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Purifying Death in the Pot

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“Purifying Death in the Pot”

Key Verses:  2Ki 4:38 – 4:44

We return to the Book of Second Kings in the new series and cover another story where the prophet Elisha is called on to help the needy sons of the prophets.  Lord willing, we will learn some new things and be reminded of what we know as these events are all ours to live out.

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

In covering these events it is also important to remember they portray shadows of the truth, yet the fullness of truth is found only in the sum of thy word (Psa 119:160 – ASV).  None of these Old Testament prophets received the promise (Heb 11:39) or the Holy Spirit (Joh 7:39) yet these stories are shadows and reminders of deeper spiritual truth revealed to us by the Holy Spirit.  Here are the first of two short parables in this study that declare spiritual realities to those given eyes to see and ears to hear.

2Ki 4:38  NKJV And Elisha returned to Gilgal, and there was a famine in the land. Now the sons of the prophets were sitting before him; and he said to his servant, “Put on the large pot, and boil stew for the sons of the prophets.” 

2Ki 4:39  So one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered from it a lapful of wild gourds, and came and sliced them into the pot of stew, though they did not know what they were. 

2Ki 4:40  Then they served it to the men to eat. Now it happened, as they were eating the stew, that they cried out and said, “Man of God, there is death in the pot!” And they could not eat it. 

2Ki 4:41  So he said, “Then bring some flour.” And he put it into the pot, and said, “Serve it to the people, that they may eat.” And there was nothing harmful in the pot. 

On the surface this reads like just another physical miracle of the Lord worked through one of His servants.  The Lord is certainly capable of feeding His people during the midst of a famine and can just say the word and any poison would disappear and the food would become edible.  Yet the physical miracle is not the point being made despite all the Babylonian speculation about which gourds and herbs were in this pot.  It is so easy to want to compare physical with spiritual to decipher what is being said yet those with ears to hear are taught differently.

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. 

There are many physical items cited that speak to spiritual truths and experiences.  A spiritual famine is when we do not hear the words of the Lord (Amo 8:11).  Such periods are caused of the Lord to make us needy and bring adjustments through the chastening grace (Heb 12:6, Tit 2:11) that is turning our hearts back to the Lord and His Christ.  Such is the setting in Gilgal and in the Body of Christ where are learning by judgment.

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

The fire is of course the Word working righteousness via judgement.  To put on the mind of Christ, our fleshly carnal mind must be transformed and this new mindset (a new heaven) is changed only by the fiery trials of judgment.

Jer 1:13  And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying, What seest thou? And I said, I see a seething pot; and the face thereof is toward the north.

Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Isa 65:17  For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

Spiritual food is our thoughts and what we take to heart and act upon.  The pot itself is our mind where the battle for truth is being waged (Rev 12:7) and our food is made ready to eat.  The living bread and His “meat indeed” will only be found in a seething pot on a fire.  The transformation from a beast and man of sin into a mature of son of God is only done by being seethed in a pot full of trials and afflictions (Isa 48:10, Rev 15:8) brought on by the Word.

Heb 10:32  But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;

The Lord is the devouring fire in the midst of the Body of Christ (Isa 33:14, Heb 12:29) that is judging us now and teaching us righteousness as we die more each day.  Converting our mind requires being converted from a carnal mind to the mind of Christ trusting not in ourselves.

2Co 4:8  We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

2Co 4:9  Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

2Co 4:10  Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

It is the collective mind of Christ that is the fire and is the fullness that dwells in the Body that is feeding us with judgment (Eze 34:16) which renews our minds in a fiery pot.  The Lord’s throne is in heaven, in our mind and from where we are fed the truth that matures us.

Rev 7:17  For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Gilgal as we have seen in prior studies means Wheels and is the first camp of the saints on the west side of the Jordan.  Gilgal symbolizes the Body of Christ, where the prophets of the Lord are gathered and from whence they set forth to battle the giants in the land within us (Luk 17:21). Let’s look deeper into the parable.

2Ki 4:39  KJV And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full, and came and shred them into the pot of pottage: for they knew them not. 

“We are what we eat” applies spiritually as well as physically (Rom 1:20).  Learning to eat spiritually is learning to be diligent and to guard our hearts and what we allow into it.  We must learn to truly be separate from the world to be transformed.  Otherwise we will languish and be yet carnal and not progress.

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 learn not to go to the world but rather to the house of God for our nourishment not even thinking above what is written (1Co 4:6).  The field is the world (Mat 13:38) which is full of lies and false prophets masquerading as light. Thus, we are commanded and learn to try the spirits and prove all things.

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

But as the Scriptures teach, we learn obedience by suffering first for our disobedience and then we are corrected by our mistakes and sins (Jer 2:19, Tit 2:11).  The other jesus so easily deceives us through smooth and flattering words.

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

In our youth (immaturity), we forget to be diligent and readily gather wild herbs from the field that is the world.  Interesting the word for herbs is the same word as light as used in some well-known verses.

H219, ‘ôrâh

Feminine of H216; luminousness, that is, (figuratively) prosperity; also a plant (as being bright): – herb light.

Total KJV Occurrences: 5

herbs, 3       ——       2Ki_4:39, Isa_18:4, Isa_26:19

light, 2         ——           Est_8:16, Psa_139:12

Gathering herbs from the carnally minded world is our seeking light (truth) from the wrong sources.  We need to learn the schemes and devices of Satan who is a master disguiser.

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

Mat 6:23  But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

It is our old man who lusts after the things of the world and wants the red pottage and instant gratification of right now.  This was one of the lessons of Esau, the rejected first Adam who demanded of Jacob the red pottage of the world (Gen 25:30-34). Bringing back wild cucumbers (gourds) in our garments (lap) is covering ourselves with worldly seeds and thoughts which is the mindset of self-righteousness and the law for a carnal nation.  Going above what is written is adding to the word, and brings poisonous thoughts, contrary to faith which results in only further deception and plagues of unbelief.

Rev 22:18  For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

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

We continue in the story and the sons of the prophets (men of God in training) begin to partake of the stew of thoughts they are making on the fire.

2Ki 4:40 KJV  So they poured out for the men to eat. And it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said, O thou man of God, there is death in the pot. And they could not eat thereof.

Eating and drinking carnal thoughts is fornicating with other gods and brings damnation and leads to spiritual sickness and ultimately death if not corrected.

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

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

Unless we eat the true living word, we are eating death. When worldly thoughts and wisdom is mixed in our mind there is death in the pot.

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.

Until faith comes, and we are freed from the bondage of self-righteousness, that gets its power from the law of Moses/Gentiles (Rom 2:15), there will be death in our pot.

Rom 7:5  For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were aroused by the law were at work in our members to bear fruit to death.

Rom 7:6  But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.

Getting the law of faith into our action and deeds requires many spiritual meals and lessons where we learn the narrow ways of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus.

2Co 3:6  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth (brings death), but the spirit giveth life.

Rom 8:2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 

Adding in worldly wisdom poisons the pot and is the natural condition of our yet carnal mind.  This is offering strange fire to the Lord as did Aaron’s sons (Lev 10:1) which resulted in death.  It is by examining our walk to see if we are in the faith (2Cor 13:5) that we can see the fruit of unrighteousness and know that we are eating and drinking unworthily.  We will see death in the pot and know an ingredient needs to be added.  We call out to the saints of God who are shepherds of the sheep that watch over one another and provide healthy nourishment.

1Pe 2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

Joh 10:2  But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

Eze 34:23  And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.

This is especially true of the elders the Lord has appointed over His Body.

1Pe 5:2  Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

1Pe 5:3  Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

The Lord has raised up His Body to help us in our time of need.   The people of God respond.

2Ki 4:41  KJV But he said, Then bring meal. And he cast it into the pot; and he said, Pour out for the people, that they may eat. And there was no harm in the pot. 

The truth evaporates carnal lies.  That is what cleared the pot (mind) and made it safe to eat with no harm to be had.  The word translated “harm” in the KJV comes from two Hebrew words which make it clear what the harm in the pot was.

Harm H1697 H7451

H7451 is “RA”, the word for evil that we look at all the time and H1697 means WORD.

H1697, dâbâr – Total KJV Occurrences: 1446

word, 435

words, 373

thing, 184

Putting in the pure Word, is the meal or grain that cleanses our minds (the pot) and brings no harm to the new man but works only good (Rom 8:28).  The great commission has the Lord’s disciples preaching the word to those prepared to hear it.  With Christ risen and seated in our heavens (pots), any leaven taken in or poison drunk shall not harm us as the truth will purge it out and we will be healed of all our spiritual diseases.

Mar 16:17  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Mar 16:18  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

The meal [H7058] cast into the pot, is the word of God given to the hearers.  This process is what gives and increases our faith and allows us to stand in the face of trials.

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

Putting meal into the pot was putting the Word of God into the hearts and minds of the yet carnal “doubting Thomas’s” who are at first sinking in the time of great trial (famine).

Yet the message here about the meal flour is much deeper than just speaking or hearing words.  The greater action is us being doers of the Word (Jam 1:22).   Our obedience is doing the Word and that is what ultimately will purge the pot of its evil words (false doctrines, diseases) contrary to faith.

Exo 15:26  And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

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. 

Jesus Christ is the Word and is the Meal that is saving His people from death via the transformative process of judgment now on the house of God.  As Christ was sent into the world, so is His Christ sent to do the same, even the greater works (Joh 20:21, Joh 16:12). The food of Jesus Christ is to do the will of His Father and feed His people.

Joh 4:34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.

Mat 14:16 But Jesus said to them, They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.

Jesus Christ laid down His life for the brethren.  That is giving the brethren the living bread to eat and be nourished upon. As His Christ that is what our calling and election demands of us.  There is no greater love (obedience) than to lay down our life for our friends (Joh 15;13).

1Jn 3:16  Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren (Christ).

When we lay down our lives in service to the brethren, we are throwing Jesus Christ in us, the obedient word into the pot of trials and tribulations.  Nothing can harm a dead person and being dead to self and alive to Christ is the instant cure for death in the pot.  It is this gift and sacrifice through which we nourish the priests and prophets of the Lord.  Such is the symbolism of the Meal (aka Meat) offering in Scriptures that were a shadow of what our “DIVINE” or reasonable service requires.

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Like our Lord, His Christ (The Body) is a living sacrifice for one another that is nourishing all the Elect (The priests and Sons of Aaron symbolically).

Lev 2:1  And when any will offer a meat offering unto the LORD, his offering shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense thereon:

Lev 2:2  And he shall bring it to Aaron’s sons the priests: and he shall take thereout his handful of the flour thereof, and of the oil thereof, with all the frankincense thereof; and the priest shall burn the memorial of it upon the altar, to be an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD:

Lev 2:3  And the remnant of the meat offering shall be Aaron’s and his sons’: it is a thing most holy of the offerings of the LORD made by fire.

Our meal offering must be built upon a burnt offering, symbolizing a life sacrificed to the Lord which makes it a sweet-smelling savor (Num 29:2-3).   A burned offering destroys SELF and is what makes the meal flour very fine (Mat 21:44).  Jesus Christ is the bread of life and as His Christ (1Jo 4:17). We feed each other.

Joh 6:35  And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

Giving of our selves is the putting meal (aka meat) into the pot.  This is our reasonable service and is what nourishes the Body of Christ.  The righteous are the Meat Offering who feed, comfort, clothe and visit Jesus Christ.

Mat 25:37  Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

Mat 25:38  When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

Mat 25:39  Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

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

Renewing our minds and separating from the world is what enables us to become that living sacrifice and to give the service and spiritual nourishment to the Body of Christ.

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

Psa 132:15 I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread.

Feeding the lambs of the Lord is laying down our lives for one another. We are the bread of life that is broken for each other in the Body of Christ.

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

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

The Lord will never leave us or forsake us.  We need to cling to these promises when times are tough, and our faith is being tried.  In times of scarcity we are to go to the priests and the table of the Lord where we always have, plenty to eat and there are always willing and able servants to cast our cares upon.

Psa 37:25  I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. 

Luk 14:13  But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:

It matters not from whence we have come.  Everyone in the Body has a gift and something to offer to feed, comfort, clothe and visit the brethren.

2Ki 4:42  KJV And there came a man from Baalshalisha, and brought the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley, and full ears of corn in the husk thereof. And he said, Give unto the people, that they may eat. 

2Ki 4:43  And his servitor said, What, should I set this before an hundred men? He said again, Give the people, that they may eat: for thus saith the LORD, They shall eat, and shall leave thereof. 

2Ki 4:44  So he set it before them, and they did eat, and left thereof, according to the word of the LORD. 

A man coming from Baal Shalisha, is one having been taught true doctrine by the enduring through the many tribulations of judgment.  The Hebrew word Shalisha H8031 is from a root meaning trebled or three, signifying the three-day process (Joh 2:19) that rebuilds the Lord’s temple that we are (1Co 3:16).  The mind of Baal is the mind of men, a carnal mind and one full of idols and false gods.  One coming from BaalShalisha has been healed of his spiritual diseases and is prepared for service and every good work, even bringing food!

Joh 4:34  Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.

Joh 4:35  Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! 

 Elisha threw meal into the pot and here the young minister does the same in bringing all he had, the firstfruits of the harvest to feed the flock.  It is better to give than to receive as giving brings multiplied blessings on the whole house.

Eze 44:30  The best of all firstfruits of any kind, and every sacrifice of any kind from all your sacrifices, shall be the priest’s; also you shall give to the priest the first of your ground meal, to cause a blessing to rest on your house. 

The Living Word (the flour, the meal), living through us will always accomplish the purposes for which it has been sent.  We have parables from the old and new that show the Lord feeding His people way beyond what the wisdom of the world would say is possible.

1Ki 17:16  The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke by Elijah.

Mat 15:37  And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full. 

The fruits and grain brought were young as the corn was still in the husk and barley is the earliest harvest in the year.  This newly minted minister (servitor) formerly of the mind of Baal questions whether his gift it is enough to satisfy the prophets.   The Word of the Lord which is His thoughts and His ways is boundless and will never run.   Those thoughts and ways are actioned through His Elect who are given and grow in the mind of Christ.

Isa 55:8  “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.

Isa 55:9  “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.

Isa 55:10  “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater, 

Isa 55:11  So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

This young servitor is every one of us in the Body of Christ.  We need to know that every gift is precious in the sight of the Lord.  Giving our all, no matter what it is, pleases the Lord.

Psa 116:15  Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

The parable of the widow’s two mites confirms how the Lord looks at our giving and especially giving of our very life.

Mar 12:42  Then one poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans.

Mar 12:43  So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury;

Mar 12:44  for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.” 

Sincere comments and questions are always welcome and encouraged. You can also email me questions directly at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

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Amos Part 7 – The Beginning of Sorrows

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The Beginning of Sorrows

Key Verses:  Amos 2:4 – 2:10

The first six transgressions we reviewed in Amos were made against the heathen Gentile nations that surround Israel. Our day of the Lord and corresponding redemption is drawing nigh as we mature in understanding by our judgment. The time is at hand when we begin to see these things looking behind ourselves. Amos takes a turn this week when the judgments of the Lord are now spoken against Judah and Israel.

Luk 21:20  And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.

Luk 21:23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

We live through a time of spiritual immaturity, hearing but not doing the Word and being full of knowledge yet lacking in good works and the fruit of righteousness (Gal 5:22). The Lord’s people are blessed by being the first to keep the Lord’s judgments and do them because that is what brings salvation by the remaking of the marred vessel of clay (Jer 18:4, Rev 21:5).

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

Rev 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

It is these “judgment” experiences that will increase our faith and teach us righteousness right on the Lord’s schedule (1Co 10:13, Joh 16:12). We move beyond the milk and honey and begin to eat strong meat as we are given to bear the affliction and suffering becoming a living sacrifice.

Amo 2:4 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have despised the law of the LORD, and have not kept his commandments, and their lies caused them to err, after the which their fathers have walked:

Amo 2:5 But I will send a fire upon Judah, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem.

Amo 2:6 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes;

Amo 2:7 That pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and turn aside the way of the meek: and a man and his father will go in unto the same maid, to profane my holy name:

Amo 2:8 And they lay themselves down upon clothes laid to pledge by every altar, and they drink the wine of the condemned in the house of their god.

Amo 2:9 Yet destroyed I the  Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath.

Amo 2:10 Also I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and led you forty years through the wilderness, to possess the land of the Amorite.

Amos’s prophecy and all the words of Scripture describe our total (two) witness for Jesus Christ who is both the first man Adam and the Lord from heaven (1Co 15:47).

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

When Jesus Christ brings the war to our heavens (Rev 12:7) the process and journey towards salvation begins that will occupy the remainder of our life in physical bodies. It is through many tribulations we ARE ENTERING into the kingdom of God (Act 14:22). We must wait for the appearing of the Lord within and without ourselves. Even after abiding through the judgment of the heathen nations within, it is only the beginning of the race for eternal life.

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.

Mat 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.

Mat 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Mat 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.

Learning obedience by the things we suffer (Heb 5:8) require us to fall down seven times (Pro 24:16) and bear the scourging and chastening that the true grace of God brings to all men in the appointed times (Heb 12:6). We bring the sins and fornication of the world into the Body of Christ with us and that is why we will spend the rest of our days in these clay vessels being taught and prepared for service in our day of the Lord.

Joh 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

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

The rest of the Book of Amos will be the judgment of Israel and will reveal some details on what we can expect in running this marathon all the way to the end.

Amo 2:4 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have despised the law of the LORD, and have not kept his commandments, and their lies caused them to err, after the which their fathers have walked:

Amo 2:5 But I will send a fire upon Judah, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem.

The old man and carnal mind loves the things of this world and despises the law of the Lord.

Luk 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Pro 13:13 Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.

Living by every word the Lord spoke includes walking first as our spiritual fathers did and what all carnally minded men do. Like our forefathers before us and the parable of the sons reveals (Mat 21:28-30), we say we will obey the Lord and His law but do not do it.

Exo 19:8 And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD.

Receiving of the law and the oracles of God is knowledge but until the earthquake comes that brings salvation, this knowledge will puff us up and turn us into self-righteous religious beasts (Rev 13:11). We have yet to see our nakedness and will need to see ourselves as a harlot and publican, the very chief of sinners…. the abomination causing desolation (Mat 24:15) and have this self-righteousness exposed by judgment. It is the one who said he would not go work in His Father’s fields but later repented who enters in first.

Mat 21:31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.

The second part of Judah’s transgression is causing others to err from the way. The fire of the Lord is the word that is showing us our hypocrisy and mixing the wine and fornicating with the spiritual harlot and her 200 million lies (Rev 9:16).

Hos 4:11 Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.

Hos 4:12 My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declareth unto them: for the spirit of whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God.

1Jn 2:21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. 

We learn just how little a “little leaven” is at the same time we learn just how few the “few chosen” (Mat 22:14) is as we progress.

Amo 2:6 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes;

Our own righteousness will not save us (Mat 5:20) and is filthy rags to the Lord (Isa 64:6). We stand or fall based on the Lord’s will and learning contentment in our trials and suffering is a long journey of “many tribulations”. Carnal men instinctively want to share in the Lord’s glory.

Eze 28:4 With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures:

Php 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

As spiritual adulterers and adulteresses we are still loving this world despite our knowledge and this makes us enemies of God (Jam 4:4). These idols of our deceitful hearts and merchandising ways will be revealed to us when the fire is poured out in full measure.

Psa 115:4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.

Zep 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’S wrath in the land…

Knowledge by itself does not refine us or purify the heavens. It is the trials and the suffering we have been appointed to endure by that knowledge which brings salvation.

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

Selling the poor for a pair of shoes is us seeking to save our old life and the protection and  comfort of holding on to our own righteousness.  To walk with Christ we must first loose our shoes and walk barefoot knowing our nakedness and the sin that lives within us.  Taking off our shoes is a sign of submission and humility of the dominion the Lord has over every aspect of our lives.  It precedes great judgments and deliverances at the hand of the Lord.

Exo 3:5  And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

Jos 5:15  And the captain of the LORD’S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.

Our flesh would rather forsake Christ and keep our sins and feet covered.  So removing our shoes is needed as the Lord begins to spoil and strip our  old way of life and the carnal reasoning that has us bound.

Isa 20:3  And the LORD said, Like as my servant Isaiah hath walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and wonder upon Egypt and upon Ethiopia;

Isa 20:4  So shall the king of Assyria lead away the Egyptians prisoners, and the Ethiopians captives, young and old, naked and barefoot, even with their buttocks uncovered, to the shame of Egypt.

When the lost “prodigal” son return to His Father’s house, then the Father’s servants and angels clothe and instruct those released from their Babylonian prisons how to dress themselves in the house of God.

Luk 15:22  But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:

Act 12:7  And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.

Act 12:8  And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me.

The Greek word for shoes, G5265 – hupodeō comes from root words meaning to BIND and the Hebrew word for shoes H5275na‛al comes from a root that means to LOCK or BOLT. We become bound to Christ by our judgment and as we mature in the faith, we become able to put on the whole armour of God. This includes wearing the “virtual” sandals of Jesus Christ that is the gospel of peace. These shoes is where we find true comfort and get the protection needed to run the race to the finish line.

Rom 10:15  And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Eph 6:15  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

We will strive with the flesh and fight a great war in our heart and mind. Our old man and deceitful heart will concoct all manner of carnal lies, reasoning’s and deceits disguised as godliness to save his life rather than lay it down and lose it as a living sacrifice.

Amo 2:7  That pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and turn aside the way of the meek: and a man and his father will go in unto the same maid, to profane my holy name:

Panting after the dust of the earth is having strong desire to swallow (take to heart) the things of the carnal mind and the world. The carnal mind is the seed of the serpent who was ordained to eat dust (Gen 3:14). The Lord’s people are to be shaking this dust off our feet (Mat 10:14) and even commanded to diligently scrape it all off the walls of our houses (Lev 14:41).  Seeking after earthly dust, will cause us to pervert or turn away the way of the humble and the poor in spirit (the needy).

Pro 31:9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

Exo 23:6 Thou shalt not wrest (turn aside) the judgment of thy poor in his cause.

We have many warnings of the lies and false doctrines that arise within and without that pervert the gospel of Jesus Christ and turn us away from the truth. We first do this as sorcerers as we seek gain for our godliness.

Act 13:10 And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?

Going into the same maid as our old man is fornicating with the harlot and the treasures of the world. We will all leave our first love and return to the harlot until Christ comes the second time.

Pro 26:11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

We need to be wise and be circumspect and walk not as fools and try the spirits within ourselves as well as those without (1Jo 4:1).

2Pe 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.

2Pe 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

Amo 2:8 And they lay themselves down upon clothes laid to pledge by every altar, and they drink the wine of the condemned in the house of their god.

Continuing the theme of merchandising (buying and selling), we clothe ourselves in self-righteousness when we justify ourselves in the house of God. This self-righteousness is being exposed as we are being given the true garments of salvation and suffering the wrath of age enduring fire. We all first attend the wedding feast wearing our own self-made garment.

Mat 22:11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a (proper) wedding garment:

We can’t bypass the Lord’s process. We are not made ready except by living through the complete (all seven) series of seals, trumpets and vials of wrath.

Rev 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 

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.

The word for “lay themselves down” [H5186 – nâtâh] is only once in 238 occurrences translated as lay. The word really means to stretch.  Stretching clothes laid to pledge is speaking again of the works of our hands (our silver and dross) in seeking to save ourselves and justify ourselves. Self-righteousness, the old garment, has no place in the Lord’s house and when we try to patch the garments together, the hole from the truth is made worse.

Mat 9:16 No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse.

The true raiment of Christ is given to those who are GIVEN to endure through their trials to the very end. We will sow in tears and mourning but reap with joy.

Rev 7:13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?

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.

Isa 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

Drinking the wine of the condemned in the house of God is us abiding in judgment, taking the punishment for our transgression and harlotry and thereby learning true righteousness in the process of falling and erring from the way (Isa 26:9, Jer 2:19). Anyone (everyone) who worships the beast and receives his mark will drink of the wine of the wrath of God in the house of God.

Rev 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

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:

It is the Body of Christ, the same being the holy angels (messengers) of the Lord who minister the grace of God and pour out the vials of wrath that work the truth within us (Rev 15:6-8).

Judgment is the blessing and it comes only to the Elect who abide together in communion and fellowship.  Working together as one Body, it is the church that collectively makes known the manifold wisdom of God (Eph 3:10). These verses like all verses speak not of someone else, they speak of you and me if we are the Elect of God. We are condemned now for our self-righteousness so we won’t be condemned later with the rest of mankind.

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

It is our failing to examine and judge ourselves why many are weak, sickly and asleep.

Amo 2:9 Yet destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath.

Amo 2:10 Also I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and led you forty years through the wilderness, to possess the land of the Amorite.

We rebel and remain disobedient to the law of Christ even after having witnessed the miraculous signs and wonders and deliverances from many enemies and giants.

Jos 5:6 For the children of Israel walked forty years in the wilderness, till all the people that were men of war, which came out of Egypt, were consumed, because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD: unto whom the LORD sware that he would not shew them the land, which the LORD sware unto their fathers that he would give us, a land that floweth with milk and honey.

Yet being driven by the carnal law (Heb 9:10) a law that is not good (Eze 20:25) made for the unrighteous (1Ti 1:9) will only get us so far. It takes the coming of Christ and the baptism by fire to enable us to cross over, enter in and begin to possess the land. This happens only when we abide with The Christ who is the Lord’s instruments of the greater works.

Rev 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

Rev 4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

The Lord gives us the seasons of relative quiet and peace so we may grow as a babe and feed on the butter/milk  and honey spiritually speaking. Yet to complete His good work in us, the flesh and our sinful way of life, represented here by the Amorites will manifest themselves again and again as our teaching and learning does not end. This is the occasion the Lord is, was and will be seeking to destroy all of our flesh and ultimately the flesh of all men.

Gen 15:16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. 

Our carnal minded father the devil (Joh 8:44) is the father of all lies and is the father of the Amorites.

Eze 16:3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto Jerusalem; Thy birth and thy nativity is of the land of Canaan; thy father was an Amorite, and thy mother an Hittite.

This spirit of Satan is given power of death (Heb 2:14) and only Jesus Christ the creator and father of all spirits; can destroy the Amorite spirit which is deeply ingrained in all flesh.  The causing us to err from His ways (Isa 63:17, Jud 14:4) is the Lord causing evil in the cities within us to give occasion to bring about the destruction of our flesh. It will not be until the fourth generation or the whole of our judgment that the sins of the heathen Amorite nations will be fulfilled. We must learn patience and to wait on the coming of Christ and His performing His Word in us.

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

Jer 1:12 Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it. 

Being saved is a lifelong process that we must endure to the end. It is not enough to start the race, it must be finished to win the prize (1Co 9:24, 2Ti 4:7) and be in the Holy and blessed first resurrection. The Lord is faithful to move us towards the earthquake that brings salvation little by little only as we can bear it. The Lord will not pass by Israel again once He puts the plumbline of righteousness (The Word) in His people.

Amo 7:8 And the LORD said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more:

The words of Christ won’t return void. They will accomplish all the Lord sends them forth to do in the exact day and time ordained (Isa 55:11, Psa 139:16, Isa 46:10) before the world was formed. Next week we will continue with the transgressions of Israel as the rest of the Book is about the enduring judgment of the people of God.

We will begin with the topic of the Nazarites that will carry forward the snare of self-righteousness and us not submitting to the righteousness of Christ that is only by faith. Our zeal of God must be in spirit and in truth.

Rom 10:2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.

Rom 10:3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

Rom 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousnessto everyone that believeth. 

Sincere questions and comments welcome.  You can always contact me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

Your Brother In Christ,  Pete

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Nahum Part 7 – Behold I Am Against Thee

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March 17, 2017 – by Pete Wilson

Here are the verses for today’s study.

Nah 3:1 Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery; the prey departeth not;

Nah 3:2 The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the pransing horses, and of the jumping chariots.

Nah 3:3 The horseman lifteth up both the bright sword and the glittering spear: and there is a multitude of slain, and a great number of carcases; and there is none end of their corpses; they stumble upon their corpses:

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.

Nah 3:5 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.

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

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

A time comes when the Lord declares vengeance for His Temple, which temple we are (1 Co 3:17). He is jealous for His elect, the very apple of His eye. War has been declared, judgment is, was and will be coming in heaven. The devourers, the carnal mind and its millions of thoughts and doctrines (Rev 9:16) that go against the Truth of the Word, are now themselves being devoured by the coming of Christ the second time for salvation without sin (Heb 9:28).

We will see the phrase “Behold, I am against thee” again in Nahum 3:5 after seeing it as our ending verse from last week.

Nah 2:13 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions: and I will cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard.

“The Christ”, the roaring “Lion of the tribe of Judah” comes for vengeance to devour that which previously devoured. The carnal mind and worldly ways of the old man are being destroyed as salvation increasingly comes upon us via this process.

The phrase “Behold, I am against thee” as KJV translated is found fourteen times in Scripture. Three times in Jeremiah, nine times in Ezekiel and two times here in Nahum. Numbers have a profound meaning in Scripture. The number fourteen stands for our “spiritual progression” (see links to studies below) and is associated with us transgressing from the old man to the mature new man in Christ. This is directly associated with the shedding of our carnal ways.

The genealogy of Christ given to us in Matthew has great significance on the number fourteen and links to this process of judgment [spiritual significance of the number 3].

Mat 1:17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.

Christ is the alpha and the omega, the first and the last and all points in between (Rev 22:13).  Part of living by every word is coming to understand at our core that “in Him we have our very being” (Act 17:28). We can do nothing apart from Him. We have the Lord coming against us and our wicked ways fourteen symbolic times to work righteousness in us via progressive judgment.  This is how we progress spiritually in these clay vessels. Nobody has arrived.

Php 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
Php 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

When our day of the Lord has come and Christ is bringing our baptism with fire, the old man is not going to be having a good time. He IS being tormented in the presence of the Lamb and that is how our beastly nature is destroyed (Rev 14:10-12). The enmity purposefully put there by the Lord will be taken out of the way by this process that will spiritually complete and mature Christ in us.

Nah 3:1 Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery; the prey departeth not

We do violence in the city of God, His Temple, when we pervert the Word with false doctrines and steal from the Lord to bring glory to ourselves. Being carnally minded is death (Rom 8:6) and when we are yet carnal and under the influence of the lies of the adversary, there is plenty of prey for Satan and his messengers to feed upon as that is the serpent’s food (Gen 3:14).

Our adversary goes up and down, to and fro the whole earth (which earth we are) seeking whom they may devour.

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.

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

It is our carnal reasoning’s by which death comes and we do violence and kill the prophets of the Lord within. It is being tossed to and fro by every wind of carnal doctrine and REASONING that causes us to lie in darkness and the snare of the wicked one (Eph 4:14). Without the gift of faith and the coming of Christ, we truly are murderers and thieves of our father, the devil (Joh 8:44).  We all crucify the Lord of glory in our carnal ignorance.

Act 4:26 The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.

As we mature and Christ increases we will stand more by faith in the power of God and less so in the wisdom of men, the things we learn our whole life.  The wisdom of God is a mystery, it is hidden from all but a precious few yet even God’s Elect first shed  the blood of our Lord.

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

1Co 2:8  Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

Lord willing we will not ever literally kill anyone in the flesh. So how is it that we are guilty of all this bloodshed and rightly charged as a murderer and a thief? It is by our fornication with the world and making of idols that we shed “blood in the city”.

Eze 22:2 Now, thou son of man, wilt thou judge, wilt thou judge the bloody city? yea, thou shalt shew her all her abominations.

Eze 22:3 Then say thou, Thus saith the Lord GOD, The city sheddeth blood in the midst of it, that her time may come, and maketh idols against herself to defile herself.

Eze 22:4 Thou art become guilty in thy blood that thou hast shed; and hast defiled thyself in thine idols which thou hast made; and thou hast caused thy days to draw near, and art come even unto thy years: therefore have I made thee a reproach unto the heathen, and a mocking to all countries.

It is our having respect of persons and blaming men and contending with the Lord, denying His sovereignty that we shed the blood of others. Even being angry at our brother or sister is considered murder in the Lord’s eyes.

1Jn 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

We all first hate the doctrines of Christ and those that bring them to us. Enmity between the two is all the Lord’s design (Rom 8:20, Gen 3:15). We kill Christ and His servants with our carnal reasoning in our attempts to keep the beast alive on God’s throne.

Mat 21:33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:

Mat 21:34 And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.

Mat 21:35 And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.

Mat 21:36 Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.

Mat 21:37 But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.

Mat 21:38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.

Mat 21:39 And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.

It is in spiritual Nineveh (Babylon) where we find this great inward city full of the blood of the prophets and saints.

Rev 18:24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

Being hearers but not doers of the Word, we do this violence against our neighbor and to God’s sons. We claim to honor the Lord but we kill His prophets including the new man within, the man-child, with violence.

We, the people of true Israel, are guilty and it will be recompensed upon us via the death of our old man, dying daily with Christ.

Luk 11:49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute:

Luk 11:50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;

Luk 11:51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.

We will seek the death of these thoughts and cry out unto the Lord who will in due time bring deliverance but only after the process of showing us our wickedness and teaching us good and evil. We have to drink the cup of His indignation. All nations will surely drink of this cup.

Psa 139:19 Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.

Psa 139:20 For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.

Psa 139:21 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?

Psa 139:22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.

We will look at the next two verses together.

Nah 3:2 The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the pransing horses, and of the jumping chariots.

Nah 3:3 The horseman lifteth up both the bright sword and the glittering spear: and there is a multitude of slain, and a great number of carcases; and there is none end of their corpses; they stumble upon their corpses:

Our covenant with death (being carnally minded) is not standing in our day of the Lord. It will be disannulled and that is what these verses are showing. It is the scourge of chastening grace in our heavens (Rev 12:9) that these symbols reveal.

Isa 28:18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.

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

A jealous Lord comes to us, the merchandisers in His Temple, and utterly cleans it out. The whip is a symbol of the scourging and of chastening of grace (Tit 2:12), the fiery trials (1 Pet 4:17) by which we are caused to obey Him (Ezek 36:27) and ultimately are being saved from our sins. Here we see this in the parable of Christ cleansing the temple.

Joh 2:14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:

Joh 2:15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;

Joh 2:16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.

Christ coming at the end of the age includes the coming of “The Christ”. This refers to His Body which are the vessels through which the Lord does the greater works of bringing salvation to all men by speaking His Word and judging all men (Joh 14:12, Mat 19:28, 1 Cor 6:2). The symbols and parable in the book of Revelation speaks of the Lord’s armies that follow their head Jesus Christ, represented by the white horse and the power of God’s Word.

Rev 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

Rev 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

The huge number of carcasses and dead corpses refers to the carnal thoughts and doctrines that we stumble over being overrun by a flood of lies as we are BEING brought to our wits end. The Word will devour that which had previously devoured God’s Elect.

Rev 19:17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;

Rev 19:18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

The war is a war of thoughts, a war of WORDS in our heavens.

Rev 19:19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

The bright sword and the glittering spear will cast light upon darkness. We will see Truth and what we are in these vessels of clay. This is how the lake of fire, the judgment of the flesh comes about and comes to an end after it accomplishes what it is set out to do. The false prophet that believes and teaches things contrary to the Truth within and without will be cast into the consuming fire with the beast.

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

Flesh is destroyed by the inward sword of the Lord. Our own wickedness corrects us within.

Rev 19:21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

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

We have to be shown our wickedness and come to know why the Lord has put us through this process and these fiery trials.

Eze 39:23 And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword.

Eze 39:24 According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them.

We have covered this before but will cover it again because our continued falling short of the standard of obedience torments the heck out of God’s sons who know the Truth but are not BEING GIVEN TO OVERCOME. But OH wretched men we are and we are learning. Christ comes not to the self-righteous but to those that are in need of a physician.

Mar 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

We have to seek death and not find it before death will come. We are enduring and suffering for three and a half days (half of our witness for Christ) until the carnal mindedness is put into a grave.

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

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

The dream is indeed one. This strange process not understood in Babylon is the Lord’s way.

Psa 79:2 The dead bodies of thy servants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the heaven, the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the earth.

Psa 79:3 Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem; and there was none to bury them.

The vision and symbolism of these verses in Nahum closely align with the verses Joel spoke from which we can tie experiencing judgment via our lake of fire RIGHT NOW, to the coming of “The Christ”.

It is God’s elect who come as “a thief in the spiritual night” to those the Lord has prepared to hear the Words of Truth.

Joe 2:9 They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.

The sound of rattling wheels is the sound of the earthquake the Lord is bringing against us and our covenant with death. Here the Strong’s word H7494 that is translated as “rattling” is shown to more commonly be used to describe an earthquake and related terms.

 H7494

ra‛ash

Total KJV Occurrences: 17

earthquake, 6

rushing, 3

shaking, 3

commotion, 1

confused, 1

fierceness, 1

quaking, 1

rattling, 1 – Nah_3:2

Of course the wheels are Christ’s very elect, upon whom the judgment of God falls first in this age. The descriptions of “The Christ” given in Ezekiel in chapters one and ten confirm this (Ezek 1:13-17).

Our way of life is passing away. Wheels are a spiritual shadow of how we move, how we walk and move about, having our very being in Him. That of course is through Christ, apart from which we can do nothing (Joh 15:5).

The word translated “pransing” is only found in Scripture this one time in Nahum and has no defined Hebrew root.

H1725, dâhar, daw-har’

A primitive root; to curvet or move irregularly: – pranse.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

The word prancing almost always is used in reference with horses. I saw this as a good definition for what is being told us in Nahum with the prancing horses, the armies of Christ, on the white horse.

Definition of Prancing

  • to spring from the hind legs or move by so doing
  • to walk or move in a spirited manner:  strutalso :  to dance about

We prance when we stand up in faith to do battle. There is a time and season for everything.  There is even a time to mourn (the old man) and a time to dance which is also translated as jump here in Nahum.

Ecc 3:4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance (jump)

The jumping chariots are references to the Truth where we are now seated with Christ in the heavens. The Strong’s word H7540 translated “jumping” is also the same word translated as dancing and as skipping as in these other OT witnesses.

Psa 29:5 The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.

Psa 29:6 He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.

1Ch 15:28 Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, making a noise with psalteries and harps.

1Ch 15:29  And it came to pass, as the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looking out at a window saw king David dancing and playing: and she despised him in her heart.

When we are seated on the right foundation and have the covering of Christ, then we dance and jump for the Lord as we do battle with the power of the Word within us. This is bringing great disdain from the heathen within and without as we are being hated for His Name sake.

We must hear the call “to come up hither” and be seated with Christ in the heavens before we can wage this war in heaven (Eph 2:6, Rev 11:12). This is the same thing spiritually as riding in the saddle of the white horse to wage war for righteousness. The covering/garments we wear must be the “garments” made with love (obedience) that we learn from the fiery trials brought by grace. The garments of Christ’s righteousness and not that of our own works.

Son 3:9 King Solomon made himself a chariot of the wood of Lebanon.

Son 3:10 He made the pillars thereof of silver, the bottom thereof of gold, the covering of it of purple, the midst thereof being paved with love, for the daughters of Jerusalem.

The Law of Christ is written on our hearts by the trials we are enduring, by the chastening and scourging of the old man and the carnal mind.

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.

Nah 3:5 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.

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

The Lord demands purity [set apartness]. As we so often say to one another, good is the enemy of excellence. With two hundred million carnal lies, it is easy to be a harlot and to fornicate godly truths and thoughts with ungodly or worldly ones. Worshipping the beast we “buy and sell” to the nations within us by being carnal and thinking above what is written. We don’t yet appreciate this Truth and command.

1Co 4:6 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.

As King Saul we think it is perfectly okay to disobey as long as we are doing it in the name of the Lord and claim to be sacrificing to the Lord. But this is sorcery, this is witchcraft and the Lord calls it rebellion. He does not want our sacrifices, He wants our obedience and He will get it and we will become doers of the Word by this process we are enduring.

1Sa 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

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.

We must separate from the ungodly as unloving as that sounds. Coming out and being set apart is a narrow road. Yet we must not have a wife that is a whore.

Lev 21:6 They shall be holy unto their God, and not profane the name of their God: for the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and the bread of their God, they do offer: therefore they shall be holy.

Lev 21:7 They shall not take a wife that is a whore, or profane; neither shall they take a woman put away from her husband: for he is holy unto his God.

The Lord discovers our harlot skirts, our sinful and fornicating ways upon our own faces. He will show our sinfulness to all the nations within. We will now clearly begin to see who the abomination is causing desolation spoken by Daniel, the Prophet, and by Christ (Dan 11, Mat 24:15). The Lord is revealing the man of sin by exposing the harlotry within.

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

Being a “gazing stock” means we will be given to see what the Lord is doing in us. The baptism of fire does not come, the day of the Lord is not until we are given to see this and our old man becomes a gazing stock. This is a wonderful thing to come to know the wonders of the deep that are the wonderful works of the Lord to the children of men from Psalm 107. We will see our merchandising the things of God which is necessary to then be caused to repent.

Psa 107:23 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;

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

The Body of Christ are the eyes (and hears, hands, feet, etc) of the Lord. But we are being judged now and it is the eyes of Christ that will show these things to us.

Psa 11:4 The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.

Rev 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.

Making us “vile” in the context of Nahum 3:6 is making us fade away. We must decrease for Christ to increase. We are blessed to see our self-righteousness.

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

Isa 64:7 And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.

Here is our final verse of this installment.

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

Here we see the consequences of the Lord revealing what we are without Him. We have seen and our seeing our abomination and our filth. We truly are beasts and nothing good dwells in our flesh (Romans 7). Believing this is what turns us away from sin and towards Christ when we see the need for a savior and the need for repentance. We will flee and go to the mountain that is Christ and His Body when we see this and won’t bring along the self-righteous clothing we previously wore.

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

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

Mat 24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:

Mat 24:18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

The harlot will be exposed through the process of us being caused to sin and seeing ourselves as the wretched man, the chief of sinners (1 Tim 1:15). An angel of the Lord will show us these things through the words of fire they are speaking.

Rev 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

Rev 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

When we see the harlot in all her false splendor we flee from her, we are coming out of “spiritual Babylon”, that mother of harlots.

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.

There is no comfort to be found in Nineveh/Babylon within and without. They can only heal our wounds superficially in their veiled attempts to keep the beast alive and claim to serve the Lord.

Jer 6:13 From the least to the greatest, their lives are ruled by greed. From prophets to priests, they are all frauds.

Jer 6:14 They offer superficial treatments for My people’s mortal wound. They give assurances of peace when there is no peace. (NLT)

The comfort for the new man is not in Nineveh, it is completely waste. We need to come out of her as God’s people as Job learned.

Job 16:2 I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all.

Being delivered from the snare of the miry clay only comes when we are driven to our wits end and call out to the Lord and He then delivers us (Psa 40:1-3). We, like David, are being brought to this place of despair and then are crying out for deliverance.

Psa 69:14 Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.

Psa 69:15 Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.

Psa 69:16 Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.

Psa 69:17 And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily.

Psa 69:18 Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies.

Psa 69:19 Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before thee.

Psa 69:20 Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.

Deliverance comes by the deliverers who is The Christ.  We, the true Body of Christ, are the first fruits unto the Lord. We go through our judgment now so we can in turn be used of the Lord to bring judgment but also to comfort others.

2Co 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

Truth and faith in the Lord brings comfort. God’s elect will be those used of the Lord to judge the world in righteousness and ultimately bring comfort to all men in the times appointed for all men “to come out of Babylon” where there is not found any comforters.

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

It takes a long time, a process of being born in a clay vessel and being taught the ways of the world and its millions of lies and half-truths that pervert the ways of the Lord. It then takes a journey, a walk down a narrow road to unlearn all of that and be taught the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Nahum is speaking to this process of learning and becoming a mature man in Christ. We must be patient; we must endure knowing all things are for our sakes (2 Cor 4:15).

Having true doctrine in our heavens (in our head) is a wonderful start. Yet the old stubborn beast will resist the things of the Lord hence the need for the baptism by fire. Christ gives us some sage advice, reminding us our faith will be tried.  We will be tempted and shown that our flesh is weak. Faith without works means nothing.

Mat 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

We all think we have arrived long before we ever do and we never will in these fleshly bodies.  We are admonished to be examples to others that are weak and struggling by walking this narrow road and pressing on for the prize only given to those that are finishing the race.

Mat 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Php 3:16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

Php 3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.

 

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Nahum Part 6 – Devouring the Devourers

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Devouring the Devourers

We ended last week’s study with a reminder that “all things are yours” (1 Cor 3:21) and that it has been appointed for man, beginning with the Lord’s Elect to live by every word God has spoken. So these words and events and experiences we are studying are not for someone else.  They are for you and me and ultimately all men in the appointed times. I was reminded myself of this by one of the Lord’s angels recently and it has prompted me to remind you as well. Be patient as we endure these things. Christ “is, was and will be” formed in us by these painful trials and wrath that must be endured to put away our sin. That is why these words we are studying have been given to us. Our faith should make us happy if we trust in it and not the reasoning’s of the carnal mind.

Jas 5:10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.

Jas 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

Here are our verses for today’s study.

Nah 2:9 Take ye the spoil of silver, take the spoil of gold: for there is none end of the store and glory out of all the pleasant furniture.

Nah 2:10 She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melteth, and the knees smite together, and much pain is in all loins, and the faces of them all gather blackness.

Nah 2:11 Where is the dwelling of the lions, and the feedingplace of the young lions, where the lion, even the old lion, walked, and the lion’s whelp, and none made them afraid?

Nah 2:12 The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin.

Nah 2:13 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions: and I will cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard.

Let’s recall how we ended last week when we reviewed Nahum 2:8

Nah 2:8 But Nineveh is of old like a pool of water: yet they shall flee away. Stand, stand, shall they cry; but none shall look back (repent).

Here we see ourselves taking the things of the Lord (His doctrine) yet continuing on having our way and not repenting despite all the heat and affliction this raging war in the heavens has already and is continuing to bring to us. The old man is indeed a stubborn beast. Verse 9 continues with this context and our taking the things of the Lord, plundering the store for our own glory and refusing to be obedient.

Nah 2:9 Take ye the spoil of silver, take the spoil of gold: for there is none end of the store and glory out of all the pleasant furniture.

But the Lord has a method to His madness (His ways). New life only comes through death.  The penalty for stealing from our brethren or making merchandise of God’s Elect is death.  That thief that we all first are must go to the “tree” and die with Christ.

Deu 24:7 If a man be found stealing any of his brethren of the children of Israel, and maketh merchandise of him, or selleth him; then that thief shall die; and thou shalt put evil away from among you.

Mat 27:38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.

Laying up treasures for ourselves means much more than just money or physical possessions.  It is in fact our own righteousness, our self-righteousness that is the mammon of Scripture.

Mat 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

Mat 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

Mat 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

When we spoil the Lord’s house by taking the gold and silver from the new man, to keep the old man alive, we are stealing from our brethren and that thief must die. Reaping what we sow means that we will be spoiled in return for our spoiling. Christ will recompense our thievery upon our heads and that is a very good thing.

Mat 12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

Mat 12:29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

We can be 100% sure that all the reaping we do to our flesh, even that done in the name of the Lord; will be recompensed upon our head (Jer 2:19, Gal 6:7). This reaping of recompense, i.e. judgment, is exactly how the head of the beast is cut off and the new man increases. But it is a process; it is a war in our heart and minds! Here are some OT witnesses to this promise and reaping what we sow for oppressing the new man within and God’s sons without.

Pro 22:23 For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.

Jer 30:16 Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured; and all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey.

Being unrepentant hearers of the Word but not doers, we are nothing more than thieves who are robbing God and not being a living sacrifice. Such thieves are being cursed in every age.

Mal 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

When we steal the things of God, His doctrine, the very treasures of the Temple and “buy and sell” them, we are a harlot merchandising the things of the Lord, making His Temple a den of thieves (Mar 11:17, Rev 18:12). Those in Nineveh (the capital of Assyria and Babylon) are the same carnally minded ones that takes the things of God and make their own defiled bread (Isa 4:1). Making our own garments of salvation, we are decked with gold and arrayed in the jewels of the temple yet we are “buying and selling” lies and making others (those that hear us) drink of our fornicating wine.

Rev 17:4  And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

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

The beast we set up and worship in our religious zeal wants some glory. Sure we will share it with the Lord but we want a little credit; it is innate to the carnal mind. Yet the Lord will have none of it.

Isa 42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images [our image of the beast]

Having true doctrine but not yet being tried in the fire of this baptism is our time of being puffed up and in need of nothing. We are taking the things of the Lord (the gold and the silver) but we are not yet obedient. The Lord will intensify the war in our heavens through His messengers that will change this and cause us to repent (Heb 12:6, Ezek 38:4) in due time.

Rev 3:17  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

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 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

The word translated “furniture H3627 more properly refers to vessels or instruments and we will see in our next verse how we misuse those vessels and must pay the wages for our sin.

Nah 2:10 She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melteth, and the knees smite together, and much pain is in all loins, and the faces of them all gather blackness.

We covered the emptying out of the harlot in part 4 of the Book of Nahum. Being void is where we are when we are separated from the Lord and not living in Truth. But even as Genesis tells us the day comes when “let there be light” is spoken and the spirit of the Lord begins to move over the waters that represent our flesh and the earth.

Gen 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters

The melting and burning of the land has been an almost weekly commentary as that is the heart of the Lord’s process for remaking the marred vessel and re-birthing the new man. A jealous Lord will take vengeance on those who defile His Temple and blaspheme His Name.

Knees are the largest joint in the human body and are critical for how we move about and perform essential functions like standing up.  They represent the strength and independence of the flesh and the walk of the old man. The Lord is going to smote those knees as He shows us “we are sick and in need of a spiritual physician”. In due time every knee shall bow and be submitted at the name of Jesus.

Php 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

The story of King Belshazzar tells of this process and the resulting judgment.

Dan 5:3 Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them.

Dan 5:4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.

Dan 5:5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.

Dan 5:6 Then the king’s countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another.

The king of Babylon (you and me) then call upon a prophet of the Lord to tell us the interpretation and the spoken Words reveal to us that we have exalted ourselves by using and defiling the vessels of the Temple of the Lord. There are specific commands that tell us how to eat and drink properly we will look at shortly.  The penalty for misuse of the Lord’s vessels and instruments (i.e. the furniture of verse 9) is death and the old man is quickly slain in the spiritual darkness once our wickedness is revealed.

Dan 5:23 But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:

Dan 5:30 In that night (darkness, blackness) was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.

Being confused, mixing lies and Truth, and having to deal with being shown our sinfulness puts us in great inward pain to the very core of our spiritual being. Not yet knowing the fullness of the righteousness of the Lord we will travail as a woman trying to give birth. Looking back at the root for the word translated as pain [H2479] ties it with the process of judgment and the type and shadow of a woman giving birth.

H2479, chalchâlâh, khal-khaw-law’ – Feminine from the same as H2478; writhing (in childbirth); by implication terror: – (great, much) pain.

If you trace this word back to its initial root it is this Hebrew word H2442 that means to wait.

 H2442, châkâh

Total KJV Occurrences: 14

wait, 6

Isa_30:17-18 (3), Hos_6:9, Hab_2:3, Zep_3:8

waiteth, 3

Psa_33:20, Isa_64:4, Dan_12:12

tarry, 2

waited, 2

long, 1

Hab 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Dan 12:12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.

Three representing the process of judgment and five the chastening or scourging grace of God, Daniel’s Words are the reason why we are blessed when we are given to patiently endure to the end of our day of the Lord to be saved (Luk 21:19).

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

As strange as it seems to the natural man, the faces of them all gathering blackness actually refers to the Lord glorifying Himself in us. This is the positive outcome as Christ is formed in us through the destruction and affliction of the old man. The word for blackness here in Nahum 2:10 is this Hebrew word.

 H6289, pâ’rûr, paw-roor’

From H6286; properly illuminated, that is, a glow; as noun, a flush (of anxiety): – blackness.

Total KJV occurrences: 2

 Looking at the root of H6286 we see a more often used word meaning glorified.

 H6286, pâ’ar, paw-ar’

A primitive root; to gleam, that is, (causatively) embellish; figuratively to boast; also to explain (that is, make clear) oneself; denominatively from H6288, to shake a tree: – beautify, boast self, go over the boughs, glorify (self), glory, vaunt self.

Total KJV occurrences: 14

glorified, 6 – Isa 44:23

beautify, 3

boast, 1

glorify, 1

glory, 1

vaunt, 1

Here is a good example of how this root word of blackness is used in the OT.

Isa 44:23 Sing, O ye heavens; for the LORD hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified [H6286] himself in Israel.

Everyone should be familiar with the studies on the colors posted on the IWWB site including the three part series on the color black. These studies are essential to know the positive and negative of every word of Scripture and rightfully divide the Word. The double edged sword hides the mysteries that the carnal mind cannot discern.  It should be no surprise that blackness has a positive meaning knowing this truth.

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

When what we knew as Truth is shown to be lies, the war in heaven is in full swing. This defines the day of the Lord and why Christ came into this world (Joh 9:39).

Amo 5:18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end [is] it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light. 

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.

Act 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:

Our faces gathering blackness is a necessary step for the throne of the beast to receive the vials representing the wrath of God that will ultimately bring us to repentance.

Rev 16:10  And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,
Rev 16:11  And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

1Pe 2:9  But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light

The next few verses will be dealing with lions and their dwellings and actions.

Nah 2:11 Where is the dwelling of the lions, and the feedingplace of the young lions, where the lion, even the old lion, walked, and the lion’s whelp, and none made them afraid?

This prophecy is addressed to both the people of Nineveh and also to the people of Judah (Nah 1:15), another words you and me if we are the people of God. We must first go into Nineveh, aka Babylon, and be seduced by the harlot before we can come out of her my people (Rev 18:4). The prayer of Jacob for his son, Judah, tells us much about what this verse is saying.

Gen 49:9 Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?

Gen 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

Judah, the Elect of God, is a lion’s whelp then a lion and then an old lion before Christ is raised in us. These three stages of spiritual growth and progression come by our judgment and the war we are studying here in the prophets. The lion is an image of a beast that is also associated with God’s Elect.

Rev 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
Rev 4:7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
Rev 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

These words in Nahum are telling us that we are not abiding in the right place that we have not entered into the rest that remains for the people of God (Heb 4:9-10).

It is the sons of God who dwell in safety and none make them afraid. But in our immature state, being yet carnal we are not being at rest. We have not ceased from own works, we have not yet entered into the pasture that is Christ. The word translated feedingplace [H4289] in this verse is the same word almost always translated as pasture.

Eze 34:14 I will feed them in a good pasture [H4289], and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.

Eze 34:15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD.

We have to be taught the fear of the Lord it is not something we decide to do with our delusion of free will. We will be driven to the Lord when our prey is cut off and we the young lions hunger spiritually. We will be dragged to Christ and fed judgment which will teach us the fear of the Lord.

Psa 34:9 O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.

Psa 34:10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.

Psa 34:11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

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

The fat and strong are destroyed.  It is the poor in spirit the Lord is working with (Mat 5:5-9).

When we know “another jesus”, we are not afraid. We do not fear God and we are dwelling with seeming peace in the land. But we know that is all a false peace that will suddenly be shattered when Christ comes in the darkest part of the night, midnight.

We show we love God when we obey Him. Any other definition of love is false and is a witness we have not yet been taught the fear of the Lord.

1Jn 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
1Jn 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

The fear of the Lord brings obedience and that is what casts out the fear of men and us becoming prey for the adversary.

1Jn 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment.He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

When the Lord gathers His people on the mountain and feeds us with judgment then none will make us afraid. This is when He makes us lie down in green pasture next to still waters (Psa 23:1-3). Here are a few of many witnesses to this promise of perfect love (i.e. our obedience) casting out all fear.

Eze 34:28 and they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast [Lions] of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid.

Eze 39:26 After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid.

Zep 3:13 The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

Lions, like every word of Scripture, have both a negative and a positive meaning. But here the Lord is mocking the old man who is living a lie in strong delusion thinking he has peace when there is no peace (1 The 5:3, Jer 6:14). When we are yet carnal, our father the devil has plenty of food and is used of the Lord to devour us and eat our flesh.

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

Gen 3:14  And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

All Israel, God’s Elect, first fall prey to the adversary and our first mother of the flesh before we come into the haven of our spiritual mother in the Body of Christ. We all learn how to be very good lions in catching and devouring our prey which are our own people at this stage of spiritual immaturity.

Eze 19:1 Moreover take thou up a lamentation for the princes of Israel,

Eze 19:2 And say, What is thy mother? A lioness: she lay down among lions, she nourished her whelps among young lions.

Eze 19:3 And she brought up one of her whelps: it became a young lion, and it learned to catch the prey; it devoured men.

The end of the process we are enduring is that that old lion, that old adversary the Devil and Satan, along with his angels (and their chariots and horses) will be cast out of our hearts and our minds.

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

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

When the Lord turns the tables and devours the devourers then the adversary within shall have no more resting place.

Our next verse looks at how we eat unworthily in our immaturity.

Nah 2:12 The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin.

The Lord uses the wicked as His sword. Our own sinfulness will be used to bring salvation as we have studied. We are the hearers but not the doers of the Word which must be humbled before Christ in us can be exalted. The process of judgment includes Satan and his lions devouring our flesh.

Isa 5:29 Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it.

Jer 2:30 In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.

When we are under the dominion of the adversary, the roaring lion seeking whom he may devour; we are being fed defiled meat and the dark crevices within are filled with lies that keep the ten horned beast submissive to his father, the great red dragon (Rev 12:3).  We are what we eat and what we are eating when under the adversary are lies and idols of the heart.

Rev 16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

Eating and drinking refers to spiritual matters and what we think and believe and take to heart. Doctrines and carnal reasoning are what we eat and drink, either meat or wine. We have seen this battle raging in the heavens being a war of thoughts all given to us by the Lord (Amo 4:13, John 15:5).We have many commands that speak of what we are to eat and drink and with regards to meat, we are told to not eat anything that is dead of itself and is torn or strangled among other commands.

Eze 44:31 The priests shall not eat of anything that is dead of itself, or torn, whether it be fowl or beast.

The message the early church sent to the Gentiles was telling them to take heed to their doctrine and what they eat spiritually. They were commanded not to eat any meat offered to idols, from blood, things strangled or fornication. Here was the punch line of the letter delivered by Judas and Silas after the elders met in Acts 15 to consider the issue of the Law of Moses.

Act 15:27 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth.

Act 15:28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;

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

Being disobedient children first, we don’t obey these table rules on how we are to eat and must be punished with judgment.

The word translated as “ravin” here [H2966] in Nahum 2:12 is only translated that one time, and is most often translated as “torn of beasts” as these OT witnesses below attest. God’s people are not to eat ravened meat which is torn meat. That is only fit to be cast to the dogs who are those outside the covenant of faith.

Exo 22:31 And ye shall be holy men unto me: neither shall ye eat any flesh that is “torn of beasts” [H2966] in the field; ye shall cast it to the dogs.

Lev 7:23 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Ye shall eat no manner of fat, of ox, or of sheep, or of goat.

Lev 7:24 And the fat of the beast that dieth of itself, and the fat of that which is “torn with beasts” [H2966], may be used in any other use: but ye shall in no wise eat of it.

One of our trials being in the world but not of it is that we are often put in situations where we are given these lies and carnal doctrines to eat or mediate in our mind. It is best to be separated and not engage in such eating and drinking. Even the example of Daniel being a captive in Babylon and refusing to eat of the meat or drink their wine is an example to all of us to this very day.

Dan 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

We simply can’t fit in with this world and eat at the Lord’s Table and the table of devils.

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

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

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

The way a lion is stopped from roaring is to cut off his prey. By stopping the eating of this strangled meat of the world and Babylon, the negative lions within us, the voice of the adversary, is silenced by being starved to death.

Amo 3:4 Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?

It is through death that the adversary is destroyed and there is no more prey, no more food for the lions. By losing our life, becoming a living sacrifice; we cut off the prey of the adversary.

Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is,the devil;

Mat 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

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

The holes where we hid out in the mountains are the crevices of lies and darkness that we feed on in our deception awaiting the Lion of Judah.

Isa 42:22 But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.

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

Rev 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

Here is our final verse for this study.

Nah 2:13 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions: and I will cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard.

The adversary, the devil, like lions in the natural prey upon the weak and sick. This is the spiritually poor in spirit [negative application] but when Christ comes to make war this situation change.

Pro 28:15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.

The brightness of the Lord’s coming happens suddenly in our spiritual darkness and then we are awakened to righteousness (1 Co 15:34). The war in our heavens will turn and the adversary will be put down as Christ increases and the old man decreases. Chariots are the lies and carnal doctrines and they will be burned in the smoke of the sacrifice of our old life. The sword of the Lord will devour the messengers of Satan, the young lions of that old serpent, the devil who is the father of lies.

The Lord will cut off the prey. The new man in us, the man child, will no longer be deceived and will no longer “buy and sell” in Nineveh. It is the beheading of the beast that cuts off the prey for the adversary and allows the new man, Christ in us, to flourish (Rev 20:4).

Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

The lions of the adversary will be starved to death and the voice of the devil’s messengers, the messengers of the harlot as well; will be heard no more in the kingdom that is being put under the dominion of the Lion of Judah. Entering through the veil of flesh into the Body and abiding there is how the book is opened and the trumpets and vials of wrath are poured on the beast and his throne.

Rev 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

These selected verses from Ezekiel 26 nicely speak to this raging war in our heavens and how the Lord purposes to destroy our carnality (the food for the lions) through His Body speaking Words of fire that consume the chariots, horses and horsemen of the adversary.  This is what destroys the carnal mind.

Eze 26:7  For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will bring upon Tyrus Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, a king of kings, from the north, with horses, and with chariots, and with horsemen, and companies, and much people.

Eze 26:9 And he shall set engines of war against thy walls, and with his axes he shall break down thy towers.

Eze 26:12 And they shall make a spoil of thy riches, and make a prey of thy merchandise: and they shall break down thy walls, and destroy thy pleasant houses: and they shall lay thy stones and thy timber and thy dust in the midst of the water.

Eze 26:13 And I will cause the noise of thy songs to cease; and the sound of thy harps shall be no more heard.

Next week we will begin Chapter 3 and cover the final verses of this prophecy that was written for our edification.

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