THE HIDDEN BREAD
Manna Is Processed In The Last Days
scribe, I hear, see and record the Words of the Lord at
night. Often in the morning, I ask, "What was THAT?"
Those who receive from the Lord by way of visions,
dreams, His still small voice, and other rhema go
through a similar process. They are blessed to hear from
the Lord, but then ask the question, "What IS it?" "What
does it mean? How do I apply this?"
the hidden food of heaven. What IS it?
commanded the skies to open -- he opened the doors of
heaven -- and rained down manna for them to eat. He gave
them bread from heaven. They ate the food of angels! God
gave them all they could hold." (Ps 78:23-25 NLT)
manna! The very nature of this strange bread is found in
its name. The first time it is recorded is after the
Israelites had left Egypt to take the journey to their
next morning the desert all around the camp was wet with
dew. When the dew disappeared later in the morning, thin
flakes, white like frost, covered the ground. The
Israelites were puzzled when they saw it. "What is it?"
they asked. And Moses told them, "It is the food the
LORD has given you." (Ex 16:15 NLT)
King James, this same verse says: "And when the children
of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna:
for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them,
This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat."
(Ex 16:15 KJV)
manna in the Hebrew literally meant "a whatness" so
called from the question about it. (#4478 Strongs.) It
comes from a Hebrew word (#4100) meaning: interrogative
what? (including how? why? when?); but also exclamation,
what! (including how!), or indefinitely what (including
whatever, and even relatively, that which).
when I read those questions! Those questions are the
very nature of manna! That is exactly what we go through
in receiving the Words of the Lord. Notice what the New
Testament promises about manna: "He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him
who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to
eat…" (Rev 2:17 NKJ) This is a promise that as we
overcome, we will be given some of the hidden manna of
heaven to eat.
verse, the Greek word ‘hidden’ (#2928) means to conceal.
It is translated hidden, to keep secret. The Greek word
manna (#3131) comes from the SAME Hebrew word manna
recorded above. This is the SAME word recorded in the
New Testament for the last day saints. So, we can
interpret this symbolically, that in the same manner in
which the Israelites ate manna, we can have the
privilege of eating spiritual manna. What is the process
that they went through in order to eat this manna?
THEY GATHERED IT
Moses told them, "It is the food the LORD has given you.
The LORD says that each household should gather as much
as it needs…." (Ex 16:15b-16 NLT)
told us to pray, "Give us this day, our daily bread."
(Matt 6:11) And He also told us, "I am the living bread
which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this
bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall
give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the
world." (John 6:51 NKJV) (FYI: The Greek word bread in
these scriptures are identical, meaning raised bread.)
Gathering manna is like a treasure hunt and brings such
joy when we find His quickened, life-giving Words to us!
Just as I was placing the above scriptures here, I
decided to read emails. A lady shared her "6:11" story
(based upon my last post about 7:11 & 11:11
confirmations) and here is what she said: "I was so
excited I wanted to stand on top on my desk and start
screaming. I knew it was from God. I looked up Matthew
6:11 and it says "give us this day our daily bread".
What God showed me is that He wants us to receive the
Bread of Life every day in a new way."
I was so
tickled to read about her joy and also to receive the
confirmation of this post. ("It is the spirit that
quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that
I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life."
her conclusion, that the Lord wants to talk to us every
day in a new way! If you are hungry to learn how to find
daily manna, remembering the following scriptures help.
"If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear." Then He said
to them, "Take heed what you hear. With the same measure
you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who
hear, more will be given. For whoever has, to him more
will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he
has will be taken away from him." (Mark 4:23-25 NKJV)
That measure is like the capacity of our baskets for
gathering manna. We have to have our manna baskets
stretch and grow so that we can receive more from Him.
[I have written an entire book on how to increase our
hearing Him; available at my website or Elijah List
website.] A key to hearing Him, is to ask, seek and
knock (Matt 7:7) and that is the effort we expend to
gather manna. We don’t create the manna, He
supernaturally sends it to us as a response to our
THEY PULVERIZED IT
manna looked like small coriander seeds, pale yellow in
color. The people gathered it from the ground and made
flour by grinding it with hand mills or pounding it in
mortars." Num 11:7,8 NLT)
who grinds coffee beans or flour knows there are various
degrees of grinding. The longer time one spends
grinding, the finer the substance becomes. Even rhema
which is the most difficult to understand can be
pulverized into baby food, if the time is taken to do
so. Babies spit out lumps, but they may swallow it if
the food is ground smooth enough. We grind the lumps (or
the questions or stumbling blocks) by separating the
chunky space between the lumps!
we do this, and the more time is spent doing so,
eventually all the lumps disappear and we have refined
food, smooth enough for all to eat, even the babies. If
we try to cook it whole or cut this process short, in
the end, we may spit it out and not receive anything
from it at all.
needed for grinding manna:
in a microwave society and want to be fed now. But manna
takes effort to prepare before it can be eaten. This is
effort in study, prayer, searching, and separating the
Word of God. (2 Tim 2:15)
effort is studying to connect each of the isolated,
questionable pieces of rhema. We find common
denominators of patterns which are reference points with
His Word, we use concordances, we include our personal
life in the places where He has given us understanding
before, etc and connect it all with the lumps that we do
can be messy work. It sometimes ends up out of its
gathering container, onto the floor and all over the
person grinding it. :) Therefore, it is best to keep the
grinding in a hidden place, away from public scrutiny.
have a few working in the kitchen with you, they may
understand the way you in particular do your grinding
and give you lots of space to make messes. Others may
not be so understanding and not only reject your pearls,
but also reject your mess.
often heard the saying, "Fall on the rock, before it
falls upon you." This comes from the scripture in Matt
21:41-44 where Jesus was speaking of Himself as the
cornerstone. Then He says, "And whoever falls on this
stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will
grind him to powder." (vs 44 NKJV)
context of that scripture is not talking about grinding
manna, but the parable of Jesus being the grinding stone
certainly fits. As we fall upon Jesus, and let the Words
that He speaks to us fall back upon Him, the Holy Spirit
breaks the manna down into smaller and smaller portions
until it becomes powder.
breaking down process, the more we hear from the Lord,
rather than puffing us up, the more humbled we become. I
have been a scribe for many years now and at first I
would become sifted and frustrated, asking too many
questions with not enough answers. I finally learned not
to trust in my own mind, my own preconceived ideas, my
own opinions, my own strength. Ambition, zeal, pride,
all became crushed into powder as I went through the
process of receiving something awesome and wonderful
from the Lord, only to find out that I most definitely
heard, but didn’t have the foggiest idea what He meant
by it! This grinding teaches us that we have no ability
to understand God on our own, we must take EVERYTHING
back to Him, Who is our Source. He has sent the Holy
spirit to help and teach us. "But when the Father sends
the Counselor as my representative-- and by the
Counselor I mean the Holy Spirit-- he will teach you
everything and will remind you of everything I myself
have told you." (John 14:26 NLT) In every aspect, it is
IMPOSSIBLE to live the Christian life apart from His
what the Bible says as to WHY the Lord gives us manna:
"Remember how the LORD your God led you through the
wilderness for forty years, humbling you and testing you
to prove your character, and to find out whether or not
you would really obey his commands. Yes, he humbled you
by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with
manna, a food previously unknown to you and your
ancestors. He did it to teach you that people need more
than bread for their life; real life comes by feeding on
every word of the LORD." (Deut 8:2-3 NLT)
you with manna in the wilderness, a food unknown to your
ancestors. He did this to humble you and test you for
your own good." (Deut 8:16 NLT)
THEY COOKED IT
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." (Num 11:8 NKJV)
saying is, "A watched pot never boils." And so it is
with cooking. It takes time to make a fire, to heat the
pot up to cook. In these last days, there are 2 kinds of
fire and the choice is ours. One kind of fire is having
the fiery passion of loving and thus pursuing the Lord
our God: "Jesus replied, `You must love the Lord your
God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your
mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment."
(Matt 22:37-38 NLT)
the second choice is a result of losing that fiery love
for the Lord: "Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the
love of many will grow cold." (Matt 24:12 NLT)
"Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have
left your first love." (Rev 2:4
the embers of our love grows cold, then we will be put
into the fiery furnace so that we will no longer depend
upon ourselves, but turn to the Lord.
all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor
cold. I wish you were one or the other! But since you
are like lukewarm water, I will spit you out of my
mouth! You say, `I am rich. I have everything I want. I
don't need a thing!' And you don't realize that you are
wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. I
advise you to buy gold from me--gold that has been
purified by fire…." (Rev 3:15-18 NLT)
two choices are to cook, or to be cooked! If we cook, we
zealously pursue the Lord and give Him time to stir His
rhema pot within us. He turns up the fire of love and we
search Him all the more. It is a joyous experience to be
consumed in the passion of the Lord.
other is to be consumed in the fire of trials. And that
too is the love of the Lord, so that we will turn and
sup with Him. The very next verse says: "I am the one
who corrects and disciplines everyone I love. Be
diligent and turn from your indifference. "Look! Here I
stand at the door and knock. If you hear me calling and
open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal
as friends." (Rev 3:19-20 NLT)
something very precious in growing in our hearing the
Lord, or receiving daily manna from Him. He develops
within us an appetite for Him in that the more we
receive, the more we crave. To discover that the God and
Creator of the universe actually wants to connect and
talk to us personally, this lights a fire deep inside
us. He draws us into passion with His very Words to us.
"Love flashes like fire, the brightest kind of flame.
Many waters cannot quench love; neither can rivers drown
it." (Song 8:6-7 NLT)
close with a Word to Ponder. May the Lord breath upon us
His fiery passion as we receive His hidden manna!
is building. Watch the flames flicker with each gust of
wind. As I breathe upon My people, the wind takes hold
of each ember to burst forth new flames of kindled heat.
Watch the fire. It grows hotter as each hour passes.
Watch it build, as My people return to their first
love…. The flames of passion from My people grow, as
they worship Me with all of their strength... The glow
of desire becomes more intense as they seek Me with all
their hearts… The luminescence of their minds
electrifies as they hunger for My Words. The flame grows
hotter. The passion deepens.
people, who stir My heart. My people, who draw out My
great longings to respond to your unabashed love. Call
on Me and I will answer! Seek Me and I will be found.
The cloud of My Presence will descend upon the earth and
you will be found in Me for I dwell in the praises of My
people. I long to dwell in the midst of your fiery
passion. Let the fires burn. Let them burn deeply.
God is a consuming fire." (Hebrews 12:29)
shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me
with all your heart." (Jeremiah 29:13)
hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse; thou hast
ravished my heart with one of thine eyes, with one chain
of thy neck." (Song of Solomon 4:9)