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The Book of Nahum – Part 3

February 4, 2016

No more of thy name be sown

Here are the verses for our study for Part 3 of the Book of Nahum.

Nah 1:7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

Nah 1:8 But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.

Nah 1:9 What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.

Nah 1:10 For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.

Nah 1:11 There is one come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the LORD, a wicked counsellor.

Nah 1:12 Thus saith the LORD; Though they be quiet, and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more.

Nah 1:13 For now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder.

Nah 1:14 And the LORD hath given a commandment concerning thee, that no more of thy name be sown: out of the house of thy gods will I cut off the graven image and the molten image: I will make thy grave; for thou art vile.

The prophets spoke of the coming of the Lord but did not yet know Him. They like the prophets of today (The Elect the few chosen) will first come to know true doctrine and speak it. This is an important first step but as we will see is not the only step to know the Lord. The prophets precede the coming of Christ within and without. We see Christ’s lineage traced back thru the prophets including Nahum.

Luk 3:25 Which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Amos, which was the son of Naum, which was the son of Esli, which was the son of Nagge,

Christ comes after the prophets who foretell of His coming. Being washed in the true water of the Word is not where it ends. There must be a second baptism. Christ must come the second time to cause us to go from being hearers of the Word to becoming doers of the Word. In our yet carnal state, we like all the prophets before us know about Him, but we know Him not.

 Joh 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Joh 1:30 This is he of whom I said, after me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.

Joh 1:31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

Joh 1:32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.

Joh 1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Spirit.

It is those we see baptized in the fire of the Holy Spirit who are the true sons of God.

Joh 1:34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God (“Christ”)

Mat 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Only the priests of God, the few chosen have been prepared to cross over the River Jordan which represents this baptism of fire. They must precede the rest of Israel (all men) and bear the ark of the testimony of God (The Word) on their shoulders as they walk. This is the second baptism in type and shadow and God’s Elect will lead others to salvation in the age to come (Rom 11:31).

Jos 3:6 And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people.

The title of this study is taken from Nahum 1:14 which says that “no more of thy name be sown”. This is speaking to the initiation of this second baptism by fire whereby the jealousy of the Lord (whose name is Jealous) will be made manifest by the salvation of His chosen people. The “old man, the seed of the serpent”, is being cut off forever by the sword that is the Word.

Lev 20:3 And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name.

We all are by nature children of wrath (Eph 2:3) of our father the devil (Joh 8:44) before faith comes.  The baptism of fire is destroying that seed within is and all things will be made new in the fire of the Lord’s jealousy.  The voice of this other “jesus”, the servant of Satan disguised as an angel of light, shall no more be heard in us when the Lord’s jealousy is at work in us.

Rev 18:22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;

Rev 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

The Lord builds His church through His Body, “The Christ”, and this is only done in His Name, not in the name of any other god or idol.

1Ch 22:19 Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God; arise therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of the LORD God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of the LORD.

Doing things in His name is what we are caused to do by the scourging grace of the Lord (Rom 5:20, Ezek 36:27, Isa 48:10, Heb 12:6, etc). But when we see this baptism of fire coming to pass in our lives we are blessed indeed.  Our flesh won’t rejoice but our new man will be glad.

Luk 13:35 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

1Pe 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

Let’s dig a little deeper into these verses one at a time.

Nah 1:7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

The Lord is indeed good to the new man but merciless to the old man who is being destroyed by design (Eze 7:1-9, 1 Co 15:50). Christ through His Body is a strong hold in our day of the Lord, the day of judgment filled with trouble, trials and afflictions (1 Pe 4:13). The Body is this strong hold and fortress on whom we must learn to cast our cares upon (1 Pe 5:7) as we endure the tribulation necessary to enter into the kingdom of God (Act 14:22).

We know this is only speaking to God’s Elect who are given “ears to hear” and we are His sheep. Only His sheep, are given to speak His Word and only they will hear His voice (Mat 13:10).

Joh 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

Joh 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

The very definition of eternal life is defined as knowing the Lord.

Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

God’s Elect possess this now in down payment form. We only come to know “He is the Lord” by going through the fiery trials and judgments of God. There are no exceptions to this rule of when and how we shall know Him.

Eze 7:4 And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense thy ways upon thee, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

This really is what the Lord “being good” to us means. The Lord bringing tender mercies to us is all about the old man being destroyed in His jealousy and wrath so the new man will come forth.

Psa 145:9 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.

Psa 119:156 Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me according to thy judgments.

Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

Rom 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

As we saw in the Obadiah study, we are delivered by the deliverers that come from Mt. Zion. These saviors are the Body of Christ (“The Christ”) and it is those same deliverers that are also our place of refuge and comfort. We best learn to come to Christ for refuge and seek the wisdom of a multitude of counselors.

Psa 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Interesting that the word translated “trust” [H2620] has within its meaning the concept of fleeing or seeking refuge.

 H2620, châsâh, khaw-saw’’ – Total KJV occurrences: 37

A primitive root; to flee for protection (compare H982); figuratively to confide in: – have hope, make refuge, (put) trust.

Fleeing Babylon, Egypt and our enemies is what we are called to do. We will only find refuge in the Lord which means within His Body. To be part of the living God we must remain connected to the living organism that is Christ.

Nah 1:8 But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.

The foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of men. The Lord’s process as defined in Scriptures is to destroy the old man within us by first having us be utterly deceived and walk in strong delusion about the truth. That wicked man of sin we all are in the flesh, the beast, the “abomination of desolation” must be identified first and then destroyed.

2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

2Th 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

It seems foolishness to the carnal mind, but the way we see the truth is to be shown we are blind.

Joh 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

We can’t at first stand against these waters as foolish men; we will indeed be overcome by the flood (Mat 7:26-27) and the house of the Lord will fall. Yet when we can hear the Truth and the Lord teaches us righteousness by these judgments, then we can stand.

Mat 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

Mat 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

The overrunning flood refers to waters that are swallowed up by the earth. These are the lies and false doctrines, the strong delusion; that keeps our old man deceived and worshipping the beast all the while thinking we serve the Lord in our first witness for Christ.

Rev 12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.

Rev 12:16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

And it is this blaspheming of God we all do that the Lord will use as an occasion to bring judgment against us at our appointed time.

Dan 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

Isa 59:19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

Light must first be called darkness in our ignorance and spiritual blindness. It is us, you and me, the sons of God, the very children of the kingdom, that are first in darkness, made spiritually blind on purpose by the Lord. We must first be unprofitable and shown we are blind before we can see and the Lord can use us (Mat 25:30).

Mat 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

The end of our rebellion and sowing of the seed of the serpent comes like it did in the days of Noah which is by the causation of a flood over the entire earth. The wicked (carnal mind, lies, false doctrines) shall be taken away and we will no longer sow the seed of wickedness in the earth (Mat 24:38-39).

Gen 7:23 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.

Nah 1:9 What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.

The tribulation and trouble (affliction) we suffer through does not come a second time. The process of going through God’s judgment is a onetime process that will not fail. He comes to us a second time but when He comes for judgment, He is absolutely going to finish the good work He started in destroying the old and bringing forth the new man.

Php 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

 

Rom 9:27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:

Rom 9:28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.

 

Zec 13:3 And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the LORD: and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth.

 A jealous God gets what He desires (Job 26:13, 2 Pe 3:9). He accomplishes His fury and the new man is brought forth.

Zep 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

The man of sin, the “son of perdition” will no longer be sowing the seed of this “other jesus”.

Eze 39:7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.

 

 Nah 1:10 For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.

 We will know who is of Christ by their fruit. Yet fruit takes time to grow and even within us, we initially try to bring forth lasting fruit for God from thorns.

Mat 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles

All of our works will be tried in the fire and what is of the flesh shall be burned. This is the process of salvation hidden in the prophets such as Nahum.

1Co 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

1Co 3:12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

1Co 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

1Co 3:14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

1Co 3:15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

The symbols of thorns and being drunk all refer to the false worship we do under the influences of the lies and false doctrines of the great harlot, Mystery Babylon. As we saw earlier we must bring forth these thorns as we walk in darkness first. The seed of Christ will be choked out initially.

Gen 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

Mat 13:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:

But those thorns and briars are destined to be burned and they will as we are being taught in our day of judgment.

Heb 6:8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

Being devoid of the Truth and the Spirit of God at this time, we are fully dry and devoid of the true knowledge and Spirit of the Lord. In this spiritual condition when the fire of the Lord comes, the wood in our hearts and minds (carnal mindedness) is devoured quickly as dry stubble.

Mal 4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

As the parable of the wheat and the tares explains, the lies we first are given to believe grow in our hearts and minds along with the Truth (the wheat) until the end of the age at the “time of the harvest”.

Mat 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

We cannot know the real Jesus until we first drink strong drink and get drunk with wine. We can’t eat and drink properly because we have not yet been given “eyes to see and ears to hear”.

Deu 29:4 Yet the LORD hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.

Deu 29:5 And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot.

Deu 29:6 Ye have not eaten bread, neither have ye drunk wine or strong drink: that ye might know that I am the LORD your God.

It must be that we get spiritually drunk and make all the nations drink of this wine of the wrath of fornication with the world and Babylon (Rev 14:8).

Nah 1:11 There is one come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the LORD, a wicked [H1100] counsellor.

Interesting that the word “wicked” [H1100] is most often translated as Belial in the OT.  Strong’s defines this word as primarily meaning “without profit or worthlessness”, which is very appropriate to our work and the fruit it produces when we are listening to the lying spirits and false doctrines that defile our heavens that ultimately lead to destruction through the flood.

 H1100bel-e-yah’-al

From H1097 and H3276; without profit, worthlessness; by extension destruction, wickedness (often in connection with H376, H802, H1121, etc.): – Belial, evil, naughty, ungodly (men), wicked.

Neither Christ nor “His Christ” will have any agreement or part with Belial.

2Co 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

We see this “Belial Counselor” first mentioned in Deuteronomy that entice us to worship other gods which makes the Lord very jealous and brings forth the fury of fire in due time.

Deu 13:13 Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known;

Before our baptism of fire comes, we are nothing more than a religious beast blaspheming the Lord, worshiping idols and other gods and bringing glory to our father the devil.

Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

Rev 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

The cause of this is the thorns, the briars, the drunkenness; which is all one and the same thing.  A prophet will be sent to those nations and wicked counselors.

Eze 11:2 Then said he unto me, Son of man, these are the men that devise mischief, and give wicked counsel in this city:

Eze 11:3 Which say, It is not near; let us build houses: this city is the caldron, and we be the flesh.

Eze 11:4 Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of man

This sudden destruction will come and the wicked counselors within and without shall not escape in the day of the Lord.

1Th 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

Mic 4:9 Now why dost thou cry out aloud? is there no king in thee? is thy counsellor perished? for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail.

 

Nah 1:12 Thus saith the LORD; Though they be quiet [H8003], and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more.

I see no valid reason for why the translators took the Hebrew word “Shalem” and came up with “quiet” in this verse of Nahum.  It really obscures the meaning.

 H8003 – shâlêm

Total KJV Occurrences: 28

perfect, 16

whole, 4

full, 2

just, 1

perfected, 1

peaceable, 1

quiet, 1  Nah_1:12

ready, 1

shalem, 1

This word really means “perfect” in the sense of the best the flesh has to offer God, which of course is not anywhere near good enough. Nobody, not even Jesus Christ is, was or will be perfected in these marred vessels of clay until the third day which will be our resurrection from the dead in fullness.

Luk 13:32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

Mar 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

We readily see this by reading two of the sixteen places this word was translated as perfect. Neither Hezekiah or Asa’s obeyed the Lord’s commandments, doing evil in His sight yet they were said to be perfect.

Isa 38:3 And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

1Ki 15:14 But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa’s heart was perfect with the LORD all his days.

Interestingly that the word perfect used in Job 1:1 that also twists the Truth to those yet carnal, was not the same word but the intent and meanings are very similar.

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect [H8535] and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

Being many and in this “fleshly state of perfection” is speaking to our time being at ease in Zion thinking we have arrived. We forget until the fire comes that we must always be working as our Father is working. This lascivious spirit must be burned out of our heavens with fire and it shall be when Christ, the Ambassador, passes through the nations within us. The children of the flesh who have not yet been baptized with fire and are many more than the “few chosen” to drink of the Lord’s cup in this age.

Gal 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

Gal 4:27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.

As we saw earlier in verse 1:9, the Lord is going to finish the good work He starts when our baptism by fire begins. The affliction we will bear is a onetime ongoing event and comes in the appointed times of the Lord that no man knows. Lord willing this will be in this age and will be completed in this age so we may be in that first resurrection and claim the prize of the high calling in Christ.

Isa 54:7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.

Isa 54:8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.

 

Nah 1:13 For now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder

The yoke of being carnally minded will keep us from entering the rest that is Christ, our Sabbath. When we are outside of faith and under “the law” striving to be (self) righteous by our own deeds we are heavily burdened as we saw in Part 1 and 2 of the Nahum study. But that oppressive burden and heavy yoke of the old man will be broken off our necks as Christ is revealed within us.

Mat 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Mat 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Luk 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

Psa 116:16 O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds.

Jer 5:5 I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the LORD, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds.

The Lord both puts this yoke and bonds upon us and then in the appointed times, He sends Christ and removes them. But while serving Babylon we will bear this burden of Nineveh we discussed in Part 1.

Jer 27:2 Thus saith the LORD to me; Make thee bonds and yokes, and put them upon thy neck,

Jer 27:3 And send them to the king of Edom, and to the king of Moab, and to the king of the Ammonites, and to the king of Tyrus, and to the king of Zidon, by the hand of the messengers which come to Jerusalem unto Zedekiah king of Judah;

Jer 27:4 And command them to say unto their masters, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say unto your masters;

Jer 27:5 I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.

Jer 27:6 And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him.

Jer 27:7 And all nations shall serve him, and his son, and his son’s son, until the very time of his land come: and then many nations and great kings shall serve themselves of him.

But lo the days will come when the Lord says no more sowing of this “corrupted seed” and He will redeem His people by raising up Christ.

Jer 30:7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.

Jer 30:8 For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:

Jer 30:9 But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.

The positive side of being in bonds is after the Lord has initiated our redemption and we become bond servants of the Lord and “His Christ” being an example of the love of God (obedience).

Joh 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

Here is our last verse of Part 3 from where the title of the study was taken.

Nah 1:14 And the LORD hath given a commandment concerning thee, that no more of thy name be sown: out of the house of thy gods will I cut off the graven image and the molten image: I will make thy grave; for thou art vile [H7043]

Our brother Ernesto recently shared with us a paper he wrote explaining what doing things in the Name of the Lord and getting a new one really means in Scripture. The gist of that paper was that our names refer to our nature or character and doing things in the name of Christ means we are obeying His commands and following sound doctrine. Amazing how carnal men have made such big deals on how you spell and pronounce the name of the Lord and yet that is not what the Lord is concerned about.

Overcomers that make up “The Christ” are the temple and the way into the Temple and upon us is written the new Name of Christ and the heavenly city of Jerusalem above.

Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

This is the purpose of the Lord causing all this anguish, trouble, adversity, affliction i.e.  all the evil in our lives (Eze 14:21-23). This is how we are BEING taught and chastened by our Father and ultimately being caused to enter into our desired haven and rest. So here in verse 1:14 we see the words from whence the title “No more of thy name be sown” was taken.

The Lord is very jealous for His People, His chosen few, the apple of His eye and when the day comes, the Lord gets what He desires by the process described here in Nahum.

Exo 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Exo 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

The man of sin will naturally make these images and idols that exalt themselves against the Lord.  These things must be before the day of the Lord comes.

2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Je 10:14 Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.

The false prophet and the beast and all the graven images we hold as gods will be burned up in the fire of God’s jealousy. For the Elect of God this is today, the day of our salvation; but for the rest of mankind this will be in the lake of fire.

Rev 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Son 8:6 Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.

Similar to John’s revelation of Jesus Christ, Ezekiel had a vision (was given the understanding) that the Lord would do this to sanctify His Name and His House.

Eze 43:5 So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house.

Eze 43:6 And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me.

Eze 43:7 And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcasses of their kings in their high places.

 Entering into the rest that is Christ and ceasing from our own works is the outcome of these judgments.

Heb 4:8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.

Heb 4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

Heb 4:10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

This was all spoken about in type and shadow in the OT and remains ensamples for us to this very day.

Lev 25:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto the LORD.

Lev 25:3 Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof;

Lev 25:4 But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the LORD: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.

The Lord is the one making our grave. He is the One who has cursed the old man and set him up for destruction and a most certain death.

Isa 24:6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.

The word translated “vile” in Nahum 1:14 [H7043 – qâlal] is really one of the Hebrew words for “cursed”. Being cursed is horrible thing for the old man but this is the good news that awaits all men and that is “the day when no more of the old man and seed of the serpent shall be sown”.

Mat 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

And once this age abiding fire has accomplished its good work, there will henceforth be no more curse. All things indeed are being made new.

 Rev 22:3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him

 Christ is building His Church through His Body which is “His footstool” we saw in Part 1. Next week, we will continue the study of Nahum and reviewing additional details buried in very symbolic language. Lord willing, we will understand more of how the Lord rebukes our fleshly ways and in the fire of His jealousies causes the old man to decrease and the new man to increase by making war in our heavens. Here is an example of just one verse we will cover.

Nah 2:3 The shield of his mighty men is made red, the valiant men are in scarlet: the chariots shall be with flaming torches in the day of his preparation, and the fir trees shall be terribly shaken.

Related Links

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/the-book-of-nahum-part-2/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/the-book-of-nahum-part-1/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/Revelation_12_14__17_Earth_helped_the_woman.php

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/Flood_dragon_casts.php

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/building-the-house-of-god/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/Is_God_Angry_or_Merciful.php

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/Zeal.php

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/Jacobs_trouble.php

 

The Book of Nahum – Part 2

January 29, 2016

“He Rebuketh the Sea”

In Part one we covered the first three verses of Nahum with the focus on the Burden of Nineveh which is the oppressive yoke and heavy burden we carry during our time in Babylon under the influences of the false doctrines of orthodoxy and the great harlot within. We carry this burden until Christ comes to us the second time and gives us faith and “ears to hear and eyes to see”.

Jos 5:2 At that time the LORD said unto Joshua, Make thee sharp knives, and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time.

Isa 11:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

We first must know the Lord in the flesh but when He comes to us the second time, we know Him no longer that way (2 Cor 5:16). So Christ comes to us twice and when He does appear it “is, was and will be” to finish the good work He started and to put away sin. We must be dragged thru the second veil and into the Body of Christ (Joh 6:44, Heb 10:20, Isa 6).

Heb 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation

We see this play out with Jonah first going to Nineveh to preach repentance and then Nahum going back the second time. Nineveh did repent from Jonah’s preaching (Jon 3:10), but the process of turning a heathen nation into a godly nation submitted to the Lord, requires a second baptism (Mat 3:11). First the washing of water by the Word but then the baptism of fire, the fiery judgments against the old man which are absolutely necessary. This only comes about when we can hear the Word spoken by the angels/messengers/prophets of God in the last day. No man enters the Temple that is Christ by any other way.

Rev 15:6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.

Rev 15:7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.

Rev 15:8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

It is through the righteous judgment of God and the jealousy of the Lord for His people that the spiritual House of the Lord, the Temple is built. This is true grace which are also the mercies of the Lord to the new man.

Zec 1:14 So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy.

Zec 1:15 And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction.

Zec 1:16 Therefore thus saith the LORD; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith the LORD of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem.

The first baptism of leaving Egypt, the world, brings us to Christ in the flesh. We are east of the Jordan River and the real tribulation and battles in our heavens lie ahead on the other side of the river.   As a carnal babe in the east our faith has yet to be tested nor have we withstood the fiery trials necessary to purify us (Mat 3:11). The baptism of fire is still needed and these OT stories are ensamples of what we must endure as Christ’s sons.  The new man that is born during the wilderness journey must be circumcised.

Jos 5:5 Now all the people that came out were circumcised: but all the people that were born in the wilderness by the way as they came forth out of Egypt, them they had not circumcised.

And this of course has nothing to do with the acts or free will of any man. It is all the Lord’s work in us and happens on His schedule preordained for all men.

Col 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

Eze 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

The burden we carry is when we seek to serve Christ in the flesh and without the benefit of spiritual circumcision made without hands. The Law of Moses and the law of the Gentiles represent this burden in type and shadow. They are the oppressive yoke and heavy burden we carry when trying to serve the Lord by our self-righteous deeds, separated from God by the great chasm no man can cross (Luke 16:26). The newly converted disciples came to understand that no man can bear that yoke of making himself righteous. It is impossible for men.

Act 15:10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?

Act 15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

It is the anointing of Christ, the oil of the Holy Spirit, the hearing of the Truth of the Word and pure doctrine that breaks this fleshly yoke and removes the spirit of heaviness and replaces it with the light burden and easy yoke of Christ (Mat 11:30).

Isa 10:27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

I must also cover an important foundation about the book of Nahum I did not notice until this week. The word Nahum is very instructive to the prophecy itself which like all the prophets, is about the ambassador, Christ, being sent to the nations to preach the Gospel that brings about the remaking of the marred vessel of clay.  Here is the definition of Nahum from Strong’s.

 H5151 – nachûm, nakh-oom’

From H5162; comfortable; Nachum, an Israelitish prophet: – Nahum.

As we can see the name Nahum is taken from H5162 which means to comfort.  But notice also that this root word is as often used in reference to “repentance”.  Comforting the new man is brought about by bringing knowledge on the trials and process of God making known His judgments (Rom 9:22-23) which brings about repentance thru the trials.

 H5162

nâcham

Total KJV Occurrences: 109

comfort, 34

comforted, 20

repent, 19

repented, 17

comforters, 5

comforter, 3

comforteth, 3

repenteth, 3

comfortedst, 1

ease, 1

receive, 1

repentest, 1

repenting, 1

 

Nahum is a type of Christ coming to us and us as Christ going to others. “The Christ” is this Comforter and you are this comforter if you are in “The Christ” speaking words of Spirit and Truth.

Joh 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

Joh 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

Seeing ourselves while in the Body as Jesus Christ this comforter is the opposite side of the two edged sword and our roles as saviors by bringing judgment. The Christ brings deliverance to us by speaking the Words that judge us and that burn up and consumes the wood (carnal mindedness) within us. But those same words and that same process is what makes known the manifold wisdom of God to the church as we saw in Part one. It is the knowledge of the Truth that comforts the new man and gives us the patience to endure. It is foolishness to the natural man that judgment and comfort could be opposite sides of the same Word and the process by which we are saved.  Even Noah who spoke of wrath was a comforter!

Gen 5:29 And he called his name Noah saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed.

The Body of Christ, Jerusalem above, is who comforts us and teach us that the Lord has not poured out all this “wrath and judgment” without cause. These verses perfectly sum this up and use the root word from which Nahum is taken and show us the positive side of the word evil to add to what Ernesto shared on the email list recently.

Eze 14:21 For thus saith the Lord GOD; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast?

Eze 14:22 Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters: behold, they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their way and their doings: and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought upon it.

Eze 14:23 And they shall comfort you, when ye see their ways and their doings: and ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord GOD.

We saw in Part one that the Lord is jealous and has His way in the whirlwind which is how He extracts vengeance for His Temple that we defile. We also saw that it was God’s elect (aka the Body of Christ), that are the feet of the Lord who bring this through the spoken Word. Today we continue with further detail on this process to bring the heathen nations under the dominion of the Lord.

Nah 1:4 He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.

Nah 1:5 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.

Nah 1:6 Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.

There comes a time when the Lord will not put up anymore with having His Holy Name blasphemed by His people. That is why He brings judgment and rebukes us sharply.

Eze 36:22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.

Eze 36:23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.

Eze 36:24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.

Salvation is the putting away of sin and casting out of “wickedness and everything that exalts” from our heavens and our earth. This is a process that begins when the Lord’s throne in us is being prepared for judgment.

Joh 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

Psa 9:7 But the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment.

It is expedient that Jesus in the flesh goes away, because that enables the Comforter to come and bring the Word and understanding that will work its marvelous work of reproving sin, ushering in righteousness through judgment (Joh 16:7-8).

The sea which the Lord rebukes is the flesh, our flesh and the flesh of all men (Isa 60:5, Rev 21:1).  The Lord initiates our judgment by rebuking the sea which is our carnal fleshly way of life and sets us on dry land.  We begin our journey by coming up out of the sea yet we are on dry land and have a journey to yet endure.

Rev 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

Exo 15:19 For the horse of Pharaoh went in with his chariots and with his horsemen into the sea, and the LORD brought again the waters of the sea upon them; but the children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea.

Cutting off the waters that sustain our fleshly beastly way of life is how the Lord brings us to our wits end and ultimately saves all men.

Isa 50:2 Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst.

Without water anything alive will languish, wither and ultimately die. There is a method in the Lord’s ways to bring about the demise of the beastly nature of man and bring the old man to their wits end.

Amo 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

As Psalm 107 tells us, the Lord is one who both creates the storms on the sea of our flesh and is also the one who calms them.  He rebukes the seas to try us and test our faith and cause us to turn to Him and away from our carnality to save ourselves.  Here is a nice summary of that in this parable as well.

Mat 8:24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

Mat 8:25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.

Mat 8:26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

The mountains are the kingdoms of the flesh and they will be shaken by the spiritual earthquakes. The seven vials of wrath cause many progressive earthquakes as the Lord rebukes our sinful and blaspheming ways (Rev 6:12, Rev 8:5, Rev 11:3, Heb 12:26).

Rev 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: [ we now have eyes that see ] and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

This remaking of the marred vessel of clay (the earth) is done by fiery trials. Heat and pressure is how precious gem stones are made and it is no different in the spiritual.

Psa 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

The melting away of these hills and mountains is what results from the Lord’s rebuking and is how the wicked within us perish thru this scourging grace (Heb 12:6).

Psa 112:10 The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.

Isa 13:7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt:

We will get comfortable in this fire and walking with Christ, Lord willing. Contrary to the lies of orthodox Christianity, those that walk in the fire are not sinners burning in hell forever.

Isa 33:14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?

Isa 33:15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;

To answer the rhetorical question of Nah 1:6; No man shall be able to stand the fury of the Lord’s judgment and wrath poured out. All shall be made new; the old shall indeed pass away as the Lord and His Christ are refiners in the fire.

Mal 3:2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:

Mal 3:3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.

1Co 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

The rocks thrown down represent the Word of God we twist and pervert to build a temple for the Lord.  But it is held together with untampered mortar (slime) and will not stand. The coming of Christ the second time unto salvation means all these stones that make up the temple built by man’s hands will be thrown down.

Mat 24:2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

1Ki 18:38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.

Eze 13:14 So will I break down the wall that ye have daubed with untempered morter, and bring it down to the ground, so that the foundation thereof shall be discovered, and it shall fall, and ye shall be consumed in the midst thereof: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

To complete this study we need to go back and look deeper at verse four and the places being spoken about and what this may mean.

Nah 1:4 He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.

Maturing in faith is a process, a journey, and that is what these details on places and events are referencing. The application of Romans 1:20 to how physical children grow up and learn apply in the spiritual as well. We learn from experience and we learn by making mistakes and having our parents correct us. Such is the way the Lord works in the spiritual realm. The revelation of Jesus Christ is a progressive journey requiring “seven angels who cast fire upon our earth” and bring many “earthquakes and tribulation” to our heavens and earth.

Rev 8:7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

The languishing of Bashan, Carmel and the flower of Lebanon symbolize this ongoing and progressive process of judgment as we come out of the world, sojourn in the wilderness, move from carnal babes in Christ to maturity as we become settled in true doctrines and continues on “being saved” through the righteousness of Christ in us as He increases and we decrease.

The parable of the Sower tells us the seed does not first take root.

Mat 13:4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:

Mat 13:5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:

Mat 13:6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

Mat 13:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:

Mat 13:8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

Withering and languishing is part of the process to teach us as a righteous man must fall down seven times and learn true righteousness through the process of judgment (Isa 26:9). Trying our faith and chastening us is the grace of God in action and is how men are being saved (1 Pet 1:7, Exo 20:20) and this is how the Lord accomplishes it. To languish means to be weak or to be sick or feeble. A day will come when the nations within are tried in the fire and we are shown what we are truly made of in our fleshly yet carnal condition. Then the real work of Christ begins.

Luk 5:31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.

Luk 5:32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Ecc 3:18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

Christ is not coming or appearing to those who do not yet see this. The 99 that do not need repentance, have not been visited yet by the Great Physician.

When judgment is pronounced upon our earth, what Nahum describes comes to pass. The causing us to err (Isa 63:17), having fruitless branches grow from the vine (Joh 15:2), is all the Lord’s work in us to seek an occasion to bring judgment and the fire that cleanses.

Isa 33:9 The earth mourneth and languisheth: Lebanon is ashamedand hewn down: Sharon is like a wilderness; and Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits.

Isa 33:10 Now will I rise, saith the LORD; now will I be exalted; now will I lift up myself.

Isa 33:11 Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble: your breath, as fire, shall devour you.

Isa 33:12 And the people shall be as the burnings of lime: as thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire.

All three of the places mentioned here in verse four, Bashan, Carmel and Lebanon are within the boundaries and definitions of the physical land that was promised to Israel (Gen 15:18).  Yet we know these Words are Spirit and the promise was Spirit and as we review these locations we will hopefully begin to see the Lord’s process of judging and maturing us referenced in these geographical symbols. These three places are representative of the progressive process of judgment which begins in Egypt, continues in Babylon and is complete at the White throne judgment. Bashan, Carmel and Lebanon are shadows and symbols of these three progressive judgments to finish the Lord’s work in remaking the marred vessel of clay.

BASHAN

H1316 – Bashan – Of uncertain derivation; Bashan (often with the article), a region East of the Jordan: – Bashan.

Bashan is a time in our walk when the flesh is very strong. We see this from the Psalms and the spiritual symbols of bulls and depths of the sea confirming the understanding of our time in Bashan.

Psa 22:12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.

Psa 68:22 The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea [the flesh, the bottomless pit etc]

 

Amo 4:1 Hear this word, ye kine of Bashan, that are in the mountain of Samaria, which oppress the poor, which crush the needy, which say to their masters, Bring, and let us drink.

We know what these “kine” will be drinking as we all will be made to drink of the Lord’s cup and partake of His baptism by fire (Mat 20:23).

Bashan is east of the Jordan river and that typifies our time in the wilderness before we have the second baptism and are given the ability to go into the land across the river and begin to conquer the real giants (sins). Bashan is very much aligned with Gilead; they are mentioned together in fifteen verses of Scripture. This location spiritually speaking is where we make a covenant with the old man (typified as Laban, Gen 31:48) to peacefully coexist. That covenant will not stand, it will be disannulled but this is where we must first start. It is from this spiritual place of apostasy that the man child will come forth out of Babylon and begin to head west on the journey towards maturity (Rev 12:5-6).

Og, is the king of Bashan, and there are many battles Israel (you and me in spirit) have with this king before we are given victory (Jos 17:5, Deu 3:10).  It is no surprise we languish in Bashan as this entire region of sixty cities (6 is man) was built with copper (brass) which always typifies the flesh or the works of man’s hands.

1Ki 4:13 The son of Geber, in Ramothgilead; to him pertained the towns of Jair the son of Manasseh, which are in Gilead; to him also pertained the region of Argob, which is in Bashan, threescore great cities with walls and brasen bars:

Bashan is also known for its mighty (prideful) oaks. Devoid of the Spirit of God, these trees we are on the east side of the Jordan languish spiritually, bear no fruit and are rebuked by the Lord in due time. But these oaks trees are mighty in the world’s carnal eyes and represent the pride of man which must be fed with judgment to be saved.

Zec 11:2 Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down.

The land of Milk and Honey is not the meat. It is where we must start out as carnal babes in Christ as we are being prepared to cross the Jordan in spirit and fight the giants by first feeding on the enemies of our carnal mind in Bashan and Gilead among other “heathen” nations within. The whole bed of King Og within us has now been prepared for judgment when the Lord rebukes us.

Deu 3:11 For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man…..

Deu 3:13 And the rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, being the kingdom of Og, gave I unto the half tribe of Manasseh; all the region of Argob, with all Bashan, which was called the land of giants

Eventually the Lord gives us the faith to cross over and before we do the king of Bashan is utterly destroyed in down payment form.

Jos 2:10 For we (the people of Jericho) have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.

The second location that languishes which the Lord rebukes in due time is Carmel.

Carmel

H3760 – Carmel – The same as H3759; Karmel, the name of a hill and of a town in Palestine: – Carmel, fruitful (plentiful) field, (place).

Total KJV occurrences: 25

Carmel is probably best known as the place where Elijah challenged and mocked the false prophets of Baal in 1 King 18 and then slayed them all. In spirit Carmel represents our time in Spiritual Babylon being deceived by the prophets of Baal within and without. This land has been planted but the seed has been corrupted for the time being, being choked with thorns.

Carmel was on the west side of the Jordan river and sat in the NW corner of Israel along the seacoast. The pitting of the prophet of God against the prophets of Baal must take place within us, in order for Carmel, the planted field within to live up to its name and bring forth fruit. So the land Carmel languishes under the influences of false doctrines, lies and unbelief within us that take time and the rebuking by God’s Word to burn out of us. But an ambassador is coming to Carmel within, it has already been appointed and we must just wait for it to come.

Jer 46:18 As I live, saith the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts, Surely as Tabor is among the mountains, and as Carmel by the sea, so shall he come.

 

A prophet will come at the appointed time of judgment (third year) and then the rain will fall on Carmel and initiate the cleansing of the land and restoration of Carmel to a fruitful field.

1Ki 18:1 And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.

1Ki 18:2 And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab. And there was a sore famine in Samaria.

 The Lord will bring trials upon us to choose the God we worship and show us who is the true God and what is of our carnal mind, the seed of the serpent.

 1Ki 18:19 Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel’s table.

1Ki 18:20 So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel.

1Ki 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

 This too is a seven-fold process of falling to the earth (Pro 26:14). After the event concludes and the true God is established in the minds of Israel, then the rain comes and the drought ends. The rain will come from this little cloud (The Body) that rises up out of the sea.

1Ki 18:42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,

1Ki 18:43 And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times.

1Ki 18:44 And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not.

 Here we see the Body of Christ in symbol, the “little cloud” that comes from the sea and is the right hand of the Lord. Carmel is a more mature place than Bashan and is where we will come to know and believe the true doctrines of the Lord. Yet it is still close to the sea (the flesh) and the lies and influences of the carnal mind and our father the devil and the two hundred million lies of Rev 9:16 take more fire and judgment to burn out of us.

Lebanon

The final location to discuss is Lebanon.  We all know this small nation north of modern day Israel but in spiritual terms, Lebanon has a specific meaning.

H3844 – Lebanon:  – From H3825; (the) white mountain (from its snow); Lebanon, a mountain range in Palestine: – Lebanon.

Total KJV occurrences: 71

Lebanon comes from the word meaning “white mountain”. White has both a positive and negative application and is very instructive to understand the meaning of the word Lebanon (See link for Mike’s Study on Color White at the end). On the positive side “white” means the covering of Christ. The negative side means leprosy when we mix truth with lies until we come to be the mature man in Christ. “White” is associated with God’s elect, here is a sampling but there are many more scriptures.

Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment,that thou mayest be clothed, and [ that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Rev 19:8 And to her [ Christ’s bride] was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Joh 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

On the negative side, “white” also refers to God’s Elect in our first marred and carnal state when we blaspheme Christ and prophesy falsely in our self-righteousness. Even Satan and his ministers appear as angels of light dressed in white.

Mat 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

 Lev 13:10 And the priest shall see him: and, behold, if the rising be white in the skin, and it have turned the hair white, and there be quick raw flesh in the rising;
Lev 13:11 It is an old leprosy in the skin of his flesh, and the priest shall pronounce him unclean, and shall not shut him up: for he is unclean.

Leprosy is a permanent condition of being “yet carnal” and will never go away on its own. Loving this world and all the things in it must be burned out of us and there is only one cure for leprosy, the coming of Christ to heal us.

We all are Lebanon, a white mountain in spirit, both the positive and the negative. Even after coming to the knowledge of Truth and having the false prophets of Baal cast out. Along our journey pride is always an enemy we deal with and the Lord will deal judgment upon this. This happens in Lebanon in our more mature state of our walk.

Jer 22:23 O inhabitant of Lebanon, that makest thy nest in the cedars, how gracious shalt thou be when pangs come upon thee, the pain as of a woman in travail!

Zec 11:1 Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars.

We are being judged now so we won’t be condemned with the world in the age to come (1 Cor 11:32). It is this White Throne judgment that makes us “white” and enables us to be the overcomers and serve the Lord’s purposes in instructing all men in the Lake of fire and being the deliverers with Christ.

Dan 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

Dan 11:33 And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.

But they will also “instruct many” that when all is said and done we will all be “made white” through purging trials. In the end all men shall be saved and there will be a big forest of trees in Lebanon.

 Isa 29:17 Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest?

Isa 29:18 And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness…..

Isa 29:24 They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.

The flower of Lebanon that languishes is the pure Word of God. One speck of leprosy makes us unclean and a little leaven indeed leavens the whole lump and causes the flower to languish.  We see the flowers in the tabernacle of God in Exodus as Steven’s recent Awesome Hands studies have shown (see link at the end of study).

Exo 25:31 And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same.

The trials, “the heat of the sun”, will initially wither the flower and make it languish. This is what happens to us all when we are rich, full of pride, puffed up in our new knowledge (the true doctrines of Christ) but unproven by the furnace of affliction that will yet come and is coming.

Jas 1:11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.

The pure Word of God must be watched over diligently. We must take heed to our doctrines knowing that it is what saves us and those that hear us.

1Ti 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

The key takeaway from Part two is the ongoing and progressive process of judgment and abiding in the fire. This is what grows and matures us as we are able to “eat this meat” of the Word and “eat the flesh of Christ and drink His blood”. This process continues until the day we give up these physical bodies of clay. The process repeats itself with different details and the Lord only allows us to receive what we can bear. Knowing the Lord works this “evil” for good (not without cause) should help us endure and comfort one another who are all at various stages of our walks.

1Co 3:21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;

 

Related Links:

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/colors_white-part-1/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/colors_white-part-2/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/the-kingdoms-of-this-world-are-become-the-kingdoms-of-our-lord-and-of-his-christ/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/awesome-hands-part-94-the-making-of-the-tabernacle/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/awesome-hands-part-92-golden-candlestick/

https://anthocul.wordpress.com/psalms-66-to-75/  (See Psalm 68)

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/numbers_nine/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/numbers-in-scripture-three-the-process-of-spiritual-completion/

The Book of Nahum – Part 1

January 21, 2016

“The Burden of Nineveh”

There is a reason why we have all sixty-six books of the Bible and many of them that seem to repeat the same theme and story again and again. The Lord’s plan is a simple one, yet the details of how He brings that about in each of us is voluminous. It is the glory of God to conceal these Truths and to reveal them to us and give us the zeal for His house that will consume our old way of life.

Pro 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.  (Also Acts 17:11)

It is the zeal for the Word that separates us from our physical brethren and consumes our old man within and becomes the dwelling place of the new man.

Psa 69:8 I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children.

Psa 69:9 For the zeal of thine house hath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.

As we study some of these so called “minor prophets”, the Lord has led me to go slow and be sure to dig a little for the hidden treasures of the Word to stimulate our collective edification.

The dream is indeed one (Gen 41:25)! The prophets proclaim different details of the same event which is the righteous judgment of God against our old man and carnal lusts in our day of the Lord. The Lord’s prophets today are God’s sons who have the testimony of Jesus Christ. As we saw in the Obadiah study the judgment of the heathen nations within and without begins when Christ the Ambassador, is sent forth to speak the words that wash us in water and baptize us in fire. It is enduring through this judgment and waiting on the Lord to finish His good work in us that is the patience of the saints (Rev 13:10, Rev 14:12). The judgments we must “read, hear and keep” are not only defined in Revelation but also in all the prophets.

Judgment must begin at Zion which represents God’s Elect and the Body of Christ whom He now judges in preparing us to be the judges of all men.

Isa 1:27 Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness

Isa 33:5 The LORD is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.

We, like John the Apostle, who wrote the Book of Revelation, are companions to all those in the Body of Christ in the tribulation and patience of Jesus Christ. We, like John, are being isolated from our people for the Word of God and the testimony (prophecy) that is in us.

Rev 1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

The prophets were given to us to help us learn this patience and to take comfort in the Scriptures (Rom 15:4) knowing the work they are accomplishing in us.

Jas 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

Jas 5:10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.

Here are the first three verses that will encompass Part One of our study of the Book of Nahum.  We go slowly because these prophecies are like a news story. The first few verses are the headlines and the remainder gives us the details. So we want to be sure to anchor the foundation before we move into the more minute details.

Nah 1:1 The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

Nah 1:2 God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.

Nah 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

We can quickly see that Nahum like all the prophets is again speaking of the “strange work” of the Lord in remaking us all into a new vessel sanctified and holy before Him. We cannot understand this process until we are caused to hear the words of the Lord.

Jer 18:1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,

Jer 18:2 Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.

Jer 18:3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.

Jer 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

Jer 18:5 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

Jer 18:6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.

Lord willing some interesting details and linkages to other Scriptures will be revealed in this study that will help us grow in the faith and rest in the knowledge that the Lord is indeed working all things according to the counsel of His will (Rom 11:36, Eph 1:11, Isa 64:8, Dan 4:35)

Nah 1:1 The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

God’s Elect comprise the Body of Christ and they are the prophets of God. We are those ambassadors sent to prophesy to the heathen nations within and without as we saw in the Obadiah study and as also told in many other places in Scripture.

Jer 1:5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Oba 1:1 The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning Edom; We have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle.

This prophecy is about the BURDEN of Nineveh, one of the nations of the land within us all. These opening verses in Nahum speak again to the Lord bringing wrath against the heathen nations and taking dominion over them. This most certainly applies outwardly in due time but for now is applicable inwardly in the hearts and minds of God’s people.

Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

 Salvation is getting dominion over sin and that only comes about by the heathen nations, the enemies of God being put under subjection to the Law of Christ.

Isa 2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

The promise of salvation for ALL, applies both outwardly and inwardly, to all the nations of the earth. We must of course just wait for it as the Lord is promising.

Gen 28:14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

Gen 18:18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him

Nineveh is mentioned seventeen times in Scripture most notably in the book of Jonah. Nineveh is a nation within us as well as being an outward nation in ancient Babylon. After the flood we see the sons of Noah go repopulate the earth and the formation of all these nations.

Gen 10:10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

Gen 10:11 Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah,

Gen 10:12 And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.

Nineveh becomes this great city (Jon 3:3, Rev 11:8) within us puffed up and in need of nothing (Rev 18:7) until her day of judgment comes (Rev 18:10). Spiritually speaking as the sum of the Scriptures tells us, this kingdom is formed after our coming to Christ and represent our appointed times in Babylon. Babylon and Nineveh by extension represent confusion; the time prior to us being given “ears to hear” and having the true gospel and doctrines of Christ preached to us by the ambassador who must be sent.

Rom 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

Rom 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Rom 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

Rom 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

We see that Nahum is sent to preach on the BURDEN of Nineveh.  This is Strong’s Hebrew word H4853.

H4853 – BURDEN

maśśâ’

mas-saw’

From H5375; a burden; specifically tribute, or (abstractly) porterage; figuratively an utterance, chiefly a doom, especially singing; mental, desire: – burden, carry away, prophecy, X they set, song, tribute.

Total KJV occurrences: 65

The definition here conjures up the concept of doom and of being carried away by the lies and false doctrines of Babylon, which is where Nineveh lies physically and spiritually. The old man within us is indeed burdened while we are under the influences of the great harlot within. As God’s people, we are given to the priesthood (The Lord and His Christ) to help minister the priest hood but we cannot handle the vessels of the service.

Heb 13:10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.

Being ever learning but never able to come to knowledge of the Truth while in Babylon within and without we cause many to stumble with our lies and false doctrines.

Mal 2:8 But ye [Levi] are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.

The burden we carry in Babylon is that we must serve the tabernacle of God but we are not able to touch the holy things. Only the Sons of Aaron could touch the holy things of God, the rest of the Levites, including the Kohathites were given the burden of serving the tabernacle of the congregation.

Num 4:15 And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary, and all the vessels of the sanctuary, as the camp is to set forward; after that, the sons of Kohath shall come to bear it: but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die. These things are the burden of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation.

 When we know Jesus only in the flesh, we are serving the tabernacle but are not able to enter into the Holy Place, the heavens where Christ sits.  Brass represents the works of man, the flesh in Scripture.

Exo 27:19 All the vessels of the tabernacle in all the service thereof, and all the pins thereof, and all the pins of the court, shall be of brass.

The Lord uses Babylon within and without to bring people to Him. To come out of Babylon we must indeed first go into Babylon and this is part of living by every word that the Lord causes.

Jer 29:4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon;

Nineveh is a city within Babylon and spiritually represents this time in our walk when we seek refuge from the judgment of God against our worldly ways (Assyria).

Rev 18:7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.

Isa 37:35 For I will defend this city to save it for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.

Isa 37:36 Then the angel of the LORD went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.

Isa 37:37 So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.

Ultimately an obedient prophet “Jonah”, the second witness for Christ, is sent to preach the true gospel of repentance.

Jon 3:1 And the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the second time, saying,

Jon 3:2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.

Those who enter into the kingdom of God and are used as the Lord’s prophets are those who first refused to go. This is you and me as well as Jonah as we will see when that prophetic book is reviewed. Yet Christ tells us here as well as in this parable who His true workers are, His prophets. He came not to save the [self] righteous but to turn sinners to repentance.

Mat 21:28 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.

Mat 21:29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.

Mat 21:30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.

Mat 21:31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.

When we are in Nineveh spiritually speaking, we bear this burden of the Levites and are separated from the Truth and striving as we may; we cannot gain dominion over the nations within. We have not yet come to know the true rest that is ordained for the people of God who worship God in Spirit and Truth and not according to the flesh.

Heb 4:8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.

Heb 4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

Heb 4:10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

Heb 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

The yoke of the old man in Babylon becomes hard and the burden of life is indeed heavy when we are yet carnal devoid of our ears to hear. But when faith comes and we are drug to Christ and given ears to hear and eyes to see, this changes for the new man in us.

Mat 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Christ comes to set us free of this oppression and the heaviness we carry in Nineveh.

Isa 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

Gal 4:31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

Gal 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Very interesting to note that Isaiah prophesied to ten different nations/people about this same burden Nahum speaks of. We won’t go into the details but it is a good topic for further study. We should know that the number ten represents completeness or the perfection of the flesh in Scripture.

Isa 13:1 The burden of Babylon, which Isaiah the son of Amoz did see.

Isa 15:1 The burden of Moab. Because in the night Ar of Moab is laid waste, and brought to silence; because in the night Kir of Moab is laid waste, and brought to silence;

Isa 17:1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.

Isa 19:1 The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it.

Isa 21:1 The burden of the desert of the sea. As whirlwinds in the south pass through; so it cometh from the desert, from a terrible land.

Isa 21:11 The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?

Isa 21:13 The burden upon Arabia. In the forest in Arabia shall ye lodge, O ye travelling companies of Dedanim.

Isa 22:1 The burden of the valley of vision. What aileth thee now, that thou art wholly gone up to the housetops?

Isa 23:1 The burden of Tyre. Howl, ye ships of Tarshish; for it is laid waste, so that there is no house, no entering in: from the land of Chittim it is revealed to them.

Isa 30:6 The burden of the beasts of the south: into the land of trouble and anguish, from whence come the young and old lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they will carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses, and their treasures upon the bunches of camels, to a people that shall not profit them.

The details that go with each of these prophecies speak of the one event that comes alike to all, our toiling in vain until the coming of Christ within and without to judge the nations within and without. The nations within and without shall be judged and the kingdoms will be the Lord’s.

Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

Oba 1:21 And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S.

In the spirit of digging for treasures the dwelling place of Nahum the prophet, Elkosh also seems to be instructive and consistent with the sum of God’s Word. The city of Elkosh is an existing city in modern day Israel in the very north with a 2006 population of only 348. Yet the word “Elkoshite” or any part thereof is not found anywhere else in Scripture. So I went to outside sources to research this place of Nahum. While there is not agreement among the “scholars” the most plausible locations mentioned include:

  1. A site in Galilee (on the north side of Israel)
  2. A site in Mesopotamia, north of Mosul near the Tigris river
  3. Capernaum, the village on the north shore of the sea of Galilee where Jesus taught

I don’t want to think above what is written but the common denominator in all these possible sites, including the modern day Elkosh is THE NORTH. That is the direction from which judgment comes and we know that comes by the Words spoken by the prophet Nahum and you and me if we are God’s Elect.

Isa 41:25 I have raised up one from the north, and he shall come: from the rising of the sun shall he call upon my name: and he shall come upon princes as upon morter, and as the potter treadeth clay.

Now let’s look at verse 2.

Nah 1:2 God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.

There is not much new to explore in this verse. We know the Lord is jealous for His people and for His Temple, which Temple we are.

Exo 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:

1Co 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

Isa 1:24 Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies:

We defile the Temple of God when we eat and drink the cup of devils (lies and false doctrines) and mix them with the true things of the Lord.

1Co 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.

1Co 10:22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?

But we cannot serve two masters, we cannot serve God and mammon (Mat 6:24) and the idols of our heart. That was the whole point of Joshua telling us to choose today who we will serve and then telling us we cannot serve God because we have yet to stop serving other gods. It had nothing to do with our exercising our free will as we make that Scripture of its own private explanation (2 Pet 1:20) contrary to scores of other Scriptures including ones in the same chapter of Joshua.

 Jos 24:19 And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins.

Jos 24:23 Now therefore put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD God of Israel.

When we are yet carnal outside the faith, we are storing up wrath for our yet future day of the Lord when the Lord will extract vengeance for His Temple.

Rom 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

Rom 2:6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

We shall indeed reap what we have sown for our time in Babylon blaspheming and persecuting Jesus Christ within and without. When Christ is sent to preach to the nations the vengeance of the Lord is taken in full against His adversaries.

Jer 51:10 The LORD hath brought forth our righteousness: come, and let us declare in Zion the work of the LORD our God.

Jer 51:11 Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the LORD hath raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for his device is against Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of the LORD, the vengeance of his temple.

Which happens via this wonderful process called judgment that begins at the house of God in this age (1 Pet 4:17, Psa 19:8-9).  It is what we “The Christ” are doing now with one another speaking these Words of fire.

Nah 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

This verse speaks to the tender mercies of the Lord in being long suffering with us in our day of judgment having us to fall down seven times (Pro 24:16) to teach us true righteousness.

Isa 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

Rom 9:22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

Rom 9:23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,

The Lord suffers long with us and causes this process of repeated failings and chastening to teach us. This is how we come to know He is indeed the Lord of heaven and earth and we of ourselves can do nothing (Joh 15:5).

Deu 10:14 Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD’S thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is.

Act 7:49 Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?

He is longsuffering with us also so we can do the greater works we are called to do in bringing judgment to each other now and in the ages to come (Gal 5:22, Pro 16:32).

The Lord does what He desires and He desires the salvation of all men which will come via this longsuffering process of judgment and wrath against the old man.

Job 23:13 But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.

2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

2Pe 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

As Nahum tells us here, the Lord has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm.

Isa 66:15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.

The word “tempestuous” is the same word translated whirlwind in the OT and here we see in Jonah as well how the Lord has His way and the efforts of man to save himself are vanity.

Jon 1:13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous (a whirlwind) against them.

The storms are the Lord’s work in us. He raises them up and in the appointed times He calms the storms down. This is the way we learn in the storm and in the whirlwind.

Psa 107:25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.

Psa 107:26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.

Psa 107:27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.

Psa 107:28 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.

Psa 107:29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

Psa 107:30 Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

As we saw in Obadiah’s Study, the Elect, the true Body of Christ will be the saviors that bring all men into the knowledge of the Truth. God’s people are the clouds; we are the cloud of witnesses (Deu 4:11, Heb 12:1, Mar 14:62) that raise up these storms in the nations and kingdoms of those who hear the Word that we speak.

Being under one’s feet means that one has been given dominion over that which His feet are over. We saw the verse earlier from Acts 7:49 about the earth (us) being the Lord’s footstool which demonstrates His complete sovereignty over all we do good or bad. We are taught not to take oaths or swear for that very reason, for the earth and all that is in it is the footstool of the great King.

Mat 5:34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:

Mat 5:35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.

The Lord makes us marred and rebellious on purpose so He can return us to Himself and via that process teaches us the righteousness of the Father (Psa 90:3, Isa 26:9).  It is hearing the Word, receiving it in the land within that destroys the beast and returns the King to His throne. Then we can be used of the Lord to build a house for Him by bringing others into the kingdom.

1Ki 5:3 Thou knowest how that David my father could not build an house unto the name of the LORD his God for the wars which were about him on every side, until the LORD put them under the soles of his feet.

Psa 8:6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands;thou hast put all [things] under his feet:

Eph 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

Eph 1:23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

This is the spiritual meaning of our heel bruising Satan; putting the devil and his lies under our feet and gaining dominion over the flesh by standing and walking in the Truth (Joh 14:6).

Rom 16:20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

The foot of Christ on the head of the serpent is what destroys the seed of the serpent, the beast within us and works over time to give us the mind of Christ.

1Co 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

The Body of Christ are the clouds that are under the feet of the Lord.  We are the dust under His feet. This has two meanings speaking to both the dominion over the flesh but also our use as the Lord’s prophets that bring the fire and brimstone to those prepared to hear the Word.  The feet of the Lord are indeed brass (copper) which always represent the flesh.  Jesus Christ is come in the flesh! Here is the vision of The Christ given to us by John.

Rev 1:14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

Rev 1:15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

Being of one mind in the Body is how the head of the beast, within is cut off and we henceforth become a living sacrifice for the Lord and the trespasses of mankind. We saw this verse in Part Four of Obadiah primarily for the role of judges that will be given to those that will be in the first resurrection. We show it again with the emphasis on the beheading that comes about through our witness for Jesus Christ.

Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

We will learn more in the next installment of Nahum about Bashan, Carmel and Lebanon and what these places represent spiritually. We will see further details on how the Lord wounds the heads of His enemies and we are being plucked from the depths of the sea of our carnal mindedness.

Psa 68:21 But God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses.

Psa 68:22 The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea:

It is only the chosen few of God who will be given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God.  To everyone else it simply is not given (Mat 13:10-13). When we begin to read, hear and see ourselves living out these judgments, the hidden wisdom of God; then we know the kingdom of God is at hand and we are blessed (Rev 1:3).

Amo 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

Mat 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

In Part Two we will delve into the details from Nahum 1:4 forward. These verses reveal greater detail of our journey and reveal wisdom hidden in the names of the places spoken about.

 

Further Reading and Related Links:

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/the-keys-to-the-kingdom-of-heaven-part-11/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/the-spiritual-significance-of-biblical-locations-part-1/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/foundational-themes-in-genesis-study-27/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/the-camp-levites-priesthood-part-2/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/numbers_ten/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/earth-my-footstool/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/consuming-fire-of-gods-wrath/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/treasuring-up-the-wrath-of-god/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/Revelation_1_9_Part_2.php

 

The Book of Obadiah – Part 4

January 15, 2016

Out of Sion Comes the Deliverer

The word of Obadiah or any part of the Bible is not a history lesson as is typically the takeaway of the Babylonian churches and their false doctrines. These words are not a history lesson, these are words we shall live by. They are written for out admonition and we had best take heed the lessons.

1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Let’s remind ourselves again to whom Obadiah was actually speaking and what the purposes were for writing these things down.

1Pe 1:10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:

1Pe 1:11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

1Pe 1:12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

1Pe 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

So we have seen in part 1 that the new man in us is given ears to hear and Christ the ambassador goes to preach the gospel to all the heathen nations. In part 2 we saw that we all first fall backward in the presence of Christ and are snared by the Word and the carnal commandments of the Law.  Last week in part 3 we showed it was the Lord’s plan that caused us to go astray and deliver up Christ and commit spiritual fornication by wresting away the judgment of God. And here in the conclusion of the prophecy, where we will see the Lord bringing vengeance through His minsters to take back all the kingdoms for His possession and usher in true righteousness.

Oba 1:15 For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.

Contrary to the lies of orthodoxy, no man will escape the judgment of God. One is actually blessed indeed the day they can read, hear and keep (begin to live out) the righteous judgment of God.

Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Joe 1:15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand (‘near’), and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.

We all will indeed reap what we have sown (Gal 6:7).  The same Lord who turned us into destruction will turn us back (grant us repentance) by this process of judgment.

Psa 90:3 Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.

Joh 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Jer 2:19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

Reaping our reward begins the days we hear the Word spoken by Christ the Ambassador.

Pro 25:21-22 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.

Joh 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

Plundering and then being plundered is the Lord’s method. Reaping what we sow … the IDOLS of our wicked hearts will be done away with by the brightness of Christ’s coming.

Jer 5:13 And the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them: thus shall it be done unto them.

Jer 5:14 Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.

It is those who are given to press into the Lord and dwell in this fire while He is near, while we are being judged, that Christ in us is being glorified. The nations within will bow now and the those without will bow in the ages to come.

Isa 55:5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.

Isa 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

Our next two verses are Oba 1:15-16

Oba 1:16 For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been.

Oba 1:17 But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.

We won’t know the Lord and be able to eat at His table within the Body of Christ until we first drink ‘wine and strong’ drink.

Deu 29:6 Ye have not eaten bread, neither have ye drunk wine or strong drink: that ye might know that I am the LORD your God.

The sons of Zebedee’s mother came to Christ asking that her sons be allowed to sit with Him in the kingdom. His answer tells us of this wine of the wrath of God we must drink in our day of judgment in the times appointed by the Father.

Mat 20:23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

We only know the Lord when we are baptized into this fire that is the righteous judgment of God against our sinful nature and carnal mindedness. Drinking of the cup of wrath is the same as being baptized with fire and here we see again, like all things, we have no choice in the matter.

Jer 25:27 Therefore thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Drink ye, and be drunken, and spue, and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among you.

Jer 25:28 And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink.

Jer 25:29 For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts.

We see this most assuredly drinking language again in Jeremiah 49 which is where we also see similar language to what is found in Obadiah’s prophecy against Edom.

Jer 49:12 For thus saith the LORD; Behold, they whose judgment was not to drink of the cup have assuredly drunken; and art thou he that shall altogether go unpunished? thou shalt not go unpunished, but thou shalt surely drink of it.

The way we are given to drink of this cup is by being given ears to hear and understanding sound doctrine as we learned in Part 1 of the study.

Jer 49:14 I have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent unto the heathen, saying, Gather ye together, and come against her, and rise up to the battle.

We are being ‘drug’ to Christ (John 6:44) by hearing the Word that judges us. We will come, we shall certainly drink.

Drinking of the wine of the wrath of God is how the old man will be destroyed and we will be delivered from the dominion of sin. Because we, in our rebellion to Christ made the nations drink of our fornication; we shall in turn be made to drink of the wine of the wrath of God poured out against our old man and carnal ways.

Rev 14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

Rev 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

Notice it is only in the presence of the Lamb (The Body) and the angels of God (His Elect) that this drinking (aka judgment of the heathen nations within us) takes place. The heathen nations within us will be forced to drink on God’s Holy mountain in our day of the Lord and this is bringing about the death that is required for new life to come forth. Many disciples walked away from Christ when they hear of this requirement.

Joh 6:55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed ………

Joh 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

We are being reminded many times; it is in our patience that we possess our souls. The patience of the saints is in fact enduring, living thru, this period of great trial and affliction. We are given this blood to drink only because we have been counted worthy by the Lord’s choosing of being judged now.

Rev 16:5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.

Rev 16:6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.

Rev 16:7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.

As Obadiah verse 17 says, it is on Mt. Zion that deliverance comes. It does not come on any other mountain but only on and within The Christ which is Mt. Zion.

Joe 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

Jer 50:28 The voice of them that flee and escape out of the land of Babylon, to declare in Zion the vengeance of the LORD our God, the vengeance of his temple.

Jer 50:29 Call together the archers against Babylon: all ye that bend the bow, camp against it round about; let none thereof escape: recompense her according to her work; according to all that she hath done, do unto her: for she hath been proud against the LORD, against the Holy One of Israel.

As false prophets we first claim to know the Truth and as a result we will be recompensed double. This is the two-fold child of hell we all make of ourselves and our hearers in our time in Babylon.

Mat 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

Mat 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

We are bearing the greater stripes and are recompensed a double portion.

Rev 18:5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
Rev 18:6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.

Here is another witness to the false prophets we all are (claiming we see but yet blind) and the Lord recompensing our iniquity and sin double for being an abominable religious beast (Rev 13:11) in the temple of God.

Jer 16:16 Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.

Jer 16:17 For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.

Jer 16:18 And first I will recompense their iniquity and their sin double; because they have defiled my land, they have filled mine inheritance with the carcases of their detestable and abominable things.

If we are in the true faith, we will be eating and drinking with Christ in the Father’s kingdom.  This is what we do through our fellowship and communion in the body of Christ.

Mat 26:29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.

We are the lake of fire to one another. The Word we speak is the fire that consumes the “wood” in all of us and that Word is what chastens us and teaches us righteousness in the days we are given to hear it. The lies and destruction of Babylon, that great harlot within must be completely destroyed and this happens in ZION (the Body) and by us drinking the wine of the wrath of God.

Our next verse of Obadiah follows.

Oba 1:18 And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the LORD hath spoken it.

 

Verse 18 brings out more fully the symbolism of fire and how that is the one baptism we must be baptized in that actually saves us. True baptism is all about fire not being sprinkled or dunked in a pool of water as the orthodox churches of men all teach us. The one that comes after our yet carnal “John the Baptist” days knowing “Jesus” in the flesh and being shown our sinful ways via the Law are just the precursor to the coming of Christ to us and the real baptism that follows.

Mat 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

The fire that baptizes us is Christ; it being The Christ the Lord’s Body. We are the fire on the earth the Lord wanted already kindled.

Luk 12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

Luk 12:50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!

The Body is the lake of fire today for those in the Body that is just a training ground for the role we play out in bringing all men to salvation in the lake of fire.

Rev 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Salvation comes by the destruction of the Lord’s enemies. That destruction comes via the fire that burneth.

Psa 97:2 Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.

Psa 97:3 A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.

Jer 15:14 And I will make thee to pass with thine enemies into a land which thou knowest not: for a fire is kindled in mine anger, which shall burn upon you.

This fire comes out of the mouth of God’s two witnesses which are you and me

Rev 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

Rev 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

The messengers/angels in the Body are called ministers of a flame of fire.

Heb 1:7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

God’s SONS are indeed the light unto the dark world and together this house of Jacob causes Esau to burn to stubble.

Eze 1:13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.

The Way to the tree of life, which is Christ, is thru the ministers of flame which are also the Cherubim’s.

Gen 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

The Body of Christ are those the Lord will use to deliver on the promise of salvation to all men.

Joh 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

Now let’s look at verse 19.

Oba 1:19 And they of the south shall possess the mount of Esau; and they of the plain the Philistines: and they shall possess the fields of Ephraim, and the fields of Samaria: and Benjamin shall possess Gilead.

The whole of the land shall ultimately be possessed by Israel or as we read in verse 17, Jacob shall possess his possessions. This is the promise for God’s people that we shall be GIVEN dominion over the land within and the kingdom’s shall be the Lord’s.

Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

The enemies of the Lord will all submit to the Word in the day of the Lord.

Psa 66:3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.

The whole purpose of the war in heaven is to bring the salvation and the dominion from the bondage from sin and oppression of this world.

Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Exo 6:7 And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.

Exo 6:8 And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD.

We could make standalone studies into the meanings and symbolism of the names used here in verse 19. These words are all spirit and have great spiritual significance beyond the scope of this study.  But we will hit on some highlights just to point out the great significance of every Word of God.

Before the kingdom’s within and without become the kingdom’s of the Lord, those of the south will occupy the lands around Israel. But the Lord will turn the tables and the plunders will themselves be plundered when judgment comes upon the house of the Lord.

H5045 – SOUTH

 The word “negeb” is the strong’s word H5045 and it is always translated as south or southward without exception.

From an unused root meaning to be parched; the south (from its drought); specifically, the negeb or southern district of Judah, occasionally, Egypt (as south to Palestine): – south (country, side, -ward).

Total KJV occurrences: 112

But what is most instructive for us is to denote the root of this word which means parched.  Contrast a parched land and its lack of fruitfulness with a land flowing with living waters. It is the dry places where lying spirits seek and so they love the southland.

Mat 12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

The rebellious dwell in the dry land not knowing or having sound doctrine and in bondage to lying spirits.

Psa 68:6 God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

We are in a parched land, the south when we have forsaken Christ and in our self-righteousness making our own cisterns.

Jer 2:13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

Isa 4:1  And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.

We are in the south away from the Word that brings judgment when we hear the rumor that begin Obadiah’s prophesy. Henceforth the truth of sound doctrine begins to burn up the nations within.

Eze 20:46 Son of man, set thy face toward the south, and drop thy word toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the south field;

Eze 20:47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

The south is the opposite of the north, which is where judgment always comes from and we know that the spoken Word is what shall judge us all in the last days.

Son 4:16 Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits.

Jer 1:15  For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith the LORD; and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah.

So we see in Oba v19 that those from the south occupy the Mount of Esau, the plain of the Philistines, the fields of Ephraim and of Samaria. But this is prior to the coming of the saviors to bring this land back under the Lord’s dominion.

 H669

ephrayim

ef-rah’-yim

Dual of a masculine form of H672; double fruit; Ephrajim, a son of Joseph; also the tribe descended from him, and its territory: – Ephraim Ephraimites

Ephraim means double fruit and is a type of God’s Elect. Yet that fruit does not come forth until the judgment of God, the scourging, the chastening grace of Hebrews 12:6 first comes upon Esau.

 Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

Heb 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

Benjamin being the youngest son of Jacob is a shadow of the immature Christ in us. The wilderness of Babylon we come out of is east of the Jordan River. In the same way the sun rises in the east and sets in the west; such is our direction of spiritual growth and maturity. Gilead is a region east of the Jordan and spiritually speaking is where we start out as babes in Christ.

The name Gilead is the name of the place where Jacob and Laban made a covenant of peace which will be suddenly destroyed when Christ comes in the “spiritual night”. We must be given to go beyond the river Jordan and then spend much tribulation conquering the giants in the land. Here is where we come out of Babylon and have the false peace and covenant’s we make destroyed when the saviors do appear.  (Isa 28:18,  1 Thes 5:3, etc)

We also know the significance of the Philistines in Scripture which are a symbol for the strength of the flesh and the beast within. That beast is being slain by the stone that is Christ and will also be beheaded by the sword of the Lord.  In type and shadow this is how we are given dominion over the flesh.

1Sa 17:50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.

1Sa 17:51 Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.

The fields and cities of Samaria are near to Jerusalem but still represent our time of being just outside the gates of the city where we still hear and prophesy falsely.

Jer 23:13 And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err.

Amo 6:1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!

And yes saviors shall go through Samaria and evangelize (all nations) as we go seek the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Joh 4:3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee.

Joh 4:4 And he must needs go through Samaria.

Verse 20 speaks the Lord reversing the situation in the Day of the Lord.

Oba 1:20 And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel shall possess that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath; and the captivity of Jerusalem, which is in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the south.

 

The captivity of the children of Israel shall end. Christ comes to set the captives free and to take captivity captive.

 Psa 68:18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.

Eph 4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

The Canaanites nations have a lot of history with Israel and our associations with Canaan are likened to the days or merchandising the things of God where we peddle the Word of God deceitfully. But the new man will possess the land and the old man will bow down to Christ.

Zec 14:21 Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.

Rev 18:11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:

The references to Zarephath [H6886] relate to the place where the widow nourished Elijah and the meal flour was not consumed. The root of Zaraphath is [H6884] conjures up the process of refining metals in a furnace or smelter.

H6884

tsâraph

tsaw-raf’

A primitive root; to fuse (metal), that is, refine (literally or figuratively): – cast, (re-) fine (-er), founder, goldsmith, melt, pure, purge away, try.

Mal 3:3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.

Isa 48:10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

Being fed the bread of life and partaking of this communion often is what brings the Lord to us and that works the refining process and death to our old way of life. The meal flour never runs out in the Body of Christ!

1Co 11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

Sepharad [H5614] is only mentioned once in Scripture in Obadiah v20. Strong defines it only as a place in Assyria. Before we are given false doctrines in Babylon we are first the beast of the sea and in bondage to the world and that captivity must also be destroyed by the coming saviors.

Jer 50:17 Israel is a scattered sheep; the lions have driven him away: first the king of Assyria hath devoured him; and last this Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon hath broken his bones.

Jer 50:18  Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will punish the king of Babylon and his land, as I have punished the king of Assyria.

So the Assyrians enslave Israel in the same way Babylon does until saviours come set us free.

Joh 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Our final verse is a powerful testimony to the Lord’s use of His People to do His work on the earth.

Oba 1:21 And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S.

 

Our final verse is one those active in the fellowship and attentive to the many teachings are very familiar with. This verse tells us of the role of Christ’s “Christ” as saviors of the world.  There are other witnesses to this truth including:

Rom 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

Rev 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

I hope you catch the great significance of being active in fellowship/communion with the Body of Christ.  Christ through “The Christ” is The Deliverer.  Through Christ we will be saved from our enemies.

Neh 9:27 Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of their enemies, who vexed them: and in the time of their trouble, when they cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and according to thy manifold mercies thou gavest them saviours, who saved them out of the hand of their enemies.

We are the Body of the Lord (not the Head) and are the instruments through which He does His work. We are the instruments that do the greater works that Christ said we would be doing.

Joh 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

Mat 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

These being primarily spiritual statements, verse 21 tells us that we as Christ are the ones bringing all of this judgment, fire, wrath and destruction to the old man in ourselves and each other that have been prepared to hear His words. Yet the other side of that sword is what we are doing to the new man and there we are the light unto this world, bringing eyesight to the blind, hearing to the deaf and speaking to the dumb.

Luk 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

Christ in us is the ambassador sent to the heathen nations within us and to those prepared to hear our words. The end does not come until this prophecy of Obadiah is taken to all the nations within.

Mat 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

There will certainly be outward application of all these scriptures but we must remember where the action is taking place now in the kingdom of God and in those nations within you and me (Luke 17:20-21).  Those that are given to endure to the end will be in that blessed and Holy First Resurrection and will be used to not only rule during the Millennium Reign but also to be the “lake of fire” that will judge the world in righteousness at the Second Resurrection.

Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Rev 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

All Israel shall be saved through the righteous judgment of Christ that will come thru the spoken Word.  It is thru the mercy of God’s Elect that all men shall obtain mercy in the appointed times.

Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy

What a calling we have been given. Let’s end this study with a reminder of this high calling and that we need to press forward (strive, labor, prosecute, examine…)  continually knowing that few there be shall find the way.

Php 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

Php 3:14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Your brother in Christ,  PETE

peterjwilson56@gmail.com

 

Related links and articles can be accessed here:

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/Who_Are_The_Saviors_Of_Obadiah_21.php

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/purpose-of-this-lake-of-fire-of-the-elect/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/do-we-all-go-through-the-lake-of-fire/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/foundational-themes-in-genesis-study-86/

 

The Book of Obadiah – Part 3

January 7, 2016

“Wresting the Judgment of God”

Oba 1:10 For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever.

Oba 1:11  In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them.

Oba 1:12 But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress.

Oba 1:13 Thou shouldest not have entered into the gate of my people in the day of their calamity; yea, thou shouldest not have looked on their affliction in the day of their calamity, nor have laid hands on their substance in the day of their calamity;

Oba 1:14 Neither shouldest thou have stood in the crossway, to cut off those of his that did escape; neither shouldest thou have delivered up those of his that did remain in the day of distress.

 

Pro 30:20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.

When we are fornicating with this world and under the influence of the false doctrines of Babylon, we will truly believe we are doing right by God especially when compared to those evil wicked people “over there”. Yet the Lord’s standard is much higher than good; it is perfection unto holiness and only HE can bring that about in us thru Christ in the appointed time for each of us. We saw last week that doing violence to the Word is the opposite of Godly love. Doing violence is what we do in our rebellious carnal state when we are led astray and think we are actually serving God in our self-righteous rebellion while we actually are persecuting Christ and hate (murder) His true doctrines and the brethren that speak it.

Joh 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you (i.e. does violence) will think that he doeth God service.

Joh 16:3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.

We do this in our ignorance not knowing yet the sovereignty of God and that He needs nothing from any of us as the Master Potter.

Act 17:25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

Part of that work is causing us to first rebel against Him and provoke the wrath of the Lord against our rebellious old man so we will learn the truth via His strange act better known as the “chastening grace” that is the means of being judged. We see the reason and cause for this fornication in the story of Samson.

Jdg 14:1 And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines.

Jdg 14:2 And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife.

Jdg 14:3 Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.

Jdg 14:4 But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.

There is a method to God’s ways of causing us to err and then teaching us via corrective judgment. This process begins with the people of God.

Joh 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Heb 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

The verses for today’s study in the book of Obadiah will give us some more detail on the violence we first do against our brothers and neighbor. The Lord will use this rebellion to seek the occasion to come destroy the mount of Esau within and without at the appointed time.

Oba 1:11 In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them.

Oba 1:12 But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress.

Man, beginning with the people of God must live by every word, even these from Obadiah.  It is necessary that we first know “a Jesus” in the flesh before we are given to know true righteousness. Our time in Babylon is where we learn and apply a perverted view of love and blaspheme against the true God and doctrines of Christ. Our carnal mind wants nothing to do with the real Christ and we are quick to join the “crowd of strangers” (lying spirits) that oppose and call for His death.

Luk 23:23 And they were instant with loud voices, requiring that he might be crucified. And the voices of them and of the chief priests prevailed.

Mat 27:35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.

In our state of being at first a false witness for Christ, we rejoice over this destruction of the children of Judah (the new man coming forth) that must first be killed by the inward beast.

Rev 11:10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

These Obadiah verses speak of Israel, God’s very elect committing fornication with strangers and not being true to our one true Husband.   This revolt is led by the “Edomites” within us who do not want to submit to Christ (David) and who want to make their own king

2Ch 21:8 In his days the Edomites revolted from under the dominion of Judah, and made themselves a king.

2Ch 21:10 So the Edomites revolted from under the hand of Judah unto this day. ….

2Ch 21:11 Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah, and caused the inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and compelled Judah thereto.

Ezekiel 16 has much detail of this progressive fornication and a whoring with the world we all first engage in until the Lord in His mercy brings the fiery trials that burn this out of us.

Eze 16:26 Thou hast also committed fornication with the Egyptians thy neighbours, great of flesh; and hast increased thy whoredoms, to provoke me to anger.

Christ Himself makes this accusation to us when the ambassador is sent and we of course will deny it in our spiritual blindness and deafness at the time.

 Joh 8:41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

But the day comes and we see the abomination and are bearing the judgment of God for our leading God’s Israel into spiritual fornication and sacrifice unto idols and false gods.

Rev 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

Rev 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

We do this outwardly for sure but the nations within are also made to drink the wine of this fornication.

Rev 14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

Jer 25:28 And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink.

The commandments of Christ demand that we judge righteous judgment and stand guard over the flock of God and ensure nothing that defiles is allowed in or remains in the camp of Israel. If we do not judge these things properly now, we will not be put in a position of judging the world and angels in the age to come.

1Co 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

1Co 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

1Co 6:4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church.

Mat 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

We are doing this in down payment form within the Body of Christ to be trained for our role to come. Paul gives us examples of what a true loving response to our brother looks like.

1Co 5:1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.

1Co 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

The “yet” carnal Corinthians were putting up with fornication and Paul had to rebuke them sharply in his first letter and remind us of the seriousness of fleeing from fornication and that such sins are sins against the Body of Christ. So if we love Christ we will take seriously the commands to purge out the leaven among us.

1Co 6:15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.

1Co 6:16 What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.

1Co 6:17 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.

1Co 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. (CHRIST)

We cannot be partakers of the defilement within the house of God. Sitting idly by is not doing the commandments given to Israel. Christ comes to divide and brings a sword rather than peace to the things of the flesh (Esau).

Deu 20:17 But thou shalt utterly destroy them; namely, the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites; as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee:

Deu 20:18 That they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods; so should ye sin against the LORD your God.

Looking back in our maturity we see how the Lord “is,was,and willbe” works this rebellion to bring the occasions to bring judgment upon us. We are seeing our sin, self-righteousness and blindness as the Lord begins to accomplish His fury within and without by destroying the mount of Esau within and without.

Lam 4:11 The LORD hath accomplished his fury; he hath poured out his fierce anger, and hath kindled a fire in Zion, and it hath devoured the foundations thereof.

Lam 4:12 The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world, would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy should have entered into the gates of Jerusalem.

As we grow in faith, we begin to magnify ourselves less and Christ begins to get the glory and our speaking proudly of ourselves comes to an end as we are humbled to learn we truly are clay in His hands.

Pro 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Pro 16:19 Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.

Oba 1:13 Thou shouldest not have entered into the gate of my people in the day of their calamity; yea, thou shouldest not have looked on their affliction [H7451 “evil “] in the day of their calamity, nor have laid hands on their substance [H2428] in the day of their calamity [H343];

 

As Christ’s sons we have a godly responsibility to oversee and shepherd the flock of God. When our brothers and sisters go astray we must go after them to turn them back to the truth following biblical principles such as Matthew 18 and others as called for in the Scriptures. Yet with our polluted Babylonian definition of love we will watch, partake of and rejoice in the defilement of God’s temple, which temple we are, and all the while think we are doing God a service and loving one another. Yet this rebellion and rejection of God’s Word is our wresting of the righteous judgment of God will disqualify us from being king and priest. That old man will need to be replaced with Christ in us in due time. This was one of the lessons of King Saul, the anointed of God who rebelled against the commandments and wrested God’s judgment in favor of his own all the while claiming he was being obedient. Samuel the prophet was sent to bring correction and judgment thru the words of the Lord.

 

1Sa 15:20 And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites.

1Sa 15:21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal.

1Sa 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

1Sa 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

 

The flesh in all of us will naturally cut corners (take the easy way) and rationalize away the commandments of Christ especially when we are deceived with the false definition of love that excludes obedience to God. We will look upon our own rebellion and that of others and let it go in our lascivious state of being. We are warned of men such as this (you and me) who will creep into the church of God unawares.

Jud 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

It is in this lascivious state of immaturity that the Lord seeks an occasion to bring judgment to us. We cannot look upon evil (word translated as affliction in verse 13). As brute beasts, we corrupt ourselves and others when we go the way of Cain (works of our hands) and think godliness is a means for gain (way of Balaam) who will perish the day their rebellion is confronted by the shepherds of God’s flock.

Jud 1:10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.

Jud 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

Jud 1:12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;

The perishing of this rebellious beast is a good thing which is why exercising discipline in the Body of Christ is a much needed function and why we have specific commands to follow.

Drilling down into the word translated ‘substance’ (H2428) helps unlock the understanding of this verse 13. The substance we lay “hands” on is speaking to the strength and pulls of our flesh.  These are the armies, the host, the strength, the forces, the power…. the substance that Christ will overcome but in the meantime is to be separated from as God’s people.

H2428

chayil

khah’-yil

From H2342; probably a force, whether of men, means or other resources; an army, wealth, virtue, valor, strength: – able, activity, (+) army, band of men (soldiers), company, (great) forces, goods, host, might, power, riches, strength, strong, substance, train, (+) valiant (-ly), valour, virtuous (-ly), war, worthy (-ily).

Total KJV occurrences: 243

This word is translated substance only 7 of 243 times as this KJC extract shows.

army, 51

valour, 37

host, 28

valiant, 20

forces, 14

strength, 12

riches, 11

wealth, 10

power, 9

substance, 7

Job_5:4-5 (2), Job_15:29, Job_20:18, Jer_15:13, Jer_17:3, Oba 1:14, Mic_4:13 (2)

might, 6

strong, 5

valiantly, 5

able, 4

armies, 4

virtuous, 3

goods, 2

war, 2

activity, 1

company, 1

 Here is another use of this word translated as “substance” that confirms the linkage to the strength of the flesh (the mountain of Edom within) to our sinful nature and the ultimate spoiling of that in the rebirthing process.

Jer 17:3 O my mountain in the field, I will give thy substance and all thy treasures to the spoil, and thy high places for sin, throughout all thy borders.

We are not to lay hands on this substance we are to separate from and touch not what is unclean and that includes all the lies and false doctrines that keep the beast sitting comfortably on God’s throne in our hearts and minds.

When we are in the world (the field) seeking to save our lives, we will indeed lose it spiritually.  We need to take obedience seriously and exercise judgment as proper watchmen and judges in the house of God. We need to encourage one another and be faithful to Christ’s commandments and know that is what the true love of God is. Flesh always wants to avoid the pain of childbirth.

Luk 9:24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

So this accusation that God has against us is valid. We are all first a false witness and these verses speak of our attempts at being religious by wresting the righteous judgment of God from ourselves and others. Doing so is how we try to save our life in the flesh. But as those as being prepared to judge this world in righteousness we best not be doing these things.

Deu 16:19 Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous

The stories of Jacob, Job and many others show the pattern we must live out of wrestling with God and not accepting His judgments and the fiery trials He brings upon us. But ultimately the light comes to us and we stop this wrestling and enter into the rest found only in Christ.

Gen 32:24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.

Job 40:8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

We best come to appreciate God’s judgment and know they are the way we enter into Christ.

Rev 15:8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

 We must come to practice what Paul taught that nobody has arrived and that we must continue in these things to the very end. No greasy grace in the true gospel, only a fearful expectation of judgment if we keep on sinning after coming to knowledge of the Truth.

Luk 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

Php 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

We watch over the flock of God by making righteous judgments starting within ourselves.

Eze 3:17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

Joh 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

2Co 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

Do watchmen on the walls keep silent? No, but we have a sound pattern on how to do this that is beyond the scope of this study. The judgment of God is what saves us and that comes thru the spoken Word!

Isa 62:6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,

Isa 62:7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

Here is true love in action. Not partaking of their evil deeds and being an enabler of fornication but hastening the work of the Lord by being the watchmen we are called to be. Sadly, many will call these loving actions as evil and call the facilitation of evil as good.

Jas 5:19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;

Jas 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

All of us that are given to enter into Christ and His Body are shepherds of the sheep. We lead them out of sin and from following lying spirits.

Joh 10:2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

Joh 10:3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

This is a serious role we have been given as the judges of the Israel of God. We have seen this play out even recently in the Body of Christ. But before we are given to take the Word seriously and tremble at it, we are taking these things lightly and are not the judges and watchmen we are called to be. We bring damnation upon ourselves and to “the Christ” of Christ.

 1Co 11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

1Co 11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

If we want to be in that First Resurrection, we had better be judging righteous judgment right here and right now.

1Co 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

1Co 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

The Lord is not in the business of preserving the old man and our carnal nature. He is in the business of destroying it hence we see the Lord’s actions, which we as His Christ are to follow.

Knowing this is the way into the kingdom and how righteousness comes to us, we should instead of wresting or putting off judgment, be hastening the coming of the Lord who brings judgment to us thru the Word.

Mat 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven

2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

2Pe 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

2Pe 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

 

Oba 1:14 Neither shouldest thou have stood in the crossway [H6563], to cut off those of his that did escape; neither shouldest thou have delivered up those of his that did remain in the day of distress.

 

This verse instantly brought to my mind the words of Jesus to the scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 23.

 Mat 23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

Mat 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

In our unconverted state and until we grow into a mature man, we are the man that Obadiah here and Christ in Matthew 23 and Luke 11 is speaking about. We do not enter into the kingdom and we keep others from entering in namely by wresting the righteous judgment of God within and without via our lies and false doctrines and way of life.

We are a false witness with a false love when we talk the talk but do not walk it out like Christ accused the Pharisees who d0 not lift a finger being all talk and no action.

Luk 11:46 And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.

The Body of Christ is the hands and the fingers of the Lord. We are the ones used of the Lord to bring freedom and liberty to others by helping them see, hear and speak the truth.

Mar 7:33 And he took him aside from the multitude, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spit, and touched his tongue;

Mar 7:34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.

Mar 7:35 And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain

The way Christ builds His Church is by using His angels (His messengers, His Body, The Christ) to wage war in heaven and this of course is thru the Word that we speak to those the Lord is preparing to hear it. Here is the opposite of wresting judgment and what true ministers of God are doing in this age and the ages to come.

Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

Rev 12:8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 

Verse 14 aligns with the Words of Christ to the religious scribes and Pharisees in Matthew 23 quite well. Not only do we cut off those seeking to enter in, we deliver up to death those who have escaped exactly as prophesied.

Mat 23:34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:

Mat 23:35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.

Mat 23:36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation

Christ, “is, was and will be” delivered through our offenses.

Rom 4:25 Who was delivered through (‘dia’) our offences, and was raised again through (‘dia’) our justification.

So we are guilty of all these accusations. This is what sinful flesh and especially “religious” sinful flesh does. That man of sin sitting on God’s throne must be destroyed and will be by the coming of saviors to the mountain of Esau. We will see that play out fully in our last installment of this study and remove all doubt about the importance of judgment and the Body’s role as saviors.

Oba 1:21 And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S.

Psa 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

Psa 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Psa 19:11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them (the judgments) there is great reward.

Interesting that the word translated as crossway [H6563] is used only one other place where it is translated “robbery”’.

Nah 3:1 Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery [H6563]; the prey departeth not;

This is what Edom does within and without. It makes us violent, despisers of good, a “bloody city” full of false doctrines and robbing God of what is all His.

Isa 42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

King Saul robbed God when he disobeyed the Lord and did not utterly destroy all the Amalekites, woman and animals (1 Samuel 15). We do the same and remain tied into this world and bound by its elementary principles believing God puts tithes and offerings above our obedience.

Mal 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

It is the Words of Christ that brings judgment and is the vehicle by which we are saved. There is nothing more loving we can do as Christ than to speak the WORD in season and out of season and to rebuke ungodly behavior consistently with the standards defined for us in Scripture. In this way, vengeance is the Lord’s and we indeed will be loving our brothers and neighbors.  Giving place to wrath is bowing to the Word of God and the Lord’s commandments and is the opposite of wresting judgment when we are in bondage to the lies of Babylon.

Rom 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

Rom 12:20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

Lord willing, we will complete the Book of Obadiah next week and review the last seven verses that speak to the Lord bringing deliverance to the pulls of the flesh, the mount of Esau/Edom within us by bringing saviors (The Christ).

The Book of Obadiah – Part 2

December 29, 2015

The Covenant that Deceives

Last week in our study of the first several verses of Obadiah we saw that the prophecy or the battle against Edom begins when we are given ears to hear and Christ in us (the Ambassador) is sent to the heathen nations within and without.  The ambassador speaking Words of fire is what brings judgment to us and ushers in the process of sanctification.

Exo 6:6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:

 

We also saw that we will at first be puffed up with knowledge until we are proven with trials and those trials will utterly destroy the old prideful man within us in due time.  This week we will study the next 5 verses that provide more detail on the Lord’s process of choosing us out of this world and then through the process of judgment conforming us to His image.

Oba 1:7 All the men of thy confederacy have brought thee even to the border: the men that were at peace with thee have deceived thee, and prevailed against thee; they that eat thy bread have laid a wound under thee: there is none understanding in him.

Oba 1:8 Shall I not in that day, saith the LORD, even destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the mount of Esau?

Oba 1:9 And thy mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed, to the end that every one of the mount of Esau may be cut off by slaughter.

Oba 1:10 For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever.

Oba 1:11  In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them.

We must go thru Babylon first to find the real Jesus Christ.  And this means we will first come to know ‘another jesus’, be deceived, eat defiled spiritual food and speaks lies and blaspheme the Lord by teaching DOCTRINES such as eternal hell fire, free will and the trinity.  During this time, we will persecute Christ (within us and without) in our religious zeal and not execute the love of God in our strong delusion.  This is what an outwardly looking ‘clean beast’ does when we speak lies.

Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

All of God’s people come out of Egypt and then sacrifice to devils knowing another jesus first.  We first worship the beast we all are in our self righteousness.

Hos 11:1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt

Hos 11:2 As they called them, so they went from them: they sacrificed unto Baalim, and burned incense to graven image

But our marrying up with the harlot church and its lies is all the Lord’s plan and in the end it is the very occasion the Lord seeks to bring judgment against Mount Edom within us.

Let’s look deeper at our first verse of this Part 2.

Oba 1:7 All the men of thy confederacy [H1285] have brought thee even to the border: the men that were at peace with thee have deceived thee, and prevailed against thee; they that eat thy bread have laid a wound under thee: there is none understanding in him.

 

This verse speaks to our unconverted state when we come to Christ but still have no real understanding.  We can readily see the Hebrew word translated as ‘confederacy’ really is the word covenant as it is almost always translated.

 

H1285                       Total KJV Occurrences: 285

áÌøéú                          covenant, 265  confederacy, 1

berı̂yth

ber-eeth’

When the Lord first drags us, He uses Babylon to first draw us out of the world (Egypt). But our time is not yet and we must first know Christ in the flesh,  believe false doctrines and worship the beast.  We will be multiplied during this season and that keeps us and the whole world deceived and bound in captivity toiling in vain.

Jer 29:4  Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon;

Jer 29:5 Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them;

Jer 29:6 Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished.

Jer 29:7 And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the LORD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.

Moses brings us the law which is only a schoolmaster until Christ brings the Law of Spirit and life [grace and Truth].

Gal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

Until Christ comes to us, there is no real truth and we remain children of darkness.  Darkness is when we have no understanding or true wisdom into the things of God.  We have yet to hear the report (the rumour Obadiah is speaking about) or much less believe it.

Eph 5:8 (NLT) For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!

Jer 4:22 For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge.

The Lord is calling light out of the darkness of the heavens and earth that He created.

Jer 4:23 I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.

But a time will come when the Lord will say ‘let there be light’.  In that day, this Babylonian time of false peace and prosperity will come to an end.

1Th 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

1Th 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

The peace is a false peace.  Inwardly a war is fixin to come.

Jer 6:14 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

The Word is a two edged sword and at first is a snare and a trap to bring us under the law of Moses and believing it is our own will and righteousness that makes us right with God.   We all fall backwards when we first come into the presence of Christ. No man in the presence of Christ lives.

Isa 28:13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

Joh 18:6 As Jesus said “I AM He,” they all drew back and fell to the ground!

Exo 33:19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.

Exo 33:20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.

 

Strong’s definitions show us that the word for covenant is taken from H1262 (in the sense of cutting (like H1254)); a compact (because made by passing between pieces of flesh): – confederacy, [con-]feder[-ate], covenant, league.

This directly associates the making of a covenant with what we are eating and being fed spiritually speaking.

H1262

áÌøä

bârâh

baw-raw’

A primitive root; to select; also (as denominative from H1250) to feed; also (as equivalent to H1305) to render clear (Ecc_3:18): – choose, (cause to) eat, manifest, (give) meat.

The covenant meal or the communion with Christ is in fact linked to eating His bread.

1Co 11:24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

Joh 6:53  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

 

Yet it works in our days of darkness as well and the time we spend in Babylon feeding on the lies of orthodox Christianity and becoming ensnared to the elements of this world and its obsessions with days, times and years and other abominations.  We eat leavened bread, tainted with lies whilst in spiritual darkness.

Pro 4:17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.

1Co 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.

Do not forget that the law of Moses and the law of the gentiles, our consciences accusing or excusing us, is this self-same spirit of the great harlot that we must come out of.

Rom 2:14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

Rom 2:15  Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

It is only after we are ‘dragged’ to Christ and given to eat at the table of the Lord in the Body that we are being given understanding of the true doctrines of Christ.  We feed on the mountain of the Lord with ‘The Christ’ and this is what we are eating.

Eze 34:16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.

Here is our second verse of this study.

Oba 1:8 Shall I not in that day, saith the LORD, even destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the mount of Esau?

The wisdom of this world and of Edom within is being destroyed when we are given our ears to hear and the ambassador goes forth to preach to the heathen nations within us.  We won’t see the Truth until we are first shown that we are blind, in spiritual darkness believing lies.

Joh 9:39  And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind

Jer 49:7 Concerning Edom, thus saith the LORD of hosts; Is wisdom no more in Teman? is counsel perished from the prudent? is their wisdom vanished?

 

The good news is this covenant with death; us being under the law will be disannulled by God through Christ.  It will come about when the war in our heavens and battle against Mt. Edom takes place in the day of every man’s judgment as Obadiah’s prophecy and also Isaiah 28 attest.

Isa 28:18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.

The letter of the law of Moses, before Christ brings grace and Truth is spiritual death to us, the letter kills.

2Co 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

That ‘day’ referenced in Oba 1:8 is the day of the Lord.  This is the same day Peter spoke (Act 2:20) about and which the prophet Joel also spoke would come in the appointed times.

Joe 2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

This destruction of our carnal knowledge and worldly wisdom is a marvelous work of God.

Isa 29:13 Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

Isa 29:14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.  (See also 1 Cor 1:19)

Here is our next verse of Part 2.

 Oba 1:9 And thy mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed, to the end that every one of the mount of Esau may be cut off by slaughter.

Having our light turned to darkness and seeing we have been deceived will bring about much dismay when judgment falls upon the house of God and the heathen nations within.  As God’s people we are the first to be judged (1 Pet 4:19).  The gentile nations will have trodden down Jerusalem within and without and hold us captive awaiting our day of judgment.  But when that process begins, there will be great dismay or perplexity in our heavens and earth as we see Christ appearing in the clouds (The Body) and our faith is increased.

Luk 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

Luk 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

Luk 21:26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

Luk 21:27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

Luk 21:28  And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

 

When the trials begin and our heavens are shaken with the scourging grace that saves us, we are dismayed and fear being weak in the faith.

Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

This brings to mind the parable of the disciples in the vessel on the sea being tossed and turned by the waves.

Mat 8:24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

Mat 8:25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.

Mat 8:26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

Waves are caused when winds (spirits) come against the sea (flesh) and as such are doctrines. We are tossed and turned by every wind of doctrine until we come to our wits end and the Lord delivers us. That is how we are put into then dragged out of Babylon in due time and our faith is proven with fiery trials.

Psa 107:25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.

Jer 51:42 The sea is come up upon Babylon: she is covered (with carnal/fleshly lies of Babylon) with the multitude of the waves thereof.

Everyone on the mount of Esau will ultimately be cut off by slaughter.  The old man will be slain by the truth of God’s word being revealed to the nations within.  This process of slaying is linked to the process of cutting off which we saw earlier was also integral to the definition of forming a covenant.  The act of ‘circumcision’ itself is this cutting off process and how the Lord separates His people and marks them as His.

Gen 17:14 And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.

And of course what is really being spoken about is the circumcision of our hearts and cleansing of our heavens and that only happens by the finger of God.  No fleshly hands involved here.

Col 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

Rom 2:28  For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

Php 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

 

When the Lord brings grace and Truth, i.e. the renewed covenant to us, He is cutting off and show no pity to the old man and our old ways of life.  All things shall indeed be made new!

Eze 7:9 And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I am the LORD that smiteth.

Zep 1:4 I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests;

The words of Christ are the living waters we hear and speak in the Body that brings about this great deliverance by cutting off the mount of Edom within us.

Zec 13:1 In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.

Zec 13:2 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.

 It is the lies and false doctrines that defile our heavens so when the Lord brings us into the truth He cuts off those things that cause us to err from His ways.

Isa 9:14 Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day.

Isa 9:15 The ancient and honourable, he the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he the tail.

Isa 9:16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.

Joh 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

Here is our next verse of the study to look into.

Oba 1:10 For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever.

Our flesh wants the blessing of God and despises the fact it does not receive it.  The Lord is not saving our old man, He is saving the new man that is born of spirit.

Gen 37:3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.

Gen 37:4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

Gen 27:41 And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.

The Lord teaches us that merely hating someone in our hearts is in spiritual ‘murder’.

1Jn 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

Doing violence against our brother in Scripture is the opposite of loving our brothers and neighbors as Christ is commanding.

Mat 22:36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

Mat 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

Mat 22:38 This is the first and great commandment.

Mat 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Mat 22:40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

 

When we do violence against our brother/neighbor we are a false witness and are not honoring the Lord much less obeying His commandments.  Again we must actually become doers of this word and not just hearers to know and practice the true love of God.

1Jn 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Joh 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments

Luk 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

 

Lest we forgot our role as kings and priests of the Lord, as Christ, ministering to the flock, speaking the words of fire and bringing comfort to our brethren let’s recall:

Mat 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

Mat 25:35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

Mat 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Contrast Jesus blessing to His saints who practiced love by feeding, clothing, housing and giving drink to the naked and the sick versus the ways of the carnal mind and the world which is accusing the brethren, pointing of the finger. We treasure up wrath.

 Rom 2:1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

Rom 2:2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.

Rom 2:3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

Rom 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

Rom 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

 

Before Christ comes to bring judgment to the heathen nations, we are incapable of loving God much less our neighbor.  All the earth is corrupted with this violence and must be remade to enter the kingdom of God.

Gen 6:11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.

Gen 6:12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

Gen 6:13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

Christ spoke of the treachery of all mankind and how we as beasts were all innately violent incapable of doing good.

Mat 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

Mar 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

Jud 1:10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.

Eze 28:16  By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

 

We will be brought low and shown our innate sinfulness (nakedness), see the ‘abomination of desolation’ which are standing in the temple of God where it ought not to be.  When we see this, then you can be sure the destruction of the mount of Esau within is underway.

Mat 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

Ecc 3:18  I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

Before we are shown this by the WORD, we will be blind and unware of our spiritual nakedness and not even ashamed of it just like Adam and Eve.  But the day of the Lord comes to us, when the ambassador that is Christ speaks to us and we are shown who and what we truly are and this is leading us to repentance.

Nah 3:5 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.

Jer 51:51 We are confounded, because we have heard reproach: shame hath covered our faces: for strangers are come into the sanctuaries of the LORD’S house.

 

It is a painful yet necessary process to go thru to enter the kingdom of God. We must bear our shame and be chopped down from our prideful position.

Eze 44:13 And they shall not come near unto me, to do the office of a priest unto me, nor to come near to any of my holy things, in the most holy place: but they shall bear their shame, and their abominations which they have committed.

It is the trials of our faith and bearing the afflictions of Christ that covers us with Christ’s righteousness.

Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

We are blessed indeed by being in that First Resurrection if we are given to keep watch and not let our garments be spoiled by sin.

Rev 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

In conclusion we see that the old covenant i.e. the law of Moses and the law of the gentiles, our consciences excusing or accusing us, the covenant of death, is the very thing that deceives us but praise the Lord it shall not stand. HE IS THE LORD.

Eze 20:25 Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live;

Eze 20:26  And I polluted them in their own gifts, in that they caused to pass through the fire all that openeth the womb, that I might make them desolate, to the end that they might know that I am the LORD.

Our last verse will really be covered in the next study Part 3 but I will use it to set the stage for Part 3.

Oba 1:11 In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them.

Verse 11 is the lead-up to the next three verses where the Lord lays out the ‘accusations’ against us. The accusations against us relate to us defrauding and oppressing our brother Jacob and conspiring to plunder his goods. We will cover the specifics of those accusations of the Lord in the next installment (Part 3 of Obadiah) and determine what we all first do even though we actually believe we are religious and righteous before God.

Joh 16:1 These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.

Joh 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.

 

Sincere comments and questions are always welcome.  Please email me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.

 

The Book of Obadiah – Part 1

December 28, 2015

Oba 1:1 The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning Edom; We have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle.

Oba 1:2 Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen: thou art greatly despised.

Oba 1:3 The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock,whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?

Oba 1:4 Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD.

Oba 1:5  If thieves came to thee, if robbers by night, (how art thou cut off!) would they not have stolen till they had enough? if the grapegatherers came to thee, would they not leave some grapes?

Oba 1:6  How are the things of Esau searched out! how are his hidden things sought up!

 

Obadiah’s vision is an important part of the sum of God’s Word. This little book is in fact the Words of Jesus Christ and if we followed Babylonian traditions, they would be highlighted in red. The Lord speaks through Obadiah and all His prophets which are the very Elect chosen by God in each age. So there really is no such thing as a “minor prophet”, these are the Words of the Lord.

Hos 12:10 I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.

 

2Pe 3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:

2Pe 3:2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior:

1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

This book of Obadiah tells the story of all of us. This is our life and our walk being described here, the positive and the negative, the flesh and the spirit, our disobedience and our eventual obedience.

Mat 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

God’s people, the Christ of Christ are a kind of firstfruits and to whom and about the Scriptures are written (Jas 1:18, Rev 17:14, etc).

Gen 1:1 In the FIRSTFRUITS (beginning) God created the heaven and the earth.

First comes Adam, the natural man of the flesh and then secondly comes the 2nd Adam, the Lord from heaven. It’s is all the work of the Lord as He is the Alpha and the Omega and all in between.

1Co 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

Rev 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

Let’s look deeper into verse 1.

Oba 1:1 The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning Edom; We have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle.

Obadiah heard a rumour (H8052) which begins the prophecy. He was given ears to hear and eyes to see as is also given to God’s Elect who are the Lord’s prophets. It is interesting that the word for rumour is most often translated as rumour or report but is also the word translated DOCTRINE in this key verse from Isaiah 28:

Isa 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? (H8052) them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

So Obadiah heard doctrine. He was made/caused to believe “the REPORT” of the Lord. He was given ears to hear and eyes to see and to understand the Words of Christ and thus began this prophecy and sharing of what the Lord was saying.  Likewise, when we are given our ‘ears to hear’, we too are sent forth among the heathen to arise and go into battle.

Isa 53:1 Who hath believed our report? (H8052) and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

Mat 13:9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Job 33:16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,

The vision (revelation) was concerning EDOM, which is a symbol of the first man Adam and the pulls of the flesh and the beast within that must be overcome.  So this prophecy is about what happens to EDOM within us.   Salvation is accomplished now by us being given dominion over the old man.

Rom 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

Gen 36:1 Now these are the generations of Esau, who is Edom.

The battle that Christ must wage begins in us when He arises to fight this battle against the flesh.

Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Gal 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

Being remade into a new creation, the process of salvation requires the new man in us, Christ in us, to rise up and go fight the pulls of the flesh and carnal mindedness. We all start in a place of disobedience and at the appointed time, we are called to arise and go fight EDOM and that includes our own flesh. Salvation comes as we are given dominion over EDOM and the flesh (Esau) serves the new man (Jacob).

Gen 25:23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

David as a type of Christ reveals that we will take captive the pulls of the flesh and the flesh will serve us and not the other way around.

2Sa 8:14 And he put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom put he garrisons, and all they of Edom became David’s servants. And the LORD preserved David whithersoever he went.

The last key point on verse 1 is the reference to ambassadors.  God’s Elect are Christ’s ambassadors in this world and it is thru us that His Word is spoken and the greater spiritual works of the Lord are accomplished.

2Co 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

Jer 5:14 Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.

I found it very instructive to the inward application of this battle and ambassadorship by looking at the Hebrew word H6735.  Almost half the time it is used, it is translated as pangs, sorrow or pain.

 H6735

tsı̂yr

Total KJV Occurrences: 13

ambassador, 3

Pro_13:17, Jer_49:14, Oba_1:1

pangs, 3

Isa_13:8, Isa_21:3 (2)

ambassadors, 2

Jos_9:3-4 (2), Isa_18:2

hinges, 1

Pro_26:14

messenger, 1

Pro_25:13

messengers, 1

Isa_57:9

pains, 1

1Sa_4:19

sorrows, 1

Dan_10:16

The word Ambassador is from the Hebrew word ‘tsoor” (H6696) which is most often translated as adversary or some form of the word besiege.

 H6696

tsûr

tsoor

A primitive root; to cramp, that is, confine (in many applications, literally and figuratively, formative or hostile): – adversary, assault, beset, besiege, bind (up), cast, distress, fashion, fortify, inclose, lay siege, put up in bags.

Total KJV Occurrences: 36

besieged, 14

2Sa_11:1, 2Sa_20:15, 1Ki_16:17, 1Ki_20:1, 2Ki_6:24-25 (2), 2Ki_17:5 (2), 2Ki_18:9, 1Ch_20:1, Jer_32:2, Jer_37:5, Dan_1:1 (2)

besiege, 8

Deu_20:12, Deu_20:19, 1Sa_23:8, 2Ki_24:11, 2Ch_6:28, Isa_21:2, Jer_21:4, Jer_21:9

siege, 3

1Ki_15:27, Eze_4:3 (2)

distress, 2

Deu_2:9, Deu_2:19

adversaries, 1

Exo_23:22

assault, 1

Est_8:11

bags, 1

2Ki_12:10

beset, 1

Psa_139:5

cast, 1

1Ki_7:15

distressed, 1

2Ch_28:20

enclose, 1

Son_8:9

fortify, 1

Jdg_9:31

put, 1

2Ki_12:10

Here is one example of this same word translated ambassador is used to speak of birth pangs.

Isa 13:8  And they shall be afraid: pangs (H6735) and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.

This is a powerful confirmation that being an ambassador for Christ is making war against the heathen first and foremost by laying siege to the nations of the heathens within us.  This is what brings about the pangs of childbirth and the sorrow of the old man and why this word used as ‘ambassador’ in Obadiah is also rightfully used as pangs, sorrow, pain, etc.  Here is what besieging the heathen nations means in New Testament terms.

Mat 10:34  Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

Mat 10:35  For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against  her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

Mat 10:36  And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

Living and abiding in CHRIST is how these words of an ambassador (fire) are spoken and do their work in the appointed times.  Ambassadors do not get entangled in the affairs of the nation to which they are sent.  We truly need to be separated, being in the world but not of the world.

2Ti 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

Php 3:20  For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ

Jas 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

This ambassadorship will bring us great scorn among the heathen within and without, who cannot hear Christ’s Words at first and who will bring persecution to Christ.

This conflict will rage in our own heavens as the Word of God that is this fire begins to prick our hearts and tear down the kingdom of the beast sitting in God’s temple.  It continues until the old man is completely destroyed and the land made utterly desolate.

Isa 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

Isa 6:9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.

Isa 6:10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.

Isa 6:11 Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate,

The battle against EDOM is spiritual as we wrestle not against flesh but against spirits, lies and false doctrines that defile our heavens.

Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

2Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Verse 2 reminds us how precious few are given to know and experience these things in this age.

Oba 1:2 Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen: thou art greatly despised.

Many are called and few are chosen to be God’s Elect in this age. The Israel of God was purposefully made small and surrounded by much bigger nations. To top it off, the Lord has put enmity between us and everyone else in this world that has not the mind of Christ.

Mat 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

Deu 7:7 The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:

Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

There is nothing attractive about Christ and this is true for our Lord but also for us, His Christ.

Isa 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

Isa 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

1Jn 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

And this is the Lord’s MO and why He used the despised to do His work.

1Co 1:28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

1Co 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

It is worth noting here that this vision of Obadiah is very similar to other Scriptures and particularly these verses from Jeremiah 49.

Jer 49:14 I have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent unto the heathen, saying, Gather ye together, and come against her, and rise up to the battle.

Jer 49:15 For, lo, I will make thee small among the heathen, and despised among men.

Jer 49:16 Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill: though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the LORD.

Jer 49:17 Also Edom shall be a desolation: every one that goeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss at all the plagues thereof.

 

The parable seems to impart the same message of God’s Elect being called out and separated and given to understand true doctrine.  Then that very word puffs us up and then in turn is used

to show us our own innate wickedness which brings us low and ushers in salvation.  But that is not a ten second sinner’s prayer, it is a painful process of judgment, suffering and affliction that we must endure to enter into the Kingdom of God.

Act 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

Rev 15:8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

 Verses 3 and 4 show the pattern of what we all do with knowledge when we are first given our ears to ear and eyes to see.

Oba 1:3 The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?

Oba 1:4 Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD.

This prophecy like all Scripture is first and foremost to be applied inwardly and what God is doing and showing us in His kingdom which kingdom is within us (Luke 17:21).  We won’t be exalted and used of the Lord until we are first humbled but first comes the budding of our pride.

Mat 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

Pro 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

This is exactly what we do when we are still in ‘Mystery Babylon’, the harlot of harlots, even though we have been long gone from the orthodox churches.  We are exalted and in need of nothing.

Rev 18:7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.

Jer 49:4 Wherefore gloriest thou in the valleys, thy flowing valley, O backsliding daughter? That  trusted in her treasures, saying, Who shall come unto me?

Isaiah 14 comes quickly to mind here when reading Oba 1:3-4.  Those words are written to Israel and include a proverb about the King of Babylon who is you and me before we are humbled.

 Isa 14:1 For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob.

The mercy the Lord will bring to us in due time are the trials.  But in the meantime we run off puffed up on knowledge and the pride that is in our carnal DNA.

Isa 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

Isa 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Isa 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

 

The clefts of the rock are places where we dwell and this is the refuge that is found on the mountain  tops.  We sit there in our self-righteousness until the Lord brings His righteous judgments against  the proud tree we all first become.  Reminds me of what happened to another king of Babylon.

Dan 4:13 I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven;

Dan 4:14 He cried aloud, and said thus, Hew down the tree, and cut off his branches, shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit: let the beasts get away from under it, and the fowls from his branches:

Being exalted as an eagle here is a negative application of that word. Eagles sit high up on the cliffs and rule the skies and are ravenous eaters consuming lots of meat.  The negative spiritual application of this is we get puffed up with knowledge before we are proven with trials and the result is pride will blossom.

Rev 6:15  And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains

But we cannot hide when our day of the Lord comes, the Word will search us out.

Eze 7:9 And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I am the LORD that smiteth.

Eze 7:10  Behold the day, behold, it is come: the morning is gone forth; the rod hath blossomed, pride hath budded.

We are first found by the Lord and brought into the marvelous Truth and born on the wings of Christ.  A great example of this is Deut 32.

Deu 32:9 For the LORD’S portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.

Deu 32:10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.

Deu 32:11 As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:

Deu 32:12 So the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.

But here is what we all will do before we are tried with the fire. We get fat!

Deu 32:13 He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made him to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock;

Deu 32:14 Butter of kine, and milk of sheep, with fat of lambs, and rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats, with the fat of kidneys of wheat; and thou didst drink the pure blood of the grape.

Deu 32:15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick,  thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.

Deu 32:16 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.

Deu 32:17 They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.

Deu 32:18 Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.

Deu 32:22 For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.

Sitting back reading Scriptures, gaining knowledge not coming to the Body and having fervent fellowship, is a trade mark of a self-exalted ‘eagle’.  It brings these Scriptures to mind.

Joh 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

Joh 5:40 And ye will not come to me (MY BODY), that ye might have life.

The key takeaway of this lesson is the often repeated lesson in Scripture is that we must do the Word not just hear it.  This can only be done in the Body, serving Christ.

Jas 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Luk 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

Faith along with knowledge does not save us. This faith must lead to works and that is how we are being justified in due time.

Jas 2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

Jas 2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

Jas 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed

Jas 2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

Jas 2:25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?

Jas 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

This is a necessary and painful process for us to be so humbled.  The day of the Lord will not come to our heavens until this is lived out.  These words are also is, was and will be!

2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Here is an Old Testament witness to the same event of us as God’s Elect handling the Word of God deceitfully and then being destroyed by the brightness of the Lord’s coming within.  We won’t be able to hid in the cleft of the rock forever.

Eze 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

Eze 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

Eze 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

Eze 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

Eze 28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

Eze 28:18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

Eze 28:19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.

Also See Ezekiel 16:8-17

We all must be humbled in our day of judgment. The pride of man will be cut down after we get puffed up with knowledge. We hide ourselves and deceive ourselves in the clefts of the rocks on the mountains of flesh (EDOM and ESAU). When thinking we have arrived and are no longer in need of repentance.  Those high places must be brought low by the Lord.

Eze 6:3 And say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD; Thus saith the Lord GOD to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys; Behold, I, even I, will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy your high places.

Mic 3:12  Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.

And here is a new testament witness to the judgment when we get puffed up on knowledge but do not practice pure and undefiled religion before God.

 Luk 12:47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

Until we come to see ourselves for what we truly are and recognize we are sinning machines (without Christ), we ARE remaining self-exalted in our puffed up knowledge. We should always have the attitude Paul expressed.

1Ti 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

Mar 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

We must be diligent to constantly examine ourselves and our walk to see if we are in the faith.

 

Oba 1:5 If thieves came to thee, if robbers by night, (how art thou cut off!) would they not have stolen till they had enough? if the grapegatherers came to thee, would they not leave some grapes?

The Lord wants it all.  We have been redeemed with a price and when He comes to us He is not going to leave anything unturned.  It is all going to be plundered as we are made anew.

1Th 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

1Th 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

The thief comes in the night, a time of spiritual darkness when we are not aware of our marred abominable condition even after having knowledge.

Rev 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

The question about thieves leaving something behind and the ‘grapegatherers’ leaving some grapes on the vine are rhetorical questions and the answer is clearly NO. They will take it all as Esau will be laid bare.

When Christ comes to clean His house (His Temple, which temple we are) He leaves no stone unturned.

Luk 21:5 And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said,

Luk 21:6  As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

Isa 24:3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word.

Num 31:11 And they (Israel) took all the spoil, and all the prey, both of men and of beasts.

Being puffed up, the reward we receive shall be paid back double upon our own head.

Jer 51:53 Though Babylon should mount up to heaven, and though she should fortify the height of her strength, yet from me shall spoilers come unto her, saith the LORD.

Jer 51:54 A sound of a cry cometh from Babylon, and great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans:

Jer 51:55 Because the LORD hath spoiled Babylon, and destroyed out of her the great voice; when her waves do roar like great waters, a noise of their voice is uttered:

‘The Christ’ is the thief and the robbers that spoil the land and this is, was and will be bringing deliverance to those on Mt. Esau as we will see at the end of the book.

The words of fire spoken accomplish their purposes in our day of the Lord and that day of judgment is now for God’s Elect.

Jer 51:20 Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms;

Jer 51:21 And with thee will I break in pieces the horse and his rider; and with thee will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider;

Jer 51:22 With thee also will I break in pieces man and woman; and with thee will I break in pieces old and young; and with thee will I break in pieces the young man and the maid;

Jer 51:23 I will also break in pieces with thee the shepherd and his flock; and with thee will I break in pieces the husbandman and his yoke of oxen; and with thee will I break in pieces captains and rulers.

It is Christ (i.e. His Body) speaking the Words of fire that break the rock and is the method by which the Lord replaces our heart of stone with a heart of flesh.

Jer 23:29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

Oba 1:6 How are the things of Esau searched out! how are his hidden things sought up!

The flesh will be thoroughly searched out and all things that oppose Christ will be laid bare and nothing shall be spared.  Jeremiah 49 gives us multiple witnesses and here are just three that

speak to the completeness of God’s Word, the four winds of heaven completing their work within us all in our day of the Lord.

Jer 49:10  But I have made Esau bare, I have uncovered his secret places, and he shall not be able to hide himself: his seed is spoiled, and his brethren, and his neighbours, and he is not.

Jer 49:13  For I have sworn by myself, saith the LORD, that Bozrah (a sheepfold) shall become a desolation, a reproach, a waste, and a curse; and all the cities thereof shall be perpetual wastes.

God is calling light out of the darkness that He created first. First comes the darkness then comes the light and that all in the appointed times and due seasons.

Gen 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Peter tells us who we are as God’s Elect, the redeemed people of God who have been called out of darkness into the marvelous ‘Light’ that is Christ.

1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

1Pe 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

It is the light of Christ that will bring the knowledge of God thru the Body and which SANCTIFIES US in the appointed time.

2Co 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

The battle against Edom (Esau) is relentless. Nothing will be missed.  All the hidden things shall be found by the light of the WORD.

Luk 8:17 (NKJV) For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.

The day of the Lord is when these things happen to us.  That day is in this age if we are God’s Elect and is a day no man knows but the Father. The light of ‘The Christ’ will bring the judgment

to us first. We are the first to experience death of our old man and carnal lusts thru this process. Our idols will become a booty or spoil to ‘the Christ’ who will come in the spiritual darkness of night.

Zep 1:12 And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and do good, neither will he do evil.

Zep 1:13 Therefore their goods shall become a booty, and their houses a desolation: they shall also build houses, but not inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, but not drink the wine thereof.

Here we see our role as the lights bringing judgment thru the words of fire we speak.

 Oba 1:18  And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the LORD hath spoken it.

This bringing judgment comes thru the Words of Christ which we speak and hear. He is the Light of this world that searches these things out.  Yet His Christ is also the light of the world and the very instruments the Lord uses to bring judgment to the inward and outward nations.

Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Mat 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

We should be doing this in down payment form now, speaking the words that shall judge us in the ‘last days’.

Mat 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

1Co 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

1Co 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

When the time is right the righteous judgment of God will shine the light of the WORD onto the hidden things of darkness in each of our hearts.

1Co 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

If we are God’s Elect, we are doing this today within the Body, this is our period of “on the job Training” preparing us for the greater roles we shall have if we are so blessed to be in that blessed and first Holy Resurrection.  The Lord is preparing us to be the very instruments thru which He rules during the Millennium.   Also our function as the lake of fire bringing salvation to all men thru the process of judgment. There is no greater honor a man could strive to attain to than to be in the blessed and first holy resurrection and be used this way of the Lord.

We see in this study that God’s Elect are far from infallible (Pro 24:16). By being humbled and given the mercy of fiery trials, we are being prepared of God to bring mercy to others.

Rom 11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:

Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

Thank you for joining us for this study.  I hope it was edifying in some ways.  See you next week for Part 2 Lord willing!

 

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