Song of Solomon 4:16 “Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out.”
The Center of God’s Will
The concept of “four winds” might seem old-school, similar to four elements and the “four corners” of the earth; A relic from the ancient times when humans believed our planet was flat. But keep in mind, the bible does not contain anything by accident. These books were not written to explain the physical world, but rather the spiritual. The reference of “four winds” is by no means a mistake, but you must think beyond a physical, tangible breeze. The winds refer to immense spiritual powers and gateways. This concept is not only found in Enoch, but also in the standard books of the bible:
Revelation 7:1,3 “And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree….. Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.”
Psalm 135:7, “He causes vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth…. he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries”
Coming to chapter 76 from the book of Enoch, we find something incredible. Here is an in-depth description of the four winds and their attributes, ranging from health and prosperity to burning and destruction. After reading this, we will examine a couple basic ways to experience the positive effects of the four winds, and avoid the destructive ones.
1 And at the ends of the earth I saw twelve portals open to all the quarters (of the heaven), from 2 which the winds go forth and blow over the earth. Three of them are open on the face (i.e. the east) of the heavens, and three in the west, and three on the right (i.e. the south) of the heaven, and 3 three on the left (i.e. the north). And the three first are those of the east, and three are of the 4 north, and three [after those on the left] of the south, and three of the west. Through four of these come winds of blessing and prosperity, and from those eight come hurtful winds: when they are sent, they bring destruction on all the earth and on the water upon it, and on all who dwell thereon, and on everything which is in the water and on the land. 5 And the first wind from those portals, called the east wind, comes forth through the first portal which is in the east, inclining towards the south: from it come forth desolation, drought, heat, 6 and destruction. And through the second portal in the middle comes what is fitting, and from it there come rain and fruitfulness and prosperity and dew; and through the third portal which lies toward the north come cold and drought. 7 And after these come forth the south winds through three portals: through the first portal of 8 them inclining to the east comes forth a hot wind. And through the middle portal next to it there 9 come forth fragrant smells, and dew and rain, and prosperity and health. And through the third portal lying to the west come forth dew and rain, locusts and desolation. 10 And after these the north winds: from the seventh portal in the east come dew and rain, locusts and desolation. And from the middle portal come in a direct direction health and rain and dew and prosperity; and through the third portal in the west come cloud and hoar-frost, and snow and rain, and dew and locusts. 12 And after these [four] are the west winds: through the first portal adjoining the north come forth dew and hoar-frost, and cold and snow and frost. And from the middle portal come forth dew and rain, and prosperity and blessing; and through the last portal which adjoins the south come forth drought and desolation, and burning and destruction. And the twelve portals of the four quarters of the heaven are therewith completed, and all their laws and all their plagues and all their benefactions have I shown to thee, my son Methuselah.
Now how will we interpret this chapter? Well, to unlock the secret to these gates requires a trip back to the regular bible for the “keys,” four of which are as follows:
Deuteronomy 5:32 “Ye shall observe to do therefore as the Lord your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.”
Joshua 1:7 “Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest.”
Proverbs 4:27 “Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.”
Mark 15:27, And with [Christ] they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.
We notice a common characteristic here. The “left” and “right” come with a curse. We are to shoot for the center in our life conduct. At the crucifixion, Christ was the middle and two thieves were on each side of him. Referring back to the table of portals in Enoch 76, this becomes clear. The outer two portals are always destructive in some way, locusts, burning, desolation, drought, nothing very fun. The middle gates on the other hand, bring health, fruitfulness, and prosperity. The two outer portals are the “thieves,” ready to rob us of blessing. The middle portal is provision from Christ. We need to be lined up to receive from the center portals, not from the “thieves” to the left and right. How is this possible? By living your life in the center of God’s will, staying obedient to both his written and present word for your life. Modern Christianity downplays the importance of obedience and rightful living and overstates the virtue of “faith.” Faith is dead without real repentance, the book of James in unquestionably clear on the subject. The “straight and narrow” of obedience to God’s will is the middle path, the wide way to destruction, the “path of least resistance” is the ditches to the left and right. The “left” refers to lawlessness and sin. The “right” to self-righteousness, overly judging, and the Pharisee mindset. Both to be avoided as we seek truth and balance.
Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
Fanning into Flame
The second key to operating the wind:
WIND IS WHAT COMES OUT OF YOUR MOUTH. YOUR COMMUNICATION.
Proverbs 12:13-14 “The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips: but the just shall come out of trouble. A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him.”
Proverbs 18:20-21 “A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
1 Peter 3:10 “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:”
James 3:10-11 “Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?”
To get flow from the middle portals, speech should be constructive, solution-oriented, thanksgiving, praise and worship, in line with the WORD.
Most people will agree we should not speak negative. But there is a misalignment between peoples’ noble ideals versus their actual speech and walk in this area. You agree slander is a sin, but come election time, talk about the politician you don’t like as if he is satan incarnate. Election season does not mean you have a God-given right to lie and slander the leader of the opposing party. Show some class and clean up the negativity of your facebook posting and commenting. You agree gossip is wrong, but do it to fit in with friends and coworkers. It is time to show some leadership in this area. When someone starts to gossip and speak negative about a person, bring up positive things about that person instead of simply agreeing with the gossip originator. Do not let your environment conform you to its darkness, show some leadership and be the change.
Speaking doubt, despair, and hopelessness can trigger these gates. Unfortunately, it is all too easy when struggling and we excuse it as “realism.” This is one reason the rich get richer and the poor stay poor. Rather than speak the reality of the present, God is impressed by speaking his promises into being for a positive future. It is incredibly hard when in lack, to consistently stay positive. It is the only way though. We have to “call that things that are not, as though they were.” Don’t give up because it doesn’t happen right away, consistency is key, even if it takes years. Get the wind flowing out of the middle gates of blessing, stop speaking to reinforce the curse and excusing it as realism.
Romans 4:17-18 “[Abraham] believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken.”
People understood that to produce iron a bellows was required. By repetitive cycling of this device, air was forced into the furnace. This is an example of how we need to ‘speak’ repetitively over time to keep the fire of our faith burning to its maximum. We need to get the ‘air’ our ‘breath’ moving. 2 Timothy 1:6, “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.” Timothy was not seeing the manifestation of his gifting after Paul laid hands to impart the gift to him. Paul reminded Timothy of the importance of his part in activating the gift. Our promise only exists as a seed until it is activated by our words of faith and actions of obedience to God. You have to fake it until you make it in both actions and words.
Forcing out “vain repetitions” of phrases such as “my leg is healed, my leg is healed” and leaving it at that is not good enough. Its about a total transformation in the way you communicate with others. No gossip, no slander, no complaining, no criticism without providing a solution. Speaking positive only sometimes, and negative other times is impotent. You cancel the power of the spoken word to produce life, when casually speaking death in your daily walk. Be on watch constantly. Around family, workplace, church, internet.
Interpreting the four winds of Enoch 76, their effects, and emotions that trigger them:
Proverbs 1:27, “When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as the whirlwind.”
Dew = MANNA. Present-tense revelation and provision (enough to get by but not overflowing)
Rain = PROVISION (either spiritual or material)
Locusts = DEMONIC ATTACK/OPPRESSION (Revelation 9, book of Joel)
Desolation = DESPAIR/HOPELESSNESS
Drought = DOUBT
Cold = FEAR
Frost = PARALYSIS / AFRAID TO MOVE AHEAD OUT OF COMFORT ZONE
Snow = IMPEDED BY CIRCUMSTANCES FROM MOVING AHEAD
Hot wind = ANGER
Cloud = CONFUSION, LACK OF DIRECTION
Fragrant smells = GARDEN OF EDEN
Fruitfulness = INCREASED PRODUCTIVE CAPACITY (ministry or life)
Health = PHYSICAL/MENTAL/EMOTIONAL
Prosperity = NO LACK / SUFFICIENT RESOURCES
Note the “dew and rain” phenomenon appear out of both the good and evil portals. This shows God’s nature of “making his rain fall both on the just and the unjust.” This allows us to gain revelation and growth from our sin and mistakes.
Matthew 5:45 “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”
For those called to positions of authority and especially the apostolic, it is even more crucial because YOU become the spiritual gateway for your region. When you allow one of the evil gates to open, it does not just affect your own life but allows demonic attack against your entire region and its people. That’s why obedience and watching your words is so crucial to anyone operating in this type of assignment. Remember when king David sinned by numbering his subjects? (1 Chronicles 21). He himself was allowed to live, but it caused the loss of a large number of lives of his subjects. So for those in authority, be advised the importance of keeping the middle gates open and outside gates closed goes beyond just staying blessed yourself; it affects everyone under your authority and in your environment.