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Amos Part 6 –Giving Seed to Molech and Chemosh

January 12, 2017

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“Giving Seed to Molech and Chemosh”

Key Verses:  Amos 1:13 – 2:3

We will cover the fifth (Ammon) and sixth (Moab) transgressions that begin the prophecy of this “burdensome” prophet Amos. This study will focus again on the topic of the prophets which is judgment. Every transgression is linked back to making poor and unfaithful judgments by going above what is written. This is the same things as weighing and measuring with a scale (See Micah Study Part 19). If we are to become judges of the world and of all angels (1Co 6:2-3), then we must learn how to do it properly in this age. This is why judgment is now on the house of God so we in turn can be trained to be the judges (and saviors – Oba 1:21) of all mankind in the ages to come (Mat 19:28).

1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

All of these territories being judged, are in the land promise given to Israel and hence are part of the promise of salvation with the coming rulership by Jesus Christ (Luk 17:20-21).

Amo 1:13 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have ripped up the women with child of Gilead, that they might enlarge their border:

Amo 1:14 But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it shall devour the palaces thereof, with shouting in the day of battle, with a tempest in the day of the whirlwind:

Amo 1:15 And their king shall go into captivity, he and his princes together, saith the LORD.

Ammon and Moab come from the two sons born to Lot from an incestuous relationship with his two daughters. That story sets an important baseline for this study and understanding the accusation of the Lord.  Click Here:  Mitch’s Study on Lusts and Sexual Sins

Gen 19:30 And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.

Gen 19:34 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yester night with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.

Gen 19:35 And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.

Gen 19:36 Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.

Gen 19:37 And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day. 

Gen 19:38 And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.

Larry’s study in Genesis on these verses can be found here:  Genesis #55 Study

Before we learn the fear of the Lord and begin to tremble at every Word, we will naturally be deceived without even being aware of the deceitfulness of our sin (Heb 3:13). Like Lot, we were rescued from Sodom but yet are unwilling to go up to the mountain of the Lord and lay down our life due to fear of losing our old way of life. Instead we dwell in a cave of darkness living and abiding in sin with our own flesh (spiritual daughters). The natural brute beast within us seeks its own prosperity above others and will engage in spiritual incest to keep the seed of the old man alive. Drunk with knowledge (wine) but not vigilant in the fight of faith we unwittingly sleep with our own fleshly mindsets against the will of God.

1Th 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from (spiritual) fornication:

Pro 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life

Lying with our own family is what incest is in the physical as well as the spiritual. We all are guilty of this sin on the way to spiritual maturity (Mat 4:4). We do this when we refuse to accept or act on the Word but instead rely on the same self-centered seed of our carnal mind. Children born of spiritual incest are born of the carnal mind. This is leaning on our own understanding (Pro 3:5).

When we do not seek, or take heed the counsel of others (Pro 15:22, Heb 10:25) and instead rely on our own wisdom, we are sleeping with our own relatives spiritually and thereby committing incest. Healthy bodies in animals and plants come with “cross-pollination (Rom 1:20) and so it is in the ways of the Spirit. We need information and wisdom outside of ourselves to cleanse our heavens and bear good fruit. The covering of is only found in the Body of Christ and its multitude of counselors.

1Pe 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

We are commanded not to uncover, but instead to be covering the sins of ourselves and our brethren through speaking and LIVING the WORD.

Lev 18:6 None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD.

Mat 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Another stark reminder that abiding alone is spiritual death (sin) and we need to be connected and always engaged in the Body of Christ and its multitude of counselors.

Pro 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

If we separate ourselves and do not go to the mountain that is Christ, we will be living in darkness (caves) which as used in Genesis 19 [H4631] is the root word for nakedness symbolizing us in our sinful uncovered state.

The God of the Ammonites is Molech also known as Milcom which comes from Hebrew root word that means “king and reigning”. This Ammonite god is nothing more than the man of sin sitting on God’s throne (2Th 2:4), the very image of the beast we all initially worship.

In our immaturity, even with profound knowledge, we will not at first be diligent and will take wives and concubines and have spiritual sex and corrupt the good seed by mixing with the world and the carnal mind.

1Ki 11:7 Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.

Neh 13:23 In those days also saw I Jews that had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab:

These incestuous mindsets, the entire family and offspring, shall not enter into the kingdom of God and must be destroyed.

Deu 23:3 An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD forever:

Lev 20:2 Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death…..

The transgression of Ammon stems from giving seed (life) to Molech.

Amo 1:13 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have ripped [H1234] up the women with child of Gilead, that they might enlarge their border: 

The charged transgression is that WE (Ammon) have ripped up the women with child of Gilead, that WE might enlarge OUR border. Babes in Christ are what the woman with child of Gilead represents. The real overcoming cannot happen until the Lord returns the second time with the baptism by fire and we need to learn to wait for it and not break or rip the precious little ones that cannot yet eat strong meat (Heb 5:13, Heb 9:28).

The word H1234 translated as ripped only one time in the KJV is better known as the word for “break, broken, rend or cleave”. The transgression of Ammon, like all works in our lives, our every thought (Amo 4:13), our every step (Psa 37:23) including our sins (Isa 63:17, Phil 2:13) is the work of the Potter.

Ripping the woman with child of Gilead to enlarge our border is what we ARE DOING when we are seeking gain and seeking disciples after ourselves. Speaking perverse things is what spiritual incest is and Paul warns us to beware this spirit arising within ourselves.

Act 20:30  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

The root of this incest is the pride of man, the incestuous desire of all flesh to keep itself alive and exalted on God’s throne. As we saw in recent studies we are not to forget the brotherly covenant and remember a sacrificed life is our reasonable service with nothing to be gained or paid to us. When we are not content, we should take heed and examine ourselves.

Luk 3:14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages. 

Seeking a wage or gain is seeking dominion of some kind. We are not to do such things.

2Co 1:24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

The kings of these heathen nations within us have the truth of the Lord flip flopped. They are zealous to eat at the Lord’s table but not willing to serve. Serving is greater than eating.

Luk 22:24 Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest.

Luk 22:25 And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’

Luk 22:26 But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves.

Luk 22:27 For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves. 

Those that serve are those that comfort and bear with one another in their trials. They don’t cast stones and fire and bring oppression.

Luk 22:28  NKJV But you are those who have continued with Me in My trials

We are to suffer not the little ones (weak in the faith) in coming to Christ. We must bear with them and be longsuffering (Mat 12:20) that is our reasonable service.

Mat 20:28  just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.

We need to be pursuing PEACE WITH ALL MEN AND HOLINESS, if we want to make the first resurrection (Heb 12:14). We need to be very circumspect with our dealing with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Are we serving or are we seeking to enlarge our borders? We have many examples of those in the church walking disorderly and seeking to exalt themselves. Living a quiet life in Christ Jesus does not include being a busybody and thereby oppressing our neighbor.

1Ti 5:13 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.

1Pe 4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters

Helpers of joy do not meddle and try to rule over people and yet the incestuous Ammonite spirit will lead us to do just that. Everyone has knowledge to the measure the Lord has given them and we will naturally as beasts seek more of it to magnify ourselves. Christ in us is increased when this spirit and the man of sin is decreased (Joh 3:30).

Zep 2:8 I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the revilings of the children of Ammon, whereby they have reproached my people, and magnified themselves against their border.

Uncovering the sins of our weaker brothers and sisters is an abomination to the Lord. When we make such carnal judgments, and act contrary to the narrow way of faith, we are letting the good seed pass through to this false god of Ammon (Molech). We must learn to take these carnal thoughts and reasoning’s captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ.

Lev 18:6 None of you shall approach to any that, is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD.

Lev 18:21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.

We are to reprove and rebuke with all authority, as faithful watchmen these errors in the Body of Christ. We must of course follow the narrow ways of Matthew 18 and other Scriptures. When we fail to do this, we ourselves are SINNING and that itself is spiritual whoredom with our own flesh and that too must be circumcised in the day of the Lord.

Lev 20:4 And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not:

Lev 20:5 Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people.

A day will come to all men, when a fire will be kindled on “our” earth (Luk 12:49) and Rabbah, the capital city of Ammon within that commits this incest will be devoured.

Amo 1:14 But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it shall devour the palaces thereof, with shouting in the day of battle, with a tempest in the day of the whirlwind:

Amo 1:15 And their king shall go into captivity, he and his princes together, saith the LORD.

The fire will be accomplished by the priests of the Lord who are our “lake of fire” experience now, as judgment is now on the house of God.

Jos 6:16 And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city.

Pro 11:10 When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.

1Th 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

The words that judge us in the last days will create the tempest [H5591] that perform the works of the Lord in the deep within. These are the same storms that will puff us up and then bring us low via our trials.

Psa 107:25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy [H5591] wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof…

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

Rabbah means great and comes from a root that means to be increased or multiplied. That is exactly what the flesh seeks to do through spiritual fornication within our ourselves and without ourselves. It seeks dominion over faith and this pride will be brought low.

Amo 2:1 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Moab, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime [H7875]:

Amo 2:2 But I will send a fire upon Moab, and it shall devour the palaces of Kerioth: and Moab shall die with tumult, with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet: 

Amo 2:3 And I will cut off the judge from the midst thereof, and will slay all the princes thereof with him, saith the LORD

The God of Moab is Chemosh (Num 21:29, Jdg 11:24, 1Ki 11:7 etc.). This is Stong’s H3465 and is from an “unused” root word that means subdue. This a god and a spirit that takes those ruled by this false god captive much like Molech in seeking the enlarging of the borders of the beast that are all men that are walking carnally minded.

Jer 48:46 Woe be unto thee, O Moab! the people of Chemosh perisheth: for thy sons are taken captives, and thy daughters captives.

The corrupt and unrighteous judge in all of us and the heathen princes within us will be cut off as result of the Lord’s judgments on Moab. This is how we learn to follow the Lord.

Joh 8:15 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. 

Joh 8:16 And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.

Moab’s transgression is the burning of the bones of the king of Edom into lime. Bones are the structure that holds up a body and provides the platform on which everything moves.   Spiritually speaking bones are the doctrines, the beliefs that are driving our thoughts and very way of life. The bones of Jesus Christ are the doctrines of Jesus Christ, the Word that lives in us His Temple. Those bones cannot be broken (John 19:36) in the same way the Scriptures cannot be broken (Joh 10:35).

Burned limestone was used in ancient days as a type of plaster for brick hence the translation of the Hebrew word H7875 for both lime and plaster is consistent.

H7875, śı̂yd

Total KJV Occurrences: 4

lime, 2

Isa 33:12, Amo 2:1

plaster, 2

Deu 27:1-2 (2), Deu 27:4

Here again we have a spiritually incestuous offense in holding on to the old way of carnal living. When we take the carnal thoughts and doctrines and use them to build a new wall and think we are walking righteously, we have a day of the Lord to teach us otherwise.

Eze 13:13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even rend it with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in my fury to consume it.

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.

Interesting that limestone and its plaster used in the world is typically white. In the negative this white represents our outward appearance of righteousness that is filthy rags (Isa 64:6). The Lord looks to the inward, to what is in the heart of man (1Sa 16:7). He demands our whole heart and gets in as a result of bringing us through the fire.

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.

Mat 23:28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

Using the King of Edom’s bones as plaster is similar to what the people of Shinar (Babylon) did in seeking to make a name for themselves in seeking the Lord. This is feigned worship as the beast is kept alive and we have the appearance of righteousness outwardly.

Gen 11:3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick [H3843], and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.

Gen 11:4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

H3843 is the word for brick which means the whiteness of clay and has as its root the word H3835 which is Laban and means white.

In the same way, we come to hate the whore (harlot) when we see how we were deceived our whole life, we will self-righteously want to burn the bones (doctrines) of the King of Edom within us and without us (in our brethren) by casting fire of the Word.

Rev 17:16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

Edom is an adversary to Israel and its kings (1Ki 11:25) and we are to take nothing from Edom and use it in our service to the Lord. We are not to judge those without (1Co 5:13) but are commanded to separate to the extent possible. An incestuous spirit will want to stay in Edom and cast fire to expose one’s nakedness and to make themselves appear righteous.  This is doing the opposite of Christ commands which is to cover sins (Mat 25:36).

All mankind is the Lord’s anointed and we are not to bring any harm to them knowing they are doing exactly what the Lord has ordained them to do (Psa 105:15).

Mat 25:40  And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

The sinners in Zion that fear the Lord and dwell with the devouring fire (Isa 33:14) that is the BODY, will despise the gain of oppression that comes from burning the bones of Edom for lime.

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;

Pro 14:31 He that oppresses the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.

There is not much history about the city of Kerioth that means “cities or buildings” per the Hebrew experts. Yet there is a gold nugget of wisdom when we see the connection of Judas Iscariot to Kerioth.

G2469, Iskariōtēs – Of Hebrew origin (probably [H377] and [H7149]); inhabitants of Kerioth; Iscariotes (that is, Keriothite), an epithet of Judas the traitor: – Iscariot.

We live by every word (Luk 4:4) means we will also betray our Lord as Judas Iscariot long after we are given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God and walk with Christ. We will betray Christ to the chief priests within us seeking to save their positions of power.

Mar 14:10 And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them.

Mar 14:11 And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him.

Seeking riches and gain will lead us to oppress (betray) our brothers and sisters in Christ.  The wheat and the tares (Judas) grow together until the harvest at the end. Our beast will be strengthened by its appearance of righteousness and will bring untrimmed torches and carnal weapons (2Co 10:4) that will betray our Lord and cause the little ones within/without to suffer reproach. More woe is needed to burn this out of us.

Mic 2:1 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand.

Mic 2:2 And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.

We are learning as a good soldier of the Lord to be content with what we have been given and seek nothing else.

Pro 30:8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:

1Ti 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content

The desire to be rich leads us into all kinds of evil and snares (1Ti 6:9). Judas Iscariot, the man that betrayed the Lord is you and me when we are seeking spiritual or physical riches and putting on an outward display of righteousness by using this white “lime plaster”.   We need to be especially careful in how we conduct ourselves in the house of God. The commandment is to walk in love and if we are given to obey, we will be living a sacrificed life and be fleeing fornication and all uncleanness.

Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Eph 5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

We should examine ourselves and our motives to ensure we are not oppressing our brothers and sisters and conducting ourselves with humility and meekness. We are learning to wait upon the Lord and to judge nothing before its time. Jesus Christ builds His Church and He does not need anything from any man (Act 17:25, Mat 16:18). We will come to see more clearly spiritually by keeping the Lord’s judgments now for our mistakes and sins. The plumb line that the prophecy of Amos is leading up to, will reveal this to us as we mature.

 Amo 7:8 And the LORD said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more:

 

 

Amos Part 5 – Judgment Without Mercy

January 5, 2017

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Judgment Without Mercy

Key Verses:  Amos 1:11 – 1:12

We begin with the fourth of the eight transgressions and the judgment pronounced upon the territory of Edom and its strongholds. We will spend the entire study on this one transgression and the judgment the Lord brings to chasten and teach us righteousness. We need to be examining ourselves often to ensure we remain in the faith on the narrow road that so few find.

Eph 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

The pattern of words that we discussed in Part 2 continue for each of transgressions. The words “for three transgressions and for four” are not referring to literal numbers and signify what the numbers three and four always signify in the Scriptures. That being the process of spiritual progression (the number three) and the whole (the number four) of our progression that is coming by the judgments and punishments the Lord is speaking regarding the sins of the rebellious inward nations.

Amo 1:11 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he did pursue his brother with the sword, and did cast off all pity, and his anger did tear perpetually, and he kept his wrath forever:

Amo 1:12 But I will send a fire upon Teman, which shall devour the palaces of Bozrah.

I first want to better render verse 11 that translated two words uniquely just one time in all Scriptures; H7843 for “cast off” and H7536 for “pity”.  These are more clearly translated when the predominate use of these Hebrew words from the KJV is used as rewritten below.

Amo 1:11 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he did pursue his brother with the sword, and destroyed H7843 mercy H7536, and his anger did tear perpetually, and he kept his wrath forever:

It is one thing to fail to perform our duty to our family and spiritual brethren from slothfulness or apathy. It is another transgression all together when we actually seek to accuse, attack and destroy our brothers which what the man of the flesh (Edom) does against the man of the Spirit.

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

Our stubborn old man does not want to bow down and serve the new man. The enmity the Lord put between flesh and spirit is demonstrated by the interplay of Esau and Jacob. The flesh lives by a sword and strives to get ahead on its own strength using violence (physical and spiritual) by pursuing others, seeking dominion and self-exaltation.  This is the portion for the first Adam before the Lord gives dominion over the flesh to the new man within.

Gen 27:39 And Isaac his father answered and said unto him (Esau), Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above;

Gen 27:40 And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.

Gen 27:41 And Esau hated (enmity) 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.

1Jn 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

The Lord’s mercy endures forever (Psa 136) and as He is so are His Chosen People (Joh 20:21, 1Jo 4:17) to be and to act. If we are to be used of the Lord as Priests and Kings we will be increasingly abundant in mercy and longsuffering, the opposite of the natural instincts of the carnally minded man of Edom.

Psa 145:8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.

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

Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Casting aside all pity, which is destroying all mercy, is the offense here in Edom. We are seeking preeminence, forgetting the brotherly covenant and doing spiritual violence,  accusing and pursuing our brothers. Salvation begins to come when this spirit is cast out of our heavens.

Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

This is the same preeminence seeking spirit that Diotrephes had that sought dominion over the early church and made a ministry of accusing the brethren.

3Jn 1:10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.

2Co 1:24 Not that we have dominion over your faith, but are fellow workers for your joy; for by faith you stand.

The Lord’s people are to be making judgments (Joh 7:24) and pursue our brothers with the sword of the Spirit (Eph 6:17) to admonish and edify them in the truth.   This is done showing the fruit of the Spirit and NOT THE WORKS OF THE FLESH.

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Gal 5:23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Gal 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted

Jesus Christ does not tear and break the weak in faith.  The Word of God brings judgment in the appointed times.

Mat 12:20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory

The narrow way of obedience to the Lord calls for us to pull specks out of one another’s eyes but to do it in the prescribed loving and godly way as Matthew 18 and Leviticus 13 tell as priests and watchmen of the flock. But one thing we must never do is to destroy mercy, that is the lovingkindness of the Lord which works true righteousness in us.

Jas 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth (triumphs) against judgment.

Mic 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?

We have stern warnings to not be high minded and look down on others. We have to continue in the goodness of God all the way to the end.

Rom 11:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

This is such an important abomination to burn out of us we have many examples in the Scriptures and parables of men showing compassion and demonstrating mercy and those that did not. When we are still looking down upon others, we are still justifying ourselves by the works of the law and have departed from the faith. We are still in need of fire to bring the humbling to burn that evil spirit out of us.

Luk 18:9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:

Luk 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

Luk 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

Luk 18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. (SELF)

Luk 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

Luk 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Our unpayable debt to the Lord is forgiven and we are commanded to show the same compassion to others (Mat 18:27). The forgiven servant which we are will first show no pity or mercy to our fellow servants until we endure the torment of having Edom’s palaces destroyed within.

Mat 18:32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:

Mat 18:33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee?

Mat 18:34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.

When we seek vengeance, we are contending with the Lord and denying HIS SOVEREIGNTY.  All such wrath and vengeance seeking is contrary to faith and a work of the flesh (Edom).

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.

The Lord manifests these events and trials to see if our faith is genuine and fruit producing. Our response to brothers and sisters that are naked and in need of food is to act in obedience (love) and respond by providing the spiritual food, drink and clothing we ourselves are being given.

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.

Mat 25:37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

Mat 25:38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

Mat 25:39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

Mat 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Words are indeed cheap in the natural when not combined with action (works). And so it is also in the ways of the Spirit and what is required of those given the gift of faith.

Jas 2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

Jas 2:15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,

Jas 2:16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

Jas 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

It is the immature man of God that knows the truth yet still holds flesh and men responsible rather than the Lord who is working all things for the counsel of His will. We all will do this outwardly to others in the Body even if secretly in our heart. Yet we also do it inwardly when we can’t get past the shame and guilt for our continued falling down into sin. We must endure this torment (Rev 14:10) and learn that only the Lord can make us or our brethren stand.

Rom 14:4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

Rom 14:10 NKJV But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

The judgment of the Lord changes not. It is the Word, the Fire that shall judge us in the last days (Joh 12:48).  The fire will be devouring the habitations and strongholds of Edom.

Amo 1:12 But I will send a fire upon Teman, which shall devour the palaces of Bozrah.

This fire is the good news, it is the blessing of the Lord coming to the new man. Yet to those on the outside of the veil these are just more history lessons with no personal application to themselves (Mat 4:4, 1Co 10:11).  These OT verses are used obscurely to support gigantic lies such as eternal torment. The Scriptures gives us some wonderful insights into these two cities that adds to our understanding of the prophecy of Amos.

TEMAN: Teman was the name of a grandson of Esau, was one of the 12 Dukes of Edom and is also a city in Edom and comes from the root word meaning South.

H8487, têymân, tay-mawn’, tay-mawn’

The same as H8486; Teman, the name of two Edomites, and of the region and descendants of one of them: – south, Teman.

A well-known Temanite was Eliphaz one of JOB’s miserable comforters. Eliphaz did the very things charged against Edom in Amos 1:11. Rather than showing compassion and mercy, Eliphaz failed to judge righteously. He spoke lies about the Lord , made completely false allegations against Job without any witnesses and failed to comfort Job in their carnal minded delusions.

Job 2:11 Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came everyone from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him

Job 42:7 And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath

Edom in general and the city of Teman was due south of Israel and is the opposite of the north which is where judgment comes from spiritually (Eze 20:26, Son 4:16, etc.). The flesh seeks comfort and always settles spiritually speaking to the south side and as far away from the true Jesus Christ and the burden His Words of fire bring.

The mighty men of Teman like the mighty men of Babylon are being cut off so the new man can increase. Obadiah gives a second witness regarding our failure in Teman to judge righteously and our casting off of mercy and doing spiritual violence against our brother Jacob.

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 forever.

Instead of covering sins, a spirit of Edom (Teman) seeks to uncover and expose them and take the new man captive to ways and mind of the flesh.

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.

Bozrah was looked at briefly in the Micah 10 Study and “is” the capital city of Spiritual Edom within you. The same as H1223; Botsrah, a place in Edom: – Bozrah.

Total KJV Occurrences: 9

Gen_36:33, 1Ch_1:44, Isa_34:6, Isa_63:1, Jer_48:24, Jer_49:13, Jer_49:22, Mic_2:12

Bozrah is also part of Moab who was an incestuous son of Lot. We will get into spiritual incest more deeply next week when we look at the transgression of Ammon (the other incestuous son of Lot). Simply put incest spiritually is our uncovering of our family’s sins.

Lev 18:6 None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD.

Lev 18:7 The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

Lev 18:8 The nakedness of thy father’s wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father’s nakedness.

The carnal mind that exalts itself against the ways of the Lord takes delight in exposing others sins and faults. Yet our commission is to cover not UNCOVER the sins of our family in Christ.

Mat 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Mitch did a comprehensive study on the topic of lust and showed the spiritual applications of all the outward sexual sins that are forbidden.  Lust Study Click Here.

Consistent with the transgression of Edom, the flesh will seek to uncover the sins of others rather than cover them. It takes abiding in the winepress of judgment to learn the right way of responding to our brother infirmities and show compassion and mercy.

Isa 63:1 Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? This that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.

Isa 63:2 Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?

Those that provided not clothing (the goats) are sent off to age abiding fire to have their garments dyed in the blood of the Lamb. This is the same fire of judgment sent to Bozrah.

Mat 25:43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

Mat 25:46 And these shall go away into (AGE ABIDING) everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

In conclusion, the fault-finding eye of the first man Adam (the man of sin) is not of faith. Such a mindset is based on the flesh, the carnal mind and the lies of Babylon the great Harlot. We bring that mindset into the Body of Christ. We come in still to some degree a ravening beast and we are apt to tear and strangle the meat we are eating to grow thereby. The spiritual food we eat and serve; the “meat indeed” (Joh 6:55) that is Christ’s Body will be torn and strangled by the mind of the man from Edom.

We must be careful with what we put into our heart and guard our every thought and the gates into our heavens diligently. The kings and dukes of Edom shall not inherit the kingdom of God (1Co 15:50) and we should not be seeking, eating or serving this defiled spiritual food.

Dan 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore, he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

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.

The furnace of affliction the Lord uses to purify His Sons, will not fail to succeed. As we are humbled and brought low through trials, we will mature and the man of Edom and that carnal mindset within us that blames, looks down, accuses, finds fault and exalts itself will be cut off.  Then we will be able to bear fruit and show the works that must accompany our faith. Our being pitiful (merciful) and compassionate will be evident to all.

Mat 7:20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

1Pe 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous

Sincere comments and questions are welcome.  You can also email me directly at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

A Servant In Christ,  PETE

Amos Part 4 – Forgetting the Brotherly Covenant

December 30, 2016

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Forgetting the Brotherly Covenant

Key Verses: Amos 1:9 – 1:10

We are spending significant time on a few verses at a time in these early segments in our study of Amos. This is because there are eight specific transgressions the Lord is making against the inward spiritual cities that are in the Kingdom of God within us. And we know the number eight symbolizes new beginnings, the coming forth of the new man. It is important to cover these eight essential progressions of judgment and understand the specific transgressions the Lord is bringing against us. The Elect of God, who are being judged NOW, in this age, should be looking for and hastening (accelerating) the day of the Lord. This is the day that will make manifest the new heaven and new earth that symbolize the appearing of Jesus Christ within us.

2Pe 3:11 Therefore, since all these things (the old) will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,

2Pe 3:12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat?

2Pe 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness (Jesus Christ) dwells.

Let’s remember the first two transgressions that brought the occasion the Lord was seeking to bring fire and destroy the palaces and walls that represent the strength of our flesh.

1. Damascus threshed Gilead with instruments of iron: The most basic judgment is teaching us to stand only on the WORD and make righteous judgment not leavened with carnal reasoning and worldly thoughts.

2. Gaza led the whole captivity captive and delivered them up to Edom: The weak flesh is actually the strong flesh that needs to be subdued in order for us to advance in maturity. The Lord manifests our secret sins (smites us with emerods) to humble us and show us our innate wickedness.

We start today in verse 9 with the city of Tyrus accused of building upon Gaza’s transgression.

3.Tyrus delivers up the whole captivity to Edom, and remembers not the brotherly covenant.

The accusation of Tyrus (Tyre) builds on the transgression of Gaza that delivers the carnally minded (the whole captivity) up to Edom. Edom representing the first man of the flesh, a hunter and man of the world (field) and is where we are imprisoned to the flesh and are unable to repent and to judge righteous judgment. Yet Tyrus is also charged with a serious offense because “they” (YOU and ME) remembered not the brotherly covenant.

Amo 1:9 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Tyrus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they delivered up the whole captivity to Edom, and remembered not the brotherly covenant:

Amo 1:10 But I will send a fire on the wall of Tyrus, which shall devour the palaces thereof.

The Body of Christ, “The Christ” is a spiritual family uniquely chosen of the Lord and knitted and bonded in love.

Eph 4:16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Jesus Christ is our brother, and our sister, our mother and our father. He is all of these things if we know the real Jesus Christ and that He has come in His flesh which is His Body.

Mat 12:48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?

Mat 12:49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!

Mat 12:50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

As God’s people we are not to seek our own gain but are to be sold out for our brothers. Our Lord tells us there is no greater love than this.

Joh 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Joh 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

The Lord, speaking in parables tells us just how important is it that we walk in obedience to love.

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.

And lest we have any doubt on what love is, we have many Scriptures that make it crystal clear.

1Jn 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

1Jn 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

2Jn 1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

The Lord’s true disciples are also known as “Disciples Indeed”.

Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue (abide, obey) in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

Not remembering the brotherly covenant happens when we are led astray by our sins and lusts and do not constantly continue in His work for the brethren. If we are to be found faithful, we need much more than knowledge of doctrine. There had best be some fruit. We must follow our Lord and live a sacrificed life like our Lord who gave His life as a ransom.

Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

We are to do good (love all) but this is especially so for the household of faith (Gal 6:10).

1Pe 2:17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

Contrary to the carnal mind and the fleshly way of judging, when we speak the Word in sincerity and meekness to correct a brother or sister we are loving them.

Heb 12:6 for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and He scourges every son whom He receives.”

Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.

Forgetting the brotherly covenant is neglecting our work and roles as watchmen of the flock. We have to contend for the faith. We don’t cease from our work until the 7th day, when it’s over.

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.

Jud 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

Being in covenant is being ONE with Christ and that means with His Body.

1Co 12:12  For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

1Co 12:13  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

1Co 12:14  For the body is not one member, but many.

The Body of Christ, our brothers and sisters in Spirit is the HELPER the Lord has made for us.

Gen 2:18  And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

Entering the kingdom of God requires enduring many trials and suffering much affliction. The many stories about Tyre and its kings tell us much about the man of sin that we are before Christ comes to make war and bring the spiritual earthquake that brings salvation. When we have true doctrine but are still not doing the WORD, only hearing; we are seeking gain and promoting our old way of life and keeping the beast alive and well on the throne of God. We are serving SELF not the Lord at this stage. We need to transform and become more blessed by becoming a giver.

Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ, and I live; yet no longer I, but Christ lives in me. And that life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith toward the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself on my behalf.

Mat 20:27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Mat 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Our carnal mind will strongly resist becoming a sacrifice and being content with our spiritual wages. The fleshly strongholds within us (Tyrus) will implicitly want gain from our supposed godliness (1Ti 6:6). This gain saying (Core) and reward seeking (Baalam) ceases as we suffer the punishment of our transgressions.

2Co 2:17 For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.

Our reward comes at the end if we endure, learning righteousness by judgment all the way. That is the prize yet the race must be finished (Rev 17:14, 2Ti 4:7) to obtain it.

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

Our service to our brothers and BODY, is our duty and what unprofitable servants take great joy in performing.

Luk 17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

We have to endure much torment to have the jealousies, covetousness and vexation of the flesh burned out of us so we can serve one another without malice and without prejudice.

Rom 12:10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;
Rom 12:11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;

The Christ are “saviors in training” by our being “judges in training” for our role in judging all men (1Co 6:2, Rev 20:4). If we are not given to move on to maturity in this regard, we will have no part in the blessed and first holy resurrection. There is no allowance for us to forget and forsake the brotherly covenant. In fact, we have many warnings against doing such.

Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

If we are His Elect, it is because we have been chosen to be Kings and Priests. We have a role, a service to perform and we must do it faithfully to the end to make the first resurrection and be used of the Lord to judge the world.

Oba 1:21 Then saviors shall come to Mount Zion To judge the mountains of Esau, And the kingdom shall be the LORD’s.

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.

The Lord is jealous for His Temple and His People that have His Name. It is through our faithfulness to the brotherly covenant that the Lord will send the fire that destroys the man of sin in our day of the Lord.

Amo 1:10 But I will send a fire on the wall of Tyrus, which shall devour the palaces thereof.

Names and places have great spiritual significance. The fact that it was Tyrus that forgot the brotherly covenant is no coincidence as the meanings and ensamples in the Old Testament show (1Co 10:11, 1Pe 1:10-12).

In the outward physical world Tyre is an ancient city that exists to this very day in the nation of Lebanon. Tyrus is out from the coast of the Mediterranean and is located about 80 km south of modern day Beirut, Lebanon. The name of the city means “rock” after the rocky formation on which the town was originally built. The city of Tyre was particularly known for the production of a rare and extraordinarily expensive sort of purple dye. This is fascinating as we know purple comes from the mixture of flesh (red) and spirit (blue) as the sum of the WORD shows us the spiritual significance of colors and their hidden meaning.

The merchandising activities that we do in spiritual Tyre (a type of Babylon) is the same merchandising that the harlot engages in as told in the Book of Revelation (Rev 18:16-17). It is the man of sin within us that is trafficking in carnal reasoning’s and thoughts. This is what we do when we are immature before our faith is proven with trials. We will seek gain, peddling the Word for profit and generally make merchandise of the things of the Lord going the way of Cain and following after the error of Balaam. That city and all it represents is being burned with fire in the Day of the Lord.

Rev 18:8 Therefore her plagues will come in one day—death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her.

In the physical, Tyrus was an island surrounded by the sea. If we think of the spiritual significance of an island and the sea, we can readily see that Tyrus represents a part of us that is puffed up with knowledge (elevated) yet still surrounded by the strength and pulls of the flesh (the sea). When a “burdensome” prophet (the meaning of Amos) comes to speak words of fire, that kingdom is being laid waste and it is revealed to us from the Body of Christ (the land of Chittim).

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.

Tyre, like Babylon, takes the word of God and wraps it in its own idols of dust and makes its paths out of this corrupted and leavened judgment that it applies in its carnal reasoning.

Zec 9:3 And Tyrus did build herself a strong hold, and heaped up silver as the dust, and fine gold as the mire of the streets.

Rev 18:12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble

Living by every word means that we, above all people, given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, will leave our first love. We will leave this first estate and fall away so the man of sin can be revealed (2Th 2:3). This is not happening out there in orthodoxy, it’s happening in the church of the saints is, was and will be.

Jud 1:6 And the angels (messengers of God) which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

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.

Act 20:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

Tyre or Tyrus is H6864 and comes from a root word of the same name that is translated as flint or sharp stone.

 H6864, story, tsore

From H6696; a stone (as if pressed hard or to a point); (by implication of use) a knife: – flint, sharp stone.

The root word is used as a positive when speaking of the mind of Christ and immovability of the truth and the Lord our God who changes not.

Eze 3:9 As an adamant harder than flint [H6864] have I made thy forehead: fear them not, neither be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house.

It is indeed this hard and sharp mind of Christ that accomplishes our spiritual circumcision and we see that in type and shadow in the circumcision of Moses’s son by his wife.

Exo 4:25 Then Zipporah took a sharp stone [H6864] and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to me.

Yet in the negative, a hard stone, a flint is representative of our rebellious and unrepentant hearts that do not want to give up their life and are not willing to pay the price of being a disciple. A hardened heart (stone) is what a heart of proud flesh is. This heart is being replaced by us living through our judgment and the process of spiritual circumcision.

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.

Our living spiritually in Tyrus and Babylon is the Lord working all things for the greater good for those who love Him. We have to see ourselves as this man of sin and in this way, the sharp stone of Tyrus is used to cut off our flesh when our judgment has come (Jer 2:19, Eze 34:16)

As we saw last week with the smiting of Gaza, Ashdod et. al. with emerods in their secret places, the Lord brings judgment by manifesting SIN in our midst. Yes, the Lord makes peace and creates evil (Isa 45:7) and He is the one causing us to err from His ways (Isa 63:17).

2Sa 12:11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.

Amo 3:6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?

But the Lord shall have no part in sharing His glory with our man of sin. The Lord turns us over to the idols of our hearts and sends evil spirits (Psa 78:49, Joe 3:4) to manifest sin and to uncover our wickedness. We must come to see it before the appearing of Christ within us.

Eze 28:7 Behold, therefore I will bring strangers (evil spirits) upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness.

Eze 28:10 Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.

There are two sides to the two edged sword.  The Lord uses even the wicked, including our own wickedness to bring about salvation.

Psa 17:13 Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword

Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Here we have an example of the Lord doing this against the inward city of Tyrus. This is the same as the fire that ultimately destroys the strength of Tyre, the walls and its palaces.

Eze 26:3 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Tyrus, and will cause many nations (strangers) to come up against thee, as the sea causeth his waves to come up.

Eze 26:4 And they shall destroy the walls of Tyrus, and break down her towers: I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of a rock.

The King of Tyre was instrumental in building King David’s house (2Sa 5:11) and then later the outward “flesh Temple” of the Lord through King Solomon.

2Ch 2:7 Send me (Solomon) now therefore a man cunning to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in iron, and in purple, and crimson, and blue, and that can skill to grave with the cunning men that are with me in Judah and in Jerusalem, whom David my father did provide.

2Ch 2:8 Send me also cedar trees, fir trees, and algum trees, out of Lebanon: for I know that thy servants can skill to cut timber in Lebanon; and, behold, my servants shall be with thy servants,

We now know that the Lord does not dwell in Temples made by human hands. Instead He dwells in His people who are His Temple (1Co 3:16) that He Himself builds. In our self-righteousness, we will build in vain but not on the firm foundation that is Christ (1Co 3:11). That Temple built with our fleshly hands shall not stand.  King Hiram did not do this out of the goodness of his heart, he was paid well for his work by David and Solomon alike (2Ch 2:10).  The sum of the Word tells us that Jesus Christ builds His church and He does not need any man to help Him.  Building temples for the Lord is what we all do at first but it is proven vanity in the end.  King Solomon learned with time and wrote about it in Psa 127:1 and Ecc 1:2.  JOB also learned that his own righteous works were filthy rags as he boasted in them (See Job 29).  The Lord’s standard for righteousness exceeds that of a Pharisee (Mat 5:20) and leaves no room for a “Me, Myself and I” or an “I have arrived attitude”.   The reason we are not to think above what is written is given us in the next verse we often overlook.

1Co 4:7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

Tyre represents the pride of our man of sin thinking he or she is somebody of their down doing.  With a gain seeking mindset driven by the pride of life we buy and sell, trafficking in the things of God for honor and glory.

Isa 23:8 Who hath taken this counsel against Tyre, the crowning city, whose merchants are princes, whose traffickers are the honourable of the earth?

The telling proof of what Tyrus represents comes from the very well-known yet misinterpreted Scriptures from Ezekiel 28 regarding the prince of Tyrus. If there was ever a set of Scriptures that spoke about us being in a self-exalted, gain saying mode, knowing truth but also forgetting the brotherly covenant which is the foremost commandment of the law — then these passages from Ezekiel 28 are them. Oh what a wretched man of sin we are when we forget the covenant and don’t remember it’s not about US but it’s about Christ.

Eze 28:2 Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus (YOU and ME), Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God:

This is what possessing the treasures of the Lord’s Temple will do to flesh without the Spirit of Christ to subdue our pride and humble us. Our hearts will be lifted up and we will worship the image of the beast. Knowledge is an insatiable appetite the Lord gives us in this stage. This is our Luke 12 days of storing up treasures and building bigger barns (Luk 12:16-21) thinking we do the Lord a service.

Eze 28:4 With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures:

Eze 28:5 By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:

Tyrus signifies our reversion into the ways of the world and judging un-righteously. We must be on guard the deceitfulness of what lives (sin) in our hearts. We must constantly examine ourselves (2Co 13:5, Eph 5:15). Don’t think for a second these verses don’t apply to you and me.  We live these words also that the Lord spoke (Mat 4:4. Luk 4:4).

2Co 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

2Co 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

This is leaving our first love is forgetting the brotherly covenant. The new man, immature in the faith will stumble. This falling away and getting puffed up and using our godliness for gain must be experienced for the pride of flesh to be brought low (Isa 5:15, Jam 4:9). The lamentation for Tyrus continues…

Eze 28:14 Thou art (prince of Tyre) 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.

Having the spiritual city of Tyre within us burned with fire is what brings contentment with where the Lord has us in life.

1Ti 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

1Ti 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

The Lord will use these judgments against our transgressions TO CAUSE us to walk in His statutes which is the same as having the love of God shed abroad in our hearts.

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.

Rom 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

These judgments we live out from Amos are how we have learned and are continuing to learn righteousness.  As we grow in faith and are judged for our revealed sins, we will come to know and to love our family in Christ.   We have some spiritual formula’s and admonishments on how to escape the lusts of the flesh and snares of the carnal mind.  Central to these admonishments is that we not forget but instead remember and focus on the brotherly covenant with The Christ.

2Pe 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

2Pe 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

2Pe 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

1Co 13:13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

 Sincere comments and questions are welcome.  You can also email me directly at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

Your brother in Christ,  Pete

Amos Part 3 – Binding the Strong Man

December 22, 2016

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Binding the Strong Man

Key Verses:  Amos 1:6 – 1:8

The theme of Part 3 will be the Lord making us weak in the flesh by bringing fire against the strength and power of our flesh. It is the Lord who afflicts us with messengers of Satan to humble us and sap the power of flesh. Flesh has to go and it is being circumcised (cut off) by the many ways of the Lord to pour out scourging grace upon His Chosen People. When we are strong in the flesh, we are weak in the Spirit. His grace is indeed sufficient for us.

2Co 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

When we first come into the Body of Christ and learn true doctrine of Christ we are still bound by the strong man that is our flesh.  This man of sin still rules and is the one who holds the scepter, has dominion in the land within us.  It will remain that way till Christ comes the second time apart from sin in our day of the Lord. Flesh is incredibly weak when it comes to resisting temptation which is why we must seek the Lord’s will and ask for spiritual strength.

Mat 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Zec 4:6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, this is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

The second coming of Christ to us inwardly when the Spirit is given is what will condemn sin in our flesh and bring forth righteousness by our judgment.

Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh

Rom 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

We now will look at the second of the eight transgressions that bring judgment.

Amo 1:6 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they carried away captive the whole captivity, to deliver them up to Edom:

Amo 1:7 But I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza, which shall devour the palaces thereof:

Amo 1:8 And I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that holdeth the sceptre from Ashkelon, and I will turn mine hand against Ekron: and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish, saith the Lord GOD.

The king of Babylon and the heathen nations within are being punished for their rebellion and transgressions.  This is the cup of wrath that all men and all nations shall certainly drink that brings salvation (Jer 25:28, Mat 20:21).

Jer 25:15 For thus saith the LORD God of Israel unto me; Take the wine cup of this fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it.

Rev 16:19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

All the land of the Philistines is included in this promise and these same spiritual lands are the focus of this study in Amos.  Drinking this wrath makes us desolate and a curse to this very day!

Jer 25:18  To wit, Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the kings thereof, and the princes thereof, to make them a desolation, an astonishment, an hissing, and a curse; as it is this day;

Jer 25:19  Pharaoh king of Egypt, and his servants, and his princes, and all his people;

Jer 25:20 And all the mingled people, and all the kings of the land of Uz, and all the kings of the land of the Philistines, and Ashkelon, and Azzah (Gaza), and Ekron, and the remnant of Ashdod,

The Philistines are symbolic to the strength and pulls of the flesh that constantly war against the Israel of God (1Co 10:11).   The Philistines represent the uncircumcised sojourning in the land with Israel that seek to defy the armies of God.

Exo 12:48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.

Isa 52:1 Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.

There are five territories that make up Philistine with five Lords (Jos 13:3).  These territories are best known for the how the Lord smote them with emerods and we will look into that story for spiritual significance later in the study.  Gaza symbolizes the strength and power of the flesh as the meanings of Gaza/Azzah and their written stories reveal to those with eyes to see the truth.

 Gaza – H5804 – ‛azzâh, az-zaw’

Feminine of H5794; strong; Azzah, a place in Palestine:

H5794 – From H5810; strong, vehement, harsh: – fierce, + greedy, mighty, power, roughly

 H5810 – A primitive root; to be stout (literally or figuratively): – harden, impudent, prevail, strengthen (self), be strong.

 Gaza is representative of the STRONG MAN that binds us in our sin and the power of the flesh and its lusts before Christ comes with fire.  Our sinful captivity is being taken captive to Christ, little by little as we endure through our day of the Lord and our spiritual circumcision IN CHRIST progresses.  Christ tells us a riddle, speaking in parables (Mat 13:9) that before He comes, the strong man of our house must also be bound.

Mar 3:27  No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.

The man of sin is the strong man who knows true doctrine but is not yet able or willing to perform the word. The man of sin will be turned over to sin and in this way will be bound and then the Lord will come with vengeance for His temple. This is how our captivity to sin is reversed and the Lord begins to dwell within us.

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.

 These judgments of the Lord bind the strong man (the man of sin) and are causing him/us to become totally ensnared in prison to our flesh and its powerful lusts.  This sounds so foolish to anyone who does not know it is the Lord who directs our every step and causes us to stray from His ways (Isa 63:17, Pro 16:9).   The spoiling of the spoiler’s house (the strong man) comes about by the Lord sending evil upon us that will reveal our total helpless state of sin.

Mat 12:29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

Mike’s recent study in Isaiah 5:24-28 (Click Here) showed how the Lord destroys the inward rebellious nations by using the wicked as His sword (Psa 17:13, Isa 45:7).

Psa 78:49  He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.

Joe 2:11 And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

The strong man and the pride of flesh must come to see its total helplessness and the Lord seeks occasions to destroy our flesh and its strength via the fire of judgment. Our own wickedness is used to correct us (Jer 2:19) and show us that we are the abomination.

Rom 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, (into sin) and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Samson and Gaza

All that are given to know true doctrine, will get puffed up with the pride of knowledge. While we do many good things for God, our flesh is still strong and needs to be mortified/crucified.  We are a “strong Samson” who spends the appointed time in Spiritual Gaza rebelling against the Lord’s commands and committing fornication with the flesh.

Jdg 16:1 Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there a harlot, and went in unto her.

In spiritual Gaza were are seduced by the deceitfulness of sin (Heb 3:3) and taken captive by that woman Jezebel (aka Delilah – Rev 2:20).  Our sins will blind us from the truth.

Jdg 16:21 But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass (flesh); and he did grind in the prison house.

Samson and all those the Lord has blinded are awakened to righteousness by seeing our sin and the hopeless prison we are in these bodies of flesh (Psa 51:5, Rom 8:20)

Jdg 16:30 And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.

 What is the Lord’s accusation against Gaza?

 Amo 1:6 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they carried away captive [H1540] the whole captivity, to deliver them up to Edom:

The accusation from the Lord is that we have carried captive the whole captivity to Edom. Edom [H123] is the territory of Esau, the first born man of the world that shall not be given the inheritance of Christ. Edom represents the land of the flesh and all that is in the world who cannot inherit the kingdom and will bow down and serve the new man.

Rom 9:12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.

Rom 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

This judgment of Gaza builds on last week’s judgment on Damascus where we are mixing flesh and spirit in making judgments (Threshing Gilead with instruments of iron). When we judge in the flesh we carry away captive the whole captivity to the world of carnal reasoning and judge not according to the Word of God.  This is the very spirit being thrown down (Mat 24:2) in our salvation.

Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night

We deliver the whole captivity captive to Edom when we are still a Pharisee, saying but not doing the truth. We deceive ourselves but also our hearers when we steer them away from the law of faith and put them back under the heavy yoke of the law of the Gentiles/Moses (WORLD).

Mat 23:4  For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

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.

The phrase “carried away captive” the whole captivity to Edom, could just as easily been written “uncovered” the whole captivity to Edom.   The word translated as CARRIED and CAPTIVE here are both H1540 which is also used in the context of uncovering and discovering of sin.

 H1540, gâlâh

Total KJV Occurrences: 217

carried, 34

captive, 24

uncover, 22

discovered, 18

away, 17

revealed, 11

discover, 10

uncovered, 10

captivity, 9

captives, 3

departed, 3

uncovereth, 2

Being uncovered is having our sin, our spiritual nakedness exposed.

Gen 9:21  And he (Noah) drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered [H1540] within his tent.

We learn to obey the Lord and not uncover our neighbor’s sins but to cover them by abiding in truth (love) that our entire lives are the work of the Potter’s hands.

Lev 18:6  None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover [H1540] their nakedness: I am the LORD.

1Pe 4:8  And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

We reap what we sow so the Lord will recompense us back in our day of judgment and our own sin will be uncovered.  This is foolishness to the natural man yet it is how the Lord saves His people by teaching them righteousness. Thinking we must save ourselves and being tormented by our complete inability to do so (Rev 14:10); is what the Lord must circumcise from our heavens.  Carrying the burden of saving ourselves is what we all first do when we hear the words of the prophets and Amos (burdensome) yet we cannot find rest.

Lam 1:3  Judah is gone into captivity [H1540] because of affliction, and because of great servitude: she dwelleth among the heathen, she findeth no rest: all her persecutors overtook her between the straits.

Rev 14:11  And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

This does not mean we do not go to a brother or sister in love, alone per Matthew 18 and persuade them of something we see wrong.  That is true love in action, as faithful watchmen over the flock.

Gal 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

The punishment for transgressions is always more grace, more fire from God (Rom 5:20). It is the consuming fire of the Lord, poured out in full measure that will consume its adversaries.

Amo 1:7 But I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza, which shall devour the palaces thereof:

Christ does not come to bring peace but a sword.  The peace of the strong man of sin is taken away suddenly in our day of the Lord (1Th 5:3).  The armor of our false gods and fleshly defenses/walls are no match for the vengeance of the Lord.

Luk 11:21  When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:

Luk 11:22  But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.

Act 16:26  And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

Once the stronger one (Jesus Christ) has come the plagues and fire will come in that (one) day for strong is the Lord who judges these nations (Rev 18:8). Words of fire spoken by the messengers of God are indeed a huge burden to our flesh when we hear those words. Coming to our wits ends requires us to labor and carry our weight of sin and and learn that we of ourselves can do nothing to stop it.

Mat 11:28  Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

The fire sent for Gaza’s transgression works to cut off the rebellious nations and remove the Philistines (the flesh) from the kingdom of God within us.

Amo 1:8 And I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that holdeth the sceptre from Ashkelon, and I will turn mine hand against Ekron: and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish, saith the Lord GOD.

The spiritual significance of these other three territories of the Philistines that are being cutoff: Ashdod, Ashkelon and Kero; reveal details of our transgressions. These cities are the home of false gods (Dagon in Ashdod, Baalzebub in Ekron) where the Word of God is corrupted and the new man within us is oppressed by the many lies and plagues of Spiritual Babylon.  All three cities are where the ARK of God was placed that manifested death and destruction for the inhabitants.

The Lord does not delight in sacrifice and offerings (Psa 40:6, 1Sa 15:22).  He wants our obedience (Luk 6:46) and He is going to get it by the fire He is, was and will be pouring out on our Philistine cities within.  1 Samuel 5 and 6 has a familiar story involving all of these cities that will help us understand the Lord’s strange ways of binding the strong man and bringing judgment to us in our day of the Lord. This story reveals that when the Word of God comes into our camp of sinful flesh (the Philistines), it destroys our false gods and begins to manifest sin in our secret spots.

1Sa 5:2  When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.

1Sa 5:3  And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the LORD. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again.

1Sa 5:4  And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left to him.

To get the mind of Christ, our old man must be beheaded as was Dagon (Rev 20:4).  All flesh will fall face forward to the earth in the presence of the Lord. Every knee shall bow before the Lord and our beast will bow down in submission when the Word of Fire (the Ark) is sent into our Philistine nations.  The Lord does not turn back when He is bringing punishment upon us for our sins.

1Sa 5:6 But the hand of the LORD was heavy upon them of Ashdod, and he destroyed them, and smote them with emerods, even Ashdod and the coasts thereof.

1Sa 5:7 And when the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, The ark of the God of Israel shall not abide with us: for his hand is sore upon us, and upon Dagon our god.

No matter where the Ark (Word) is moved in Philistine, it causes death and destruction of the flesh and brings a great burden.  Simply put flesh cannot see the Lord and live. The Word of God works destruction to all flesh (Exo 33:20, 1Co 15:50).

1Sa 5:9 And it was so, that, after they had carried it about, the hand of the LORD was against the city with a very great destruction: and he smote the men of the city, both small and great, and they had emerods in their secret parts.

1Sa 5:10  Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron. And it came to pass, as the ark of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites cried out, saying, They have brought about the ark of the God of Israel to us, to slay us and our people.

1Sa 5:11 So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines, and said, Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it go again to his own place, that it slay us not, and our people: for there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city; the hand of God was very heavy there.

1Sa 5:12 And the men that died not were smitten with the emerods: and the cry of the city went up to heaven.

Being smitten by emerods is really telling us that our sins are being made manifest.  We saw from the Micah Part 13 (Click Here), that the word for stronghold H6076 is the primary words translated as emerod in the Scriptures.

H6076, ‛ôphel, o’-fel

From H6075; a turior; also a mound, that is, fortress: – emerod, fort, strong hold, tower.

Total KJV occurrences: 9

emerods, 6

forts, 1

stronghold, 1

tower, 1

An emerod is an “raised or elevated mound” [H6075], a fleshly affliction, in our secret places. The Word is what uncovers and discovers our secret sins. There is nothing that shall not be made manifest in the light and the fire of the Word.

Luk 12:2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.

Only when we see ourselves as the man of sin will we run to Christ at His Mountain. Coming to see ourselves as afflicted, wretched men, lame and crippled, who of ourselves can do no good thing is indeed a huge blessing.  The positive and negative signs all work for our greater good.

Act 2:19  And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:

The story of Samson marrying a Philistine woman shows us the Lord was behind it and His purposes in that sin was to have an occasion to bring judgment against the Philistine cities that have dominion over His people.

Jdg 14:2 And he (Samson) 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.

The Word of the Lord working righteousness in us is going to smite us in our secret parts and manifest sin within us in order for the Lord to have occasion to destroy our flesh.  This is how the strong man is bound in captivity for a season (Ecc 3:1) and then the stronger one, Jesus Christ comes and spoils the house of the man of sin.  It consummates with “the earthquake”.

Rev 16:17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial (wrath) into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.

Rev 16:18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

We are so blessed to know these things. It is through this wisdom made known through His Church and the faith we’ve been given by the Lord that we can abide and endure through this tumultuous  journey.  We have been given a great hope and that hope is what shall save us if we believe and endure to the very end. Thanks be to God.

Amos Part 2 –The Circumcision of Christ

December 15, 2016

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Key Verses:  Amos 1:3 – 1:5

We continue with the book of Amos and this prophecy that is concerning Israel.  The Israel being spoken about sure seems to be physical Israel.  Yet we know that the words of the Lord are SPIRIT and these words were written for God’s Elect who is the true Israel of God (Gal 6:15-16, Rom 9:8).

Rom 2:28  For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

Rom 2:29  But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Our introductory verses established the ministry of Amos and that this time is, was and will be occurring before THE EARTHQUAKE.  This is a time leading up to the Day of the Lord that will come when the Lord (Lion) roars from Zion.  When this day has come, as we will see today and next week; the Lord will not turn back.  He will accomplish His purposes.

2Pe 2:9  The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

We now begin to cover eight specific pronouncements against the sins of the nations and the punishment the Lord is, was and will be pouring out to bring salvation.

Amo 1:3  Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron:

Amo 1:4  But I will send a fire into the house of Hazael, which shall devour the palaces of Benhadad.

Amo 1:5  I will break also the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the plain of Aven, and him that holdeth the sceptre from the house of Eden: and the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir, saith the LORD.

The fact there are eight of these pronouncements is not a historical coincidence.  Numbers have profound meanings in Scripture and the number eight symbolizes our spiritual circumcision and the new beginnings of the new man.   Eight follows seven which is the completion of the Lord’s work of judgment that destroys the old and brings in the new (the eight). A link to the study of the Number Eight can be found HERE.  We become a living sacrifice to the Lord on the spiritual eighth day.

Lev 9:1 And it came to pass on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel;
Lev 9:2 And he said unto Aaron, Take thee a young calf for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering, without blemish, and offer [them] before the LORD.

We offer our lives up to the Lord, a living sacrifice as we are circumcised on the eighth day.

Luk 2:21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

This prophecy and all eight pronouncements of judgment are written to the Israel of God who are also known as THE CIRCUMCISION.  It is the Body of Christ who are being circumcised by living out these words; yet it is also true that the Body of Christ are the instruments of circumcision just as we are the instruments of judgment (1Co 6:2) and salvation (Oba 1:21). Knowing that Christ is The Christ gives much deeper meaning to these oft cited Scriptures.

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.

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:

As we cover the specific verses we will look at those names and pull forth the meaning and symbolism in these events that are parables for our admonition (Mar 4:11, Hos 12:10). Our sanctification, the will of God, comes about only by THE PROCESS of judgment which cuts off the flesh and teaches us the ways of the Spirit. That process is also the same one that circumcises the heart and fulfills the promises of the Lord.

Jer 24:7  And I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

Heb 8:10  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

This process of being remade into the priests of the Lord and used for service takes eight days and us going through this circumcision process which is also our day of the Lord.  This is how His laws are written on our hearts, it is through the suffering and tribulation of our judgment.

Lev 8:33  And ye shall not go out of the door of the tabernacle of the congregation in seven days, until the days of your consecration be at an end: for seven days shall he consecrate you.

We will see all eight times the phrase “For three transgressions of ______ and for four” followed by the occasion for the Lord bringing the chastening grace to His people.  The number 3 represents the process of spiritual progression and the number 4 represents the whole of what is under discussion.  What is under the discussion here is the taking away of our trust and confidence in the flesh.  Thankfully these words we hear and the judgments we keep will not return void, they will accomplish His purposes.

Jer 30:24  The fierce anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it. .

Where sin abounds grace abounds even more and thus shall be the way we learn to do righteousness and obey the Lord with time as we endure stripes for these “3 or 4” transgressions.

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

Rom 5:21  That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness (learned in judgment ISA 26:9) unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

The 0ld man in all of us will learn this immutable truth and through this repeated process of learning, we will learn the fear of God and tremble at His Word (Heb 10:26-27). The depth of our depravity and the transgressions in our heart are bountiful and the Lord will continue to cause us to err from His ways until the end goal (the whole) of our judgment is accomplished.

Php 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

We will see as this study progresses how the Lord’s uses everything, even our own sins and wickedness to correct us and move us on to maturity (Jer 2:19, Pro 16:4).

Amo 1:3  Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron:

There is always an occasion, a specific reason cited in the eight “Thus Says The Lord” pronouncements as the Lion roars from Zion and the heads of these inward nations and cities wither from the heat of the fire. We will look at the occasion for judgment which is the specific transgression and then backtrack to look at the cities, names and places.

Transgression #1 – The first city to be judged is Damascus and the reason is because YOU (they) have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron:

Gilead is a land east of the Jordan River representing our time as babes in Christ and immature in the faith.  Having truth but not yet having been tried in the fire.  We will spiritually speaking try to make peace with the Syrians (Laban) who represent the flesh and our old man (Gen 31:44-48).  This is our immature state where we thresh the land but use implements of iron which the Lord’s people cannot do.  We have yet to learn to judge all things by the WORD which is righteous judgment (Joh 7:24).  We start out well in Gilead with truth but the flesh will always lead us to leaving our first love which is why Christ must come the second time with fire to make us overcomers of the flesh and all of its inward nations.

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 (Type of Christ) shall possess Gilead.

The Lord’s people are indeed the threshing instruments (the winnowing fan) that harvest all mankind for salvation (Rev 14:19, Mic 4:13). Threshing is the harvesting process of separating the wheat from the chaff.

Luk 3:17  Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.

The fire is the Word that brings judgment in the last days of flesh and carnal mindedness.  When we judge ourselves and others we must do it only using the WORD OF GOD. Threshing with instruments of iron is going well beyond what is written.

1Co 4:6  And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.

The spiritual temple of God is built by judgment within and without.  When we mix in worldly principle’s that are contrary to the truth we are lifting a man-made tool in building the sanctuary of the Lord.  Bringing a common base metal to make those righteous judgments pollutes the word of God and violates His strict commands on how we are to build.

Exo 20:25  And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.

Jos 8:31  As Moses the servant of the LORD commanded the children of Israel, as it is written in the book of the law of Moses, an altar of whole stones, over which no man hath lift up any iron: and they offered thereon burnt offerings unto the LORD, and sacrificed peace offerings

The house of God is built by judgment and when we build by wresting away true judgment that house and that temple shall not stand the trials of faith when the fire comes (1Co 3:13).

Luk 6:49  But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

In our immaturity having true doctrine, we will build with vanity cankering the word with iron tools and fleshly wisdom. Burning out the confidence in the flesh is an essential aspect of spiritual circumcision. Seeing our transgressions and the spiritual rust of our work will be a witness against us and the fire will consume our flesh.

Jas 5:3  Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

The call to come and be separate and not suffer the diseases of Babylon is a serious calling.  The only way to be cured of a house built on the flesh (spiritual leprosy) is to have that house be burned with the spiritual fire of God’s Word (Lev 13:55).

Amo 1:4  But I will send a fire into the house of Hazael, which shall devour the palaces of Benhadad.

More symbolism for the destroying of our fleshly ways and mindset. A preacher is sent from the Lord to bring the fire (Jer 5:14, Oba 1:1, Rom 10:15).  The house of Hazael and the palaces of Ben-Hadad are symbols that give us more of the details this spiritual cleaning and circumcision process. Hazael means “Beholding or Perceiving God” and was a King of Syria.  We are this king and we behold God when the fire comes upon the temple of God which temple we are (1Co 3:16). Even as Mike’s study in Isaiah continues to parallel what the other prophets say, we see the Lord when we are abiding in the fire of the Word that only comes in the presence of the Seraphim who are the messengers/angels the Lord uses to do this greater works and being spiritual healing.

It is the presence of these seraphim that judgment comes to us our heavens and that is how we come to know the Lord.

Exo 14:18  And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.

Joh 10:14  I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,

Benhadad was the son of Hadad and also a king of Syria in Solomon’s days (1Ki 15) and was the recipient of the treasures of the Lord’s house as a weak King Asa brokered a covenant with Syria.  Again, the mixing of flesh and spirit, Godly principles with worldly principles is a corrupt spiritual cocktail by which to judge ourselves.

1Ki 15:18  Then Asa took all the silver and the gold that were left in the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king’s house, and delivered them into the hand of his servants: and king Asa sent them to Benhadad, the son of Tabrimon, the son of Hezion, king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying,

Eating at the table of devils and the Lord makes us sick and weak spiritually and the king of Israel who made this covenant with Syria later capitulated in his spiritual diseased state.  A strong ensample that we best take heed (1Co 10:11-12).

1Ki 20:4  And the king of Israel answered and said, My lord, O king, according to thy saying, I am thine, and all that I have

We cannot please God when we are still walking in the flesh. We learn through judgment to have no confidence in the flesh and that is what the fire upon our palaces will accomplish. The punishment of Damascus continues for their corrupting the word of God with iron and failing to heed His commandments in judging the people within and without righteously.

Amo 1:5  I will break also the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the plain of Aven, and him that holdeth the sceptre from the house of Eden: and the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir, saith the LORD.

There is a lot of symbolism in this Scripture that tells us the Lord is PURPOSEFULLY carrying us way captive to our flesh.  This will be used to correct us, humble us and teach us righteousness when the resulting judgment works its work in us. We will be unable to escape on our own strength and initiative and like all things in TRUTH, we learn to wait on the Lord.

We must lose our life to gain it.  The Lord is not in the business of saving flesh. Instead He is destroying flesh and cutting it off and out of our life by this sequence of eight judgments that brings about our spiritual circumcision.   Those of faith, MUST BE circumcised.

Gen 17:10  This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.

All of these locations in this verse are directly linked to the ways of the flesh and what the carnal mind seeks after.

Damascus

Damascus represents our trust in the world and where we go looking for answers before faith is come.  This dependency and trust is the first thing the Lord takes away in turning us back to Him through our judgment. Our confidence in flesh is being removed by being cut of….i.e. circumcised.

Isa 8:4  For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother, the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before the king of Assyria.

This circumcision process is the true Damascus prophecy as it will be fulfilled inwardly in every man.  The glory of our flesh will wane and wither away as we decrease and He increases.

Isa 17:1  The burden against Damascus. “Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city, And it will be a ruinous heap.

Isa 17:4  “In that day it shall come to pass That the glory of Jacob will wane, And the fatness of his flesh grow lean.

Damascus is where the crooked streets of our wicked ways are being made straight.  Like Saul of Tarsus, we all meet the Lord here and thus begin our seeing the truth by first being made blind

Act 9:11  And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,

Valley of Aven – The Inhabitant is Cutoff (circumcised)

Aven [H206] comes from its root of the same name [H205] which is predominantly the word for inequity in the KJV.  The “house of Aven” or BethAven is defined as the house of vanity or idolatry.

 H1007, bêyth ‘âven

From H1004 and H205; house of vanity; Beth-Aven, a place in Palestine: – Beth-aven.

Workers of inequity (Mat 7:21-22) are those without the gift of faith who do not know the Lord.  Such pervert justice, that is the definition of inequity. The Lord separate us from the world and the way of the carnal mind through circumcision.  The fire and the earthquakes do not come until we see the man of sin that we are sitting in God’s temple. We are “the man”, the antichrist who mysteriously works inequity up until the revealing of that man of sin.

2Th 2:7  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

We have to go into Kir and be in captivity and come to see our true nature of flesh.  Thus begins our day of the Lord as we cannot escape our sinful nature and we will be brought to this place of crying out to the Lord for deliverance.  Here is what we cry when at our wits end.

Isa 63:17  O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

Hos 10:8  The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed: the thorn and the thistle shall come up on their altars; and they shall say to the mountains, Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on us.

 Holder of the Scepter in Beth Eden is Also Cutoff

Beth Eden means house of pleasure or delicacies.  It is where the first Adam in all of us is placed on purpose by the Lord (Gen 2:15, Rom 8:20-21).  Being sinful flesh in a House of Pleasures without the Spirit of the Lord to contend for us, is a sure fire way of waxing rich by pursuing the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes and the pride of life.

Rev 18:3  For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

In this state, sinful flesh cannot help to but to seek after its own lusts.   The dominion of the old man (who holds the scepter/rod in Beth Eden) must die in order for us to overcome and gain dominion over sin.  This rod of wickedness, the rulership of flesh in our heavens and earth (the kingdom of God, His Temple) is being cutoff when we experience our day of the Lord.

Psa 45:6  Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.

Joh 17:2  As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

This ruling of us by the flesh, by the House of Eden shall not stand.  This covenant with death shall be disannulled when the day of the Lord and the overflowing scourge passes through to bring about our spiritual circumcision.

Isa 28:17  Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.

Syrians Taken Captive to Kir [H7024]

Kir was taken captive by the King of Assyria (our flesh) after the King of Israel made a covenant with him and gave him the silver and gold from the Lord’s house which is a strictly forbidden act (Heb 13:10, Num 4:15).

 2Ki 16:8  And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king’s house, and sent it for a present to the king of Assyria.

2Ki 16:9  And the king of Assyria hearkened unto him: for the king of Assyria went up against Damascus, and took it, and carried the people of it captive to Kir, and slew Rezin

When we as the Kings of Israel make covenants with worldly and flesh kings, the inhabitants in our land are taken captive by the works of the flesh.  This must be cut off and we must learn to stand on faith alone. We can deduce what this is saying in the Spirit by looking at the definitions for Kir and the inhabitants of Kir.

 H7024, keer

The same as H7023; fortress or wall; Kir, a place in Assyrian; also one in Moab

H7025

(keer) kheh’-res, khar-eh’-seth

From H7023 and H2789; fortress of earthenware; Kir-Cheres or Kir-Chares-eth, a place in Moab: – Kir-haraseth, Kir-hareseth, Kir-haresh, Kir-heres.

H2789

chereś

kheh’-res

A collateral form mediating between H2775 and H2791; a piece of pottery: – earth (-en), (pot-) sherd, + stone.

We all have to come to see ourselves for what we are and this as a beast (Ecc 3:18) and an abomination (Mat 24:15) among other things. As foolish as it sounds to the carnal mind, the Lord begins our process of judgment by causing us to go backwards and to fall into sin and being overcome by the pulls of the flesh and lusts for this world.

Isa 28:13  And the word of the LORD will be to them precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little, that they may go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

The Lord has made the wicked for the day of evil (Pro 16:4). He is causing us to stray to bring this judgment via all pronouncements that in total bring about our spiritual circumcision.

Amo 3:6  Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?

Psa 34:19  Many are the evils [H7451 – RA] (afflictions) of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

Being taken captive to Kir is our time when we know the truth yet the Lord turns us over to the flesh.  This season and causation of our sin brings much torment and tribulation to our heavens.

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.

This falling seven times (Pro 24:16) is important for us to lose trust in the flesh.  On the eighth day, this brings about the spiritual circumcision through our chastening by the Lord.

Rev 2:27  And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

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Amos Part 1 – The Herdman of Tekoa

December 8, 2016

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The Herdman of Tekoa

Key Verses:  Amos 1:1-1:2

This opening verse of Amos reveals significant detail and context that establishes what this prophecy is really about and how it applies to each of us in our time.  The truth is hidden in the symbols and it is up to the Lord’s people to dig, seek and find the treasure hidden from the world (Pro 25:2, 1Co 2:7).

Amo 1:1 The words of Amos, who was among the herdmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.

To the carnal mind this sure sounds like a history lesson and nice factoid on the nation of Israel and its dual kings.  Yet we know better.  We know these words contain essential spiritual understanding to God’s Elect, the very people these words were actually written for and the very reasons the events actually happened (1Pe 1:10-12).  Not only are the Lord’s words spoken in parables but the actual events portrayed in the Bible are done in parables.

Mar 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

Hos 12:10 I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions (understanding), and used similitudes (parables), by the ministry of the prophets.

Amos, like all the prophets, will be focused on the judgment of God.  Judgment is the blessing that comes in this age to the firstfruits unto the Lord and those He calls by His Name (1Pe 4:17).  This study will be about the same event and process that was studied in Micah; yet there are greater and different details here in Amos.  Together all these prophetic books and the whole of Scripture comprise the truth.

Psa 119:160 (ASV) The sum of thy word is truth; And every one of thy righteous ordinances endureth for ever.

The more we know of the remaking process (Rev 21:5, Jer 18:4), the better equipped we are to bear the painful process that must be endured on the Potter’s wheel. We have to endure to the very end if we are to make the first resurrection and be used of God to bring salvation to all mankind.  All these events in the prophets are there for examples so we will learn and better understand the way of the Lord.  We best take heed of those lessons, all of them, lest we fall.

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.

1Co 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

There are six main points we will highlight from this first verse. This study will hopefully reveal that Amos represents you and me and all of God’s Elect.  We are of the herdmen from spiritual Tekoa.  We speak words of truth when given spiritual understanding that bring about the destruction and death of our old man who represent the rejected anointed of the Lord who shall not be King.  These prophetic words we speak and hear, culminate as we mature in a great spiritual earthquake that shakes out the old and ushers in the new man.

1.  Meaning of Amos: Amos is Strong’s H5986

H5986, ‛âmôs, aw-moce’

From H6006; burdensome; Amos, an Israelitish prophet: – Amos.

H6006, ‛âmas, aw-mas’   

A primitive root; to load, that is, impose a burden (or figuratively infliction): – be borne, (heavy) burden (self), lade, load, put.

Total KJV Occurrences: 9

laded, 2

borne, 1

burden, 1

lade, 1

lading, 1

loaden, 1

loadeth, 1

put, 1

The most common rendering of AMAS is lading or some variation which refers to the act of working to load or burden something. Looking at some of the uses will help us see that the Lord’s people are those who build the Holy City (Joh 14:12) through our lading on the wall.  We are the “awesome hands” of the Lord as Steve’s ongoing study has shown time and time again.

Neh 4:17 They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded [H6006], every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon.

It’s not us doing the work, it is Christ in us, The Word doing the work.  The hearing of truth that the chosen of God (Amos) speak brings a burden upon our rebellious old man when we have spiritual ears to hear.  This burden eventually will bring us to our wits when we give up on flesh and then the Lord steps in and saves us from our sin.  The whole world is at enmity with Jesus Christ and His people; but those the Lord causes to hear will be burdened in a positive way as their old man will be destroyed in the process.

Zec 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden [H6006] themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

Whether positive or negative, all of the ladening is of course the Lord’s work in us and it works for the greater good.  The many tribulations that laden us are the benefits for the new man which come from the judgment that IS NOW on the House of God.

Psa 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth [H6006] us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

It is a good thing, the Lord’s prophet’s put a burden on our old man.  The burden of the Word of God destroys the old man and leads us to give up on the flesh (Phi 3:3) and frees us of the heavy burden of saving ourselves.  We labor with this excessive yoke and burden until we truly come to know He is the Lord of heaven and of the earth and rest in His Sovereignty.

Mat 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

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.

2. Amos was among the herdmen. A herdmen is another name for a shepherd, one that looks over the flock.  That is exactly what every man that comes through door into “The Christ” becomes.  Being among the herdmen is symbolic words that one is in the Body of Christ.  The herdmen are also the watchmen and have a duty and responsibility to protect and watch over the little flock of God.  We are Jesus Christ who the world hates and as such we are also the shepherd of the sheep says the Lord.

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.

The door is Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ is HIS BODY. Even King David as a type of Christ, was in the same line of “work” as Amos.

1Sa 17:34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:

1Sa 17:35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.

As is our Lord, so are we His people (Joh 20:21, 1Jo 4:17).  We are His chosen instruments to perform the greater works of God in the earth (Joh 14:12).  I hope you grasp the seriousness of this higher calling and the high price that is demanded.

Joh 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep

Shepherds have many roles, protecting the sheep and ensuring the sheep are nourished.  Christ tells Peter and all of His people to feed, tend and nourish His flock.  We do this when we obey (love God) His commandments.  Our love for the Lord will manifest our good works.  You shall know them by their fruit!

Joh 21:16 He saith to him again a second time, Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Tend my sheep.

Gal 6:10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us work that which is good toward all men, and especially toward them that are of the household of the faith.

3. Amos was from Tekoa. Tekoa was one of the 15 cities (3 x 5) that Rehoboam built for the defense of Judah and is in the same Philistine plain and journey we looked at in the Micah study. The root word for Tekoa is very instructive to understanding Amos’s ministry which is the ministry for all of God’s Elect.

 H8619, tâqôa‛, taw-ko’-ah

From H8628 (in the musical sense); a trumpet:

 The root of H8619 leads us to H8628 which is associated with those that BLOW the trumpets which is the Elect (the priests and sons of Aaron).

Num 10:8 And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow [H8628] with the trumpets; and they shall be to you for an ordinance for ever throughout your generations.

Joe 2:1 Blow [H8628] ye the trumpet in Zion (THE BODY) and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

The angels of the Lord are the same little flock of God who will gather in the Elect now in this age and ultimately will bring in the harvest of all men in the Lake of Fire.

Mat 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

The Lord is putting us, His Elect, into ministry roles as His kings and priests (Rev 5:10).  Man’s redemption and salvation only comes by judgment (Exo 6:6, Rev 15:8) and it’s the people of spiritual Tekoa who bring this about in the appointed times.  Now in the body and in the future outwardly to all men.

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?

4. These are events Amos “Saw”.  Obviously, we don’t see spoken words and what is being said here is Amos, like John the Apostle, is bearing record of what He saw in the Spirit (Rev 1:2).  All the words of the Bible are Spirit (Joh 6:63) and seeing in the spirit means one’s eyes of understanding have been enlightened. This comes to each of us in turn by our fellow brethren that make up the church of the living God.

Eph 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

Rev 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

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

Forty-Four times in Amos we will see the phrase “Thus Saith the Lord”.  Amos speaks with the authority of Jesus Christ, a type of the Elect, who would come later when the Spirit was and is given. God’s Elect speak things they “see” in the Spirit with all authority and thus are the Lord’s ministers of grace and fulfill living by every word God spoke including those of Amos (Mat 4:4).

5. Amos prophesied in the days of King Uzziah of Judah and King Jeroboam of Israel. What does this mean?

Every truth is determined by two or more witnesses and here we have two witnesses of the truth that judgment for our sin results in death to the man of sin who has set himself up as God in the hearts of all men.  Mike recently covered this spiritual significance of the life of King Uzziah and why Isaiah’s prophecy was in “that year” of Uzziah’s death.  Click here for that study.  King Uzziah got puffed up after doing well and acted presumptuously against the Lord’s order and attempted to perform the duties of a priest.

2Ch 26:16 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense.

For this transgression Uzziah was stricken with leprosy in the same way King Saul and our old man as the rejected anointed of God cannot inherit the kingdom of God and must and IS DYING. Here is how Mike summed up the conclusion from that study.

King Uzziah symbolizes the leprous ‘king’ who is sitting on God’s throne “in the temple of God showing [himself] that he is God”, and his story symbolizing that “man of sin… the abomination that makes desolate”, being cast out of the temple by those who are faithful priests of the Word of God.

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 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

Amos prophesied to both kings and King Jeroboam (#2) of the northern kingdom of Israel, suffered the same fate with different details for similar series of sins.  Jeroboam did evil in the sight of the Lord and committed the same presumptuous sins in violating God’s prescribed way of worship and priestly service.  We will need to look back to Jeroboam #1 to see this.

2Ki 14:23 In the fifteenth year of Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah Jeroboam (#2) the son of Joash king of Israel began to reign in Samaria, and reigned forty and one years.

2Ki 14:24 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not from all the sins of Jeroboam (#1) the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.

The first Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, is called out 15 different times in reference to later Kings of Israel in that those succeeding kings, just like Jeroboam #2, did not depart from Jeroboam #1’s sins that made Israel to sin.  The sin that causes Israel (The Elect, God’s people) to sin is idolatry by setting up our own image to God and worshipping our way in God’s Temple.  Like Uzziah, Jeroboam, is this man of sin sitting in God’s temple (1Co 3:16) showing himself as God paying no heed to the commandments of the Lord (Luk 6:46).  Here is the sin of Jeroboam #1.

1Ki 12:28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

1Ki 12:29 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.

1Ki 12:30 And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.

1Ki 12:31 And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.

1Ki 12:32 And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made.

1Ki 12:33 So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense. 

6. These words were spoken two years before the earthquake.

The prophesy of Amos is something we live out before a massive spiritual EARTHQUAKE comes that is bringing about the new man and salvation.  Joel speaks of the same day and same event as all flesh shall see the salvation of the Lord by this process.

Joe 3:16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

This earthquake in the days of Uzziah did come outwardly and was spoken about in the prophesy of Zechariah.  This earthquake is the one that is, was and will be coming in the lives of every man in the day of the Lord for each.

Zec 14:1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee…..

Zec 14:5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee

The death of the old man via the fiery judgment of God is the means the Lord has devised (2Sa 14:14) to save all men.  This work is accomplished via the seven angels that open the seals, blow the trumpets and pour out the wrath through the spoken Word.

Rev 16:17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.

Rev 16:18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

The earthquake comes after much tribulation, it does not come at first upon hearing truth and beginning our walk of suffering.

Mat 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

Mat 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

We have to be prepared for what we must endure which is losing our life and filling up in the afflictions for the sake of the Body. No one can bear the spiritual earthquakes without being prepared.  The Lord won’t try us beyond what we can bear (1Co 10:13).

Joh 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

There is indeed a lag time between hearing the words of Truth and the coming of the earthquake that brings true salvation and the death of the old man.  Yet the time is short, it is said to be always “at hand” when we can read, hear and keep these words spiritually (Rev 1:3).  The Elect will live out both resurrections inwardly before it will occur outwardly (will be).  Christ comes the second time, in the Day of the Lord, to save us and bring us out of the state of disobedience.

This spiritual earthquake (Heb 9:27-28) happens “is, was and will be” as we are being burned up. This is our inward second resurrection, and our Day of Judgement that happens to us first whilst in these vessels of clay.

Joh 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

Act 24:15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust

Our perfection is on the “third day”, which is “that day” known as the Day of the Lord.  The earthquake that will come as we live out the words of Amos waiting for the Lord to raise us from the dead. Days being years we have other Scriptures that confirm the separation from hearing and doing the Word.

Hos 6:2 After two days (years) will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

Our Lord speaking of Himself and His Body, His Christ, tells us we will be casting out false doctrines and healing one another but on the third day we will be perfected (Luk 13:32) through fiery trials.

None of this is accomplished in FULL, until we are resurrected in spiritual bodies.  Yet all these words are “is, was and will be” in the lives of God’s Elect.  The earthquake that brings salvation is not a 10 second sinners prayer.  The earthquake is a process in which we learn to trust and have hope in waiting for the Lord to appear within and without us.

Rom 8:24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

Rom 8:25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Amos 1:2 is a second witness to Joel 3:16 that the roaring of the Lord from Zion, comes from the Body of Christ that are gathered in the Holy City of New Jerusalem.  This is what brings about the earthquake to all men in the day an hour appointed by the Lord.

Amo 1:2 And he said, The LORD will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the habitations of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither.

Jesus Christ and His Christ is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Rev 5:5) that opens the seals to those prepared to hear and to see the truth.  The same lion is the Body of Christ that roars over the prey “we” catch and devour while abiding in Zion.  Lies, false doctrines and our besetting sins are taken captive and all things that defile are shaken out of our spiritual heavens (mind) and out of our life (walk).

Num 23:24 Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion: he shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood of the slain.

Pro 28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

The works of the adversary, the accuser of the brethren, the sins and giants in the land become food for the roaring lion from Judah.

Num 14:9 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.

Jdg 14:8 And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcase of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase of the (adversarial 1Pe 5:9) lion.

The tops of the mountain of lies (Carmel and its prophets of Baal) will wither and be dried up as they are cast out of our heavens (Mat 12:43).  In the day of the Lord, the spirits do not come back but are instead burned up and consumed by the Word of God.

Joh 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

The habitations of the old man will mourn and lament as everything is removed and Babylon within is thrown down (Rev 18:10-11).  We have now set the stage for the words of Amos, which are the Lord’s words that all of God’s people speak in edifying and admonishing one another.  Our old man and King Uzziah’s within us are being decreased as Christ within us is being increased the more we hear and abide in these living words.

Next week Lord willing, we will begin to cover the eight pronouncements of punishments against specific Gentile nations culminating with the punishments of Judah and Jerusalem the very people of God.  We will see the Lord will not turn back that punishment until His word has accomplished His purposes in brining salvation.  That sounds like bad news but as we know that is the good news and the very process that saves us.  The words of Amos will show us what we already know from the New Testament and reveal that salvation comes only by us enduring the scourging grace of a loving Father.

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

Sincere questions and comments are welcome.  Also please feel free to email directly at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

Your Brother In Christ,  PETE

Micah Part 22 – The Lord is Faithful

November 24, 2016

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The Lord is Faithful

Key Verses:  Micah 7:16 – 7:20

The most basic promise of God is the salvation of all men. This was what the Lord swore with  an oath to Abraham and reconfirmed with Isaac, Jacob and the Elect Apostles when true faith was given. All men, nations, and families will be saved and they will come to be blessed in the Christ.

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.

Eph 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in The Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

The sum of the Word makes it clear that the blessing being spoken of is the judgment of God that brings salvation. This is how the word of the Lord is performed and works righteousness.

Rev 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

Psa 106:3 Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.

The Lord is faithful even when men are not. The promise is made and it shall be in the times appointed of the Lord. Our sins are taken away by the remaking of the marred vessel of clay.

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:

Rom 11:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

Here are the final five verses of the Book of Micah.

Mic 7:16 The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.

Mic 7:17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee.

Mic 7:18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.

Mic 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

Mic 7:20 Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.

These events spoken of in the outward fulfillment span a large number of human years. Even inwardly it seems it takes forever to be transformed and to go through judgment and to be delivered from our sin. Yet the Word says our life is a vapor, here today and gone tomorrow. The lies and false doctrines that are nigh unto cursing take a “long” process to be burned out of us. These concluding verses in Micah are part of the same “one dream” (Gen 41:25) that is shown to Lord’s prophets before He brings it pass. In spiritual times, the events in our lives take place quickly and suddenly and like everything else in life, happen exactly on the Lord’s timetable.

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

2Pe 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

These verses in Micah and all of Scripture have both an inward and outward application and are “is, was and will be”. We have seen this prophecy of judgment happening in parallel throughout the whole Book. God’s Elect live this “day” out now in this age. This prophecy (“will be”) is speaking to future events that involve the Elect, specifically the Millennium Reign of Christ and the judgment of all men in the Lake of Fire. It is the Lord’s Christ who will witness for the Lord and rule the earth and minister salvation to all men.

Isa 49:6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

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? (Millennium Reign)

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

Our first verse to look deeper is verse 16.

Mic 7:16 The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.

The Lord is raising up Kings and Priests via the “on the job” experience learned as judgment is executed upon the heathen nations within us and those nations are ruled with a rod of iron. The final training experience for the ultimate role as saviors to all of mankind in the Lake of Fire (Oba 1:21) is the period of outward ruling and reigning with Christ for the 1,000 years. He that overcomes in this age will be given to rule in the ages to come.

Rev 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

Rev 2:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

Not one soul will be converted during the entire Millennium. All men will be yet carnal and separated from the knowledge and wisdom of God. Devoid of ears to hear and eyes to see, those in the flesh under the rule of Christ will be confounded. His ways are above the ways of the flesh and cannot understand the mind of Christ through the prism of the mind of a beast. The rulership of God’s Elect will confound the wisdom of the of the carnal mind of those that populate the earth during this period.

1Co 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

Psa 129:5 Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.

The outward signs and global rulership will strike great fear in their hearts and keep them in subjection to the Elect who will be reigning over the whole earth.

Rev 11:11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.

The people being ruled by Christ will fear because they have yet to learn the perfect love of obedience that casts out fear. Instead they will live in constant fear just as Israel did in the wilderness and Joseph’s brothers’ waiting for Jacob to die and fearful of what “Christ would do to them”.

Deu 11:25 There shall no man be able to stand before you: for the LORD your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that ye shall tread upon, as he hath said unto you.

During the Millennium, Satan will be bound until the little season at the end. It will be a time of peace and as all rebellion will be put down. The yet carnal nations of this earth will hold their peace until the Lord seeks the occasion to put an end to flesh and releases Satan to bring the world against the camp of the saints. This ushers in the final harvest of souls at the white throne judgment which is the lake of fire.

Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

Rev 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

Rev 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

Rev 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Rev 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

Mic 7:17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee.

Satan is bound and is therefore no longer eating dust during the Millennium reign. Instead those alive are said to be licking dust. A yet carnal mankind can only think about their carnal reasoning’s in their submission to the rulership of The Christ. This was shown us in type and shadow in the story of Joseph and his brothers.

Gen 42:6 And Joseph was the potentate over the land, the one selling to all the people of the earth. And Joseph’s brothers came in and bowed to him, face down to the earth.

Mankind is all Israel and one day all mankind will be our true brother and sisters in Christ.  They too will lick dust when they also bow down in fear of Christ and the revealing of the sons of God.

Rev 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

Isa 61:9 And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the LORD hath blessed.

Receiving the prize for overcoming includes being raised up as kings for the Lord and ruling over the nations. Fear of the Lord and fear of His Christ keeps the nations and kingdoms of this earth under firm rule until the little season of rebellion at the end.

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 serpents (heathen) moving from their holes shows that under the rule of Christ, the people of the earth are being moved from the comfort zone and “hideouts” from the Lord. Psalm 18 reveals this and translates H4526 as “close places”. The enemies of David, are the enemies of Christ and His Christ, and we are made the head of the heathen world who will bow down and serve “Christ”.

Psa 18:43 Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.

Psa 18:44 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.

Psa 18:45 The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places.

The Elect will dictate every minor detail of how the world is governed as the people of the earth submit to Christ.

Mic 7:18  Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.

Forgiveness of sins does not mean that restitution is forfeited. Forgiveness of sins does not negate the necessity for justice. Forgiveness of sins does not nullify this truth.

Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

All the events leading to our salvation are the mercy of the Lord in action. We reviewed this specifically in Part 18 Worshiping in Spirit & Truth where mercy was linked to blotting out of sins or said another way mercy is what ushers in salvation.

 Psa 51:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy [H2617] upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Blotting them out is accomplished by the judgment of the Lord that comes from the scourging chastening grace that is given to those the Lord loves (Heb 12:6). The result of mercy is our learning obedience to His commandments.

Psa 119:124 Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes.

Pro 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

Mercy and love (our obedience) go hand in glove. The scourging grace of God is where mercy is found and what we should look for to hasten the coming of the Lord.

Heb 5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

The Lord is executing His plan of the salvation of all men to perfection. Whatsoever His counsel has determined to be done before hand, is done right on schedule (Psa 139:16, Isa 46:10).

1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

1Co 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

Drinking the cup of the Lord’s wrath against our sins in order to learn righteousness is just a small moment of time in the grand scheme of things when compared to “eternal life”. The trials, tribulation, and suffering of mankind all have a purpose in salvation and one day all will look back to understand. That purpose is salvation that comes by us being changed and transformed into the image of God.

Psa 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

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.

The word translated as Pardoneth here in Micah 7:18 is actually the word for bear or long suffering. Substitutionary atonement is a big lie of Babylon. Man will indeed be punished and judged for their sins. But the Lord is long suffering with man. He bears with us for as long as it takes to bring salvation to those He has chosen in this age and ultimately all of mankind.

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.

1Co 13:4  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

The Christ of Christ (His Elect) will be as the Lord (Joh 20:21, 1Jo 4:17). This means we are being taught the patience and longsuffering of the Lord in this age.

1Th 5:14  Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

2Ti 4:2  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

The writing of the law of Christ on our SPIRITUAL HEART, comes about by us enduring judgment and being longsuffering in waiting for the Lord. That is the way of salvation.

Heb 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

Heb 8:11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.

Heb 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

Mic 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

The Lord turns us into destruction and into sin and He also turns us back. All of this is the Lord’s work in us His vessels of clay over which He is the Potter.

Isa 63:17 O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

Apart from Christ we truly do NOTHING (Joh 15:5) as the Lord wills and ways in us according to what was declared from the beginning (Isa 46:10, Psa 139:16).

Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

The Lord plan was always to destroy flesh (1Co 15:50). Flesh cannot inherit the kingdom of God and is symbolized in Scripture by the seas. Flesh or the sea is being destroyed and along with it our sins will be no more.

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

Rev 21:2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

The Lord’s prayer teaches us to hasten our sanctification and the appearing of the Lord within us. We pray in faith for the Lord’s will be done and those sins, those mountains and the pride of life, to be cast into the sea that “is, was and will be” being destroyed.

Mar 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Here is the concluding verse of the Book of Micah.

Mic 7:20  Thou wilt perform [H5414] the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.

It is the WORD of God that works the work of righteousness in all men the very day they begin to hear it. Christ is His Word and it is the Word being preached and heard that sanctifies us and brings salvation in our day of the Lord. This Word of God is a living Word that needs to be given a vessel prepared to hear it and BAM —–> judgment is now on the house of God and the turning back to God, the repentance of mankind begins.

Pro 1:23  Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

 The word translated as PERFORM here in the KJV is actually the word that is used hundreds of times as GIVE or DELIVER and variations thereof.  It is only used as perform ONE TIME in nearly 2,000 occurrences.

H5414, nâthan

Total KJV Occurrences: 1984

give, 484

gave, 253

given, 253

put, 189

set, 103

delivered, 98

deliver, 78

giveth, 77

make, 64

made, 44

perform, 1 – MICAH 7:20

This just confirms faith is a gift and it is that giving of the gift of the WORD which initiates and then completes the work of God in the lives of every man. When the Word is given to a man it never returns void (Isa 55;11). It always accomplishes its purpose.

Jos 21:45 There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.

Mat 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Performing the Truth is performing THE WORD because the Word is Truth.

Joh 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Psa 119:160 (ASV) The sum of thy word is truth; And every one of thy righteous ordinances endureth forever.

The Body of Christ is the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, through which all men will enter in due time. As the instruments of salvation, we will bring the nations and all men to Christ as we guard the way to the tree of life.

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.

Rev 21:23  And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

Rev 21:24  And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

Micah has taught us a lot about the journey towards maturity and our need to be constantly winnowed down via judgment. We have many things to learn but cannot bear them all at once.   Like a child it takes growing up to mature. There are no shortcuts.

Joh 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

If anything I hope this study has given you greater faith in the Word and the promises of the Lord. He will deliver us and is delivering us and all men without fail! This book of Micah gave us some more of the details and it all fits perfectly with what we already knew and hold as the Truth. We need to wait patiently in faith for the Lord.

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:

Zec 4:9  The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.

Hopefully we all aspire to make the first resurrection to be found faithful. The Scriptures do not lie and they tell us that if we are to make it, we must stay together as a Body and continue to strive and labor as we press forward for the prize of the HIGHER CALLING.

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

Our learning the ways of God now in the Body in our day of the Lord will continue in the Millennium and come to a consummation when we shall judge all matters of life in the lake of fire. This is a serious calling and one that requires we abide in the fire now in our suffering and persecution.

Luk 9:22  Saying, The Son of man (Christ, The Elect) must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.

We are all getting there on the road to maturity. It sure seems that the day of Christ return to setup His outward kingdom and bring the full redemption to His Elect is not too far away.

1Co 15:51  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

1Co 15:52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Sincere comments and questions are welcome.  Please comment or email me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

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