Sunday, July 4, 2021

Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX

On July 2, 1776, Congress voted to approve a complete separation from England. Two days later, July 4, the early draft of the Declaration of Independence was signed. Four days later, members of Congress took the document and read it out loud from the steps of Independence Hall, proclaiming it to the city of Philadelphia. Afterward, they rang the Liberty Bell. The inscription on the top of the bell is

Leviticus 25:10
“Proclaim liberty throughout the land and to all the inhabitants thereof.”

The Declaration of Independence was the birth certificate for this nation, but the men who signed it knew when they signed this birth certificate, it would become a death warrant for them. The closing paragraph states,

“And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance of the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.”

The 56 Founding Fathers, 27 of whom were trained as ministers, took their pledge seriously. On the morning of the signing, there was silence and gloom as each man was called up to the table of the President of Congress to sign the document. They knew it could mean their death by hanging.

Philadelphia is literally “Brotherly Love.” The Greek word for brotherly love is AGAPE, which is in the Bible 56 times!

Most wars have a motto. The motto of World War II was “Remember Pearl Harbor.” The motto during the Texas War for Independence was “Remember the Alamo.” The spiritual emphasis, directed toward King George III, who violated God’s laws, gave rise to this motto during the American Revolution:

“No King but King Jesus.”

The Founding Fathers passed the torch to us. It is our responsibility to not let it go out.

Jesus is the only one worthy of being your true King.

Israel was always being tempted to go after and serve another King and another Kingdom. Jesus himself was tempted in the wilderness to bow His Holy knee to another king in order to be given the kingdoms of the world.

But no cigar!
Our Founding Fathers – again, 27 of whom were preachers–listed 27 terrible things the King of England had done.

The number 27 represents when things are revealed by the light of God’s truth. In this, the numbers 21, 22 and 27 are very much alike.

27: Things unveiled and revealed in God’s presence

Like the number 22, when the light comes on God says, “Tada!” I think He likes to stamp the number twenty-seven on those things, except for when He is specifically revealing THE HEART OF THE FATHER.

It’s not a very prolific number in the Bible, being found only six times. But the term “the candlestick” appears twenty-seven times, and I think it has to do with how “the light comes on” and when the presence of God is made manifest.
• Abraham is revealed through twenty-seven books in the Bible.
• Twenty-seven is the number of generations from David to Christ according to the Gospel of Matthew. (Matthew 1:1- 17). That is when Jesus showed up and went, “Tada!” I AM HERE TO SHOW YOU WHAT THE FATHER LOOKS LIKE
• There are twenty-seven books in the New Testament
And what is twenty-seven? Three to the third power (3 x 3 x 3). It is the revelation of all things Jesus. His candlestick burns bright and He will not remove it because we will not leave our first love.
So, certainly progressive revelation and then light of truth are connected with the number twenty-seven. BUT AGAIN, I THINK SPECIFICALLY WITH HOW JESUS REVEALS THE HEART OF THE FATHER.
Prophetically, those 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence wrote down these 56 words:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed, by their Creator, with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

56 is a biblical and kingdom number that seems to be associated
with making a covenant with God in the presence of your enemies

Prophetic meaning of 56:
Making a covenant with God to save you from the oppression of your enemies.

When David was captured by the Philistines and sent to their capital Gath-which was known as the home of giants–He wrote the 56th Psalm:

Psalms 56

Psalms 56: To the Chief Musician. Set to “The Silent Dove in Distant Lands.” That is the prophetic picture of the Holy Spirit being silenced in England by the King who demanded the worship of the people and instituted a state religion.

Be merciful to me, O God, for man would swallow me up; Fighting all day he oppresses me.
2 My enemies would hound me all day, For there are many who fight against me, O Most High.
3 Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.
4 In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?
5 All day they twist my words; All their thoughts are against me for evil.
6 They gather together, They hide, they mark my steps, When they lie in wait for my life.
7 Shall they escape by iniquity? In anger cast down the peoples, O God!
8 You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book?
9 When I cry out to You, Then my enemies will turn back; This I know, because God is for me.
10 In God (I will praise His word), In the Lord (I will praise His word),
11 In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?
12 Vows made to You are binding upon me, O God; I will render praises to You,
13 For You have delivered my soul from death. Have You not kept my feet from falling, That I may walk before God In the light of the living?

Do you see going into covenant with God to save you from the oppression of your enemies?

Psalms 56 has 13 verses.
The 56 signers of Declaration represented the 13 original colonies that became states.
13 is the number for rebellion, and don’t forget, there is righteous rebellion in the Kingdom.

The word “heart,” the word “blood,” the word “separate” all have a gematria or a numerical value of 56 – as do the words Jehovah and Redeem.

56 is 2x2x2x7

888* 2 1776

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826—the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.

The Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights are both holy documents and, as Thomas Jefferson said:

“The Price of freedom is eternal vigilance.”
– Thomas Jefferson

You can’t be lazy and be free.
You will not stay free if you do not fight for it.

The prophet Tom Petty said, “Everybody’s got to be fight to be free.”

There is no freedom if you are independent from King Jesus. He’s the one who brings freedom.

John 8:34-36
“Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; (employees come and go) the son remains forever (family belongs to the house). So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

When King Jesus gave His mission statement, He declared through the prophet Isaiah:

Luke 4:18-19
‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’

10 scriptures on the reality of freedom that all of us have to fight for:

2 Corinthians 3:17 
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

1 Corinthians 6:12 
“Everything is permissible for me” – but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me” – but I will not be mastered by anything.

John 8:36 
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

Galatians 5:1 
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Galatians 3:22 
But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.

Ephesians 3:12 
In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

Psalm 119:45 
I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.

Galatians 5:13-14 
You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Romans 6:22 
But now that you have been set free from sin and become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.

1 Peter 2:16 
Live as free men, but do not use your freedom to cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.

  • Jesus is 888 based on the Greek gematria of the Greek word for Jesus “Iēsous”