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Amos Part 20 – I Will Set a Plumbline in the Midst

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I Will Set a Plumbline in the Midst

Key Verses:  Amos 7:7 – 7:9

We continue in this study with the third of the five visions Amos is shown by the Lord regarding the judgment of Israel.  This is the process the Lord has ordained for all men to come to knowledge of the Truth, via many tribulations and which is also bringing salvation from sin in the appointed time for all (1Co 15:21, Gen 18:10). The Lord is showing us His works in these visions which comes first to the house of God which is also known as the church. The earth encompasses the seas and all the land and spiritually speaking what we are seeing is the Lord establishing dominion on earth as it is in our heaven.

Isa 52:10 The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Here is the vision of the plumbline and our three verses for today.

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

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

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

We know these are all spiritual statements and the vision is not a literal event and the understanding here must come by comparing spiritual to spiritual (1Co 2:13).

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.

Just as the book of Revelation is signified (Rev 1:1) via symbols, so are the words of Amos as are all the words spoken by the prophets of the Lord.

Hos 12:10 I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.

All three of the symbols, the wall, the plumbline and the Lord’s hand represent Jesus Christ who created all things and is by whom ALL THINGS consists.  Our carnal minds often forget just how expansive is the Lord in the affairs of mankind and the world.

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

Joh 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.

Joh 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

What is the plumbline?

Being “plumb” is a construction term that refers to being straight up and down. A plumbline is an ancient method of measuring the straightness of a wall. It has a string with a weight on the end that uses gravity hang straight down which the builders then follow. In the modern era, levels have replaced plumb lines in constructing walls that are level.

The Hebrew word “anak” is only found in these verses of Amos and according to Strong’s probably comes from an unused root meaning narrow.

H594, ‘ănâk, an-awk’

Probably from an unused root meaning to be narrow; according to most a plumb line, and to others a hook

This is all very interesting because we know the way is indeed narrow, the gate is straight by which the kingdom of God is entered.

Mat 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

Mat 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

The setting of the plumbline in Israel will in its appointed time accomplish all the Lord’s purposes and making the walls straight and bring down the pride of life.  It is the weight of the Scriptures and the express commandments of God that become the measuring line of righteousness in our day of the Lord.

Heb 12:13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.

1Jn 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

When we are measured against the plumbline, our hidden sins are being manifested along with lies and false doctrines.

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

The New Testament version of the Plumbline is the reed like unto a rod that is also a measuring device and is likened unto a rod.

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

A rod connotes discipline and authority in the Scriptures and that is exactly what the loving Lord is doing for His children in our day of judgment.

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

Pro 13:24 He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes (with the rod)

When a nation is ruled by a rod (plumbline), this is what is quickly learned.

Heb 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

Heb 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

This is what mankind is learning when they are constantly measured by the plumbline or ruled by a rod of iron.

Ecc 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man

It is only after we begin to have dominion over sin and our struggles against the man of sin and the lies of the harlot are “finished” that we become the golden reed in the Lord’s hands that are used to bring others into Holy City and reveal Jesus Christ to them.

Rev 21:15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.

What is the wall the Lord is standing on?

Amos sees The Lord standing upon a wall that is said to be “made” by a plumbline that the Lord has in His hand.  The Lord is building the House of Israel and the vision of Him on the wall with the plumbline is a testimony to building of the church of God which is the same as the House of Israel. The church is built by putting the Lord’s enemies under His feet.

Mat 22:44 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?

The Lord is standing on/upon/against the wall that the rebellious and idolatrous King Jeroboam has built in his heart and mind. This is our experience as we are this idolatrous king who have built a wall that provides us peace not yet knowing it is a false peace. Our pride has blinded us to the truth of our spiritual condition and the wall built with the wrong ingredients and tools is going to be torn down so a new one can be built instead.

Pro 18:11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit

Eze 13:14 So will I break down the wall that ye have daubed with untempered morter, and bring it down to the ground, so that the foundation thereof shall be discovered, and it shall fall, and ye shall be consumed in the midst thereof: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

The plumbline and wall vision is a vision of judgment.   The Lord is against this wall and it will fall just as the walls of Jericho (Jos 6:20) and Babylon “is, was and will be” falling in our appointed times.  The wall of Babylon is the first wall made of the mixed multitude within us (untampered mortar) which are the lies and unbelief we cling to claiming to follow the Lord.

Lam 2:8 The LORD hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion: he hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying: therefore he made the rampart and the wall to lament; they languished together.

The Lord is discovering our foundation in our day of judgment and as we saw last week, our secret sins are being revealed in light of the Sun. The day of the Lord is revealing our work and what we have built upon the foundation Christ has laid within us.

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

1Co 3:14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

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.

Walls separate and divide what is on either side of the wall and so it is also true in the spiritual (Rom 1:20).  These divisions are both needed for defense/safety as well as preventing escape both reasons the Lord comes to bring division and build walls.

Luk 12:51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: 

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

The wall built by the works of our carnal mind is being destroyed so it can be rebuilt.

Mar 14:58 We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.

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

When the plumbline is set, the commandments go forth and the wall is built again.

Dan 9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

The Holy City of Spiritual Jerusalem is another symbol for the Body of Christ and His Christ that are defined with a wall that was great and high.

Rev 21:12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:

Standing on the walls of the House of God is standing on truth and believing on the Lord.  Contending for the truth is a daily battle we must fight within ourselves and without ourselves in this evil world.  We are the watchman that are on the walls and look after and care for the sheep within and without ourselves by protecting the House of God from evil.

Isa 62:6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence,

Isa 62:7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

We as the Lord’s angels (messengers) are the ones stirred up by the Lord that are gathered together in Jerusalem to build city and using the Lord’s instruments of judgment.

Ezr 9:9 For we were bondmen; yet our God hath not forsaken us in our bondage, but hath extended mercy unto us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to give us a reviving, to set up the house of our God, and to repair the desolations thereof, and to give us a wall in Judah and in Jerusalem

With the wall repaired, we can find true peace and enter into the rest promised.

What is His hand?

Christ is the Word (Joh 1:1) and is the plumbline and the wall as we have seen.  It should not be a surprise therefore to come to see that Christ is also the hand.  It is through the Christ, His Body that the greater works get done (Joh 14;12).  The Body is the hands, feet, of the Lord and the flesh in which He is already come.

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

It is the Elect who will be the saviours of the world and bring each other into the truth and reveal Jesus Christ and pour out the vials of wrath (Oba 1:21, Rev 19:10).  The redeemed of the Lord are redeemed by the arms, hands and the body of Christ.

Isa 63:4 For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.

Isa 63:5 And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me.

It is the word that is judging us as we hear the commandments and are measured against the plumbline that is Christ.

Mat 3:12 Whose (winnowing) fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

Exo 23:20 Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.

Psa 19:4 Their (plumb) line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,

It is the Elect of God, being judged now, that are used of the Lord to save others and speak the words of fire in building the church of Jesus Christ. We are the Lord’s Body and as the judges of Israel, we are His Hand that is holding the plumbline and doing the measuring.  We measure ourselves (examine ourselves) but also are used to bring judgment to our brethren.

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

1Co 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

1Co 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

The plumbline aka the rod of the Lord is going to establish the Lord’s power over all the nations within us which is where the Kingdom of God is and where we will be reigning on our earth [Rev 5:10].

Rev 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
Rev 2:27 And he (through His Christ) shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

The Lord Will Not Pass by Again

“Not passing by Israel again” after the plumbline is set, is a promise that the Lord’s strange act (Isa 28:21) will not fail.  Salvation is assured, once the word is planted.  The Lord will bring it to pass and our patience is waiting on Him to perform it.   Such is the torment and suffering to which we, those that believe on Jesus Christ are appointed (Phi 1:29, Rev 14:10)

Isa 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Php 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

The work of the word of the Lord is tearing down our idols and destroying the temple of the self-righteous religious beast as a jealous God executes vengeance for His temple.

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

The killing of the old man by the sword of the Lord is a good thing.  It is required for the rebuilding of the temple and repairing the breaches and broken down walls.

Amo 9:10 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us.

Amo 9:11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:

The setting of the plumbline is another way is the coming of Christ and He comes to bring peace but that only comes about after a great war is fought in heaven and the earth.

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

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

The plumbline is placed within us and in the midst of Israel.  It is here where the Lord sits and wages this war against our man of sin and the beast.

Mic 1:3 For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.

Jesus Christ and His Christ are taken up to these high places and this is where we are tempted with the riches of world and the pride of life.

Luk 4:5  And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

Luk 4:6  And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

Luk 4:7  If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

In the day of the Lord those high places will be laid waste as the words of Christ, the weapons of our warfare destroy the idols of our man of sin as we overcome more and more.

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

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

The “was” of this prophecy was fulfilled by Shallum, who conspired against Zachariah the son of Jeroboam, and slew him, and reigned in his stead, which put an end to the family of Jeroboam (2Ki 15:7-11).  Yet none of these prophecies are history lessons (1Co 10:11), these words of the Lord from Amos are “is, was and will be” and not just was.  They apply to us and not just the ancient King Jeroboam.  Like Jeroboam, we will reap what we sow and every evil deed will be dealt a recompense in due time.  Prophecies of doom to our wicked ways will come to pass and by this judgment we shall be saved.

Ecc 8:11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

We are living out the “is” in our day of judgment when the plumbline is set in our midst. These words are spoken to King Jeroboam who was the king of the Northern Kingdom of Israel.  Jeroboam #2 is you and me (all things are ours) in our appointed time.  Like Jeroboam we are used of the Lord for good, winning some key battles, yet we are making idols and worshipping them which is not of faith and causes us (Israel) to sin.  The man of sin must die.

2Ki 14:24 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not from all the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.

2Ki 14:27 And the LORD said not that he would blot out the name of Israel from under heaven: but he saved them by the hand of Jeroboam the son of Joash.

The high places appeal to our flesh and the pride of man.  The devil knows this and we are constantly tempted to serve Satan and create high places which are stumbling blocks of sin in our hearts. The truth the world cannot see much less accept is that the Lord is working these sins (Isa 63:17) and creating these idols so we can be brought back to the Lord with a repented heart

Eze 14:4 Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;

Eze 14:5 That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.

Eze 14:6 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.

Our flesh and man of sin does not like these words of Amos.  Flesh wants to live and does not like being made to give an account according to the narrow way of the plumbline.  Our rebellious old man will seek to destroy the one measuring and highlighted our crooked paths and the high places that exalt themselves against the Lord.  This will be the focus of our next installment as Amos is put under duress and persecuted for speaking the word of God and prophesying against the high places of Israel. Amos is told to go away and prophesy not these harsh things to Jeroboam and the people of Israel.

Amo 7:10 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, Amos hath conspired against thee in the midst of the house of Israel: the land is not able to bear all his words.

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Micah Part 2 – In the World but not of the World

Book of Micah Part 2

“In the World But Not of the World”

Mic 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.

Mic 1:2 Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is: and let the Lord GOD be witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple.

Mic 1:3 For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.

Mic 1:4 And the mountains shall be molten under him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down a steep place.

Mic 1:5 For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? is it not Samaria? and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem?

Mic 1:6 Therefore I will make Samaria as an heap of the field, and as plantings of a vineyard: and I will pour down the stones thereof into the valley, and I will discover the foundations thereof.

Mic 1:7 And all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces, and all the hires thereof shall be burned with the fire, and all the idols thereof will I lay desolate: for she gathered it of the hire of an harlot, and they shall return to the hire of an harlot.

In Part 1 we covered just verse one and we need to cover some additional points to complete the foundation.

Mic 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw[H2372] concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.

These words of Micah are a vision, they are things he SAW concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.  What this means to us is that these words become SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING (i.e. maturity) when we also PERCEIVE/SEE and learn to apply it in our walk.

 H2372 – “Saw”

khaw-zaw

A primitive root; to gaze at; mentally to perceive, contemplate (with pleasure); specifically to have a vision of: – behold, look, prophesy, provide, see.

Micah like all of the Lord’s prophets and all of God’s elect are called to be watchers and be very circumspect about our walk and environment.  This role of being a watchman is to look within ourselves and within the Body of Christ.  Before we have Micah the prophet, we have a Micah the idolater, making molten images.

Jdg 17:4 Yet he restored the money unto his mother; and his mother took two hundred shekels of silver, and gave them to the founder, who made thereof a graven image and a molten image: and they were in the house of Micah.

The Micah of Judges is indeed a different Micah than the Morasthite, who has the Goliath within under control.  Yet our spiritual completion (seven Israelites named Micah in Scripture) requires us to live by every word of Scripture.

Samaria became the capital of the Northern Kingdom of the ten tribes when King Omri bought the land.

1Ki 16:23 In the thirty and first year of Asa king of Judah began Omri to reign over Israel, twelve years: six years reigned he in Tirzah.

1Ki 16:24 And he bought the hill Samaria of Shemer for two talents of silver, and built on the hill, and called the name of the city which he built, after the name of Shemer, owner of the hill, Samaria.

1Ki 16:25 But Omri wrought evil in the eyes of the LORD, and did worse than all that were before him.

Building on the hills is making idols for ourselves in our self-righteous zeal.  It is in Samaria that we will seek the perfection of our flesh yet we remain outside of the true city and separated from the Lord and His Christ.  The son of Omri was Ahab who is infamous for marrying Jezebel and building shrines and promoting worship of Baal (other gods).

1Ki 16:31 And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.

1Ki 16:32 And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria.

1Ki 16:33 And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him.

Samaria is north of Jerusalem and the direction from which we all will come in the days of our judgment.  The meaning of Samaria from its root word is very instructive.

 H8111 – “Samaria”

sho-mer-one’

From the active participle of H8104; watch station; Shomeron, a place in Palestine: – Samaria.

Here is the Strong’s definition of the root of Samaria H8104 shaw-mar’

A primitive root; properly to hedge about (as with thorns), that is, guard; generally to protect, attend to, etc.: – beware, be circumspect, take heed (to self), keep (-er, self), mark, look narrowly, observe, preserve, regard, reserve, save (self), sure, (that lay) wait (for), watch (-man).

Of the 468 occurrences of the root word “shamar” H8104, the vast majority are translated as “keep” or “kept” or some derivative thereof; however, this same word is where we get some of our well-known passages for watchmen.

Isa 62:6 I have set watchmen [H8104] upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD,keep not silence,

Psa 127:1 A Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman [H8104] waketh but in vain.

Watchmen sit on the wall that separates the Holy City of New Jerusalem with the religious world (a type of Babylon also) which is represented by Samaria.  The wall and the cloud are the same thing, “the dream is one”, they are Christ and one side is thick darkness (Jos 24:7) and the other side is the true Light (Exo 14:20).  On the one side is “The Christ”, sons of God, and the other represents the heathen (mixed multitudes) that are the spiritual Gentiles.  This applies inwardly as well outwardly as the Kingdom of God is divided and there are raging battles within and without.  When we begin to follow Christ and work for Him, we all bring our “idols of Samaria” into the Holy City with us (Exo 12:38, Neh 13:3). This is a constant battle being in this world.

2Co 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Exo 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

1Jn 5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

The woman at the well (in Samaria) was found by Jesus Christ and a lost sheep was returned to the fold worshipping in Spirit and Truth and partaking of the living waters. Our role as watchman is not just within Jerusalem.  From the wall we look both inwardly and outwardly.  From the wall that is CHRIST, we are also to look out into Samaria and pull in the lost sheep of the house of Israel the Lord has prepared and brings to us (Psa 10:17).

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

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

Like many things in Scripture these Words appear as a contradiction to the carnal mind and those in Babylon just conveniently ignore them.

Joh 4:4 And he must needs go through Samaria.

Joh 4:5 Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph.

In the World But Not of the World

The answer lies in differentiating the spiritual from the physical.  We are physically in the world but the Lord’s people are not of the world.  We have a different mindset, the mind of Christ.  We march to the tune of a different drummer called Christ.

Joh 17:14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

Joh 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

Joh 17:16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

Joh 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Ezekiel chapters 16 and 23 give us greater detail on Samaria and its spiritual significance.  Samaria is said to the older sister (where we first start out with the truth) of Jerusalem.

Eze 23:2 Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother:

Eze 23:3 And they committed whoredoms in Egypt; they committed whoredoms in their youth: there were their breasts pressed, and there they bruised the teats of their virginity.

Eze 23:4 And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah.

These two sisters are shadows of different stages of our walks.  Samaria is the beast who receives the deadly wound and continues to be a whore in Egypt (the world) refusing to obey the Lord and be separate (2 Cor 6:14-16).  Yet Jerusalem is even worse of a whore because she has been dragged into Christ and yet still plays the harlot.  To whom much is given much more is expected.  To continue to disobey the Lord after having come to knowledge of Truth brings greater stripes in our day of the Lord.  These parables tell of our progression until the Lord brings the baptism by fiery judgment to sanctify His great Name in us (Eze 36:23).

So while Samaria represents the world, it is also a later rendering of the world in type and shadow representing our linkage to “spiritual Babylon”.  With a storied history even the place of the showdown between the prophet of the Lord and the prophets of Baal; Samaria is, was and will be ruled over by the flesh and by many evil kings that reign over the “ten” tribes such as King Ahab.  This is where the religious beast continues to thrive (Rev 13:11). Moving on to maturity as we progress in our kingship we must learn to separate from our idol worship in Samaria.

Act 8:9 But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:

Jer 23:13 And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err

King Ahab of Israel married Jezebel and did more evil than all the prior kings.  This is what we do before our great day of judgment and the Lord’s Christ are sent to us to speak words of fire (Jer 5:14) that bring judgment (Mat 19:28).  The story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal was accomplished at Mt. Carmel in Samaria.  It always takes a prophet of the Lord to go show the people of God, the “kings” of the land, the error of their way.

Double mindedness defines Samaria and our inward battles of the mind.  The Lord is not making the carnal mind and the flesh in harmony with His mind, He is destroying that mindset.  We cannot mix and match our gods, we must choose today and “we choose life” Lord willing (Deut 30:19).  The seven churches within us that make up the ONE church includes Thyatira where we hear and learn how serious the Lord is about purity and separation from the world within and without.  Good is the enemy of excellence in our weak of faith state, we hear but not do the Word as a weak King Ahab.

Rev 2:19 I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first.

Rev 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

We must hold fast our confession and endure, striving to stay on the narrow road and wait for the Lord.  Only the called, chosen AND FAITHFUL is overcoming and be given to rule with Him.

Rev 2:25 But that which ye have already hold fast till I come.

Rev 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

Rev 2:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

It helps to learn to think about sisters and brothers and family depictions in the Scriptures as maturing phases in our walk and our coming to be the perfect man in Christ. The “is” and “was” application of Ezekiel 16 is our time in the holy city committing whoredoms despite knowing the Truth and coming behind in no gift.

Eze 16:45 Thou art thy mother’s daughter, that lotheth her husband and her children; and thou art the sister of thy sisters, which lothed their husbands and their children: your mother was an Hittite, and your father an Amorite.

Eze 16:46 And thine elder sister is Samaria, she and her daughters that dwell at thy left hand: and thy younger sister, that dwelleth at thy right hand, is Sodom and her daughters.

Eze 16:47 Yet hast thou not walked after their ways, nor done after their abominations: but, as if that were a very little thing,thou wast corrupted more than they in all thy ways.

We are always abiding in the fire that is Christ and should never be at ease in Zion.  We should follow the example of our Lord who was always at work.  Nobody has arrived and that is the mistake we make in the Body with our head knowledge before we are given to walk it out.  We learn the lesson of the deceitfulness of sin that lies in fleshly hearts.

Joh 5:17 But Jesus answered them, My Father works until now, and I work.

Amo 6:1 Woe to those at ease in Zion, and those trusting in the mountain of Samaria, those noted as the leader of the nations! And the house of Israel came to them.

The Witness From The Temple

Mic 1:2 Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is: and let the Lord GOD be witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple.

The earth represents all mankind and the carnal nature these clay vessels were purposefully made marred and naturally at enmity and in rebellion to the Word of God. So we are the earth that at first refuses to take heed.

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

Such a rebellious one will not be prospered and it is that seed, the seed of the serpent, the carnal mind, that will not be sitting on the Lord’s throne and ruling within us any longer when we hear the prophets speak.  “Oh that Ismael may live before You” is the plea of the old man (Gen 17:18).

Jer 22:30 Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah.

Who are God’s witnesses?  We are, the Body of Christ, who are also the faithful watchmen.

Isa 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

So when the Lord says He is a witness against us from His holy temple we should know and be reminded what we are being told.

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; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

So this is a scriptural proof right here in Micah 1:2 that we are the judges and reprovers of one another right now while we abide in this Body.  This is where we are judged now (1 Cor 11:31-32) and prepared and be given the role of judging “all of mankind” in the Millennium and Lake of Fire to come and at present with each other (1 Co 6:2, Mat 19:28, Rev 20:4).

Judging and being judged and having His Word be a witness against our sins and ungodliness is how we are sanctified by fire.  It is here, abiding in the Body, breaking bread with one another, speaking words of fire with one another that the sons of Levi’s that the elect represent spiritually, are purified.

Mal 3:3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.

Mal 3:4 Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD, as in the days of old, and as in former years.

Mal 3:16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.

We learn to fear the Lord and tremble at HIS Word as our faith grows and we mature in HIS chastening grace.

  Mic 1:3 For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.

Mic 1:4 And the mountains shall be molten under him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down a steep place.

The Lord is His Word and we are also that Word as His Christ.

Joh 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

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

The Lord coming out of His place is us speaking those Words of fire to one another.

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

The work of our redemption through that “sweet” judgment (Psa 19:9-10) can only take place when we are in the midst of the temple and that temple is in the midst of us.  This is how the high places of our earth; the idols, the pride, the carnality, the giant sins …. anything that defiles is being plowed up and being melted away by the fervent heat of the fire of “age abiding” (not everlasting) fire.  Isaiah saw this vision of the temple and the throne room and saw the elect, the Body of Christ, the seraphim worshipping the Lord which is how the old man king Uzziah, dies and the new man comes forth.  The seraphim are the ones who bring the fire to us and that fire is what causes the spiritual earthquakes (Zec 14:5, Rev 16:18) in the earth, our earth.

Isa 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.

Isa 6:2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.

Isa 6:3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.

Isa 6:4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

Isa 6:5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

Isa 6:6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:

Isa 6:7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.

The judging of that great whore within us, as Aholibah (Jerusalem), occurs as we live out the Words of the Micah’s prophecy.

Rev 19:1 And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:

Rev 19:2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore,which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

The symbolism of fire and wax and molten mountains is this process of being refined in the “furnace of affliction”, the very purpose of the trials and the scourging grace the Lord gives us.

Psa 97:3 A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.

Psa 97:4 His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled.

Psa 97:5 The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

Psa 97:6 The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.

And a NT witness of the same event:

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, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

The transgressions are the same, the dream is one!

Mic 1:5 For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? is it not Samaria? and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem?

We endure this wrath for our own transgressions and for the sins of the house of Israel.  These rhetorical questions are answered in the same way.  The transgression of Jacob, a type for Jesus Christ and representative of the elect, is our worldliness and refusal to separate from the idols of Baal.  The high places of Judah are the idols we still hold in the Body of Christ, representative of the Holy City of Jerusalem.

Isa 10:10 As my hand hath found the kingdoms of the idols, and whose graven images did excel them of Jerusalem and of Samaria;

Isa 10:11 Shall I not, as I have done unto Samaria and her idols, so do to Jerusalem and her idols?

There are lots of ways to create idols of our hearts, even angel worship of others, all of which are an abomination to the Lord.  We must move on to maturity and be given to overcome these few things the Lord still has against us while we dwell in spiritual Jerusalem living in these marred clay vessels fighting the good fight of faith.

Rev 2:13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

Rev 2:14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

When we are not faithful to watch over the flock beginning with ourselves, leaven creeps in and the people and the temple is defiled (1 Co 5:6-7) and the wrath is kindled against us (2 Ch 24:18).  Christ in us, the new man, the second man from heaven, must supersede and replace the first man Adam.  This is what being “supplanted”, the meaning of Jacob means in the end!

1Co 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

1Co 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

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

But that comes by living out the process of our life both in the world (Samaria) and in the Body (Jerusalem).  Those being saved are those in Zion who are given to turn from their transgressions in Jacob (the new man).

Isa 59:20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD

Judgment is now on the House of God and we have many Micah’s speaking to us often Lord willing in our frequent fellowships and breaking of bread.  Here is what these words of fire do:

Mic 3:8 But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.

Isa 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

The kingdom does come to earth as it is in heaven.

Mic 1:6 Therefore I will make Samaria as an heap of the field, and as plantings of a vineyard: and I will pour down the stones thereof into the valley, and I will discover the foundations thereof.

Mic 1:7 And all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces, and all the hires thereof shall be burned with the fire, and all the idols thereof will I lay desolate: for she gathered it of the hire of an harlot, and they shall return to the hire of an harlot.

The land within us will be plowed and made desolate and burned with fire as we have scores of witnesses throughout the prophets.  This process of judgment is what discovers the foundations of the beast and our carnal mind and the shame of this nakedness; our own wickedness is used to correct us (Jer 2:19).  We are the light of the world yet that light is made and continues to burn only while we endure in this winepress, playing harps and singing the new tune that only comes to the blessed few through this chastening and scourging of a loving Father.

Exo 27:20 And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always.

The Elect of God are not appointed to wrath but to salvation (1 The 5:9) but that will only come by us drinking the cup of the Lord and being judged in this age.  That is what will cause our lamp to always burn.

1Th 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

These Words of Micah we will study are the wonderful day of the Lord that comes to the children of men and brings us to our wits end of our old man and fleshly lusts.  We do reap what we sow in our whoredoms (fornicating with the world) all the while claiming to be the Body of Christ.  This is the second coming of Christ for salvation APART FROM SIN.  A Holy Seed comes forth only by much tribulation (Acts 14:22) and burning with fire. No one can enter into the temple any other way (Rev 15:8).

Isa 6:13 (NLT) If even a tenth—a remnant—survive, it will be invaded again and burned. But as a terebinth or oak tree leaves a stump when it is cut down, so Israel’s stump will be a holy seed.”

Rev 16:5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.

Rev 16:6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.

Rev 16:7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.

I hope this study has upgraded our awareness that we need to constantly examine ourselves and ensure we are guarding our gates and staying separated from the affairs of the world and not holding on to idols of our deceitful hearts (Jer 17:9).  We must be given to move on to maturity, if the Lord permits (Heb 6:3).  Pressing onward and upward requires us to abide in the fire that will constantly judge us and bring the hidden things of darkness to the Light that is Christ.

1Co 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

1Co 9:25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

1Co 9:26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

1Co 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

We will be seeing more of the Lord’s kingdom coming into our earth in the next few studies.  Some interesting names and their meanings will enhance our understanding of the process of judgment and how we come to know the Lord.

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