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Micah Part 7 – The Secret Place of the Lord

By Pete Wilson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The root word for Mareshah is H4761

mar’âshâh

Total KJV Occurrences: 1

principalities, 1 Jer_13:18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

mareshah, 8

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

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

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

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

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

 H3611, keleb’ keh’-leb

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

H2267, cheber

enchantments, 2

Isa_47:9, Isa_47:12

wide, 2

Pro_21:9, Pro_25:24

charmer, 1

Deu_18:11

charming, 1

Psa_58:5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

H6859, tsephâthâh, tsef-aw’-thaw

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

Total KJV occurrences: 1

H6857, tsephath. tsef-ath’

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

Total KJV occurrences: 1

H6822, tsâphâh

Total KJV Occurrences: 38

watchman, 14

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

watch, 5

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

watchmen, 5

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

look, 2

Psa_5:3, Mic_7:7

looketh, 2

Pro_31:27, Son_7:4

watching, 2

1Sa_4:13, Lam_4:17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Beware of the Dogs

There are many dogs we will come into contact with in our Christian walk.  We best come to know how to discern the true worker of God from the fake.  The most distinct warning given to us by Jesus was that many deceivers would come and many would be deceived.   I have seen many people, myself included be tossed around by various winds of doctrine over time by being ignorant of the dogs and judging books by their covers.  May this post open the eyes of the reader who may need a reminder that we are to test the spirits and the doctrines that we take to heart always being aware of the flood of deceivers that will mark the “last days” which had already begun before the Bible was even finished being written.

1Jn 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 

The fact is the church had already fallen away as we can see Paul and John tell us in their words and letters to the Elect.

Act 20:29  For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

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

Dogs are a metaphor that refers to people who are OUTSIDE of covenant with God. These are unbelievers and are not in the true faith.  That defines a dog in Scripture.  We can see this easily in the story of the Samaritan woman whose daughter had a demon in Matthew 15.  Jesus makes clear He only came for the lost sheep of Israel, meaning to save right now, only the chosen ones of the Father.  The woman still wanted healing for her daughter and she showed faith and Jesus was amazed and because of her answer about a dog desiring just a crumb of His healing power, her daughter was delivered.

Matthew 15:25-28 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” 26 But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little DOGS.” 27 And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little DOGS eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” 28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

A dog is simply someone not chosen to be part of the house of Spiritual Israel.  We are warned all over to beware of the professing believers who are really outside of covenant and are these dogs.  If we let down our guard and fellowship with them, we can be led astray and will be disobedient to the commandments of God.  The church of Jesus Christ, the ekklessia is called out and separated from the dogs.  We don’t condemn or judge the dogs because who enters into covenant with God is only those who God chooses and that is all by grace at HIS will not man’s.

The true church and the chosen disciples of Jesus are indeed a little flock. God  always intended for His Israel to be few in number and they are indeed hand picked by the Father.   I am of the true circumcision (faith) as are several others the Lord has brought together at this website www.truthinscripture.com.  Nobody is boasting in this, we are simply stating our allegiance to the truth and giving all glory to the ONE who has saved us by His choosing.  Hallelujah!

Philippians 3:2-3  Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision; 3 for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh

Three times Paul states strongly, BEWARE.  We best take heed and beware, as Paul is warning us about a certain kind of dog.  We are warned about dogs who are really evil workers even though they profess faith and claim to be of the “circumcision” by which Paul is stating their claim to be spiritually circumcised of heart by the finger of God.  That is what makes these dogs a more dangerous threat to God’s people than the casual unbeliever.  These evil workers will be disguised as God’s servants but will be leading people away from Christ and the  purity of this gospel of salvation for all men.  These dogs are the same as the wolves who come disguised as lambs on which we have many similar warnings.  Jesus admonishes us not to cast these deep pearls of God’s truth to those that are of the false converts, the false circumcision.  It will exhaust us and the pack of dogs or swine, will tear us to pieces and steal the rest we are to have in Christ.  I have been slow to learn this and obey these words of the Lord.

Matthew 7:6  “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces

It is our Father in heaven who has chosen the Bride of Christ since before the world was formed and has imparted the precious gift of faith in the appointed time.  My time fully arrived two months ago as my spiritual healing made itself known unto this world.  This has not brought me external peace by any means, but has instead brought much rejection and persecution just as promised.  But it is indeed a wonderful blessing for which I am eternally grateful to my Father in heaven.  In this post, I want to contrast some of the stark differences that define those in the true faith versus those in the false faith.

Faith That Does Not Count

There is such a thing as false faith or the false circumcision.  Paul was not speaking about Jews in his statement from Phil 3:2-3 above.  He was speaking of the fake believers that follow another jesus and preach other gospels than the one true gospel handed down by the Apostles.   These dogs are the very tares of the field that masquerade as true Christians yet put their trust in their flesh and their supposed free will to choose God.

The most basic pillar of faith is that the dead, will be raised to life.  This speaks to all men that ever lived.  That is the gospel and while there will be judgment,  all men will henceforth be partakers in eternal life (Rev 5:13, Phil 2:10, Gen 12:3, etc).  But most that profess faith, do not believe that, they believe only a few will be saved and the rest tormented eternally.  That is not faith, it is deception and those that believe that are still in their sins.  All faith is not the same.  Words are cheap.

1 COR 15:13-17  Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. 15 Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; 17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.

This preaching will not be in vain however.  The truth, the WORD of GOD spoken in boldness will go out and will accomplish all of its intended purposes.  Those in the faith will look at this dark world and weep over the rejection of truth and the maligning of God’s character with this eternal hell doctrine.  Yet we know it is this way because it was God’s will to save only a few and have the multitudes ensnared into deception following doctrines of demons.

1 TIM 4:1  Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons

With 2,000 years of antiChrists and deceivers waxing worse and worse, there is an almost innumerable number of doctrines of demons.  In fact Revelation actually gives us a number and it is 200 Million.

Rev 9:16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

The falling away from the faith, corporately in the professing church happened eons ago and was rampant when the doctrine of eternal hell became the mainstream Christian viewpoint.  In fact the falling away happened before the Bible was even finished being written as these Scriptures attest.  Depending on the traditions of men is exactly what we are warned against doing, yet that is what Babylon does in supporting its false gospels and other jesuses.

Act 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
Act 20:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

2Ti 1:15 This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.

Even the beloved Titus fell away.

2Ti 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.

John was kicked out of the very churches he started.

3Jn 1:9 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.

3Jn 1:10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.

It is the carnal minded Babylon churches that have taught this dispensational look at Scripture and put all of this falling away off into the future.  The fact is, we were born into a church system that fell away before the Bible was even completed and all the traditions we have been taught are lies.

1Jn 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

Which is why we are admonished to test the spirits, try the doctrines, to see if they are of God.

Paul feared for many of the believers in the churches he started and supported with his ministry.  This was a constant theme and I fear for many also that remain under judgment who have been shown the truth but continue to stubbornly resist it and put their popularity with friends and family ahead of serving the Lord in truth and in Spirit.

Galatians 4:11  I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored over you in vain.

The deceivers, aka the wolves had come in after him and had bewitched many into falling back into carnal doctrines.  These deceivers sought these believers in Galatia but not commendably, their motives were selfish ambition.  Paul knew it took time to walk in the truth and be matured and wait for the Lord to reveal Jesus Christ to us in our appointed time.  Many fell away before that time came.

Galatians 4:16-19  So have I become your enemy by telling you the truth? 17 They eagerly seek you, but not commendably, but they wish to shut you out so that you will seek them. 18 But it is good always to be eagerly sought in a commendable manner, and not only when I am present with you. 19 My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you

The seed that is Christ will sprout in our hearts when God decides it is time.  This verse from Paul I used to think applied to the organized churches.  While it does in many cases, it more appropriately applies to the growing number of people on social media sites such as FaceBook and YouTube who are building names and reputations for themselves all in the name of God.  Beware of dogs!

In the days of Jesus before His ascension, many “believers” that were not in the true faith complained and did not receive God’s words.  They could not receive the truth that they had no self will and had to eat of His flesh and drink of His blood to have eternal life.  They thought they were at Burger King and could have it “their way”.  Sorry for the joke, it is not funny but I use it to make the point.   This opposition to self will was in essence the argument they had with Jesus’s gospel if we take a deeper look into John 6.

John 6:61-66  When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you? …. 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him. 65 And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.” 66 From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more

Those who get faith have been chosen from the beginning as has been shown in some recent posts and many of the comments.  Only the chosen few have been ordained of God to find faith in this life.  This is the narrow way, all others shall take the broad way thru destruction to arrive at eternal life.

I have seen many turn away from the truth (faith) once they were shown it.  They were not ordained of God to receive it at that time.  In turning away, they have exposed themselves as the dogs, the fake believers standing in the field of God’s service.  I myself was one of them until God showed me mercy that He had predetermined to show me before the world was formed.  All I can say is thank you Jesus and praise you Father.  It is only by your grace that I now can speak the truth with power and boldness.

The true gospel will always be opposed by the flesh.  There was much opposition to the true gospel back then and there is to this very day, especially within the midst of the religious crowd that has gathered online and in social media.  As I now preach the truth revealed to me by God and I am living every words of God including these ones from Paul.

1 Thess 2:1-5  For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain, 2 but after we had already suffered and been mistreated in Philippi, as you know, we had the boldness in our God to speak to you the gospel of God amid much opposition. 3 For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit; 4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts. 5 For we never came with flattering speech

I for one will not dumb down this gospel in order to please flesh and avoid offending people.  People need to have their hearts pricked and it is this double edged sword that was designed to do it in the appointed times.  I can’t trust my carnal mind to lead me,  it will deceive me and lead me into watering down the truth and tickling ears every time.  Disciples are supposed to preach and leave the increase, whether someone receives the truth or not up to God.  This we shall do.

False Workers

There are far more false workers in the Christian faith then there are true workers.  The way of truth is narrow and the enemies of the cross of Christ are very many.

Phil 3:18-19  For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things. 

It is not enough to judge someone or the truth by first appearances.  We must actually read the book to know the truth in the book or whether it is in error.  The same goes with knowing who is our brothers and sisters in Christ.  There are not many, relatively speaking.  Few there be shall find the way while many will go the broad way.  We must be wise as serpents and as harmless as doves.  We must heed these words from the Apostle and not let ourselves be tempted and led astray from the simplicity of the true gospel.

2 COR 11:1-3  For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!

Sadly very many God is calling are for now being led astray and following after religious spirits that are teaching another gospel.  These of the false circumcision are really evil workers who do Satan’s bidding yet truly in their minds believe they serve the Lord.  They will read these Scriptures and think they apply to me but they apply to them as the heavenly wisdom contained in these Scriptures is veiled from their eyes.

2 COR 11:12-15  But what I do, I will also continue to do, that I may cut off the opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the things of which they boast. 13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.

I have seen many false workers make a ministry out of going around and condemning others and exposing them as false teachers.  The true brethren will not do such, we will simply mark those who cause such divisions within the Body of Christ and shun them.  We will get them out of our fellowship.  We have seen this very dynamic play out on this website and I have been obedient to the Lord in separating.  I have been accused of hating by doing such,  but I will serve God and not men.

Ephesians 5:8-11 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.

Thank God that I and others have been delivered from the darkness that once bound us in religious delusion.  I am given an explicit command right here to do what I have done to exclude from this fellowship any that would want to bring in false doctrines.  I will obey God and not men nor seek the popularity of public opinion.  We are told to rejoice and count it all joy to suffer shame for the name of Jesus Christ.   We know what hinders these false workers.

God has them bound in spiritual darkness.  Their veil has not yet been removed and they remain sons of disobedience.  Paul called them dogs and evil workers.  If people would consider that this ministry has received a great blessing and is not exalting itself or its authors but the Lord and His God who is the source of eternal salvation and all good things including the very faith we claim.

2 COR 4:1-3  Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. 2 But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

These contentions that have arisen on this website and many other forums are just trials and tribulations.  It is indeed a blessing, although a painful one in the flesh to have been chosen to endure these trials and suffer the rejection of men and women who claim godliness.  I have told God thank you many times and reaffirmed that I will indeed pay the cost to be His disciple.  I/we will confront these deceivers and defend this gospel but not with malice as we know the origins of their spiritual blindness.

2 COR 4:3-6  But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

Satan, the servant of God has these false workers, the DOGS blinded.  They are right where God has told Satan to keep them bound and in spiritual darkness.

I pray anyone will call me out or Glibert out or any of the Elect if we preach ourselves or exalt ourselves.  We are to bring glory to God and raise Christ up in all of our teachings and I pray we shall do this with sound doctrine.  This we are commanded.  If this site ever preaches anything but Jesus Christ and Him Crucified then please come here and bang loudly to bring correction.

2 COR 4:5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

I have wept lately in some sadness and frustration.  I have only a tiny glimpse of what the Lord Jesus must have felt to have Himself rejected and the truth of this good news spurned by men and having to endure the mocking and scoffing of the religious crowd.    I wish they could see it and some of them could be saved now but we will learn patience and trust on the eternal promises of God.

Exposing Deceivers and False Believers

Do not be fooled by external forms of godliness and the very many that deny the absolute sovereignty of God.   People such as the former me can be very persuasive with swelling words of vanity and carnal knowledge of the Scriptures but remain without any understanding.  I used to deny God every time I would write a post or open my mouth to share my beliefs about the Scriptures and the faith.  I had a form of godliness for sure but was a deceiver of the first degree.  I now can warn and expose of this error probably better than most because God gave me the experience of great delusion and then brought me out of it.

2 Tim 3:1-5  But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

Again we see the warning and command to separate and exclude “the dogs” from fellowshipping with us.  This does not mean we don’;t take the gospel to them as we do, as they are in the world.  Yet we are warned to beware of this false circumcision and those that bring forms of godliness.  This warning is not against Jewish people but about professing Christians that bring in damnable heresies and lead captives and silly woman astray.  There are very many of these.  I have seen many taking captive the hearts of people and leading many woman astray (men too) and it brings this Scripture to prophetic fulfillment.

2 TIM 3:6-7  For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Those not chosen, the dogs, cannot hear the word of God.  It is impossible without the gift of faith to come to knowledge of the truth.

The imposters are far more numerous than the children of Sarah as Galatians 4:27 makes clear.  As much as my flesh and the flesh of others would like to change this, God has declared the end from the beginning and this massive deception of false faith and false workers is all part of His plan.  We will endure the persecution of the multitudes here so in the end all can be saved through God’s enduring mercy.  Flesh will never understand it but those given eyes to see and ears to hear will understand it.

2 TIM 3:13  But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

The true circumcision will not lose hope despite the poor numbers and rejection of our message.  Many of these false circumcisions were the very people that used to camp out at this web site and argue and debate carnal doctrines.  I will not name names but they know who they are and anyone with ears to hear can spot them a long way off with the words they speak out of their mouths.

I was among them myself so I do not judge them but merely state the facts so as to warn the true brethren that we are indeed to test the spirits and cast out the bondwoman that is amongst us.  We are to get them out of there so to speak and separate from these works of darkness.

2 COR 6:14-15  Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?

Jesus did not come to unite, but to separate.  Jesus did not come to bring peace but a sword.  These Scriptures are true and speak to the contentions and strife that will come,  the very tribulations to try our hearts and expose who is of the faith and who is not of the true faith.

Gal 4:28-30  Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. 29 But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now. 30 Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.

Dogs will eat the crumbs that fall from the Master’s table.  God has made a table for us, His very elect in the midst of our enemies.

My earnest hope is that this website will become a gathering site for those of the true circumcision.  As we gather, we will not be disputing over the matters of faith as there will be unity in all the essential doctrines.  This is one reason I take a hard stance on getting the uncircumcision off the website.  It is not about a democracy and giving equal time to people’s opinions.  We must preach, live and hold fast this word of truth and keep ourselves unspotted from the world.

Phil 2:14-16  Do all things without grumbling or disputing; 15 so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.

So remember my friends to beware of the false circumcision.  Many outsiders to the covenant of faith, will seek to enter in and spoil the fellowship of true worship we share as brothers and sisters in Christ.  They will use all kinds of fleshly schemes to deceive us including flattery, especially initially so we will let down our guard.  Stand firm in the faith.  Know that when we confront those in error and exclude them from our fellowship, by turning them over to Satan, we are loving them and put them into a place where God might yet save them.

1 TIM 1:18-20  This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, 19 having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck, 20 of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.

Our brother the Apostle Paul would most certainly be accused of hate by those carnal Christians that are not yet in the true faith.  We have seen the very accusations used today in several seeking the approval of men and who are very puffed up and confident in their flesh.  We must all come to have no confidence in the flesh and know that it is all the workings of God by grace.  In the meantime be on the watch for the dogs, those evil workers that can so easily disguise themselves with external sweetness and flattery but who are actually being led by another spirit and believe in another jesus than the one known by the true brethren.

Philippians 3:2-3  Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision; 3 for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh

Let them who have ears hear these words.  AMEN.