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Sects in the New Testament

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Note:  This is an addendum to a prior post on Cult Accusations Against the Body of Christ. That post can be found here:  Cult Accusations Against Christ

Sects in the NT

 The Pharisees were considered a sect in the NT and so were the Sadducees:

Act 15:5  But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.

Act 5:17  Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation,

Paul was a Pharisee [Acts 26:5] in his youth and was also called a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes. Christ was called a Nazarene, from the city, Nazareth [Matt 2:23]. Paul was a follower of Christ, thus called a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.

Act 24:5  For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:

 Whilst in Rome as a prisoner, the Jews that came to Paul’s lodging, said this about the sect of the Nazarenes:

 Act 28:22  But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that everywhere it is spoken against.

But Paul also was under the Nazarite vow. Let us now briefly consider being under the vow of the Nazarites as given by the Lord through Moses [Num 6:1-2], seeing that Paul took the vow of a Nazarite, coming out from under this vow as he was maturing in Christ. We know that Paul in his earlier walk was keeping the feasts [Acts 18:21] and purifying himself signifying the accomplishment of the days of purification [Acts 21:26]. He was under the vow of the Nazarites, separating himself unto God.

Act 18:18  And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.

This typifies us, as babes in Christ [1Co 3:1-4]. The Nazarite vow typifies the immature carnal zeal which is typical of carnal babes in Christ. A Nazarite makes his zeal known to all, by separating himself through a vow [Num 6:2]. He wants everybody to know that he is not like other men looking down on the publican [Luk 18:11]. We notice the three requirements of this vow [shadow] and what this is spiritually representing to us, Christ’s sons.

1] The Nazarite was forbidden to drink wine or strong drink or touching anything made of the fruit of the vine.

Num 6:3  He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried.

This sounds so special. Here is the NT witness or parallel to this exclusiveness:

1Co 1:4  I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;

1Co 1:5  That in everything ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

1Co 1:6  Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

1Co 1:7  So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: 

But is this holiness really so glorious or is there something that excels?

2Co 3:6  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

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:

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.

2Co 3:10  For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.

As spiritual Nazarites at the beginning of our walk, we too, do many wonderful works under this vow [type] [Matt 7:22-23] while we spiritually walk this out in our immaturity. We are blind as bats, as Samson, the lifelong Nazarite [Judges 13:5], whose eyes were put out [Judges 16:21] to then see, being made blind first [John 9:39-41, NT parallel]. Paul was three days without sight [Acts 9:9]. The symbolism of not being permitted to drink, eat or touch anything concerned with the vine tree or the fruit of the vine, is the symbol of Christ and His Words [Matt 26:26-29].

Luk 22:20  Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

Joh 15:4  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

Joh 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

After the days of our separation [type and shadow], we now partake of the fruit of the vine. We are now mature enough to partake of Christ, eat His meat and drink His blood [John 6:53].

2] The Nazarite could not cut the locks of his hair [Num 6:5] which symbolizes his own self-righteous works.

We know we have to exceed the righteousness of the law.

Mat 5:19  Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Mat 5:20  For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

 What is the spiritual reality for us, after our vow [type] is fulfilled [when we mature in Christ]? We can cut our hair and live by a much more mature law. The symbolism of not being permitted to cut one’s hair, short hair being the symbol of the man who is the head of the woman, means in the spiritual language that Christ’s Spirit in us is ruling over our souls. This only comes as we are maturing through much sorrow of having fiery trials.

 1Co 11:3  But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

1Co 11:4  Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.

 1Co 11:14  Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? 

 3] The Nazarite could not touch a dead body until the days of his vow was fulfilled.

Num 6:6  All the days that he separateth himself unto the LORD he shall come at no dead body.

Num 6:7  He shall not make himself unclean for his father, or for his mother, for his brother, or for his sister, when they die: because the consecration of his God is upon his head.

 As spiritual Nazarites in type and shadow, we, are not able to eat all things or esteem every day alike at the beginning [Rom 14]. But as maturing sons, we reckon ourselves dead with Christ, dying daily [1Co 15:31] [Gal 2:20] and make ourselves unclean for Christ’s Body [type and shadow] filling up what is behind of the afflictions of Christ.

Rom 6:11  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Col 1:24  Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church

 Paul, as a Nazarite, in the beginning, did not understand that the Lord is making Himself one new man and only whilst in Rome, not being under this vow anymore, now declares these Words:

Eph 2:11  Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

Eph 2:12  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

Eph 2:13  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Eph 2:14  For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; ………. Eph 2:19   

 Coming out from under the Nazarite vow, all spiritual Nazarites Lord willing, will get past the need for any vows [type and shadow, when our separation is fulfilled] and will be made able and ready to follow Christ who says this concerning any vows:

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

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

Mat 5:36  Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

Mat 5:37  But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

 Summary

We, as the sons of God, members of the many membered body of Christ, only have the Truth and His Spirit to ward off the fiery darts of our enemies. The Words of Christ never puts us to shame. Christ’s Words are Life [John 6:63]. The carnal world does not understand the Truths we hold and cherish [Joh 12:38].

2Co 13:8  For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

Dan 12:9  And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

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

We, as the true Bride of Christ, are not members of a cult, but reformers as is Christ because as He is, so are we [1 John 4:17]. We rest in Him because He is our Sabbath.

 

Studies

The Coming War With the Midianites

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Note:  Audio recording had technical error and will need to be redone.  A great discussion lost but that too all the Lord’s doing

For Our Admonition 14

 “The Coming War With the Midianites”

Key Verses: Jdg 6:1 – Jdg 6:10

We continue in the book of Judges and begin looking at the story of Gideon.  This will be a multi-part study with many spiritual lessons contained in the signified words of Judges Chapters 6-8 as the Midianites subdue the land and the Lord uses this evil to teach and admonish Israel.  The pattern of the prior judge dying off and the children of Israel soon returning to doing evil repeats itself.

Jdg 6:1  And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years. 

Jdg 6:2  And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds

Jdg 6:3  And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them; 

Jdg 6:4  And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass. 

Jdg 6:5  For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it. 

Jdg 6:6  And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the LORD. 

Jdg 6:7  And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD because of the Midianites, 

Jdg 6:8  That the LORD sent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage; 

Jdg 6:9  And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their land; 

Jdg 6:10  And I said unto you, I am the LORD your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice. 

 We should be noticing a pattern and Lord willing begin to apply this in our walk.  Our oppression and vexation by heathen enemies is the punishment (curse) for our disobedience. This is the grace of God in action, the experience of evil that is humbling us (Ecc 1:13 CLV).

Deu 28:20  The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me.

These wicked inward (and outward) nations are part of His sword that will be used for good and turning the hearts of Israel back to the Lord.  Nothing is being wasted as the Lord makes wicked people and creates evil all for the good of His people.

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

The Lord’s answer to us (Israel) doing evil is to send more trouble to us to enslave us further.

Isa 45:7  I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

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

To turn the hearts of a rebellious and disobedient Israel (you and me) the Lord is sending the wicked to bring us to our wits end where we cry out for deliverance and learn obedience.

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Tit 2:12  Teaching (chastening) us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Like the Moabites, the Midianites are inward enemies, part of our own household of flesh, that must be overcome because they will keep us from walking by faith.   Their origins come from Midian, the son of Abraham’s concubine wife Keturah (Gen 25:1-2).  There are two seeds of Abraham, one of flesh and one of Spirit, but only the seed of Isaac is given the promise who are the chosen of God.  Our fleshly seed (old man) is being destroyed and in the process is being used to save the spiritual seed (the new man) in faith.

Rom 9:6  Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: 

Rom 9:7  Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.

Children of the East:

While the Midianites are central, this time of Israel’s history involved related nations all found to the east of Israel.  It was the Midianites who are also the Ishmaelites who buy Joseph (the new man in us) and take him to slavery in Egypt (Gen 37:28).  The offspring of Ishmael and Midian, both being sons of concubines are sent to dwell in the east signifying this separation with Israel who is given faith.  Men or children of the east are men of the FLESH versus the children of the Spirit of Christ who abide in the west.

Gen 25:6  But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country. 

The men and kings of the east (Rev 16:12) symbolize Babylon which is the seed of Abraham (called) but not the seed that is chosen and born of the Spirit.  It is in the east where we all must go (Isaac, Moses) when called of God and from where we will be called out (Gen 29:1, Exo 2:15, Rev 18:4) in the appointed time.  Children of the east are known for wisdom and are rich (Job) and increased of goods having many cattle and camels.

The Meaning of Midian:

The name Midian comes from a word of the same name that means contention and comes from H4066 that means strife and contention.

H4079, midyân, mid-yawn’A variation for H4066: – brawling, contention (-ous).

contentions, 4

H4066, mâdôn

strife, 7

contention, 3

contentious, 3

discord, 1

Midianites and Moabites go hand and glove and are aligned with our carnal mind that is always at enmity with the ways of the Lord (Rom 8:7).  The Midianites work with Moab, the Amalekites and other children of the east to curse Israel and cause Israel to sin.

Num 22:7  So the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the diviner’s fee in their hand, and they came to Balaam and spoke to him the words of Balak.

Num 31:16  Look, these women caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to trespass against the LORD in the incident of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD.

We are commanded to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ (2Co 10:3-5).  An Old Testament version of this command is this.

Num 25:17  Vex the Midianites, and smite them:

Num 25:18  For they vex you with their wiles, wherewith they have beguiled (seduced) you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi ….

If we do not obey the Lord, we will be recompensed with more evil and more enemies who will compass about us and cause us to err in judgment.

Hab 1:3  Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention. 

Hab 1:4  Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth

Being enslaved to the Midianites is another type and shadow of our being enslaved in Babylon.  Being enslaved to strife and contention is the manifestation of unbelief and a yet carnal mindset.  Unity is replaced by division, strife and envy.

1Co 3:3  For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

The fiery Word is necessary for judgment to burn all the wood and carnal mindedness up.

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

Pro 26:21  As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife. 

Strife and contention represent the mirror opposite of the peace and rest that those in the faith are to be dwelling.

Jas 3:14  But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.

Jas 3:15  This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.

Jas 3:16  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

Midianites in large numbers bring envy, pride and all works of the flesh to the forefront and thus are good in helping us examine ourselves and how we conduct ourselves in the house of God.

2Co 10:12  For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

Php 2:3  Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

Pride and envy and other such fleshly lusts and emotions stir up strife and discord and cause us to exalt ourselves and seek dominion over others including the new man within.

Pro 28:25  He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.

When the Midianites are strong in the land, Israel is unable to work the land and hides out in the dark caves and strong holds created by our defiled mindset.

Jdg 6:2  And the hand of Midian prevailed against Israel: and because of the Midianites the children of Israel made them the dens which are in the mountains, and caves, and strong holds

Jdg 6:3  And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, and the Amalekites, and the children of the east, even they came up against them; 

Jdg 6:4  And they encamped against them, and destroyed the increase of the earth, till thou come unto Gaza, and left no sustenance for Israel, neither sheep, nor ox, nor ass.

Midianites and their coalition partners (Amalekites, children of the east) take away all of Israel’s sustenance including their animals that work and provide food.  Such is the curse of our disobedience to the commands.

Deu 28:31  Thine ox shall be slain before thine eyes, and thou shalt not eat thereof: thine ass shall be violently taken away from before thy face, and shall not be restored to thee: thy sheep shall be given unto thine enemies, and thou shalt have none to rescue them.

When strife and contention is in control there is little good we can do for the Lord and our service is greatly diminished. Being bitter about our fiery trials and chastening is an attitude and thought pattern we are taking captive to bear fruit for God.

Heb 12:14  Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

Heb 12:15  Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

There is little produced for the Lord when the Midianites are in control of the Promised Land.  All of Israel’s (our) sustenance is taken away and we are unable to feed ourselves or others the Truth of the Lord.  Without any sustenance, we come into a place called Spiritual Gaza.  The name Gaza comes from a root word H5794 and H5810 that appropriately tells us of our demeanor and thought life when the Midianites within oppressing Israel are.  Being vehement, harsh, fierce and greedy are traits of our flesh and selfish carnal mindset that will suppress the fruit and good works the Lord demands of His people.

H5794, az

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

The Midianites presence in Israel removes the sheep, the oxen and the asses from Israel.  Midianite thoughts (spirits) are destroying and taking God’s people captive who are the sheep of His pasture (Psa 100:3).  Instead of feeding the sheep of the Lord (Joh 21), we all first go astray for a time becoming spiritual wolves instead that are devouring the sheep through covetousness and strife.

Eze 22:27  Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.

Deu 5:21  Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour’s wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour’s house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or anything that is thy neighbour’s. 

Midianites defile our heavens and earth and bring and keep SELF as our top priority.

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

Joh 10:12  But he that is an hireling (wolf), and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.

An ox is a symbol of the power and strength within us to increase our spiritual wealth and health.  The land within must be worked and tilled and the ox is the best spiritual animal the Lord has given to Israel to use (no horses allowed).

Pro 14:4  Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.

The Midianites spirits are causing us to err from the Lord and work the land (examining ourselves) and making the necessary corrections in our walk (Mat 7:5, 2Co 13:5).  Our ox falls into a ditch and is not returned (Exo 23:4) and Israel suffers a season of spiritual depravity. In a like manner, the asses or donkeys of the land are also found no more.  All of God’s people come into the Christ (the City of God) riding a young donkey which is representing of our beastly nature and already being humbled by trials that are dragging us to Christ (Joh 6:44).  We come meekly as little children to the living God.   That is the attitude we lose with Midianites in control.

Mat 21:5  Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.

The Midianites separate us from the brethren and bring division between us and Christ that oppress and vex us until the Lord brings deliverance.  Without any sheep, oxen or donkeys we are doomed to remain in bondage to our enemies.  We need the ability to walk in the Spirit or else we have no hope but to fulfill the lusts of our flesh.

Gal 5:16  This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

Gal 5:17  For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

Gal 5:19  Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

Gal 5:20  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies …

Whereas the lies of Babylon and the harlot are said to be 200 Million (Rev 9:16), the numbering of the Midianites is said to be without number.

Jdg 6:5  For they came up with their cattle and their tents, and they came as grasshoppers for multitude; for both they and their camels were without number: and they entered into the land to destroy it. 

Ultimately, the Midianites represent all mankind or the whole world in the same way we know Babylon is much more than just the orthodox churches of men.  Looking ahead we see a second witness to the “without number” count of this enemy and their camels.

Jdg 7:12  And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea side for multitude.

All of mankind represents both the sands of the sea (Rev 7:9) and the stars of heaven (Gen 15:5) that cannot be numbered and who are opposed to Christ, but will all be converted in the end (Gen 16:10). This whole world hates Christ and will come against us as Israel.

Joh 15:19  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

Cattle signify possessions or riches which are the lusts of the flesh (1Joh 2:15-16) that the Midianites within covet and trust in, versus the sure Words of the Lord.  The word for cattle H4735 is also translated as possessions and even the word substance as we see in Job 1:3 and 1:10.

Job 1:3  His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.

It takes judgment by a judge to bring the wrath and fire of the Word to awaken us to our sickened and naked “self-righteous” spiritual condition (Rev 3:17).  True riches, the kind the Lord loves is His righteousness that is the gold we are told to be buying in the fire of judgment.  Buying gold in this fire is our selling all that we own.  This is how we as the “rich young ruler” are learning to follow the Lord.

Luk 18:22  Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.

The land east of Israel in the natural is a dry and desert place which is a good fit for camels (Rom 1:20).  These large beasts carry our fleshly burdens and represent our carnal Babylonish thoughts.  Camels are also a symbol of worldly riches (store of fat and water) that are the outward righteousness of the law that impresses men but does not fool God (1Sa 16:7, 1Ki 10:2).  Gulping down this outward righteousness is how we swallow a camel.

Mat 23:24  Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

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.

Our camels are ultimately bowing down at the well of Christ when we are being given our new wife that is the Body of Christ (Gen 24:11).  The judgment upon the Midianites and the deliverance of Israel is a type and shadow of our self-righteous camel coming through the needle’s eye.

Luk 18:25  For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Luk 18:27  And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

We have learned in other studies that lies and false doctrines are the locusts (grasshoppers as used here) that blot out the truth and keep us focused on carnal things.  Such is the mindset of a Midianite that are in the promised land without number.  Gideon and all of the Lord’s judges have a gigantic task in front of us to subdue a gigantic Midianite army within and convert all men without when we judge the world in the lake of fire.  We know from the rest of Gideon’s story, that this enemy without number is conquered using a very small army (a little flock) of 300 men (1%) that was winnowed down from an initial 30,000.

Jdg 7:7  And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place.

As we are being dragged to Christ, our spiritual impoverishment will torment us, and we will cry to the Lord for deliverance from our flesh and salvation from the Midianite oppression.

Jdg 6:6  And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the LORD. 

Jdg 6:7  And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD because of the Midianites, 

Jdg 6:8  That the LORD sent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage; 

Jdg 6:9  And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drave them out from before you, and gave you their land; 

Jdg 6:10  And I said unto you, I am the LORD your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice.

The Lord answers our cries and sends a messenger to speak the Word of truth and remind us of the many miracles and progress we have already made in coming out of Egypt (the world) and making it into the Promised Land.  Coming out the world’s (Egypt’s) bondage is a great beginning but there is more to being free in Christ.  We must also come out of Babylon and be freed from the oppressions of the lies and false doctrines of the world that masquerade as religion and self-righteousness.  The prophet is only the preparation stage of our baptism by fiery trials.  Christ and a Judge must follow and that is when the real war begins, and the land is reclaimed.

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:

All men dwell in the land of the Amorites (Canaan – Gen 10:16) which are these clay vessels which are marred and made carnal by God’s sovereign design (Psa 51:5, Jer 18:4).

Eze 16:3  And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto Jerusalem; Thy birth and thy nativity is of the land of Canaan; thy father was an Amorite, and thy mother an Hittite.

It is by coming to know our marred origins and through the hope of our promised salvation that we are in the process of being saved in this age.

Rom 8:20  For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

We are told to “fear not” the Amorites which is our fearing men and not the Lord.  The Lord telling us here of our disobedience is to link the invasion of the Midianites to our disobedience.  This is an OT way of representing the grace of God that is saving us from our sins and working righteousness in our day of judgment.  The sooner we are given to fear the Lord and obey Him, the quicker the land is being cleansed and peace restored to Israel.

Rom 5:20  Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace (wars, fire, tribulations, etc) did much more abound:

A judge and savior are needed and is coming to cleanse the land of the Midianites. The Lord calls upon Gideon to do His mighty works in ridding Israel of the Midianite invaders that have impoverished Israel.  We will look further into the escapades of Gideon in future studies.

Jdg 6:11  And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.

Jdg 6:12  And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.

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

Your brother in Christ,  Pete

FAQS

Cult Accusations Against the Body of Christ

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The way of Jesus Christ truly is very narrow and the gate is straight and there are few that will find that way.

Mat 7:13  “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.
Mat 7:14  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Following this narrow way that few find, will have us being accused of being in a cult by those not given ears to hear and eyes to see.  Other times, when we give answers for our joy by those given to ask us, the seed of truth given is initially received with joy by those the Lord puts in our path.   Yet more often than not, those sown seeds are quickly eaten up by the adversary who works in the minds (heavens) of all mankind.

Mat 13:19  When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

A very common way this manifests itself is when the carnally minded friends and influencers, blinded by the false doctrines of their Babylonian churches, make the charge that our fellowship group, the little flock of Jesus Christ scattered around the whole world is a cult.  Such a baby hearing the truth, without the sufficient measure of the gift of faith from the Lord and the ability to discern spirits s easily led right back into Babylonian deception.   These experiences actually all work for good, because they separate out those that are not yet prepared and whose time to come to know the truth is not yet.

Joh 10:3  To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
Joh 10:4  And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.
Joh 10:5  Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”

If one cannot discern the truth and hear the voice of the Christ in us and instead follows the voice of the antichrist in a stranger, they are not of the Lord.

Luk 10:16  He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.”

It is the calling of the true church, the one Body of Christ to endure these trials and these false cult accusations.  We know that it is 100% all of the Lord whether one is added to the church or not and whether one is given to receive the truth or not.

Act 2:46  And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
Act 2:47  Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved

Act 13:48  And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.

Mat 13:11  He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.

To help the new ones in the faith, it is helpful to be able to refute and affirm as the case may be the characteristics of the Body of Christ.  To achieve that objective, we will now look at the 25 common traits of real cults and show the truth about the  Body of Christ.  As fellow believers, of one mind and one baptism of the many-membered Body of Christ, we all believe the same thing, the written Word. We are to be ready to give an answer to all those asking of us.

Pe 3:15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

So, let us look at what the carnal world defines as a cult and see what Christ teaches about this. The list of attributes of a cult is taken from a college course called “The Psychology of Fundamentalism” offered by the University of Texas. Their statements are in red.

1.The leader is charismatic and often militaristically demanding. There is nothing charismatic to those in the world about being weak and foolish which is the most common trait of those in the Body of Christ.  Loving our enemies and being subject to the higher powers put over us, is not appealing to flesh.

1Co 1:23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

1Co 1:26 – 29 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:  But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;  And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.

Mat 5:43 -44 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

 Rom 13:1  Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 

 2. The leader is always right. Christ says we become all things to all men in order to save some. In order to do this, we have to die to self, daily.   All the elders make mistakes, nobody has been perfected yet.  A true leader in Christ leads by example and is humbled and thankful for correction.

Pro 11:14  Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

1Co 9:19 -22 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;  To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

2Pe 1:20  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation

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

3. Elitism, the leaders treated as royalty or a sense of awe, hierarchical, authoritarian power structure. We esteem those that labor in the Word and are helpers of each other’s joy, we hate the Nicolaitan spirit which lords over others and obey our elders because they watch for our souls.

1Th 5:12-13  And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;  And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

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

Rev 2:14 -15 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

1Ti 5:17  Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.

Heb 13:17  Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

4. Lower members get no respect or get abused. Christ teaches us to look out for all, submitting one to another and regard those that are less honorable with more honor.

Php 2:2-4  Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

Eph 5:21  Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

1Co 12:23 -24 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.  or our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:  

 5. Leaders are not held accountable for his actions or the actions of his authority structure. Christ teaches we work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. Christ admonishes us that we all give an account of ourselves to God.

1Ti 5:19-20  Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

Jas 3:1  My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

Php 2:12-13  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Rom 14:11-12   For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.  So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

 6. The leader will not tolerate or receive criticism, but leader criticizes all others. We do not argue with weaker brethren in the faith but receive them where they are at. We do not judge them but love them which is to teach them the doctrine of Christ.

Rom 14:1  Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

Rom 14:13-17  Let us not therefore judge one another anymore: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.  I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.  But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably.  Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.   Let not then your good be evil spoken of:  For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

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

 7. There is no exit. It is true that if Christ is choosing us, we are His, chosen before the world began.  Those who stay or leave all do so at the Lord’s choosing and there is no coercion by anyone.

1Pe 2:9-10  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:  Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

Joh 15:16  Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

1Co 11:19  For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you

 8. If members exit they are considered rebellious, out of the will of a higher power or the leader. When members leave, they were never one of us, Christ’s Words are never-fading away, they are Spirit and Life [John 6:63]. Christ works all matters to His will.

1Jn 2:18-19  Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.  They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

Eph 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

 9. Members do not have any association with members that have left the group. These are Christ’s Words in 2 John 1:8, we do not go beyond what is written.  The way is narrow and the people of God are being made obedient to these commandments no matter how the world hates them or thinks they are mean.

2Jn 1:8-11  Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.  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.   If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:   For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

Mat 18:17  And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

Tit 3:9 -11 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.  A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;  Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.

 10. There are no graduates from the program or group, just deserters or evil people. Those that leave have not the Spirit of Christ. It is Christ giving us age-abiding life, we have nothing to do with it. If we endure, we are being saved, all by Christ’s design. People leaving us, do not have the Spirit of Christ because of His design.

Jud 1:17-19  But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

Joh 10:27 -28 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

11. There is cult speak (a language many others cannot understand). Christ’s parables and the revelation of Jesus Christ is a mystery according to Christ. His wisdom is being made known through His Church only.  It’s true that those in the Body know things and speak things the world does not understand.

Mat 13:34-35  All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

1Co 2:7-10  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:  Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

Luk 8:9-10  And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?  And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

Rom 16:25-26  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,  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:

Eph 3:8 -10 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;  And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:  To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

 12. Personal attacks on critics or those who are not in the group. We are admonished to not speak evil of one another or of no man.

Tit 3:1-2 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.

Jas 4:11 -12 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.  There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?

Eph 5:3 -7 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.  For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.  Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.  Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

13. Solidarity within themselves, no outside allegiance or association. Christ teaches that He has left Himself a remnant of His people. All that are His are being drug (Joh 6:44) to become members of His Body and they go through much tribulation to enter into the Kingdom of God.

Rom 11:5  Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

Act 14:22  Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

2Co 6:15 -17 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.   Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

 14. Use of guilt to manipulate members. Our consciences are purged from dead works from carnal selves to serve Christ. There is no manipulation in love.

Rom 13:7  Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

Heb 9:14-15  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?  And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

Col 3:12-14  Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.   And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

Job 15:12-13  Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do thy eyes wink at, That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest such words go out of thy mouth?

 15. The leaders of the group are self-absorbed. Christ wants everything if we are His.  The Lord demands preeminence in all things.  Loving the Lord with all our heart, mind and  soul takes real actions contrary to the ways of the world and the carnally minded.

Mat 10:34-38  Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.  For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.  And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.  He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.   And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

1Jn 2:15-16 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

 Jas 4:4  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

16. Instant community. Very few have eyes to see and ears to hear, we have no choice in the matter, faith is a gift.

1Jn 4:4-6  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.  They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 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.

Luk 15:7  I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

17. Members unable to tell the truth. We worship in Spirit and truth which is no lie.

Joh 4:24  God is Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Joh 16:13-15  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.  He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

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

1Jn 2:20-21  But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

 18. Money grubbing. Our leaders lead by being examples and of a ready mind.

2Th 3:7-10  For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:  Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.   For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

1Pe 5:2-3 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

1Ti 6:6-10  But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.  And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.  But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

19. Newcomers don’t “think right” and need to be trained. It takes a fiery process to be made righteous. Christ is the Head of His Church.

Heb 5:13-14 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Joh 1:17  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

1Pe 2:2  As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

Rom 14:1  Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

 20. System of punishment and reward. We are not under the law but under grace.

Rom 6:14-17  For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

Joh 7:24  Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

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

21.  Cults exhibit Intrusiveness; meaning they get into the face and intimate details of the other members.  

Joh 2:17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.

Mal 3:16  Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.

2Ti 4:1-2  I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

Heb 10:24-25 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

 22.  Sense of powerless, dependency, covert fear, guilt. We have the assurance of Christ’s promises.

Heb 10:22-23  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 

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

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

23. Members and leaders are imbalanced or mentally ill. We have a sound mind. We are not of this world, having the carnal mind of the world.

2Ti 1:6-7 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Joh 17:14-16  I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.   They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

Joh 10:20  And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?

Joh 15:20  Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

 24. Thought stopping language, clichés, or slogans. The sons of Christ stick to the written Word. We have eyes to see and ears to hear and speak in new tongues.

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

Mar 16:17  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 

Exo 4:11  And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?

 25. Demands of ultra-loyalty or ultra-trust in the group’s process and others. We need to be faithful to the end.

1Co 4:1-2  Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.  Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

Mat 24:13  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Joh 6:66-68  From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.

 Summary

 We, as the sons of God, members of the many membered body of Christ only have the Truth and His Spirit to ward off the fiery darts of our enemies. The Words of Christ never puts us to shame.

2Co 13:8  For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

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

 The carnally minded world does not understand the truths we hold and cherish.  In fact, they cannot know these truths because the Lord has blinded their eyes.

Dan 12:9-10  And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.  Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

Joh 12:38-40 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?  Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, 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.

The blindness and inability of the whole world to know these truths exist to this very day.  Coming to know this is the Lord’s will and work is part of us maturing in the faith.

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.

To those outside the covenant of faith, the true Body of Christ will have the appearance of being a cult because they are unable to see the truth. That was the way it was for the original disciples and that is the way it will be for us as well.  The Jews in Rome that spoke with Paul had heard all the negative things about the Body of Christ as it was thought of as a sect/cult by those yet carnal, in the world and blinded to the truth.

Act 28:22  But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken (evil) against. 

Act 28:23  And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.

Act 28:24  And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.

Remember it is not given to many to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God.  It is given to indeed very few.

 Mat 22:14  For many are called, but few are chosen.

Count it all joy to be persecuted and accused just as our Lord was.  Great is our reward in heaven now as we are blessed and our faith is being increased.  We are being made ready!

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Sanctification of the Promised Land

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For Our Admonition Part 13

“Sanctification of the Promised Land”

Key Verses: Judges 3:16 – 3:30

This is the second part of the story of Judge Ehud (See FOA Part 12 Here).  Ehud was raised up by the Lord to deliver Israel from the Moabite coalition with the Ammonites and Amalekites.  The promised land, the kingdom of God within us has been invaded and it is going to take the raising of one willing to be a warrior for God to bring freedom back to Israel.

2Co 3:17  For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 

With ears to hear and eyes to see, the coming of Christ raises us up a judge to give us power over our enemies and begin the many tribulations and wars we must live out inwardly.

Act 2:30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;

Those wars all originate from our flesh and its marred carnal nature.

Jas 4:1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?

We ended last week with verse 21 and Ehud thrusting the dagger into the belly of King Eglon.  Let’s backtrack some before we go further into the details of how this heathen king, representing our carnal mind and all the inherent fleshly lusts is vanquished from the Promised Land within us.

Jdg 3:16  But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it under his raiment upon his right thigh.

Jdg 3:17  And he brought the present unto Eglon king of Moab: and Eglon was a very fat man.

Jdg 3:18  And when he had made an end to offer the present, he sent away the people that bare the present.

Jdg 3:19  But he himself turned again from the quarries that were by Gilgal, and said, I have a secret errand unto thee, O king: who said, Keep silence. And all that stood by him went out from him.

Jdg 3:20  And Ehud came unto him; and he was sitting in a summer parlour, which he had for himself alone. And Ehud said, I have a message from God unto thee. And he arose out of his seat.

Jdg 3:21  And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly:

Jdg 3:22  And the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat closed upon the blade so that he could not draw the dagger out of his belly; and the dirt came out.

With Moabites in the promised land, there will not be the peace and freedom that only Christ ruling the land brings.  This story is a parable of the spiritual warfare we are waging in the kingdom of God within us.  There are lessons to be learned here (1Co 10:6, 11) as the Israel of God (the Body of Christ) strives to cleanse the land and sanctify the temple of God which temple we are (1Co 3:16).  Our old man who is of his father the devil (Joh 8:44) loves to eat the things of the flesh (i.e. dust – Gen 3:14) and is a very fat man.

Fat in the positive relates to the health of an animal and that is always given to the Lord.  Being strong in spirit is being fat in spirit but that requires us to be weak in the flesh and humbled by the word working judgment within us.

Psa 92:12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

Psa 92:14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; 

Fat in the negative is our following false doctrines, worshipping our beast and claiming God’s work as our work.  This is stealing the Lord’s glory and making ourselves as gods and is how we spiritually become a very fat man like King Eglon.  The God of the Moabites is Chemosh which means “to subdue” and specifically symbolizing putting us back into bondage to our carnal mind and flesh nature.

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

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

Solomon like us make the mistake of not separating from the world and allowing a strange woman and her 200 million carnal lies (Rev 9:16) to come into the land.  This is putting the beast that is a King Eglon back on the throne.

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

1Ki 11:8  And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.

Our spiritual fat, the increase given of the Lord, is always to be given back by being burned on the altar which is our sacrificed life and reasonable service (Lev 1:5-8, Rom 12:1).  It is the wicked within us, the enemies of our own house, our carnal mind that are the enemies of God.

Psa 17:9  From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.

Psa 17:10  They are inclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly.

Php 3:18  (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

Php 3:19  Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

Laying up treasures for ourselves (Luk 12:21) will lead us to forsake the Lord and install Eglon on the throne of our deceitful hearts.

Deu 32:15  But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.

Judge Ehud comes to confront Eglon bearing a present from the people of Israel.   This present is an offering [H4503] meaning a sacrifice to this heathen king.  This is a representation of us bowing down to the wisdom that the world teaches and not standing on the Word.  After being brought into the marvelous light, we are to leave that darkness behind and have no fellowship with those dead works within and without.

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

An appointed end comes to every man (is, was and will be) when we end the giving of sacrifices to the Moabite King that has invaded the land.  This requires us to repent and turn away from the god of Chemosh and then confront the Moabite king.  In this story, the KJV translators used the word “quarries” for the Hebrew word [H6456] that is otherwise always translated as graven, stone or carved image.  To judge righteously we are turning away from the lies and idols of heart that first ensnare us in lukewarmness and unbelief.  Quarries which are deep pits where the stone is mined fits the story especially when we think of the bottomless pit that is the sea of all flesh.  These deep-seated carnal lies keep us from seeing the truth by blotting out the true doctrines of Jesus Christ.  Eglon whose names means “bullock” is our fat and puffed up man of sin who is our beast and the offspring of Satan.  As the king of our inward rock quarry, the Moabite will find lie (locusts) after lie (locusts) to keep the new man (Israel) in bondage.

Rev 9:10 And they (the locusts) had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

Rev 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

The secret errand [H1697] of Ehud, is to speak the Word with power that comes when the dagger is thrust into the belly of our beast.  It is the Word which is judging us and destroying the king of Moab and all the Moabites from the land in our day of the Lord.  The greatest secret that nobody understands until it begins to happen is the revealing of this secret.

Col 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery (secret) among the Gentiles; which is Christ (The WORD of GOD) in you, the hope of glory:

This all takes place in the parlor [H5944], another symbol for the upper room and the heavens where the battle for control of our mind is taking place.  The fact it is also labeled a summer parlor [H4747] indicates it is judgment time (i.e. hot, fiery, a furnace of affliction) on the house of God.  A summer parlor is where one cools off and seeks to get away from the heat of summer which is spiritually the judgment and wrath of God on the old man.    The Lord will find us when judgment time is come and there is no place our old man can hide.  When the fiery sword or dagger comes to our belly (flesh), it comes suddenly and there is no escape.

1Th 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

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

There are instructive details on how Ehud slew the Moabite.

Jdg 3:21  And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly:

Jdg 3:22  And the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat closed upon the blade so that he could not draw the dagger out of his belly; and the dirt came out.

We covered the significance of using our left hand putting both the right and left to work to overcome our enemies.  The two-edged dagger here is the Hebrew word for sword [H2719] which in the positive is the Word of God that destroys God’s enemies within us by bringing judgment.  We also discussed the viciousness and renown fighting abilities of Benjamites last study.    We will focus on the gory details that follow as we look for further admonition and edification on applying this parable to our own lives and walk.  The Lord is giving us this gory detail for a reason.

Ehud thrust in the dagger with such force it went clean into Eglon’s belly even enclosing over the handle such that the dagger could not be drawn back out.  This exemplifies the viciousness we are to take in warring against our flesh and destroying our inward enemies.

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

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

To progress towards salvation, we have to be unwavering in our faith.  The whole counsel of God must be proclaimed and obeyed.

Act 20:27  For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

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

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

The Word of God in our bellies will bring out all the dirt and everything that defiles the temple of God.  The cleaning of the inside of our cup, the will of God, has commenced when the word is implanted into our bellies.  All will be revealed and come to the light.

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

Mat 15:18  But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

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

The second part of our study will cover what happens after the Moabite King has been killed.  Ehud took some additional actions that are instructive to our walk.

Jdg 3:23  Then Ehud went forth through the porch, and shut the doors of the parlour upon him, and locked them.

Jdg 3:24  When he was gone out, his servants came; and when they saw that, behold, the doors of the parlour were locked, they said, Surely he covereth his feet in his summer chamber.

Jdg 3:25  And they tarried till they were ashamed: and, behold, he opened not the doors of the parlour; therefore they took a key, and opened them: and, behold, their lord was fallen down dead on the earth.

Jdg 3:26  And Ehud escaped while they tarried, and passed beyond the quarries, and escaped unto Seirath.

Remember that Eglon was not in Moab. The Moabites are invaders (carnal fleshly lies) from across the Jordan River that have entered and our possessing the city of palm trees.  The Moabite king dwelling within us (Israel) is a mixed multitude mindset who spews out both blessings and cursing out of our mouth (Jam 3:10-11).  The Moabites must be locked out.

 Neh 13:1  On that day they read in the book of Moses in the audience of the people; and therein was found written, that the Ammonite and the Moabite should not come into the congregation of God for ever; 

Neh 13:2  Because they met not the children of Israel with bread and with water, but hired Balaam against them, that he should curse them: howbeit our God turned the curse into a blessing.

Neh 13:3  Now it came to pass, when they had heard the law, that they separated from Israel all the mixed multitude. 

Locking the doors to our upper chamber is guarding our gates.  Taking carnal thoughts captive that exalt themselves against Jesus Christ is a lifelong good fight of faith.

1Jn 5:20  And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

1Jn 5:21  Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

Opening or closing a door spiritually also speaks to opening or closing one’s understanding of the things of the spirit.  Those doors are locked or opened only by the Lord.

Rev 3:7  And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

It is by binding and loosing, locking and unlocking doors of understanding that the Lord confounds the wisdom of the wise.  The Moabites are without understanding (locked out) to the strange act of the Lord in exposing and destroying the man of sin sitting in the temple.  A time comes after much torment that the door is opened only to discover their king is dead.

Jdg 3:25  And they tarried [H2342] till they were ashamed: and, behold, he opened not the doors of the parlour; therefore they took a key, and opened them: and, behold, their lord was fallen down dead on the earth.

The word for “tarried” [H2342]  in Jdg 3:25 is better expressed as pained or confounded.  Such is the torment of our old man as we endure being shown the shame of our nakedness when the judge is in our upper chamber.   As we abide with the judges of the world to come who are the angels of the Lord and this very Body of Christ that are speaking words of fire in our last days.

Jer 30:23  Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain [H2342] upon the head of the wicked.

A well known NT witness of the torment and pain to the carnal mind within us.

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,(the Judge) and in the presence of the Lamb:

After a while, we are able to look behind us and the Lord unlocks the door so that we are given the understanding that our old man of sin, the King of Moab is dying and is dead and no longer the one leading us.

Gal 2:20  I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

This, of course, is an “is, was and will “ (i.e. a daily) process as the Moabites are always lurking nearby to the promised land as our own flesh and blood.  Escaping thru the midst we like Ehud we are able to move on and get beyond the false gods (our beast) we set up in our heavens that are the god of the Moabites and Ammonites (Chemosh and Molech).

1Ti 6:11  But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

1Ti 6:12  Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

The story concludes with Ehud escaping and seeking refuge with the children of Israel (aka the Body of Christ) in the high places of truth.

Jdg 3:26  And Ehud escaped while they tarried, and passed beyond the quarries, and escaped unto Seirath.

Jdg 3:27  And it came to pass, when he was come, that he blew a trumpet in the mountain of Ephraim, and the children of Israel went down with him from the mount, and he before them.

Jdg 3:28  And he said unto them, Follow after me: for the LORD hath delivered your enemies the Moabites into your hand. And they went down after him, and took the fords of Jordan toward Moab, and suffered not a man to pass over.

Jdg 3:29  And they slew of Moab at that time about ten thousand men, all lusty, and all men of valour; and there escaped not a man.

Jdg 3:30  So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land had rest fourscore years.

Blowing a trumpet in the mountain of Ephraim (means double fruit – i.e. good works) is leading our maturing mindset back into war (judgment) with the Moabites to finish off this enemy that has been delivered into our hand.  This applies to what we do inwardly in our own heavens but also to those who hear the words and the testimony of Jesus Christ in us.

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

Christ will in due time subdue the Moabites that surround the land within us.  That will come when they are measured (judged) by the plumbline that is in is working righteousness.

2Sa 8:2  And (David) he smote Moab, and measured them with a line, casting them down to the ground; even with two lines measured he to put to death, and with one full line to keep alive. And so the Moabites became David’s servants, and brought gifts.

It will take the rest of our lives to keep the land cleansed of the Moabites.  Living in these clay vessels ensures this enemy is always just around the corner.  Therefore, the entryways into the promised land are to always be guarded.  Carnal thoughts (Moabites) are to be immediately captured and killed.

2Ki 3:24  And when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and smote the Moabites, so that they fled before them: but they went forward smiting the Moabites, even in their country.

A NT witness of this no mercy policy against the carnal thoughts is this admonition.

2Co 10:3  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

2Co 10:4  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

2Co 10:5  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

The fords of the river towards Moab were taken and controlled by Israel. Henceforth for a season (Ecc 3:1), no Moabites could enter into the land.  This is our battle that is being waged in heaven against our own flesh.

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

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

It is a common number of 10,000 when speaking about the destruction of the enemies of Israel (2Ch 25:11, Jdg 1:4, Lev 26:8, etc).  This number is derived using 10 to the 4th power as the number four symbolizes the whole of whatever is the subject under discussion.  The number 10,000 symbolizes the destruction of all (the whole) flesh and is found by multiplying the number 10 that symbolizes the perfection of the flesh four times (10 x 10 x 10 x 10).   Flesh I s not good (Mar 3:18) and is never good enough to enter the kingdom of God (1Co 15:50).  It was created to be destroyed and by that process, a new vessel come forth.

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

We will in due time slay 10,000 (carnal lies/lusts) Moabites who will first make us unhealthy (fat in the negative) and keep us wise in our own eyes.   No carnal lie can stand in the presence of the Truth.  This is how we put 10,000 Moabites to flight and can quickly cleanse the land.

1Jn 2:21  I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

Luk 10:17  And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.

There is an entire 47 verse chapter of Jeremiah 48 devoted to the judgment of the nation of Moab.  The end will be the destruction of Moab as a new earth and a new heaven is made in our day of the Lord.  Cutting to the chase here is how it will end in the appointed time.

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

Jer 48:47  Yet will I bring again the captivity of Moab in the latter days, saith the LORD. Thus far is the judgment of Moab.

The story ends with Moab being subdued and the promised land returning unto rest for 80 years.  Entering into the rest of Christ requires us to work out our own salvation, making war in our heavens and taking the Moabites (our carnal thoughts and lusts) captive to the His commandments.  The war will both be outward with those we interact with but it will principally and always be applied inwardly as we are to be ready for battle every single day.

Mat 10:34  Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Mat 10:35  For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Mat 10:36  And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

We must endure these hardships and daily battles with the Moabites nations.  We will lose some battles just as Israel did but we will win the war if we endure and keep on getting right back up when we do fail (Pro 24:16).

Eph 6:11  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Being strong in the Lord requires us to engage in spiritual warfare using both hands like Ehud the Benjamite.  We must wage war against the Moabite nations and the fleshly lusts that wage war against our soul.

1Pe 2:11  Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

 

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