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The Man of God’s Disobedience

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Kings of Israel #7

“The Man of God’s Disobedience”

Key Verses: 1Ki 13:11-34

Our obedient man of God rightfully rebuffed Jeroboam’s invitations for reward and sharing food and drink and now moves on from Bethel in our study today.  Like all Biblical events, this event occurred and is written down for the benefit of God’s Elect who only come into existence many years later beginning at Pentecost (1Pe 1:12, 1Co 10:11).  It has happened so we can learn some new things or be reminded of others and apply them to our walk.

2Ti 3:16  All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

2Ti 3:17  that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

There are spiritual lessons to apply from both prophet’s that are in this story.  The dream is one, it is all happening in the kingdom of God within us (Luk 17:21).  Here is the first part regarding the man of God’s disobedience.

 1Ki 13:11  Now there dwelt an old prophet in Bethel; and his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Bethel: the words which he had spoken unto the king, them they told also to their father. 

1Ki 13:12  And their father said unto them, What way went he? For his sons had seen what way the man of God went, which came from Judah. 

1Ki 13:13  And he said unto his sons, Saddle me the ass. So they saddled him the ass: and he rode thereon, 

1Ki 13:14  And went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak: and he said unto him, Art thou the man of God that camest from Judah? And he said, I am. 

1Ki 13:15  Then he said unto him, Come home with me, and eat bread. 

1Ki 13:16  And he said, I may not return with thee, nor go in with thee: neither will I eat bread nor drink water with thee in this place: 

1Ki 13:17  For it was said to me by the word of the LORD, Thou shalt eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn again to go by the way that thou camest. 

1Ki 13:18  He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the LORD, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him. 

1Ki 13:19  So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house, and drank water. 

1Ki 13:20  And it came to pass, as they sat at the table, that the word of the LORD came unto the prophet that brought him back: 

1Ki 13:21  And he cried unto the man of God that came from Judah, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the LORD, and hast not kept the commandment which the LORD thy God commanded thee, 

1Ki 13:22  But camest back, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in the place, of the which the LORD did say to thee, Eat no bread, and drink no water; thy carcase shall not come unto the sepulchre of thy fathers. 

1Ki 13:23  And it came to pass, after he had eaten bread, and after he had drunk, that he saddled for him the ass, to wit, for the prophet whom he had brought back. 

1Ki 13:24  And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him: and his carcase was cast in the way, and the ass stood by it, the lion also stood by the carcase

We need to always remind ourselves and our new readers in every study that the words of God are all Spirit (Joh 6:63) and are speaking of spiritual symbols.  The Bible is not to be taken literally as indeed it means what it means and that meaning is only discovered comparing spiritual to spiritual (1Co 2:13, Hos 12:10).  One must be given the keys to the kingdom which is “ears to hear” and “eyes to see” the spiritual meaning of the Scriptures; otherwise, the entire book and these studies remain sealed to them.

Psa 78:2  I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

Mat 13:13  Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

The Lord has not changed, and His Truth demands that He will judge His people which is a wonderful thing once we truly grasp that this is the way salvation is found (Exo 6:6, Rev 1:3)

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

Heb 10:30  For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

There are two prophets in this story and they both represent you and me as we grow in the chastening grace of the Lord.  One is a true prophet, albeit immature and as a result disobedient when slack in his judgment.  The older man from Bethel is a false prophet which should have been known even before we read that this prophet lied to the man of God.  The man of God should have already been suspect about the old prophet who dwelt in Bethel knowing that Jeroboam had sent all the true priests away (2Ch 11:14) and installed the golden calves and the abominable altars (1Ki 12) that he was sent to bring a strong rebuke.  Yet the lesson here is an extremely important one which is to try and prove all things.

1Jn 4:1  Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

1Th 5:21  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Judging in the flesh is judging by appearances and will lead us into sin where we reap the wages of death. The immature man of God found this out for our benefit (1Co 4:15) so we can learn from this mistake. The man of God judged way too quickly in determining the old prophet was the real deal.  We all will make this mistake and anoint and lay hands on people, even break bread with them way too quickly before we suffer the recompense for our disobedience.

Mat 7:15  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Mat 7:16  Ye shall know them by their fruits …

Fleshly appearances are very deceiving as outward righteousness is vanity if not emanating from inward righteousness.  The fact the old prophet rode an ass to meet the man of God further supports this focusing on appearances that false prophets do.  Asses or donkeys are relatively meek and project the appearance of humility, albeit a false humility when we are still a beast seeking gain for our supposed godliness.  If the people are God are not careful they can easily be seduced by these outward appearances and let our guard down.  The man of God took the old prophet at his word despite hearing the opposite command directly from the Lord.  The Lord tries our faith in many ways and will send to us false prophets and at other times the true sheep of the Lord that require us to try the spirits and know how to respond as Christ.

These experiences of dealing with deceivers and being deceived are all the Lord’s doing who is working all things for His will to be done in our lives.

Job 12:16  With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his. 

Sitting under an oak tree in the negative symbolizes is ceasing to work in the kingdom of God and letting our guard down.  We are always to be spiritually working in the kingdom of God as Christ always worked (Joh 5:17, 1Jo 4:17) otherwise we cannot be able watchmen maintaining constant vigilance needed to guard our hearts and try the spirits.  We learn vigilance by first not being vigilant and being consumed by our adversary as this story reminds us.

1Pe 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Mat 24:43  But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

Entering into the home of a false prophet or inviting one into our home is not watching our house with vigilance and diligence.  We must always be on guard the gates into our spiritual house.

2Jn 1:9  Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

2Jn 1:10  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

The wages of our sins is reaping spiritual death as we are overcome.  As the house of God upon whom judgment is already fallen, our disobedience brings wrath and a shortening of that life of disobedience.

Pro 10:27  The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.

Eph 6:2  Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)

Eph 6:3  That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

This man of God was not the first nor the last to be killed for disobedience.  We have several examples throughout the Scriptures including King Saul (1Ch 10:14), Aaron’s sons who called down strange fire (Lev 10:2) and Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5.  To God’s Elect, these are spiritual lessons that we can learn from and rise above once we learn the lesson.  Being duped by false prophets that seem right is all part of our experience of evil and learning righteousness.

Deu 13:3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Deu 13:4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.

Knowing who to spiritually fellowship with us includes those who come to us as well as those we as men of God are told to pursue.  Our mission is the lost house of Israel and we need to be circumspect in discerning who is of God and who is not, respecting the Lord’s plan to blind the entire world in this age except for VERY FEW (Mat 22:14).

Rom 11:7  What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded

Rom 11:8  (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

In this story, the old prophet pursued the man of God.   Those with whom we are to break bread and drink living waters are only those the Lord has prepared and a preacher is then sent (Psa 10:17, Pro 20:12, Rom 10:14).  A respectful and flattering tongue is never to be our measure of who is truly a man of God.

Pro 29:5  A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.

Pro 27:6  Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

We need to careful in laying hands (sharing truths and bringing into service) too suddenly (1Ti 5:22) on people and not taking time to try them to see if they are truly of the Lord.  Asking questions and doing some inquiry is essential otherwise we are judging based on the outside of the cup.

1Jn 4:6  We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

As the people of God (i.e. The Elect), we are learning through our errors to be circumspect and obedient to the many commands on whom we spiritually eat and drink.

Mat 7:6  Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

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

The man of God now follows his prior obedience in rejecting Jeroboam with disobedience in accepting the false prophet’s invitation to share spiritual food and drink.

1Ki 13:20  And it came to pass, as they sat at the table, that the word of the LORD came unto the prophet that brought him back: 

1Ki 13:21  And he cried unto the man of God that came from Judah, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the LORD, and hast not kept the commandment which the LORD thy God commanded thee, 

1Ki 13:22  But camest back, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in the place, of the which the LORD did say to thee, Eat no bread, and drink no water; thy carcase shall not come unto the sepulchre of thy fathers. 

It seems unfair to the carnal mind to have the same false prophet that tricked us (deceived us) now be used to speak the truth and expose our disobedience.  But the Lord is no respecter of persons and He is not sweeping disobedience under the table using the false doctrine of substitutionary atonement. That is all based on the false grace doctrine of orthodox Christianity which is the whore harlot churches of men.  The Lord waste nothing in His plan for our lives, even using the wicked within and without ourselves for our good.

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

The recompense spoken by the Lord through the mouth of the old prophet of Bethel was that the dead body (the carcass) of the man of God could not be buried in the tomb of his fathers.  This the recompense of all sin.  It keeps us from dying to ourselves and putting away the man of sin into a grave.  This is how our immature witness for the Lord will end after we are overcome in sin (Rev 11:7) and the rebellious nations within us, that represent the world (Sodom and Egypt) refuse to put this death away.

Rev 11:8  And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

Rev 11:9  And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.

We learn how grace works as we are given to see the consequences of our disobedience.  The man of God does not make it to the end and is slain by a roaring lion sent of the Lord.

1Ki 13:23  And it came to pass, after he had eaten bread, and after he had drunk, that he saddled for him the ass, to wit, for the prophet whom he had brought back. 

1Ki 13:24  And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him: and his carcase was cast in the way, and the ass stood by it, the lion also stood by the carcase

1Ki 13:25  And, behold, men passed by, and saw the carcase cast in the way, and the lion standing by the carcase: and they came and told it in the city where the old prophet dwelt. 

1Ki 13:26  And when the prophet that brought him back from the way heard thereof, he said, It is the man of God, who was disobedient unto the word of the LORD: therefore the LORD hath delivered him unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain him, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake unto him. 

The word of God when it is sent forth never fails to deliver and quickly fulfill itself.

Eze 12:25  For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD.

This story is here to teach us and instill the fear of the Lord into our every thought, word or deed.  True priests in the making are being taught the fear of the Lord and learning obedience by the sufferings we have been appointed to bear in this life (Phi 1:29).

Ecc 12:13  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man

It is the judgments of God that we are living out now as the Lord’s house that is causing us to obey the Lord more and more as we endure in the fire (Eze 36:27, Rom 5:20, Isa 33:14-15).  The Lord sends a roaring spiritual lion He created to destroy our flesh which is necessary before we can return to the Lord in godly repentance.

Isa 54:16  Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.

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

We are learning from our mistakes (Isa 26:9) which is why we are being caused to err from the Lord’s commandments (Isa 63:17).  The false and disobedient prophet within us begins to be destroyed as we observe the wrath against all disobedience (Rom 1:18).  The soul that sins shall die and is being cut off from God’s people so the new man can emerge and stand up in power.  This is the lifelong process of being brought through the fire having two-thirds cutoff and the remainder again cycled thru the fire that is the word of God which judges us in our last days.

Zec 13:8  And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.

Zec 13:9  And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God

Here is the remainder of the story which has some interesting spiritual significance

1Ki 13:27  And he [the old prophet] spake to his sons, saying, Saddle me the ass. And they saddled him.

1Ki 13:28  And he went and found his carcase cast in the way, and the ass and the lion standing by the carcase: the lion had not eaten the carcase, nor torn the ass. 

1Ki 13:29  And the prophet took up the carcase of the man of God, and laid it upon the ass, and brought it back: and the old prophet came to the city, to mourn and to bury him. 

1Ki 13:30  And he [the old prophet] laid his carcase in his own grave; and they mourned over him, saying, Alas, my brother! 

1Ki 13:31  And it came to pass after he had buried him, that he spake to his sons, saying, When I am dead, then bury me in the sepulchre wherein the man of God is buried; lay my bones beside his bones: 

1Ki 13:32  For the saying which he cried by the word of the LORD against the altar in Bethel, and against all the houses of the high places which are in the cities of Samaria, shall surely come to pass. 

The details are given of the dead body not being devoured and the donkey not being killed is reminding us that the Lord is in charge and is directing every detail, even the acts of Satan (the roaring lion) to bring about his perfect will.  Satan only does what the Lord has him do nothing more or nothing less (Lam 3:38).  We see this readily in the story of Job (Job 1:12 and Job 2:6) which shows us that all the evil brought upon Job that was done by Satan was really done by the Lord for Job’s good.

Satan is there to destroy our flesh not to destroy us.  The body and bones of Christ are preserved to be raised up in due time.  The donkey is likewise preserved because while we remain in clay vessels, whether we dead or alive in the Spirit, we remain beasts.  That beast will be subdued but is always there to keep us humble.

Rev 17:11  And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

As God’s two witnesses, we are both the false prophet and the man of God.  When we see the wages of our sin, the death of the man of God within us when our eyes are opened, our hearts are pricked and it begins to lead us to repentance.  The old prophet is now believing in the words spoken by the man of God that the prophecy against Jeroboam and his altars will surely come to pass.  This belief begins to bring alignment and turn our hearts back toward the Lord.

This story reminded me of the story of Joseph of Arimathea who took Christ’s dead body down from the cross and put it into his own tomb.

Luk 23:50  NLT Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph. He was a member of the Jewish high council,

Luk 23:51  but he had not agreed with the decision and actions of the other religious leaders. He was from the town of Arimathea in Judea, and he was waiting for the Kingdom of God to come.

Luk 23:52  He went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body.

Luk 23:53  Then he took the body down from the cross and wrapped it in a long sheet of linen cloth and laid it in a new tomb that had been carved out of rock.

We don’t know much about this Joseph but it is believed by other accounts that he was part of the Jewish high council being of the Sanhedrin (i.e. a counselor in KJV).  Like in our story from 1Kings 13, we have a fake worker (false prophet) that came to believe by observing the evil actions of those in their city to the man of God.  It took faith for both the old prophet of Bethel and for Joseph of Arimathea to take care of their brother’s fallen and naked condition in spite of the mob mentality that hates Jesus Christ (Judah) in these two cities of Bethel and flesh Jerusalem.  Every man will be in Christ and every man will be our brother, our sister and our mother in due time.

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 we saw last week, bones spiritually speaking are doctrines and what defines the shape and form of whatever body they exist within.  Leaving the bones of the man of God alone is leaving the doctrines of Christ alone whose Truth never changes and always accomplishes its sent purpose in the appointed times.  We just need to learn patience and wait upon him who will make all men’s dry bones live.  Burying the man of God in our own grave and asking our sons (maturing mindsets) to ensure our bones are laid next to the man of God’s is spiritual speak for us identifying with Christ sharing in his death and resurrection.

Joh 6:40  And this is the will of him that sent me, that everyone which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

The outward fulfillment of the man of God’s prophecy was when king Josiah came on the scene 300 years later.  As was also reviewed in the last study, Josiah ascending to the throne was a shadow of the coming of Christ who will make major reforms in all of Israel.  We learn in studying Josiah that they found the bones of the man of God and old prophet.

2Ki 23:17  Then he said, What title is that that I see? And the men of the city told him, It is the tomb of the man of God, which came from Judah, and proclaimed these things that thou hast done against the altar of Bethel.

2Ki 23:18  And he said, Let him alone; let no man move his bones. So they let his bones alone, with the bones of the prophet that came out of Samaria.

The king of Israel Jeroboam saw all of this transpire in his kingdom, yet it did nothing to convert or change his heart whatsoever.  The old man whom Jeroboam represents is not interested in submitting to Christ’s doctrines was made to be destroyed.

1Ki 13:33  After this thing Jeroboam returned not from his evil way, but made again of the lowest of the people priests of the high places: whosoever would, he consecrated him, and he became one of the priests of the high places. 

1Ki 13:34  And this thing became sin unto the house of Jeroboam, even to cut it off, and to destroy it from off the face of the earth. 

We have one final incident to cover regarding king Jeroboam in our next study that can be found in 1Kings 14.

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The Man of God Rebukes Jeroboam

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Kings of Israel #6

“The Man of God Rebukes Jeroboam”

Key Verses: 1Ki 13:1-10

In the next two studies, we will cover the “man of God” who is sent by the Lord to rebuke Jeroboam and prophesy coming doom to his idolatrous altars and priests.  The second part is a more familiar story that deals primarily with this prophet from Judah himself being deceived by a false prophet and thereby disobeying the Lord’s commandments. This “man of God” story like all these history lessons are there to admonish (1Co 10:11) and help us as we are making the transition from the man of sin (Jeroboam) to the man of God (Christ).  Until this is settled in our hearts we remain unstable and are tossed by many winds of doctrine.

1Ki 18:21  And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him…

Jas 1:8  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Here are our verses we will cover in today’s study.

1Ki 13:1  And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the LORD unto Bethel: and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense. 

1Ki 13:2  And he cried against the altar in the word of the LORD, and said, O altar, altar, thus saith the LORD; Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah by name; and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men’s bones shall be burnt upon thee. 

1Ki 13:3  And he gave a sign the same day, saying, This is the sign which the LORD hath spoken; Behold, the altar shall be rent, and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out. 

1Ki 13:4  And it came to pass, when king Jeroboam heard the saying of the man of God, which had cried against the altar in Bethel, that he put forth his hand from the altar, saying, Lay hold on him. And his hand, which he put forth against him, dried up, so that he could not pull it in again to him. 

1Ki 13:5  The altar also was rent, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign which the man of God had given by the word of the LORD. 

1Ki 13:6  And the king answered and said unto the man of God, Intreat now the face of the LORD thy God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored me again. And the man of God besought the LORD, and the king’s hand was restored him again and became as it was before. 

1Ki 13:7  And the king said unto the man of God, Come home with me, and refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward. 

1Ki 13:8  And the man of God said unto the king, If thou wilt give me half thine house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I eat bread nor drink water in this place: 

1Ki 13:9  For so was it charged me by the word of the LORD, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest. 

1Ki 13:10  So he went another way, and returned not by the way that he came to Bethel. 

The man of God sent from Judah is in New Testament terms, a preacher sent to speak the gospel (truth) to those being prepared to hear it.  Inwardly, this is our new man confronting our old man and speaking the Word that comes against our abominable acts which lead to the destruction of our old man.

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

The prophecy on the destruction of the altars of Bethel has a second witness in Amos which was still over 100 years future in its outward fulfillment.   The power (horns) of our idolatry, the carnal mind, will be cut off from Israel.

Amo 3:14  That in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him I will also visit the altars of Bethel: and the horns of the altar shall be cut off, and fall to the ground.

This story is inwardly being fulfilled as we grow and mature in the Truth and our double-mindedness is revealed, rebuked and then brought into unity with Christ.  When the Word is spoken and heard, that Word always points to Christ and His bringing in of salvation.  Our man of sin is being destroyed by the working of the Word spoken by the Lord’s sent preachers (Rom 10:14-15).  This is how our unbelief is turned into belief, little by little.

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

Rev 3:19  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

The prophet speaks against Jeroboam’s worship and specifically the two altars in Bethel and Dan where golden calves were set and offerings made to them in the Name of the Lord.  We covered the last study that these calves and the altars where they were placed was all about SELF-worship and claiming the Name of God yet doing things our way.  The prayers of our old man are the incense offered upon this altar which is rejected and a stench to the Lord.

Pro 28:9  He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

Joh 9:31  Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

As those in Truth now know, this is a long process to be converted rather than a onetime sinner’s prayer to be delivered our worship of self and worldly fornication.  The man of God prophesies of a child, named Josiah, who would be born many years later that would clean up the worship and destroy the abominable altars of Israel.

Synopsis of King Josiah:  The Word is prophesying to the coming of Christ to every man in the appointed time.  Josiah was a major reformer of worship in Israel and is a type and shadow of Jesus Christ who was also a reformer (Heb 9:10) as both were born and raised up by God and put on the throne of Israel.  Josiah, after rediscovering the law (2Ki 23:2) that had been lost, began to institute worship reforms and cleansed the temples and made right the worship and sacrifices that had been forgotten. Those are the very things Christ had done and is doing in the hearts and minds of His elect in every age (Joh 2:14-19).  We will cover those details when we get to king Josiah much later in this study series.  Josiah was the most righteous king ever to sit on the throne before the coming of the One True King.

2Ki 23:25  Now before him there was no king like him, who turned to the LORD with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses; nor after him did any arise like him. 

King Josiah comes onto the scene approximately 300 years after the man of God’s prophecy, thus fulfilling it outwardly.  We fulfill the Word of God and this prophecy INWARDLY now in this age when the Lord begins to raise up Christ (the new man) on the throne of His Temple (1Co 3:16) and we begin to rule over our flesh.  Josiah was only eight years old when made the king and is drawn towards the Lord and the needed reformations in the 8th year of his reign.  These witnesses of the number eight symbolize the new man rising forth (See Spiritual Significance of the Number Eight Study).

2Ch 34:3  For in the eighth year of Josiah’s reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father: and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images.

The burning of men’s bones refers to the burning up of all the lies and false doctrines which hold up the carnal world and holds them all in bondage.  Bones are another symbol for doctrines and a good Rom 1:20 application. What holds up a physical body and gives it form and strength is also what holds up a spiritual body.  The Body (the woman) is made from and held up by the bones of Christ who is also the first Adam.

Gen 2:23  And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

The doctrines of Christ are the Scriptures which cannot ever be broken.

Joh 10:35  If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; 

Joh 19:36  For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. 

It is when these carnal bones are burned on the altar that the house of the old man will collapse and will never rise again.  Burning the bones in fire is casting out the lies and false doctrines, the very thing which brings salvation.   The father of lies and all his many demons (false spirits/doctrines) are cast out.

Rev 12:7  And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

Rev 12:8  And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven…

The bones of Christ are never broken, and no fire can ever harm them (Dan 3:27).  We now read the fulfillment of this prophecy when Josiah instituted reforms in Israel.  The idols were removed and replaced by the bones of men, meaning we give up our lives as a living sacrifice dying daily (Gal 2:20) with the Lord.

Josiah’s fulfillment of Prophecy:

2Ki 23:14 NKJV  And he (Josiah) broke in pieces the sacred pillars and cut down the wooden images, and filled their places with the bones of men.

2Ki 23:15  Moreover the altar that was at Bethel, and the high place which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin, had made, both that altar and the high place he broke down; and he burned the high place and crushed it to powder, and burned the wooden image.

2Ki 23:16  As Josiah turned, he saw the tombs that were there on the mountain. And he sent and took the bones out of the tombs and burned them on the altar, and defiled it according to the word of the LORD which the man of God proclaimed, who proclaimed these words.

2Ki 23:20  He executed all the priests of the high places who were there, on the altars, and burned men’s bones on them; and he returned to Jerusalem.

Upon hearing this prophesy spoken against him, Jeroboam, like our rebellious old man, will seek to stay the rebuke and judgment against our ungodly ways

1Ki 13:4  And it came to pass, when king Jeroboam HEARD the saying of the man of God, which had cried against the altar in Bethel, that he put forth his hand from the altar, saying, Lay hold on him. And his hand, which he put forth against him, dried up, so that he could not pull it in again to him. 

1Ki 13:5  The altar also was rent, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign which the man of God had given by the word of the LORD. 

1Ki 13:6  And the king answered and said unto the man of God, Intreat now the face of the LORD thy God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored me again. And the man of God besought the LORD, and the king’s hand was restored him again, and became as it was before. 

The Lord ordained that Jeroboam heard the man of God’s words that cried against his altar.  When the Word of God goes forth, it is being spiritually heard which means it is understood.  Then it begins to work its work in its hearers.

Eze 12:25  For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD.

Isa 55:11  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Jeroboam’s reaction is our man of sin’s reaction to the words of Christ which come against us and touch our idols.  Flesh naturally wants to silence those that oppose our beast to continue to justify ourselves.  Yet the Lord will take away even the little bit of spirituality we have in drying up (withering) our works and ensuring we stagnate. The rebuke of our carnal and dead works is the sun (Christ) rising upon our earth.  This is what begins to draw us away from the flesh and towards faith.  To be raised from the dead we must first fall to the ground and die.

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

Mar 11:21  And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.

All men are resurrected from the valley of dry bones where all of our works are first withered, and no sustenance of spiritual life is found (Eze 37:1-4).

The word for ashes in this story is not the primary Hebrew word for ashes as used in Scripture.  The word here is H1880 which comes from a root word meaning fat and is as often translated as fatness versus ashes.

H1880, deshen

Total KJV Occurrences: 15

ashes, 8

Lev_1:16, Lev_4:12 (2), Lev_6:10-11 (2), 1Ki_13:3, 1Ki_13:5, Jer_31:40

fatness, 7

Jdg_9:9, Job_36:16, Psa_36:8, Psa_63:5, Psa_65:11, Isa_55:2, Jer_31:14

The residue of our offerings to the Lord when we are under the law for the lawless is our spiritual fatness in the negative sense.   The residue of idolatrous sacrifices to the Lord are the ashes that we look to in justifying ourselves before the Word is sent and begins rebuking us.  We don’t know what we don’t know when we are deceived of the Lord and feeding on the ashes of our idolatry of self.

Isa 44:17  And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god.

Isa 44:20  He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?

Signs are not for believers but unbelievers (1Co 14:23).  This rending of the altar and pouring out the ashes was a physical sign to Jeroboam and our old man in our appointed time.  A time will come when we hear the Word and our self-worship is rebuked and henceforth fails to bring forth any fruit but only death (the wages of our sin).  Mighty signs and wonders are very convincing in the short term but do little to manifest true and lasting repentance.  The Word of God brings rebuke that destroys the strength of our flesh and dries up the food that sustains our old man and religious beast’s (Rev 13:11) existence.  This event is part of the Revelation of Jesus Christ where our hearing of the Word first wounds one of our seven heads, but then that wound is quickly healed and we carry on being a beast and the man of sin that Jeroboam represents.

Rev 13:3  And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

Jeroboam’s afflicted hand brings seeming repentance but that is short lived as the flesh cannot help but be flesh and it is appointed for destruction (1Co 15:50).

1Ki 13:33  After this thing Jeroboam returned not from his evil way, but made again of the lowest of the people priests of the high places: whosoever would, he consecrated him, and he became one of the priests of the high places.

1Ki 13:34  And this thing became sin unto the house of Jeroboam, even to cut it off, and to destroy it from off the face of the earth.

As the Lord’s prophets, ministers and kings in the making, we are to give to all who ask of us even those outside the covenant of faith.  Men of God are not to pray for the world in general (Joh 17:9, Jer 11:14).  However, the sum of the Word that is Truth (Psa 119:160), teaches us that when specifically asked to pray for anyone, we need to be Christ and answer that petition.

Mat 5:42  Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

Righteous prayers are integral to deliverance and conversion from our sinful ways.

Jas 5:16  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Mar 9:29  And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

With his hand restored, Jeroboam seeks to make friends with the prophet and reward him for his actions.

1Ki 13:7  And the king said unto the man of God, Come home with me, and refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward. 

1Ki 13:8  And the man of God said unto the king, If thou wilt give me half thine house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I eat bread nor drink water in this place: 

1Ki 13:9  For so was it charged me by the word of the LORD, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest. 

1Ki 13:10  So he went another way, and returned not by the way that he came to Bethel

Our final verses speak more to the lessons our new man from Judah is learning rather than to our old man Jeroboam.  The Northern Kingdom is Samaria and while Christ “must go through Samaria”, we also know that our mission field is only those the Lord is preparing to be found and judged in this age.

Mat 10:5  These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:

Mat 10:6  But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Our old man is always seeking to save his life and stave off its own destruction.  Flesh will naturally want to bring Christ and his physical blessings into our household and continue on with business as usual.  This is what we all do in our time in the Orthodox churches of men and also in our time in spiritual Babylon.  The real Christ and His more mature messengers avoid such situations in getting entangled with carnal people and the affairs of the world.

The people of God work out of duty having been purchased by the Lord and now becoming His unworthy servants.  We are never to ask for nor take rewards for what is our reasonable service to our fellow man, all of whom are Christ in the making (Mat 25:40).

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

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. 

The Lord sustains his prophets and provides all the food, drink and rest that we need.  We are not to look to the world for our sufficiency in these things, be they physical or spiritual.

Mat 6:33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

We have an obedient man of God who rightly rejects the offer of Jeroboam and honors the commandments given to him by the Lord.  Those following Christ go forward, they go straight and do not turn back, remembering Lot’s wife.

Luk 9:62  And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Eze 1:12  And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.

Another command of the Lord is the commandment to not eat and drink spiritually speaking with those outside of faith such as Jeroboam.  We have to be discerning as prophets and know when to speak and when not to speak ensuring we are ministering to the lost house of Israel (Psa 10:17, Mat 10:6).

2Jn 1:9  Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

2Jn 1:10  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

2Jn 1:11  For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

Those led by the flesh (Jeroboam’s) are spiritual fornicators with whom God’s people are not to keep company and not to be actively discussing spiritual matters.

1Co 5:9  I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:

1Co 5:10  Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.

1Co 5:11  But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

Jeroboam did not hold to the prophet’s rebuke and he continued on with his evil abominations.  The Lord is not going to save the old man, he is using his evil acts to give the occasion to bring judgment to us in the appointed time and thereby teach us His right ways.

Jeroboam’s house will soon enough be destroyed as we move forward with the next king of the Northern Kingdom.  It is at the end of our judgment process when the false altars and listening to false prophets will come to an end.  Josiah (Christ) will come onto the scene 300 years later and the false prophets and their lies within us all will be consumed by the fire of the Word thus fulfilling the man of God’s prophecy.

Act 3:22  For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.

Act 3:23  And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. 

The man of God was obedient in his initial assignment in passing this test and performing what the Lord had demanded.  But as we know, we are being saved and being made righteous (AORIST TENSE) and there will be many failures as we are being made complete in Christ.

Pro 24:16  For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

Next week, we will look at the second part of the story about the Man of God.  We will see his obedience turn into disobedience because of his immaturity and failure to strictly adhere to the Lord’s commands.

 

 

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Jeroboam Causes Israel to Sin

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Kings of Israel #5

“Jeroboam Causes Israel to Sin”

Key Verses: 1Ki 12:25-33

Our old man will make us sin if he is not brought under the subjection of Jesus Christ within us.  That is such a simple yet powerful truth and one our story of King Jeroboam will bear out today and, in the weeks ahead as we begin studying the kingship of Jeroboam, the first king over the Northern Kingdom in a divided nation of Israel.   We should always be reminded that the kingdom of God is not outside of us somewhere but instead is within you (Luk 17:21) as are all of these events that God’s Elect are living out.   Jeroboam represents our naturally rebellious and contentious flesh that wars against the doctrines of Christ (Judah).

Before the division of Israel, Jeroboam was a servant of Solomon (1Ki 11:26) meaning Solomon had dominion over his carnal mind and fleshly lusts.  Yet Solomon apostatized, and Israel reaped (and we reap what we have sowed).

1Ki 11:9  And the LORD was angry with Solomon because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice,

1Ki 11:11  Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.

The result of our apostasy is our becoming servants of the old man which consumes us in carnal and lustful passions.

Joh 8:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

As God’s Elect, we will live through a divided Kingdom fighting wars as our flesh (Israel) wages war against the Word (Judah).  These wars will continue until we are given the fullness at the first resurrection.

1Ki 14:30  And there was war between Rehoboam and Jeroboam all their days.

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.

Rom 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Rebellious flesh is naturally SELF-serving and always seeking to enlarge its borders and make a name for itself.  Out from the dominion of Christ’s doctrines, it does not take long for us to begin worshipping our own gods and perverting judgment.  Jeroboam went right to work doing what flesh does best in using his own hands in building idols and strongholds to expand and protect his kingdom and kingship.

1Ki 12:25  Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein; and went out from thence, and built Penuel. 

1Ki 12:26  And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David: 

1Ki 12:27  If these people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah. 

1Ki 12:28  Whereupon the king (Jeroboam) 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 a 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. 

Jeroboam’s focus instantly turned to retain power and control.  It is the opposite of faith when we fear men and do not trust the Lord nor submit to Him working all things in our life.  The laws of warfare are written about our war against our own flesh and lusts that wage war against the ways of God in our hearts and mind.

Deu 20:4  For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.

Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

Jeroboam, as our old man, is made to be destroyed and will resist dying and submitting every step of the way.

Rom 13:2  Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

1Co 1:18  For the preaching of the cross (dying to self) is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

While these Scriptures say Jeroboam did these things after the “devising of his own heart”, we know that truth is subject to a much greater absolute truth which is this.

Pro 21:1  The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water (your thought life): he turneth it whithersoever he will.

Pro 16:9  A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

It is the Lord who is doing all the causing, even causing Jeroboam and us in our day to commit these besetting sins (Isa 63:17).

Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Jeroboam life and actions are innate to all flesh.  His deeds live on in Bible infamy being cited at least 21 times and in 15 of the 18 successor Northern Kingdom kings here being just one example.

2Ki 13:6  Nevertheless they [Israel during Jehoahaz’s reign] did not depart from the sins of the house of Jeroboam, who had made [is making] Israel sin, but walked in them; and the wooden image also remained in Samaria.

The life of Jeroboam and his evil deeds are an example of our evil deeds and have been written down for us to learn from and help in our process of overcoming.

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 come.

It is impossible for flesh to please God (Rom 8:8) and the Jeroboam spirit will continue to plague Israel all the days in our flesh.  The sins of Jeroboam are our sins that we all are struggling with until we are matured in our judgment and trials.  Now we look some more into what is called “the sins of Jeroboam” for wisdom in identifying these sins and finding ways to overcome them.

Worshipping a false god and creating graven images:  Jeroboam quickly sins against the Lord in violating both the first and second commandments (and others).

Deu 5:6  I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

Deu 5:7  Thou shalt have none other gods before me.

Deu 5:8  Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth:

Our flesh will seek to share the glory with the Lord but He is having none of it (1Co 1:29).  Jeroboam will soon be rebuked by a prophet speaking words of fire and his kingdom will not be long-lasting as the next study will cover.

These besetting (persistent) sins are ingrained in all flesh and lead to other sins against the Lord’s commandments.  The old man aka man of sin, cannot subject himself to the ordinances of God and will persistently create a god unto himself until that man of sin is destroyed. Only then will Israel be reunited as One with 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 2:4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

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:

Jeroboam was a friend of Egypt’s King Shishak (1Ki 11) and these false gods are given birth from our spiritual fornication and adultery with the mindset and ways of this wicked world.  The new man within us cannot commit this sin. If we see this within ourselves we can know it is a manifestation of our old man who is to be reckoned dead instead.

1Jn 5:18  We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.

1Jn 5:19  We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.

1Jn 5:20  And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

Calves are nearly full grown cows and in Scripture signify a sacrificed life being laid down in service to the Lord which is the reasonable divine service of God’s people (Rom 12:1).  Jeroboam like all flesh is SELF FOCUSED whose thought life is about preserving his life and kingdom.  This is what leads us to worship our own ideas and self-exaltation (our god, the image to our beast)

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

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

Thankfully, we know our beastly nature will be destroyed and our attempts to preserve the way of the old man will come to naught in due time.  Believe these words of the Lord!

Luk 17:33  Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

Isa 42:17  They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods.

The history of Jeroboam also tells us where he placed these golden calves in Israel.

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. 

Jeroboam wanted dominion over Israel and their exercise of faith which we are commanded not to have over anyone (Rom 14:4, 2Co 1:20).  His plot to keep his subject from going to Jerusalem including placing these two idols in two strategic locations.  Bethel, meaning House of God refers to our worship and was in the southernmost part of Israel.  Dan which means “judge”, is in the far north which is the spiritual direction from which judgment always comes.  How we worship and how we judge are both essential and we have many Scriptures and studies that reveal to us how to worship in truth and how to judge righteously.  If we are in the flesh as is the mind of Jeroboam here is the result.

Rom 8:8  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Before Christ comes we are worshipping a false god and making a graven image in our self-absorbed delusion that we are in control of our own free will.  Such is the STRONG DELUSION that all men are given which causes us to reject the true love of God as we persist in unrighteous behavior.

2Th 2:10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

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

Continuing with Jeroboam’s action in prescribing worship for Israel we read this.

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. 

While we are not told specifically with whom Jeroboam took counsel with to devise the worship plan for Israel, we do know he was an ally of Shishak the King of Egypt (1Ki 11:40) which tells us Jeroboam is a friend of the world as Egypt symbolizes the world.  We also know there were no longer any true priests left in Israel.

2Ch 11:14  For the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from executing the priest’s office unto the LORD:

Jeroboam kicks out the true priests and replaces them with idolatrous priests not of the tribe of Levi as commanded of the Lord (Num 3:1-6).  Without the priests to be the multitude of counselors, there is no safety (Pro 11:14) and our old man can easily lead us astray and corrupt the pure food and service at the Lord’s table.

Heb 13:16  (JUB) Do not forget to do good and to fellowship (communicate KJV); for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

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.

This act of our old man is another besetting sin that will keep us from worshipping in truth and being saved from our sins.      We are saved from our sins as we are able to walk in the light that is the Body of Christ (Mat 5:14) who are also the kings and priests of the Lord in the making (Rev 5:10).  The light of Christ is also the same as the fire that is saving us and burning up the false images of God we make as carnal men.

1Jn 1:7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

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

We have many Scriptures in the Old and New Testaments warning us about whom we keep company with and with whom we eat and digest spiritual food. We are to be watchful for those that have not the Truth nor obey the Truth and not be partakers with them.

2Jn 1:9  Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

2Jn 1:10  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

2Jn 1:11  For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

On the same vein, we are not to idly bring strange priests and those teaching false doctrines into our fellowship and communion.

Heb 13:9  Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.

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

Jeroboam in our exalted strong delusion thinks he is doing God a service by ordaining a feast that appears to closely mimic the Feast of Tabernacles (15th day of 7th month).  This was no doubt done to further the motive in preventing Israel from going up to Jerusalem as the Law of Moses commanded.

Exo 23:14  Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year.

Exo 23:17  Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord GOD (in Jerusalem)

Our old man is much more comfortable being isolated from the fiery fire and bright light that is exposing our deeds of darkness in the house of God where judgment now dwells.  Forsaking the assembly and merely warming ourselves by the fire is not enough to burn out our besetting sins. We need to be directly in the fire.

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

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

The taking of the true communion often in Jerusalem (a type of New Jerusalem, aka the Body of Christ) is how we die daily and Christ grows within us.

1Co 11:26  For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

But like orthodox Christianity and carnal men everywhere, Jeroboam is taking the things of God and perverting them; adding too and taking away from the Word; even making up holy days on his own devising.  The three feasts of the Lord in the Old Testament are all shadows of the Lord savings us by the process of judgment (the number three).  The Elect live this out in Spirit now, in our day of the Lord, and all mankind will fulfill those feast days in the Lake of Fire.

The false gods, the perverted priesthood and even the man-made feast days are all an abomination to the Lord and only invite the Lord’s wrath to destroy Jeroboam.

Amo 5:21  I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.

Amo 5:22  Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.

Outwardly there is to be no keeping of days, times or seasons.  It takes judgment to come to be able to approach the Lord in truth and in spirit.  Before then we will be serving up false gods with our keeping of days, times and years as the world does.

Gal 4:8  Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.

Gal 4:9  But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?

Gal 4:10  Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.

The Lord is getting our obedience (LOVE) by destroying the Jeroboam mindset that keeps us separated from our brethren and the true doctrines of Christ.

Luk 6:46  And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

Mat 22:36  Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

Mat 22:37  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love (obey is love – 1Jo 5:3) the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

As we look at the remaining 18 kings of the Northern Kingdom, Jeroboam always seems to be in the picture (2Ki 17:22-23).  That is true because it is these besetting deeply ingrained sins that only our overcome as we are able to lay down our life in service and humility.

Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

In the next study, we will continue with Jeroboam’s reign as a man of God is sent to rebuke the disobedient king and prophesy of the impending doom and rejection of his idolatrous worship.

1Ki 13:1  And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the LORD unto Bethel: and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense.

1Ki 13:2  And he cried against the altar in the word of the LORD, and said, O altar, altar, thus saith the LORD; Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah by name; and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men’s bones shall be burnt upon thee.

1Ki 13:3  And he gave a sign the same day, saying, This is the sign which the LORD hath spoken; Behold, the altar shall be rent, and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out.

 

 

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Spiritual Lessons on Fire and Wood Burning

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“Spiritual Lessons on Fire and Wood Burning”

For the first time in my life, I have gotten much experience in buying and burning firewood.  It’s a good lesson and reminder for things we already have been given to know in the Spirit.   The major workings of the Lord are not seen with physical observation (Luk 17:20-21), yet they are revealed in His physical creation.  This is a major revelation once you are in the Truth and have your heavens opened to such a great understanding.

Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the [physical] things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Heb 11:3  Through faith we understand that the [physical] worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Using the physical to ascertain things in the Spirit is a useful and needed tool for us to study the Scripture and grow in the knowledge of the Truth.   Our primary way of learning the deep things of God (assuming we have been given ears to hear and eyes to see) is comparing spiritual to spiritual across the Old and New Testaments (2Ti 3:16, 1Co 10:11, Hos 12:10)

1Co 2:12  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

1Co 2:13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

Joh 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words (the entire Bible) that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

One can take anything in the physical and outward world and with the mind of Christ, apply many spiritual truths and principles thus proving the macro truth of Romans 1:20. In this study, we are going to look at physical fire and apply its traits and characteristics in the physical to the truth of how the Lord works in the Spirit.  At a bare minimum, this study should help refute the lie of an eternal hell where God burns his own creation alive forever and without end.

What is Physical Fire? Fire is the rapid oxidation of a material in a chemical process of combustion, releasing heat, light, and various reaction products (gases, ash, etc.)

This is interesting because it is the positive of spiritual fire that is the Word of God and that fire is making a quick work in making major changes within us that comes with much spiritual heat and light.

God’s Word is fireThe fire is what is remaking us from a natural firstborn Adam into a son of God via the process of our judgment.

Jer 23:29  Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

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

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

Having our old “natural” way of life burned up is not pleasant to our flesh and its desires, yet it is necessary for us to be saved and made partakers of His Holiness.

Psa 119:71  It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

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

Heb 12:10  For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

Men and our flesh are likened unto trees and wood in Scripture.  In the negative meaning (as the word is two edged – Heb 4:11), trees and wood symbolize our physical life and life of being carnally minded.  That is what God’s fire is making combustion within our day of judgment.

Jer 7:20  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, mine anger and my fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched.

Joe 1:19  O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field. 

Eternal hellfire along with the delusion of free will is one of the biggest lies of orthodox Christianity and the “other jesus” billions know and worship.  The Lord’s fire is what is saving us and burning up the wood that represents our flesh and carnality.

Mat 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

Psa 89:46  How long, LORD? wilt thou hide thyself forever? shall thy wrath burn like fire?

Eze 5:4  Then take of them again, and cast them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire; for thereof shall a fire come forth into all the house of Israel.

The question of how long is also answered in Scripture.  It takes as long as God has ordained for every man as our entire lives have been predetermined (Psa 139:16).  But we know the fire of judgment by the Word (Psa 19:9, Rev 1:3, Joh 12:48) will eventually go out when its work is finished and we have learned (been perfected) righteousness.

Pro 26:20  Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife (the fiery trial) ceaseth.

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

Sodom and Gomorrah are not still literally burning in an eternal hell.  God’s spiritual fire worked its work and destroyed the sinfulness and the sinful city which is its purpose yet today in saving all men.

Gen 19:24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;
Gen 19:25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities …..

What is needed for fire to combust?  Typically, physical fire comes from a chemical reaction between oxygen in the atmosphere and a fuel source (i.e. wood).  The presence of these things is not enough, as combustion requires a spark and a heating of the wood to its ignition temperature.  The heat needed to spark a fire can come from lots of different things for instance:  a match, focused light, friction, or even lightning.

The Spirit of God is the oxygen (the air, the wind) that fuels His Word and is sparked to life by the many wonderful works of God to His children.  The Lord who works all things (Eph 1:11) is the one who creates the sparks in our spiritual life and brings the trials that raise the temperature that burns up the wood and impure metals within us.

1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

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

Gen 1:3  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light (spiritual match)

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 (match)

Mat 24:27  For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

1Pe 1:7  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ (spiritual friction)

Burning wood creates smokeSmoke is a symptom of a burning fire and contains the trapped gases along with other organic matter.  These are pollutants which are then driven away by the physical or spiritual winds that are God’s judgment by the Word.

Hos 13:3  Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud, and as the early dew that passeth away, as the chaff that is driven with the whirlwind out of the floor, and as the smoke out of the chimney.

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

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.

Little pieces of wood burn quicker and faster than big pieces:  A fuel’s size also affects how easily it will catch fire. A larger fuel, such as a thick tree, can absorb a lot of heat, so it takes a lot more energy to raise any particular piece to the ignition temperature. A toothpick catches fire more easily because it heats up very quickly. Chopping us up and burning our carnal mind results in fiery trials which come in all shapes and sizes according to what is needed.  In the same way, the Lord gives us stripes (judgment) according to the size of the log (sin and carnal-mindedness) needing to be devoured.

Luk 12:47  And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

Luk 12:48  But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

The Lord starts us out dealing with the small stuff before He moves on to the big stuff needing to be burned up.

1Co 10:13  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

The hardened parts of our wicked heart will take a hotter fire than the small sins.  The Lord truly knows how to deliver the new man (the godly) out of those temptations.

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:

The harder the wood or the more of it, the hotter the fire:  Fire burns hotter when the wood is hard or there are lots of it.  Here in South Africa, the best wood for braii is arguably Namibia hardwood.  The Lord knows how to dial-up the heat in our lives accomplish His work in us by fiery grace.  Our hardened rebellious hearts take a hot fire to burn the “I, me and my” out of us.

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

Eze 24:9  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the bloody city! I will even make the pile for fire great.

Eze 24:10  Heap on wood, kindle the fire, consume the flesh, and spice it well, and let the bones be burned.

Softer wood burns easy and quickly and there are some issues the Lord works that require much less heat and anguish than others to purify our heavens and our earth.

Dry wood burns best and green wood is difficult to burn:  The Lord prepares us to be burned in His fire by drying us up of good works and draining us of confidence in our flesh.  The Lord promised there would always be seasons on the earth (Gen 8:22) that are used to prepare the wood for further chastening.  The best wood is seasoned wood that has been prepared and dried out waiting it’s time to be burned in a fireplace or a stove.

2Pe 3:7  But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

 Jud 1:6  And the angels 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 1:7  Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Truly wet wood will not burn:  When we are full of the Spirit, drenched in God’s rain which is His doctrines the fire does not harm us.  Those that make the first resurrection and have the fullness of the Spirit cannot be harmed by the second death in the lake of fire.

Rev 2:11  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

Standing on faith will keep us from being burned in the fire of persecution and rejection by the world.

Dan 3:24  Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.

Dan 3:25  He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

Fire generates heat which warms us physically and also warms us up spiritually and helps get us through the non-fruit producing seasons of life.

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

Rom 15:4  For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

Fire generates light in times of darkness to show us the path and bring others that need help to us.

Psa 119:105  Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Mat 5:14  Ye (My disciples, the Body of Christ) are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

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

Flame color indicates relative temperature:  Generally speaking blue and white flames are the hottest which ties wonderfully to the symbolism of colors in Scripture (Mitch’s 2016 Updated Version on Colors Here).   Blue symbolizes the things of God and the goal of our going through the fiery process now and in turn becoming a fire to save others.

Isa 10:17  And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame: and it shall burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day(the day of the Lord)

When the fire is truly intense there will be blue flames present.  In the same vein, the goals of achieving the righteousness of Christ (white linen) is only found in the fire of judgment with white also being an indicator of a very hot flame.

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

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

More air equals a faster burning and hotter fire:  A poorly burning fire is usually solved quickly by giving it more air (oxygen).  Our measure of faith (Rom 12:3) and infilling with the Spirit of God is all of the Lord’s determination. Only the Lord had the fullness of the Spirit in a clay body (Joh 3:34).  Yet we can look forward to growing in our anointing as we mature abiding in the Holy City (The Body of Christ) waiting for the fullness to come (Rom 8:23).

Luk 24:49  And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

2Ti 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

We should welcome the fire and seek it knowing it is what hastens the coming of the Lord within us more each day Lord willing (2Pe 3:11-13).

2Pe 3:11  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
2Pe 3:12  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

To keep our fires burning and grow in the power of God, we need spiritual air to tap into the power the Lord has given to His Christ (Joh 20:21)

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

A fire goes out when the wood is consumed:  The fire of God is used for good to remake us into sons of God.  Our God and Heavenly Father is inseparable from His Word which is consuming our wood (carnal mindedness) more each and every day

Heb 12:29  For our God is a consuming fire.

The wood won’t be gone fully until the clay vessels are gone. Hence we persevere.

Pro 26:20  Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife (the fiery trial) ceaseth.

The priests of God in the making (Rev 5:10) we are the bearers of the Lord’s fire and work to keep in burning always in the temple of God which temple each and every one of us is part of.

Lev 6:12  And the fire upon the altar shall be burning in it; it shall not be put out: and the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order upon it; and he shall burn thereon the fat of the peace offerings.

Lev 6:13  The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.

The residue of a wood fire is ash: Ash is very fine dust particles that have many good uses.  Physical ash is the unburnable minerals that are very useful in fertilizing gardens, trees and promoting new life.  Interesting that ash is also used in making soaps that clean and purify us, controlling foul odors (landfills) and even deter and kill insects.  All of this has great spiritual significance when we apply Romans 1:20 to what the Lord is doing with us in this age where judgment is now fallen (1Pe 4:17).

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

Mat 21:44  And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

Gen 22:7  And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?

I have even learned the hard way that ash retains its heat for a long time which in the Spirit is very positive in our ability to minister and help others when we are humble and our selfish lives have been burned up.

It is after our life is sacrificed, the wood has been burned that we are given new garment that is white as the ashes of wood burned in the fire.

Rev 7:14  And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Fire is made up of many burning pieces of wood:  It is difficult to light and keep burning a single piece of wood.  But if one puts multiple pieces in building his fire, the fire will burn much longer and more consistently.  This brings to mind the truth that the Body of Christ is being made into a spiritual fire right now in this age as the first to be judged.

Zec 12:6  In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.

The cloud of many witnesses (Heb 12:1) and the infolding fire are one in the same description and vision of the Elect (Body of Christ) who are being made into saviours.

Eze 1:4  And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.

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

As we come thru the fire, we become saviours who in turn will help save others including all mankind in the lake of fire.

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

It is the Body of Christ who will be the lake of fire at the White Throne Judgment.

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

Rev 20:5  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

1Co 11:32  But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world (later in the lake of fire)

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?

We saw just some of the attributes of physical fire and how that reveals how the Lord is working things in the Spirit. One could take virtually anything in the physical world and deduce much about the ways of the Spirit.  But they are going to need to be prepared of the Lord, we cannot give the gift.

Pro 20:12  The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.

I hope this study stirs your memory and recollection of these spiritual truths.  As winter comes to those in the northern hemisphere, making a fire and watching the wood burn can become a time of reflection and examination of ourselves and all the good works the Lord is doing to the children of men.

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

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:

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