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The Man of God’s Disobedience

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Kings of Israel #7

“The Man of God’s Disobedience”

Key Verses: 1Ki 13:11-34

Our obedient man of God rightfully rebuffed Jeroboam’s invitations for reward and sharing food and drink and now moves on from Bethel in our study today.  Like all Biblical events, this event occurred and is written down for the benefit of God’s Elect who only come into existence many years later beginning at Pentecost (1Pe 1:12, 1Co 10:11).  It has happened so we can learn some new things or be reminded of others and apply them to our walk.

2Ti 3:16  All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

2Ti 3:17  that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

There are spiritual lessons to apply from both prophet’s that are in this story.  The dream is one, it is all happening in the kingdom of God within us (Luk 17:21).  Here is the first part regarding the man of God’s disobedience.

 1Ki 13:11  Now there dwelt an old prophet in Bethel; and his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Bethel: the words which he had spoken unto the king, them they told also to their father. 

1Ki 13:12  And their father said unto them, What way went he? For his sons had seen what way the man of God went, which came from Judah. 

1Ki 13:13  And he said unto his sons, Saddle me the ass. So they saddled him the ass: and he rode thereon, 

1Ki 13:14  And went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak: and he said unto him, Art thou the man of God that camest from Judah? And he said, I am. 

1Ki 13:15  Then he said unto him, Come home with me, and eat bread. 

1Ki 13:16  And he said, I may not return with thee, nor go in with thee: neither will I eat bread nor drink water with thee in this place: 

1Ki 13:17  For it was said to me by the word of the LORD, Thou shalt eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn again to go by the way that thou camest. 

1Ki 13:18  He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the LORD, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him. 

1Ki 13:19  So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house, and drank water. 

1Ki 13:20  And it came to pass, as they sat at the table, that the word of the LORD came unto the prophet that brought him back: 

1Ki 13:21  And he cried unto the man of God that came from Judah, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the LORD, and hast not kept the commandment which the LORD thy God commanded thee, 

1Ki 13:22  But camest back, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in the place, of the which the LORD did say to thee, Eat no bread, and drink no water; thy carcase shall not come unto the sepulchre of thy fathers. 

1Ki 13:23  And it came to pass, after he had eaten bread, and after he had drunk, that he saddled for him the ass, to wit, for the prophet whom he had brought back. 

1Ki 13:24  And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him: and his carcase was cast in the way, and the ass stood by it, the lion also stood by the carcase

We need to always remind ourselves and our new readers in every study that the words of God are all Spirit (Joh 6:63) and are speaking of spiritual symbols.  The Bible is not to be taken literally as indeed it means what it means and that meaning is only discovered comparing spiritual to spiritual (1Co 2:13, Hos 12:10).  One must be given the keys to the kingdom which is “ears to hear” and “eyes to see” the spiritual meaning of the Scriptures; otherwise, the entire book and these studies remain sealed to them.

Psa 78:2  I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

Mat 13:13  Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

The Lord has not changed, and His Truth demands that He will judge His people which is a wonderful thing once we truly grasp that this is the way salvation is found (Exo 6:6, Rev 1:3)

Rom 2:6  Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

Heb 10:30  For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

There are two prophets in this story and they both represent you and me as we grow in the chastening grace of the Lord.  One is a true prophet, albeit immature and as a result disobedient when slack in his judgment.  The older man from Bethel is a false prophet which should have been known even before we read that this prophet lied to the man of God.  The man of God should have already been suspect about the old prophet who dwelt in Bethel knowing that Jeroboam had sent all the true priests away (2Ch 11:14) and installed the golden calves and the abominable altars (1Ki 12) that he was sent to bring a strong rebuke.  Yet the lesson here is an extremely important one which is to try and prove all things.

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

1Th 5:21  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

Judging in the flesh is judging by appearances and will lead us into sin where we reap the wages of death. The immature man of God found this out for our benefit (1Co 4:15) so we can learn from this mistake. The man of God judged way too quickly in determining the old prophet was the real deal.  We all will make this mistake and anoint and lay hands on people, even break bread with them way too quickly before we suffer the recompense for our disobedience.

Mat 7:15  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Mat 7:16  Ye shall know them by their fruits …

Fleshly appearances are very deceiving as outward righteousness is vanity if not emanating from inward righteousness.  The fact the old prophet rode an ass to meet the man of God further supports this focusing on appearances that false prophets do.  Asses or donkeys are relatively meek and project the appearance of humility, albeit a false humility when we are still a beast seeking gain for our supposed godliness.  If the people are God are not careful they can easily be seduced by these outward appearances and let our guard down.  The man of God took the old prophet at his word despite hearing the opposite command directly from the Lord.  The Lord tries our faith in many ways and will send to us false prophets and at other times the true sheep of the Lord that require us to try the spirits and know how to respond as Christ.

These experiences of dealing with deceivers and being deceived are all the Lord’s doing who is working all things for His will to be done in our lives.

Job 12:16  With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his. 

Sitting under an oak tree in the negative symbolizes is ceasing to work in the kingdom of God and letting our guard down.  We are always to be spiritually working in the kingdom of God as Christ always worked (Joh 5:17, 1Jo 4:17) otherwise we cannot be able watchmen maintaining constant vigilance needed to guard our hearts and try the spirits.  We learn vigilance by first not being vigilant and being consumed by our adversary as this story reminds us.

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

Mat 24:43  But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.

Entering into the home of a false prophet or inviting one into our home is not watching our house with vigilance and diligence.  We must always be on guard the gates into our spiritual house.

2Jn 1:9  Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

2Jn 1:10  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

The wages of our sins is reaping spiritual death as we are overcome.  As the house of God upon whom judgment is already fallen, our disobedience brings wrath and a shortening of that life of disobedience.

Pro 10:27  The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.

Eph 6:2  Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)

Eph 6:3  That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

This man of God was not the first nor the last to be killed for disobedience.  We have several examples throughout the Scriptures including King Saul (1Ch 10:14), Aaron’s sons who called down strange fire (Lev 10:2) and Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5.  To God’s Elect, these are spiritual lessons that we can learn from and rise above once we learn the lesson.  Being duped by false prophets that seem right is all part of our experience of evil and learning righteousness.

Deu 13:3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Deu 13:4 Ye shall walk after the LORD your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him.

Knowing who to spiritually fellowship with us includes those who come to us as well as those we as men of God are told to pursue.  Our mission is the lost house of Israel and we need to be circumspect in discerning who is of God and who is not, respecting the Lord’s plan to blind the entire world in this age except for VERY FEW (Mat 22:14).

Rom 11:7  What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded

Rom 11:8  (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

In this story, the old prophet pursued the man of God.   Those with whom we are to break bread and drink living waters are only those the Lord has prepared and a preacher is then sent (Psa 10:17, Pro 20:12, Rom 10:14).  A respectful and flattering tongue is never to be our measure of who is truly a man of God.

Pro 29:5  A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.

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

We need to careful in laying hands (sharing truths and bringing into service) too suddenly (1Ti 5:22) on people and not taking time to try them to see if they are truly of the Lord.  Asking questions and doing some inquiry is essential otherwise we are judging based on the outside of the cup.

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

As the people of God (i.e. The Elect), we are learning through our errors to be circumspect and obedient to the many commands on whom we spiritually eat and drink.

Mat 7:6  Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

Heb 13:10  We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.

The man of God now follows his prior obedience in rejecting Jeroboam with disobedience in accepting the false prophet’s invitation to share spiritual food and drink.

1Ki 13:20  And it came to pass, as they sat at the table, that the word of the LORD came unto the prophet that brought him back: 

1Ki 13:21  And he cried unto the man of God that came from Judah, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the LORD, and hast not kept the commandment which the LORD thy God commanded thee, 

1Ki 13:22  But camest back, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in the place, of the which the LORD did say to thee, Eat no bread, and drink no water; thy carcase shall not come unto the sepulchre of thy fathers. 

It seems unfair to the carnal mind to have the same false prophet that tricked us (deceived us) now be used to speak the truth and expose our disobedience.  But the Lord is no respecter of persons and He is not sweeping disobedience under the table using the false doctrine of substitutionary atonement. That is all based on the false grace doctrine of orthodox Christianity which is the whore harlot churches of men.  The Lord waste nothing in His plan for our lives, even using the wicked within and without ourselves for our good.

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

The recompense spoken by the Lord through the mouth of the old prophet of Bethel was that the dead body (the carcass) of the man of God could not be buried in the tomb of his fathers.  This the recompense of all sin.  It keeps us from dying to ourselves and putting away the man of sin into a grave.  This is how our immature witness for the Lord will end after we are overcome in sin (Rev 11:7) and the rebellious nations within us, that represent the world (Sodom and Egypt) refuse to put this death away.

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

Rev 11:9  And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.

We learn how grace works as we are given to see the consequences of our disobedience.  The man of God does not make it to the end and is slain by a roaring lion sent of the Lord.

1Ki 13:23  And it came to pass, after he had eaten bread, and after he had drunk, that he saddled for him the ass, to wit, for the prophet whom he had brought back. 

1Ki 13:24  And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him: and his carcase was cast in the way, and the ass stood by it, the lion also stood by the carcase

1Ki 13:25  And, behold, men passed by, and saw the carcase cast in the way, and the lion standing by the carcase: and they came and told it in the city where the old prophet dwelt. 

1Ki 13:26  And when the prophet that brought him back from the way heard thereof, he said, It is the man of God, who was disobedient unto the word of the LORD: therefore the LORD hath delivered him unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain him, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake unto him. 

The word of God when it is sent forth never fails to deliver and quickly fulfill itself.

Eze 12:25  For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD.

This story is here to teach us and instill the fear of the Lord into our every thought, word or deed.  True priests in the making are being taught the fear of the Lord and learning obedience by the sufferings we have been appointed to bear in this life (Phi 1:29).

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

It is the judgments of God that we are living out now as the Lord’s house that is causing us to obey the Lord more and more as we endure in the fire (Eze 36:27, Rom 5:20, Isa 33:14-15).  The Lord sends a roaring spiritual lion He created to destroy our flesh which is necessary before we can return to the Lord in godly repentance.

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

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

We are learning from our mistakes (Isa 26:9) which is why we are being caused to err from the Lord’s commandments (Isa 63:17).  The false and disobedient prophet within us begins to be destroyed as we observe the wrath against all disobedience (Rom 1:18).  The soul that sins shall die and is being cut off from God’s people so the new man can emerge and stand up in power.  This is the lifelong process of being brought through the fire having two-thirds cutoff and the remainder again cycled thru the fire that is the word of God which judges us in our last days.

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

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

Here is the remainder of the story which has some interesting spiritual significance

1Ki 13:27  And he [the old prophet] spake to his sons, saying, Saddle me the ass. And they saddled him.

1Ki 13:28  And he went and found his carcase cast in the way, and the ass and the lion standing by the carcase: the lion had not eaten the carcase, nor torn the ass. 

1Ki 13:29  And the prophet took up the carcase of the man of God, and laid it upon the ass, and brought it back: and the old prophet came to the city, to mourn and to bury him. 

1Ki 13:30  And he [the old prophet] laid his carcase in his own grave; and they mourned over him, saying, Alas, my brother! 

1Ki 13:31  And it came to pass after he had buried him, that he spake to his sons, saying, When I am dead, then bury me in the sepulchre wherein the man of God is buried; lay my bones beside his bones: 

1Ki 13:32  For the saying which he cried by the word of the LORD against the altar in Bethel, and against all the houses of the high places which are in the cities of Samaria, shall surely come to pass. 

The details are given of the dead body not being devoured and the donkey not being killed is reminding us that the Lord is in charge and is directing every detail, even the acts of Satan (the roaring lion) to bring about his perfect will.  Satan only does what the Lord has him do nothing more or nothing less (Lam 3:38).  We see this readily in the story of Job (Job 1:12 and Job 2:6) which shows us that all the evil brought upon Job that was done by Satan was really done by the Lord for Job’s good.

Satan is there to destroy our flesh not to destroy us.  The body and bones of Christ are preserved to be raised up in due time.  The donkey is likewise preserved because while we remain in clay vessels, whether we dead or alive in the Spirit, we remain beasts.  That beast will be subdued but is always there to keep us humble.

Rev 17:11  And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.

As God’s two witnesses, we are both the false prophet and the man of God.  When we see the wages of our sin, the death of the man of God within us when our eyes are opened, our hearts are pricked and it begins to lead us to repentance.  The old prophet is now believing in the words spoken by the man of God that the prophecy against Jeroboam and his altars will surely come to pass.  This belief begins to bring alignment and turn our hearts back toward the Lord.

This story reminded me of the story of Joseph of Arimathea who took Christ’s dead body down from the cross and put it into his own tomb.

Luk 23:50  NLT Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph. He was a member of the Jewish high council,

Luk 23:51  but he had not agreed with the decision and actions of the other religious leaders. He was from the town of Arimathea in Judea, and he was waiting for the Kingdom of God to come.

Luk 23:52  He went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body.

Luk 23:53  Then he took the body down from the cross and wrapped it in a long sheet of linen cloth and laid it in a new tomb that had been carved out of rock.

We don’t know much about this Joseph but it is believed by other accounts that he was part of the Jewish high council being of the Sanhedrin (i.e. a counselor in KJV).  Like in our story from 1Kings 13, we have a fake worker (false prophet) that came to believe by observing the evil actions of those in their city to the man of God.  It took faith for both the old prophet of Bethel and for Joseph of Arimathea to take care of their brother’s fallen and naked condition in spite of the mob mentality that hates Jesus Christ (Judah) in these two cities of Bethel and flesh Jerusalem.  Every man will be in Christ and every man will be our brother, our sister and our mother in due time.

Mat 12:50  For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. 

As we saw last week, bones spiritually speaking are doctrines and what defines the shape and form of whatever body they exist within.  Leaving the bones of the man of God alone is leaving the doctrines of Christ alone whose Truth never changes and always accomplishes its sent purpose in the appointed times.  We just need to learn patience and wait upon him who will make all men’s dry bones live.  Burying the man of God in our own grave and asking our sons (maturing mindsets) to ensure our bones are laid next to the man of God’s is spiritual speak for us identifying with Christ sharing in his death and resurrection.

Joh 6:40  And this is the will of him that sent me, that everyone which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

The outward fulfillment of the man of God’s prophecy was when king Josiah came on the scene 300 years later.  As was also reviewed in the last study, Josiah ascending to the throne was a shadow of the coming of Christ who will make major reforms in all of Israel.  We learn in studying Josiah that they found the bones of the man of God and old prophet.

2Ki 23:17  Then he said, What title is that that I see? And the men of the city told him, It is the tomb of the man of God, which came from Judah, and proclaimed these things that thou hast done against the altar of Bethel.

2Ki 23:18  And he said, Let him alone; let no man move his bones. So they let his bones alone, with the bones of the prophet that came out of Samaria.

The king of Israel Jeroboam saw all of this transpire in his kingdom, yet it did nothing to convert or change his heart whatsoever.  The old man whom Jeroboam represents is not interested in submitting to Christ’s doctrines was made to be destroyed.

1Ki 13:33  After this thing Jeroboam returned not from his evil way, but made again of the lowest of the people priests of the high places: whosoever would, he consecrated him, and he became one of the priests of the high places. 

1Ki 13:34  And this thing became sin unto the house of Jeroboam, even to cut it off, and to destroy it from off the face of the earth. 

We have one final incident to cover regarding king Jeroboam in our next study that can be found in 1Kings 14.

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Micah Part 11 – Eating & Drinking Unworthily

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Eating and Drinking Unworthily

Key Verses:  Micah 3:1 – 3:5

We ended Part 10 at the conclusion of Chapter 2 with “the breaker” coming upon us and breaking up our old way of life.  We are now being led, dragged actually, by the Lord who is our Head.

Mic 2:13 The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the LORD on the head of them.

This is how the sheep are led to the slaughter and all things in our lives (our heavens and the earth) are made new (Rev 21:5).  Thankfully the Lord does indeed drag us (Joh 6:44) as we would never of our own “free will” walk into the winepress also known as the furnace of affliction.  We don’t bring ourselves out of bondage to the world and to sin, it is the Lord who does it and here is how He does it.

Exodus 6:6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:

The focus of today’s study will be on eating and drinking in the kingdom of God.  This eating and drinking of course are all spiritual symbols of how we partake of Jesus Christ and His judgments.

Luk 22:30 That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Here are the verses we will cover today.

Mic 3:1 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment?

Mic 3:2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;

Mic 3:3 Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron.

Mic 3:4 Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.

Mic 3:5 Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.

It is the Word that leads us and nourishes us from a babe in Christ unto a mature man sanctified and exercising self-control (dominion) over sin.  These verses in Micah show us the linkage to our eating spiritual food and our judgment.  They are both one and the same thing.  We grow in the Lord by eating and we become what we eat!

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

Eze 34:16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.

Starting on milk we move to maturity and with time progress to eating strong meat (Heb 5:13). Our purpose of coming together and fellowshipping and breaking bread is all about partaking in communion with Jesus Christ.  We are told to do this often.

1Co 11:24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

1Co 11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

Eating and drinking all refer to the one event of living by every word.  We shall certainly eat of His flesh and we will certainly drink of His cup right on schedule.

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.

It is performing this vital function (Heb 10:25, Col 1:24) of eating and drinking by which we are growing and maturing in the same way a child eats and drink physical things with nutrients to grow and become stronger with time.  We learn by doing and this is why we come together to eat and drink.

1Co 11:20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper.

Now let’s look at the specific verses.

Mic 3:1 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment?

We must eat a lot of spiritual food to grow up in Christ.  This is how we come to know judgment, discerning good and evil along the narrow way and grow in the mind of Christ.  This is how we come to know the Lord which is the very definition of life eternal.

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

We, like Micah here, should be praying for the brethren that they would know judgment now in this age and become partakers of His divine nature that comes no other way.  We traverse this path to maturity all the way to brotherly love (2 Pe 1:7) to complete our training course in righteousness.  Yet our flesh abhors God’s judgment (Mic 3:9) and will do anything to remove or wrest it away.  We remove judgment from not only ourselves but also from others when we are snared by the Babylonian lies that twists making compromise and tolerating fleshly differences as love.  The Word does not pity, it does not spare and instead it destroys worldliness and carnal mindedness which is enmity with the Lord.  We are to be separate and have to carry a cross and bear persecution if we are given to obey.  There is only one way and one truth and that is Jesus Christ who is His Word.

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

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

We should pursue peace with all men (Heb 12:14) but we don’t do that by compromising the commandments of the Lord.  Our pursuit of peace is also with holiness (obedience).  We must stand for faith and bear our cross otherwise we wrest judgment.

Deu 16:19 Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous

Being taught and given the mind of Christ requires us to judge all things by the Word of God (1 Co 2:15).  We come to see ourselves as chief of sinners in our day of judgment as the Lord purposefully manifests evil in our house and shines the light of truth on our hidden wickedness and inequities.

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;

Judgment is how we are being taught the things of Christ.  Judgment is how we come to know the Lord.  We do not learn any other way but by this process.

Exodus 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.

It is our going through judgment and learning by the scourging of grace that the law of Christ is written onto our hearts and minds.  Eating meat is the trials, the suffering, and the persecution … the losing of our life to gain it.

Joh 6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

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

Mic 3:2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;

Mic 3:3 Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron.

As we read verses like this we must always remember the Word is Spirit (Joh 6:63).  The carnal mind and those in orthodox Babylonian churches have no ability to study these verses much less explain them.  We must be given the requisite ears to hear and eyes to see that come only to the chosen few (Rom 11:7, Mat 13:10, Mat 22:14).  These words about eating flesh speak not to cannibalism by the flesh Jews of Micah’s time.  They speak to you and me and all of God’s Elect and our time of eating and drinking unworthily in the kingdom of God.  There are rules (commandments) and table manners in the house of God just like good parents teach their children physical table manners.  Paul spells out some of the problems and poor eating habits of the immature Corinthian church that apply as lessons and experiences to this very day. When we come to the Body of Christ primarily to receive rather than to give, we miss the point of being a servant. We all have to do it first, warming ourselves by the fire before we are given to serve.

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

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

As priests of the Lord and shepherds of the flock (Joh 10:2) we ought to follow the Lord’s example to minister rather than to be ministered to.  Paul also showed that example of laboring to support the weak.

Act 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

When we pursue gain from the offerings and sacrifices of the brethren, we are sons of Belial, the wicked one and are eating from both tables and drinking from both cups.

1Sa 2:12 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.

1Sa 2:13 And the priests’ custom with the people was, that, when any man offered sacrifice, the priest’s servant came, while the flesh was in seething, with a flesh hook of three teeth in his hand;

Eating and drinking in the kingdom of God when done properly is how we die daily and become a living sacrifice for our brothers and sisters.  This is showing the Lord’s death till He comes (1 Co 11:26).

We are warned and admonished not to eat unworthily which of course we will do at first in order to then learn how to eat properly in the Body of Christ.  We examine ourselves and our faith, be diligent as we have been repeatedly seeing in Micah that we take communion properly in the house of God.

1Co 11:27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

1Co 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

1Co 11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

1Co 11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

We will remain weak babes and be spiritually sick and asleep when we eat unworthily and thereby pervert and twist the righteous judgments of God.  The Lord does not bless our halfhearted efforts and lack of diligence in our spiritual nutrition efforts.  He makes us weak and sickly and asleep to righteousness that will bring the occasion for further scourging and trials in the appointed times.  This is the process of sanctification from the inside out.  We are to take heed to our doctrine and what we eat but we also take heed how we eat and the fruit and the works of our labor in the Lord. Examination is required.

Psa 119:59 I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies

Eze 18:28 Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.

We need to embrace our judgment and strive to hasten the coming of the Lord (2 Pe 3:12) to gain dominion over our sins and move on towards maturity.  To get there we suffer and endure the tribulations which we have been appointed to.  We must do this if we are to make the grade and be in that blessed and Holy First Resurrection.

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

These Micah verses speak to us eating at the table of the Lord but doing it unworthily.  We cannot have it both ways.  We can’t serve two masters and we can’t eat at two tables.  This pollutes the temple of God, which Temple we are and provokes the Lord to jealousy and brings His wrath.

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

Let’s look a little more at some of the symbolism.  Physical body parts foretell wisdom of spiritual body parts and what they represent.  Bones are the framework and pertain to doctrine, the foundation on which any matter and all truth is established.  The bones of Jesus Christ are His doctrines and the Scriptures we study and are living Words for God’s Elect.  The Scriptures are the Word that cannot be broken.

Joh 10:35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;

Joh 19:36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.

The Elect of God are Jesus Christ whom the world rejects and persecutes.  We are His Body and are His flesh and of His bones.

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

Being immature and yet carnal we will still be at enmity with the Lord’s doctrines and the stringent requirements for our walk.  We hate good and love evil and flip flop them in our rebellion that seeks to wrest away judgment (Isa 5:20-21).  Robbing God is plucking/spoiling (stripping) the flesh off His bones remembering who His body, His flesh and His bones are.  An example would be seeking dishonest gain for our supposed godliness.

Our skin is our covering as a Body.  The Lord makes provisions and gives us, the sinners, “His saving by grace through faith” coverings for our nakedness.

Gen 3:21 Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

Stripping off the skin(s) is being an accuser of the brethren and exposing one’s nakedness.  We are commanded to not uncover the nakedness of our brethren.  Ham and his offspring were cursed for exposing the nakedness of his father Noah (Gen 9:22).  Judging righteous judgment is obeying this commandment and respecting who is Lord of all things.

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

It is a narrow way and we have commandments on how to deal with sin and confront our brothers and sisters.  Our obeying God in all things it what covers the sins of the Body.

1Pe 4:8 NKJV And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “LOVE WILL COVER A MULTITUDE OF SINS.”

Stripping off the covering of the body is exposing it to all kinds of evils.  That spirit is what must be cast out of us.

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

We do this to ourselves of course but also to our neighbors and fellow brethren as prideful beasts that love to compare and measure themselves and judge in the flesh.  Looking down upon others and not judging righteous judgment is eating in the kingdom of God improperly.  When we do this we are eating strangled and torn meat which is another table rule we are commanded not to do.  The meat we eat, the Body of Christ is to be undefiled.

Act 15:29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.

Lev 22:8 That which dieth of itself, or is torn with beasts, he shall not eat to defile himself therewith: I am the LORD.

Again the admonishment is to be careful and to take heed what we eat and to examine ourselves and our thought life.

Heb 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.

1Co 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

1Co 11:29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

The Lord has us fall down and err from His ways to use our own wickedness to correct us and teach us proper eating methods in the house of God.  Grace from a jealous God are being poured out upon us that is breaking our bones and old way of life (Lam 3:4-5).

We eat the body of Christ when we partake in the suffering in filling up in the afflictions for the sake of the church.  This is the suffering to which we have been appointed.  This is the true communion of our dying daily.

Mar 14:22 And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.

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

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

Doctrine and knowledge is important and it must be we drink and eat in the Kingdom of God.  Yet we also must take heed HOW we eat.  Doing the word and loving God and our neighbor is  of greater importance and is the purpose of the Lord giving us the food and drink at His altar.

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

 

Mic 3:4Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.

Our sin of eating wrongly is separating us from the Lord.  As our suffering and trials increase as “ye of little faith” we feel forsaken. All part of the Lord’s process to bring us to our wits end and we will thank Him in the end.

Isa 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

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

Psa 107:31 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

Becoming a living sacrifice, that is the meat of an offering made by fire, is painful and will cause us to first cry unto the Lord to save our flesh.  But the flesh must go and the Lord is intent on destroying it not saving it.  So in those days, which is now on the house of God, the Lord is going to ratchet up the judgments in the whirlwind.  This is how we are being humbled and brought to our wits end.  He is not hearing the pleas and cries of our old man.

Pro 1:26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;

Pro 1:27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you

Pro 1:28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:

Pro 1:29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:

Another OT witness of the Lord turning us into destruction and forsaking us for a little while to show us our sins and bring correction.

Deu 31:18 And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evils which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods.

Deu 32:20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: for they are a very froward generation, children in whom is no faith.

The Hebrew word raa H7489 which is the simple word for evil is where the translators used the phrase “they have behaved themselves ill” instead.  The Lord simply turns us over to Satan for the destruction of our flesh.  We do evil as the Lord is ordaining and in the appointed times be turned back through the power of His grace that comes from the Word.  That Word, which is “those bones cannot be broken”, and it is finishing the good work it starts.

Psa 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

Psa 34:20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

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:

Looking back with time we will see the mystery of God at work in all of our evil and apostasy.  This is the only way to become like Him knowing good and evil.

Isa 45:3 And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.

Mic 3:5 Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.

The word for bite here is H5391 and here is how Strong’s defines it.

H5391, nâshak, naw-shak’

A primitive root; to strike with a sting (as a serpent); figuratively, to oppress with interest on a loan: – bite, lend upon usury.

Total KJV occurrences: 16

bite, 6

usury, 4

lend, 3

bit, 2

biteth, 2

bitten, 2

lent, 1

Serpents bite and sting flesh with their mouths.  This is what we do to our brethren and the flesh of Christ when we do not eat and drink properly at the Lord’s table.

Ecc 10:11 Surely the serpent will bite [H5391] without enchantment; and a babbler is no better

Ecc 10:12 The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

We have to watch our words and ensure they are always seasoned with salt (Col 4:6).  We are called to pursue peace with all men and especially in the household of faith (Gal 6:10).  Interesting that this word for BITE is also the word for USURY or LEND.

Deu 23:19 Thou shalt not lend upon usury [H5391] to thy brother; usury [H5392] of money, usury [H5392] of victuals, usury of anything that is lent upon usury [H5391]

The related word H5392 means interest.  This tells us that we are not to be seeking gain of any kind.  Working in the fields of God is our reasonable service and our duty and we should expect nothing in return.

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

We bite the flesh, make war against our brethren when we communicate with such selfish hidden motives and agendas.  God’s people are to be unprofitable servants, not ones seeking and reaping profit in their service.

Luk 17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

We have to be wise to our prideful hearts and not allow ourselves to be puffed up, one against another.  Getting dominion over these thoughts and deeds is part of growing up and learning to eat and drink properly at the table of the Lord.

As the people of God, we go thru a season where we lust for meat.  We want knowledge above everything else and have an insatiable appetite to get more.  The Lord teaches us by turning us over to our idols of the heart.  We learn to seek meat in moderation by being judged for our excessive lusts for it as the story of the quail in Numbers shows us.

Num 11:33 And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague.

A mature man in Christ will get past the carnal desires for gain and seeking riches in the Kingdom.  Doing otherwise is a snare and drowns us in perdition and keeps us from entering into His rest and ceasing from our own works.

1Ti 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

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

I hope we see more clearly the Lord’s hand in every aspect of our lives including causing us to err from His ways and do evil (Isa 63:17, Prov 16:9, Psa 78:49).  He does this to bring judgment and correct us and reshape us, His clay vessels, with water and with fire.  Both of which wash us and sanctify us as His bride without spot or wrinkle.

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

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:

We will Lord willing pick up next week with this theme of us perverting God’s judgment before we learn through much scourging grace and the tribulations to go with it, to judge righteously.  Given our roles in the Millennium and as the lake of Fire, we best take seriously this responsibility.  If we cannot be trusted to judge righteously and be faithful watchmen now, how will the Lord put us into even greater responsibilities?

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Feeding On The Mountain of the Lord

feed my sheepJoh 21:15  … He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

Eze 34:15 I will feed my flock …

Doctrine is what we eat spiritually speaking.  Doctrine’s importance cannot be overemphasized in our walk!  It is gigantic in its importance and anyone claiming otherwise has a false view and does not understand the ways of God and vastly overestimates how few, “few chosen” really means.

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

These words of Christ do not speak to who goes to heaven or who goes to hell as Babylon will teach, they speak to how precious few will be God’s Elect in this age and will come to understand and teach true doctrine.  It is of paramount importance to know and follow and teach sound doctrine because this is what will save ourselves and those who hear us.

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

Who, how and when shall we be taught true doctrine and come to know the truth about the Lord?  This post will attempt to answer this question.  Doctrine is extremely important as without it NOBODY can be saved.  I hope some will be given the ability to hear this message and begin to understand the profound truths of the Scriptures and be able to separate the lies we all learn first in Babylon.

Heb 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The word of God is a two edged sword.  Nearly all that call themselves Christians have heard this statement yet extremely few actually understand the profound mystery of this sword, what being two edged really means and the way the Lord works with His real church, which is the Elect.  The sword has many functions spiritually speaking.  A very key one is that it is what brings judgement to us in the appointed time, so it is a very good thing in that regard.

Isa 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment (speak the truth to those given ears to hear) to the Gentiles.

1Co 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints (Christ, His Body) shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

I have updated this now even longer post to give a second witness to most points, bringing forth treasures out of the old and the new just as the the Elect are commanded.

Mat 13:52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.

Deu 19:15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.

So when we are given to hear the word, then the sword of God brings judgment upon us.  Here is what happens, the old man is destroyed.

Eze 11:10Ye shall fall by the sword; I will judge you in the border of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Mat_10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

The sword of the Lord is also used to deceive us.  You see darkness and the light are the same to Him and He is the word of God.

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

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

The sword of the Lord guards the way to the tree of life.

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 (guard)  the way of the tree of life (Christ)

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.

Every way means both flesh and spirit, light and darkness, truth and apostasy.  The sword is used by God to perform His ordained works in our lives in the appointed times. ALL THINGS ARE OF GOD.

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

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

Of course it is all Christ, both the sword and the tree of life.  Our carnal mind devoid of the Spirit given to the precious few cannot understand these mysteries given only to His Elect.

1Co 2:9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

Exo_4:11 And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?

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

God’s Elect are His messengers (angels) and the very same cherubim’s who speak His word.  To most those words will remain utter darkness as they cannot understand as it has not been given to them to understand.

Joh 12:39  Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,

Joh 12:40  He (THE LORD) hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

Yet to those who have ears to hear and eyes to see they are the light unto this dark world.  Absolutely amazing when you are given to see the sovereign hand of the Lord in both blinding the multitudes and restoring sight to the blind.

Pro 20:12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.

the Lord even makes the unhearing ears and the unseeing eyes …

Rom 11:7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded

Whether it is light or darkness, the word of God, which is Christ is both darkness and light.  It just depends on which side of the cloud one is viewing it from.  If outside the veil of flesh, the truth of Christ and His bread, His true doctrine  is utter darkness.  This is things like the salvation of all, God’s absolute sovereignty, his non trinity relationship between Christ and God etc.  These things are the true light that save us as we grow in the knowledge of the Lord. But those not yet dragged to Christ and thru the veil that is His flesh, these truths will be utter darkness.  Such is the example we are given between those in the world and the true Israel of God.

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

Until we are dragged thru this veil into His flesh, the Body, we won’t be able to see the light of the world.

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

And guess who is the flesh of Jesus Christ????

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

The body of Christ is this veil, it is the cloud one must be dragged to in order for one to see and eat the bread of life and drink the living waters.  The cloud of the Lord’s witnesses today and in each generation since Jesus have been this darkness or light as the case may be.  The words we speak and the espousing of the true doctrines of Christ will quickly get us labelled as having devils just as our Lord was falsely accussed.  It is just the necessary reproach and enmity God has ordained be between those given the gift and those not given.

Few Chosen To Be Given The Truth

One either has ears to hear and eyes to see or they do not, and that all by the sovereign hand of the Lord.  Nothing infuriates our pride and self-righteous nature than to be told there are a few who have something we do not.

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

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

They killed Christ for speaking the truth and they will do the same for His chosen few who speak the same truth. That is the way of the Lord whose ways are not our ways nor are His thoughts like ours.  The Lord is not in the fairness business.   This is an oft repeated truism of God’s Elect being given the truth and the rest of the world, even the professing church is everywhere in the Scriptures.

Rom 11:8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

Notice who does it, it is God who purposefully puts them to sleep and blinds them and makes them deaf so they cannot hear His words.  No free will involved!

Rom 11:9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:

The doctrines they eat, their spiritual table is a snare and a trap.  This is our spiritual prison, our beliefs, the very doctrines we hold to as the truth that keep us bound in our apostasy until the Lord sets us free in our day of judgment.  The real Christ is a stumbling block we all will first reject as we believe lies like free will and eternal torment.

Rom 11:10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.

As Christ said, when what we think is light is actually darkness, how great is that darkness.

Mat 6:23   If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

It is strong delusion and that seems like an understatement.  This is the Lord’s plan and why His entire word is a parable hidden in types and shadows such that carnal minds and ears cannot discern the truth.

Mat 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

People hear and see physically, sure they do, but very few are chosen to be given understanding.

Mat 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

Drawn From The Breasts 

We see this mystery of the Lord purposefully blinding the multitudes and giving sight only to His chosen Elect throughout the Scriptures.  Isaiah speaks to the word being used first as a snare, spoken in a stammering tongue we will not understand (without ears to hear).  This is where we all must first go and spend our appointed 70 years in spirit in prison in Babylon.

Isa 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

Note, HE MAKES us to understand doctrine, that is what it says above.  This is the same thing as Him Making us to lie down in His green pastures just as Psalm 23 says, we don’t choose.

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

This is how we are all dragged to the real Christ in due time.  He makes us to understand it, He gives it to us.

Isa 28:10For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

But the truth is the SUM OF THY WORD, it is not a line here or a line there cobbled together to create one’s own doctrine.  That is what Babylon has done and is likened to seven woman who make their own bread as Isaiah 4:1 declares.  No prophecy of Scripture is of its own private explanation, the truth is only found in the sum of the word.  Such a simple concept yet so few can grasp it.

Isa 28:11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

We all must first get deceived and drink strong drink before we will ever know the truth (Deut 29:6).  At first the Lord speaks to us being yet carnal in stammering lips and a language we do not not understand and neither did any of His disciples.  How plain can it be as we are shown in Luke.

Luk 18:34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.

When we can’t hear the words of Christ in Spirit, we continue in our own dead works to serve the Lord and cannot yet enter into the true rest that remains for the people of God.

Isa 28:12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

And this is how the Lord uses His word to first cause us to be deceived and be taken captive in Babylon where we will spend our appointed and symbolic 70 years thinking we serve the Lord but not having a clue as to His true doctrines and what the gospel is really all about.  We all fall backwards into perdition when first coming to Christ.

Isa 28:13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

Those that see will first be blind and know they are blind when their eyes are opened.  That is what the parables speak of about blindness but few can receive it other than an outward history lesson.  We won’t see until we are first blind as bats yet we will claim we do see.  This is where we will be then and yet we all fall victim and live by this experience.

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.

Joh 9:40  And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?

Joh 9:41  Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

The Lord puts His words in the mouth of His Elect and it is those very words that are also a fire and a light and a sword among other things.  That sword is the judgment of our old man which must be done away with for salvation to come.   This is indeed one of the great mysteries those without ears to hear cannot grasp in any fullness.  The instrument for bringing judgment is Christ, being His body and the word spoken from the mouth of the Lord.

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.

Mat 5:14  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

The Last Days

We must be given ears to hear and the faith to believe before our day of judgment begins.  The last days for each of us do not commence until that time.  But when we do hear, the new man in us will receive the words spoken by Christ and those words will bring the sword upon our old man and the process of salvation will quickly come to pass.

Joh 12:47  And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

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.

God is working with His Elect now in preparing them to fulfill His purposes IN CHRIST which is that we shall judge the world in righteousness.  The way we are prepared to become the judges of the world is to first be judged ourselves and it is a marvelous thing to know this and have it combined with faith.

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?

Heb 4:2  For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

 Losing Your Life is Being Killed by the Sword

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

To be born again, the first man Adam in us must die for the second man Adam (Christ in Us) to come forward.  The old man that knows Jesus in the flesh must decrease so Christ in us can be increased.

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

The parable of the walk to Emmaus shows us this mystery.  It is not until we walk with “Christ” and eat bread with Him (His Body), sharing truths and edifying one another thru fellowship that we will see Him in the flesh (the way Babylon knows Him) no longer.  When we do this,  we eat the true bread of life and over time progress on to the meat of the word.

Luk 24:30  And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.

Luk 24:31  And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.

God’s Elect will be given over time the mind of Christ.  This comes only as we lose our life and spiritually speaking are decapitated and lose the head of our old man.  I know this is repulsive to our carnal minds but is an appropriate application of Romans 1:20 which tells us it is the outward physical things that are spiritual types and shadows of how it works in the spirit.

Having The Mind of Christ

Being beheaded spiritually by the sword that is the word of God that destroys the old man and false prophet within us all is a prerequisite for being given the mind of Christ and being in the first resurrection where we will  rule and reign on this physical earth.

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.

Those who have been beheaded and truly born again in the spirit will no longer think like the world thinks, we will truly be different and separated.  Within the body of Christ there will be no divisions, we will think alike having the mind of Christ.

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

Php 2:5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

There are not 40,000 denominations in real Christianity there is indeed only ONE TRUE DENOMINATION and that is the church that Christ build. Man and his efforts of serving God are all vanity.

Psa 127:1  Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

Those infected with Babylon doctrines have spiritual leprosy which comes about from its false belief on confusing tolerance of doctrinal differences with loving one another.  The carnal mind will be easily snared by this lie and see tolerating other’s false doctrines is somehow likened to being loving.  It is no such thing, that just perpetuates strong delusion and adds more plagues to our apostasy.

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

Oneness with the Lord means there is no variation, there is no turning, there is no allowance for false doctrines.  For a deeper look at the importance of sound doctrine please see this post Take Heed Of False Doctrines.

Rom_15:6  That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2Co_13:11  Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

Php_1:27  Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

That is even what the vision of the whirling wheels is all about, speaking and telling us in type and shadow what God’s Elect do as the Body of Christ in this world.

Eze 1:4 And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.

Eze 1:5 Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.

Eze 1:6 And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings.

Eze 1:7 And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf’s foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass.

Eze 1:8 And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings.

Eze 1:9 Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.

The doctrines of Christ are the foundations on which the BODY is built.  They are likened to HIS BONES and that is why we are told not one of His bones was broken.  Not one of His doctrines will be corrupted IN CHRIST, it will remain pure and undefiled.  The words of Scripture that are spirit foretell of this great mystery.

Psa 34:20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

Joh 19:36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.

Inheriting the Mountain

Joh 6:44  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me drag him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Christ is the mountain on which the Elect will dwell.

Mat 24:15  When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

Mat 24:16  Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

Our inheritance is being dragged to this mountain which is Christ which is His Elect also know by very many names including The Church, The Body of Christ, the Bride, The Christ, the saints, the brethren, the election, His witnesses, the tree of life, etc. etc.  Those so chosen will be dragged out of this world and onto the mountain that is Christ.  There we shall be fed the true living bread and learn to eat strong meat which all related to the true doctrines of Jesus Christ rather than the lies of Babylon.

Eze 34:12As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.

The Lord has scattered His little flock but then regathers them from all nations of the world.  We are brought into our own land, our inheritance and there we feed on the mountain and drink the living waters which also flow from us and give drink to others (feed thy sheep)

Eze 34:13 And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.

The Lord puts elders and teachers into His body to feed the flock of God and it is indeed a bountiful feast to those prepared to hear it and take it to heart.

Eze 34:14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.

And this is how we grow, mature and cease from our own works in due time.  This is the true sabbath rest that remains for the people of God.  The Lord is indeed our shepherd and He is His Body.

Eze 34:15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, (and cease from their own carnal works) saith the Lord GOD.

On this mountain, God’s Elect shall dwell in the consuming fire with a sword always abiding upon our spiritual house which house is the temple of God.

Isa_65:9  And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there.

Jdg_1:8  Now the children of Judah had fought against Jerusalem, and had taken it, and smitten it with the edge of the sword, and set the city on fire.

This is how and where we all shall lose our life to gain it.  This is not eternal torment, this is the way salvation comes to us all in our times appointed!!!!!

Isa_66:16  For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.

Salvation Comes On The Mountain

Exo 19:16  And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.

This is what working out our own salvation with fear and trembling takes place, on the mountain that is Christ dwelling in His Body.

Praise the Lord, all men shall be saved eventually.  All men will have their inward cities and kingdoms that are in rebellion against the doctrines of Christ burn with fire and cut off by the sword of the Lord.

Jesus told us that the kingdom of God is within us and comes not with visible observation.  Yet that is where salvation comes, within, it is the destruction of the old man and emergence of the new man, the Lord from heaven that is in fact salvation.  This battle and war is all within us and takes place in our hearts and minds.

Mat 10:22  And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

Mat 10:23  But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.

All those stories and examples in the OT were there to show us this truth and were written only for God’s Elect who would come many years later (1 Peter 1:10-12, 1 Cor 10:11, etc).  Maybe now the log of eternal torment will begin sliding away from your spiritual eyes?  Here is some good news for the man within.

Deu_13:15  Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword.

Deu_13:16And thou shalt gather all the spoil of it into the midst of the street thereof, and shalt burn with fire the city, and all the spoil thereof every whit, for the LORD thy God: and it shall be an heap for ever; it shall not be built again.

1Sa_30:3So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives.

Which is an older version of this same truth:

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.

Nobody is escaping this process, it only awaits the times appointed for each.

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.

Eternal damnation and hell fire is a lie, an invention of carnal men and apostate Christianity.  If only the Lord will pull that log out of their eyes then they could begin as new born babes to drink the MILK of the gospel, the salvation of all men in due time.

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

His Two Witnesses

What those believers is such blasphemous doctrine as eternal hell fire do not perceive is that they are yet carnal and that all the Scriptures are about what takes place within us.  The two edged swords that is Christ is the two edges sword that is His Christ.  As His witnesses we are the two witnesses that first speak falsely on His behalf and then are killed and risen again and only then are we seated in the heavens with Christ.

Rev 11:3  And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

Rev 11:4  These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

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 11:6  These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

At first we fall backwards and are deceived by fleshly carnal doctrines and our witness for Christ will fail.  But we are Christ, He is the first and the last and a resurrection in down payment form is coming in this age if one is God’s Elect.

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

But when Christ’s comes to us and our day to believe comes, we arise from the dead and then our judgment and the earthquakes of all the carnal nations and lust within us begins in earnest.  The second half of our witness is after we are resurrected from the dead and have the spirit of God living within us.  Our inward and outward enemies will all bow in due time.

Rev 11:11  And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.

Rev 11:12  And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.

Rev 11:13  And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.

Rev 11:14  The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.

And it is here that we enter into Christ and know Him and His Father being of the family of God and seated with Him in heaven which is our hearts and minds.  Now the Lord will rule us with a rod of iron and the Elect will rejoice as the angels in heaven.

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.

Rev 11:16  And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,

Rev 11:17  Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

Rev 11:18  And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

Rev 11:19  And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

As we saw above, it is on the mountain that is Christ that all of these lightening, voices and thunderings, earthquakes and great hail take place.  It is a marvelous thing.

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

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.

Heb 12:28  Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

Heb 12:29  For our God is a consuming fire.

Being saved will cost us everything if one really knows what salvation means and can be moved beyond the strong delusion of eternal torment.  This sword is the tool the Lord uses to make war in our heavens and that is exactly what must take place BEFORE salvation comes.   These are not a history lesson or an outward prophecy, they are words you, me and all men shall live by in the appointed times.

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

Rev 12:8  And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

Rev 12:9  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

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

We know this sword has come to our house when we are shown are wickedness and learn that we are the abomination that is causing desolation defiling the temple of God.  This is the sign that our day of the Lord has arrived and Christ has come to make war in our heavens and destroy the beast and false prophet within us all.

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

We must fall away first and then be shown who and what we truly are:  Beast and chief of sinners etc.

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

We must be shown we are the false prophet, the antichrist, a self righteous beast speaking like a dragon

2Th 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

We will never receive this until our day appointed arrives.  It is all in the Lord’s hands.

2Th 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

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

But that day will come and the wicked wretched man that we all are in the flesh will be revealed to us and then the Lord will begin to consume and destroy that wicked beast within us all with the sword and fire that is His word.

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,

And the lies we all beleived and were held in deception, including what we honestly believed were true miracles and deliverances will be shown for what they were, an event to keep us bound in darkness during our appointed time in Babylon.

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

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

In type and shadow, this is what happened to David, who is a type of Christ and a type and shadow of all of God’s Elect.  A prophet of the Lord will come to us and speak the word that will shine light on our darkness. David like all of us looked past his own sins and so easily saw the sin in others and was offended by those sins.  But his hypocrisy as our own will one day be shown to us in stunning clarity.  David wanted the life of the man that took the ewe from the man who had but one, and that man was David and is you and me  and all men who are brute self righteous beasts.

2Sa 12:7  And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;

2Sa 12:8  And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.

2Sa 12:9  Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.

We all despise the Lord while claiming to serve Him.  We live by every word, even these.

2Sa 12:10  Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.

The sword divides.  It is what separates us from our old way of life and the new way of life.  It is the means by which the old man is crucified and the beast and false prophet that represents all of us is finally destroyed.   But the sword is not abiding on anyone that thinks they are righteous and have not been shown clearly who they are in the flesh and what really they are made of.

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

Such ones are the ones Christ does not come for in this age.  They need no repentance, don’t need a physician and are pros at pointing out other people’s sins but can’t see their own.  Until the logs of false doctrines are pulled from their eyes they have no business trying to pull specks out of others.  Yet all of us will be guilty of doing it as we live by every word.  Those that do not know or believe they are truly a beast will have no need for repentance.

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

Which is why Christ said, the end does not come unless and until you see it.

Mat 24:15When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

One can’t see until they are healed of their blindness and that only by the Lord’s mercy.  One will not understand until then and will be ever learning and never able to come to knowledge of the truth.

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

Isa 64:6  But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

When you begin to see these things, then you begin to be humbled and that is what must occur for salvation to come.  Blessed is the poor in spirit for they shall see God.  But if you are given mercy and are shown these truths in the spirit, then salvation has come unto you and the Lord will make a relatively quick work to destroy that beast and kill that old man within you and eliminate the false witness and false prophet we all are at first.  Here is a wonderful event that will usher in salvation for all men when it comes.

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.

This indeed is what true grace is, it is what chastens us and is how the sons of God are scourged by a loving Father.

Eph 2:8  For by (chastening) grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

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

It is this sword that our father uses.  The rod of Aaron in type and shadow brings this judgment upon our sinful ways of the flesh.  It is what causes us to obey the Lord in due time.

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.

Contrary to the false love believed by most and taught in the Babylon churches, the Lord’s ways calls for a heavy dose of discipline to teach us righteousness.

Pro 13:24  He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

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.

Those that have been shown mercy will know the trials are the blessing and what is needed for us to be remade into the image of Christ.  This is a process that requires us to learn patience.  I am a blessed man and have been shown such mercy by others and have come thru the door and it is my purpose to show others this same mercy.  I pray you hear if you were led to read this very long post.

Joh 10:2 But he that entereth in by the door (The Christ) is the shepherd of the sheep.
Joh 10:3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

This is the works of God and the greater works Jesus said His Christ would be doing.

May these words be an encouragement and spiritual food to a precious lamb who the Lord is dragging to Himself.  Sincere questions or comments are welcome.  Please feel free to email me at (note a new email address)

peterjwilson56@gmail.com

Joh 21:16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

In love,

Your brother in Christ,  Pete

For a related post on doctrines showing how many of the OT stories are all about doctrine also see this link:

http://truthinscripture.com/2014/03/19/tolerance-of-false-doctrines/