John Hagee - The Nine Mysteries of the Prayer Shawl
The mystery of the prayer shawl reveals the Word of God. On the side of the prayer shawl are this series of knots, representing the 613 commandments in the Word of God. The Jewish people were to memorize those. Remember the text: that you may remember the Word of God. And let me give you the word. "Remember" there does not mean vaguely remember. They memorized it. Before the word was printed by the Gutenberg Press, before the word became flesh and dwelt among us, it was transmitted in the symbolism of these 613 principles of truth. That's why David said: thy word have I hidden in my heart. The word "Hidden" means "Memorized". Thy word have I hidden in my heart: that I may not sin against thee.
I want you to hear this very clearly. The word you memorize is the word you will utilize. When you get in a spiritual battle, you need to know the Word of God. When satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, trying to sabotage his mission to Calvary, Jesus did not say, oh, dear me: let me run home to get my tape series on spiritual warfare. He said: it is written. It is written. It is written. He had the word. And as soon as he began to speak the word, satan knew he was defeated. Satan is not afraid of your education. He's not afraid of your intellect. He could care less about your opinion. He is terrified of the Word of God. Church of Jesus Christ, speak the word, act upon the word, attack the adversary with the word of the Living God. I am what this book says I am! I can do what this book says I can do! I can have what this book says I can have! I can say that nothing is impossible to those that believe! Give the Lord praise in the house of God!
The first knot, thou shall have no other Gods before me. Sound familiar? We do not worship rock stars or athletic stars. That means on Sunday, if there's a ball game going on that's really interesting, and it's church time, you'll go to church before you go home and watch a football player. Ya! We worship the bright and Morning Star, the Day Star, Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. Don't get hooked on anything but Jesus.
The second knot, thou shall have no graven images, and you shall not serve them. Don't worship the statue on the dashboard of your car with the little head that bobbles. The statue in your house, it offends God. God says: I am a jealous God. I don't want that in your house. I want to be the only thing in your house that's the object of worship. Statues can't save you. Statues can't hear you. Statues can't heal you. A statue can't touch you. A statue can't deliver you. Jesus Christ is your redeemer! He is your High Priest! He is your burden bearer! When you pray, he can move heaven and earth! He can answer by fire! He said: call upon me and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things you know not. When you pray, touch the throne of God, in Jesus' name! Hallelujah to the Lamb of God!
The third knot, you shall not take name of the Lord your God in vain. God's last name does not begin with "D". And if you want a one-way ticket to hell, keep using it, because the book of revelation says that's where you're going. I know that you may feel like that you have the political liberty to say what you want. But in the final analysis, God could care less what the Supreme Court thinks. And there's another application to that. Watching or reading porno while claiming to be a Christian is taking God's name in vain. Don't live like the devil and run around and tell people you're a Christian. You're not a Christian. You're a hypocrite but you're not a Christian.
I'll move right along to the fourth knot. I feel the fires burning low. Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy. Say that with me, remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy. Remember in the sermon on the firstfruits, I told you that what you do with the first day of the week, consecrates the next six days of the week. What you do with your first offering consecrates the rest of the income that you have. That's the Bible teaching on firstfruits. When you come to the house on the Lord's day, it consecrates the rest of the week to God. You are covered by the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. When you are telling God, I'm not there because I don't want to be there, maybe God can say, if you won't come to my house, why should I take you to my house? Think about that.
The sixth day, six days you shall work. Nothing in your life is going to work until you do. Quit going to the post office box looking for a check from the government, praying for prosperity. You're a slave to the state. The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work. The Bible says: he that provides not for his own is worse than an infidel. Get a job and go to work is a godly thing!
Sixth, honor your mother and your father. If you've got kids that run around the house, calling you "Old man" and "Old lady," you need to stroke their gluteus maximus until their cerebral cortex has a brand new revelation about who you are. Stop that right now.
The seventh, thou shall not kill. I'm going to touch on this 30 seconds. The news media is carrying a story, and I'm talking about abortion. The news media is carrying a story about planned parenthood selling baby body parts. You people in planned parenthood, don't look at Hitler and the nazis and turn up your nose. You are just as bad as Hitler and the nazis ever thought about being.
Eight, thou shall not steal. The Bible says, if you steal, God puts you under a curse. He financially cuts you off. I don't care what you stole, take it back, because until you get it back, you're under the curse of God.
Hang on. I have 603 more knots to go. The word is alive. It is powerful. It is eternal. The word is unchanging. The word is sharper than any two-edged sword. The word is milk for infants and it is meat for men. The word is the star of hope in a hopeless world. This word can conquer sickness. It can conquer disease. It can conquer demons. It can conquer the power of death. The word can transform lives that are twisted and stained by sin. Is there hope for America? Indeed there is: back to the Bible, B-I-B-L-E, Basic Instruction Before Leaving planet Earth: back to the word! Give the Lord praise in the house of God!
When satan comes against you, he roars like a lion, saying, you're defeated, hold the Word of God and say, the Lord is the light of my salvation: whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life: of whom shall I be afraid? I know that some of you in this room, this week, are facing things that, to you, are terrifying. But God will give you the answer the moment you get in that difficult situation. He will give you the words to speak and the knowledge to act, because you are his. And the Word of God will flow out of you like rivers of living water. Give him praise in the house of God.
When satan sits on your shoulder and says, your business is going to fail, fire back with, blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of living water. His leaf shall not wither, and whatever so he doeth shall prosper. Bill Gates, David Rockefeller, and Donald Trump, may starve to death, but you're not! You're the property of the Living God! Give him praise in the house of God.
When satan whispers, you're sick and you're never going to get well, fire back with this message: by his stripes, I am healed. It is the Lord that healeth all of my diseases. He sent his word, David writes, and he healed them all. Bless the Lord, o my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name who forgives us from all of our sins and heals all of our diseases. How many? All! How many? All! How many? All! Our God is an awesome God! Give him praise in the house of God.
The fourth mystery of the prayer shawl is the prayer closet. Moses had a congregation of about two million. If a man ever needed a franchise on tylenol, it was Moses. The tabernacle in the wilderness was 18 feet by 45 feet. Two million people couldn't get in there. So every man had his own tabernacle. This is it right here, the prayer shawl. Every Jewish man wore that from the age 13. David said: I was glad when he said unto me, let us go to the house of the Lord. Pop. There it is. I am now in the prayer closet.
David writes in Psalm 104: Bless the Lord, o my soul, who covers himself with a light as with a garment. That's what they say when they put this over their head. Jesus said, enter into the prayer closet. Every Jewish person instantly knew what he was talking about. I have seen many Christian people build a closet in their house and say, this is my prayer closet. There's nothing wrong with that except you're wrong. This is what he's talking about here.
Very important. What you do in prayer determines the quality of your life. God said to the children of Israel: I wanted you to go this way. But when I asked you to go this way, you got in your tent, your prayer tent, your prayer shawl, and you murmured. And so I'm not going to take you the short way to the Promised Land: I'm going to take you 40 years and you're not ever going to get there. And Moses, you're not going either. Think about that.
What's the message? The message is when you want something from God, don't whine. Don't, oh, my God, I just don't know how I'm going to make it through this. If you really want God's presence, praise your way into the presence of the Lord. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving and into his courts with praise. Then when you're in the inner court, tell the Lord what you need! He will supply your every need. Give him praise in the house of God. Bless his holy name! We worship you, Lord!
The fifth revelation of the prayer shawl is the revelation of the cross. The cross is represented in the Old Testament. Israel was camped around the tabernacle. The tabernacle held the Ark of the Covenant, and the presence of God hovered over the tabernacle in the shekinah glory of God.
Let me tell you this. The message of that, which is a 45-minute hum dinger is that if you're not living next to the presence of God, you're not where you can receive the answers from God. But back to the revelation of the cross. They are around the tabernacle. There are three tribes to the west, three tribes to the east, three tribes to the north, three tribes to the south. The largest three tribes, which were twice as long are in the south. What am I looking at? The cross. The cross. When all of the tents of Israel were lined up in the twelve tribes, they were looking at the cross. That's why the prophet Balaam said: how beautiful are thy tents, o Jacob. What was Balaam seeing? He was seeing the cross. He said: the shout of a king is heard among them.
What was that? The men of Israel were standing before the tabernacle with their prayer shawls, shouting the praises of God. This is the Lord that brought us out of Egypt. This is the God that drowned Pharaoh in the Red Sea. This is the God that rains manna every morning and gives us food to eat. This is Lord that provides water from the rock. This is the God that provides the cloud by day and the fire by night. And they stood there, and they worshiped, and they glorified, and they magnified the Lord with the highest praise. When you come before the Lord with singing and you come before the Lord with praise, saying, he has saved us, he has healed us, he has delivered us, he has prospered us, he has protected us and defended us, let the shout of a king be heard in the camp of the righteous! Do it, church!
The sixth mystery of the prayer shawl, God designed this. Isaiah saw it in the 11th chapter, the 12th verse. He said: God will raise a banner (that's a flag) for the nations of the world to gather the exiles of Israel. When these two bands of pure blue, all you have to have to have the star of Israel is the star of David in the center like that one right over there. The flag of Israel is the prayer shawl with the star of David in the middle.
I'm going to say this in a prophetic sense. When the enemies of Israel attack God Almighty, he's going to defend this flag. When the enemies of Israel attack in the future, hear this word from king David: he that keepeth Israel (that's a military term) neither slumbers nor sleeps. In Ezekiel 38, Ezekiel said that in the future, from right now, Russia, the king of the north, is going to come with Persia (it's Iran, by the way) with Ethiopia, which are the Islamic nations. And they're going to come against Israel. And the moment they put their foot on the covenant land of Israel, Ezekiel 38, 39 says God is going to destroy five out of six of them. That's 84%. So you people in Iran, who are strutting about what you're going to do when you get to Israel, you're going to get a grave: that's what you're going to get. God's going to bury you there.
The mystery of the prayer shall reveals God's double portion of miracles. Elijah had a leather girdle that produced miracles. What was that leather girdle? It was the prayer shawl made out of camel's hair. Elijah hit the Jordan River with that mantle and the waters parted. Then Elijah prayed for the widow's son by putting the prayer shawl over the boy's body. And he took the tzitzit. He took these. And he wrapped it in the corners of the boy's body, and prayed three times, and the boy came back alive. How many of you recognize that as being in the Bible?
Fast forward to Jesus, the Rabbi, Mark 5:41. A twelve-year-old girl is dead. Jesus put the corners of the prayer shawl in her hand and shouted, "Talitha cumi"! It says in the King James version, damsel, I say unto thee, arise. That was put there by monks. "Talitha cumi" does not mean damsel, arise. Had she been 13 to 17, it would be "Almah cumi," which is teenage girl, arise. Had she been over 18 and unmarried, it would have been "Betulah cumi," miss, arise. "Talitha cumi" means she, who is in the tallit, the prayer shawl, arise. Our God is the source of eternal life. There is no death to the believer. You, and you, and you, who have received Jesus Christ, are never going to die. He that believeth in me shall never die, because we have everlasting life in the Son of God. Hallelujah to the Lamb of God!
The seventh mystery is in Mark 5 when the woman with the issue of blood said: if I can touch the hem of his garment, this is what I was speaking of earlier.
The eighth mystery of the prayer shawl is in Peter's vision in acts 10. Peter saw a sheet being held by the four corners. That sheet was a prayer shawl. He was at the house of Simon, the tanner. God was trying to get Peter to go to the house of Cornelius, a gentile, a Roman centurion, to carry the Gospel. Peter looked inside the sheet, and what did he see? Creatures. That was us. Why? Gentiles were unclean. Jews were not supposed to have anything to do with gentiles. We were nobody until Jesus died for us at the cross. And at the cross, we were adopted. We became heirs and joint heirs. He took our sin and gave us forgiveness. He took our death and gave us everlasting life. But until the cross, we were nothing. And God said, I want you to go to the house of Cornelius. Because this was the prophetic statement that Jesus made. He asked the disciples: who do men say that I am? And Peter said: you're the Son of God. He said: blessed art thou Simon Barjona. What does that mean? That was a prophetic statement.
Jonah was the Jewish prophet to the gentiles. Jonah did not want to go to Nineveh. God kicked him out of the boat and let a jaws number two or number one swallow him and take him to the coast. It took a miracle, a great fish, to get him to go to preach the Gospel. Peter had a vision. And he went to the house of Cornelius. And when he preached to them, Cornelius' house was the first to receive the Gospel. They were filled with the Holy Spirit even before Peter finished, because he was as Jonah, the reluctant Jewish prophet, who went to the gentiles to carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Was Paul a tent maker or did he make prayer shawls? The Bible says: Aquila and Priscilla made their living making tents. The question is, what did people living in Corinth, a city of marble, need tents? Then and now, rabbinical students make prayer shawls. It is my opinion that Paul made prayer shawls when he was a rabbinical student, not tents, in a city where there was nothing but stone. It's just a matter of logic and Bible. It has nothing to do with your salvation.
The last appearance of the prayer shawl in scripture, Revelation 19:11. It said: and he has a name written that no one knew. Remember that I said in Exodus 3, no one knew the name of God for many hundreds of years. And then we see this last appearance. The Bible says in Revelation 19: and on his vesture, and on his thigh is a name written King of kings. Jesus Christ of Nazareth is coming back again. When he comes back, there will be on his thigh, his name. It's this. He will have his tzitzit that spells "Jehovah God is one". He will be riding it.
In Revelation 19, when he, all of the angels, all of the Old Testament saints, every person in this building, who is redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ, are going to be mounted on a milk-white stallion. You talk about the posse of all posses. This is going to be it. The king is coming, ladies and gentlemen. The king is coming. The king is coming. The king is coming. Glory! Glory to his name! When you see these signs, lift up your heads and rejoice: your redemption draweth nigh! Give him praise in the house of God. Glory. Stand with me. Everyone stand with me. I want you to pray this prayer with me. If you're watching by television, you can join us.
Heavenly Father, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I ask you to forgive me of all of my sin. Cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Come into my heart and life today to be the Savior and Lord of my life. I will serve you from this day forward. Amen. Give the Lord praise in the house of God. Amen.