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Amos Part 17 – Eating, Drinking and Being Merry

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“Eating, Drinking and Being Merry”

Key Verses:  Amos 6:2 – 6:7

We learned last week that being “at ease” in Zion meant we are not doing the work of God and instead are seeking the ways of the heathen nations to avoid the burden of living a godly life.

Joh 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, this is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent

Cutting peace treaties with the “chief of the nations” within ourselves is the result of our turning grace into lasciviousness and failing to earnestly contend for the faith (Jud 1:3-4).

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

Our failing to work is not standing on faith. For this cause the Lord will send upon us strong delusion as we feast on the finer things in the Lord’s temple and the streets of His Holy City (Luk 13:26) but attend not the carrying the cross.  This brings the occasion the Lord has been seeking to kindle the fire of judgment in our earth (Luk 12:49) that comes by the Word. The Lord’s response to this unbelief and our pleasure in continued sins and fornication with heathen nations (turning grace to lasciviousness); is to send to us strong delusion.

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

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

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

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

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

2Th 2:12  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Our captivity to sin and darkness is what leads to our “damnation” which is the very judgment of that man of sin within us, the blessing of God that will ultimately save us and all men in the appointed time. The unbelieving antichrist within, needs to be revealed and is identified to us as we go beyond Damascus into captivity to our flesh and carnal mind.

Amo 6:2 Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; and from thence go ye to Hamath the great: then go down to Gath of the Philistines: be they better than these kingdoms? or their border greater than your border?

Amo 6:3 Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near;

Amo 6:4 That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall;

Amo 6:5 That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David;

Amo 6:6 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.

Amo 6:7 Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed.

Going beyond Damascus puts us deep into Spiritual Babylon where we are using the precious stones and vessels of the Lord for position; seeking a name for ourselves as we measure and compare ourselves to others. The heathen nations within and without are the rod of His anger used to bring judgment upon His people and reveal our captivity to sin and the lusts of the flesh.

Isa 10:5 O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.

Isa 10:6 I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.

Amo 6:14 But, behold, I will raise up against you a nation, O house of Israel, saith the LORD the God of hosts; and they shall afflict you from the entering in of Hemath unto the river of the wilderness.

All three of these named cities denote our spiritual progression onward to maturity and coming to see ourselves as the chief of sinners and wretched beasts when we of ourselves do anything.

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

These three cities have names and linkages to the desires of our flesh to be great (pride) and to continually expand its borders (influence).  Before we are humbled and Christ is exalted, the Lord turns us over to the idols of our heart (Eze 14:4).  Driven by prideful lusts, we seek gain from our supposed godliness and exalt ourselves against the congregation (Isa 14:13), seeking preeminence and are not content (1Ti 6:6) with where the Lord has us.

Calneh came from the line of Cush and specifically Nimrod who was a “mighty one in the earth” and a hunter who like Esau was a man of the field/world (Gen 25:27, Mat 13:38).

Gen 10:8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.

Gen 10:9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.

Gen 10:10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

Isaiah tells us Calneh is the same as Carchemish which means “fortress of Chemosh”

Isa 10:9 Is not Calno as Carchemish? is not Hamath as Arpad? is not Samaria as Damascus?

Chemosh was looked at in some detail in Amos Part 6.  This is the God of the Moabites who came from one of Lot’s two incestuous sons.  Spiritual incest as other studies have shown is uncovering the nakedness (sin) of our family which comes when we sleep with them in the darkness  rather than walking in the light.  The Body of Christ and the ministry of Christ is to be covering sins not uncovering them (1Pe 4:8).

Mat 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

The spirit of Satan, the accuser of the brethren and fault finding spirit is being cast out of heaven and is made manifest in our journey beyond Damascus (Amo 5:27). The wagging the finger and finding fault is only cast out when we starve the old man and feed the new man.

Isa 58:9 Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;

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

Hamath comes from H3246 meaning “walled” in like a “walled fortress”.  This is the false peace and safety we know, thinking we have made it through already before the Lord comes suddenly in the dark of night. Hamath is said to be “as Arpad” (Isa 10:9) which means “comfort” and is likened to the spreading out like on a bed. Spiritually speaking this is nothing more than being at ease, which is trusting in ourselves and the works of our hands as we build our own tower into heaven and rise above the clouds (Heb 12:1 – the saints).

Isa 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Gen 11:4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

All three of these cities are kingdoms of the heathen nations and Gath is no different, perhaps best known for being the home of Goliath the giant of the uncircumcised Philistines that represent the power of our flesh.  Goliath is our beast and the beast of all carnally minded men that walk after the flesh (signified by the number six).

1Sa 17:4 And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.

In the Micah Study Part 3, we showed the word Gath [H1660] is actually the very word in Hebrew that means winepress. Having our beast made manifest by journeying beyond Damascus into Spiritual Babylon/Assyria and engaging the armies of Israel in the war taking place in our heaven, is what brings the occasion for that same beast to be destroyed.

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.

Our failing to stand and fight and do the work of God in our laziness (lasciviousness) being puffed up with knowledge leads us into sin and our wicked hearts deceive us. Amos asks the question are we better than these three kingdoms or their borders greater than ours?  This is to cast light on our lack of faith and our continued doing what flesh loves to do but is so unwise.

2Co 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

2Co 10:17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

2Co 10:18 For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.

Being at ease gets more difficult as the furnace of affliction (Isa 48:10) is turned up in our day of wrath against the man of sin that is making a name for myself. We will stop it when the fire gets so hot and Romans grace accomplishes its purpose in changed behavior (Rom 5:20). Yet it is a process as we like Job, believe we are not worthy to be judged and bear this scourging.

Amo 6:3  Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near;

Putting off the day of evil is not being aware of our day of visitation from the Lord and wresting away His righteous judgments, the very trials and tribulations that are necessary to save us (Exo 6:6, Isa 1:27) by destroying our old way of life and establishing a new way.

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

Following Christ is remembering Lot’s wife and not looking back and seeking to save the old.

Luk 9:62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

It is following our Lord’s footsteps and forsaking all that truly separates the chosen from the faithful in the end (Rev 17:14).

Luk 14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

It is the self-righteous spirit of Job and the Pharisees (i.e. you and me and ALL MEN) who do not need judgment and believe they have arrived way before the whirlwind comes and proves otherwise. These Pharisees, full of knowledge and zeal to search the Scriptures, sit in Moses’s seat which is a seat of self-righteousness by the works of the carnal law before the true reformation is completed in our day of the Lord.

Mat 23:2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat:

Mat 23:3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

Mat 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

Mat 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 

Eating and drinking in the Kingdom of God is the means to the end which is salvation and being delivered of our besetting sins. We are found worshiping ourselves, the temple of God and forgetting the presence of builder of the temple who is far greater.

Amo 6:4 That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall;

Amo 6:5 That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David;

Amo 6:6 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.

The Scriptures have many parables of our eating and drinking to excess and making that our primary focus. We so easily see this sin in others but not in ourselves as the sins of King David show us.  It takes a prophet to show us that we are THAT MAN (2Sa 12:7)

2Sa 12:1 And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.

2Sa 12:2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:

2Sa 12:3 But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.

2Sa 12:4 And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.

2Sa 12:5 And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die:

Like David we “invent” or devise and cunningly spin the truth to justify ourselves and be seen dancing and prancing in the congregation.  Yet our obedience is far from complete and we are in need of a prophet to bring rebuke to us to see ourselves as this man of sin. The end does not come until we see ourselves as this abomination in the Lord’s Temple (Mat 24:15). Only then are we taught the new song that only the Elect can sing as we abide in the fire, acknowledging we are the chief of sinners in all humility.

Rev 14:3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. (by judgment)

This is the true music and true Psalms the Lord is well pleased with that comes forth from a converted and contrite heart that has and is being humbled by the light shining in darkness.  The priority will shift from knowledge to filling up in the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22).

Eph 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

Eph 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Seeking preeminence, seeking dominion over other’s faith (2Co 1:24) and taking their wife and killing their husband, all sins of David committed in his affair are ours sin.  We are the man!  This is our story and words the Elect of God shall live by (Luk 4:4).  We learn it is better to go to the house of mourning than feasting.

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

Rom 14:18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.

Are we really serving Christ or are we serving self and feeding the old man in seeking gain among men?  The Lord knows and tries our hearts by these very judgments we are studying.

1Co 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God (and not to ourselves).

Until we are humbled and given a change of heart (little by little) we are trusting in our spiritual riches and the outward fruits we bring that are seen of men.

Luk 12:16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:

Luk 12:17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?

Luk 12:18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.

Our work, our labor in the kingdom of God is not to get rich and lay up treasures for ourselves (Pro 23:4, Luk 12:21). The ministry of Jesus Christ is to feed others first and NOT OURSELVES. As servants we eat second and thereby reap the blessing that is greater to those who give rather than receive. Our reasonable service is our entire life be given in service and there to be no seeking of gain.

Luk 17:8 But will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink’

Luk 17:9 Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I think not.

Luk 17:10 So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’

It is a narrow way to navigate the path to eternal life.  Paul praised not the carnal Corinthians who were coming together and making a show of eating and drinking for themselves when such work is to be done at home and not when we come together for service.

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

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

This spirit of self, manifests in our gorging ourselves with food (waxing fat – Deut 32:15) and drinking to drunkenness (Deut 29:6) that is ordained before we will know the Lord in spirit and I truth.   The day comes as it did for Noah and for Lot when we are eating and drinking in lusts for self and then Christ is revealed and the beast is destroyed by the water and fire of judgment.  (Luk 17:25-30).

Turning grace into lasciviousness is putting the light that is in us, under a bed and fornicating with the world.  We truly are being taught to separate by these many parables and learning just how serious is our calling.

Luk 8:16  No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.

Becoming part of the living Christ is a transformation process from living for ourselves and awakening from our spiritual sleep and putting away all things that are not of faith. When the Lord comes and arises within us, then we are commanded to get up from our bed and walk in faith (Joh 5:9).

Not being grieved for the affliction of Joseph is our ignorance to our own spiritual status and need for a healing as well as those in the Body.  The words for “grieved for the affliction” of Joseph are in their primary use telling us we are not aware of our sickness [H2470] that is destroying us [H7667].  Jesus Christ only comes to those who know and acknowledge they are in need of such a spiritual doctor (1T1 1:15, Rom 7:24).

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

Mat 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

This responsibility to work out our own salvation first and foremost is our duty (Phi 2:12) and what acting in faith (working in the kingdom of God) is truly all about.

Gal 6:5 For every man shall bear his own burden.

Mat 7:5  Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

The Lord is, was and will be, getting our attention and showing us our lackadaisical faith that has turned His grace into justification for our continued sins and fornicating with the gods of this world.  Our moth eaten garments and cankered gold are being exposed and we are counseled where to go as the trials of judgment intensify.

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 outward application of not being grieved is failing to be the faithful watchmen and truly love our brothers and go to them when they err and use the word to bring rebuke and correction where and when it is needed.

Tit 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

Jas 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

We must always take heed (remain vigilant) in the fight of faith and examine ourselves and try the spirits in ourselves and in others.  Grievous wolves enter in (Act 20:29) and speak lies to draw away disciples in the gainsaying tradition of Core and Balaam.  This is why we must always try the spirits and examine ourselves to see if we are truly in the faith.

Amo 6:7 Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed.

As we are taken captive deep into Assyria beyond Damascus (aka Spiritual Babylon), our sins are being uncovered in our captivity and the feasting and celebrating ceases. Despite our knowledge, we are captives to our sins and like a pig returning to its wallowing in mire or a dog to its vomit, we are overcome by the beast.

2Pe 2:22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

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

It is a famine of hearing the words of the Lord that will bring us to our wits end and leads us back to our Father’s House as the Prodigal Son.

Amo 8:10 And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day.

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

Being awakened to righteousness and seeing our true spiritual status will lead us to wash our hands in the fire and turns us back to the Lord with the mourning and weeping necessary to bring forth the new man.

Jas 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Jas 4:9  Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.

Next week the Lord begins smiting Israel for its inequities and disobedience being unfaithful to the Word.  Jacob will be made small which is the prerequisite for Christ to be exalted.  The might strong man of sin within us is being cut down as Christ is raised within us.

Amo 6:8 The Lord GOD hath sworn by himself, saith the LORD the God of hosts, I abhor the excellency of Jacob, and hate his palaces: therefore will I deliver up the city with all that is therein.

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

Your brother in Christ,  Pete

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Amos Part 6 –Giving Seed to Molech and Chemosh

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“Giving Seed to Molech and Chemosh”

Key Verses:  Amos 1:13 – 2:3

We will cover the fifth (Ammon) and sixth (Moab) transgressions that begin the prophecy of this “burdensome” prophet Amos. This study will focus again on the topic of the prophets which is judgment. Every transgression is linked back to making poor and unfaithful judgments by going above what is written. This is the same things as weighing and measuring with a scale (See Micah Study Part 19). If we are to become judges of the world and of all angels (1Co 6:2-3), then we must learn how to do it properly in this age. This is why judgment is now on the house of God so we in turn can be trained to be the judges (and saviors – Oba 1:21) of all mankind in the ages to come (Mat 19:28).

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

All of these territories being judged, are in the land promise given to Israel and hence are part of the promise of salvation with the coming rulership by Jesus Christ (Luk 17:20-21).

Amo 1:13 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have ripped up the women with child of Gilead, that they might enlarge their border:

Amo 1:14 But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it shall devour the palaces thereof, with shouting in the day of battle, with a tempest in the day of the whirlwind:

Amo 1:15 And their king shall go into captivity, he and his princes together, saith the LORD.

Ammon and Moab come from the two sons born to Lot from an incestuous relationship with his two daughters. That story sets an important baseline for this study and understanding the accusation of the Lord.  Click Here:  Mitch’s Study on Lusts and Sexual Sins

Gen 19:30 And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.

Gen 19:34 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yester night with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.

Gen 19:35 And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.

Gen 19:36 Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.

Gen 19:37 And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day. 

Gen 19:38 And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Benammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.

Larry’s study in Genesis on these verses can be found here:  Genesis #55 Study

Before we learn the fear of the Lord and begin to tremble at every Word, we will naturally be deceived without even being aware of the deceitfulness of our sin (Heb 3:13). Like Lot, we were rescued from Sodom but yet are unwilling to go up to the mountain of the Lord and lay down our life due to fear of losing our old way of life. Instead we dwell in a cave of darkness living and abiding in sin with our own flesh (spiritual daughters). The natural brute beast within us seeks its own prosperity above others and will engage in spiritual incest to keep the seed of the old man alive. Drunk with knowledge (wine) but not vigilant in the fight of faith we unwittingly sleep with our own fleshly mindsets against the will of God.

1Th 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from (spiritual) fornication:

Pro 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life

Lying with our own family is what incest is in the physical as well as the spiritual. We all are guilty of this sin on the way to spiritual maturity (Mat 4:4). We do this when we refuse to accept or act on the Word but instead rely on the same self-centered seed of our carnal mind. Children born of spiritual incest are born of the carnal mind. This is leaning on our own understanding (Pro 3:5).

When we do not seek, or take heed the counsel of others (Pro 15:22, Heb 10:25) and instead rely on our own wisdom, we are sleeping with our own relatives spiritually and thereby committing incest. Healthy bodies in animals and plants come with “cross-pollination (Rom 1:20) and so it is in the ways of the Spirit. We need information and wisdom outside of ourselves to cleanse our heavens and bear good fruit. The covering of is only found in the Body of Christ and its multitude of counselors.

1Pe 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

We are commanded not to uncover, but instead to be covering the sins of ourselves and our brethren through speaking and LIVING the WORD.

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

Mat 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Another stark reminder that abiding alone is spiritual death (sin) and we need to be connected and always engaged in the Body of Christ and its multitude of counselors.

Pro 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

If we separate ourselves and do not go to the mountain that is Christ, we will be living in darkness (caves) which as used in Genesis 19 [H4631] is the root word for nakedness symbolizing us in our sinful uncovered state.

The God of the Ammonites is Molech also known as Milcom which comes from Hebrew root word that means “king and reigning”. This Ammonite god is nothing more than the man of sin sitting on God’s throne (2Th 2:4), the very image of the beast we all initially worship.

In our immaturity, even with profound knowledge, we will not at first be diligent and will take wives and concubines and have spiritual sex and corrupt the good seed by mixing with the world and the carnal mind.

1Ki 11:7 Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.

Neh 13:23 In those days also saw I Jews that had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab:

These incestuous mindsets, the entire family and offspring, shall not enter into the kingdom of God and must be destroyed.

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

Lev 20:2 Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death…..

The transgression of Ammon stems from giving seed (life) to Molech.

Amo 1:13 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have ripped [H1234] up the women with child of Gilead, that they might enlarge their border: 

The charged transgression is that WE (Ammon) have ripped up the women with child of Gilead, that WE might enlarge OUR border. Babes in Christ are what the woman with child of Gilead represents. The real overcoming cannot happen until the Lord returns the second time with the baptism by fire and we need to learn to wait for it and not break or rip the precious little ones that cannot yet eat strong meat (Heb 5:13, Heb 9:28).

The word H1234 translated as ripped only one time in the KJV is better known as the word for “break, broken, rend or cleave”. The transgression of Ammon, like all works in our lives, our every thought (Amo 4:13), our every step (Psa 37:23) including our sins (Isa 63:17, Phil 2:13) is the work of the Potter.

Ripping the woman with child of Gilead to enlarge our border is what we ARE DOING when we are seeking gain and seeking disciples after ourselves. Speaking perverse things is what spiritual incest is and Paul warns us to beware this spirit arising within ourselves.

Act 20:30  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

The root of this incest is the pride of man, the incestuous desire of all flesh to keep itself alive and exalted on God’s throne. As we saw in recent studies we are not to forget the brotherly covenant and remember a sacrificed life is our reasonable service with nothing to be gained or paid to us. When we are not content, we should take heed and examine ourselves.

Luk 3:14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages. 

Seeking a wage or gain is seeking dominion of some kind. We are not to do such things.

2Co 1:24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

The kings of these heathen nations within us have the truth of the Lord flip flopped. They are zealous to eat at the Lord’s table but not willing to serve. Serving is greater than eating.

Luk 22:24 Now there was also a dispute among them, as to which of them should be considered the greatest.

Luk 22:25 And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’

Luk 22:26 But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves.

Luk 22:27 For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves. 

Those that serve are those that comfort and bear with one another in their trials. They don’t cast stones and fire and bring oppression.

Luk 22:28  NKJV But you are those who have continued with Me in My trials

We are to suffer not the little ones (weak in the faith) in coming to Christ. We must bear with them and be longsuffering (Mat 12:20) that is our reasonable service.

Mat 20:28  just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.

We need to be pursuing PEACE WITH ALL MEN AND HOLINESS, if we want to make the first resurrection (Heb 12:14). We need to be very circumspect with our dealing with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Are we serving or are we seeking to enlarge our borders? We have many examples of those in the church walking disorderly and seeking to exalt themselves. Living a quiet life in Christ Jesus does not include being a busybody and thereby oppressing our neighbor.

1Ti 5:13 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.

1Pe 4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters

Helpers of joy do not meddle and try to rule over people and yet the incestuous Ammonite spirit will lead us to do just that. Everyone has knowledge to the measure the Lord has given them and we will naturally as beasts seek more of it to magnify ourselves. Christ in us is increased when this spirit and the man of sin is decreased (Joh 3:30).

Zep 2:8 I have heard the reproach of Moab, and the revilings of the children of Ammon, whereby they have reproached my people, and magnified themselves against their border.

Uncovering the sins of our weaker brothers and sisters is an abomination to the Lord. When we make such carnal judgments, and act contrary to the narrow way of faith, we are letting the good seed pass through to this false god of Ammon (Molech). We must learn to take these carnal thoughts and reasoning’s captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ.

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

Lev 18:21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.

We are to reprove and rebuke with all authority, as faithful watchmen these errors in the Body of Christ. We must of course follow the narrow ways of Matthew 18 and other Scriptures. When we fail to do this, we ourselves are SINNING and that itself is spiritual whoredom with our own flesh and that too must be circumcised in the day of the Lord.

Lev 20:4 And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not:

Lev 20:5 Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people.

A day will come to all men, when a fire will be kindled on “our” earth (Luk 12:49) and Rabbah, the capital city of Ammon within that commits this incest will be devoured.

Amo 1:14 But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it shall devour the palaces thereof, with shouting in the day of battle, with a tempest in the day of the whirlwind:

Amo 1:15 And their king shall go into captivity, he and his princes together, saith the LORD.

The fire will be accomplished by the priests of the Lord who are our “lake of fire” experience now, as judgment is now on the house of God.

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

Pro 11:10 When it goeth well with the righteous, the city rejoiceth: and when the wicked perish, there is shouting.

1Th 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

The words that judge us in the last days will create the tempest [H5591] that perform the works of the Lord in the deep within. These are the same storms that will puff us up and then bring us low via our trials.

Psa 107:25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy [H5591] wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof…

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

Rabbah means great and comes from a root that means to be increased or multiplied. That is exactly what the flesh seeks to do through spiritual fornication within our ourselves and without ourselves. It seeks dominion over faith and this pride will be brought low.

Amo 2:1 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Moab, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime [H7875]:

Amo 2:2 But I will send a fire upon Moab, and it shall devour the palaces of Kerioth: and Moab shall die with tumult, with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet: 

Amo 2:3 And I will cut off the judge from the midst thereof, and will slay all the princes thereof with him, saith the LORD

The God of Moab is Chemosh (Num 21:29, Jdg 11:24, 1Ki 11:7 etc.). This is Stong’s H3465 and is from an “unused” root word that means subdue. This a god and a spirit that takes those ruled by this false god captive much like Molech in seeking the enlarging of the borders of the beast that are all men that are walking carnally minded.

Jer 48:46 Woe be unto thee, O Moab! the people of Chemosh perisheth: for thy sons are taken captives, and thy daughters captives.

The corrupt and unrighteous judge in all of us and the heathen princes within us will be cut off as result of the Lord’s judgments on Moab. This is how we learn to follow the Lord.

Joh 8:15 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. 

Joh 8:16 And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me.

Moab’s transgression is the burning of the bones of the king of Edom into lime. Bones are the structure that holds up a body and provides the platform on which everything moves.   Spiritually speaking bones are the doctrines, the beliefs that are driving our thoughts and very way of life. The bones of Jesus Christ are the doctrines of Jesus Christ, the Word that lives in us His Temple. Those bones cannot be broken (John 19:36) in the same way the Scriptures cannot be broken (Joh 10:35).

Burned limestone was used in ancient days as a type of plaster for brick hence the translation of the Hebrew word H7875 for both lime and plaster is consistent.

H7875, śı̂yd

Total KJV Occurrences: 4

lime, 2

Isa 33:12, Amo 2:1

plaster, 2

Deu 27:1-2 (2), Deu 27:4

Here again we have a spiritually incestuous offense in holding on to the old way of carnal living. When we take the carnal thoughts and doctrines and use them to build a new wall and think we are walking righteously, we have a day of the Lord to teach us otherwise.

Eze 13:13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even rend it with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in my fury to consume it.

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

Interesting that limestone and its plaster used in the world is typically white. In the negative this white represents our outward appearance of righteousness that is filthy rags (Isa 64:6). The Lord looks to the inward, to what is in the heart of man (1Sa 16:7). He demands our whole heart and gets in as a result of bringing us through the fire.

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

Mat 23:28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

Using the King of Edom’s bones as plaster is similar to what the people of Shinar (Babylon) did in seeking to make a name for themselves in seeking the Lord. This is feigned worship as the beast is kept alive and we have the appearance of righteousness outwardly.

Gen 11:3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick [H3843], and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.

Gen 11:4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

H3843 is the word for brick which means the whiteness of clay and has as its root the word H3835 which is Laban and means white.

In the same way, we come to hate the whore (harlot) when we see how we were deceived our whole life, we will self-righteously want to burn the bones (doctrines) of the King of Edom within us and without us (in our brethren) by casting fire of the Word.

Rev 17:16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

Edom is an adversary to Israel and its kings (1Ki 11:25) and we are to take nothing from Edom and use it in our service to the Lord. We are not to judge those without (1Co 5:13) but are commanded to separate to the extent possible. An incestuous spirit will want to stay in Edom and cast fire to expose one’s nakedness and to make themselves appear righteous.  This is doing the opposite of Christ commands which is to cover sins (Mat 25:36).

All mankind is the Lord’s anointed and we are not to bring any harm to them knowing they are doing exactly what the Lord has ordained them to do (Psa 105:15).

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.

The sinners in Zion that fear the Lord and dwell with the devouring fire (Isa 33:14) that is the BODY, will despise the gain of oppression that comes from burning the bones of Edom for lime.

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

Pro 14:31 He that oppresses the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.

There is not much history about the city of Kerioth that means “cities or buildings” per the Hebrew experts. Yet there is a gold nugget of wisdom when we see the connection of Judas Iscariot to Kerioth.

G2469, Iskariōtēs – Of Hebrew origin (probably [H377] and [H7149]); inhabitants of Kerioth; Iscariotes (that is, Keriothite), an epithet of Judas the traitor: – Iscariot.

We live by every word (Luk 4:4) means we will also betray our Lord as Judas Iscariot long after we are given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God and walk with Christ. We will betray Christ to the chief priests within us seeking to save their positions of power.

Mar 14:10 And Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests, to betray him unto them.

Mar 14:11 And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought how he might conveniently betray him.

Seeking riches and gain will lead us to oppress (betray) our brothers and sisters in Christ.  The wheat and the tares (Judas) grow together until the harvest at the end. Our beast will be strengthened by its appearance of righteousness and will bring untrimmed torches and carnal weapons (2Co 10:4) that will betray our Lord and cause the little ones within/without to suffer reproach. More woe is needed to burn this out of us.

Mic 2:1 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand.

Mic 2:2 And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.

We are learning as a good soldier of the Lord to be content with what we have been given and seek nothing else.

Pro 30:8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:

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

The desire to be rich leads us into all kinds of evil and snares (1Ti 6:9). Judas Iscariot, the man that betrayed the Lord is you and me when we are seeking spiritual or physical riches and putting on an outward display of righteousness by using this white “lime plaster”.   We need to be especially careful in how we conduct ourselves in the house of God. The commandment is to walk in love and if we are given to obey, we will be living a sacrificed life and be fleeing fornication and all uncleanness.

Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Eph 5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

We should examine ourselves and our motives to ensure we are not oppressing our brothers and sisters and conducting ourselves with humility and meekness. We are learning to wait upon the Lord and to judge nothing before its time. Jesus Christ builds His Church and He does not need anything from any man (Act 17:25, Mat 16:18). We will come to see more clearly spiritually by keeping the Lord’s judgments now for our mistakes and sins. The plumb line that the prophecy of Amos is leading up to, will reveal this to us as we mature.

 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: