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Exposing the Millennium Reign Doctrine – Part 3

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Exposing the Millennium Reign Doctrine – Part 3

“The Destruction of Satan”

The focus of this study is to expose and correct a twisting of Scriptures regarding Satan that is necessary to support the false doctrine of an outward Millennium Reign.

When one fails to keep the sound principles of rightly dividing the Word, a lie such as an outward millennium reign by Christ on a physical earth is easily spewed forth from our carnal lusts.  When this leaven creeps in, it brings with it even more lies and false doctrines including denying the Second Death, perverting the two resurrections all men experience and twisting the plan of God for the ages into another gospel entirely.

2Ti 4:3  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; [tickle their ears, tell them what they want their flesh love to hear]

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

Many fables have been invented about the Book of Revelation by failing to hold to sound principles we covered in earlier studies.  Some mistakenly view Revelation including chapter 20 by the letter, thinking outward and completely forgetting the repeated and clear instructions that all these things are within us, spoken of in signified language and will shortly come to pass.

Living by every word ensures that all of us will be first be snared by those lusts.  It is only by His mercy, that a few [Mat 22:14] in this age, will be drawn out of the error of chasing Christ in the secret or hidden places.  Christ who is the Word and the Truth, will not be found in what He has not revealed in the Scriptures no matter how many carnal men continue to search.  The Lord Jesus Christ is not in the things His Word does not reveal to us.  We are commanded not to pursue such lusts and deceivers.

Mat 24:24  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 

Mat 24:25  Behold, I have told you before. 

Mat 24:26  Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not

Satan is not a single being that can only be in one place at one time as many of us have been taught and may believe to this day.   Satan represents evil spirits the Lord created and controls in working His work in bringing salvation to all men.  The lake of fire, the spiritual event that is God’s judgment was made for the destruction of the devil and his millions of messengers [angels] which are the carnal thoughts of men and all the world [the 200 million lies of the great harlot – 9:16].  The very purpose of the lake of fire is for the destruction of the adversarial spirit and the lies [carnal thoughts] contrary to faith.

Rev 21:8  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. 

Abiding in carnal thoughts is abiding in death [Rom 8:6-7] being at enmity with the Lord and operating contrary to faith. Such ones do not, in fact they cannot feed, give drink, cloth or bring freedom to men so imprisoned.  Thus, the Lord puts them all into the fire when our day of the Lord is at hand.  This is how all things carnal which is death, is destroyed in us in the Second Death that is the lake of fire.

Mat 25:41  Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels [messengers]

Mat 25:42  For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: 

Mat 25:43  I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not

The spirit of Satan is the spirit of the world and is integral to the Lord’s plans in creating all men and then remaking those same men [pieces of clay] by way of destruction [Jer 18:4]. An adversary and tempter was needed to try the faith of the saints and teach us obedience through an experience of evil.

Gen 3:1  Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? 

The heaven and the earth that begins the Bible at the Lord’s creation in Genesis 1:1 is within all men.  That is where Satan is operating in the kingdom of God within every man.  The parable of the sower shows us Satan at work within our hearts and minds deceiving and being a liar to our mind from the very beginning.

Mar 4:15  And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.

Satan is “in there”, in your heaven [mind] and earth [heart/walk] and he is put there purposefully by the Lord to be used for our good and be an adversary and tempter, through which the Lord will bring salvation and destroy our flesh and carnal-mindedness.

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

The good fight of faith requires God’s people to do battle against Satan and all offspring of the father of all lies.  The battle rages in heaven and on the earth as the sum of the word tell us but it’s all made of God and used for good in the end.

Eph 6:11  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 

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

 

Rev 12:17  And the dragon [Satan] was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. 

Until burned up in our day of the Lord, Satan is in the kingdom within us roaming about our earth seeking whom he may devour.  Which is why we need to stay on guard always.

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

All demons [lying spirits] are considered to be Satan. You can see that in the story of Christ being accused of being under the power of Beelzebub when casting out devils.

Mat 12:24  But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. 

Mat 12:25  And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: 

Mat 12:26  And if Satan cast out Satan [evil spirit casting out an evil spirit], he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? 

Mat 12:28  But if I cast out devils [Satan] by the Spirit of God [Fire from heaven – the Word of Truth] then the kingdom of God is come unto you. 

When we walk contrary to faith, we are walking in the spirit of the god of this world who is Satan, who is the father of all lies who is also known as the prince of the power of the air.

Eph 2:2  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 

1Jn 5:19  And we know that we are of God, and the whole world [kosmos] lieth in wickedness.

The spirit of Satan is destroyed in every man only in the lake of fire. Getting this spirit and enmity against God removed is the last milestone of our salvation. The one holding the power of death in us must be destroyed and that is what the Lord is doing when spiritual fire falls from heaven onto our earth bringing and truth and righteousness that burns up the adversary.

Rev 20:9  And they went up on the breadth of the earth [G1093], and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. 

Rev 20:10  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. 

The burning up of Satan, in whom there is no truth [Joh 8:44] is the destruction of all lies and establishment of the truth upon our earth.  Revelation 20 is the transition to our hour of judgment which is a new day [one day is as 1,000 years] that is the day of the Lord that establishes truth as Satan is destroyed by spiritual fire.  This is all taking place within us, where the fire of God is making the new heaven and earth wherein will dwell righteousness.

Joh 4:23  But the hour [of our judgment] cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 

Some have made arguments to us that those in the third harvest cannot live by every word as they do not even have a tempter [devil/Satan] to tempt them when they go thru their judgment in the lake of fire.  Such false doctrine was supported by outward thinking, literal by the letter, reading of Rev 20.  Here is a paraphrase of that false teaching some have been exposed to that shows the errors of taking a literal approach to these Revelation 20 verses.

“The third harvest of men will not have a tempter to try and test them as Satan would have been destroyed earlier at the end of the millennium [Rev 20:10].  When those men are raised in spiritual bodies and enter into their judgment, there is no longer a Satan around to try and tempt them.  That means there is no longer even a wicked one for any of them to overcome.  Therefore, the final harvest of men will not experience the same trials and temptations as God’s Elect that overcome in this age simply because Satan is no more.”

This is all a big pile of lies.  Satan aka the devil and the dragon will be around as long as there are men still needing to be judged.  There is no Scripture that confirms this false teaching except for the carnal misread of Rev 20 outwardly and forgetting all His words are spirit and signified [Rev 1:1, Joh 6:63].  Such perversion twists and negates God’s plan for saving all men at many turns.

It is ALL, not some men, who will worship the beast who is given power by Satan aka the dragon.

Rev 13:4  And they [all men being called of God out of the sea in their appointed time] worshipped the dragon [Satan] which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? 

Rev 13:7  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 

Rev 13:8  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

This leaven [false teaching] leads to even greater error and a complete butchering of God’s plan for saving all men.  We have witnessed this carnal and outward teaching of Revelation 20 leading to another lie of then denying that all men live by every word God spoke.  The false reasoning was if Satan was no more having already been destroyed in the outward fire and fulfillment of Rev 20:10; then Matthew 4:4, 1Co 3:21, Ecc 9:2 and other scriptures that witnesses to the one event for all, must now be “qualified”.  WOW. A little leaven does indeed lead to even bigger error and a complete miss of the gospel!

Such interpretation is literal and outward, completely missing the spiritual lesson that it is Satan who is a spirit and is in the hearts and minds of all men.  Every man is first a carnal man and is, therefore, is a liar [Rom 3:4] and has as his father the devil who was put there purposefully to be adversary and tempter to God’s people. All men commit sin thereby proving they are of the same mind as their carnal father called Satan aka the devil.

 1Jn 3:8  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 

An adversary created by the Lord on purpose to try and tempt us must be overcome for salvation.   The adversary the devil is there roaming about our earth, the land within us as the story of Job tells in our day of judgment.  All men will have their Job experience.

Job 2:1  Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD. 

Job 2:2  And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth [H776 – land, earth], and from walking up and down in it. 

It is the Lord who works all things, even evil things [Isa 45:7], even our very sins to work His purposes in every man whose end will be salvation. The adversary the Lord creates and puts into our earth treads down the sanctuary thus giving the Lord the occasion to come again for salvation.

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

Isa 63:18  The people of thy holiness have possessed it but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down thy sanctuary

 

1Co 3:17  If any man defile the temple [sanctuary] of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 

Satan is one and the same known as Leviathan who lives in the deep, the bottomless pit, which is the sea which is symbolic of the flesh of every man.    Only the Lord can draw out this dragon and destroy that which He created and puts DEEP into our hearts and minds.

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. [in the LOF]

The teaching of Satan being a single being that can only be tempting one person at a time is an invention of the carnal mind.  The first heaven and the earth must be done away with by fire; as a new heaven and new earth is being established [Rev 21:1] within every man in their day of the Lord.

Heb 10:9  Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 

The battle in heaven precedes the battle on our earth as true doctrine needs to first be established.

Rev 12:7  And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 

Rev 12:8  And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. 

Rev 12:9  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 

But the war and fight of faith continue in our day of the Lord as we overcome Satan within us by dying to the carnal mind [Second Death, dying to death] that is all taking place in our lake of fire experience.

Rev 12:10  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 

Rev 12:11  And they overcame him [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 

The defeat of Satan within every man is essential for death to be destroyed in every man.

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

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

Satan being cast into the lake of fire, where our beast and false prophet already abide completes the Lord’s plan of salvation and burns out all the remaining wood, hay and stubble.

Rev 20:13  And the sea gave up the dead [Satan, Leviathan operate in the deep] which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 

Rev 20:14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 

Like all Scriptures, the events of Revelation 20 are not to be avoided but instead are to be hastened unto [1Pe 3:12].  Living through the spiritual events of Revelation 20 is the way salvation is completed in us and the only way Satan is purged from our earth the result being all things made new.

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. 

It takes the second coming of the Lord, with fire to show us the Wicked and destroy him with the brightness of His coming.  A day comes to every man when the Lord implements His salvation plan and the end of the carnal age [world] within and puts down all rebellion and carnal enmity [2Th 2:3-9].

As long as there are men who have not completed their day of the Lord there will remain an adversary, a Satan, at work in their earth doing what the Lord has commanded be done. Satan is used to incite the Lord to finish His work and usher in righteousness by kindling this fire within all His people [Zion].

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

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

The result of our partaking of the lake of fire is the raising up of our new man to reign with Christ is our overcoming and resurrection to life.  This is the blessed and holy first resurrection. When death is no more, the carnal mind that is death is no more and all things are alive to Christ.

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 [the carnal mind which is death by fire that falls from heaven].

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

While there are deeper things to be learned regarding Satan and his messengers, my hope is everyone is clear of web of lies we once were taught regarding the end of the physical earth and humanity and the whole concoction called the outward Millennium Reign.

Let’s not be deceived from the simplicity of the gospel and the truth that all men will live by every word God spoke.  Even those in the third harvest will be tempted and tried by the same adversary and spirit that tempts and tries us in this age.  There truly is one event that comes alike to all.

Ecc 9:2  All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath. 

We have learned some valuable lessons from our trials.  Those that lust after spiritual money [which is all of us], which is KNOWLEDGE also are snared into the root of many evils and merchandise [Eze 28, Spiritual Babylon] the Lord’s treasures for carnal gain and profit.  Our learning contentment and waiting on the Lord to give us our spiritual food and bring the increase is a huge lesson we have been taught.

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

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. 

1Ti 6:10  For the love of money is the root of all evil: [knowledge, spiritual riches] which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

The final Part #4 of this series can be found here:  Exposing Mill Reign Part 4

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Exposing the Millennium Reign Doctrine – Part 2

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“Fire From Heaven Destroys All Flesh”

Exposing the Millennium Reign Doctrine – Part 2

 

Rom 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Rom 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

We are learning to look within and not without to see what the Lord is doing and where He is focused.  Thankfully, the Lord is opening our spiritual eyes to see the carnal lusts we so easily ran after in being deceived into believing false doctrines on the end times and particularly the so-called Millennium [1,000 year] Reign.  We learn spiritual truths by our first erring in truth, being seduced by false Christ’s who bring false doctrine to tell our flesh what it likes to hear.

Mar 13:22  For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.

Our flesh desires to profit and be blessed for our walk with Christ.  Yet we are learning more each day, that is not the Lord’s plan.  His kingdom is not of this world [Joh 18:36] and we need to repent of these lies and desires that had us looking down upon others less blessed than ourselves.  This experience of evil is shown us in the Scriptures through the experiences of the chosen disciples who moved onward to maturity in time.  Christ speaks about death but our self-absorbed focus is what is in it for our flesh.  What do we gain the carnal mind will be asking.

Luk 9:44  Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men. 

Luk 9:45  But they did not understand this saying, and it was hidden from them so that they did not perceive it; and they were afraid to ask Him about this saying. 

Luk 9:46  Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest. 

Luk 9:47  And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by him, 

Luk 9:48  And said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great. 

Those in Christ will be ministering meekly to babes, they won’t ever be lording over men.  Not now or in the age to come as the Lord changes not [Heb 13:8].

The entire book of Revelation is speaking of things the Lord is working within us when our appointed day and hour for judgment is at hand.  It is not “out there” in the future, it is happening in the kingdom of God which is the hearts and minds of those the Lord has appeared the second time for salvation [which day is today for the Elect in this age]. His appearing and all these acts being lived out or kept is the greatest blessing that will fall to every man when their time is come.

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

Rev 22:7  Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings [lives them out] of the prophecy of this book

The further we walk with Christ and He pulls us further upward in Spirit, the greater the gulf between us and the carnal world.  The greater truth we have been given to see will be mocked and ridiculed as foolishness by those on the other side of this great gulf.  Our understanding of the Lord’s absolute control over who is spiritually blind, deaf or dumb, has been sharpened by our recent trials with former brethren.

1Co 2:14  But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 

The exposing of the outward Millennium Reign doctrine removes a giant plank from our spiritual eyes.  Our discipleship for Christ comes not with special rewards and privileges other than being the first group of men to be blessed to know the Lord in Spirit and in Truth.  Our flesh loves the idea that the outward world would bow before us and we would be exalted over the entire human race. This verse has never been brighter as it plainly tells us that our flesh profits nothing:

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

Our walk with the Lord is an unprofitable walk for our flesh.  That life is being lost in order to gain a new one in Christ.  We work and toil because we love God as the Holy Spirit grows in our hearts [Rom 5:5] doing our reasonable service knowing we are unprofitable servants [Luk 17:10, Rom 12:1].

We are fleeing this carnal idolatry that has us puffed up, thinking more highly of ourselves over the rest of mankind.  Our blessing is not to rule the outward, but it is to rule inwardly in His kingdom and be the first group of men [the second harvest] to sit with Him in heaven having dominion over our earth [our spiritual bodies].  Drinking the wine of the New Testament is both the blessing and the event that is destroying our flesh as we partake of His death inwardly as we become living sacrifices for one another.

1Co 10:16  The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? 

We all first follow Christ for the carnal benefits, being fed of the fishes and loaves, being filled with knowledge but not truly having faith which is the work of God within us.  We first pursue Christ for the carnal gains to the old man.

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

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

Our blessings from the Lord are not outward, they are inward and come forth from the Kingdom of God.

The true Christ, the living Word, is unattractive to flesh.  Learning there is no carnal benefits and the elect in this age will not be lording over men in an outward physical world will cause many to depart and walk no more with the Lord.  Many are offended in hearing the truth that their flesh is not being blessed and there will be no carnal profit to our walking with Christ and following Him to death.  These truths winnow down the flock and separate the true disciples of Christ from the false as it truly is a few that shall endure to the end.  It is a hard saying, offending all carnal to know there is no profit in this walk for flesh.

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. 

Joh 6:60  Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it? 

Joh 6:61  When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? 

Joh 6:62  What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? 

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

Joh 6:64  But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. 

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

Joh 6:66  From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. 

The Millennium Reign doctrine is just another variant of a “prosperity gospel” of Babylonian orthodoxy that teaches the Lord is blessing His people in the flesh.  As we have grown to see, it is only through death that new life comes forth.  Any outward flesh blessing or carnal gaining gospel is no gospel at all.

Gal 1:6  I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 

Gal 1:7  Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 

The Scriptures do not tell us the details of how the Lord will bring an end to the outward world and bring about a cessation of physical life.  Reverting to the letter, forgetting that all “My Words are Spirit” has led many to make up their own private interpretation of these signified words and verses [Rev 1:1, Rev 1:3] regarding the end of the carnal age which is the destruction of the old earth [spiritual land] within us.

Rev 20:7  And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 

Rev 20:8  And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. 

Rev 20:9  And they went up on the breadth of the earth [G1093], and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. 

Rev 20:10  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. 

Not only are all these words and events “signified”, but they have also always been shortly to come to pass in every generation since John wrote them.

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

We have many things to relearn rightly dividing the Word, as the leaven of an outward Millennium Reign is removed from our spiritual eyes.

The death the Lord focused on doing away with is being carnal minded. That is the last enemy to be destroyed, not physical flesh.  The Lord is not bound by physical flesh and considers those not alive in physical flesh to be “sleeping” rather than dead.  The focus of Revelation 20 is not on the outward and the physical. The focus of His spiritual words is inward and speaks to the destruction of Satan and his messengers, our carnal thoughts with fire.  This is the death and the one having power over death that the Lord is intent on destroying in these verses.

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

Rom 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 

Rom 8:8  So then they that are in the flesh [acting carnally] cannot please God.

The works of the devil is this carnal mindedness that works in all flesh.  Those works and that death is destroyed when Christ comes a second time to redeem us from sin.

1Jn 3:8  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works [carnal mindedness – death] of the devil. 

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

Our Lord’s appearing in our hearts and minds … IN HEAVEN …, brings the spiritual fire that destroys and consumes our carnal mind.  That is what the signified words for fire consistently represents in the Bible and it changes not when we get to Revelation 20.  Fire is the Spirit of God, it is His Word which is, was and will be burning up all things that defile us in the day we are given to hear those words.

Heb 12:29  For our God is a consuming fire. 

Eze 22:31  Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them; I have consumed them with the fire of My wrath; and I have recompensed their deeds on their own heads,” says the Lord GOD. 

When the Scriptures speak about the outward physical earth, the Greek word Kosmos or G2889 is used that is almost often translated as the “world”.

G2889, κόσμος, kosmos

Total KJV Occurrences: 188

world, 185

adorning, 2

world’s, 1

It is the outward world [G2889 – kosmos] that Satan promises us we will be given to rule over if only we will bow and serve him,

Mat 4:8  Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world [G2889 Kosmos], and the glory of them; 

Mat 4:9  And saith unto him, All these things [THE WORLD] will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

It is the carnal mind, the mindset of death, of the devil, that has us twisting the Scriptures to seek gain and exaltation over other men.  This is not the way of the Lord whatsoever!  The Lord seeks to serve, not to rule over men outwardly.  His words and deeds are the examples we follow.  Christ withdrew from carnal followers when they were about to force Him to be their king.

Joh 6:15 Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

Seeking to gain the whole world [kosmos] is the work of the carnal mind and is a sure-fire way of remaining lost in this age.  It is a huge deception we have mercifully been delivered from.

Luk 9:25  For what is a man advantaged [profited], if he gain [rule over] the whole world [G2889 – outward “kosmos”], and lose himself, or be cast away? 

Desiring the world and to rule over it, is loving the world which is following Satan and his temptations.

1Jn 2:16  For all that is in the world [G2889], the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world [G2889]

The word G1093 or “GE” on the other hand represents “the earth” and is also spoken of as “the land”; representing the spiritual land promised to spiritual Israel.

G1093, γῆ, gē

Total KJV Occurrences: 243

earth, 188

land, 33

ground, 18

country, 2

earthly, 1

world, 1

 

Having dominion over “our earth or land” is salvation and that is what comes about via the three-day process of the Lord working righteousness through judgment in our personal earth in the appointed times for all.

Mat 12:40  For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth [G1093]

The Lord comes to save men by destroying their first earth, not the outer world of kosmos, but their carnal existence [end of their carnal age] with fire.

Luk 12:49  I am come to send fire on the earth[G1093]; and what will I, if it be already kindled? 

We do not pray for the world [Joh 17:9] which is speaking of the world or Kosmos.  Yet we are to pray for the earth and for overcoming to come upon our earth.

Mat 6:10  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth [G1093], as it is in heaven. 

It is not in the plan of God to profit the flesh/carnal mind by giving physical rulership over the whole world [G2889 –the Kosmos].  This physical rulership is an insidious lie of the evil one [Luk 4:5-7] designed to entice the many called who bow and serve Satan unknowingly.  The profit to our new man is the death and destruction of our beast and false prophet in the lake of fire within us.

Rev 19:20  And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Spiritual Fire Falling from Heaven Consumes the Carnal Mind

Fire being poured out on the earth in Rev 20:9 is spiritual speak for judgment being poured out upon our carnal existence [mind and body] that is the earth.   Our salvation comes by way of the destruction of the first Temple [the land, the earth] and that BY FIRE from heaven.

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

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

1Co 3:17  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy [with spiritual fire] for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 

Spiritual fire from heaven remakes a new earth wherein dwells righteousness, which is our obedience to Christ.  The new earth is the result of our reigning with Christ in Spirit for one day, which is the same as 1,000 signified years which ushers in our day of the Lord bringing the spiritual fire and heat that destroys death [the carnal mind] in us and remakes a new heaven [mind] and a new earth [walk/deeds].  Peter spoke in similar spiritual language as John.

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. 

2Pe 3:11  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 

2Pe 3:12  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 

2Pe 3:13  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth [G1093], wherein dwelleth righteousness

The Lord is not a liar nor a hypocrite.  He strongly rebuked the disciples when they wanted to call literal fire to consume unbelievers.

Luk 9:54  And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? 

Luk 9:55  But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. 

Luk 9:56  For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them 

Literal fire “killing” [same Hebrew word as smite] all of mankind, would make the Lord’s covenant with Noah [mankind] a false promise.  The Lord spoke to Noah and said He would never again smite all living on the physical earth.

Gen 8:21  And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. 

Many have first erred in not looking to the Lord, but instead seeking profit and power over men as a reward for following Christ.  It is from such an exalted place men concoct all kinds of abominations including burning God’s creation with literal fire.

Jer 32:33 And they have turned unto me the back, and not the face: though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not hearkened to receive instruction. 

Jer 32:34 But they set their abominations in the house, which is called by my name, to defile it. [=Abomination of desolation standing in holy place]

Jer 32:35 And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.

Any doctrine that makes God a liar and contradicts His example is coming from the evil one who roams our earth seeking whom he may devour [1Pe 5:8]. The Lord burning His creation with literal fire has never come into His heart.

Jer 7:30 For the children of Judah have done evil in my sight, saith the Lord: they have set their abominations in the house which is called by my name, to pollute it. 

Jer 7:31 And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart.

We now know that any teaching that takes Revelation 20 literally, is a false doctrine as it turns our Lord into a monster doing the very abominable acts He forbids.  Literal fireballs killing all mankind on the kosmos is another strong witness that the entire teaching of an outward Millennium Reign is built on a house of lies.  This false doctrine is a repackaging of the Babylonian false doctrine of eternal hellfire that the more blessed Elect get to avoid.  It is high time to awake out of our sleep and receive His instruction in our minds and hearts (the high place) and stop looking out there.

Walking by faith includes accepting we don’t know all the details about the end of the world and how humanity will cease to exist.  Our focus needs to be put back on things of the Spirit within the Kingdom of God.  The new man will be reigning over our earth [the promised land] as as a result we will be gaining dominion over sin as our carnal mind is being destroyed with spiritual fire.

Rev 5:10  And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth [G1093 GE, not the kosmos]

Our time to reign over the inner earth is now as we die with Him to death which is the Second Death.  To do so, we suffer the destruction of our old way of life and thinking.

2Ti 2:11  It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: 

2Ti 2:12  If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: 

Lord willing, spiritual fire is falling from our heaven right now.  This fire is destroying the old man, the first man Adam, the flesh in all of us.  This makes way for the second Adam, the Lord from heaven to emerge.

1Co 15:47  The first man is of the earth [G1093 – GE], earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 

This fire from heaven is putting to death our carnal mind and devouring the spirit of Satan within that is roaming our inner earth.  The result of this fire falling is a remaking of a new heaven and a new earth and consuming up of the spiritual sea that is our flesh.  Getting past the chapter break we see the blessed result.

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 carnal mind, flesh, the deep where Leviathan dwells]

The Lord and all the apostles warn His people of many deceivers who will come to them as angels of light and put our focus “out there” in the world.  Lord willing, our eyes are being turned back inside of ourselves, into the Kingdom of God where we are being diligent in watching and working the work of God.  It is there we shall seek the treasures in heaven and learn to follow the Lord.

Col 3:1  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 

Col 3:2  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 

We are not told how the outward earth comes to an end.  That was never the intent or subject of Revelation 20.

Next week we will look at the verses [Rev 20:9-10] specifically regarding the destruction of Satan in Part 3 as we further brighten our spiritual vision and ensure we completely remove the lie of an outward Millennium Reign.

Part 3 of this study series can be found by CLICKING HERE  

Part 1 of this study series can be found by CLICKING HERE

 

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Nahum Part 7 – Behold I Am Against Thee

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March 17, 2017 – by Pete Wilson

Here are the verses for today’s study.

Nah 3:1 Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery; the prey departeth not;

Nah 3:2 The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the pransing horses, and of the jumping chariots.

Nah 3:3 The horseman lifteth up both the bright sword and the glittering spear: and there is a multitude of slain, and a great number of carcases; and there is none end of their corpses; they stumble upon their corpses:

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.

Nah 3:5 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.

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?

A time comes when the Lord declares vengeance for His Temple, which temple we are (1 Co 3:17). He is jealous for His elect, the very apple of His eye. War has been declared, judgment is, was and will be coming in heaven. The devourers, the carnal mind and its millions of thoughts and doctrines (Rev 9:16) that go against the Truth of the Word, are now themselves being devoured by the coming of Christ the second time for salvation without sin (Heb 9:28).

We will see the phrase “Behold, I am against thee” again in Nahum 3:5 after seeing it as our ending verse from last week.

Nah 2:13 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions: and I will cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard.

“The Christ”, the roaring “Lion of the tribe of Judah” comes for vengeance to devour that which previously devoured. The carnal mind and worldly ways of the old man are being destroyed as salvation increasingly comes upon us via this process.

The phrase “Behold, I am against thee” as KJV translated is found fourteen times in Scripture. Three times in Jeremiah, nine times in Ezekiel and two times here in Nahum. Numbers have a profound meaning in Scripture. The number fourteen stands for our spiritual progression and is associated with us transgressing from the old man to the mature new man in Christ. This is directly associated with the shedding of our carnal ways.

The genealogy of Christ given to us in Matthew has great significance on the number fourteen and links to this process of judgment [spiritual significance of the number 3].

Mat 1:17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.

Christ is the alpha and the omega, the first and the last and all points in between (Rev 22:13).  Part of living by every word is coming to understand at our core that “in Him we have our very being” (Act 17:28). We can do nothing apart from Him. We have the Lord coming against us and our wicked ways fourteen symbolic times to work righteousness in us via progressive judgment.  This is how we progress spiritually in these clay vessels. Nobody has arrived.

Php 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
Php 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

When our day of the Lord has come and Christ is bringing our baptism with fire, the old man is not going to be having a good time. He IS being tormented in the presence of the Lamb and that is how our beastly nature is destroyed (Rev 14:10-12). The enmity purposefully put there by the Lord will be taken out of the way by this process that will spiritually complete and mature Christ in us.

Nah 3:1 Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery; the prey departeth not

We do violence in the city of God, His Temple, when we pervert the Word with false doctrines and steal from the Lord to bring glory to ourselves. Being carnally minded is death (Rom 8:6) and when we are yet carnal and under the influence of the lies of the adversary, there is plenty of prey for Satan and his messengers to feed upon as that is the serpent’s food (Gen 3:14).

Our adversary goes up and down, to and fro the whole earth (which earth we are) seeking whom they may devour.

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

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

It is our carnal reasoning’s by which death comes and we do violence and kill the prophets of the Lord within. It is being tossed to and fro by every wind of carnal doctrine and REASONING that causes us to lie in darkness and the snare of the wicked one (Eph 4:14). Without the gift of faith and the coming of Christ, we truly are murderers and thieves of our father, the devil (Joh 8:44).  We all crucify the Lord of glory in our carnal ignorance.

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

As we mature and Christ increases we will stand more by faith in the power of God and less so in the wisdom of men, the things we learn our whole life.  The wisdom of God is a mystery, it is hidden from all but a precious few yet even God’s Elect first shed  the blood of our Lord.

1Co 2:7  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

1Co 2:8  Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

Lord willing we will not ever literally kill anyone in the flesh. So how is it that we are guilty of all this bloodshed and rightly charged as a murderer and a thief? It is by our fornication with the world and making of idols that we shed “blood in the city”.

Eze 22:2 Now, thou son of man, wilt thou judge, wilt thou judge the bloody city? yea, thou shalt shew her all her abominations.

Eze 22:3 Then say thou, Thus saith the Lord GOD, The city sheddeth blood in the midst of it, that her time may come, and maketh idols against herself to defile herself.

Eze 22:4 Thou art become guilty in thy blood that thou hast shed; and hast defiled thyself in thine idols which thou hast made; and thou hast caused thy days to draw near, and art come even unto thy years: therefore have I made thee a reproach unto the heathen, and a mocking to all countries.

It is our having respect of persons and blaming men and contending with the Lord, denying His sovereignty that we shed the blood of others. Even being angry at our brother or sister is considered murder in the Lord’s eyes.

1Jn 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

We all first hate the doctrines of Christ and those that bring them to us. Enmity between the two is all the Lord’s design (Rom 8:20, Gen 3:15). We kill Christ and His servants with our carnal reasoning in our attempts to keep the beast alive on God’s throne.

Mat 21:33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:

Mat 21:34 And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.

Mat 21:35 And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.

Mat 21:36 Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.

Mat 21:37 But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.

Mat 21:38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.

Mat 21:39 And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.

It is in spiritual Nineveh (Babylon) where we find this great inward city full of the blood of the prophets and saints.

Rev 18:24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

Being hearers but not doers of the Word, we do this violence against our neighbor and to God’s sons. We claim to honor the Lord but we kill His prophets including the new man within, the man-child, with violence.

We, the people of true Israel, are guilty and it will be recompensed upon us via the death of our old man, dying daily with Christ.

Luk 11:49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute:

Luk 11:50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;

Luk 11:51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.

We will seek the death of these thoughts and cry out unto the Lord who will in due time bring deliverance but only after the process of showing us our wickedness and teaching us good and evil. We have to drink the cup of His indignation. All nations will surely drink of this cup.

Psa 139:19 Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.

Psa 139:20 For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.

Psa 139:21 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?

Psa 139:22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.

We will look at the next two verses together.

Nah 3:2 The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the pransing horses, and of the jumping chariots.

Nah 3:3 The horseman lifteth up both the bright sword and the glittering spear: and there is a multitude of slain, and a great number of carcases; and there is none end of their corpses; they stumble upon their corpses:

Our covenant with death (being carnally minded) is not standing in our day of the Lord. It will be disannulled and that is what these verses are showing. It is the scourge of chastening grace in our heavens (Rev 12:9) that these symbols reveal.

Isa 28:18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.

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

A jealous Lord comes to us, the merchandisers in His Temple, and utterly cleans it out. The whip is a symbol of the scourging and of chastening of grace (Tit 2:12), the fiery trials (1 Pet 4:17) by which we are caused to obey Him (Ezek 36:27) and ultimately are being saved from our sins. Here we see this in the parable of Christ cleansing the temple.

Joh 2:14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:

Joh 2:15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;

Joh 2:16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.

Christ coming at the end of the age includes the coming of “The Christ”. This refers to His Body which are the vessels through which the Lord does the greater works of bringing salvation to all men by speaking His Word and judging all men (Joh 14:12, Mat 19:28, 1 Cor 6:2). The symbols and parable in the book of Revelation speaks of the Lord’s armies that follow their head Jesus Christ, represented by the white horse and the power of God’s Word.

Rev 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

Rev 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

The huge number of carcasses and dead corpses refers to the carnal thoughts and doctrines that we stumble over being overrun by a flood of lies as we are BEING brought to our wits end. The Word will devour that which had previously devoured God’s Elect.

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

Rev 19:18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

The war is a war of thoughts, a war of WORDS in our heavens.

Rev 19:19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

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

The bright sword and the glittering spear will cast light upon darkness. We will see Truth and what we are in these vessels of clay. This is how the lake of fire, the judgment of the flesh comes about and comes to an end after it accomplishes what it is set out to do. The false prophet that believes and teaches things contrary to the Truth within and without will be cast into the consuming fire with the beast.

Rev 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Flesh is destroyed by the inward sword of the Lord. Our own wickedness corrects us within.

Rev 19:21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

Psa 17:13 Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword:

We have to be shown our wickedness and come to know why the Lord has put us through this process and these fiery trials.

Eze 39:23 And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword.

Eze 39:24 According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them.

We have covered this before but will cover it again because our continued falling short of the standard of obedience torments the heck out of God’s sons who know the Truth but are not BEING GIVEN TO OVERCOME. But OH wretched men we are and we are learning. Christ comes not to the self-righteous but to those that are in need of a physician.

Mar 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

We have to seek death and not find it before death will come. We are enduring and suffering for three and a half days (half of our witness for Christ) until the carnal mindedness is put into a grave.

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

Rev 11:9  And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.

The dream is indeed one. This strange process not understood in Babylon is the Lord’s way.

Psa 79:2 The dead bodies of thy servants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the heaven, the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the earth.

Psa 79:3 Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem; and there was none to bury them.

The vision and symbolism of these verses in Nahum closely align with the verses Joel spoke from which we can tie experiencing judgment via our lake of fire RIGHT NOW, to the coming of “The Christ”.

It is God’s elect who come as “a thief in the spiritual night” to those the Lord has prepared to hear the Words of Truth.

Joe 2:9 They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.

The sound of rattling wheels is the sound of the earthquake the Lord is bringing against us and our covenant with death. Here the Strong’s word H7494 that is translated as “rattling” is shown to more commonly be used to describe an earthquake and related terms.

 H7494

ra‛ash

Total KJV Occurrences: 17

earthquake, 6

rushing, 3

shaking, 3

commotion, 1

confused, 1

fierceness, 1

quaking, 1

rattling, 1 – Nah_3:2

Of course the wheels are Christ’s very elect, upon whom the judgment of God falls first in this age. The descriptions of “The Christ” given in Ezekiel in chapters one and ten confirm this (Ezek 1:13-17).

Our way of life is passing away. Wheels are a spiritual shadow of how we move, how we walk and move about, having our very being in Him. That of course is through Christ, apart from which we can do nothing (Joh 15:5).

The word translated “pransing” is only found in Scripture this one time in Nahum and has no defined Hebrew root.

H1725, dâhar, daw-har’

A primitive root; to curvet or move irregularly: – pranse.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

The word prancing almost always is used in reference with horses. I saw this as a good definition for what is being told us in Nahum with the prancing horses, the armies of Christ, on the white horse.

Definition of Prancing

  • to spring from the hind legs or move by so doing
  • to walk or move in a spirited manner:  strutalso :  to dance about

We prance when we stand up in faith to do battle. There is a time and season for everything.  There is even a time to mourn (the old man) and a time to dance which is also translated as jump here in Nahum.

Ecc 3:4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance (jump)

The jumping chariots are references to the Truth where we are now seated with Christ in the heavens. The Strong’s word H7540 translated “jumping” is also the same word translated as dancing and as skipping as in these other OT witnesses.

Psa 29:5 The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.

Psa 29:6 He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.

1Ch 15:28 Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, making a noise with psalteries and harps.

1Ch 15:29  And it came to pass, as the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looking out at a window saw king David dancing and playing: and she despised him in her heart.

When we are seated on the right foundation and have the covering of Christ, then we dance and jump for the Lord as we do battle with the power of the Word within us. This is bringing great disdain from the heathen within and without as we are being hated for His Name sake.

We must hear the call “to come up hither” and be seated with Christ in the heavens before we can wage this war in heaven (Eph 2:6, Rev 11:12). This is the same thing spiritually as riding in the saddle of the white horse to wage war for righteousness. The covering/garments we wear must be the “garments” made with love (obedience) that we learn from the fiery trials brought by grace. The garments of Christ’s righteousness and not that of our own works.

Son 3:9 King Solomon made himself a chariot of the wood of Lebanon.

Son 3:10 He made the pillars thereof of silver, the bottom thereof of gold, the covering of it of purple, the midst thereof being paved with love, for the daughters of Jerusalem.

The Law of Christ is written on our hearts by the trials we are enduring, by the chastening and scourging of the old man and the carnal mind.

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.

Nah 3:5 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.

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

The Lord demands purity [set apartness]. As we so often say to one another, good is the enemy of excellence. With two hundred million carnal lies, it is easy to be a harlot and to fornicate godly truths and thoughts with ungodly or worldly ones. Worshipping the beast we “buy and sell” to the nations within us by being carnal and thinking above what is written. We don’t yet appreciate this Truth and command.

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

As King Saul we think it is perfectly okay to disobey as long as we are doing it in the name of the Lord and claim to be sacrificing to the Lord. But this is sorcery, this is witchcraft and the Lord calls it rebellion. He does not want our sacrifices, He wants our obedience and He will get it and we will become doers of the Word by this process we are enduring.

1Sa 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

1Sa 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

We must separate from the ungodly as unloving as that sounds. Coming out and being set apart is a narrow road. Yet we must not have a wife that is a whore.

Lev 21:6 They shall be holy unto their God, and not profane the name of their God: for the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and the bread of their God, they do offer: therefore they shall be holy.

Lev 21:7 They shall not take a wife that is a whore, or profane; neither shall they take a woman put away from her husband: for he is holy unto his God.

The Lord discovers our harlot skirts, our sinful and fornicating ways upon our own faces. He will show our sinfulness to all the nations within. We will now clearly begin to see who the abomination is causing desolation spoken by Daniel, the Prophet, and by Christ (Dan 11, Mat 24:15). The Lord is revealing the man of sin by exposing the harlotry within.

2Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

Being a “gazing stock” means we will be given to see what the Lord is doing in us. The baptism of fire does not come, the day of the Lord is not until we are given to see this and our old man becomes a gazing stock. This is a wonderful thing to come to know the wonders of the deep that are the wonderful works of the Lord to the children of men from Psalm 107. We will see our merchandising the things of God which is necessary to then be caused to repent.

Psa 107:23 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;

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

The Body of Christ are the eyes (and hears, hands, feet, etc) of the Lord. But we are being judged now and it is the eyes of Christ that will show these things to us.

Psa 11:4 The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.

Rev 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.

Making us “vile” in the context of Nahum 3:6 is making us fade away. We must decrease for Christ to increase. We are blessed to see our self-righteousness.

Isa 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

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

Here is our final verse of this installment.

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?

Here we see the consequences of the Lord revealing what we are without Him. We have seen and our seeing our abomination and our filth. We truly are beasts and nothing good dwells in our flesh (Romans 7). Believing this is what turns us away from sin and towards Christ when we see the need for a savior and the need for repentance. We will flee and go to the mountain that is Christ and His Body when we see this and won’t bring along the self-righteous clothing we previously wore.

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

Mat 24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

Mat 24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:

Mat 24:18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

The harlot will be exposed through the process of us being caused to sin and seeing ourselves as the wretched man, the chief of sinners (1 Tim 1:15). An angel of the Lord will show us these things through the words of fire they are speaking.

Rev 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

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

When we see the harlot in all her false splendor we flee from her, we are coming out of “spiritual Babylon”, that mother of harlots.

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

There is no comfort to be found in Nineveh/Babylon within and without. They can only heal our wounds superficially in their veiled attempts to keep the beast alive and claim to serve the Lord.

Jer 6:13 From the least to the greatest, their lives are ruled by greed. From prophets to priests, they are all frauds.

Jer 6:14 They offer superficial treatments for My people’s mortal wound. They give assurances of peace when there is no peace. (NLT)

The comfort for the new man is not in Nineveh, it is completely waste. We need to come out of her as God’s people as Job learned.

Job 16:2 I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all.

Being delivered from the snare of the miry clay only comes when we are driven to our wits end and call out to the Lord and He then delivers us (Psa 40:1-3). We, like David, are being brought to this place of despair and then are crying out for deliverance.

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.

Psa 69:15 Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.

Psa 69:16 Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.

Psa 69:17 And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily.

Psa 69:18 Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies.

Psa 69:19 Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before thee.

Psa 69:20 Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.

Deliverance comes by the deliverers who is The Christ.  We, the true Body of Christ, are the first fruits unto the Lord. We go through our judgment now so we can in turn be used of the Lord to bring judgment but also to comfort others.

2Co 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

Truth and faith in the Lord brings comfort. God’s elect will be those used of the Lord to judge the world in righteousness and ultimately bring comfort to all men in the times appointed for all men “to come out of Babylon” where there is not found any comforters.

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

It takes a long time, a process of being born in a clay vessel and being taught the ways of the world and its millions of lies and half-truths that pervert the ways of the Lord. It then takes a journey, a walk down a narrow road to unlearn all of that and be taught the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Nahum is speaking to this process of learning and becoming a mature man in Christ. We must be patient; we must endure knowing all things are for our sakes (2 Cor 4:15).

Having true doctrine in our heavens (in our head) is a wonderful start. Yet the old stubborn beast will resist the things of the Lord hence the need for the baptism by fire. Christ gives us some sage advice, reminding us our faith will be tried.  We will be tempted and shown that our flesh is weak. Faith without works means nothing.

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

We all think we have arrived long before we ever do and we never will in these fleshly bodies.  We are admonished to be examples to others that are weak and struggling by walking this narrow road and pressing on for the prize only given to those that are finishing the race.

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

Php 3:16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

Php 3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.

 

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Nahum Part 4 – Then Shall the Wicked Be Revealed

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“Then Shall the Wicked Be Revealed”

Here are the verses for Part 4 as we finish Chapter 1 and segue into Chapter 2.

In Part 3 of the Nahum study we saw it was the Lord’s jealousy for His Chosen Elect for which He causes events to bring judgment upon us through the whirlwind and ultimately bring an end to the sowing of the serpent’s seed (nature) within us. Here in Part 4 we are given more details on the Lord’s process that takes place in our personal day of the Lord. Christ is revealed to us by the Lord making known to us our true carnal, sinful and wicked spiritual condition (Rom 9:23).  This apostasy must come first and the wicked man, the chief of sinners (we are) is being made known. The verses in Nahum will show that we come to see this truth when the Lord comes to make war in the heavens of our heart and mind.

2Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
2Th 2:9 whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

In the last verse of Chapter 1 in the book of Nahum, “The Christ” appears to bring the Good News which is that the wicked one within us will no longer be allowed and will be utterly cut off.

Our hearts and minds are purified by true faith that requires that a preacher be sent to bring the good tidings for the NEW man. This is bad news for the old man but is how we are brought to repentance (Rom 2:4) so the new man will increase.

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

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

Nahum has been speaking to the “people of Nineveh”, and then, all of a sudden, in Nahum 1:15 we are told: “O Judah keep thy feasts and perform thy vows”. This is a contradiction to the natural man who cannot even see a most basic truth that the kingdom of God, and all the nations of the earth and the heavens, is first within us (Luk 17:20-21). The Elect are the people of God, but they are also first the people of Babylon and Assyria of which Nineveh is the capital.

A jealous God is going to make us, not only hearers of the Word, but also doers of the Word. We all first vow we will obey the Lord, but then we do not do it. We are incapable of doing it without Christ in us doing the work. The Lord has to come the second time to cause us to perform those vows and obey Him as the result of this baptism in the appointed times.

Exo 24:7 And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient.

God’s Elect, to whom these prophets are speaking, are first the children of disobedience storing up wrath for their day of judgment.

Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Contrary to the ten-second sinner’s prayer and the false grace of the orthodox churches of men, here is God’s way of causing us to obey Him (Eze 36:27).

Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God [this baptism of fire] is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Having or holding the Truth is not enough; we must do the Truth. What we are going to see play out here in Chapter 2 is the Lord causing us to fall and apostasize while we claim to be His people. He came to save sinners of whom God’s Elect are chief. This is how the Lord shows us that we truly are wretched men, beasts actually, that are blasphemers, the very “abomination of desolation” spoken of by Daniel the Prophet! We must come to see our flesh for what it is.

Rom 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
Rom 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

When we are hearers of the Word and not doers, we hear the trumpet of sound doctrine, but we do not hearken to that trumpet. Here is another verse that confirms just how sovereign the Lord is in the affairs of man.

Jer 6:17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.
Jer 6:18 Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them.
Jer 6:19 Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people,even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.

Even our very thoughts are given to us (Amo 4:13) which makes a mockery of the idea that carnal idea that man has any free will.Yet that is the Lord’s plan to blind us all, to give us strong delusion, to be carnally minded until He actually comes with His sword.

Our self-righteousness which we hold as righteousness is all filthy rags to the Lord (Isa 64:6), and we all, like Job, will reason with our carnal mind that we do not deserve the judgment of God and will condemn the Lord to justify ourselves. The Lord will put a swift end to our self-righteousness when He shows us what we truly are. The Lord will reveal Himself and teach us by His chastening grace out of the fiery trials and inward storms symbolized by the whirlwind.

Job 40:6 Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
Job 40:7 Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
Job 40:8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

This verse in Nahum is the Lord mocking our covenant with the old man/DEATH and the false peace and security we have that no destruction will come upon us in our days of lasciviousness (Isa 28:15, Psa 2:4-9). The Lord is not saving the old man; He is showing us our sinfulness and then in His mercy, will be merciless in destroying the first man Adam by the baptism of fire.

Pro 1:26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
Pro 1:27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
Pro 1:28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:

The word translated “munition” (only this one time in Nahum) really means fenced city which is where those in Babylon and Assyria reside making high walls with bricks made by the works of the flesh (Gen 11:3, Deu 3:5-6). The Lord mocks the false peace we claim and will come as a thief in this spiritual night.

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

The final kingdom of the beast is a dreadful and a strong kingdom fortified with iron (Dan 7:19).  No man is able to make war with this beast except for Jesus Christ (Rev 13:4). When the Lord comes to us, He comes with full fury to make war in our heavens and usher in salvation. The Lord will come with His angels (His Elect) and the Rock, which is Christ/Living Word and will dash this beastly image we create to pieces. It is “The Christ” who are the battle-axe and weapons of war that speak these truths that dash to pieces the kingdoms and all the carnal lies and false doctrines of the great harlot who rides the beast within us.

Jer 51:20 Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms;
Jer 51:21 And with thee will I break in pieces the horse and his rider; and with thee will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider;

Trees also represent God’s people and here is a New Testament witness to the use of “Christ” as the Lord’s battle axe. Trees that do not bear fruit for God are always hewn down in due time.

Mat 3:10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
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:

We also see this demolition in the parable of the king’s dream in Daniel 2. No man can serve two masters, and when the Lord comes with vengeance, He is destroying the old and filling the whole earth with His Word.

Dan 2:34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.
Dan 2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

Most translations other than KJV turn this verse into an entirely different rendering saying the Lord is restoring the excellency of Jacob and Israel versus turning it away. The KJV is correct as this excellency in the negative sense, is our pride/pomp and is the most often use of the Hebrew word H1347. The excellency of Jacob and Israel in the negative sense is the pride of the carnal mind. Before we can be restored we must first fall away and walk in strong delusion thinking we know the Lord but only knowing about Him. The Lord turns away our pride/pomp or even our excellency spoken of here by humbling us. Here is the same word H1347 “excellency” that better reflect what Nahum is speaking here.

Pro 16:18 Pride [H1347] goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Eze 7:24 Wherefore I will bring the worst of the heathen, and they shall possess their houses: I will also make the pomp [H1347] of the strong to cease; and their holy places shall be defiled.

Luk 14:11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

The Lord humbles us by causing us to fall (Pro 24:16) and to err from His ways (Isa 63:17).  We are being humbled by coming to see “Oh wretched man that I am; “No man can serve two masters, a divided house cannot stand”. A Jealous God is going to make us One with Him by this “strange” act of showing the truth to us of our spiritual condition.

Hos 10:1 Israel isan empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images.
Hos 10:2 Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty: he shall break down their altars, he shall spoil their images.

The “emptiers” are the false doctrines of the harlot, the 200 million lies of Rev 9:16 that ensnare us as carnally-minded men. This is the curse of our earth that makes us vile in the Lord’s eyes.  Here are two other uses of the same word emptiers.

Isa 24:3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word.

Isa 24:6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.
Isa 24:7 The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh.

The destroying wind is what empties the land, the fanners or “strangers” the strange fire that cannot save us in our day of trouble.

Jer 51:1 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will raise up against Babylon, and against them that dwell in the midst of them that rise up against me, a destroying wind;
Jer 51:2 And will send unto Babylon fanners, that shall fan her, and shall empty her land: for in the day of trouble they shall be against her round about.

These ”strangers” are also these very many lying spirits and false doctrines that fill the house and empty it of the Truth. We, the Israel of God, are this wicked generation whose earth has been cursed.

Mat 12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
Mat 12:44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
Mat 12:45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

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

This wicked generation is not someone else; it is you and I if we are God’s Elect. The natural man sees it as foolishness that the Lord makes us wicked vessels of clay and then humbles us by sending evil spirits to us that cause sinful flesh to sin. The plan has never changed (1Co 15:50).

Jer 18:2 Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.
Jer 18:3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
Jer 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

This word “marred” in Nahum 2:3 (as in marred vine branches) is the same word used as marred here in this well-known Jer 18:4 verse. However, by far the most often translated word for H7843 is DESTROY or DESTROYED. As this KJC extract demonstrates, 103 of 146 instances are some variety of “destroy”.

H7843. shâchath, Total KJV Occurrences: 146
destroy, 68
destroyed, 22
corrupt, 11
corrupted, 11
destroying, 5
mar, 4
destroyer, 3
marred, 3
Jer_13:7 (2), Jer_18:4, Nah_2:2
corrupters, 2
destroyeth, 2
spoilers, 2
waster, 2
cast, 1
corrupting, 1
corruptly, 1
destroyers, 1
destroyest, 1
destruction, 1
lose, 1
perish, 1
spilled, 1
wasted, 1

There is no contradiction here; “being marred,” means we are sinful flesh, and those vessels are meant to be destroyed. It is this very process of destroying the old man and raising up Christ through which we come to know the Lord. My point for showing what marred really means is to give another witness to the Lord causing us to sin (unbelief) and by this process of showing this to us, this is how we are being humbled and the “excellency/pride” of Judah is taken away by the “emptiers”.

All things are of Christ. Without Him we can do nothing. Even our sins, the fruitless deeds of the flesh are purposefully made marred branches in the one true vine, which is Christ.

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

The process of overcoming and entering into Christ is with much tribulation. This process is often likened to physical warfare to tell the man of the Spirit how it works in the spiritual (Rom 1:20). When Christ comes to baptize us with the fire of His chastening grace, a war is being fought over a period of many days. In the spiritual realm, this war is between spirits or doctrines. The Lord sends both good spirits and evil spirits to us (1 Ki 22:23, 1 Sa 16:14) as ALL spirits are from Him (Heb 12:9).

The inward conflicts and divisions in the kingdom within that the Lord causes will create confusion in the enemy’s household. This is His Way of bringing about an end to us being under the dominion of Satan, who is our father the devil before Christ comes (Rom 16:20, Joh 8:44). A divided kingdom and a divided house cannot stand.

Mar 3:24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
Mar 3:25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
Mar 3:26 And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.

The double-minded man is not lasting in the day of this baptism. The raging of this war, the chariots, the horsemen, with spears; all jostling together inwardly in our hearts and minds is how we are being PREPARED for Christ to come. In the days of our preparation to enter into His rest, a mighty war is being fought within the heavens of God’s Elect. We, and specifically the strength of the old man, are being smitten with confusion and bewilderment.

 Zec 12:4 In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah,  and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.

Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

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

It is the pitting of the carnal mind against the spiritual mind of Christ that brings war in our heavens.

Gal 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

Getting the 200 million carnal lies out of our heavens takes a raging battle that lasts many days.  This is our fighting the good fight of faith as we are “is, was and will be” prepared for Christ. These verses in Nahum tell us of the two witnesses, God’s people and the battle we endure first as judgment must begin at the House of God. We are the Lord’s mighty men and represent His army or “valiant ones” as well. Let us look at some of the symbolism in these two verses.

The Elect are the Lord’s valiant men, yet before He can use us in His service we have to be humbled and shown that we, like all men, are the “chief of sinners” and that nothing good dwells in our flesh. We are delivered by being depleted of the strength of the flesh also known as being humbled. No king is saved any other way.

Psa 33:16 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.

Mat 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

We are delivered by being shown our sin and being humbled by this revelation that we are truly a beast (Ecc 3:18). When we are still trusting in the flesh and our carnal thoughts and the lies of the great harlot, then judgment is still coming to us as we are not fully looking to the Lord.

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 Lord will use the chariots to bring evil/judgment upon us that will cause division within Satan’s house both those doing evil and those that help them do evil. The old man is the house of the evil doing and the harlot and her lies are what helps the old man. Both the beast and the false prophet are tossed into the fire.

Isa 31:2 Yet he also is wise, and will bring evil, and will not call back his words: but will arise against the house of the evildoers, and against the help of them that work iniquity.
Isa 31:3 Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When the LORD shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is holpen shall fall down, and they all shall fail together.

The “negative chariots and the positive chariots” that fight this war in heaven all work for the greater good, which is to bring us to Christ. Both are pulled by strong horses. This verse already cited speaks of this warfare raging within us.

Rom 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin, which is in my members

Without true faith, we have no ability to take thoughts the Lord gives us captive to the obedience of Christ. The principalities in our carnal heavens will overwhelm those without this armor and the shield of faith.

Eph 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

The red shields of the mighty men refer to our trusting in our carnal reasonings instead of the Lord. The color red in the negative application stands for our fleshly nature, our carnal mind, rejected first-born (Adam, Esau) and is the color of the adversary (red dragon) who is the father of the carnally minded. The first man Adam (the word actually means red) is the strong/mighty man with a carnal mind that must be overtaken and bound. Only Christ can enter into the strong man’s house, make war with the beast and spoil this house.

Mat 12:29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

When we are being ruled by the flesh, the Philistines within, we have a shield not of faith but of our own righteousness. Such a shield is red, the works of our hands which are likened to filthy menstrual rags to the Lord (Isa 64:6). The shield we hold before we come to “know He is the Lord” is not the shield of faith. It is a shield of our own making and is no good at stopping the fiery darts of the evil one. The flesh always wars against the Spirit and at first defies the armies of Israel until Christ is sent to do battle.

1Sa 17:45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

The armies of the flesh are strong with many horses, horsemen and chariots; all of them carrying these red shields and spears. But the Lord turns us back and uses our sinful carnal flesh to drag us to Him through the very baptism of fire we are learning about here in Nahum.

Eze 38:4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:

The reference in Nahum 2:3 to the valiant men, H2428 refers to a strong army.

H2428, chayil, khah’-yil  – From H2342; probably a force, whether of men, means or other resources; an army, wealth, virtue, valor, strength:

If we look at the root word for “the valiant men” we see it is those going through much tribulation, dealing with inner conflict, writing in pain (think childbirth), travailing, waiting patiently……. which is exactly what we do and how we enter into the kingdom.

H2342, chûl    chı̂yl, khool, kheel

A primitive root; properly to twist or whirl (in a circular or spiral manner), that is, (specifically) to dance, to writhe in pain (especially of parturition) or fear; figuratively to wait, to pervert: – bear, (make to) bring forth, (make to) calve, dance, drive away, fall grievously (with pain), fear, form, great, grieve, (be) grievous, hope, look, make, be in pain, be much (sore) pained, rest, shake, shapen, (be) sorrow (-ful), stay, tarry, travail (with pain), tremble, trust, wait carefully (patiently), be wounded.

Here is a good example of the point being made about who these valiant men are having this war raging in their heavens with many horses, chariots and spears being brandished.

Isa 13:8 And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain [H2342] as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.

When we are yet carnal and the king over us is still Abaddon from the bottomless pit of the flesh and we speak out blasphemy the Lord will correct/judge us in our day of the Lord. Here is a great army speaking out of their mouths words of fire and smoke and brimstone that will judge us in the appointed times.

Rev 9:16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
Rev 9:17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.

We know that the heavenly things of the Lord and the Spirit are represented by blue in Scriptures. Scarlet or purple is from the mixture of red (the first man Adam) and blue (the second Adam, the Lord from heaven). The entrance into Christ is through the veil of Christ’s flesh (Heb 10:20), and this is represented in type by the blue and scarlet curtains Moses was instructed to make to be the veil guarding the entry into the tabernacle of God (Exo 26:1).

All the leaven (the lies) must be cleansed from the heavens. The word translated for “scarlet” here in verse 3 [H8529] is only used once in all of Scripture. It is taken from this Hebrew word [H8438] from where we get scarlet, crimson and yes even worms!

H8438, tôlâ‛  /  tôlê‛âh  /  tôla‛ath
Total KJV Occurrences: 42
scarlet, 33
worm, 5
Psa_22:6 (3), Isa_41:14, Isa_66:24, Jon_4:7
worms, 3
Exo_16:20, Deu_28:39, Isa_14:11
crimson, 1
Isa_1:18

When our old man has been, “cursed” by the Lord, all the works of that old man’s hands are being spoiled. One of the curses of disobedience is we are not bearing fruit for Christ. The old man will not gather the grapes in harvest or drink the wine; as the worms of the fleshly carnal mind will eat them 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.

It is upon a “set day” determined by the Lord that the old man, us, as King Herod in type and shadow, is smote with judgment and is eaten by these worms.

Act 12:23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.

This war in our heavens between the things of the flesh and the spirit is never quenched until the Lord comes in the days of our preparing to enter into Christ. “The worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched” is what we must endure through our period of judgment (3 times in Matt 9:42-9:48).

The fiery torches spoken of in this verse are speaking about the Word. Jesus Christ is the Word and He did not come to create unity but He came to divide the five in one house (Luk 12:51-52).  We can see this in the definition of the word “torches”, this again being a word only used here in Nahum one time.

H6393, pelâdâh, pel-aw-daw’

From an unused root meaning to divide; a cleaver, that is, iron armature (of a chariot): – torch.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

A fiery torch is also a “spiritual cleaver” a weapon on a chariot that cuts off and makes these divisions. The Lord is cutting off the old man and the head of the beast. We must be beheaded in our witness for Christ to be counted worthy of being in the first resurrection (Rev 20:4).

Mic 5:10 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots:

Tony did a study recently of Psalm 68, where he showed that one of the key words for chariots [H7393] is also a word for millstone. Having a millstone tied around our necks and thrown into the sea is the same as having one’s chariots set on fire (via judgment) by the Word. This is how the old man within is destroyed (dashed to pieces, eaten by worms, etc.) as the Lord remakes the marred vessel that we now see in ourselves. The other main word translated Chariot is H4818 as shown above in Micah and its is taken from H4817 which also means SEAT.

H4818, merkâbâh, mer-kaw-baw’
Feminine of H4817; a chariot: – chariot. See also H1024.
H4817, merkâb, mer-kawb’

From H7392; a chariot; also a seat (in a vehicle): – chariot, covering, saddle.

Destroying the chariots of the old man is destroying the seed of the serpent and cutting off the strength of the old man. The seat of Satan is his throne which is the heart and mind of the beast.  This brings to mind this verse from the NT which aligns with what Nahum is prophesying about.

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 battle of the mind is the war in heaven that brings salvation. The Lord will destroy the fleshly armor by which we exalt the things of the flesh against the Spirit. The jostling and raging of war by the chariots in the streets is what Paul tells us about here:

2Co 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
2Co 10:4  For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;

When the time is truly at hand, the Lord’s chariots will come against the chariots and horsemen of the carnal mind in the whirlwind.

Isa 66:15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.

This is the process of salvation, how we are sanctified and the temple is being cleansed.

Isa 66:20 And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD

We have many Scriptures that speak of the jostling of chariots and warfare of the armies in the heavens. They all speak of the same event and process. The left hand and the right hand of the Lord work together to accomplish His will in each of us at the appointed times. Here are some words from Joel whose words Peter prophesied had begun on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit “is, was and will be given” and the fire on the earth was kindled (Luk 12:49).

Joe 2:4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.
Joe 2:5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.
Joe 2:6 Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness.
Joe 2:7 They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks:
Joe 2:8 Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.
Joe 2:9 They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.

The running “to and fro” in the fenced city and climbing the walls is this contention of flesh versus Spirit, the jostling of the chariots, and the warring of the man of sin with the man of the Spirit. All one and the same thing. This is the Lord’s doing initiated through His servant, Satan, which causes us to err and for judgment to come by the Word.

Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.
Job 1:7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

But the chariots pulled by the White Horse ultimately enter in and shall prevail. The Body of Christ is the work-horse of Christ doing these greater works (Joh 14:12).

Rev 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

Paul tells us the very purpose the Lord gives us the offices of the Church. Anyone not connected to Christ will not be sanctified in this age and will continue to “be tossed to and fro” by the deceptive lies of the adversary and his messengers.

Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

The chariots and their riders that run are said by Nahum to seem like lightenings. This is the same word used in this description of the cherubims, the angels of the Lord (The Elect) who are those that speak the Words of fire to those prepared to hear.

Eze 1:13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.

Rev 8:5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake

When we are being prepared for Christ, the Word will work this judgment through this war. This is how Satan will fall and Christ will appear in our heavens.

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

Luk 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

It is the Elect of God who speak the words of fire from which the lightening and the thunder come by which Satan is cast out of heaven. The Elect are called the sons of thunder for a reason.

Mar 3:17 And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:

It is a wonderful thing for the new man to fall into the hands of the living God. If we abide in the Body of Christ and be patient, the Lord is faithful to His promises in completing the good work He starts. Next week will complete Chapter 2 of Nahum, which brings even more clarity to this week’s verses and the Lord destroying the first man Adam and the carnal mind.

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