s best achievements and lofty ambitions, the magnificence of God.
The grandmother pulled at the old man’s arm, trying to drag him away from his daze. The grandmother’s favorite child was her younger son, James, whom was the Christian’s brother, an unbeliever and in the day of trouble, she thought of her favorite son. “James!” She screamed as he was not in the tower with them. “James and Linda!” One could see the wild panic and agony in her eyes.
“The Holy Spirit is going to rescue James.” The Christian assured the grandmother. The Christian knew that God in His compassion, had answered his prayers as he had been praying for his parents and brother for years. Even without any outward signs of their change of heart towards God, in time of great crisis, God did not forget the Christian’s request and the Holy Spirit went to rescue his brother.
The family tried to gesticulate wildly to the people on the ground. “Go away, get away, danger! Tsunami!” They tried to scream to warn them, even to warn their enemies who were trying to attack them, but their enemies refused to listen as they were too preoccupied by anger and hatred.
The family saw other people who were blithely sauntering along on the ground below, going about their day-to-day business, unaware of impending danger. As the Christian was on higher ground in the safe tower of God, he could see the economic danger that was approaching. Unfortunately, despite his best efforts, the people were either too far away, they could not hear, or even when they saw, they could not understand because they did not have the spirit of God to help them understand and discern the times.
The family were in a tower of safety of God, and there was no exit and no door. One could not enter the spiritual safety of God unless through his believing and asking for help from Jesus Christ. They entered the safe tower when the Holy Spirit supernaturally protected them by sealing them for God in His safe tower.
The Christian’s youngest son represented the youngest generation would was impacted when the economic tsunami hit. As the youngest boy was immature, he was so frightened by what he saw that he crouched down, put his hands over his ears and started screaming in terror. The Christian assured his children with confidence, “The Holy Spirit will save us.” Somehow he knew that they were all safe in the high tower of God. Heavy rain pelted their faces and fierce wind whipped them, making speaking and hearing difficult in the storm. They had to shout to be heard over the din of the storm and walk carefully as everywhere was wet and slippery.
There was a safe room indoors in the middle of the tower construct, where one could retire into the safety and protection from the weather indoors if one was tired. One could go in to the little lighted and simply furnished room to rest, eat, pray or sleep. The tower also contained supplies of food, water, medicine and other materials that God knew that the family would need in their daily lives during the season of the tsunami.
The youngest boy temporarily fainted from fear. The Holy Spirit walked over to him and tended to him. The Holy Spirit knelt to his level and breathed close to him.
Suddenly, the Christian saw that the Holy Spirit has supernaturally brought his unbeliever brother James to his safe tower in the nick of time. James was beaten weary but was otherwise unharmed. His expression was horror stricken, “Linda…” He broke down. “She is my wife… but I couldn’t save her…” He told the adults, his eyes wide with guilt and horror. He had tried to hold onto his wife in the tsunami but without the strength of God, their human hands slipped and she was swept away in the chaos. The adults comforted him as best as they could.
They saw friends, relative and acquaintances caught up in the tsunami when it hit the surroundings. People from all levels of society, blue collar or professionals were caught up in the economic tsunami all alike. The Christian saw a neighbor whom was a repairman, blissfully walking, secured in his painstaking savings and he was swept away without a struggle when the tsunami came. He saw a highly educated professional clinging onto a tree with his wife when the tsunami came, thinking that the tree was strong and tall enough to keep him out of harm’s way. But their means of support was too short, too weak, too feeble to withstand the onslaught of the economic tsunami. The tree he held onto bent over and his wife was swept away. The Christian also saw the top management of a large business corporation perched atop a thin wobbly structure made of stones piled atop each other. The man made structure was too thin at the foundation to withstand the force of the tsunami and it too toppled in the middle of it all.
The youngest boy awakened after the Holy Spirit tended to him. Not fearful anymore, he immediately mobilized to his feet and started checking their medicine supplies, food, water and rescue boats. With confidence and urgency, the boy instructed his siblings to get online and start to set up and get connected with the global search and rescue network. They tried to connect with other humanitarian organizations who survived tsunami to start making preparations for search and rescue.
“What are you doing? You can’t go out there right now! There is no door, and besides it’s too dangerous.” The Christian told his son.
“Yes, dad. I know we cannot go out right now, but we need to start making preparations right now! We need to prepare now so that when God opens the door, we are ready to send out our rescue boats at the first possible moment.” The youngest boy said with great conviction. The Christian realized that the youngest generation was changed after encountering God. After being revived and saved from death by God, they also received plans and strategies from the Holy Spirit and knew what they should do.
Listen to podcast episode as I provide interpretation of this vision.
Spiritual Warfare Series Lesson 2 Podcast Notes
Strong’s Greek 2812: A thief. From klepto; a stealer.
Strong’s Greek 2380: A primary verb; properly, to rush, i.e. to sacrifice; by extension to immolate.
Strong’s Greek 2222: Life, both of physical (present) and of spiritual (particularly future) existence. From zao; life.
in all its fullness.
Strong’s Greek 4053: From peri; superabundant or superior; by implication, excessive; adverbially violently; neuter preeminence.
Strong’s Greek 3525: (lit: I am sober), I+C8:C11 am calm (vigilant), circumspect. Of uncertain affinity: to abstain from wine, i.e. be discreet.
Strong’s Greek 2212: To seek, search for, desire, require, demand. Of uncertain affinity; to seek; specially, to worship, or to plot.
Strong’s Greek 476: An opponent (at law), an adversary. From anti and dike; an opponent; specially, Satan.
Strong’s Greek 4043: From peri and pateo; to tread all around, i.e. Walk at large; figuratively, to live, deport oneself, follow.
Strong’s Greek 2666: To drink down, swallow, devour, destroy, consume. From kata and pino; to drink down, i.e. Gulp entire.
Spiritual Warfare Series Lesson 1 Podcast Notes
What is Spiritual Warfare?
– Prayer, Worship
2 Cor 10:3-5
we do not wage war, στρατευόμεθα (strateuometha), Strong’s Greek 4754: To wage war, fight, serve as a soldier; fig: of the warring lusts against the soul
power, δυνατὰ (dynata), Strong’s Greek 1415: (a) of persons: powerful, able, (b) of things: possible. From dunamai; powerful or capable; neuter possible
Who do you fight?
– NEVER humans because God loves humans
Daniel 7:19-20 19 After this, I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was so unlike to all the others, very fearful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass: which devoured brake in pieces, and stamped the residue under his feet. 20 Also to know of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the others which came up, before whom three fell, and of the horn that had eyes, and of the mouth that spake presumptuous things, whose look was more stout than his fellows.
Daniel 7:23-25 23 Then he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom in the earth, which shall be unlike to all the kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down and break it in pieces. 24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten Kings that shall rise: and another shall rise after them, and he shall be unlike to the first, and he shall subdue three Kings, 25 And shall speak words against the most High, and shall consume the Saints of the most High, and think that he may change times and laws, and they shall be given into his hand until a time, and times, and the dividing of time.
Rev 13:1-7 1 And I saw a beast rise out of the sea, having seven heads, and ten horns, and upon his horns were ten crowns, and upon his head the name of blasphemy. 2 And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet like a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a Lion: and the dragon gave him his power and his throne, and great authority. 3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death, but his deadly wound was healed, and all the world wondered and followed the beast. 4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast, and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast! who is able to war with him! 5 And there was given unto him a mouth, that spake great things and blasphemies, and power was given unto him, to do two and forty months. 6 And he opened his mouth unto blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his Name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. 7 And it was given unto him to make war with the Saints, and to overcome them, and power was given him over every kindred, and tongue, and nation.
|30 BC-40 AD||Augustus||Birth of Jesus||Luke 2:1|
|14-37 AD||Tiberius||Ministry & Death of Jesus|
Christianity declared an illegal religion, a crime under Roman law
|41-54 AD||Claudius||Peter imprisoned & miraculous escape|
James beheaded by Herod Agrippa I
Jews expelled from Rome
|54-68 AD||Nero||Christians blamed for Great Fire in Rome|
Trial of Paul
Paul beheaded & Peter crucified 66AD
|81-96 AD||Domitian||John exiled to Patmos where he wrote Revelations||Rev 1:9|
|Persia||Asia Minor||Battle of Granicus River|
|Siege of Halicarnassus|
|Syria||Siege of Issus|
|Siege of Tyre|
|Egypt||Siege of Gaza|
|Mesopotamia||Battle of Gaugamela|
|Cyrus the Great||559 – 530 BC||Defeated Babylon|
Allowed Israelites to return to their land
|Darius I||524 – 486 BC|
|Xerxes (Ahasuerus)||486 – 465 BC||King in the book of Esther|
|Artaxerxes||464-423 BC||Authorized rebuilding of temple and city walls|
|Darius III||336 – 330 BC||Defeated by Alexander the Great in 330 BC|
In the first year of Belshazzar King of Babel, Daniel saw a dream and there were visions in his head, upon his bed: then he wrote the dream, and declared the sum of the matter.
Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven strove upon the great sea:
And four great beasts came up from the seas one divers from another.Daniel 7: 1-3, GNV
Around Sep 2020, I received this breath-taking vision from the Lord.
I tried to recreate the visual of what I saw but my skills at photoshop were poor. When God saw my work, He reminded me that the colour of the water in the sky was wrong. I was reminded that the colour of the water hanging in the sky overhead was the clearest, cleanest and purest blue.
God’s memory was better than mine. Unfortunately, due to my poor skills, I wasn’t able to render the colour of the water to the right colour so you would have to imagine it as I described it to you.
In this vision, I saw a Christian who clung onto God for help and cried out to the Lord to save him, he was situated by the Lord in a high fortress.
Its tower walls were upright and tall, grey, like a strong fortress. The most striking feature about this tower was that there was no physical door. The enemies of the Christian could not get into the tower because there was no physical door. I wondered how the Christian entered and I realised that the Lord must have situated him at the top of the tower Himself, because there was no other way to get in or out except to be put there supernaturally by God.
From his vantage point at the top, the Christian looked down. Far below him, out of reach to touch him, were a few of his enemies. They were demon possessed men, violent, irrational and angry in their attacks. The enemies of the Christian now looked like ants to him. They were so far away from him that despite their angry rants, they could not reach him. Their attacks on the Christian can be compared to using a plastic fork to scrape the stone walls of the fortress. The attack was utterly ridiculous and ineffective. The enemies were enraged because of demons riding on them and they did not seem to realise the futility of their actions to attack the beloved of the Lord.
God has placed the Christian’s family with him in the fortress. At the top of the tower, there was a cosy family room where they could rest in the Lord, eat, be nourished and sleep in peace. The Christian and his family did not feel worried or afraid as the Holy Spirit was with him and his family.
The Holy Spirit pointed the Christian’s attention to far away in a distance behind him, beyond the mountains, to the sky overhead in the horizon. To his surprise and horror, the Christian saw a huge volume of water that was hanging precariously over the sky. The Christian saw that from time to time, a single cup of water was added to the volume of water, one cup at a time. Over time, millions of cups of water accumulated caused the overhanging water in the sky to be full to bursting.
The Holy Spirit explained to the Christian that the water represented the judgement of God. God wasn’t unaware or oblivious to wicked men on earth and their deeds that hurt others. It was just that God choose to be loving and slow to anger. All these while when God saw the oppression of the wicked and their injustice, He held back His hand of judgement and punishment because He gave time to the wicked to repent.
The Holy Spirit gently asked the Christian to wait, as the Christian has suffered at the wickedness of his enemies. The Holy Spirit taught the Christian about dynamic waiting on the Lord where the longer he waited, the more of God’s power was accumulated. God clearly saw and differentiated between the longsuffering of His remnant and the unrepentance and pride of His enemies.
The Christian saw that the volume of water grew so much that it would surely burst. The restraints were close to breaking point as wicked men continued to sin against God, thinking that just because God was silent for a time, He was not sovereign.
Then surely and suddenly the restraints holding back the water was released and the largest volume of water the Christian ever saw was unleashed upon the earth.
The Christian peered over the walls of the fortress, to see the enemies of God. He was taken aback to see that the wicked men were oblivious, even though the sound of water gushing down the mountains were deafening. Even the demons knew of the impending judgement and they took heed to flee before they were caught in the tsunami. The Christian was shocked to see that as the demons fled, they viciously inflicted the final blow on the human men they tormented e.g. by tearing off an arm as they fled. In one instance there was a small boat near the wicked men and the demons deliberately broke the boat before they left destroying even a slim chance that the human men could use the boat to escape. The Christian was amazed that the demonic had no pity for and destroy the very men who served them.
I received this vision in parts, over the next few months, and there is more to it but I will end here for now.
The large expense of water does not refer to the flood of Noah’s time as God has promised us that He will never send such a flood again where the entire earth population was wiped out except for Noah and his family. As the tower is a spiritual fortress not a literal one, the tsunami of God could be a spiritual tsunami.
God reminded me that the pureness of the water refers to a cleansing by God to wash away the debris of a corrupted world, destroy the corrupted and leave behind a holy and pure people, cleansed by their sufferings and strengthened by God to come forth as gold.