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Adversaries of an Apostate Solomon

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Kings of Israel #1

“Adversaries of an Apostate Solomon”

Key Verses:  1 Kings Chapter 11

I am introducing a new study series that will review the lives and experiences of each of the various kings of Israel beginning with the demise of Solomon and division of Israel into two kingdoms.  Lord willing, the series will cover these events in Kings and Chronicles that continue until the Assyrian (Northern Kingdom) and Babylonian (Southern Kingdom) captivity.  These history lessons begin to take on a much greater importance as they help give purpose to our trials and the process of salvation as we are being saved (matured) little by little.

1Pe 1:10  Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:

1Pe 1:11  Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

1Pe 1:12  Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

When these events are read with spiritual eyes (Joh 6:63, 1Co 3:21), we grow to understand and apply these stories rightfully so as to our lives.  That is because God’s Elect are the true Israel of God, circumcised inwardly by the finger of God (Col 2:11, Rom 2:28-29) and who are the focus and actual subject of all Scriptures.  All men, beginning with the Israel of God are living by every word (Mat 4:4).  Every King of Judah and Israel is speaking of our lives and spiritual experiences.  There are some good kings and many more bad kings, all of which fell short of the righteousness (Mat 5:20) that is needed to enter the Kingdom of God.  But through our successes and failures as these kings of Israel, we are Lord willing, making progress towards the goal of being humbled.

Ecc 1:13 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.

1Pe 5:6  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

The physical stories are just the shadow of the greater spiritual truth and work the Potter is performing in preparing for Himself a Temple where He is reigning.

Act 7:47  But Solomon built him an house.

Act 7:48  Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,

Act 7:49  Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest?

Oneness with Christ is the end outcome, the Lord moves us there by first dividing us.  It’s the same way as Christ bringing peace to the land by bringing a sword and a war in heaven.

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

The Lord takes credit for the division of Israel reading ahead in His response to Judah that wanted to go to war with their revolting brethren.

1Ki 12:24  Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel: return every man to his house; for this thing (the division) is from me

The division of Israel (you and me) has a declared end and a purpose which is bringing us into unity of faith (Heaven/doctrines and earth/deeds) with the Lord.  The second coming of Christ brings Israel (us) back together.

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

Eph 2:15  Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 

Eph 2:16  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity (the carnal mind) thereby:

The division of Israel is just as certain as is the reunification of Israel in God’s plan for every man.  In the same way the Lord works in dark parables, new life comes only by death and oneness in Israel only comes about by first being divided.  It is the Greek AORIST tense process (an ongoing that is, was and will be) that is living out the lives of the kings that is part of all things written being ours (1Co 3:21).  Two wooden sticks within us will be made one as the Elect are raised up with Christ and Israel will no longer being defiled with idols.

Eze 37:19  Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand. 

Eze 37:20  And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.

Eze 37:21  And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:

Eze 37:22  And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:

Leaving Our First Love

The Lord divides the kingdom within us when we, as Solomon, leave our first love and stop striving to obey the Lord.

1Jn 5:3  For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Joh 14:15  If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Solomon falls away despite being given all the gifts and great wisdom and spiritual truths.

1Ki 11:1  But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; 

1Ki 11:4  For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father. 

1Ki 11:6  And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father. 

We will see ourselves as Solomon and all these rebellious kings when our day has come.

2Th 2:3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

2Th 2:4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Our disobedience is all ordained of the Lord to give Him the occasion to bring the grace that is saving us.

Isa 1:2  Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. 

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

The Lord raises up “adversaries” to Solomon, through the process of teaching us and destroying our lives of disobedience and idolatry.

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

Our flesh cannot help but do evil continually and that is what each of these three adversaries do in bringing about the division and the doom of Solomon’s kingdom.  The Lord has already appeared to Solomon twice (came the second time to us for salvation in type).  The fire and baptism have come in type and shadow as the rulership of Israel begins to change.  The first adversary is Hadad.

1Ki 11:14  And the LORD stirred up an adversary [H7854] unto Solomon, Hadad the Edomite: he was of the king’s seed in Edom. 

Flesh is the seed of the serpent which is at enmity with the ways of the Lord.  The word for adversary used here is H7854 the word “Satan”.

H7854, śâṭân

Total KJV Occurrences: 27

satan, 19

adversary, 6   Num_22:22, 1Ki_5:4 (2), 1Ki_11:14, 1Ki_11:23, 1Ki_11:25

adversaries, 1

withstand, 1

Adversaries are needed for us to learn to walk by faith and fight the good fight.  Satan and his offspring are a purposeful tool of the Lord to test, vex and oppress the children of Israel and ultimately destroy the first vessel of clay.

Job 26:13  By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent. 

Satan is used to destroy the first Israel in the flesh which is the house of Solomon who rebelled and did not keep the Lord’s commandments.

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

Mar 3:26  And if Satan rise up against himself (his own offspring), and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.

Job, like Solomon, was a wise man who did many good things, yet when the time came to expose idolatry and self-worship, the Lord removes the hedge and uses His chosen instruments to bring about the destruction of Job’s and Solomon’s life.

Job 1:6  Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan [H7854] came also among them.

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

Job 1:8  And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

Job 1:12  And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

The name Hadad is first introduced as a son of Ishmael (1Ch 1:30) and represents an inward enemy of God from our rejected flesh that cannot be heir with Christ.  Edomites are descendants of Esau symbolizing the firstborn man of flesh that cannot inherit the Kingdom of God (1Co 15:50).  This other nation is always present in our members (Esau vs Jacob – Gen 25) to be used by the Lord to bring division, war and chastening.  The promise of dominion over sin will be given to all men, the apostate Solomon and even Cain who murdered Abel.

Gen 4:7  If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. 

Males in Scripture represent doctrines and beliefs.  Hadad represents the carnal mindset of our father, the devil, that is always at enmity with the Lord (Gen 3:15).  King David has killed all the males of Edom earlier however Hadad and a few others escaped to be used later of the Lord to try us and vex us in the later days of king Solomon and his apostasy.

1Ki 11:15  For it came to pass, when David was in Edom, and Joab the captain of the host was gone up to bury the slain, after he had smitten every male in Edom; 

1Ki 11:16  (For six months did Joab remain there with all Israel, until he had cut off every male in Edom:) 

1Ki 11:17  That Hadad fled, he and certain Edomites of his father’s servants with him, to go into Egypt; Hadad being yet a little child. 

1Ki 11:18  And they arose out of Midian, and came to Paran: and they took men with them out of Paran, and they came to Egypt, unto Pharaoh king of Egypt; which gave him an house, and appointed him victuals, and gave him land. 

The Hadad in us always finds a welcome mat in Egypt which is a type and symbol for the world and our worldliness.  Having just completed a mini-series on Gideon, it is timely to see that it was in Midian, a spiritual place of strife and contention, that Hadad and the escaped Edomites (seed of the serpent) arose and found a welcoming environment in Egypt.

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.

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

Hadad and the Edomites take men with them that are out of Paran [H6290].  Paran means ornamental [H6286] or applying it means to glory (outwardly).  That is exactly what Satan has us doing in disguising our old man and worldliness as an angel of light.

2Co 11:12  But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.

2Co 11:13  For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

2Co 11:14  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

Further evidence of Hadad’s spirit and purpose is found in details of his wife and son.

1Ki 11:19  And Hadad found great favour in the sight of Pharaoh, so that he gave him to wife the sister of his own wife, the sister of Tahpenes the queen. 

1Ki 11:20  And the sister of Tahpenes bare him Genubath his son, whom Tahpenes weaned in Pharaoh’s house: and Genubath was in Pharaoh’s household among the sons of Pharaoh. 

The son born to Hadad is named Genubath [H1592]which means thief.  Genubath like all carnal thinking is the offspring of their father the devil (Joh 8:44) who will not bring life but death .

Joh 10:10  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

The entire world and all flesh have a mindset that is in bed with their father the devil.

1Jn 5:19  And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

We are not given the specific adversarial escapades between Hadad and Solomon, but we are told Hadad worked much evil (mischief) in the land of Israel as another adversary Rezon is introduced.

1Ki 11:23  And God stirred him up another adversary, Rezon the son of Eliadah, which fled from his lord Hadadezer king of Zobah: 

1Ki 11:24  And he gathered men unto him, and became captain over a band, when David slew them of Zobah: and they went to Damascus, and dwelt therein, and reigned in Damascus. 

1Ki 11:25  And he was an adversary to Israel all the days of Solomon, beside the mischief that Hadad did: and he abhorred Israel, and reigned over Syria. 

The KJV translators use of mischief to describe what Hadad and Rezon were doing in the Kingdom of God waters down the significance of fleshly enemies operating Israel.  A better translation has them “doing evil” as mischief comes from the Hebrew word “ra” Strong’s number H7451 that is much more appropriately translated as evil.  This is another witness to the Lord being the responsible party for Solomon’s apostasy and the resulting judgment and further deterioration of a divided Israel.

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

Rezon is not the Rezin of Isaiah 17 yet both were kings of Syria that typify our own flesh from which we are separated from and dragged to Christ (Deu 26:5, etc.).  Syria symbolizes Rezon who is our man of sin.  The name Rezon means prince and is another symbol for the mindset of our father the devil that we are overcoming as we overcome our disobedience.

Eph 2:2  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Zobah is always mentioned in the Bible in the context of war (against the flesh) in view.  Like with the Edomites and Hadad, Saul had previously subdued temporarily the fleshly nations of Israel including the kings of Zobah.

1Sa 14:47  So Saul took the kingdom over Israel, and fought against all his enemies on every side, against Moab, and against the children of Ammon, and against Edom, and against the kings of Zobah, and against the Philistines: and whithersoever he turned himself, he vexed them.

Rezon becomes the ruler of Syria camping out in Damascus.  Damascus is said to mean the red land by some secular experts although our E-Sword tools give no indication.  Israel within us is being oppressed when we return to Damascus.  Doing such is go backwards into to our former lusts and wallowing in the mixed multitude mud of spirit (water) and flesh (dust).

2Pe 2:22  NLT They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.” And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.”

Having Rezon and Hadad instigating evil within Israel is a story of Solomon and us in our great apostasy being turned over to Satan for the destruction of our flesh so our spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord to come.

1Co 5:4  In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,

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

A third adversary which does evil in the land and comes against Solomon is from Israel. Our enemies being of our own household has both a physical and a spiritual application as do all the words of the Lord.  This is the first time we see Jeroboam, who will soon become the first king over the divided Northern Kingdom and who goes on to live in Bible infamy as the one king that causes Israel to sin long after his physical death.

1Ki 11:26  And Jeroboam the son of Nebat, an Ephrathite of Zereda, Solomon’s servant, whose mother’s name was Zeruah, a widow woman, even he lifted up his hand against the king. 

1Ki 11:27  And this was the cause that he lifted up his hand against the king: Solomon built Millo, and repaired the breaches of the city of David his father. 

1Ki 11:28  And the man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valour: and Solomon seeing the young man that he was industrious, he made him ruler over all the charge of the house of Joseph. 

Of course, our days of being an adversary to the true Israel within and without ourselves is all the Lord’s work that is, was and will be used for good in the end (Rom 8:28).

Jer 10:23  O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

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

Jeroboam means “the people will contend”.  This king within ourselves defines our struggle against ourselves and contending with our natural idolatrous and beastly state (Ecc 3:18) that seeks preeminence in the congregation.  It is telling to know that a “jeroboam”, our modern word, defines an oversized wine bottle holding four times the normal volume of wine.  The heart of a Jeroboam spirit is our being corrupted by our conquests of valor and the industrious nature the Lord gives us and then thinking it is of ourselves.  We cannot reign outside or apart the Body of Christ.

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

1Co 4:8  Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us: and I would to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you.

When addressing the Kings of Israel, we will see often the mention of the father and the mother and even the home town.  These are not idle words and are giving us added spiritual significance to what we are being told about king that is, was and will be ruling the kingdom of God within us (Israel).

Is a Son of Nebat: No other mention of Nebat in Scripture outside distinguishing this Jeroboam from the one that would follow.

His Mother is Zeruah:  The meaning of his mother’s name is appropriately leprous widow.  This is the mindset that gives birth to our prideful man of sin who seeks worldly gain.

Comes from Zereda: Jeroboam is from Zereda which comes from a root word meaning to pierce or puncture.  Our beastly natures even the religious one (Rev 13:11) has us piercing our Lord and killing Christ before we are given to see we are the abomination of desolation standing in the Holy Place.  We will come to see our evil in the day of the Lord and see that we have pierced Christ while masquerading as an angel of light.

Rev 1:7  Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

Jeroboam the son of Nebat, is best known as the King that continues to cause Israel to sin.  His sin is our sin and the sin of every man born who will make himself idols of heart and worship the image of his own beast and call that a god (Rev 13:11-14).  Once exalted by the Lord and given rulership, Jeroboam is more concerned about losing followers than navigating the narrow way of the Lord’s commandments.

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

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

1Ki 12:28  Whereupon the king 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.

This sin stays with Israel (us) for successive kings and emerging mindsets even as we gain more experience thru trials.  We find this language 14 times by my count in 1 and 2Kings.

2Ki 15:18  And he (future king) did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not all his days from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.

The sins of Jeroboam, our first idolatry and self-worship stays with Israel and ultimately leads to the Assyrian captivity many years later (2Ki 17:22-23).  It takes the entire process of our fiery judgment on the old man to cleanse Israel once and for all of our SELF-centeredness.

We will continue next study with the conflict between Solomon’s heir Rehoboam and Jeroboam as the nation of Israel is henceforth divided and each King begins to rule in their respective kingdoms of Judah (Southern Kingdom) and Israel (Northern Kingdom).

Sincere comments are always welcome.  You can also email me any thoughts or questions to peterjwilson56@gmail.com

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Micah Part 1 – Micah the Morasthite

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Book of Micah Part 1 – Micah the Morasthite

Mic 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.

The Book of Micah is a message to all of the Lord’s people.  It was written to both the people of both the Northern and Southern Kingdoms (Israel and Judah) another words to “all the Jews”.  The sum of the word also tells us who the true Jews are and that all the prophets of old did not minister to the flesh Jews but to the spiritual ones (The Elect) who would come much later (1 Pe 1:10-11).

Micah was a contemporary of Isaiah and they served the Lord at about the same times.  Given the similarities of Isaiah 2 and Micah 4, some speculate Micah was a contemporary of Isaiah.

The message of Micah is a message that comes to all of God’s people.  That is His very elect in this and every age when the Kingdom of God within us (Luk 17:20-21) is divided.  Neither part is living right, both are practicing idolatry and will be cutoff and a third part will emerge and be brought through the fire that will sanctify the new man (Christ) in us.

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

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

While the overarching theme of the prophets and especially the minor Prophets seems to be judgment, Micah has more of a balance and the second half of the book is focused more on the hope of salvation and our needing to wait upon it.  It is in Micah that it is prophesied a Savior would come from Bethlehem (Mic 5:2).  There are many names and places mentioned in Micah and we will take time to drill into most of them when we get to them.

Micah deals with events that are now on the house of God, which house we are, yet it also gives detail on the role of the elect and supports other prophecies regarding the Millennium rule and the role in the lake of fire.  We will deal with those prophecies when we get to them later in the series.  Here is the outline of Micah from the ESV which is similar to the chapter titles given by most other translations.

  • Chapter 1 – The Coming Destruction
  • Chapter 2 – Woe to the Rich Oppressors
  • Chapter 3 – Rulers and Prophets Denounced
  • Chapter 4 – The Mountain of the Lord
  • Chapter 5 – The Ruler to Be Born in Bethlehem
  • Chapter 6 – The Indictment of the Lord
  • Chapter 7 – Wait for the God of Salvation

It is almost comical to read the synopsis and commentaries on this Book.  They must have thought Micah was a schizophrenic switching back and forth from doom and gloom to hope and peace.  They just don’t know the ways of the Lord and the strange act He brings to His people through the process of judgment.  But we do know these things and we will be able to decipher the message the Lord intended and has hidden in the symbols and parables of the story board.

1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

1Co 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

Divided Kingdoms

All things are yours and mine if we are the Lord’s people (1 Cor 3:21).  We live by every word (Mat 4:4) and that includes this prophesy of Micah.  The Lord comes to bring peace but that comes about only by a process of division first (Luk 12:51).  We live the Words of Micah in our later stage baptism of fire when the Lord returns the second time for salvation (Heb 9:28).  So the stage is set, the kingdoms of the Lord are divided after we have come into the knowledge of the truth and are communing with the Lord.  Like Solomon did, despite our new found wisdom and rulership, we too, will be led astray by strange women.  We do this despite knowing the commands of the Lord.  We will leave our first love.

1Ki 11:1 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites;

1Ki 11:2 Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love.

1Ki 11:3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.

This slow drift away from DOING the Truth is what we all need to be watchful of given the deceitfulness of sin that lurks in the hearts of these clay vessels.

1Ki 11:4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.

The Lord in His jealousy and His wrath will seek vengeance for His Temple, which Temple we are if we are His Elect.  This inequity is visited upon the succeeding sons as we mature inwardly.

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

1Ki 11:12 Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father’s sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son.

With the death of Solomon his son Rehoboam, is made king but does not follow the council of the elders and many of the people turn against him as he follows false doctrines mistreating the people (1 Ki 12:14).  The people rise up and rebel and appoint Jeroboam from the tribe of Ephraim their first king.  And we are told this rebellion of Israel against the house of David, a type of Jesus Christ will not pass away.

1Ki 12:19 So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.

Here again is the one verse we will cover today and lay a foundation for the whole study.

Mic 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.

Micah is from the Hebrew word H4318, pronounced “Mee-kaw” and is found 32 times in Scripture.  Interesting that Strong’s defines Micah as the name of seven Israelite’s with seven representing the number of spiritual completion.

H4318

mı̂ykâh

mee-kaw’

An abbreviation of H4320; Micah, the name of seven Israelites: – Micah, Micaiah, Michah.

Total KJV occurrences: 32

This book runs the full course of us being made spiritually complete and being used of the Lord to work righteousness in the rest of mankind as the whole of the study will show Lord willing.

The root of Micah is H4320 which tells us more of what this prophecy is really all about.

H4320

me-kaw-yaw’

From H4310 and (the prefixed derivation from) H3588 and H3050; who (is) like Jah?; Micajah, the name of two Israelites: – Micah, Michaiah. Compare H4318.

Total KJV occurrences: 4

Two is the number for witness and it is our experience as both of these witnesses, first the natural man and second the spiritual man by which we are made one with the Lord. Micah is said to be a Morasthite that is also further instructive to the nature of this prophecy.

H4183

mo-rash-tee’

Partial from H4182; a Morashtite or inhabitant of Moresheth Gath: – Morashthite.

 H4182

mo-reh’-sheth gath

From H3423 and H1661; possession of Gath; Moresheth-Gath, a place in Palestine: – Moresheth-gath.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

So a Morasthite is said to be a possession of Gath which is famous for other reasons.

 H1661

gath

The same as H1660; Gath, a Philistine city: – Gath.

Total KJV occurrences: 33

Gath is most famous for being the home of the Philistine giant Goliath and where the people were smitten with emerods in their secret parts (1 Sam 5:8-9).  The repentance of the people and the prayers of Samuel were answered and Gath was restored to Israel.

1Sa 7:14 And the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron even unto Gath; and the coasts thereof did Israel deliver out of the hands of the Philistines. And there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.

Yet this peace was only temporary as the flesh does not go easy and requires a second coming of Christ (the Ark) to kill the beast within us all.  The story of David and Goliath tells us this later in 1 Samuel and brings home the point of what being a possession of Gath means.

 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.

1Sa 17:5  And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.

Goliath is the carnally minded beast we must conquer and overcome.  We all should want to be Morasthite’s and have dominion over the beast (the Goliath) within.

Yet let’s take this one more level down and look at the root word for Gath that is spelled and pronounced the exact same way!

H1660

gath

Total KJV Occurrences: 6

winepress, 2

Jdg_6:10-11 (2), Lam_1:15

press, 1

Joe_3:13

presses, 1

Neh_13:15

wine, 1

Neh_13:15 (2)

winefat, 1

Isa_63:2

Wow there it is.  Gath is representative of a winepress which is representative of the place of judgment and the way by which salvation comes to all men.  Here are some examples of H1660 Gath used in some well-known passages.

Joe 3:12 Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.

Joe 3:13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.

Isa 63:2 Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?

And here being a NT witness of the importance the winepress plays in salvation and who it is that brings the good news to us.

Rev 14:19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

But we are not done yet!  The word gath that stands for winepress also has a root.

H1660

gath

Probably from H5059 (in the sense of treading out grapes); a wine press (or vat for holding the grapes in pressing them): – (wine-) press (fat).

Total KJV occurrences: 5

H5059

naw-gan’

A primitive root; prop to thrum, that is, beat a tune with the fingers; especially to play on a stringed instrument; hence (generally) to make music: – player on instruments, sing to the stringed instruments, melody, ministrel, play (-er. -ing).

Total KJV occurrences: 15

Here is the KJC use of this word.

play, 4

1Sa_16:16-17 (2), Psa_33:3, Eze_33:32

played, 4

1Sa_16:23, 1Sa_18:10, 1Sa_19:9, 2Ki_3:15

minstrel, 2

2Ki_3:15 (2)

melody, 1

Isa_23:15-16 (2)

player, 1

1Sa_16:16

players, 1

Psa_68:25

playing, 1

1Sa_16:18

sing, 1

Isa_38:20

So now we know who is playing the songs, singing and making melody to the Lord spiritually speaking.  It is those of us in the winepress, it is the Morasthite’s that have dominion over the beast within (in down payment form).

Isa 38:20 The LORD was ready to save me: therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments (i.e. harps) all the days of our life in the house of the LORD.

1Sa 16:16 Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.

Psa 33:3 Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise.

This loud noise is the trees of the field clapping their hands and is the sound of salvation as we saw in the last installment of the Nahum study.  Micah’s prophecy represents the coming of the Lord to subdue the land.  The events the whole of Scripture apply to this time frame in our walk.  First the final judgment and baptism by fire.

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.

And this is when we play and sing for the Lord by and through our redemption that “is, was and will be” coming through this great judgment (Exo 6:6).

Rev 14:2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:

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.

There are no idle Words of Scripture and therefore there is meaning (hidden treasure, Prov 25:2) in us being given the names of the three kings of Judah here in verse one.  Let’s do a quick review of the nature and character of these three kings and recall that three is the number of the process of our spiritual completion by judgment.  It takes this process to be made complete spiritually and these kings represent varying phases of our growth and maturation in the Lord.  Each of these kings represent part of that process as there is a time and season for every purpose under the sun.

1Ch 3:9 These were all the sons of David, beside the sons of the concubines, and Tamar their sister.

1Ch 3:10 And Solomon’s son was Rehoboam, Abia his son, Asa his son, Jehoshaphat his son,

1Ch 3:11 Joram his son, Ahaziah his son, Joash his son,

1Ch 3:12 Amaziah his son, Azariah his son, Jotham his son,

1Ch 3:13 Ahaz his son, Hezekiah his son, Manasseh his son,

Jotham

H3147

yo-thawm’

From H3068 and H8535; Jehovah (is) perfect; Jotham, the name of three Israelites: – Jotham.

Jotham’s father, Azariah (aka Uzziah), as king was generally a good king but like so many of us had many idols of hearts that were worshiped within.  Jotham’s father was smitten with leprosy until the day he died for his idolatry and leading Judah astray.

2Ki 15:4 Save that the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burnt incense still on the high places.

2Ki 15:5 And the LORD smote the king, so that he was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house. And Jotham the king’s son was over the house, judging the people of the land.

And here is the synopsis of what Jotham did.  This typifies our still Babylonian mindset focused on many good works but our unwillingness to obey God but rather focus on sacrifices.  But as we know and learn, far better to obey than to sacrifice.

2Ch 27:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Uzziah did: howbeit he entered not into the temple of the LORD. And the people did yet corruptly.

2Ch 27:3 He built the high gate of the house of the LORD, and on the wall of Ophel he built much.

2Ch 27:4 Moreover he built cities in the mountains of Judah, and in the forests he built castles and towers.

2Ch 27:5 He fought also with the king of the Ammonites, and prevailed against them. And the children of Ammon gave him the same year an hundred talents of silver, and ten thousand measures of wheat, and ten thousand of barley. So much did the children of Ammon pay unto him, both the second year, and the third.

2Ch 27:6 So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the LORD his God.

Jotham was blessed and increased of the Lord as we also experience having found the truth and being given to reign and rule with Christ in down payment form.  But we have a whole lot of growing and maturing yet to come.  Jotham is interestingly taken from the same Hebrew word H8535 most often translated as “perfect” or upright and referenced several places in JOB including here.

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

We know that what is good and perfect in the sight of the Lord is a much higher standard than that of men.  None of us will be perfected until we die and are resurrected.  Nobody has arrived yet.  Yet Jotham was relatively speaking a good king as well.  He was born of woman whose Hebrews names can be traced back to the possession of righteousness.

2Ki 15:33 Five and twenty years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jerusha, the daughter of Zadok.

 After the death of Jotham, Ahaz the son, took over and reigned in Judah.

 Ahaz

H271

aw-khawz’

From H270; possessor; Achaz, the name of a Jewish king and of an Israelite: – Ahaz.

Total KJV occurrences: 41

 Unlike his father before him, Ahaz did not do right, he was not “perfect” in the sight of the Lord.  This is what we all do after being given Truth and given judgment and dominion over the nations within us.  To learn righteousness and be able to discern good and evil as mature men, we will leave our first love and we will apostatize.

2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Here is the synopsis of what Ahaz did as king of Judah.

2Ch 28:1 Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem: but he did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD, like David his father:

2Ch 28:2 For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made also molten images for Baalim.

2Ch 28:3 Moreover he burnt incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and burnt his children in the fire, after the abominations of the heathen whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.

2Ch 28:4 He sacrificed also and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.

2Ch 28:5 Wherefore the LORD his God delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria; and they smote him, and carried away a great multitude of them captives, and brought them to Damascus. And he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel, who smote him with a great slaughter.

2Ch 28:6 For Pekah the son of Remaliah slew in Judah an hundred and twenty thousand in one day, which were all valiant men; because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers.

Here is more detail from 2 Kings and like all of us “apostasizers”, we will cause our sons to pass through the fire that we are expressly warned against.

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

This is what happens when we don’t take heed the seriousness of the Lord’s commands to come out and be separate and touch not what is unclean.  It takes making these mistakes to learn the lesson.

 2Ki 16:3 But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel.

2Ki 16:4 And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.

2Ki 16:5 Then Rezin king of Syria and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to war: and they besieged Ahaz, but could not overcome him.

Our love for the world and all that is in the world will make us an enemy of God.  We will even think to take the jewels we have been given and make peace with the old man and the heathen.

2Ki 16:8 And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king’s house, and sent it for a present to the king of Assyria.

These are not history lessons for us, they are Words that we all shall live by (Luke 4:4).  If we ever needed a reminder of the role of watchmen and their importance to protect the flock, we have the stories of Ahaz and these Scriptures from the New Testament written to the Body of Christ.

1Jn 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

1Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

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

Our brother, Victor, shared a powerful addition to the study of Judging Righteous Judgment that I hope WE all took heed of.

Psa 141:3 Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
Psa 141:4 Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.
Psa 141:5 Let the righteous smite meit shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.

Ahaz was also the King of Judah when the promise of the Messiah was given as recorded in Isaiah 7.

Isa 7:10 Moreover the LORD spake again unto Ahaz, saying,

Isa 7:11 Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.

Isa 7:12 But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD.

Isa 7:13 And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?

Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isa 7:15 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.

And here is another witness to the requirements for this apostasy and how we will be corrected by our own wickedness when Immanuel is given and born into our hearts.

Isa 7:16 For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings. 

The old must be done away with and the carnal Job, the carnal Ahaz, the carnal you and me must be destroyed by the war that must take place in heaven.

Isa 14:27 For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?

Isa 14:28 In the year that king Ahaz died was this burden.

The Lord will not put up with the blaspheming of His Name and defilement of His Temple forever.  It is for His Name’s sake He saves us.  We all will live through this period of turning God’s grace into lasciviousness (Jud 1:4) and this all part of our maturation process and how we learn to discern good and evil (Heb 5:13).

2Ch 28:19 For the LORD brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel; for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the LORD.

 2Ch 28:21 For Ahaz took away a portion out of the house of the LORD, and out of the house of the king, and of the princes, and gave it unto the king of Assyria: but he helped him not.

2Ch 28:22 And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against the LORD: this is that king Ahaz.

Next comes King Hezekiah, the son of Ahaz to be King of Judah.

Hezekiah

H3169

yekh-iz-kee-yaw

From H3388 and H3050; strengthened of Jah; Jechizkijah, the name of five Israelites: – Hezekiah, Jehizkiah. Compare H2396.

The number of grace is implicit in the definition of Hezekiah and what his time in our walk represents.  The fiery chastening of the Lord will strengthen the new man in us as we continue to be shown our innate wickedness and endure the righteous judgment of the Lord.

Hezekiah is a more mature king who has learned much from his fathers’ yet still has some chastening and falling down into sin to learn as we all do in falling down 7 times (Prov 24:16).

Here is a synopsis of Hezekiah’s reign from 2 Chronicles.

2Ch 29:1 Hezekiah began to reign when he was five and twenty years old, and he reigned nine and twenty years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Abijah, the daughter of Zechariah.

2Ch 29:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father had done.

2Ch 29:3 He in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened the doors of the house of the LORD, and repaired them.

2Ch 29:4 And he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them together into the east street,

2Ch 29:5 And said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify now yourselves, and sanctify the house of the LORD God of your fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place.

2Ch 29:6 For our fathers have trespassed, and done that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD our God, and have forsaken him, and have turned away their faces from the habitation of the LORD, and turned their backs.

2Ch 29:7 Also they have shut up the doors of the porch, and put out the lamps, and have not burned incense nor offered burnt offerings in the holy place unto the God of Israel.

2Ch 29:8 Wherefore the wrath of the LORD was upon Judah and Jerusalem, and he hath delivered them to trouble, to astonishment, and to hissing, as ye see with your eyes.

2Ch 29:9 For, lo, our fathers have fallen by the sword, and our sons and our daughters and our wives are in captivity for this.

2Ch 29:10 Now it is in mine heart to make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel, that his fierce wrath may turn away from us.

Hezekiah sought to obey the Lord and worship Him.

2Ch 29:26 And the Levites stood with the instruments of David, and the priests with the trumpets.

2Ch 29:27 And Hezekiah commanded to offer the burnt offering upon the altar. And when the burnt offering began, the song of the LORD began also with the trumpets, and with the instruments ordained by David king of Israel.

2Ch 29:28 And all the congregation worshipped, and the singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded: and all this continued until the burnt offering was finished.

2Ch 29:29 And when they had made an end of offering, the king and all that were present with him bowed themselves, and worshipped.

As we should know, Hezekiah did not take heed the stringent commands and showed the Babylonian king the jewels of the Temple and also used the Levite’s in service when only the priests are to handle the vessels of the sanctuary (2 Ch 29:34, 2 Ch 30:18).

2Ki 20:12 At that time Berodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present unto Hezekiah: for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick.
2Ki 20:13 And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and shewed them all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.

Yet the Lord was working with Hezekiah as He works with all of His elect to bring deliverance and salvation to them little by little as they grow in the knowledge and grace of the Lord.

2Ch 31:20 And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought that which was good and right and truth before the LORD his God.

2Ch 31:21 And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.

Despite many victories our flesh does not go away easily and we must live through a continued process of judgment to destroy and keep subdued the beast that was, is not but yet is (Rev 17:11).

Ch 32:24 In those days Hezekiah was sick to the death, and prayed unto the LORD: and he spake unto him, and he gave him a sign.

2Ch 32:25 But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done unto him; for his heart was lifted up: therefore there was wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem.

2Ch 32:26 Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.

We grow and advance in the Kingdom by this ongoing process of spiritual completion and the Lord will prosper us exactly according to His plan and schedule.

2Ch 32:30 This same Hezekiah also stopped the upper watercourse of Gihon, and brought it straight down to the west side of the city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works.

This final point to be made in this first study is to see and understand the relevance of this prophecy applying to both Samaria and to Judah. It is addressed to all men as when we understand what Samaria and Jerusalem represent.

Mic 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.

As we saw with Ahaz and Hezekiah more notably, the Lord is serious about the commands for us to separate from the world and its ways of life.  That is transgression of Jacob that will be in our next study.

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?

The field is the world and is represented by Samaria.  The parable of the wheat and the tares depicts this mystery.

Mat 13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

Seeking to be rich with knowledge and use our godliness for gain in the Body of Christ is how we create idols and high places in Judah which represents the House of God where the Lion sits.  Micah and all of God’s prophets, which are His Elect our collectively Jesus of Nazareth whom the whole world hates.  Jesus Christ, the Lord and His Christ, must go through both Samaria and Judah.

Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Samaria represents the world in our later stages of development and maturation.  Worldly influences are still strong being near the gate to the holy city of Jerusalem and the land of Israel.  Going through this process and confessing our many husbands and being shown our leprosy is a requirement for “The Christ” just as it was for our Lord.

Joh 4:4 And he must needs go through Samaria.

Luk 17:1 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee

So as move on in Micah we will see judgment first as that is what delivers us and make us usable to the Lord to be the judge of others.  We are judged for our transgressions in both the world and in the Body.

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 23:14 I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.

Conclusion

I wanted to lay a foundation of the breadth and depth of Micah’s prophesy.  In total it will show our progression from babes in Christ to the mature man filled with Jesus Christ.  Once prepared of the Lord, we will see in later studies that we will then be used to rule not only the inward nations but the outward nations with a rod of iron.

The prophets of the Lord are the vehicles through which Jesus Christ is revealed in us and through us.  The elect that make up the Body of Christ are those angels, and is by speaking to one another that we are judged and our scarlet sins turned into the fine white linen of the saints.  The Words of Micah and everyone one of the Body are the fire that bring to light our wickedness and reproves us.

Isa 1:17 Learn to do well; [how do we learn to do well?] seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together [H3198 – reprove], 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.

Like Nahum, Micah is all about our ongoing judgment and sanctification that comes by abiding in the fiery Word and be watched over by the Lord and His Christ.  We are the kings and priests of Judah the very people Micah was sent to prophesy too.

Jer 22:1 Thus saith the LORD; Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and speak there this word,

Jer 22:2 And say, Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, that sittest upon the throne of David, thou, and thy servants, and thy people that enter in by these gates:

Jer 22:3 Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place.

Lord willing, we will be given to understand more the mysteries of the Kingdom of God and be better prepared for the trials that lie ahead as we are transitioned from hearers into doers and from babes into the mature man in Christ able to discern good and evil and in the process of becoming like gods.

Psa 82:6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.

Psa 82:7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.

Psa 82:8 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.

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How Great Is That Darkness

darknessI had a comment posted on the Discussion tab questioning how God could be both light and darkness.  This question is a good one and worthy of a complete answer because the answer will reinforce the way to properly divide the word and if one is given to understand the Scriptures they may have a door opened for growth and maturity into the true doctrines of Christ. All men are in darkness until Christ comes into their life.

Joh 12:46  I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

The whole world lies in darkness/wickedness but to those to whom Christ appears and drags to Himself and they follow Him, such shall not walk in darkness anymore.

Joh 8:12  Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

When we are dragged to the real Jesus Christ and out of the apostate churches and false doctrines we first believe, then the darkness is past and the truth of God’s word will shine thru us as God’s Elect.  Abiding in the light is what brings judgment to us and causes us to obey God and perform the love of God in due time.  This only happens when we are abiding in the true doctrines of Jesus Christ which are found only in the Lord’s Christ, His Body.  These words of John are written to those in the true Body of Christ as is all Scripture.

1Jn 2:8  Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past,  and the true light now shineth.

1Jn 2:9  He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.

1Jn 2:10  He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.

But when we still accuse men and hold them responsible (and not God) we are yet carnal and not in the light and are far removed from the real Christ.  We are following and believing another jesus when we are blinded by such strong delusion.  False doctrines are what cause darkness and keep us blinded to the truth of the Scriptures.

1Jn 2:11  But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.

We all will first reject the truth and the light that is Christ when it appears to us.  It will seem like darkness and we will have the truth (light) and the lie (darkness) completely flip flopped and our day of judgment is yet future.

Joh 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness (lies of Babylon in our mind) comprehended it not.

Isa 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness (lies) for light (truth), and light (truth) for darkness (lies); that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

With this preface on what darkness and the light are principally about (i.e DOCTRINE) here is the comment and question from Autumn.

AUTUMN Writes:  In your latest post you say “Jesus is both darkness and light”. What do you make of this scripture that says that this isnt the truth?  1 John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

Pete’s Reply: The answer to your question requires one to appreciate, understand and apply the principle that says THE SUM OF GOD’s WORD IS TRUTH.

1 John 1:5 is absolutely true.  Yet one must rightfully divide what is being said in the context of ALL the Scriptures. There is no darkness “in Him”. But what is really being said by that one Scripture? What does IN HIM mean?  Does this Scripture say God does not blind people, send strong delusion, cause sin or send evil spirits, create evil or speak it forth? No it does not say that at all as we have many Scriptures that say just that very thing. So we have to apply the SUM OF THY WORD to find the truth and take into account the macro truth of what God is doing if we are given to know these things.

I hope you will be given to see the mistake you are making in trying to take 1 John 1:5 all by itself and pit it against many other Scriptures. That is no way to find the truth. THE SUM must be taken.

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

Which is the same thing Peter tells us here.

2Pe 1:20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of its own explanation

Our carnal minds and the doctrines of all the orthodox churches (aka Babylon) violate these commandments and truths and take SOME, not the SUM to create their own doctrines. This is likened to making one’s own bread.

Isa 4:1 And seven women shall take hold of one man in that day, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name; take thou away our reproach.

We must remember the Scriptures are all written in parables so they mean what they mean not what they literally say. The Lord,  who changes not, has always used His prophets to speak His truths and have them speak in parables and similitude’s (symbolized words). This is how His Elect speak today and few are given the ability to hear and receive the truth.  It is God’s plan to keep most people in darkness (spiritually blind).

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

Mar 4:11And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, ALL these things are done in parables:

The Lord has to give us the ability to hear His word.  The Lord must prepare our hearts and cause us to hear and He does this by showing us our innate sinfulness when judgment comes upon us.  Prior to this, we will be ever learning but never able to come to knowledge of the truth.

Psa 10:17  LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

So words like darkness don’t simply mean what we might think of darkness in the physical; there is a deeper meaning.  We as God’s Elect, if we are God’s Elect and priests and kings of the Lord, must dig deep for the truth.

Pro 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

It is the glory of God to conceal the truths and it is only thru trials, afflictions and sufferings (the glory) that we learn the truth (righteousness) with time.  But we must never fall victim to the carnal mind and its trap of applying things only outwardly forgetting it’s all a parable and pitting one Scripture against others that seem to say the opposite.  BIG MISTAKE.

Christ is everything and yes that includes dark things. The Alpha and the Omega and everything in between. Please see my recent posts on that topic for a complete vetting of that concept. He is the first and the last. He is the sinful Adam and the new man from heaven. ALL THINGS being of God means just that.  So when we see these words, they do not negate the truth that the Lord is working ALL THINGS they simply expand the understanding that when we are given to follow Him, we will from that point forward in our walk,  no longer walk being deceived by the false doctrines of the apostate church and the traditions and philosophy of the world.

Luk_11:35  Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.

Col 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ (The true doctrines, held and kept by His Body).

BEING “IN HIM”

Jesus Christ is the light of the world but so is His Christ.    In both cases the same things is being said Christ is the light of the world because He and His Body are inseparable.

Mat 5:14  Ye (Christ, My Body) are the light of the world. A city (New Jerusalem, Christ, Lamb’s Bride, The Body, etc.) that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Joh 8:12  Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

The Lord Jesus Christ sends His Body…His Christ…. to do the same thing He was sent to do by God.

Joh 20:21Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

If we are not in this spiritual city, we are walking in spiritual darkness and follow another jesus based on false doctrines of Babylon. As John writes to those with ears to hear, at the “revelation of Jesus Christ” to us personally, we will see this holy city with new spiritual eyes as it appears in our inward heavens.  This is where “light” is found and there is NO DARKNESS.

Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Rev 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

So 1 John 1:5 is clearly speaking of the truth about where the true light of pure doctrine and the word is found.  That is only found in the Body of Christ, the few chosen, the very Elect of the Lord who as Christ is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

If anyone says they are in the BODY of Christ (i.e. “IN HIM”) and walk around following and believing lies, they are liars and are not in the true body of Christ.  Any believing and following false doctrines is IN DARKNESS and they are not in the Body of Christ. That is what it means to NOT BE IN HIM.

1Jn_1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness (believing false doctrines), we lie, and do not the truth:

This is also the quick and easy way to see who is of God and who is not.  We must try the spirits which means TEST THEIR DOCTRINE against what is written.

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

Anyone believing in eternal torment, free will, the trinity, once saved always saved, man made perfect then fell in the garden, is walking in sheer darkness and is blind as a bat.  None of those “doctrines” are million miles of the truth but even that delusion is all the Lord’s work.  He is the one that made man blind, deaf and dumb.

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

In the same way He wounds, He also heals and in the appointed time and causes us to hear His word and see His truths we could not see previously.

Pro_20:12  The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.

So much for the free will doctrine, it has zero place to stand yet billions believe it.  I hope you will ponder these truths and challenge in your heavens the lie that man, you and me, has any role in coming to the true light and coming out of spiritual darkness.  No, we don’t choose the real Jesus, He chooses us and any other doctrine is false  — it is another jesus, it is thick darkness. Anyone thinking it was up to them is wearing the garment of self righteousness  (wearing their own apparel, making their own bread/doctrine per ISA 4:1) and just doesn’t not know it yet.

Joh 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you

Being IN CHRIST is  topic that very few understand what is being said.  To begin with we must know that Jesus Christ very much identifies with HIS BODY. As was said earlier but needs to be pounded into our carnal minds and ways of thinking, Jesus Christ The Lord is inseparable from Christ His Body. He is the head but we are His Body if indeed we have been dragged to that Body.

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

This is where most carnally minded people will lose it and not be able to see the plain truth the Scriptures I am showing plainly in this post. Many, myself included in the past will falsely accuse those speaking these truths of blasphemy just like they did to our Lord.  But such is the narrow way, God’s Elect are given to follow in the foot steps of the Lord.  Here is something to think long and hard about.

Saul of Tarsus never physically persecuted Jesus Christ before He was crucified or even later. But look at what the Lord says about who Saul was persecuting.

Act 22:7 And I fell unto the ground, and heard a voice saying unto me, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? (MY BODY)
Act 22:8 And I answered, Who art thou, Lord? And he said unto me, I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom thou persecutest.

We must come to understand what being IN HIM means and then we will know what 1 John 1:5 is really speaking about.  It is not saying the Lord does not cause darkness or cause evil things to happen because He absolutely does.  HE is the creator and Lord of all things, even darkness, even evil, even sins, all things is indeed all things if you can believe the truth.

As we saw above, the Body of Christ is the Light that is in this world.  It is when we are this body that we are “In Him” and not walking in darkness.  The Babylonian mindset does not understand the reason and purposes for God’s Elect and have greatly expanded the narrow road making it very broad only requiring one’s exercise of a free will decision for Christ.  Nothing could be further from the truth, that doctrines is utter darkness.

Being “in Christ” does not mean we belong to a church or profess His name. Billions do and say such things but have never known the Lord.

Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

This will of course be all of us at some point but in due time a very few (the few chosen) will come to know the Lord and be IN CHRIST. That is only His Elect, not the multitudes plagued by babylonian false doctrines.   We all are kept blind, bound in chains of “spiritual darkness”  awaiting our day of judgment that begins with ears to hear and eyes to see given to us.  This verse from Jude is not speaking of some event for those “evil people over there”.  It is speaking to the event that will come to all men, you and me included but in our appointed times, in our day of the Lord, on THAT DAY!

Jud 1:6  And the angels (messengers) which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

When we cannot yet hear the word (no ears to hear), we continue to reject God and His truths and therefore our judgment has not begun.

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.

That veil over our eyes, keeps us in darkness and unable to see the kingdom of God or know Christ.  That veil is His flesh, it is His Body.

Heb 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh

What we call light will be turned into utter darkness the moment our judgment begins and our new man begins to be crucified with Christ.  Then this veil that separates us from God is rent in our midst just as we are told.

Luk_23:45 And the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst.

When what we believe are the lies of Babylon and its false doctrines we are in darkness and how great is that darkness.  We all first think we serve God yet like Saul of Tarsus, the light that is in us is actually utter darkness and we will unknowingly be kicking against the pricks.

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!

This is where we are when we attack and persecute the truth that all men shall be saved.  This is the darkness we abide in when we judge another man’s servant and blame men rather than God for the events in our life and the world under the strong delusion of free will.

We all will be blinded until the day this veil of flesh is removed from us and then we shall see and enter into the tabernacle that is Christ beyond that veil. Few are given to do this in each generation because many are called and few are chosen.

2Co 3:14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.

This great truths are right there in our bibles but we simply cannot see them when the veil is over our face. We think being IN HIM means we only do good things and by our own free will stop sinning and obey God. We have no clue of God’s absolute sovereignty at this stage but one day we will come to see and believe the Scriptures, all of them and truly tremble at His word. And that very much includes darkness and yes even our very sins.

 The Creator of All Things

We all see that in the creation story, applying it outwardly but it also applies inwardly, HIS WORDS ARE SPIRIT. God created Darkness and He created it all thru Jesus Christ as the SUM OF THY WORD TELLS US.

Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
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.
Gen 1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

God dividing the light from the darkness is how Christ is formed in us. The old man is decreased, cut off and the new man is increased, comes forth. This is all the work of the Lord in our lives, HE IS THE POTTER and we the clay. We are indeed the works of HIS HANDS. I beat these Scriptures up, but they are so true.

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

Isa 64:8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

These words from Genesis Chapter 1, like all Scripture have an outward meaning but their meaning is first and foremost primarily INWARDLY. Yet the carnal mind always applies them outwardly as a history lesson first and that is how the Lord keeps all but His Elect in “darkness”. These are words you and me and all men shall live. We live by all of them (Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:4 etc). These words are first and foremost SPIRIT.

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.

Christ created it all:

Col 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Col 1:17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

There is no room to exclude darkness from what the Lord is doing.  It is God who causes and works all things, even dark things, even evil things.

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

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

Lam 3:37 Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?
Lam 3:38 Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?

Isa 63:17 O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

Nothing we do is apart from Christ, NOTHING.

Do you believe these words of Scripture?  Very few do despite what they claim.

Joh 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
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.
Joh 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
Joh 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do NOTHING.

Everything is IN HIM. If it does not bear fruit, it is eventually cut off but those works are still IN HIM. Apart from Him we can do nothing means exactly what it says in this case and is consistent with THE SUM OF GODS WORD. He is the Lord, He rules in the hearts and minds of men, even evil men whether they know it or not.

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

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

So few believe the Scriptures, they only believe “some” of them and their eyes and ears cannot see or hear the truth. I hope you hear because you have challenged the truth several times with me and all I do is keep pointing you back to the Scriptures which in total are the truth.

Lightness and darkness is the same to the Lord. Can it be any clearer than this?

Psa 139:12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

The truth that is Christ and His Body, the cloud, is light to those with eyes to see and ears to hear and to those spiritual Egyptians the truth of God’s sovereignty and salvation of all and all other truths of God’s words are indeed utter darkness.

Exo 14:20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.

This dichotomy is what separates the true people of God, His Very Elect from the Babylonians and the multitudes that claim His name yet make their own bread and wear their own clothes as we from Isaiah 4:1. Although God is light and there is no darkness IN HIM if we have eyes to see, that same light is in fact darkness when we are yet carnal and do not have the gift of faith nor ears to hear nor eyes to see the true doctrines of Christ. That is what these stories tell us in type and shadow.

Exo_20:21 And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.

Being “far off” means we have not yet been dragged to the Lord where God is. At this point the light of the true doctrines of Christ is thick darkness.

Deut 4:11 And ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness.

When we first approach Christ (the mountain) there is great fire and darkness and clouds in our inward heavens of our hearts and minds. It takes time for the fire to burn away the darkness and show to us the true light that is the pure doctrines of Christ and not the lies of Babylon that first must fill our heavens.

Deut 5:22 These words the LORD spake unto all your assembly in the mount out of the midst of the fire, of the cloud, and of the thick darkness, with a great voice: and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me.

Thick darkness is in fact strong delusion, one and the same.

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.

Who sends the strong delusion?  Make no mistake it is the LORD.  It serves His plan and purpose to give sight and ears to hear to a very few and blind and make deaf everyone else.

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

He sends and creates the darkness be it on the physical earth or the spiritual earth.

Isa_60:2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

Luk_23:44 And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour.

Also note that we all take pleasure in unrighteousness and will first fall far away from the truth. This is a prerequisite for Christ to come. Who we truly are, a self righteous religious beast must be revealed to us first!

2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

We won’t see (come out of darkness) until we come to see we are blind.

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

It is those who think they see (not in darkness, not in need of repentance, don’t need a healer….) who are actually made blind and kept in strong delusion.  Oh the strange ways of the Lord!

We all will be and are by nature self righteous as brute beasts made to be destroyed in our day of judgment. But to a remnant, to the Elect this darkness will be removed and we will enter INTO HIM, we will become part of the BODY OF CHRIST and that is where there will be no darkness and we will receive the true light and pure doctrines of Christ as our spiritual food.

This strong delusion that the Lord sends to keep the entire world in darkness except for His very Elect.

Rom 11:7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the (ONLY) election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded
Rom 11:8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

The truth that God does this on purpose is hidden from the eyes of those in Babylon, but here it is plain as day.

Mat 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Mat 13:12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Mat 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

Darkness in Scripture means the absence of light. But these things again speak primarily of SPIRITUAL THINGS. They speak of truth and whether one has the true doctrines of Christ or not. Eternal hell is darkness. Man having free will is utter darkness the opposite of light. This is why 1 John 1:5 says what it says. If one is so blessed to be in CHRIST, in HIS BODY, there is no darkness there. Only the true doctrines are taught, the lies and leaven is all purged out, even a little bit.

1Jn_1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

This Scripture does not negate the fact the Lord is causing all things even evil things. This in no ways passes the buck and responsibility for man for the evil things of this world.

Amo 3:6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?

The SUM of God’s word makes it perfectly clear that God is doing it all thru the Lord. And we are told very many times that this includes working evil for good in the end. This is not darkness, this is just the Lord’s plan as the Scriptures plainly teach to those with eyes to see and ears to hear.

Gen 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

Please read this post about the origins of evil to see many more witnesses to the Lord’s ways.

http://truthinscripture.com/2014/09/22/who-is-responsible-for-evil/

The Lord calls His Elect OUT OF DARKNESS and into His light. He actually drags us there as has been written about. But we all must first walk in darkness, we live by every word and that includes first being in thick darkness. Then in the appointed times we are shown a great light. A light is shone to light our path and that is how we come out of darkness little by little. Here are some Scriptures that state this MO of the Lord’s.

Isa_9:2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

Isa_29:18 And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness.

Isa_42:7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.

The healing of blind men is what the Lord does when He comes to us in truth and in Spirit. It begins by opening our eyes to see and giving us ears to hear. We won’t see the light of day until that day comes spiritually and it has nothing to do with our so called free will, which is itself darkness.

Joh 9:1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. (ALL OF US)
Joh 9:2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
Joh 9:3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

The works of God is being transformed, calling light out of the darkness.  It is being born again and seeing and hearing the truth of God’s word and His doctrines for the very first time.

I shared this story and these Scriptures when I was first given my sight and led out the darkness I was in, even though I thought it was light. This is how it works for all of us in our appointed times, we are these two blind men who begin to hear Jesus and we cry out to Him (His Body) for the truth.  We won’t be given sight until we are first given to acknowledge our blindness.  Then we shall see.

Mat 20:30 And, behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.
Mat 20:31 And the multitude rebuked them, because they should hold their peace: but they cried the more, saying, Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou Son of David.
Mat 20:32 And Jesus stood still, and called them, and said, What will ye that I shall do unto you?
Mat 20:33 They say unto him, Lord, that our eyes may be opened.
Mat 20:34 So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him.

This is the ministry of Christ, and the greater works that God’s Elect will do in this age.

Luk 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

Receiving our eyesight is walking in the light but know all the days walking in darkness are still the Lord’s work in us.

Lam_3:2 He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into light.

Joe_2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

These words are Spirit and speak of spiritual things happening in the kingdom of God within us.

All things are indeed of the Lord, even the days appointed for us to walk in darkness all the while claiming falsely that we know Him and keep His commandments. Why do we call Him Lord Lord and not do what He says? But when our day of the Lord comes, our judgment will begin and then we will indeed learn righteousness, the true kind that is found only IN CHRIST.

Amo_5:20 Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

God is working all things for the counsel of His will and that is to bring salvation to all in the end. His plan is to call light out of the darkness that is within us all but only in His appointed times. Here is that account again from Genesis

Gen 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Gen 1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

I have spoken the light of truth to those who have read this article.  At first, all of us being birthed in darkness and deaf and blind to the truth, do not receive the light when it is shined upon us.  

Joh 1:5  And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

But a day comes when that changes and let him who has ears to hear, hear the word of the Lord.  

Jesus through HIS BODY, that does the greater works is touching the eyes and ears of those precious few the Lord has ordained to be given their sight and hearing in this age.  There is no greater work than feeding and nourishing the lambs of God.

Sincere questions and comments can be emailed to me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com or you can comment below.

Pete

Biblical Truth, Doctrine

Another Jesus – Babylon’s False Christs’

jesuspicThere are no photographs of Jesus Christ retained from the days of His ministry prior to the ascension into the heavens.  All the photos, paintings and faces men see of the man Jesus Christ are in fact another jesus.  The real Jesus certainly did not have long hair (1 Cor 11:14) and he certainly was not “good looking” or attractive such that the world would esteem him; yet our culture has been overtaken by these false images of Jesus Christ.

Isa 53:2  For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. 

Isa 53:3  He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. 

 It works this way for God’s Elect to this very day.  The Body of Christ (The Elect) like the Lord, their head, will not be esteemed and to the carnal mind appear to have nothing that is desired by the flesh.  Christ’s own that HE chooses out of the world (which is the church) will not be esteemed by men.  Anyone with a following or drawing in the crowds is certainly not a disciple of Jesus Christ. Those in Christ will be considered fools by the wisdom and logic of this world.

1Co 1:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

1Co 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty

Yet here we are in 2014 and  multi-billions of people call themselves Christians and genuinely believe they worship God and His Son Jesus Christ.  Yet the Jesus these billions follow in Orthodox Christianity is the “other” jesus Paul wrote about.  It is a jesus based on the FLESH and the carnal mind.  The carnal mind is at enmity with God and as a result there is no unity of the faith in orthodox Christianity, their doctrines are all over the map and that has resulted in thousands of denominations.

2Co 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity (the ONENESS) that is in Christ.

2Co 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

The Church Apostasy Was Complete 2,000 Years Ago

Many believe there is going to be some big revival before Jesus comes to set up His reign on this physical earth for the symbolic 1,000 years.  But the little flock, the few there be that shall find the way, have come to know (or they will as they mature) that real faith is quite rare.

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?

Isa 13:12 I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.

False Christ’s and other jesus’s and many different gospels had already invaded the early church when the Bible was still being written. None of us had any chance to come to the truth first, we were born into startling and absolute apostasy based on the traditions and false doctrines of Orthodox Christianity. We have many statements that tell those with ears to hear that the churches we were all born into and raised were the apostate churches, the very deceptions warned and foretold in many passages including these:

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

John and his converts were kicked out of the church as the apostasy spread.

3Jn 1:9 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.

3Jn 1:10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.

Paul had warned clearly what was “soon” to take place.  Nobody took heed and neither does anyone today.

Act 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

Act 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

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

ALL the churches and all they in Asia forsook Paul and fell into apostasy.

2Ti 1:15 This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.

 People think the Protestant Reformation was a good thing (LOL).  All it did was serve to add a whole new layer of apostasy and deception, line upon line precept upon precept, so the people would go backwards and be snared and taken (Isa 28:13).  Even the beloved Titus fell away into fornicating with the world.

2Ti 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.

2Ti 4:11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

It was far worse than just Alexander the coppersmith,  it was ALL.  The road is indeed narrow and lonely by the world’s standards.

Joh 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

The carnal mind that is drawn to Christ will of course consider the falling away and the great apostasy as some future event that foretells the end of this physical world. But such is not the case and here is what has happened since the above warnings about another jesus were first written.

2Ti 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

Even the basic tenants of the true gospel, THE MILK, have been poisoned by the organized churches of men. There is not one single truth I learned correctly in any of my years in Catholic or Methodist churches. All is leavened and the Scriptures even tell us this is the case, it is the Lord’s plan.  Bread and water refer to the truth of God’s word and it has all been removed.

Isa 3:1 For, behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water,

Isa 3:2 The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient,

Isa 3:3 The captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the counsellor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator.

Isa 3:4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes (carnal ones) shall rule over them.

The Elect of God still in Babylon are ruled over by carnal babes who are the very ministers and teachers in all of orthodox Christianity. It is hard to fathom with the carnal mind, but we are told there are 200 MILLION lies or false doctrines in Babylon.

Rev 9:16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

Babylon being all the institutions of religion of men be that Christian, Jewish, Muslin, Buddhist, Hindu, Athieism, and others, still this number is unfathomable which is why being outside of Christ is said to be utter darkness.    With so many lies, the difficulty is picking the top 39 to briefly comment on in this post, so here it goes.

 

Doctrine

Babylon

Truth

Scriptures

Who is saved?                     A few            All Men Are Saved! Psalm 22:27John 12:32Gen 28:141 Tim 4:10-111Cor 15:221 John 2:2

Rev 5:13

Luke 3:6

1Tim 2:4

Whose will is getting done?  Man’s based on his free will and what God may allow  God’s will is always done as men are mere clay

Jer 10:23

Joh 15:5

Eph 1:11

Phil 2:13

Rom 11:36

Prov 20:24

Prov 16:9

ISA 64:8

What salvation means?

 Avoiding eternal hell and escaping God’s wrath  

Being freed from power of sin in our lives

Rev 21:5

Jer 18:4

Ezek 36:27

Rom 6:6,9

How salvation comes?  Accepting Christ into our heart and avoiding judgment  Living thru God’s judgment and wrath poured out on our old man and carnal mind Exo 6:6Psa 48:11Heb 12:6Rev 15:8Psa 19:9-10 ISA 48:10

Who is Jesus Christ?

 Coequal Trinity or as some believe the one true God  

Son of God who has a Father and a God who is greater than Christ.  Christ also has a BODY, His Christ, the Elect thru whom He does His works today

1 Cor 8:6

ACTS 4:26

Col 1:15-16

Eph 1:17

Rev 11:15

John 20:17

John 20:21

 

What is eternal life?

  Living with God in bodily form   To know Jesus Christ and His Father and abide in Him and Him in us John 17:31Cor 2:6Rom 15:6Phil 2:2
The Works of Christ  Saving the masses from eternal hell  

Bringing spiritual healing to God’s Elect, the few

John 14:12

Mat 10:5-6

John 20:21

Who is the Church

 The billions that profess Christ and choose Him  The Elect, the very few God chooses from Babylon and gives ears to hear Mat 13:16-17Eph 3:9-10Mat 22:141 Cor 2:6-14
Required Sacrifices  Jesus already did it all, His finished works are it  

EVERYTHING, we must lose our life. Sacrifice for sin and trespasses are different and the Body of Christ is sacrificed for trespasses

Col 1:24

Lev 16:8

Lev 5:6

Mat 16:25

Rom 12:1

Luke 17:33

1 Cor 15:31

Who Creates Evil

 Satan and man  

God made Satan and creates all evil

Isa 45:7

Amo 3:6

Lam 3:38-39

Psa 139:12

Prov 16:4

Psa 78:49

2nd Coming of Christ

 Outward, yet future  

Inward, happening for 2,000 years in His Elect, chosen few

Mat 16:28

Heb 9:28

Mat 24:34

 Adam & Eve made perfect  The fall of man came because of Adam’s sin which blew it for all men and required Christ to die  

God made in sinful flesh, marred in His hands on purpose

Jer 18:4

Rom 8:20-21

Ecc 7:20

Rom 3:10

Psalm 51:5

Gen 2:25

Who is responsible for sin

 Man and his free will  

God who is working all things, even evil

Isa 63:17

Gen 50:20

2 Sam 12:11

John 15:5

Rom 9:16

Eph 1:11

1 Sam 19:9

Who is responsible for our obedience

 Man and his free will such that man saves itself by their decisions and own actions  

God alone, Yet we fear the Lord and strive to depart from inequity

Ezek 36:27

John 15:5

Isa 64:8

Rom 9:15-16

Eph 1:11

Amos 4:13

Time required to be saved?  20 second sinners pray, joining their churches  

Long process of living thru God’s grace and the associated affliction and suffering, dying daily

Rev 1:3

Rev 12:7-10

Luk 21:19

Rev 14:12

1 Cor 9:27

2 Tim 4:7

Who is Israel

 The outward nation of Israel and the physical Jews  

God’s Very Elect, the few chosen in each age

Rom 2:28-29

Gal 6:15-16

Rom 9:8

Origins of Repentance

 Man chooses to repent  

Repentance is granted to man in God’s mercy

Rom 2:4

Acts 5:31

Acts 11:18

2 Tim 2:25

What is Love

 Mixing with world, tolerating ungodliness and false doctrines  

Obeying all of God’s commandments

1 John 5:2-3

Luke 6:26

1 Cor 5:5

2 John 1:9-11

1 Tim 6:3-5

Nature of Satan

 Fallen angel, kicked out of heaven, used to run music in “heaven”  

Created a lying murdering serpent from the beginning BY GOD, for specific purpose to deceive and destroy

Job 26:13

Isa 54:16

John 8:44

Who to fellowship with No rules, the more the merrier, come one come all, let’s make God attractive to the flesh Separate from the lies, purge out false doctrines, take heed God’s commands 1 Cor 5:7, 11

Rev 18:4

2 Cor 6:14

Neh 13:3

Rom 8:7

Jesus walked as a man Immaculate flesh Same sinful flesh we have yet He did not commit sin

Heb 2:14-15

Rom 8:3

Heb 4:15

Timing of Salvation When we accept Christ by choice When we are judged which time is known only to the Father

1 Pet 4:17

John 12:48

Mat 24:36

Purpose of Elect Don’t know understand it at all To be the saviors of all other men

Obe 1:21

Neh 9:27

Rom 11:31

Jer 5:4

Where is heaven Someplace out there in space Within us, in our hearts and minds

Luk 17:20-21

Zech 12:1

What is the earth This physical planet The professing church that knows not the Lord

Jer 22:29

Gen 1:2

Isa 1:2

Who is the Antichrist Some man yet to be identified from Eastern Europe YOU and ME, all men are the antichrist

Mat 24:15

1 John 2:18

2 Thess 2:3-4

John 8:44

Purpose of Old Testament History Lesson of God’s People the Jews Written not for the flesh Jews but only for God’s Elect, for our learning

1 Cor 10:11

1 Pet 1:9-12

Mat 4:4

1 Cor 3:21

What is worship Sacrifices of praise yet without the required burnt offering, esp. giving tithes and offerings Obedience comes first, the burnt offering, otherwise the offering is an abomination

Luke 10:27

1 Sam 15:22

Rom 12:1-2

Prov 3:5-6

John 4:23

Lake of Fire Where God will burn unrepentant sinners for eternity Greatest act of chastening grace ever, thru which all men will be saved

1 Cor 3:15

Jer 5:14

Isa 33:14-15

Mat 3:11

John 12:47

Who to pray for Everyone, the world, our leaders Pray not for the world but for God’s will (destruction of flesh) be done John 17:9

Jer 7:16

James 4:3

Jer 14:11

Who is deceiving the deceivers in the church Satan and evil spirits God is doing it.  It is His plan and purposes to deceive the vast majority right now Ezek 14:9

1 Kings 22:22

John 9:39

2 Thess 2:11

What is grace Unmerited favor and avoidance of paying sin’s penalty The scourging and chastening God pours out on every son He receives Heb 12:6

Isa 54:7-8

1 Cor 3:15

Isa 48:10

Rev 15:8

What is Faith Our personal choice to believe that Jesus was the son of God and died on a cross A measure of the faith OF Christ that is given as a gift to men as God has ordained Eph 2:8-9

Rom 12:3

Gal 2:20

What God needs from man Christ is counting on you to do X, Y and Z Christ needs nothing from any man, He is working all things Acts 17:25

Psa 139:16

Isa 46:10

Entering Sabbath Rest Accepting Christ or coming to church or keeping law of Moses, various doctrines Being given the gift of faith to believe God is working all things and is indeed Sovereign Heb 4:9-10

Mat 12:5-8

Why Christ speaks in parables To make the meaning clearer To hide the true meaning of His words from all but His very Elect Psalm 78:2

Hos 12:10

Mat 13:10-14

Mercy endures forever Except for the majority that will burn forever without end.  Babylon does not really believe this All men saved, the purposes of judgment is to bring salvation and judgment is always done with mercy Luk 6:35-36

Psalm 136

Isa 49:13

Mic 7:19

James 2:13

The Falling Away Yet future or happening now but N/A to themselves Ongoing in all generations and personally applicable to all of us first Acts 20:28-29

Mat 4:4

Isa 28:13

1 Thess 5:1-3

Deut 29:6

Keeping Days, Times and Seasons Most keep various holy days and engage in many worldly days such as birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s day, patriotic days, etc True church does not keep or concern themselves with any keeping of special days Deut 7:1-7Col 2:8

Deut 20:12-16

Gal 4:10

Rom 14:5-6

All of these false doctrines are how we first come to know “Jesus” thru the apostate churches that are in the wilderness and separated from the one true God. These many called but not chosen have not yet been given the gift of faith nor have their hearts been prepared to hear the truth.

Psa 10:17 LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

Yet God’s Elect, the few chosen that do have the truth will speak the truths to those God puts into their path. And it is thru the foolishness of us preaching and sharing these truths that are hated and rejected of men by which a few will be saved. They will hear the words of Christ we speak and will come out of Babylon.

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.

Rom 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

Rom 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Some will hear and there is great joy in heaven when even one lost sheep among thousands is found by the foolishness of our preaching.

Mat 13:9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

All of these doctrines run together and cannot be separated. This is because the Scriptures cannot be broken and they are the very foundation, the bones upon which the Body of Christ thrives. Lord willing I will add more to this in the future but I had to start somewhere.

Joh 10:35 … the scripture cannot be broken

None of Babylon’s false doctrines have any support in Scriptures properly divided.  We must test everything and try the spirits to see if they are of God.  The apostasy is not some future event,  you and me were born into it, hundreds of years after the fact.

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

Of course, the Lord must first give us ears to hear and a love for the truth before we can have the ability to try the spirits.  But anyone reading this blog in depth is likely to be there or be close as the Spirit of the Lord is stirring your heart to seek out the truth.  I encourage you to dig deep and you will be amazed at how wide and pervasive are the lies we all first come to know about God.  The treasure in the WORD is the true doctrines and they are hidden from carnal eyes and lazy spirits.  We must dig for them and I hope you have that zeal for the things of God.

Pro 25:2  It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. 

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

What the carnal babes who rule in Babylon fail to consider are some essential and immutable facts of God’s words that they must not violate when seeking the truth. These include.

Psalm 119:160  The sum of Thy word is truth.  It is the SUM, not some of God’s word which is true.  Taking part of the word to the exclusion of other parts is a guaranteed way of being ensnared by the cords of Babylon’s false doctrines.

2 Peter 1:20  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private (its own) interpretation.   Don’t try to take a scripture and build a doctrine on it like eternal hell when we are clearly shown God’s mercy endures forever.  This is sure fire clue you have a bad translation from the apostates who preceded you by 2,000 years.  The whole approach to preaching in orthodox churches is to read a scripture then spend 30 minutes rambling with carnal wisdom on what that Scripture means.  To understand a Scripture one must look to other Scriptures, bringing multiple witnesses and treasure out of both the old and new testaments.  Lord willing you will come out from the rule of the carnal babes masquerading as teachers of the faithful.

 1 Cor 2:13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. The carnal mind likes to compare physical to spiritual or physical to physical.  Don’t do it, it is a sure fire way to stay in darkness regarding the doctrines of Jesus Christ.

Sincere comments or questions can be email to peterjwilson56@gmail.com Your brother in Christ proclaiming the doctrines of Jesus Christ.

PETE