What is God’s destiny for me?

Podcast Notes

Do you know where the word Yahweh comes from?

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.  

FromTo Commentary
AbramAbrahamGen 17:5. As above
SaraiSarahGen 17:15. As above
JacobIsraelGen 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.  
SaulPaulActs 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!
SimonCephas, 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.
Jabez1 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.  
Saul1 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?
Other noteworthy review of names

You are God’s Handicraft

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:

  1. Understand concept of your names, destiny and how God looks upon them
  2. Be open that God may inspire you on your names creatively. Here are just a few ways:
EtymologicalAnalysis of root meaning of a name and separate syllabus
Homologicalsimilarity of sound with another word,
Assonance  Rhyme, sounds
Word associationslinks one name to another   
Allusions  Words create new meanings when placed together 
Anagrammatic  rearranging of letters
  1. Prayerfully ask God to guide you
  2. Collect different hints and information that God brings to you over time. This process may take years but if you dutifully record them down, over time you will reveal more and more layers to your name and destiny that God tells you
  3. In the meanwhile you will also grow in God and understand what He wants in your best destiny for Him

Note: God should be the guide and source of our knowledge. Do not seek knowledge from forbidden sources e.g. divination.

What is your name and what is God speaking to you on your name and your unique destiny in Him?

No More Stealing!

Spiritual Warfare Series Lesson 2 Podcast Notes

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10

thief
κλέπτης (kleptēs)
Strong’s Greek 2812: A thief. From klepto; a stealer.

kill
θύσῃ (thysē)
Strong’s Greek 2380: A primary verb; properly, to rush, i.e. to sacrifice; by extension to immolate.

life,
ζωὴν (zōēn)
Strong’s Greek 2222: Life, both of physical (present) and of spiritual (particularly future) existence. From zao; life.

in all its fullness.
περισσὸν (perisson)
Strong’s Greek 4053: From peri; superabundant or superior; by implication, excessive; adverbially violently; neuter preeminence.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

[and] alert.
γρηγορήσατε (grēgorēsate)
Strong’s Greek 1127: (a) I am awake (in the night), watch, (b) I am watchful, on the alert, vigilant. From egeiro; to keep awake, i.e. Watch.

Be sober-minded
Νήψατε (Nēpsate)
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.

seeking
ζητῶν (zētōn)
Strong’s Greek 2212: To seek, search for, desire, require, demand. Of uncertain affinity; to seek; specially, to worship, or to plot.

adversary
ἀντίδικος (antidikos)
Strong’s Greek 476: An opponent (at law), an adversary. From anti and dike; an opponent; specially, Satan.

prowls around
περιπατεῖ (peripatei)
Strong’s Greek 4043: From peri and pateo; to tread all around, i.e. Walk at large; figuratively, to live, deport oneself, follow.

to devour.
καταπιεῖν (katapiein)
Strong’s Greek 2666: To drink down, swallow, devour, destroy, consume. From kata and pino; to drink down, i.e. Gulp entire.

How, Who & Why Spiritual Warfare?

Spiritual Warfare Series Lesson 1 Podcast Notes

What is Spiritual Warfare?

– Prayer, Worship

“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord of hosts. Zech 4:6

“Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! Sing out the honor of His name; make His praise glorious. Say to God, “How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You. All the earth shall worship You and sing praises to You; they shall sing praises to Your name.” Psalm 66:1-4

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.

2 Cor 10:3-5

[the] flesh, σαρκὶ (sarki), Strong’s Greek 4561: Flesh, body, human nature, materiality; kindred

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

divine, Θεῷ (Theō), Strong’s Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

power, δυνατὰ (dynata), Strong’s Greek 1415: (a) of persons: powerful, able, (b) of things: possible. From dunamai; powerful or capable; neuter possible

demolish, καθαίρεσιν (kathairesin), Strong’s Greek 2506: Taking down, razing, destroying. From kathaireo; demolition; figuratively, extinction.

strongholds, ὀχυρωμάτων (ochyrōmatōn), Strong’s Greek 3794: A fortress, strong defense, stronghold. From a remote derivative of echo; a castle.

Who do you fight?

– NEVER humans because God loves humans

Why do we fight?

Daniel’s 4th Beast Kingdom Part 2

Podcast Notes

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.

Daniel’s 4th Beast Kingdom Part 1

Colosseum, Flavian Amphitheater

  • Took 8 years to build, started in 72 AD by Emperor Vespasian
  • Financed by spoils of war of destroying Jerusalem in 70 AD
  • 80 entrances and can seat 50,000 spectators
  • Free admission and free food on festive occasions
  • First games held in 80 AD under Emperor Titus for 100 days straight
  • Underground trap doors, passages and snazzy stage effects
  • Animals displays, chariot racing, executions and tortures, gladiator fights
  • Estimated 400,000 humans and 1,000,000 animals killed over 390 years

“After this, I saw in the visions by night, and behold, the fourth beast was fearful and terrible and very strong. It had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue under his feet: and it was unlike to the beasts that were before it: for it had ten horns.”

Daniel 7:7

“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. 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.”

Rev 13:1-2

“Here is the mind that hath wisdom, The seven heads are seven mountains, whereon the woman sitteth: they are also seven Kings. Five are fallen, and one is, and another is not yet come: and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.”

Rev 17:9-10

Roman emperors during Bible times

DatesEmperorBible eventsRef.
30 BC-40 ADAugustusBirth of JesusLuke 2:1
14-37 ADTiberiusMinistry & Death of Jesus
Christianity declared an illegal religion, a crime under Roman law
Luke 3:1
37-41 AD Caligula
41-54 ADClaudius Peter imprisoned & miraculous escape
James beheaded by Herod Agrippa I
Jews expelled from Rome
Act 12:2
Acts 18:2
54-68 ADNeroChristians blamed for Great Fire in Rome
Trial of Paul
Paul beheaded & Peter crucified 66AD
Acts 25:10
81-96 ADDomitianJohn exiled to Patmos where he wrote RevelationsRev 1:9

“And that woman which thou sawest, is that great city which reigned over the kings of the earth.”

Rev 17:18

Daniel’s 3rd Beast Kingdom

“After this, I beheld, and lo, there was another like a leopard, which had upon his back four wings of a fowl: the beast had also four heads, and dominion was given him.”

Daniel 7:6

Alexander the Great’s swift conquests:

Balkan campaign
PersiaAsia MinorBattle of Granicus River
Siege of Halicarnassus
Syria Siege of Issus
Siege of Tyre
EgyptSiege of Gaza
MesopotamiaBattle of Gaugamela
Bactria
Indian campaign
Reference Wars of Alexander the Great

Sudden death of Alexander and the empire divided into 4

  • Sudden death of Alexander the Great at age 32, cause disputed
  • Left behind no successors
  • After 40 years of war, his kingdom into 4 parts by his generals: Ptolemaic kingdom of Egypt, the Seleucid empire, the Attalid dynasty of kingdom of Pergamon and Macedon 

Daniel’s 2nd Beast Kingdom

“And behold, another beast which was the second, was like a bear, and stood upon the one side: and he had three ribs in his mouth between his teeth, and they said thus unto him, Arise, and devour much flesh.”

Daniel 7:5 GNV

Cyrus the Great559 – 530 BCDefeated Babylon
Allowed Israelites to return to their land
Darius I524 – 486 BC
Xerxes (Ahasuerus)486 – 465 BCKing in the book of Esther
Artaxerxes464-423 BCAuthorized rebuilding of temple and city walls
Darius III336 – 330 BCDefeated by Alexander the Great in 330 BC
Noteworthy Medo-Persian Kings in chronological order

Daniel’s 1st Beast Kingdom

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

The first was as a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked off, and it was lifted up from the earth, and set upon his feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given him.

Daniel 7:4, GNV