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Micah Part 7 – The Secret Place of the Lord

By Pete Wilson

The study of Micah has once again shown us the value and hidden wisdom of digging deep into the symbols and meanings of names and places.  It is a wonderful reminder and an awestruck revelation to know that all these words were written exclusively for the admonition of the Elect, upon whom the ends of our carnal age have come now.

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

The promises given to Abraham and all physical Israel in type and shadow are the spiritual promises given to the true Jews, the Elect which is also the Body of Christ. The promise of salvation and the inheritance of the land is all about Christ ruling the cities and nations within us.  A prophet of the Lord like Micah comes and speaks to us in all these cities we are studying and if we have been prepared of the Lord to receive a new truth, we are given to hear and OBEY and that is how we mature with time.

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

We will first study our tenth city, the city of Mareshah.  Our victory in Christ is completed as we overcome these ten enemy nations within us that represent the power of the flesh and the carnal mind.

Gen 15:18 In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

Gen 15:19 The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,

Gen 15:20 And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,

Gen 15:21 And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.

Ham, Noah’s son  was the father of Canaan who in turn was the father of many (spiritual) nations and these last three cities listed in the land of promise given to Abraham all tie back to Canaan.

1Ch 1:13 And Canaan begat Zidon his firstborn, and Heth,

1Ch 1:14 The Jebusite also, and the Amorite, and the Girgashite,

These Canaanites nations, especially the Jebusites are most difficult to overcome and relate to the strength of the flesh. The flesh will however serve Christ and bow down by this very process we endure.

Gen 9:25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.

These Canaanites nations, especially the Jebusites are most difficult to overcome and relate to the strength of the flesh.  Living flesh always has a beast that “yet is” and such are the Jebusites within us.  The Elect (Judah and Benjamin) will always face struggles/trials in overcoming these spirits so long as we are still in these clay vessels.  Here is why we should always take heed, examining ourselves and stay connected to the Body who are there to watch over us.

Jos 15:63 As for the Jebusites the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive them out: but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem unto this day.

Jdg 1:21 And the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites that inhabited Jerusalem; but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem unto this day.

Many interesting connections exist between the Jebusites and Jerusalem.  Jerusalem was also known as Jebus because of the Jebushites that dwell there.

Jdg 19:10 But the man would not tarry that night, but he rose up and departed, and came over against Jebus, which is Jerusalem; and there were with him two asses saddled, his concubine also was with him.

The root of Jebusites links them [H947] to the polluting of ourselves (Eze 16 harlot sisters) and trampling underfoot the truth by wicked pastors (Jer 12:10).  We must take heed to the Jebusite spirits and have no confidence in the flesh while we occupy clay vessels created in sin.  We must never forget the ongoing need for diligence and vigilance to keep going straight and not veering to the right nor to the left.

Pro 4:25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

Pro 4:26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.

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

The only way to avoid evil is to walk straight, following the Lord and His Doctrines.

Luk 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

And we always seem to be learning, FEW are given to do it, many fall away having walked with the Lord for a season.  We can only do this by abiding IN THE BODY and submitting to its governance as the Scriptures declare.  Any other way will lead us astray.

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

Eze 1:12 And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.

We have just witnessed some breaking ranks with us by no longer joining their wings with the Body and turning off the straight path of eternal life.  With this humble reminder, let us move on towards maturity and review our final two cities mentioned in this one verse.

Mic 1:15 Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel.

10. Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah:

Mareshah is where we begin to stop having confidence in the flesh.  This is where we make the transition in our heavens and the ruling dominion of flesh vs spirit switches.  The victories come little by little, city by city lest we get puffed up and the deep seated beastly nature (PRIDE) increases upon us.

Deu 7:22 And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee.

Jesus Christ is the first and the last.  Christ in us and thru us is the alpha (beginning) and the omega (the end) and all points in between.  A minister of grace commissioned in Moreshethgath is followed by us then being snared in the lies of Achzib.  All part of His plan to teach us good and evil and conform us to His image through many tribulation experiences.  I particularly liked the God’s Word translation of Micah 1:15 because it brings home an important point.

Mic 1:15 God’s Word – I will again bring a conqueror against the inhabitants of Mareshah. The glory of Israel will come to Adullam.

The fleshly mindset that we are overcoming of our strength is destroyed at Mareshah.  We learn that this overcomer within us is responsible for the victories and it is through His Spirit and not our own might or strength (Zec 4:6).

1Jn 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Rev 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

When we are in Mareshah we have come far and our training for our roles as Kings and Priests, judging and ruling the world (threshing) ratchets up as we mature.  If we are truly Christ’s, then we are the true heirs to the promise given to Abraham.  The righteousness of faith is how we become heir of the earth which earth we are.  Killing our spirit of self-righteousness is indeed only done by the destruction of the Canaanite nations within us that so much want to share in God’s glory by delivering ourselves.

Rom 4:13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

We learn to wait and be patient on this long journey and must finish the race. The city of Mareshah, like Gath, Lachish, Addulam and even Hebron are of the 15 cities (3 process of judgment x 5 chastening grace thru faith), the King of Judah (you and me), build for the defense of the Holy City.  We saw this last week but is worth being reminded. Experiencing all these cities is how we are matured in the Lord’s timing.  Living by every word includes these words!

2Ch 11:5 And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built cities for defence in Judah.

2Ch 11:6 He built even Bethlehem, and Etam, and Tekoa,

2Ch 11:7 And Bethzur, and Shoco, and Adullam,

2Ch 11:8 And Gath, and Mareshah, and Ziph,

2Ch 11:9 And Adoraim, and Lachish, and Azekah,

2Ch 11:10 And Zorah, and Aijalon, and Hebron, which are in Judah and in Benjamin fenced cities.

2Ch 11:11 And he fortified the strong holds, and put captains in them, and store of victual, and of oil and wine.

But the problem with Rehoboam was the same problem his father King Solomon had and you and me have on our way to becoming mature.  Getting all the gifts of the Lord and receiving great spiritual knowledge is not enough to satisfy our carnal lusts.  We want more as the beast within has an insatiable appetite for gain including knowledge, reputation, a following and certainly wants some of the glory. With this spirit of discontentment, we are unfaithful to our One Husband Christ.  In our immaturity, we lust after and seek after more spiritual wives and this is how we continue to play the harlot well after we have been abiding in the Truth.  We are not faithful to our Husband Christ nor our true wife which is the Body of Christ.  We do well for a time and a season even being given many victories; but that inward pride reveals itself and our harlotry will come out in our day of the Lord.

2Ch 11:23 And he (Rehoboam and in type all the kings of Judah) dealt wisely, and dispersed of all his children throughout all the countries of Judah and Benjamin, unto every fenced city: and he gave them victual in abundance. And he (you and me) desired many wives.

The city of Mareshah represents the completion of our fleshly dominance, our headship and the moving on to the more mature way of walking.  We learn to wage spiritual warfare and try the spirits, knowing how easy it is for our deceitful hearts to be led astray.   Mareshah comes from H4762 “Marashah” and will be linked to the headship and the principalities in our heavens.

Formed like H4761; summit; Mareshah, the name of two Israelites and of a place in Palestine: – Mareshah.

The root word for Mareshah is H4761

mar’âshâh

Total KJV Occurrences: 1

principalities, 1 Jer_13:18

Jer 13:18 Say unto the king and to the queen, Humble yourselves, sit down: for your principalities [H4761] shall come down, even the crown of your glory.

And right here we see the link of Mareshah to the principalities that are in our heavens that keep us prideful and puffed up which will need to brought low.

Isa 2:12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:

The story here in Jeremiah 13 is the Lord showing these sins and our marred condition outside of Him.  The very people He drags into Jerusalem become drunk as they seek after knowledge and gain instead of doing the Word.

Jer 13:13 Then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will fill all the inhabitants of this land, even the kings that sit upon David’s throne, and the priests, and the prophets, and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, with drunkenness.

But our deep seated carnal rebellion driven by the principalities in our heavens will not hear and will remain proud and our light will be turned into darkness.

Jer 13:15 Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD hath spoken.

Jer 13:16 Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness.

And this is how heresies the Lord brings to the Body are used to winnow down the flock and only leave the remnant that will again be subject to more burning and chastening.

Jer 13:17 But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for your pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the LORD’S flock is carried away captive.

These lying spirits must be spoiled and overcome within us.  This is accomplished by being vigilant about our doctrine and guarding our gates.  We must put on the whole armor of God daily knowing the war of thoughts we battle in the pulls of the flesh vs the Spirit.

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.

Mareshah means summit as can be confirmed by looking at the underlying root of Principalities [H4761] which is head, or top [H7218] in the vast majority of its use.

Isa 30:17 One thousand shall flee at the rebuke of one; at the rebuke of five shall ye flee: till ye be left as a beacon upon the top [H7218] of a mountain, and as an ensign on an hill.

Exo 17:9 And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top [H7218] of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.

Mareshah is where we are given to overcome the principalities of pride and self-righteousness so we can then stay joined to the Body and go straight without wavering.  Few make it and the rest are led astray by false prophets that come to us looking like members of the Body of Christ.

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

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

Here are the eight places Mareshah is referenced in Scripture.  These are not history lessons but are rather words you and I shall live by everyone (Mat 4:4, Luk 4:4).

mareshah, 8

Jos_15:44, 1Ch_2:42, 1Ch_4:21, 2Ch_14:8-10 (3), 2Ch_20:37, Mic_1:15

The people of Mareshah are the sons of Caleb.  Caleb was the great grandson of Judah born of Tamar’s son Hezron and known as Chelubai (1 Ch 2:18-19).

1Ch 2:42 Now the sons of Caleb the brother of Jerahmeel were, Mesha his firstborn, which was the father of Ziph; and the sons of Mareshah the father of Hebron.

The sons and house of Caleb has many witnesses to actions outside of faith (sin).  Mesha the first born of Caleb, became the king of Moab who helped Israel build a temple made by hands of men.  Likewise, Nabal, an evil man, who did not submit to Christ in David was also said to be of the house of Caleb (1 Sam 25:3).

The Strong’s definition of Caleb has a most revealing insight into the spirit of Caleb.

 H3611, keleb’ keh’-leb

From an unused root meaning to yelp, or else to attack; a dog

A dog is someone outside the covenant of faith.  A dog has confidence in the flesh and by extension linked to some other bad things.

Rev 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

The Lord’s people are to beware of dogs in our midst who have confidence in the flesh of men.

Php 3:2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

Php 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

Hebron is the offspring of the sons of Mareshah. The root of Hebron is the same word translated as charmers and enchanters H2267.

H2267, cheber

enchantments, 2

Isa_47:9, Isa_47:12

wide, 2

Pro_21:9, Pro_25:24

charmer, 1

Deu_18:11

charming, 1

Psa_58:5

The Lord’s people are to stay far away from such “charming” activities and not be talking with either the physically dead and spiritually dead.

Deu 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,

Deu 18:11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

This spirit of Caleb is indeed a DOG Spirit that leads us into rebellion to the house of the Lord.  It puts us in alliance with the Canaanites within, joining us together to peddle the things of the Lord for ungodly gain.  Jehoshaphat, King of Judah (you and me) did just that.

2Ch 20:35 And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly:

2Ch 20:36 And he joined [H2266, root of 2267 – charmed] himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish: and they made the ships in Eziongeber.

It is in Mareshah that we are delivered and rebuke this merchandising spirit and learn to be content with where the Lord has us.

2Ch 20:37 Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying, Because thou hast joined thyself with Ahaziah, the LORD hath broken thy works. And the ships were broken, that they were not able to go to Tarshish.

The last story we will look at to confirm the process of maturing thru Mareshah is the story of King Asa of Judah who battled the Ethiopians.  Like an Ethiopian and even a leopard we can’t change anything of ourselves.  We are helpless and at the mercy of the Lord for our salvation and anything in our life.  This battle against the Ethiopians within also takes place “in a valley”, one called Zephathah.  In Mareshah a conversion of our headship is made and we have a great victory in this valley.

2Ch 14:2 And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the LORD his God:

2Ch 14:4 And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to do the law and the commandment.

2Ch 14:9 And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and came unto Mareshah.

2Ch 14:10 Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah at Mareshah.

2Ch 14:11 And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.

2Ch 14:12 So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled.

Mareshah is where we find the valley of Zephathah.  An important valley we must learn to walk thru on the way to maturity.  Doing spiritual warfare and being obedient watchmen is essential for us to become the mature man in Christ.

H6859, tsephâthâh, tsef-aw’-thaw

The same as H6857; Tsephathah, a place in Palestine: – Zephathah.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

H6857, tsephath. tsef-ath’

From H6822; watch tower; Tsephath, a place in Palestine: – Zephath.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

H6822, tsâphâh

Total KJV Occurrences: 38

watchman, 14

2Sa_18:24-27 (5), 2Ki_9:17-18 (2), 2Ki_9:20, Isa_21:6, Eze_3:17, Eze_33:2, Hos_9:6-8 (3)

watch, 5

Gen_31:49, 2Sa_13:34, Isa_21:5, Hab_2:1 (2)

watchmen, 5

1Sa_14:16, Isa_52:8, Isa_56:10, Jer_6:17, Mic_7:4

look, 2

Psa_5:3, Mic_7:7

looketh, 2

Pro_31:27, Son_7:4

watching, 2

1Sa_4:13, Lam_4:17

Eze 3:17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman [H6822] unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

We saw in Steve’s recent study on Proverbs 31, the role the Body as a whole and us as members play as faithful watchmen over the flock.

Pro 31:27 She looketh well [H6822] to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

So we can begin to see Mareshah is directly associated with maturing us into able warriors of spiritual warfare.  It takes time for us to be trained up as warriors starting in our own walk but also becoming a helper of other’s joy in the Lord. Agape love is our obedience.

We have been talking about valleys.  What is a valley?  It is generally defined as a low area of land surrounded by hills or mountains typically a river or water running through it.  Valleys are most commonly formed through the erosion of land by rivers or glaciers.  Some very interesting Romans 1:20 applications here.  Spiritual valleys are where we are shaped and formed by the living waters that flow out of the mouths of God’s Elect here in the Body of Christ.

Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

That is what shapes the earth and erodes the high points and ultimately matures us.  The valley of Jehoshaphat and the valley of Zephathah are the valleys of decisions and where the heathen nations within us (the earth) is judged and where we learn righteousness.

Joe 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision [Gold or Diligence]: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

It is the Kings and Priests of the Lord who are our lake of fire in this age, who speak the Word that roars out of the Holy City.  This shakes our heavens and earth and is the method by which all things are made new.

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

This tenth city in this journey, Mareshah represents the completion of our flesh and maturing in our ability to wage war and the watchmen over the flock of the Lord.  This comes in an “is, was and will be” process of winnowing and the remainder repeating the process.  We move on from here to receive our inheritance a much more mature man and useful to the Lord in many ways.

11. He shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel.

We addressed Adullam in Part 3 to show where this journey was going to end up.  This is the last of these 11 cities and the one from where our inheritance comes.

Mic 1:15 Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel.

As we saw in Part 3, Adullam is best known for being a cave of safety, a place of refuge for Christ and His people.  This is the Body of Christ in type and shadow and where the glory of the Lord is found in His cloud of witnesses.  David hid himself in this cave from both Achish King of Gath (think beast) but also from Saul (old man) who was persecuting him.  This too is where we find refuge from a world waxing worse and worse.  It is in this secret cave where the army of the Lord is assembled from what the world thinks is foolishness.

1Sa 22:1 David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father’s house heard it, they went down thither to him.

1Sa 22:2 And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.

This is who the Lord chooses as His warriors.  The pride of life and all these Philistine and Canaanite spirits must be burned out of us before the glory of the Lord truly shines forth in our walk.  The story of Adullam and the assembling of the army of David reminds me of who the Lord assembles in His army choosing ones the world esteems not (Isa 53:3).

1Co 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

1Co 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

Our coming to Adullam is us finding our true spiritual home and place of refuge to endure our lives where we have been appointed to suffer and bear afflictions.   Only the few chosen that are faithful will find this cave and thrive in it.

Psa 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Psa 91:2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Psa 91:3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

Psa 91:4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

A cave is a dark place to the world and is often associated with death and burial in the Scriptures. It is thru darkness and death (to the old man and carnal mind) that new life comes forth.  Jacob and his fathers were buried in a cave (Gen 49:29) and like Lazarus we are resurrected in new life when our old man is found dead in cave.

Joh 11:38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave (of Lazarus). It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.

Like all words of Scripture there is both a light and dark side (Exo 14:20) of the Word, a two edged sword (Heb 4:12).  The prophets of the Lord are fed by other prophets in a cave and that cave represents the Body of Christ.

1Ki 18:4 For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the LORD, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.

The Lord is assembling His true people in this and each generation who will be and are His instruments of salvation and judgment.  This journey has winnowed down the remnant and few are left walking the straight and narrow road.  It is from this inheritance given at Addulam that we go out in strength and make war and the noise in the hearts and minds of those given salvation.

Mic 2:12 I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of men.

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

Adullam is said to be the glory of Israel and is the last city mentioned on this progressive journey.  It represents our reaching maturity such that the light of Jesus Christ is seen in us by our DOING THE WORD and being a servant. The disintegration of the fleshly perfection we achieve in our self-righteousness is the outcome of the entire 11 city journey.  This transfiguration is complete when we love the Lord and His Christ with all our heart, mind and strength.

1Jn 3:14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

Isa 60:1 Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.

We grow in our ability to minister grace as we mature.  We are now a more able Ambassador, having been sent (Rom 10:15) and having been proved in the fire of tribulations and engaging in daily warfare in our heavens.   The glory of the Lord appears in us and on us and we are now a light unto the world.

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

Mat 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house (The Body)

Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

We are now coming to see the Lord’s plans and purposes in greater detail.  We have been prepared for the walk of a disciple and now thru that walk will be brought onto completion and prepared of the Lord for every good work.  At Adullam we are past the point of boasting knowing how we got to this point and why the Lord has brought us here and given us an inheritance.

Eph 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

We still have a journey; the race is not over. Yet we have been matured, we have been prepared for the ongoing process of refinement, the winnowing that never ends while we live in clay vessels.   But now we have the maturity and knowledge to endure this with patience.   We now know what to expect (Amo 3:7) and are laying down our life to the Lord more each day.

Next week Lord willing, we will complete Chapter 1 and have a quick recap of the eleven cities and the lessons we learn and things we overcome on our way to maturity.

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Los Angeles means the “city of angels”. I have always had a great attraction to LA not knowing at that time what angels and the city of angels is actually referring to in the word of God. Now I know why I always loved “LA” as in the spirit there is a real city of angels. I have been blessed beyond explanation to be brought into the gates of this spiritual city.  This spiritual city is full of lights and is very bright spiritually yet appears as darkness to the carnal mind.

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

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.

The gathering of the saints happens in this spiritual city.  Only those dragged to the Lord and appointed to be in the city will be there, all who enter must have the covering of the Lord Jesus Christ and be written in the Book of Life. Walking in the light of this city is in fact what saves us.

Rev 21:24  And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

Rev 21:25  And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

Rev 21:26  And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.

Rev 21:27  And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

I am going to speak about this city and hopefully show what this city represents and who is in this city now and who will be in this city in the future.  These are extremely important points and the biggest blessing one can attain to is to be in this city of angels here and now in this life in these bodies of clay.  God’s Elect dwell together in unity in a spiritual placed called Mt Zion.   This is a city with several names and is the Jerusalem above.

Zec 8:3 Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain.

The symbolism in Scripture hides these wonderful truths from carnal eyes and ears.  But the Lord reveals these truths and gives His Chosen ones the ability to hear and understand the heavenly language that is spoken in the city of angels, the city of our Lord.  This is the real LA,  sorry Los Angeles, but the city of angels speaks to God’s Elect and our fellowship in the Body of Christ. It is a blessing given to so very few.  How few continues to amaze me yet the Scriptures tell us this in stunning clarity if only we could believe them.

Mat 13:16  But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

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

Make no mistake, as amazing as this city is,  we all had to be dragged there and all have no appreciation for the blessing that had been poured upon us until we lived in this city for quite some time.  I have been so blessed and grown tremendously in just a few years and now have great hope for what lies ahead despite the wickedness and evil that is running rampant in our physical world.

Ultimately all men and all eyes shall be in the city of the Lord where the great King rules.  I hope these Scriptures help make alive the message of hope and peace that only comes when we are planted firmly in this city of truth, the real LA in the Spirit.

Psa 48:2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.

Isa 33:20 Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.

Isa 52:1 Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.

That city Jerusalem in the modern nation of Israel has nothing to do with the city I speak of and the one spoken of in the Scriptures of being the heavenly city, where the angels of God dwell.

There is no free will involved in entering into ZION.  It is all the work of God.  Like I said, we must be dragged against the will of our flesh and carnal mind.

Jer 3:14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:

Mic 4:10 Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.

Reading Jeremiah 29 and Ezra for example we see clearly who puts us into Babylon and then who causes us to come out of Babylon and into this city but only in the appointed times.

Jer 29:14  And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.

Ezr 1:5  Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests, and the Levites, with all them whose spirit God had raised, to go up to build the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem.

All men will one day see this city and will enter into it.  But for now, it is only for God’s Very Elect who in fact make up and are this city.  This city is also the bride of Christ, it has many roles and function and is represented by numerous symbols which I will defer to a later post Lord willing.  John’s vision in Revelation speaks of seeing this city come down out of heaven and remember, heaven is within you, it is not some planet in outer space, the kingdom of God, including heaven is WITHIN YOU (Luke 17:20-21).  

Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

 The scarcity of how few are chosen continues to amaze me.  We can only come to appreciate the blessing that has fallen upon us, without any merit on our part, and it must be given to us to live in this city in this age while yet in a vessel of clay.  This truth will be nonsense to us all until we have walked in the fire and the light of Mt. Zion for some time.  The heavenly city of spiritual Jerusalem is a type and shadow for the true church which is the Body of Christ.  Like our Lord, we are sent to represent Him and be the light unto this dark world.

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

Heb 12:22  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

Heb 12:23  To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

This is the church, the called out ones that are of one mind by the same Spirit of truth that lives in us all.

The meaning of the word ANGELS

The words translated as angels in our bibles also mean messengers. A simple word search in esword will quickly confirm this fact. For example the Hebrew work MALAK occurs 212 times and is translated “angel” and “messenger” almost interchangeably as the KJC reflects.  I hope you are given the zeal to search out the truth in the Scriptures.  To properly divide them, it takes much research and more importantly God given ears to hear.

Pro 25:2  It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.

Assuming you are a king of the Lord and one of His Elect, let’s see what the word angel really means. 

mal’âk
Total KJV Occurrences: 212

angel, 100
Gen_16:7, Gen_16:9-11 (3), Gen_21:17, Gen_22:11, Gen_22:15, Gen_24:7, Gen_24:40, Gen_31:11, Gen_48:16, Exo_3:2, Exo_23:19-20 (2), Exo_23:23, Exo_32:34, Exo_33:2, Num_20:16, Num_22:22-27 (6), Num_22:31-32 (2), Num_22:34-35 (2), Jdg_2:1, Jdg_2:4, Jdg_5:23, Jdg_6:11-12 (2), Jdg_6:20-22 (5), Jdg_13:3, Jdg_13:6, Jdg_13:9, Jdg_13:13, Jdg_13:15-18 (5), Jdg_13:20-21 (3), 2Sa_14:17, 2Sa_14:20, 2Sa_19:27, 2Sa_24:16-17 (4), 1Ki_13:18, 1Ki_19:5, 1Ki_19:7, 2Ki_1:3, 2Ki_1:15, 2Ki_19:35, 1Ch_21:12, 1Ch_21:15-16 (4), 1Ch_21:18, 1Ch_21:20, 1Ch_21:27, 1Ch_21:30, 2Ch_32:21, Psa_34:7, Ecc_5:5-6 (3), Isa_37:36, Isa_63:9, Hos_12:4, Zec_1:9, Zec_1:11-14 (4), Zec_1:19, Zec_2:3 (2), Zec_3:1, Zec_3:3, Zec_3:5-6 (2), Zec_4:1, Zec_5:4-5 (3), Zec_5:10, Zec_6:4-5 (2), Zec_12:8

messengers, 74
Gen_32:3, Gen_32:6, Num_20:14, Num_21:21, Num_22:5, Num_24:12, Deu_2:26, Jos_6:17, Jos_6:25, Jos_7:22, Jdg_6:35 (2), Jdg_7:24, Jdg_9:31, Jdg_11:12-14 (3), Jdg_11:17, Jdg_11:19, 1Sa_6:21, 1Sa_11:3-4 (2), 1Sa_11:7, 1Sa_11:9 (2), 1Sa_16:19, 1Sa_19:11, 1Sa_19:14-16 (3), 1Sa_19:20-21 (4), 1Sa_25:14, 1Sa_25:42, 2Sa_2:5, 2Sa_3:12, 2Sa_3:14, 2Sa_3:26, 2Sa_5:11, 2Sa_11:4, 2Sa_12:27, 1Ki_20:2, 1Ki_20:5, 1Ki_20:9 (2), 2Ki_1:2-3 (2), 2Ki_1:5, 2Ki_1:16, 2Ki_7:15, 2Ki_14:8, 2Ki_16:7, 2Ki_17:4, 2Ki_19:9, 2Ki_19:14, 2Ki_19:23, 1Ch_19:1-2 (2), 1Ch_19:16, 2Ch_36:15-16 (2), Neh_6:3, Pro_16:14, Isa_14:32, Isa_18:2, Isa_37:9, Isa_37:14, Isa_44:26, Jer_27:3, Eze_23:16, Eze_30:9, Nah_2:13

messenger, 24
1Sa_23:27, 2Sa_11:19, 2Sa_11:22-23 (2), 2Sa_11:25, 1Ki_19:2, 1Ki_22:13, 2Ki_5:10, 2Ki_6:32-33 (3), 2Ki_9:18, 2Ki_10:8, 2Ch_18:12, Job_1:14, Job_33:23, Pro_13:17, Pro_17:11, Isa_42:19, Eze_23:40, Hag_1:13, Mal_2:7, Mal_3:1 (2)

angels, 10
Gen_19:1 (2), Gen_19:15, Gen_28:12, Gen_32:1, Job_4:18, Psa_78:49, Psa_91:11, Psa_103:20, Psa_104:4, Psa_148:2

ambassadors, 4
2Ch_35:21, Isa_30:4, Isa_33:7, Eze_17:15

An amazing amount of deception exists in Babylon, simply from their failure to see God’s angels for what they really are. Can’t go into those details here but I will tell you, it is the brethren, it is the very Elect of God who will camp around us when we are in this spiritual city and fear the Lord. We are delivered, which means salvation when we abide in this heavenly city. God’s Elect are the real guardian angels contrary to what we are taught in Babylon.

Psa 34:7 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

While the Lord does have spirit being angels like Gabriel, in the vast majority of places where angels is referenced it is really speaking about God’s Very Elect, His Angels and His Messengers. It is thru HIS BODY that the Lord works.

This truth is hidden from carnal eyes and helps to hide the truth of God’s word and cloak the fact that God’s Elect are the angels, the ministers of fire that speak His word and do the works as Jesus Christ the Body.

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

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

Of course we have to also know that fire is not literal fire and wood is not wood and embrace the Bible in spirit and learn comparing spiritual to spiritual just as we are told.

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.

The carnal mind cannot do this, it always falls in the trap of comparing physical with spiritual and misses the main point and perverts the way of truth and creates false doctrines as a result.

The angel of the Lord is Christ.  Yet Christ works through His Body and  upon which HE is the head.

Joh 20:21  Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

Jesus Christ considers His Body as Himself, it is through us that He works.

Act 9:4  And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

Act 9:5  And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it ishard for thee to kick against the pricks.

Please don’t accuse me of claiming I am the head Jesus Christ but do not mock my boldness to say I am the Lord’s, I am a part of His Body.  Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!

Psa 107:2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so

The messengers of God are His angels and they speak THE WORD that brings fire and judgment upon our sins and carnal nature, when we are given ears to hear. It is God’s Elect who bring the seven last plagues to man which destroys the old man and brings light out of the darkness.

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

Rev 15:1 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.
Rev 15:6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.
Rev 15:7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.

In type and shadow, we appear to those the Lord sends us and we speak the words of fire to ears that now hear and hearts that have been prepared to receive the word that is Christ.  This process devours spiritually the lies of Babylon and the wisdom of Egypt.

Exo 3:2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.

As Christ comes, so do His angels to set the prisoners free.

Act 5:19 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said,

Luk 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

The Lord has a heavenly city in which He dwells. He has been in this city ever since He ascended into the clouds.

Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Act 1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
Act 1:10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
Act 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

and Christ has been returning into these same clouds that carnal eyes cannot see ever since. Christ lives in His people, who are His temple and that is where He resides and we if we are God’s Elect are seated with Him now.

1Co 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

Eph 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavens in Christ Jesus:

Luk 17:20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
Luk 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Eventually every eye shall see Him in these clouds, but for now only the Elect have been given that blessing. Anyone thinking outwardly, looking in physical clouds is not getting it and are yet carnal thinking of Christ IN THE FLESH.

Luk 21:27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

Carnal babes that believe in the rapture again are thinking physically in the natural and know not that the air refers to meeting Christ in the Spirit being one mind. A topic for another post.  Only few there be shall find the way in this age. The blessing of God’s Elect comes to so very few and the multitudes resent and look down upon their brothers who have been given this coat of many colors by the Lord.

Gen 37:3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.
Gen 37:4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

The Elect are the apple of God’s eye. The gathering of the saints is the assembly of the heavenly city and the great cloud of witnesses that make of God’s chosen few.

Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

The scarcity of how few, few really means is not evident to us until we have been walking in the fire for some time.  The heavenly city of spiritual Jerusalem is a type and shadow for the true church which is the Body of Christ.  Like our Lord we are sent to represent Him and be the light unto this dark world.

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

1Jn 4:17  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

Those in this spiritual city are the firstfruits unto salvation who will follow our Lord being born again by the Spirit.

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

1Co 5:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

Jas :18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Rev 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

The highway of holiness that FEW are given to find is only entered into on Mt. Zion. Foolish carnal minds will not enter in. The messengers of God will be gathered to Zion and sing spiritual songs of joy and we will be filled with the joy that only comes from know Jesus and His Christ.

Isa 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.

When we are redeemed by living thru God’s judgment now, we will be brought to Zion and will be singing the new song spoken so often about in the Scriptures.

Isa 35:9 No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:
Isa 35:10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

I have been seeing the role of the BODY spoken of in Scripture in many more places. We being Sion/Zion are going to be the saviors that judge the world in righteousness if we make the first resurrection.  That is what we strive to attain to Lord willing.

Rom 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

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

When Christ first comes to all of us, we will stumble over the ROCK. But ultimately that rock will fall upon us and grind us to powder.

Rom 9:33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

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

There is a clear purpose in what the Lord is doing in all of our lives. It is a blessing to begin to understand His ways and purposes having the mind of Christ. When the Lord drags you to Himself, He is going to drag you to HIS CITY OF ANGELS. You will be brought to Christ who lives in the heavenly city today.  You will be brought to Mt. Zion and enter into the Holy City of Jerusalem above.

Oba 1:17  But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.

Joe 2:32  And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

This city of truth is the Body of Christ in each successive generation.  Jesus Christ is come in the flesh and is building His church and placing His saints in the city of angels.  I hope this has blessed a few that have been given to understand these mysteries of the kingdom of God.

ALL MEN WILL BE IN THE CITY IN THE END

The city of the Lord will eventually encompass all men.  The last enemy of Christ to be overcome is death and then all men shall be alive and abiding in the city of truth.  Here is this prophesy even in Jeremiah which precedes the details of the new covenant in Chapter 31.

Jer 31:38  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the city shall be built to the LORD from the tower of Hananeel unto the gate of the corner.

Jer 31:39  And the measuring line shall yet go forth over against it upon the hill Gareb, and shall compass about to Goath.

Jer 31:40  And the whole valley of the dead bodies, and of the ashes, and all the fields unto the brook of Kidron, unto the corner of the horse gate toward the east, shall be holy unto the LORD; it shall not be plucked up, nor thrown down any more for ever.

This city is His people,  for now the very Elect but ultimately it will encompass all men as all flesh shall see the salvation of the Lord.

Isa 26:1  In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks.

Speaking for myself I love this city of righteousness.  I LOVE LA; which in truth and in spirit is Jerusalem Above.

Sincere questions or comments can be sent to peterjwilson56@gmail.com

YOUR BROTHER IN CHRIST

PETE

salvation

When God Gives A Gift You Know It

Romans 6:23  For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Being saved is to have eternal life.  The kingdom of God and eternal life came 2,000 years ago and a few have been entering in ever since in every generation.  Contrary to the teachings of men, salvation is not being spared the wrath and judgment of God; it is coming to know Him and possessing eternal life in the present tense.  The Kingdom of God was near, at the very door 2,000 years ago and many wicked people have been destroyed by Christ’s appearing,  been converted and have entered in ever since.  Even  spiritual prostitutes who played the harlot like me!!  What a blessing to know the Father and the Christ that He has sent.   Jesus prayed this prayer for all of His disciples including those who would come in the future generations.

John 17:3  And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

Eternal life is not living forever with the same immortal soul.  That is just another false doctrine of Babylon.  All men shall die.  But it is also true that all men shall be resurrected to life in the ages to come and it is this resurrection to life that is the blessed hope and good news for all men.  But make no mistake eternal life is knowing Christ here and now.  Is better said to be AIONIAN life, a present tense knowing Christ.  Few there be that shall find this way.

1 John 5:20  And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

This new life called eternal life, which means KNOWING GOD, is truly a gift from God that will ultimately come to all men in the appointed time.  This life is found only in the Son.

All men sin, there is not one that does not,  yet God has delivered on His promises to Abraham and will destroy death and make all men alive in due season.

1 COR 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ ALL shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order

Since my healing and opening of spiritual ears and eyes,  I have come to know that HE is the LORD and was working all things in my life and the lives of all men.   He came suddenly and saved me despite my wicked deeds only on the basis of His Election of me before the world began.  When this happens to you, you will KNOW HE IS THE LORD!

Ezekiel 20:44  And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I deal with you for my name’s sake, not according to your evil ways, nor according to your corrupt deeds, O house of Israel, declares the Lord GOD.

Ezekiel 37:13  And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people.

All men, all families, all nations will come to KNOW THE LORD and be saved in their appointed times.  This is the blessed hope on which this good news gospel stands.  Praise God.

Ezekiel 37:28  And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore

Ultimately in the ages to come,  the Lord will be in the midst of ALL MEN.  WOW.  This will happen WHEN the day of salvation comes.   This is the  appointed time for each of us already written in God’s books before the world began.

Psalm 139:16  Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them

I wrote a post a few months ago about this precious GIFT of faith (click here) which is the only way we come to know God.  This gift of faith, is the also the gift of eternal life (“aionian” life) that will appear to all men in each man’s appointed time.  The order is the Elect, the very few,   followed in the ages to come at the 2nd resurrection of the dead of all men.

In speaking these wonderful “good news” things I have not made many friends in the religious community be it online or otherwise.  I continue to study to show myself approved to be able to rightly divide the WORD of truth and speak confidently of the things the Lord has affirmed in my heart.  I want to always be ready to give an answer to those who inquire on the things of God and especially His love and innate mercies and goodness that never ever will fail.

This post is simply a collection of verses that speak to this amazing and wonderful work of God in imparting faith to His people.  All that will be saved will be saved by faith and that too only from God.  This is how God brings and works eternal life in His people.  May those with ears hear these words.

Eph 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that (THE FAITH) not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.

The classic verse is one of the most well known but least understood passages in all of Scripture.  The very gift of God is the faith of Christ.  No man chooses and hence no man can boast that they chose Christ and someone else did not.  Man has absolutely no role in his salvation.  It is all the work of God, a circumcision that is truly without hands.

Phil 1:29-30 For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake,  having the same conflict which you saw in me and now hear is in me.

What a wonderful verse that reaffirms Jesus statements on the cost all true disciples WILL PAY.  When God blesses grants to you this gift of faith then our suffering has just begun.  We will fill up in the afflictions of Christ and that is where the glory and honor will be for His chosen disciples.  When God gives you this gift, then you come to truly appreciate the potter and clay Scriptures and know they mean exactly what they say.  God is the one is doing all the “willing”,  man has no part in salvation and most certainly not choosing to be saved.

Romans 9:16-18  So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.” 18 Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens.

This theme is in scores of places, especially if we perused the Prophets,  but it crystal clear in the gospels for anyone with eyes to see.  We will come to know God is working all things in all men in all the earth.  When Jesus began building His church by choosing disciples, He told them this.

Luke 10:22  All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

There is no room to argue these words.  Nobody comes to know the true God and the living WORD of Christ unless the Son chooses .

John 15:16  You did not choose Me, but I chose you

The inward boasting, glorying and the self righteousness we all cannot help but have in our carnal fleshly minds,  will only be destroyed by the brightness of the appearing to Christ in our hearts.  It is this very gift of faith that gives us the access into the grace of God.

Romans 5:1-2  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Ezra 1:5  Then the heads of the fathers’ houses of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and the Levites, with all whose spirits God had moved, arose to go up and build the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem

Jesus Christ really does build His Church and man has no part in it whatsoever   All of God’s chosen people; His disciples receive grace based on the measure of faith given to each.   It is the Father’s good pleasure to give good gifts to His children that have inherited the kingdom of God.

Eph 4:7-8   But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore He says:

“When He ascended on high,
He led captivity captive,
And gave gifts to men.”

There are many teachings that make clear, from the negative, that those who do not have faith and do not have ears to hear or eyes to see don’t have faith because they were purposefully blinded and shut up in spiritual darkness by God.  This is the fate of all men and the way we come into this world.  Salvation and imparting of faith and the gift of eternal life is all in the hands of God and His predetermined plan for all of creation.

Romans 11:7-8 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded. 8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

Only the elect will come to understand. Only the elect will believe in this true gospel.  We will preach it and those God has predestined to hear it and believe will hear it and will believe.  That is an amazing God, declaring the end from the beginning and orchestrating it exactly as He already has spoken.

John 12:39-40 Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, 40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

Carnal eyes will see these verses but cannot receive them. Of course those that think they chose to have faith will always believe this speak to the man down the street.  But it really is true that God has shut the whole world up into darkness,  He has sent all strong delusion and He will get all the glory when people do come to the true light.  They will know He is the Lord.

Like all words of Scriptures, the understanding must be given to us by God.

Matthew 13:10-13 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?”  11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.

Chapter Six of John’s gospel is one of my favorites.  It contains some powerful Scriptures and heavy meat for those weaned off the baby milk of salvation for all men.  In this section, we see that all the Father has chosen will come to Jesus.  Nobody is going to exercise free will and decide not to come to Christ.

John  6:37  All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

John 6:39  And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

Nobody who comes to the real Christ is going to be lost.  In my former ignorance and carnal Christianity days,  I preached aggressively against Once Saved Always Saved.  The whole premise of this argument is flawed from both sides that like to argue it constantly.  But neither side understands what salvation is nor the power of God.   Neither know the truth.  But I will believe Christ who says He will lose none of His chosen disciples, except for Judas so the Scriptures would be fulfilled.  EVERY ONE Christ said.

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

Not only will all the Father chooses come.  No man can come unless they are literally dragged, kicking and screaming spiritually speaking by the Father.  The Greek word translated draw in this verse and others, is actually drag and is used in many verses speaking of fishing nets and catching fish.  Something to think about!

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

Wise men in the flesh, will be boasting in their free will decisions and self righteously promoting themselves and their carnal knowledge of Scriptures.  I did the exact same thing.  But the real learning only comes from the Father after He drags you to Christ.

John 6:45  It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

Every man that has ears to hear,  “hath heard”  learned from the Father and came to Jesus.  This is the same lesson Jesus explained to Peter on who revealed He was the Christ.

Matthew 16:17  Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven

I long for a world when all people will know the Christ and have this revealing unto them.  That day is coming and is promised for all.  We just must wait on the Lord.   Hallelujah.  The restitution of all things!

All the verses we see that infer man has a choice are being taken out of context by those without ears to hear the truth.   The Scriptures are written for God’s chosen few, the Elect.  They are not written for the people of this world, which certainly includes the multitudes of called but not chosen professing Christians.  When we are told to choose today whom we shall serve, we are choosing AFTER faith and salvation has come.  This is AFTER our day of election has come and we enter into the House of God by faith.  We will then know Christ in the Spirit where we once knew Him only after the flesh.  That is where the orthodox followers of Christ are to this very day.

Despite my numerous mistakes and errors of late,  I am thankful for the forgiveness of sin for the children of covenant.  I will press on with my new found brothers and sisters in Christ for the upward calling of God which is a crown of righteousness.  I pray I will be found worthy and be in this blessed and holy first resurrection.  Those so chosen of God must remain faithful to the end and not disqualify themselves from receiving their crown of righteousness.

1 COR 9:27  But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

No this verse does not speak to losing ones salvation, it speaks of not remaining faithful to the calling and election placed on the chosen few.  I am learning not to be like Peter and cut the ears off of those who seem to keep coming, bringing confrontation.  Jesus will heal those ears.  In my youth, I have done just that but was reminded the other day of these words of the Lord to His chosen disciples.

Matthew 10:16  Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

Learning to be peaceful and humble through all of this is a learning curve.  I do apologize to any that I hurt in my non dove response in defense of this awesome God I now serve.  Those who do not hear, cannot hear and this is how and why we must show them the same mercy we ourselves have been shown by our Father in heaven.

Luke 10:16  He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me

No sense talking once it is clear someone cannot hear.  Those who reject are not rejecting me, they are really rejecting Christ and God will deal with them in their appointed time.  Tis why we need to move on when these words of love and good news are not received.   God is faithful even when we are not.  What He has vowed, He will do.

Jonah 2:9  But I will sacrifice to You
With the voice of thanksgiving;
I will pay what I have vowed.
Salvation is of the Lord

May the  peace and the love of Christ fill your hearts.

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Entering the Kingdom of God

I want to speak about entering the kingdom of God.   I want to share some understanding and hopefully let those who have ears to hear the truth hear it.  There is so much falsehood and error regarding the kingdom of God which has been available to be entered into for 2,000 years.

Luke 17:20-21  Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”

Carnal Christianity sees the promised blessing of eternal life as being some far off thing that comes only to a very few who will live for eternity with God.  This is always a future event awaiting the physical return of the Lord Jesus.  While such physical return does await and I hasten for it to come,  the kingdom of God was near and had already come 2,000 years ago.  The door that is Christ has been opened for those that the Father has chosen.  True disciples chosen by God will know this and will go and preach this gospel into the world.  Jesus told us 2,000 years ago not to point to a far off future event.  We bring healing to the world and tell them of this good news and kingdom that has come near. But make no mistake,  the kingdom of God or alternatively the kingdom of heaven was at hand a long time ago.  It was near, at the very door.

Luke 10:9  And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God HAS COME near to you.’

Matthew 4:17  From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven IS NEAR.

Mark 1:15  The time promised by God has come at last!” he announced. “The Kingdom of God IS NEAR! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!”

Knowing this truth about the kingdom of God,  it provides a totally different perspective on all those passages that have carnal man reading their newspapers and looking to the future to determine when Jesus is returning.  He comes without visible observation just as the Lord said at the opening verse from Luke 17:20.

Mark 13:29  Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that it is near—at the doors!

His kingdom has indeed come just as Jesus told us to pray.  Thy kingdom come,  thy will be done.  His will is our sanctification and it will come in its appointed time.  Guaranteed by the power of the cross and the oath of God’s word.

Once Jesus ascended up into heaven,  then the special blessing of the Holy Spirit could be poured out.  This is why it was beneficial that Jesus return to the Father as He explained to the dumbfounded carnal minded disciples at that time.  Jesus explained to the disciples that the appointed time for each to be saved and have the kingdom of God appear within them was only in the authority of God the Father.

ACTS 1:6  Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.

This is how we enter into the kingdom of God.  At the election and appointment of the Father.  So many just cannot grasp the simple truth that God controls who believes, who comes to faith and salvation is only the work of God.  Man has no choice in the matter.  This is clearly shown in the book of ACTS in several places including this one.

ACTS 13:48  Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.

I do pray the Lord will send more harvesters into the field with the truth.  Because this is an important catalyst of how people come to enter into the kingdom.  Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the WORD OF GOD.  We have work cut out for us as there will be much opposition to the true gospel.  The carnal minds of men will be at enmity with the truth I preach along with many others.  We are dealing with a monstrous falling away from faith and belief in this eternal hell and self-will of man to choose God.  Those who believe this will see the broad way that leads to destruction referring to the 99% that go to this eternal hell hole.

The Scriptures do not teach such nonsense.  Such beliefs are all the deceptions of carnal minded men who have interpreted the Scriptures without the requisite revealing of the Lord Jesus.  Such false doctrines are many and the false precepts and traditions make sure that each of us is born into and raised in spiritual darkness awaiting the revealing of God to our hearts in the appointed time.

There are clearly more ages to come and the glorious eternity for all creation and all men to be bowing and worshipping before the Lord.  This is the blessed hope for all creation and magnifies the name of the awesome God I serve.  John saw a vision of this age to come.

Rev 5:13  And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying:

“Blessing and honor and glory and power
Be to Him who sits on the throne,
And to the Lamb, forever and ever!”

My focus is not to refute eternal hell in this post as God knows I have already done that in recent posts.  My purpose here is look at the Scripture that speaks to inheriting, entering and seeing the KINGDOM OF GOD here on this earth in this body of sinful flesh.

Matthew 22:14  For many are called, but few are chosen

It is our Father, God who chooses the Bride for His Son.  The chosen or the elect of God are the bride that will come to the wedding feast of the Lord.  This is supping with God thru the Lord Jesus in our hearts.  Few there be shall find the way.

Matthew 7:13-14  Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Jesus is the Savior of all men, but especially of those given this gift of precious faith from the Father.  Do you see in this verse that those that go the broad way, still enter in?  It says there are MANY who go in by the broad way of  destruction.  For these many, entering into the kingdom has not been ordained for this life and age, at least not yet — but will be in the ages to come.  They have been destined for captivity and their hearts will remain hardened to this gospel until their time does come.  And this is why we never ever judge those in the world who have not received this gift of faith.  But the power of God is undeniable and all that the Father gives to Jesus will come, there will be none that are lost.

John 6:39  This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day

Getting this good news settled in our heart is only done by faith and that a gift.  This is the good news gospel that God has chosen to put into the mouths of His chosen few.  This is what we shall preach and teach regardless of the opinions of men, especially those of religious men who know not the living God.

1 Tim 4:10-11 For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. 11 These things command and teach!

It is an honor to suffer shame and hatred for the sake of the Lord Jesus.  In this I rejoice as I know all my other brothers and sisters in Christ are rejoicing all over this world.  What a privilege the Father has granted to His elect.

Phil 1:29  For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him,

There are many verses that speak to NOT entering into the kingdom God.  A carnal mind will always think of these warning passages as speaking to those  going to an eternal hell.  But what they really to speak is a reminder to those so blessed and chosen of God to not practice any of these things nor cast the pearls of wisdom given by God to such that do.  You see, a man still walking in the flesh is incapable of cleaning himself up and circumcising his own heart.  Such a person we are told is not a son or daughter of God.  Their deeds and the fruit they produce is the proof of the pudding.  This is what we are not to be deceived about.  But his has nothing to do with an eternal torment in hell.  Such people will be living in destruction and never finding the true peace that defines those who God has dragged into His kingdom.  Salvation is all the work of God in the appointed time.  Anyone doing such wicked deeds and practicing them is certainly not called of God yet and is by no means chosen and by definition are an unbeliever and an antichrist.

1 John 2:3-4  Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth (that is CHRIST) is not in him.

There are very many Christian liars for sure of which I was one of the worst imaginable until the Lord had mercy on me.  What defiles a man lives in his heart and all the wicked are full of dead man’s bones and speak the things of spiritual death. Things like these:

Galatians 5:19  Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Anyone doing such things will not be blessed and holy and in the first resurrection.  These will not inherit the kingdom now and unless chosen later will not partake in the symbolic thousand year reign of Christ on this earth.   Far greater blessing to come to Christ now, by the will of the Father; and enter into and posses the land that is a pure heart in Christ Jesus.

Trees of righteousness planted by God do not produce bad fruit (Matthew 7:17).  That is why these words of warning are all over the Scripture that are written only for the eyes and ears of the Elect of God.  These verses have nothing to do with an eternal hell as is widely believed in Christian circles.

1 Corinthians 6:9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

Paul was speaking tough words to the church at Corinth.  Many of them were yet babes and carnal minded and had not come to a fuller understanding of spiritual things and did not comprehend the blessing they had already received through the gift of faith.  Paul goes on to tell them to not associate with those who practice such things and to remember from where God had brought them out of bondage to those sins.

1 COR 6:11  And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God

Those in the church did not wash themselves or clean themselves up,  this was all the work of God who generously poured out His Spirit into their hearts (Romans 5:5).  All the churches (the elect of God) that Paul wrote to got the same warning.   The same warning about the practice of sin is given and then we have this gem, which has been used to tell many they are going to an eternal hell.

Gal 5:24  And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Of course we know, that this crucifying of the flesh, was the work and power of God who did it without hands.  We just get in on it by faith and trusting in the Lord and His promises.  Now we do have a responsibility to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit once the gift is given to us.  So by no means is this statement saying that we have no accountability to God as is the often heard accusation.  But anyone so chosen of God is going to know when they are resisting God’s will as their hearts will be condemning them and the chastisement of the Father will bring them back in line. But this is a topic for another post or two.  But make no mistake,  the work of salvation and the giving of new hearts to men are all wonderful gifts from the Father.  This is how the power over sin is given to 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:

We see this message to the elect of God repeated throughout the Scriptures and this warning not to be deceived by the vanity of man’s religion.  We truly are called out to be separate from this world.

Eph 5:5-7  For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them.

The fact is, it is very hard, actually impossible for a man to enter the kingdom God.  The only way it happens if and when God decides to do it.  Salvation is always the work of the Lord and it comes by this precious gift of faith.  Consider what Jesus said here about entering the kingdom of God.

Matthew 19:23-26  Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” 26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

God will save all men in the end.  All men shall enter into the kingdom in the end.  The gates of Spiritual Jerusalem shall never be shut the Scriptures declare.  A man with worldly riches does have a harder time entering in because their mind is focused on earthly things and protecting what they have in its natural carnal state.  But the power of an almighty God is much greater than man and when God drags even a rich man,  that man shall come to and enter the kingdom.

Isaiah 60:11 Therefore your gates shall be open continually; They shall not be shut day or night, that men may bring to you the wealth of the Gentiles

The proud of heart do not receive this grace of God.  Only the humble receive it.  The Pharisees, the most religious folks known,  even today,  do not enter into the kingdom of God and they prevent others from entering in.  But God is more powerful and since it is never about man’s choosing,   Jesus continues to build His church and save all that the Father has given to Him.

Matthew 21:31  Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said to Him, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you.

Jesus likened entering into the kingdom with being like a little child in receiving the gift of faith.  Little children are not proud,  they are just happy to get a gift from God and this is the way all that are awakened to true righteousness shall understand this gift of faith.  It is only by this gift that they have entered in and this understanding will destroy the pride of flesh and the wisdom of the carnal mind.

Mark 10:15 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.
Luke 18:17 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.

While everyone seems to understand that we must be Born Again to enter into the kingdom, most that say this do not understand this is all of the work of God and His imparting of precious gifts and power.  Nicodemus, a very wise man in the Scriptures certainly did not understand this and they are many just like him today professing to be wise that are really fools.

John 3:5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.

Of course we see earlier that unless one is Born Again they cannot even SEE the kingdom of God much less enter into it.  Dead people don’t decide or have the power to raise themselves to eternal life and enter the kingdom.  Spiritually blind people have no chance finding their way into the kingdom of God.  They are blind!  All that come will be dragged by God in the appointed time.  No exceptions and we know only the elect of God will come in this life.  These are the few chosen among the many called.

John 6:44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me DRAGS (draws)  him; and I will raise him up at the last day.

Jesus goes on to tell us in the very next verse what all the elect know.  All true revelation is given only by the Lord.  He is our teacher and we learn from Jesus as given to us by the Father God.  God will use men to preach and teach this gospel but the responsibility to open eyes to see it and ears to hear it is all the work of the Sovereign Lord.

John 6:45  It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God’.

It is indeed a long journey in the wilderness before one can cross the Jordan river and enter into the land that is in Christ Jesus.  God has a special journey for all of His elect to go through many trials and tribulations to bring us to the point of the door that is in Christ.  I have many such stories to share and to testify but these are all unique to me in my walk and my journey.   But I praise God as I know all the saints do for putting these tribulations on us.

Acts 14:22We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.

Lastly I want to speak to some passages of Scripture that have perplexed me for some time but now I understand them fully.  I had shared some of this on my blog with other carnal minded believers about these verses.  I will only show the one but it is repeated in each of the synoptic gospels.

Mark 9:1 And He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with POWER.”

This was Jesus telling the assembled disciples, that some of them would not physically die (taste death) until they saw the kingdom of God present with power.  What Jesus was speaking about was their spiritual rebirth, being Born Again and raised in newness of life with the power of God dwelling inside of them.  This is only given to a blessed few and I am now a partaker of this blessing and have seen this kingdom come, thy will be done on this earth and in my heart.  That is a true healing.  As a recent post spoke about,  I have been given power and boldness to speak these truths.  I also know that no devil can touch me and the devils that are in many people will run and hide when they see me coming.  I know this sound boastful but I simply speak the truth in power as a mere man raised by the power of God.

Such power will be used to bring glory to God and to heal those spiritually that are in need of healing.  This will happen in God’s appointed times and I am looking forward to serving Him with a humble heart and fulfilling the calling placed upon me.  Knowing I am not alone in this prized possession brings great comfort and I will pray for the edification of this Body of Christ.  Peter spoke of those who had entered into the kingdom of God by faith.  What great words spoken to God’s very elect.

2 Peter 1:3-5  His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

I believe in Jesus and the power of God.  The fervent effective prayer of a righteousness man avails itself much.  I need to learn to pray more fervently as I know God will hear and answer based on what Jesus has spoken.

John 14: 14 If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

God truly is a living God.  He lives thru Christ.  Christ is risen and lives in those whom the Father has given to Him.    I know that one day all of men will come to this place of understanding and receive the special blessing promised to our father Abraham.  When this blessing does come,  behold all things will be changed and made new.  Those chosen only have this promise in partial down payment form,  so what we have to look forward to is beyond our comprehension, but know that it is good,  very good.  This is the kingdom of God that lives in our hearts.  May you all come to enter in and partake in this blessing.

John 14:19-21 Because I live, you will live also. 20 At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

Have you entered into this kingdom?  Seek this kingdom and the righteousness of Christ and God in His time will pull you into this glorious blessing by His gift of faith.  If you have been chosen,  He will draw you and you will seek Him.  This is God’s salvation.  It is all of the Lord and it is wonderful.

Revelation 21:5  The One who sat on the throne said, `Look, I make all things new.’ And he said, `Write this, because these words can be trusted. they are true.’

Count on it.  Believe it.  This is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Slaves versus Bondservants of God

All men are born into slavery.  We come into this world already bound by sin inheriting the curse of the first Adam.  We come with a sinful nature and do not even have to be taught how to sin.  It is our natural state.  It is only by the gift of God,  giving us faith and providing access into His grace that any person is saved and given their freedom.

The early church and all the disciples considered themselves slaves and bond servants of the Lord.  This can be seen in essentially ever single epistle and letter.  Go check it out yourself but I show you just a few below.

Jude 1:1  Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ:

James 1:1  James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad

2 Peter 1:1 Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:

Notice also who the Apostles were addressing in these epistles.  These letters were written to the saints called by God.   They are not writing to anyone and everyone in the world.  They are writing this letter to the brethren who are only the ELECT of God.  The Elect are those that GOD HIMSELF has called, chosen, sanctified and given true faith.  Go read it is all right there in the salutations of all these epistles.  Collectively as James says in his opening, these letters are written to Spiritual Israel and the 12 tribes scattered all throughout this world.

I too am a bondservant of Jesus Christ now,  having been enslaved to Him by the power of God’s election.   I now write to this post to those similarly called and chosen of the Lord.   I know there are many on the cusp of the door that is Christ.  God willing  by the foolishness of my preaching on this glorious gospel may God bring more into the sheep pen and give this precious gift of faith.

ALL MEN ARE SLAVES

Psalm 51:5  Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.

All men are born into sin from birth.   None is good, no one not one.  As we can readily see in Jeremiah 18 and Romans 8, the Potter has chosen to make us twice and all creation is purposefully marred from the start.  This is all God’s design, done on purpose.   You must be Born Again to enter into His Kingdom.  Yet it all remains in the hands and timing of the Potter.  Man has no free will to choose God.  Faith is a gift.

Romans 6:17-18  But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.

Jesus is the deliverer.  He delivers us from the kingdom of darkness and sets us free from the slavery we were all born into.  This is everywhere in the Bible for those given eyes to see it and ears to hear the words of God written in the Scriptures.  This indeed is the message in Ephesians 2.

Ephesians 2:1-2  And you hath HE quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Who quickened us?  Who delivered us from this bondage?  It was all of God.  The carnal mind just refuses to accept the truth that it is enslaved and truly is a piece of clay in the hands of an Almighty God.  This has been a recurring theme in recent posts yet I feel more is needed and God will use these words to quicken life to some that will read and believe this good news gospel.    The ministry of Jesus Christ was to come set the captives, the slaves to sin free.  This is a glorious work of God and is all of grace and not the choice of any man.  It is all ordained of the Lord.

Romans 6:16  Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?

These are the words the Lord spoke when commencing His ministry and quoting from the prophecy of Isaiah in Luke 4.

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives (SLAVES TO SIN)
And recovery of sight to the blind, (SPIRITUALLY BLIND)

Romans 6 is a great chapter which speaks to this conversion from a slave to sin to a slave to righteousness.  All of this is a wonderful gift from a good God who in His mercy saves us all in the appointed time.  It is never our own strength, initiative or choice to stop being a slave to sin.  It is all the work of God.  It is a gift to a chosen few.

Romans 6:20-23  For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

WE DO NOT CHOOSE TO BECOME SLAVES OF GOD.  A SLAVE HAS NO SUCH ABILITY TO MAKE THE CHANGE.

The Fallacy of Free Will

Those that teach man’s free will are not in the true faith.  They truly are unbelievers and antichrists.  Such also teach of an eternal torment in hell which is a damnable heresy that denies the sovereign Lord who has already purchased all men through the shed blood on the cross.  I have had to stop engaging in their frivolous arguments.  Such men cannot even hear the word of God because they are not of God and are of their father the devil.  Jesus had a conversation with those that believed on him but were not chosen of God.  These professing Christians would not admit they were slaves to sin.  They were very self righteous just like the modern day versions, many of which used to post on this blog.

John 8:33 They answered Him, “ We are Abraham’s descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free’?”

But Jesus did not mince words with them.  They attacked the true gospel and could not hear the words Jesus spoke or have any understanding.  They were shut up into spiritual darkness as Jesus told them plainly.

John 8:47  He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.

They scoffed and mocked Jesus and accused him of being evil and having a demon.  I have been accused of the very same things over the past month.  I rejoice to share in the suffering and persecutions of my Lord Jesus.  Mine accusers just like those of Jesus’s day know not what they are doing.

We are all born and conceived in sin, brought into this world in a weak body of sinful flesh.  This was God’s purpose all along to remake us and rebirth us into a child of the kingdom.  We have to learn righteousness and know good from evil.  This is why the Lord told Adam You Shall Surely Die.  But men do not understand what God was saying until their appointed time.  Only a very few, an escaped remnant, being called the chosen and Elect will find the truth in this life.  The rest in the ages to come.

ECC 7:20  For there is not a just man on earth who does good and does not sin

Romans 8:20  For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope

God set it up this way.  Everyone needs a Savior.  If the righteous requirement of the law can be fulfilled by us in our natural born state, then there was no reason to send Jesus to die for all of mankind.  NONE.  But a carnal man cannot accept this and his mind is hostile to the true gospel of Jesus Christ.  Christ did not die in vain and all men shall be saved in the end.  You still don’t believe what God has said in the Scriptures?  Consider some more of how we come into this world and God works it all out in His time.

1 COR 15:42-45  The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. 43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

Do you have ears to hear and eyes to see the truth?  It is staring you right in the face in these Scriptures.  But make no mistake, before God comes and plucks you out of spiritual darkness, all men are slaves to sin.  They cannot help by practice sin, it is their very nature.  It is what slaves to sin do ,  they sin!  You can put on all kinds of forms of godliness and external religion but inside such an unconverted person will be full of dead men’s bones.  Death will still be working in them.

God has to deliver us from are slavery to sin.  We are helpless to do so on our own power and initiative.  It is only by His will that we can be set free of our slavery .

Oh praise God for His Mighty Deliverance granted unto those He chooses.  He alone can lead us out of this bondage and instantly set us free.  This is accomplished by the gift of faith which gives us access to this grace of God in which we the true saints now stand.

When one is truly Born Again by God’s choosing and the Spirit is poured out.  They are free.  A slave will know that he has been set free.  The burden will all of sudden be light and the yoke will be easy.  The shackles of sin will come off.  Hallelujah.  Let freedom ring.

John 8:35  a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.  Therefore IF the Son MAKES you free, you shall be free indeed.

The religious carnal man will never see this glorious truth of freedom granted by the Lord’s election.  They will look hard and cling to a few passages of Scripture to nullify the thousand that speak to this glorious truth of God’s grace and election.  Here is one often used as the proof text for a slave deciding on their own to be free.

Joshua 24:14-16  Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! 15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

What a great Scripture and yes my house will serve this Lord!  But what this refers  is after we are delivered out of the hands of the enemy,  not before,  then and only then do we have a choice as a free man.  We can be led astray back into bondage if we follow men or the gods of this world who will tempt us with its lusts.  So yes slaves once freed will continue to be tempted.  But we will choose to follow God and be led by His Spirit and will forsake the ways of the world and the religious traditions of men.

My Religious Escapades

I grew up believing in the free will of man to choose God.  It was all I was ever taught and this supposed truth was reinforced thousands of times in my life’s experiences.  You hear a lie often enough you will believe it when you take it to heart.  I had even made several altar calls over the years even going to down at a Billy Graham crusade once in the 1980s.

But I was never saved despite saying prayers and being told welcome to the Kingdom of God.  I was given assurance that I was a child of God and had received the Holy Spirit based on the actions I chose to take on those days.  Yet nothing ever changed.  I left the arena or the church the same person I was coming in, albeit with an emotional experience and a carnal understanding of a God who I was told loves me.  I took solace that because of my choice, I would now be spare an eternal punishment in hell.

But the emotional buzz always wore off.  I was not free.  I was still bound by sin.  I did not believe in the report of Isaiah that Jesus has already paid the price for all mean.  My sin always came back along with new ones.  Where was this voice of the Holy Spirit I was supposed to be hearing?  Where was this fruit I was supposed to be bearing in full measure?  I was not delivered as a slave,  I was merely deceived which is where the multitudes are camped out today.  Epecially the self righteous Pharisees that populate the Internet and make a ministry of accusing other people.

It was not delivered from my bondage.  The salvation so confidently promised to me by big men on the stage had not yet come.  I was the same person.  I came to realize in God’s appointed time for me, that I was not saved .  While God certainly had a heavy hand in those events and my actions,  directing all of my steps.  This was all just prep work for God to arrive at the point He decided long ago before the world began, when I would come to know of His true salvation.

Matthew 20:16   Many are called but few are chosen

Set Free From Sin & Fear

The same mistake a carnal man makes in believing in free will, also leads him to believe he can stop sinning on his own choosing by striving hard in his flesh.  This is such folly and is a virtual dead-end on a treadmill that will exhaust one and lead to frustration and ultimately failure.  There are many people who live their whole lives trying to be good, and out of fear avoid this eternal hell they have been taught,  yet they never ever find any lasting peace or joy.  Such have not the love of God in their heart and will bear a spirit of judgment and condemnation and be the antithesis of love your neighbor as yourselves.  They will have a form of godliness but deny the power of God to transform them into a new creation.  They will always think it is up to them and what they do and what they decide.  Such foolishness.  These do not believe the gospel.

Matthew 11:28-30  Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Sadly the yoke of these people is anything but easy.  Life is a bitch it seems and then they die.  They never find it, they miss the prince of peace, many by 1,000 miles.  They run a treadmill looking for this promised peace and never finding it.  They are not the chosen of God.  Many religious people are like this having been indoctrinated into the traditions of men and the external acts of religion.  Yet the true holiness of love is never produced in their heart and in their lives.   Instead their tree bears the fruit of briars and thorns, things like hate, envy, pride, strife, contentions, disputing, self-righteousness, covetousness, bitterness and the like.

Paul spoke about being a slave to sin in Romans 7 speaking of his helplessness to do what he wanted to do.  I lived a very long time caught and snared in this Romans 7 trap and could never escape until the Lord rescued me in my appointed time in June 2012 at age 56.  If most people are honest, they will know this speaks to them today.

Romans 7:16-20For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.

I was a wretched man and I still am in my carnal state.  This is why I must follow and be led of the Spirit of God.  This Spirit was given to me as a gift of love from the Father, who richly poured out His love into my heart.  If I follow my flesh, I will still sin and even since my conversion this has been proven to me.  But as a child of the Kingdom, my Father is quick to correct me and keep me on His narrow path.  Most professing to be of the faith are without this discipline and are not yet sons, they are illegitimate.

The entire story of Israel and their rescue from Egypt and the journey to the promise land is an example of the path of salvation for all men.  All must come to recognize they are slaves and cry out to the Lord asking for mercy.  He will hear the cries of those He has chosen and will come to the rescue.  This is my testimony and my healing speaks for itself.  The foolish Galatians quickly forget the lesson on slavery and sought to return to their former bondage under the law of sin and death.  Paul corrected them harshly.

Galatians 4:9  But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again?

His burden truly is light.  Those in the faith are not under the law but grace.  We have truly been set free in more ways than a carnal minded Christian can grasp.  There is no way for them to see it as the power and greatness of our God will always be limited and denied by them.  All of us have been there and done that so to speak with our sinful pasts.  Most are still enslaved yet they will deny it in their pride and forms of godliness.  They foolishly believe that as a slave they can actually free themselves.  A slave has no such ability or power to free themselves, but that thought never resonates with their proud heart.

Titus 3:3  For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.

All of salvation and freeing one from the power of sin is all the work and election of an Almighty God.  It will happen in the appointed time and all of us will one day be free from sin 100% and bowing and worshipping the Lamb together.  But sadly most of my former friends and associates are still ensnared into bondage and this glorious gospel is truly veiled from their eyes.  Slaves cannot see, they are blindfolded to the gospel.

2 COR 4:3-4  But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. 

The many are perishing.  Those who have hears will hear these truths and receive this confirmation in their heart.  No more fear.  It is gone.  Instead we receive power and the boldness to cry out Abba to our Father in heaven.  We are not slaves any more.  We are sons and daughters of the kingdom.  Our inheritance is guaranteed!  It was all the work of God sending the Spirit into our bodies of flesh.

Galatians 4:6  And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, yes He has.  The flesh of those He has chosen.  AMEN.  We can now live with full assurance and confidence of our adoption in the wonderful Kingdom of God.  We can cry out Abba Father and know He desires to give good things to His children.  Man this gospel is good when you are so blessed to see it.

Romans 8:15  For we did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”

This spirit of bondage is cast out.  The spirit of heaviness departs and we receive a spirit of praise instead.  These are the wedding garments of salvation.  There is much more I would like to share in due time about slavery and being set free.  Know that false teachers will keep men enslaved to sin.  They will teach unbelief and deny the power of God to set us free.  They will be jealous and envious of the freedom we have in Christ.  Such heretics use fear, especially of this demonic doctrine of an eternal hell to keep people from coming to the light that is Christ.

There are two covenants as Paul described in Galatians 4.  Those of the covenant with the bondwoman Hagar are far more numerous than those of the free woman Sarah.  Many are called but indeed only a few are chosen.  If you are free by the grace of God rejoice my friend, rejoice.

Do not be deceived any more by these false teachers who have secretly come into the professing body of believers to try to put you back into bondage to the law.  It is finished.  Live in your freedom without fear and put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh and its lusts thereof.   Put to work the gift that God has planted in you.  Stir up this gift and go preach this good news and glad tidings to all men.  Pay no attention to the heretics and religious Pharisees who will speak evil of you.  Live to please your Father in heaven and not men.

Thank you Lord Jesus for the gift of faith and the blessing of eternal life in you.  We give you thanks for freeing us from our slavery and making us free and giving us a heart for service in your kingdom.  May we serve you as a bondservant yet know we are a true son or daughter and have full access to your throne of mercy and grace.  Pour out your love Father and fill us anew daily so we can be a river of living waters to those you put into our paths.

Galatians 5:13 For you, brethren, have been called to freedom; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.