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Amos Part 25 – The Man of Sin Shall Not Escape

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“The Man of Sin Shall Not Escape”

Key Verses:  Amos 9:1 – 9:8

This is the last of the five visions given to Amos.  The number five and its multiples thereof in the Bible are used to convey grace through faith (Eph 2:8), the very means by which we are saved.  The time of the end that was far off (two years) in Amos 1:1 is now at hand.  The first vessel marred in the Potter’s hand (Jer 18:4) is now being remade by the destruction of the old man. Here is the vision and our verses for today.

Amo 9:1  I saw the Lord standing upon the altar: and he said, Smite the lintel of the door, that the posts may shake: and cut them in the head, all of them; and I will slay the last of them with the sword: he that fleeth of them shall not flee away, and he that escapeth of them shall not be delivered. 

Amo 9:2  Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down: 

Amo 9:3  And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence; and though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them:

Amo 9:4  And though they go into captivity before their enemies, thence will I command the sword, and it shall slay them: and I will set mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good. 

Amo 9:5  And the Lord GOD of hosts is he that toucheth the land, and it shall melt, and all that dwell therein shall mourn: and it shall rise up wholly like a flood; and shall be drowned, as by the flood of Egypt. 

Amo 9:6  It is he that buildeth his stories in the heaven, and hath founded his troop in the earth; he that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name. 

Amo 9:7  Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel? saith the LORD. Have not I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt? and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir? 

Amo 9:8  Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the LORD. 

This vision brought a pivotal Old Testament event to remembrance regarding the Passover.   The Passover was linked to the 10th and final plague that come to Egypt to free the Jews from their bondage (salvation).  That story like all the OT was type and shadow of events we live out in our day of the Lord.

Exo 12:15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. 

Exo 12:21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover.

Exo 12:22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.

Smiting the knop or lintel and cutting the heads symbolizes laying down our lives for Christ. It is only through death, by the Lord slaying “the last of them by the sword” that the devil is destroyed and we are freed from our sin and possess eternal life as we henceforth die daily with Christ.

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

Heb 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

It is the death of the first born, the first Adam, the man of sin which is still Jesus Christ who is the first and the last that precipitates our keeping of the Passover feast.

Rev 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Col 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

Eating this feast becomes a lifelong venture as we continue eating the bread and body of Jesus Christ.  This is the old man being fed with judgment (Eze 34:16) which is our suffering the many trials and tribulations that are saving us as we endure.  It is a long arduous process called the narrow way and as the sum of the Word shows, there are many experiences, victories and defeats as we grow into maturity.

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

1Co 11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

Unlike the first coming of Christ, when one of the seven heads of our beast is wounded and is quickly healed and we continue to worship ourselves (Rev 13:3-4); in the second coming, there will be no healing and no escape of the man of sin.  Christ tells us we shall certainly drink of the cup of His wrath and that time is now at hand (Jer 25:28).

Amo 9:2  Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down: 

Amo 9:3  And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence; and though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them: 

The beast, false prophet and the devil in all of us will be cast into the fire of God’s Word and be consumed (Heb 12:29, Rev 19:10, Rev 20:10).  We cannot run or hide from the Lord.  The very essence of our life and our being is all in Jesus Christ once we know and mature into these deep truths.

Act 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

Isa 64:8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

Contrary to the lies of orthodoxy and their belief in free will, even evil is all the Lord’s work in His people (Isa 63:17, Pro 16:4, Jer 10:23, Isa 45:7, etc.).  Whether we live or die, are at rest or in torment, obeying or disobeying, it’s all part of the days written for our lives (Psa 139:16).

Psa 139:7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

Psa 139:8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

Judgment is a process of learning to walk by faith and not by sight.  It requires our faith to be tried with scourging grace which is how we are LEARNING righteousness (Isa 26:9) by BUYING the truth which is the pure gold tried in the fire (Rev 3:18).  Our old man is clever in hiding behind the outward holiness and our many good works.  But the Lord knows and tries the hearts of men and knows who is worshipping in Spirit and in truth and who is still bowing down to the gods of Carmel and Baal.

Jer 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

1Sa 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

Jas 4:8  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

The carnal mind will always deny the power of the Lord and vastly underestimate what being Lord of all or God Almighty means.  But when judgment is come, the “grace meter” of Romans 5:20 will always be with us and will teach us the lessons of reaping and sowing, the sovereignty of God and His every commandment.  Righteousness will reign as a result in due time.

Rom 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

Rom 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Even when we are led deep into the hidden sins of the flesh represented by the bottom of the sea, the great grasshoppers of the Amos 7 vision are revealed in our lives.  All things will be brought to the light.  The lamp within us, the WORD that is Jesus Christ will reveal it.

Luk 8:17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.

Being oppressed of the devil is our being bitten by the serpent.  The adversary, contrary to the lies of the Babylonian churches of men that believe Satan is running around lose defying the will of God Almighty; is actual an important instrument of the Lord created for the specific purpose of destroying our flesh and bringing in salvation.

Isa 54:16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.

Job 26:13 By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.

The serpent is the Lord’s servant doing exactly what the Lord commands as the destruction of Job and our old way of life exemplifies.  The Lord sends Satan to bite us.

Job 1:12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

And yet that destruction from Almighty is also known as “fire from God” as the Lord works all things for the greater good (Rom 8:28).

Job 1:16 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

Job 42:11  Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.

When the Lord turns us over for the destruction of our flesh He sends the tempter to entice us into sin which gives the Lord the occasion He seeks to chasten us and thereby teach us righteousness.  Allowing leaven into our house and our spiritual food supply is likened to spiritual fornication (worshipping other gods, Baal) and we are commanded to turn the offender over to Satan for the destruction of their flesh so the new man can be saved.

1Co 5:5  To deliver such an one (a fornicator) unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

1Co 5:6  Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

Christ comes to save sinners of which we as the Elect know we are the chief (1Ti 1:15, Mat 9:13).  Before we can be healed it is necessary we be oppressed of the devil which is the lot of all mankind who are born carnal and of their father the devil (Joh 8:44).

Act 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

To be made free we must first go into captivity to the wicked nations that are part of the Lord’s sword.  It from this place of prison that Christ comes to set the captives free and take captivity captive and changes us from slaves to sin to slaves to righteousness (Rom 6:18, Luk 4:18).

Amo 9:4  And though they go into captivity before their enemies, thence will I command the sword, and it shall slay them: and I will set mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good. 

The ends of our carnal age and life of sin comes with a mighty destruction.  The Lord is used the wicked, the evil man within us, and in others to destroy the man of sin in our day of the Lord.

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

Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Evil is a tool in the hands of the Lord.  He creates it (Isa 45:7) and sends it forth (Lam 3:38) into our outward and inward cities (Amo 3:6, Psa 78:49) but uses it all for good.

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

Jas 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

Gen 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

Christ comes suddenly at midnight (1Th 5:3) when we are under strong delusion, when our light is truly darkness (Mat 6:23) and we are not hearing the commandments of the Lord.  We are in for a rude awakening as the Lord comes to melt the land within with a very hot furnace.  There is an adage in business that to go forward we need to first take two steps backward and so it seems in the spiritual as the Lord turns us over to sin to bring about salvation.

Amo 9:5  And the Lord GOD of hosts is he that toucheth the land, and it shall melt, and all that dwell therein shall mourn: and it shall rise up wholly like a flood; and shall be drowned, as by the flood of Egypt. 

Amo 9:6  It is he that buildeth his stories in the heaven, and hath founded his troop in the earth; he that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name. 

We looked at the river of Egypt in Amos #23.  Those waters of the Nile represent the lusts for the world and the pride of life that consume us and gives a jealous Lord the occasion to bring the baptism by fire and vengeance for His Temple that we have defiled.  The sea represents the flesh of mankind which totally consume our earth and culminates with the destruction of our flesh by fire.  The end of the age is precipitated by a spiritual flood as we are overcome by our beast as Satan is released knowing there is only a little time in the day of the Lord.  We are learning by experiencing and failing at first until we get the victory promised.

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

Rev 13:7 And it (the beast) was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

But the promise of the Lord is we will overcome as we learn and mature in righteousness in our day of judgment.

Gen 49:19 Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last. 

Rev 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

The wicked being taken away by a flood is the occasion the Lord seeks to end all flesh.  The desolation of the temple of God, which temple we are, and the appearance of the abomination, our beast, has all been determined in the Lord’s plan.

Dan 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

Dan 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation (by the devouring fire of judgment), and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

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

But the flood is followed by fire (the dream is one) that turn the hearts (bring repentance) to all men in the appointed times.

2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

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

The pouring forth of the waters of the sea is the turning us over to Satan for the destruction of our flesh.  Outward this will come to mankind at the end of the Millennium period but we are living these events out now as His Elect upon whom judgment first falls.

Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

Rev 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

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

The Lord is working all things for the good of His Elect.  He is the master builder of the temple made without hands (Act 7:49).  The Lord is building “stories” H4609 in heaven which would be better translated as the Lord building steps (a ladder) in our heavens by the war that is being waged as Spirit and flesh wrestle with one another.

H4609, ma‛ălâh

Total KJV Occurrences: 46

degrees, 24

steps, 11

Exo_20:26, 1Ki_10:19-20 (2), 2Ch_9:18-19 (2), Eze_40:22, Eze_40:26, Eze_40:31, Eze_40:34, Eze_40:37, Eze_40:49

stairs, 5

2Ki_9:13, Neh_3:15, Neh_12:37, Eze_40:6, Eze_43:17

dial, 2

come, 1

go, 1

goeth, 1

stories, 1  Amo_9:6

Those redeemed from the earth (saved now in this age) are the only ones that are given to sing the new song.  This is only done in the Body of Christ where the throne of mercy and grace is found.

Rev 14:2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:

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

This new song is also known as a song of Degrees (steps) as we mature as we endure this process of chastening from our loving Father (Heb 12:6).

Psa 134:1 A Song of degrees. Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD.

Psa 134:2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.

Psa 134:3 The LORD that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion

It is all being done for our sakes (2Co 4:15).  All things are ours (1Co 3:21) as we live out every word, the one event that comes alike for all men (Ecc 9:2) that works righteousness within us.

Amo 9:7  Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel? saith the LORD. Have not I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt? and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir? 

All men come forth as cursed children being born of our father, the devil, before we are remade into the image of the Lord through our trials and suffering (Jer 18:4, Act 14:22).  We are all first a spiritual Ethiopian and incapable of doing anything but evil.

Jer 13:23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.

Gen 6:5  And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Ethiopia is the Hebrew word Kush H3568 which is linked to Cush the son of Ham.  Cush was a son of Ham, who was cursed of the Lord and later settled in what is Ethiopia.  All of the Lord’s work in us, be it good or evil, obedience or disobedience, is still His work and we cannot change anything about it.  We must be an Ethiopian first in order to become a son of God in due time.  Cush begat Nimrod and ultimately led (Gen 10:8-10) to the beginning of Babylon (aka the land of Shinar).

The Philistines and the Syrians symbolize the strength and elevation of the flesh and ways of the carnal world.  These are the enemies of God’s people because they snare us into bondage and keep us from following the narrow way.  Yet the Lord tells us here, this is all His doing and the sum of the Word tells us it is for the good of the new man and our salvation.  Coming to fear the Lord and tremble at His Word comes by our growing in understanding that He is the Lord of heaven and our earth.

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

Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

But all these experiences and events of nations being taken and freed from captivity are for us to live out and thereby learn good and evil as we are being made into mature man in Christ coming all the way out of Babylon.

1Co 10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

Knowing who we are in these clay vessels and that all of this is the Lord doing it (Eph 1:11) prepares us for judgment and our later use in judging others.  When judgment is on the house, the eyes of the Lord are upon the sinful kingdom within ourselves, a great destruction is going to bring forth the remnant that is being saved.

Amo 9:8  Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the LORD

The Body of Christ is the Lord’s Body (Eph 5:30) and it is us who are His eyes that are upon the sinful kingdom within and without ourselves when it is time for that judgment to be measured  out.  The symbolism hidden in the Scriptures reveal “the Christ” and their roles as the instruments of salvation and judgment (Oba 1:21, Mat 19:28, 1Co 6:2, Rev 20:4, etc).

Rev 1:14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

Rev 5:6  And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

But it is God’s two witnesses, His Elect, who are the firstfruits who are then sent into the earth and all its inward and outward nations to do the greater works (Joh 14:12).

Zec 4:10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they (His Elect) are  the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth. 

Zec 4:11 Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?

Zec 4:12 And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?

Zec 4:13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.

Zec 4:14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.

Jesus Christ is come to save sinners and it is through “the Christ” that this work gets done.

Luk 22:29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;

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

The sinful kingdom within and without is destroyed in its time and only the remnant of Jacob is being saved and further refined through the fire that is God’s Word.  The acceptable sacrifice to the Lord is a laid down life submitted to Jesus Christ, the Living Word.

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

Rom 9:27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:

Zec 13:8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.

Zec 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

Our next and possibly final study in Amos Lord willing, will cover the restoration and rebuilding of Israel which is, was and will be coming forth as we endure the judgment and suffer the afflictions that are reshaping and remolding us from vessels of dishonor into vessels of honor.

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

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

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

Your brother in Christ,  Pete

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

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

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

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

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

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

2Sa 12:7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;

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

2Sa 12:9 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zec 13:8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.

Zec 13:9 And I will bring the third part (the latter judgment) through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

H7667, sheber  /  shêber

Total KJV Occurrences: 44

destruction, 21

breach, 6

hurt, 4

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

affliction, 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clapping of Hands

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

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

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

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

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

H5606 – smite, striketh, smote, clap

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

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

H5221 – smote, smitten, kill, slew, clapped

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

H8628, taw-kah’

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

Total KJV occurrences: 69

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

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

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

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

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

Total KJV Occurrences: 69

blow, 23

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

blew, 18

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

fastened, 4

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

blown, 3

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

blowing, 2

Jos_6:9, Jos_6:13

clap, 2

Psa_47:1, Nah_3:19

pitched, 2

Gen_31:25 (2)

sounded, 2

2Ch_23:13, Neh_4:18

strike, 2

Job_17:3, Pro_22:26

thrust, 2

Jdg_3:21, 2Sa_18:14

bloweth, 1

Isa_18:3

cast, 1

Exo_10:19

fasten, 1

Isa_22:23

pitch, 1

Jer_6:3

smote, 1

Jdg_4:21

stricken, 1

Pro_6:1

striketh, 1

Pro_17:18

suretiship, 1

Pro_11:15

trumpet, 1

Eze_7:14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conclusion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sovereignty

Who Is Responsible For Evil?

earthJoh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Jesus is the Lord of heaven and the earth, both the outward and the inward, He is Lord of all.  Jesus Christ whose words shall never pass away told us that without Him we can do nothing.  This statement was true for the disciples that heard it that day and it is equally true for the disciples that hear these words today.  I hope your heavens and your earth (not the things in outer space) are given to hear the truth of what I speak in this post.  It is an essential truth to be set free from the lies and bondage of Babylon.

Isa 1:2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me

Is the Lord just a terrible parent or is our rebellion part of His plan all along?  No, the Lord is not a bad parent, He is God Almighty and is working all things for the counsel of His will.  The Lord spoke through Isaiah and told us HE brought up children who rebelled against Him.  This rebellion is, was and will be God’s plan for ALL MEN.  That is not talking about some people that lived 3,000 years ago, that is talking about you and me, or ALL MEN of all time.  All men will first rebel against God until the Lord has mercy and brings us to Him in truth and in spirit.

Here we see the Lord’s plan from before the world was formed to be set.  He changes not.  It is the Lord who turns man into destruction, into sin and then in the appointed times calls us back home to Himself.

Psa 90:1  A Prayer of Moses the man of God. Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.

Psa 90:2  Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

Psa 90:3  Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.

The Lord both turns us away into wicked things and also is the one who grants and causes us to turn back or repent.  He is doing it all.

Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

I hope to make you seriously challenge some of the doctrines you believe, they are influencing your spiritual vision whether you know it or not.  You best take heed the truth and the doctrines you cling to.

Consider the words of Christ at the top….without Jesus Christ we can do nothing.  We can’t even rebel against God, without Christ in us doing it.  What are the boundaries of nothing?  Did Jesus just mean good things?  What is the sum of God’s word regarding the origins of evil?  The truth is we can’t even do evil outside of Jesus Christ.  We can’t even sin without the Lord our God causing it and bringing about the event in our lives that manifest evil in our own spiritual houses.

I really hope you will read this carefully and consider what the Scriptures actually say and set aside what you believe if you think the Lord is not responsible for evil.  The truth will set you free, the lies of Babylon will keep you from moving on to maturity in Christ.  You must test and prove all things, take nothing for granted about the doctrines of Christ.  Many wolves in sheep’s clothing have been sent out by the Lord to deceive the multitudes that call themselves by His name.  Spirits are in fact doctrines.

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

Removing A Giant Beam From Our Eye

How big is your God? We all in our carnal minds underestimate God and exalt the role of man in the affairs of this world. The Lord is orchestrating them all whether they be good or evil and the amazing thing so few can grasp is He declared them all from the beginning and is in need of nothing from His pieces of clay.

Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

One of the biggest Babylonian obstacles to get beyond that greatly hinders our ability to know the truth of God’s word is giving God the glory for ALL THINGS. This includes evil.  This idea is so contrary to our carnal mind and all the traditions of what we learn growing up, it repulses our flesh and makes some angry to even suggest it; yet it is what the Scriptures declare. Unless one is given to see the sovereignty of God in all things; they will be ever learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. My hope is a few of you may come to see this essential truth and a door to your inner heavens will be opened.

Please don’t twist the fact that God is causing evil to then claim I am saying God is evil, He is absolutely not. God is good and is in fact much “gooder” than the false God most worship that will burn most of his creation in a literal eternal hell forever without end. It is almost laughable for me to say that anymore seeing how monstrous a lie and how totally unscriputural that doctrine is, yet BILLIONS believe it to this day.

God is amazingly good but He absolutely works and causes evil to bring good about in the end.  The story of Joseph being sold into Egypt by his brothers is a powerful lesson in how God works evil for good.  In fact his story is what was used to bring me to understand that God is indeed sovereign over all things, including evil things.  At the end the story Joseph tells his brothers it was not really them that did the evil but it was God who did it for good in the end.

Gen 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

And this is a macro truth repeated everywhere in Scripture once you are give ears to hear and eyes to see.  Do you really believe this verse?

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things (even evil things) work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

The Lord works evil for good. He is the Lord of all and He really does hold the entire world in His hands.  This is a powerful Scripture if you really consider what is being said.

Act 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

Black & White – Believe these Scriptures 

Before we get further in, let’s just consider a few of the straightforward Scriptures that tell us the truth about who is causing and sending forth evil.

Isa 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

It does not get any clearer than this and when you show people this Scripture most of them are dumbstruck.  But there are more, many more.

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

I know how hard it is to believe this in the natural mind. But when a horrible disaster happens in a city,  we have to accept it was the Lord that caused it.  That is what His word declares.  We will be hated for merely suggesting this truth to most people.  So few believe the Scriptures. We must be given the ability to understand them and also to believe them. Few there be shall find the way but they tell the truth about good and evil.  The Lord says He makes wicked people on purpose.

Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

 The Lord says He speaks and sends forth good or evil.  He orchestrates the events of our lives.

Lam 3:37  Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?

Lam 3:38  Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?

To deny this basic truth is to deny the Lord and create another jesus.  We have just scratched the surface and the sum of thy word, “the Scriptures” are the truth and tell us what God is doing by causing evil.

Psa 119:160 The sum of Your word is truth

The Purpose of Evil 

We experience evil to learn about evil as indeed to become like God’s we must know both good and evil.  Nobody can learn anything without experiencing it and learning the contrast with good.  Such is the purpose of life and what the mature people of God will be given to accomplish in this life in clay vessels.  Knowing good and evil is of paramount importance for God’s Elect.

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

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

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

When we don’t know good and evil clearly we will mix them up and confound the truths of God.  This is what Babylon doctrines do to us all.

Isa 5:20  Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Let’s ask ourselves a couple of very important question if we doubt the black and white truth shown above.

Who purposefully planted the tree of the knowledge of good and evil right in front of Adam and Eve?

Gen 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Who added the crooked serpent to tempt Adam and Eve in the weakness of their carnal mind and sinful flesh?

Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.

Job 26:13 By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.

Did Satan rebel against God and escape His grasps? NO, that is false doctrine of Babylon, the Lord created Satan (evil) as a smith to come create fires in our lives and to destroy the pride of man in due season.

Isa 54:16Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.

The answer to ALL these questions is that GOD DID IT.   GOD DID IT ON PURPOSE, HE PUTS EVIL INTO OUR MIDST, IT IS PART OF HIS PLAN. Learning good and evil and being tempted by the devil is God’s plan for man. Satan is not escaped the hands of the Lord and is out running around working against the purposes of God. That is carnal logic, utter nonsense and a false doctrine of Babylon who have not any truth.

God Sends Evil Spirits Among His People

God causes evil to come upon His people when they are judged. It is part of His chastening grace and how He scourges every son He receives.

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

We saw from Lamentations 3 that it is from the mouth of the most high God that commands evil to go forth. Satan could not touch JOB until the Lord said go get him and His purposes were ultimately for the good of JOB and all involved.    Here is this important story told us from JOB.

Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.

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

Job 1:8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

Job 1:9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?

Job 1:10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

Job 1:11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

Job 1:12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

So we see in JOB that Satan and his demons are nothing more than servants of the Lord, they are in fact the left hand of God.  HE uses them to bring about good and to accomplish ALL HIS GOOD PLEASURE in our lives.   Just to prove that all the evil JOB went thru was for good, let’s check in at the end of the book and see what the Lord says.  It sure looks like JOB was blessed even more than the beginning.  God worked evil for good again.

Job 42:11  Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.

Job 42:12  So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.

Notice who brought the evil.  It was the Lord even though we are told it was Satan earlier.  It is because Satan and all evil forces only go where the Lord commands them to go and do only what they are commanded to do.  The Lord really is the Lord!!!!

I have seen people look on in disbelief when you show the clear Scriptures on this subject. They don’t want to talk about, their carnal mind cannot process these plain facts.  Here is a verse most have never seen and hate in defense of the false doctrines that God does not create or have anything to do with evil.

 Psa 78:49 He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.

Psalm 78 is not talking about the bad people, it is talking about ISREAL, God’s own people! The Lord sends evil spirits to His own people. The Lord is doing it, He is working all things for good in the end, even sending evil. This is the truth and you are blessed to remove the plank that represents the lie that God is not responsible and is not the author of evil, maybe you will begin to see the truth much more clearly. Here are a couple of more, but there are many others in the sum of God’s word.

1Sa 19:9 And the evil spirit from the LORD was upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played with his hand.

1Ki 22:23 Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee.

Jdg 9:23 Then God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech:

God sends evil spirits, He even sends strong delusion, yes the Lord does all these things. It is our carnal minds and the lies of Babylon we all are raised under that deceive us and foster UNBELIEF in the Scriptures.  Who was behind the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ?  The most evil act of all time, the murder of our Lord Jesus Christ was orchestrated and worked by GOD.  This evil was done for good in the end, to save many people,  ALL MEN alive.

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

Act 4:27  For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,

Act 4:28  For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.

And the same forces are at work not only against the Lord but also against His Body, His Christ, just as verse 26 tells us above.  Not only does a bird not fall from the sky outside of the will of God, but a demon or the devil does not take one step outside of the will of God either. This is what you must come to see, the absolute sovereignty of God in ALL THINGS.

STOP THINKING OUTWARDLY

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.

We should know that the kingdom of God is within us, in our hearts and minds, which is where heaven is. Some can easily believe that the Lord is responsible for tornado’s and hurricanes, the outward things, but cannot make the connection that the Lord is the Lord of heaven and the earth. This speaks of inward things as well as the outward. The ALL THINGS means ALL THINGS whenever you see it.

Rom 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

When you truly understand what being sovereign means and what Jesus meant when He said without me you can do nothing, then you will begin to understand the lie of free will, that God truly is the Potter and we the clay and that man is not even responsible for his own sins.

I know what you are thinking…. WHAT! This guy Pete is a heretic. How shocking a statement can one say you may be thinking. I would have thought that just a few years ago before a light in my heavens was turned on.

But I just declare what the Scriptures say and man having free will to choose good or evil without God causing those choices is the strong delusion. The fact is we cannot even sin without Jesus Christ. He is working it ALL. Let’s just look at some black and white Scriptures again and then we will come back to look at it on deeper level. If you have ears to hear, you are going to learn something.

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

Who causes us to err from His ways?  Is it Satan?  No, ultimately it is the Lord who is working in us to will and to way according to His good pleasure.  That includes causing and sending evil upon us and within us.  We can certainly sin with our tongues can’t we?  Who gives us EVERY WORD we speak?  It is the Lord.

Pro 16:1  The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.

Isa 57:19  I create the fruit of the lips

Exo 4:11  And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?

The master Potter who is the LORD is doing it all.  He makes us all wicked for our day of evil.

Pro 16:4  The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Free will is another giant lie of Babylon because the Lord is doing it all, directing all our steps. It is the delusion of the carnal mind that wants to give God part credit for the good and blame the evil on Satan.  But here is who is doing it all again.

Pro 16:9  A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

We read about Israel’s rebellion and doing evil against the Lord, we are reading about OUR rebellion and doing evil against the Lord. These things are all written for our admonition, as God’s Elect upon whom the ends of the age have come ( 1 Cor 10:11). The Scriptures make clear WHO IS DOING IT, WHO CAUSES THE SIN and the EVIL.

Jer 32:23 And they came in, and possessed it; but they obeyed not thy voice, neither walked in thy law; they have done nothing of all that thou commandedst them to do: therefore thou hast caused all this evil to come upon them:

Jer 32:42 For thus saith the LORD; Like as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them.

And there you see the contrast again, the Lord brought all this evil upon His own people so He could then bring all the good He promised upon them. DO YOU SEE IT? DO YOU BELIEVE?

Seeking Occasion Against Our Flesh

The Lord draws light out of the darkness. He remakes marred vessels of clay, vessels of dishonor into vessels of honor, but in His timing.  Each of us is this ONE LUMP of clay in the hands of the Potter.

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

One reason for God causing us to err from His ways and to run after and do evil, is for God to seek an occasion against our flesh. It is by the process of judgment (the marvelous works of the Lord to the children of men) that all men are brought to salvation and the old man, the beast within us all is destroyed. This takes place in the kingdom of God within us all, it takes place in the heavens, that is where this battle of good vs evil is waged.

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 heaven

The idea of God using evil for good is so foreign to our carnal minds, but that is how the Lord works judgment in our lives, He causes us to stumble so we will learn that we indeed are a wretched man in need of a savior.  When judgment falls upon us, the sword, which is the WORD OF GOD will never depart from our house. God says He will raise up evil WITHIN US, and the reason for this is so God’s wrath will rightly fall upon the old man and destroy the wickedness that all men are by the brightness of His coming in our heavens. The story of Nathan exposing David for the wretched man that he and all men are tells us exactly what we too will experience in our appointed times.

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

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

 It was an egregious sin for Israel to inner marry with pagan cultures. Same way today, we are to keep ourselves separate and pure from the world. Yet the Lord in seeking an occasion to bring judgment upon us, sends evil to our own house. The story of Samson tells us this also, where the Lord put it into Samson’s heart to demand his parents get for him a philistine (FLESHLY) wife.

Jdg 14:1 And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines.

Jdg 14:2 And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife.

Jdg 14:3 Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.

Jdg 14:4 But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.

The Lord sought an occasion to bring judgment upon the carnal mindset that corrupts all of us and this happens in the appointed time for all. All of God’s Elect will marry Philistine women in type, that is what Babylon and our fleshly desires represent. But the Lord uses this evil we do and are caused to do, to bring about good, which is to have our old man destroyed and the new man brought forward. That is why judgment and having God’s wrath poured out upon us is said to be…..

Psa 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

Psa 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

The Lord uses evil for good. Evil provokes Him to anger and brings about the righteous judgment of God upon us. That is His grace that chastens and in due season teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts.

2Ch_33:6 And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.

To know the truth and even begin to grasp the truth about the Lord and His sovereignty over all, you must know He is responsible for everything. Carnal minds will of course apply this outwardly, and that is true. You must first see that the Lord is causing everything in the external world, be it disasters, storms, rain, sunshine, who is elected king or President, there is no boundary to what God is causing.

2Co 5:18  And all things are of God

Yet an even deeper truth is applying God’s sovereignty to the kingdoms and nations within us, within the hearts and minds of His people.   That is where the kingdom of really is and where all the stories of the Bible are really talking about and where the lessons learned need to be applied.

ALL THINGS HAS NO EXCLUSIONS

If one can just latch on to the concept of ALL THINGS and apply the definition of all things to the doctrines we believe and follow, a lot of error would go away and we would begin to see that the Lord is indeed sovereign over EVERYTHING. The Lord made all things and works all things all the time. He is not a Plan B God that responds and reacts to the messes that man makes.

Eph 1:11In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

The carnal mind will not believe that every day of our lives has already been written in God’s book. But what sayeth the Scriptures?

Psa 139:16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

Which is why we must be given the gift of faith to believe the Scriptures, otherwise the true things of God like His sovereignty are indeed foolishness to the natural mind.  We all think we believe long before we really do.

1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

ALL THINGS means exactly what it says and as one grows in the truth faith, your boundaries of all things will continue to expand.  Pay attention to Paul’s description of Christ.  ALL THINGS IS THE MAIN POINT as I have bolded.

Col 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Col 1:17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Col 1:18  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Col 1:19  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

Col 1:20  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

There is nothing the Lord did not create or cause. There are no exceptions or exclusions. Being Lord of lords leaves nothing out with regards to absolute sovereignty. I continue to be amazed and how these clear scriptures that state the truth can be read and yet the meaning not retained in their mind.

Where is the verse or verses that say God does not create evil and is not working all things?  THEY DO NOT EXIST and if you believe those lies, you are still in Babylon and know not the truth.

WE WERE MADE SIN, WICKED ON PURPOSE

Pro 16:4  The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Ecc 7:20  For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

We all think we are pretty good people before the judgment of God falls upon us and the LORD begins to manifest in our own spiritual house, the evil that lives within us.  The Lord has to show us we are wretched men and that nothing good dwells in our flesh.  We have to come to see why God must destroy our carnal mind and will learn to count this destruction as joy once we first see who we truly are in these fleshly vessels.  I hope some understand these words and can count well.

Rom 3:10  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

Rom 3:11  There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

Rom 3:12  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

If you see how God works evil for good and believe all things really means all things, then maybe we will better understand God’s plan to remake all sinful vessels into new vessels by the process of judgment.

Rev 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

Christ is not counting on you to do anything. Salvation is truly of the Lord.  Man was made very imperfect, marred in a body of sinful flesh. What God made was indeed “good” for the purposes He made it, but His standards of perfection only come on the third day. Even Jesus was not good in body of flesh.

Mar 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

Luk 13:32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

Your third day is the day of the Lord, it is the day of our judgment. This is when our flesh and carnal mind is destroyed by the fire of hearing His word. If you are so blessed to be God’s Elect, that day is now in this age while we are yet in these vessels of clay.

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

But God made us virtually sinning machines, automatically programmed to do evil, an innate a beast at the core. This was done ON PURPOSE as the Scriptures declare.  I hope you will remove the fall of man from your mind also as that too is a lie of Babylon that is supported by the lie that the Lord does not create or send forth all the evil of this world.

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

Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

Rom 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

Psa 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

This chapter in 1 Corinthians is so powerful when you can understand it. We all are of the first man Adam and the second man Christ, but in our appointed times. Jesus said He was the first and the last meaning He is the first man in us all and the last man in us all, thru HIM are ALL THINGS.

1Co 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

1Co 15:48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.

1Co 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

1Co 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

Salvation does not come until we are given to see who we truly are in the flesh. Like Paul we will see ourselves as the chief of sinners.

Rom 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

The salvation “process” does not even begin in earnest until we see ourselves as the abomination of desolation.

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

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

This does not speak of some bad guy down the street, it is talking about you and me. We have to come to see ourselves in total need of a Savior and incapable of doing it ourselves. This is why the Lord causes us to err from His ways and do evil, He has to show us who we are and that all the sins of Adam thru the prophets, Cain, Saul, it all lives in us. The law of sin and death was put into us all by the Lord .

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

Salvation will not come, the process won’t even start unless and until you are given to see this fact. You and me and all men are beast, we are the abomination causing desolation sitting on God’s throne in our hearts exalting ourselves and our delusion of free will as being God. That lie will come crashing down the day the rock that is Christ falls upon you and begins to grind you to powder. Woe unto you, the judgment has come upon you and it is a marvelous thing, a wonderful blessing, a strange act that those yet carnal are not given to know this mystery. The day of the Lord for you will not come to any man until we are shown these things.

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

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

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

So I am going to end this here and point out that apart from Christ we can do nothing, we can’t do good, we can’t even sin outside of Christ. He is vine and we (all men) the branches. It is those unfruitful works in us (sin) that are IN CHRIST (In me in verse 2) that are purged and thrown into the fire, which means burned up by us hearing the words of eternal life with God given ears to hear.

Joh 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

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

Joh 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

Joh 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

CONCLUSION

Contrary to Billy Graham’s famous sermon after 911, where he unequivocally said “The Bible says God is not the author of evil”, God most certainly is the author of evil and the Scriptures clearly declare that. Unless and until this deceptive log is pulled from our spiritual eyes, we will have no chance to know the truth and will be wandering in a spiritual wilderness. Either God is sovereign or He is not and He very much is and that includes over ALL THINGS, even EVIL THINGS.

We must be given the gift of faith, the Faith OF Christ to understand the Scriptures and to believe them, which are in direct opposition to what Billy Graham and all of those in Babylon preach.  Faith is indeed a gift and it is not even our own faith, it is of Christ.

Eph 4:7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

Getting rid of the lie that God does not create evil will establish momentum of truth that will take out other lies of our Babylonian gospel. Once the legs are cut off, the table we are spiritually eating from will collapse. That is how it worked for me.

If one can come to see the very clear Scriptures that show the Lord is the one creating evil and sending it forth to accomplish HIS purposes, then this pillar will be cut down and Lord willing an entire suite of false doctrines will be purged from our inward heavens. Lies such as eternal torment, the fall of mankind, the fall of Satan, and sin being caused by free will choices will be vaporized and we will see spiritually with much greater clarity.  Young babes in the true knowledge of Christ will be hungry for answers to the inevitable and many questions we all will have.  An obvious question once we realize free will is a lie is this one.

Rom 9:19Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?

And the answer is that God is God and thru the Lord is working all things and is showing us His goodness thru the longsuffering and forgiveness we all are given for the evil we are ordained to live out in our own lives, whether that be a little bit of evil or a lot of evil.  God is going to make known His glory by rendering this mercy to us all in the end.

Rom 9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
Rom 9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
Rom 9:22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
Rom 9:23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,

Hopefully for a few this post has lodged loose some planks and possible logs in your spiritual eyes.  Ultimately the same Lord that is working all things end even causing you to stumble and commit evil will turn you around and cause you to obey Him and to take seriously His word and to fear it.

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

Jer 32:40  And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.

Sincere questions or comments can be emailed to me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com. 

Your brother in Christ,

PETE

sanctification, Sovereignty

The Same Lump of Clay

clay lumpI got a rather rude and condescending email today where the man totally twisted some powerful scripture to support the false doctrines he believes.   This is the second and final time I will respond to the man to whom I have shared the sincere milk of this word and corrected his assertions of several false doctrines unless the Lord grants to him repentance.

I decided to use his promotion of Romans 9 Scripture to prove his false doctrine as a teaching moment for those the Lord may be dragging.  Understanding what these Romans 9 verses actually mean is essential to knowing the true nature of the Lord and God’s plan for all men.

Question From G_______: Sure the Lord is the potter but some vessels are made to dishonor and some to honor as these verses tell us from Romans 9. God is not going to save everyone.

Romans 9:21-24Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonour? What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?”

ANSWER: Dear G______ I find it ironic that the very verses you gave to me speak of UNIVERSAL SALVATION but you can’t even see that. The truth that all men will be saved thru Christ is right here in this passage.  In particular I am going to explore the bolded areas below from this passage that tell a great truth if one can see it.  God is not some monster wanting to pour His wrath out on us as the eternal torment doctrine teaches.  His wrath is poured out on those HE loves, it is the way salvation comes to all men in their appointed time.  Secondly, you do not understand what is meant by the word Jew and Gentile in Romans 9 and that lack of understanding will keep  you from seeing a clear “good news” message in the verses you cited.

What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

The Scriptures cited tell us God wants to show His wrath, He desires to make His power known and He will have us all to come to know the fact that He is the LORD.  A Lord of anything means He is in absolute charge of everything that happens.  Jesus is the LORD yet billions just give that fact lip service, they don’t know what being Lord means.  What the carnal mind cannot understand in its strong delusion is that Christ really is the Lord and that means He causes all things that happen to happen. In fact all Scriptures that speak to us coming to know He is the Lord speak to us going thru the wrath of God against our sins and carnal nature. That is how we come to know His true character and understand His purposes in all things. If this is not happening to you, it means you are not now a son of God and are a bastard, an illegitimate son.

Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
Heb 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
Heb 12:8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

The scourging and chastening is God’s wrath.  This is the righteous judgment of God poured out on our flesh which is how we all learn righteousness.

Isa 26:9 … for when thy judgments are in the earth (and not one moment prior) , the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

and we are that earth, this speaks of our bodies and our minds.

Jer 22:29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.

Heretofore you could not see it and maybe you still can’t?  This is because false doctrines like the Trinity doctrine, eternal torment and man having free will, are keeping you blinded and solidly under the influence of Babylonian doctrines.  This is the Lord’s doing as He is the only one who can open ears and eyes and give the understanding of the truth.  We have no say so in that.  The Babylonian teaching that anyone can pick up a Bible and read and teach themselves the truth is a lie.  All of it is written in parables and the events themselves are parables and that is to hide the meaning so said the Lord.

Mat 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Mat 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is GIVEN unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not GIVEN.
Mat 13:12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
Mat 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

So it is not your fault but you are not currently in the truth and are believing the lies of Babylon.  Everyone one of your doctrines is based on the apostate church and is what we all learn when we first come to Christ. But it is another jesus and a different gospel. We must live by every word God spoke and that includes first being deceived and walking in strong delusion once we come to know Christ in the flesh. The Lord will have mercy on us all in our appointed times but know what Christ said about why He came into this world.

Joh 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.
Joh 9:40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?
Joh 9:41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

All the time we claim we see we are blind. Unless and until the Lord shows us via our own road to Damascus experience, we are still in darkness and separated from the truth by the veil of flesh and our sins remain. A big problem in your theology is that you do not currently know who is true jew and by extension who are the gentiles. I will help you with that Lord willing.

Rom 2:28 FOR HE IS NOT A JEW, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
Rom 2:29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Here is another witness to what matters and tells us clearly who is ISRAEL in this age.

Gal 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
Gal 6:16 and as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

Lastly,  these words of Christ are some we must commit to our memory.  Being a Jew in the flesh profits itself NOTHING.

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

So when you read Romans 9 as you cited to me and forget who a real Jew is, you don’t understand what is being said. If you could only keep this truth in your head when you look at Scripture maybe you would be given to understand what Paul actually said in Romans 9. What Paul said is that God will make known the riches of His glory (which is Christ in you, the hope of Glory), not only to the true Jews (God’s Elect now, the true Jews who are one inwardly) but eventually to everyone else who is not now a Jew (i.e. THE GENTILES or anotherwords ALL MEN). There are only two types of men, Jews and Gentiles. Those in the covenant of faith and those that are not. Eventually all will be real “jews” but we will have to wait until the lake of fire for the multitudes to be brought into the true faith.

And what you do not realize or believe is that the process of salvation, Christ being formed in us, comes with the wrath of God being poured out on the first adam, the marred vessel of clay that cannot nor was ever intended to inherit the kingdom of God. No man enters into Christ (the real one) any other way.

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

 

Exo 6:6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:

God is merciful and patient with the marred vessels of clay HE made thru Jesus Christ. As the Scriptures you shared tell us, the first Adam, the vessel of dishonor is prepared for destruction!!!

In case you missed it, look also right here in the same Romans 9 you cited your Scripture from. You must know who Israel is to have any chance of understanding the Scriptures.

Rom 9:6 Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:
Rom 9:7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.
Rom 9:8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

Can it be any clearer? THEY ARE NOT THE CHILDREN OF GOD who are jews of the flesh! This error is a gigantic log in your eye that I am pointing out to you as it was pointed out to me in times past. We all first learn lies and then if the Lord has mercy, those tares are gathered and burned in the fire of the truth of God’s word. You like all of us who come to Christ at first, have been taught by men. You are still in Babylon, infected with the leprosy of their false doctrines. My last post spoke about the need to try the spirits and weed out false doctrines and this error of who is a jew and a gentile is huge.

The verses you cited about the vessels of honor and dishonor are awesome truths if we are given to correctly apply the Scriptures. Here is the passage again you sent me to prove God is not saving everybody and is going to pour his wrath out on these vessels of dishonor.

Romans 9:21-24Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonour? What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?”

We, all men are both of these vessels. That is the SAME ONE LUMP. We come into this world as the first adam, marred in the hands of the potter, conceived in a body of sinful flesh. We can’t help but sin as the one lawgiver put the law of sin and death into our members.  Here is a key verse that helps one understand the two vessels from the one lump of clay.

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

The vessels of honor that you and I at first will assume are that evil man down the street is you and me.   We all are the vessel of dishonor before the Lord in His appointed time remakes us into the vessel of honor that can enter the kingdom of God.  Learn to apply Scripture inwardly.  Who did Paul blame his sinful ways on? It was not him, but sin, the law of “sin and death”  specifically that the potter put into him In fact we are told this twice in Romans 7.

Rom 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

It is not man that does it, all the evil in the world, including every sin is caused by God. All things is all things and yes that includes our very sins.

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

Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Isa 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

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

God has not lost control. The devil is not running around loose outside of God’s control, LOL that is all carnal doctrines that result from believing the lies of the harlot.

But this is God’s plan for all men. We come in naked in sinful flesh and then that old man is destroyed in order for the new man, the Lord from heaven to come forth. All men will live this sequence of Scriptures as we will live by every word God spoke.  This explains the two vessels from the one lump and I hope you can believe it.

1Co 15:43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
1Co 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
1Co 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
1Co 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
1Co 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
1Co 15:48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
1Co 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
1Co 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

All Israel is not Israel right now (only God’s elect are Israel) but in the end All Israel shall be saved which simply means the potter will finish His work and remake all things.

Rev 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

I hope the Lord will give you the right spirit and open your ears to receive His truths and grant you the same repentance He granted to me from my former ignorance. If you have sincere questions please submit them to me but know this commandment given to servants of the Lord.

2Ti 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive (quarrel); but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
2Ti 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance (Given to men, no free will involved) to the acknowledging of the truth;
2Ti 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

 

Questions or sincere comments can be emailed to peterjwilson56@gmail.com

judgment, salvation

The Wonderful Day of the Lord

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

The Lord ’s Day is not Saturday or Sunday as most professing Christians will think and want to argue.  The Lord ’s Day aka the Day of the Lord is very significant spiritually and understanding what it represents will be an immense aid to understanding God’s word and His plan for mankind.  This post is a small primer on this important symbol that is used throughout Scripture.

The picture above I chose for this post may be a bit confusing to you.  But what I want to remind everyone is that the WORD is a two edged sword and there is both a positive and a negative application for all words and symbols.  This confuses the carnal mind and is used of God to hide His mysteries from the multitudes.  Those that think of a God that does not create evil and only think of the positive or the negative and not both; have no chance at arriving at the truth.

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

Isa 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

So as you read this keep this major principle in mind.  The Day of the Lord quite simply is the day appointed for each of us when God will bring judgment to us and make war in our heavens.

Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels

And this day leads to salvation, that is God’s process.  The devils is cast out of us and our heavens, which is where the kingdom of God is, we are His Temple is purged.  There is no other way.

Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down

I used to think of the Day of the Lord as a horrible time that would usher in the most insidious torment and suffering mankind has ever seen.  This is partially true in concept but I missed the entire reason and purpose for this event.  Christ told us this period of tribulation would be unlike any before it or any that would come after.  The great tribulation is nothing more than our Day of the Lord that happens inwardly in our hearts and minds.

Mat 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

So while all orthodox Christianity has us thinking of this as something bad that happens only to those sinners over there but not to us, the truth is that the Day of the Lord is a wonderful time that is necessary for God to call the light out of the darkness and bring forth the new man, the Lord from heaven.

1Co 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

The Day No Man Knows The Time

Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

The utter folly of carnal men thru the ages.  First they had no clue what this day or judgment day is all about, nor do they even have the baby milk right regarding the gospel; yet men have made a living predicting this day.  Be it Harold Camping, Tim Lahaye, 119 Ministries, and countless other carnal men,  these deceivers continue to be deceived and deceive others with this mesmerizing allure of the flesh.  Christ even warned us specifically not to follow after such men but we all will do it before we learn the truth.

Luk 21:8  And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. 

The “Day of the Lord” is the day that no man knoweth, not even God’s Elect nor even Christ but only His Father.  

Mat 24:36  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

This certainly has an outward application as it relates to the resurrections of the dead in the ages to come, but these words of Christ are primarily to be applied inwardly.  All of Matthew 24 speaks to the Lord bringing judgment against our carnal mind and thereby destroying the old man, the beast within and bringing salvation.  Salvation is the process by which we are delivered from the bondage to sin resulting in our purification.   This is the time period, the AGE, in which Christ rebuilds the temple, which temple we all are!!!  This is what the Day of the Lord is really all about and this is foretold throughout Scripture once we are given eyes to see and ears to hear.

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

That process of delivering us from sin will never end while we are still in these bodies of flesh.  Yet like Jesus Christ we too must wait until we are perfected on our third day.  That fulfillment comes when we are resurrected in spiritual bodies if we are God’s Elect.

Luk 13:32  And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

Flesh and blood has to go, the carnal mind of man cannot inherit the kingdom of God and must be destroyed.  This Day of the Lord begins the process that ends with our “perfection” when we are purified in our spiritual bodies.  For the Elect, this will be at the first resurrection and for everyone else it will be after the 2nd resurrection and their purification in the Lake of Fire.  Here are links to a couple of articles that speak to this ultimate pouring out of chastening grace in the ages to come.

http://iswasandwillbe.com/white_throne.php

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/Fire_of_lake_of_fire.php

The Day of the Lord has a beginning but it is not just a literal day; it is the entire age (AION) the Lord has ordained for our judgment to take place and make the new vessel from the marred vessel of clay that represents all men at physical birth.  The age is part of living by every word that proceedth out of the mouth of God (Mat 4:4) and is part of the one event that comes to all men (Ecc 9:2) but the particulars of our Day of the Lord were written by God in our books before the world was even formed.

Psa 139:16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

But this age will come to an end and the Potter would have delivered on His promises to us all.

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

Rev 21:5  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make ALL things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

Chastening Grace

Just learning what real grace does, will be a tremendous step forward in understanding spiritual things.  Grace is what chastens us, it is the same word translated “teaching” in the oft misquoted Titus 2:11.  But it is a very good thing to be chastened of the Lord.  It is this scourging of the old man that brings forth salvation.

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

Yet this is a process that takes the remainder of our life in these vessels of clay.   We can’t run one lap and then sit back and relax.

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

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 false doctrines of Babylon do not prepare us to endure to the end when our day of the Lord begins.  We must know what is written about our lives henceforth and be prepared to count the cost.

Act 14:22  Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

1Pe 4:12-13 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

Many will fall away and walk no more with Jesus.  Only the few chosen, the very elect will remain faithful to the end and gain the victory in this life.  It is not enough to be called and chosen, Lord willing we will be made faithful to endure to the end.

Rev 17:14  These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

The Wonderful Day of the Lord

To the carnal mind the Scriptures are a contradiction.  The parables are only understood when the Lord gives us ears to hear and opens the door to receive His truth in our heavens.  This day of the Lord is a very dark day.

Amo 5:20  Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it? 

Before our day of the Lord arrives, when we are in Babylon, the true things of God, His doctrines and His Elect will be total darkness to us.  But when our judgment begins, we will begin to die, being crucified with Christ and it is this blood of the moon that will cleanse us from all sin.

Joe 2:31  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. 

Yet this  day of the Lord is also wonderful day for the new man as it brings salvation to those God has chosen for salvation. That of course is all men but the order of salvation has already been established by God and declared from the beginning.

1Co 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

1Co 15:23  But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

1Co 15:24  Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

The truth of God’s mysteries is hidden from carnal eyes and ears and given only to those God has chosen. To everyone else these truths will be foolishness.

Mat 13:11  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (given thru the gift of faith)

The Paradox of Scripture

The carnal mind has a tough time seeing God as both light and darkness.  The positive and the negative at the same time seems like a contradiction.  We might get the Lamb and the Lion paradox, but it really extends to every word of God having two sides.  The fact of the matter is the doctrines of Christ, the true word is to the Elect the light that guides them but to the Babylonians and the Egyptians spiritually speaking, it is total great darkness.  And the WORD tells us so and it is this same cloud that separates the two groups of the CALLED from the CHOSEN.

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.

Here are some good news verses that speak of salvation coming to God’s people.  Our carnal doctrines will all take these for bad news and that only wicked people have to go thru God’s wrath on the day of the Lord.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  This is God remaking the vessel, decreases the old man, destroying the power of sin and calling light out of darkness.  It is wonderful if one can see it.

Isa 13:9  Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

Isa 13:6  Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.

I recall using the book of Joel to promote the false doctrines of eternal torment and justified myself as some righteous watchmen for God by misquoted these verses and blaspheming the name of the Lord and His work.  Thankfully that was in my ignorance and by mercy have been forgiven and shown the light of the truth.   This speaks of great news and the Lord bringing the man to us thru His righteous judgments.  I hope some of you are getting this.

Joe 2:1-3  Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;   A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.

All of the prophets speak of this mystery of how Christ is formed in His people.  These are the very same verses often used by the carnally minded, such as the old me, to falsely teach the damnable heresy of eternal hell or torment.  These all speak of the good news coming upon men;  when Christ comes to crush our pride and beastly nature to fine powder.

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.

But this is all nonsense to the carnally minded.  But it will just amaze you when you do see it as it is everywhere and the plan and consistency of this is so clear.  Let’s look at a few more verses that speak to the process of judgment, called the “day of the Lord” which really are the wonderful works of God to the children of men.

It is a day of vengeance:

Blessed are we if we are given to have our judgment and give our account to God in this life.  We will have to suffer for a little while to be freed from sin.

Jer_46:10  For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for the Lord GOD of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates.

1Co 3:17  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

Jer 50:28  The voice of them that flee and escape out of the land of Babylon (God’s Elect), to declare in Zion the vengeance of the LORD our God, the vengeance of his temple.

I am declaring to you the reader today, this vengeance of the Lord for His temple.  All men have sinned, all have defiled the temple of the Lord and the Lord will have vengeance.  But this is the mystery that no man will believe even if you declare it to them.  Only the Lord can open ears and prepare hearts to receive this truth.

The only way any man, any of us, will enter into the temple of God and have Christ in us, the hope of glory is by us living thru and thereby fulfilling the seven plagues poured out upon our carnal mind.

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

During this day is how we lose our life and are separated from the world.

The day of the Lord is when His sword is abiding upon our spiritual house and killing all off the land of Egypt.  Our worldly interest and desires will be changed as our heart is circumcised by the sword.  We will be separated from the multitudes that remain in Egypt and Babylon.

Eze 30:3  For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen.

Eze 30:4  And the sword shall come upon Egypt, and great pain shall be in Ethiopia, when the slain shall fall in Egypt, and they shall take away her multitude, and her foundations shall be broken down. (crushed to powder)

This passage in Zephaniah is full of symbols that tell much about this great day of the Lord.   Nothing will be spared as the Lord remakes us by this process.  All our idols, sins, false doctrines, all will be burned up in the fire that consumes the adversaries.

Zep 1:14  The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.

Zep 1:15  That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,

Zep 1:16  A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.

Zep 1:17  And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.

The Lord is serious in His refining of us in His furnace of affliction.  Nothing shall be left.  He goes on to tell us that our silver and gold, which represent our righteousness and our idols wrapped in God’s word will not be able to save us, they too will be burned by the fire of God’s jealousy.

Zep 1:18  Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

Thank God this is a relatively quick “speedy riddance” process as otherwise no flesh should be saved.    Our weak flesh could not endure this for too long but in God’s mercy, He does cut these days short.

Mat 24:22  And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

Before the day comes we will get serious about obedience and begin to see our sin 

Mal 4:5   Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

John the Baptist represents Elijah and is the work of God bringing to our mind the sins of the flesh and the ungodliness of how we are living our lives.  The law of Moses and the 10 commandments are used to bring conviction to our hearts and usher in the wrath of God against our old man.  But the coming of John within us, just precedes the coming of the Lord and the great and terrible day of the Lord.  No flesh or carnal mindedness is going to stand and remain, the Lord will complete His good work in us.  We will be converted and the words of Christ shall not return to Him void.

Joe_2:11  And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

The answer is NOBODY can abide in the Day of the Lord.  No flesh shall stand.  All will be changed and remade.  Repentance is not a onetime deal, it is ongoing working of the Lord in our lives in this process called the Day of the Lord. So we do begin to repent and clean ourselves up when Elijah the prophet is sent to us.  We get baptized the Babylonian way and adopt their doctrines, but this all precedes the day of our judgment.  It is Christ who comes afterword that brings the judgment and baptizes us into His death with the fire of the word working in us.

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

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

The Day of the Lord is Now for God’s Elect

It is almost comical when you see it fully, but all the orthodox churches speak of Christians avoiding God’s wrath.  Most now seem to believe in a secret rapture while other just think God will miraculous protect His own from literal fireballs falling from the sky.  If the reader could understand what is being said in this verse, then the seals on the book will begin to come off.

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

People that have been reading and “hearing” or understanding the words of the book of Revelation have been experiencing their day of the Lord for 2,000 years.  It is not some past event or some way out in the future event like the various flesh doctrines of men have taught.

One is blessed when they can read, hear and then keep; which means to live or experience the words written in the following chapters of the book of Revelation.  This means that judgment has fallen upon them and that is quite sweet.

Psa 19:9-10  The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

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

All men are proud beasts fit to be destroyed and remade in the appointed times by the Lord.  God has to show us and He does when judgment comes that we are beasts.

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

By shining His light in our darkness, via the doctrines of Christ spoken by His Elect, we will come to see what and who we are.  This is the beginning of the Day of the Lord and the process by which salvation comes.

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

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

and what have we been doing all the while thinking we are serving God?  We are a beast sitting on God’s throne.

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

What is even worse, is we are deceiving others as well as ourselves speaking like the dragon but looking like a lamb.

Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

This man of sin is all men. It is you and me especially when we think we are good and very righteous.  We simply have not yet endured what must be endured and shown for what we really are.  Pauls was shown this and we too will be shown this in our appointed times.

Rom 7:24  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

1Ti 1:15  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

Job 40:3-5  Then Job answered the LORD, and said, Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.

The pride of all of us must be cut down and that is a focus of God’s judgments upon us.  We have to come to see how vile we are and our need for a Savior to deliver us from our sins and self righteousness.

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:

So the day of the Lord is a good day, one we should pray and hasten that it come quickly.

Rev 22:20  He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

The coming of the Lord is not an outward event, it is an inward event, where Christ will appear to us a second time for salvation without sin.  For a blessed few, that will be in this life in the flesh as God’s Elect.  Christ will appear in the heavens and the elements will be destroyed with fire and heat of His judgments against our carnal mind.

2Pe 3:12  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

We will never know the truths of the Lord’s day until we have first been living it.  Then we will hear the truth and be able to look behind us and where we have walked and with God given eyes we will see what the Lord is, was and will be doing in the lives of all men, beginning with His very Elect.  We will see Jesus Christ with Spiritual Eyes and hear His voice with Spiritual Ears.  These words below describe Jesus Christ perfectly and on that day, we will hear these words and we will begin to understand the deep things of God.

Rev 1:10  I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

Rev 1:11  Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

Rev 1:12  And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

Rev 1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

Rev 1:14His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

Rev 1:15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

Rev 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

These words describe Christ and His Body and how they minister to the inhabitants of the earth.

Understanding the Lord’s plan and the purposes of His fiery trials and our partaking of His sufferings is needed for us to endure to the very end.  We have to know the reason behind it if we are to be found faithful.  We won’t be able to count it as joy if we are ignorant of God’s plan for us the Elect.  When God gives us a hunger and a thirst to know righteousness, He is going to fulfill that desire and bring circumstances into our live to teach us and this is how we learn it.

Isa 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

This is what I think of now when I think about the Day of the Lord.  I pray to hasten its coming and completion of God’s good work.

Psa 107:8 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

So I hope this has helped some to understand this topic and to know what may lie ahead if this things have not yet fallen upon you.  Your focus should be in the mirror and inwardly as that is where Christ does His work in the hearts and minds of men.  Only a few will be taught of God the truth of His word and these will be dragged out of Babylon as part of the process of judgment.  Christ will come to us as a thief in the night to begin His good work in us.  May you be found watching.

1Th_5:4  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

Mat 24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

The days is coming.  Wait for it then stand in this day knowing what the Lord is doing in His saints.  The man will be formed and repentance will be granted to all men and all Israel shall be saved in the end.

2Pe 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 

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

Your brother in Christ speaking of the wonderful works of God to the children of men,

Pete

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Victory Over The Beast

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

The purpose of this post is to help those given ears to hear come to see that there truly is nothing good that dwells in our flesh and that we like Paul are all wretched men and the chief of sinners.

1Ti 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

All of us have been created as beasts, marred in the hands of the potter and are of our father the devil until our day of judgment and salvation arrives.  If we do not agree with this then we have not been shown that all men are truly beasts.   But maybe God willing, that will change.  Let him hear who has been given ears to hear these things.

If you came here expecting to read about some global conspiracy theory about the US Government or the Pope being the beast or the Antichrist  you came to the right place because if you are faithful to read this post, you should be freed of wondering after that dispensational “end of the world” nonsense that has so many preoccupied and always updating their theories.  But let’s begin at what the third angel says, noting that three is always the number of judgment and its process in Scripture.  These angels are pronouncing judgment against the beast and all who worship his image and receive his mark.

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

And here is the judgment.  These shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God and be tormented before the angels in the presence of the lamb.

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

The mystery of God is indeed a mystery and has been hidden from the eyes of men.  Most think this verse is speaking of eternal hell but like all such verses used by men, it means what it means and it does not meant that whatsoever.  Lest we forget, let’s keep one very important verse in mind as we read in the Book of Revelation.

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

Blessed (not burned in hell) is the man or woman who is reading these prophecies in Revelation 13 and 14, when they also “hear” these words and keep them (actually live them, do them) for the time of THEIR SALVATION is at hand.  It is only in God’s appointed times for each of us that the veil that blinds ALL OF US, is removed and we shall see the truth.   This mystery is the revealing of Jesus Christ to us, to our inward man.  Such revealing comes with judgment and through much tribulation as has been discussed in recent posts.  These verses above from Revelation speak of this good news, it speaks of all of us, beginning with God’s Elect, drinking of the wine of the wrath of God.  This is how our heavens and earth, that are inside of us are purified.

Salvation means being delivered from sin and its power over our lives.  Salvation is sure and will come to all flesh in the end but we must wait upon the Lord and His appointed times.  First  the beast that all men are must live by all the words that God has spoken and when we hear HIS WORD, spiritually speaking,   then our judgment will begin and this beast will be destroyed.

Joh 12:47  And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

Joh 12:48  He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

The last day is not referring to the end of the cosmos/world but the end of our carnal age.  It is speaking about when we are given the gift of Faith and the ears to hear the word that brings judgment.  It begins at HIS HOUSE,  the Elect, the chosen ones, so chosen before the world began.

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

What this judgment is all about, is destroying the seven headed ten horned beast that lives within all of us.  We shall surely die said God.

ALL MEN ARE BEASTS

We all will worship the beast.  That is you and me every time we look into the mirror.

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

So many that know the word only in the flesh take these things and apply them outwardly to worldly events but they speak nothing of the sort.  All of us will worship our beast and its image and will receive this mark on our hands or in our forehead.

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

Ecc 3:19  For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.

Ecc 3:20  All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

Beast are made to be destroyed in their appointed time.  The purposes of this life is to teach us good and evil so we will become like God and when He appears to His Elect we will be like Him.   God is in the process of saving many thru the few.  He is preparing the judges who will judge the world in righteousness in the ages to come.

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

1Co 6:3  Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

The purposes of flesh and carnal minds,  the marred vessel of clay, conceived in sin and inequity is for God to later destroy it once it accomplishes its purposes.  God seeks an occasion against all flesh and will in the appointed times for all men destroy the carnality and the mind of the beast we all are given at birth.  Here is the good news of salvation coming thru the destruction of our beast.

Eze 33:26  Ye stand upon your sword, ye work abomination, and ye defile every one his neighbour’s wife: and shall ye possess the land?

Eze 33:27  Say thou thus unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; As I live, surely they that are in the wastes shall fall by the sword, and him that is in the open field will I give to the beasts to be devoured, and they that be in the forts and in the caves shall die of the pestilence.

Eze 33:28  For I will lay the land most desolate, and the pomp of her strength shall cease; and the mountains of Israel shall be desolate, that none shall pass through.

Eze 33:29  Then shall they know that I am the LORD, when I have laid the land most desolate because of all their abominations which they have committed.

Only once this beast is judged and being destroyed will we know that HE IS THE LORD.

Folly of Beast Logic

Rom 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

A beast will never willingly admit and agree with the Apostle’s Paul’s startling statement.  A beast will need to be brought by God in their appointed time to understand what Paul was saying which applies to all men.

The beast innately thinks he is good and man made in the flesh was the image of God versus an initial step to teach us.  Beasts will continue to believe they are or can be good and don’t really need a Savior except to make intellectual ascent.  But the truth is, all of us beasts are sown in dishonor only to be destroyed in God’s timing and made new.

1Co 15:43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
1Co 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
1Co 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
1Co 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

We are sown a beast.  The fact is flesh and blood, which is what defines the beast that we all are cannot enter into the kingdom.  This corrupt beast must be destroyed.  That is God’s plan for the ages.

 1Co 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

Does being made in dishonor and sown in corruption sound like what God has temporarily made was considered good?

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

Flesh and blood nor dust shall inherit the kingdom of God. Dust must return from where it came. It must die.  It shall surely die God said to Adam.  That was His purposes in creating these flesh bodies of clay, marred in His hands.

Adam and Eve were naked long before they ate off the tree. That does not mean they had no clothes, it means they were full of sin as that is what flesh is, it is sin. Christ Himself was made sin for us, yet without sin. But nakedness clearly to those given ears means a sinful person.  We are made virtual sinning machines and the lusts of our father the devil we all will want to do.

Gen 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

I guess David was completely deceived also when he wrote:

Psa 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Solomon must have been an idiot too based on the gospel believed by most.

Ecc 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

The prophet Jeremiah was a fool speaking false words also?

Jer 18:3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
Jer 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

There is nothing good in being made marred? Nothing and yet carnal men want to argue flesh is good.

I guess Paul also was deceived when he wrote this epistle also.

Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
Rom 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

Christ and Paul had it right when they said:

Mar 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

Rom 7:17  Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

Rom 7:18  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

Very few are given the faith to believe these truths and very many are led and ensnared by the traditions of man and its churches.  These believes that flesh is good and we are good people is the delusion God gives us over to based on the idols of our heart.  Our beastly pride blinds us from all the truths of God and we will live in strong delusion until our day of doom, the day of destruction appointed for our beast arrives.  Here is a great chapter that speaks to salvation coming to man, the destruction of the beast, yet our traditions liken this to some kind of eternal punishment.  LOL.

Eze 7:6  An end is come, the end is come: it watcheth for thee; behold, it is come.

Eze 7:7  The morning is come unto thee, O thou that dwellest in the land: the time is come, the day of trouble is near, and not the sounding again of the mountains.

Eze 7:8  Now will I shortly pour out my fury upon thee, and accomplish mine anger upon thee: and I will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense thee for all thine abominations.

Eze 7:9  And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I am the LORD that smiteth.

Eze 7:10  Behold the day, behold, it is come: the morning is gone forth; the rod hath blossomed, pride hath budded.

God will show NO PITY on our beast when our day of judgment arrives.  NONE.   Our beast will become an extremely self righteous beast, having great confidence in its flesh and good works and decisions to be involved in religious activities.  When we are at this points, we are in total spiritual darkness yet like Saul of Tarsus think we are actually serving God.

Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

But this beast is nothing more than a child of our father the devil with outward forms of godliness.  It’s day of destruction has not yet come.

The Calling of the Beast

So with this background let’s take a look at the process God uses to bring salvation to men.  His ways are certainly not our ways and His thoughts not aligned with our carnal thoughts and the philosophy of this world and man’s religious traditions

When God first calls a man, that man comes out of the sea, which is a symbol for all humanity, the flesh of all men.

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

We all are this beast and we come having seven heads and ten horns.  What this means is we are a complete and total beast (seven is number of completion) and the ten horns are the perfect doctrine we think we hold as truth.  We are still under the law of sin and death and the 10 commandments at this time.  We then go out and speak words of blasphemy against the true God.  We will condemn and judge all others, look down upon sinners and our journey into Babylon has just begun.  God is in the process of sending us strong delusion as we will believe the lie of the serpent.

Gen 3:4  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die

We do not yet realize that God created all flesh and carnal minds to destroy them in the appointed time.  We will be trying to hold on to our life in this flesh which is what beasts do.  We will oppose the true things of God and twist and pervert the truth to justify our beast.

Rev 13:2  And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

We are likened to a leopard here meaning our true beast nature is hidden (camouflaged) and yet we are quick of feet to run after the flesh and we have a mouth as our father the devil, the roaring lion who seeks to devour.  Our power is from the dragon, our father the devil and we are on our way to take our seat on God’s rightful throne in our hearts.

Rev 13:3  And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

The entire world, ALL MEN will wonder after our beast.  We cannot help but do this, this is how God has made us in these marred and weak vessels of clay.  It is God’s plan for us all to fall backward into deception with the WORD when we first are given the pull and desire to know the things of God.  We must spend our appointed time in Babylon.

Isa 28:13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

It is the outward changes we begin to see when we are dragged in the WORD that God actually uses to keep us bound in deception.  These are tough things to understand but reveal the mystery of God’s plan for the ages and His Elect.

Rev 13:14  And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

But our beast nature is wounded by the word of God.  God has put the desire in our hearts to know His word and this sword we will begin to study and learn, yet still in the flesh and according to the traditions of men.  These traditions have us go right into a church, we must join a church and get involved we are admonished by men.

This is God sending us into Babylon.  Before we can come out of Babylon, we first must go into Babylon which is likened to the wilderness in the stories of ancient Israel.

Everyone has to go to church we are told.   So we go into a religious setting and are made to feel comfortable in our skin and sold the 10 second sinners prayer or our active membership in the denomination as the way of salvation.  This has the effect of healing our deadly wound that the WORD (the sword) initially caused.  And then just as it says, we continue to wonder after the beast (ourselves) and are now simply becoming religious.

Rev 13:4  And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

So please understand,  the churches of men serve a very valuable purpose in God’s plan.  He ordained all things, even the apostate churches of men.  They serve God’s purposes in blinding the whole world (we will get into this below) and calling people out of Egypt.  But this is just the interim stop for God’s Elect, they will come out of Babylon in their appointed times.  They will have no choice in the matter.

Eze 38:3  And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:

Eze 38:4  And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:

But like Revelation 13:4 says above,  who is like unto the beast?  This is self worship that we all will live and do.  We get hooked into doing many good works and things and participate in morally good activities and in these things we begin to boast.  I, ME, MY is what beasts do which is self worship which is actually bringing glory and honor to their father the devil, the dragon himself.  Our image of God at this point is all self focused, what can God do for me?  We pray for the physical things and ask God to fulfill for us the lusts of our flesh.  We pray amiss and get nothing from God and we do not yet even know Him.  Yet we will not receive correction or rebuke,  the true living WORD we cannot yet hear.  No war can be advanced against our flesh as of yet.  Sure there will be some outward changes in habits and behavior, perhaps even great deliverances from addiction and substances.  And these outward signs are just God keeping us bound in spiritual darkness until our appointed day of destruction arrives.  The fiery word God that makes war on our flesh cannot work until we are given ears to hear.

Rev 13:5  And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

So for the first part of our walk, this symbolic 3.5 years (first half of our 7 years)  we speak great blasphemies against God.  We believe and speak of eternal hell, we take credit and boast in our free will decision to choose God and we actually believe we are good and that our flesh itself can be perfected.  We boast in all the good things we are doing for God in the strength of our flesh.  We are all just fulfilling these words of JOB.  Just look at this self righteous beast exalting himself and glorying in his filthy rags works of the flesh.

Job 29:12  Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.

Job 29:13  The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.

Job 29:14  I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.

Job 29:15  I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.

Job 29:16  I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.

Job 29:17  And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.

Job 29:18  Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand.

Job 29:19  My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch.

Job 29:20  My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand.

Job 29:21  Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel.

Job 29:22  After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them.

Job 29:23  And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.

Wow.  Just look at this beast that lives in all of us.  Me, Myself and I.  So many of us boast in all the good things we do for God not knowing we are simply living as beast under the hedge of God’s protection.  The last posts on Learning Good and Evil spoke about this God’s plan to leave us alone to live in peace until our day of judgment arrives.  CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THAT POST, a very good read.

What a righteous person this is, doing many good things and serving God in their flesh.  This is not the kind of worshippers God wants,  He needs nothing from  a man and He builds His church in his appointed times.

Act 17:25  Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

We continue in self exalted religious reign for 42 months, or 3.5 years, this not being literal but a symbolic period of time known only to God.  In my personal walk, when God called me back to Him,  it was amazingly exactly 42 months from when I started until I rose up out of the earth as this second vile beast in late 2008.

Rev 13:6  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

And none of us will ever see this until after it  has happened.  We will only see when we HEAR the voice of the Lord and Jesus shows it to  us.  It says John TURNED when he hear this voice behind him.

Rev 1:10  I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

This is when I began this blog site,   I was certainly lead of God to do it but all my prior work was blaspheming the true God and persecuting His saints.  We have no clue that we are doing it, we truly think we are serving God and no man can convince us otherwise.

Joh 16:2  They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.

And Christ tells us why we will do this to the Saints.  Because we do not know HIM.

Joh 16:3  And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.

We will persecute the true brethren, those that know and worship Christ in Spirit and dwell in heaven. Heaven and the kingdom of God is within us said Christ and those that walk by the Spirit will be hated by us beasts and we will speak all manner of evil against them.  I am now on the other end of this exchange and can see it clearly.

Rev 13:7  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

The new spiritual man that is trying to emerge from within us as well as that in others professing Christians will be attacked by our judgments and accusations and will for the time be overcome.  The new man, the spiritual man will be laid low and we will remain firmly entrenched in the world and its traditions.  This battle begins within ourselves but extends to those in in the world.

Rev 13:8  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

This is all men who will ever live.  The heavens and the earth are inside of us. Even the Elect will first worship the beast and have their names erased from the Book of Life.

Exo 32:33  And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.

All men sin.  All men defile the temple of God, which temple we are.  So all of us begin with our names in the book and are erased from the Book and in our appointed times will be reinstated.  This begins with the firstfruits, the Elect of God. Only those ELECT who have gotten the victory over the beast will have their names reinstated into the Book of Life.  We must overcome the beast and that is when we are put back into the book.

Rev 3:5  He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

John saw looking backward in his vision,  who the overcomers were that stood on the sands of the sea (flesh) and had gotten the victory over their beast.

Rev 15:2  And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

This is salvation!!  Getting the victory over our beast.  Only those the Father has given to Christ will have the ability to hear these words and to understand them.

Rev 13:9  If any man have an ear, let him hear.

I hope some of you are hearing this.  I know it will not be many, it will be very few.  Any even for those, it may be a times, a times and half of time before you understand.  We just plant the seeds and water those others have planted and God will give the increase in the appointed times.  It is the truth and the truth is what God’s chosen instruments will speak.

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

In God’s strange act,  those religious beast we are, we lead others into captivity and go ourselves into captivity.  Shut up in total spiritual darkness.  We that kill by God’s word will also ourselves be killed by God’s words.  The beast will be slain by the word of God.  Thanks be to God for that.

Rev 13:10  He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

Now being led of God and drinking of strong delusion, we go right smack into captivity and bondage.  We ourselves are now using the sword, the Word of God, the Bible to persecute people, condemn them and judge others.  This is especially true of those who we encounter who are the Elect of God and correct us in our erroneous doctrine and things such as an eternal hell.  We will ignorantly continue to kick against the goads and persecute Christ Himself by virtue of persecuting His Body.  Christ tells us this plainly when speaking with Saul of Tarsus.

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 is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

The Elect will all come to the place where they truly think they are serving God but they are just living strong delusion and that is the next evolution of our beast.

Rev 13:11  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

Once we have been walking in the Word but are yet carnal we will have become a very self righteous beast.  With our deadly wound now being fully healed by our participation in external fleshly works and good deeds and active participation in the church institutions of men,  this new beast arises out of the earth.  We are the earth, the earth represents our flesh the land that Christ is going to lay desolate in the appointed time.

Gen 1:1  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Jer 22:29  O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.

In this next stage of our beastly progression, we now are described as having two horns like a lamb yet still speaking like a dragon.  We are of our father the devil just as the jews that believed on Jesus were so described by the Lord Himself.

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

This beast will fool all but the very Elect.  It will have external forms of godliness and is likely doing many good things in the flesh to serve God.  But we still speak as a dragon and the true motives of Me, Myself and I are at the heart of all that we do.  We live to please ourselves and gain the favor of men, we are not yet living for God yet this is still all unknown to us at this time.

Rev 13:12  And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

All of our religion is defiled and is based on the flesh.  We have now become the abomination that is causing desolation in our own spiritual hearts but we know it not yet.  God has not revealed the truth to us and we cannot hear the true living WORD that will expose all of this.  But that is fixing to change as there is a day and hour appointed for each of us when Jesus Christ will be revealed to us.  This is the whole reason this book is titled,  THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST.  It is the revealing of Christ to us spiritually, in the new man that God is bringing forth from the darkness that we all were created in.

Deceived Thru Signs and Wonders

Rev 13:13  And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

Rev 13:14  And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles (SIGNS) which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

And this is how God truly keeps us blind.  We see outward changes in ourselves and others we speak with on the things of God.  This is the fire coming down from heaven in the sight of men.  It is the same as Paul spoke to the early church.

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

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

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

The signs and the wonders may be true but their purpose is to keep us in spiritual darkness.  There is none better than the Lord to keep self righteous beasts chained in spiritual darkness awaiting their day of judgment. Of course carnal traditions equate all of this with the demonic doctrine of an eternal hell.

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

Yet God’s ways are not our ways.  The way to coming to know Him in Spirit, which is eternal life,  is by first getting madly drunk and walking in strong delusion.

Deu 29:6 Ye have not eaten bread, neither have ye drunk wine or strong drinkthat ye might know that I am the LORD your God.

None of us will ever come to know the true God until we first drink of strong drink and get drunk with wine. These of course speak to spiritual things and refer to the fact that all men will come under strong delusions FIRST before they come to know the truth and are set free. Man will truly live by every word in the Scriptures, we will live them all spiritually.  There is no avoiding this process, it is ordained for all men.

Jer 49:12  For thus saith the LORD; Behold, they whose judgment was not to drink of the cup have assuredly drunken; and art thou he that shall altogether go unpunished? thou shalt not go unpunished, but thou shalt surely drink of it.

Jer 25:28  And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink.

Jer 25:29  For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts.

God is working all things, good and evil to bring about His purposes.  And His purposes is we all go into Babylon and get madly drunk with wine.

And we are even told how God accomplishes this strong delusion and keeps us bound in spiritual darkness all the while deceiving us into thinking we are really serving Him. It is because of the “signs and wonders” we see when we are first called of God that we believe we are already standing in the truth — yet we are still in the wilderness waiting for our appointed time for judgment. Here is how these beasts, which is all of us, are caught in the grip of strong delusion.

Rev 13:13 And he doeth great SIGNS (wonders), so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, THIS IS YOU AND ME BEGINNING TO KNOW AND SPEAK ABOUT THINGS OF GOD!

Rev 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those SIGNS (miracles) which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

And these signs, deceive those who dwell on the earth (YOU AND ME). And so we use these signs to justify ourselves. We use these signs, these miracles of the outside changes in our live to build up the image of ourselves, which is the beast. One of our heads had been wounded by the WORD of GOD (the sword) when we were first called out of Egypt but was quickly healed when we fell back into the peace and safety environment of Babylon.

Before we come out of her my people our land will be laid desolate and our beast will still dwell in the land while we are gone mad, living in our strong delusion.  This is God’s way and His purposes but such things are indeed hard to understand and are strong meat.

Jer 50:37  A sword is upon their horses, and upon their chariots, and upon all the mingled people that are in the midst of her; and they shall become as women: a sword is upon her treasures; and they shall be robbed.

Jer 50:38  A drought is upon her waters; and they shall be dried up: for it is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols.

Jer 50:39  Therefore the wild beasts of the desert with the wild beasts of the islands shall dwell there, and the owls shall dwell therein: and it shall be no more inhabited for ever; neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation.

Many have great deliverances from ungodly things, addictions, lusts and the like.  The outside of our cup is markedly changed as the sword of the Lord, (HIS word) begins to work in our lives while we are still yet beasts.  These are great wonders and signs that just confirm in our deception that we are standing on the ROCK, but we are yet carnal and know Him not.

Fire is always a reference to the WORD OF GOD, and we use this word, this fire to effect change and do many good works and miracles. The word for miracles should really be SIGN if you research it and see how that Greek word is used in scores of other places. So we see outward SIGNS and changes and improvements in our life and think we have already arrived. The outside of cup is indeed being washed and we are now outwardly religious in many areas. Yet we remain a 7 headed beast and are of our father the devil still. At this point, we are “jews” who believe on Jesus as John 8 shows us but cannot hear His word, even though we will vehemently argue this just as those jews did with Christ.

Rev 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

This mystery of inequity does already work but it will be revealed in the end of the age of our carnal minds.

2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

This man, this son of perdition is YOU AND ME. This is all men.  This is the beast.

We all will live by every word. The way to knowing the Lord is thru strong drink and the judgment we all will reap for what we have sown. Many do err in their vision and are right smack in the middle of living Revelation 13.

Isa 28:7 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.

Pro 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

Here is True Wisdom

Rev 13:18  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

The mark of the beast that many fear and speculate with all kinds of wild theories is just us and this beast that lives in all of us.  It is the mark of man and the number 6 refers to the flesh and 3X 6 is simple God bringing judgment on all flesh.  We all will take this mark before we are ever marked for God.  We will live by every word!

When we are so blessed by God to be given the gift of faith and shown that we are that beast, then we will truly be wise in the things of God.  When Christ shows us this, we will have no choice but to flee from Judea.

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

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

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

When we are shown this, we are told to get ready because the great tribulation not have been seen nor will not be seen forevermore is fixing to come upon us.  God must show it to you but only in our appointed times.

Mat 24:21  For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

And this is how God refines His sons.  He scourges them in the fire.  It is through much tribulation that we will enter the kingdom of God.

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

The beast is destroyed in this furnace!  We can only be on the highway to holiness once this beast is destroyed in us by the power of God.

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.

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:

 When we are given the new wine in a vessel, a body prepared to receive it then our beast shall be slain of the Lord.

Pro 9:1  Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:

Pro 9:2  She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.

When the ROCK that is Christ falls upon us we shall be crushed to powder and our beast shall be destroyed.  This is the mystery of godliness and how Christ is formed in us.

Eze 32:12  By the swords of the mighty will I cause thy multitude to fall, the terrible of the nations, all of them: and they shall spoil the pomp of Egypt, and all the multitude thereof shall be destroyed.

Eze 32:13  I will destroy also all the beasts thereof from beside the great waters; neither shall the foot of man trouble them any more, nor the hoofs of beasts trouble them.

Eze 32:14  Then will I make their waters deep, and cause their rivers to run like oil, saith the Lord GOD.

Eze 32:15  When I shall make the land of Egypt desolate, and the country shall be destitute of that whereof it was full, when I shall smite all them that dwell therein, then shall they know that I am the LORD.

Paul lets us know that ALL of us were once of our father the devil, following after the prince of the power of the air.  We all were children of wrath and it is thru that wrath that we come to know the Living God.

Eph 2:2  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:

Eph 2:3  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

We all live in and the seven churches of revelation all live in us.  We will live by every word in our beastly nature until the day of the Lord, the day of doom and destruction of our beast arrives.

Dan 4:16  Let his heart be changed from man’s, and let a beast’s heart be given unto him; and let seven times pass over him.

The visions Daniel had tell us the same things the Book of Revelation does regarding our beastly nature and its destruction as the way of knowing the Lord.

Dan 7:3  And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.

Dan 7:4  The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.

Dan 7:5  And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.

Dan 7:6  After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.

Dan 7:7  After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.

Part of our learning and maturing in Christ, a big part of it actually, is learning to wrestle with the beasts of this earth.  This includes not only our old man, in that we need to die daily to that beast.  But it also includes dealing with our brothers and sisters who are still in Babylon and will persecute and hate us for coming out of her.

1Co 15:31  I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

1Co 15:32  If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.

I have made many mistakes in my youth and have let that beast rise back up at times.  I have acted like Peter, being yet carnal and have smote the ears of those persecuting and attacking the truth.  If I have done that to you, please forgive me.  But I am learning God willing to stay dead to the beast and let the Lord do the fighting for me.

Joh 18:10  Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.

Joh 18:11  Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?

Like Christ, we have to drink of the same cup.  We all have to come thru the wrath of God and be refined through judgment and great affliction.

Mat 20:23  And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with

We have got to remember that as long as we live these weak and marred vessels of clay,  that beast is still yet lurking and hence we have this mysterious saying.

Rev 17:8  The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

The beast was, is not and yet is.  We be crucified with Christ daily for this beast to stay dead and for us to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

To get the victory over the beast, we must first be brought to a place by God that we can be shown we are that beast.  That is what the word of God will do to us when we can hear it spiritually.  It will bring judgment and will accomplish its purposes.  That purpose is to slay the beast and bring about the revealing of Jesus Christ in our hearts.

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

Rev 19:12  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

Rev 19:13  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

The beast will be captured by the armies of God and will be cast into the lake of fire, which is the word of God where it will be consumed in the righteous judgment of God.  The purposes of God’s judgments are always for good and the destruction of our beast is a very good thing but it will be painful to the things we so highly esteem in this world.  Far greater blessing to have that beast destroyed here and now on this side of the grave rather than in the ages to come at the final judgment in the lake of fire.

I am going to end this here and hope it will help those for whom it is intended.  But all of these mysteries do not negate the simple truth and promise of this gospel of good news for all men.  All flesh shall see the salvation of the Lord in due time.  All men shall be saved and all beast shall be destroyed.

Luk 3:6  And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

The slain of the Lord shall be very many beasts.  All beasts shall die in the end and all men shall be raised anew and live with God and He will dwell with men.  I will end this long post with a rendering of this very good news and the destruction of many beasts.

Isa 66:15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.
Isa 66:16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.

judgment, salvation

Then You Shall Know I Am The Lord

I am going to speak about the righteous judgment of God in this post and how that is the means by which we come to know the Lord.  Jesus told us this mystery in this parable right here.

Mat 13:49 So shall it be at the end of the AGE (vs world): the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just
Mat 13:50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

This verse speaks nothing about an eternal hell as virtually the whole church system believes.  It speaks about how God bring about the end of the carnal minded AGE of man through judgment.  The word AION translated “world” in our bibles is not the correct word but that is a topic for another day.  God brings about the end of the AGE for each of us in our appointed time.  He sends His messengers, His Elect which are His angels to speak words of fire to our hearts and consume the wood which is our carnal idols.

I am now standing in a furnace spiritually speaking.  That is where the Lord’s people will stand.  We will be saved through fire not be escaping fire.

1 Cor 3:15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

To the new man coming forth from the ashes of desolation of the old man, we will learn to stand in the fire and it will not harm us.

Dan 3:27 And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.

I have been blessed to have been put into the fire.  This is the only way we can ever enter into the kingdom of God.  I have been redeemed of the Lord and I will boldly say so to all.

Psalm 107:2  Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy

I now hear the voice of the Shepherd.  I am not boasting in saying this, this is what we are supposed to say as otherwise we are denying Christ.  Christ lives,  He lives in me as I have been redeemed.  He has come in the flesh.  I came to hear HIS voice only by beginning and enduring through some not so nice things, called judgment.  But that is how salvation comes, there is no other way.

Isa 1:27  Zion shall be redeemed with judgment

The LORD told us clearly what shall judge us.

John 12:47-48  And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.   He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

Right here we have a great mystery and riddle before our eyes.  It is the WORD that will judge us; but ONLY if we are able to hear it AND BELIEVE IT.   Getting ears to hear this WORD and the faith to believe it are both gifts from God.  Man does not choose on its own to receive these gifts, there given to him.  Even the faith given is not our faith but is the faith of Christ.

Mat 11:15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

Very few will be given ears to hear as the Scriptures declare.  Many that “believe on Christ”  will claim to hear but they do not hear and this message is not for them.  These people Jesus spoke with that day and speaks to today that believe but do not hear and are not now being judged.  Their appointed day cannot come until and unless they can hear HIS word.

Joh 8:43 Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.
Joh 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.  
Joh 8:47 He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

The word that Christ has spoken will be our judge in the “last day”.  The last day of course being a customized day, preordained for each us that really represents the end of the age, the end of our carnal mind.  When our appointed day comes and we are given the gift of FAITH,  then and only then, are we given ears to hear.  Until we can hear the WORD of GOD,  we cannot really believe and as it says right here, we cannot be judged until we hear.  This is a deep mystery that God must reveal but it is also captured in this Psalm.

Psalm 1:5  Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment

Judgment begins at the house of God.  Most people will not see judgment in this life as they have not be chosen and given ears to hear.  This is God’s plan which is revealed in Scriptures and I simply must accept it.

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

The carnal man hates this truth.  They are at enmity with the true things of God.  One huge log and insidious false doctrine of Babylon that blinds people to the truth is the CARNAL idea that salvation is avoiding judgment and avoiding the wrath of God.  It ties into the false doctrine that since Jesus died for us, we do not need to also die.  No my friends, that is a lie.   This is one of the most insidious doctrines of Babylon and those bound up with the traditions of our forefathers.

Mat 10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

Jesus paid the ultimate penalty for sin which is death.  All men shall be made alive in the appointed time, but in order for all men to enter into the kingdom of God, they must be born again.  This only by the will of the Father in the appointed time as one can read in John 1:12 and scores of other places.   Yet this death, the second death must precede the new birth and for all but a chosen few, this will be after the second resurrection in the ages to come.  Far beyond this post to get into it, but the one baptism that all in Christ will experience is the baptism into HIS DEATH.  He died and we too shall surely die just as God told Adam.

That is what Jesus was speaking right here in parable for those with ears to hear.

John 12:24-25   Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.   He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

So I hope this post which will explore the many places where God speaks of knowing He is the Lord will open your eyes to understanding this great mystery and hidden wisdom.  It is a wonderful liberating truth when you see it.  If you see it, there is likely some budding of new life going on in your spiritual house.

Ezekiel 29:21 In that day will I cause the horn of the house of Israel to bud forth, and I will give thee the opening of the mouth in the midst of them; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

This verse speaks to a very special day.  It is the day that we will come to know the Lord.  Yet this day is not the day that Orthodox Christianity teaches.  They have it completely backwards.

In a great hidden mystery,  the way of salvation is hidden from carnal eyes.  Salvation is KNOWING THE LORD in the Spirit.  This is only revealed unto a man by GOD Himself,  in His choosing in the appointed time.  It is through judgment that we will all come to know the Lord.

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

NO MAN means NO MAN.  No man can enter into the temple of God that is in our heart, until these plagues are all fulfilled in us.  This is how we enter into AIONIOUS (Eternal) Life.  This is salvation and only a few there be shall find the way in this life.

John  17:3   And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent

I am writing this for the benefit of some brothers I know are going through great tribulation and also for myself.  It is through the trial of our God given faith in HIS WORD that we will be purified.  There is no other way.  We are to count these trials and the cost of being a disciple as pure joy.  God willing this we shall do.  We must come to understand this is the way of the Lord.

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

Isa 26:9  for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness

The “earth” is referring to our flesh and that is how we learn righteousness.  When we abide in His word we will be His disciples indeed and in the truth which is Jesus Christ.  This truth shall set us free.  I hope you can hear these words.

Jer 22:29  O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.

Chastening Grace is How We Know Him

It is thru our chastening that we shall learn. Chastening is the same word translated as “being taught”.  The grace of God that saves is not just some unmerited favor; it is the chastisement of God.  When sin abounds,  this chastisement increases all the more.  That is the way of God, burning sin out of His chosen people in the appointed time. If sin increases,  God just ratchets up the heat in the furnace and ultimately grace will win and sin will be destroyed.

It is the same way the Lord learned and His Elect will be no different and shall not escape the righteous judgment of God.

Heb 5:8  Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered

Like His Father sent Him,  He sends us.  We too shall be broken and ground to powder.  That is how we die to self to live for Christ.

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.

Far beyond this post to get into,  but know that most,  the “many called” DO NOT undergo judgment in this life.  Theirs will be in the Lake of Fire to come in the future age.  Many that call themselves sons of God are not yet sons as that requires being chastened through the judgments of God.

Heb 12:8  But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

You can be sure that as Christ was in this world so shall His Elect be.  It pleased the Father to crush His Son  and will be no different for us.  Again I write this so I can be comforted and trust in His precious promises.

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

NO EXCEPTIONS!

Heb 12:7  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

The self righteous JOB did not yet understand this and had no idea what God was doing to him or why.  Neither do we initially, but we will but first we will be like JOB.

Job 40:6-8   Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,  Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

So with this very long lead in,  I want to review many of the verses in the Scriptures that speak how God works salvation in His chosen people.  Carnal man continues to take these verses as if they speak to an eternal hell for people that do not know the Lord, yet the exact opposite is the truth.  It is through these judgments and enduring all His wrath that we shall come to Know That He Is The Lord.

All of these examples are from the Old Testament which are types and shadows of things that will happen to the people of God, His Israel,  His Elect,  His Bride, the Body of Christ,  the chosen few.  These stories all apply to us this very day.

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

Salvation Comes Thru Judgment

The end of the age is the end of our carnal walk and the beginning of our spiritual walk.  This spiritual walk starts and ends with great tribulation.  Let us begin in Exodus where God said this.

Exodus 6:6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:

Our redemption comes with great judgment.  That is the answer to the question of “when” we will know He is the Lord.  God is bringing the NEW MAN forward thru great judgment on the old man.  It is the destruction of this beast that is the whole purpose of God’s judgment.  God told Adam you shall surely die and that was said to all of us who are in Adam but will also be made alive thru Christ in the appointed time.  God literally takes us out of the world and zaps the desires of the world out of our hearts.  Do you see it?

Exodus 6:7 And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.

It is God who drags/draws all people to Himself (John  6:44).  Here we are told bluntly that being called out of Egypt and a worldly focus and mind is all the work of God.  He has chosen us out of this world and we will henceforth be sojourners and pilgrims.  Jesus was not of this world and neither will His Elect fit in with the affairs and beliefs of the “world”.

Exodus 7:5 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, WHEN I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them. 

When God remakes us into spiritual beings,  He is not making the flesh good.  That is self righteousness to think so as JOB learned and we will all learn the hard way.  God is bringing forth a people, the ELECT by bringing us out from among the world.  He does this by stretching forth His hands which means to bring judgment upon us.  Each of these verses could be the subject of its own post, there is so much meat in each of them, so I encourage you to read around them and ask God for spiritual eyes to see the truth.

Exodus 7:17 Thus saith the LORD, In this thou shalt know that I am the LORD: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood

What is “in this” we shall know the Lord.  It is judgment.  In judgment we shall know Him.  We will know Him after we are smitten and realize all of our spiritual water we had been drinking was deception.  Those polluted waters just made us spiritually dead no matter how much external fleshly worship of God we participated in.  All will live every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God, even this one.

2Th 2:11-12  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

We will know He is the Lord looking back at the deceptions we lived and the time we spent in captivity in Babylon churches.  We will certainly be made a fool as we our smitten by His rod of judgment and have our living waters polluted and turned to blood.  This is speaking to the false doctrines we will be deceived  by and follow and they lead only to spiritual death.  This was me for many years, walking around as an evil judge of hearts, churches and men,  thinking I was more righteous and by my free will was doing good for God.  Such nonsense and when God opens your eyes,  you can look back and know HE was directing every single step of it to bring you to a place of true humility.

Exodus 8:22-23  And I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in which my people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there; to the end thou mayest know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth. And I will put a division between my people and thy people.   When  the world hates us and by the world,  I mean the professing church;  this is all a division brought by God.  Christ did not come to bring peace but division.  There will always be great derision, reproach and opposition to the true disciples of Christ who worship Him in truth and in spirit, giving God all the glory for all things.  They hated Christ first and they will come to hate us we begin to testify to these hidden mysteries that will set  you free if Jesus will give you ears to hear.

Exodus 10:2 And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son’s son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the LORD.  What did God wrought in Egypt?  Great judgment, 10, a perfect number of plagues.  If we taught the true gospel we would be teaching believers of the judgments of God and telling them to wait upon the Lord and prepare them for His coming to destroy their carnal minds.  This was the message Paul was conveying here for those with ears to hear.

1Th 5:1-3  But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.   For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

This destruction is good.  The judgments of God are sweeter than honey and more desirable than gold when one understands (Psalm 19:9).  This is why when you find yourself living and having lived the words of the Book of Revelation, one will get great comfort from UNDERSTANDING this verse.

Rev 1:3  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.   This is a sign of salvation being worked in a man when he understands these words and keeps (lives) those things written therein.

Exodus 31:13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.  These verses speak a lesson, not of keeping a fleshly physical Sabbath on Saturdays,  but of entering into the Sabbath rest that remains for the people of God.  It comes on the 7th day, the day of completion ,  the day of the Lord for each of us in our appointed times.  This is when we begin to walk in the Spirit AFTER having entered into the  judgments of God.  Then and only then shall we shall know He is the Lord in the Spirit and will know Him no longer in the flesh.  Until we eat of His flesh and drink of His blood we will not know Him.

Deuteronomy 29:6 Ye have not eaten bread, neither have ye drunk wine or strong drink: that ye might know that I am the LORD your God.  Until we are put into God’s furnace of affliction,  we will not know Him.  We will be eating manna but the kind that satisfies our flesh.  Until we eat the real bread and drink of the Lord’s cup of wrath,  our appointed day has not yet arrived.  The day of the Lord for us individually remains future.  But make no mistake,  we will have to go to the cross and die.  We will have to be baptized into Christ’s death.  That baptism comes by fire and the WORD that shall judge us.  The sons of Zebedee were told the truth in parable by the Lord.  But this and its timing is all in the Father’s hands as He has chosen before the world began.

Mat 20:22  But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.

Mat 20:23  And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

Salvation comes thru JUDGEMENT.  We like Christ will feel forsaken of God if we do not understand these things.  We will not understand them initially, we will only know it after the fact.  But just like Christ cried out MY MY GOD, why have YOU forsaken Me,  we will do the same until our deliverance shall come.

Isaiah 49:26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

But such a blessing when we come to know Him in Spirit.  When He enters into us and by His Spirit we will henceforth be His people and know Him.  This will be after great judgment where we will be shown what a wretched man we truly are and all that boasting and prideful religious parading we did we be seen for what it is in God’s eyes.  DUNG.

Jeremiah 24:7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

Our carnal minds will be slain right before our eyes, in the midst of ourselves.  That is what these Scriptures declare for those with ears to hear.

Ezekiel 6:7 And the slain shall fall in the midst of you, and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

People that want to argue God does not do evil or is not the author of evil must have cut these verses out of their bible.

Ezekiel 6:10 And they shall know that I am the LORD, and that I have not said in vain that I would do this evil unto them.

Ezekiel 6:13 Then shall ye know that I am the LORD, when their slain men shall be among their idols round about their altars, upon every high hill, in all the tops of the mountains, and under every green tree, and under every thick oak, the place where they did offer sweet savour to all their idols.  When will we know?  Only after we see with spiritual eyes the slain men,  the spiritual death on all the carnal high hills, the churches of men and under the towering trees built by the hands of men.  These words are all spirit.

Vengeance For His Temple

Ezekiel 6:14 So will I stretch out my hand upon them, and make the land desolate, yea, more desolate than the wilderness toward Diblath, in all their habitations: and they shall know that I am the LORD. 

The common recurring theme is that judgment comes first to the house of God and then and only then will we know He is the Lord.

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

The land that represents our spiritual hearts will be devasted, made desolate by the abomination that causes desolation.  That is us, our carnal mind, the beast that sits exalted on God’s throne in our heart.  But I have good news for you.  God will have vengeance for His temple.

Jer 51:11  Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the LORD hath raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for his device is against Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of the LORD, the vengeance of his temple.

We are that house, we are the temples of God.  It says here what happens if we defile the temple and all men sin.  I hope you can receive this.

1 Cor 3:16-17   Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?  If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.  This destruction is good, we shall surely die.  This righteous judgment of God is the beginning of salvation and the process the Lord uses to bring us into intimacy with Him and the Father.

Ezekiel 7:4 And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense thy ways upon thee, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.  God sends delusion,  He plants abominations in our hearts,  He sends evil spirits to us,  He lays the land desolate in destruction.  This is the wrath of God poured out upon His chosen people in their appointed time.  He scourges every son He receives and there shall be no escape.  Here is the Lord I have come to know which is polar opposite the one followed in Babylon.
Isaiah 45:7  I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

Ezekiel 7:9 And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I am the LORD that smiteth.

I thank God the Lord has not had pity as otherwise we would stay right where we are in the world playing church.  We would therefore NEVER KNOW HIM.  Far better to pay the cost of count of the blessing of being a chosen disciple even if it costs you everything the world so highly esteems.  Carrying a cross is painful to our flesh, it will bring great sorrow.  JOB came to see this.

Job 14:22  But his flesh will be in pain over it, And his soul will mourn over it.” 

Ezekiel 7:27 The king shall mourn, and the prince shall be clothed with desolation, and the hands of the people of the land shall be troubled: I will do unto them after their way, and according to their deserts will I judge them; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

As Christ Christ’s we will follow our Lord.  We too will live these words.

Mat 26:38  Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.

The walk of a disciple that knows His Lord is to fill up in the afflictions of Christ that our behind in our bodies for the sake of the church.

I can go on and on with these judgment and knowing the Lord verses.  I will share just a few more.

Ezekiel 11:10 Ye shall fall by the sword; I will judge you in the border of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

We will know He is the Lord when we begin to hear His word spiritually.  Then His WORD, which is this sword shall cut us down by judging it.  This sword will burn out the carnal mind and the impurities that defile us.

Ezekiel 11:12 And ye shall know that I am the LORD: for ye have not walked in my statutes, neither executed my judgments, but have done after the manners of the heathen that are round about you.

None of us will have an argument with God.  We will know that we are wretched men, marred in the hands of the Potter and have done many wicked deeds, especially the insidious sin of self righteousness that robs God and steals His glory.

Ezekiel 12:15 And they shall know that I am the LORD, WHEN I shall scatter them among the nations, and disperse them in the countries.

Ezekiel 30:26 And I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and disperse them among the countries; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

We will know He is the Lord when we no longer fit in with this world.  When the desires of our hearts have been changed by God.  We will be aliens and strangers in a foreign land, that is this world.

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

The Lord will crush the religious idols we held in our heart.  The very things we took for comfort and security will be demolished with the brightness of His coming into our heart.  Then we shall know He is the Lord and has done it all since day one.

Ezekiel 13:23 Therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations: for I will deliver my people out of your hand: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

When we are delivered out of Babylon and all its false gospels, doctrines and fleshly worship, we will know we were our own worst enemy and will be praising our Savior for rescuing us out of their hands.

Ezekiel 14:8 And I will set my face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of my people; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

I felt so lonely until I came to understand what God was doing to me.  I had become a sign and a proverb.  What a unbelievable heretic and hypocrite was I using the Bible and heaping condemnation and judgment upon everyone by myself.  I had so many logs in my eyes yet could see tiny specks in everyone else and I delighted to point them out.  But God thankfully cut me off from Himself and led me down that path of delusion to humble me and bring me to a place where He could then lift me up.  That is God’s way of salvation.

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

How else are we going to come to know good and evil, unless we live it and experience it?  Maybe one can now begin to understand God’s ways.

Ezekiel 15:7 And I will set my face against them; they shall go out from one fire, and another fire shall devour them; and ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I set my face against them.

When His Elect speak His words, those words are a fire.  Those words do not return void, they will accomplish their intended purposes and when they do, you will know He is the Lord.  Speaking to His chosen Elect,  we are told this, this is what disciples do.

Jer 5:14  I am making My words in your mouth become fire, And this people wood, and it shall devour them.

So thank God for the righteous judgment of God.  It begins at His house and is the only way we can come to truly know Him.  Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!

Ezekiel 20:42 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to your fathers.

Election and knowing God is not merited.  It is a gift ordained of God to be given to each man in a time appointed from before the world began.  What confounds wise men in the flesh is that those who know the Lord have pretty crappy looking resumes in terms of their past holiness and righteousness.

Ezekiel 20:44 And ye shall know that I am the LORD when I have wrought with you for my name’s sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.
It is all a gift of God, knowing Him and salvation thru faith.  Then we will walk circumspectfully knowing Him and trembling at His every word.

Ezekiel 30:19  Thus will I execute judgments in Egypt: and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 25:11 And I will execute judgments upon Moab; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

When will know Him?  AFTER He has begun to  execute judgment upon us.  That is the way of salvation, thru many tribulations and enduring of great wrath.  The sum of thy word principal makes this perfectly clear yet remains a mystery and foolishness to carnal eyes.
Ezekiel 25:17 And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them.  WHEN WILL WE KNOW?  Only when we experience and endure God’s vengeance for His temple.

Those that understand this mystery of God’s judgment can read the book of Revelation and hear spiritually the words of prophecy and know they are living them right now and the time is near.

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

Awakened To Righteousness

I have dealt mainly with judgment as the means of knowing the Lord.  But we also will know the Lord when He brings life into us and changes us before our very eyes.  We will know it is all HIM doing it and we are just being led by His Spirit.

Ezekiel 37:6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

We will be taking NO CREDIT and NO GLORY for resurrecting ourselves from the spiritually dead.  As a slave to sin, there will be no boasting that any of the work of salvation was of our own doing or even our own initiative.  We will know that NO MAN comes to Christ unless they are literally dragged kicking and screaming.  Here are words for those with ears to hear, showing the FATHER dragging us to Christ.  He makes war on our flesh.  He goes fishing with hooks.

Eze 38:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Eze 38:2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,
Eze 38:3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
Eze 38:4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:

It is thru this judgment that we are slain of the Lord and raised anew into new life.  Praise God.

Ezekiel 37:13 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves

For many they will not know He is the Lord until after the resurrection as that is where they will be judged.  Only few are judged here and now, all the rest later and then they will know He is the Lord.

Ezekiel 38:23 Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.

The saving of all men in the end, will magnify the Lord throughout all the earth.  When ever knee bows and every tongue confesses to the glory of God, all of us will know Him, every man that ever lived.

Jer 31:34  And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall ALL know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them

Heb 8:11  And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for ALL shall know me, from the least to the greatest.

We are all going to know the Lord in due time.  That is very good news and means the salvation of all men.  But that glorious time will only arrive after the end of God’s judgment and the destruction of ALL FLESH and ALL CARNAL MINDS.

Ezekiel 39:6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.

When ears hear the WORD, which is this fire,  then judgment has arrived and they shall know He is the Lord.  I do hope you are seeing this as it is repeated so many times all over the Bible.  It is God’s plan for all of us to come out the world and go into the wilderness and then be led into Babylon and live in great deception for an appointed time.  I can look back at my time in Babylon and see God’s hand all over it and you will too one day if you do not currently see it.  But all will come to know Him on the appointed day for each.

Ezekiel 39:28 Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there.

I will end this post by sharing with you Zephaniah 1.  This chapter used to be used by me to sow fear of a wrathful angry God who would barbecue His creation in an eternal hell.  Silly me.  These verses speak to salvation coming upon ALL men  in our appointed time.  That salvation comes thru great judgment as I hope you have seen above.  Maybe you can begin to hear the truth and come out of her my people.

Zep 1:1  The word of the LORD which came to Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.

Zep 1:2  “I will utterly consume everything From the face of the land,” Says the LORD;

It is good that the land be made desolate and we are shown we are the abomination that caused all of this desolation.

Zep 1:3  “I will consume man and beast; I will consume the birds of the heavens, The fish of the sea, And the stumbling blocks along with the wicked. I will cut off man from the face of the land,” Says the LORD.

The word of God that is a fire will burn up all these things that defile our land in the appointed time.  God is this consuming fire, thru CHRIST and HIS Christ.

Zep 1:4  “I will stretch out My hand against Judah, And against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem. I will cut off every trace of Baal from this place, The names of the idolatrous priests with the pagan priests—

Praise God.  All our false idols, things like eternal hell, man’s free will,  trinity and 200,000,000 others will all be burned up along with all the false prophets and lairs all men have been before their day of judgment came.

Zep 1:5  Those who worship the host of heaven on the housetops; Those who worship and swear oaths by the LORD, But who also swear by Milcom;

There will be no exceptions.  Those who claim Christ’s name but swear by Milcom are the MANY CALLED but not chosen.  They too will be judged and the fire will consume all the adversaries of God.  All will be burned but as 1 Cor 3:15, we shall be saved as thru the fire.

Zep 1:6  Those who have turned back from following the LORD, And have not sought the LORD, nor inquired of Him.”

Zep 1:7  Be silent in the presence of the Lord GOD; For the day of the LORD is at hand, For the LORD has prepared a sacrifice; He has invited His guests.

We are the sacrifice.  There are two goats to be killed.  Christ on the Altar and the scapegoat in the wilderness.  That second goat is the Elect, the Christ of Christ who will be crucified with Christ

Zep 1:8  “And it shall be, In the day of the LORD’s sacrifice, That I will punish the princes and the king’s children, And all such as are clothed with foreign apparel.

All of our worldly external forms of godliness and self righteousness will be exposed and burned off of us with fire.

Zep 1:9  In the same day I will punish All those who leap over the threshold, Who fill their masters’ houses with violence and deceit.

This is all of us at one time.  We will live every word.  All have filled their houses, the LORD’s temple with false words and deceit.

Zep 1:10  “And there shall be on that day,” says the LORD, “The sound of a mournful cry from the Fish Gate, A wailing from the Second Quarter, And a loud crashing from the hills.

We all will come to our wits ends and cry out to the Lord be it here or in the ages to come for deliverance.  When we do, we shall be delivered.

Zep 1:11  Wail, you inhabitants of Maktesh! For all the merchant people are cut down; All those who handle money are cut off.

Zep 1:12  “And it shall come to pass at that time That I will search Jerusalem with lamps, And punish the men Who are settled in complacency, Who say in their heart, ‘The LORD will not do good, Nor will He do evil.’

Those that think the Lord does not do evil do not know Him.  They are still bound in Babylon and their day has not yet come.  But it will come is only a matter of time and God’s declaration of the end from the beginning.

Zep 1:14  The great day of the LORD is near; It is near and hastens quickly. The noise of the day of the LORD is bitter; There the mighty men shall cry out.

When you begin to see these things,  you will know that the great day of the Lord is near for you.  It will not be a good day as far as the worldly things go  but its end is glorious.  Count it all joy my brethren.

Zep 1:15  That day is a day of wrath, A day of trouble and distress, A day of devastation and desolation, A day of darkness and gloominess, A day of clouds and thick darkness,

Zep 1:16  A day of trumpet and alarm Against the fortified cities And against the high towers.

A day of trumpets is a day of judgment.  The high towers and fortified idols we have in our hearts will be demolished and burned so nothing is left.  That is God’s purpose in bringing judgment upon us.  When our spirits are broken then the Lord will lift us up.  Blessed is he who is poor in spirit.

Zep 1:17  “I will bring distress upon men, And they shall walk like blind men, Because they have sinned against the LORD; Their blood shall be poured out like dust, And their flesh like refuse.”

Zep 1:18  Neither their silver nor their gold Shall be able to deliver them In the day of the LORD’s wrath; But the whole land shall be devoured By the fire of His jealousy, For He will make speedy riddance Of all those who dwell in the land.

Try as you might, and you like me will in the strength of your flesh, will not be able to deliver yourself in the day of the Lord’s wrath.  There is no hiding from an Almighty God.  Once this judgment begins at HIS HOUSE,  it will be completed and the whole land will be devoured with fire, which is God’s word.  He will rid the land of all who dwell there in the flesh.

I do hope you know the Lord.  We all will one day.  Far greater blessing to know him now.  I pray this verse means more to you now, then it did before you read this long post.

Rom 11:33  O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

May you and yours be blessed in the Lord.

Your brother in the Christ

PETE

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