Amos Part 23 – A Famine of Hearing the Words of the Lord

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A Famine of Hearing the Words of the Lord

Key Verses:  Amos 8:8 – 8:12

We are still discussing the vision of the fruit basket that was the focus of last week’s study.

Amo 8:2 And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the LORD unto me, The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them anymore.

After the study, there was a great discussion and email thread that demonstrated the power and wisdom of having a multitude of counselor’s weigh in on a matter (Pro 11:14, 1Th 5:11).  It was confirmed that God’s Elect, being a type of firstfruits are, a second Spring harvest (Pentecost) that follows the Barley harvest earlier in the Spring.

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

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

Every man being saved is “yet by fire” (1Co 3:15) and that was the real meaning of summer as the product of our walk is being judged and measured against the Word (plumbline).  Larry said it best: “The concept of “summer” is connected to those (“summer fruit”) in the first resurrection, is a spiritual word for those who go through fiery (summer = heat) judgement first.”  Every nation, tribe and tongue within us that does not believe and trust in the Lord is having the wrath of God abiding on it.  This is the fire we endure now so we will not be condemned with the rest of mankind later in the lake of fire (1Co 11:31-32).

Joh 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Attaining the reward of eternal life and being in the first resurrection only comes by bearing the heat of the summer seasons working in the Lord’s vineyard (Mat 20:12).  Our day of the Lord, is our day of judgment and the time is at hand when our works, the fruits of our walk with God are being judged.  Our faith is being tried in this fire (judgment) and whatever is not of faith is being burned up.

Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

We continue with our new verses for today and see the result of the Lord forsaking Israel for a season in bringing a famine of hearing the commands of Christ unto the land.

Amo 8:8 Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn that dwelleth therein? and it shall rise up wholly as a flood; and it shall be cast out and drowned, as by the flood of Egypt. 

Amo 8:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day: 

Amo 8:10 And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day. 

Amo 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 

Amo 8:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. 

Our season of famine is all ordained of the Lord to set us up for Him to come the second time to us without sin.

Joh 16:16 A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.

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

The “for this” statement in our first verse links all these consequences described in these verses to the prior transgression of buying and selling from last week’s study.

Amo 8:6 That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat?

Amo 8:7 The LORD hath sworn by the excellency (arrogance/pride/pomp) of Jacob, surely, I will never forget any of their works.

Our evil works of robbing the poor and shutting up the kingdom of God to the needy are converted into good works by the process of judgment.  The Lord uses evil within us and without us to accomplish good and save every man from his sins.  This is the only way we progress from hearers of the word to doers of the word.

Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

We see in these verses of Amos, that is the Lord’s purpose to turn us over to the enemy and to devour our flesh and destroy all pride and arrogance.

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

Our living out these words and events in our appointed times is, was and will be, is not pleasant but we should remember as we are asked to endure this chastening and scourging from our loving Father that is actually the blessing because it is what is brings forth Christ in us.  This is the message of the Good News.

Rev 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

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.

The Lord turns the hearts of His people (brings repentance) by using evil to correct and humble us (Jer 2:19).  It is blasphemy to those in orthodoxy for us to speak truth that the Lord is working all things, even the evil, even our very sins in order (Isa 63:17, Isa 45:7, Joh 15:5) to bring about salvation.  To lose confidence in our flesh and to believe only in the Son and the righteousness that is found in Him [grace through faith Eph 2:8]; we have to learn the futility of saving ourselves and know what we are in the flesh.

Mat 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

To know this in Spirit and in truth, our falling away must come first (2Th 2:3).  This must happen before the great and terrible day of the Lord arrives that is saving us and destroying the man of sin little by little.  As the prodigal and immature son who has left His father’s house, we will be brought back to our first love through enduring a spiritual famine.

Luk 15:14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.

Luk 15:17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my fathers have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

Luk 15:18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

Our words of Amos focus around this famine in our land.  There is certainly an outward famine coming more and more in this darkening world waxing worse and worse by the day.  Yet these words are first and foremost words that we, God’s Elect, live out now on whom the end of the ages is coming, and they apply inwardly to the kingdom of God (Luk 17:21).  Thus, begins our falling away from our first love as the Lord raises up the river of Egypt to drown us in the lusts of our flesh.

Amo 8:8 Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn that dwelleth therein? and it shall rise up wholly as a flood; and it shall be cast out and drowned, as by the flood of Egypt. 

The Lord is turning us over to the idols of our heart and manifesting the man of sin within us.  Our taking in marriage with the Philistines (the lusts of the flesh) is what brings the occasion (Jdg 14:14) for the Lord to bring the fire of scourging and chastening grace (Heb 12:6).  The harlot that is riding our beast and leading us into spiritual adultery and fornication with false gods of the world and engaging in trade/merchandising of the Lord’s treasures (gold, silver, precious stones) for gain must be judged.

Rev 18:11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:

We come out of Spiritual Babylon as the seven plagues come that bring death, mourning and famine to the land.

Rev 18:8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

We see the phrase “the flood of Egypt” twice in Scripture and both in Amos.   The word translated “flood” is better denoted as a “river” or similar wording.

H2975, ye’ôr   –  Total KJV Occurrences: 65

river, 35

rivers or river’s, 18

flood, 6

brooks, 5

Here is how the ESV as most of the translations show it using the context of a river.

Amo 8:8 ESV Shall not the land tremble on this account, and everyone mourn who dwells in it, and all of it rise like the Nile, and be tossed about and sink again, like the Nile of Egypt?”

The rising up of the river of Egypt and being drowned by the waters is an example of the negative use of waters and rivers and pertains to our being overcome by our beast (Ecc 3:18).

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

Rev 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

A proper foundation is not made for the house of God until the first foundation fails and a new foundation is constructed in the fire of our judgment to withstand the power of the flesh.

Luk 6:49  But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

It is only by our trials, the testing of our faith in which we fall down seven times (Pro 24:16) that the new foundation of tried stone is laid within us. Christ is being formed!

Isa 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

Gal 4:19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,

Gal 4:20 I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.

Our baptism with water is followed by our baptism by fire that is testing all things and burning up the works of the flesh (Mat 3:11).

1Co 3:12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

1Co 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

Reaping a just recompense for our deeds is teaching us righteousness and the lessons of reaping what we sow.

Isa 59:18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence.

Isa 59:19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

Egypt’s river rising up and covering the earth is the same as the swelling up of our bellies.  We either serve God or not.  We cannot serve two masters; a jealous God will not let us serve Him and the mammon of this world.

Php 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

Php 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

The coming of spiritual famine follows this overrunning by the river of Egypt.

Amo 8:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day: 

This verse is similar to the more well-known passages from Joel 2:30-31 that were also referenced in Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost.

Act 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:

Act 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Spiritual nourishment or food is the light that is the Christ, so a famine is the same as a period of darkness where we cannot see the light.  Living by every word requires us to experience this darkening of the land.

Jer 4:28 For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black: because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.

When the Lord sends strong delusion, and deceives us we do not know we are in this darkened state.  This falling away is not something we are conscious of as we experience it, we only see it looking behind ourselves.

Mat 6:22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

Mat 6:23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! 

Only the Lord can turn noon day into midnight.  That is just how strong, our strong delusion is before we learn to obey the truth by going through the fire of judgment.

Without the Light of this world (Jesus Christ and His Christ) to guide us, the hearing of the Word, our deeds quickly turn to darkness and we will be overcome which gives the Lord an occasion to bring an end to our flesh.  The revelation of Jesus Christ comes to us inwardly first and will come outwardly to the world suddenly and in a time of great darkness (midnight).   The first-born man of sin shall not inherit the kingdom and must die for the new man to come forth and increase.

1Th 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

1Th 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

Exo 11:4 And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt:

Exo 11:5 And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts.

It is the children of the kingdom of God who must go into darkness and be judged before we can come to the Light.

Mat 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

The “excellency” of Jacob for which the Lord will not forget our works (Amo 8:7) is our arrogance and pride that is being destroyed.

Isa 13:11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

Going into spiritual darkness and enduring a famine of the hearing of the words of Christ and His Christ, bring us to our wits end until we cry unto the Lord for deliverance from bondage to the flesh and the Assyrian armies within us that are used as the sword of the Lord (Psa 17:13).

Amo 8:10 And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day. 

The coming of the Lord is likened to the times of Noah and Lot (Mat 24:38, Luk 17:28) that was defined by eating, drinking, buying, selling and giving in marriage.  These speak to spiritual activity and specifically how we conduct ourselves in the house of God having His Truths.   Feasting speaks of eating and drinking and specifically doing it in an unworthy manner.

1Co 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.

The feasting of our man of sin, who is sitting on God’s throne hearing but not doing the Word is coming to an end in this great and bitter (to the flesh) day of the Lord.  We are being humbled and shown we have no covering (the mind of Christ) and are in fact spiritually bald.

1Co 11:6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.

The Book of Lamentations comes to mind as we look at the Lord destroying our life in the flesh and causing us to lose everything.  Seeing the shame of our nakedness and the wretchedness of our self-righteousness compared to the Words of Christ which are Spirit and Life.

Lam 2:5 The Lord was as an enemy: he hath swallowed up Israel, he hath swallowed up all her palaces: he hath destroyed his strong holds, and hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation.

The Lord has caused us to commit all these abominations.  He has caused us to err from His ways (Isa 63:17).  This is the way the Lord has devised to save all mankind (2Sa 14:14).

Lam 2:17  The LORD hath done that which he had devised; he hath fulfilled his word that he had commanded in the days of old: he hath thrown down, and hath not pitied: and he hath caused thine enemy to rejoice over thee, he hath set up the horn of thine adversaries.

The occasion has been set and the Lord is now coming with fire to purify our heavens as we progress.  Still, even knowing these truths, it takes a process for us to really believe that the Lord sent the enemy into the gates of Jerusalem.  But what sayeth the Scriptures?

Lam 4:11 The LORD hath accomplished his fury; he hath poured out his fierce anger, and hath kindled a fire in Zion, and it hath devoured the foundations thereof.

Lam 4:12 The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world, would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy should have entered into the gates of Jerusalem. 

When we see ourselves as the ones who have pierced and crucified our Lord (Rev 1:7), then we mourn and wail for our sins.  This is very necessary for us to give up the flesh and submit to the way of the Lord.  Coming to see ourselves as the chief of sinners and those who crucified our Lord within and in others.

Amo 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 

Jesus Christ, the Word is the Bread of life.  His Bread is actually His Body, which is the meat we must eat to possess age abiding life.  John, chapter 6, has some pivotal verses on the Word being life and the only way to be satisfied.

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

Joh 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

Joh 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

Without hearing His words, we are dead in our trespasses and sins.  But as we have seen, this too is the work of the Lord and part of ALL THINGS being worked for His counsel.  Without the words of life to guide us we are lost.  But fear not, as we have seen it is the Lord’s purpose to turn the hearts of the children back to the Father by going through their Prodigal Son experience.  No sheep elected from the foundation of the world is being lost.

Luk 15:4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

Luk 15:5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

Luk 15:6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

Luk 15:7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

All men will be found and brought to repentance for this is the will of God.

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

This period of darkness and falling away are being used for good as it will bring us to our wits end.

Amo 8:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. 

Our deliverance from the world and being separated requires going through hard times.  The times of plenty after we come into the truth and enjoy a season of peace are followed by the seasons of suffering which are the many tribulations we endure to enter into the kingdom of God (Act 14:22).  Those tribulations are living through all seven of the vials of wrath poured out against our old man and our carnal mindsets.

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

Php 1:29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

Unable to hear the words of the Lord and being temporarily forsaken of the Lord to accomplish His purposes; we are being led by our natural carnal mind and fleshly instincts.  We follow the ways of the world within and without, and wander to find the living waters again but will not find them.  Going from sea to sea is going from one fleshly carnal thought to the next.  The world will have us run to the east when judgment breaks forth from the north. But to mature in the Lord in our day of the Lord we are learning to go west instead and follow the Son.

Mat 24:27  For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

We do not find rest when the Lord has purposed to destroy the old man off the face of our earth.

Psa 107:25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.

Psa 107:26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.

Psa 107:27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end. 

Judgment is a winnowing process of division via a sword.  The Lord is causing all of it and working it for good.  It is by our enduring and overcoming these trials that we come to unity and stop running to and fro in the earth being deceived by men the Lord has put out to deceive the entire world.

Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Next week Lord willing, we will pick up the final two verses of Chapter 8 before moving on to the fifth vision the Lord gave Amos.  We are nearing the end of the book and the end of the man of sin.

Amo 8:13 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.

Amo 8:14 They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Thy god, O Dan, liveth; and, The manner of Beersheba liveth; even they shall fall, and never rise up again.

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A Servant In Christ,  PETE


Amos Part 22 – The Vision of a Fruit Basket

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Key Verses: Amos 8:1 – 8:7

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Having to given an account to the Lord for our deeds is how we are learning through chastening grace of the Lord that we do indeed reap what we have sown (Gal 6:7).  This process of learning by chastening judgment is how we are saved (Isa 26:9, Eph 2:8) and afterwards bear the peaceable fruit of righteousness (our obedience).  The Elect are not being redeemed and saved in this age for ourselves but only for the Lord’s purposes.

Tit 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

God’s plan in saving us, His people, is to manifest the spiritual fruit that comes forth to His glory.  This is why we have been chosen.  Fruit in Scripture represents our works and it is by these works, what type they are by which we will be known.

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

Mat 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

It takes time to manifest fruit, it’s a process of growing.  As we die daily to our flesh and the man of sin is destroyed, our fruit abounds more and more.  This is the purpose of the Lord in bringing us together in a Body and assembling us in New Jerusalem.  These works are the spiritual nourishment and healing of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ (all men).

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

Rev 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works (fruits) do follow them.

With this reminder on spiritual fruit being our works, here are the key verses for today.

Amo 8:1 Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and behold a basket of summer fruit. 

Amo 8:2 And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the LORD unto me, the end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more. 

Amo 8:3 And the songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day, saith the Lord GOD: there shall be many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast them forth with silence. 

Amo 8:4 Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail, 

Amo 8:5 Saying, when will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit? 

Amo 8:6 That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat? 

Amo 8:7 The LORD hath sworn by the excellency of Jacob, Surely I will never forget any of their works. 

The Lord’s strange ways has us learning good and evil and being humbled (Ecc 1:13) by causing us to first do the opposite of what is His stated commandments and plan.  We gain our life by losing it, we avoid judgment by going through judgment now and similarly, we produce good works by first producing evil ones.  It is by the death of our rebellious and disobedient man of sin that good fruit comes forth from the fig tree that represents the Israel of God.

 Jer 8:13 I will surely consume them, saith the LORD: there shall be no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf shall fade; and the things that I have given them shall pass away from them.

Our flesh and carnal mind is the marred first vessel (Jer 18:4) that was made to be destroyed and is cursed when Christ appears because it is incapable of bringing forth good fruit.

Mat 21:19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.

Deu 28:18 Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

This prophesy is being given to King Jeroboam and Israel through Amos.  But these are prophesies we are living out (Mat 4:4, 1Co 11:11) as judgment is now on the house of God.  The works of a proud, idol worshipping and worldly fornicating King of Israel does not measure up to the plumbline.  The hedged-out life of the old man is coming to an end as it is destruction from the Almighty designed to bring forth fruit for God.

Joe 1:15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.

Seeing a vision of summer fruit is an indication that the time of judgment is at hand and the angels of the Lord (the reapers, the Elect) are sent to bring about the destruction of the harlot and old man whose sins have reached into the heavens (Rev 18:5, Jon 1:2).

Joe 3:13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.

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

The word translated as “summer fruit” is actually the word for SUMMER as the KJC reflects and represents more broadly the season of harvest of any crop including fruit;

H7019, qayits

Total KJV Occurrences: 20

summer, 20

Gen_8:22, 2Sa_16:1-2 (2), Psa_32:4, Psa_74:17, Pro_6:8, Pro_10:5, Pro_26:1, Pro_30:25, Isa_16:9, Isa_28:4, Jer_8:20, Jer_40:10, Jer_40:12, Jer_48:32, Amo_3:15, Amo_8:1-2 (2), Mic_7:1, Zec_14:8

The warm time of the year beginning in late spring and continuing into the summer is when the leaves of a tree or its fruit become evident for all to see.  The harvest of souls like the harvest of physical crops begins at summer.  Several of the verses that incorporate summer are linked to judgement and the threshing of the wheat from the chaff. Another concept Amos’s words touched upon.

Dan 2:35  Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

Pro 10:5  He that gathereth in summer isa wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.

We are all gathering our meat (enduring trials and afflictions of judgment) in the summer as we partake of the Body of Jesus Christ.

Christ tells us this judgment time is near when we learn the parable of the fig tree and see the coming forth of our service to the Lord (good works, fruit).  When we see this with spiritual eyes then we know the destruction of the old vessel is well underway and we should not be surprised of the fiery trials to come (1Pe 4:13).

Mat 24:32  Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

Mat 24:33  So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

“All these things” being seen is the end of the age which has an outward application to come but an inward application that the Elect are living out now in our day of judgment.  We are witnessing these events today in the Body as Christ is appearing and our old way of life is passing away.

Mat 24:30  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

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.

We see some hidden manna in this Amos vision by the Hebrew word used for basket.

Amo 8:1 Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and behold a basket [H3619] of summer fruit. 

Amo 8:2 And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket [H3619] of summer fruit. Then said the LORD unto me, the end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them anymore. 

This is not the common word for basket but instead is a word found only twice in Scripture and here is how H3619 “kelub” is used the only other time with some added context.

Jer 5:27  As a cage [H3619] is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.

Jer 5:28  They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge. 

Birds that fly in our heavens (mind) represent lies and false doctrines that keep us in spiritual darkness and in bondage to everything but faith in the Word of God.  A cage full of fruit is speaking of the fruit of self-righteousness we all first produce/endure before the Lord pours out His wrath to reveal our wretched state within (Rom 7:24).  The basket of fruit is in spiritual actuality two baskets as we are the Lord’s two witnesses who live both the good and the evil.

Jer 24:2  One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.

Evil figs represent our tainted works of the world that are rejected works fit to be destroyed in our judgment.  First the natural and then the spiritual.  The first fruit (good works) brought forward from our earth is not an acceptable offering to the Lord.  It is the offering of Cain (Gen 4:3-5).  The flesh profits itself nothing and the immature and hasty summer fruit that comes when we are puffed up and drunk with knowledge (wine) will be taken away when we stumble in our judgment.

Isa 28:3 The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet:

Isa 28:4 And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading flower, and as the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.

The Israel of God is the fig tree made to cast forth her fruit in an untimely manner and is devoured by the adversary in order to bring us to Christ and lose our old life.

Rev 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

Nah 3:12 All thy strong holds shall be like fig trees with the firstripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater.

The Body of Christ is the basket in which the fruit of the Lord (the good works) appears after the evil fruit is tossed aside.

Deu 26:2  That thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which thou shalt bring of thy land that the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt put it in a basket, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to place his name there.

The Body is the place where the Lord our God has chosen to place His name.  We are the basket in which are found those summer fruits.

Exo 29:32  And Aaron and his sons shall eat the flesh of the ram, and the bread that is in the basket, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

Abiding in the  Body/Basket is where we eat the flesh of Jesus Christ that is meat indeed for eternal life.  The bread of life is the very same that brings forth death in our old man and that is judgment.  That is what we are fed as we partake of this communion here with the saints of God.

 Eze 34:16  I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.

A basket is woven together in the  same way the Body is knitted together in love.

Col 2:2  That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;

Paul is our example of how we too escape the pulls and persecution of the world by being put into this basket (Body) through an opening the Lord provides in the wall that is keeping us in bondage.  The governor of Damascus represents those in this world who would have us hold to their customs and way of life that is contrary to the narrow way.

Act 9:25  Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket.

2Co 11:32  In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:

2Co 11:33  And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.

Our flesh always resists the things of the Spirit.  Being saved requires warfare and the false peace in our temple of God (1Co 3:16) will turn into howling as we die daily and the lust of the flesh and pride of life is destroyed within us.

Amo 8:3 And the songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day, saith the Lord GOD: there shall be many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast them forth with silence. 

Ravening hungry wolves howl and that is what we do when our sins and rebellions are recompensed in the day of the Lord.

Joe 1:5 Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth.

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

A good NT witness would be this verse.

Jas 4:9 NKJV Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.

This verse seems to be a contradiction (howling to silence) in describing the transformation that occurs during the process of judgment.  We start out howling as we resist giving up our old life and dying to the world and pride of life.  Howling is likened to mourning and is what the flesh does over the loss of life as we are stripped of our self-righteousness and deceived sense of free will.

Jas 5:1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.

Yet the Lord speaks of things that are not as if they were (Rom 4:17) and so it is with our casting forth dead bodies with silence.  As we mature in the chastening fire of the Lord in our day of the Lord, and as we begin to accept the Lord’s will in our life and the suffering to which all of Israel, the Elect of the Lord have been appointed to endure (Phi 1:29, Act 14;22); we will receive such affliction with joy.

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.

The old man howls but the new man will cast forth our dead bodies with silence, knowing it is the Lord working righteousness within us.  We will give thanks in all things as we take the true communion in the Body of Christ.

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

1Th 5:18 In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

We learn to drink the cup of wrath and give thanks to the Lord in all things, knowing it is all for the greater good of our sanctification as Christ is raised from the dead within us.

Zec 2:13 Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.

We learn righteousness by our judgment (Isa 26:9, Exo 6:6).  Yet to learn we must know the occasion for judgment and what we are doing wrong contrary to the narrow way.  The Lord is faithful to reveal to us those reasons for our judgment and chastening.

Amo 8:4 Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail, 

Amo 8:5 Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit? 

Amo 8:6 That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat? 

Amo 8:7 The LORD hath sworn by the excellency of Jacob, Surely I will never forget any of their works. 

The excellency of Jacob is referring to our pride and self-righteousness.  These works (bad fruit) not being forgotten is simply another way of saying we are reaping what we have sown.  This is how we learn the fear of the Lord and tremble at every Word.

Rom 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

Rom 2:6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

Rev 22:12  “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.

This wickedness for which we are being chastened pertains to our oppressing the new man within and without who is the poor and the needy who needs a Saviour who is also the spiritual physician (Mar 2:17).  The poor man fails and enters not in when the righteous judgment of God is wrested away.  This robs the Lord and thereby robs the poor.

Pro 31:9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

Isa 10:2 To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!

The rich man who needs nothing is not being saved.  It is only the beggar (poor man) the Lazarus of the Luke 16 parable who is saved and even that so as by fire of judgment (1Co 3:15).  The rich man is the deceived old man in all of us who thinks he is something of his own works and stores up the Lord’s treasures (knowledge) in order to further his kingdom (building bigger barns).  The only riches that save us are the ones purchased in the fire of our trials and tribulation, aka our suffering.

Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

We do not fool the Lord with our outward displays of righteousness and holiness.  He sees what is in our hearts.  Outward obedience is exemplified by our obeying the Sabbath yet that obedience is not inward as we are yet carnal and conniving to take the things of God and buying and selling (i.e. making merchandise with the kings of the earth –  Rev 18).  Falsifying scales and playing games with the measures (ephah) and the money (shekels) is speaking our judging/walking after the flesh and seeking gain for the man of sin and resisting the Lord’s work in our life.  We are still learning to be content as the heat in the furnace of affliction is turned up (Rom 5:20).

1Ti 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

1Ti 6:8 And having (spiritual) food and raiment let us be therewith content.

If we treasure up the things of this world we have our reward now.  If that is our attitude and it’s not changed by grace we have our reward and will not be in the first resurrection which is the prize and the higher calling we are to strive for attainment.

Pro 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

Those humbled by the fires of judgment, don’t oppress the poor, they give to the poor who are all of God’s people being stripped of the love of this world.  The one thing we lack in moving on to perfection is being given the faith to obey this commandment in putting God first in all things and giving up our life.

Mat 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

But as our eyes our opened further to the things of the spirit and our faith in God’s plan grows in maturity, we will give it all up.

Mat 13:45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:

Mat 13:46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

Giving to the poor is giving them godly love (1Jo 5:3) and this applies inwardly as well as outwardly as we are to judge righteous judgment.  The good news is that we will be saved but yet by fire that requires the old man and old way of life to be burned up (1Co 3:15).  Bringing this fire is the greater work of Christ’s Christ (Joh 14:12, Jer 5:14).  We all say we will go work in the Lord’s field before we actually do (Mat 21:29).  Going through judgment is what changes our mind and we go with great zeal to serve the Lord who has and is saving us as we follow in His footsteps and lay down our lives for the brethren.

The Lord hears the cries of the poor and needy in spirit.  Those petitions will bring about deliverance and the Lord will rescue His people from the oppressor within and without ourselves.

Psa 82:2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.

Psa 82:3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.

Psa 82:4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.

The oppressor within is our man of sin, our beast who trades in silver in buying and selling righteousness.  But this silver is the silver that is dross (Isa 1:22), that is cankered with SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS as our focus is on the outside outside of the cup while we ignore the inside and the weightier matters of the law of faith.  Such silver merchandising and trading in the refuse of wheat (the chaff, leavened truth) will not save us in the day of wrath.  We are saved from the wrath to come by going through the wrath of the Lord in this age (1Th 5:9).

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

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

We must be found having none of our own righteousness (Phi 3:9) which is all contrary to the law of faith   The adulterers and adulterers (Jam 4:4) in the Body of Christ, not separated from the world are enemies of the Lord because we oppress the poor and needy by shutting up the kingdom of heaven.  We read a partial extract to remind us of what oppressing our neighbor while looking righteous on the outside looks like. More judgment (woe) is sent in due time to bring correction.

Mat 23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

Mat 23:25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

Ezekiel 18 contrasts the good works and obedience of two men.  Those who feed the poor and give to the needy shall surely live.  But those that oppress the needy and rob them shall not live and the Lord’s purpose is to destroy that mindset in judgment.

Eze 18:12  If he has oppressed the poor and needy, Robbed by violence, Not restored the pledge, Lifted his eyes to the idols, Or committed abomination;

Eze 18:13  If he has exacted usury Or taken increase—Shall he then live? He shall not live! If he has done any of these abominations, He shall surely die; His blood shall be upon him.

Our calling is considered a HIGH CALLING for good reason.  The Lord will put within us in due time the zeal for His house and that zeal will consume our old way of life.  Thankfully the Lord is patient and longsuffering with us in correcting us.  He is teaching us how to give out mercy and save all mankind by His own acts in saving us now by judgment in this age.

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. 

Few of us are rich by the world’s standards of money and physical possessions, yet all of God’s people are rich with the true treasures of eternal life and knowing the Lord and His Christ.  We are charged to not take this for granted but to keep our focus on the Lord’s purposes and produce fruit.  Examining ourselves should include looking at the fruit and our works.

1Ti 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

1Ti 6:18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;

In the next study Lord willing, we will complete the scourging process that converts our evil works into good works which brings forth the lasting fruit and proves our hearts and minds are submitted to the Lord.  Our feasting and the time of plenty will be changed to mourning and famine as we are forsaken (separated from the Word) for a “little while” to be returned to the Lord and our hearing in due time.  We will look into this more deeply next week.

Amo 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

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Doing The Work Of God

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

Disciples of Jesus Christ will do the works that Christ did and per the words of the Lord we are told we will do even greater works than He did.  This post will explore what are those works that Christ was speaking about.  The truth is those works are not what is being done in the churches of men.  God has a purpose in all of this as He is indeed working all things for the counsel of His will.

The work of God is simply to bring about the accomplishing of His good and perfect will which is our sanctification.  This purification comes thru the process of judgment and chastening grace and is brought to us all in our appointed times.  And we should know that it is the WORD,  the fiery word that brings judgment when we are given ears to hear.  So all the work of God in simplistic terms is speaking His words of fire.

Look at this Scripture that tells us what a workman is going to be good at! Rightly Dividing the Word.

2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

All the prophets of God were sent to speak His word, “thus sayeth the Lord”, some basic examples….

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

Eze 2:7  And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.

Eze 3:4  And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them.

Isa 6:9  And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.

It is the WORD that heals, turns hearts, cleanses lepers, cast of demons and raises the spiritual dead to life.    The entire world is an enemy of God and it is by His Elect, doing the works of Christ (the Christ of Christ) that we feed our enemies and given them drink that nourishes their soul.  It is speaking the word of God; Christ that is the work Jesus spoke about.  This is giving food and drink to our enemy and those chosen of God (the little ones).

Rom 12:20  Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

Look at this Scripture.  Giving food and water, heaps coals of fire upon the heads of our enemies.  That is because the food and drink is the living word, the words of Christ that if they are heard with spiritual ears, will consume the wood that is our fleshly and carnal minds and its doctrines.

John 21:17 Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

The Elect of God do these works not to save ourselves or stay saved, we do them primarily because we are commanded to do it and obeying these commandments IS THE LOVE OF GOD.

1Jn 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
1Jn 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

But also have an extra incentive for doing them zealously.  We work for the reward that is promised to all that are faithful to their calling and election.

Mat 10:42  And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

That reward is the crown of righteousness and the honor of ruling with Christ during His reign here on the physical earth and to judge the world in righteousness at the second resurrection.

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

Php 3:14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

The harlot churches and traditions of men have totally confused and mixed up the promise of salvation with the promises given to the Elect of God.  They do not understand Election or its purposes and this applies to the so called Calvinist denominations.  They have no clue. This is at the heart of the confusion and blindness that binds them all in spiritual darkness.

This is the work of God to do the same things Christ did.  He sends us to do exactly what His Father sent Him to do.  Like Father like Son.

Mat 10:6  But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Mat 10:7  And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Mat 10:8  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

I used to wonder why we did not see many miracles and people being raised from the dead.  I thought the issue was sin which had overpowered God’s plan; rendering the words of Christ null and void.  Such carnal foolishness,  the problem was understanding what the work of God truly is.

The Apostle Paul encourages the saints to always be abounding in the work of the Lord.

1Co 15:58  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Our labor of planting seeds and water seeds already planted will never be in vain.  In due time the whole harvest and all men shall be saved by this WORD we speak.

Christ’s Works WERE NOT The Signs and Miracles

The Father certainly gave Christ the Spirit without measure we are told and with that measure of the Spirit Christ did many miracles and signs to get the attention of the world.  But those are not the works of Christ that the Lord spoke about nor is sending us to do.  We can see that if we examine the Scriptures understanding that His words are SPIRIT and it is those words that do the work of God.

Joh 5:36  But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.

Joh 5:37  And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.

Joh 5:38  And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.

One has to have God given ears to hear to do the works of God.  The Pharisees could not hear His voice at any time.  If they had heard Christ they would have heard the Father.  But they had not ears to hear.  We only get ears to hear in conjunction with the gift of faith and it is only at that time that His word will be abiding in us.  Until we have that word in us, we will be on the outside of covenant and believe not, just like the religious of Christ’s days in the flesh.  In speaking with His Disciples,  Christ instructed them about the religious opposition they would face, that all the Elect will face in their respective generations.

Joh 15:22  If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin.

Joh 15:23  He that hateth me hateth my Father also.

Joh 15:24  If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.

The work of God is speaking the words of truth to the lost house of Israel!    

The Mission of the Christ of Christ

So I hope you are beginning to see the truth emerge.  The work of God is not at all what the professing church thinks it is.  The entire focus of the Babylon churches is on external activities; be it missions and programs to help people in the flesh.  Providing food for the poor, clothing and housing assistance and visiting inmates in prison are very nice things to do and reflect a compassionate that God has put into the hearts of the many called.  And these are God’s work and are not our own and when we think they are are doing they are filthy rages before God. Yet doing this nice stuff  is not what Christ was speaking about and you will not see such programs focused on helping the world in the flesh as the calling for disciples of Jesus Christ anywhere in Scripture.

Joh 6:29  Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

In fact Jesus said these words right after the multitudes who had been fed physical bread and fish followed Him across the lake.  Christ told them bluntly they sought after Him not for the true spiritual bread of heaven but for the physical fulfillment.

Joh 6:25  And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?

Joh 6:26  Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.

Joh 6:27  Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

The multitudes (the professing church) pressed Him looking for a sign and Christ in explaining His work, made the clear distinction between the bread they thought was from heaven versus the true bread that comes by the Father from heaven.

Joh 6:30  They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?

Joh 6:31  Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.

Joh 6:32  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.

Joh 6:33  For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

This is a huge lesson right here and I do hope you will pause to receive it.  The work of God is feeding the hungry and giving them drink.  This speaks of the bread from heaven and the living water that represents the true gospel and the mysteries of the kingdom of God.

Pro 25:21  If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:

But make no mistake, the work of God is speaking the gospel, it is feeding our enemies and giving them water to drink.  It is visiting them in prison and clothing them from their nakedness.  These are all spiritual things true worshippers will do and this all comes from God and through His living word which is Christ.  Let’s take a quick look at the works Christ is looking for at the judgment seat.

Mat 25:34  Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

As we will see below, it is the ELECT, the Christ of Christ that is sent to do the works of God here on this earth.  Christ in speaking to the sheep here, is speaking the Elect only.

Mat 25:35  For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

Giving people the pure milk that is the foundation of this good news gospel is drink that will nourish all new babes into maturity.  Giving those who accept the milk the stronger meat and deeper things of God is what all those chosen of God and given to ears to hear will long for and seek out constantly.  When we accept perfect strangers into our fellowship because they hear us we know they are of God and we take these strangers into our spiritual houses.

1Jn 4:6  We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us.

Christ continues….

Mat 25:36  Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Being clothed in righteousness and garments of salvation means to walk in faith that is given by God.  We clothe the brethren when we speak the true gospel and these fiery words that are an offense to all flesh.  When those words are heard and planted in hearts prepared by God, people are clothed.  The same are healed of their spiritual sicknesses and are released from the prisons and the bondage and torment they had lived their whole lives prior.

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

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

The Elect shall answer Christ….

Mat 25:37  Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

Mat 25:38  When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

Mat 25:39  Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

Mat 25:40  And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

By all means we are to love all of our neighbors, whether they are in the faith or out of the faith.  So don’t get me wrong,  if God places such a one in your life, we are to be like the good Samaritan of Luke 15.  But that is not the primary calling of God’s Elect,  God has set it up and uses Babylon and all the ordinances of men and government to provide those things. He is working all things for the counsel of His will.  The Elect are to go to the lost house of Israel, the many called, the professing church and speak the words of fire.  We will certainly help those God puts in our paths where we can but we are not to be preoccupied with the physical needs of the world.

Joh 17:9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

Faith Comes By Hearing

You see the Elect is the CHRIST of CHRIST.  The Elect is HIS BODY here on the earth.  That is how Christ can say when we did these things (gave food, clothing, etc)  for the least of the brethren, we did it for HIM.  We did it for His Elect that were on this earth and that is how they in turn come to faith.

He is in us and we are in Him.  We do not know until we speak the truth,  nor judge in the flesh who is of God and who is not.  Our only way of knowing is to speak these words that feed and nourish and if they hear those words will accomplish their purposes.  That is why we do it.   Christ’s Christ must be sent out to speak these words, that is the work of God.

Rom 10:14  How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

Rom 10:15  And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Rom 10:16  But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

Rom 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

I have been criticized for spending as much time as I do on the computer writing these things, posting comments on my blog,  other blogs and on Facebook.  But I have news for you, that is doing the work of God and certainly if one does not neglect their physical families.  If it were not for my activities I would still be in spiritual darkness wondering after the beasts and the false Christian traditions of men.  We should of course be prepared always to give an account be it face to face or online to all that may inquire of the hope we have in us.

1Pe 3:15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Disciples will be led of God to diligently and among great opposition speak HIS fiery words that the Lord has put into our mouths to speak.  This is doing the work of God and this is how Christ builds His church,  by given them ears to hear and the thirst to drink of His living waters, which is the WORD.

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

The Ministry of Christ and His Christ

This is how Jesus described His ministry when He first began under the power of the Holy Spirit that was poured into Him without measure.

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,

Luk 4:19  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

This is exactly the same ministry that is given to HIS CHRIST,  His body,  the Elect.

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

The Elect of God is likened to a devouring fire just like Christ and His God the Father.

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

When Jesus said we would do even greater works than He, Christ was speaking about us having more time and more opportunities to speak the words of truth to the lost house of Israel.  That is the work of God that every called and chosen disciple is sent to do.  We are sent just as His Father and God, who is our Father and God sent Christ.  Unlike Christ, we are no longer bound in speaking in parables to the multitudes; we can tell them plainly the truth.

And this is where we are commanded to go and what we are commanded to say:

Mat 10:5  These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:

Mat 10:6  But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Mat 10:7  And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Mat 10:8  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

We see this remarkable mystery that is hidden from the world reflected in the Book of Revelation and the witness of the Apostle John.  The angel showing John all these things in his vision was a messenger of God, he was a disciple, called and chosen and the ELECT.  It was not a winged angel as indeed the word for angel simply means a messenger.  So all of the Elect are these very angels who in turn show the brethren these truths in their appointed times.

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.

Disciples are sent to the professing Church in each generation.  To come out of Babylon, one must first be in Babylon and all the Elect will live by every word of God and will first come through Babylon.  We see this in the examples in the Old Testament which are written for us and our admonition.

Eze 3:4  And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them.

Eze 3:5  For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel;

Eze 3:6  Not to many people of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee.

Eze 3:7  But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.

We will be speaking fire,  HIS WORD to them and whether they hear or do not hear we still speak it.   That is the love of God which is to obey His commandments and do His Work.

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

The work of Christ results in the destruction of the beast within us all, our flesh and carnal minds will be destroyed when we are given the ability to hear His word.  Yet one cannot hear unless a preacher is sent and that is why we go.  Salvation comes with judgment and through wrath as has been discussed in recent posts.  But our day of judgment does not come until we can HEAR the words of Christ on the last day of our carnal age.

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

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

When the report of Isaiah is believed, the salvation of all men,  then that new babe will begin to grow when this pure milk is sucked upon.  Few will believe what I just shared as the whole world and particularly the professing church is bound in unbelief and spiritual darkness.  They know and profess Christ in the flesh and do many good works that are truly filthy rages to God, who needs nothing from man.

God Needs Nothing From Man

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;

God does not need our good works.  Yes He commissions them as He direct the steps of all men.  God is in the business of making poor people as He makes the rich people and all people.  He is the potter!

Mat 26:11  For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.

God is indeed working all things for the greater good and in the end it does not get any better than the salvation of all men who have every lived.  The few chosen will all come up through Babylon and be dragged out of the many called.  For our appointed times and seasons, we will worship Christ in the flesh and do many good works, all the while boasting in them and still remaining the self righteous beast that we all are.  Yet when we are given our ears and the commission to do the work of God we will go and speak these words of fire to the lost house of Israel.  This is told us in the Scriptures if you can see it.

Here is how James defined pure religion.

Jas 1:27  Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

But what this speaks of us in not what carnal man thinks.  The fatherless are those who do not know God and the widows are those who have no husband and Christ is NOT their Lord.  These will be in great inner torment, and not have the true peace given by faith in Christ and the salvation of all men,  the good news.  The Elect, the true church of God is to visit them in their afflictions, not to make them comfortable in the flesh or in the world but to speak the words that if heard will result in the salvation of their souls.  Of course we do this while we ourselves keep ourselves unspotted from the world.  We are to come out and to stay out of her my people. God willing this we shall do.  The same word translated as affliction is the word used for tribulation in our bibles.  When we hear the living word,  our tribulation, our afflictions will only increase as it is thru judgment that Zion is redeemed.

Joh 16:33  These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

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

While we are living in the wilderness IN BABYLON, being fed the dead letter and knowing Christ only in the flesh,  we are kept under the hedge of God’s protection and the evil one cannot get to us.  But when our day of judgment arrives,  the hedge is removed and the hand of God, (the serpent) is sent to bring wrath and to begin the process of God working salvation in us.

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 1:1And 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.

We all live the words of JOB, doing these good works and taking credit for them in our pride.  The beast that we all are, will think these filthy rag works make us religious and above other men who do not do these good works.  All is being done to hold us in darkness until our appointed day arrives.  Just listen to JOB boasting in all his good works and using them to strive with His maker God and challenge God on why JOB was being judged.

Just consider these words of JOB, words we all speak to justify ourselves before God and strive with our maker.  We think God needs us and just look at how we wonder after our beast.  Just look at all the references to Me, Myself and I that Job makes here to God.  He is exalting himself.  I did this, we all do.  I post all of this here so you can see how puffed up JOB was about HIS WORKS and esteem among men.  I underline the boasting of JOB, that we all do the same things.

Job 29:7  When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street!

Job 29:8  The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, and stood up.

Job 29:9  The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.

Job 29:10  The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.

Job 29:11  When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Job 29:24  If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.

Job 29:25  I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.

I, ME, MY,  the JOB is all of us beasts.  ALL MEN ARE BEASTS (Ecc 3:18).  God truly does not need anything from man.  NOTHING.  We are the works of His hands and everything we do is ordained of God and written in our books since before we were even created.

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


When Jesus said we would go and do even greater works than Him,  He was not talking about feeding people physical bread nor doing miracles in the flesh.  What Christ was speaking about was speaking His words of fire to the lost house of Israel.  No longer encumbered and having to speak in parables, we can plainly speak the truth of God and His commandments to a house which thinks it is not lost and to which thinks it needs no repentance.

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

Joh 6:29  Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

The work of a disciple is to speak the WORD.  This does not mean we have no compassion for the poor as of course we do, but we know God is working all things, even making poor people.  The disciples were murmured against because they were not focused on attending to the physical needs of widows and the poor.  This work was delegated and THE BODY took care of those in the body that were in need.

Act 6:1  And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.

Act 6:2  Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.

Act 6:3  Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.

And that should be our calling.  We should be generous and give to those in need, beginning with those in the covenant of faith.  We are not to be focused on the world but on the body of Christ.

Our first priority in helping people must be to the true BODY OF CHRIST.  The story of the Alabaster jar conveys this message quite well.

Mat 26:7  There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.

Mat 26:8  But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?

Mat 26:9  For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.

Mat 26:10  When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.

Mat 26:11  For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.

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

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

The gifts, the true riches of heaven that are given to us are to be poured out on His Body to prepare them for burial.  To the as yet unconverted disciples that this was a travesty but Jesus rebuked them and spoke of His true work.  This is a hard truth to accept given how we all are raised.

The better thing was not to be a like Martha, but as Christ said far better to sit at His feet and fellowship with HIM,  the Body of Christ.  So many that walk not in the Spirit do many good works and are always exhausting themselves to do good works as if that makes them acceptable to God.

Luk 10:39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and HEARD his word.
Luk 10:40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
Luk 10:41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
Luk 10:42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

The far better thing is to sit with Christ, HIS BODY,  His Elect and hear His word.  That is what edifies us and prepares us for this walk of suffering and affliction.  In fact our fellowship with the Christ of Christ is the breaking of bread and drinking of wine that we are admonished to do often in memory of Christ.  Our faith will certainly not be without works or otherwise it will be dead as James said.  So we see admonishments many places that speak of our calling and especially toward the body of Christ, the saints, the brethren, The Elect of God.

Rom 12:13  Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

The “world” is not the saints.  The saints are the brethren, the body of Christ, His Elect.  All these words as indeed all Scripture are written for our admonition upon whom the end of the ages have come.

1Ti 6:17  Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

1Ti 6:18  That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;

Good works most certainly includes helping those in need but those are not the works Christ was speaking regarding HIS Disciples.  All the good works we do are not our own works and when we boast like JOB did about them and many do today, just as I did,  we justify ourselves before God and here is what God says about that.

Isa 65:5  Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.

Whatever God has declared to be done will be done in terms of good works by the churches of men.  He is working all things and we cannot come to understand this truth about the WORK of God and His Elect until we are given the faith to know and to believe that God is working all things for the counsel of His will.

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

I used to say these were the saddest verses in Scripture.  They will be spoken to “many”, which means virtually all that profess the name of Christ in their day of judgment.

Mat 7:22  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

Mat 7:23  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

The good news, is that these verses do not speak to sending people to eternal hell.  They speak the same as these words from Paul.  All of these works shall be burned up yet these many people as with all men will be saved yet as thru fire.

1Co 3:15  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

The entire purpose of the Elect is to raise up merciful judges to rule and to judge the world in the ages to come.  Christ is going to save all thru the few.  So knowing these things we will have a heart zealous for good works which is foremost to go and speak this WORD.    We overcome by the testimony of our word and the blood of the lamb.  We have to be doing His Work, we have to be testifying by speaking His Word.

We will be good Samaritans and have compassion on all men and provide the spiritual healing as well as the physical needs of those God puts in our paths.

Luk 10:33  But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

Luk 10:34  And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

Luk 10:35  And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

Luk 10:36  Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

Luk 10:37  And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

Jesus spoke to Peter and three times admonished Peter to feed His sheep.  The sheep of Christ are His Elect who are wandering in Babylon until they will hear the WORD of the Lord and come follow Him.  Let’s go feed the sheep this bread from heaven and these living waters.

Joh 21:15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
Joh 21:16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
Joh 21:17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

These are tough truths.  I share them and hope that God will grant the reader the ability to hear the truth.    Lest be zealous to do good works knowing Christ gave His all for us to redeem us and bring the mercy that has now appeared to us that we might be His people.

Tit 2:14  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

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Your brother in Christ,  PETE