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Amos Part 19 – The Five Visions

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“The Five Visions”

Key Verses:  Amos 7:1 – 7:6

Chapter 7 begins with the Lord showing Amos the first two of five different visions regarding the nation of Israel that is symbolized by Jacob. It is us, God’s people, who will first wrestle with the Lord as we are the first to supplant the man of sin with the Lord from heaven.

 Amo 7:1 Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me; and, behold, he formed grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and, lo, it was the latter growth after the king’s mowings.

Amo 7:2 And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating the grass of the land, then I said, O Lord GOD, forgive, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.

Amo 7:3 The LORD repented for this: It shall not be, saith the LORD.

Amo 7:4 Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and, behold, the Lord GOD called to contend by fire, and it devoured the great deep, and did eat up a part.

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

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

These prophecies and visions are not to be taken as history lessons. There are admonitions and ensamples (1Co 10:11) for us, the Israel of God, and the true Jews (Rom 2:28, Gal 6:16), which words we shall live by in the appointed time (Mat 4:4). Each of these visions is a vision of judgment for the transgressions of the people. Here is the end of our judgment and what the Lord says after showing all five visions to Amos. This is why judgment is the blessing as it is what redeems us and saves us from our sins.

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

The fact that there are five visions reminds us that the scourging grace of the Lord is what brings salvation. The number five signifies grace through faith as it used in Scripture. Each of Amos’s visions reveal the chastening of the Lord to come, the very experiences that are teaching us righteousness (Heb 12:6, Isa 26:9).

Tit 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Tit 2:12 Teaching (i.e. chastening – paideuō) us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

The Vision of the Grasshoppers:

 Amos tells us that it is the Lord Himself, the Potter, who is forming these spiritual grasshoppers. There is a reason “grasshopper” is the word used here and not the word locust. Outwardly in the physical, grasshoppers are very similar, yet different than locusts and the same applies in their spiritual application (Rom 1:20).

Unlike their cousins the locusts, these grasshoppers shoot up in the latter stages of our growth versus the early stages of our being drawn to Christ. The “latter growth” of the grass is a reference to our day of the Lord when we are being made into mature sons of the Lord by judgment.   The biggest differentiator between grasshoppers and locusts in the natural, is how they socialize and move around. Grasshoppers are more solitary, much more finite versus the much more numerous and more gregarious swarming behavior of locusts. Locusts spiritually signify the lies and false doctrines of Babylon in our heavens (mind), that for a time completely cover the earth and blot out all the true light (Exo 10:15). Here is a partial description from Revelation 9 that links these locusts to the father of all lies as Isaiah 9:15 (the false prophet being the tail) confirms.

Rev 9:10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

Rev 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

Grasshoppers by their very name are linked to the earth and the flesh (Isa 40:6 – all flesh is grass) and speak to the secret or hidden sins that arise with our continued unbelief. Our failure to overcome these sins, leads us to doubt the Word and lean on our own understanding.  The word for grasshopper in Amos 7:1 is “gob” which is H1462 which is found in only one other verse.

Nah 3:17 Thy crowned are as the locusts, and thy captains as the great H1462 grasshoppers H1462, which camp in the hedges in the cold day, but when the sun ariseth they flee away, and their place is not known where they are.

We looked at this verse in Nahum Part 10 – The Great Grasshopper.  Strong’s connects the root word for grasshopper to be H1461 or “goob” that means husbandmen, signifying those that dig in the earth and work in the Lord’s fields. The Elect go forth with great zeal to serve the Lord but we will first be overcome with wine (knowledge) just like a famous husbandman, named Noah whose nakedness was discovered.

Gen 9:20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:

Gen 9:21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

There is also another prime word for grasshopper and by taking the SUM of the word (Psa 119:160) it helps us understand what grasshoppers represent and the Lord’s purposes in sending them.   The other word for grasshopper is “chagab” or H2284 in Strong’s and is found five times in the bible.

 H2284, châgâb

Total KJV Occurrences: 5

grasshopper, 2

Lev_11:22, Ecc_12:5

grasshoppers, 2

Num_13:33, Isa_40:22

locusts, 1

2Ch_7:13

Until we grow in faith, our sins will make us doubt the Lord and even our ability through Him in overcoming the giants in the land.  This is part of the torment (Rev 14:10) we are enduring to learn patience and lose confidence in ourselves and come to our wits end and then cry out for deliverance. After seeing the land, we are given to possess, the men sent to spy out the land spoke of their carnal fears and doubts which the grasshoppers create that bind us in unbelief.

Num 13:33  And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers [H2284], and so we were in their sight.

The grasshoppers are used of the Lord to humble us and destroy the pride of life within us.  Only the meek, the humbled shall inherit the earth and be given dominion over sin (Mat 5:13).  The Lord sends them to devour the strength of the flesh to turn us in repentance.

2Ch 7:13  If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the grasshoppers [H2284 – locusts] to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;

2Ch 7:14  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

As we mature and are chastened with grace, we eventually are given the strength and the faith to overcome them and they become edible food for the new man.

Lev 11:22 Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper [H2284] after his kind.

These appearances of spiritual grasshoppers are the manifestation of our secret sins and idols that come to the light that destroy our pride and humble us. We must be humbled before we can be exalted and this turns us back to our first love. The Lord deals with our sins at the appointed time by bringing fire upon the earth that reveal all things.

Rom 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

Dan 2:22 He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.

Grasshoppers camp out in the hedges (Nah 3:17) we build with lies, doubts and false doctrines on “the cold days”.  These hideouts allow these sins to remain waiting the due time for being exposed.  There are days of spiritual winter when we don’t progress and little fruit is found in our land and we are lukewarm at doing the Words of the Lord. These days are ordained of the Lord and all part of the plan for us to learn good and evil and become like our Lord (Gen 3:22).

Gen 8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

When the Sun (Truth, Word) arises, and as the seals on the Word that blinded us are being removed, the grasshoppers go into hiding behind our hypocrisy and self-righteous garments, hiding in the rocks and mountains of Babylon (Rev 6:15-16).  Said another way, secret sins hide behind the leaven of the Pharisees which is our hypocrisy. Saying one thing but thinking and doing something completely different.

Luk 12:1 …. Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

Luk 12:2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.

Unlike false doctrines (locusts), that can be vanquished quickly with Truth, purging our secret faults require us to seek judgment desiring it (Thy kingdom come) with prayer and fasting.

Psa 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever: 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.

Psa 19:11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

Psa 19:12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.

The day will come when the Lord raises up evil within our house in response to our secret sins as the story of David’s sin with Bathsheba shows. Our judgment and our adulterous behavior will be done in the Light of the Sun and shall no more be hidden.

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

Isa 28:17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.

Eph 5:13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

The grasshoppers will cut us down to size and devour all of our strength which is a blessing we will look behind and understand in our day of the Lord.

Amo 7:2 And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating the grass of the land, then I said, O Lord GOD, forgive, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.

We cannot be strong for the Lord when flesh is strong.  It is only when we are weak in the flesh that we are strong for the Lord and that is the purpose for all the oppression and calamity the Lord sends our way.

2Co 12:10  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. 

When the flesh remains strong, our flesh is being put into great distress when the Lord begins tearing down our image of being SELF righteous before Him.

2Ki 19:26 Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded; they were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the housetops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up.

 This is all by design of our Maker who is purposefully withering our grass and destroying the comfort of the old man.

1Pe 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

1Pe 1:25 But the word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

The Lord is going to kill the old man with a famine and remove the food that keeps him and the beast alive. To be saved we must learn to eat strong meat and get beyond herbs and green things. The green grass represents the immature things (mixed multitude within), which only gets us so far. To move on, we have to learn to eat strong meat (Heb 5:14).

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.

The Lord uses spiritual moths, worms and even grasshoppers to expose our sin and self-righteousness and eat up our clothing, devouring the crop and destroy our false peace (1Th 5:3). God’s elect are these shameful husbandmen who have wasted the fields and been led of the Lord and allow these grasshoppers to spoil the crop.

Joe 1:11 Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished.

It is only those made hungry by the Lord who will in due time be filled and satisfied.

Mat 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Amos begs the Lord to forgive and remove the chastening and at the appointed time, when the Word has accomplished its purpose in teachings us, the Lord repents.

Amo 7:3 The LORD repented H5162 for this: It shall not be, saith the LORD.

This verse along with Amo 7:6 needs to be put into proper understanding using the SUM of the word. The Lord does not repent in the way that word is meant in the New Testament. The Lord’s plan has been declared from the beginning (Isa 46:10), including every minute detail of our lives (Psa 139:16). This immutable fact is still the truth.

Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.

Mal 3:6 For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

1Sa 15:29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.

Jas 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

So, when we read the rest of the verses such as Amo 7:3 and 7:6 along with Gen 6:6, Exo 32.14 and others that say the Lord repented; we need to understand what the Lord’s repentance means. As recent studies in Isaiah and the email thread on God’s wrath reminded us, the Lord is not saving the old man and never intended for flesh and blood to inherit the kingdom of God (1Co 15:50). His wrath is for the specific purpose and when that purpose is fulfilled He repents of that wrath and we move on to the next experience of evil that is maturing us.

Psa 34:19 Many are the afflictions (evils – ra) of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

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.

The word translated “repentance” in the Old Testament reveals the two-edged sword of the Lord. The Lord repenting of the evil He afflicts us with, teaches us and is used to grow our faith and comforts the new man. The same word for repentance is the same word for comfort.

H5162, nâcham

Total KJV Occurrences: 109

comfort, 34

comforted, 20

repent, 19  – Amos 7:3, Amos 7:6, Gen 6:6 etc

repented, 17

comforters, 5

comforter, 3

comforteth, 3

repenteth, 3

comfortedst, 1

 

“It shall not be” says the Lord, that Jacob who is small will not arise. Contrary to our carnal doubts expressed through Amos, Jacob, will arise as that is the promise of the Lord. We are raised up only as Christ within us is resurrected. That arising process includes us first conceiving chaff and building on another foundation first.

Isa 33:10 Now will I rise, saith the LORD; now will I be exalted; now will I lift up myself.

Isa 33:11 Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble: your breath, as fire, shall devour you.

1Co 6:14 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.

The Vision of Fire in the Deep:

The Lord continues giving Amos further vision or spiritual understanding into His process with the second of the visions.

Amo 7:4 Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and, behold, the Lord GOD called to contend by fire, and it devoured the great deep, and did eat up a part.

The great deep represents our flesh, which is also symbolized by the seas in Scripture. It is our baptism into Christ, by judgment, that breaks up this deep and delivers us from the miry clay of our flesh and our bondage to sins.

Gen 7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened.

Psa 69:14 Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.

Job 41:31 He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea like a pot of ointment.

The Lord created our heaven and earth in the beginning and made the spiritual darkness first so He could come again to call Light out of that darkness. Our whole life in clay vessels is integral (alpha and omega) to the Lord’s plan of bringing the light forward and dividing it from the darkness.

Gen 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Gen 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. .

1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

Only the Lord’s fire poured into the deep can pull up the serpent (leviathan – Job 27:1) that lives there and destroy the beast that lives there and is given power over our flesh.

Rev 16:10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,

The devouring of the spiritual sea within by fire is how the sea is burned up and ceases to exist. This signifies salvation and the destruction of all flesh. In this age, the elect see this in down payment form as a new heaven (mind) and earth (walk) are being formed within us as we stand above the sea gaining dominion over the flesh (Rev 15:2). Yet the end of this age at the end of the outward millennium reign, when the last enemy death is destroyed, there will be no more flesh as the sea shall be no more.

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

The harlot rides the beast (Rev 17:3) who ascends out of the great deep and is ruled by our father the devil. The same fire that is burning up the flesh (sea) will likewise destroy the harlot and be the causation of the melting of our old earth that is passing away.

 Zec 9:4 Behold, the Lord will cast her out, and he will smite her power in the sea; and she shall be devoured with fire.

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

The vision reveals it is by fire that the Lord is contending/pleading with His people.  Once this fire is casted to our earth (Luk 12:49), then the trumpets begin to blow and the seven bowls of wrath are being poured out and the doom of our old man and man of sin is set.

Rev 16:1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

Amos and all the Lord’s prophets, will first naturally in our unbelief beg the Lord to stop and to cease with the burning and to remove the fire that is devouring the deep.

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

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

We see through Amos, that judgment is a process. Judgment comes to us by the Word which we can only understand and apply when able to bear it (1Co 10:13, Joh 16:12). The Lord is destroying Jacob, yet not totally destroying Jacob. The old is being destroyed so the new can come forth.

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

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

This fire eats up the portion assigned and this comes little by little by the process of winnowing. The Lord always (is, was and will be) has something against us until we are perfected on the third day (Rev 2:14, Rev 2:20, Mar 10:18).

It is natural for us to cry out to the Lord and for salvation. Coming to our wits ends requires the deep within to be stirred up and the waves (lies/unbelief) overtake us. We have to come to the place of total helplessness and have exhausted all other avenues of saving ourselves.

Psa 107:24 These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.

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.

Psa 107:28 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.

It takes us time to grow in faith and fully trust in the Lord’s promises. We learn to stand in faith and do not despair knowing that those ordained to be saved, will be saved in this age.

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

Rom 9:28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.

The Lord will “repent” by turning away from our carnal nature that is rebelling against Him for the purpose of destroying that mindset and the man of sin. Our house and old way of life is being left to us desolate by design (Rom 8:20-21).

Mat 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

Mat 23:38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

Next week Lord willing, we will start with the third visions regarding the plumbline.

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

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

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Nahum Part 10 – The Great Grasshoppers

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Nahum Part 10 – The Great Grasshopper

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Last week we reviewed the spiritual significance of cankerworms and their eventual transformation into moths. After the study there was great input in the discussion to follow that led me to retrace some steps and cover some additional points and have that in the study record for the benefit of all who may be led to read. Romans 1:20 and the truth of how the physical manifestation speaks to the spiritual reality is absolutely true and is utterly amazing when one begins to drill into specifics. So we are going to regroup around these two verses that reference cankerworms and moths before we move on.

Nah 3:15 There shall the fire devour thee; the sword shall cut thee off, it shall eat thee up like the cankerworm: make thyself many as the cankerworm, make thyself many as the locusts.

Nah 3:16 Thou hast multiplied thy merchants above the stars of heaven: the cankerworm spoileth, and flieth away.

The Lord of course is working all things and causes these cankerworms to manifest and multiply within us which represent our works of the flesh and our fornication with this world. We saw in an earlier study the word WORMS [H8438 “tola”] is the same word translated as “scarlet and crimson” and represents the mixture of red (old man Adam) and blue (new man Christ). Similar to the discussion thread on the email list regarding Jonah and the gourd; the Lord works this evil for our good and the end result will be the exposing of our self-exalted state so the Lord can burn it out of us.

Here is a synopsis of the “fall season cankerworm” (there is also a spring season) that reminds us what cankerworms do and their various stages of metamorphosis. Remember we are the trees of the field that bring forth vegetation for the Lord.

The fall cankerworm has four life stages, egg, caterpillar, pupa, moth (adult). The adult male is a small brown moth and the adult female grey, with reduced wings, and unable to fly…… Fall cankerworm tiny caterpillars emerge in the early spring when leaves just begin to open (around late February) and feed immediately. As a tree’s young leaves and buds are destroyed, plants may respond with new buds and leaves. Cankerworms generally don’t kill trees, but this defoliation can drain a tree of some of its energy and may make it weaker.

This is exactly what spiritual cankerworms do to the trees of the field. They eat our vegetation and weaken us and make us weary. This is the burden of Nineveh, the very title of this prophecy.  This is the heavy burden and oppressive yoke we bear until our baptism is complete and we enter into the true rest that remains for the people of God “is was and will be” every day of our lives.

The final stage of a cankerworm is a moth that flies away and that is exactly what Nahum prophesies regarding these cankerworms in our heavens in our day of the Lord. They spoil our vegetation we bring forth for the Lord, then fly away and still defile our heavens as we progress through our baptism. These spiritual moths while flying in our heavens do what moths do which is to eat and make holes in our spiritual clothing. This exposes our nakedness, the very purpose the Lord causing us to err from His ways and the moths defiling our garments. The saints of God will not be wearing defiled holey garments; they will be wearing the fine linen given them by enduring through this baptism. As Christ tells us, moths bring corruption versus the purity and cleanliness required by God. When we seek riches, which means knowledge that feeds the pride of our flesh, then those riches will corrupt and bring out the moths.  The moths will corrupt and spoil our wedding garments. The moths defile the treasures we lay up upon our earth.  Yet  we are told to lay up riches IN HEAVEN where the moth’s cannot corrupt them.

Mat 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

Mat 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

Iron is associated with the works of the flesh and our carnal state of mind. It is not usable in the service of God.   When combined with water (the Word) iron will rust and corrode much like the moths do to clothing. We are told these things to impart spiritual understanding.  The Word of God is pure and undefiled. When we are yet carnal, we will mix deep seated beliefs and thoughts that have the appearance of wisdom yet they exalt themselves against the Word. This makes us the adulterers that James says we are while already in the Body of Christ (Jam 4:4). The Lord uses the moths to expose us and eat up our garments of self-righteousness (Isa 64:6) and show us the vanity of using our supposedly godliness for gain.

Psa 39:11 When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah.

Moths are similar to the locusts which are false doctrines and lies that blot out the Truth but they do not swarm and are found in far fewer numbers. But as we have been discussing the moths represent a latter point in our maturity in the Lord and manifest when Christ brings the fire needed to make us into doers of the Word after having come into knowledge of the Truth.  Moths are the mixing of Truth with our carnal reasoning and this too must be purged via the progressive judgments of the Lord.

The dream is truly one. Moths and worms are all part of the same process of transformation.  This is our personal metamorphosis from a carnal sinful man to a spirit led man of Christ bearing fruit and maintaining good works.

Isa 51:7 Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.

Isa 51:8 For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be forever, and my salvation from generation to generation.

Moths easily creep in and defile our garments when we do not keep watch. Those in the Body with pure doctrines must be vigilant to work out their own salvation with fear and trembling and be like Paul and examine ourselves lest we be found a castaway. Only those with undefiled will walk in white wearing the white raiment of Christ. We must not forget how we have gotten to this point; we must hold fast our confession and DO THE WORD.

Rev 3:3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

Rev 3:4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

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

 The beast is still sitting on our throne when these moths are defiling and eating our garments.

The man that shows up at this feast not wearing the proper wedding garment (Mat 22:12) is not permitted to stay eating at the Lord’s Table. We must endure to the end and if we are not given to endure our circumcision (in earnest deposit), we will be made uncircumcision. Having been given such great knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of God, it is easy for us to not be aware of the worms and moths that can grow unheeded in our heavens and spoil our fruit for God. We best take heed not only to our doctrine but examine our walk often.

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?

The Lord uses the worms to expose our sinfulness and to humble us via judgment. We are covered with worms, they are our spiritual garments when we are puffed up in our hearts and self-exalted in the congregation of the saints.

 Isa 14:11 Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.

Isa 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

Isa 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

Bringing us to our wits end is the work of the worms in their various forms (Job 7:3-5). The cankerworm and the grasshoppers represent the later stages of our judgment necessary to complete the work of the Lord and mature us. When we come to see our inability to be holy and righteous on our own, then and only then does the Lord steps in to save us.

Isa 41:14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.

Isa 41:15 Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff.

The work of these spiritual bugs is to impede our walk and expose our nakedness which will be used of the Lord to humble us at the appointed times. We have to see that we truly are an “abomination of desolation” defiling the temple of God when we in our self-righteousness are sitting on the throne of our hearts. The Lord hardens our hearts through them to bring the trials of our faith and to teach us patience and usher in our own transformation or transfiguration.

2 Corinthians 3:18: But we all with unveiled face, beholding and reflecting like a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord Spirit.

With a more complete view of the cankerworm life cycle and spiritual purpose, let’s pick back up with Nahum 3:17 to complete today’s study.

Nah 3:17 Thy crowned are as the locusts, and thy captains as the great grasshoppers, which camp in the hedges in the cold day, but when the sun ariseth they flee away, and their place is not known where they are.

Interesting that again, this word for crowned is only found in Scripture this one time.

H4502, minnezâr, min-ez-awr’

From H5144; a prince: – crowned.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

The two horned religious beast of Revelation 13:11 that looks like a “lamb yet speaks like a dragon” is God’s Elect when we are crowned with our deep seated carnal beliefs and ways. The Lord uses all of this to cause us to separate ourselves from Him and to set up idols in our own heart that are then used to deceive us and hold us in bonds awaiting our day of the Lord (Eze 14:7-9). These idols are the captains or the thoughts that rule and reign over us until the fire comes to purge the heavens within.

Locusts in high numbers (swarms) blot out the Truth and keep us from seeing or understanding the Scriptures. In our days in the apostate churches that represent orthodoxy, the locusts are very many (Rev 9:16) and totally blot out the Truth and eat up any vegetation that may grow.

Exo 10:4 Else, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, tomorrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast:
Exo 10:5 And they shall cover the face of the earth, that one cannot be able to see the earth: and they shall eat the residue of that which is escaped, which remaineth unto you from the hail, and shall eat every tree which groweth for you out of the field:

So as adulterers and adulteresses (Jam 4:4) in the Body of Christ, we have made our princes that govern in our mind in this self-righteous state as the locusts. It is the same event just at a later time with differing details. Standing in true doctrine, we still mix truth with lies, allowing a little leaven to leaven the whole lump. We have not guarded or kept the gateways into our mind pure and undefiled. We ARE NOT KEEPING WATCH.

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

Mat 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

The carnal mind left to its innate natural devices will readily depart from following the Lord.  The carnal mind will quickly appoint that beast as the captain (the chief grasshopper) and we will unwittingly be led back into the ways of the world and not obey the command to be separated FROM this world within and without. Inwardly this is our tiring of the trials and tribulation of walking a narrow road. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak yet we must endure to yield the fruit unto salvation.

Gal 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Our old man aka carnal mind, will seek to hide from this blistering sun and get away from the heat, it is a natural carnal reaction of ALL FLESH. So it is within us even as we move on to maturity.

Num 14:2 And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!

Num 14:3 And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt?

Num 14:4 And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.

 This is how we can easily turn grace into lasciviousness even after knowing true doctrine and tasting of the heavenly gifts. The deceitfulness of our sin knows no bounds. We are given many examples of Israel falling down and being destroyed for our admonition today so we will learn this admonishment well. We must take heed and beware we do not depart from the living God. That is why we have a BODY and have this frequent fellowship because we must exhort one another daily and we are told why.

Heb 3:10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.

Heb 3:11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)

Heb 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

Heb 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

And if there is one takeaway I want all of us to get from the Nahum study it is this: We must endure; we must strive to the very end. Nobody has arrived.

Heb 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end;

The Lord often repeats His Words to us to get our attention and ensure we know the importance of His commandments. Here in Nahum 3:17 we get a double back to back repeated use of the Hebrew word “gob” that is translated as grasshopper.

Nah 3:17  Thy crowned are as the locusts, and thy captains as the great H1462 grasshoppers H1462, which camp in the hedges in the cold day, but when the sun ariseth they flee away, and their place is not known where they are.

The grasshoppers are of great significance and we best take heed and be watchmen on the wall examining ourselves for anything that operates in the kingdom of God within us that is contrary to sound doctrine or the Lord’s commands. Grasshoppers and locusts are nearly identical in the physical but there are some distinct differences.

The main difference is locusts swarm in huge numbers whereas grasshoppers are independent and loners. Locust also has the ability to cover much greater territory where grasshoppers are more localized. This fits well with the progression of our judgment. We have millions of locusts that swarm and block out the sun (Truth) when we are in Babylon and spending time under the influences of the world and its ways. But as we enter the Body, come into sound doctrine, the swarms are gone, we have Truth but we are yet carnal and immature and the Lord still has some things to deal with us and expose deep seated lies and carnal mindedness within us.

Rev 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

Rev 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Let’s recall the origins and use of this word for grasshopper. The word translated as grasshopper in Nahum is H1462 or “gob”. It is only found three times in Scripture twice in Nahum 3:17 and also in Amos 7:1

Total KJV Occurrences: 3

grasshoppers, 2

Amo_7:1, Nah_3:17

great, 1

Nah_3:17 (2)

Here is how H1462 is used in context in Amos 7:1.

Amo 7:1 Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me; and, behold, he formed grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and, lo, it was the latter growth after the king’s mowings.

So again we see the grasshoppers on the scene later in the maturation process than the locusts. This is something we live out while in the Body of Christ. So we see the grasshoppers within eating the green grass and consuming the immature crop of the land within us.

Amo 7:2  And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating the grass of the land, then I said, O Lord GOD, forgive, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.

Amos discusses with the Lord how Jacob (you and me) shall be saved and given to prosper. Then the Lord reveals the method and shows Amos the plumb line.  The Law of Christ is the measuring stick and holding us to that measure via judgment is how Jacob will be prospered and these high places we are making in our heavens with these grasshoppers will be made desolate.

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

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

 Amos 7:1 is merely a continuation of Amos 6 and we see the Lord declaring judgment on those that are in Zion but are at ease. We know Zion represents the Body of Christ and we can see it is those yet carnal that trust in the mountain of the flesh (Samaria) to whom this judgment is declared.

Amo 6:1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!

We also saw in Part 9 that the root word for H1462 links the grasshoppers to the word husbandmen.

H1461, gûb, goob

A primitive root; to dig: – husbandman.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

This root is only used this once place in 2 King 25:12 and is translated as husbandman

2Ki 25:12 But the captain of the guard left of the poor of the land to be vinedressers and husbandmen [H1461].

 A husbandman is simply an old name for one whose business is to cultivate the ground.  Husbandmen dig in the ground and the earth to tend fields and bring forth crops. The word “husbandmen” like all words of Scripture can either be positive or negative. God’s Elect are the Lord’s husbandmen, we are being given the keys to the kingdom of God and are given to tend the fields and bring in the harvest and to drink of the wine and eat of the grapes.

The story of Uzziah, a king of Israel, is a story of us who also are given a love for husbandry.

2Ch 26:9 Moreover Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the corner gate, and at the valley gate, and at the turning of the wall, and fortified them.

2Ch 26:10 Also he built towers in the desert, and digged many wells: for he had much cattle, both in the low country, and in the plains: husbandmen also, and vine dressers in the mountains, and in Carmel: for he loved husbandry.

But we get drunk with the vine of the vineyard. We wax fat of the cattle, the dream is one. We get puffed up initially in our work and we use our godliness for gain.

2Ch 26:15 And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented by cunning men, to be on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and great stones withal. And his name spread far abroad; for he was marvellously helped, till he was strong.

When we are weak, only then are we strong (2 Cor 12:10). But knowledge puffs up and the moths do indeed come and corrupt those riches.

2Ch 26:16 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense.

This first rejected anointed king within us will be completely cut off in the day of the Nahum prophesy and we will see the end of the matter next week in our last verse Lord willing.

It is in these later stages of maturity, where we are walking with sound doctrine in the Body, when the baptism of fire comes to us as Nahum describes. It is here that we have the law of Christ written on our hearts. That comes living through and enduring these fiery trials and having the new man come forth from the death and destruction of our carnal mind.

Jer 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Grasshoppers represent the idols of our hearts, the deep seated beliefs that are not many yet are giants of our carnality and false doctrines that need to be purged. They hide out in hedges and keep out of the sun because the Sun of Righteousness (Mal 4:2) would quickly expose them.  When the Sun rises within us, when Christ is resurrected with power, then the grasshoppers flee away and are no longer seen.

Having come through the flood already, we must still come through the fire. It will be like both the days of Noah (water) and the days of LOT (the fire). We are Noah and we too will begin to be “a husbandmen” and plant a vineyard as we wait further instruction and fiery judgment from the Lord as our grasshoppers and our inward nakedness is exposed by the fiery light of the Word.

Gen 9:20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:

Gen 9:21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

The crowned locusts are also the crown of pride that is worn by us, the drunkards of Ephraim, as our outward beauty fades away as these moths, worms and grasshoppers expose our sin and self-righteousness and eat up our clothing and devour the crop.

Isa 28:1 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!

God’s Elect are these shameful husbandmen who have wasted the fields and allowed these grasshoppers to invade the land and spoil. God’s Elect do this when we seek after our own gain and not that of our brothers and sisters.

Joe 1:10 The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth.

Joe 1:11 Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished.

Jesus Christ gave us some parables that speak of this same process likened to a husbandman tending to a vineyard of His Master. We will review the Luke version for brevity sake.

Luk 20:9 Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time.

Our earth is the vineyard and we as a babe in Christ are the husbandmen tasked with tending to the Lord’s crop.

Luk 20:10 And at the season he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty.

In due season, i.e. harvest time, the Lord sends His servants to us asking for the fruit but we do violence to the Word and send the servant away empty as we ourselves have been emptied by these insects and have no lasting fruit to give. The process repeats itself three times with the same result, no fruit and our mistreating His servants (not obeying God 1 Joh 5:3).

Luk 20:11 And again he sent another servant: and they beat him also, and entreated him shamefully, and sent him away empty.

Luk 20:12 And again he sent a third: and they wounded him also, and cast him out.

Finally the Lord sends Christ and His Army that brings the baptism of fire. Certainly we will fear Him when we see Him?

Luk 20:13 Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him.

But no, we will go beyond what is written and reason in our heavens that we can keep the old man alive and still honor God and reap the inheritance. We can cloth ourselves, call ourselves by His Name and we get to eat at His altar we will reason.

Luk 20:14 But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, This is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.

So we kill Christ within us and cast lots for His clothing through the lies and vanity of being carnally minded.

Luk 20:15 So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them?

But thankfully, the Lord Himself comes with flaming vengeance to render recompense and take back His temple and His vineyard. The first husbandman is destroyed as are the grasshoppers in the Lord’s fury for His Temple.

Luk 20:16 He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid.

Spiritual grasshoppers hide from the bright sun and hide out in the hedges, the cold places on the mountain. This is where we drift in the Body, we don’t maintain fervent fellowship and we just want to warm ourselves by the fire that is “Christ”. When these great grasshoppers are manifesting in our walk we will seek to separate from the Body because we cannot stand the heat. The spoken Word of Truth is uncomfortable when we harbor ungodly thoughts and actions. Our natural reaction is to begin to separate because “the heat of the sun is uncomfortable”. When the heat of the Word rises up, we as carnal men flee away from that heat.

Isa 33:3 At the noise of the tumult the people fled; at the lifting up of thyself the nations were scattered.

Isa 33:4 And your spoil shall be gathered like the gathering of the caterpiller: as the running to and fro of locusts shall he run upon them.

It is what the carnal man/mind does when the Sun is shining the heat of “that day” upon us.  As the tables are turned, these devourers are devoured, the spoilers are spoiled. In the same way the locusts and caterpillars gathered unto us, we shall be gathered back.

Conclusion

It takes a repeated process of falling down and being scourged by the Lord’s grace to purify our heavens. The king of the bottomless pit and his sibling is our beast and neither easily departs and this is all by design of our Maker. When salvation has come to the house of the Lord, there will be no doubt who has done this marvelous thing. Like Jonah we learn this the hard way and are brought to our wits end in the belly of the beast.

Jon 2:9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.

Jon 2:10 And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.

And like Jonah who was sent to prophesy to Nineveh as was Nahum, we too will be dealt with for our self-righteousness. The Lord will use worms, moths, caterpillars, locusts and grasshoppers in their varied metamorphosis states to accomplish His fury within us and usher in our salvation. This process is, was and will be until the third day and we are in resurrected bodies.

I hope you have been edified and coming to see the Lord’s continued work in us via judgment well after we have come to the knowledge of Truth. The fact is our being dragged to Christ is only the beginning of our day of the Lord not the end. That process of cutting off the old and purifying the heavens and the earth continues to the last day we shed these clay vessels.  Paul’s Words have taken on greater significance to me as we abide in the fire that is Christ the Word.

2Ti 4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

2Ti 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

2Ti 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

And Paul goes on to tell us that not many have remained faithful, even Demas and Titus had forsaken the Body and only Luke is still with him in the one mind of Christ. All this bad stuff we have been studying must be endured. We must keep the faith all the way to the end.

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

Next week the Book will be complete as we cover the final two verses.

Nah 3:18 Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria: thy nobles shall dwell in the dust: thy people is scattered upon the mountains, and no man gathereth them.
Nah 3:19 There is no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?

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Nahum Part 9 – You Are Yet Carnal

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Nahum Part 9 – You Are Yet Carnal

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We are going to learn about cankerworms and grasshoppers in this study and learn their association and role of us (God’s Elect) in our immature, puffed up, attention seeking state, hearing but not doing the Word. This is our yet carnal Corinthian state where we have been given the things of Christ but have not yet exercised them through the trials to learn to be a doer of the Word and produce the righteousness of the Lord, the fine white linen. We are still waiting for this baptism of fire to work its work in us.

1Co 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

1Co 1:7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:

We always put these verses on those carnal people over there in the orthodox harlot churches and forget all about “Mystery Babylon” WITHIN. This is the Babylon that is inside of us, it is stamped on the harlot’s head, whose head is the head of the beast (Rev 17:13), that we all are as carnal men and women.

Rev 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

Yet we know our baptism with fire, the second coming of Christ for salvation apart from sin (Heb 9:28), will not come until we see ourselves for what we truly are in these vessels of clay.

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.

I suspect Paul had a hard time getting this point across to the church at Thessalonica as he infers they have been told of this before and should remember as it applies to the Body of Christ.

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

This state of being is the epitome of our worshipping the image of the carnal and fleshly beast that all men are (Ecc 3:18). As foolish as it seems to the natural man, the way the Lord saves us from our sins, is to first cause us to err from His ways (Isa 63:17) which means to sin. He then uses that occasion to bring judgment to our heavens and earth by way of the implanted Word as the end of our carnal age has come. Those of us that do not obey the Word which is ALL MEN, are judged in “that day” which is also known as the last day or as the sum of thy Word tells us, the end of the age or AION.

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

We are taught by experience by which a loving Father chastens us via the fiery judgments of His Word when we miss the mark and sin. Another way of saying this is: “our own wickedness is used to correct us” (Jer 2:19). The Lord manifests evil from the rod of the Assyrian or Babylonian king within us to wreak havoc to the hypocritical nation we have become hearing but not doing (1 Ki 10:5-6). To become like our Lord we must learn good and evil and the only way we learn is through experience. That experience is obtained by going through this judgment that must come first on the house of the Lord.

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.

We ended Nahum Part 8 with verse thirteen and we need to keep the same context as we continue this week’s study.

Nah 3:13 Behold, thy people in the midst of thee are women: the gates of thy land shall be set wide open unto thine enemies: the fire shall devour thy bars.

Fire has “suddenly” come to devour the strongholds (bars) of the flesh. These bars represent our carnality. These bars are the chains that keep us in bondage to our flesh and the principles of this world being carnal babes in Christ. We show up in the Body as babes despite what we may think otherwise and we have a lot of burning out to do to become the mature man in Christ.

Galatians 4:3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:

This is where we sit in the shadow of death, being carnally minded (Rom 8:6) bound by these bars of the flesh and being both a rebel and a hypocrite and not obeying the Lord. We also saw last week the shaking of the fig trees by a mighty wind that represents our immaturity in the Lord, being a babe and being yet carnal. The lasting fruit that remains is not produced until after we endure through our baptism with fire.

Heb 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

Christ chooses us and appears to us to teach us righteousness and make us into fruit producing trees whose fruit can easily withstand the storms of life (Joh 15:16). Disciples indeed are those who produce such fruit but to be such a disciple we must continue, which means to abide in His Word and not our carnal mindedness i.e. DYING TO SELF.

Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue [Doer of the Word] in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

When our vessel of clay is being remade, the entire foundations on which we stand are being completely done over. Instead of trusting in the carnal mind and the principles of the world we are taught to walk only by faith in the Word and to not even think above what is written (1 Cor 4:6). This is the baptism of fire that brings forth a new man and it is accomplished on the Lord’s coming this second time to Nineveh.

As we live through the prophecy of this book of Nahum, our faith will be growing and we are beginning to acknowledge in deed and in Word that the Lord is really the Lord and apart from Him we can do nothing. Here are the four verses we will cover today. It will take another segment to complete the final two verses of the book and provide a summary and conclusion to this very interesting and detailed prophecy we all live by at the appointed times.

Nah 3:14 Draw thee waters for the siege, fortify thy strong holds: go into clay, and tread the morter, make strong the brickkiln.

Nah 3:15 There shall the fire devour thee; the sword shall cut thee off, it shall eat thee up like the cankerworm: make thyself many as the cankerworm, make thyself many as the locusts.

Nah 3:16 Thou hast multiplied thy merchants above the stars of heaven: the cankerworm spoileth, and flieth away.

Nah 3:17 Thy crowned are as the locusts, and thy captains as the great grasshoppers, which camp in the hedges in the cold day, but when the sun ariseth they flee away, and their place is not known where they are.

Doing these studies has given me a much greater appreciation for patience and how we are made to wait on Him to accomplish His work in us. We all want to be delivered fully right now but the Lord makes us wait.

Psa 40:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

Psa 40:2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

Rom 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

This study is focused on the less attractive side of God’s Word, the judgments of the old man and our carnal way of life. Nobody’s flesh is going to like this process it is indeed torment.   It pains us when we fall down and still sin, missing the mark of the higher calling. As Ezekiel tells us, this is the mark of a godly man that groans and sighs over the abominations committed in the city within us.

Eze 9:4 And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

Yet we press on, we get right back up (Pro 26:16) because we are not saved by our performance, we are saved by HOPE. So before we get into the study verses, I wanted to give some encouragement because I know we all struggle with our failures and we want to be delivered of all of our enemies immediately.

Rom 8:24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

We must wait on salvation because otherwise we get puffed up even more than we already will. The carnal thoughts and lust we wage war against in our members, are only delivered into our hands little by little lest the beast that “was, is not and yet is” would take credit for it (Exo 23:29-30). At the heart of this process is us coming to see our truly wretched position without Christ working in us. Coming to the conclusion we truly are vile and wicked and being able to say what Paul quipped “oh wretched man that I am”, takes many trials and falling down into sin, erring from the Lord’s ways.

Enduring through this war, the process of our judgment and being tormented is how the old man is decreased and the new man is increased. This is the patience of saints and how we are caused to keep His commandments as our judgment progresses.

Rev 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Let’s look now at the individual verses.

Nah 3:14 Draw thee waters for the siege, fortify thy strong holds: go into clay, and tread the morter, make strong the brickkiln.

The fury of the Lord is accomplished via the remaking of the marred vessel of clay that was created for the very purpose of being destroyed and remade (Jer 18:4, Rom 8:20). This remaking of the vessel from the one lump of clay is exactly what we are studying in Nahum.  First, the vessel of dishonor and then the remaking of us into the vessel of honor from the SAME lump (Isa 64:8, Rom 9:21).

As in the days of Noah, the end comes by a flood sweeping away the wicked and leaving only the righteous behind. Nahum is calling for the waters of the siege to be prepared.

Gen 6:17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and everything that is in the earth shall die.

The water and the fire are both needed to reshape and reform clay and is likened to the days of Noah and also the days of Lot.   The baptism of water washes away the false doctrines and carnality and the baptism of fire makes us doers of the Word.

Luk 17:26  And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:

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

Luk 17:28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;

Luk 17:29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

Luk 17:30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

 These are baptisms of both water and fire yet they are the One Baptism. The washing of the temple/us by the Word and the fire and brimstone represented by our baptism in fire.

Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

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

The Lord uses and sends His Body to be the saviors of the world (Obe 1:21) that speak His Word (Jer 5:14) doing the greater works of God (Joh 14:12). “Christ” is sent to the clay vessels prepared ahead of time (the lost sheep of Israel) and this brings the hail that causes the overflowing of the waters that consume the old man.

Isa 28:2 Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand.

The house of the Lord must be built from within us as we are His temple (1 Cor 3:17). This requires the clay to be treaded with water and fire (heat).  The old walls must be demolished and everything is to be made new (Rev 21:5). There will be nobody found to repair the broken walls of “spiritual Babylon”, that great mother of harlots” within.  When the fire comes, this wound is indeed grievous and the old man shall not recover.

Eze 22:28 And her prophets have daubed them with untempered morter, seeing vanity, and divining lies unto them, saying, Thus saith the Lord GOD, when the LORD hath not spoken.

Eze 22:29 The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully.

Eze 22:30 And I sought for a man among them that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.

The walls of the true temple are built by the Israel of God as the story of Nehemiah illustrates in type and shadow. The waste places are rebuilt by the flesh of Jesus Christ, His Body. Jesus Christ is the one who draws the water from His well of living waters. These waters are drawn by the preaching of His Elect, who are His ambassadors (Rom 10:15). Out of our bellies will flow these waters and through them will salvation come to the Gentiles within and without at the appointed times.

Joh 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

The spoken Word will knock down and make breaches in the fleshly bars and walls we previously built in our false security thinking we have already arrived. These breaches enable the enemy to come in and be used of the Lord to destroy the wicked within us before they are in turn destroyed.

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  he 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.

Christ both wounds and heals, He destroys and He rebuilds.

Isa 58:11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

Isa 58:12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.

The word for bricklin has its root the Hebrew word “Laban” which is H3835 which has this definition in Strong’s.

A primitive root; to be (or become) white; also (as denominative from H3843) to make bricks: – make brick, be (made, make) white (-r).

The fields are indeed white and ripe for the harvest at this stage of our walk; Christ has come with fire and with an army or laborers within OURSELVES and within the Body of Christ and the reaping of the harvest is underway.

Joh 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

Nah 3:15 There shall the fire devour thee; the sword shall cut thee off, it shall eat thee up like the cankerworm: make thyself many as the cankerworm, make thyself many as the locusts.

Cankerworms are voracious eating insects that start out as caterpillars and through a four step process morph into voracious eating moths that fly away as adults. This definition of natural cankerworms gives a good overview of what “spiritual cankerworms” also do.

“Spring and fall cankerworms are long-standing forest and shade-tree pests that defoliate forests. Both complete their life cycle by developing in four distinct phases: eggs, larvae (caterpillar), pupae (cocoon) and adults. Cankerworms are defoliating pests of many tree species especially hardwoods.”

The word translated cankerworm is the Strong’s word H3218 “yeleq”. It is always either translated as cankerworm or as caterpillars, which is one of the forms a cankerworm has during its life cycle.

 H3218

yeleq

Total KJV Occurrences: 9

cankerworm, 6

Joe_1:4 (2), Joe_2:25, Nah_3:15-16 (3)

caterpillars, 3

Psa_105:34, Jer_51:14, Jer_51:27

We can quickly see the commonality in how the Lord uses this word. The context of these worms or caterpillars is always the judgment of Babylon and the great harlot within us. Here we are again puffed up, in need of nothing thinking our godliness is a means for gain. The Lord fills us with these caterpillars that are used to bring the fire of the sword upon us.

Jer 51:13 O thou that dwellest upon many waters, abundant in treasures, thine end is come, and the measure of thy covetousness.

Jer 51:14 The LORD of hosts hath sworn by himself, saying, Surely I will fill [fill Adam] thee with men, as with caterpillers; and they shall lift up a shout against thee.

We saw in an earlier segment the word for “scarlet” is also used for worms and tell us of this raging war between the flesh and spirit, the red of Adam versus the blue of Christ.

Cankerworms and caterpillars bring the tainting of our thoughts by the mixing of the two and this is when we are living through the torment in the presence of the Lamb (Rev 14:11). We see the three stages of judgment represented also in the Words of the Lord in Mark chapter nine applying to the cleansing of our way of life, represented by our hands, our feet and our eyes. It is always better to cut off or pluck out the offending limb rather than stay in this “eternal” or better said age abiding torment. Thrice the Lord tells us this about the war raging in our heavens in the days of our judgment.

Mar 9:45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

Mar 9:46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

The fire will keep burning, the strife and inner torment will continue until this wood, OUR CARNALITY is burned out of us.

Pro 26:20 Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.

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.

Consistent with the theme of our immaturity, we are not gathering fruit or drinking wine of the increase of our work for the Lord when it is mixed with our fleshly and carnal ways. The cankerworms worms are eating it up!

Deu 28:39 Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them.

Psa 78:46 He gave also their increase unto the caterpiller, and their labour unto the locust.

Joe 1:4 That which the palmerworm hath left hath 1) the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath 2) the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath 3) the caterpiller eaten

I saw something very interesting I had not seen before in preparing this study. Three is the number for spiritual completion in Scripture. The locusts, the cankerworm and the caterpillar all represent differing degrees of our judgment and our spiritual completion. Specifically the cankerworm and the caterpillar are a later and more mature judgment of the Lord that we live out after already knowing true doctrine and already have come of out the Orthodox churches. The Lord’s people that come out of her are the ones that get a double portion of judgment (Rev 18:6, Jer 16:18)

We are already in the Body of Christ, the church of the living God, when we live thru this second baptism of fire. We take the Truth and work the earth ourselves being yet carnal [Cain], and it is the fruit of that increase we are initially unable to reap. We, like Noah, having come thru the flood get drunk from the fruit of our own vineyard.  We all are made drunkards as we work the earth.

Gen 9:20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:

Gen 9:21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

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.

We come into the Body yet carnal and immature, untested by the fire. I am making no judgment on anyone in particular in the Body except for my own self.

The cankerworms spoil the crop and vegetation brought forth for the Lord and later on the caterpillars eat even what is left over. These three stages of voracious insects devouring the crop is 1) our time in Orthodoxy or Babylon, 2) our carnal Corinthian days in the Body coming behind in no gift and 3) our day of the Lord that brings us to maturity and a perfect man in Christ that bears fruit that remains.

Trees represent men in Scripture and we will see a big nugget next week in closing the book of  Nahum, about “the trees of the field and the clapping of our hands”. Being untested in the fire, our green leaves that bud forth (mixture of heavenly blue and leprous yellow) will not remain but will fade away like a leaf.

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.

Isa 1:30 For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.

Contrast this situation with the mature man in Christ that has been proven by trials having endured through the fiery trials.

Psa 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

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.

So while locust represents lies and false doctrines that block out the truth and keep us is in spiritual darkness, before we are given eyes to see and ears to hear; the cankerworms and the caterpillars do something similar but at a more mature stage of our walk. They keep us fornicating with the world in our heavens, mixing our new founded truth with deep seated carnal reasoning. Cankerworms are carnal thoughts, lies and false doctrines even “spiritual chariots” we ride on that result in and consume our immature work in the Lord.

Thankfully these spoilers themselves end up getting spoiled. The devourers are themselves devoured after the Lord has used them to accomplish His purposes. We looked some at this mystery in Part six entitled the “Devouring the Devourers” (Jer 30:16, Pro 22:22-23). The carnal mind and the head of the beast is being cut off. The devourer will be devoured as salvation comes to the house of the Lord and we grow fruit that actually remains.

Mal 3:11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.

Let’s look at one more nugget here in verse fifteen of the two sides of the sword of the Lord.

Nah 3:15 There shall the fire devour thee; the sword shall cut thee off, it shall eat thee up like the cankerworm: make thyself many [H3513] as the cankerworm, make thyself many [H3513] as the locusts.

The phrase found twice in this verse “make thyself many” comes from this Hebrew word H3513 and that translation only done here in Nahum really obscures the meaning as seen below in looking at the KJC.

 H3513

kabab  /  kâbêd

Total KJV Occurrences: 115

honour, 23

heavy, 16

honourable, 13

glorify, 7

glorified, 6

glorious, 5

hardened, 5

honoured, 5

honoureth, 4

heavier, 3

promote, 3

sore, 3

chargeable, 2

many, 2 – Nah_3:15

abounding, 1

afflict, 1

boast, 1

bring, 1

dim, 1

get, 1

glorifieth, 1

glory, 1

grievous, 1

grievously, 1

harden, 1

heavily, 1

honourest, 1

It really has the meaning of heavy or heaviness in the negative and honor and glorified in the positive. Since we are dealing with a negative context, i.e. the judgment of the old man, here are some verses speaking on that context that use this same word and here it is “heavy”. The cankerworms and locusts are very many and the totality of these lies causes us to miss the mark and sin. This makes us “heavy” spiritually speaking.

Isa 24:20 The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy [H3513] upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again.

Isa 6:10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy [H3513], and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.

Multiplying the merchants above the stars of heaven, is putting the lies above truth and failing to keep watch over the flock of the Lord. Like these insects which eat physical crops, we quickly multiply our carnal reasoning’s in this war to keep the old man alive and the beast sitting on the throne of our hearts. Seeking to save our life is a sure way to lose out on eternal life [knowing Christ and His Father]. But natural reasoning beasts will do anything, even making their own bread and making their own clothing to wrest away the judgment of God.

Isa 4:1 And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.

Knowing the Truth but not yet doing the Truth, we sit down at the wedding feast but we are not yet properly clothed and have some torment to endure in outer darkness. Not just anyone can come to the feast; we must be of the very few called, chosen AND FAITHFUL (Rev 17:14) and be given to endure through this fiery process.

Mat 22:12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

Mat 22:13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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

The same word “kabab” was in last week’s study as the word honorable in a positive way.

Nah 3:10 Yet was she carried away, she went into captivity: her young children also were dashed in pieces at the top of all the streets: and they cast lots for her honourable [H3513] men, and all her great men were bound in chains.

 What this shows us is the other side of the two edged sword. The process of the old man being made “heavy” and multiplying lies and wearing defiled self- righteous garments is how the Lord is glorified IN US and how we are made to be His Honorable men. Here is yet another use of this same word kabab often translated as “glorify”.

Isa 24:15 Wherefore glorify [H3513] ye the LORD in the fires, even the name of the LORD God of Israel in the isles of the sea.

Nah 3:16 Thou hast multiplied thy merchants above the stars of heaven: the cankerworm spoileth, and flieth away.

He who exalts himself shall be humbled and this will be you and me and all men at their appointed time. The pride of man likes to be seen, heard or thought of highly by other men.   We all will do this even if secretly in our own mind and we will be humbled by the chopping down of our prideful tree.

Isa 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

Yet Christ says His Word and our doing it will not make us popular. Woe unto us when all men speak well of us! The worst harlots and offenders are God’s sons who are judged to a higher standard since they have been given much and thus much more shall be expected.  There is a reason Hosea was told to go marry a harlot!  Remember the Bible is written to and about the people of God, the Body of Christ. Here is what James has to say to us, the church of God, knowing the Truth but not obeying the Truth.

Jas 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

Jas 4:5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?

 The Lord response to our sin is “to crank up grace”, the furnace of affliction.

 Jas 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

Knowledge of the true doctrines of Christ will inevitably puff us up. The pride of man cannot help but to exalt himself based on these riches and treasures. But such a man cannot enter the kingdom of God. We first learn these verses as applying to physical money but they apply so much more broadly. Seeking to be seen as righteous in the congregation is seeking riches.

Mat 19:24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

1Ti 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

The cankerworms are given us for judgment to burn these lusts out of us by eating our harvest and spoiling the carnal Corinthian. In due time we will cease from seeking after such folly. We all go through the learning and maturing process and that is through this furnace of affliction. With new ears and eyes, we will seek riches as that bring glory to the carnally minded. We will dig for knowledge in the vineyard and naturally think our godliness is a means for gain and we will wax rich.   This is the merchandising the harlot Mystery Babylon is insidiously good at doing.

Rev 18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

Nah 3:4 Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts.

Our goal once in the truth should be contentment and to wait upon the Lord who in due time will lift us up as His will has determined. He is the HEAD of His own church!

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

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

The cankerworms once hatched and after eating up the crop, will multiply greatly and take flight in our heavens and will continue to impede our maturation. These must be purged from the heavens and these flyers must themselves be devoured. The Lord will humble us and burn out of us the desire to be rich and be wise in our own eyes. Our carnal mind will get the best of us when we seek riches to bring glory to ourselves. There is an interesting link between seeking riches and flying high like an eagle toward heaven.

Pro 23:4 Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.

Pro 23:5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.

I had wanted so badly to get through verse 17 this week and complete the review of the insects in one study, but we must wait until next week to cover this verse and the final two in the Book of Nahum.

Nah 3:17 Thy crowned are as the locusts, and thy captains as the great grasshoppers, which camp in the hedges in the cold day, but when the sun ariseth they flee away, and their place is not known where they are.

We will see that grasshoppers are similar but not exactly the same bug as locusts and are indeed different than cankerworms. This applies in the natural as well as the spiritual as I hope to make clear in the next study. Just to plant a seed that will be covered in more detail let’s quickly review the definition and use of the word translated as grasshoppers and its root word.

The word translated as grasshopper in Nahum is H1462 or “gob”. It is only found three times in Scripture twice in Nahum 3:17 and also in Amos 7:1

Total KJV Occurrences: 3

grasshoppers, 2

Amo_7:1, Nah_3:17

great, 1

Nah_3:17 (2)

Amo 7:1 Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me; and, behold, he formed grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and, lo, it was the latter growth after the king’s mowings.

The latter growth represents our more mature stages in our day of the Lord we will study out next week.  But the word for grasshopper has as its root H1461.  This is a real nugget. Here is the root word and its usage only one time in all of Scripture.

H1461, gûb, goob

A primitive root; to dig: – husbandman.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

This root is only used this once place in 2 King 25:12 and is translated as husbandman

2Ki 25:12 But the captain of the guard left of the poor of the land to be vinedressers and husbandmen [H1461].

 So there is a real gem in seeing that grasshoppers tie directly to being a husbandmen. Here is the definition of a husbandman from Easton’s Bible Dictionary.

Husbandman (NOUN): One whose business it is to cultivate the ground. It was one of the first occupations, and was esteemed most honourable ( Genesis 9:20 Genesis 26:12 Genesis 26:14 37:7 , etc.). All the Hebrews, except those engaged in religious services, were husbandmen.

So the word “husbandmen” like all words of Scripture can be either positive or negative. God’s Elect are the Lord’s husbandmen, we are being given the keys to the kingdom of God and are given to tend the fields and bring in the harvest and to drink of the wine and eat of the grapes.

We will see more confirmation that this time in our walk, the enduring of the baptism of fire, comes when we are in the Body as a yet carnal Corinthian coming behind in no gifts. Here we know true doctrine yet still cannot apply it consistently and are often mixing with the world and having a hard time coming out and being separated and touching not the unclean within specifically. We have a form of godliness but without the power thereof.

Grasshoppers represent our time of being puffed up, an eagle high in the tree, where we lust for knowledge and seek the riches of the kingdom ahead of being a doer of the Word that is obedient to the Lord’s commandments.

With that teaser, we will end this installment of the Book of Nahum. Lord willing, we will be able to complete the prophecy next week in ten parts.

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Nahum Part 8 – Shaking by a Mighty Wind

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We ended last week with verse seven where our despicable spiritual condition has been made known and we have become a gazing stock.

Nah 3:6 And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazingstock.

Nah 3:7 And it shall come to pass, that all they that look upon thee shall flee from thee, and say, Nineveh is laid waste: who will bemoan her? whence shall I seek comforters for thee?

When we see our despicable spiritual condition, we flee to the mountains to hide out and try to escape the wrath that has befallen our old man and carnal way of life. Everything we knew or thought we knew is turned on its head in this ongoing “is, was and will be” process until we come to the mature man in Christ. The mighty wind, the Spirit of God, is sweeping across the face of the earth and its waters (Gen 1:2-3) as “light is called out of darkness”.

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.

Rev 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

Rev 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

We saw the call to “stand stand” and repent of our wicked ways in Nahum 2:8 but we are not standing at first. We flee to the safety of the crowd but the Lord searches us out.

Jer 46:20 Egypt is like a very fair heifer, but destruction cometh; it cometh out of the north.

Jer 46:21 Also her hired men are in the midst of her like fatted bullocks; for they also are turned back, and are fled away together: they did not stand, because the day of their calamity was come upon them, and the time of their visitation.

The words of Nahum speak of the same judgment, the same process by which Jesus Christ is revealed in us. The end of the old and ushering in of the new comes with this war and it comes by a flood of lies and false words that come against the house we first build on the sand of our self-righteousness when we hear but do not do the Word.

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.

Yet thankfully the Lord comes the second time and the day of the Lord is at hand and judgment is now on the house of God. It is vengeance for His Temple (1 Pet 4:17, 1 Cor 3:16). Here are the verses for today which will allow us to finish the Nahum study in nine installments and render a conclusion of the entire book next week Lord willing.

Nah 3:8 Art thou better than populous No, that was situate among the rivers, that had the waters round about it, whose rampart was the sea, and her wall was from the sea?

Nah 3:9 Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was infinite; Put and Lubim were thy helpers.

Nah 3:10 Yet was she carried away, she went into captivity: her young children also were dashed in pieces at the top of all the streets: and they cast lots for her honourable men, and all her great men were bound in chains.

Nah 3:11 Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt be hid, thou also shalt seek strength because of the enemy.

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.

Nah 3:13 Behold, thy people in the midst of thee are women: the gates of thy land shall be set wide open unto thine enemies: the fire shall devour thy bars.

Let us also remind ourselves that the wisdom of Christ is foolishness to the natural “carnal” man (1 Cor 2:14). All this wrath coming against us and our old man and his wicked ways is actually the blessing of the Lord.

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

No man enters into Christ any other way. The writing of the law of Christ on our hearts, comes not by us inviting Christ into our hearts, but by the Lord bringing fiery trials to us and pouring out wrath upon our wicked carnal ways.

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.

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:

No man is able to obey the Lord until the Lord causes it to happen and that only happens by us DOING (living through) these very judgments we are reading about.

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.

Being brought to our wits ends requires all that we thought we knew to be shown for what it is i.e. (lies). We must go through this raging sea of our carnal mind in search of the truth in order for Christ to appear in the cloud that is “His Christ”.

Luk 21:22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled….

Luk 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

Luk 21:26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

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

Luk 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

And how are we redeemed? We need not speculate ( Exo 6:6, Mat 19:28, etc).

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

Here is our first verse to dig a little deeper.

Nah 3:8 (NKJV) Are you better than No Amon That was situated by the River, That had the waters around her, Whose rampart was the sea, Whose wall was the sea?

Despite what the thoughts of a carnal mind will tell us, there is no safety in numbers in escaping from God’s wrath against sin. Following the crowd is what flesh does to feel safe but it is no defense for our disobedience and the wrath of God that comes in our day of the Lord.

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

Wresting judgment, the very thing that redeems us and blesses the new man, is what flesh will always think is right.

Isa 31:1 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!

The mind of the whore of Babylon is to trust in the safety of numbers and the billions they deceive by the two hundred million lies (Rev 9:16). But as we have seen time and time again it is a false peace that will suddenly be shattered when Christ comes to make war and brings a sword.

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

Mat 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

Jer 51:8 Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed.

The sea is the wall of flesh that we trust in. We may know true doctrine but when the rubber meets the road we being yet carnal fall back and rely on the instincts of the flesh and all that we learn in Egypt. That wall falls as we saw in earlier studies because it is built with untampered mortar of slime, our filthy self-righteous works (Eze 13:10, Isa 64:6) and not the Word of Truth.

Nahum exposes this false security by asking if we are better than those in No Ammon which represents those that trust in the reasoning’s of the carnal mind and not the Word. The harlot like the people of No, sits on many waters which represent the flesh of all of mankind.

Rev 17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

The strength of the harlot is the flesh and the carnal mind. The waters of the sea, which represent the flesh, are seemingly bottomless and this is where the seed of our father, the devil, lives deep in the DNA of these marred vessels of clay.

Rev 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

Only the Lord can draw out Leviathan and bring salvation by slaying the great dragon within.

Job 41:1 Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down

Isa 27:1 In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.

The Lord of course causes all things, even our days appointed in Nineveh and even putting Leviathan into this sea of the flesh to play. Seeing the works of the Lord, the wonder in the deep is very liberating.

Psa 104:24 O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.

Psa 104:25 So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.

Psa 104:26 There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.

Psa 107:24 These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.

Our strength or rampart is the sea when spiritually we are in Nineveh. This word rampart comes from a word Steven reviewed in his Proverbs 31 (Link at end) study that means host or army.

H2426, chêyl    chêl, khale, khale

A collateral form of H2428; an army; also (by analogy) an intrenchment: – army, bulwark, host, + poor, rampart, trench, wall.

Total KJV occurrences: 8

The root of which comes from H2428 meaning a force and also includes the word translated as virtuous. As that study shows, we see that this force, this army, is associated with the word “pain” and in particular the context of childbirth, patience and coming through the whirlwind of  judgement.

Nah 3:9 Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, And it was boundless; Put and Lubim were your helpers.

God’s people are called to truly be separate. Yet it takes us much travailing to learn these truths and become obedient. Our linkage to Egypt and the ways of the world run very deep.

No Amon (Ammon) is a place on the Nile River, also called Thebes, which was said to be the capital of Upper Egypt. These locations named here all pertain back to the land of Ham, Noah’s son, who was cursed for exposing the nakedness of his father.

Psa 105:23 Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.

We first come see the power of the Lord in the land of Ham.

Psa 105:27 They shewed his signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham.

Ethiopia comes from the Hebrew word Cush who was the son of Ham. Put is also a son of Ham and is what is translated as Libya in modern English (Gen 10:6). The word Lubim also ties to Ham and to Libya and is defined in Strong’s as follows.

H3864,  lûbı̂y   lûbbı̂y, loo-bee’, loob-bee’

Partial from a name probably derived from an unused root meaning to thirst, that is, a dry region; apparently a Libyan or inhabitant of interior Africa (only in plural): – Lubim (-s), Libyans.

I live in Africa and I will attest it is dry here. But in the spiritual, dryness refers to the absence of God’s rain, the doctrines and dew that drip from the heavens and water the earth. Dryness brings famine, parches the land and hinders the crops and trees from bearing fruit in seasons. Land that is dry is easily set ablaze and burned by fire as I have witnessed my first summer in Africa. These realities in the natural tell us in type and shadow how it works in the spiritual.

Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Via Nahum, the Lord is speaking to His Elect here in the whirlwind of our judgment. Now is that judgment on the house of God. Nahum is comparing us to the history of No Amon which was a very populated place in the world at that time. The references do not make much sense on the surface. How is a place surrounded by water, situated next to “the River” as some translations define it, given strength and helped by these four named places that are considered dry regions and devoid of green things?

The Lord destroys the old man within us, saving the remnant, Christ in us. He does this by turning those that trust in Egypt and its idols over to the king of Babylon within us. This is the occasion that brings judgment through the fire that is in our heavens.

Jer 46:25 The LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saith; Behold, I will punish the multitude of No, and Pharaoh, and Egypt, with their gods, and their kings; even Pharaoh, and all them that trust in him:

Jer 46:26 And I will deliver them into the hand of those that seek their lives, and into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of his servants: and afterward it shall be inhabited, as in the days of old, saith the LORD.

The two hundred million lies of our carnally minded father the devil (Joh 8:44), are the innumerable grasshoppers/ locusts that cause us to err from the Lord’s ways and then endure wrath as we endure the death that is the wages of sin.

Jer 46:22 The voice thereof shall go like a serpent; for they shall march with an army, and come against her with axes, as hewers of wood.

Jer 46:23 They shall cut down her forest, saith the LORD, though it cannot be searched; because they are more than the grasshoppers, and are innumerable

Here is a second witness to how this multitude of No is cutoff in that day.

Eze 30:10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also make the multitude of Egypt to cease by the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon.

Eze 30:14 And I will make Pathros desolate, and will set fire in Zoan, and will execute judgments in No.

Eze 30:15 And I will pour my fury upon Sin, the strength of Egypt; and I will cut off the multitude of No.

When we see Jerusalem surrounded by armies of  flesh, when we see our innate helpless state incapable of obeying God after having fallen down seven times, then salvation has come.

Today is the day of our salvation. We best not receive the grace of God in vain but step up and separate from the heathen and unbelieving. This applies within and without.

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?

Here is our next verses

Nah 3:10 Yet she was carried away, She went into captivity; Her young children also were dashed to pieces At the head of every street; They cast lots for her honorable men, And all her great men were bound in chains.

Nah 3:11 Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt be hid, thou also shalt seek strength because of the enemy.

As the harlot wife of the Lord, when the Lord turns us over to the Assyrians within, the rod of His anger (Isa 10:5), we are bound in captivity to our carnality and fleshly way of life. We mix the old and the new wine and get drunk in seeking strength from the enemy who is yet thriving in our heavens. We are unable to deliver ourselves. This is how our own wickedness corrects us (Jer 2:19).

Isa 10:24 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt.

The pride of man is very stubborn and it takes this baptism with fire to burn it out of us. Having Truth but not doing Truth is thinking we have already arrived (Phil 3:12-13).

Isa 28:1 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!

After receiving the Truth until we are proven with trials, we will wax fat on the things of the Lord. But vengeance is still to come for the Temple of the Lord.

Deu 32:15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.

Deu 32:16 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.

But our self-righteous efforts of covering our sin and disobedience will fail; it will not keep us safe. We won’t be able to hide in the day of the Lord’s vengeance.

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

Being carnal and trusting in Egypt and the world is not believing on Christ. There is darkness still to be brought to the light and burned out of us.

Joh 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

Here is a great verse that we should use often to measure ourselves and examine our faith.

1Jn 2:9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.

The clay vessels we are will be dashed to pieces in the day of our remaking from a marred vessel of clay into the son of the living God (Jer 18:3-4).

Psa 2:9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

Living by every word God spoke ensures we will not take heed to these warnings and will all will first be disobedient before we are caused to be obedient. That is how one learns [is, was and will be]! So we too will be taken captive in Nineveh by the harlot. We will be in bondage waiting for the armies of Christ to come deliver us on the Mt. of Esau (Obe 1:21, Luk 21:24) and the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled in our walk.

The immature must be tried in the fire, this furnace of affliction to become the mature man in Christ.

Hos 13:16 Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.

In this immature still carnal and “marred” condition, we cast lots for Christ so we can wear His garments and not be righteously judged. This is how we twist the Word of God and pervert it, making our own bread (Isa 4:1) to take away our judgment.

Luk 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

This is what we do, doing the opposite of being a watchman and we enable strangers to come in and take over the land. This is “buying and selling” we do in making merchandise in the Temple of God. It is all one and the same event.

Oba 1:11 In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them.

Joe 3:3 And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.

Yet the Lord will have none of it and will not put up with this defilement of His Name forever. His righteousness is only acquired by enduring through the very fiery judgments we are studying.

Rev 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

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

Overcomers will have had their old man and carnal mindedness dashed to pieces by the revelation of Jesus Christ within them.

Rev 2:26 (NKJV) And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—

Rev 2:27 ‘HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON; THEY SHALL BE DASHED TO PIECES LIKE THE POTTER’S VESSELS’— as I also have received from My Father;

 Our next verse 12 brings to mind the events of Revelation Chapter Six.

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 Elect of God upon whom judgment first falls are the first fruits unto the Lord (Jam 1:18, Rom 8:23). Fig trees are fruit trees and represent men and in the negative sense the immature in Christ. Immature fruit including untimely figs and sucklings, will not enter into the kingdom of God. Such fruit must be destroyed and the immature must mature by this process.

Mat 24:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

Fig trees are green and represent the mixture of leprous yellow and heavenly blue.

Son 2:13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

When we hold onto the strength of the world the fruit that is born for the Lord will not withstand the trial of our faith. There is not yet enough root and that tree and its fruit will wither in the heat of the day (Mat 13:6).

When the sixth seal is (was and will be) be coming upon us, the fruit produced by us being adulterers mixing the things of God with worldly things, will easily be shaken off the tree.

Rev 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

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.

Our immature fruit, the figs, will fall to the earth and be devoured by the devourer as Nahum here proclaims when our day of the Lord is at hand. Our enemies will in due time become food for us, the bread of life as we mature in Christ via this process. This Nahum passage brings to mind Samson’s riddle which foretells of this mystery and the strange workings of the Lord.

Jdg 14:14 And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle.

The meat represents the good that the Lord brings about from the evil and rebellion He works first within us for the counsel of His will. It is through our death, the death of the old man and our carnal ways of life, that bread is produced for the new man (Num 14:9).

The fig tree represents us and the fruit we bear for God in our immature state. We have not been tried by the fire. When tried in the fire, we will fail at first as this is how we are humbled in due time. The harvest comes in the fall so when we see the fruit appearing on our tree in our “summer” then we know judgment is nigh at hand.

Luk 21:29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;

Luk 21:30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.

Luk 21:31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. [that is entered only by judgment]

Like John we do not understand it until we can look back and see it in our walk and life (Rev 1:12). As we saw in Part seven, the Lord making us vile is how we are made to fade away as a leaf which is the same as a fig falling from its tree.

Isa 34:4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree.

Isa 34:5 For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment.

Being hearers only and not doers, we are not founded on the Rock but instead rely upon the strength of our flesh, our carnal mind and the lies of the great harlot for our salvation. But the Lord will come once again to shake all things and identify what cannot be shaken.

Heb 12:25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:

Heb 12:26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.

Heb 12:27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

 I find it interesting that when we come to see our sin (chief of sinners) our first inclination is to cover ourselves with the works of our hands (the flesh) yet this is using fig leaves.

Gen 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

There are many parables about figs and fig trees, both positive and negative that we cannot possibly look at in this study. But we are on the negative focus here, the judgment of the great whore resulting in the beast and false prophet being tossed into the lake of fire.

Jer 5:17 And they shall eat up thine harvest, and thy bread, which thy sons and thy daughters should eat: they shall eat up thy flocks and thine herds: they shall eat up thy vines and thy fig trees: they shall impoverish thy fenced cities, wherein thou trustedst, with the sword.

Our time to reap what we have previously sown has come.

Hos 2:12 And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, whereof she hath said, These are my rewards that my lovers have given me: and I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat them.

Hos 2:13 And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the LORD.

Here is our last verse for today.

Nah 3:13 Behold, thy people in the midst of thee are women: the gates of thy land shall be set wide open unto thine enemies: the fire shall devour thy bars.

Being hearers but not yet doers of the Word, the very thing that brings this baptism by fire; we are a woman playing the harlot. Casting lots for garments we are spiritual whores.

Eze 16:15 But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was.

Eze 16:16 And of thy garments thou didst take, and deckedst thy high places with divers colours, and playedst the harlot thereupon: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so

Eze 16:17 Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them,

The locusts that bring darkness out of the bottomless pit within us are the lies and false doctrines of the carnal mind. The Lord turns us over to them as His way of bringing us the point of zero trust in our flesh (Php 3:3). We don’t go down easily as we have seen. James writes to the elect warning them of this continued adultery and fornicating with the world.

Jas 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

When we are turned over to the king of Babylon for the destruction of our flesh, our gates are opened in our heavens (mind) for us to be devoured by the lies and false doctrines of the world and Babylon. Being an enemy of God and knowing the Lord puts all His enemies under His feet, explains the painful process we are enduring. All enemies include death and most assuredly include our carnal mindedness which is death.

1Co 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

1Co 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

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

Women also represent churches which we all are indeed FIRST as the harlot wife of the Lord.  As Mike’s study of the Book of Revelation showed, the relationship between a man and a woman is a type of the relationship between Christ and His church. The reason Nahum says those in the midst of us are woman is the same reason we are given these words from Revelation 9. Here we begin to be tormented in seeking death to our sins but not finding it because of the locusts that appear as women.

Rev 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

Rev 9:7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.

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

Women have long hair which gives the appearance of a wife subject to her husband, Christ, and His Word. But in reality we are still under the rule of another king named Abaddon and Apollyon (Rev 9:11), we are the adulterers that James says we are. The period of chastening and scourging that Nahum is speaking about is the same five months referenced also in Rev 9:10.

The Lord uses this occasion to bring fire within that devours the bars of flesh and copper that we trust in. We are being refined seven times in this furnace of affliction (Psa 12:6, Isa 48:10).

The end of the matter is we will not trust in our flesh or carnal mind anymore. We will live without walls and without these iron bars, trusting only in the WORD having no confidence in our flesh or the flesh of any man.

Eze 38:11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,

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

Next week we hope to complete the study of Nahum and cover the final six verses. It will be a continuation of the judgment of the great whore and the burning up of the beast and false prophet within. Unlike the superficial healing of our wounded head in Nineveh, the rising of the SUN within us, grievously wounds the head of the beast from which there will be no healing.

Here is a preview of next week and the very last verse of Nahum.

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

Questions and comments are welcome.  I can also be reached via email at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

Your Brother In Christ,  PETE

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