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Spiritual Lessons on Fire and Wood Burning

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“Spiritual Lessons on Fire and Wood Burning”

For the first time in my life, I have gotten much experience in buying and burning firewood.  It’s a good lesson and reminder for things we already have been given to know in the Spirit.   The major workings of the Lord are not seen with physical observation (Luk 17:20-21), yet they are revealed in His physical creation.  This is a major revelation once you are in the Truth and have your heavens opened to such a great understanding.

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

Heb 11:3  Through faith we understand that the [physical] worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Using the physical to ascertain things in the Spirit is a useful and needed tool for us to study the Scripture and grow in the knowledge of the Truth.   Our primary way of learning the deep things of God (assuming we have been given ears to hear and eyes to see) is comparing spiritual to spiritual across the Old and New Testaments (2Ti 3:16, 1Co 10:11, Hos 12:10)

1Co 2:12  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

1Co 2:13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

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

One can take anything in the physical and outward world and with the mind of Christ, apply many spiritual truths and principles thus proving the macro truth of Romans 1:20. In this study, we are going to look at physical fire and apply its traits and characteristics in the physical to the truth of how the Lord works in the Spirit.  At a bare minimum, this study should help refute the lie of an eternal hell where God burns his own creation alive forever and without end.

What is Physical Fire? Fire is the rapid oxidation of a material in a chemical process of combustion, releasing heat, light, and various reaction products (gases, ash, etc.)

This is interesting because it is the positive of spiritual fire that is the Word of God and that fire is making a quick work in making major changes within us that comes with much spiritual heat and light.

God’s Word is fireThe fire is what is remaking us from a natural firstborn Adam into a son of God via the process of our judgment.

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

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

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.

Having our old “natural” way of life burned up is not pleasant to our flesh and its desires, yet it is necessary for us to be saved and made partakers of His Holiness.

Psa 119:71  It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

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.

Heb 12:10  For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

Men and our flesh are likened unto trees and wood in Scripture.  In the negative meaning (as the word is two edged – Heb 4:11), trees and wood symbolize our physical life and life of being carnally minded.  That is what God’s fire is making combustion within our day of judgment.

Jer 7:20  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, mine anger and my fury shall be poured out upon this place, upon man, and upon beast, and upon the trees of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched.

Joe 1:19  O LORD, to thee will I cry: for the fire hath devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and the flame hath burned all the trees of the field. 

Eternal hellfire along with the delusion of free will is one of the biggest lies of orthodox Christianity and the “other jesus” billions know and worship.  The Lord’s fire is what is saving us and burning up the wood that represents our flesh and carnality.

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

Psa 89:46  How long, LORD? wilt thou hide thyself forever? shall thy wrath burn like fire?

Eze 5:4  Then take of them again, and cast them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire; for thereof shall a fire come forth into all the house of Israel.

The question of how long is also answered in Scripture.  It takes as long as God has ordained for every man as our entire lives have been predetermined (Psa 139:16).  But we know the fire of judgment by the Word (Psa 19:9, Rev 1:3, Joh 12:48) will eventually go out when its work is finished and we have learned (been perfected) righteousness.

Pro 26:20  Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife (the fiery trial) ceaseth.

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.

Sodom and Gomorrah are not still literally burning in an eternal hell.  God’s spiritual fire worked its work and destroyed the sinfulness and the sinful city which is its purpose yet today in saving all men.

Gen 19:24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;
Gen 19:25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities …..

What is needed for fire to combust?  Typically, physical fire comes from a chemical reaction between oxygen in the atmosphere and a fuel source (i.e. wood).  The presence of these things is not enough, as combustion requires a spark and a heating of the wood to its ignition temperature.  The heat needed to spark a fire can come from lots of different things for instance:  a match, focused light, friction, or even lightning.

The Spirit of God is the oxygen (the air, the wind) that fuels His Word and is sparked to life by the many wonderful works of God to His children.  The Lord who works all things (Eph 1:11) is the one who creates the sparks in our spiritual life and brings the trials that raise the temperature that burns up the wood and impure metals within us.

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

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

Gen 1:3  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light (spiritual match)

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

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

1Pe 1:7  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ (spiritual friction)

Burning wood creates smokeSmoke is a symptom of a burning fire and contains the trapped gases along with other organic matter.  These are pollutants which are then driven away by the physical or spiritual winds that are God’s judgment by the Word.

Hos 13:3  Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud, and as the early dew that passeth away, as the chaff that is driven with the whirlwind out of the floor, and as the smoke out of the chimney.

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

Rev 14:11  And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

Little pieces of wood burn quicker and faster than big pieces:  A fuel’s size also affects how easily it will catch fire. A larger fuel, such as a thick tree, can absorb a lot of heat, so it takes a lot more energy to raise any particular piece to the ignition temperature. A toothpick catches fire more easily because it heats up very quickly. Chopping us up and burning our carnal mind results in fiery trials which come in all shapes and sizes according to what is needed.  In the same way, the Lord gives us stripes (judgment) according to the size of the log (sin and carnal-mindedness) needing to be devoured.

Luk 12:47  And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

Luk 12:48  But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

The Lord starts us out dealing with the small stuff before He moves on to the big stuff needing to be burned up.

1Co 10:13  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

The hardened parts of our wicked heart will take a hotter fire than the small sins.  The Lord truly knows how to deliver the new man (the godly) out of those temptations.

2Pe 2:9  The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

The harder the wood or the more of it, the hotter the fire:  Fire burns hotter when the wood is hard or there are lots of it.  Here in South Africa, the best wood for braii is arguably Namibia hardwood.  The Lord knows how to dial-up the heat in our lives accomplish His work in us by fiery grace.  Our hardened rebellious hearts take a hot fire to burn the “I, me and my” out of us.

Rom 2:5  But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

Eze 24:9  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the bloody city! I will even make the pile for fire great.

Eze 24:10  Heap on wood, kindle the fire, consume the flesh, and spice it well, and let the bones be burned.

Softer wood burns easy and quickly and there are some issues the Lord works that require much less heat and anguish than others to purify our heavens and our earth.

Dry wood burns best and green wood is difficult to burn:  The Lord prepares us to be burned in His fire by drying us up of good works and draining us of confidence in our flesh.  The Lord promised there would always be seasons on the earth (Gen 8:22) that are used to prepare the wood for further chastening.  The best wood is seasoned wood that has been prepared and dried out waiting it’s time to be burned in a fireplace or a stove.

2Pe 3:7  But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

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

Jud 1:7  Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Truly wet wood will not burn:  When we are full of the Spirit, drenched in God’s rain which is His doctrines the fire does not harm us.  Those that make the first resurrection and have the fullness of the Spirit cannot be harmed by the second death in the lake of fire.

Rev 2:11  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.

Standing on faith will keep us from being burned in the fire of persecution and rejection by the world.

Dan 3:24  Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.

Dan 3:25  He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

Fire generates heat which warms us physically and also warms us up spiritually and helps get us through the non-fruit producing seasons of life.

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

Rom 15:4  For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

Fire generates light in times of darkness to show us the path and bring others that need help to us.

Psa 119:105  Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

Mat 5:14  Ye (My disciples, the Body of Christ) are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

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

Flame color indicates relative temperature:  Generally speaking blue and white flames are the hottest which ties wonderfully to the symbolism of colors in Scripture (Mitch’s 2016 Updated Version on Colors Here).   Blue symbolizes the things of God and the goal of our going through the fiery process now and in turn becoming a fire to save others.

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

When the fire is truly intense there will be blue flames present.  In the same vein, the goals of achieving the righteousness of Christ (white linen) is only found in the fire of judgment with white also being an indicator of a very hot flame.

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

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

More air equals a faster burning and hotter fire:  A poorly burning fire is usually solved quickly by giving it more air (oxygen).  Our measure of faith (Rom 12:3) and infilling with the Spirit of God is all of the Lord’s determination. Only the Lord had the fullness of the Spirit in a clay body (Joh 3:34).  Yet we can look forward to growing in our anointing as we mature abiding in the Holy City (The Body of Christ) waiting for the fullness to come (Rom 8:23).

Luk 24:49  And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

2Ti 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

We should welcome the fire and seek it knowing it is what hastens the coming of the Lord within us more each day Lord willing (2Pe 3:11-13).

2Pe 3:11  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
2Pe 3:12  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

To keep our fires burning and grow in the power of God, we need spiritual air to tap into the power the Lord has given to His Christ (Joh 20:21)

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

A fire goes out when the wood is consumed:  The fire of God is used for good to remake us into sons of God.  Our God and Heavenly Father is inseparable from His Word which is consuming our wood (carnal mindedness) more each and every day

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

The wood won’t be gone fully until the clay vessels are gone. Hence we persevere.

Pro 26:20  Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife (the fiery trial) ceaseth.

The priests of God in the making (Rev 5:10) we are the bearers of the Lord’s fire and work to keep in burning always in the temple of God which temple each and every one of us is part of.

Lev 6:12  And the fire upon the altar shall be burning in it; it shall not be put out: and the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order upon it; and he shall burn thereon the fat of the peace offerings.

Lev 6:13  The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.

The residue of a wood fire is ash: Ash is very fine dust particles that have many good uses.  Physical ash is the unburnable minerals that are very useful in fertilizing gardens, trees and promoting new life.  Interesting that ash is also used in making soaps that clean and purify us, controlling foul odors (landfills) and even deter and kill insects.  All of this has great spiritual significance when we apply Romans 1:20 to what the Lord is doing with us in this age where judgment is now fallen (1Pe 4:17).

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice (losing your life), holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Mat 21:44  And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

Gen 22:7  And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?

I have even learned the hard way that ash retains its heat for a long time which in the Spirit is very positive in our ability to minister and help others when we are humble and our selfish lives have been burned up.

It is after our life is sacrificed, the wood has been burned that we are given new garment that is white as the ashes of wood burned in the fire.

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

Fire is made up of many burning pieces of wood:  It is difficult to light and keep burning a single piece of wood.  But if one puts multiple pieces in building his fire, the fire will burn much longer and more consistently.  This brings to mind the truth that the Body of Christ is being made into a spiritual fire right now in this age as the first to be judged.

Zec 12:6  In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.

The cloud of many witnesses (Heb 12:1) and the infolding fire are one in the same description and vision of the Elect (Body of Christ) who are being made into saviours.

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.

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

As we come thru the fire, we become saviours who in turn will help save others including all mankind in the lake of fire.

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

It is the Body of Christ who will be the lake of fire at the White Throne Judgment.

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

Rev 20:5  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the 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 (later in the lake of fire)

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?

We saw just some of the attributes of physical fire and how that reveals how the Lord is working things in the Spirit. One could take virtually anything in the physical world and deduce much about the ways of the Spirit.  But they are going to need to be prepared of the Lord, we cannot give the gift.

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

I hope this study stirs your memory and recollection of these spiritual truths.  As winter comes to those in the northern hemisphere, making a fire and watching the wood burn can become a time of reflection and examination of ourselves and all the good works the Lord is doing to the children of men.

Isa 66:15  For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.

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:

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Killing the Moabites Within Us

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For Our Admonition Part 12

“Killing the Moabites Within Us”

Key Verses:  Jdg 3:12 – 3:16

As covered in the last study (Enemies Left in the Promised Land), the book of Judges illustrates the beginnings of our true spiritual life and the sanctification and victory over sin.  This victory only comes by a long process of many tribulations (Act 14:22) and many wars within us.

Mat 24:4  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

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

Mat 24:6  And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

We see in Judges; the repeated cycle of Israel being enslaved to its enemies and then the Lord raising up a deliverer to destroy the enemy and bring freedom. The Lord is working good and evil within us to bring about His perfect will (Phi 2:13, Eph 1:11).  Victories over our enemies do come, yet we are being caused to fall back into sin as we await the coming of the Lord within us (2Th 2:3-4). In type, these experiences in Judges are the time we await the second coming of Christ who will henceforth lead us into all righteousness and conquer

Jdg 18:1 In those days there was no king in Israel: and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought them an inheritance to dwell in; for unto that day all their inheritance had not fallen unto them among the tribes of Israel.

Jdg 21:25 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

Doing the best we can with the limited resources the Lord has given us at this yet carnal stage, we do what is right in our own mind.

Last study we saw that the enemies of God are left in the land to further teach us and prepare us for the Lord’s fiery trials and chastening grace (Isa 26:9, Heb 12:6).  We are learning that the Word of God does indeed give us power over all our inward enemies, but as we will see in this study, we have to engage with both hands to act out our faith.  Let’s now look at the appointment of the second Judge, named Ehud and the activities going on in the Promised Land.  Othniel the first Judge has died and after a forty-year period of peace we read the following:

Jdg 3:12 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD: and the LORD strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the LORD. 

Jdg 3:13  And he gathered unto him the children of Ammon and Amalek, and went and smote Israel, and possessed the city of palm trees. 

Jdg 3:14  So the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years. 

It is our man of sin, the lover of fleshly things who exalts himself against Christ.  This is the Moabite, the Ammonite, and the Amalekite within us that are just outside the Promised Land.  Moab is where the Lord renewed the covenant with Israel (Deu 29:1) and where Moses was shown the land and then died (Deu 34:5).  Moabites represent that which is born of flesh (Joh 3:6) which cannot inherit the Kingdom. Moab and Ammon came about from the incestuous relationship of Lot with his daughters (Gen 19:31-38).  In the history of Israel, Moab, Ammon, and Amalek (Esau) represent our own flesh and specifically the carnal mind and thoughts within.  That is where the war is being waged and where the man-child in us strives to grow up in the faith.

Mat 10:36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

These inward enemies are often subdued but they keep on coming back to tangle and confound the Israel of God.  These carnal thoughts are worldly thoughts and the way to overcome them is to obey the Lord who will then bless us (Exo 15:26) when we kill those lies in our heavens.

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.

These incestuous fleshly mindsets are forbidden to enter our land and be in the congregation of the Lord.  We must take captive the Moabites and Ammonites that sneak into the land within.

Deu 23:3 An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD forever:

Judging righteous judgment is how the land is being possessed and dominion over flesh and our redemption given (Exo 6:6, Isa 1:27).  We learn to take captive these carnal thoughts that otherwise take Israel (us) captive.  These three nations and enemies are all to the east of Israel, signifying they are where we have come from (the world, being carnally minded), as we follow the Sun of Righteousness to the west and move onto maturity in the land of promise.  We see from the Sum of Scriptures that Israel is always at war with our flesh and the heathen nations the Lord is created for the purpose of trying our faith.  There is a Moabite around every corner to try us and to see if we walk in faith or allow our flesh to lead us.

2Co 10:3  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

2Co 10:4  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

2Co 10:5  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

While the Moabites serve us in overcoming giants in the wilderness (Deu 2:9-10 – Anakims and Emims), they remain adversaries to Israel to give us many trials to bring us to perfection in our day of the Lord.  Pearls of great price and precious stones like the natural ones are only made through much friction (war, battles, irritation) and lots of heat and water (Rom 1:20)!

The name Moab comes from H1 “Father” and means “of his father” and as the product of incest means our carnally minded father, the devil (Joh 8:44).  Our natural and carnally minded flesh is at enmity with the ways of the Lord and have the devil as their father. Moab is a representation of the ten headed beast of our father, the devil, as they share many goals and ambitions.

Jer 48:29  We have heard the pride of Moab, (he is exceeding proud) his loftiness, and his arrogancy, and his pride, and the haughtiness of his heart.

This is, was and will be the mindset of the Jews who believed on Christ (Joh 8:31), who come behind in no gift (1Co 1:7), having been given the truth, but we are yet carnal (1Co 3:3) and are fornicating with this world and mixing truth and lies.  This mindset will seek to kill Christ and will keep us bound in unbelief being yet carnal for eighteen symbolic years.

Joh 8:40  But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham….

Joh 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

The second named nation working with Moab is Ammon which also links to our ungodly fornication (incest) with our own flesh (our father the devil) and not the Lord’s truth.

H5983, ‛ammôn, am-mone’

From H5971; tribal, that is, inbred; Ammon, a son of Lot; also his posterity and their country: – Ammon, Ammonites.

Amalek, the third heathen nation gathered by the Lord against Israel, is a descendant of Esau (Gen 36:12) and is yet another representation of our flesh that is rejected and cannot inherit the kingdom.  Our flesh will lead us away from the Lord and the narrow way as we saw the falling down of King Saul, the rejected anointed of the Lord. King Saul’s failure is our failure to utterly destroy our carnal thoughts and fleshly lusts that wage war against us.  Saul was given this command.

1Sa 15:3  Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

Yet his carnal mind rationalized it was fine to not to kill everything, so he picked and chose what to obey in the Lord’s commands and kept flesh alive.

1Sa 15:8  And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword.

1Sa 15:9  But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but everything that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly.

Because of this pattern of disobedience, Saul was rejected as king.  We learn thru King Saul’s failure to precisely obey the Lord in dealing with our fleshly enemies.

1Sa 15:23  For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

It is important to note and remember who it was that raised up this evil against Israel. It is, was and will be the Lord who did it.

Jdg 3:12 …. and the LORD strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel.

He is the one who raises up the wicked one within and without for the day of evil (Pro 16:4) and is causing Israel to err from His ways (Isa 63:17).  The Lord brings the enemies of Israel (flesh) together and gathers them against us and sends us our every thought (Amo 4:13).  When the hand of the Lord is against us, there is no man who can stand. If the Lord wants to ensnare us in bondage to our enemies, there is nothing any man can do otherwise.

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

This three-nation alliance of nations comes and smites us (Israel) and ends up possessing the city of palm trees.  Known for their height and straightness in rising above the earth (overcoming) it is those being made righteous that are palm trees.

Psa 92:12  The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

Psa 92:13  Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.

To mature and grow in faith, God’s people first make many mistakes and are overcome by their inward enemies.  Thus, the mystery of why the Lord causes us to err and then brings the judgment and chastening that is raising us back up in Jesus Christ.

Palm trees are very much associated with God’s elect symbolically.  Given time there are many interesting symbolisms to pursue about palm trees including they are evergreen, large fruit yields (dates, coconuts, etc), ability to grow in dry places, can withstand high winds (trials), have very deep roots etc.  For brevity sake, there is one interesting connection about the Cherubim (messengers of God) who are these same palm trees that we see in the Scriptures speaking about the tabernacle of God and the Lord’s Temple which is the Body of Christ.  Ever notice how palm trees all look alike?  Well, that is because, in spirit, God’s palm trees are of one mind and are bearing the same stature (straight and erect) and fruit.  Here is Ezekiel’s description of the doors of the temple of God.  Of course, those doors are Christ and specifically the Christ (elect, the Body) thru whom all must pass to enter in (Rev 3:12, Joh 10:2).

Eze 41:20  From the ground unto above the door were cherubims and palm trees made, and on the wall of the temple.

Eze 41:21  The posts of the temple were squared, and the face of the sanctuary; the appearance of the one as the appearance of the other. 

The city of palm trees is also known as Jericho (Deu 34:3, 2Ch 28:15) and is in the land allocated to the tribe of Benjamin.  The city and plains of Jericho lies just west of Moab, on the western side (mature side) of the Jordan river and was the first conquest of Israel in the Promised Land (Joshua 6).  Before we get into the appointment and actions of Ehud, the Judge, let’s look deeper at the Moabite king who enslaves us (Israel).

King Eglon

Our enemies in the promised land last time was the king of Mesopotamia (Ethiopia, think the world) who also enslaves Israel.  This time the enemy is King Eglon of Moab who is a different rendering of the same first man Adam (the old man) and our beastly nature (Ecc 3:18) that has us leaning on our own understanding and carnal wisdom.  The name Eglon is from the same word that means a bullock or a male cow.

H5695, ‛êgel

From the same as H5696; a (male) calf (as frisking round), especially one nearly grown (that is, a steer): – bullock, calf.

Eglon traces back to a root H5696 that means to revolve or go in circles.  It is satanic mindset, the accuser of the brethren, whose origins create the Moabites that has us enslaved awaiting a judge and deliverer.

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

Carnal wisdom attempts to encircle the camp of the saints (the mind of Christ) but our Moabite folly will proceed no further when the day of the Lord is at hand.

Rev 20:9  And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

Rom 2:15  Which shew the work of the [carnal] law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another

We are always to be on the lookout for Satan and his messengers and be diligent inwardly to guard our hearts and take such carnal thoughts captive.

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

We are bound to this Moabite King, who is our religious beast full of carnal lies and false doctrines for eighteen symbolic years (3 process x 6 number of man – flesh) until Christ comes.

Luk 13:11  And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.

The power over clay (us) is always used for good in the end because it is by that process of having the Moabites destroyed within us that we learn the riches of His glory (righteousness).

Rom 9:21  Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

Rom 9:22  What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

Rom 9:23  And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,

Israel’s oppression and bondage to these heathen nations of our own flesh (sin) reach a hiatus (i.e. our wits end) and then we cry out to the Lord.  Our merciful Lord raises up a Judge to deliver us from our bondage.  Thus, the process of possessing the land has begun.

Jdg 3:15  But when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, the LORD raised them up a deliverer, Ehud the son of Gera, a Benjamite, a man lefthanded: and by him the children of Israel sent a present unto Eglon the king of Moab. 

 It is instructive to our walk to look at all these names and symbols that define this Judge and deliverer of Israel.  There is great spiritual significance in Ehud’s lineage and description given us here in Jdg 3:15.

H261, ‘êchûd

ay-khood’

From H258; united; Echud, the name of three Israelites: – Ehud.

Eze 21:16  Go thee one way or other [H258], either on the right hand, or on the left, whithersoever thy face is set.

The Word, the Judge that is in us, is a unifier.  Ehud and all judgment, the commands of Christ, is what is exposing and eliminating our double-mindedness and life of serving two masters.  We won’t get too far cleansing the Promised Land if we waver in faith which is double-mindedness and where we live being immature and torn between the ways of God and the ways of the world

Jas 1:6  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

Jas 1:7  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

Jas 1:8  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

There is only ONE way to go and that is to follow the Lord which way is straight without any variableness.

Pro 4:27  Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

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

Eze 10:11  When they went, they went upon their four sides; they turned not as they went, but to the place whither the head looked they followed it; they turned not as they went.

It is the carnal mindset in us that creates divisions in the Body of Christ and those Moabite nations need to be captured and kicked out of the land and congregation of the Saints.

1Co 1:10  Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

Judge Ehud is also said to be the son of Gera who was the son of Benjamin.  We learn that Benjamin, Joseph’s younger brother, is some type for the elect who are given five times the portion of food that signifies grace (the number 5) that is given to those to whom the Lord loves (Heb 12:6).

Gen 43:34  And he took and sent messes unto them from before him: but Benjamin’s mess was five times so much as any of theirs. And they drank, and were merry with him.

The name Gera as in “son of Gera” also supports this additional meal/mess principle as Gera [H1617] means “grain” and comes from a root [H1626] meaning “a kernel” like of corn or grain.

Another noteworthy trait is that Ehud like many Benjamites is said to be left-handed (Jdg 20:16) and is extremely fierce in battle. Benjamites, in particular, are known for their fierceness and aggression in battle as the conquests of Saul, Jonathan, the Apostle Paul and others depict in overcoming the enemies of Israel.  We even see the “civil war” story in Judges 20 where the other eleven tribes have great difficulty in subduing a small Benjamite army.  The blessing of Jacob to Benjamin has great spiritual significance for each of the tribes of Israel every part of which we, as God’s Israel, are living out now in this age (Mat 4:4).

Gen 49:27  Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.

Interesting to note that some translations like Brenton show the left-hand trait as being ambidextrous our using of both hands instead of saying left handed. Regardless, the ability to use our left hand or both hands is essential to bring deliverance to Israel and destroy the heathen nations within the Promised Land.

1Ch 12:2  They were armed with bows, and could use both the right hand and the left in hurling stones and shooting arrows out of a bow, even of Saul’s brethren of Benjamin.

As a Benjamite, Ehud exhibits this positive “wolf-like” traits. Unlike King Saul’s mistake with the Amalekite king, Ehud is very aggressive and merciless in disposing of the Moabite king.

Jdg 3:16  But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it under his raiment upon his right thigh 

Jdg 3:21  And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his (Eglon’s) belly

Satan is the left hand of the Lord (Job 1:11-12) and the Elect in the right hand (Mat 25:33).  Through both hands, the Lord is creating and using evil for good purposes (Isa 45:7, Gen 50:20, Act 4:28). Within us, we too, are required to do evil in putting to death the enemies of God.  Outwardly, we surely must love our enemies as the Lord commanded and changed the law. But inwardly, we are never to allow lies and false doctrines and carnal thoughts to linger and exalt themselves against Christ.  Short FAQ on Satan as Left Hand

There is great significance in this language and the use of the left hand in killing the Moabite king. It links back to an age-old truth that it “takes two to tango” with our enemies.

Rom 2:13  For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

Jas 1:22  But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Ehud, the Benjamite, is both a hearer and a doer of the word in type.  To become a doer of the WORD we must first become hearers.  All Benjamites are born of the right hand of God as the meaning of the name depicts.

H1144, From H1121 and H3225; son of (the) right hand; Binjamin, youngest son of Jacob; also the tribe descended from him, and its territory: – Benjamin.

Judging righteous judgment is how we overcome and are becoming doers.  But to do this, the Moabites must not be in our heavens or earth.  Notice Ehud makes a two-edged dagger (same word as a sword) and places it on his right thigh which is a symbol of a man’s strength.  To battle our enemies, we must be ready (girded) and have the sword on our right thigh that is guiding us in our walk.  This story of Ehud is a second witness to battle preparations Paul teaches us about the whole armor of God.

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

Eph 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Notice the dagger (sword) is hidden under his raiment which is our covering in Christ.  Christ and His Christ are bold as a lion but are also gentle as doves.

Mat 10:16  Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

Lions strike quickly out of nowhere it seems when capturing their prey.  The element of surprise works every time on a blind and unsuspecting enemy.

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

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

Our strength and sufficiency are of the Lord as is our ability to act in faith and kill our enemies within.  The carnal mind corrupts our walk and a time comes when a judgment comes upon our house via a judge the Lord is, was and will be raising up within us.  Real faith that moves mountains and destroys our enemies has works (actions) attached to it.  We must use both our hands to pray without ceasing and act out in faith to purify our heavens and earth.

1Ti 2:8  I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

Isa 30:21  And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

The Body of Christ is where wisdom is found.  Being wise as a serpent requires us to hold the Word in our right hand and the true riches, the doing of the Word, in our left hand.  This brings honor and glory to our heavenly Father.

Pro 3:15  She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her.

Pro 3:16  Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. 

Wisdom in the ways of God requires two arms.  We need doctrine and we need actions in faith.  The power of God will extend to both our hands and we will clap them in unison as we get victory after victory over our inward enemies.

2Co 6:7  By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,

Isa 55:12  For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

There are more instructions and details to the story details of Judge Ehud killing the Moabite King. We will look at those details next week in how King Eglon and the Moabites were vanquished from the land.

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Nahum Part 11 – The trees of the field clapped their hands

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Nahum Part 11 – The trees of the field clap their hands

by Pete Wilson

This Scripture like all Scripture is about you and me if we are proven to be God’s sons and found faithful in the end (Rev 17:14) i.e. end of our ages in each of our lives. Our carnal instinct is to put these words off on someone else, perhaps on the people still in Orthodoxy or maybe some babes that just came into the fellowship of the saints. But they certainly cannot apply to us we want to believe. But oh yes, they do and we had best remember these Words of fire.

Rev 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

We cannot take away these words of Nahum and not apply them to ourselves. It is only by living them that the man is blessed and brought to life in this age. That is the prize and upwards calling of Christ that comes to so very few. The story of King David as a type of Christ yet in a marred vessel of weak flesh is our story. Like David, we will fall down hard into sin at times in order to be taught the righteousness of Jesus Christ (Isa 26:9). We (you and me and all men) in our own turn, are the man who does these evil things and we are paying the consequences as the wages of all sin is death. Like David found out, having the truth in an outward form of godliness is not enough. We must do the truth in order to have power over sin.

A prophet of the Lord “is, was and will be” sent to God’s Elect and they are speaking words that reveal our rebellion and sin against the Lord. We all claim our righteousness yet still “oppress the poor and kill Christ” as the story of 2 Samuel 12 conveys. Having been told of this egregious sin we become indignant and seek vengeance on the oppressor not aware that we are the man. The Word will prick our hearts in that day which is now on His House.

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;

Having been given all the gifts of God and possessing our Master’s House in the Body, we still seek to save our life in the flesh and despise the Lord’s commands.

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.

Yet our day of judgment has come, now the Lord who was delivered through our offences, will be raised again through our justification (Rom 4:25). It is both a wonderful and terrible thing to have a sword abiding on our house. The Lord will use it to raise up evil from within us as Nahum has prophesied to reveal our wickedness to ourselves.

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.

2Sa 12:11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.

Our justification will be done before the Body of Christ; before the Sun of Righteousness.

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

We will come to see ourselves as natural reasoning beasts in far greater depravity than we once thought and we will continue to be humbled by and through this process. That first born child of our adulterous fornicating relationship of Truth and carnal lusts must die for the true man child to come forth. We come to see our sin and are given to see our continued fornication with this world WITHIN AND WITHOUT. The great grasshoppers within that kept us from being diligent are removed from our vision and the yet carnal child shall surely die within us.

2Sa 12:14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.

As horrible as all of this sounds, it is very necessary for us to endure the words of the prophecy of the Book of Nahum. It is the only way we learn good and evil and are brought forward to maturity where our fruit can abide and be used for the Lord. The Lord truly makes free!

Heb 5:1 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

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

Here are the final two verses of the Book of Nahum.

Nah 3:18 Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria: thy nobles shall dwell in the dust: thy people is scattered upon the mountains, and no man gathereth them.

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

This prophesy ends very abruptly. Where is the beautiful ending where the war is over and everyone is happy and joyous and there is peace in the land? This prophesy ends with the fatalistic prognosis that the wound is grievous and there is not going to be any healing.   There are not many secular studies on Nahum and it is easy to understand why. Those without “ears to hear and eyes to see” are totally unaware of what the Scriptures say and mean and do not have a clue to the strange act of the Lord in bringing forth new life through death.

Prophets such as Nahum in type and shadow and all of God’s sons [those who have the Spirit of Christ] are being sent to prepare the way for the fire to come. We know what the Lord is doing in this regard before He does it so we are being prepared to endure it.

Amo 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

If we know the definition of LOVE (Agape) and keep in mind it means obedience to the Lord’s commandments (1 Jo 5:3), then the love chapter of Corinthians takes on a whole new meaning. Being blessed with all this knowledge and understanding (riches, treasures of the Temple) and being placed in the Body of Christ, amount to nothing without love and our ministry is nothing more than a clanging gong.

 1Co 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.

1Co 13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

 Last’s week’s sobering message reminded us that we must endure to the end and take heed of the things we know and be diligent, lest we drift away. Here is another admonishment of the same.

Heb 2:1 Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.

Heb 2:2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward,

Heb 2:3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,

My hope is in the commands of Christ in me and you, and that the Lord will turn and heal us every day so that His commands overtake the prophet’s words.

 Zec 1:4 (NLT) Don’t be like your ancestors who would not listen or pay attention when the earlier prophets said to them, ‘This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies says: Turn from your evil ways, and stop all your evil practices.

Nah 3:18 Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria: thy nobles shall dwell in the dust: thy people is scattered upon the mountains, and no man gathereth them.

To slumber is to not work. The working of the wicked one, the messengers of Baal within us, is silenced in the purging of our carnal mindedness. The king of our fleshly kingdoms within (the King of Assyria) which shall dwell in the dust and the carnal shepherds which are those great grasshoppers will be scattered on these mountains or kingdoms where the spiritual harlot within us sits. We see this same sequence in our latter stage of judgment as the religious beast we are and the great harlot within are judged.

Dan 2:35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.

Those false shepherds will no longer work in our heavens as they will be scattered (decreased) by the whirlwind of the Lord’s judgment brought by the feet of brass “is, was, and will be” every day. This was in our first study where we saw that we, the Body of Christ, the great cloud of His witnesses are the dust of the Lord’s feet.

Nah 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

When the true saviors, the Body of Christ are sent within (Obe 1:21), there will be no slumbering or sleeping. We are to be like our Lord who was like His Father and THEY were always working in the kingdom of God (Joh 5:17). When the armies of the Lord come within and without us, they come quickly and they come without any slumbering (Isa 5:26-28).

Without a shepherd to lead us the Lord causes us to return to His house.

2Ch 18:16 Then he said, I did see all Israel scattered upon the mountains, as sheep that have no shepherd: and the LORD said, These have no master; let them return therefore every man to his house in peace.

We that hear the Word and enter through the door are the shepherds of the sheep not like the hirelings who flee when the wolves come.

Joh 10:2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

We are all scattered when the shepherd within us is smitten.

Zec 13:7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.

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 (the latter judgment) 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.

The carnal man will not be gathered back, the Assyrian King will dwell in the dust being an inherent part of the beast that “was, is not but yet is” as long as we occupy the clay vessels.

But the wheat representing His Elect will be gathered back from the four winds of heaven.  This baptism of fire (Mat 3:11) is orchestrated by the fanners which are the Lord’s Elect and through the Words we speak.

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

Rev 14:18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.

 

Nah 3:19 There is no healing of thy bruise [H7667]; thy wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?

The affliction of the old man with his carnal mind is the bruise that will not be healed. The old man is being destroyed and that is all by the Lord’s design (Jer 18:4, 1 Cor 15:50, Rom 8:20). The word translated as bruise is the Strong’s Hebrew word H7667 “sheber”. This is most often used as destruction and interestingly enough is the word translated hurt, from which Babylon heals us superficially in Jeremiah 6 and 8.

H7667, sheber  /  shêber

Total KJV Occurrences: 44

destruction, 21

breach, 6

hurt, 4

Jer_6:13-14 (2), Jer_8:11, Jer_8:21, Jer_10:19

affliction, 2

Jer 6:14 They have healed also the hurt (destruction) of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.

It is the other jesus we falsely believe wants to stop this “destruction” within us when the reality is He is the One causing it.

This bruise is the same breach in our walls for whom the Lord looked for someone to stand in the gap but found none (Eze 22:30). The old man is not being saved period. In fact the old man is instead purposefully being destroyed. The marred vessel of Jeremiah 18 is this destroyed vessel in the hands of the Potter who is working ALL THINGS.

Jer 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was DESTROYED/marred [H7483]: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter in the hand of the potter to make it.

 Notice that all we do (you and me), both good and bad, either spirit led or carnally minded was done in the hand of the Potter. The Lord uses it all to bring about good in the end.

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

Jer 30:12 For thus saith the LORD, Thy bruise is incurable, and thy wound is grievous.

Jer 30:13 There is none to plead thy cause, that thou mayest be bound up: thou hast no healing medicines.

 Our true healing will come only to the new man. He IS BEING healed and all the nations within us by abiding in the heavenly city of Jerusalem with time.

Rev 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

Rev 22:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

The head of the serpent within us is given a deadly wound from which there will be no recovery. The ten horned seven headed beasts of our father the devil are given this deadly bruise by the feet of the woman which is the Bride of Christ in type and shadow. We just have to be patient and wait for the Lord to accomplish the incurable bruising of the serpent’s head (Gen 3:15).

Rom 16:20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Practically speaking this all happens by the old man being smitten by the new man within us. Jesus Christ, when He appears in our heavens, does not bring peace but a sword. He comes to divide and the old man will indeed be cut off by the symbolic beheading of our carnal mind. This is the only way to be given the mind of Christ (1 Co 2:16, Rev 20:4).

The payback of “Spiritual Babylon” representing those in the Body of Christ is a double judgment. Our old man is first slain by the Rock that is Christ but then it is also necessary for the head of the beast to be cut off spiritually speaking. That is the purpose of this second coming and our baptism by fire. We see it here in type and shadow in the story of David killing Goliath. We must have the sword in our hands, IN OUR WORK for the Lord to shed the mind of the beast by cutting it off.

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

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

For us to not worship the beast anymore, recognizing the beast “was, is not and yet is” (Rev 17:18), the head must be cut off and that is exactly what is being concluded here in Nahum.

Clapping of Hands

Our last verse tells us that all that hear the report or fame of our carnally minded old man/beast will clap their hands over us as this state of being is destroyed within us. This was confusing to me and took a lot of digging to come to the knowledge of what is really being said here. It turns out there is both a positive and a negative to every word of Christ including references to the clapping of hands.

To clap our hands physically we must bring our right and left hands together to make a sound.  That is what happens in the Spirit if we apply Romans 1:20.  Knowing that “Christ” is the right hand of the Lord and “Satan” the left hand. Job chapter 1 and the coming together of the Lord, Satan and the sons of God illustrates this.

Job 1:11 But put forth thine hand (The Lord’s) now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
Job 1:12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand (Satan’s). So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

Spiritually speaking clapping hands is what we do when this war of the carnal mind vs the spirit is waging.  A noise is made and as we will see it is linked to the sounds of a trumpet and the blowing of trumpets that bring forth victory and salvation. Both sides of the sword come into view in looking at the spiritual significance of hand clapping.

According to my review of several Jewish or religious history sites, unlike our modern traditions the clapping of hands in ancient times was a custom to show disdain, disagreement and generally a negative attitude about somebody or something. A quick run through of these four verbs translated at times as the word CLAP will show this.

H5606 – smite, striketh, smote, clap

Num 24:10 And Balak’s anger was kindled against Balaam, and he smote his hands together: and Balak said unto Balaam, I called thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast altogether blessed them these three times.

Job 27:23 Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place.

H5221 – smote, smitten, kill, slew, clapped

Eze 22:13 Behold, therefore I have smitten mine hand at thy dishonest gain which thou hast made, and at thy blood which hath been in the midst of thee.

2Ki 11:12 And he brought forth the king’s son, and put the crown upon him, and gave him the testimony; and they made him king, and anointed him; and they clapped their hands, and said, God save the king.

The intent of clapping was to express their intent to smite and destroy the wicked Queen Althaliah, replacing her with the rightful king, six-year-old Joash. Here is a third word only found three places but always translated as clap and includes a most famous passage.

H4222 – clap, clappeth, A primitive root; to rub or strike the hands together (in exultation): – clap.

Eze 25:6 For thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast clapped thine hands, and stamped with the feet, and rejoiced in heart with all thy despite against the land of Israel;

Isa 55:12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Finally, the word translated as clap in our focused verse of Nahum 3:19 comes from H8628.

H8628, taw-kah’

A primitive root; to clatter, that is, slap (the hands together), clang (an instrument); by analogy to drive (a nail or tent pin, a dart, etc.); by implication to become bondsman (by handclasping): – blow ([a trumpet]), cast, clap, fasten, pitch [tent], smite, sound, strike, X suretiship, thrust.

Total KJV occurrences: 69

Of the sixty-nine occurrences of this Hebrew word, it is only translated clap twice. Here is the only other place it is used as clap.

Psa 47:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah. O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.

Psa 47:2 For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.

Psa 47:3 He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet.

This clapping of hands like the use in Nahum 3:19 is associated with subduing the enemies of God within us which means gaining dominion over the pulls of the flesh and carnal mind. What is very instructive to extract the parable of the clapping of hands is to look at how this word H8628 is used in the majority of the cases. Here we see words that continue the linkage with actions like smite, smitten and slay when one considers what the blowing of trumpets and the bringing of judgment represent.

Total KJV Occurrences: 69

blow, 23

Num_10:3-8 (7), Num_10:10, Jos_6:4, Jdg_7:18 (2), Jdg_7:20, 1Ki_1:34, Psa_81:3, Jer_4:5, Jer_6:1, Jer_51:27, Eze_33:3, Eze_33:6, Hos_5:8, Joe_2:1, Joe_2:15, Zec_9:14

blew, 18

Jos_6:8-9 (2), Jos_6:13, Jos_6:16, Jos_6:20, Jdg_3:27, Jdg_6:34, Jdg_7:19-20 (2), Jdg_7:22, 1Sa_13:3, 2Sa_2:28, 2Sa_18:16, 2Sa_20:1, 2Sa_20:22, 1Ki_1:39, 2Ki_11:13-14 (2)

fastened, 4

Jdg_16:14 (2), 1Ch_10:10 (2), Isa_22:25

blown, 3

Eze_7:13-14 (2), Amo_3:6

blowing, 2

Jos_6:9, Jos_6:13

clap, 2

Psa_47:1, Nah_3:19

pitched, 2

Gen_31:25 (2)

sounded, 2

2Ch_23:13, Neh_4:18

strike, 2

Job_17:3, Pro_22:26

thrust, 2

Jdg_3:21, 2Sa_18:14

bloweth, 1

Isa_18:3

cast, 1

Exo_10:19

fasten, 1

Isa_22:23

pitch, 1

Jer_6:3

smote, 1

Jdg_4:21

stricken, 1

Pro_6:1

striketh, 1

Pro_17:18

suretiship, 1

Pro_11:15

trumpet, 1

Eze_7:14

Clapping of hands whether in a positive reference (the coming forth of the new man), or a negative reference (the destruction and death of the old man and carnal mind) are one in the same. The dream is ONE and both represent the work of the Lord bringing salvation to His people.  This is through the war in our heaven (Rev 12:9). It is “Christ” who does the work of the Lord within and without so we use our hands to cast light on the wicked and to bring forth praises for the good work of the Lord in ourselves and in our brethren. Both sides of this transaction are worthy of clapping!

The clapping of hands and the breaking out of the hills and mountains with joy, is the new man coming forth within us as the Word is working its work in the kingdom of God within us. Here are a couple examples of the hands of the Lord at work using H8628 (the same word translated clap in its more frequent translation as blow or blew).

Eze 33:3 If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people;

Jos 6:16 And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city.

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

And who is it that brings this judgment? The Body of Christ (The Elect) are the saviors that come upon Mt. Esau to judge the nations within and without (Obe 1:21) in the times appointed. As Steve’s Awesome Hands series has so adeptly taught us, the Body of Christ, are the hands of the Lord through which He does His work on the earth including being His Battle Axe.

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

Men represent trees in Scripture (Mar 8:24). The trees of the field shall clap their hands is part of the process of salvation coming to all men. These trees smite the hands of the wicked by clapping of their hands and they also clap their hands with joy for the coming forth of Christ as He is gloried and raised up within us. The war of the flesh versus the spirit in our day of judgment creates the sounds of salvation which is the clapping of the hands of the trees of the field. This is all accomplished by the Word, the fire of God, working in our heavens.

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

Isa 55:12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Isa 55:13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

Clapping of hands is the blowing of the trumpet and bringing the Lord’s judgment to those prepared to hear it. That is what saves us and how we learn righteousness as we have reminded ourselves constantly in this series.

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

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

Christ comes only for the sick and the lame, not to those without a need for a spiritual physician. Coming to see that the bruise of the flesh king within us will not be healed is essential for this process to complete its course. As bad as all of this sounds, it is truly the prerequisite for the coming of Christ within us the SECOND time for salvation without sin.

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

The clapping of hands are the praises of men who have had their cries for deliverance from their enemies answered by the Lord from heaven.

Psa 98:8 Let the floods (River) clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together

Psa 98:9 Before the LORD; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.

This Psalm speaks to the trees of the field that clapping having been delivered by the implanted Word that is bringing forth lasting fruit unto the Lord. With the King of Assyria within us no longer working (slumbering), then the conflict with the Lord’s work in bringing forth fruit can move forward speedily within us as we mature having experienced both good and evil. When Christ in us sees Satan as lightning falling we return with great joy.

Luk 10:17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.

And here is what that produces in us in increasing quantity.

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

Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Conclusion

This entire prophecy has been about the burden we all carry being carnally minded, being created subject to vanity, and seeking to serve the Lord. This must be burned out of us through many trials and tribulations for us to find the true rest that remains for the people of God (Heb 4:9).

The natural enmity of the carnal mind will war against the law of Christ in our minds (Rom 7:23). It requires Christ coming a second time to “Nineveh”, the great city and capital of Assyrian and Babylon WITHIN us (Luke 17:21). Until Christ brings this war in our heavens via the fiery judgments (Rev 12), we are incapable of obeying the Lord in Truth and in spirit. There is a process of spiritual progression and maturity required to implant the Lord’s ways into our hearts and minds. Only once the field is planted with good seed, will it bear fruit for the Lord and this prophecy explains this in its three short chapters. The titles of the eleven studies illustrate this progression yet there was no conscious design on my part to do so.

  1. The Burden of Nineveh – Nah 1:1 The burden of Nineveh
  2. He rebukes the sea
  3. No more of thy name be sown
  4. Then Shall the Wicked Be Revealed
  5. The goodness of God brings repentance
  6. Devouring the devourers
  7. Behold I am against thee
  8. Shaking by a Mighty Wind
  9. You are yet Carnal
  10. The Great Grasshoppers
  11. The trees of the field clap their hands

The study taking eleven parts is all the Lord’s work yet that is very telling also as it confirms the prophecy. Eleven representing the destruction of the perfection of the flesh (10) and being one short of the number twelve which represents our spiritual foundation. So when our flesh is as good as it can be; it is still no good to God and it must be destroyed (Mar 10:18, Ecc 7:20). The Law is good but still a shadow of good things to come.

Of course being remade and our achievement of salvation is all an earnest deposit of the fullness to come. So we are not physically being killed but what must take place is our carnal mindedness needs to be destroyed [we are being led as lambs to the slaughter]. The carnal mindset is death and this must change for us to be of service to the Lord, even in down payment form.

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

Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Rom 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh (“yet carnal”) cannot please God.

The carnal mind makes living and abiding in the Word so burdensome and so frustrating.  We complain, gripe, and go on emotional roller coasters as we respond to the scourging grace the Lord is injecting into our lives. These fiery trials are a huge burden to carry if we think about them and respond to them as a natural man would. The burden is heavy and the yoke is truly oppressive when we strive with our Lord and remain outside of the true rest before we surrender the ghost in down payment form and submit to Christ. There is great gain to be had when we are content with what the Lord is doing in our lives (1 Ti 6:6). When our obedience is complete we lack nothing.

Thankfully nothing is impossible for our Lord and He is causing chastening grace that always increases when sin abounds (Rom 5:20). And as we progress more and more onward to maturity, being dragged there, the yoke becomes easy and the burden is truly light.

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.

So we all learn patience in waiting for these things to be fulfilled in our heavens. We have faith [a gift] but we also are being taught patience and to watch and pray continuously.

Pro 10:25 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.

Luk 21:33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

Luk 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.

Surely this study and these words are not comforting to our flesh and carnal mind. But they are a comfort to the NEW MAN and if we recall Study #2, we will remember that Nahum’s name means to comfort. So I hope this study has stirred me and you up to be more vigilant about our walk and bring a measure of patience to endure what the Lord has written in each of our books (Psa 139:16) from the foundation of the world, our days before they even were.

Comments and sincere questions are welcome.  You can also email me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

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Nahum Part 9 – You Are Yet Carnal

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Nahum Part 9 – You Are Yet Carnal

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We are going to learn about cankerworms and grasshoppers in this study and learn their association and role of us (God’s Elect) in our immature, puffed up, attention seeking state, hearing but not doing the Word. This is our yet carnal Corinthian state where we have been given the things of Christ but have not yet exercised them through the trials to learn to be a doer of the Word and produce the righteousness of the Lord, the fine white linen. We are still waiting for this baptism of fire to work its work in us.

1Co 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

1Co 1:7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:

We always put these verses on those carnal people over there in the orthodox harlot churches and forget all about “Mystery Babylon” WITHIN. This is the Babylon that is inside of us, it is stamped on the harlot’s head, whose head is the head of the beast (Rev 17:13), that we all are as carnal men and women.

Rev 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

Yet we know our baptism with fire, the second coming of Christ for salvation apart from sin (Heb 9:28), will not come until we see ourselves for what we truly are in these vessels of clay.

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

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

I suspect Paul had a hard time getting this point across to the church at Thessalonica as he infers they have been told of this before and should remember as it applies to the Body of Christ.

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

This state of being is the epitome of our worshipping the image of the carnal and fleshly beast that all men are (Ecc 3:18). As foolish as it seems to the natural man, the way the Lord saves us from our sins, is to first cause us to err from His ways (Isa 63:17) which means to sin. He then uses that occasion to bring judgment to our heavens and earth by way of the implanted Word as the end of our carnal age has come. Those of us that do not obey the Word which is ALL MEN, are judged in “that day” which is also known as the last day or as the sum of thy Word tells us, the end of the age or AION.

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.

We are taught by experience by which a loving Father chastens us via the fiery judgments of His Word when we miss the mark and sin. Another way of saying this is: “our own wickedness is used to correct us” (Jer 2:19). The Lord manifests evil from the rod of the Assyrian or Babylonian king within us to wreak havoc to the hypocritical nation we have become hearing but not doing (1 Ki 10:5-6). To become like our Lord we must learn good and evil and the only way we learn is through experience. That experience is obtained by going through this judgment that must come first on the house of the Lord.

Gen 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

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

We ended Nahum Part 8 with verse thirteen and we need to keep the same context as we continue this week’s study.

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

Fire has “suddenly” come to devour the strongholds (bars) of the flesh. These bars represent our carnality. These bars are the chains that keep us in bondage to our flesh and the principles of this world being carnal babes in Christ. We show up in the Body as babes despite what we may think otherwise and we have a lot of burning out to do to become the mature man in Christ.

Galatians 4:3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:

This is where we sit in the shadow of death, being carnally minded (Rom 8:6) bound by these bars of the flesh and being both a rebel and a hypocrite and not obeying the Lord. We also saw last week the shaking of the fig trees by a mighty wind that represents our immaturity in the Lord, being a babe and being yet carnal. The lasting fruit that remains is not produced until after we endure through our baptism with fire.

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

Christ chooses us and appears to us to teach us righteousness and make us into fruit producing trees whose fruit can easily withstand the storms of life (Joh 15:16). Disciples indeed are those who produce such fruit but to be such a disciple we must continue, which means to abide in His Word and not our carnal mindedness i.e. DYING TO SELF.

Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue [Doer of the Word] in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

When our vessel of clay is being remade, the entire foundations on which we stand are being completely done over. Instead of trusting in the carnal mind and the principles of the world we are taught to walk only by faith in the Word and to not even think above what is written (1 Cor 4:6). This is the baptism of fire that brings forth a new man and it is accomplished on the Lord’s coming this second time to Nineveh.

As we live through the prophecy of this book of Nahum, our faith will be growing and we are beginning to acknowledge in deed and in Word that the Lord is really the Lord and apart from Him we can do nothing. Here are the four verses we will cover today. It will take another segment to complete the final two verses of the book and provide a summary and conclusion to this very interesting and detailed prophecy we all live by at the appointed times.

Nah 3:14 Draw thee waters for the siege, fortify thy strong holds: go into clay, and tread the morter, make strong the brickkiln.

Nah 3:15 There shall the fire devour thee; the sword shall cut thee off, it shall eat thee up like the cankerworm: make thyself many as the cankerworm, make thyself many as the locusts.

Nah 3:16 Thou hast multiplied thy merchants above the stars of heaven: the cankerworm spoileth, and flieth away.

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

Doing these studies has given me a much greater appreciation for patience and how we are made to wait on Him to accomplish His work in us. We all want to be delivered fully right now but the Lord makes us wait.

Psa 40:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

Psa 40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

Rom 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

This study is focused on the less attractive side of God’s Word, the judgments of the old man and our carnal way of life. Nobody’s flesh is going to like this process it is indeed torment.   It pains us when we fall down and still sin, missing the mark of the higher calling. As Ezekiel tells us, this is the mark of a godly man that groans and sighs over the abominations committed in the city within us.

Eze 9:4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

Yet we press on, we get right back up (Pro 26:16) because we are not saved by our performance, we are saved by HOPE. So before we get into the study verses, I wanted to give some encouragement because I know we all struggle with our failures and we want to be delivered of all of our enemies immediately.

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?

Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

We must wait on salvation because otherwise we get puffed up even more than we already will. The carnal thoughts and lust we wage war against in our members, are only delivered into our hands little by little lest the beast that “was, is not and yet is” would take credit for it (Exo 23:29-30). At the heart of this process is us coming to see our truly wretched position without Christ working in us. Coming to the conclusion we truly are vile and wicked and being able to say what Paul quipped “oh wretched man that I am”, takes many trials and falling down into sin, erring from the Lord’s ways.

Enduring through this war, the process of our judgment and being tormented is how the old man is decreased and the new man is increased. This is the patience of saints and how we are caused to keep His commandments as our judgment progresses.

Rev 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Let’s look now at the individual verses.

Nah 3:14 Draw thee waters for the siege, fortify thy strong holds: go into clay, and tread the morter, make strong the brickkiln.

The fury of the Lord is accomplished via the remaking of the marred vessel of clay that was created for the very purpose of being destroyed and remade (Jer 18:4, Rom 8:20). This remaking of the vessel from the one lump of clay is exactly what we are studying in Nahum.  First, the vessel of dishonor and then the remaking of us into the vessel of honor from the SAME lump (Isa 64:8, Rom 9:21).

As in the days of Noah, the end comes by a flood sweeping away the wicked and leaving only the righteous behind. Nahum is calling for the waters of the siege to be prepared.

Gen 6:17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and everything that is in the earth shall die.

The water and the fire are both needed to reshape and reform clay and is likened to the days of Noah and also the days of Lot.   The baptism of water washes away the false doctrines and carnality and the baptism of fire makes us doers of the Word.

Luk 17:26  And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:

Luk 17:27  They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.

Luk 17:28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;

Luk 17:29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

Luk 17:30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

 These are baptisms of both water and fire yet they are the One Baptism. The washing of the temple/us by the Word and the fire and brimstone represented by our baptism in fire.

Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

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

The Lord uses and sends His Body to be the saviors of the world (Obe 1:21) that speak His Word (Jer 5:14) doing the greater works of God (Joh 14:12). “Christ” is sent to the clay vessels prepared ahead of time (the lost sheep of Israel) and this brings the hail that causes the overflowing of the waters that consume the old man.

Isa 28:2 Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand.

The house of the Lord must be built from within us as we are His temple (1 Cor 3:17). This requires the clay to be treaded with water and fire (heat).  The old walls must be demolished and everything is to be made new (Rev 21:5). There will be nobody found to repair the broken walls of “spiritual Babylon”, that great mother of harlots” within.  When the fire comes, this wound is indeed grievous and the old man shall not recover.

Eze 22:28 And her prophets have daubed them with untempered morter, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken.

Eze 22:29 The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.

Eze 22:30 And I sought for a man among them that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

The walls of the true temple are built by the Israel of God as the story of Nehemiah illustrates in type and shadow. The waste places are rebuilt by the flesh of Jesus Christ, His Body. Jesus Christ is the one who draws the water from His well of living waters. These waters are drawn by the preaching of His Elect, who are His ambassadors (Rom 10:15). Out of our bellies will flow these waters and through them will salvation come to the Gentiles within and without at the appointed times.

Joh 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

The spoken Word will knock down and make breaches in the fleshly bars and walls we previously built in our false security thinking we have already arrived. These breaches enable the enemy to come in and be used of the Lord to destroy the wicked within us before they are in turn destroyed.

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

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

Christ both wounds and heals, He destroys and He rebuilds.

Isa 58:11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

Isa 58:12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

The word for bricklin has its root the Hebrew word “Laban” which is H3835 which has this definition in Strong’s.

A primitive root; to be (or become) white; also (as denominative from H3843) to make bricks: – make brick, be (made, make) white (-r).

The fields are indeed white and ripe for the harvest at this stage of our walk; Christ has come with fire and with an army or laborers within OURSELVES and within the Body of Christ and the reaping of the harvest is underway.

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.

Nah 3:15 There shall the fire devour thee; the sword shall cut thee off, it shall eat thee up like the cankerworm: make thyself many as the cankerworm, make thyself many as the locusts.

Cankerworms are voracious eating insects that start out as caterpillars and through a four step process morph into voracious eating moths that fly away as adults. This definition of natural cankerworms gives a good overview of what “spiritual cankerworms” also do.

“Spring and fall cankerworms are long-standing forest and shade-tree pests that defoliate forests. Both complete their life cycle by developing in four distinct phases: eggs, larvae (caterpillar), pupae (cocoon) and adults. Cankerworms are defoliating pests of many tree species especially hardwoods.”

The word translated cankerworm is the Strong’s word H3218 “yeleq”. It is always either translated as cankerworm or as caterpillars, which is one of the forms a cankerworm has during its life cycle.

 H3218

yeleq

Total KJV Occurrences: 9

cankerworm, 6

Joe_1:4 (2), Joe_2:25, Nah_3:15-16 (3)

caterpillars, 3

Psa_105:34, Jer_51:14, Jer_51:27

We can quickly see the commonality in how the Lord uses this word. The context of these worms or caterpillars is always the judgment of Babylon and the great harlot within us. Here we are again puffed up, in need of nothing thinking our godliness is a means for gain. The Lord fills us with these caterpillars that are used to bring the fire of the sword upon us.

Jer 51:13 O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness.

Jer 51:14 The LORD of hosts hath sworn by himself, saying, Surely I will fill [fill Adam] thee with men, as with caterpillers; and they shall lift up a shout against thee.

We saw in an earlier segment the word for “scarlet” is also used for worms and tell us of this raging war between the flesh and spirit, the red of Adam versus the blue of Christ.

Cankerworms and caterpillars bring the tainting of our thoughts by the mixing of the two and this is when we are living through the torment in the presence of the Lamb (Rev 14:11). We see the three stages of judgment represented also in the Words of the Lord in Mark chapter nine applying to the cleansing of our way of life, represented by our hands, our feet and our eyes. It is always better to cut off or pluck out the offending limb rather than stay in this “eternal” or better said age abiding torment. Thrice the Lord tells us this about the war raging in our heavens in the days of our judgment.

Mar 9:45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

Mar 9:46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

The fire will keep burning, the strife and inner torment will continue until this wood, OUR CARNALITY is burned out of us.

Pro 26:20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

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.

Consistent with the theme of our immaturity, we are not gathering fruit or drinking wine of the increase of our work for the Lord when it is mixed with our fleshly and carnal ways. The cankerworms worms are eating it up!

Deu 28:39 Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them.

Psa 78:46 He gave also their increase unto the caterpiller, and their labour unto the locust.

Joe 1:4 That which the palmerworm hath left hath 1) the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath 2) the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath 3) the caterpiller eaten

I saw something very interesting I had not seen before in preparing this study. Three is the number for spiritual completion in Scripture. The locusts, the cankerworm and the caterpillar all represent differing degrees of our judgment and our spiritual completion. Specifically the cankerworm and the caterpillar are a later and more mature judgment of the Lord that we live out after already knowing true doctrine and already have come of out the Orthodox churches. The Lord’s people that come out of her are the ones that get a double portion of judgment (Rev 18:6, Jer 16:18)

We are already in the Body of Christ, the church of the living God, when we live thru this second baptism of fire. We take the Truth and work the earth ourselves being yet carnal [Cain], and it is the fruit of that increase we are initially unable to reap. We, like Noah, having come thru the flood get drunk from the fruit of our own vineyard.  We all are made drunkards as we work the earth.

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

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

Joe 1:5 Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth.

We come into the Body yet carnal and immature, untested by the fire. I am making no judgment on anyone in particular in the Body except for my own self.

The cankerworms spoil the crop and vegetation brought forth for the Lord and later on the caterpillars eat even what is left over. These three stages of voracious insects devouring the crop is 1) our time in Orthodoxy or Babylon, 2) our carnal Corinthian days in the Body coming behind in no gift and 3) our day of the Lord that brings us to maturity and a perfect man in Christ that bears fruit that remains.

Trees represent men in Scripture and we will see a big nugget next week in closing the book of  Nahum, about “the trees of the field and the clapping of our hands”. Being untested in the fire, our green leaves that bud forth (mixture of heavenly blue and leprous yellow) will not remain but will fade away like a leaf.

Jer 8:13 I will surely consume them, saith the LORD: there shall be no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf shall fade; and the things that I have given them shall pass away from them.

Isa 1:30 For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.

Contrast this situation with the mature man in Christ that has been proven by trials having endured through the fiery trials.

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

Rev 22:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

So while locust represents lies and false doctrines that block out the truth and keep us is in spiritual darkness, before we are given eyes to see and ears to hear; the cankerworms and the caterpillars do something similar but at a more mature stage of our walk. They keep us fornicating with the world in our heavens, mixing our new founded truth with deep seated carnal reasoning. Cankerworms are carnal thoughts, lies and false doctrines even “spiritual chariots” we ride on that result in and consume our immature work in the Lord.

Thankfully these spoilers themselves end up getting spoiled. The devourers are themselves devoured after the Lord has used them to accomplish His purposes. We looked some at this mystery in Part six entitled the “Devouring the Devourers” (Jer 30:16, Pro 22:22-23). The carnal mind and the head of the beast is being cut off. The devourer will be devoured as salvation comes to the house of the Lord and we grow fruit that actually remains.

Mal 3:11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.

Let’s look at one more nugget here in verse fifteen of the two sides of the sword of the Lord.

Nah 3:15 There shall the fire devour thee; the sword shall cut thee off, it shall eat thee up like the cankerworm: make thyself many [H3513] as the cankerworm, make thyself many [H3513] as the locusts.

The phrase found twice in this verse “make thyself many” comes from this Hebrew word H3513 and that translation only done here in Nahum really obscures the meaning as seen below in looking at the KJC.

 H3513

kabab  /  kâbêd

Total KJV Occurrences: 115

honour, 23

heavy, 16

honourable, 13

glorify, 7

glorified, 6

glorious, 5

hardened, 5

honoured, 5

honoureth, 4

heavier, 3

promote, 3

sore, 3

chargeable, 2

many, 2 – Nah_3:15

abounding, 1

afflict, 1

boast, 1

bring, 1

dim, 1

get, 1

glorifieth, 1

glory, 1

grievous, 1

grievously, 1

harden, 1

heavily, 1

honourest, 1

It really has the meaning of heavy or heaviness in the negative and honor and glorified in the positive. Since we are dealing with a negative context, i.e. the judgment of the old man, here are some verses speaking on that context that use this same word and here it is “heavy”. The cankerworms and locusts are very many and the totality of these lies causes us to miss the mark and sin. This makes us “heavy” spiritually speaking.

Isa 24:20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy [H3513] upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.

Isa 6:10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy [H3513], and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.

Multiplying the merchants above the stars of heaven, is putting the lies above truth and failing to keep watch over the flock of the Lord. Like these insects which eat physical crops, we quickly multiply our carnal reasoning’s in this war to keep the old man alive and the beast sitting on the throne of our hearts. Seeking to save our life is a sure way to lose out on eternal life [knowing Christ and His Father]. But natural reasoning beasts will do anything, even making their own bread and making their own clothing to wrest away the judgment of God.

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

Knowing the Truth but not yet doing the Truth, we sit down at the wedding feast but we are not yet properly clothed and have some torment to endure in outer darkness. Not just anyone can come to the feast; we must be of the very few called, chosen AND FAITHFUL (Rev 17:14) and be given to endure through this fiery process.

Mat 22:12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

Mat 22:13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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

The same word “kabab” was in last week’s study as the word honorable in a positive way.

Nah 3:10 Yet was she carried away, she went into captivity: her young children also were dashed in pieces at the top of all the streets: and they cast lots for her honourable [H3513] men, and all her great men were bound in chains.

 What this shows us is the other side of the two edged sword. The process of the old man being made “heavy” and multiplying lies and wearing defiled self- righteous garments is how the Lord is glorified IN US and how we are made to be His Honorable men. Here is yet another use of this same word kabab often translated as “glorify”.

Isa 24:15 Wherefore glorify [H3513] ye the LORD in the fires, even the name of the LORD God of Israel in the isles of the sea.

Nah 3:16 Thou hast multiplied thy merchants above the stars of heaven: the cankerworm spoileth, and flieth away.

He who exalts himself shall be humbled and this will be you and me and all men at their appointed time. The pride of man likes to be seen, heard or thought of highly by other men.   We all will do this even if secretly in our own mind and we will be humbled by the chopping down of our prideful tree.

Isa 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

Yet Christ says His Word and our doing it will not make us popular. Woe unto us when all men speak well of us! The worst harlots and offenders are God’s sons who are judged to a higher standard since they have been given much and thus much more shall be expected.  There is a reason Hosea was told to go marry a harlot!  Remember the Bible is written to and about the people of God, the Body of Christ. Here is what James has to say to us, the church of God, knowing the Truth but not obeying the Truth.

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

Jas 4:5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

 The Lord response to our sin is “to crank up grace”, the furnace of affliction.

 Jas 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

Knowledge of the true doctrines of Christ will inevitably puff us up. The pride of man cannot help but to exalt himself based on these riches and treasures. But such a man cannot enter the kingdom of God. We first learn these verses as applying to physical money but they apply so much more broadly. Seeking to be seen as righteous in the congregation is seeking riches.

Mat 19:24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

1Ti 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

The cankerworms are given us for judgment to burn these lusts out of us by eating our harvest and spoiling the carnal Corinthian. In due time we will cease from seeking after such folly. We all go through the learning and maturing process and that is through this furnace of affliction. With new ears and eyes, we will seek riches as that bring glory to the carnally minded. We will dig for knowledge in the vineyard and naturally think our godliness is a means for gain and we will wax rich.   This is the merchandising the harlot Mystery Babylon is insidiously good at doing.

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

Nah 3:4 Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts.

Our goal once in the truth should be contentment and to wait upon the Lord who in due time will lift us up as His will has determined. He is the HEAD of His own church!

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

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

The cankerworms once hatched and after eating up the crop, will multiply greatly and take flight in our heavens and will continue to impede our maturation. These must be purged from the heavens and these flyers must themselves be devoured. The Lord will humble us and burn out of us the desire to be rich and be wise in our own eyes. Our carnal mind will get the best of us when we seek riches to bring glory to ourselves. There is an interesting link between seeking riches and flying high like an eagle toward heaven.

Pro 23:4 Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.

Pro 23:5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.

I had wanted so badly to get through verse 17 this week and complete the review of the insects in one study, but we must wait until next week to cover this verse and the final two in the Book of Nahum.

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

We will see that grasshoppers are similar but not exactly the same bug as locusts and are indeed different than cankerworms. This applies in the natural as well as the spiritual as I hope to make clear in the next study. Just to plant a seed that will be covered in more detail let’s quickly review the definition and use of the word translated as grasshoppers and its root word.

The word translated as grasshopper in Nahum is H1462 or “gob”. It is only found three times in Scripture twice in Nahum 3:17 and also in Amos 7:1

Total KJV Occurrences: 3

grasshoppers, 2

Amo_7:1, Nah_3:17

great, 1

Nah_3:17 (2)

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

The latter growth represents our more mature stages in our day of the Lord we will study out next week.  But the word for grasshopper has as its root H1461.  This is a real nugget. Here is the root word and its usage only one time in all of Scripture.

H1461, gûb, goob

A primitive root; to dig: – husbandman.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

This root is only used this once place in 2 King 25:12 and is translated as husbandman

2Ki 25:12 But the captain of the guard left of the poor of the land to be vinedressers and husbandmen [H1461].

 So there is a real gem in seeing that grasshoppers tie directly to being a husbandmen. Here is the definition of a husbandman from Easton’s Bible Dictionary.

Husbandman (NOUN): One whose business it is to cultivate the ground. It was one of the first occupations, and was esteemed most honourable ( Genesis 9:20 Genesis 26:12 Genesis 26:14 37:7 , etc.). All the Hebrews, except those engaged in religious services, were husbandmen.

So the word “husbandmen” like all words of Scripture can be either positive or negative. God’s Elect are the Lord’s husbandmen, we are being given the keys to the kingdom of God and are given to tend the fields and bring in the harvest and to drink of the wine and eat of the grapes.

We will see more confirmation that this time in our walk, the enduring of the baptism of fire, comes when we are in the Body as a yet carnal Corinthian coming behind in no gifts. Here we know true doctrine yet still cannot apply it consistently and are often mixing with the world and having a hard time coming out and being separated and touching not the unclean within specifically. We have a form of godliness but without the power thereof.

Grasshoppers represent our time of being puffed up, an eagle high in the tree, where we lust for knowledge and seek the riches of the kingdom ahead of being a doer of the Word that is obedient to the Lord’s commandments.

With that teaser, we will end this installment of the Book of Nahum. Lord willing, we will be able to complete the prophecy next week in ten parts.

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