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Being Raised With Christ Part 2

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Being Raised With Christ Part 2

By Ayo Fabiyi,  Mitch Kuhn, Victor Torres, and Pete Wilson

Joh 5:26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;   

Joh 5:27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.   

Joh 5:28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

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. 

As has been emphasized recently, we must not think that any part of God’s word is not for us.  “In your days, will I say the word, and will perform it”, says the Lord (Eze 12:25).  The Father has given our Lord life in Himself and He is giving it to His elect in this age.  The Father has also given the Son the authority to execute judgment, and the Lord is indeed executing it in our days.  The hour has come that all in the graves within us shall come forth and they that have done good unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation [judgment].

We have seen last week how we live by the resurrection of damnation.  This is when we are raised from the sea to the earth.  The resurrection of damnation is not something to be applied to those evil people out there and is not something that will happen only in the future.  Most people who call Him Lord deny that they will live by those words. We all deny that we live by every Word of God until the Lord opens our eyes to the truth.

Let’s see how the Lord executes His judgment to those who call Him Lord.

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

The Lord is the best at doing both, giving sight to those who are blind, and blinding those who say they see.

Joh 12:40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

Let’s look at Joh 5:29 again.

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.

They that have done evil shall come forth unto the resurrection of damnation!  Is there anyone exempted from that?  Is there anyone who has not done evil?

Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Ecc 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

Even our Lord who “knew no sin” was made sin for us, was born of a woman, born under the law, and partook of the resurrection of damnation because of His sinful flesh.  This seems so obvious to us once we are blessed with eyes to see, but that’s how strong the delusion is which God has sent to those who do not trust the Lord and lean on their own understanding. We must always remember that we too were once deceived and under strong delusion, and should not be proud but fear.

Rom 11:19 (ESV) Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.”

Rom 11:20 (ESV) That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear.

All in Adam need to partake of the resurrection of damnation before they can partake of the resurrection of life in Christ.

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

His Resurrection, also known as the blessed and holy First Resurrection, is the end of all things when the word of God has been fulfilled in the hearts and minds of every man.  All the words of God when lived out bring us to the end and the receiving of this great reward where we are made partakers of His holiness.

Joh 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

In God’s sight, only one resurrection matters. He does not count the “shadow”. He finds fault with it and it’s beneath His glory. He only ‘sees’ one.

Eph 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

Eph 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

Eph 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

When all the spiritually dead within every man are raised to life, death is no more, and God is all in all.

1Co 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

1Co 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

This begins with an earnest deposit when faith is come and we grow into His fullness as more and more of the dead within us are destroyed in the lake of fire and Christ in us increases.

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

2Co 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

This is the good news, the gospel that we preach to all those that are dead (carnally minded) so that judgment can work its work of righteousness.  This better resurrection is the hope and the end of all things we soberly watch and patiently wait for the Lord to perform.

1Pe 4:6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

1Pe 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

The end of all things of the flesh is indeed at hand to those who are living according to God in the spirit.  The Lord sends His holy spirit to dwell in us with one purpose: to destroy our old man.

2Th 2:7  (BBE) For the secret of evil is even now at work: [within] but there is one who is keeping back the evil till he is taken out of the way.

2Th 2:8 And then will come the revelation of that evil one, whom the Lord Jesus will put to death with the breath of his mouth, and give to destruction by the revelation of his coming;

The “revelation of his coming” in our hearts simultaneously reveals our still wicked heart even after receiving the resurrection to condemnation. The process of the Lord Jesus putting to death our old man with the breath of His mouth, is the second death.

The wound of death that the Law brings to us is healed and we remain a beast as we live and abide in our resurrection of damnation.

Rev 13:11 (NKJV) Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.

Rev 13:12 (NKJV) And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

The first covenant and our first raising up to the earth when given the Law, was not faultless and did nothing to purge our hearts and minds of evil.

Heb 8:7 For if that first covenant [=resurrection to damnation..] had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. [= Resurrection of Life/ A better resurrection.]

Heb 8:8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:[=for the New Man resurrected to Newness of Life]

A day and hour no man knows is appointed to every man when there is no more time for the lesser resurrection of damnation.  A time comes when the Word of God will be performed and that day is the day of the Lord.

2Ti 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;   Being a partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God is none other than being a partaker of the Second Death!

2Ti 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

2Ti 1:10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished [abolishing, aorist] death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

Apostle Paul is saying the same thing he said in the 2nd Thessalonians verses we read above, our Savior Jesus Christ has appeared in our hearts to destroy the carnal mind/all the evil that naturally resides in our hearts (Mar 7:21-23).

Psa 58:2 Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.

Psa 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.

The time for the better resurrection, to be raised to the Life of God was also shown to us by John.

Rev 10:5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and  upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,

Rev 10: 6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

Rev 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound,[in us!]  the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

But the time is come in this age for the faithful Elect to partake of the better resurrection (in earnest or down payment), that is, to be perfected, raised by and into the Spirit of God.

1Co 15:42-So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:

1Co 15:43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:

1Co 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

The First Resurrection is the better resurrection that Paul and all disciples press onward and upward to obtain more fully in this age giving up all things and considering them dung.

Php 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

Php 3:11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

“Being made conformable unto his death” is dying the Second Death, dying to our flesh and the carnal mind resident in it. Dying the Second Death is how we attain the resurrection to life, being made into His image.

On the other hand, being alive yet still being carnal does nothing to change our hearts and even those of old times pressed onward to obtain the resurrection to life that is now being made manifest in the saints.

Heb 11:35 Women received their dead raised  to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:

The word raised in the first part of Heb 11:35 is translated from the same Greek word translated resurrection in the same verse, as in the phrase “a better resurrection”.  The words “raised to life again” refers to the lesser resurrection of damnation, back to the realm of the flesh that works damnation!

Hebrews 11 talks about the faith of the patriarchs which is a shadow of the faith of Jesus Christ given to the saints.  Let’s look at how this chapter ends and see how blessed we are in this age if we are given the faith of Christ to live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

Heb 11:35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:

Heb 11:36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

Heb 11:37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;   

Heb 11:38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

Heb 11:39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

Heb 11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

Why would the patriarchs listed in that chapter of Hebrews (Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob), even those who did not accept deliverance hoping to obtain a better resurrection, “should not be made perfect [without us]”?

Because the law given to them cannot make them perfect.

Heb 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

The law of Moses or the law of the Gentiles cannot make those who live under them perfect.  It is only through the better testament, through the new covenant that one can be made perfect.

Heb 7:22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better  testament.

Heb 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

The better resurrection can only be attained by living under a better covenant.  Living under this better covenant comes with better promises.

Heb 8:6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises

Heb 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God:  for he hath prepared for them a city.

For the new covenant (testament) to take effect, there must be the death of the testator or the one making the covenant.  That maker of the covenant is Christ in us who dies to death (the second death) in order to be raised with power.

Heb 9:16 (NKJV) For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

Heb 9:17 (NKJV) For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives.

Heb 9:18 (NKJV) Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood.

These verses in Hebrews are dark sayings and parables that are simply saying that we must lose our life, the old man, in order to receive the life of Christ, the new covenant.

Joh 16:7 (NKJV) Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.

Joh 16:8 (NKJV) And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.

Mat 16:24 (NKJV) Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

Mat 16:25 (NKJV) For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.

What is the main difference between the old covenant and the new covenant?  The focus.

The old covenant is focused on outward righteousness, while the new covenant is focused on inward righteousness.

1Sa 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

Outward focus:

Mat 5:21 (ESV) “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’

Inward focus:

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

Outward focus:

Mat 5:27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

Inward focus:

Mat 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Outward focus:

Mat 5:33  (ESV) “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.

Inward focus:

Mat 5:34  (YLT) but I—I say to you, not to swear at all; neither by the heaven, because it is the throne of God,

Mat 5:37  (ERV) Say only ‘yes’ if you mean ‘yes,’ and say only ‘no’ if you mean ‘no.’ If you say more than that, it is from the Evil One.

When Christ comes to us by sending His holy spirit:

  • He will burn out the murderer within who hates his brother
  • He will burn out the whoremonger within who lusts after a woman in his heart
  • He will burn out the liar within who swears an oath but doesn’t mean it when he says yes or no.

Is there a verse that describes this burning out process of the man of sin, who is a murderer, a whoremonger and a liar, within us?

Rev 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

We know we are being baptized with fire if our main focus has shifted from outward righteousness to inward righteousness. We have gone past the baptism of water and have progressed to the baptism of fire if we now take heed to ourselves before we take heed of others.  God’s unquenchable fire is now kindled in our hearts if we remove the plank in our eye first before we try to remove the splinter in our brother’s eye.

A dear sister asked about this unquenchable fire and the answer further demonstrates to us that the elect must be mainly concerned on cleaning the inside of the cup.

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

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

What chaff? We need not guess…

Mar 9:43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: …

Mar 9:44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

Mar 9:45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: …

Mar 9:46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

Mar 9:47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell [=Gk: Gehenna] fire:

Mar 9:48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

Mar 9:49  For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.

Some men may be ignorant and thereby falsely conclude that “if you cut off the one offending hand… cut off the one offending foot..if only we can pluck out the one offending eye…then we will enter into life, (=resurrection to life) halt and maimed and we will then avoid being cast into that Gehenna fire!

The way you avoid anything in Scripture is by going through it.  That truth remains as true as ever.

Yes… we cannot get away from any “jot or tittle” of the word of the God.

Great in the kingdom of God do we become as all is being fulfilled in us. (Mat 5:19).

You are that [living] sacrifice on the altar. It’s not just one hand that causes offense… it’s not just one foot causing offense… it’s not just one eye causing offense!

Behold… the whole body of the old man is vile, sick and defiled.

Mar 7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

Mar 7:22 Thefts [=hands causing offense], covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

Mar 7:23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

Hence the spirit calls it “the body of death”….”sinful flesh”… “the body of sin” that must be “salted with fire”, that is, destroyed.

Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

As we’ve learned beforehand, the ALTAR is THE CROSS.

That’s where the destruction, salting with fire is taking place. We call that place also “Golgotha” where we are crucified with him, that is, cast into that fire…smoke and brimstone. Fulfilling His word, the Second death in us.

Joh 19:17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:

Joh 19:18 Where they crucified him [Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live…], and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.

Our body of sin and all unrighteousness, when crucified on the cross, becomes a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God.

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.

Rev 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

Let us keep this in our remembrance.  The word translated “hell fire” above is Gehenna fire… typical of the Lake of fire.  In Christ, the true light now shines and is no more a figure of something coming, but behold, the time is now for this unquenchable fire to be fulfilled in us.

Greek: γέεννα

Transliteration: geenna

Pronunciation: gheh’-en-nah

Definition: Of Hebrew origin ([H1516] and [H2011]); valley of (the son of) Hinnom; gehenna (or Ge-Hinnom) a valley of Jerusalem used (figuratively) as a name for the place (or state) of everlasting punishment: – hell. KJV Usage: hell (9x), hell fire (with G4442) (3x).

That unquenchable fire is the Gehenna fire that is fulfilled in who..?

Mar 9:49 For every one shall be salted with [=Gehenna] fire,  and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.

“Every one”…. starting with….starting where?

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

Eze 20:48 And all flesh shall see that I the LORD have kindled it: it shall not be quenched. 

“I will kindle a fire in you”.  “It shall devour every green tree [and every dry tree] in you”.  Where is all these taking place?

Eze 20:49 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables?

The prophet is speaking in parables…How do we practically live this…? Where is all these being fulfilled?

2Th 1:10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

2Th 1:11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:

“In his saints…in all them that believe…parables are about the kingdom of God…within” Brethren, this event is simply “the work of faith and power”….”the good pleasure of his goodness” being fulfilled in us.

2Th 1:12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul is revealing the deep things of God to us here. This event is how we begin to be raised from the dead… the Book of Revelation is simply a more comprehensive, deeper/darker parable of the same event.

It is the same spirit inspiring all who wrote the Scriptures.

1Co 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man [Paul, Peter, John] severally as he will.

The one and selfsame spirit is not confused/divided.

1Co 12:25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

This is HOW we become worthy of His calling. This is how we attain the high prize of His calling…. ONLY by the Lord working His good pleasure in us, in heaven.

The unquenchable fire is simply the flaming fire of Christ and his holy angels destroying the old man in us. This is the deep things of God working within the heart of man at their appointed time.

Rom 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

Rom 16:26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

As we are perfected in this better resurrection, we will be given power, dominion, and eternal life in earnest.  In due time, we will be kings and priests with Christ in the third harvest, as we perfect others and gather them into the Lord’s barn, that is, the First Resurrection for all men.

Rev 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, [by enduring our lake of fire and dying to death]

Rev 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

All men get the same reward which is the prize of fulfilling the Word of God and living by every word. The Elect who are the chosen few, just get this reward of the better resurrection first. An earnest deposit that increases in this age and the fullness when given our spiritual bodies in the age to come.

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

The only variation for all men partaking of Christ’s Holiness by this First Resurrection is the order/sequence ordained by God.  Contrary to the lie of Babylon, the blessing for God’s people of eternal life is also given to those who will be saved in the third harvest.  We do get it first, and that should be enough motivation for us to strive for the prize of the high calling.  The Scriptures declare this Truth to those given eyes to see and ears to hear.

Eph 3:6 that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel,

Act 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

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

The resurrection of life is not exclusive for the faithful elect, as much as the resurrection of damnation is not exclusive for those who are not faithful in their lifetime.  The whole world will be given eternal life which the Father has given to the Son.

Mat 20:14 Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you.

Joh 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

God puts no difference between the spiritual Jews and the spiritual Gentiles.  The Gentiles will be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ.  Most Christians have been blinded to this secret or mystery and instead believe in false doctrines of special rewards and lesser punishment for God’s faithful elect.  The Elect of God are unworthy  or unprofitable servants, working not for pay but merely doing our duty which is our reasonable service.

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 are to contend against all fleshly thoughts and beliefs that seek to exalt one group of people over another.

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.

The Elect are blessed indeed being given the rewards first yet the rewards, our salvation which is the First Resurrection, is the same for all men when they are given faith.

Gen 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

Gen 15:5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

Gen 15:6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

God is not a respecter of persons.  We all go through the same process.  We all do evil first and are raised unto the resurrection of damnation, before we do good and are raised unto the resurrection of life.  We are all fools first before we are made wise.  This is illustrated by the answer to a question asked by a dear brother regarding the parable of the ten virgins (Mat 25:1-13).

Ecc 2:14  (YLT) The wise! —his eyes are in his head, and the fool in darkness is walking, and I also knew that one event happeneth with them all;

That parable of the ten virgins concerns the kingdom of God, which again means it’s a living and active ONE EVENT within us.  We are the foolish before we become wise. That is God’s mode of operation. If we put the foolish on someone else, or postpone it to another age…then the Truth is gone.

Christ did not know us even when we did many wonderful works of the flesh, even had a lamp (Bible) but no oil, no spirit of discernment, no fruit of the spirit. It’s only by His spirit coming into us a second time without sin, (Heb 9:28) as a flaming unquenchable fire (2Th 1:7-10) that brings us to His wisdom, that is, raise us up to the third heaven where the Life of God resides.

Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ [=burning, consuming fire within], he is none of his.

To become wise, we have to go to them that sell oil. They that sell oil are the administrators of the Fire, who make up the Lake of fire. It is through the church, His Body that all men of all time will come and buy oil for their vessels/lamp.

Eph 3:10 (NKJV) to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places [our heavens],

Eph 3:11 (NKJV) according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,

The church is made up of Christ’s holy angels/ministers who are as He is, in the form of fire.

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

So no man can buy or even sell any of the oil, except they first had the mark of the beast. That is, except they’ve first experienced flesh and blood, being in the first Adam.

Rev 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Rev 3:18 (NKJV) I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.

Only those that acknowledge they are beasts and in need of a physician will lose their life to gain life in Christ. We ‘sell’ all of our old carnal ways to ‘buy’ of God gold tried in the fire (the truth).

As is evident in our recent trials, we live every jot and tittle of that little book. When we “eat the book”, every sentence written therein becomes ours.

We’ve all been led in the foolish wisdom of men, raised to carrying the Bible in our hands (as religious beasts), raised to damnation and reserved unto fire for judgment of that great day of the Lord.

Tit 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

But after that, the bridegroom comes, the signified 1000 years have been fulfilled within…what happens next in less signified language:

Tit 3:4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, And lest we boast of our Lord appearing in our hearts, we are told this in the very next verse:

Tit 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved [=is saving, aorist] us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

As we are seeking how these are fulfilled in our lives NOW brethren, we know this is the same event in the book of Revelation. But not all are given to discern this wisdom at this time.  So in dark signified language, let’s see HOW that “kindness and love of God our Saviour toward us [= the five foolish virgins] appeared,..

Rev 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, [=five foolish virgins who are seeking to buy oil for their lamps]

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: [=a process of knowing the manifold wisdom of God, chastening is not joyous to our foolish flesh..]

So as we go to “buy” the Spirit of Christ – And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name….. the beast and false prophet that caused us to remain in foolishness also has to be destroyed in the presence of the Lamb and His holy [= five wise virgins] angels…

Rev 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. [=the 5 foolish..] These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Now here is Wisdom.

It is THROUGH the Lake of fire, that “one event unto all” in the presence of Christ and His Body/Church, that we attain the manifold wisdom of God. This is the Father’s age lasting purpose to all Men.

We cannot boast about anything!

We all have to buy oil and trim our lamps.

Once we undergo that buying process, from the sellers who once had the same mark/name/number as us, then it is FINISHED.  We have gotten victory over foolishness! (Death/Satan/Beast/Falsehood of the false prophets within us).

We become an OVERCOMER through the Lake of fire.

Then we can now say….

Rev 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, [= the once five foolish virgins] stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

We become the New Man, the five wise with “the manifold wisdom of God” we “bought” from His holy angels (the Church), and can now say that we worship God in the spirit and truth, and have no confidence in the flesh, that is….we don’t worship the beasts..etc:

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 [=in our hearts and minds, living a life of righteousness]  a thousand years.

A thousand years signified is simply this plain saying brought out in the first part of this study:

2Co 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, [=the five foolish virgins by that Lake of fire..] yet the inward man is renewed day by day. [=1000 year reign upon the earth]

As we begin to look inward instead of outward, we are not ignorant of this one thing anymore:

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.

Signified 1000-year reign = practical living to us enlightened saints is simply…”the inward man is renewed day by day”.

It is through the breaking of bread with the church that we know the mind of the Lord.

Luk 24:35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.

It’s our joy and crown of life.  We desire nothing else upon this earth, only to be counted worthy to walk with Him in white raiment.

Let’s look closely at Ecc 2:14 quoted above with the surrounding verses, and see how abundantly clear that these verses are witnessing to the ten virgins within us!

Ecc 2:12 And I turned myself [within] to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly…

The elect sees both wisdom and folly when we turn to ourselves within.

Ecc 2:12…for what can the man do that cometh after the king?   even that which hath been already done.

What can we do to follow after Christ?  Answer: To do what He has already done!  “Take up your cross and follow me”.

Ecc 2:13 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.

If the holy spirit dwells in us, wisdom will indeed excel folly as far as light excels darkness.

Ecc 2:14 The wise man’s eyes are in [within] his head; [=the four beasts full of eyes within] but the fool walketh in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them all [Yes, one event happens to both the 5 wise virgins and the 5 foolish virgins within us]

Ecc 2:15 Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity.

Amen, king Solomon, Amen!  It is vanity to think that we are more wise, we are more special than those who have not been given the holy spirit at this time.

Ecc 2:16 For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? as the fool.

Again, how does a wise man die? As the fool.

We all die by the sword before we can kill with it.

Mat 26:52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

Rev 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword…

What was the apostle John inspired to call this one event that happens to us all: going into captivity or being killed by the sword/the word of God?

Rev 13:10…Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

This is our patience and faith, brethren, that our old man is being killed by God’s word in this age, as our new man is given spiritual life.

Mat 16:25  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

The elect are given spiritual life first, so we can in turn give it to others.  That is what the priests of God are doing to bring Christ to all.

Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Col 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; [as His Priests] that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: [providing them  something better also, that is, “the Better Resurrection”] 

Col 1:29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

The resurrection unto life is an ongoing, living and active event in the life of the saints. As we read, hear and live His Word, we are passing from death unto the newness of life. Having the mind of Christ and partaking of the fruit of the spirit is partaking of the blessed and holy First Resurrection.   We are given the victory over spiritual death (sin and carnal mind) through our dying to death with our Lord.

1Co 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

Again, we must not put any verse we read into the future.  We are the dead in Christ who are rising first, from our earthly mindset to a spiritual mindset.  “Age lasting destruction” is the is, was and will be fulfillment of dying daily to the old man through that fiery trial.

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.

To be partaker of Christ’s sufferings is to be a partaker of the second death.

1Pe 4:14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

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.

Fiery trials are not only being “reproached for the name of Christ” as the new man.  It also includes our old man suffering as a murderer [hating a brother], a thief [who kill, steal or destroy, Joh 10:10], as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters [seeing the fault of others but not willing to see the evil within them].

The Lake of Fire ushers in the first resurrection, being raised in the likeness of His Resurrection:

Rom 6:5-6 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Destruction of the old man is the only way to the resurrection of Life.

The life of Jesus manifesting in us is after being raised from our flesh, (via the destruction of death) when we no longer are walking after the flesh or under the Law.

Rom 8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

Rom 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

This is an ongoing event as the unclean old man decreases and Christ in us increases (Joh 3:30). Paul talks of this event being fulfilled in our lives to the Ephesians also:

Eph 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Eph 2:6 And hath raised us up together,  and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: [..the First, the Resurrection]

The death of the Cross is the spiritual event that must happen before being  RAISED to Life. “It is finished” is fulfilled when we are crucified with Him.

Joh 19:30  When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

Joh 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

We must endure to the end of this crucifixion to be saved.  This is why we need each other and are connected in a Body, so we can be helped in our times of need.

We must be found faithful (Rev 17:14) in addition to being called and chosen to be in the second harvest, raised in glory with Christ with the fullness of the Spirit.

2Ti 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

2Ti 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

The Cross is one and the same as the Lake of fire, that destroys the handwriting of ordinances of the letter used by the false prophets within us.  Being raised above, to the New Jerusalem where righteousness dwells, we strive to live the Life of Christ in us.

1Pe 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

1Pe 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

We are to live our life, with our affections not on the carnal flesh and attachments, but as in the first resurrection, in Christ in earnest, as already risen from the dead. Let us pay very close attention to when this blessed and holy resurrection is being fulfilled in the Saints.

Rom 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness [=as Kings] unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rom 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members’ servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

Yielding our members servants to righteousness is partaking of the blessed and holy resurrection, it is reigning as Kings until it is ALL fulfilled.

Rom 6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. [= LAKE OF FIRE, to destroy death.]

Rom 6:22  But now being made free from sin [resurrection to life], and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

Those now being raised to the resurrection of life are also Priests and Kings now in down payment of the Spirit, not just in the “will be”, third harvest, outward fulfillment.

And this is how priests live when they walk in the spirit of life.

Mal 2:7 For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.

We are warned and admonished not to forget the Law of Christ.

Col 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Col 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth

Conclusion

We started by getting reminded that all Scriptures are profitable for us, so we must apply every single verse of the Bible in our life.

Then we saw how we partake of the resurrection of damnation, as we are given the law which becomes our righteousness.

Php 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

But the righteousness through the law cannot perfect us for it is just a shadow of good things to come, the better covenant.  We are perfected through the righteousness which is of God focusing on the inside.  We are now concerned with burning the rest of the dead within us as our new man is renewed day by day.

Brethren, let us beg the Father to count us among those whom He has predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son in our lifetime.

Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Rom 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.  

And to partake of the resurrection of life in our days in the flesh.

Rev 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

We have received a great blessing as the Lord has chosen us and imparted faith to us in His Word.  Knowing this gospel requires us to die to death in order to be raised, we need to minister and to edify one another daily and encourage all to hold fast our new-found confidence all the way to the end.

Heb 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

Heb 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

Heb 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end

(All Scriptures in KJV except as noted)

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Being Raised With Christ Part 1

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“Being Raised With Christ Part 1”

By Ayo Fabiyi,  Mitch Kuhn, Victor Torres, and Pete Wilson

Act 20:20  And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, 

As overseers appointed by the holy spirit, we don’t want to keep back anything that is profitable to the Lord’s flock. What are we told is profitable for us?

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 perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 

All scripture is profitable for the perfecting of the saints.  All verses of the Bible are essential for our growth, for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.  When we say some verses in the Bible are not applicable to us, we are blatantly contradicting those verses in 2nd Timothy.

In our last study, we saw how profitable it is to apply those verses pertaining to the lake of fire to our heavens. It is by faith that we are given to carry our cross to our death knowing we will be raised up in newness of life through the earnest deposit now, and the fullness when we are given our spiritual bodies.  By partaking of Christ’s death, dying to the carnal mind which is the second death; we are partaking of His Resurrection which is the First Resurrection.

Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 

Rom 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

This is the mystery of how we follow Christ to His death to partake of His resurrection which is to life eternal.

Joh 11:25  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead , yet shall he live [eternal life, know the Lord]:

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

Life with Christ is the result of our being dead with Christ, dead to our flesh and carnal mind, dying daily to the very end which is the Second Death.

2Ti 2:11  It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead [through the second death],  with him we shall also live [be resurrected] with him: 

To rightly divide the Scriptures and the spiritual words such as the “first resurrection”; we must hold fast to these sound principles:

  • His words are spirit (Joh 6:63, Pro 1:23),
  • We live by every word inwardly (Mat 4:4, Luk 4:4),
  • His words are a two-edged sword actively working on both the old man and the new man within us (Heb 4:12, Isa 55:11)
  • Christ must increase and our old man must decrease (Joh 3:30, Col 3:9-10)
  • We shall all be changed (1Co 15:51). Our transformation from the old man to the new man is the one event that happens to everyone (Ecc 9:2).

Holding fast to these principles is required to rightly divide the Word regarding the spiritual meaning of the First Resurrection.  The First Resurrection entails us living out a resurrection of judgment before we live out a resurrection to life.

Joh 3:5  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 

Joh 3:6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit

We need to take heed that the eye of our understanding is according to the single mind of Christ.  If we apply every word of God either to the old man or to the new man within, then our whole body shall be full of light.

Mat 6:22  The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 

But if we say some parts of the Bible are not for us, our light has turned into darkness, and how great is that darkness!

Mat 6:23  But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! 

That’s how a little leaven spreads and infects the whole body.  If we start by saying one or some Scriptures do not have an “IS” application in our life, then sooner or later, we see ourselves lining up verse after verse saying they don’t have a living and active application for us.  Here’s an excerpt from a recent article written by those whose understanding had been darkened by the Lord:

“There are but two resurrections, and you and I will be in one or the other:

Joh 5:28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

Joh 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life [First Resurrection]; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation [Lake of Fire, Second Death]

All in this age will be raised up to one of those two resurrections.  Christ and His Christ begin their judgment at the house of God in this age and are granted “the crown of life… the blessed and holy first resurrection… a better resurrection… book of life… the power of  Christ’s resurrection… the resurrection of life” as opposed to the “resurrection of judgment”. The resurrection of judgment is the second death, because all who are cast into the lake of fire were not judged in this age. Hence “the resurrection of judgment”.

That being the case, there is no way the Lord or His Christ can ever experience the second death because the second death is “the resurrection of judgment”, and Christ and His Christ were judged while in this age and while in bodies of flesh.”

So as of tonight, we seven of your elders …., have been led to put this false doctrine out of our spiritual house.”

This is patently false doctrine spoken above as these men have been blinded to see the Truth.

Eph 5:11  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

Eph 5:13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

We are reproving these unfruitful works of darkness that are an incredible departure from the sound principles in this reasoning over the resurrection.  Seeing only the letter and not the spirit in the words of Scripture, these men who left our fellowship, now have an ever-growing list of words God spoke that are no longer applicable to themselves in this age.

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. 

Eze 12:26  Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 

Eze 12:27  Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off

Eze 12:28  Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; There shall none of my words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done, saith the Lord GOD. 

Who are we going to believe, those people whose “vision that he sees is for many days to come” or the Lord who says “there shall none of my words be prolonged any more”?

As painful as it is, we must recognize that these men with whom we once broke bread are overcome by the spirit of Babylon where many foul spirits make their habitation.

Rev 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 

Rev 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 

To the carnally minded, the resurrection of judgment has become another variant of the lie of eternal torment.  Such an event is only put upon those evil people over there and out in the future with no personal (IS) application to us. 

When we are given to see and understand the deep things of the spirit, the principle of “the dream is one” becomes clear.  Different events and details are speaking of the old man vs new man which is the same One Event the Lord is working in our lives and will work in all men in due time.  This principle goes back to the beginning where the Lord begins to teach His servants.

Gen 41:25  And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do.

Gen 41:26  The seven good kine (cows) are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one.

The Lord’s process to remake men into His image is one.

Eph 4:4  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 

Eph 4:5  One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

All things written are lived out by all men and all are working together for the greater good (Rom 8:28) and become an integral part of raising up all men (resurrecting them) to be alive with Christ.  This is the greatest blessing and the great reward because it is what is making us holy into the very image of God.  The blessing of the First Resurrection is to live the life of Christ, reigning in righteousness within.

Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

The Second Coming of Christ Within

Our witness for the Lord comes in two halves, signifying our whole testimony and experience in Christ. Our witness for Christ is living the two distinct steps that together are the one event.  For example, we know there is only ONE BAPTISM (Eph 4:5) yet we are told the details of two baptisms.  The dream truly is one.

Heb 6:1 (NKJV)  Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 

Heb 6:2 (NKJV)  of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 

These baptisms speak of the same mystery regarding the shadow and the truth that all men must live.  The resurrections are like the baptisms, the shadow and then the reality, the entire process of both being the one event that is saving us when we fulfill those words.

 For example, there is a baptism of water and a baptism of fire.  Our living both of them in order is the one event and living by every word of God.

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

We first only get the baptism of John, which is our baptism of water. The baptism of John is a type of the true water and true bread which is to come later. It is in the church in the wilderness where we learn the letter of the Law. This is where we repent outwardly and focus on cleaning the outside of the cup, but our inner man (the inside) is yet to be cleansed.

Mat 23:25  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

Mat 23:26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

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.

This is the state we are in when our old man is raised in the resurrection to judgment (reserved for judgment).

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.

We focus on outward righteousness only.  But the Lord sees our hearts, and says…within [you] are full of extortion and excess…within [you are] full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness…within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

With the planks (error in doctrine) now removed, we can preach and live the gospel which is by faith walking into the Lake of Fire (Rev 1:15), carrying our cross and dying to death.  We have been drawn out of the “shadow of death” and are now able to abide in the marvelous light which is performing the second death within us.

Psa 107:14  He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder. 

Psa 107:15  Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! 

We are now rejoicing that Christ has come and shined light on our error.

Luk 1:76  And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; 

Luk 1:79  To give light [bring the true fire] to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. 

The precious few the Lord is dragging to Himself have been appointed to live through seven plagues and have their beast, false prophet and the father of their man of sin (the Devil/Satan) cast into the Lake of Fire.  This is the gospel that we must now preach only as we live it out in our own lives, bearing the fruit of the spirit.

Rom 15:18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles (our flesh) obedient, by word and deed,

To partake of Christ’s holiness, we must move beyond the shadow.

Heb 10:1  For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 

This two-step process of the shadow first then the truth (spiritual reality) is how the Lord is transforming us, destroying the old man and raising up the new man.  The truth is hidden in the Scriptures and only unlocked using the sound principles of rightly dividing the Word of Truth.  Coming to see this principle will open one’s understanding to the IS, WAS and WILL BE progression bringing us unto a mature man in Christ.

2Co 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Rom 1:17  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Joh 1:16  And of his fulness have all we received, and grace… [to] grace.

Joh 1:17  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
2 Cor 4:16  For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

The Shadow and the True Resurrection – We Live Both

To attain to the first resurrection that is in Christ (Joh 11:25), we must live out the resurrection of damnation before we can live out the resurrection of life. Our fallen brethren have been led astray by the error of their carnal minds and seeing only the letter and totally misappropriating the following verses.

Dan 12:2  And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 

Dan 12:3  And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever

Joh 5:28  Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 

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

Both of these resurrections (the shadow and spiritual reality) are ours as are all things written.

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

1Co 3:22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;

The carnal mind and lies of Babylon have men putting the resurrection of damnation or everlasting shame out on those wicked and less blessed people than ourselves.  That is, of course, nothing more than an insidious remake of the same old lie we learn in Orthodoxy regarding the false doctrine of eternal hellfire.  Denying we live the resurrection of damnation and the Second Death and Lake of Fire is the same error we previously escaped from to which our brethren have now returned.

2Pe 2:22  But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. 

Pro 26:11  As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

The details of the one event are hidden in dark sayings and parables.

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

Let’s first define the Greek word for Resurrection:

Pronunciation: an-as’-tas-is
Definition: From G450; a standing up again that is (literally) a resurrection from death (individual general or by implication (its author)) or (figuratively) a (moral) recovery (of spiritual truth): – raised to life again resurrection rise from the dead that should rise rising again.
KJV Usage: resurrection (39x), rising again (1x), that should rise (1x), raised to life again (with G1537) (1x).

Said another way, a resurrection is simply a RAISING UP.

The next question that must always be asked is: what are we raised up to? All men, beginning with the Elect must appear for that raising up:

2Co 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Like all the workings of God, we are first given a figure or a type and shadow of that which is to come. The true light, true resurrection is fulfilled in Christ by us first living the type and shadow which is the resurrection of damnation.

Resurrection of Damnation Comes First

At the appointed time, God begins the two-step process (the shadow then the reality) to raise us up to a better Life in the Spirit. This is the first and second coming of Christ with the water and then the fire that has us following Him to the Second Death which results in us being blessed and made holy in the First Resurrection.

An outline of the event is this:

  1. The first raising up (resurrection) is FROM the Sea to the Earth. We will take a closer look scripturally how the Lord works that resurrection.
  2. The Second raising UP is from the earth to the third Heaven, the manifest presence of God in Christ in the Paradise of God.

Let us now search diligently the Scriptures whether these things be so.

Dan 12:2  And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, [#2] some to everlasting life, and [#1] some to shame and everlasting contempt

“Some” is not dividing Mankind into different groups ‘out there’. Both awakenings are fulfilled in every man the same way there are two kinds of baptism within every man at their appointed time.

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 [#2] and unjust [#1]

In these hidden parables of the Lord, the first shall be the last and the last first.  First the natural which is the type or shadow and only then the spiritual application is fulfilled in our life.

1Co 15:46  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 

1Co 15:47  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 

The last resurrection is indeed the First Resurrection in the eyes of God who has declared the end of all things from the very beginning.

“Some” #1 is the old man awakened to living by the oldness of the letter whose end is death.  This is our first baptism by water where we are given the oracles of God (the Law) but have yet to receive Christ, the fire, that then begins our overcoming process.

“Some” #2 is the New Man in the Newness of life, manifesting that life through the death of the old man. This resurrection is the second coming of Christ within us for salvation apart from sin (Heb 9:27-28).  It is the fire that brings life through dying with Christ.

When we are first raised up to the resurrection of damnation, we must first discern what realm of the spirit we are raised from. All resurrections are from the grave [hades].

Our “grave” is simply when we were in the Sea of flesh, having not the Law. When we were uncalled, that is, we have not come to know Christ after the flesh at all, death still reigns in us but sin has not yet been imputed.

Satan is still shut up in the bottomless pit.

Rom 5:13 For until the law sin was in the world: […=sin was in our lives ruling us….] but sin is not imputed when there is no law

Before we are called of God and come to know Christ after the flesh, we have not been given the ‘Bible’, the oracles of God in our hearts yet. Even the “letters” has not even come alive yet.

Rom 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, [=without the Law] who is the figure of him that was to come.

“Even over them” for example includes all outside of Christianity, not called to Christ after the flesh yet, who have not the Law of Moses.  This is our natural state “without the Law” from birth. The 1,000 year reign of Christ upon our earth has not yet begun.

Rom 2:12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; 

Rom 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. 

Rom 2:14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, 

do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 

Gentiles are signified in the Book of Revelation as “the dead”…” in the Sea”. The sea will give up its dead too but there’s a process.

Rom 2:15 (NKJV)  who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them)

Gentiles without Law is all of mankind who are beasts (Ecc 3:18) living in the sea of flesh and carnal mind devoid of the knowledge of God.  The only thing guiding us in this realm of death is ….”the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts accusing or else excusing them.

That is all men first being as dumb Gentiles….”without the Law”.

1Co 12:2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.

This is us as the Beast in the Sea.

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

The raising up (our resurrection) from the Sea to the Earth…(think within) is our receiving of the Law. This is the resurrection of damnation which is a resurrection to judgment and which is also the beginning of our earth within to be ruled and reigned over by the Lord for 1,000 symbolic years (the millennium).

All men who are beasts will in time be raised up into this resurrection of damnation (reserved unto judgment).   But at this stage of our resurrection, we are still dead unto God being yet carnal and living under the law of sin and death.

2Ti 3:5  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

2Ti 3:6  For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

2Ti 3:7 Ever learning [from the law], and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

This resurrection is done practically when the Lord gives us the Law.  This is how the Lord raises up Israel from all the nations of the earth and separates them (us) from the rest of mankind that remains dead in the sea of flesh.

Rom 3:1  What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? 

Rom 3:2  Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.

As natural brute beasts, we are given “life” but this is only the shadow or type of life at first.  This “life” is not the life of the righteousness of God, but rather a “life” that manifests the righteousness of what we are given, the righteousness of the Law.


Php 3:6 (NKJV)  concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

Mar 10:20  And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.

Mar 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

The Law is what causes us, imputes on us to fulfil this word of the Lord ….”and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”

This now risen beast still has life which is why we later see this beast cast “alive” into the Lake of Fire (Rev 19:20).   At this stage we are a beast who has received the Law and entered into our symbolic 1,000 year reign of death within.

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.

This beast has received the Wound, the oracles of God. It is a religious beast that follows the Lamb, strength like a lamb…all after the flesh.

This is our knowing Christ after the flesh which is our resurrection of damnation.  The outside of our cup is clean but we remain deceived despite the fire from heaven and the miracles we are given to perform.

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. 

Rev 13:13  And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 

Rev 13:14  And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live

This is the shadow of the true resurrection of Christ that all men live out beginning with the Elect in this age.  We think we are alive but we are still dead in our sins.

1Ti 5:6  But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.

Rom 7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.

This is how evil, transgressions, wrath are being treasured up in us, imputed by the Law.

Rom 4:15 Because the law worketh wrath:[=damnation] for where no law is, there is no transgression.

Those that have done evil are you and me, raised from the grave in the sea now on the earth and given the Law, the oldness of the letter, the baptism of John that reveals in us shame, contempt, carnality and dishonour. This resurrection to damnation is our Romans 7 experience.

Rom7:8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. [=I was a Gentile beast without Law, sin was dead to me…as there is nothing to transgress.] 

Rom 7:9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, [= THIS IS THE Resurrection of damnation—->] and I died. 

This death is ‘the awakening’ of the depth of evil that lives in the old man and begins to shine the light onto the hidden presumptions and invisible sins we were not even aware of in our lives.

Rom 7:13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me [=condemnation/damnation] by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

Psa 19:12  Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.

Psa 19:13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

1Pe 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, [=Peter, a physical Jew,  is speaking primarily of spiritual sins here wrought by the Law...] when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:

The giving of the Law to us is what brings us under condemnation and/or contempt, that is, under the 1000 year reign upon the Earth (within).

2Co 3:7  But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:

We must NEVER forget what God does is Good. The resurrection to the earth from the Sea in spirit has its own glory, cleaning the outside of the cup, overcoming outward/ overt sins etc. But there is a more excellent, better resurrection to come.

2Co 3:8  How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? 

2Co 3:9  For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. 

The ministration of condemnation is the same thing as the resurrection to condemnation. Both reveal our sin.   

There is something much better coming, that far exceeds the glory of the first raising up.  This is the better resurrection that is bringing forth the true fruit of righteousness and age-abiding life with the Lord.  This is the First Resurrection whereby we are given a crown of life which is having the mind of Christ.  The shadow of the resurrection of Christ is the resurrection to damnation. This is the reason and purpose the Lord gives us the Law as we live out the Millennium awaiting our day of the Lord.

Gal 3:19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

We are given the law to raise us up to “the Earth”, to treasure up wrath, to bring shame and contempt and gives an occasion for the next raising up to “the third heaven”. This is part of us learning to discern good from evil through this contrast.

Gal 3:22  But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. 

Gal 3:23  But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 

Gal 3:24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 

The Book of Revelation tells of this same mystery using signified words.

Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years [=concluded under sin]

Rev 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

 When the 1,000 years is fulfilled, we are prepared for war in heaven to bring an occasion to overcome and fully destroy the beast, false prophet and the Devil and all his evil angels within us.  Their destruction will only take place in the Lake of Fire when they are cast “alive” into lake which is the Second Death.

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. 

The resurrection of damnation is us being raised from Gentiles without the Law to Gentiles with the Law. We are “alive” but walking in the flesh, under tutors and governors until the 1,000 years are fulfilled/expired upon the Earth.

Gal 4:2  But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 

Gal 4:3  Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: 

Gal 4:4  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 

The resurrection unto damnation, unto the ministry of death/condemnation is/was fulfilled in our lives through our old man waxing more corrupt by the Law.

Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh,[=under the law of sin and death] fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Conclusion Part 1

If we are found faithful in this age, we will be moved on to the better resurrection and fulfill all the Words of God by living out the resurrection of life that follows our resurrection to damnation.  It has been demonstrated that the “Resurrection of damnation” is just the shadow of the true resurrection that comes only in our appointed day of the Lord which is after we have been ruled over by the Law for our symbolic 1,000 years within.

Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make [is making, the process] man in our image, after our likeness: [=the shadow, first Adam is flesh. Revival of old man within us for us to comprehend him] and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

In the appointed time for each, we move from the shadow into the true and one resurrection known as the “resurrection of life”, “resurrection of the just” which is the blessed and holy First Resurrection.  This is where we become the express image of His being.

Heb 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

1Co  15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy [first, the shadow], we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

Next Sunday, Lord willing, the focus will be on the resurrection to life, which is the better resurrection and which is the end of all things being the First Resurrection.

Studies

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.

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.