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This is a revisit and update of an older post based on the increase in knowledge and revelation which the Lord has given to His little flock that He is moving onto maturity as we live out the Second Death and Lake of Fire in this age.

In the next series of studies, we, will Lord willing, cover the Old Testament types and shadows hidden in the stories of ancient Israel. We learn the spiritual significance and the application for us today (1Co 10:11) of the following terms and references.

  • Who are the Levites?
  • Who are the sons of Aaron?
  • Who are the priesthood?
  • Where and what is the Camp and Tabernacle?

Types and shadows always have a positive and a negative application. It is through this system of apparent contradictions that Christ keeps the seven seals on His Word for the “many called.” God’s Word uses one type to typify exact opposites. Examples of this principle in Scripture are:

  • A lion is both Christ and the Adversary – (Rev 5:5 vs 1Pe 5:8)
  • Christ is both a lamb and a lion (Rev 5:5 vs Rev 5:6)
  • Adam is both the beast and false prophet within, a living soul, and Christ, a quickening spirit.

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.

In studying the Scriptures, we look primarily look and apply the Word within ourselves because the Kingdom of God (Luk 17:21) is within us. It is within the Kingdom of God that the living Word (Christ) is being lived out (i.e. experienced) by His chosen people.

2Co 3:3  Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart (WITHIN).

Heb 4:12  ESV For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 

But let’s also remember that the inward application of Scriptures never denies there will be an outward application also. So, both the inward and outward application of spiritual Levites and the sons of Aaron are applicable to us at our appointed times. All of God’s elect (Sons of Aaron), who are the true kings and priests of Christ, are drawn out of the gathering of spiritual Levites. We have seen this separation outwardly in recent events as the true church is sifted and only a remnant escapes and is brought onward to maturity.

2Ki 19:30  And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall yet again take root downward, and bear fruit upward. 

Rom 11:5  Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

What does the tribe of Levi, apart for the Aaronic priesthood, represent? 

Who are the Levites in the OT SHADOW (being given the Law) and what did they do?

  • Levites are appointed over the Tabernacle, bearing the vessels, camping around it
  • Levites keep the charge of the Tabernacle
  • Levites are given to Aaron and his sons as a gift to prepare us for our roles

Num 1:50 But thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, and over all the vessels thereof, and over all things that [belong] to it: they shall bear the tabernacle, and all the vessels thereof; and they shall minister unto it and shall encamp round about the tabernacle.

Num 3:6 Bring the tribe of Levi near, and present them before Aaron the priest, that they may minister unto him. Num 3:7 And they shall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole congregation before the tabernacle of the congregation, to do the service of the tabernacle.

Num 3:9 And thou shalt give the Levites unto Aaron and to his sons: they are wholly given unto him out of the children of Israel.

These truths are repeated in Numbers 18. The Levites are joined together with the much smaller flock called the sons of Aaron for a time and a season. Only the sons of Aaron can witness to the Truth and handle (rightly divide the Word) the vessels of the sanctuary within us.

Num 18:2 And thy brethren also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of thy father, bring thou with thee, that they may be joined unto thee, and minister unto thee: but thou and thy sons with thee (sons of Aaron only) shall minister before the tabernacle of witness

Num 18:3 And they (the Levites) shall keep thy charge, and the charge of all the tabernacle: only they shall not come nigh the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar, that neither they, nor ye also, die.

Num 18:4 And they shall be joined unto thee and keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, for all the service of the tabernacle: and a stranger shall not come nigh unto you.

Num 18:5 And ye shall keep the charge of the sanctuary, and the charge of the altar: that there be no wrath any more upon the children of Israel.

Num 18:6 And I, behold, I have taken your brethren the Levites from among the children of Israel: to you they are given as a gift for the LORD, to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.

Levi means “associated with him.” So, Levi is to be thought of as being associated with Christ and “His Christ “in the same sense as Leah was associated with Jacob.

Gen 29:34 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore, was his name called Levi.

Leah was Jacob’s first wife. She is the wife he was given deceitfully, for his seven years of his labor. Leah, thinking that her labors would win her husband’s love has now born Jacob three sons, and she names this 4th son Levi, thinking that because of all she has done for Jacob, surely, he will now be associated with her. And this is what Levi represents. Levi is “associated with Christ.” It is the spirit of the Pharisee and Sadducee within us, which are full of dead man’s bones, hearers only, having only the Law & the Prophets and not being able to walk it out because Christ has not come the second time to us yet.

Mat 23:27  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Mat 23:28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

It is the spirit of hypocrisy where we say to do but we ourselves do not do, we sit in Moses’s seat (Mat 23:2). Being a Levite is our time having been given the Law & Prophets and raised up out of the sea, yet we are still a religious beast.

Rev 13:11  Then I saw another beast rising out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb and it spoke like a dragon. Rev 13:12  It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence and makes the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose mortal wound was healed. Rev 13:13  It performs great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people,

This outward righteousness is insufficient for any man to enter the Kingdom of God. We remain in this state of disobedience, unable to overcome until Christ comes the second time with His baptism of fire when we begin our day of the Lord and dying to death  (Second Death) in the Lake of Fire. To be a spiritual Levite, we, at this stage, have only what we have been given which is the righteousness of the law. But is that enough?

Mat 5:20 “But I warn you—unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven!

Neither Levi nor “a stranger (gentile)” were ever to “come near the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar.” Only the priests, the sons of Aaron, those being made into doers of the Word through abiding in the lake of fire, are allowed to go into the sanctuary and handle the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar. Here is how Paul puts it in spiritual terms:

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

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

The sons of Aaron are to be separated from the Levites and beware partaking of their strange fire, which is false doctrines as we have seen regarding the Lake of Fire and the First Resurrection. The spiritual Levites within us [hearing the Word only] are to serve the true priests but they themselves cannot eat of the hidden manna.

Rev 2:17  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh [requires baptism in the lake of fire] will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. 

Spiritual Levites within and those without us, are hearers only, still full of idols of the heart, divers and strange doctrines and are all that is not Christ. Spiritual Levites are us, before our Day of the Lord, before tried in the fire.

If we come near the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar at this stage, then both the Levites and the priests die. All of this is spiritually saying:

1Co 10:21 You cannot drink from the cup of the Lord and from the cup of demons, too. You cannot eat at the Lord’s Table and at the table of demons, too.

Those who “serve the Tabernacle” are those who are given to us for our benefit. We are the man of sin first before we become the last Adam, a quickening spirit, through a process of fiery judgment because judgment is now on our house for each of us, if we are His. At this stage, we say we are Jews but are not. We are spiritual Levites or uncircumcised Philistines.

Rev 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and [I know] the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but [are] the synagogue of Satan.

The true work of God is to believe on Him and dying to death in this age and seeking the spiritual food that raises up the new man. This does not deny our outward good works (Gal 6:1), but the true sons of Aaron unlike the Levites, labor (do the work of God) to die the Second Death with Christ.

Joh 6:27  Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” 

Joh 6:28  Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 

Joh 6:29  Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” 

The Levites are given to the priesthood, “the Lord, and His Christ,” to help minister to the priesthood, but they themselves cannot handle the vessels of service. Remember, Leah, was Jacob’s reward for his efforts just as her association with Jacob was the reward for her efforts. Neither typifies the true Christ. Listen to what Jacob says about Simeon and Levi:

Gen 49:1 And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.

Gen 49:5 Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations.

Gen 49:6 O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united : for in their anger they slew a man, and in their self-will they digged down a wall.

Gen 49:7 Cursed [be] their anger, for [it was] fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob and scatter them in Israel.

“Come not into their assembly, be not united” with them, is our call to “come out of Babylon (state of death, state of disobedience, spiritually speaking) and be ye separate.” It is moving unto perfection leaving the milk behind (Heb 6) and not thinking above what is written.

2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her [last] plagues.

Christ is always calling His people out from the Levites who have been used to prepare us and by doing so perform a great service for the Lord.

Mat 26:12  For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. 

Mat 26:13  Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman [the church of spiritual Levites] hath done, be told for a memorial of her. 

The law and the Prophets which is the shadow of the true resurrection being the resurrection to damnation where sin begins to be imputed in our lives. The law is  not able to make us perfect and is used to reveal our deep hidden sins and ultimately bring us to the living Christ seeing we are brute beasts and truly in need of a spiritual physician (a Saviour). Only the true sons of Aaron are being visited the second time by Christ in this age and given the faith which brings the true baptism by fire that is, was and will be sanctifying us within and without.

Gal 3:23  But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 

Gal 3:24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 

Christ coming the second time is what makes one a son of Aaron which is symbolism for God’s elect. When Christ comes the second time and brings in grace and truth, then begins our resurrection to life. This is when we are being taught to worship in Spirit and in truth and are moved onto maturity being remade into priests of God by the working of the Holy Spirit.

Heb 7:19 For the law never made anything perfect. But now we have confidence in a  better hope [the better resurrection] through which we draw near to God.

Heb 7:20 This new system was established with a solemn oath. Aaron’s descendants  became priests without such an oath,

Heb 7:21 but there was an oath regarding Jesus. For God said to Him, “The LORD has  taken an oath and will not break His vow: ‘You are a priest forever.'”

Heb 7:22 Because of this oath, Jesus is the One who guarantees this better covenant  with God.

The Spirit of God is what separates the spiritual priests from spiritual Levites within and without. The brethren we have recently been separated from are the outward spiritual Levites in this age. Those in orthodoxy are a mere shadow of the true Levites. The true sons of Aaron (the very elect), are brought out of the spiritual Levites that were used to prepare us to be made ministers of the Gospel. They have and are being cutoff off for our sakes.

Rom 11:28  As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.  Rom 11:29  For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. Rom 11:30  For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: 

How the Levites serve the priesthood?

The Levites (the Pharisee within us) and those without keep the charge of all of the tabernacle and are used to teach us the Law and the Prophets, which is what brings us to Christ.

Gal 3:24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 

They are the tutors and governors who help raise us up in Truth.

Gal 4:1  Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 

Gal 4:2  But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 

It is by their fall from grace, within and without, that salvation comes to the little flock the Lord has chosen in every age.

Rom 11:11 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.

Rom 11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:

Inwardly, it is leaving our first love and the multitudes within us that withstand God’s Word and our time walking with Christ yet betraying Him as Judas, that all serve to keep the Levites from eating before the golden altar. Yet they perform an incredible service [to] the tabernacle.

Mal 2:4  And ye shall know that I have sent this commandment unto you, that my covenant might be with Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.

Mal 2:5  My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.

Mal 2:6  The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity.

Mal 2:7  For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the LORD of hosts.

There must be a great falling away before the Lord comes with His angels. So, our inward abandonment of sound principles in rightly dividing the Word (living by every word, one event for all, etc.) is leaving our first love and is required in preparing us for the second coming of Christ in our day of the Lord (2Th 2:3-4).

Malachi continues and confirms the Levites within and without ourselves corrupt the Word of God and cause many to stumble beginning with ourselves which has us perishing in our own doctrinal corruption.

Mal 2:8  But ye [Levi] are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the LORD of hosts.

Mal 2:9  Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the people, according as ye have not kept my ways, but have been partial in the law.

Levi is those who have no right to eat at our altar because the altar is the cross and we cannot go there at this stage of our walk. Levi is the spirit who slew Christ and “His Christ”.

Rom 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 

It is so easy to just apply these truths outwardly in looking at our fallen brethren, yet we always have to look inside ourselves first. Who is serving the tabernacle and yet have no right to eat at the altar in the holy place? Where is it that the wheat and the tares grow together until the harvest? Who is it who has “dealt shamefully with the servants of the man who planted a vineyard and let it out to husbandmen?” Who is it who has said “let’s slay His Son and seize His inheritance?” Our day of Pentecost, our Day of the Lord, is yet to come.

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:

Luk 12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

Levi is “another gospel, another spirit and another Jesus” which separates the Levites from the true priests. It is the leavening spirit of the Pharisee and the Sadducee.

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

Gal 1:8  But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 

We first look within ourselves to find the spirit of Levi who is not obedient to the Word before we look outside. Unless our own logs are pulled from our eyes, we are in no position to help others come to the knowledge of the Truth.

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

We are blind before the Light (Christ, the Word) comes:

Mat 16:11 How is it that ye do not understand that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?

Luk 9:45 But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not [Christ’s apostles]: and they feared to ask him of that saying.

The coming of the fire is what begins to teach us righteousness (Isa 26:9, Tit 2:11) and then we can see clearly and out understanding is enlightened.

Mar 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

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. 

We are in “the seven churches” before we become the seven angels in Christ’s right hand. We are joined to and associated with spiritual Babylon (aka the spiritual Levites) before we  “come out of her.” The spirit of the Levites is exemplified in the attitude of the first workers in the vineyard and even the older son of the prodigal son (Luke 15). Here is the spirit of a Levite exemplified who believes their service in the Father’s house deserves extra pay.

Mat 20:11  And when they had received it, they murmured against the goodman of the house,  Mat 20:12  Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.  Mat 20:13  But he answered one of them, and said, Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst not thou agree with me for a penny? 

We are coming out of her, meaning we are all first the disgruntled  “laborers in His vineyard” before we become “content with our wage knowing we our unworthy servants only doing what has been commanded us (Luk 17:10).

The spiritual Levite in us are being crafted in again in our day of the Lord. Those that served us in preparing us for our role as the true priests will also be grafted in again in the times appointed by the Father. Christ is dragging us to Himself now and all men in the ages to come. Think within first.

Rom 11:25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 

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

Rom 11:27  For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. 

Levites spiritually are our enemy within (trusting in the righteousness of the law) and without for a season.

Rom 11:28  As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes.

Rom 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

Rom 11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:

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

Rom 11:32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

This separation and persecution is all being used to teach us to be mercifully knowing that whatever every man does is truly given them by the Lord. The gifts and calling of God will work righteousness in every man at the appointed times and transform all into the express image of the Lord. This truth should help us deal with the loss many still grieve over.

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

Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 

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

So, when the “first” [the Levites] who are now “last” are eventually paid, this will be the final outcome of it all:

Rev 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

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Micah Part 7 – The Secret Place of the Lord

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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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Judging Righteous Judgment

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Judging Righteous Judgment May 26 2016

By Pete Wilson

Making judgments is essential for the people of God.  The Scriptures command us to be vigilant and diligent to guard our way.  That means making judgments constantly as we must strive to stay on the narrow way and separate from the world and all things unclean.

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

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

The Elect of God otherwise known as the Body of Christ will in fact be the judges of all mankind and will usher in salvation to all men in the appointed times.

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?

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

Lest we forget, judgment is the process by which all men are saved.  There is no other way.

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:

The promise given to Abraham, a type of God’s Elect, is that we and our households would do justice and judgment.

Gen 18:18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?

Gen 18:19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him. (i.e. Salvation)

So knowing these truths combined with a God-given zeal for the House of the Lord, we should run towards these judgments knowing they hasten the formation of Christ in us.  The day of the Lord for each of us is a wonderful day for the new man but a terrible day for the old man.  Such is the conundrum that the carnal world and orthodox Christianity cannot see.

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?

It is those of us who follow the Lord in the “regeneration”, the process of being born again by the Spirit of God, and washed in the water of the Word; that will sit on the throne of His glory judging Israel.

Mat 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

This statement of the Lord, of course, applies both inwardly and outwardly in an “is, was and will be” manner.  Inwardly the Christ in us replaces the beast sitting on the Lord’s throne and brings salvation to the nations within us.

Psa 47:8 God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.

Judging Israel applies to those in the Body right now who are sitting in down payment form judging the twelve tribes of Israel right now.  We are the lake of fire to one another and it is by abiding with and in Christ, in the Word, that we are judged now.

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.

The Elect of God are in training for their future roles to be the saviors of all men which will be preceded by their reigning with Christ during the Millennium.  Those given this role will have lost their carnal mindedness (been beheaded) now in this life in the clay.

Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

The only way we learn to do anything including becoming the judges of the world is by experience.  This is why we are given these trials and caused to fall down so we can learn true righteousness through this judgment process.

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?

Isa 26:8  Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O LORD, have we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee.

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.

We best be becoming of full age now, getting lots of experience judging and being judged as that is how we become the mature man (Heb 5:14) learning how to discern good and evil (Gen 3:22).

This is the upward call of God also called the prize by Paul (Php 3:14) that hopefully we have been given the zeal to run and finish the race so we may attain to the first resurrection.

Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

Babylonian Ditches on Both Sides

There are Babylonian ditches on both sides of the narrow way.  Most of us have been in both places and either not judging or making judgments after the flesh.  The sleazy grace mentality that says the Lord did it all for us on the cross and all we need to do is say a ten second sinners prayer for salvation encourages lasciviousness and causes us to wrest away the judgment of God and stay worldly.

Exo 23:2 Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:

Generalizing Babylonian lies, there is another ditch on the other side of the way.  This ditch is one I would define as legalistic, condemning, blaming others with a mindset that always denies the Lord and makes man responsible for his own salvation and accountable for his own behavior.  Of course, that is a lie as the Lord truly is the Potter and we merely are the clay and everything we do is His work in us (Isa 64:8).

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.

The insidiousness of all these false doctrines and both generalized ditches is that there is always some truth connected.  Yet the leaven or lies renders the doctrines spiritual poison and points to another “jesus”.  It is indeed a very narrow road with error and ditches on both sides of the road.  The people of God do not walk after the flesh but after the Spirit.  And if we do so, we are commanded to be judging ALL THINGS.

1Co 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

Yet the people of the Lord who are to judge all things, judge them spiritually.  That is what righteous judgment is all about.  It is based on the WORD and not the ways of this world.

Joh 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

 Lev 19:15 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.

We judge all things but not according to the flesh and the ways of the world.  When we are carnal we will judge after the flesh.

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

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

This parable of Christ says He judges no one but then tells us how He judges.  This tells those with ears to hear that Christ, us, His Body, are to only judge according to the Scriptures.  We are not judged of any man because it is the WORD, the plumb line that is the measuring stick of judgment.  This is “the way” by which Christ in us arises.

Amo 7:5 Then said I, O Lord GOD, cease, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.

Amo 7:6 The LORD repented for this: This also shall not be, saith the Lord GOD.

Amo 7:7 Thus he shewed me: and, behold, the Lord stood upon a wall made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in his hand.

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

Amo 7:9 And the high places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste; and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.

Rev 11:1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.

How we judge that determines whether or not we are on the narrow way.  Our judgments must be according to the WORD.

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

Judging Without Vs Within

Those without the Body of Christ we are not to be judging.  The reason for this is those outside the faith do not have spiritual ears to hear the Word now.  It is the Word that shall judge all men, but only in the last day of the carnal age for every man.  That day is today for the very few but for the rest of mankind that will come in the Lake of Fire at the Second Resurrection.  It is our speaking the Words of fire that brings judgment (Jer 5:14) but if someone cannot hear, they cannot now be judged.

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.

We are commanded not to keep company with spiritual fornicators and not even share a spiritual meal with them (1 Cor 5:9-11).  The reasons are many fold.  First, we can easily be corrupted by keeping bad spiritual company (1 Cor 15:33) and allowing even a little leaven into our spiritual house.

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

Secondly, we are working against the Lord in trying to impart Truths on one who has not been prepared to hear.

1Ti 5:22 Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.

Pro 20:12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.

If the Lord has not opened one’s ears to hear we will know it quite readily.  His sheep do hear His voice that we speak.

1Jn 4:6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

We are not to judge those people; we are to turn them over to the Lord who will use His instruments including Satan to destroy their flesh in due time.  We are to judge OURSELVES and those within THE BODY OF CHRIST ONLY.

1Co 5:12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?

1Co 5:13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

This is why we are told to put out those that bring heresy and openly live in sin.  We should not need to speculate over the Lord’s sovereignty and hopefully will believe taking such a seemingly harsh act is actually the manifestation of what loving our neighbor actually entails.  Let the Lord have vengeance, only He can destroy the flesh and humble His little ones to return to their first love.

This is very difficult, a narrow road indeed especially when involving our physical families and loved ones.  It can seem so unloving to the natural man to not get engaged in the affairs of the world.

2Ti 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

Ezr 6:21 And the children of Israel, which were come again out of captivity, and all such as had separated themselves unto them from the filthiness of the heathen of the land, to seek the LORD God of Israel, did eat,

How do we obey the commands and take seriously our doctrines and purge out the leaven from our midst and stay on the narrow road? How do we be that ambassador for Christ yet be a watchman over the house of Israel? We are first and foremost to be examining ourselves and making sure we are walking in the faith and clinging to sound doctrine.

2Co 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.

 1Ti 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

God’s chosen people, His Elect, will be making judgments and meditating on the Word of God constantly and making the necessary judgments to strive to stay on the narrow road and avoid the spiritual diseases that plague Babylonians.

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

Deu 7:12 Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments,and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers:

 “Doing what is right in his sight” includes keeping leaven out of our spiritual house.  The narrow way requires that we make many judgments and admonish one another.  Unless we are willing to speak up, be honest with ourselves first and also be willing to go to brothers and sisters as faithful watchman we are not trusting fully in the Lord.  We are here to watch over the flock of God and must learn to be obedient to those commands now.  Otherwise, how can the Lord use us in the ages to come if we don’t move on to maturity now?  Here is how the body is to operate and to heal itself as we are the sum of our parts in the Body of Christ.

Jas 5:19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;

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

There is a reason we have Matthew 18 and Leviticus 13-14 and many other Scriptures.

Mat 18:15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.

Mat 18:16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

Mat 18:17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

A witness from the Old Testament would include the processes of dealing with leprosy in Leviticus.

Lev 13:2 When a man shall have in the skin of his flesh a rising, a scab, or bright spot, and it be in the skin of his flesh like the plague of leprosy; then he shall be brought unto Aaron the priest, or unto one of his sons the priests:

Lev 13:3 And the priest shall look on the plague in the skin of the flesh: and when the hair in the plague is turned white, and the plague in sight be deeper than the skin of his flesh, it is a plague of leprosy: and the priest shall look on him, and pronounce him unclean.

The Lord does not want us chopping off literal body parts, but in order to keep our walk clean and the entire Body of Christ pure, we are given commands that require us to put our trust in Him and the work He will do in the heart of His creation.  We must be willing to chop off those unhealthy parts and cast them out less the entire body be impacted.

Mat 5:30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

Preaching the Word to one another, the only ones with ears to hear and the focus of Christ’s ministry, brings rebuke and reproof to our sins and ungodly ways.  This is a good thing!

2Ti 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

Col 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

Joh 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

Mitch wrote a series on correction within the Body of Christ that is far more in-depth that what is being highlighted here.  Link at the end.

Not being faithful watchmen is a recipe for disaster and spiritual stagnation as Paul continues the instruction to Timothy.  This is speaking of what will happen within the Body of Christ.

2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

2Ti 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Thankfully the Lord is faithful to make His Elect watchmen who have a responsibility to oversee the flock and to warn, rebuke and discipline when we are led astray or living in error.  If we fail to warn and fail to blow the trumpet we will bear stripes for such disobedience.

Eze 33:7 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.

God’s Elect will be on this narrow road which will include blowing the trumpet, warning the people but how we do this is essential.

Jer 6:17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.

We need to walk softly and carry a big stick!  But that stick is the WORD and that is what does the work.  We just need to bring these Truths to others and stand and let the Lord give the increase.  There is no place in the kingdom of God for harshness.  We must learn to be meek and gentle in Spirit but strong in the Words of fire that we speak.  I have failed miserably in trying to do right by being harsh, seemingly mean and looking down upon others and being an accuser of my brethren who ultimately is all men.

Judging men by the spirit means to recognize that no man is responsible for the behavior, that the Lord is indeed working ALL THINGS for the counsel of His will. Very few are given the faith to believe this truth and thus judge like Christ judged.

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

2Co 5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh

We stop judging men after the flesh and do it by the spirit of Truth, when we properly apply the sovereignty of God and learn to not even think above what is written.  If we are truly God’s people, we better be making judgments. The whole of Matthew seven tells us how to judge.  We will reap what we sow and that applies to judgment as well.

 Mat 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

When we judge in the flesh we will be judged in the flesh.  It comes back to us.

Mat 7:2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

If we truly love the Lord, we will want the same measure of Truth to be meted out to us in judgment.  There is no darkness that shall not be revealed and brought to the light (Luk 8:17).  So with this mindset, it is a good thing when we are judged and we should be thankful for a brother or sister to point out leaven in our doctrine or sin in our walk.

The pride of man and the deceitfulness of sin that lies in our hearts is an easy snare and cause of stumbling until we learn to judge righteously. Before we go showing others the mote in their eyes, we had best learn to examine ourselves first and make sure we are not castaways (1 Co 9:27).  We can’t help anyone spiritually if we ourselves have poor spiritual eyesight.

 Mat 7:5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye (by making spiritual judgments, trying spirits).

We must learn to let God judge those without. Before we judge within the Body we must first judge ourselves.  If we cannot learn to judge and do it righteously in this age, we will have NO PART in being God’s judges during the Millennium Reign or at the Great White Throne Judgment. This is just how important it is that we learn to judge righteous judgment.  We must know when to judge and how to judge using the Scriptures as our plumb line.  The whole purpose of the Lord having an Elect is to make ready the remnant of His people through which all men shall enter into the city.

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

 Gen 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

 Many times we are too hasty to judge things and do not wait on the Lord.  Another criterion of judging is to wait on the Lord to work His work in others and give the trees time to bear fruit.

1Co 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

 We will always know things by the fruit on the trees (Mat 7:16-20).

Loving our brothers includes pulling specks out of their eyes, judging all things, and judging righteous judgment. The doctrine that says judge nobody or nothing is not love. It is actually the spirit of a harlot church aka Spiritual Babylon that has NO JUDGMENT in it.

Isa 1:21 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers (hating the doctrines of Christ).

But the Lord is faithful even when we are not.  A day will come when He will restore judgment to the House of Israel.  Today is that day of salvation for the Elect of God.

Isa 1:26 And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city.

The judgment of God by HIS WORD is what sanctifies us. It is how we are redeemed, it is what causes the death of the old man by the sword and fire of God.

Isa 1:27 Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.

Loving you neighbor as yourself is our commandment.  The mercy of the Lord is living thru the trials that bring forth salvation in due time.  Mercy will rejoice and triumph over judgment and we must trust in those promises and become obedient to the perfect law of liberty.

Jas 2:12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.

Jas 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.

Bringing this judgment by the words we speak is how the mercy of the Lord is made manifest in our lives and how we give spiritual food, clothing and housing to our brethren who need it to sustain themselves. These are the greater works that bring salvation. Our faith without doing the works of judgment within the house of God are dead.

Jas 2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

Jas 2:15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,

Jas 2:16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

Jas 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

All of us who have come through the door of “The Christ” are a shepherd of the sheep.

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

Those who will be abiding in everlasting burnings will be God’s Elect who abide in the fire of the Word judging righteous judgment.

Isa 33:14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?

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

This calling comes with a duty to be the watchman on the wall and admonish and edify one another through the speaking of the Word and sharing of communion.  We must not neglect or take lightly such a high calling.  We need one another to be saved.  It is the only way we will learn to judge and be judged now.  Hence we are reminded of the importance of being connected.

1Jn 1:7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching

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

Related Links:

Correction in the Body of Christ

Awesome Hands 51 

Milk Doctrine – Aionian Judgment

The White Throne Judgment

Purpose of the Lake of Fire of the Elect 

Body of Christ, Elect

Meeting Christ In The Clouds

Divine LightJoh 14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me (My Body), and I in you.

If Christ is not in us and we in Him, we are none of His.

I was led to write this post after communicating with someone who has the basic truth down (i.e. the salvation of all men) but has not yet been given to move beyond that and on to maturity and come to understand the deeper truths of God’s word. We are to receive the babes in Christ that have an elementary level of faith and understanding but we are not to allow them to dispute established church doctrines with us whether they can receive it or not.  That is what Romans 14 is all about.

Rom 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

Being a babe depends not on how long one has been a Christian, it is all about the measures of faith that one is given by the Lord.  The pride of man and the lie of free will object to being called a babe but those that are matured will learn not to argue such truths with the babes.  A babe who continues to attack sound doctrine is to be considered a heretic but that is another lesson in the truth.

Tit 3:9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
Tit 3:10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;

The failure, or in all actuality, THE INABILITY to understand God’s plan and purpose for His Body (the body of Christ) is a big stumbling-block that the vast majority of Christians, even those wandering in the wilderness outside of orthodoxy; cannot get beyond. My hope is a few that are led to read this post may be encouraged and come into understanding of who the Body of Christ is and they must be connected to have any part of the Lord’s inheritance. The inheritance of the Lord is His saints and that is the prayer all in the Body of Christ have for one another.

Eph 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
Eph 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance IN the saints,

Those that still cling to their personal and “private revelations” from the Lord and have no need for a body are not in the Body of Christ and do not yet know the truth or can heed the many admonishments such as this one.

1Co 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is (THE) Christ.
1Co 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
1Co 12:14 For the body is not one member, but many. 
1Co 12:15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
1Co 12:16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
1Co 12:17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
1Co 12:18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. (HE CHOOSES US, we do not choose Him – John 15:16)
1Co 12:19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
1Co 12:20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
1Co 12:21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

The Oneness of the Body of Christ

One is either a part of the living organism that is Christ or they are not. Those in this Body will be of one mind and there will be NO SCHISMS and arguments over what is the truth. The Body will be of ONE MIND.

Php 2:2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

1Co 12:25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

2Co 13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

We have many lessons and Scriptures that tell us how to deal with heretics and be watchman over the flock of God and this is what the Elect do to keep themselves unspotted by the world and not defiled by the harlots of Babylon with their false doctrines.

Lone wolves have NO PLACE in the body of Christ.  Such ones are not “in me” as Christ spoke in John 14:20 at the top of this post. Those given over to this idol of their heart, don’t need a body. To them the Lord is working with them one on one; but that is all a carnal lie that deceives many people who take some of God’s word to the exclusion of many others to make their false doctrines (bread). Here is one such Scripture they don’t care much for.

Eph 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  (WHY DID GOD DO IT THIS WAY… we don’t have to guess…)
Eph 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Amazing however those that claim they hear from God but are not part of the Body of Christ.  As God promises, the things in the natural tell us how things work in the spiritual. The sheep that represent the flock of God gather together, yet wolves (those with false doctrines) run around separately in their own packs.

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

The Lord gathers His sheep together and brings them to His mountain (Christ His Body) and there He feeds them and yes that includes being fed with JUDGMENT; being judged now by the fiery word we hear.

Eze 34:14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.
Eze 34:15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD.
Eze 34:16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.

Those that go it alone and don’t see a need for a body, a living organism and their need to be part of it, do not know “Christ” despite them having a few things right potentially. The Lord is not working with lone wolves, He is only working with the chosen few He is knitting together in love which means putting them thru many trials and afflictions. That is how He writes His laws on our hearts, thru the trials.

Heb 10:16This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

The putting the laws on our spiritual hearts is done by the finger of God (we have nothing to do with it)

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

And this is actually how it is done, by the scourging of the old man and destruction of our carnal way of life.

1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
1Pe 4:13 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.

Christ Comes In the Clouds

The power of God is His word and that power was put into the Elect.  That is really one of the great macro truths of the story of Noah and the covenant God made to save ALL MEN in due time.

Gen_9:13  I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.

and the day the Lord brings “His Cloud” over the earth (brings judgment to us in our appointed time); then He will remember His covenant to save all men.  In that day, every eye shall see Him in the cloud.

Gen 9:14  And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:

The bow in the cloud is the power of God in His Elect and that power of course is HIS WORD.  Christ is already come in the flesh. “Christ” is already come into the clouds of witnesses that He ascended and where He has made His abode in the hearts and mind of the very Elect.  He has already returned the same way physical eyes saw Him leave.

Act 1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
Act 1:10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
Act 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so (Christ) come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

Christ has gone nowhere and has been in this same cloud that received Him 2,000 years ago to this very day.

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 cloud that is Christ is in fact His Body, the body of Christ, the Elect who as this post will confirm are the vessels thru which the Lord does His work in this age and every generation of men. This cloud is a light of truth to those given ears to hear and eyes to see; but to everyone else this cloud is sheer darkness, sometimes called thick darkness or strong delusion in the Scriptures. The messengers of God are in fact these angels the witnesses thru whom the Lord works.

Exo 14:19 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:
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.

This contrast is how the Lord separates His chosen few, the Elect from the world who is represented in type and shadow in this story by the Egyptians.

Ultimately Christ will be seen by EVERY EYE coming in the clouds of His Elect witnesses. This only awaits the day ordained by the Lord for each of us. But the word and this promise is true. One only must come to know and apply these words and prophecies as spirit first.

Rev 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

When the sons of God are revealed to the world, then this prophecy shall be fulfilled outwardly yet it is fulfilled inwardly in the hearts and minds of the Elect in this age.

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

“The Christ” is many things in Scriptures, the symbols and types are VERY MANY and include the clouds in addition to many others including angels, pillars, body of Christ, bride of Christ, mother of Jesus, priests, kings, firstfruits, prophets, etc etc. But to the natural “carnal” man, not yet given ears to hear and eyes to see, and only knowing Christ “in the flesh”, these truths will indeed been invisible to them; in fact they will be considered down right foolishness.

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

The Purpose of Christ’s Parables

The article “THE” was not retained in many instances when English translators did their work. Yet in some cases it did get thru to make this concept of Christ much clearer, yet in Babylon they only know the other jesus in their fleshly carnal understanding and the cloud that is Christ today is in fact utter darkness to them to this very day.

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

When you see it written, unto this day,  it is a special emphasis that the Lord’s plan has not and will never change in this regard.  He is only revealing Himself to a few and is blinding everyone else.  That is His way.  The Lord is in the darkness to the carnally minded.

Exo 20:21 And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God was.

Deu 4:11 And ye came near and stood under the mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness.

Jos 24:7 And when they cried unto the LORD, he put darkness between you and the Egyptians, and brought the sea upon them, and covered them; and your eyes have seen what I have done in Egypt: and ye dwelt in the wilderness a long season.

Psa 18:11 He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.

2Ch 6:1 Then said Solomon, The LORD hath said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.

Which all of these simply affirms the same message that all that Christ spoke AND DID, was done in parables and those parables were done to blind the world on purpose.

Mat 13:9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
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.

It was not just the words, it was the events themselves….”all these things”…

Mar 4:11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:

The truth is that the Lord must drag us to Himself and He causes our ears to hear His words, there is no free will involved despite what millions of false teachers, the blind leading the blind want to tell you.

Jer 18:1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
Jer 18:2 Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.

To the carnal mind, the truth that Christ has a Christ and that it is this body through which the Lord does His many great works is indeed foolishness. But if we are given the gift of faith and prepared to hear the words of the Lord, then we will be able to discern the truth and learn to walk only by faith and not by sight. Doing such requires us to heed these words.

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

Not thinking above what is written requires one to embrace the SUM OF GODS WORD IS TRUTH principle. Taking some of God’s word and building doctrine around that is how one is kept in darkness believing lies and false doctrines, knowing another jesus, the one we all first know in the flesh before we know the real one.

2Co 5:16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

One either is or is not able to hear the truth and this has no relation to one’s own initiative or supposed free will.

Joh 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

Joh 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

If one does not hear His words, then one is not of God currently. And as blasphemous as it sounds to the natural man, that is exactly the test true disciples are given to apply to know who is of God and who is not.

1Jn 4:5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
1Jn 4:6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

John sure was an elitist, who does he think he is!  That is how he would be responded to by the Babylonian churches of men today if he quoted the Scripture he was inspired to write.  And so it is for the Elect today.  Those in the Body know who is of God and who is not, it is pretty simple to quickly know who can hear what we speak and who cannot.

Joh 10:4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
Joh 10:5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

Knowing these basic truths on who can hear and see, as we mature in the body of Christ and walking in the fire, we won’t argue and debate the truth of God’s word with those God is still blinding. It sounds oh so unloving but this is a commandment that we not let such ones into our spiritual houses, doing so is doing evil.

2Jn 1:9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
2Jn 1:10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
2Jn 1:11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

Anyone bringing false doctrines to us like eternal hell, free will of man, the Trinity, man born sinless, and millions of others is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a false prophet that we are to not fellowship with or discuss the things of God.  If we do so, we are doing evil and are being disobedient.  We must learn to wait on the Lord to prepare one and bring us a sheep to feed and remember the Lord does not need us to do anything, salvation and all things are of God, even one’s ability to receive the truth.

So much for the false love of the apostate churches who love to say everyone welcome on their church signs, but they just do not know the commandments of God, they cannot hear His word yet. If we are God’s Elect we are to leave them be and wait for the Lord to drag His lost sheep to Himself which is HIS BODY.

Joh 6:65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

Doing the Greater Works

Christ told us that “we”, His Chosen Disciples, His Elect would do much greater works than He did. That is happening today although the entire world is oblivious to it.

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.
Joh 14:13 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

Christ is inseparable from His Father who is God and is Spirit.  When Christ and His Father make their abode in us, then Christ is seated on the right hand of the Father in the heavens of our heart and mind.  We are His temple and this is where Christ sits today, dwelling in His people.

Joh 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

Of course doing these greater works only happens when we do it in Christ’s name. Doing things in Christ’s names has nothing to do with physically saying His name as those in Babylon believe, it has everything with doing it according to sound doctrine, the word which is Christ which is also His Body.

Joh 14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

And this promise is profound for those given the faith to hear His word and to actually believe it.

Christ Sends Out His Christ

A huge understanding that the world cannot perceive is God’s plan to first send Christ and then Christ to send His CHRIST  (the Body) to do His work. My last post spoke about the focus of that work and ministry to the lost sheep of Israel, code word for God’s Elect. Like our Lord who was sent only to the lost house of Israel, that is exactly to whom “Christ” (the Body) is sent.

Mat 10:5  These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:
Mat 10:6  But go rather (only) to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Click here to access the post on the LOST SHEEP OF ISRAEL.

As Christ father sent Him, so Christ sends His Christ. Coming to understand the plan of God is essential to have the pieces of truth fall into place and remove the lies of carnal reasoning. Here are some very prophetic words.

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

As Christ is and was sent, so are we if we are indeed His. We have another NT witness to the same.

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

The Lord sends out HIS CHRIST in advance of where He comes.  So we are the preachers sent to speak the words of fire to ears prepared to hear the truth.  That is why we go and that is why we rejoice when just one lost sheep is returned to the fold.

Luk 10:1 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.
Luk 10:2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
Luk 10:3 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.

We have many OT witnesses as well and these words from Isaiah 53 that speak of “Christ” and apply both to the “head” (the Lord) but also to “the body” (His Christ). The Lord is working ALL things, even bringing affliction, grief and rejection to His chosen servants. He came to save sinners and to turn them to repentance and He does just that by showing us who are old man truly is and then bringing judgment upon us.

Isa 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.
Isa 53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
Isa 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Ånd this is indeed the burden of “the Christ” to be the scapegoat in the wilderness, the offering for the trespasses of the people of God, the true church.

Col 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

If Christ did it all on the cross 2,000 years ago, what is there to fill up on with regards to affliction? The fact is the substitutionary atonement is another lie of Babylon and unless we die in our due time, we too will not inherit the kingdom of God. This is way to big a topic to segue into here but Lord willing a future posts will be focused on that gigantic Babylonian lie.

Who is the light of the world?

Christ says He was the light of the world, but look at what He says about His Christ.

Joh 8:12  Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

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

Who are the judges of 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.

Christ said His words will judge the world. Yet we saw earlier who speaks His words. Well guess who will judge the world!

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?

Mat 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

 Who speaks His word?

1Co 2:13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

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

Eze 2:7 And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.
Eze 2:8 But thou, son of man, hear what I say unto thee; Be not thou rebellious like that rebellious house: open thy mouth, and eat that I give thee.

Isa 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
Isa 6:9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.

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

Rev 6:1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, (the words spoken) as it were the noise of thunder, (the word brings judgment) one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.

Christ speaks His word thru His Body of Christ. Those who hear us are of God and those who do not, are not currently of God as we saw earlier. Few will receive us, precious few but we rejoice in those days.

Luk 10:16 He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.

The body of Christ are the temple including the pillars to the temple and it is through them that all must pass to enter into Christ.  Here is this message foretold in the symbols of Scripture, the words that are Spirit.

Deu_31:15  And the LORD appeared in the tabernacle in a pillar of a cloud: and the pillar of the cloud stood over the door of the tabernacle.

And here in JOB we learn also of the mystery of the clouds that are THE CHRIST.  Think of how the natural foretells the deep truths of the spiritual (Romans 1:20). WOW.

Job 36:27  For he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof:

Job 36:28  Which the clouds do drop and distil upon man abundantly. (The Elect speak His words….)

Job 36:29  Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of his tabernacle?  (only those given ears to hear and eyes to see by the Lord Himself)

Job 36:30  Behold, he spreadeth his light upon it (The Elect are the light of this world) , and covereth the bottom of the sea.

Job 36:31  For by them judgeth he the people; he giveth meat in abundance.  (The Elect shall judge the world)

Job 36:32  With clouds he covereth the light; and commandeth it not to shine by the cloud that cometh betwixt.  (The Lord shuts the eyes of most, blinding the whole world and only reveals truth to the few)

What are the saviours of the world?

This will be a hard truth to swallow for those still immersed in the flesh jesus and Babylonian doctrines.  Yet the truth about who is Christ applies to every turn and every aspect of Christ and that includes who is the savior.  Our Lord and head Christ is the Savior (capital S) yet the Christ of Christ is also saviors of the world (Christ in them, the word working the greater works).  So say the Scriptures when we can see them on the other side of the veil of flesh.

Joh 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

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

Gen_22:8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

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

Neh 9:27 Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of their enemies, who vexed them: and in the time of their trouble, when they cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and according to thy manifold mercies thou gavest them SAVIOURS who saved them out of the hand of their enemies.

The Lord sends His Christ to do His work.  This is how He brings it to pass and that is the mystery of what the Scriptures declare and it is indeed marvelous once you see it.

Those Without

The answer in every case to these rhetorical questions is CHRIST. But knowing who Christ is. is in fact what separates those that have the gift and those that do not.

1Co 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
1Co 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
1Co 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
1Co 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

It is those who cannot receive this truth who kick against the pricks and do not know Christ and continue to worship the dragon in their ignorance.

1Jn 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
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.

These words have nothing to do with physically speaking out that Jesus came in a flesh body 2,000 years ago and died on a cross. That is all Babylonian carnal nonsense who do not know that all His words are SPIRIT.

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.

The fact is that the Body of Christ is in fact “Christ”.  Not the head but very much the BODY.  Here is a zinger that makes this perfectly clear.

Eph 5:30  For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Until we are dragged thru the veil to the other side of the cloud, we cannot see the truth.

Heb 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

This veil of His Flesh, which is His Body is what the world cannot see.

Angels/Messengers Reveal Christ To Us

Everything Christ does, He does thru His Body.  We are His instruments.  He dwells in us, His people.  We are the ones who speak the work to ears prepared to hear.  That is how Christ builds His church.  The revelation of Jesus Christ to each of us is given to us by a member of the Body of Christ, of of God’s Angels (messengers).

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

We all have Christ revealed to us by our fellowservant’s that are already in the Body!  Such have the testimony of Jesus, another words they speak the truth and show us sound doctrine.  We are not to worship these “angels” as they are only messengers of what God has given them.

Rev 22:8  And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.
Rev 22:9  Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

We all initially will fall victim to some level of angel worship until we mature in the faith and truly believe that all things are indeed of the Lord.  Nobody Lord’s over anyone in the Body of Christ, we reject the doctrines of the Nicolatians that puts it all on one man and calls that man the Pope, the Minister, The Pastor etc.

Mar 10:42 But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.
Mar 10:43 But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister:

God’s Elect are His angels, they are His prophets and it is thru them only that Christ speaks.  We are His mouth, His arms, His legs, etc etc.  Very few know the real Christ.  They will falsely accuse God’s Elect of being elitist and having the audacity to call themselves the sons of God.  But that is exactly why carnal men rejected and crucified the Lord and the same will happen to His body.

Joh 5:18  Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

We sure can, especially at first in our immaturity, mishandle this truth and be a bit condescending to others that are blind, deaf and dumb to the truth of God’s word.  I am as guilty as anyone of doing this, but that is part of God’s plan and the process by which we are humbled and brought to truly understand the sovereign work of God and that ALL THINGS means ALL THINGS.

Eph 1:11 In 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:

Yet the other side of the narrow road shows us situations where we are to rebuke those that come against the truth.  We have such an example in John 8 where the Lord spoke to those that “believed on Him” but could not yet hear His word.  They thought they needed no repentance.

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. 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.

We can speak the truth all day long to those shut out without ears and they cannot believe us.  This is a story and a parable in John 8 of words we shall live by and experience.

Joh 8:45  And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

This is all of us before we are given ears to hear.  We claim His name but know another jesus, we only know him in the flesh, not in the spirit.  We all will think we know Him but cannot understand His speech because it simply has not yet been given to us.  Our pride will not like to hear that we have nothing to do with having ears to hear or eyes to see. We so much want to take credit for it but God will have NONE OF IT.

Pro 20:12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.

Pro 1:23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

The concept of the body of Christ being Christ is all over the bible but it is hidden from carnal eyes.  I will end this post with a reminder of who the Lord Himself says is Jesus Christ?  Saul of Tarsus never saw the Lord and yet the Lord had this to say about who Saul was persecuting.

Act 9:3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
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 Body of Christ is Christ.  We are the temple in which He dwells.  He IS come in the flesh already and lives to this very day.  This is the city of angels, the heavenly Jerusalem that is the light unto this world.

Rev 21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
Rev 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

We are commanded to feed the sheep and nourish the lambs and that is exactly what we do when we speak the words of truth to those the Lord has prepared to receive it. It is a rare blessing indeed.

Luk 10:23 And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see:
Luk 10:24 For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

Just as Christ was rejected and persecuted, so is The Christ.  We follow our Lord’s footsteps.

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

Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

“Christ” does all the work for His Father and we His Christ do all His work.  That is the way God ordained it from the beginning of the world. Here is a gigantic verse, a trinity buster as well that simply tells us the plan of God and how HE is bringing this all about.

1Co 8:6  But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

Many come into the true faith but are not faithful and begin fornicating with the world and allowing false doctrines to creep in all in the name of “love”.  But we best examine ourselves and our walk often and ensure we are properly discerning the Lord’s Body.  Those who think they don’t need the Body are sadly mistaken and now sleep and are sick being weak in the faith.

1Co 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
1Co 11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
1Co 11:30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

One day all men shall be caught up and will meet Christ in the clouds.  In that day we will all be of one Spirit.  That is what this verse falsely used to support a rapture doctrine is really saying when one is given to know what is said.  We meet Christ in the clouds which is in His Body of witnesses.

1Th 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: (in spirit)  and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

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Your brother in Christ,  PETE