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Killing the Moabites Within Us

For Our Admonition Part 12

Killing the Moabites Within Us

Key Verses:  Jdg 3:12 – 3:16

As covered in the last study (Enemies Left in the Promised Land), the book of Judges illustrates the beginnings of our true spiritual life and the sanctification and victory over sin.  This victory only comes by a long process of many tribulations (Act 14:22) and many wars within us.

Mat 24:4  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

Mat 24:5  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Mat 24:6  And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

We see in Judges; the repeated cycle of Israel being enslaved to its enemies and then the Lord raising up a deliverer to destroy the enemy and bring freedom. The Lord is working good and evil within us to bring about His perfect will (Phi 2:13, Eph 1:11).  Victories over our enemies do come, yet we are being caused to fall back into sin as we await the coming of the Lord within us (2Th 2:3-4). In type, these experiences in Judges are the time we await the second coming of Christ who will henceforth lead us into all righteousness and conquer

Jdg 18:1 In those days there was no king in Israel: and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought them an inheritance to dwell in; for unto that day all their inheritance had not fallen unto them among the tribes of Israel.

Jdg 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

Doing the best we can with the limited resources the Lord has given us at this yet carnal stage, we do what is right in our own mind.

Last study we saw that the enemies of God are left in the land to further teach us and prepare us for the Lord’s fiery trials and chastening grace (Isa 26:9, Heb 12:6).  We are learning that the Word of God does indeed give us power over all our inward enemies, but as we will see in this study, we have to engage with both hands to act out our faith.  Let’s now look at the appointment of the second Judge, named Ehud and the activities going on in the Promised Land.  Othniel the first Judge has died and after a forty-year period of peace we read the following:

Jdg 3:12 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the LORD. 

Jdg 3:13  And he gathered unto him the children of Ammon and Amalek, and went and smote Israel, and possessed the city of palm trees. 

Jdg 3:14  So the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years. 

It is our man of sin, the lover of fleshly things who exalts himself against Christ.  This is the Moabite, the Ammonite, and the Amalekite within us that are just outside the Promised Land.  Moab is where the Lord renewed the covenant with Israel (Deu 29:1) and where Moses was shown the land and then died (Deu 34:5).  Moabites represent that which is born of flesh (Joh 3:6) which cannot inherit the Kingdom. Moab and Ammon came about from the incestuous relationship of Lot with his daughters (Gen 19:31-38).  In the history of Israel, Moab, Ammon, and Amalek (Esau) represent our own flesh and specifically the carnal mind and thoughts within.  That is where the war is being waged and where the man-child in us strives to grow up in the faith.

Mat 10:36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

These inward enemies are often subdued but they keep on coming back to tangle and confound the Israel of God.  These carnal thoughts are worldly thoughts and the way to overcome them is to obey the Lord who will then bless us (Exo 15:26) when we kill those lies in our heavens.

Rev 18:4  And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

These incestuous fleshly mindsets are forbidden to enter our land and be in the congregation of the Lord.  We must take captive the Moabites and Ammonites that sneak into the land within.

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

Judging righteous judgment is how the land is being possessed and dominion over flesh and our redemption given (Exo 6:6, Isa 1:27).  We learn to take captive these carnal thoughts that otherwise take Israel (us) captive.  These three nations and enemies are all to the east of Israel, signifying they are where we have come from (the world, being carnally minded), as we follow the Sun of Righteousness to the west and move onto maturity in the land of promise.  We see from the Sum of Scriptures that Israel is always at war with our flesh and the heathen nations the Lord is created for the purpose of trying our faith.  There is a Moabite around every corner to try us and to see if we walk in faith or allow our flesh to lead us.

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;

While the Moabites serve us in overcoming giants in the wilderness (Deu 2:9-10 – Anakims and Emims), they remain adversaries to Israel to give us many trials to bring us to perfection in our day of the Lord.  Pearls of great price and precious stones like the natural ones are only made through much friction (war, battles, irritation) and lots of heat and water (Rom 1:20)!

The name Moab comes from H1 “Father” and means “of his father” and as the product of incest means our carnally minded father, the devil (Joh 8:44).  Our natural and carnally minded flesh is at enmity with the ways of the Lord and have the devil as their father. Moab is a representation of the ten headed beast of our father, the devil, as they share many goals and ambitions.

Jer 48:29  We have heard the pride of Moab, (he is exceeding proud) his loftiness, and his arrogancy, and his pride, and the haughtiness of his heart.

This is, was and will be the mindset of the Jews who believed on Christ (Joh 8:31), who come behind in no gift (1Co 1:7), having been given the truth, but we are yet carnal (1Co 3:3) and are fornicating with this world and mixing truth and lies.  This mindset will seek to kill Christ and will keep us bound in unbelief being yet carnal for eighteen symbolic years.

Joh 8:40  But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham….

Joh 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

The second named nation working with Moab is Ammon which also links to our ungodly fornication (incest) with our own flesh (our father the devil) and not the Lord’s truth.

H5983, ‛ammôn, am-mone’

From H5971; tribal, that is, inbred; Ammon, a son of Lot; also his posterity and their country: – Ammon, Ammonites.

Amalek, the third heathen nation gathered by the Lord against Israel, is a descendant of Esau (Gen 36:12) and is yet another representation of our flesh that is rejected and cannot inherit the kingdom.  Our flesh will lead us away from the Lord and the narrow way as we saw the falling down of King Saul, the rejected anointed of the Lord. King Saul’s failure is our failure to utterly destroy our carnal thoughts and fleshly lusts that wage war against us.  Saul was given this command.

1Sa 15:3  Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

Yet his carnal mind rationalized it was fine to not to kill everything, so he picked and chose what to obey in the Lord’s commands and kept flesh alive.

1Sa 15:8  And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.

1Sa 15:9  But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but everything that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.

Because of this pattern of disobedience, Saul was rejected as king.  We learn thru King Saul’s failure to precisely obey the Lord in dealing with our fleshly enemies.

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

It is important to note and remember who it was that raised up this evil against Israel. It is, was and will be the Lord who did it.

Jdg 3:12 …. and the LORD strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel.

He is the one who raises up the wicked one within and without for the day of evil (Pro 16:4) and is causing Israel to err from His ways (Isa 63:17).  The Lord brings the enemies of Israel (flesh) together and gathers them against us and sends us our every thought (Amo 4:13).  When the hand of the Lord is against us, there is no man who can stand. If the Lord wants to ensnare us in bondage to our enemies, there is nothing any man can do otherwise.

Dan 4:35  And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?

This three-nation alliance of nations comes and smites us (Israel) and ends up possessing the city of palm trees.  Known for their height and straightness in rising above the earth (overcoming) it is those being made righteous that are palm trees.

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

Psa 92:13  Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.

To mature and grow in faith, God’s people first make many mistakes and are overcome by their inward enemies.  Thus, the mystery of why the Lord causes us to err and then brings the judgment and chastening that is raising us back up in Jesus Christ.

Palm trees are very much associated with God’s elect symbolically.  Given time there are many interesting symbolisms to pursue about palm trees including they are evergreen, large fruit yields (dates, coconuts, etc), ability to grow in dry places, can withstand high winds (trials), have very deep roots etc.  For brevity sake, there is one interesting connection about the Cherubim (messengers of God) who are these same palm trees that we see in the Scriptures speaking about the tabernacle of God and the Lord’s Temple which is the Body of Christ.  Ever notice how palm trees all look alike?  Well, that is because, in spirit, God’s palm trees are of one mind and are bearing the same stature (straight and erect) and fruit.  Here is Ezekiel’s description of the doors of the temple of God.  Of course, those doors are Christ and specifically the Christ (elect, the Body) thru whom all must pass to enter in (Rev 3:12, Joh 10:2).

Eze 41:20  From the ground unto above the door were cherubims and palm trees made, and on the wall of the temple.

Eze 41:21  The posts of the temple were squared, and the face of the sanctuary; the appearance of the one as the appearance of the other. 

The city of palm trees is also known as Jericho (Deu 34:3, 2Ch 28:15) and is in the land allocated to the tribe of Benjamin.  The city and plains of Jericho lies just west of Moab, on the western side (mature side) of the Jordan river and was the first conquest of Israel in the Promised Land (Joshua 6).  Before we get into the appointment and actions of Ehud, the Judge, let’s look deeper at the Moabite king who enslaves us (Israel).

King Eglon

Our enemies in the promised land last time was the king of Mesopotamia (Ethiopia, think the world) who also enslaves Israel.  This time the enemy is King Eglon of Moab who is a different rendering of the same first man Adam (the old man) and our beastly nature (Ecc 3:18) that has us leaning on our own understanding and carnal wisdom.  The name Eglon is from the same word that means a bullock or a male cow.

H5695, ‛êgel

From the same as H5696; a (male) calf (as frisking round), especially one nearly grown (that is, a steer): – bullock, calf.

Eglon traces back to a root H5696 that means to revolve or go in circles.  It is satanic mindset, the accuser of the brethren, whose origins create the Moabites that has us enslaved awaiting a judge and deliverer.

Job 1:7  And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

Carnal wisdom attempts to encircle the camp of the saints (the mind of Christ) but our Moabite folly will proceed no further when the day of the Lord is at hand.

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.

Rom 2:15  Which shew the work of the [carnal] law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another

We are always to be on the lookout for Satan and his messengers and be diligent inwardly to guard our hearts and take such carnal thoughts captive.

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

We are bound to this Moabite King, who is our religious beast full of carnal lies and false doctrines for eighteen symbolic years (3 process x 6 number of man – flesh) until Christ comes.

Luk 13:11  And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.

The power over clay (us) is always used for good in the end because it is by that process of having the Moabites destroyed within us that we learn the riches of His glory (righteousness).

Rom 9:21  Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

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

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

Israel’s oppression and bondage to these heathen nations of our own flesh (sin) reach a hiatus (i.e. our wits end) and then we cry out to the Lord.  Our merciful Lord raises up a Judge to deliver us from our bondage.  Thus, the process of possessing the land has begun.

Jdg 3:15  But when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man lefthanded: and by him the children of Israel sent a present unto Eglon the king of Moab. 

 It is instructive to our walk to look at all these names and symbols that define this Judge and deliverer of Israel.  There is great spiritual significance in Ehud’s lineage and description given us here in Jdg 3:15.

H261, ‘êchûd

ay-khood’

From H258; united; Echud, the name of three Israelites: – Ehud.

Eze 21:16  Go thee one way or other [H258], either on the right hand, or on the left, whithersoever thy face is set.

The Word, the Judge that is in us, is a unifier.  Ehud and all judgment, the commands of Christ, is what is exposing and eliminating our double-mindedness and life of serving two masters.  We won’t get too far cleansing the Promised Land if we waver in faith which is double-mindedness and where we live being immature and torn between the ways of God and the ways of the world

Jas 1:6  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

Jas 1:7  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

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

There is only ONE way to go and that is to follow the Lord which way is straight without any variableness.

Pro 4:27  Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

Mat 7:14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Eze 10:11  When they went, they went upon their four sides; they turned not as they went, but to the place whither the head looked they followed it; they turned not as they went.

It is the carnal mindset in us that creates divisions in the Body of Christ and those Moabite nations need to be captured and kicked out of the land and congregation of the Saints.

1Co 1:10  Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

Judge Ehud is also said to be the son of Gera who was the son of Benjamin.  We learn that Benjamin, Joseph’s younger brother, is some type for the elect who are given five times the portion of food that signifies grace (the number 5) that is given to those to whom the Lord loves (Heb 12:6).

Gen 43:34  And he took and sent messes unto them from before him: but Benjamin’s mess was five times so much as any of theirs. And they drank, and were merry with him.

The name Gera as in “son of Gera” also supports this additional meal/mess principle as Gera [H1617] means “grain” and comes from a root [H1626] meaning “a kernel” like of corn or grain.

Another noteworthy trait is that Ehud like many Benjamites is said to be left-handed (Jdg 20:16) and is extremely fierce in battle. Benjamites, in particular, are known for their fierceness and aggression in battle as the conquests of Saul, Jonathan, the Apostle Paul and others depict in overcoming the enemies of Israel.  We even see the “civil war” story in Judges 20 where the other eleven tribes have great difficulty in subduing a small Benjamite army.  The blessing of Jacob to Benjamin has great spiritual significance for each of the tribes of Israel every part of which we, as God’s Israel, are living out now in this age (Mat 4:4).

Gen 49:27  Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.

Interesting to note that some translations like Brenton show the left-hand trait as being ambidextrous our using of both hands instead of saying left handed. Regardless, the ability to use our left hand or both hands is essential to bring deliverance to Israel and destroy the heathen nations within the Promised Land.

1Ch 12:2  They were armed with bows, and could use both the right hand and the left in hurling stones and shooting arrows out of a bow, even of Saul’s brethren of Benjamin.

As a Benjamite, Ehud exhibits this positive “wolf-like” traits. Unlike King Saul’s mistake with the Amalekite king, Ehud is very aggressive and merciless in disposing of the Moabite king.

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 3:21  And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his (Eglon’s) belly

Satan is the left hand of the Lord (Job 1:11-12) and the Elect in the right hand (Mat 25:33).  Through both hands, the Lord is creating and using evil for good purposes (Isa 45:7, Gen 50:20, Act 4:28). Within us, we too, are required to do evil in putting to death the enemies of God.  Outwardly, we surely must love our enemies as the Lord commanded and changed the law. But inwardly, we are never to allow lies and false doctrines and carnal thoughts to linger and exalt themselves against Christ.  Short FAQ on Satan as Left Hand

There is great significance in this language and the use of the left hand in killing the Moabite king. It links back to an age-old truth that it “takes two to tango” with our enemies.

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

Jas 1:22  But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Ehud, the Benjamite, is both a hearer and a doer of the word in type.  To become a doer of the WORD we must first become hearers.  All Benjamites are born of the right hand of God as the meaning of the name depicts.

H1144, From H1121 and H3225; son of (the) right hand; Binjamin, youngest son of Jacob; also the tribe descended from him, and its territory: – Benjamin.

Judging righteous judgment is how we overcome and are becoming doers.  But to do this, the Moabites must not be in our heavens or earth.  Notice Ehud makes a two-edged dagger (same word as a sword) and places it on his right thigh which is a symbol of a man’s strength.  To battle our enemies, we must be ready (girded) and have the sword on our right thigh that is guiding us in our walk.  This story of Ehud is a second witness to battle preparations Paul teaches us about the whole armor of God.

Eph 6:14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

Eph 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Notice the dagger (sword) is hidden under his raiment which is our covering in Christ.  Christ and His Christ are bold as a lion but are also gentle as doves.

Mat 10:16  Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Lions strike quickly out of nowhere it seems when capturing their prey.  The element of surprise works every time on a blind and unsuspecting enemy.

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

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.

Our strength and sufficiency are of the Lord as is our ability to act in faith and kill our enemies within.  The carnal mind corrupts our walk and a time comes when a judgment comes upon our house via a judge the Lord is, was and will be raising up within us.  Real faith that moves mountains and destroys our enemies has works (actions) attached to it.  We must use both our hands to pray without ceasing and act out in faith to purify our heavens and earth.

1Ti 2:8  I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

Isa 30:21  And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

The Body of Christ is where wisdom is found.  Being wise as a serpent requires us to hold the Word in our right hand and the true riches, the doing of the Word, in our left hand.  This brings honor and glory to our heavenly Father.

Pro 3:15  She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

Pro 3:16  Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. 

Wisdom in the ways of God requires two arms.  We need doctrine and we need actions in faith.  The power of God will extend to both our hands and we will clap them in unison as we get victory after victory over our inward enemies.

2Co 6:7  By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

Isa 55:12  For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

There are more instructions and details to the story details of Judge Ehud killing the Moabite King. We will look at those details next week in how King Eglon and the Moabites were vanquished from the land.

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Amos Part 6 –Giving Seed to Molech and Chemosh

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Key Verses:  Amos 1:13 – 2:3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

H7875, śı̂yd

Total KJV Occurrences: 4

lime, 2

Isa 33:12, Amo 2:1

plaster, 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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