FAQS

A Primer of Types of Evil Spirits

(Compiled from existing posted teachings)

In today’s study, we look at evil spirits of doctrine (A) and evil spirits that manifest themselves as various sicknesses (B) and sexual manifestations (C).

A) False Doctrines

What influence do evil spirits have in our lives?  All evil spirits are sent by God to do what they do.

1Sa 16:14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.

1Sa 16:15 And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee.

When we are being afflicted with demons, we are afflicted by an “evil spirit from the Lord.” Evil spirits throw us into the water, into the fire, or attempt to destroy us, God’s children, in our seasons. All of humanity lies in the wicked one.

Mat 17:15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.

1Sa 18:10 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul’s hand.

1Sa 18:11 And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.

It is given to the beast to perform miracles in the presence of those who dwell on the earth. We “dwell on the earth”, and we see and hear of actual miracles which are given for the purpose of deceiving us.

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

Christ warns us to be filled with the Word and “His Christ” to fill the void which is left after casting out false doctrines from our havens.

Mat 12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

Mat 12:44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is comehe findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.

Mat 12:45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

We live by “every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God,” including the entering in of “seven spirits more wicked than ourselves.” So, while the demon possession that causes us to become violent to ourselves and others around us at our appointed times, being under the law and it is real, it is still the work of the Lord. In His time, He sends His Word and heals us. In this study, we focus on the inward application. We know the whole world out there is crazy and without Christ being under the law.

Psa 107:20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

The false doctrines of orthodoxy are being tried against the Word of God, and if we do not know that Word, then we do not know Christ and are in no position to carry on spiritual warfare such as Paul mentions.

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].

The word “places” is in brackets because it is added by the translators. Spiritual wickedness is in our heavens, and “heaven” are our hearts and minds where Christ dwells.

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

It is “in us” that spiritual wickedness of spiritual warfare takes place.

2Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

The knowledge of God is found in His Word. We are never to think above what is written.

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.

Without God’s written Word, which has endured the attacks of the best scholars of all times, it would be impossible to “try the spirits to see whether they are of God”. The demon possessions that provoke violent physical behavior are minuscule in terms of the damage they do and the deception they accomplish. It is the spirits of false prophets, bringing false doctrines into our heavens with which most of us are afflicted. Those are the spirits with which these verses are concerned.

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

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

When we become familiar with Christ and our Father and our brethren in Christ, we come to know and think as they think. When that happens, we are able to try the spirits and cast out many of the evil spirits that have been sent to try us and to show us just how deceived we have been.

Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

B) Sicknesses

Diseases are common to all men but not every man is stricken with major diseases. While science tries to understand the biological, psychological, chemical and electrical causes of all of the diseases, Scriptures makes it clear that just as surely as Ahab’s prophets were prophesying lies because a lying spirit had led them to do so, so too, are all of the diseases of mankind, in the final analysis, nothing more than evil spirits sent to afflict us. First, let’s see how this is proven to be so for physical ailments, then we will see how it is also the cause of all mental ailments. Here are a couple of examples of physical ailments which Scripture attributes to evil spirits.

Luk 13:11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.

Mar 9:25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.

A crippled lady and a man who could neither speak nor hear, are both said to be afflicted by an evil spirit. Here are a couple of mental ailments which Scriptures also attributes to evil spirits.

Act 16:16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:

2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Neither soothsaying nor fear are physical ailments. Both take place in our minds and   Scriptures declare that both are actually spirits. What does this all teach us? It tells us that Christ is working all things after the counsel of His own will and that all we do, and all that happens in our lives, IS indeed “predestinated” to occur (Eph 1:11). The God- given ability to learn how to treat diseases is as much a part of the sovereignty of God as the disease itself. It is God who is “working all things after the counsel of His own will,” and mankind’s vanity over his great mental achievements is no exception to that sovereignty. Times of depression certainly are a byproduct of our tribulation experience and are common to all men, just as diseases are common to all men. But not all men are afflicted with a crippling affliction in which they are “bowed together” to the extent that they can “in no wise lift up” themselves, and not all men are stricken with fear and major depression. The extent of any physical or mental disease is, a sovereign work of a sovereign God, and that work is always being accomplished by means of the realm of the Spirit. Here are how the Scriptures explain this:

Heb 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Things which are seen were not made of things which do appear is another way of telling us that the visible world is controlled by the invisible world of the realm of the spirit. Here is what we are being taught concerning all suffering that is endured by any of God’s children, regardless of the degree of that suffering:

1Co 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

The Greek word translated temptation is “pierasmos”, and it is the same word translated “try” in this verse.

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:

The way of escape does not keep us from trial. The fiery trial is to try us and we escape it only by enduring to the end of these fiery trials.

Mat 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

We are admonished that we ought not to suffer as evildoers, but nowhere are we ever told that our apparently self- inflicted sufferings are not part of the fiery trials which are to try us. We are all first hardened by God’s spirit and we “do that we would not”. But that is only for the purpose of chastening and scourging us to bring us to see ourselves for what we are, by God’s design. Even our sins, are His work in our lives.

Rom 7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

Rom 7:16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it [the law of God, verse 22] is good.

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

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

Rom 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

Rom 7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

Rom 7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

Rom 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

Our sins are the result of “a law”. God is the great lawgiver who sustains both the “law of sin and death” and the “law of the Spirit of life”. That is the meaning of the first and the last.

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

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

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

The “second man” is also called “the last Adam” just two verses earlier:

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.

Christ tells us that He is the first and the last:

Rev 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

Christ is saying that this is all a vital part of the revelation of Jesus Christ. Our trials as painful and as long as they seem to last, are all a vital and necessary part of that revelation. Christ uses evil spirits as part of His MO that leads to salvation.

We prefer to call our sicknesses ailments that are the result of genetics or a chemical imbalance in the brain, or epilepsy or germs; any of the diseases caused by these conditions. But Scriptures call them all “spirits of…” whatever.

1Ki 22:19 And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left.

1Ki 22:20 And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner.

In Kings 22, we learn of Ahab’s death but also see an example of how the Lord uses evil spirits to be lying spirits when He gives us over to the idols of our wicked hearts (Eze 14). The story is too long to include in this study, read it for yourselves and then we ask ourselves: “Was Ahab’s carnal mind schizophrenic”? Yes, he was, here is the example of spirits used one after this manner and another after that manner in accomplishing all the Lord is intending. Lying spirits are from the Lord who sends them. There is no peace.

1Ki 22:21 And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him.

1Ki 22:22 And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he [Christ] said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so.

In His time, we are bearing the image of the heavenly when His work in our lives are being finished.

C) Homosexuality

Can homosexuals or lesbians help the way they are? Whether they are super masculine or super effeminate, they are what Christ made them.

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

A NT witness:

Rom 1:26  For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.

Rom 1:27  Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

Rom 1:28  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;

Adultery is always listed ahead of fornication when the works of the flesh is listed.

Gal 5:19  Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,

Gal 5:20  idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,

Gal 5:21  envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Nevertheless, these verses condemn homosexuality, abusers of themselves with mankind:

1Co 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

1Ti 1:10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for men stealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

Lust is idolatry.

Col 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

God makes us “marred in the hand of the Potter [with] no good thing… in [our] flesh”. That is why we lust. It is not that we choose to do so, it is because “there is no good thing” in us because:

Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

Rom 9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh [the “old man” sitting on the throne of God in the temple of God, our bodies – 1Co 3:16 and 2Th 2:4], Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

Rom 9:18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. 

Now, here is the same question we and all men, ask of God:

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

And this is the same answer Christ gave to Job:

Rom 9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?

Homosexuality, like adultery and fornication is an abomination to Christ.

Lev 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Lev 20:13 If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.

Homosexuality is an abomination and disciples of Christ are not conformed with this world and its increasingly evil ways.

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.

We do not follow the crowd and avoid the persecution of the cross of Christ.

Exo 23:2 You shall not follow a crowd to do evil; nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after many to pervert justice.

Luk 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

1Th 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

2Co 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

Christ did not condemn the woman in adultery and neither do we condemn those that He is making this way. Christ is calling a few out of the many to be His people and fewer still will remain and are faithful to the end.

The spirit of homosexuality is the exact same spirit as the spirit of the Nicolaite’s, one man having dominium over another which Christ hates.

Rev 2:15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

And here is Truth of Scripture:

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

Mat 20:27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Summary

What are we to do then when evil spirits get hold of us. We can get the words and thoughts of Christ to replace our evil thoughts, the evil spirits in our heavens. Then Christ will have “sent His Word and heals us.

Psa 107:20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

The Lord turns up the heat before His coming to bring us to out wit’s end. Job learned to sacrifice the sacrifice of thanksgiving.

Psa 107:22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.

Our trials which we endure is what all of this is, according to our Creator who has given us His Word:

Jas 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

The end of the Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy. We feel only the physical and mental pain of life, and we, of ourselves, are not capable of equating any of this with pity and mercy. But in time we will come to repent of contending with, reproving, and condemning our own Maker, and we will then understand that it actually takes trials which cause us to do just that to bring us to see ourselves and come to repent. Only then will we see that the Lord chastens and scourges every son He receives, and we will then understand that it was because of our trials that we are being able to come to repent of condemning our own Maker.

Rom 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

In the end, we come to see and understand that Christ is working with us all along and making us into vessels and instruments for His glorious use and purpose:

Isa 41:7 So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the hammer him that smote the anvil, saying, It is ready for the sodering: and he fastened it with nails, that it should not be moved.

Isa 41:8 But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.

Isa 41:9 Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.

Isa 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee

It is better to gratefully appreciate and enjoy what Christ is given us. It is only those who have no hope in Christ who see no purpose in walking through this life which is known as “the valley of the shadow of death”. Simply put, it is better to be grateful for what we have, than to be ungratefully coveting that which we have not yet been given. It seems obvious that the Lord works with men in the physical realm through His spiritual realm. Joseph’s brothers thought that selling Joseph into Egypt was their own idea, but in reality, Christ had sent a spirit to induce them to do His will and this is the reason for all evil spirits:

Gen 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me but God meant it [your evil deed, which was actually the workings of God] unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

Here are examples of foul spirits which are being cast out through the Word.

  • A spirit of schizophrenia, we cast this spirit out through resting in Christ Heb 4:4
  • A spirit of homosexuality, we cast this out by being helpers of each other’s joy 2Cor 1:24
  • A spirit of lesbianism, we cast this spirit out not ever learning but doing also 2 Tim 3:1-7
  • A spirit of soothsaying, we cast this out by judging righteous judgement John 7:24
  • A dog spirit, we cast this out by being of the spiritual circumcision Rom 2:28-29
  • A spirit of a lunatick, we cast this spirit out through the one mind of Christ Phil 1:27
  • A spirit of antichrist, we cast this spirit out through the words of Christ John 6:63
  • A spirit of infirmity, we cast this spirit out through the power of Christ 1 Cor 1:18
  • A spirit of fear, we cast this spirit out through love, the bond of perfection Col 3:14

The dream is one, it is only the Word and His Christ that are able to cast out evil spirits and heal us. The sum of His Word is Truth.

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

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Habakkuk Part 2 – Why Do the Wicked Prosper?

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Why Do the Wicked Prosper?

Key Verses:  Hab 1:12 – 2:1

In part 1, Habakkuk complains to the Lord why he was having to live in an environment with evil and inequity.  This complaint is our complaint and applies primarily inwardly in the kingdom of God within us, but also outwardly in a world that lies in darkness which is waxing worse and worse (2Ti 3:13) as the time of the Lord’s outward second coming draws nearer.  The Lord answered Habakkuk’s “complaint” and made it clear that it was the Lord who was causing and sending forth the evil and inequity for His purposes.

Hab 1:5  Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.

Hab 1:6  For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwelling places that are not theirs.

That answer was a confirming witness to what is found scores of other places in the Bible but which the carnal mind and orthodox Christianity vehemently rejects to this day.

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

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

The Word of God is clear that the Lord is in orchestrating everything in existence and that includes even causing evil and causing us to err from His commandments (Isa 63:17).

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.

Knowing the truth but unable to perform, is the torment we all must endure (Rev 14:10) by first being overcome by the beast before we are given to flip the script as Christ rises in our day of judgment.  It will take time for us to mature in our ability to bear the trials and die daily with the Lord, losing our old way of life to find the new one in Christ.  Flipping the script is our patience.

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

Now Habakkuk’s questions the Lord’s promise of salvation and why this evil seemingly runs unchallenged and ensnares all men in its nets.

Hab 1:12 Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God, mine Holy One? we shall not die. O LORD, thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty God, thou hast established them for correction. 

Hab 1:13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he? 

Hab 1:14 And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them? 

Hab 1:15 They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag: therefore, they rejoice and are glad. 

Hab 1:16 Therefore they sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto their drag; because by them their portion is fat, and their meat plenteous. 

Hab 1:17 Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to slay the nations? 

The essence of Habakkuk’s complaint, which is also our complaint in our immaturity; is why doesn’t the Lord just get it over with?  Why is this requiring a lengthy process of us seeing and enduring evil within ourselves and without?  The Scriptures tell us of the Lord’s character and what He hates; yet these very things are what comprises the evil experience we are now faced with living.  This time is needed to humble us so we can then be exalted and put into service.

1Pe 5:6  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

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

All of God’s people (His Elect), Habakkuk in type and shadow, ask these same four questions as we are maturing and being taught to eat the strong meat (trials and suffering) of the Word.  Our first question shows a mindset that does not understand the Lord’s plan for remaking all things.

Hab 1:12 Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God, mine Holy One? we shall not die. O LORD, thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty God, thou hast established them for correction. 

New spiritual life comes only through death (Joh 12:24, Mat 16:25).  The cost of saving our life is losing our life and that is a cost none of us is willing to pay which requires all men to be dragged to the real Jesus Christ (Joh 6:44).  Habakkuk does not want to suffer. Whose flesh does?  We see a better way that would have the Lord quickly disposing of these heathen nations that are causing all this evil.  Drinking this cup of wrath and enduring this time of tribulation is designed to build our faith and have us trust ONLY in the Lord.  We will come to know that only the Lord is pulling us through and that salvation is His Promise and work and is none of ourselves.

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

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

The crux of this question is we don’t want to suffer and bear the affliction of carrying a cross and dying daily.  We do not see the need for our own further judgment and heavy trials even as we turn grace into lasciviousness.  We like Job, will be feeling righteous about ourselves and our knowledge and the good works we do; not knowing our taking any credit is the epitome of self-righteousness and makes them filthy rags to the Lord (Isa 64:6).  That’s why we must die.

Job 27:5 God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.
Job 27:6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.

We do not easily see ourselves as the antichrist and the chief of sinners, which is what we must come to see before we run to the mountains that are The Christ (Mat 24:15-16).  Such is the purpose of the devouring army sent to God’s own people.  We, like Job, see the wickedness out there but are not able to see it looking in the mirror.  A day comes when we will see it.

Job 21:30 That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.

Luk 21:20  And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.

The Lord hates the man of the flesh and has ordained a time for every man where He would raise up the old man in order to show his power by the resulting destruction of that old man.

Rom 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

Rom 9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

We all must appear before the judgment seat of Christ in the times appointed.  We first think we have suffered enough and have no need of any more judgment.  We are so readily pointing out sin and evil in others not inspecting or examining our own walk primarily.

Rom 2:1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

Rom 2:2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.

Rom 2:3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

Like Habakkuk, we are learning an essential lesson of the process of being saved.  The Lord raises up evil from within our own spiritual house, to bring the occasion for judgment and the pouring out of the grace that chastens and ultimately saves us from our sins.

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

Psa 34:19 Many are the [“ra” – evils] afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

The Lord’s purpose was to bring life through death as each lump of clay goes through a transformation by the process of judgment (Rom 9:21).

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

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

We experience both the vanity of being marred and by destruction (judgment) of our flesh we are delivered into the heavenly realm in Christ.  It is this hope of what is to come that is saving us (Rom 8:24).

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

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

When the wicked bear rule which is the situation Habakkuk and we find ourselves in when ensnared in bondage (captured by the Chaldean), we mourn.

Pro 29:2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

Here is Habakkuk’s second question to the Lord regarding the prosperity of the wicked.

Hab 1:13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he? 

Habakkuk questions show he still holds to a very Babylonish and carnal view of the Lord.  The Lord of the immature is the Lord who only is responsible for the good but not the bad and certainly not the evil.  God’s box of “all things” continually gets wider and deeper the more we abide in this fire within the house of God upon whom judgment is now fallen. Habakkuk’s box is now a small box that comes from an immature mindset.  The box and our understanding of the Lord will expand as we learn to engage in the warfare with our enemies.  This is how all men come to know the Lord and develop His mind.

Eze 7:4  And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense thy ways upon thee, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Eze 7:5  Thus saith the Lord GOD; An evil, an only evil, behold, is come.

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

We ask like Job and then move on to understand the mature response of the Psalmist.

Job 21:7 Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?

Psa 119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

There is a lot more warfare to be fought and overcoming to do than we imagine at first.  Like Habakkuk and Job, we do not understand the lesson David learned when confronted by a prophet of the Lord for our sins against the Israel of God and The Christ (Bathsheba).  As Nathan tells David, “we are the man of sin” (2Sam 12:7, 2The 2:4), thinking we are already righteous while still serving self and worshipping the beast.  It takes the enemies the Lord raises up (the sword of the Lord – Psa 17:13) to come devour us for us to see our need for further correction and learning.

Isa 26:10 Let grace be shown to the wicked, Yet he will not learn righteousness; In the land of uprightness he will deal unjustly, And will not behold the majesty of the LORD.

Isa 26:11 LORD, when Your hand is lifted up, they will not see. But they will see and be ashamed For their envy of people; Yes, the fire of Your enemies shall devour them.

Until we begin to see the need for chastening, we naturally seek to wrest judgment away and mourn over the triumph of the wicked.

Psa 94:3 LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph?

Psa 94:4 How long shall they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves?

Job saw the sovereignty of the Lord a lot quicker than he saw his own wickedness not knowing he was nothing more than beast (Rev 13:11) in need of destruction.

Job 10:7 Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and there is none that can deliver out of thine hand.

Job 10:8 Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me.

As we learn the futility of our own strength and come to see that apart from the Lord we can do nothing, then we begin to stand in faith and learn patience trusting in the precious promises.  It is through this experience of evil, within and without, that we learn the truth and begin to judge righteously and no longer know any man after the flesh (2Co 5:16).

Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Mat 5:45  That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 

The Lord’s process requires men to learn good and evil (Heb 5:13) by experience.  It is our sense of self-righteousness and immaturity that causes us to condemn and falsely accuse our maker of being evil.  Elihu, a type for the Elect of God, corrects Job’s misguided and carnal accusations against the Lord.

Job 34:12 Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.

Job 34:21 For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings.

Job 34:22 There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

Habakkuk is learning what we all are learning as we abide.  That being all flesh and blood is corrupt and any righteousness we claim as our own is self-righteousness.  Without the Lord doing the work, there are none righteous.

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

We are learning faith by the trial of our faith (1Pe 1:7) as we patiently wait for the Lord to deliver on His promise and cut off the wicked within ourselves and without.

Pro 2:22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.

Pro 10:30 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.

The Lord sends the wicked nations as His army to cut off the transgressors in His people.

Joe 2:11 And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

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

We cannot see the good in the Lord putting us in captivity in our immaturity.  The Lord has promises to destroy the destroyers with the brightness of His coming yet the evil sent to us is being used to sharpen and shape us into a true man of faith.  Habakkuk’s then questions why the Lord has the entire world chasing after false gods and exercising seeming vanity in seeking the treasures and riches of the flesh.

Hab 1:14 And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them? 

Hab 1:15 They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag: therefore, they rejoice and are glad. 

Hab 1:16 Therefore they sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto their drag; because by them their portion is fat, and their meat plenteous. 

The sea symbolizes the flesh of mankind and its strong lusts and desires.  The fish that live in the sea are likened to the creeping things of the earth.  Both are carnal men who have the mind of their father, the devil who eats dust for food (Gen 3:14).

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.

The Lord has made all mankind a beast (Ecc 3:18) who naturally do what beasts do that have no ruler over them.  The mantra of modern day Satanism “do what thou whilst” is what we all follow until our mind is being converted by the process of judgment and the many trials that brings us into (causes) obedience (Eze 36:27).

Joh 15:6  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

These heathen armies that represent the world and its wicked ways, within and without, easily capture all carnally minded men in their traps and nets.  Such capture was ordained from the beginning, an integral part of our walk and learning the true grace of God.

2Pe 2:12  But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;

Job and all of God’s people are being caught by the net as it brings leaning on our own carnal understanding to an end.

Job 19:6  Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his net.

Job 19:7  Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud, but there is no judgment.

Job 19:9  He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head.

Job 19:10  He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope hath he removed like a tree.

We all get hooked by carnal logic which keeps the beast alive and the man of sin sitting on God’s throne.  This is how we are first overcome when the Chaldeans overrun Jerusalem and the heathen world within and without ourselves rejoices albeit temporarily.

Rev 11:7  And when they [God’s two witnesses, the  Elect] shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

Rev 11:10  And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

When the Lord comes, He brings fiery trials and we begin to live through the seven vials of wrath that is necessary to enter into the Temple (Rev 15:8).  Then we begin to enter into Christ and gaining dominion over the seas and all things that live in the sea (flesh and carnal mindedness), comes to us little by little as we mature.  This overcoming and putting our enemies under our feet is seen in John’s vision of the sea of glass.

Rev 15:1  And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.

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

It is on the fifth day (chastening grace through faith) that dominion is being granted over the fish of the sea and fowls of the air as we move onto maturity.  But we, until we are shown the need for evil and experiencing disobedience, ask is not there a simpler way?

Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

The Lord is remaking us, His Christ into His own image and we will be given dominion over all His works including the sea and all the beasts of the field.

Psa 8:6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

Psa 8:7  All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

Psa 8:8  The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

This is the end goal; the will of God being made manifest (1The 4:3). Sin shall not have dominion over us and we, as the Lord’s kings and priests, are being given dominion now in down payment form (Rev 1:6).  Our experience in the Kingdom of God and living by every word requires we first go into Babylonian captivity and be snared in a virtual prison.  But the end will come and freedom is assured if we wait for the fullness of the Gentiles within us to come (Rom 11:25).

Mat 13:47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: 

Mat 13:48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.

The last question of Habakkuk completes his second complaint, all centered around the length of time it is taking the Lord to come rescue and save His people.

Hab 1:17 Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to slay the nations? 

Coming to our wits end and the complete destruction of the man of sin takes many tribulations and much inner torment while we abide in the Body of Christ (the holy angels).

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

These trials of our faith are most precious to the Lord.  They are needed to remove all confidence in our flesh (Phi 3:3) because we are still and always will be beasts of nature while in these clay vessels (Rev 17:8).

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

The Lord is going to answer Habakkuk’s questions as we continue in this study.  The Lord answers our questions by bringing it back to our faith and believing on Him.

Hab 2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. 

 Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

We cannot live by faith until the confidence in the flesh is circumcised from our heart.  That only comes by thru this “falling down and chastening process”.  We will begin there Lord willing next week, but let’s end on a positive note from our immature yet growing in the faith prophet named Habakkuk.

Hab 2:1 I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. 

Notice Habakkuk’s commitment to wait and watch for the Lord to give him answers and reproof.  Trials are what mature us, not knowledge.  Habakkuk through his experience of evil is maturing as we also will in our day of judgment.  Telling the Lord, we will be faithful is easier said than done.  Those chosen of the Lord, ALL must fall down our seven times (Pro 24:16) to be taught true righteousness (Isa 26:9) when the wicked man within us is judged.

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

While we say we have such faith, James reminds us that faith will need to be proven with works. That is true maturity rather than the mere possession of knowledge (Jas 2:17).  Like Peter and all the disciples, we express our unwavering allegiance to the Lord yet deny Him (Mat 26:35) until we are proven in His furnace of affliction (Isa 48:10).  But we are learning more each day what Peter later teaches us and are now rejoicing rather than complaining like Habakkuk as we progress and grow in the faith.

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.

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Amos Part 9 – Meeting the Lord of Heaven and Earth

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Meeting the Lord of Heaven and Earth

Key Verses:  Amos 3:1 – 3:8

The Lord wastes nothing in His plan of salvation and working all things for the council of His will. He uses the revealing of our spiritual nakedness (the depth and breadth of our sin) to drag us to Himself. We flee to the mountains of Jesus Christ when we see ourselves as the abomination of desolation (Mat 24:15-16).

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

This is how we are made (caused) to flee from our old life as we begin to meet the Lord and His Christ in the Spirit which begins to transform our minds (Rom 12:2).

The mind of Christ comes by instruction (1Co 2:16) and that by our hearing of the Word. This is the same process as the vials of wrath poured out into the air by the angels of the Lord.

Rev 16:17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.

Rev 16:18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

We begin Amos 3 with our hearing the words of the Lord and knowing of our calling and election as His children being transformed by judgment.

Amo 3:1 Hear this word that the LORD hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying,

Amo 3:2 You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.

Amo 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

Amo 3:4 Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?

Amo 3:5 Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is for him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all?

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

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

Amo 3:8 The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?

There are nine rhetorical questions asked in these verses with the number nine symbolizing God’s judgment on man (Number Nine Study). A rhetorical question is a question asked in order to produce an effect or make a statement rather than to elicit a specific answer.  The Lord is not lacking in any knowledge. Indeed, the sum of the word tells us that the Lord knows all things (Eph 1:11, Psa 139:16) and is working all things for the counsel of His will.

Heb 4:13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account

1Jn 3:20 For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. 

Psa 147:5 Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. 

Eze 11:5 And the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and said unto me, Speak; Thus saith the LORD; Thus have ye said, O house of Israel: for I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them. 

We see this dynamic with rhetorical questions first play out in Genesis chapter 3.

Gen 3:9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

Gen 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

The Lord asked these questions of Adam not because He did not know the answer but to show and to teach Adam important lessons about ourselves and our walk and standing with God.  The Lord asks these questions to teach us His ways as we seek out the answer.

2Co 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

As we grow in righteousness by judgment, we learn more every day there is no happenstance in the Kingdom of God. Nothing is by chance and whether we are deceived (Job 12:16, 2Th 2:11) or we see the truth (Joh 9:39, Mat 13:11) that is 100.00% the Lord’s work. Whether we see, eat, endure famine, walk, sin, obey and breathe; whatever it is, the Lord is doing it!

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

Act 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

The answer to each of the rhetorical question is NO or NOBODY, as they are phrased in the KJV version. Each of these questions and the “NO” answers are designed to open up our heavens in realizing what being Lord means and the extent of the Lord’s hand in every detail of our life. The fact is there is NO DETAIL that is outside the Lord’s sovereignty. This immutable truth that we have no free will outside the will of God, is what takes us a long time to embrace and turn into action in our earth.  This is what we are to pray.

Mat 6:10  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

The more we are caused to submit and obey the more we grow in understanding.

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

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

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

We meet the Lord and begin to come into agreement with Him, when we begin to walk with Him in our judgment. When Christ in us is lifted up as a living sacrifice then we know Him and that He is truly the Lord of the outward and our inward Heaven and Earth.

Joh8:28 Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.

Act 4:24 And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:

Transforming us into the image of God is by the process of judgment. We have to walk with the Lord on a long journey (finish the race) to reach the goal of maturity.

Amo 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed [H3259]?

The mind of Christ grows within us as we eat the true Bread from heaven daily which is our dying daily to the flesh. We can’t serve two masters and be in the will of God (Mat 6:24).

Eph 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

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.

Living by every word is doing His judgments which is how eternal life and possession of the land (salvation) is given to us.

Deu 5:33 Ye shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.

Joh 10:27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

Joh 10:28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish…..

While it is true people cannot walk together, at least peacefully unless they be agreed, I see the translation of the word “agreed” as an error. The word for “agreed” in Amos 3:3 is H3259 and is only once translated as “agreed”.

H3259, yâ‛ad

Total KJV Occurrences: 29

meet, 8

appointed, 3

assembled, 3

gathered, 3

set, 3

appoint, 2

betrothed, 2

agreed, 1, Amo 3:3

appointment, 1

assemble, 1

gather, 1

met, 1

A more precise way of saying Amos 3:3 is can two or more walk together unless they meet or assemble/gather together. The answer to this rhetorical question of course is no! One cannot walk with someone they have not met and do not know. So if you want to know Jesus Christ we had better be walking with Jesus Christ. And who is Jesus Christ?

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

We are meeting the Lord in our day of the Lord as we abiding in the BODY OF CHRIST which is where the everlasting burnings are found (Isa 33:14-15). This is the only way and the only place to walk with the Lord. It cannot be done alone. Here is an OT witness to the same.

Exo 25:2 And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be.

Exo 25:21 And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.

Exo 25:22 And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.

The mind of Christ, the coming into agreement with the Lord and His NARROW way is made known to us by our abiding in the church (The Christ of Jesus Christ).

Eph 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

Exo 29:42 This shall be a continual burnt offering throughout your generations at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD: where I will meet you, to speak there unto thee. 

The Lord causes evil to bring about good and to save many people (all mankind) at the appointed time (Gen 50:20, Rom 8:28). The two-edged sword confirms the positive and negative of every word and that the light and the darkness is the same to the Lord (Psa 139:12). We need to answer these questions correctly to begin walking in agreement with the Lord.

Amo 3:4 Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?

These questions are written like all Scripture in parables and symbols. Sure there is an outward truth about the Lord’s absolute dominion over lions and birds and all their activities as well. Physical birds and spiritual birds (doctrines, spirits, the fowls of the air) both do not fall to the earth apart from the Lord’s will.

Mat 10:29 (CLV) Are not two sparrows selling for a penny? And not one of them will be falling on the earth without your Father.

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

Via these questions, the Lord wants us to see and come to understand in our judgment, that it is HIM doing everything. Billions read Joh 15:5 that says “apart from Jesus Christ we can do nothing”, but so few actually believe that all of our steps, not just the good ones are ordered by a Sovereign God.

Jer 10:23 O LORD, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.

Psa 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way.

Even His elect that are given to know these things, will not believe this until it is proven to us time and time again via the process of judgment (Pro 24:16). We come to believe and our faith grows as our understanding of His rulership in the kingdom of mankind is expanded in our day of judgment.

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

Isa 44:24 Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;

The lion that roars over its prey is both the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Rev 5:5) but also our adversary the devil, who walks around seeking whom He may devour (1Pe 5:8). So whether we are caused to sin and be overcome or in due time given to overcome and walk in obedience, all the lions of Scripture will be roaring over their prey.

The Positive

Num 23:24 Behold, the people shall rise up as a great lion, and lift up himself as a young lion: he shall not lie down until he eat of the prey, and drink the blood of the slain.

Rev 10:1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:

Rev 10:2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,

Rev 10:3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

The Negative

Isa5:29 Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it.

Rev 9:8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.

The Lord works ALL THINGS, the good and the bad, even our sins and our obedience. We  are the works of His hands in all facets.

Eze 20:37 And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant:

Rom 9:16  So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

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

Amo 3:5 Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is for him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all?

It is the same things with birds and gins (snares/traps). Spiritually speaking we know that birds and the fowls of heaven are doctrines. Like lions they can be positive and negative being evil spirits or the truth. The Lord has created all things and is working all things and His work does not return void (Isa 55:11). That Word is causing birds to be snared when there is no snare (gin) put there by the works of mankind.  The Lord is the Lord and His will is accomplished in the earth.

Psa 24:1 A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. 

The Lord creates the birds (spirits, doctrines, truth, lies) and it all works for good which is the salvation of all men in the end (1Co 15:22).

Gen 1:21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Gen 1:22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.

There is a time for birds to be snared and a time for birds to be un-snared (Ecc 3:1) all working the purposes of the Lord in the life of every man.

Rev 18:2  And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

Rev 19:17  And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;

Jesus Christ is always working (Joh 5:17) and that work always works for the council of His will (Php 2:13) and never fails to accomplish His purposes.

Amo 3:6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil [H7451] in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?

The purpose of judgment represented by the trumpets being blown in our inward cities is to teach us the fear of the Lord. The Lord is causing evil in the cities to turn those He is working with in each age back to Himself. This is part of the strange act (Isa 28:21) and the devised means the Lord uses to bring about His will and save all mankind.

2Sa 14:14 For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.

It is judgments that save and only those in the Body are judged now in this age (1Pe 4:17, 1Co 11:31). The trumpets that the angels of the Lord blow in the city is bringing us to maturity and what teaches us the fear of the Lord.

Psa 34:11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

Isa 33:5 The LORD is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.

Isa 33:6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure.

The evil in the city certainly applies outwardly and is an obvious part of all things notwithstanding Billy Graham’s infamous sermon after 911 that was a bold-faced lie saying “God is not the author of evil”. He most certainly is and the Word gives zero room for any dispute. It is as much a part of ALL THINGS (Rom 11:36) as the good things.

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

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

It’s not just for the bad guys only that the Lord sends or causes evil.  It is all evil and that includes His dealings with His own people, you and me if we are God’s elect and the true Israel of God.

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

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

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

Our day of the Lord is a day of trumpets and of evil just as Job experienced for our edification.

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

It is when these spiritual trumpets are blown that we are seated with Christ in heaven and the manifold wisdom of the Lord is poured out in our minds (heavens).

Rev 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

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

I have misused this verse in the past and I repent of that. The Lord most certainly DOES NOT tell us beforehand what He is going to do specifically.

Mat 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Jas 4:14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanishes away.

We only come to see and to understand the details of the Lord’s action in our lives when we look behind ourselves.

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

Joh 12:16 These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified (Christ in us revealed), then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.

We would not be able bear it all if He showed us the trials and suffering we would be required to pay. We would be unwilling to pay the costs and instead would make peace with the world (Luk 14:31) which is remaining at enmity with the Lord. Human beings grow to maturity slowly over many years and we are only asked to do what we are capable of doing.

Joh 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

What verse 3:7 really says is that everything the Lord is doing in judgment is to bring about the revelation of Jesus Christ within us. This is the purpose of judgment and how we come to know the Lord. This secret is revealed to His prophets, by His prophets, which are His elect and ministers of grace.

Rev 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

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

Christ in you, the hope of glory, is the mystery that is being declared in His prophets by His prophets. Said another way, it is the revelation of Jesus Christ by Christ.

Rev 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

Mat 13:35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

This mystery is indeed a secret that is hidden from all carnal eyes and ears but only to the elect, the precious few chosen with ears to hear and eyes to see, is it being revealed.

Col 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:

Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Isa 45:3 And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.

Coming to see and apply His Sovereignty over all things via judgment is how we learn and grow in the faith.  Our last verse contains the last two questions for the hearer of the Word.

Amo 3:8 The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?

Abiding through our judgment we will answer these nine rhetorical questions as we examine what the Lord is doing in us and walk circumspectly.  With Christ in us, there is a roaring lion within and this is what teaches us the fear of the Lord and turns us into fellow prophets.  The roaring Lion of Judah will teach us the fear of the Lord and establish a testimony within us according to what He has given us.

Rom 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

It is the House of God, His Elect, who are judged first and thus are used to do the greater works of Jesus Christ (Joh 14:12) and that by our testimony.  The spirit of prophesy is the testimony of Jesus Christ that comes from the Body of Christ.

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.

Psa 78:5 For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children:

Next week we will pick back up with verse 8 and finish Chapter 3 as the ambassador is sent to the publish the good news to the heathen nations within and without ourselves.

Sovereignty

Who Is Responsible For Evil?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Removing A Giant Beam From Our Eye

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Black & White – Believe these Scriptures 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Psa 119:160 The sum of Your word is truth

The Purpose of Evil 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

God Sends Evil Spirits Among His People

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STOP THINKING OUTWARDLY

Luk 17:20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:

Luk 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Isa 57:19  I create the fruit of the lips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seeking Occasion Against Our Flesh

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2Co 5:18  And all things are of God

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

ALL THINGS HAS NO EXCLUSIONS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WE WERE MADE SIN, WICKED ON PURPOSE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CONCLUSION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your brother in Christ,

PETE

Body of Christ, salvation

Destruction and Rebuilding of God’s Temple

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Joh 2:19  Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. 

I was reading Isaiah 45 today and saw God’s macro plan of salvation and how He brings it so clear and I wanted to share it.  Please bear with my introduction as I lay a foundation on which the truth is built.

1Co 3:16-17  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 

The true things of the Lord are hidden from carnal eyes. HIS truths are total darkness to those outside the covenant of true faith, the kind that is given to man by the Lord. The Bible is so simple in all actuality and tells God’s plan with stunning clarity and is repeated over and over again from Genesis thru Revelation.  That plan in a nutshell is that we all come into this world sinful, marred vessels of clay in a body of sinful flesh.

Until the Lord begins His work in us by bringing judgment, we are naked, which means sinful and do not even know it.

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

We come in a marred vessel of clay with God knowing full well flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom.

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

We all will first live the lie thinking man was made perfect and believe the fall of man, yet the truth is flesh is sin.

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

Rom 8:3  For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh

Upward Calling of God

But a day has already been determined, if we are God’s Elect when the Potter will come to us and begin the process of remaking us into the lively stones that make up His spiritual house.  This house is the true Israel of God in this age and as the Elect the Scriptures are written for us and to us and refer to us by many different names.  The temple of Jesus Christ is HIS BODY, He is the head.  Christ is our husband but we are His wife and His mother, THE CHURCH, His angels, His messengers and in the ages to come we will also be His priest and kings and rule this world with Christ.  God’s Elect will build the church for Christ as His Body and will be the pillars and doors by which all men come to know the Lord.

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? 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Rev 3:12  Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. 

The carnal mind can’t accept God’s plan and will make false accusations that we are exalting ourselves, but the fact is, any of God’s Elect will have every semblance of pride, exaltation and arrogance burned out of them by suffering thru many trials in this flesh.  God is in the business of making merciful judges for the ages to come.  Romans 11 is such a wonderful chapter when you have eyes to see the truth.  I see only because of the unbelief of those still in Babylon.

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. 

So this is very good news and the plan of God for all men in due time is to remake them into the image of Christ, but all happens in the appointed times.  We only need to trust God, believe on Christ and wait for Him to work His work.

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

Exo 14:13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.

Psa 25:3  Yea, let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause. 

God’s plan is to remake us into His image and teach us righteousness by learning good and evil.  All of this happens in the times appointed by God and written in our books before the world was even formed.

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

The righteous judgment of God falling upon us  is the secret mysterious way by which Christ builds His church which is His temple and where He dwells today in His Elect.

1Pe 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

It is this process of Christ appearing in us that humbles us and transforms to be like God so we can enter into His kingdom.  We are humbled by coming to see how wretched we truly are.  In order for us to see ourselves as the chief of sinners, we must fall down seven times and be shown the total and complete inability we have to wrestle with our beast nature.  The man of sin that WE ARE must be revealed to us and that is how the process begins.

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

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

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

The purpose of this is to burn out all self reliance we have, to crush the pride of life and to brings us to see our total need for a Savior.   This was God’s plan all along and the purpose of our lives in these clay vessels.

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

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

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

Flesh and blood simply cannot inherit the kingdom of God and we must destroyed and remade for us to enter.  That is the entire purpose and plan of God and it will bring to Him all the glory when He has accomplished it.

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

All knees and tongues will confess to the glory of God in the ages to come.

Php 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 

Php 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 

Php 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 

So while Babylon and those in prison to its doctrines believe in lies such as eternal torment, free will and the trinity,  those few the Lord has chosen will know of this simple plan of the Lord to remake ALL THINGS in the appointed times.

Luk 3:6And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

Jer 45:5I will bring evil upon all flesh, saith the LORD: but thy life will I give unto thee for a prey in all places whither thou goest. 

God has already declared it and will bring it to pass.  We just need to wait on the Lord until the appointed times for each of us.

Gen 18:14Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son (THE NEW MAN born of the Spirit)

1Co 15:22For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
1Co 15:23But every man in his own order: (i.e. the appointed time)  Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

… and that appointed time, will be the time of our judgment, that is when the new man is formed .  The wrath of God must be poured upon our old man and carnal mind

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

1Pe 4:17  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God

Exo 6:6Wherefore 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:

and thus the Lord remakes all things, all men, and saves all in the times appointed.

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

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

Isaiah 45 Reveals God’s Plan

This plan of the Lord is repeated throughout Scripture.  Yet we must have eyes to see it and ears to hear it. Isaiah 45 speaks of God’s total plan of bringing salvation to His Elect and we are now going to review this chapter and show the good news that it conveys to those that can hear.

The Lord will come again to the marred vessels of clay He purposefully created and will work a wonderful work of salvation in due time.  We are blessed beyond belief when the Lord comes to us to perform His work in us.  None of us chose to be subjected to vanity, it was all God’s idea.

Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
Rom 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

The marred vessels of clay, represent the sinful flesh that all men represent, the vessel of dishonor that the Lord must remake for us to enter the kingdom of God.  The words of Scripture are living words and speak of the revelation of Jesus Christ who is both the first and the last Adam. These verses speak to God’s Elect and ultimately all men.  We all are beasts and while in the flesh are given rule over all of the kingdoms within us.  That is what the type and shadow of King Cyrus represents.  The kings from the east will arise and come forth and conquer the land within.  Christ and the sun always arise from the east and the Spirit of God will stir us up to come out of Babylon when our appointed times arrive.   This speaks to the kingdoms within us.

Ezr 1:1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,
Ezr 1:2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.
Ezr 1:3 Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he is the God,) which is in Jerusalem.
Ezr 1:4 And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the house of God that is in Jerusalem.
Ezr 1:5 Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests, and the Levites, with all them whose spirit God had raised, to go up to build the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem.

So the Lord stirs us up when He puts His spirit in us.  Then and only then will we arise and begin to come out of her and begin to build the true temple of the Lord within us made not with hands of flesh.

Isa 45:1 Thus saith the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the gates shall not be shut

We shall live by every word, even these words from Isaiah. We are Cyrus, the king of Persia and the nations and kingdom within us. We are all the people in the Scriptures and will live those words in our appointed times. And we are guaranteed that The Lord will one day, the appointed day for us, will open the doors to the kingdom of God within us, in our hearts and minds. Our heavens will be opened and revelation, the revelation of Jesus Christ and His true doctrines will pour out and nobody shall shut what God has opened. Pray that this day will come now, hasten this coming of the Lord to your heavens.

Isa 45:2 I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:

With the heavens open and Christ doing His work in us by bringing judgment against our old man and carnal mind, HE will go before us to make our crooked paths and correct the perverse doctrines we learned and believe in Babylon. No man can straighten what God has made crooked except the Lord.

Ecc 7:13 Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?

The tares within us are the false doctrines we have believed our whole life. These will be ripped out at this point which is the harvest of the Lord, the judgment that begins at His house.

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?

This is when evil spirits will be cast out of us and the house filled with the Spirit of truth so seven wicked spirits worse than the first do not return as happened in our days striving for truth in Babylon. When Christ appears to us, the deaf and dumb spirits that kept us carnal, and preventing us from hearing the truth of the word and seeing behind the letter will be cast out by Jesus Christ. Thus begins the day of the Lord, the age long process by which we are saved and overcome all sin. The marred and prideful vessel of clay will be broken to shreds like a pot and we will be humbled in due time. The prisons that kept us in chains will be opened and we now will be free from our blindness and deafness.

Luk 4:17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
Luk 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

And these truths will be total darkness to those in Babylon. The same cloud that is light is darkness to the Egyptians. To God light and dark are one and the same.

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

Isa 45:3 And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.
Isa 45:4 For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me.

And with ears to hear and the doors opened to heaven, now the Lord God will pour out the knowledge of Him and His doctrines and we will be taught the mysteries of the kingdom of God by His Christ, the body of Christ. These treasures are the wisdom of God, the secrets, the mysteries of HIS WORD that are only given to those babes blessed to be given them before the foundations of the world.

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.

We will now know Jesus Christ and His body and have eternal life here and now. This is what eternal life really means. It is here now and has been for 2,000 years and the Elect have entered in ever since.

Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

When we know Christ and HIs Father we will also know we are the true Israel, His Very Elect, the apple of His eye and over time will grow in our knowledge of Him. He has a great plan for us if we are found faithful and endure to the very end.

Isa 45:5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:

With eyes to see and ears to hear, we will look behind us and see where the Lord had worked all things in our lives to bring about His perfect will in our lives. When an angel of God speaks the truth to us we are taught of Christ. Those words and truths will bring judgment to our house and this is the mystery of how we will progress from babes to mature sons and be sanctified from all sin.

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

What this angel (Elect messenger of God) shows us is the revelation of Jesus Christ. And it is being in the midst of Christ and He in us that all of our former fleshly Babylonian doctrines will be burned up as wood, hay and stubble.

Isa 45:6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.

As we mature in the faith, we grow in our understanding of God’s Sovereignty, We will know that thru Christ we move and have our very being and that the Lord working and causing all things means exactly that.

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

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:

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

With the mind of Christ growing in us, we will even understand and come to appreciate the evil God has worked in our lives and the lives of others. He is a good God but uses evil to bring about good and to know this in truth and in spirit brings a peace that transcends all understanding. Evil includes sins, which are certainly evil yet Babylon and the carnal mind will continue to deny the Lord with their flesh doctrines that are another jesus. Those outside the covenant of faith will see this as blasphemy but they just can’t see or understand the truth, it has not been given to them in this age.

Isa 63:17 O LORD, why hast thou (GOD) made us to err from thy ways (SIN)
Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

The process of God remaking the marred vessel of clay into a new vessel by bringing judgment upon that vessel is a foreign concept but was always God’s plan to teach us good and evil so we could be like gods.

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

Isa 45:8 Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it.

With Christ sitting in our heavens, pouring His rain, hail, thunderstorms, etc…. His true doctrines and His judgments upon “our earth”, the land within, then salvation comes. This is the the mystery of how Christ is formed in us. And as this verse says, the Lord created it… salvation is of the Lord. Those that give man any part in this have a false gospel and they are blind to the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. It is a wonderful thing when Christ begins working in us and brings the rain of His doctrines to our land.

Deu 32:2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:

Salvation is indeed a process that takes time, a little while considering this whole life in the flesh is called a vapor of time. But when you see the words WOE, what is being spoken about is God’s judgment. That judgment is actually the good news, it is the vehicle by which salvation comes. The old man and carnal mind must be destroyed for us to enter into the Kingdom of God. Here these words of the POTTER reworking the clay He made thru this process.

Isa 45:9 Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?
Isa 45:10 Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?
Isa 45:11 Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.

Our bodies are the earth, made of dust from the ground. God created us from this dust and established the heavens within us. All of the nations and kingdoms within HE has commanded as indeed He is the Lord! When our earth and our heavens hear the word of the Lord, these things shortly come to pass.

Jer 22:29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.
Isa 1:2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.

Isa 45:12 I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

The Lord creates us all as the first Adam and then in the appointed time raises up the Lord from heaven, in us. In this life of the flesh, only the Elect will be rebirthed in down payment form. Christ will raise us up, HIS CHRIST, the body; to direct our steps and build His Church.

1Co 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
1Co 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
1Co 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
1Co 15:48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
1Co 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

It is not man building the church, but it is Christ building it thru His Body, the very Elect. We do this by doing what our Lord did which is preaching the good news and setting free the captives in Babylon, chosen to receive ears to hear. There will not be many sheep or lambs but everyone one will be found exactly as the Lord has ordained.

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

Isa 45:13 I have raised him up (Christ and His Christ – the very Elect) in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the LORD of hosts.

So I hope this partial review of ISA 45 has blessed you. If you can begin to understand that these prophecies that speak of Christ are speaking of HIS BODY, the very Elect, you can begin to understand that all of Scripture are words that we as God’s Elect must live by.

1Jn 4:17Herein 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.

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

I hope the Lord will guide you into the knowledge that YOU are His temple and it is in us, His very Elect in which He dwells now.   We are the lively stones in which He lives and together comprise the spiritual house that is the church, His very Body.  Christ is both the first Adam, the marred vessel of clay and He is the second Adam, the Lord from heaven.  Like our Lord on our third day we too will be perfected and raised with Him in righteousness.  Let him who has ears hear the words of the Lord.

Joh 2:19  Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. 

Rev 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 

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

Wait on the Lord.  Believe.  He will do it and on our third day, we too will be perfected.  We will follow our Lord.

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

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Your brother in Christ proclaiming the truth to those with ears to hear,

PETE

GRACE, salvation

Where is Boasting? It is Excluded

bluesky1 COR 16:13-14 Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.  Let ALL that you do be done with love.

There is so much false religion that is not love.  This falling away from the truth is the sign of the end times.  There is so much deception it is unbelievable for those whom God has awakened and given eyes to see it.  We must be circumspect in these darkening  days and guard our hearts because it is easy to be caught in the web of man’s traditions and carnal logic.  Indeed most have been captured and caught by something religious and stay in a spiritual prison.  It is only by the grace of God that we can ever see anything spiritually or even have a heart for the things of God. I am going to share some things that I have been shown, which if you see them clearly will shake to the ground and expose the false religion most of us have pursued.  This may come against some strongly held beliefs you may have and yes some of them can be defended by picking and choosing thru the Scriptures, but they are lies and will keep you in bondage and from producing the fruit of love and righteousness.

First off you need to get past the claim and secret boast that you saved yourself.  Few will expressly say this, but very many implicitly claim it in their message and ministry.  This is wrong and shows they still have not grasped the wholeness of the  true gospel.  They just cannot see it, YET.  It is a fact that only God saves.  It is by His sovereign choice and election.  Oh yea, we got things to do once we are chosen,  but we should never ever puff ourselves up and think we are somebody because we know the Lord or a few Scriptures.

To Him goes ALL the glory!  Men will want to argue this “free will” issue till the cows come home but as it relates to initial salvation, we have no free will and can never reason it is because of our deeds or actions or will that we have come to know the Lord.   God is the mighty Savior, not men.  A dead person without life in the Spirit cannot choose to seek after God.  Good luck trying to explain these Scripture away as many have tried:

John 1:12-13 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name,  who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God

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

John 6:37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me 

John 14:16 You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain

Romans 3:10-12 There is none righteous, not even one;  There is none who understands, There is none who seeks for God; All have turned aside, together they have become useless; There is none who does good, There is not even one.”

Isaiah 64:7 And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.  

 Romans 9:15-16 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.

 This could go on and on as this is the truth shown from Genesis to Revelation.  But you get the picture I hope.  We are the clay and HE is the potter.  None of us seek after God or find God on our own initiative.  This is not a defense of Calvinism which I have issues with and am not a follower.  So if you want to accuse me of that be my guest but I hope you will read the rest of this and take it to God first.  Salvation is of the Lord.  This is a core gospel truth that man has cut out to justify building the church by the work of their own hands.

 Jonah 2:9  That which I have vowed I will pay. Salvation is from the Lord!

Men need to quit boasting for being smart enough to save themselves.  Men need to quit condemning others that do not yet have eyes to see.   The people of God must quit being led by the spirit that is the accuser of the brethren.  This is all spiritual pride that is hidden deep into the hearts of many.  We must cleanse our hearts of all such filth to walk in newness of life and bear the peaceable fruit of righteousness which is love.

There is a huge log in all of our eyes that must be plucked out before we can see.  When our ministry and walk is all about pointing out specks in others and focused on finding fault, you can be sure, you still have a huge log in your eye.

I say this out of love, having been the worst of such offenders.  But there was no true inner peace.  The peace of God will never live in our heart when we are walking with a spirit of condemnation and judgment. 

Many pretend obedience to the Lord and can spout off Scriptures right and left on holiness and godliness.  Yet they are far from true godliness.  They have a form of godliness yet inside are full of dead men’s bones.  They know who they are and don’t really need to be told by any of us.  The word of God itself will convict them and their lack of confidence before God should be a big clue.  But this was me as indeed I was living as a hypocrite and claiming to love yet being nothing but an evil judge clanging a gong.   What defiles a man lives and lurks on the inside.  We must come to judge ourselves in this regard.  It is God’s will that each and every one of us be sanctified and cleansed from all of this impurity that defiles and secretly tries to steal God’s glory.

Our walk with Jesus Christ is all about getting the living WORD planted deep inside of hearts and letting it transform us into the image and likeness of the Lord.  This is the mystery of godliness.  It is God’s work to do, He is the one who performs it, we just must submit to Him in faith.  So many have been deceived by the god of this world who has corrupted the simplicity and purity of our devotion to Christ. 

Love God and Love your Neighbor – this fulfills the whole Law

But as we begin to cleanse ourselves of our sins by submission to the Holy Spirit and suffering in the flesh; be watchful for the enemy who will tempt you into taking credit for your goodness, intellect and faith.  It is not you my friend; it is God as only God is good.  This is how the enemy eats up the good seeds and the plant grows and is cursed as a fig tree bearing no fruit.  It is GOD working in you to both will and to do.  Give Him all the glory.

Phil 2:12-13  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

It truly sickening to see the fulfillment of Matthew 24:5 about all the deceivers being played out in real-time on the Internet and the various social media.  The false prophets and false teachers are too numerous to even count anymore.  I truly need to clean up my life and mark those that cause such division and shun them.  That is our instruction on how to deal with false teachers.  So many like I did have morphed into evil judges and know not the origins of their faith and salvation.  They are storing up wrath by such actions by not walking in the way of the Spirit.

If you have been blessed by the Lord and shown the truth I speak of above, you will be a lot more humble than you once were.  Spiritual pride is instantly vaporized when exposed to the bright blinding light that is the love of Jesus Christ.  This gospel of Jesus and Him Crucified, will expose the hypocrisy and feigned humility of all religious activities that are not grounded in true agape love. This is a God kind of love that loves even when not deserved with no expectation of favor or return.   It seems so many of us have forgotten this:

Romans 5:8  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us

Who are we to boast?  The only boasting we can make is that we know the Lord and even that only by His grace.

Jeremiah 9:23-24 Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches. But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord.

The disputing, criticisms, judgment, gossiping, backbiting and accusations will only stop when one comes to see the truth of salvation. Those still in the flesh blinded by the god of this world that do not see this glorious gospel in its fullness cannot help themselves.  So we should judge them not on this as it is by God’s will only that they shall see.  It is by grace we have been saved and the faith we need to access that grace is a gift from God.  We don’t decide to have faith.  A spiritually dead person does not decide to seek after God.  It is all the work of God.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that (the faith) not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast

Even the very faith that starts our walk is a gift from God.  Our boasting as Paul wrote in Romans 3:27 must be excluded and have no part in our ministry.  So many are taking credit for their faith and being evil judges and accusers of the brethren.  They think they serve God but it truly is sad.  I am not mad at them,  I pray God will give them mercy and open their eyes to this deception so they could understand the love of God. 

My purpose here is to make the point that it is the Lord alone who saves not any man.  We have things to do to choose to act upon this faith and we will indeed bear the consequences of our obedience (blessings) or disobedience (curses).  So we must choose wisely and serve the Lord who has chosen to save us through His divine gifts.  Thank you Jesus for giving us a measure of faith.

Romans 12:3  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

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

God decides who is saved now.  But in the end always planned to show mercy to all.  I will no longer be pointing fingers and accusing.  Instead I will be preaching the gospel.  That is  the good news of Jesus Christ and Him Crucified.  It is not up to me or you to save anyone.  That is the choice of an almighty God.  Jesus does build His own church.  I know I will be hated and spurned for the gospel that is a promise in the Scriptures.  But we must press on and work in the field God has placed us leaving the vengeance and judgment to Him.  I hope we all come to unity in the faith, the simple child like faith that saves us and not let our pursuit of knowledge or selfish ambition make us evil judges of hearts.  We best heed the Apostle.

James 4:11 Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?

My prayer for all that do not know the Lord or are living in sin and helpless to overcome is that the Lord will have the same mercy on them as He did on me.  We will indeed be judged by the same measure we mete out to others.  If you want these blessings of God, then you better be sowing them.  The measure of a true disciple of Jesus Christ is this.  I have made it very large on purpose.

John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another

How did Jesus love us?  Did He go around condemning sinners? Did Jesus kick people when they were down?   No,  as we saw up above He died for us while we were yet sinners. We should encourage holy living and the putting off the deeds of the flesh but most that do this are doing it with a spirit of condemnation and spiritual pride not in agape love.  Their motive is wrong.  I think the example of the woman caught in adultery is a good one for us to follow.  What Jesus did condemn and rebuke was religious people acting proudly with external forms of godliness that had not the love of God in their heart.

A true Born Again person will have this desire planted deep in their heart by the Spirit of God.  The love of God will compel them to live righteously and godly.  And when we fall down or stray, the Spirit of God is going to be right there to correct us and chastise us and bring discipline and wrath if we continue in our disobedience.   But you see this is the work of God, not the work of men.  Let us live for God and not for ourselves.   Don’t misread this as of course we are to correct brothers and pull specks out of eyes and wash their feet, but we do that gently, with humility, with love as our only motive.  When we act that way, it is God doing the correction working thru the Spirit of God that is inside of a true believer.

 Prostitutes and tax collectors were already entering into the Kingdom of God, 2000 years ago.  The kingdom of God was near, at the very door Jesus said even way back then.  My friends, I hope you enter into that door that is Christ Himself. God forbid you become a Pharisee and not enter in nor allow others to enter in to this spiritual kingdom.  Jesus will return one day soon and all of us will stand and be judged according to our deeds. 

John 5:28-29 Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice, 29 and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.

The Scriptures tells that many will be astounded and that faces will melt in fear and horror when some realize their religion was a big fat deception (Isaiah 13, 1 Thess 5).  We must be judging ourselves in this regard and inspecting our fruit of righteousness.  I urge all to be looking at this litmus test and not camp around your intellect or Scripture knowledge or good deeds you have done in the past.  Jesus said we will know them by their fruits.

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Do not grow weary in doing good.  But please quit the boasting and remember where you were  — dead in your sins and trespasses until God showed you mercy and saved you.  Now we are to go and do likewise to others.  Remember who does the saving.

ACTS 2:47  And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved

 May God Bless You Richly