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Amos Part 1 – The Herdman of Tekoa

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“The Herdman of Tekoa”

Key Verses:  Amos 1:1-1:2

This opening verse of Amos reveals significant detail and context that establishes what this prophecy is really about and how it applies to each of us in our time.  The truth is hidden in the symbols and it is up to the Lord’s people to dig, seek and find the treasure hidden from the world (Pro 25:2, 1Co 2:7).

Amo 1:1 The words of Amos, who was among the herdmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.

To the carnal mind this sure sounds like a history lesson and nice factoid on the nation of Israel and its dual kings.  Yet we know better.  We know these words contain essential spiritual understanding to God’s Elect, the very people these words were actually written for and the very reasons the events actually happened (1Pe 1:10-12).  Not only are the Lord’s words spoken in parables but the actual events portrayed in the Bible are done in parables.

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

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

Amos, like all the prophets, will be focused on the judgment of God.  Judgment is the blessing that comes in this age to the firstfruits unto the Lord and those He calls by His Name (1Pe 4:17).  This study will be about the same event and process that was studied in Micah; yet there are greater and different details here in Amos.  Together all these prophetic books and the whole of Scripture comprise the truth.

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

The more we know of the remaking process (Rev 21:5, Jer 18:4), the better equipped we are to bear the painful process that must be endured on the Potter’s wheel. We have to endure to the very end if we are to make the first resurrection and be used of God to bring salvation to all mankind.  All these events in the prophets are there for examples so we will learn and better understand the way of the Lord.  We best take heed of those lessons, all of them, lest we fall.

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

1Co 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

There are six main points we will highlight from this first verse. This study will hopefully reveal that Amos represents you and me and all of God’s Elect.  We are of the herdmen from spiritual Tekoa.  We speak words of truth when given spiritual understanding that bring about the destruction and death of our old man who represent the rejected anointed of the Lord who shall not be King.  These prophetic words we speak and hear, culminate as we mature in a great spiritual earthquake that shakes out the old and ushers in the new man.

1.  Meaning of Amos: Amos is Strong’s H5986

H5986, ‛âmôs, aw-moce’

From H6006; burdensome; Amos, an Israelitish prophet: – Amos.

H6006, ‛âmas, aw-mas’   

A primitive root; to load, that is, impose a burden (or figuratively infliction): – be borne, (heavy) burden (self), lade, load, put.

Total KJV Occurrences: 9

laded, 2

borne, 1

burden, 1

lade, 1

lading, 1

loaden, 1

loadeth, 1

put, 1

The most common rendering of AMAS is lading or some variation which refers to the act of working to load or burden something. Looking at some of the uses will help us see that the Lord’s people are those who build the Holy City (Joh 14:12) through our lading on the wall.  We are the awesome hands of the Lord.

Neh 4:17 They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded [H6006], every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon.

It’s not us doing the work, it is Christ in us, The Word doing the work.  The hearing of truth that the chosen of God (Amos) speak brings a burden upon our rebellious old man when we have spiritual ears to hear.  This burden eventually will bring us to our wits when we give up on flesh and then the Lord steps in and saves us from our sin.  The whole world is at enmity with Jesus Christ and His people; but those the Lord causes to hear will be burdened in a positive way as their old man will be destroyed in the process.

Zec 12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden [H6006] themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

Whether positive or negative, all of the ladening is of course the Lord’s work in us and it works for the greater good.  The many tribulations that laden us are the benefits for the new man which come from the judgment that IS NOW on the House of God.

Psa 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth [H6006] us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

It is a good thing, the Lord’s prophet’s put a burden on our old man.  The burden of the Word of God destroys the old man and leads us to give up on the flesh (Phi 3:3) and frees us of the heavy burden of saving ourselves.  We labor with this excessive yoke and burden until we truly come to know He is the Lord of heaven and of the earth and rest in His Sovereignty.

Mat 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

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

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

2. Amos was among the herdmen. A herdmen is another name for a shepherd, one that looks over the flock.  That is exactly what every man that comes through door into “The Christ” becomes.  Being among the herdmen is symbolic words that one is in the Body of Christ.  The herdmen are also the watchmen and have a duty and responsibility to protect and watch over the little flock of God.  We are Jesus Christ who the world hates and as such we are also the shepherd of the sheep says the Lord.

Joh 10:2 But he that entereth in by the door 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.

The door is Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ is HIS BODY. Even King David as a type of Christ, was in the same line of “work” as Amos.

1Sa 17:34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:

1Sa 17:35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.

As is our Lord, so are we His people (Joh 20:21, 1Jo 4:17).  We are His chosen instruments to perform the greater works of God in the earth (Joh 14:12).  I hope you grasp the seriousness of this higher calling and the high price that is demanded.

Joh 10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep

Shepherds have many roles, protecting the sheep and ensuring the sheep are nourished.  Christ tells Peter and all of His people to feed, tend and nourish His flock.  We do this when we obey (love God) His commandments.  Our love for the Lord will manifest our good works.  You shall know them by their fruit!

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

Gal 6:10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us work that which is good toward all men, and especially toward them that are of the household of the faith.

3. Amos was from Tekoa. Tekoa was one of the 15 cities (3 x 5) that Rehoboam built for the defense of Judah and is in the same Philistine plain and journey we looked at in the Micah study. The root word for Tekoa is very instructive to understanding Amos’s ministry which is the ministry for all of God’s Elect.

 H8619, tâqôa‛, taw-ko’-ah

From H8628 (in the musical sense); a trumpet:

 The root of H8619 leads us to H8628 which is associated with those that BLOW the trumpets which is the Elect (the priests and sons of Aaron).

Num 10:8 And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow [H8628] with the trumpets; and they shall be to you for an ordinance for ever throughout your generations.

Joe 2:1 Blow [H8628] ye the trumpet in Zion (THE BODY) and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

The angels of the Lord are the same little flock of God who will gather in the Elect now in this age and ultimately will bring in the harvest of all men in the Lake of Fire.

Mat 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

The Lord is putting us, His Elect, into ministry roles as His kings and priests (Rev 5:10).  Man’s redemption and salvation only come by judgment (Exo 6:6, Rev 15:8) and it’s the people of spiritual Tekoa who bring this about in the appointed times.  Now in the body and in the future outwardly to all men.

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

1Co 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? And if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

4. These are events Amos “Saw”.  Obviously, we don’t see spoken words and what is being said here is Amos, like John the Apostle, is bearing record of what He saw in the Spirit (Rev 1:2).  All the words of the Bible are Spirit (Joh 6:63) and seeing in the spirit means one’s eyes of understanding have been enlightened. This comes to each of us in turn by our fellow brethren that make up the church of the living God.

Eph 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

Rev 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

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

Forty-Four times in Amos we will see the phrase “Thus Saith the Lord”.  Amos speaks with the authority of Jesus Christ, a type of the Elect, who would come later when the Spirit was and is given. God’s Elect speak things they “see” in the Spirit with all authority and thus are the Lord’s ministers of grace and fulfill living by every word God spoke including those of Amos (Mat 4:4).

5. Amos prophesied in the days of King Uzziah of Judah and King Jeroboam of Israel. What does this mean?

Every truth is determined by two or more witnesses and here we have two witnesses of the truth that judgment for our sin results in death to the man of sin who has set himself up as God in the hearts of all men.   King Uzziah got puffed up after doing well and acted presumptuously against the Lord’s order and attempted to perform the duties of a priest.

2Ch 26:16 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense.

For this transgression, Uzziah was stricken with leprosy in the same way King Saul and our old man as the rejected anointed of God cannot inherit the kingdom of God and must and IS DYING.  King Uzziah symbolizes the leprous ‘king’ who is sitting on God’s throne “in the temple of God showing [himself] that he is God”, and his story symbolizing that “man of sin… the abomination that makes desolate”, being cast out of the temple by those who are faithful priests of the Word of God.

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

2Th 2:8 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:

Amos prophesied to both kings and King Jeroboam (#2) of the northern kingdom of Israel, suffered the same fate with different details for similar series of sins.  Jeroboam did evil in the sight of the Lord and committed the same presumptuous sins in violating God’s prescribed way of worship and priestly service.  We will need to look back to Jeroboam #1 to see this.

2Ki 14:23 In the fifteenth year of Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah Jeroboam (#2) the son of Joash king of Israel began to reign in Samaria, and reigned forty and one years.

2Ki 14:24 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not from all the sins of Jeroboam (#1) the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.

The first Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, is called out 15 different times in reference to later Kings of Israel in that those succeeding kings, just like Jeroboam #2, did not depart from Jeroboam #1’s sins that made Israel to sin.  The sin that causes Israel (The Elect, God’s people) to sin is idolatry by setting up our own image to God and worshipping our way in God’s Temple.  Like Uzziah, Jeroboam, is this man of sin sitting in God’s temple (1Co 3:16) showing himself as God paying no heed to the commandments of the Lord (Luk 6:46).  Here is the sin of Jeroboam #1.

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

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

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

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

1Ki 12:32 And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made.

1Ki 12:33 So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense. 

6. These words were spoken two years before the earthquake.

The prophecy of Amos is something we live out before a massive spiritual EARTHQUAKE comes that is bringing about the new man and salvation.  Joel speaks of the same day and the same event as all flesh shall see the salvation of the Lord by this process.

Joe 3:16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

This earthquake in the days of Uzziah did come outwardly and was spoken about in the prophesy of Zechariah.  This earthquake is the one that is, was and will be coming in the lives of every man in the day of the Lord for each.

Zec 14:1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee…..

Zec 14:5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee

The death of the old man via the fiery judgment of God is the means the Lord has devised (2Sa 14:14) to save all men.  This work is accomplished via the seven angels that open the seals, blow the trumpets and pour out the wrath through the spoken Word.

Rev 16:17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.

Rev 16:18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

The earthquake comes after much tribulation, it does not come at first upon hearing truth and beginning our walk of suffering.

Mat 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

Mat 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

We have to be prepared for what we must endure which is losing our life and filling up in the afflictions for the sake of the Body. No one can bear the spiritual earthquakes without being prepared.  The Lord won’t try us beyond what we can bear (1Co 10:13).

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

There is indeed a lag time between hearing the words of Truth and the coming of the earthquake that brings true salvation and the death of the old man.  Yet the time is short, it is said to be always “at hand” when we can read, hear and keep these words spiritually (Rev 1:3).  The Elect will live out both resurrections inwardly before it will occur outwardly (will be).  Christ comes the second time, in the Day of the Lord, to save us and bring us out of the state of disobedience.

This spiritual earthquake (Heb 9:27-28) happens “is, was and will be” as we are being burned up. This is our inward second resurrection, and our Day of Judgement that happens to us first whilst in these vessels of clay.

Joh 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

Act 24:15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust

Our perfection is on the “third day”, which is “that day” known as the Day of the Lord.  The earthquake that will come as we live out the words of Amos waiting for the Lord to raise us from the dead. Days being years we have other Scriptures that confirm the separation from hearing and doing the Word.

Hos 6:2 After two days (years) will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

Our Lord speaking of Himself and His Body, His Christ, tells us we will be casting out false doctrines and healing one another but on the third day we will be perfected (Luk 13:32) through fiery trials.

None of this is accomplished in FULL, until we are resurrected in spiritual bodies.  Yet all these words are “is, was and will be” in the lives of God’s Elect.  The earthquake that brings salvation is not a 10 second sinners prayer.  The earthquake is a process in which we learn to trust and have hope in waiting for the Lord to appear within and without us.

Rom 8:24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

Rom 8:25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Amos 1:2 is a second witness to Joel 3:16 that the roaring of the Lord from Zion, comes from the Body of Christ that are gathered in the Holy City of New Jerusalem.  This is what brings about the earthquake to all men in the day an hour appointed by the Lord.

Amo 1:2 And he said, The LORD will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the habitations of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither.

Jesus Christ and His Christ is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Rev 5:5) that opens the seals to those prepared to hear and to see the truth.  The same lion is the Body of Christ that roars over the prey “we” catch and devour while abiding in Zion.  Lies, false doctrines and our besetting sins are taken captive and all things that defile are shaken out of our spiritual heavens (mind) and out of our life (walk).

Num 23:24 Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion: he shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood of the slain.

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

The works of the adversary, the accuser of the brethren, the sins and giants in the land become food for the roaring lion from Judah.

Num 14:9 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.

Jdg 14:8 And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcase of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcase of the (adversarial 1Pe 5:9) lion.

The tops of the mountain of lies (Carmel and its prophets of Baal) will wither and be dried up as they are cast out of our heavens (Mat 12:43).  In the day of the Lord, the spirits do not come back but are instead burned up and consumed by the Word of God.

Joh 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

The habitations of the old man will mourn and lament as everything is removed and Babylon within is thrown down (Rev 18:10-11).  We have now set the stage for the words of Amos, which are the Lord’s words that all of God’s people speak in edifying and admonishing one another.  Our old man and King Uzziah’s within us are being decreased as Christ within us is being increased the more we hear and abide in these living words.

Next week Lord willing, we will begin to cover the eight pronouncements of punishments against specific Gentile nations culminating with the punishments of Judah and Jerusalem the very people of God.  We will see the Lord will not turn back that punishment until His word has accomplished His purposes in brining salvation.  That sounds like bad news but as we know that is the good news and the very process that saves us.  The words of Amos will show us what we already know from the New Testament and reveal that salvation comes only by us enduring the scourging grace of a loving Father.

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

Sincere questions and comments are welcome.  Also please feel free to email directly at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

Your Brother In Christ,  PETE

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Nahum Part 2 – He Rebukes the Sea

Nahum Part 2 – He Rebukes the Sea

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In Part one we covered the first three verses of Nahum with the focus on the Burden of Nineveh which is the oppressive yoke and heavy burden we carry during our time in Babylon under the influences of the false doctrines of orthodoxy and the great harlot within. We carry this burden until Christ comes to us the second time and gives us faith and “ears to hear and eyes to see”.

Jos 5:2 At that time the LORD said unto Joshua, Make thee sharp knives, and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time.

Isa 11:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

We first must know the Lord in the flesh but when He comes to us the second time, we know Him no longer that way (2 Cor 5:16). So Christ comes to us twice and when He does appear it “is, was and will be” to finish the good work He started and to put away sin. We must be dragged thru the second veil and into the Body of Christ (Joh 6:44, Heb 10:20, Isa 6).

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

We see this play out with Jonah first going to Nineveh to preach repentance and then Nahum going back the second time. Nineveh did repent from Jonah’s preaching (Jon 3:10), but the process of turning a heathen nation into a godly nation submitted to the Lord, requires a second baptism (Mat 3:11). First the washing of water by the Word but then the baptism of fire, the fiery judgments against the old man which are absolutely necessary. This only comes about when we can hear the Word spoken by the angels/messengers/prophets of God in the last day. No man enters the Temple that is Christ by any other way.

Rev 15:6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.

Rev 15:7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.

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

It is through the righteous judgment of God and the jealousy of the Lord for His people that the spiritual House of the Lord, the Temple is built. This is true grace which are also the mercies of the Lord to the new man.

Zec 1:14 So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy.

Zec 1:15 And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction.

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

The first baptism of leaving Egypt, the world, brings us to Christ in the flesh. We are east of the Jordan River and the real tribulation and battles in our heavens lie ahead on the other side of the river.   As a carnal babe in the east our faith has yet to be tested nor have we withstood the fiery trials necessary to purify us (Mat 3:11). The baptism of fire is still needed and these OT stories are ensamples of what we must endure as Christ’s sons.  The new man that is born during the wilderness journey must be circumcised.

Jos 5:5 Now all the people that came out were circumcised: but all the people that were born in the wilderness by the way as they came forth out of Egypt, them they had not circumcised.

And this of course has nothing to do with the acts or free will of any man. It is all the Lord’s work in us and happens on His schedule preordained for all men.

Col 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

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

The burden we carry is when we seek to serve Christ in the flesh and without the benefit of spiritual circumcision made without hands. The Law of Moses and the law of the Gentiles represent this burden in type and shadow. They are the oppressive yoke and heavy burden we carry when trying to serve the Lord by our self-righteous deeds, separated from God by the great chasm no man can cross (Luke 16:26). The newly converted disciples came to understand that no man can bear that yoke of making himself righteous. It is impossible for men.

Act 15:10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?

Act 15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

It is the anointing of Christ, the oil of the Holy Spirit, the hearing of the Truth of the Word and pure doctrine that breaks this fleshly yoke and removes the spirit of heaviness and replaces it with the light burden and easy yoke of Christ (Mat 11:30).

Isa 10:27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

I must also cover an important foundation about the book of Nahum I did not notice until this week. The word Nahum is very instructive to the prophecy itself which like all the prophets, is about the ambassador, Christ, being sent to the nations to preach the Gospel that brings about the remaking of the marred vessel of clay.  Here is the definition of Nahum from Strong’s.

 H5151 – nachûm, nakh-oom’

From H5162; comfortable; Nachum, an Israelitish prophet: – Nahum.

As we can see the name Nahum is taken from H5162 which means to comfort.  But notice also that this root word is as often used in reference to “repentance”.  Comforting the new man is brought about by bringing knowledge on the trials and process of God making known His judgments (Rom 9:22-23) which brings about repentance thru the trials.

 H5162

nâcham

Total KJV Occurrences: 109

comfort, 34

comforted, 20

repent, 19

repented, 17

comforters, 5

comforter, 3

comforteth, 3

repenteth, 3

comfortedst, 1

ease, 1

receive, 1

repentest, 1

repenting, 1

 

Nahum is a type of Christ coming to us and us as Christ going to others. “The Christ” is this Comforter and you are this comforter if you are in “The Christ” speaking words of Spirit and Truth.

Joh 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

Joh 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

Seeing ourselves while in the Body as Jesus Christ this comforter is the opposite side of the two edged sword and our roles as saviors by bringing judgment. The Christ brings deliverance to us by speaking the Words that judge us and that burn up and consumes the wood (carnal mindedness) within us. But those same words and that same process is what makes known the manifold wisdom of God to the church as we saw in Part one. It is the knowledge of the Truth that comforts the new man and gives us the patience to endure. It is foolishness to the natural man that judgment and comfort could be opposite sides of the same Word and the process by which we are saved.  Even Noah who spoke of wrath was a comforter!

Gen 5:29 And he called his name Noah saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed.

The Body of Christ, Jerusalem above, is who comforts us and teach us that the Lord has not poured out all this “wrath and judgment” without cause. These verses perfectly sum this up and use the root word from which Nahum is taken and show us the positive side of the word evil to add to what Ernesto shared on the email list recently.

Eze 14:21 For thus saith the Lord GOD; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast?

Eze 14:22 Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters: behold, they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their way and their doings: and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought upon it.

Eze 14:23 And they shall comfort you, when ye see their ways and their doings: and ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord GOD.

We saw in Part one that the Lord is jealous and has His way in the whirlwind which is how He exacts vengeance for His Temple that we defile. We also saw that it was God’s elect (aka the Body of Christ), that are the feet of the Lord who bring this through the spoken Word. Today we continue with further detail on this process to bring the heathen nations under the dominion of the Lord.

Nah 1:4 He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.

Nah 1:5 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.

Nah 1:6 Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.

There comes a time when the Lord will not put up anymore with having His Holy Name blasphemed by His people. That is why He brings judgment and rebukes us sharply.

Eze 36:22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.

Eze 36:23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.

Eze 36:24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.

Salvation is the putting away of sin and casting out of “wickedness and everything that exalts” from our heavens and our earth. This is a process that begins when the Lord’s throne in us is being prepared for judgment.

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.

Psa 9:7 But the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment.

It is expedient that Jesus in the flesh goes away, because that enables the Comforter to come and bring the Word and understanding that will work its marvelous work of reproving sin, ushering in righteousness through judgment (Joh 16:7-8).

The sea which the Lord rebukes is the flesh, our flesh and the flesh of all men (Isa 60:5, Rev 21:1).  The Lord initiates our judgment by rebuking the sea which is our carnal fleshly way of life and sets us on dry land.  We begin our journey by coming up out of the sea yet we are on dry land and have a journey to yet endure.

Rev 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

Exo 15:19 For the horse of Pharaoh went in with his chariots and with his horsemen into the sea, and the LORD brought again the waters of the sea upon them; but the children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea.

Cutting off the waters that sustain our fleshly beastly way of life is how the Lord brings us to our wits end and ultimately saves all men.

Isa 50:2 Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst.

Without water anything alive will languish, wither and ultimately die. There is a method in the Lord’s ways to bring about the demise of the beastly nature of man and bring the old man to their wits end.

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

As Psalm 107 tells us, the Lord is one who both creates the storms on the sea of our flesh and is also the one who calms them.  He rebukes the seas to try us and test our faith and cause us to turn to Him and away from our carnality to save ourselves.  Here is a nice summary of that in this parable as well.

Mat 8:24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

Mat 8:25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.

Mat 8:26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

The mountains are the kingdoms of the flesh and they will be shaken by the spiritual earthquakes. The seven vials of wrath cause many progressive earthquakes as the Lord rebukes our sinful and blaspheming ways (Rev 6:12, Rev 8:5, Rev 11:3, Heb 12:26).

Rev 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: [ we now have eyes that see ] and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

This remaking of the marred vessel of clay (the earth) is done by fiery trials. Heat and pressure is how precious gem stones are made and it is no different in the spiritual.

Psa 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

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

The melting away of these hills and mountains is what results from the Lord’s rebuking and is how the wicked within us perish thru this scourging grace (Heb 12:6).

Psa 112:10 The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.

Isa 13:7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt:

We will get comfortable in this fire and walking with Christ, Lord willing. Contrary to the lies of orthodox Christianity, those that walk in the fire are not sinners burning in hell forever.

Isa 33:14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?

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

To answer the rhetorical question of Nah 1:6; No man shall be able to stand the fury of the Lord’s judgment and wrath poured out. All shall be made new; the old shall indeed pass away as the Lord and His Christ are refiners in the fire.

Mal 3:2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:

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

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.

The rocks thrown down represent the Word of God we twist and pervert to build a temple for the Lord.  But it is held together with untampered mortar (slime) and will not stand. The coming of Christ the second time unto salvation means all these stones that make up the temple built by man’s hands will be thrown down.

Mat 24:2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

1Ki 18:38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.

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

To complete this study we need to go back and look deeper at verse four and the places being spoken about and what this may mean.

Nah 1:4 He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.

Maturing in faith is a process, a journey, and that is what these details on places and events are referencing. The application of Romans 1:20 to how physical children grow up and learn apply in the spiritual as well. We learn from experience and we learn by making mistakes and having our parents correct us. Such is the way the Lord works in the spiritual realm. The revelation of Jesus Christ is a progressive journey requiring “seven angels who cast fire upon our earth” and bring many “earthquakes and tribulation” to our heavens and earth.

Rev 8:7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

The languishing of Bashan, Carmel and the flower of Lebanon symbolize this ongoing and progressive process of judgment as we come out of the world, sojourn in the wilderness, move from carnal babes in Christ to maturity as we become settled in true doctrines and continues on “being saved” through the righteousness of Christ in us as He increases and we decrease.

The parable of the Sower tells us the seed does not first take root.

Mat 13:4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:

Mat 13:5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:

Mat 13:6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

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

Mat 13:8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

Withering and languishing is part of the process to teach us as a righteous man must fall down seven times and learn true righteousness through the process of judgment (Isa 26:9). Trying our faith and chastening us is the grace of God in action and is how men are being saved (1 Pet 1:7, Exo 20:20) and this is how the Lord accomplishes it. To languish means to be weak or to be sick or feeble. A day will come when the nations within are tried in the fire and we are shown what we are truly made of in our fleshly yet carnal condition. Then the real work of Christ begins.

Luk 5:31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.

Luk 5:32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

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.

Christ is not coming or appearing to those who do not yet see this. The 99 that do not need repentance, have not been visited yet by the Great Physician.

When judgment is pronounced upon our earth, what Nahum describes comes to pass. The causing us to err (Isa 63:17), having fruitless branches grow from the vine (Joh 15:2), is all the Lord’s work in us to seek an occasion to bring judgment and the fire that cleanses.

Isa 33:9 The earth mourneth and languisheth: Lebanon is ashamedand hewn down: Sharon is like a wilderness; and Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits.

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

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

Isa 33:12 And the people shall be as the burnings of lime: as thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire.

All three of the places mentioned here in verse four, Bashan, Carmel and Lebanon are within the boundaries and definitions of the physical land that was promised to Israel (Gen 15:18).  Yet we know these Words are Spirit and the promise was Spirit and as we review these locations we will hopefully begin to see the Lord’s process of judging and maturing us referenced in these geographical symbols. These three places are representative of the progressive process of judgment which begins in Egypt, continues in Babylon and is complete at the White throne judgment. Bashan, Carmel and Lebanon are shadows and symbols of these three progressive judgments to finish the Lord’s work in remaking the marred vessel of clay.

BASHAN

H1316 – Bashan – Of uncertain derivation; Bashan (often with the article), a region East of the Jordan: – Bashan.

Bashan is a time in our walk when the flesh is very strong. We see this from the Psalms and the spiritual symbols of bulls and depths of the sea confirming the understanding of our time in Bashan.

Psa 22:12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.

Psa 68:22 The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea [the flesh, the bottomless pit etc]

 

Amo 4:1 Hear this word, ye kine of Bashan, that are in the mountain of Samaria, which oppress the poor, which crush the needy, which say to their masters, Bring, and let us drink.

We know what these “kine” will be drinking as we all will be made to drink of the Lord’s cup and partake of His baptism by fire (Mat 20:23).

Bashan is east of the Jordan river and that typifies our time in the wilderness before we have the second baptism and are given the ability to go into the land across the river and begin to conquer the real giants (sins). Bashan is very much aligned with Gilead; they are mentioned together in fifteen verses of Scripture. This location spiritually speaking is where we make a covenant with the old man (typified as Laban, Gen 31:48) to peacefully coexist. That covenant will not stand, it will be disannulled but this is where we must first start. It is from this spiritual place of apostasy that the man child will come forth out of Babylon and begin to head west on the journey towards maturity (Rev 12:5-6).

Og, is the king of Bashan, and there are many battles Israel (you and me in spirit) have with this king before we are given victory (Jos 17:5, Deu 3:10).  It is no surprise we languish in Bashan as this entire region of sixty cities (6 is man) was built with copper (brass) which always typifies the flesh or the works of man’s hands.

1Ki 4:13 The son of Geber, in Ramothgilead; to him pertained the towns of Jair the son of Manasseh, which are in Gilead; to him also pertained the region of Argob, which is in Bashan, threescore great cities with walls and brasen bars:

Bashan is also known for its mighty (prideful) oaks. Devoid of the Spirit of God, these trees we are on the east side of the Jordan languish spiritually, bear no fruit and are rebuked by the Lord in due time. But these oaks trees are mighty in the world’s carnal eyes and represent the pride of man which must be fed with judgment to be saved.

Zec 11:2 Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down.

The land of Milk and Honey is not the meat. It is where we must start out as carnal babes in Christ as we are being prepared to cross the Jordan in spirit and fight the giants by first feeding on the enemies of our carnal mind in Bashan and Gilead among other “heathen” nations within. The whole bed of King Og within us has now been prepared for judgment when the Lord rebukes us.

Deu 3:11 For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man…..

Deu 3:13 And the rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, being the kingdom of Og, gave I unto the half tribe of Manasseh; all the region of Argob, with all Bashan, which was called the land of giants

Eventually the Lord gives us the faith to cross over and before we do the king of Bashan is utterly destroyed in down payment form.

Jos 2:10 For we (the people of Jericho) have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.

The second location that languishes which the Lord rebukes in due time is Carmel.

Carmel

H3760 – Carmel – The same as H3759; Karmel, the name of a hill and of a town in Palestine: – Carmel, fruitful (plentiful) field, (place).

Total KJV occurrences: 25

Carmel is probably best known as the place where Elijah challenged and mocked the false prophets of Baal in 1 King 18 and then slayed them all. In spirit Carmel represents our time in Spiritual Babylon being deceived by the prophets of Baal within and without. This land has been planted but the seed has been corrupted for the time being, being choked with thorns.

Carmel was on the west side of the Jordan river and sat in the NW corner of Israel along the seacoast. The pitting of the prophet of God against the prophets of Baal must take place within us, in order for Carmel, the planted field within to live up to its name and bring forth fruit. So the land Carmel languishes under the influences of false doctrines, lies and unbelief within us that take time and the rebuking by God’s Word to burn out of us. But an ambassador is coming to Carmel within, it has already been appointed and we must just wait for it to come.

Jer 46:18 As I live, saith the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts, Surely as Tabor is among the mountains, and as Carmel by the sea, so shall he come.

 

A prophet will come at the appointed time of judgment (third year) and then the rain will fall on Carmel and initiate the cleansing of the land and restoration of Carmel to a fruitful field.

1Ki 18:1 And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.

1Ki 18:2 And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab. And there was a sore famine in Samaria.

 The Lord will bring trials upon us to choose the God we worship and show us who is the true God and what is of our carnal mind, the seed of the serpent.

 1Ki 18:19 Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel’s table.

1Ki 18:20 So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel.

1Ki 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

 This too is a seven-fold process of falling to the earth (Pro 26:14). After the event concludes and the true God is established in the minds of Israel, then the rain comes and the drought ends. The rain will come from this little cloud (The Body) that rises up out of the sea.

1Ki 18:42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,

1Ki 18:43 And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times.

1Ki 18:44 And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not.

 Here we see the Body of Christ in symbol, the “little cloud” that comes from the sea and is the right hand of the Lord. Carmel is a more mature place than Bashan and is where we will come to know and believe the true doctrines of the Lord. Yet it is still close to the sea (the flesh) and the lies and influences of the carnal mind and our father the devil and the two hundred million lies of Rev 9:16 take more fire and judgment to burn out of us.

Lebanon

The final location to discuss is Lebanon.  We all know this small nation north of modern day Israel but in spiritual terms, Lebanon has a specific meaning.

H3844 – Lebanon:  – From H3825; (the) white mountain (from its snow); Lebanon, a mountain range in Palestine: – Lebanon.

Total KJV occurrences: 71

Lebanon comes from the word meaning “white mountain”. White has both a positive and negative application and is very instructive to understand the meaning of the word Lebanon (See link for Mike’s Study on Color White at the end). On the positive side “white” means the covering of Christ. The negative side means leprosy when we mix truth with lies until we come to be the mature man in Christ. “White” is associated with God’s elect, here is a sampling but there are many more scriptures.

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

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

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

Joh 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

On the negative side, “white” also refers to God’s Elect in our first marred and carnal state when we blaspheme Christ and prophesy falsely in our self-righteousness. Even Satan and his ministers appear as angels of light dressed in white.

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

 Lev 13:10 And the priest shall see him: and, behold, if the rising be white in the skin, and it have turned the hair white, and there be quick raw flesh in the rising;
Lev 13:11 It is an old leprosy in the skin of his flesh, and the priest shall pronounce him unclean, and shall not shut him up: for he is unclean.

Leprosy is a permanent condition of being “yet carnal” and will never go away on its own. Loving this world and all the things in it must be burned out of us and there is only one cure for leprosy, the coming of Christ to heal us.

We all are Lebanon, a white mountain in spirit, both the positive and the negative. Even after coming to the knowledge of Truth and having the false prophets of Baal cast out. Along our journey pride is always an enemy we deal with and the Lord will deal judgment upon this. This happens in Lebanon in our more mature state of our walk.

Jer 22:23 O inhabitant of Lebanon, that makest thy nest in the cedars, how gracious shalt thou be when pangs come upon thee, the pain as of a woman in travail!

Zec 11:1 Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars.

We are being judged now so we won’t be condemned with the world in the age to come (1 Cor 11:32). It is this White Throne judgment that makes us “white” and enables us to be the overcomers and serve the Lord’s purposes in instructing all men in the Lake of fire and being the deliverers with Christ.

Dan 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

Dan 11:33 And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.

But they will also “instruct many” that when all is said and done we will all be “made white” through purging trials. In the end all men shall be saved and there will be a big forest of trees in Lebanon.

 Isa 29:17 Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest?

Isa 29:18 And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness…..

Isa 29:24 They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.

The flower of Lebanon that languishes is the pure Word of God. One speck of leprosy makes us unclean and a little leaven indeed leavens the whole lump and causes the flower to languish.  We see the flowers in the tabernacle of God in Exodus as Steven’s recent Awesome Hands studies have shown (see link at the end of study).

Exo 25:31 And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same.

The trials, “the heat of the sun”, will initially wither the flower and make it languish. This is what happens to us all when we are rich, full of pride, puffed up in our new knowledge (the true doctrines of Christ) but unproven by the furnace of affliction that will yet come and is coming.

Jas 1:11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.

The pure Word of God must be watched over diligently. We must take heed to our doctrines knowing that it is what saves us and those that 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.

The key takeaway from Part two is the ongoing and progressive process of judgment and abiding in the fire. This is what grows and matures us as we are able to “eat this meat” of the Word and “eat the flesh of Christ and drink His blood”. This process continues until the day we give up these physical bodies of clay. The process repeats itself with different details and the Lord only allows us to receive what we can bear. Knowing the Lord works this “evil” for good (not without cause) should help us endure and comfort one another who are all at various stages of our walks.

1Co 3:21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;