God Shall Provide
But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together. Genesis 22:7-8
But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.” And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.” Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of The LORD it shall be provided.” Genesis 22:11-13
David Eellis in his book Hidden Mannah for the End Times[x] writes about God’s provisions and redemption from the curse and provision for life is truly accomplished at the cross:
The wilderness is a completely safe and secure place for the “believer” because everything has already been provided there. Our faith in the promises is the very substance that the desired need is made from. (Heb.11:1) Now faith is assurance (or substance) of [things] hoped for, a conviction of things not seen. The reason Jesus said, “All things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe that ye received (Greek) them, and ye shall have them” (Mk.11:24), is because all of our provision was accomplished at the cross.
Notice in the following verses that all things have been received and that the only thing left is for us to believe it. Also notice the past tense of our sacrificial provision in the following verses:
(Eph.2:8) [F]or by grace have ye been saved through faith; (1Pet.2:24) [W]ho his own self bare our sins in his body… by whose stripes ye were healed; (Col.1:13) [W]ho delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love; (2Cor.5:18)…[W]ho reconciled us to himself; (Gal.2:20) I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I that live, but Christ liveth in me; (Gal.3:13) Christ redeemed us from the curse; (1Pet.1:3)…[The] Father…begat us again…by the resurrection of Jesus Christ; (Heb.10:10) [W]e… have been sanctified; (14) [H]e hath perfected forever them that are sanctified; (Eph.1:3)…[W]ho hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing; and (2Pet.1:3) (God) Hath granted unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness…. Jesus told us in His day which, of course, is also in the past, that “now shall the prince of this world be cast out” (Jn.12:31); “but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (Jn.16:33); “It is finished” (Jn.19:30).
This is why we are to believe we have received. The devil and the curse were conquered. We were saved, healed, delivered, and provided for. That is why Paul said “my God shall supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Php.4:19).
Redemption from the curse and provision for life is truly accomplished at the cross! In fact, God’s “works were finished from the foundation of the world” (Heb.4:3), when He spoke the plan into existence. The only thing left is for the true sons of God to enter into those works by faith, believing they have received. Since the works are finished, we should believe and rest from our own works to save, heal, and deliver ourselves. This is rest in the wilderness on the grounds of God’s promises. (Heb.4:3) For we who have believed do enter into that rest. That is a spiritual Sabbath rest. (Heb.4:9) There remaineth therefore a sabbath rest (Greek: sabbatismos, “keeping of rest”) for the people of God. This constant “keeping of rest” every day through the past tense promises is our New Testament spiritual Sabbath. (10) For he that is entered into his rest hath himself also rested from his works, as God did from his. This rest is to believe these past tense promises.
(Heb.4:1) Let us fear therefore, lest haply, a promise being left of entering into his rest, any one of you should seem to have come short of it. (2) For indeed we have had good tidings preached unto us, even as also they: but the word of hearing did not profit them, because it was not united by faith with them that heard. Our faith in each of these promises brings us into more of the rest. For example, if we believe that “by whose stripes ye were healed” (1Pet.2:24) then we will not keep seeking a healing but will rest, accepting that it was accomplished at the cross. This is true faith and always brings the answer. Through believing the promises, we enter into rest from our own works. For a child of God to say that they believe they have received and yet continue seeking to receive, usually through worldly methods, is to be double-minded. (Jas.1:6) But let him ask in faith, nothing doubting: for he that doubteth is like the surge of the sea driven by the wind and tossed. (7) For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord; (8) a doubleminded man, unstable in all his ways.
Those who continue to work for what God has freely given believe in salvation by works. (Heb.4:10) For he that is entered into his rest hath himself also rested from his works. (Heb.3:19) And we see that they were not able to enter in because of unbelief. Since the promises of deliverance from the curse are past tense, when we believe them, we must stop working. It is an evil heart of unbelief to not rest. God was angry with Israel because they would not believe His Word in their trial in the wilderness (Heb.3:8-10). (Heb.3:11) As I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest. (12) Take heed, brethren, lest haply there shall be in any one of you an evil heart of unbelief, in falling away from the living God… (14) [W]e are become partakers of Christ (His health, holiness, and blessing), if we hold fast the beginning of our confidence firm unto the end.
When we believe we have received, we are put in a position of weakness because we cannot do anything to bring the desired result to pass. This weakness is our wilderness experience because there is no help from Egypt or the world. Only God’s power saves in the wilderness. God says, “[my] power is made perfect in weakness” (2Cor.12:9). Our weapon against our enemies who try to talk us out of our covenant rights is the two-edged sword of these past tense promises (Heb.4:11,12).
David Eellis in his book Hidden Mannah for the End Times[xi] also writes
Leaders who have not experienced the wilderness obviously will be at a distinct disadvantage trying to lead the Church there. Jesus went through the wilderness (Lk.4:1) and received His ordination to bring the Church there (18). Moses went through the wilderness (Ex.3:1) and received His ordination to bring Israel there (10-12). The apostle Paul experienced the wilderness (2Cor.11:26; Gal.1:17) and showed by example what it was to walk there. These and others are types of the end-time Man-child’s ministry to the Church. The false prophets have always prophesied peace and safety to God’s people when they were in rebellion, and so it is in the latter days (Jer.23:16-21). These prophets will lose their life for it (14:13¬ 15). God will break the true Church’s agreement with them (Isa.28:14-22).
In every generation the true prophets have been greatly outnumbered by the false (1Ki.22). The wilderness (Tribulation) will be a place of great provision. (Isa.43:19) Behold, I will do a new thing…. I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. (20) The beasts of the field shall honor me…because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.
The word “wilderness” is translated “desert” in the Gospels. This is where Jesus taught, fed, and delivered the people from the curse as a sign of the end-time Man-child’s ministry. It will also be a place of crucifixion and deliverance from the power of the old carnal man, symbolized as the Egyptian. (17) [W]ho bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the mighty man (they lie down together, they shall not rise; they are extinct, they are quenched as a wick). It will be a place of great healing, spiritually and physically, as it was in Jesus’ ministry. (Isa.35:5) Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. (6) Then shall the lame man leap as a hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing; for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. It will be a place where the elect will learn to walk on the narrow road and be separated from the worldly Christian. (35:8) And a highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness (Hebrew: “separation”); the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for [the redeemed]: the wayfaring men, yea fools, shall not err [therein]. This path of holiness will bring protection from the beast. (9) No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast go up thereon; they shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk [there].
The wilderness will be a place of the great joy of going from Babylonish religion to Zion, the true temple and city of God. (10) [A]nd the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads. In the wilderness Christ will reign over His elect and they will find shelter in Him from Great Tribulation. (Isa.32:1) Behold, a king shall reign in righteousness, and princes shall rule in justice. (2) And a man shall be as a hiding-place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest, as streams of water in a dry place, as the shade of a great rock in a weary land. Here God’s own will gain their spiritual eyes and ears to be able to believe and speak the truth. (3) And the eyes of them that see shall not be dim, and the ears of them that hear shall hearken. (4) And the heart of the rash shall understand knowledge, and the tongue of the stammerers shall be ready to speak plainly.
Then many who are now thought to be wise, prosperous leaders of God’s people will be known for what they truly are. (5) The fool shall be no more called noble, nor the churl said to be bountiful. (6) For the fool will speak folly, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise profaneness, and to utter error against the Lord. Then the careless churches will understand because trouble will come instead of the rapture, for the fruit was not mature enough to pick. (9) Rise up, ye women that are at ease, [and] hear my voice; ye careless daughters, give ear unto my speech. (10) For days beyond a year shall ye be troubled, ye careless women; for the vintage shall fail, the ingathering shall not come. Then they will strip off their self-righteousness, repent, and fear the Lord. (11) Tremble, ye women that are at ease; be troubled, ye careless ones; strip you, and make you bare, and gird [sackcloth] upon your loins. Then dead congregations and denominations will be deserted by the righteous, given over to foolish beasts. (14) For the palace shall be forsaken; the populous city shall be deserted; the hill and the watch-tower shall be for dens forever, a joy of wild asses, a pasture of flocks.
In the wilderness the latter rain of the Spirit will be poured out and there will be justice, righteousness, peace, faith, and rest in the Lord.
(15) [U]ntil the Spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness become a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be esteemed as a forest. (16) Then justice shall dwell in the wilderness; and righteousness shall abide in the fruitful field. (17) And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness, quietness and confidence for ever. (18) And my people shall abide in a peaceable habitation, and in safe dwellings, and in quiet resting-places.