“Awaken the Dawn” to what?
Every time the “Awaken the Dawn 2017” conference ad appears in my Facebook news feed, I cringe.
I know that thousands of sincere people are being enticed by what, on the surface, looks so inviting – perhaps even “godly” – but is actually a massive effort towards unification under error and apostasy. It puts me in a state of disgust, to the point where I have to say something.
Call it a “fire shut up in my bones.”
Reminiscent of prior “Azusa” and “the Call” gatherings, the “Awaken the Dawn 2017” conference will be a culmination of a series of prior gatherings that have occurred in various states across the U.S. Deluded masses of christians will (once again) converge upon the nation’s capital to participate in a giant worship service and listen to their favorite prophetic motivational speakers.
Part of their vision and plan says:
We have reserved the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 6-9, 2017. We are calling America to an unprecedented worship movement on the National Mall. When we gather around the invisible God, the impossible becomes possible.
We will gather in 50+ tents covering the National Mall. It will be a tent-city filled with worship, music, prayer, and the gospel.”
Awake, my glory!
Awake, lute and harp!
I will awaken the dawn.
I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing to You among the nations.
In adopting this name, the conference organizers, sponsors and attendees are ipso facto identifying with the heart of David. In fact, “the heart of David” and “the tabernacle (tent) of David” are terms that appear quite frequently in their writings and sermons.
But an objective study of these concepts in Scripture, as well as an unbiased observation of the fruit of these gatherings proves that the heart of David is not present within these events . . . at all.
You do see, however, another heart at work.
The Backdrop On Korah’s Rebellion
As I read about Israel’s 40 year trek through the wilderness, the thing that strikes me is the Israelites’ audacious willingness to challenge the authority that YHWH had bestowed upon Moses and Aaron.
Just a few chapters before the passage on Korah’s rebellion, the children of Israel were brought to the edge of the Promised Land and chickened out. Instead of facing their own cowardice, they started complaining against Moses and Aaron.
And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! Why has the LORD brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?”
The Father brought His children to the edge of His fulfilled promise and all they could see was death.
And so, out of rebellion, they hatched an idea to get a leader and go back to Egypt. This wasn’t just 1 or 2 – or even a handful – of people. This was the WHOLE congregation.
This is one point of many during Israel’s stint in the wilderness where the Father just wanted to destroy them and start over, but the intercession of Moses and Aaron prevented that from happening. Still, the leaders who brought the bad report died by the plague before Yah. (Numbers 14:37)
Nonetheless, the people set their hearts to return to Egypt.
Who was Korah?
Not too long after the people considered the return to Egypt, an influential Levite – Korah – together with two equally influential Reubenites – Dathan and Abiram – convinced 250 “men of renown” to band together with them and call Moses and Aaron to the carpet.
Now Korah the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men; and they rose up before Moses with some of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty leaders of the congregation, representatives of the congregation, men of renown.
Their viewpoint towards Moses, Aaron and the Words of YHWH spoken through them is identical to that of churchgoers worldwide.
They gathered together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, “You take too much upon yourselves, for all the congregation is holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?”
Christians routinely marginalize the words of Yah spoken through Moses. Few have any clue as to what was said before Matthew 1:1 and how it all fits into their religious worldview.
This makes them prime targets for the modern day Korahs who want to convince them that “all the congregation is holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them.” Any mention of the Torah is regarded as bondage – a burden.
So when Moses heard it, he fell on his face; and he spoke to Korah and all his company, saying, “Tomorrow morning the LORD will show who is His and who is holy, and will cause him to come near to Him. That one whom He chooses He will cause to come near to Him.Do this: Take censers, Korah and all your company; put fire in them and put incense in them before the LORD tomorrow, and it shall be that the man whom the LORD chooses is the holy one. You take too much upon yourselves, you sons of Levi!”
So Moses decided that it would be best to let the Father do the deciding.
Remember – at this point, Nadab and Abihu had already died because they offered strange fire before YHWH (Leviticus 10:1-2) and Korah, Dathan, Abiram and all the congregation saw it.
They knew exactly what was at stake in accepting this challenge.
Still, Korah – knowing the potential consequences – with a mixture of arrogance and a desire to “come near” to the Father takes up the challenge.
The questions that were going through the minds of the congregation were:
- Whose worship will YHWH receive?
- Who will Yah approve as leader?
The Heart of Korah Revealed
Then Moses said to Korah, “Hear now, you sons of Levi:
Although he was a Levite, Korah was not a son of Aaron, so he was not tasked with burning incense before Yah. In fact, he wasn’t supposed to even touch the censer.
The Levites were tasked by Yah with the work of the tabernacle and, while Israel journeyed, Korah’s tribe (the Kohathites) were charged with carrying the Most Holy items of the Tabernacle (Numbers 4). But they could not make direct contact with those instruments or they would die, so the sons of Aaron had to cover the items with skins to create a barrier between the items and their handlers.
Not only did Korah already have the honors mentioned above, the Levites were also in charge of leading worship, so there was a high probability that Korah was involved in that privilege, as well. As worship leaders, they were already closer to the manifest presence of Yah than the rest of the tribes.
But Korah was dissatisfied with the commandment and felt that his “revelation” of Yah, himself and the congregation was more fitting to his religious worldview.
He wanted the priesthood because, after all, “Everyone is just as holy as you, Moses and Aaron! We’re all the people of YHWH! He is among us too!”
But Korah was wrong . . . and it is in this error and arrogance that the heart of Korah is exposed.
Those with the heart of Korah want to identify with – and reap the benefits of knowing – the God of Moses, but they do not want to listen to the Word of God given through Moses or adhere to it. They consider themselves worthy of the priesthood while in rebellion against the commands of the Most High.
And the M.O. of our modern day “prophets” and “teachers” is to encourage this erroneous and deadly mindset.
Moses was a prophet like no other.
The Father spoke to His prophets by appearing to them in dreams or visions (Numbers 12:6-8), but Moses spoke with God face-to-face. (Exodus 33:11, Numbers 12:8) The Father put His words in Moses’ mouth and Moses spoke them to the people.
For all intents and purposes, in his role as the leader of Israel at that time, Moses and the Father were one. That’s why Moses could say, “Hey man, your beef isn’t with me and Aaron, it’s with Him!”
And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, but they said, “We will not come up! Is it a small thing that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, that you should keep acting like a prince over us? Moreover you have not brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, nor given us inheritance of fields and vineyards. Will you put out the eyes of these men? We will not come up!”
Moses issued the same challenge to Dathan and Abiram, descendants of Reuben (the original firstborn) who lost his inheritance when he slept with his father’s concubine. They probably felt entitled, or harbored some resentment, because they belonged to the tribe of the firstborn, but were never honored as such, due to their forefather’s sin.
Nonetheless, they knew that they were not Levites and would not attain the priesthood; but that didn’t stop the rebellion against the words of God from festering in their hearts.
Where the words of instruction given through Moses should have been guideposts for them in their journey to become the people of Yahweh, all they could see (through their deluded sense of reality) was that Moses (the meekest man alive) was full of pride, that he was blinding the people with empty promises and that the Father’s words would kill them (Exodus 20:19).
So Moses comes before the Father and declares his separation from these leaders who would not listen to or obey the word of God.
Then Moses was very angry, and said to the LORD, “Do not respect their offering. I have not taken one donkey from them, nor have I hurt one of them.”
At this point, we may be tempted to think that Moses was giving in to fleshly anger, but we would be wrong to do so. Remember, God honored his request. This shows us that Moses had a righteous anger, not some unholy, selfish anger. He was more concerned with God’s honor than his own.
So You Wanna Go Back to Egypt?
And Moses said to Korah, “Tomorrow, you and all your company be present before the LORD – you and they, as well as Aaron. Let each take his censer and put incense in it, and each of you bring his censer before the LORD, two hundred and fifty censers; both you and Aaron, each with his censer.”So every man took his censer, put fire in it, laid incense on it, and stood at the door of the tabernacle of meeting with Moses and Aaron. And Korah gathered all the congregation against them at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. Then the glory of the LORD appeared to all the congregation.
Moses reissues the challenge and Korah gathers the 250 leaders and the WHOLE congregation to the tabernacle (the tent). With the exception of Aaron, everyone was there in support of Korah, convinced that he was their guy – their spiritual leader – who would lead them back to Egypt so that they could continue their worship of the sun (Ezekiel 23:3a, 23:8a, 23:19).
It was virtually unanimous in the eyes of the congregation. Time to step aside, Mo! It was promotion time for Korah.
And Korah himself was convinced that Yah would certainly receive their worship. He had a “revelation” and the support of the people, so it had to be endorsed by heaven, right?
The speakers and worship leaders of “Awaken the Dawn 2017” follow this same delusion.
Convinced that you can know the God of Moses without obedience to the commands given through Moses, they are leading a dissatisfied and uninformed congregation back to Egypt.
I’ll elaborate more on this towards the end of this post.
The Condition for Escaping Korah’s Punishment
And the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.”Then they fell on their faces, and said, “O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and You be angry with all the congregation?”
Because the entire congregation assembled against Moses in favor of another leader, the Father was going to hold the entire congregation responsible and unleash His wrath on them all. But Moses and Aaron begged Yah for mercy, knowing human nature and their willingness to follow.
God granted mercy to those who followed in the footsteps of Korah’s rebellion, but only on one condition.
So the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the congregation, saying, ‘Get away from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.'”
Moses realized that the sin of rebellion permeated everything about these men. Their families, their belongings, everything that was a part of them was saturated by the influence of rebellion against the Most High.
So, in His love for the people, he begged them, “Touch nothing of theirs! Don’t be consumed in this rebellion! Make a complete separation!”
And I’m here to offer the same plea to you today.
Korah’s Rebellion 2.0
We’re seeing a familiar clash occurring between the heart of Korah and the God of Moses in the up and coming “Awaken the Dawn 2017” gathering happening in October. Worship leaders who, like Korah the Levite, fancy themselves priests and influential christian leaders who, like Dathan and Abiram (Reubenites), think that they can assume the role of leadership based upon “new revelation.”
The masses whom they have gathered are like Israel. They really have no clue as to who or what they are following; all they know is that they do not like their present circumstances and they do not like the commands set forth by the Father.
All of them – worship leaders, speakers and followers have this in common:
They want to identify with the God of Israel – they have even decided to bring in tents during the time of Yahweh’s Feast of Sukkot – but they have no respect for (nor desire to obey) the commandments given through Moses.
The Father gave an explicit condition to fulfill if you want to be “His people.”
Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.
This is basic logic. IF you want to be His people, THEN you obey the commands.
Guess who you are if you DON’T obey the commands? Not His people!
Deception runs deep.
We all know what happened to Korah, Dathan, Abiram and the 250 leaders who, in their arrogance, tried to take over Moses’ leadership. The earth ate up Korah, Dathan and Abiram along with their families, and the 250 leaders were consumed by fire while offering their incense (worshipping).
But, even after all that, the people confronted Moses and Aaron and accused, “You have killed the people of YHWH!”
This shows that they had been listening intently to and believing Korah’s message when he accused Moses, “You and Aaron take too much on yourselves! We’re all holy! We have God among us, too!”
This message must have been preached a very long time to the people, as “faith comes by hearing” and many humans learn and absorb by repetition.
Either way, it had to have been a well-entrenched mindset. Think about it.
If YOU saw the Judgement of YHWH fall . . . the earth open up and swallow 3 families . . . and fire coming out of the Tabernacle and consuming the rest of the wayward leadership, what kind of brainwashed idiot would you have to be to accuse Yah’s chosen, a man who had just the prior day fallen on his knees on your behalf, of killing “the people of the Lord?”
Why did the children insist, mentally and verbally, that these were “the people of the Lord?”
Because, like the prophetic leaders of today, they were instilled with a mindset that told them they could identify themselves as “the people of the Lord” without respecting His commands.
But they were handed a lie . . . just like you.
Not Knowing True Revival
Along with promising acceptance without obedience, the self-imposed leaders promise a revival – another “Jesus Movement” – reminiscent of the days of Evan Roberts, Smith Wigglesworth and Aimee Semple McPherson.
They have been taught to study these revivals; to emulate and reach for a similar – if not a far greater – experience. In doing so, they arrive at a conclusion that, if they can just mimic what happened in the past . . . only BETTER . . . then they would have “revival,” Jesus would return and then everything would be just grand.
But nobody asks the question . . . why did these “revivals” come to an end?
What’s more, nobody asks . . . why do these attempts at “revival” get held at Washington DC or California year-after-year-after-tiresome year, and yet the long sought-after “Jesus Movement” never materializes?
I’ll tell you why: because of the mercy of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Right under the nose of the Mother church and all her children, the Father is allowing real revival to be birthed in the hearts of those carrying true hearts of David; who seek His ways and His commands, while the brainwashed masses only desire the latest experience.
You see, the wilderness experience was never about making the children of Israel comfortable. The Father longed to see hearts after His Ways being formed in His people. Hearts that would cry:
My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to Your word.
Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me in Your way.
If you’re going to be truly revived, you will be revived according to His Way, which is found in His Word.
But like the experience-oriented, self-centered congregation of the children of Israel, the hearts of the people who buy into this latest attempt at false revival really just want to go back to Egypt – the worshippers of the sun.
Oh, they want “revival,” but not according to His Ways and His Word. They want a revival that is measured by their own errant plumbline, modeled after a blond-haired, blue-eyed Jesus who came to defy His Father’s commands – or sin (1 John 3:4) – and tickle their senses with the supernatural.
America’s Tent of Abomination
Something no Western-minded christian wants to hear (and simply cannot fathom) is that it matters where, when and how you appeal to the Creator – or any deity, for that matter. True, you can worship the Creator anywhere, but when you want to get really serious, like a national plea for revival, there is some protocol that needs to be followed.
For instance, while presenting your request, you don’t bow yourself and worship before a pagan idol.
What perhaps for me was the biggest slap in the face – and I can’t help but feel that the Father feels the same way – was the fact that they are having this huge gathering on the National Mall in Washington D.C. and they have the audacity to call it “America’s Tent of Meeting.”
A bold declaration indeed – but why would this be so offensive to the Father?
Because they are doing it with the heart of Korah, who wanted to lay claim to the God of Israel, but who had no intention whatsoever of living according to His conditions.
Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.
Here’s where it gets creepy.
During this event, they are going to have 50 tents – one for each state – set up on the National Mall before the Washington Monument – a solar obelisk.
Obelisks were originally constructed as objects of worship symbolizing the sun god, Ra. People may roll their eyes at this association, but it is indisputable that the Washington Monument is a giant idol.
“Awaken the Dawn 2017” proudly declares on their web site, “When we gather around the invisible God, the impossible becomes possible” and they are planning to hold a worship service around a giant solar obelisk – Father, have mercy!
Not only are they gathering around and worshipping before an idol to a sun god, they are “Awakening the Dawn” in a city whose very architecture screams occultism and sun worship.
While I was researching this, one sculpture in particular jumped out at me. Check out the title…
Now, I understand that this can seem far-fetched to some, and you can attribute this to conspiracy theories all you want, but the buildings, sculptures and street plan of Washington DC speak for themselves. Research this topic on your own using resources from someone other than shills like David Barton – you may be surprised at what you find.
Anyhow, back to Korah and “Awaken the Dawn 2017.”
This is all a plan by Korah to lead the masses back to Egypt and they are executing this plan in a city saturated with idols. The people eagerly follow, because they are not happy with their circumstances and they have been taught to abhor the commandments of Yah.
And Pope Francis couldn’t be more supportive of these events.
Like the 2016 Azusa Street gathering in Los Angeles and others like it, this event is cleverly disguised in a lot of “unity” and “Jesus” talk, but in reality, it is a self-serving effort on behalf of men who, like Korah, Dathan and Abiram, are believing their own press.
They may truly believe that they are doing the right thing. Quite honestly, I don’t think that the majority of them are sinister in their motives, but they believe that they are the ones who are chosen to be the catalysts to bring “revival” to America.
Believe it, people, this NEXT gathering will be the one!
And Pappa Francis just smiles, kisses babies and waves, biding his time. He knows the inherent tendency of all human beings to follow their religious leaders, and he also knows that “all roads lead to Rome.”
You see, Franny is a Jesuit, and it was their plan all along to re-absorb the prodigal Protestants back into the arms of the Universal (Catholic) Mother Church – the very epitome of sun worship.
It’s all going according to plan.
Truly Awakening the Dawn
But, all snarkiness aside, the true “Pappa” – the Elohim of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – is grieved when He sees all the people sucked into this delusion – people whom He would rather bring into His Kingdom, but can’t, because their hearts are after Egypt and Egypt’s idols.
To further twist things, they insist on defining “the heart of David” and “intimacy with the Father” in the same manner the prophetic movement defines it – with physical sensation and emotional experience.
You see, this “Awakening of the Dawn” is actually an awakening and a realization on behalf of the worshippers that they want to go back to Egypt – the land of the sun.
If it were a true “awakening,” they would take a look at the very Scripture that they are using and read it for what it is.
Awake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn.
I will praise You, O LORD, among the peoples, and I will sing praises to You among the nations.
For Your mercy is great above the heavens, and Your truth reaches to the clouds.
You see, look at the underlined “for” in the Scripture above.
David is “awakening the dawn” and praising YHWH among the peoples and nations for a reason! Because His “mercy is great above the heavens” and His “truth reaches to the clouds!”
What is the “truth” that “reaches to the clouds?” David – the man after God’s own heart – knew the answer.
Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,
And Your law (Torah) is truth.
If the “Awaken the Dawn 2017” gathering is going accomplish all that it claims it will, then there will be an awakening to the Father’s righteousness and His standard of righteousness. There will be an awakening to the Father’s law (Torah) within the hearts of the worshippers.
Wait . . . isn’t that part of the “New Covenant?”
But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.
If this kind of “New Covenant” awakening is not what’s occurring, then the only thing that is occurring is an awakening to the realization that the masses want to go back to Egypt.
Depart from the Tents of these Wicked Men!
By studying the confrontation between Korah, Dathan and Abiram and the God of Moses – for it really was a confrontation with God, not Moses – we would do well to give heed to the words of God given through Moses.
Depart now from the tents of these wicked men! Touch nothing of theirs, lest you be consumed in all their sins.
I have no doubt that many who attend these events really want a genuine experience with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but they think they can get this experience by attending these gatherings and trusting in the framework provided by the modern day Korahs.
Yet even today, the words of Moses (and by extension YHWH) is pleading with us to depart from the tents of these wicked men:
Men who might have good intentions, but want nothing to do with His words spoken through Moses;
Men who claim an equal holiness among the congregation;
Men who claim “that Old Testament law” blinds your eyes and is unable to bring you into your promised land.
The Father says, “Don’t even TOUCH what is theirs, or you too will be consumed in their sins and suffer the same punishment.”
I strongly advise you to heed and obey these words.
I know that “Awaken the Dawn 2017” may look appealing. I know the music sounds great and the speakers are oh, so convincing . . . but make no mistake about it.
You. too, will be swallowed up.
To the Leaders and Organizers of “Awaken the Dawn 2017”
I have no doubt that most of you believe that this is an honorable endeavor. You may have even had a personal encounter with what you thought was God talking to you.
I implore you not to let your “experience” trump what the Words of the Living God say.
Like Yeshua asked Nicodemus, I ask you…
“Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?”
The bald-faced truth is, you don’t. Even a surface level consideration of the word of God from Genesis to Revelation will prove that you don’t even know what the true gospel entails.
As long as you think that you can draw near to the God of Israel without regard for His commandments, you are a purveyor of delusion . . . an imposter. You are one of the many who will say in that day, “Have we not accomplished many wonderful works?” and the prophet like Moses (Acts 3:22) will respond, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Matthew 7:23b)
I know that I sound harsh. I know that in the past I’ve been harsh to everyone in the prophetic movement, and I make no apologies for that. My harshness comes out of a concern for you and, more importantly, the generation you lead astray.
For the sake of a generation . . . Repent!
Turn from your lawless deeds.
Do a complete 180 degree turn unto righteousness.
Preach and endorse the Law of the Kingdom you claim to be a part of.
The blood of this generation is in your hands.