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ZADOK PUBLICATIONS MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

October 1, 2011

"Hidden Manna"

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
Revelations 2:17


Introduction:
          While writing Solomon's Secret, I was quickened by this focal passage. I was writing and dwelling in the right place to receive hidden manna and I was also awarded, at the conclusion of the work, a white stone upon which was written special things revealed and meant only for my eyes. It was then that I realized the great grace afforded me during this pursuit and how many times I fell to the floor and repented and wept at the understanding that was flooding my soul and spirit. The writing of that book changed my life forever because I learned from Him the greatest lesson of the Christian walk---that in His Presence alone come gifts that forever form a special bond between us. Yes, I have an inheritance from Him, but there are treasures with Him that are limitless. From these Treasures, He wants to surprise and bestow them upon His Bride. Hidden manna is just one. Hidden manna is that which supplies a satisfaction and sense of care that cannot be garnered by any other means than from His hand.

The Pergamos Church:
          The Pergamos church, which is dubbed as the "compromising church," is addressed as one among seven churches appraised by the Lamb. It was promised "hidden manna," if it would repent. That particular church, in the body of Christ, had some problems that only repentance could rectify. Pergamos had allowed the doctrine of Balaam to exist in its ranks. The Doctrine of Balaam included any form of seduction of God's people. Yes, that included relaxing standards to a point so low that accommodation of idolatry, sexual immorality and unscriptural doctrines (Nicolaitans) was tolerated.
Nicolaitanism: A belief that is based upon the recognition of the mercy of God as the ground of salvation, but man can freely partake of sin because the Law of God is no longer binding. It held the truth on the gratuitous reckoning of righteousness; but supposed that a mere intellectual "belief" in this truth had saving power.
The problem in the early church was its incorporation of paganism into its ranks, thereby bringing pagan practices and its adherents into the fellowship of the saints. (I do not have to take time to illustrate, because the reader already is aware of more instances than imaginable of such ideology.) Nicolaitan belief is alive and growing in church circles of today---it must addressed and repentance must come forth.

Jesus said that if repentance came forth, He would not fight against them, but rather offer them hidden manna and a white stone (representing forgiveness).

The First Manna:
          Because manna was first introduced as provision for a wayward covenant people and their families, reference to the event should be explored. From the beginning, manna was a gift from God. The people of God had sinned; they had evoked God's wrath, but His love and care did not cease. Manna was all about God's daily provision for the needs of His children. Its daily existence was living proof of His Presence and power. No wonder it was gathered, placed in a container and set alongside Aaron's rod in the Ark of the Covenant.
Review some of the adjunct elements of the first Manna:
(1.) It was for the health of the people. The whole nation was fed a nourishing substance from heaven itself and it provided every vitamin, mineral and nutrient for nourishment of a sick free life.
Exodus 16:35-36
And the children of Israel ate manna forty years, until they came to an inhabited land; they ate manna until they came to the border of the land of Canaan.
(2.) It provided all of the above in a wilderness environ. The people of God would have been decimated, with no method of survival without it.
Deuteronomy 8:3-4
So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.
(3.) Its continued production was assured and expected. One could count on its being there.
Nehemiah 9:20
20 You also gave Your good Spirit to instruct them,
And did not withhold Your manna from their mouth,
(4.) It offered pleasure and assurance. It filled the person and assured them of God's daily presence.
Numbers 11:7-9
7 Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its color like the color of bdellium. 8 The people went about and gathered it, ground it on millstones or beat it in the mortar, cooked it in pans, and made cakes of it; and its taste was like the taste of pastry prepared with oil. 9 And when the dew fell on the camp in the night, the manna fell on it.
(5.) It had to be gathered under certain conditions: time of day, certain days and under strict adherence to the command of God.
Exodus 16:15-19
And Moses said to them, 'This is the bread which the LORD has given you to eat. 16 This is the thing which the LORD has commanded: 'Let every man gather it according to each one's need, one omer for each person, according to the number of persons; let every man take for those who are in his tent.'

17 Then the children of Israel did so and gathered, some more, some less. 18 So when they measured it by omers, he who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack. Every man had gathered according to each one's need. 19 And Moses said, 'Let no one leave any of it till morning.'
The Hidden Manna:
          Now that the Scriptures surrounding the focal passage have been addressed, let us move to the main subject of the newsletter, the Hidden Manna. Two things are evident: (1) it is Manna (2) it is Hidden.
Comparison of the First manna to the Hidden Manna:
How different is Hidden Manna from the first kind. To the wilderness Israelites, it was available to everyone and comprised a universal provision for their daily needs. The hidden manna is not universal and is not based on need, but rather as aggrandizement for repentance. The first manna was exposed to the elements and covered the earth; the hidden manna is hidden from view and is private in nature. The first manna was gathered by everyone, while the hidden manna is only available to whom it is given. The first manna required labor on the part of the recipient, while the hidden manna requires a specific action-- repentance from compromise. The first manna was specific to a nation of people, while the hidden manna is specific to individuals in the kingdom. The hidden manna is the product of the "secret place," while the first manna required no such knowledge. Both types of manna had their source in God. The first manna satisfied physical hunger and gave a sense of goodwill from God, while the hidden manna satisfies the spirit and nourishes the soul.

Jesus made similar comparison when He addressed the Temple-ites:
John 6:32-40
32 Then Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."
Jesus, when He addressed the church at Pergamos, modified some things. Based on their repentance, He would give them Hidden Manna. Look at the word hidden.
NT:2928 krupto (kroop'-to); a primary verb; to conceal (properly, by covering): KJV - hide (self), keep secret, secret [-ly].
The NKJV interjects a qualifier: "some of the Hidden Manna." (Whether there is a larger quantity in Jesus' store of treasures, I do not know.) What is known, is Hidden Manna is in a secret place, and there it is stored for His distribution only. The treasure trove of our Lord is laden with gifts for those who humble themselves and repent at His prompting. We even can be hidden with it. The prophet Zephaniah said that we can be covered and secreted away, just like the hidden manna, if we seek the Lord.
Zephaniah 2:3
3 Seek the LORD, all you meek of the earth,
Who have upheld His justice.
Seek righteousness, seek humility.
It may be that you will be hidden
In the day of the LORD's anger.
The hidden manna is more than a prize for obedience; it is a place of provision. When Jesus said, "I have meat to eat you know not of," He may well have been eating the hidden manna. How necessary at this point to differentiate between Hidden from and Hidden for. Many times in the Scriptures, Jesus or others would comment that matters were hidden from certain people or groups. Below is a case where Jesus revealed why this must be.
Luke 10:21-24
In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, "I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. 22 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him."

23 Then He turned to His disciples and said privately, "Blessed are the eyes which see the things you see; 24 for I tell you that many prophets and kings have desired to see what you see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and have not heard it."
Paul also spoke powerfully throughout his writings about the hidden things of God being reserved for the church and the true saints.
1 Corinthians 2:6-16
However, we speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, 8 which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

9 But as it is written:

"Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him."

10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.

13 These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For "who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?" But we have the mind of Christ.
The hidden manna is spiritual nourishment, not available to the nonchalant and casual "believer."

Much of the modern church knows nothing of searching the deep things of God, let alone acquiring the hidden manna. Ready repentance from a heart toward the Lord is an absolute requirement. Paul was not making a suggestion; he was laying out the format for a life filled with revelation of the "mystery."
Colossians3:1-4
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory
The hidden life is not distant from the hidden manna!

Paul also spoke of hidden treasures being available to the saints, just as portrayed in the Song of Solomon.
Colossians 2:1-3
For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
It is right to acknowledge there is a fellowship of the mystery. Those who have obtained Hidden Manna are not your "run of the mill" Christian. They are not concerned with elitism or self- adornment. Most of the time, one would never know these saints have the white stone or the hidden manna. But in these saints' hearts, the gifts flavor every action and color every moment. Such cannot be taken away once given, for they are a treasure of the highest rank and cause the recipient much assurance. Oh, it is all about the kingdom within.
Ephesians 3:9-13
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; 10 to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, 11 according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. 13 Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
Jesus taught it this way:
Matthew 13:44
'Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.'
Peter referred to the "hidden man of the heart" and adjudicated that righteousness and holiness should characterize it. How better to nourish it than with Hidden Manna!

Until Next Month,

Dr. C. R. Oliver, PhD.











Mailbag:


From La Vetta W., Chicago: (In response to a Thank You from OEA for recommending En Punto):

I appreciate the gift of God in you! Have consistently, over the years taught and shared the principles of "En Punto."

To the Glory of God - More Like Jesus Ministries is about to launch our virtual School of the Prophets to train and equip prophetic ministers throughout the world. Your life, through your writings has profoundly impacted my life and Ministry!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Response: We suggest going and reviewing www.morelikejesus.org.
From: Barb, Pennsylvania (She sent many people the newsletter with these comments)
Hi Everyone,
Just wanted to pass this on for food for thought ... I like teachings like this that challenge me to think deeper and consider my ways. If you don't care for this kind of stuff feel free to let me know, but when I come across things like this I feel I need to share them with others. I'm not pointing fingers at anyone, I just think these are serious things we need to think about it. You don't hear a lot of teaching like this nowadays as it's not popular with the mainstream Christian crowd - it cramps their style too much and they label teachings like this as harsh, legalistic, old school and out of touch with our culture.

I'm no Bible scholar by any means but I can't help but ask a few questions:

What if these strong teachings are right and the "culturally relevant" messages that are so popular are IRRELEVANT in God's eyes?

What if these teachings are warnings to wake us up out of our slumber and we're ignoring them?

What if in our modern day Christian lives WE'RE the deceived, apostate people the Bible warns about in II Tim. 3:1-5?! "...having a form of godliness but denying its power?"

I've been thinking about this verse a lot lately - am I walking in a form of godliness but denying the power of Jesus that He desires me to walk in? For example, Matthew 10:8 Jesus says we are to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead and cast out demons. I haven't done all those things, have you? Do you actually know anybody that does? In Mark 16:17 & 18, Jesus again declares that the signs that follow those that believe list most of those same things as in Matthew 10:8. Are those signs following you and me? ... We who say we believe?

These are sobering things to consider...are we being swept away by an apostate gospel, an easy-street, tolerant, comfortable gospel that is politically correct in Christian circles but contrary to the Gospel our Lord instructs us in?

What if...?

I have to admit, the topic Dr. Oliver talks about below has bothered me for quite some time. All the arguments I've ever heard against it never touch this scripture that calls it what it is: selling merchandise (turning His house into a marketplace). They always refer to the other references that don't mention that. By the way, Jesus cleared the temple more the once in case you didn't know. Merchants taking advantage in selling their wares seems rather trivial to me - that he would get so angry about it, don't you think?

Another "what if question": What if the theory that it's o.k. to sell things at church really isn't o.k. in God's eyes, but rather a disgusting stench in His nostrils? Is it really worth the money to take the chance of angering our Lord?

What if...?

Response: Many people share our newsletters and may I say, "What a blessing."
From Joan D., Arkansas (Excerpts from a letter ordering Consumed By His Fire.)

It has been three years at Lake Hamilton Bible Camp that I first had the pleasure of hearing you preach, "Called to be Saints." ... That sermon sparked a deep yearning in me to see the Saints rise and rule. The time on my knees has established at least one thing ... I'm not afraid and more than anything, I want to see Jesus reigning and ruling through His saints. They will rise and God will show His glory through all who call for Him to bring His will on earth as it is in heaven ... even into the most hopeless situations and places. The other prayer answered is seeing you still going strong. Thank you for being faithful to God's calling.

Response: May your tribe increase! What a blessing to hear a testimony to the continuing Power of His Word.





Missions Report:



From Guatemala:
Email report on the pastors who were maimed in a car accident:

Hello Friend thank you so much for the offering for the pastors. Here is the latest on the pastors. Jeremiah is still seeing the eye doctor, He has some scar tissue on his bottom eyelid from the surgery so they are planning to remove it in October when the skin is soft enough around the eye.

Pastor Serifino from Loma de Paja who has the 2 fractures in the back is awaiting surgery. The public hospital in Guatemala city could not operate on him because they could not get the rods for his back and they would not accept any from outside the hospital. So we moved him back to Chiquimula were a Christian doctor will operate on him for cost and we are working on getting the rods in the states. I will fly to Houston and pick them up and take back to Guatemala.

PTL!!!! The crusades did not stop. In August there was around 20 saved and just last weekend there was 50 saved. Three of the pastors in the accident are back doing the crusades. They can not and will not be stopped. The next one is October 21st -23rd.

On another note we got word that there are 2 warlocks that put death spells to kill 7 pastors in the area where the pastor lived that died in the accident.

Again thank you so much for your prayers and the offering for the pastors.

Blessings,
Larry, Missionary Guatemala

Response:

These are pastors of churches supplied by OEA and satan targeted them because They were unafraid to raise the dead and call for other witness of the Spirit. When I heard of these tragic events in which one pastor was killed, leaving a wife and children. I commented to Larry, "this is witchcraft." He confirms this in the email.
From Cambodia:
Barnabus Mam writes after receiving confirmation of $6000 offering from OEA to build a facility in Laos.

The Lord's hand is definitely upon us in the building project for a local church in Lao. You can send the fund to AFCI headquarters as you did last time. Keep praying for me. I would like to come to Lao myself or invite my Lao friends to meet me at a town near Lao-Cambodia border to pray and plan for this building project soon.

Comment: Due to a generous offering of $1200 from a lady in Birmingham, Alabama coupled with several offerings from other individuals we were able to attain our goal within two months. Barnabus and Savaan Krouch were visiting in late August and prayers for that work were offered.
From England:
Brother Kim Freeborn at www.pfs-ministry.org includes request for prayer as he travels to Cambodia to review our work and lead classes for pastors in cooperation with Barnabus Mam and the AFCI laborers. Indeed our resources and prayers go with our beloved brother.




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