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Amos Part 24 – The God of Dan and Way of Beersheba

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“The God of Dan and Way of Beersheba”

Key Verses:  Amos 8:12 – 8:14

We spoke last time about the famine of the Word and the period of darkness we must endure (Mat 4:4. 1Co 3:21) in being drowned by the lusts of our flesh (the River of Egypt) before the Lord comes with vengeance to save us from our sins.  We have to come to our wits end by being overcome by our beast (Rev 11:7).  It is only from that place of total humility that the Lord rises up within us and delivers us from the belly of the beast.

Jon 2:1  Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish’s belly,

Jon 2:2  And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.

This time of trouble and great tribulation in our heavens is the sign we know the Lord is working righteousness in us.  Here in lies our patience in waiting on Him to come within.

Mat 12:39  But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:

Mat 12:40  For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

I will read the last four verses of chapter 8 to regather the context of what is happening in the Kingdom of God and conclude the vision of judgment regarding the summer fruits (Amo 8:2).

Amo 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 

Amo 8:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. 

Amo 8:13 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst. 

Amo 8:14 They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Thy god, O Dan, liveth; and, The manner of Beersheba liveth; even they shall fall, and never rise up again.

In our immaturity, we are still wandering from one carnal thought to the next (sea to sea) and going back to the elementary principles of the Lord we first learned.  This is what wandering from the north (direction of judgment) to the east refers to.  Yet our ability to digest the strong meat of the Word that brings eternal life (Joh 6:53) and move on to maturity and the revealing of Jesus Christ within us, is not found in the east.  It is only found when we are given to trust the Lord and follow the Son westward.

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

Isa 43:5 Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;

We learn good and evil by moving on westward in the spiritual land within us, enduring the affliction of judgment that is sanctifying us.

Heb 5:14  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.

The sun moves from east to west and so do we in the spirit if we follow Jesus Christ.

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

When we return to the east and don’t follow the Lord west, we will not find what we seek.

Rev 9:6  And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

Pro 1:24  Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
Pro 1:25  But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
Pro 1:26  I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
Pro 1:27  When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
Pro 1:28  Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: 

It is the new man who is learning patience and trust in the Lord.  It is the new man who is enduring through the famine as the old man is being set up for destruction.

Amo 8:13 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst. 

The fair or beautiful virgins are God’s Elect who the Lord remembers their sins no more.

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

Rom 4:17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

The young men [H970] are the “chosen ones” who are being taught to lean not on their own understanding but trust only in the Lord.

H970, bâchûr

Total KJV Occurrences: 67

young, 43

chosen, 21

choice, 3

Psa 78:31  The wrath of God came upon them, and slew the fattest of them, and smote down the chosen [H970] men of Israel.

Psa 78:32  For all this they sinned still, and believed not for his wondrous works.

Psa 78:33  Therefore their days did he consume in vanity, and their years in trouble.

Our Lord spake a parable unto us about the day of judgment.

Luk 18:1  And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; 

When the Lord “finally” comes, will there be faith on our earth?  We need to wait and trust in the Lord to deliver His promises.  We learn this by enduring through these experiences of evil, waiting on the judge.

Luk 18:7  And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

Luk 18:8  I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? 

The wrath of God is being revealed against all of our ungodliness in the day of the Lord (Rom 1:18).  We as the first to be judged are the fools that profess to be wise but are still trusting in the idols of Samaria and worship the creature (the beast) and not the Lord.

Rom 1:22  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Rom 1:23  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Rom 1:24  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Rom 1:25  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

When judgment is on our house (1Pe 4:17) then we live through this being overwhelmed by the river of Egypt (Amo 8:8) and be turned over to the lusts of our flesh for a season that is as long as needed to humble us and teach us the fear of the Lord.

Rom 1:26  For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
Rom 1:28  And even as they did not like to retain God in (their) knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
Rom 1:29  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Rom 1:30  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
Rom 1:31  Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

This is not those evil homosexual people over there.  These are words of fire spoken foremost against us, the Elect of God upon whom judgment has fallen.  We are the man of sin (2Sa 12:7), trusting in ourselves and our own understanding and thereby committing homosexuality and spiritual fornication with other gods.

Rom 2:1  Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

We are these fair virgins and young men (immature in Christ) that are not yet given to overcome.  We come thru the fire that is, was and will be coming unto the land that is the kingdom of God within (Luk 17:20-21).

2Co 11:2  For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

Rev 14:4  These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

Our last verse is pivotal in that it speaks of the deep mysteries of salvation that so precious few are given to understand in this age (1Co 2:7, Mat 13:10).

Amo 8:14 They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Thy god, O Dan, liveth; and, The manner of Beersheba liveth; even they shall fall, and never rise up again. 

This is Sin of Samaria is the not being separated from the world and being unfaithful to our husband Jesus Christ by worshipping other gods.  This is the transgression of Jacob as we know the truth but walk according to the gods of this world and worship (bow) to the image (thoughts and beliefs) of our beast.

Mic 1:5  For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? is it not Samaria? and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem?

These gods are no gods are at all but the idols of our hearts and the image of our beasts we set up thinking the narrow way is all about knowledge and not in the doing.

Gal 4:8 But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods

Jer 23:13  And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err.

Jer 7:8 Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit.

Jer 7:9 Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not;

As the king, it is us, living out this idolatry (1Co 10:11) and swearing by the gods of this world is our continuing in the sin of Jeroboam #1 that all succeeding kings continued in.

2Ki 13:6 Nevertheless they did not depart from the sins of the house of Jeroboam, who had made Israel sin, but walked in them; and the wooden image also remained in Samaria.

John and all of the Elect see this beast and our worshiping its image as we look behind us in our day of judgment.

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.

The Corinthian fornicator is you and me at this stage before the Lord casts us out into outer darkness during the famine of hearing the words which is used to destroy the flesh (1Co 5:5).

1Co 5:1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.

Being of our father the devil, we are committing spiritual fornication (Joh 6:63) with our father’s wife. Having the truth and knowing the Lord is the one who works all things including righteousness within us, we are commanded to come out of her (Rev 18:4) and no longer commit this spiritual fornication and be partaker of her evil deeds.

Joh 8:41 Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.

Keeping ourselves pure and undefiled is the primary focus of those that walk by faith.

Act 15:20 But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.

1Co 10:8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

We are to separate from the world including the religious world that is of the harlot and committing fornication and following the gods of Samaria.

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

Death to the old man is coming by destruction of our flesh and carnal way of thinking.  Our trusting in our own righteousness to save us and period of keeping covenant with the flesh, keeping it alive, is coming to an end in this day as we are living every word of God.  The god of Dan and the way of life of Beersheba are being cut (spiritually circumcised) out of our lives by the hands of God (Col 2:11).  Dan in the north and Beersheba in the south define the boundaries of the yet carnal nation of physical Israel that is an example and shadow of words we are living out in this age.

The God of Dan Rises Not Again

Dan is the Hebrew word H1835 and it means to judge or to rule.  The tribe of Dan represent part of our maturing process and one of the foundational experiences we must live out in coming to the fullness of Christ being a mature man.  Dan was unable conquer much of its inheritance, due to their spiritual immaturity.

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. 

Impatient and discontent, the Danites, sought to make a name for themselves and trusted in the work of their own hands.  They found a city Laish that had idols and false prophets and they made that their home and put their name on it in disobedience to the commandments.

Jdg 18:29 And they called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their father, who was born unto Israel: howbeit the name of the city was Laish at the first.

Jdg 18:30 And the children of Dan set up the graven image: and Jonathan, the son of Gershom, the son of Manasseh, he and his sons were priests to the tribe of Dan until the day of the captivity of the land.

We don’t have time or space to repeat the great study Larry did in the Genesis series on Dan. Here is a link to that study:  Foundational Themes in Genesis #110 .  The god of Dan was the god of themselves and worshiping the image of the beast.  It was in the city of Dan where Jeroboam put one of the two golden calves for the purpose of worship.  This is an OT version of Revelation 13 and our being deceived in our spiritual adultery and fornication.  Here we wander in spiritual darkness not hearing the commands and yet thinking we are serving the Lord in our idolatry.

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

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

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

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

The Lord uses Dan within us to bring judgment to the land and teach us the patience of the saints.  Jacob’s prayer shows us what we befall Dan us in the last days which are now on the house of God.

Gen 49:16 Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel.

Gen 49:17 Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.

Gen 49:18 I have waited for thy salvation, O LORD.

As Danites we are obsessed with ourselves and trust in our own strength.  Even Samson was a Danite and like us, sees no reason to separate from the Philistines and instead intermarry (Jdg 14:3-4) with harlots.  Yet this self-righteous spirit and period in all of our maturation are being destroyed along with the image and the beast itself.  The god of Dan that is living within us is the harlotry and idolatry that we will be brought out of in our day of the Lord.

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

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.

The other specified item that is being destroyed and will not raise up again is what is called the way of Beersheba.

The manner or way of Beersheba

The word Beersheba [H884] means “well of seven” or “seven wells”.  The way of Beersheba is speaking about knowing Christ in the flesh and making a covenant with the flesh (the Philistines) to keep the old man alive and live in peace.  This is the false peace that will be shattered when the Lord is revealed from heaven and brings the fire.

Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

It is the Elect who know and hold the truth but first hold it in unrighteousness (hearing not doing).  Beersheba is where Abraham made a covenant with Abimelech, the king of the Philistines (think our flesh) and sojourned many days at peace (Gen 21:31-34).  That is a shadow of the peace of Christ we find in the Body of Christ (The Israel of God) while we live out our lives in clay vessels.

Gen 21:32 Thus they made a covenant at Beersheba: then Abimelech rose up, and Phichol the chief captain of his host, and they returned into the land of the Philistines.

Gen 21:33 And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the LORD, the everlasting God.

Gen 21:34 And Abraham sojourned in the Philistines’ land many days.

Beersheba is also the place where Hagar miraculously sees a well of water that allows her and Ishmael to live (Gen 21:14-19).  We live through the first covenant and be in bondage, knowing Christ only in the flesh before we come to know Him in Spirit.

Gal 4:24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.

Gal 4:25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.

This Mount Sinai in our Arabia is us when we sit on the Lord’s throne being puffed up with pride and deluded to think we are already a mature man (having arrived).  We don’t know we are in darkness (Mat 6:23) and dwell in a dry and parched land (Famine) without the Spirit leading us.  The spiritual harlot which is “Jerusalem which is now” is driven to use the word to expand her borders and seek ungodly mammon and the things the flush lusts after.

Eze 16:15 But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was.
Eze 16:16 And of thy garments thou didst take, and deckedst thy high places with divers colours, and playedst the harlot thereupon: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so.

The trusting in ourselves and the strength of our flesh and our own carnal understanding will be cut off and shall never rise up again.  It is those that are being circumcised that will have no confidence in the flesh and are well past the delusion of free will that keeps the whole world in bondage and darkness.

Php 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

Next week Lord willing, we will begin the last of the visions and the last chapter of Amos that is teaching us about the judgment process that is saving us from our sins.

Amo 9:1  I saw the Lord standing upon the altar: and he said, Smite the lintel of the door, that the posts may shake: and cut them in the head, all of them; and I will slay the last of them with the sword: he that fleeth of them shall not flee away, and he that escapeth of them shall not be delivered.

Amo 9:2  Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down:

Amo 9:3  And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence; and though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them:

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

In Christ,  Pete

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Amos Part 23 – A Famine of Hearing the Words of the Lord

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A Famine of Hearing the Words of the Lord

Key Verses:  Amos 8:8 – 8:12

We are still discussing the vision of the fruit basket that was the focus of last week’s study.

Amo 8:2 And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the LORD unto me, The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them anymore.

After the study, there was a great discussion and email thread that demonstrated the power and wisdom of having a multitude of counselor’s weigh in on a matter (Pro 11:14, 1Th 5:11).  It was confirmed that God’s Elect, being a type of firstfruits are, a second Spring harvest (Pentecost) that follows the Barley harvest earlier in the Spring.

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

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

Every man being saved is “yet by fire” (1Co 3:15) and that was the real meaning of summer as the product of our walk is being judged and measured against the Word (plumbline).  Larry said it best: “The concept of “summer” is connected to those (“summer fruit”) in the first resurrection, is a spiritual word for those who go through fiery (summer = heat) judgement first.”  Every nation, tribe and tongue within us that does not believe and trust in the Lord is having the wrath of God abiding on it.  This is the fire we endure now so we will not be condemned with the rest of mankind later in the lake of fire (1Co 11:31-32).

Joh 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Attaining the reward of eternal life and being in the first resurrection only comes by bearing the heat of the summer seasons working in the Lord’s vineyard (Mat 20:12).  Our day of the Lord, is our day of judgment and the time is at hand when our works, the fruits of our walk with God are being judged.  Our faith is being tried in this fire (judgment) and whatever is not of faith is being burned up.

Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

We continue with our new verses for today and see the result of the Lord forsaking Israel for a season in bringing a famine of hearing the commands of Christ unto the land.

Amo 8:8 Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn that dwelleth therein? and it shall rise up wholly as a flood; and it shall be cast out and drowned, as by the flood of Egypt. 

Amo 8:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day: 

Amo 8:10 And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day. 

Amo 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 

Amo 8:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. 

Our season of famine is all ordained of the Lord to set us up for Him to come the second time to us without sin.

Joh 16:16 A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.

Heb 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

The “for this” statement in our first verse links all these consequences described in these verses to the prior transgression of buying and selling from last week’s study.

Amo 8:6 That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat?

Amo 8:7 The LORD hath sworn by the excellency (arrogance/pride/pomp) of Jacob, surely, I will never forget any of their works.

Our evil works of robbing the poor and shutting up the kingdom of God to the needy are converted into good works by the process of judgment.  The Lord uses evil within us and without us to accomplish good and save every man from his sins.  This is the only way we progress from hearers of the word to doers of the word.

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

We see in these verses of Amos, that is the Lord’s purpose to turn us over to the enemy and to devour our flesh and destroy all pride and arrogance.

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

Our living out these words and events in our appointed times is, was and will be, is not pleasant but we should remember as we are asked to endure this chastening and scourging from our loving Father that is actually the blessing because it is what is brings forth Christ in us.  This is the message of the Good News.

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

Eze 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

The Lord turns the hearts of His people (brings repentance) by using evil to correct and humble us (Jer 2:19).  It is blasphemy to those in orthodoxy for us to speak truth that the Lord is working all things, even the evil, even our very sins in order (Isa 63:17, Isa 45:7, Joh 15:5) to bring about salvation.  To lose confidence in our flesh and to believe only in the Son and the righteousness that is found in Him [grace through faith Eph 2:8]; we have to learn the futility of saving ourselves and know what we are in the flesh.

Mat 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

To know this in Spirit and in truth, our falling away must come first (2Th 2:3).  This must happen before the great and terrible day of the Lord arrives that is saving us and destroying the man of sin little by little.  As the prodigal and immature son who has left His father’s house, we will be brought back to our first love through enduring a spiritual famine.

Luk 15:14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.

Luk 15:17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my fathers have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

Luk 15:18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

Our words of Amos focus around this famine in our land.  There is certainly an outward famine coming more and more in this darkening world waxing worse and worse by the day.  Yet these words are first and foremost words that we, God’s Elect, live out now on whom the end of the ages is coming, and they apply inwardly to the kingdom of God (Luk 17:21).  Thus, begins our falling away from our first love as the Lord raises up the river of Egypt to drown us in the lusts of our flesh.

Amo 8:8 Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn that dwelleth therein? and it shall rise up wholly as a flood; and it shall be cast out and drowned, as by the flood of Egypt. 

The Lord is turning us over to the idols of our heart and manifesting the man of sin within us.  Our taking in marriage with the Philistines (the lusts of the flesh) is what brings the occasion (Jdg 14:14) for the Lord to bring the fire of scourging and chastening grace (Heb 12:6).  The harlot that is riding our beast and leading us into spiritual adultery and fornication with false gods of the world and engaging in trade/merchandising of the Lord’s treasures (gold, silver, precious stones) for gain must be judged.

Rev 18:11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:

We come out of Spiritual Babylon as the seven plagues come that bring death, mourning and famine to the land.

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

We see the phrase “the flood of Egypt” twice in Scripture and both in Amos.   The word translated “flood” is better denoted as a “river” or similar wording.

H2975, ye’ôr   –  Total KJV Occurrences: 65

river, 35

rivers or river’s, 18

flood, 6

brooks, 5

Here is how the ESV as most of the translations show it using the context of a river.

Amo 8:8 ESV Shall not the land tremble on this account, and everyone mourn who dwells in it, and all of it rise like the Nile, and be tossed about and sink again, like the Nile of Egypt?”

The rising up of the river of Egypt and being drowned by the waters is an example of the negative use of waters and rivers and pertains to our being overcome by our beast (Ecc 3:18).

Rev 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

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

A proper foundation is not made for the house of God until the first foundation fails and a new foundation is constructed in the fire of our judgment to withstand the power of the flesh.

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

It is only by our trials, the testing of our faith in which we fall down seven times (Pro 24:16) that the new foundation of tried stone is laid within us. Christ is being formed!

Isa 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

Gal 4:19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,

Gal 4:20 I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.

Our baptism with water is followed by our baptism by fire that is testing all things and burning up the works of the flesh (Mat 3:11).

1Co 3:12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

1Co 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

Reaping a just recompense for our deeds is teaching us righteousness and the lessons of reaping what we sow.

Isa 59:18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence.

Isa 59:19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

Egypt’s river rising up and covering the earth is the same as the swelling up of our bellies.  We either serve God or not.  We cannot serve two masters; a jealous God will not let us serve Him and the mammon of this world.

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.)

The coming of spiritual famine follows this overrunning by the river of Egypt.

Amo 8:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day: 

This verse is similar to the more well-known passages from Joel 2:30-31 that were also referenced in Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost.

Act 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:

Act 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Spiritual nourishment or food is the light that is the Christ, so a famine is the same as a period of darkness where we cannot see the light.  Living by every word requires us to experience this darkening of the land.

Jer 4:28 For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black: because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.

When the Lord sends strong delusion, and deceives us we do not know we are in this darkened state.  This falling away is not something we are conscious of as we experience it, we only see it looking behind ourselves.

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

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

Only the Lord can turn noon day into midnight.  That is just how strong, our strong delusion is before we learn to obey the truth by going through the fire of judgment.

Without the Light of this world (Jesus Christ and His Christ) to guide us, the hearing of the Word, our deeds quickly turn to darkness and we will be overcome which gives the Lord an occasion to bring an end to our flesh.  The revelation of Jesus Christ comes to us inwardly first and will come outwardly to the world suddenly and in a time of great darkness (midnight).   The first-born man of sin shall not inherit the kingdom and must die for the new man to come forth and increase.

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.

Exo 11:4 And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt:

Exo 11:5 And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts.

It is the children of the kingdom of God who must go into darkness and be judged before we can come to the Light.

Mat 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

The “excellency” of Jacob for which the Lord will not forget our works (Amo 8:7) is our arrogance and pride that is being destroyed.

Isa 13:11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

Going into spiritual darkness and enduring a famine of the hearing of the words of Christ and His Christ, bring us to our wits end until we cry unto the Lord for deliverance from bondage to the flesh and the Assyrian armies within us that are used as the sword of the Lord (Psa 17:13).

Amo 8:10 And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day. 

The coming of the Lord is likened to the times of Noah and Lot (Mat 24:38, Luk 17:28) that was defined by eating, drinking, buying, selling and giving in marriage.  These speak to spiritual activity and specifically how we conduct ourselves in the house of God having His Truths.   Feasting speaks of eating and drinking and specifically doing it in an unworthy manner.

1Co 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.

The feasting of our man of sin, who is sitting on God’s throne hearing but not doing the Word is coming to an end in this great and bitter (to the flesh) day of the Lord.  We are being humbled and shown we have no covering (the mind of Christ) and are in fact spiritually bald.

1Co 11:6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.

The Book of Lamentations comes to mind as we look at the Lord destroying our life in the flesh and causing us to lose everything.  Seeing the shame of our nakedness and the wretchedness of our self-righteousness compared to the Words of Christ which are Spirit and Life.

Lam 2:5 The Lord was as an enemy: he hath swallowed up Israel, he hath swallowed up all her palaces: he hath destroyed his strong holds, and hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation.

The Lord has caused us to commit all these abominations.  He has caused us to err from His ways (Isa 63:17).  This is the way the Lord has devised to save all mankind (2Sa 14:14).

Lam 2:17  The LORD hath done that which he had devised; he hath fulfilled his word that he had commanded in the days of old: he hath thrown down, and hath not pitied: and he hath caused thine enemy to rejoice over thee, he hath set up the horn of thine adversaries.

The occasion has been set and the Lord is now coming with fire to purify our heavens as we progress.  Still, even knowing these truths, it takes a process for us to really believe that the Lord sent the enemy into the gates of Jerusalem.  But what sayeth the Scriptures?

Lam 4:11 The LORD hath accomplished his fury; he hath poured out his fierce anger, and hath kindled a fire in Zion, and it hath devoured the foundations thereof.

Lam 4:12 The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world, would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy should have entered into the gates of Jerusalem. 

When we see ourselves as the ones who have pierced and crucified our Lord (Rev 1:7), then we mourn and wail for our sins.  This is very necessary for us to give up the flesh and submit to the way of the Lord.  Coming to see ourselves as the chief of sinners and those who crucified our Lord within and in others.

Amo 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 

Jesus Christ, the Word is the Bread of life.  His Bread is actually His Body, which is the meat we must eat to possess age abiding life.  John, chapter 6, has some pivotal verses on the Word being life and the only way to be satisfied.

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.

Joh 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

Joh 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

Without hearing His words, we are dead in our trespasses and sins.  But as we have seen, this too is the work of the Lord and part of ALL THINGS being worked for His counsel.  Without the words of life to guide us we are lost.  But fear not, as we have seen it is the Lord’s purpose to turn the hearts of the children back to the Father by going through their Prodigal Son experience.  No sheep elected from the foundation of the world is being lost.

Luk 15:4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

Luk 15:5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

Luk 15:6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

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.

All men will be found and brought to repentance for this is the will of God.

2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

This period of darkness and falling away are being used for good as it will bring us to our wits end.

Amo 8:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. 

Our deliverance from the world and being separated requires going through hard times.  The times of plenty after we come into the truth and enjoy a season of peace are followed by the seasons of suffering which are the many tribulations we endure to enter into the kingdom of God (Act 14:22).  Those tribulations are living through all seven of the vials of wrath poured out against our old man and our carnal mindsets.

Rev 15:8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

Php 1:29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

Unable to hear the words of the Lord and being temporarily forsaken of the Lord to accomplish His purposes; we are being led by our natural carnal mind and fleshly instincts.  We follow the ways of the world within and without, and wander to find the living waters again but will not find them.  Going from sea to sea is going from one fleshly carnal thought to the next.  The world will have us run to the east when judgment breaks forth from the north. But to mature in the Lord in our day of the Lord we are learning to go west instead and follow the Son.

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

We do not find rest when the Lord has purposed to destroy the old man off the face of our earth.

Psa 107:25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.

Psa 107:26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.

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

Judgment is a winnowing process of division via a sword.  The Lord is causing all of it and working it for good.  It is by our enduring and overcoming these trials that we come to unity and stop running to and fro in the earth being deceived by men the Lord has put out to deceive the entire world.

Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Next week Lord willing, we will pick up the final two verses of Chapter 8 before moving on to the fifth vision the Lord gave Amos.  We are nearing the end of the book and the end of the man of sin.

Amo 8:13 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.

Amo 8:14 They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Thy god, O Dan, liveth; and, The manner of Beersheba liveth; even they shall fall, and never rise up again.

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

A Servant In Christ,  PETE

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Amos Part 21 – Prophesy Not Against Israel

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 “Prophesy Not Against Israel”

Key Verse:  Amos 7:10 – 7:17

We saw in the last study that the plumbline was Jesus Christ and specifically His commandments.  He is His Word and where His people are gathered, there He is in the midst.

Mat 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. 

Zec 2:5 For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her (Spiritual Jerusalem, The Body)

Having this fire kindled in our midst (Luk 12:49) is the Word working righteousness wherever it has been sent.  We are the light unto this dark world within and without ourselves and the light is also the fire that transforms the marred vessels of clay into a new vessel by judgment.

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

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

It is through God’s people, His angels, His messengers, His prophets, His Elect…. His Body that salvation is brought to all men in the appointed time.  No man comes any other way.

Rev 15:8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

The name Amos means “burdensome” (from H6006) and that is what hearing the commands of the Lord are to the rebellious and idolatrous carnally minded old man.  Our carnal instinct is to push away these harsh words and silence these burdensome words that are slowly but surely bringing the man of sin to his wits end.  With this burden in mind, let’s get into our eight verses that will complete chapter 7 and comprise our study for today.

Amo 7:10 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, Amos hath conspired against thee in the midst of the house of Israel: the land is not able to bear all his words.

Amo 7:11 For thus Amos saith, Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be led away captive out of their own land.

Amo 7:12 Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there:

Amo 7:13 But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king’s chapel, and it is the king’s court.

Amo 7:14 Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet’s son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit:

Amo 7:15 And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.

Amo 7:16 Now therefore hear thou the word of the LORD: Thou sayest, Prophesy not against Israel, and drop not thy word against the house of Isaac.

Amo 7:17 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Thy wife shall be an harlot in the city, and thy sons and thy daughters shall fall by the sword, and thy land shall be divided by line; and thou shalt die in a polluted land: and Israel shall surely go into captivity forth of his land.

Enduring to the end and finishing the race we have been given to run is impossible without Christ giving us the faith and strength to stand. What flesh wants to lose its life or abide in the furnace of affliction (Isa 48:10), the very means by which salvation is completed?  The answer of course is no flesh as the carnal mind, is at complete enmity with the ways of the Lord.  We must be dragged to the real Jesus Christ (Joh 6:44) and be caused to learn obedience and be made to lie down in His pastures and be fed with judgment (Eze 34:16).

Eze 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Psa 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

It is our suffering and afflictions that bring about our submission and obedience.

Psa 119:67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.

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

The setting of the plumbline results in the kingdom of God within losing its peace as the land cannot bear the words spoken by Amos.  Our priestly nature represented by Amaziah, gives the report to King Jeroboam (Our old man, the rejected anointed) of Amos’s prophecy of doom and gloom.  The king prophesied of being slain by the sword and Israel going into captivity is not something our man of sin appreciates when we think we have already arrived and been there done that in terms of our judgment.

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.

Yet that old man must die by the sword of Jesus Christ (Mat 11:34) who will strive to keep flesh alive but will be overcome by Christ at the appointed time.

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

It is also necessary that we (Israel) go into captivity as these are the days of vengeance leading up to the Lord’s appearing.

Luk 21:22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

Luk 21:23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

Luk 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

We are reaping what we have sown and we all have certainly lead others captive into sins and false doctrines and have hated our brothers and used the Word deceitfully (Rev 13:10,)

Our flesh is naturally drawn to words that tell us smooth things and we will gravitate to those words and thoughts which take away any reproach from our walking crooked paths contrary to the plumbline that is in now in our midst.  We got to learn to stay the course and fight but first we (are) falling away in error and falling down our “seven times” (Pro 24:16).

2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

2Ti 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

The time has come for the fulfillment of prior prophecy to be fulfilled.  The pride and power (horns) of the man of sin that hears but does not do is coming to an end.

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

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 (Saul, Jeroboam, the man of sin) from being king. 

Prideful flesh hates to be corrected and shown where it falls short.  The plumbline is making us more receptive to receive the much-needed rebukes and correction with all humility.  Amaziah, who is our inward immature priest, is not way ready to be shown the faults of the first rejected king (the old man) that he serves.

Amo 7:12 Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there:

Amo 7:13 But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king’s chapel, and it is the king’s court.

Amos is rightfully called a seer by Amaziah because he does see with God given eyes to see (Amo 1:1).  All the Lord’s prophets are seers and we dwell in a rebellious house within ourselves and in the world of those the Lord has blinded.

Mat 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

Mat 13:17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

The gospel is being taken to the ends of the earth, within us now and in the ages to come.  A house in rebellion is a house that is yet blind and deaf to Truth.

Eze 12:2 Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house.

Nobody’s flesh desires to drink the cup yet we certainly will drink in our appointed time.  That is the process by which we are prepared to sit at the Lord’s right hand in the heavens.

Mat 20:23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

Our going into captivity is part of being prepared to be able ministers of the Lord who must learn mercy to be able to give it later.  Like Amaziah and all the priests of Israel, it is the chosen of God who will at first not hearken unto the words of the Lord’s prophets.  We have little interest in being shown our disobedience and the details of our walk measured against the plumbline.  We want to hear smooth things.

Isa 30:9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD:

Isa 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: 

Isa 30:11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.

Despite seeing and living out the miracles of coming out of Egypt (the world), we will still not hearken to His words and will first send the Lord’s prophets away.

Psa 81:11 But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.

Psa 81:12 So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels.

We learn by the judgment process, not to trust in our own righteousness.  It is Pharisees who hear the Word but reject the Lord’s prophets having no interest in being corrected and walking according to the plumbline.  We are of our father the devil when we falsely think we have escaped the damnation of age abiding judgment.

Mat 23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

Mat 23:34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city ….

Mat 23:35 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

By rejecting Amos, we are rejecting Christ and storing up wrath for our day of wrath yet to be revealed to us (Rom 2:5).

Joh 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

Eze 3:7 But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.

Immature flesh does not want to submit much less hear the rebukes that are so needed to correct our walk.  We all have come through the door that is Christ and we will reason being one of the shepherds of the sheep (Joh 10:2) eliminates our need to drink the Lord’s cup to be humbled before we can be exalted.  War cannot be waged alone and without a multitude of counselors there is no safety.  We won’t make it abiding alone.

Pro 24:6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.

Joh 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

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

The prideful old man thinks: “Who do you think you are telling me things about the Word of God?  We are in the house of God (Bethel) in the sanctuary (chapel) within the kingdom (court) just like you”.  This is just the lesson Korah taught us (Number 16) and his rebellious followers who would not heed nor submit to the counsel of the Lord’s prophets.  Our not entering in and hindering others (Mat 23:13) will come to and end as we go through our judgment and learn the value of the Lord’s prophets who bring the fire and the correction all of us desperately need.

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

Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Pro 27:5 Open rebuke is better than secret love.

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

Tit 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

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

The Lord’s prophets can of themselves do nothing.  When we (Amos) are confronted, and resisted for speaking Truth, we will speak with humility pointing to the Lord’s commission.

Amo 7:14 Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet’s son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit:

Amo 7:15 And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.

Being chief of sinners and the least esteemed of men (Col 1:27), the Lord’s servants feel unqualified till we grow in the faith to speak on behalf of the Lord.  We are never to deny the Lord by denying our calling, we just need to speak with meekness.

Psa 107:2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

Amos like all the prophets come from humble beginnings.  While the Lord’s anointed possess great riches, before we are sent to minister we are humbled by the Lord.

1Co 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

1Ti 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

Amos is not making excuses for speaking words of fire to King Jeroboam, he is merely asserting the Lord’s sovereignty on this whole affair as is true with all affairs (Dan 4:35).  It is the Lord who takes us from following His flock and promotes us into service.  When our day comes and the Words of Truth are taken to heart (eaten), then we begin our prophesying to the nations within and without ourselves.

Rev 10:10 And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.

Rev 10:11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

Eze 3:1 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, eat that thou findest; eat this roll, and go speak unto the house of Israel.

Amos in answering Amaziah provides more detail of his ministry than what we learned in Part 1 of the study.  The new information is that he was a gatherer of sycamore fruit which are a type of fig tree/fruit.  There is spiritual significance to Amos’s natural calling to his spiritual calling as the harvest and pruning of trees and fruit producing vines is clearly taking place in the kingdom of God within us.

The word translated as “gather” is H1103 is a referencing to our harvesting figs.

H1103

bâlas

baw-las’

A primitive root; to pinch sycamore figs (a process necessary to ripen them): – gatherer.

Pinching figs is provoking the fig tree to grow more shoots and bring forth even more fruit.  It is the same general process as pruning a vine or a bush.  As the Lord’s Body, we are the instruments by which the spiritual fig trees (The Israel of God) are pruned (pinched) and the harvest is prepared to be soon gathered in the day of judgment.  It is Christ through Christ doing the pinching or the pruning of the trees.

Joh 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 

Isa 18:5 For before the harvest, when the bud is perfect And the sour grape is ripening in the flower, He will both cut off the sprigs with pruning hooks And take away and cut down the branches.

Figs are an unusual fruit in that they do not ripen after they are picked.  They must be picked at just the right time or else they will be bitter (too early) or rotten if over ripe.  The Lord sends His prophets at just the right time to gather the figs and pinch the shoots and prune the branches.  It is the Body of Christ, aka the Lord’s prophets or angels, who are the fruit pickers and reapers (Rev 14:19) that gather in the harvest in the appointed time.

Mat 13:39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.

Mat 13:40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.

Mat 13:41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;

When the shoots come forth, the harvesters are not far behind and the time is at hand.

Luk 21:29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;

Luk 21:30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.

Luk 21:31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. 

The Lord’s prophets speak with boldness against the idolatry of Amaziah who has no interest in hearing about judgment and wrath and would rather hear smooth things that wrest away the judgment, the very thing that is, was and will be saving us from our sins (Exo 6:6, Isa 1:27).

Amo 7:16 Now therefore hear thou the word of the LORD: Thou sayest, Prophesy not against Israel, and drop not thy word against the house of Isaac.

Amo 7:17 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Thy wife shall be an harlot in the city, and thy sons and thy daughters shall fall by the sword, and thy land shall be divided by line; and thou shalt die in a polluted land: and Israel shall surely go into captivity forth of his land.

We are admonished that our heavens (minds) give ear (Deut 32:1) to the commandments and doctrines of the Lord.  Our earth representing our walk and our deeds is similarly admonished to hear and do.

Jer 22:29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.

Sending the Lord’s prophets away is rejecting Jesus Christ.  Our failure to come together as a Body is forsaking the Lord and sending away the Lord’s prophets.  The Body of Christ is Jesus Christ whom the whole world persecutes (Acts 9:5, Joh 15:18).  Having knowledge of the truth is not enough to make it.  We will not make it alone and should be wary of all such thoughts of isolation and hiding from our own flesh.  We need one another to provoke one another and pinch the figs shoots so even more good will abound.

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

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

We will not be healed and won’t be able to overcome forsaking the assembly with the Lord’s prophets that speak words of fire.  We cannot hide from our own flesh if we want to be delivered.

Eph 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Isa 58:7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? 

Before we are given the faith to marry The Christ (the Bride) and see “her” as our appointed Proverbs 31 helper and spiritual wife; we will be given over to our idols and love for this world and its many fornications.  We will instead take the mother of all harlots to wife (Rev 17:5) who is mystery Babylon within us.

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.

Similar words were spoken to Hosea as spoken to Amaziah.

Hos 1:2 The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the LORD.

Living by every word God spoke includes falling away from our first love and going into the harlot’s house as the Prodigal Son.

Luk 15:30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.

Yet it is the Prodigal Son who was given the experience of evil first and who was given the spoils and the fatted calf first.  So, it is the Lord’s way of confounding the wisdom of the wise as it is the harlots and publicans who enter into the kingdom first, not those who need no repentance (Mat 21:31, Luk 15:7).  The Lord is gracious in both causing us to err and in causing us to return to Him.

Jer 3:1 They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man’s, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD. 

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

In our next study, we will begin a review the fourth of the five visions shown to Amos.

Amo 8:1 Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and behold a basket of summer fruit.

Amo 8:2 And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the LORD unto me, the end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them anymore.

Sincere questions and comments are welcome.  Feel free to email me directly at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.  I would be pleased to be a helper in your joy in the Lord.

Your brother in Christ,  Pete

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Amos Part 20 – I Will Set a Plumbline in the Midst

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I Will Set a Plumbline in the Midst

Key Verses:  Amos 7:7 – 7:9

We continue in this study with the third of the five visions Amos is shown by the Lord regarding the judgment of Israel.  This is the process the Lord has ordained for all men to come to knowledge of the Truth, via many tribulations and which is also bringing salvation from sin in the appointed time for all (1Co 15:21, Gen 18:10). The Lord is showing us His works in these visions which comes first to the house of God which is also known as the church. The earth encompasses the seas and all the land and spiritually speaking what we are seeing is the Lord establishing dominion on earth as it is in our heaven.

Isa 52:10 The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

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

Here is the vision of the plumbline and our three verses for today.

Amo 7:7 Thus he shewed me: and, behold, the Lord stood upon a wall made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in his hand.

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:

Amo 7:9 And the high places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste; and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.

We know these are all spiritual statements and the vision is not a literal event and the understanding here must come by comparing spiritual to spiritual (1Co 2:13).

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.

Just as the book of Revelation is signified (Rev 1:1) via symbols, so are the words of Amos as are all the words spoken by the prophets of the Lord.

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

All three of the symbols, the wall, the plumbline and the Lord’s hand represent Jesus Christ who created all things and is by whom ALL THINGS consists.  Our carnal minds often forget just how expansive is the Lord in the affairs of mankind and the world.

Col 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Joh 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.

Joh 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

What is the plumbline?

Being “plumb” is a construction term that refers to being straight up and down. A plumbline is an ancient method of measuring the straightness of a wall. It has a string with a weight on the end that uses gravity hang straight down which the builders then follow. In the modern era, levels have replaced plumb lines in constructing walls that are level.

The Hebrew word “anak” is only found in these verses of Amos and according to Strong’s probably comes from an unused root meaning narrow.

H594, ‘ănâk, an-awk’

Probably from an unused root meaning to be narrow; according to most a plumb line, and to others a hook

This is all very interesting because we know the way is indeed narrow, the gate is straight by which the kingdom of God is entered.

Mat 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

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

The setting of the plumbline in Israel will in its appointed time accomplish all the Lord’s purposes and making the walls straight and bring down the pride of life.  It is the weight of the Scriptures and the express commandments of God that become the measuring line of righteousness in our day of the Lord.

Heb 12:13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.

1Jn 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

When we are measured against the plumbline, our hidden sins are being manifested along with lies and false doctrines.

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

The New Testament version of the Plumbline is the reed like unto a rod that is also a measuring device and is likened unto a rod.

Rev 11:1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.

A rod connotes discipline and authority in the Scriptures and that is exactly what the loving Lord is doing for His children in our day of judgment.

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

Pro 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes (with the rod)

When a nation is ruled by a rod (plumbline), this is what is quickly learned.

Heb 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

Heb 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

This is what mankind is learning when they are constantly measured by the plumbline or ruled by a rod of iron.

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

It is only after we begin to have dominion over sin and our struggles against the man of sin and the lies of the harlot are “finished” that we become the golden reed in the Lord’s hands that are used to bring others into Holy City and reveal Jesus Christ to them.

Rev 21:15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.

What is the wall the Lord is standing on?

Amos sees The Lord standing upon a wall that is said to be “made” by a plumbline that the Lord has in His hand.  The Lord is building the House of Israel and the vision of Him on the wall with the plumbline is a testimony to building of the church of God which is the same as the House of Israel. The church is built by putting the Lord’s enemies under His feet.

Mat 22:44 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?

The Lord is standing on/upon/against the wall that the rebellious and idolatrous King Jeroboam has built in his heart and mind. This is our experience as we are this idolatrous king who have built a wall that provides us peace not yet knowing it is a false peace. Our pride has blinded us to the truth of our spiritual condition and the wall built with the wrong ingredients and tools is going to be torn down so a new one can be built instead.

Pro 18:11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit

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.

The plumbline and wall vision is a vision of judgment.   The Lord is against this wall and it will fall just as the walls of Jericho (Jos 6:20) and Babylon “is, was and will be” falling in our appointed times.  The wall of Babylon is the first wall made of the mixed multitude within us (untampered mortar) which are the lies and unbelief we cling to claiming to follow the Lord.

Lam 2:8 The LORD hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion: he hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying: therefore he made the rampart and the wall to lament; they languished together.

The Lord is discovering our foundation in our day of judgment and as we saw last week, our secret sins are being revealed in light of the Sun. The day of the Lord is revealing our work and what we have built upon the foundation Christ has laid within us.

1Co 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

1Co 3:14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

1Co 3:15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Walls separate and divide what is on either side of the wall and so it is also true in the spiritual (Rom 1:20).  These divisions are both needed for defense/safety as well as preventing escape both reasons the Lord comes to bring division and build walls.

Luk 12:51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: 

2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

The wall built by the works of our carnal mind is being destroyed so it can be rebuilt.

Mar 14:58 We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.

1Co 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

When the plumbline is set, the commandments go forth and the wall is built again.

Dan 9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

The Holy City of Spiritual Jerusalem is another symbol for the Body of Christ and His Christ that are defined with a wall that was great and high.

Rev 21:12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:

Standing on the walls of the House of God is standing on truth and believing on the Lord.  Contending for the truth is a daily battle we must fight within ourselves and without ourselves in this evil world.  We are the watchman that are on the walls and look after and care for the sheep within and without ourselves by protecting the House of God from evil.

Isa 62:6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,

Isa 62:7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

We as the Lord’s angels (messengers) are the ones stirred up by the Lord that are gathered together in Jerusalem to build city and using the Lord’s instruments of judgment.

Ezr 9:9 For we were bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem

With the wall repaired, we can find true peace and enter into the rest promised.

What is His hand?

Christ is the Word (Joh 1:1) and is the plumbline and the wall as we have seen.  It should not be a surprise therefore to come to see that Christ is also the hand.  It is through the Christ, His Body that the greater works get done (Joh 14;12).  The Body is the hands, feet, of the Lord and the flesh in which He is already come.

Eph 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

It is the Elect who will be the saviours of the world and bring each other into the truth and reveal Jesus Christ and pour out the vials of wrath (Oba 1:21, Rev 19:10).  The redeemed of the Lord are redeemed by the arms, hands and the body of Christ.

Isa 63:4 For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.

Isa 63:5 And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me.

It is the word that is judging us as we hear the commandments and are measured against the plumbline that is Christ.

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

Exo 23:20 Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.

Psa 19:4 Their (plumb) line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,

It is the Elect of God, being judged now, that are used of the Lord to save others and speak the words of fire in building the church of Jesus Christ. We are the Lord’s Body and as the judges of Israel, we are His Hand that is holding the plumbline and doing the measuring.  We measure ourselves (examine ourselves) but also are used to bring judgment to our brethren.

Mat 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

1Co 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

1Co 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

The plumbline aka the rod of the Lord is going to establish the Lord’s power over all the nations within us now and in the outward nations at the first resurrection and start of the Millennium Reign.  The planting of the plumbline within us is the beginning of our living the Millennium Reign inwardly as our nations are rules with a rod.

Rev 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
Rev 2:27 And he (through His Christ) shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

The Lord Will Not Pass by Again

“Not passing by Israel again” after the plumbline is set, is a promise that the Lord’s strange act (Isa 28:21) will not fail.  Salvation is assured, once the word is planted.  The Lord will bring it to pass and our patience is waiting on Him to perform it.   Such is the torment and suffering to which we, those that believe on Jesus Christ are appointed (Phi 1:29, Rev 14:10)

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

Php 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

The work of the word of the Lord is tearing down our idols and destroying the temple of the self-righteous religious beast as a jealous God executes vengeance for His temple.

Amo 7:9 And the high places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste; and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.

The killing of the old man by the sword of the Lord is a good thing.  It is required for the rebuilding of the temple and repairing the breaches and broken down walls.

Amo 9:10 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us.

Amo 9:11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:

The setting of the plumbline is another way is the coming of Christ and He comes to bring peace but that only comes about after a great war is fought in heaven and the earth.

Mat 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

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

The plumbline is placed within us and in the midst of Israel.  It is here where the Lord sits and wages this war against our man of sin and the beast.

Mic 1:3 For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.

Jesus Christ and His Christ are taken up to these high places and this is where we are tempted with the riches of world and the pride of life.

Luk 4:5  And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

Luk 4:6  And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

Luk 4:7  If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

In the day of the Lord those high places will be laid waste as the words of Christ, the weapons of our warfare destroy the idols of our man of sin as we overcome more and more.

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 “was” of this prophecy was fulfilled by Shallum, who conspired against Zachariah the son of Jeroboam, and slew him, and reigned in his stead, which put an end to the family of Jeroboam (2Ki 15:7-11).  Yet none of these prophecies are history lessons (1Co 10:11), these words of the Lord from Amos are “is, was and will be” and not just was.  They apply to us and not just the ancient King Jeroboam.  Like Jeroboam, we will reap what we sow and every evil deed will be dealt a recompense in due time.  Prophecies of doom to our wicked ways will come to pass and by this judgment we shall be saved.

Ecc 8:11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

We are living out the “is” in our day of judgment when the plumbline is set in our midst. These words are spoken to King Jeroboam who was the king of the Northern Kingdom of Israel.  Jeroboam #2 is you and me (all things are ours) in our appointed time.  Like Jeroboam we are used of the Lord for good, winning some key battles, yet we are making idols and worshipping them which is not of faith and causes us (Israel) to sin.  The man of sin must die.

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

2Ki 14:27 And the LORD said not that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.

The high places appeal to our flesh and the pride of man.  The devil knows this and we are constantly tempted to serve Satan and create high places which are stumbling blocks of sin in our hearts. The truth the world cannot see much less accept is that the Lord is working these sins (Isa 63:17) and creating these idols so we can be brought back to the Lord with a repented heart

Eze 14:4 Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;

Eze 14:5 That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.

Eze 14:6 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.

Our flesh and man of sin does not like these words of Amos.  Flesh wants to live and does not like being made to give an account according to the narrow way of the plumbline.  Our rebellious old man will seek to destroy the one measuring and highlighted our crooked paths and the high places that exalt themselves against the Lord.  This will be the focus of our next installment as Amos is put under duress and persecuted for speaking the word of God and prophesying against the high places of Israel. Amos is told to go away and prophesy not these harsh things to Jeroboam and the people of Israel.

Amo 7:10 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, Amos hath conspired against thee in the midst of the house of Israel: the land is not able to bear all his words.

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Amos Part 19 – The Five Visions

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Key Verses:  Amos 7:1 – 7:6

Chapter 7 begins with the Lord showing Amos the first two of five different visions regarding the nation of Israel that is symbolized by Jacob. It is us, God’s people, who will first wrestle with the Lord as we are the first to supplant the man of sin with the Lord from heaven.

 Amo 7:1 Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me; and, behold, he formed grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and, lo, it was the latter growth after the king’s mowings.

Amo 7:2 And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating the grass of the land, then I said, O Lord GOD, forgive, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.

Amo 7:3 The LORD repented for this: It shall not be, saith the LORD.

Amo 7:4 Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and, behold, the Lord GOD called to contend by fire, and it devoured the great deep, and did eat up a part.

Amo 7:5 Then said I, O Lord GOD, cease, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.

Amo 7:6 The LORD repented for this: This also shall not be, saith the Lord GOD.

These prophecies and visions are not to be taken as history lessons. There are admonitions and ensamples (1Co 10:11) for us, the Israel of God, and the true Jews (Rom 2:28, Gal 6:16), which words we shall live by in the appointed time (Mat 4:4). Each of these visions is a vision of judgment for the transgressions of the people. Here is the end of our judgment and what the Lord says after showing all five visions to Amos. This is why judgment is the blessing as it is what redeems us and saves us from our sins.

Amo 9:8 Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the LORD.

The fact that there are five visions reminds us that the scourging grace of the Lord is what brings salvation. The number five signifies grace through faith as it used in Scripture. Each of Amos’s visions reveal the chastening of the Lord to come, the very experiences that are teaching us righteousness (Heb 12:6, Isa 26:9).

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

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

The Vision of the Grasshoppers:

 Amos tells us that it is the Lord Himself, the Potter, who is forming these spiritual grasshoppers. There is a reason “grasshopper” is the word used here and not the word locust. Outwardly in the physical, grasshoppers are very similar, yet different than locusts and the same applies in their spiritual application (Rom 1:20).

Unlike their cousins the locusts, these grasshoppers shoot up in the latter stages of our growth versus the early stages of our being drawn to Christ. The “latter growth” of the grass is a reference to our day of the Lord when we are being made into mature sons of the Lord by judgment.   The biggest differentiator between grasshoppers and locusts in the natural, is how they socialize and move around. Grasshoppers are more solitary, much more finite versus the much more numerous and more gregarious swarming behavior of locusts. Locusts spiritually signify the lies and false doctrines of Babylon in our heavens (mind), that for a time completely cover the earth and blot out all the true light (Exo 10:15). Here is a partial description from Revelation 9 that links these locusts to the father of all lies as Isaiah 9:15 (the false prophet being the tail) confirms.

Rev 9:10 And they 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.

Grasshoppers by their very name are linked to the earth and the flesh (Isa 40:6 – all flesh is grass) and speak to the secret or hidden sins that arise with our continued unbelief. Our failure to overcome these sins, leads us to doubt the Word and lean on our own understanding.  The word for grasshopper in Amos 7:1 is “gob” which is H1462 which is found in only one other verse.

Nah 3:17 Thy crowned are as the locusts, and thy captains as the great H1462 grasshoppers H1462, which camp in the hedges in the cold day, but when the sun ariseth they flee away, and their place is not known where they are.

We looked at this verse in Nahum Part 10 – The Great Grasshopper.  Strong’s connects the root word for grasshopper to be H1461 or “goob” that means husbandmen, signifying those that dig in the earth and work in the Lord’s fields. The Elect go forth with great zeal to serve the Lord but we will first be overcome with wine (knowledge) just like a famous husbandman, named Noah whose nakedness was discovered.

Gen 9:20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:

Gen 9:21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

There is also another prime word for grasshopper and by taking the SUM of the word (Psa 119:160) it helps us understand what grasshoppers represent and the Lord’s purposes in sending them.   The other word for grasshopper is “chagab” or H2284 in Strong’s and is found five times in the bible.

 H2284, châgâb

Total KJV Occurrences: 5

grasshopper, 2

Lev_11:22, Ecc_12:5

grasshoppers, 2

Num_13:33, Isa_40:22

locusts, 1

2Ch_7:13

Until we grow in faith, our sins will make us doubt the Lord and even our ability through Him in overcoming the giants in the land.  This is part of the torment (Rev 14:10) we are enduring to learn patience and lose confidence in ourselves and come to our wits end and then cry out for deliverance. After seeing the land, we are given to possess, the men sent to spy out the land spoke of their carnal fears and doubts which the grasshoppers create that bind us in unbelief.

Num 13:33  And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers [H2284], and so we were in their sight.

The grasshoppers are used of the Lord to humble us and destroy the pride of life within us.  Only the meek, the humbled shall inherit the earth and be given dominion over sin (Mat 5:13).  The Lord sends them to devour the strength of the flesh to turn us in repentance.

2Ch 7:13  If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the grasshoppers [H2284 – locusts] to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;

2Ch 7:14  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

As we mature and are chastened with grace, we eventually are given the strength and the faith to overcome them and they become edible food for the new man.

Lev 11:22 Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper [H2284] after his kind.

These appearances of spiritual grasshoppers are the manifestation of our secret sins and idols that come to the light that destroy our pride and humble us. We must be humbled before we can be exalted and this turns us back to our first love. The Lord deals with our sins at the appointed time by bringing fire upon the earth that reveal all things.

Rom 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

Dan 2:22 He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.

Grasshoppers camp out in the hedges (Nah 3:17) we build with lies, doubts and false doctrines on “the cold days”.  These hideouts allow these sins to remain waiting the due time for being exposed.  There are days of spiritual winter when we don’t progress and little fruit is found in our land and we are lukewarm at doing the Words of the Lord. These days are ordained of the Lord and all part of the plan for us to learn good and evil and become like our Lord (Gen 3:22).

Gen 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

When the Sun (Truth, Word) arises, and as the seals on the Word that blinded us are being removed, the grasshoppers go into hiding behind our hypocrisy and self-righteous garments, hiding in the rocks and mountains of Babylon (Rev 6:15-16).  Said another way, secret sins hide behind the leaven of the Pharisees which is our hypocrisy. Saying one thing but thinking and doing something completely different.

Luk 12:1 …. Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

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

Unlike false doctrines (locusts), that can be vanquished quickly with Truth, purging our secret faults require us to seek judgment desiring it (Thy kingdom come) with prayer and fasting.

Psa 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

Psa 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Psa 19:11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

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

The day will come when the Lord raises up evil within our house in response to our secret sins as the story of David’s sin with Bathsheba shows. Our judgment and our adulterous behavior will be done in the Light of the Sun and shall no more be hidden.

2Sa 12:12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.

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

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

The grasshoppers will cut us down to size and devour all of our strength which is a blessing we will look behind and understand in our day of the Lord.

Amo 7:2 And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating the grass of the land, then I said, O Lord GOD, forgive, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.

We cannot be strong for the Lord when flesh is strong.  It is only when we are weak in the flesh that we are strong for the Lord and that is the purpose for all the oppression and calamity the Lord sends our way.

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

When the flesh remains strong, our flesh is being put into great distress when the Lord begins tearing down our image of being SELF righteous before Him.

2Ki 19:26 Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded; they were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the housetops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up.

 This is all by design of our Maker who is purposefully withering our grass and destroying the comfort of the old man.

1Pe 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

1Pe 1:25 But the word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

The Lord is going to kill the old man with a famine and remove the food that keeps him and the beast alive. To be saved we must learn to eat strong meat and get beyond herbs and green things. The green grass represents the immature things (mixed multitude within), which only gets us so far. To move on, we have to learn to eat strong meat (Heb 5:14).

Joh 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

The Lord uses spiritual moths, worms and even grasshoppers to expose our sin and self-righteousness and eat up our clothing, devouring the crop and destroy our false peace (1Th 5:3). God’s elect are these shameful husbandmen who have wasted the fields and been led of the Lord and allow these grasshoppers to spoil the crop.

Joe 1:11 Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished.

It is only those made hungry by the Lord who will in due time be filled and satisfied.

Mat 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Amos begs the Lord to forgive and remove the chastening and at the appointed time, when the Word has accomplished its purpose in teachings us, the Lord repents.

Amo 7:3 The LORD repented H5162 for this: It shall not be, saith the LORD.

This verse along with Amo 7:6 needs to be put into proper understanding using the SUM of the word. The Lord does not repent in the way that word is meant in the New Testament. The Lord’s plan has been declared from the beginning (Isa 46:10), including every minute detail of our lives (Psa 139:16). This immutable fact is still the truth.

Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.

Mal 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

1Sa 15:29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.

Jas 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

So, when we read the rest of the verses such as Amo 7:3 and 7:6 along with Gen 6:6, Exo 32.14 and others that say the Lord repented; we need to understand what the Lord’s repentance means. As recent studies in Isaiah and the email thread on God’s wrath reminded us, the Lord is not saving the old man and never intended for flesh and blood to inherit the kingdom of God (1Co 15:50). His wrath is for the specific purpose and when that purpose is fulfilled He repents of that wrath and we move on to the next experience of evil that is maturing us.

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

Ecc 1:13 (CLV)  I applied my heart to inquiring and exploring by wisdom concerning all that is done under the heavens: it is an experience of evil Elohim has given to the sons of humanity to humble them by it.

The word translated “repentance” in the Old Testament reveals the two-edged sword of the Lord. The Lord repenting of the evil He afflicts us with, teaches us and is used to grow our faith and comforts the new man. The same word for repentance is the same word for comfort.

H5162, nâcham

Total KJV Occurrences: 109

comfort, 34

comforted, 20

repent, 19  – Amos 7:3, Amos 7:6, Gen 6:6 etc

repented, 17

comforters, 5

comforter, 3

comforteth, 3

repenteth, 3

comfortedst, 1

 

“It shall not be” says the Lord, that Jacob who is small will not arise. Contrary to our carnal doubts expressed through Amos, Jacob, will arise as that is the promise of the Lord. We are raised up only as Christ within us is resurrected. That arising process includes us first conceiving chaff and building on another foundation first.

Isa 33:10 Now will I rise, saith the LORD; now will I be exalted; now will I lift up myself.

Isa 33:11 Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble: your breath, as fire, shall devour you.

1Co 6:14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.

The Vision of Fire in the Deep:

The Lord continues giving Amos further vision or spiritual understanding into His process with the second of the visions.

Amo 7:4 Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and, behold, the Lord GOD called to contend by fire, and it devoured the great deep, and did eat up a part.

The great deep represents our flesh, which is also symbolized by the seas in Scripture. It is our baptism into Christ, by judgment, that breaks up this deep and delivers us from the miry clay of our flesh and our bondage to sins.

Gen 7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.

Psa 69:14 Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.

Job 41:31 He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.

The Lord created our heaven and earth in the beginning and made the spiritual darkness first so He could come again to call Light out of that darkness. Our whole life in clay vessels is integral (alpha and omega) to the Lord’s plan of bringing the light forward and dividing it from the darkness.

Gen 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Gen 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. .

1Pe 2:9 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:

Only the Lord’s fire poured into the deep can pull up the serpent (leviathan – Job 27:1) that lives there and destroy the beast that lives there and is given power over our flesh.

Rev 16:10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,

The devouring of the spiritual sea within by fire is how the sea is burned up and ceases to exist. This signifies salvation and the destruction of all flesh. In this age, the elect see this in down payment form as a new heaven (mind) and earth (walk) are being formed within us as we stand above the sea gaining dominion over the flesh (Rev 15:2). Yet the end of this age at the end of the outward millennium reign, when the last enemy death is destroyed, there will be no more flesh as the sea shall be no more.

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

The harlot rides the beast (Rev 17:3) who ascends out of the great deep and is ruled by our father the devil. The same fire that is burning up the flesh (sea) will likewise destroy the harlot and be the causation of the melting of our old earth that is passing away.

 Zec 9:4 Behold, the Lord will cast her out, and he will smite her power in the sea; and she shall be devoured with fire.

2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

The vision reveals it is by fire that the Lord is contending/pleading with His people.  Once this fire is casted to our earth (Luk 12:49), then the trumpets begin to blow and the seven bowls of wrath are being poured out and the doom of our old man and man of sin is set.

Rev 16:1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

Amos and all the Lord’s prophets, will first naturally in our unbelief beg the Lord to stop and to cease with the burning and to remove the fire that is devouring the deep.

Amo 7:5 Then said I, O Lord GOD, cease, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.

Amo 7:6 The LORD repented for this: This also shall not be, saith the Lord GOD.

We see through Amos, that judgment is a process. Judgment comes to us by the Word which we can only understand and apply when able to bear it (1Co 10:13, Joh 16:12). The Lord is destroying Jacob, yet not totally destroying Jacob. The old is being destroyed so the new can come forth.

Jer 30:11 For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.

Amo 9:8 Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the LORD.

This fire eats up the portion assigned and this comes little by little by the process of winnowing. The Lord always (is, was and will be) has something against us until we are perfected on the third day (Rev 2:14, Rev 2:20, Mar 10:18).

It is natural for us to cry out to the Lord and for salvation. Coming to our wits ends requires the deep within to be stirred up and the waves (lies/unbelief) overtake us. We have to come to the place of total helplessness and have exhausted all other avenues of saving ourselves.

Psa 107:24 These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.

Psa 107:25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.

Psa 107:26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.

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

Psa 107:28 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.

It takes us time to grow in faith and fully trust in the Lord’s promises. We learn to stand in faith and do not despair knowing that those ordained to be saved, will be saved in this age.

Rom 9:27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:

Rom 9:28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.

The Lord will “repent” by turning away from our carnal nature that is rebelling against Him for the purpose of destroying that mindset and the man of sin. Our house and old way of life is being left to us desolate by design (Rom 8:20-21).

Mat 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

Mat 23:38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

Next week Lord willing, we will start with the third visions regarding the plumbline.

Amo 7:7 Thus he shewed me: and, behold, the Lord stood upon a wall made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in his hand.

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:

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

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Amos Part 17 – Eating, Drinking and Being Merry

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“Eating, Drinking and Being Merry”

Key Verses:  Amos 6:2 – 6:7

We learned last week that being “at ease” in Zion meant we are not doing the work of God and instead are seeking the ways of the heathen nations to avoid the burden of living a godly life.

Joh 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, this is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent

Cutting peace treaties with the “chief of the nations” within ourselves is the result of our turning grace into lasciviousness and failing to earnestly contend for the faith (Jud 1:3-4).

Amo 6:1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!

Our failing to work is not standing on faith. For this cause the Lord will send upon us strong delusion as we feast on the finer things in the Lord’s temple and the streets of His Holy City (Luk 13:26) but attend not the carrying the cross.  This brings the occasion the Lord has been seeking to kindle the fire of judgment in our earth (Luk 12:49) that comes by the Word. The Lord’s response to this unbelief and our pleasure in continued sins and fornication with heathen nations (turning grace to lasciviousness); is to send to us strong delusion.

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

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

2Th 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

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

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

2Th 2:12  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Our captivity to sin and darkness is what leads to our “damnation” which is the very judgment of that man of sin within us, the blessing of God that will ultimately save us and all men in the appointed time. The unbelieving antichrist within, needs to be revealed and is identified to us as we go beyond Damascus into captivity to our flesh and carnal mind.

Amo 6:2 Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; and from thence go ye to Hamath the great: then go down to Gath of the Philistines: be they better than these kingdoms? or their border greater than your border?

Amo 6:3 Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near;

Amo 6:4 That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall;

Amo 6:5 That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David;

Amo 6:6 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.

Amo 6:7 Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed.

Going beyond Damascus puts us deep into Spiritual Babylon where we are using the precious stones and vessels of the Lord for position; seeking a name for ourselves as we measure and compare ourselves to others. The heathen nations within and without are the rod of His anger used to bring judgment upon His people and reveal our captivity to sin and the lusts of the flesh.

Isa 10:5 O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.

Isa 10:6 I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.

Amo 6:14 But, behold, I will raise up against you a nation, O house of Israel, saith the LORD the God of hosts; and they shall afflict you from the entering in of Hemath unto the river of the wilderness.

All three of these named cities denote our spiritual progression onward to maturity and coming to see ourselves as the chief of sinners and wretched beasts when we of ourselves do anything.

Ecc 3:18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

These three cities have names and linkages to the desires of our flesh to be great (pride) and to continually expand its borders (influence).  Before we are humbled and Christ is exalted, the Lord turns us over to the idols of our heart (Eze 14:4).  Driven by prideful lusts, we seek gain from our supposed godliness and exalt ourselves against the congregation (Isa 14:13), seeking preeminence and are not content (1Ti 6:6) with where the Lord has us.

Calneh came from the line of Cush and specifically Nimrod who was a “mighty one in the earth” and a hunter who like Esau was a man of the field/world (Gen 25:27, Mat 13:38).

Gen 10:8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.

Gen 10:9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.

Gen 10:10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

Isaiah tells us Calneh is the same as Carchemish which means “fortress of Chemosh”

Isa 10:9 Is not Calno as Carchemish? is not Hamath as Arpad? is not Samaria as Damascus?

Chemosh was looked at in some detail in Amos Part 6.  This is the God of the Moabites who came from one of Lot’s two incestuous sons.  Spiritual incest as other studies have shown is uncovering the nakedness (sin) of our family which comes when we sleep with them in the darkness  rather than walking in the light.  The Body of Christ and the ministry of Christ is to be covering sins not uncovering them (1Pe 4:8).

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

The spirit of Satan, the accuser of the brethren and fault finding spirit is being cast out of heaven and is made manifest in our journey beyond Damascus (Amo 5:27). The wagging the finger and finding fault is only cast out when we starve the old man and feed the new man.

Isa 58:9 Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;

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

Hamath comes from H3246 meaning “walled” in like a “walled fortress”.  This is the false peace and safety we know, thinking we have made it through already before the Lord comes suddenly in the dark of night. Hamath is said to be “as Arpad” (Isa 10:9) which means “comfort” and is likened to the spreading out like on a bed. Spiritually speaking this is nothing more than being at ease, which is trusting in ourselves and the works of our hands as we build our own tower into heaven and rise above the clouds (Heb 12:1 – the saints).

Isa 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

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.

All three of these cities are kingdoms of the heathen nations and Gath is no different, perhaps best known for being the home of Goliath the giant of the uncircumcised Philistines that represent the power of our flesh.  Goliath is our beast and the beast of all carnally minded men that walk after the flesh (signified by the number six).

1Sa 17:4 And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.

In the Micah Study Part 3, we showed the word Gath [H1660] is actually the very word in Hebrew that means winepress. Having our beast made manifest by journeying beyond Damascus into Spiritual Babylon/Assyria and engaging the armies of Israel in the war taking place in our heaven, is what brings the occasion for that same beast to be destroyed.

Rev 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

Our failing to stand and fight and do the work of God in our laziness (lasciviousness) being puffed up with knowledge leads us into sin and our wicked hearts deceive us. Amos asks the question are we better than these three kingdoms or their borders greater than ours?  This is to cast light on our lack of faith and our continued doing what flesh loves to do but is so unwise.

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.

2Co 10:17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

2Co 10:18 For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.

Being at ease gets more difficult as the furnace of affliction (Isa 48:10) is turned up in our day of wrath against the man of sin that is making a name for myself. We will stop it when the fire gets so hot and Romans grace accomplishes its purpose in changed behavior (Rom 5:20). Yet it is a process as we like Job, believe we are not worthy to be judged and bear this scourging.

Amo 6:3  Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near;

Putting off the day of evil is not being aware of our day of visitation from the Lord and wresting away His righteous judgments, the very trials and tribulations that are necessary to save us (Exo 6:6, Isa 1:27) by destroying our old way of life and establishing a new way.

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

Following Christ is remembering Lot’s wife and not looking back and seeking to save the old.

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

It is following our Lord’s footsteps and forsaking all that truly separates the chosen from the faithful in the end (Rev 17:14).

Luk 14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

It is the self-righteous spirit of Job and the Pharisees (i.e. you and me and ALL MEN) who do not need judgment and believe they have arrived way before the whirlwind comes and proves otherwise. These Pharisees, full of knowledge and zeal to search the Scriptures, sit in Moses’s seat which is a seat of self-righteousness by the works of the carnal law before the true reformation is completed in our day of the Lord.

Mat 23:2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:

Mat 23:3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

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

Mat 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 

Eating and drinking in the Kingdom of God is the means to the end which is salvation and being delivered of our besetting sins. We are found worshiping ourselves, the temple of God and forgetting the presence of builder of the temple who is far greater.

Amo 6:4 That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall;

Amo 6:5 That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David;

Amo 6:6 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.

The Scriptures have many parables of our eating and drinking to excess and making that our primary focus. We so easily see this sin in others but not in ourselves as the sins of King David show us.  It takes a prophet to show us that we are THAT MAN (2Sa 12:7)

2Sa 12:1 And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.

2Sa 12:2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:

2Sa 12:3 But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.

2Sa 12:4 And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.

2Sa 12:5 And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die:

Like David we “invent” or devise and cunningly spin the truth to justify ourselves and be seen dancing and prancing in the congregation.  Yet our obedience is far from complete and we are in need of a prophet to bring rebuke to us to see ourselves as this man of sin. The end does not come until we see ourselves as this abomination in the Lord’s Temple (Mat 24:15). Only then are we taught the new song that only the Elect can sing as we abide in the fire, acknowledging we are the chief of sinners in all humility.

Rev 14:3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. (by judgment)

This is the true music and true Psalms the Lord is well pleased with that comes forth from a converted and contrite heart that has and is being humbled by the light shining in darkness.  The priority will shift from knowledge to filling up in the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22).

Eph 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

Eph 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Seeking preeminence, seeking dominion over other’s faith (2Co 1:24) and taking their wife and killing their husband, all sins of David committed in his affair are ours sin.  We are the man!  This is our story and words the Elect of God shall live by (Luk 4:4).  We learn it is better to go to the house of mourning than feasting.

Rom 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

Rom 14:18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.

Are we really serving Christ or are we serving self and feeding the old man in seeking gain among men?  The Lord knows and tries our hearts by these very judgments we are studying.

1Co 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God (and not to ourselves).

Until we are humbled and given a change of heart (little by little) we are trusting in our spiritual riches and the outward fruits we bring that are seen of men.

Luk 12:16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:

Luk 12:17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?

Luk 12:18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.

Our work, our labor in the kingdom of God is not to get rich and lay up treasures for ourselves (Pro 23:4, Luk 12:21). The ministry of Jesus Christ is to feed others first and NOT OURSELVES. As servants we eat second and thereby reap the blessing that is greater to those who give rather than receive. Our reasonable service is our entire life be given in service and there to be no seeking of gain.

Luk 17:8 But will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink’

Luk 17:9 Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not.

Luk 17:10 So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’

It is a narrow way to navigate the path to eternal life.  Paul praised not the carnal Corinthians who were coming together and making a show of eating and drinking for themselves when such work is to be done at home and not when we come together for service.

1Co 11:21 For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.

1Co 11:22 What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.

This spirit of self, manifests in our gorging ourselves with food (waxing fat – Deut 32:15) and drinking to drunkenness (Deut 29:6) that is ordained before we will know the Lord in spirit and I truth.   The day comes as it did for Noah and for Lot when we are eating and drinking in lusts for self and then Christ is revealed and the beast is destroyed by the water and fire of judgment.  (Luk 17:25-30).

Turning grace into lasciviousness is putting the light that is in us, under a bed and fornicating with the world.  We truly are being taught to separate by these many parables and learning just how serious is our calling.

Luk 8:16  No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.

Becoming part of the living Christ is a transformation process from living for ourselves and awakening from our spiritual sleep and putting away all things that are not of faith. When the Lord comes and arises within us, then we are commanded to get up from our bed and walk in faith (Joh 5:9).

Not being grieved for the affliction of Joseph is our ignorance to our own spiritual status and need for a healing as well as those in the Body.  The words for “grieved for the affliction” of Joseph are in their primary use telling us we are not aware of our sickness [H2470] that is destroying us [H7667].  Jesus Christ only comes to those who know and acknowledge they are in need of such a spiritual doctor (1T1 1:15, Rom 7:24).

Mat 9:12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.

Mat 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

This responsibility to work out our own salvation first and foremost is our duty (Phi 2:12) and what acting in faith (working in the kingdom of God) is truly all about.

Gal 6:5 For every man shall bear his own burden.

Mat 7:5  Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

The Lord is, was and will be, getting our attention and showing us our lackadaisical faith that has turned His grace into justification for our continued sins and fornicating with the gods of this world.  Our moth eaten garments and cankered gold are being exposed and we are counseled where to go as the trials of judgment intensify.

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

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

The outward application of not being grieved is failing to be the faithful watchmen and truly love our brothers and go to them when they err and use the word to bring rebuke and correction where and when it is needed.

Tit 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

Jas 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

We must always take heed (remain vigilant) in the fight of faith and examine ourselves and try the spirits in ourselves and in others.  Grievous wolves enter in (Act 20:29) and speak lies to draw away disciples in the gainsaying tradition of Core and Balaam.  This is why we must always try the spirits and examine ourselves to see if we are truly in the faith.

Amo 6:7 Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed.

As we are taken captive deep into Assyria beyond Damascus (aka Spiritual Babylon), our sins are being uncovered in our captivity and the feasting and celebrating ceases. Despite our knowledge, we are captives to our sins and like a pig returning to its wallowing in mire or a dog to its vomit, we are overcome by the beast.

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

Rev 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

It is a famine of hearing the words of the Lord that will bring us to our wits end and leads us back to our Father’s House as the Prodigal Son.

Amo 8:10 And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day.

Amo 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD

Being awakened to righteousness and seeing our true spiritual status will lead us to wash our hands in the fire and turns us back to the Lord with the mourning and weeping necessary to bring forth the new man.

Jas 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Jas 4:9  Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.

Next week the Lord begins smiting Israel for its inequities and disobedience being unfaithful to the Word.  Jacob will be made small which is the prerequisite for Christ to be exalted.  The might strong man of sin within us is being cut down as Christ is raised within us.

Amo 6:8 The Lord GOD hath sworn by himself, saith the LORD the God of hosts, I abhor the excellency of Jacob, and hate his palaces: therefore will I deliver up the city with all that is therein.

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

Your brother in Christ,  Pete

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Amos Part 16 – Being at Ease in Zion

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“Being at Ease in Zion”

Key Verses:  Amos 5:24 – Amos 6:1

This study as most of these studies in the Prophets are exhorting us to contend for the true faith and not be overtaken by a lazy or lascivious spirit. The sooner we take to heart how the Lord’s grace works, the sooner we will overcome and move onward to maturity. A “que sera sera” aka “a whatever will be will be” attitude, can mistakenly apply the Lord’s sovereignty and lead us into captivity. We are still learning the sum of the Lord’s sovereignty which includes:

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

Jude spoke of “certain men” who are those outside ourselves as indeed many false prophets have gone out into the world. Yet these men are also you and me, God’s very people who have been ordained to live by every Word God spoke (Mat 4:4) including these.

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

Jud 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

The deceitfulness of sin that hides our fleshly hearts will deceive us and snare us in bondage to sin and unbelief while we claim to serve and obey the Lord. We are so much in need of the Body as our safety and refuge to keep our faith strong and to get the help we need including strong rebukes in times of trouble. I hope this message is an exhortation to all who read it as it was to me as I prepared it.

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

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

We continue in Amos and see more of the Lord’s controversy with us His people.

Amo 5:24 But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.

Amo 5:25 Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?

Amo 5:26 But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.

Amo 5:27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the LORD, whose name is The God of hosts.

Amo 6:1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!

When judgment is on the house of God, it shall not fail to roll and the purifying waters shall continually be bringing righteousness to our heavens and our earth. It’s all the Lord’s work, it is His zeal for His people by which the Lord performs and establishes judgment in His kingdom.

Isa 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Php 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Righteousness is learned only by enduring judgment (Isa 26:9) and bearing the trials the Lord sends and standing on His Word through the affliction. The rushing waters are the torrent, the fiery Word that come against our house to try our faith and expose what is not built on faith so only that which is of faith shall remain (Luk 6:47-49). These waters flow out of the Words that the Body of Christ is speaking to those prepared and gathered to hear.

Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

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

We should be striving to learn the lessons of the Lord and hastening the coming of the Lord within us (2Pe 3:12). If we don’t learn the lessons and do not move on to maturity (Heb 6:3), we are bound to repeat the lessons until we do. Israel was led around for forty years with many trials (4 x 10, the whole perfection of flesh) but was not given to cross over and enter into and possess the land.

Amo 5:25 Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?

Like physical Israel, the Lord’s Elect in every age are first unable to cross over and overcome and we repeat the lessons. Until grace is poured out in our day of judgment, we are unable and instead offer outward sacrifices and offerings to the Lord while claiming His Name.

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

Heb 10:8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;

The Lord does not want outward obedience and rituals. He is looking to our hearts and He demands all of it be given to Him as a living sacrifice. The joy of the old man is turned to gloom and the mourning of the new man to joy as we endure major spiritual heart surgery.

Psa 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

Mar 12:30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

Our time wandering in the wilderness is our time of testing that follows our initial baptism into the truth (1Co 10:2). This precedes the second coming of Christ within us for salvation apart from sin (Heb 9:28). Like our Lord experienced (Mat 4:1-2) and Paul (Gal 1:7) we too, must be tested to be made ready for ministry and service. Unlike our spotless Lord, we will be unfaithful and fall down our appointed “seven” times. As we die to the flesh we are being saved and gain dominion over sin the more we look to our new life, becoming a living sacrifice.

Joh 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man (Jesus Christ and His Christ) be lifted up:

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

As we abide in faith and stand in the grace of God, in DUE TIME, we are being made partakers of Christ. The Lord is grieved by our sins and keeps us in torment (Rev 14:11) to destroy all faith in ourselves and instill faith in Him alone. Israel of old could not and Israel of today, the spiritual Jews cannot enter into because of unbelief.

Heb 3:17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?

Heb 3:18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?

We are being made into a living sacrifice by the blood of the Lamb as we are made to drink and partake in judgment. This turns our faith into an active faith evidenced by our works. The Body of Christ is the second sacrifice (the scapegoat) along with our Lord that are used to bring salvation to all mankind as saviours and The Savior, respectfully (Oba 1:21).

Amo 5:26 But ye have borne the tabernacle (covering) of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.

The law for the lawless and self-righteous has us covering ourselves with our own works which is not of faith. Instead of offering pleasing sacrifices we are committing fornication and spiritual incest with our flesh. This is how we bear the tabernacle of Moloch (who is the God of Ammonites) and the false god of Chiun [H3594] which is another name for our self-righteous beast that does many good works in seeking glory.

H3594, kı̂yûn, kee-yoon’

From H3559; properly a statue, that is, idol; but used (by euphemism) for some heathen deity (perhaps corresponding to Priapus or Baal-peor): – Chiun.

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

Job 27:6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.

The Word for tabernacle is H552 is found once in Scripture per the KJV Concordance.

H5522, sikkûth, sik-kooth’

Feminine of H5519; an (idolatrous) booth: – tabernacle.

A religious self-worshiping beast (Rev 13:11) is certainly an idolatrous booth or house. But the point I want to make here is that this image to the beast we setup is about covering ourselves with righteousness and taking away God’s reproach. The Lord’s true coverings, the true garments of salvation are knitted together only as we endure through many tribulations being crucified with Christ.

Going back to the root of the root, we find H5526, which primarily speaks of our covering which we know is what makes us acceptable and presentable to the Lord.

 H5526, sakes /  śâkak

Total KJV Occurrences: 23

covered, 8

cover, 5

covereth, 2

covering, 2

defence, 1

defendest, 1

What is really being said here is we are putting on self-righteousness and spiritual clothing that is our own works as we worship the idols and image of the beast. Such a mindset is a defiled wedding garment that needs to be uncovered and is in our day of judgment at the wedding feast (Mat 22:11).

Jas 5:2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.

Rev 18:16 And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls!

Salvation is of the Lord (Jon 2:6) and we must be GIVEN our garments (Isa 61:3) from the Lord. White washed robes and the “fine linen” worn in spiritual Babylon are defiled garments that are being exposed and rewashed/remade in the afflictions and suffering (the blood, the dying daily) the Lord has and is appointing us to endure (Phi 1:29).

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

The Lord is faithful to finish the good work in us which means He is/will complete our judgment which will completed in full which is how we are saved from our sins.  Our beasts and the false prophets are being destroyed in the age abiding fire that we as His sons are enduring now (Rev 19:20) and the rest of mankind will endure in the lake of fire.

Amo 5:27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the LORD, whose name is The God of hosts.

Damascus is the capital of Syria (Isa 7:8) and spiritually represents our flesh and the lineage of where our old man and our father Abraham’s physical family has come from.

Gen 25:20 And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife, the daughter of Bethune the Syrian of Padanaram, the sister to Laban the Syrian.

Going beyond Damascus is going beyond just our flesh and into the territory of the Assyrians.  Assyria is likened to the land of Spiritual Babylon (Jer 51:18, 2Ki 17:23-24) and these nations are the rod of the Lord’s anger sent to Israel (The Elect) that are hypocrites (Isa 10:5-6). The falling away does not lead us back to Egypt but instead takes is into spiritual Assyria.

Hos 11:5 He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to return.

Hos 11:6 And the sword shall abide on his cities, and shall consume his branches, and devour them, because of their own counsels.

Hos 11:7 And my people are bent to backsliding from me: though they called them to the most High, none at all would exalt him.

Being captives to the Assyrians is being turned over to our fleshly lusts and the pride of life, and being led to fornicate with the many lies of the harlot. We are being shown in our judgment that nothing good dwells in our flesh and that we truly are the chief of sinners without the headship of Jesus Christ (Rom 7:24, 1Ti 1:15). In due time this brings about a change in our heart as we cry out for deliverance.

The entire phrase “Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity” comes from one Hebrew word galah H1540. The use of this word in itself shows that becoming “captive” from the negative perspective, is being enslaved to our sin and having our nakedness (sinfulness) uncovered.

H1540, gâlâh

Total KJV Occurrences: 217

carried, 34

captive, 24

uncover, 22

discovered, 18

away, 17

revealed, 11

discover, 10

uncovered, 10

captivity, 9

open, 6

revealeth, 3

published, 2

uncovereth, 2

Here are some examples of being led “into captivity” with H1540 galah.

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

Eze 23:18 So she discovered [H1540] her whoredoms, and discovered her nakedness: then my mind was alienated from her, like as my mind was alienated from her sister.

There is a purpose in the Lord revealing the shame of our nakedness. This is how He is making known His power to us as the first marred vessel (Jer 18:4) and is now being destroyed.

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,

Beyond Damascus puts us deep into the Assyrian/Babylonian Empire where the Lord has us in captivity to not only our flesh but also the lies of the spiritual harlot. We are this harlot bound to the world, having all the godly gifts, all the knowledge but still fornicating with the kings of this earth and making merchandise of the Lord’s treasures.

Rev 17:4 The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, having in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the filthiness of her fornication.

Rev 18:7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.

When the Lord returns as a thief in our spiritual night, we will be found at ease in Zion having buried our talents, including our gift of faith in the earth.

Amo 6:1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!

Entering into the rest of Jesus Christ does not mean we don’t work. We rest from our own works but not from the Lord’s work. Here is the Lord’s work which is a demonstration of our faith IN ACTION which never ceases.

Joh 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of Godthat ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

Joh 5:17 (NKJV) But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”

Knowledge before the baptism by fire comes is making us slothful thinking we have arrived. But when the fire comes we see more clearly and are given some wise counsel.

Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

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

Believing is work, it requires us to make judgments and stand on the Word and not rely on our own works or the wisdom of this world. These words from James apply inwardly as well as outwardly. They complement rather than negate the words of John 6:29.

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

The charge to come out of her (the harlot) my people (Rev 18:4) and truly separate from the world and the heathen ways within and without, is a serious commandment if we plan to make the first resurrection.

2Co 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

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

2Co 6:16 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.

2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

Trusting in the mountain of Samaria is trusting in ourselves and leaning on our carnal understanding and the ways of the world and its chief nations (the strongman within).

Exo 23:32 Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.

Exo 23:33 They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee

That is what ancient Israel did many times in going to the “chief nations” (the strong man within) to seek treaties and covenants with them to take away the reproach of the world and make their lives easier. We live out those words as these disobedient kings and go to the chief of the nation’s instead of standing in faith. Here are just two examples.

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

1Ki 15:19 There is a league (covenant) between me and thee, and between my father and thy father: behold, I have sent unto thee a present of silver and gold; come and break thy league with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me.

1Ki 20:34 And Benhadad said unto him (Ahab), The cities, which my father took from thy father, I will restore; and thou shalt make streets for thee in Damascus, as my father made in Samaria. Then said Ahab, I will send thee away with this covenant. So he made a covenant with him, and sent him away.

These covenants with the chief of the nations are covenants with death and the carnal mind (Rom 8:6). Such covenants will be disannuled in our day of the Lord.

Isa 28:18 Your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol will not stand; When the overflowing scourge passes through ….

Being at ease in Zion is failing to stand on the Word and fight the good fight of faith. Who wants to carry a cross and stand in faith, when it’s far easier for our flesh to make a peace treaty and compromise the Word of God and go along to get along? An obvious example of this is the outward keeping of days, times and years. Yet this “weak of faith” spirit afflicts us all in our immaturity as our man of sin is always looking for ways to lessen the burden than bear the reproach of Jesus Christ. The narrow way requires work, it requires us to stand in the face of great opposition from the heathen nations within and in the outside world.

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.

We have a good example of faith in action via a maturing King Hezekiah.  He stood on the Word of God against the threats covenant promises of the Assyrians. Despite much carnal fear and a doom and gloom prognosis Hezekiah stood in faith. Yet Israel was delivered by their faithfulness (2Kings 18-19) and obedience to the king’s command not to answer back the Assyrians or enter into any covenants.

The Lord is sore displeased with those unfaithful to the Word and doing evil while claiming His Name. In His mercy, the Lord returns to save us from our sins and rebuilds His Temple within by the plumbline of His Word.

Zec 1:15 And I am very sore displeased with the heathen at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction (“RA” H7451 – EVIL).

Zec 1:16 Therefore thus saith the LORD; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith the LORD of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem.

While it is true that “the Lord is doing it” as it relates to our disobedience and obedience as all things are of Him (Rom 11:36); we are never to lose sight of why the Lord is doing it. He is causing our erring so we will stop doing it and thereby learn righteousness (Isa 26:9, Exo 6:6). We are admonished to ALWAYS strive, labor, contend, and engage in the good fight of faith.

Luk 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

We are to labor for the things of the Spirit and seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Mat 6:33). This is the work of faith and how we lose our life to gain it.

Joh 6:27 Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”

Faith without works, is faith without fighting. To lay hold on eternal life we engage in the war and fight the good fight of faith all the way to the very end (Mat 24:13, 2Ti 4:7).

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 spiritual battles and the greater war can only be fought successfully by trusting (putting on) in the whole armor of God. The Word of God will not fail in the end and we need to learn patience and to trust in the Lord.

Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

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

Eph 6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Next week Lord willing, we will see more details of our journey “beyond Damascus” where the Lord is taking us deeper into captivity. Here is the first verse of Part 17 where we will see the theme of pride/self-exaltation develop as our self-righteousness is exposed as filthy rags.

Amo 6:2 Pass ye over to Calneh and see, and go thence to Hamath the great, and go down to Gath of the Philistines, Are they better than these kingdoms? Greater is their border than your border?

The Lord will put focus on our feasting on meat and drinking lots of wine but not tending to the weightier matters of Godly Love.

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A Servant In  Christ,  Pete