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Baptisms Part Two

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Notes by the elders, compiled into one study by Ronel

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  RECAP, WATER BAPTISMS, FIRST BAPTISMS:

There are two types of baptisms, the first baptism (water) is always the SHADOW of the TRUE spiritual baptism into Christ, into His DEATH. We are to move beyond this first baptism to move unto maturity being baptized by Christ Himself. Shadows of the first baptism in the OT include; the flood of Noah; the crossing of the Red Sea; the crossing of the river Jordan. Crossing the Jordan, is the same as crossing the flood of Noah or crossing the Red Sea. The typical baptism of the OT (shadows) is done with water and do nothing to change our hearts within. Being baptized into Moses is being likened to “the festival of Passover” where we accept Christ, as the Son of God, as our Passover Lamb, and accept that He died for us. We still do NOT know that we have to die WITH HIM, bearing our cross daily.

Just on a side note, the Holy days or Festivals of the Jews are also spiritual shadows which points to “good things to come” and although all of these festivals are being fulfilled in Christ, it is wonderful “looking back” to see how they are being fulfilled in different stages of our walk and are still being fulfilled in our lives today as we mature towards the mind of Christ.

This first baptisms are a necessary baptism because we live by every Word of God (Matt 4:4) and all righteousness IS and must be fulfilled in us.

The baptism of John, the Baptist in the NT, is preparing the way to Christ. It is the baptism of repentance and is also a shadow pointing us to Christ whilst still under the schoolmaster. It is accompanied by signs and wonders (outward gifts) and have the appearance of a “spiritual baptism” but we still have many idols of the heart and our “tongue and doings” are against the Lord. It is likened as the “festival of unleavened bread “as we start putting sin, whether physical sins (our doings) or in our minds (our tongues) out of our lives but we still have many things we are not being able to hear and Christ IS NOT come yet.

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

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

The doctrine of water baptisms whether it be the OT shadows as mentioned above or the baptism of John is: …… after we accepted Christ’s sacrifice for our sins, we begin to put sin out of our lives, our tongues and our doings. So we see that the festivals of Passover and the Days of unleavened Bread are being fulfilled during this season of our walk. These baptisms point to and prepare the way for Christ to come.

Later in the study, we will see how we MATURE/MOVE ON to “die with Christ”, our Passover Lamb and keep the “festival of unleavened” bread with sincerity and Truth from the HEART.

1Co 5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

THE SECOND BAPTISM/THE FESTIVAL OF PENTECOST:

This baptism/washing cleanses the threshing floor of the HEART from all its secret, hidden faults and great transgressions within. It enters our hearts and judges us and change us from within.

Psa 51:2 Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

Psa 51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Isa 1:16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;

“The festival of Pentecost”, namely the feast of firstfruits, is the day we are being born again (ongoing) and is the beginning of the Church “is, was and will be” WITHIN and without. Pentecost typify us, who are the spiritual first fruit seed (Jas 1:18).

When the Holy Spirit is being given to us within, the work of Truth and grace begins. We are now progressing to the point where we are being capable to receive the chastening and tribulations which are being endured by every mature son of God (Heb 12:6-8).

It is the beginning of THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT in the lives of all who is being part of this “firstfruits of His harvest”.

Judgement begins at us and we are being matured through FIRE. This is the shadow of the “festival of trumpets”. We are being judged first out of our own mouths according to our idols (Ezekiel 14) since our “Day” begins and ongoing until the end.

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

We are the “seven priests blowing the seven trumpets” in the battle against Jericho (Jos 6, Rev 8:11). Trumpets is calling us to make war, it is a spiritual battle against the man of sin within and without at the appointed time. It is the judgement of sin in our daily lives, we are the first to go to war., a struggle between life and death. The beginning of judgement is what this festival signifies.

2Ti 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

Jer 6:17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.

Upon hearing the trumpets, we afflict our souls which is typically the next festival, the “day of atonement”, presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice dying daily being impaled with Christ. It is a fast and our souls are afflicted because as He is so are we in this world (1 John 4:17). Our afflictions are for the Church (Col 1:24), His Body, and also for all of humanity.

2Co 1:6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.

The death of the cross is being borne by both Christ and “His Christ” as an atonement for the people. Dying daily with Christ is the Good News and the message of the Gospel. It is the man child (Truth of Christ’s doctrine) within us that “is seated with Christ in the heavens”. This is symbolic of the first resurrection in down payment form.

1Co 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

As we mature and Christ increases in us, all of these festivals are being fulfilled in CHRIST. We start obeying immediately from the HEART as we gain dominion over our sins but at first, we also have the “festival of tabernacles” within us which is a spiritual shadow for the millennium where we are not obedient, knowing the Truth, our obedience is lip service. Satan is bound at this time, but yet we have hardened hearts and stiff necks, trying the Lord. It is the occasion the Lord seeks to judge us, the mixed multitudes of nations within and without at the appointed times. This festival symbolizes the millennium.

Jer 17:23 But they obeyed not, neither inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff, that they might not hear, nor receive instruction.

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

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

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

As Satan is getting released to deceive us for a short period of time, we are typically trying to wrest the judgement of Christ away, this is typically the “last great day” following the feast of tabernacles and Christ COMES “is, was and will be” and destroys the man of sin with the brightness of His coming and destroys “death (state of disobedience)” within “is, was and will be”, a process until the end for us now and a future event for the world out there.

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

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

1Co 15:24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

1Co 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 1Co 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

When the Father is “all in all”, we are in the Lord’s REST and we enjoy the fruit of the Spirit which is:

Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Eph 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

As the Lord increases and we decrease, we OBEY from the Heart as being mature children in Christ. All shadows are being fulfilled in Christ as we move unto maturity.

We will Lord willing, look at these festivals in detail in weeks to come. We know we keep the spiritual Sabbath which is Christ (Heb 4) when we are DOERS of His Word.

WHO WILL BE DOING THIS BAPTISM OF FIRE?

Joh 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

1Jn 2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

As He IS, so are WE (1 John 4:17). We are doing this baptism of fire.

WHAT TYPE OF SINS IS BEING WASHED/CLEANSED FROM THE HEART?

Mar 7:20 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.

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

Mar 7:22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

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

1Jn 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us … [what sins?]

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.

ALL men will be cleansed and be baptised by the Lord in due time and in order (1Jn 2:2). Very few people are the chosen elect of God undergoing this baptism in the Spirit “this day”. If we are not being washed by the Lord at this time, He has no part with us, and we will not be heirs and partakers of His FRUIT or His RIGHTEOUSNESS until the appointed time of judgement to come.

Joh 13:8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.

WHAT IS THE CLEANSING?

Soaps and hyssop are some of the Old Testament Words used to tell us of what washes and cleanses us (Lev 14:3-4, Jer 2:22). These are all pointing to the Holy Spirit of God, Fire, and Living Water, that is, the WORD of God.

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

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

This prophetic Word from the mouth of John the Baptist is nothing but exaltation and edification [Luk 3:18] of the Spirit to those it is given to understand.

WHAT IS THE UNQUENCHABLE FIRE?

Luk 12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth; [fiery baptism!] and what will I, if it be already kindled (happening now)?

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

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

WHAT FORM ARE “MY WORDS”?

Christ Words are SPIRIT.

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

“My Words” are also WATER by which all is being made clean and white as snow.

Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water [… by physical water? No… but…] by the word,

Heb 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

 THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY WE ARE BEING CLEANSED:

Joh 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

This Word is symbolic of His BLOOD, His Spirit, by which WE are being cleansed from our self-righteous filthiness of the flesh and spirit.

Heb 9:14 (NKJV) how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

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

HOW IS THIS BAPTISM OF THE LORD ACHIEVED?

It is the forsaking of all things of the flesh. This is the cleansing process, a death of the flesh process: the vessel that contains all sins, the BODY OF SIN is done away with, and we are attaining freedom from sin as He increases and we decrease.

Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. Rom 6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.

As babes IN Christ, we become partakers of the Lord’s own baptisms. We saw earlier that in order that all righteousness be fulfilled, the Lord was first baptised by John the Baptist. The Lord however does not regard this as baptism in the Spirit, and HE later shows us His TRUE baptism, which we are being baptised with in “our day of the Lord”.

Mat 20:22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptised with the baptism that I am baptised with? They say unto him, We are able.

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

The drinking of the CUP of baptism is seen in the deep distress and agony prior to the eventual death of the flesh of Christ:

Mat 26:37 (NKJV) And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed.

Mat 26:38 Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”

Mat 26:39 He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup [of baptism with Fire] pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”

Luk 22:42 (NKJV) saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup [of baptism with Fire] away from Me; nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be done.”

Luk 22:43 Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him.

Luk 22:44 And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

Being “baptised with the baptism that I am baptised with” is what is scripturally known as “being baptised into His death. BAPTISM LEADS TO THE DEATH OF THE FLESH.

Rom 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptised into Jesus Christ were baptised into his death?

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

As we learned in our second study “Faith towards God”, this death process is not an instantaneous event in our lives that happens in a few seconds but is a “dying daily” process of baptism. Through this process, a new nature is being birthed and raised in us, a newness of life and we are being caused to come out of the dominion of inward, secret sins and many false doctrines so that the inside (our hearts and minds), and the outside (our works) are being cleansed day by day.

1Co 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

2Co 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

END PURPOSE OF BAPTISM

As Peter came to see after the issue with Simon, the Sorcerer, being physically water baptized does not convert the heart of any man. Simon was still as carnal as any Gentile of the land after John’s baptism. Peter came to see that true baptism that converts the heart is when “fiery trials” come upon us, the unquenchable consuming FIRE of God, the pure WATER, the Holy Spirit of God, all one and the same WORD OF GOD.

1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

1Pe 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; [his baptism by fire] that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

This is the only baptism which saves us from our sins and produces a good conscience toward God.

1Pe 3:18 (MKJV) For Christ also once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, indeed being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the Spirit;

1Pe 3:19 in which also He went and preached to the spirits in prison,

1Pe 3:20 to disobeying ones, when once the long suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared (in which a few, that is, eight souls were saved through water);

1Pe 3:21 which figure now also saves us, baptism; not a putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ;

Heb 9:14 how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Heb 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

CONCLUSION

It is by means of death that the life of Christ is being manifested in us. This baptism from heaven is fulfilled in us by dying daily. It is the Spirit that profits. All earthly baptisms “without a man” (Mar 7:15-23) are of no value in the conversion of the heart and producing the fruit of the Spirit in us. The Father has no pleasure in those carnal ordinances imposed until Christ comes to us in the Spirit. The first earthy/ shadow in the wisdom and tradition of men is taken away so that the spiritual baptism by the Spirit of God can be established (1Co 15:46). The first has and produces no glory because there is a spiritual baptism which is more excellent in the sight of God. For this reason, in keeping the singleness and unity of the Spirit, there is only ONE BAPTISM:

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

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

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

Eph 5:26 That he [Jesus Christ] might sanctify and cleanse it [the church, his Body/ wife… you!] with the washing of water by the word,

The end purpose of that one baptism is …………

Eph 5:27 That he might present it [the church, his Body/ wife… you!] to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Unless we are mature we are not able to bear the “meat” of the Word.

Joh 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

SUMMARY:

Physical water is “without a man”, and does nothing to a man’s heart, either good or bad. This is what Christ tells us concerning things that “are without a man”:

Mar 7:15 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.

Mat 15:19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

Likewise, “there is nothing from without a man” that can cleanse a man, but “the things that come out of a man, the fiery Word of God “from the heart” (Mat 18:35)], those are they that [cleanse] the man”. Here is how God’s fiery Words cleanse us from within:

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

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

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

The fire are the trials that God puts us through to cause us to obey His Word, which is also symbolized by fire.

1Pe 4:12 Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you;

Jer 23:29 “Is not My word like a fire?” says the LORD, “And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?

The Spirit of God is given to us that we may understand the Truth of God through our daily TRIALS and His WORD.

Joh 16:13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

It is only through God’s Spirit opening our eyes to the Truth that we come to see the Truth. It is God’s Spirit that makes us a “spiritual man” and gives us the mind of Christ more and more as we mature in the Spirit.

1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

1Co 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man

1Co 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

BEARING MUCH FRUIT IN THE DAY OF THE LORD:

Maturity is not being achieved when we hear the Word of God only. Our old man has to continue to decrease, and Christ in us has to continue to increase. This is by the will of the Father (Eze 36:30).

Joh 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

1Co 3:5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?

1Co 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

Our understanding has to bear fruit, but we are not able to do this unless we abide in Him. We abide in Him by meditating on His Words day and night (Jos 1:8).

Psa 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

Psa 1:2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Psa 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

We also abide in Him through fellowship with His Body (1 John 1:3).

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.

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

Knowing the members of the Body of Christ and serving them is the same as knowing and serving the Lord Himself (Joh 13:20).

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

No matter how much we know, or how much fruit the Lord has produced through us, as long as we are in this flesh and blood which cannot inherit the kingdom of God (1 Co 15:50) and we should never think that we are already perfected, we are being perfected.

Php 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

Php 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

We are only given the down payment of the Spirit unlike Christ, who has been given the Holy Spirit without measure (Joh 3:34). We still live in this corruptible body (1Co 15:53) that we need to die to daily, enduring to the end, “being saved”.

Eph 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Eph 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Growing up into Him includes the growth of our love for His Body (Joh 13:34).

1Th 3:12 (GNB) May the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow more and more and become as great as our love for you.

1Th 3:13 In this way he will strengthen you, and you will be perfect and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all who belong to him.

Hos 6:1 “Come, let us return to the LORD; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up. Hos 6:2 After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him.

 

 

Studies

Baptisms Part One

Study notes by the elders compiled into one study

There is one true Lord and one true baptism as Paul tells us in Ephesians 4:5. Yet that Scriptures speak of several baptisms that are all experiences we will have as we live out every word God spoke (Mat 4:4).  We begin with Paul’s words to the Hebrews speaking on these truths.

Heb 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

Heb 5:13 For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: [partakes and continues only on milk] for he is a babe.

Heb 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Heb 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

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

Heb 6:3 And this will we do, if God permit. [ God willing!]

In our study – “repentance from dead works” – we learned that it is crucial to first acknowledge that we are sinful human beings and all our best efforts in the flesh are all dead works in the sight of God. We also learned that our confession of this Truth will eventually grant us repentance from those dead works and that it is after this repentance that Faith toward God is given to us. Finally, we learned that this gift of the Spirit is to bring us to God, our Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ, a fiery process until the end.

In this study, we will see the spiritual significance of baptisms and how we live and will be living by the Word of God. Understanding the doctrine of baptisms will equip us to go unto perfection in Christ Jesus.

Let us first recognize that the plural of the word – baptismS – is used above. The reason behind this is revealed to us in the sum of God’s Word. The first question we need to answer is:

WHAT IS BAPTISM?

As with all things in Scripture, there is a physical example given to us before we are given the spiritual meaning and fulfillment. We are caused first to live the earthy, carnal, natural type before it is given to us to fulfil the spiritual. The word translated ‘BAPTISMS’ in Heb 6:2 is the Greek word ‘Baptismos’– Strongs concordance # G909.

It appears four times in the New Testament and is usually translated as “washing” or “washings” as in the examples below:

  1. Mar 7:4 And when they come from the market, except they wash(G907 baptizo) they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing(G909 baptismos) of cups, and pots, brazen vessels, and of tables.
  2. G907 – baptizo – Translated as baptize {76x} and wash {2x}
    b. G909- baptismos – Translated as washing {3x} and baptism {1x}
  3. Mar 7:8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing(G909 baptismos) of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
  4. Heb 9:10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, (G909 baptismos) and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.
  5. Heb 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, (G909 baptismos) and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of “eternal judgment”/age lasting condemnation.

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE BAPTISM OF JOHN

There are two kinds of baptisms, the first being the type and shadow, the example, and the second being the spiritual reality, in SPIRIT. In the first kind of baptism, several shadows are given to us throughout Scripture, including the baptism of the flood of Noah, the crossing of the Red Sea, the crossing of the river Jordan and, in the New Testament, the baptism by John the Baptist.

Just as Moses told the fathers to hearken to the One that should come after him:

Deu 15:15 The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;

Act 3:22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.

Likewise, the first baptizer introduced to us in the New Testament was quick to announce to all people the significance of his ministry and the purpose of his baptism. The ministry of John the Baptist, were and are for the sole purpose of directing us to the One that is coming AFTER, namely Christ Jesus and “His Christ”. This baptism is preparing the way for the true baptism of fire through Christ and “His Christ”.

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

Joh 1:26 (MKJV) John answered them, saying, I baptize with water, but One stands among you whom you do not know.

Joh 1:27 He it is who, coming after me, who has been before me; of whom I am not worthy to loosen the thong of His sandal.

Act 19:4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

Thus, the ministry of John and his baptism was and is to prepare the way of Truth, to prepare the way of the fiery baptism to follow, the baptism into Christ into His death, because as He is so are we (1 John 4:17).

To prepare the path to the righteousness and LOVE of God, and the eventual revelation of Jesus Christ, the baptism of John and his ministry, and all physical water baptisms, was not in itself the way of Truth and righteousness of God.

Though John the Baptist is declared as the greatest prophet born of women by Jesus Christ.

Mat 11:11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Luk 7:28 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.

Nevertheless, John confessed out of his own mouth that he did not know who Jesus Christ, the Truth, is! We are doing well to take heed to this most significant of confessions:

Joh 1:30 (MKJV) This is He of whom I said, After me comes a Man who has been before me, for He preceded me.

Joh 1:31 And I did not know Him {confession #1}, but that He be revealed to Israel, therefore I have come baptizing with water.

Joh 1:32 And John bore record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from Heaven like a dove, and He abode on Him.

Joh 1:33 And I did not know Him {confession #2}, but He who sent me to baptize with water, that One said to me, Upon Whom you shall see the Spirit descending, and remaining upon Him, He is the One who Baptizes with the Holy Spirit.

HOW DO WE LIVE OUT OUR FIRST BAPTISM?

As we briefly mentioned in our study, “faith toward God”, our faith is initially placed in the wisdom of religious men of this world, and was and is not the faith of God’s sons.

1Co 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom

1Co 2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

The above verse is not written because we have always had the faith of Jesus Christ, but rather because we all first stand in a faith guided by man’s and our own wisdom. We first regard Jesus Christ/” another Jesus” after natural perception, from a human point of view, the flesh, established in Church denominations and the sects of men. Under this “Law”, we are “baptized” by ministers in the churches according to their doctrines, using the Bible. It is at this point whilst under the schoolmasters and guardians of the Law that the baptism of Moses (our baptism in Orthodoxy) are fulfilled in our lives, even as Christ and “His Christ” in the days of His and “our flesh” (yet carnal) was and is being baptized by “John”:

Mat 3:13 (MKJV) Then Jesus came from Galilee to Jordan, to John, to be baptised by him.

Mat 3:14 But John restrained Him, saying, I have need to be baptised by You, and do You come to me?

Mat 3:15 And answering Jesus said to him, Allow it now, for it is becoming to us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he allowed Him.

John asked the Lord why this has to be so and again we ask why does this need to be so?

Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Col 1:25 Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;

To the end purpose that all righteousness be fulfilled within us and because we live by every word of God, this is a necessary first baptism for us in accord with this godly principle:

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

Remember what John the Baptist himself and Paul told us earlier:

Mar 1:7 And preached, saying, There cometh one mightier than I after me, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to stoop down and unloose.

Joh 1:26 (MKJV) John answered them, saying, I baptize with water, but One stands among you whom you do not know.

Joh 1:27 He it is who, coming after me, who has been before me [the spiritual]; of whom I am not worthy to loosen the thong of His sandal.

This baptism of John is the baptism that must be before the baptism of fire, it is the baptism of repentance from dead works, which leads to the Faith of Christ:

Act 19:4 Then said Paul, John verily baptised with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

We are the “Jews” that is believing on Him but not abiding in Him in this season of our walk (John 8) and only know the baptism of John (repentance from dead works) only.

Act 18:24 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.

Act 18:25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.

We know the baptism of JOHN and this is being fulfilled in us, His elect sons, when we are being taught diligently the way of the Lord but we are yet carnal; we are yet carnal. We still have many idols of the heart that needs to be purged out. “Apollos” in us is teaching well and diligently. The baptism of John (repentance i.e. change of mind) prepares the way for our baptism of fire, this is the true washing of water by the Word and purging by fire through the …… Words that I speak to you …… John 6:63 through the Living Word and in the mouths of God’s elect which devours the enemy!

As an example, or type of us being baptized into MOSES, the LAW, the Old Covenant, and what Scripture calls “the wisdom and traditions of men”, is our water baptism in Orthodoxy.

1Co 10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;

1Co 10:2 And were all baptised unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

This physical baptism by physical water is a type, example for us today:

1Co 10:6 Now [TODAY!] these things being baptised unto Moses] were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: [G5179- tupos- types, typical of us] and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

THE FIRST BAPTISM … OF MEN OR FROM HEAVEN?

So, the baptisms of John and the Old Testament types and shadows are for the purpose that we should depart from and not lust after evil things. This first baptisms (though it is hidden from many), prepares many for the ultimate conversion of the heart and does not itself convert the heart to God. It is a shadow of things to come. It nevertheless does have a great appearance of wisdom and conversion, but has no profit and no value against the indulgence of the flesh (Col 2:23) or said otherwise “idols of the heart”.

Mat 21:25 The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven, or of men? And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say unto us, Why did ye not then believe him?

Mat 21:26 But if we shall say, of men; we fear the people; for all hold John as a prophet.

The latter baptism we deal with is from heaven, from the Father by Christ Jesus:

Joh 6:32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread [baptism] from heaven.

Joh 6:38   For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

Joh 6:48 I am that bread of life. Joh 6:49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. Joh 6:50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.

Joh 6:58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live forever.

WHY MUST WE SUFFER JOHN’S BAPTISM TO BE SO NOW?

We all have our beginning being under the Law, into Moses. There are multitudes that only know of the baptism of Moses until this day. The Truth is hidden from their sight, and they do not know any truths while proclaiming they know Christ and God. Even baptized into John’s baptism, a type of hearing the Truth, we still are not DOERS of the Word. Christ IS not come yet.

Act 19:1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,

Act 19:2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.

Act 19:3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptised? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.

While under John’s baptism, we have no conversion of the heart either. The root of sin is still intact. It is a grave error to think that this baptism converts our hearts. Though many physical sins of the flesh may be forsaken and although we know the way of the Lord, this does not separate our hearts from being “Jews that believe in Him but not abide in Him” those that are only outwardly clean and have an appearance of righteousness.

Our hearts are no different from anyone else’s in the world. It is the same as the gentile’s hearts (not God’s people). The heart is what truly matters, and our hearts is not yet being converted. During these seasons of our walk we think we are spiritual, and we truly believe that John’s baptism is a spiritual baptism, with “many signs and wonders” keeping us in DELUSION.

Mar 7:14 And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of youand understand:

Mar 7:15 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.

Mar 7:16 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.

We may look outwardly clean and righteous to the men of this world and to our brothers in fellowship, but we are hypocrites, and our hearts are not right in the sight of God. Therefore, as babes in Christ, all our efforts and whom we should be seeking to please henceforth are God the Father, through the Living Word and “His Christ” (Joh 14:6).

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

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

We do not have converted hearts and we behold many signs and wonders just like the unconverted Simon, the Sorcerer (see Act 8:9-25). The signs and miracles of hearing the Truth deceives us, we have the righteousness of the Pharisees at this point who sit in the “seat of Moses” and Christ says …. do as they say and do not do what they do, because they say and do not (Matt 23:2).

Act 8:13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptised, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. [… but…]

Act 8:18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,

Act 8:19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.

Act 8:20 But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.

Act 8:21 Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.

Act 8:22 Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

Our hearts are not being converted and our sins are the hidden, presumptuous sins within, full of idols of the heart, with innumerable, creeping secret evils and wicked thoughts towards our fellow men and many harsh things spoken against the Lord (not being able to obey the Truth from the heart). We do not know that we are still guilty of the great transgression of false doctrines of demons having dominion over us even as we are ignorant of these sins before our baptism of fire, of the Spirit. The man of sin, is sitting on his throne in God’s Temple, which TEMPLE we are.

Lev 5:17 If a person sins, and commits any of these things which are forbidden to be done by the commandments of the LORD, though he does not know it, yet he is guilty and shall bear his iniquity.

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

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

As in a court of law, the Judge, Jesus Christ, is not taking ignorance as a defense! For this reason, God calls this first typical baptisms a “carnal ordinance” not having the power to convert the hearts of men nor to cleanse our evil consciences, and calls it a “shadow of the good things”, the second baptism, that is to come. God therefore has NO PLEASURE in it. It does not make us perfect!

Heb 9:9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;

Heb 9:10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, [baptisms] and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

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

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

For this cause, Jesus Christ himself did not baptize anyone with physical water or convert anyone whilst He was in the clay:

Joh 4:1 When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptised more disciples than John,

Joh 4:2 (Though Jesus himself baptised not, but his disciples,

The disciples were still under the law (John’s baptism, baptism of repentance), until the Spirit (second baptism) was and is given to them and us at Pentecost (Act 2), the GIFT of Faith.

Mar 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Mar 7:8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing [baptism from men, not heaven] of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

It was revealed to Paul and the apostles as they grew in understanding, to preach the GOSPEL not in wisdom of words but with POWER from the Holy Spirit and fire.

1Co 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: [true baptism] not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

John the Baptist had already confessed that he did not know Jesus Christ and that he must decrease. He then directs us all to the true baptizer and converter of the heart, Jesus Christ, even as Paul did. WE HAVE TO MOVE ON UNTO MATURITY!

Joh 1:26 (MKJV) John answered them, saying, I baptize with water, but One stands among you whom you do not know.

Joh 1:27 He it is who, coming after me, who has been before me; of whom I am not worthy to loosen the thong of His sandal.

Act 19:4 Then said Paul, John verily baptised with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

CONCLUSION PART ONE:

The law of Moses with its ritual baptisms are for those still under the law of Moses in Orthodoxy cleaning the outside of the cup and the baptism of John make us feel so righteous but the Truth is it is not cleaning us from the inside and is our schoolmaster to bring us to Christ. We believe on Christ but faith has not come yet. These are shadows of the true baptism that is only in Christ and into His death.

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

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

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

Gal 3:25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

Gal 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Gal 3:27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

In Part Two we will cover the following additional points which together comprise the sum of the Word that is the truth regarding Baptisms.

  • The second baptism, baptized into Christ, into His death
  • Who is baptizing us?
  • What is being washed away?
  • Spirit and Fire
  • How is this baptism achieved?
  • More Lord willing

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Nahum Part 8 – Shaking by a Mighty Wind

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We ended last week with verse seven where our despicable spiritual condition has been made known and we have become a gazing stock.

Nah 3:6 And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazingstock.

Nah 3:7 And it shall come to pass, that all they that look upon thee shall flee from thee, and say, Nineveh is laid waste: who will bemoan her? whence shall I seek comforters for thee?

When we see our despicable spiritual condition, we flee to the mountains to hide out and try to escape the wrath that has befallen our old man and carnal way of life. Everything we knew or thought we knew is turned on its head in this ongoing “is, was and will be” process until we come to the mature man in Christ. The mighty wind, the Spirit of God, is sweeping across the face of the earth and its waters (Gen 1:2-3) as “light is called out of darkness”.

Rev 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

Rev 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

Rev 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

We saw the call to “stand stand” and repent of our wicked ways in Nahum 2:8 but we are not standing at first. We flee to the safety of the crowd but the Lord searches us out.

Jer 46:20 Egypt is like a very fair heifer, but destruction cometh; it cometh out of the north.

Jer 46:21 Also her hired men are in the midst of her like fatted bullocks; for they also are turned back, and are fled away together: they did not stand, because the day of their calamity was come upon them, and the time of their visitation.

The words of Nahum speak of the same judgment, the same process by which Jesus Christ is revealed in us. The end of the old and ushering in of the new comes with this war and it comes by a flood of lies and false words that come against the house we first build on the sand of our self-righteousness when we hear but do not do the Word.

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

Yet thankfully the Lord comes the second time and the day of the Lord is at hand and judgment is now on the house of God. It is vengeance for His Temple (1 Pet 4:17, 1 Cor 3:16). Here are the verses for today which will allow us to finish the Nahum study in nine installments and render a conclusion of the entire book next week Lord willing.

Nah 3:8 Art thou better than populous No, that was situate among the rivers, that had the waters round about it, whose rampart was the sea, and her wall was from the sea?

Nah 3:9 Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was infinite; Put and Lubim were thy helpers.

Nah 3:10 Yet was she carried away, she went into captivity: her young children also were dashed in pieces at the top of all the streets: and they cast lots for her honourable men, and all her great men were bound in chains.

Nah 3:11 Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt be hid, thou also shalt seek strength because of the enemy.

Nah 3:12 All thy strong holds shall be like fig trees with the firstripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater.

Nah 3:13 Behold, thy people in the midst of thee are women: the gates of thy land shall be set wide open unto thine enemies: the fire shall devour thy bars.

Let us also remind ourselves that the wisdom of Christ is foolishness to the natural “carnal” man (1 Cor 2:14). All this wrath coming against us and our old man and his wicked ways is actually the blessing of the Lord.

Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

No man enters into Christ any other way. The writing of the law of Christ on our hearts, comes not by us inviting Christ into our hearts, but by the Lord bringing fiery trials to us and pouring out wrath upon our wicked carnal ways.

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

1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

No man is able to obey the Lord until the Lord causes it to happen and that only happens by us DOING (living through) these very judgments we are reading about.

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

Being brought to our wits ends requires all that we thought we knew to be shown for what it is i.e. (lies). We must go through this raging sea of our carnal mind in search of the truth in order for Christ to appear in the cloud that is “His Christ”.

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

Luk 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

Luk 21:26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

Luk 21:27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

Luk 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

And how are we redeemed? We need not speculate ( Exo 6:6, Mat 19:28, etc).

Isa 1:27 Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.

Here is our first verse to dig a little deeper.

Nah 3:8 (NKJV) Are you better than No Amon That was situated by the River, That had the waters around her, Whose rampart was the sea, Whose wall was the sea?

Despite what the thoughts of a carnal mind will tell us, there is no safety in numbers in escaping from God’s wrath against sin. Following the crowd is what flesh does to feel safe but it is no defense for our disobedience and the wrath of God that comes in our day of the Lord.

Exo 23:2 Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:

Wresting judgment, the very thing that redeems us and blesses the new man, is what flesh will always think is right.

Isa 31:1 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!

The mind of the whore of Babylon is to trust in the safety of numbers and the billions they deceive by the two hundred million lies (Rev 9:16). But as we have seen time and time again it is a false peace that will suddenly be shattered when Christ comes to make war and brings a sword.

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

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

Jer 51:8 Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed.

The sea is the wall of flesh that we trust in. We may know true doctrine but when the rubber meets the road we being yet carnal fall back and rely on the instincts of the flesh and all that we learn in Egypt. That wall falls as we saw in earlier studies because it is built with untampered mortar of slime, our filthy self-righteous works (Eze 13:10, Isa 64:6) and not the Word of Truth.

Nahum exposes this false security by asking if we are better than those in No Ammon which represents those that trust in the reasoning’s of the carnal mind and not the Word. The harlot like the people of No, sits on many waters which represent the flesh of all of mankind.

Rev 17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

The strength of the harlot is the flesh and the carnal mind. The waters of the sea, which represent the flesh, are seemingly bottomless and this is where the seed of our father, the devil, lives deep in the DNA of these marred vessels of clay.

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

Only the Lord can draw out Leviathan and bring salvation by slaying the great dragon within.

Job 41:1 Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down

Isa 27:1 In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.

The Lord of course causes all things, even our days appointed in Nineveh and even putting Leviathan into this sea of the flesh to play. Seeing the works of the Lord, the wonder in the deep is very liberating.

Psa 104:24 O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.

Psa 104:25 So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.

Psa 104:26 There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.

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

Our strength or rampart is the sea when spiritually we are in Nineveh. This word rampart comes from a word Steven reviewed in his Proverbs 31 (Link at end) study that means host or army.

H2426, chêyl    chêl, khale, khale

A collateral form of H2428; an army; also (by analogy) an intrenchment: – army, bulwark, host, + poor, rampart, trench, wall.

Total KJV occurrences: 8

The root of which comes from H2428 meaning a force and also includes the word translated as virtuous. As that study shows, we see that this force, this army, is associated with the word “pain” and in particular the context of childbirth, patience and coming through the whirlwind of  judgement.

Nah 3:9 Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, And it was boundless; Put and Lubim were your helpers.

God’s people are called to truly be separate. Yet it takes us much travailing to learn these truths and become obedient. Our linkage to Egypt and the ways of the world run very deep.

No Amon (Ammon) is a place on the Nile River, also called Thebes, which was said to be the capital of Upper Egypt. These locations named here all pertain back to the land of Ham, Noah’s son, who was cursed for exposing the nakedness of his father.

Psa 105:23 Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.

We first come see the power of the Lord in the land of Ham.

Psa 105:27 They shewed his signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham.

Ethiopia comes from the Hebrew word Cush who was the son of Ham. Put is also a son of Ham and is what is translated as Libya in modern English (Gen 10:6). The word Lubim also ties to Ham and to Libya and is defined in Strong’s as follows.

H3864,  lûbı̂y   lûbbı̂y, loo-bee’, loob-bee’

Partial from a name probably derived from an unused root meaning to thirst, that is, a dry region; apparently a Libyan or inhabitant of interior Africa (only in plural): – Lubim (-s), Libyans.

I live in Africa and I will attest it is dry here. But in the spiritual, dryness refers to the absence of God’s rain, the doctrines and dew that drip from the heavens and water the earth. Dryness brings famine, parches the land and hinders the crops and trees from bearing fruit in seasons. Land that is dry is easily set ablaze and burned by fire as I have witnessed my first summer in Africa. These realities in the natural tell us in type and shadow how it works in the spiritual.

Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Via Nahum, the Lord is speaking to His Elect here in the whirlwind of our judgment. Now is that judgment on the house of God. Nahum is comparing us to the history of No Amon which was a very populated place in the world at that time. The references do not make much sense on the surface. How is a place surrounded by water, situated next to “the River” as some translations define it, given strength and helped by these four named places that are considered dry regions and devoid of green things?

The Lord destroys the old man within us, saving the remnant, Christ in us. He does this by turning those that trust in Egypt and its idols over to the king of Babylon within us. This is the occasion that brings judgment through the fire that is in our heavens.

Jer 46:25 The LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saith; Behold, I will punish the multitude of No, and Pharaoh, and Egypt, with their gods, and their kings; even Pharaoh, and all them that trust in him:

Jer 46:26 And I will deliver them into the hand of those that seek their lives, and into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of his servants: and afterward it shall be inhabited, as in the days of old, saith the LORD.

The two hundred million lies of our carnally minded father the devil (Joh 8:44), are the innumerable grasshoppers/ locusts that cause us to err from the Lord’s ways and then endure wrath as we endure the death that is the wages of sin.

Jer 46:22 The voice thereof shall go like a serpent; for they shall march with an army, and come against her with axes, as hewers of wood.

Jer 46:23 They shall cut down her forest, saith the LORD, though it cannot be searched; because they are more than the grasshoppers, and are innumerable

Here is a second witness to how this multitude of No is cutoff in that day.

Eze 30:10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also make the multitude of Egypt to cease by the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon.

Eze 30:14 And I will make Pathros desolate, and will set fire in Zoan, and will execute judgments in No.

Eze 30:15 And I will pour my fury upon Sin, the strength of Egypt; and I will cut off the multitude of No.

When we see Jerusalem surrounded by armies of  flesh, when we see our innate helpless state incapable of obeying God after having fallen down seven times, then salvation has come.

Today is the day of our salvation. We best not receive the grace of God in vain but step up and separate from the heathen and unbelieving. This applies within and without.

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

Here is our next verses

Nah 3:10 Yet she was carried away, She went into captivity; Her young children also were dashed to pieces At the head of every street; They cast lots for her honorable men, And all her great men were bound in chains.

Nah 3:11 Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt be hid, thou also shalt seek strength because of the enemy.

As the harlot wife of the Lord, when the Lord turns us over to the Assyrians within, the rod of His anger (Isa 10:5), we are bound in captivity to our carnality and fleshly way of life. We mix the old and the new wine and get drunk in seeking strength from the enemy who is yet thriving in our heavens. We are unable to deliver ourselves. This is how our own wickedness corrects us (Jer 2:19).

Isa 10:24 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt.

The pride of man is very stubborn and it takes this baptism with fire to burn it out of us. Having Truth but not doing Truth is thinking we have already arrived (Phil 3:12-13).

Isa 28:1 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!

After receiving the Truth until we are proven with trials, we will wax fat on the things of the Lord. But vengeance is still to come for the Temple of the Lord.

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

Deu 32:16 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.

But our self-righteous efforts of covering our sin and disobedience will fail; it will not keep us safe. We won’t be able to hide in the day of the Lord’s vengeance.

1Co 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God

Being carnal and trusting in Egypt and the world is not believing on Christ. There is darkness still to be brought to the light and burned out of us.

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

Here is a great verse that we should use often to measure ourselves and examine our faith.

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

The clay vessels we are will be dashed to pieces in the day of our remaking from a marred vessel of clay into the son of the living God (Jer 18:3-4).

Psa 2:9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

Living by every word God spoke ensures we will not take heed to these warnings and will all will first be disobedient before we are caused to be obedient. That is how one learns [is, was and will be]! So we too will be taken captive in Nineveh by the harlot. We will be in bondage waiting for the armies of Christ to come deliver us on the Mt. of Esau (Obe 1:21, Luk 21:24) and the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled in our walk.

The immature must be tried in the fire, this furnace of affliction to become the mature man in Christ.

Hos 13:16 Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.

In this immature still carnal and “marred” condition, we cast lots for Christ so we can wear His garments and not be righteously judged. This is how we twist the Word of God and pervert it, making our own bread (Isa 4:1) to take away our judgment.

Luk 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

This is what we do, doing the opposite of being a watchman and we enable strangers to come in and take over the land. This is “buying and selling” we do in making merchandise in the Temple of God. It is all one and the same event.

Oba 1:11 In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them.

Joe 3:3 And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.

Yet the Lord will have none of it and will not put up with this defilement of His Name forever. His righteousness is only acquired by enduring through the very fiery judgments we are studying.

Rev 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Isa 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

Overcomers will have had their old man and carnal mindedness dashed to pieces by the revelation of Jesus Christ within them.

Rev 2:26 (NKJV) And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—

Rev 2:27 ‘HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON; THEY SHALL BE DASHED TO PIECES LIKE THE POTTER’S VESSELS’— as I also have received from My Father;

 Our next verse 12 brings to mind the events of Revelation Chapter Six.

Nah 3:12 All thy strong holds shall be like fig trees with the firstripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater.

The Elect of God upon whom judgment first falls are the first fruits unto the Lord (Jam 1:18, Rom 8:23). Fig trees are fruit trees and represent men and in the negative sense the immature in Christ. Immature fruit including untimely figs and sucklings, will not enter into the kingdom of God. Such fruit must be destroyed and the immature must mature by this process.

Mat 24:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

Fig trees are green and represent the mixture of leprous yellow and heavenly blue.

Son 2:13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

When we hold onto the strength of the world the fruit that is born for the Lord will not withstand the trial of our faith. There is not yet enough root and that tree and its fruit will wither in the heat of the day (Mat 13:6).

When the sixth seal is (was and will be) be coming upon us, the fruit produced by us being adulterers mixing the things of God with worldly things, will easily be shaken off the tree.

Rev 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

Rev 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

Our immature fruit, the figs, will fall to the earth and be devoured by the devourer as Nahum here proclaims when our day of the Lord is at hand. Our enemies will in due time become food for us, the bread of life as we mature in Christ via this process. This Nahum passage brings to mind Samson’s riddle which foretells of this mystery and the strange workings of the Lord.

Jdg 14:14 And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle.

The meat represents the good that the Lord brings about from the evil and rebellion He works first within us for the counsel of His will. It is through our death, the death of the old man and our carnal ways of life, that bread is produced for the new man (Num 14:9).

The fig tree represents us and the fruit we bear for God in our immature state. We have not been tried by the fire. When tried in the fire, we will fail at first as this is how we are humbled in due time. The harvest comes in the fall so when we see the fruit appearing on our tree in our “summer” then we know judgment is nigh at hand.

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

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

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

Like John we do not understand it until we can look back and see it in our walk and life (Rev 1:12). As we saw in Part seven, the Lord making us vile is how we are made to fade away as a leaf which is the same as a fig falling from its tree.

Isa 34:4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree.

Isa 34:5 For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment.

Being hearers only and not doers, we are not founded on the Rock but instead rely upon the strength of our flesh, our carnal mind and the lies of the great harlot for our salvation. But the Lord will come once again to shake all things and identify what cannot be shaken.

Heb 12:25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:

Heb 12:26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.

Heb 12:27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

 I find it interesting that when we come to see our sin (chief of sinners) our first inclination is to cover ourselves with the works of our hands (the flesh) yet this is using fig leaves.

Gen 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

There are many parables about figs and fig trees, both positive and negative that we cannot possibly look at in this study. But we are on the negative focus here, the judgment of the great whore resulting in the beast and false prophet being tossed into the lake of fire.

Jer 5:17 And they shall eat up thine harvest, and thy bread, which thy sons and thy daughters should eat: they shall eat up thy flocks and thine herds: they shall eat up thy vines and thy fig trees: they shall impoverish thy fenced cities, wherein thou trustedst, with the sword.

Our time to reap what we have previously sown has come.

Hos 2:12 And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, whereof she hath said, These are my rewards that my lovers have given me: and I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat them.

Hos 2:13 And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the LORD.

Here is our last verse for today.

Nah 3:13 Behold, thy people in the midst of thee are women: the gates of thy land shall be set wide open unto thine enemies: the fire shall devour thy bars.

Being hearers but not yet doers of the Word, the very thing that brings this baptism by fire; we are a woman playing the harlot. Casting lots for garments we are spiritual whores.

Eze 16:15 But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was.

Eze 16:16 And of thy garments thou didst take, and deckedst thy high places with divers colours, and playedst the harlot thereupon: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so

Eze 16:17 Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them,

The locusts that bring darkness out of the bottomless pit within us are the lies and false doctrines of the carnal mind. The Lord turns us over to them as His way of bringing us the point of zero trust in our flesh (Php 3:3). We don’t go down easily as we have seen. James writes to the elect warning them of this continued adultery and fornicating with 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.

When we are turned over to the king of Babylon for the destruction of our flesh, our gates are opened in our heavens (mind) for us to be devoured by the lies and false doctrines of the world and Babylon. Being an enemy of God and knowing the Lord puts all His enemies under His feet, explains the painful process we are enduring. All enemies include death and most assuredly include our carnal mindedness which is death.

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

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

Rom 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Women also represent churches which we all are indeed FIRST as the harlot wife of the Lord.  As Mike’s study of the Book of Revelation showed, the relationship between a man and a woman is a type of the relationship between Christ and His church. The reason Nahum says those in the midst of us are woman is the same reason we are given these words from Revelation 9. Here we begin to be tormented in seeking death to our sins but not finding it because of the locusts that appear as women.

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

Rev 9:7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.

Rev 9:8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.

Women have long hair which gives the appearance of a wife subject to her husband, Christ, and His Word. But in reality we are still under the rule of another king named Abaddon and Apollyon (Rev 9:11), we are the adulterers that James says we are. The period of chastening and scourging that Nahum is speaking about is the same five months referenced also in Rev 9:10.

The Lord uses this occasion to bring fire within that devours the bars of flesh and copper that we trust in. We are being refined seven times in this furnace of affliction (Psa 12:6, Isa 48:10).

The end of the matter is we will not trust in our flesh or carnal mind anymore. We will live without walls and without these iron bars, trusting only in the WORD having no confidence in our flesh or the flesh of any man.

Eze 38:11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,

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

Next week we hope to complete the study of Nahum and cover the final six verses. It will be a continuation of the judgment of the great whore and the burning up of the beast and false prophet within. Unlike the superficial healing of our wounded head in Nineveh, the rising of the SUN within us, grievously wounds the head of the beast from which there will be no healing.

Here is a preview of next week and the very last verse of Nahum.

Nah 3:19 There is no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?

Questions and comments are welcome.  I can also be reached via email at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

Your Brother In Christ,  PETE

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Nahum Part 3 – No More thy Name Be Sown

Nahum Part 3 – No More Thy Name Be Sown

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Here are the verses for our study for Part 3 of the Book of Nahum.

Nah 1:7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

Nah 1:8 But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.

Nah 1:9 What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.

Nah 1:10 For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.

Nah 1:11 There is one come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the LORD, a wicked counsellor.

Nah 1:12 Thus saith the LORD; Though they be quiet, and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more.

Nah 1:13 For now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder.

Nah 1:14 And the LORD hath given a commandment concerning thee, that no more of thy name be sown: out of the house of thy gods will I cut off the graven image and the molten image: I will make thy grave; for thou art vile.

The prophets spoke of the coming of the Lord but did not yet know Him. They like the prophets of today (The Elect the few chosen) will first come to know true doctrine and speak it. This is an important first step but as we will see is not the only step to know the Lord. The prophets precede the coming of Christ within and without. We see Christ’s lineage traced back thru the prophets including Nahum.

Luk 3:25 Which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Amos, which was the son of Naum, which was the son of Esli, which was the son of Nagge,

Christ comes after the prophets who foretell of His coming. Being washed in the true water of the Word is not where it ends. There must be a second baptism. Christ must come the second time to cause us to go from being hearers of the Word to becoming doers of the Word. In our yet carnal state, we like all the prophets before us know about Him, but we know Him not.

 Joh 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Joh 1:30 This is he of whom I said, after me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.

Joh 1:31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

Joh 1:32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.

Joh 1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Spirit.

It is those we see baptized in the fire of the Holy Spirit who are the true sons of God.

Joh 1:34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God (“Christ”)

Mat 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Only the priests of God, the few chosen have been prepared to cross over the River Jordan which represents this baptism of fire. They must precede the rest of Israel (all men) and bear the ark of the testimony of God (The Word) on their shoulders as they walk. This is the second baptism in type and shadow and God’s Elect will lead others to salvation in the age to come (Rom 11:31).

Jos 3:6 And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people.

The title of this study is taken from Nahum 1:14 which says that “no more of thy name be sown”. This is speaking to the initiation of this second baptism by fire whereby the jealousy of the Lord (whose name is Jealous) will be made manifest by the salvation of His chosen people. The “old man, the seed of the serpent”, is being cut off forever by the sword that is the Word.

Lev 20:3 And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name.

We all are by nature children of wrath (Eph 2:3) of our father the devil (Joh 8:44) before faith comes.  The baptism of fire is destroying that seed within is and all things will be made new in the fire of the Lord’s jealousy.  The voice of this other “jesus”, the servant of Satan disguised as an angel of light, shall no more be heard in us when the Lord’s jealousy is at work in us.

Rev 18:22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;

Rev 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

The Lord builds His church through His Body, “The Christ”, and this is only done in His Name, not in the name of any other god or idol.

1Ch 22:19 Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God; arise therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of the LORD God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of the LORD.

Doing things in His name is what we are caused to do by the scourging grace of the Lord (Rom 5:20, Ezek 36:27, Isa 48:10, Heb 12:6, etc). But when we see this baptism of fire coming to pass in our lives we are blessed indeed.  Our flesh won’t rejoice but our new man will be glad.

Luk 13:35 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

1Pe 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

Let’s dig a little deeper into these verses one at a time.

Nah 1:7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

The Lord is indeed good to the new man but merciless to the old man who is being destroyed by design (Eze 7:1-9, 1 Co 15:50). Christ through His Body is a strong hold in our day of the Lord, the day of judgment filled with trouble, trials and afflictions (1 Pe 4:13). The Body is this strong hold and fortress on whom we must learn to cast our cares upon (1 Pe 5:7) as we endure the tribulation necessary to enter into the kingdom of God (Act 14:22).

We know this is only speaking to God’s Elect who are given “ears to hear” and we are His sheep. Only His sheep, are given to speak His Word and only they will hear His voice (Mat 13:10).

Joh 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

Joh 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

The very definition of eternal life is defined as knowing the Lord.

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

God’s Elect possess this now in down payment form. We only come to know “He is the Lord” by going through the fiery trials and judgments of God. There are no exceptions to this rule of when and how we shall know Him.

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

This really is what the Lord “being good” to us means. The Lord bringing tender mercies to us is all about the old man being destroyed in His jealousy and wrath so the new man will come forth.

Psa 145:9 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.

Psa 119:156 Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me according to thy judgments.

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

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

As we saw in the Obadiah study, we are delivered by the deliverers that come from Mt. Zion. These saviors are the Body of Christ (“The Christ”) and it is those same deliverers that are also our place of refuge and comfort. We best learn to come to Christ for refuge and seek the wisdom of a multitude of counselors.

Psa 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Interesting that the word translated “trust” [H2620] has within its meaning the concept of fleeing or seeking refuge.

 H2620, châsâh, khaw-saw’’ – Total KJV occurrences: 37

A primitive root; to flee for protection (compare H982); figuratively to confide in: – have hope, make refuge, (put) trust.

Fleeing Babylon, Egypt and our enemies is what we are called to do. We will only find refuge in the Lord which means within His Body. To be part of the living God we must remain connected to the living organism that is Christ.

Nah 1:8 But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.

The foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of men. The Lord’s process as defined in Scriptures is to destroy the old man within us by first having us be utterly deceived and walk in strong delusion about the truth. That wicked man of sin we all are in the flesh, the beast, the “abomination of desolation” must be identified first and then destroyed.

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.

It seems foolishness to the carnal mind, but the way we see the truth is to be shown 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.

We can’t at first stand against these waters as foolish men; we will indeed be overcome by the flood (Mat 7:26-27) and the house of the Lord will fall. Yet when we can hear the Truth and the Lord teaches us righteousness by these judgments, then we can stand.

Mat 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

Mat 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

The overrunning flood refers to waters that are swallowed up by the earth. These are the lies and false doctrines, the strong delusion; that keeps our old man deceived and worshipping the beast all the while thinking we serve the Lord in our first witness for Christ.

Rev 12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.

Rev 12:16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

And it is this blaspheming of God we all do that the Lord will use as an occasion to bring judgment against us at our appointed time.

Dan 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

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

Light must first be called darkness in our ignorance and spiritual blindness. It is us, you and me, the sons of God, the very children of the kingdom, that are first in darkness, made spiritually blind on purpose by the Lord. We must first be unprofitable and shown we are blind before we can see and the Lord can use us (Mat 25:30).

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

The end of our rebellion and sowing of the seed of the serpent comes like it did in the days of Noah which is by the causation of a flood over the entire earth. The wicked (carnal mind, lies, false doctrines) shall be taken away and we will no longer sow the seed of wickedness in the earth (Mat 24:38-39).

Gen 7:23 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.

Nah 1:9 What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.

The tribulation and trouble (affliction) we suffer through does not come a second time. The process of going through God’s judgment is a onetime process that will not fail. He comes to us a second time but when He comes for judgment, He is absolutely going to finish the good work He started in destroying the old and bringing forth the new man.

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

 

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

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

 

Zec 13:3 And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the LORD: and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth.

 A jealous God gets what He desires (Job 26:13, 2 Pe 3:9). He accomplishes His fury and the new man is brought forth.

Zep 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

The man of sin, the “son of perdition” will no longer be sowing the seed of this “other jesus”.

Eze 39:7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.

 

 Nah 1:10 For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.

 We will know who is of Christ by their fruit. Yet fruit takes time to grow and even within us, we initially try to bring forth lasting fruit for God from thorns.

Mat 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles

All of our works will be tried in the fire and what is of the flesh shall be burned. This is the process of salvation hidden in the prophets such as Nahum.

1Co 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

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

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

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

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

The symbols of thorns and being drunk all refer to the false worship we do under the influences of the lies and false doctrines of the great harlot, Mystery Babylon. As we saw earlier we must bring forth these thorns as we walk in darkness first. The seed of Christ will be choked out initially.

Gen 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

Mat 13:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:

But those thorns and briars are destined to be burned and they will as we are being taught in our day of judgment.

Heb 6:8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

Being devoid of the Truth and the Spirit of God at this time, we are fully dry and devoid of the true knowledge and Spirit of the Lord. In this spiritual condition when the fire of the Lord comes, the wood in our hearts and minds (carnal mindedness) is devoured quickly as dry stubble.

Mal 4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

As the parable of the wheat and the tares explains, the lies we first are given to believe grow in our hearts and minds along with the Truth (the wheat) until the end of the age at the “time of the harvest”.

Mat 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

We cannot know the real Jesus until we first drink strong drink and get drunk with wine. We can’t eat and drink properly because we have not yet been given “eyes to see and ears to hear”.

Deu 29:4 Yet the LORD hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.

Deu 29:5 And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot.

Deu 29:6 Ye have not eaten bread, neither have ye drunk wine or strong drink: that ye might know that I am the LORD your God.

It must be that we get spiritually drunk and make all the nations drink of this wine of the wrath of fornication with the world and Babylon (Rev 14:8).

Nah 1:11 There is one come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the LORD, a wicked [H1100] counsellor.

Interesting that the word “wicked” [H1100] is most often translated as Belial in the OT.  Strong’s defines this word as primarily meaning “without profit or worthlessness”, which is very appropriate to our work and the fruit it produces when we are listening to the lying spirits and false doctrines that defile our heavens that ultimately lead to destruction through the flood.

 H1100bel-e-yah’-al

From H1097 and H3276; without profit, worthlessness; by extension destruction, wickedness (often in connection with H376, H802, H1121, etc.): – Belial, evil, naughty, ungodly (men), wicked.

Neither Christ nor “His Christ” will have any agreement or part with Belial.

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

We see this “Belial Counselor” first mentioned in Deuteronomy that entice us to worship other gods which makes the Lord very jealous and brings forth the fury of fire in due time.

Deu 13:13 Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known;

Before our baptism of fire comes, we are nothing more than a religious beast blaspheming the Lord, worshiping idols and other gods and bringing glory to our father the devil.

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

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

The cause of this is the thorns, the briars, the drunkenness; which is all one and the same thing.  A prophet will be sent to those nations and wicked counselors.

Eze 11:2 Then said he unto me, Son of man, these are the men that devise mischief, and give wicked counsel in this city:

Eze 11:3 Which say, It is not near; let us build houses: this city is the caldron, and we be the flesh.

Eze 11:4 Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of man

This sudden destruction will come and the wicked counselors within and without shall not escape in the day of the Lord.

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

Mic 4:9 Now why dost thou cry out aloud? is there no king in thee? is thy counsellor perished? for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail.

 

Nah 1:12 Thus saith the LORD; Though they be quiet [H8003], and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more.

I see no valid reason for why the translators took the Hebrew word “Shalem” and came up with “quiet” in this verse of Nahum.  It really obscures the meaning.

 H8003 – shâlêm

Total KJV Occurrences: 28

perfect, 16

whole, 4

full, 2

just, 1

perfected, 1

peaceable, 1

quiet, 1  Nah_1:12

ready, 1

shalem, 1

This word really means “perfect” in the sense of the best the flesh has to offer God, which of course is not anywhere near good enough. Nobody, not even Jesus Christ is, was or will be perfected in these marred vessels of clay until the third day which will be our resurrection from the dead in fullness.

Luk 13:32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

Mar 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

We readily see this by reading two of the sixteen places this word was translated as perfect. Neither Hezekiah or Asa’s obeyed the Lord’s commandments, doing evil in His sight yet they were said to be perfect.

Isa 38:3 And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

1Ki 15:14 But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa’s heart was perfect with the LORD all his days.

Interestingly that the word perfect used in Job 1:1 that also twists the Truth to those yet carnal, was not the same word but the intent and meanings are very similar.

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect [H8535] and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

Being many and in this “fleshly state of perfection” is speaking to our time being at ease in Zion thinking we have arrived. We forget until the fire comes that we must always be working as our Father is working. This lascivious spirit must be burned out of our heavens with fire and it shall be when Christ, the Ambassador, passes through the nations within us. The children of the flesh who have not yet been baptized with fire and are many more than the “few chosen” to drink of the Lord’s cup in this age.

Gal 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

Gal 4:27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.

As we saw earlier in verse 1:9, the Lord is going to finish the good work He starts when our baptism by fire begins. The affliction we will bear is a onetime ongoing event and comes in the appointed times of the Lord that no man knows. Lord willing this will be in this age and will be completed in this age so we may be in that first resurrection and claim the prize of the high calling in Christ.

Isa 54:7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.

Isa 54:8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.

 

Nah 1:13 For now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder

The yoke of being carnally minded will keep us from entering the rest that is Christ, our Sabbath. When we are outside of faith and under “the law” striving to be (self) righteous by our own deeds we are heavily burdened as we saw in Part 1 and 2 of the Nahum study. But that oppressive burden and heavy yoke of the old man will be broken off our necks as Christ is revealed within us.

Mat 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Mat 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

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,

Psa 116:16 O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds.

Jer 5:5 I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the LORD, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds.

The Lord both puts this yoke and bonds upon us and then in the appointed times, He sends Christ and removes them. But while serving Babylon we will bear this burden of Nineveh we discussed in Part 1.

Jer 27:2 Thus saith the LORD to me; Make thee bonds and yokes, and put them upon thy neck,

Jer 27:3 And send them to the king of Edom, and to the king of Moab, and to the king of the Ammonites, and to the king of Tyrus, and to the king of Zidon, by the hand of the messengers which come to Jerusalem unto Zedekiah king of Judah;

Jer 27:4 And command them to say unto their masters, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say unto your masters;

Jer 27:5 I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.

Jer 27:6 And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him.

Jer 27:7 And all nations shall serve him, and his son, and his son’s son, until the very time of his land come: and then many nations and great kings shall serve themselves of him.

But lo the days will come when the Lord says no more sowing of this “corrupted seed” and He will redeem His people by raising up Christ.

Jer 30:7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.

Jer 30:8 For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:

Jer 30:9 But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.

The positive side of being in bonds is after the Lord has initiated our redemption and we become bond servants of the Lord and “His Christ” being an example of the love of God (obedience).

Joh 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

Here is our last verse of Part 3 from where the title of the study was taken.

Nah 1:14 And the LORD hath given a commandment concerning thee, that no more of thy name be sown: out of the house of thy gods will I cut off the graven image and the molten image: I will make thy grave; for thou art vile [H7043]

Our brother Ernesto recently shared with us a paper he wrote explaining what doing things in the Name of the Lord and getting a new one really means in Scripture. The gist of that paper was that our names refer to our nature or character and doing things in the name of Christ means we are obeying His commands and following sound doctrine. Amazing how carnal men have made such big deals on how you spell and pronounce the name of the Lord and yet that is not what the Lord is concerned about.

Overcomers that make up “The Christ” are the temple and the way into the Temple and upon us is written the new Name of Christ and the heavenly city of Jerusalem above.

Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

This is the purpose of the Lord causing all this anguish, trouble, adversity, affliction i.e.  all the evil in our lives (Eze 14:21-23). This is how we are BEING taught and chastened by our Father and ultimately being caused to enter into our desired haven and rest. So here in verse 1:14 we see the words from whence the title “No more of thy name be sown” was taken.

The Lord is very jealous for His People, His chosen few, the apple of His eye and when the day comes, the Lord gets what He desires by the process described here in Nahum.

Exo 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Exo 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

The man of sin will naturally make these images and idols that exalt themselves against the Lord.  These things must be before the day of the Lord comes.

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.

Je 10:14 Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.

The false prophet and the beast and all the graven images we hold as gods will be burned up in the fire of God’s jealousy. For the Elect of God this is today, the day of our salvation; but for the rest of mankind this will be in the lake of fire.

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

Son 8:6 Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.

Similar to John’s revelation of Jesus Christ, Ezekiel had a vision (was given the understanding) that the Lord would do this to sanctify His Name and His House.

Eze 43:5 So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house.

Eze 43:6 And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me.

Eze 43:7 And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcasses of their kings in their high places.

 Entering into the rest that is Christ and ceasing from our own works is the outcome of these judgments.

Heb 4:8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.

Heb 4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

Heb 4:10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

This was all spoken about in type and shadow in the OT and remains ensamples for us to this very day.

Lev 25:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto the LORD.

Lev 25:3 Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof;

Lev 25:4 But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the LORD: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.

The Lord is the one making our grave. He is the One who has cursed the old man and set him up for destruction and a most certain death.

Isa 24:6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.

The word translated “vile” in Nahum 1:14 [H7043 – qâlal] is really one of the Hebrew words for “cursed”. Being cursed is horrible thing for the old man but this is the good news that awaits all men and that is “the day when no more of the old man and seed of the serpent shall be sown”.

Mat 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

And once this age abiding fire has accomplished its good work, there will henceforth be no more curse. All things indeed are being made new.

 Rev 22:3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him

 Christ is building His Church through His Body which is “His footstool” we saw in Part 1. Next week, we will continue the study of Nahum and reviewing additional details buried in very symbolic language. Lord willing, we will understand more of how the Lord rebukes our fleshly ways and in the fire of His jealousies causes the old man to decrease and the new man to increase by making war in our heavens. Here is an example of just one verse we will cover.

Nah 2:3 The shield of his mighty men is made red, the valiant men are in scarlet: the chariots shall be with flaming torches in the day of his preparation, and the fir trees shall be terribly shaken.

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http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/the-book-of-nahum-part-2/

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http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/Flood_dragon_casts.php

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/building-the-house-of-god/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/Is_God_Angry_or_Merciful.php

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The Book of Obadiah – Part 4

Obadiah Part 4 – Out of Sion Comes the Deliverer (click to view, download or print PDF)

Out of Sion Comes the Deliverer

The word of Obadiah or any part of the Bible is not a history lesson as is typically the takeaway of the Babylonian churches and their false doctrines. These words are not a history lesson, these are words we shall live by. They are written for out admonition and we had best take heed the lessons.

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.

Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Let’s remind ourselves again to whom Obadiah was actually speaking and what the purposes were for writing these things down.

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.

1Pe 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

So we have seen in part 1 that the new man in us is given ears to hear and Christ the ambassador goes to preach the gospel to all the heathen nations. In part 2 we saw that we all first fall backward in the presence of Christ and are snared by the Word and the carnal commandments of the Law.  Last week in part 3 we showed it was the Lord’s plan that caused us to go astray and deliver up Christ and commit spiritual fornication by wresting away the judgment of God. And here in the conclusion of the prophecy, where we will see the Lord bringing vengeance through His minsters to take back all the kingdoms for His possession and usher in true righteousness.

Oba 1:15 For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.

Contrary to the lies of orthodoxy, no man will escape the judgment of God. One is actually blessed indeed the day they can read, hear and keep (begin to live out) the righteous judgment of God.

Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Joe 1:15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand (‘near’), and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.

We all will indeed reap what we have sown (Gal 6:7).  The same Lord who turned us into destruction will turn us back (grant us repentance) by this process of judgment.

Psa 90:3 Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.

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.

Jer 2:19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

Reaping our reward begins the days we hear the Word spoken by Christ the Ambassador.

Pro 25:21-22 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.

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.

Plundering and then being plundered is the Lord’s method. Reaping what we sow … the IDOLS of our wicked hearts will be done away with by the brightness of Christ’s coming.

Jer 5:13 And the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them: thus shall it be done unto them.

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

It is those who are given to press into the Lord and dwell in this fire while He is near, while we are being judged, that Christ in us is being glorified. The nations within will bow now and the those without will bow in the ages to come.

Isa 55:5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.

Isa 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

Our next two verses are Oba 1:15-16

Oba 1:16 For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been.

Oba 1:17 But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.

We won’t know the Lord and be able to eat at His table within the Body of Christ until we first drink ‘wine and strong’ drink.

Deu 29:6 Ye have not eaten bread, neither have ye drunk wine or strong drink: that ye might know that I am the LORD your God.

The sons of Zebedee’s mother came to Christ asking that her sons be allowed to sit with Him in the kingdom. His answer tells us of this wine of the wrath of God we must drink in our day of judgment in the times appointed by the Father.

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

We only know the Lord when we are baptized into this fire that is the righteous judgment of God against our sinful nature and carnal mindedness. Drinking of the cup of wrath is the same as being baptized with fire and here we see again, like all things, we have no choice in the matter.

Jer 25:27 Therefore thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Drink ye, and be drunken, and spue, and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among you.

Jer 25:28 And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink.

Jer 25:29 For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts.

We see this most assuredly drinking language again in Jeremiah 49 which is where we also see similar language to what is found in Obadiah’s prophecy against Edom.

Jer 49:12 For thus saith the LORD; Behold, they whose judgment was not to drink of the cup have assuredly drunken; and art thou he that shall altogether go unpunished? thou shalt not go unpunished, but thou shalt surely drink of it.

The way we are given to drink of this cup is by being given ears to hear and understanding sound doctrine as we learned in Part 1 of the study.

Jer 49:14 I have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent unto the heathen, saying, Gather ye together, and come against her, and rise up to the battle.

We are being ‘drug’ to Christ (John 6:44) by hearing the Word that judges us. We will come, we shall certainly drink.

Drinking of the wine of the wrath of God is how the old man will be destroyed and we will be delivered from the dominion of sin. Because we, in our rebellion to Christ made the nations drink of our fornication; we shall in turn be made to drink of the wine of the wrath of God poured out against our old man and carnal ways.

Rev 14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

Rev 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

Notice it is only in the presence of the Lamb (The Body) and the angels of God (His Elect) that this drinking (aka judgment of the heathen nations within us) takes place. The heathen nations within us will be forced to drink on God’s Holy mountain in our day of the Lord and this is bringing about the death that is required for new life to come forth. Many disciples walked away from Christ when they hear of this requirement.

Joh 6:55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed ………

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

We are being reminded many times; it is in our patience that we possess our souls. The patience of the saints is in fact enduring, living thru, this period of great trial and affliction. We are given this blood to drink only because we have been counted worthy by the Lord’s choosing of being judged now.

Rev 16:5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.

Rev 16:6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.

Rev 16:7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.

As Obadiah verse 17 says, it is on Mt. Zion that deliverance comes. It does not come on any other mountain but only on and within The Christ which is Mt. Zion.

Joe 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

Jer 50:28 The voice of them that flee and escape out of the land of Babylon, to declare in Zion the vengeance of the LORD our God, the vengeance of his temple.

Jer 50:29 Call together the archers against Babylon: all ye that bend the bow, camp against it round about; let none thereof escape: recompense her according to her work; according to all that she hath done, do unto her: for she hath been proud against the LORD, against the Holy One of Israel.

As false prophets we first claim to know the Truth and as a result we will be recompensed double. This is the two-fold child of hell we all make of ourselves and our hearers in our time in Babylon.

Mat 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

Mat 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

We are bearing the greater stripes and are recompensed a double portion.

Rev 18:5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
Rev 18:6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.

Here is another witness to the false prophets we all are (claiming we see but yet blind) and the Lord recompensing our iniquity and sin double for being an abominable religious beast (Rev 13:11) in the temple of God.

Jer 16:16 Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.

Jer 16:17 For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.

Jer 16:18 And first I will recompense their iniquity and their sin double; because they have defiled my land, they have filled mine inheritance with the carcases of their detestable and abominable things.

If we are in the true faith, we will be eating and drinking with Christ in the Father’s kingdom.  This is what we do through our fellowship and communion in the body of Christ.

Mat 26:29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.

We are the lake of fire to one another. The Word we speak is the fire that consumes the “wood” in all of us and that Word is what chastens us and teaches us righteousness in the days we are given to hear it. The lies and destruction of Babylon, that great harlot within must be completely destroyed and this happens in ZION (the Body) and by us drinking the wine of the wrath of God.

Our next verse of Obadiah follows.

Oba 1:18 And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the LORD hath spoken it.

 

Verse 18 brings out more fully the symbolism of fire and how that is the one baptism we must be baptized in that actually saves us. True baptism is all about fire not being sprinkled or dunked in a pool of water as the orthodox churches of men all teach us. The one that comes after our yet carnal “John the Baptist” days knowing “Jesus” in the flesh and being shown our sinful ways via the Law are just the precursor to the coming of Christ to us and the real baptism that follows.

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

The fire that baptizes us is Christ; it being The Christ the Lord’s Body. We are the fire on the earth the Lord wanted already kindled.

Luk 12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

Luk 12:50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!

The Body is the lake of fire today for those in the Body that is just a training ground for the role we play out in bringing all men to salvation in the lake of fire.

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

Salvation comes by the destruction of the Lord’s enemies. That destruction comes via the fire that burneth.

Psa 97:2 Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.

Psa 97:3 A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.

Jer 15:14 And I will make thee to pass with thine enemies into a land which thou knowest not: for a fire is kindled in mine anger, which shall burn upon you.

This fire comes out of the mouth of God’s two witnesses which are you and me

Rev 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

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.

The messengers/angels in the Body are called ministers of a flame of fire.

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

God’s SONS are indeed the light unto the dark world and together this house of Jacob causes Esau to burn to stubble.

Eze 1:13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.

The Way to the tree of life, which is Christ, is thru the ministers of flame which are also the Cherubim’s.

Gen 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

The Body of Christ are those the Lord will use to deliver on the promise of salvation to all men.

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

Now let’s look at verse 19.

Oba 1:19 And they of the south shall possess the mount of Esau; and they of the plain the Philistines: and they shall possess the fields of Ephraim, and the fields of Samaria: and Benjamin shall possess Gilead.

The whole of the land shall ultimately be possessed by Israel or as we read in verse 17, Jacob shall possess his possessions. This is the promise for God’s people that we shall be GIVEN dominion over the land within and the kingdom’s shall be the Lord’s.

Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

The enemies of the Lord will all submit to the Word in the day of the Lord.

Psa 66:3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.

The whole purpose of the war in heaven is to bring the salvation and the dominion from the bondage from sin and oppression of this world.

Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Exo 6:7 And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.

Exo 6:8 And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD.

We could make standalone studies into the meanings and symbolism of the names used here in verse 19. These words are all spirit and have great spiritual significance beyond the scope of this study.  But we will hit on some highlights just to point out the great significance of every Word of God.

Before the kingdom’s within and without become the kingdom’s of the Lord, those of the south will occupy the lands around Israel. But the Lord will turn the tables and the plunders will themselves be plundered when judgment comes upon the house of the Lord.

H5045 – SOUTH

 The word “negeb” is the strong’s word H5045 and it is always translated as south or southward without exception.

From an unused root meaning to be parched; the south (from its drought); specifically, the negeb or southern district of Judah, occasionally, Egypt (as south to Palestine): – south (country, side, -ward).

Total KJV occurrences: 112

But what is most instructive for us is to denote the root of this word which means parched.  Contrast a parched land and its lack of fruitfulness with a land flowing with living waters. It is the dry places where lying spirits seek and so they love the southland.

Mat 12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

The rebellious dwell in the dry land not knowing or having sound doctrine and in bondage to lying spirits.

Psa 68:6 God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

We are in a parched land, the south when we have forsaken Christ and in our self-righteousness making our own cisterns.

Jer 2:13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

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

We are in the south away from the Word that brings judgment when we hear the rumor that begin Obadiah’s prophesy. Henceforth the truth of sound doctrine begins to burn up the nations within.

Eze 20:46 Son of man, set thy face toward the south, and drop thy word toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the south field;

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

The south is the opposite of the north, which is where judgment always comes from and we know that the spoken Word is what shall judge us all in the last days.

Son 4:16 Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits.

Jer 1:15  For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith the LORD; and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah.

So we see in Oba v19 that those from the south occupy the Mount of Esau, the plain of the Philistines, the fields of Ephraim and of Samaria. But this is prior to the coming of the saviors to bring this land back under the Lord’s dominion.

 H669

ephrayim

ef-rah’-yim

Dual of a masculine form of H672; double fruit; Ephrajim, a son of Joseph; also the tribe descended from him, and its territory: – Ephraim Ephraimites

Ephraim means double fruit and is a type of God’s Elect. Yet that fruit does not come forth until the judgment of God, the scourging, the chastening grace of Hebrews 12:6 first comes upon Esau.

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

Heb 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

Benjamin being the youngest son of Jacob is a shadow of the immature Christ in us. The wilderness of Babylon we come out of is east of the Jordan River. In the same way the sun rises in the east and sets in the west; such is our direction of spiritual growth and maturity. Gilead is a region east of the Jordan and spiritually speaking is where we start out as babes in Christ.

The name Gilead is the name of the place where Jacob and Laban made a covenant of peace which will be suddenly destroyed when Christ comes in the “spiritual night”. We must be given to go beyond the river Jordan and then spend much tribulation conquering the giants in the land. Here is where we come out of Babylon and have the false peace and covenant’s we make destroyed when the saviors do appear.  (Isa 28:18,  1 Thes 5:3, etc)

We also know the significance of the Philistines in Scripture which are a symbol for the strength of the flesh and the beast within. That beast is being slain by the stone that is Christ and will also be beheaded by the sword of the Lord.  In type and shadow this is how we are given dominion over the flesh.

1Sa 17:50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.

1Sa 17:51 Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.

The fields and cities of Samaria are near to Jerusalem but still represent our time of being just outside the gates of the city where we still hear and prophesy falsely.

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

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

And yes saviors shall go through Samaria and evangelize (all nations) as we go seek the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

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.

Joh 4:3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee.

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

Verse 20 speaks the Lord reversing the situation in the Day of the Lord.

Oba 1:20 And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel shall possess that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath; and the captivity of Jerusalem, which is in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the south.

 

The captivity of the children of Israel shall end. Christ comes to set the captives free and to take captivity captive.

 Psa 68:18 Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.

Eph 4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

The Canaanites nations have a lot of history with Israel and our associations with Canaan are likened to the days or merchandising the things of God where we peddle the Word of God deceitfully. But the new man will possess the land and the old man will bow down to Christ.

Zec 14:21 Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.

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

The references to Zarephath [H6886] relate to the place where the widow nourished Elijah and the meal flour was not consumed. The root of Zaraphath is [H6884] conjures up the process of refining metals in a furnace or smelter.

H6884

tsâraph

tsaw-raf’

A primitive root; to fuse (metal), that is, refine (literally or figuratively): – cast, (re-) fine (-er), founder, goldsmith, melt, pure, purge away, try.

Mal 3:3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.

Isa 48:10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

Being fed the bread of life and partaking of this communion often is what brings the Lord to us and that works the refining process and death to our old way of life. The meal flour never runs out in the Body of Christ!

1Co 11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

Sepharad [H5614] is only mentioned once in Scripture in Obadiah v20. Strong defines it only as a place in Assyria. Before we are given false doctrines in Babylon we are first the beast of the sea and in bondage to the world and that captivity must also be destroyed by the coming saviors.

Jer 50:17 Israel is a scattered sheep; the lions have driven him away: first the king of Assyria hath devoured him; and last this Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon hath broken his bones.

Jer 50:18  Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will punish the king of Babylon and his land, as I have punished the king of Assyria.

So the Assyrians enslave Israel in the same way Babylon does until saviours come set us free.

Joh 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Our final verse is a powerful testimony to the Lord’s use of His People to do His work on the earth.

Oba 1:21 And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S.

 

Our final verse is one those active in the fellowship and attentive to the many teachings are very familiar with. This verse tells us of the role of Christ’s “Christ” as saviors of the world.  There are other witnesses to this truth including:

Rom 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

Rev 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

I hope you catch the great significance of being active in fellowship/communion with the Body of Christ.  Christ through “The Christ” is The Deliverer.  Through Christ we will be saved from our enemies.

Neh 9:27 Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of their enemies, who vexed them: and in the time of their trouble, when they cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and according to thy manifold mercies thou gavest them saviours, who saved them out of the hand of their enemies.

We are the Body of the Lord (not the Head) and are the instruments through which He does His work. We are the instruments that do the greater works that Christ said we would be doing.

Joh 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

Mat 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

These being primarily spiritual statements, verse 21 tells us that we as Christ are the ones bringing all of this judgment, fire, wrath and destruction to the old man in ourselves and each other that have been prepared to hear His words. Yet the other side of that sword is what we are doing to the new man and there we are the light unto this world, bringing eyesight to the blind, hearing to the deaf and speaking to the dumb.

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,

Christ in us is the ambassador sent to the heathen nations within us and to those prepared to hear our words. The end does not come until this prophecy of Obadiah is taken to all the nations within.

Mat 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

There will certainly be outward application of all these scriptures but we must remember where the action is taking place now in the kingdom of God and in those nations within you and me (Luke 17:20-21).  Those that are given to endure to the end will be in that blessed and Holy First Resurrection and will be used to not only rule during the Millennium Reign but also to be the “lake of fire” that will judge the world in righteousness at the Second Resurrection.

Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Rev 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

All Israel shall be saved through the righteous judgment of Christ that will come thru the spoken Word.  It is thru the mercy of God’s Elect that all men shall obtain mercy in the appointed times.

Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy

What a calling we have been given. Let’s end this study with a reminder of this high calling and that we need to press forward (strive, labor, prosecute, examine…)  continually knowing that few there be shall find the way.

Php 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

Php 3:14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Your brother in Christ,  PETE

peterjwilson56@gmail.com

 

Related links and articles can be accessed here:

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/Who_Are_The_Saviors_Of_Obadiah_21.php

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/purpose-of-this-lake-of-fire-of-the-elect/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/do-we-all-go-through-the-lake-of-fire/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/foundational-themes-in-genesis-study-86/

 

Elect, salvation

Drinking of the Cup of God’s Wrath

lords supperMat 20:20 Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.
Mat 20:21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.
Mat 20:22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.
Mat 20:23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

The mother of the sons of Zebedee had no clue what she was asking as all of us will have no clue when we first seek to enter the kingdom of God. We don’t enter the kingdom by saying a 10 second sinners prayer or joining a church. We enter into the kingdom thru the temple that is Jesus Christ. We enter the kingdom only thru much tribulation and great suffering. We follow in the footsteps of Jesus.

All men will ultimately follow Christ and be baptized with the baptism of Jesus Christ. This is not speaking about being dunked in water in a Babylonian church. It is speaking about enduring the wrath of God against our old man and carnal nature. The marred vessel of clay, conceived in sin that we all are, will be destroyed before the new man can come forth from the darkness. This is the purpose of Baptism, to cleanse us of all that defiles and make us into the image of God. This happens for us thru the righteous judgment of God. While we think of baptism with water as it washes us, it also purifies and that comes by fire.

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

The series of baptism’s that God works in our lives are all really all ONE BAPTISM. That is the baptism into Christ’s death and the destruction of our old man. Virtually the entire orthodox church believes at some level that salvation is avoiding having God’s wrath poured out upon us. Whether it be by rapture or by being protected by God, the doctrines of Babylon keep the multitudes in spiritual darkness not knowing the wonderful works of God to the children of men.

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

As this Psalm shows us that can see and hear, along with all the prophets, the way of salvation is thru judgment. We are not saved, which really means delivered from sin, until we come thru the judgment of God and endure God’s wrath against our old man. This amazingly is the story repeated in every Book of the Bible yet nobody except for a few God has opened their eyes can see it. But it is very good news when you do see it!!! The way of salvation and entering into the temple that is Christ is by living thru the wrath of God against our old man and carnal nature.

We always want to put off the judgment of God on someone else, the guy down the street, that bad guy over there. But it needs to come to us and all men in order for us to be delivered and for God to fulfill the promise of Jesus Christ. Here are some reasons why that is the case.

All men sin

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

There are none who do good

Rom 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Rom 3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
Rom 3:12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

The soul that sins shall die

Eze 18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die

We all will think we saved ourselves by making a choice for Christ. Yet the fact is we have sinned and continue to do so while we are in the vessels of clay. The purposes of marred vessels of clay, created in dishonor was for them to be destroyed and for us to be remade in God’s appointed times.

Rev 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

God is the potter who is working all things in our lives, even evil things. It is to His glory He does it this way as Romans 9 makes very clear to those who have ears to hear.

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

So getting back to baptism and bringing in the title of this post, drinking of the cup of God’s wrath, we need to know that there is no sin that will not bear a just recompense from God. This does not change the fact, God is working it, He is causing all things to happen because He is. But this is the mystery and God’s way that the carnal mind cannot comprehend. We learn thru judgment. The old man dies by bearing the wrath of God. It only awaits God’s timing. He has a time appointed for all. God’s Elect rightfully teach of Universal Salvation, the very milk of the gospel and are often accused by carnal babes of promoting sin. Absolutely not. God forbid. This verse is as true as the verses that speak about the salvation of all men.

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

ALL UNGODLINESS will bear the wrath of God. Even the ungodliness of God’s Elect, even atheists and Muslims, even carnal babes that are walking in strong delusion. There is no exception. I have continued to beat home the theme of judgment in my discussion comments in the past few months. If God will only open ears to hear these truths that reveal His character and His purposes in creating us marred in sinful bodies ON PURPOSE.

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

Rom 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

Which is saying the same things told many places including:

Gen 2:25  And they were both naked (sinful), the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. 

Psa 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

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

When are given to understand God’s ways and purposes by the revelation of Christ in us, then the true nature of God can be grasped and we will be able to come out of Babylon. So let’s look at judgment and how that is associated with enduring the wrath of God against our old man.

It is such a wonderful blessing to be chosen to be judged now. It’s right there if you can see it or hear the spiritual words.

Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

We are blessed when all that “bad stuff” from the book of Revelation happens in our lives. This is the only way Christ will be formed in His Elect. Escaping the wrath of God is a false teaching of Babylon.

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

Many have been brought to some understanding of the spiritual, yet a few of these Babylonian lies such as this one being discussed and especially eternal punishment and the delusion that they have any free will, keep the light of the truth totally shut off and they grope around in spiritual darkness still bound in the bonds of Babylon. We shall all drink of the cup of God’s wrath against our old man. It only matters when that day has been appointed by the Father. All has been written and will happen in the order and sequence God has declared it to happen.

Here the words of the Prophet Jeremiah. You and me and all men shall certainly drink of this cup.

Jer 25:28 And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink.

And how does the Lord bring this about? How do we drink of the cup that Christ drank? We drink it because the Lord has called a sword against all the inhabitants of the earth.

Jer 25:29 For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts.

God’s Elect are the earth, and it is in the earth that heaven resides. And all of these things pertain to the kingdom of God that is within us.

Luk 17:20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:

Luk 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

We need to learn to apply the Scriptures inwardly first. We will live them all whether we know it now or not.

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

When our day of judgment arrives, then and only then will we learn righteousness and come to know the true Christ. This judgment first begins at the house of God, His very Elect and it comes upon “their” earth.

Isa 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

All that which defiles and all the nations that are within will be destroyed by the brightness of His coming. When are ears now hear the truth, our judgment begins in earnest and all our fleshly works and carnal doctrines will be destroyed by the fire, the hail, the destroying winds that are all references to the word of God.

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

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

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

The passages of Jeremiah 25, written as all the Scriptures in parables/proverbs to hide the meaning from carnal men tell of this wonderful work to the chosen children of men. This is the good news and the mystery of how Christ is formed in His Elect.

Jer 25:30 Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them, The LORD shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth.

Jer 25:31 A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD.

Jer 25:32 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, evil shall go forth from nation to nation, and a great whirlwind shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.

The slaying of the beast and the false prophet within, will be accomplished. The words of Christ once heard with spiritual ears will not return void.

Jer 25:33 And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.

Neither will the old man, the old Pete be lamented, it will be as dung and mean nothing to us anymore. Oh it will hurt and it is a process by which God strips us and lays bare all the idols of our heart and removes them from us. But to those that hear the words of Christ, this is good news and we will learn to count it all as joy.

Jer 25:34 Howl, ye shepherds, and cry; and wallow yourselves in the ashes, ye principal of the flock: for the days of your slaughter and of your dispersions are accomplished; and ye shall fall like a pleasant vessel.

Jer 25:35 And the shepherds shall have no way to flee, nor the principal of the flock to escape.

Jer 25:36 A voice of the cry of the shepherds, and an howling of the principal of the flock, shall be heard: for the LORD hath spoiled their pasture.

There will be no rest but only great torment when this judgment first begins and we like JOB do not understand what is going on. These are the spiritual earthquakes sent by God to bring salvation to His chosen ones. God will turn loose the lion that is the devil to come wreak havoc on our old man and carnal way of life.

Jer 25:37 And the peaceable habitations are cut down because of the fierce anger of the LORD.

Jer 25:38 He hath forsaken his covert, as the lion: for their land is desolate because of the fierceness of the oppressor, and because of his fierce anger.

Lest we still don’t believe that Satan is a servant of the Lord and does only what God tells him to do let’s look at this dialog.

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 1:9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?

Job 1:10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

Job 1:11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

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.

Yet a time will come when we will understand what God is doing. I have been blessed to come to that place of understanding and oh what joy. There is not a man alive that will not in due time drink of the cup of God’s wrath against their old man. This will begin suddenly and at a time when we think we are in need of no repentance and are not in need of a physician. But we know not at this time, how blind, naked and wretched we truly our. The beast that is sitting exalted on God’s throne will be thrown down and cast out by the fiery words of truth. This is how we will overcome and gain victory over our inward beast, the man of sin, the son of perdition that is within us all.

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

Revelation 14 describes God’s Elect who have been dragged out of Babylon and the world.

Rev 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

The three angels (God’s messenger’s, His Elect) will bring the true gospel to us and we will hear it and this will be the process by which salvation comes.

Rev 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

All of us have received the mark of the beast in our forehead and in our hands. We have all worshiped the beast and the image of the beast thinking it was God. These are all words we shall live and experience and woe unto us if we take them out of God’s book and claim they do not apply to us personally.

Rev 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

The wine of God’s wrath are the false doctrines we all first believe from our Babylonian captivity. But when our day of judgment begins, the spiritual earthquakes and the shaking intensify. Whereas the doctrines of Babylon will cite Rev 14:11 as one of their eternal torment proofs, those with ears to hear know that this verse and whole chapter speaks about the good news, the judgment of God, that which is sweeter than honey against our old carnal man. The purposes of God’s fire and the brimstone, which is a purifying agent, is all for good. It is to circumcise our hearts and that is how we are actually converted on God’s timeline, not ours. The carnal translators wrote forever and ever whereas this should simply read eons of the eons, another words, the amount of time ordained by the Lord.

Rev 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

Living through all of this judgment and bearing the wrath of God against our old man is the patience of God’s Elect. This verse makes no sense to the carnal mind and can only be understood if we know what God is doing in pouring out His wrath upon us.

Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

We saw earlier from Jeremiah how the Lord promised to bring a sword against all the inhabitants of the earth. A sword is nothing more but the WORD OF GOD, burning in our hearts and that is how the old man will be first lead into captivity in Babylon and then killed (the old man) by that same sword. It is two edged and again we see that living these things is the patience of the saints who are God’s very Elect.

Rev 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

The Sum of HIS Word is truth

Many will jump to this verse from Paul’s letter and create a doctrine around it that says we will not endure God’s wrath. That is not what this verse says.

1Th 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

This chapter Paul is speaking about mankind, ALL MEN, and all this verse tells us is that all men will be saved, the very opposite of how it is used by the wolves that teach the lies of Babylon. We are appointed to salvation and the rest of God’s word makes clear that the way of salvation, being delivered from the dominion of sin in our lives, comes by living thru the wrath of God against our old man and carnal nature. Paul made that clear right here to the Ephesians, writing to the Elect saying they all were children of wrath, even as (all men) the others.

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

The sum of thy word is truth just as Psalm 119:160 declares. The whole counsel of God is truth and we must never forget this verse.

2Pe 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of its own (private) interpretation.

Knowing the way of salvation is thru much tribulation and affliction is very comforting. It is how we can give thanks to God for all things, even the painful trials and suffering that we must endure. We can do this because we know why it is being done and where it is going to take. It is going to take us to salvation if we endure all the way to the end. It is going to lead to the prize, which is to be in the first resurrection and to rule and reign with Christ during the 1,000 symbolic years on this earth.

Knowing these things we can say come quickly Lord Jesus. Our flesh will want this judgment to be over quickly and it will seem much too long but is indeed just for a little while, relatively speaking.

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

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

2Pe 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

2Pe 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

2Pe 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

The new heavens and new earth is come to God’s Elect who have been thru their day of judgment and have been the first to die, all by the hand of God. The second death that will come to the multitudes shall not harm us as we will have already been killed and had our day of judgment, enduring God’s wrath already against our old man.

Rev 2:11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

Paul said the same things here. If we are judged NOW, we won’t be judged (condemned) with the world later in the lake of fire.

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

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

I am not ashamed of this gospel that very few have ears to hear or the faith to believe. I am rejoicing in the suffering knowing its purposes and why His judgment has come to me and to all of God’s Elect now.

1Pe 4:16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

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

The judgment of God comes by eating His word, the little book that God’s Elect, His angels, give to us when we are given ears to hear. As Peter said, it begins at the house of God which is the same things the “angel” said to John.

Rev 14:7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

When the rock that is Christ falls upon us, our old man and worldly ways will be ground to powder. The only offering acceptable to the Lord is one that is finely ground, so it can be burned in the fire of His word.

Mat 21:44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

I pray this will edify the few that the Lord may lead here to be fed. You can email me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

Your brother in Christ who is standing in the furnace and praying he will be found faithful to his calling,

Pete