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Amos Part 10 – Smiting the Winter House

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Amos Part 10 – Smiting the Winter House

Key Verses:  Amos 3:8 – 3:15

We ended last study with this verse containing the final two rhetorical questions that portray the extent of the Lord’s hand in the process of judgment.

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

It is the continual roaring of the Lion of the tribe of Judah that teaches us the fear of the Lord and continually sends us forth to prophesy to the nations within ourselves and without.

It is this ongoing revelation (action) of Christ working in us that is being declared unto us which is the secret hidden from the world and revealed only to the chosen few.

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

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:

The church of Jesus Christ is built when The Christ, the Lord’s ambassadors, are sent forth to prophesy (Isa 6:9, Mat 10:5-8). Like all the prophets of the Lord, we are prophesied to by a fellow angel/prophet and in turn are sent to bring the revelation of Jesus Christ to all men.

Rev 10:11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

The prophesying to the nations begins inwardly for the Elect in this age of judgment and will outwardly be fulfilled as we are used to bring others to Christ now and in the lake of fire.

Amo 3:9 Publish (hearken) in the palaces at Ashdod, and in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say, assemble yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria, and behold the great tumults in the midst thereof, and the oppressed in the midst thereof.

Amo 3:10 For they know not to do right, saith the LORD, who store up violence and robbery in their palaces.

Amo 3:11 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; An adversary there shall be even round about the land; and he shall bring down thy strength from thee, and thy palaces shall be spoiled.

Amo 3:12 Thus saith the LORD; As the shepherd taketh out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear; so shall the children of Israel be taken out that dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed, and in Damascus in a couch.

Amo 3:13 Hear ye, and testify in the house of Jacob, saith the Lord GOD, the God of hosts,

Amo 3:14 That in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him I will also visit the altars of Bethel: and the horns of the altar shall be cut off, and fall to the ground.

Amo 3:15 And I will smite the winter house with the summer house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall have an end, saith the LORD.

The Word sent forth will be heard (published) in the fleshly, worldly and religious kingdoms of this world. This applies inwardly in this age to those few given ears to hear and being caused to hear the Word of the Lord (Jer 18:2, Pro 1:23). Outwardly these words will be fulfilled in the lake of fire when the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of the Lord and His Christ.

Ashdod as studied in Amos Part 3, was a key Philistine city (strength of the flesh), where Dagon (symbolizing our beast) was/is their and our god at the appointed times. When the Word of God is published in these spiritual strongholds (the inward Philistine cities), the result is the cutting off of the lies and the power those lies have over our walk (1Sa 5:3-4). The beheading of Dagon foretells the work the Word will do in the appointed times for all. The fire of judgment will cut off the lies and their power over us.

Pro 19:9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.

Egypt represents the world and the kingdom of the old man and the carnally minded. The burden of the Egyptians is bondage and what the Spirit of Christ will set us free from in our day of judgment.

Exo 6:6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments: 

The Word of God calls us to gather on the mountains of Samaria where we will see great tribulation (tumult) and oppression. God’s people, who is Jesus Christ, the Body that the world hates and persecutes (Act 22:8, Joh 15:18), must needs go through Samaria. We must live by every word and thank God because it is here in spiritual Samaria where we will and are meeting the real Christ and begin to partake of the true living waters.

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

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

In Part 2 of the Micah study,  there was a deeper review of the meaning and significance of Samaria. The woman at the well (in Samaria) was found by Jesus Christ and a lost sheep was returned to the fold worshiping in Spirit and in Truth by partaking of the living waters. Our role as watchman is not just within Jerusalem. From the wall that is The Christ, we look both inwardly and outwardly. With eyes round about, we 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, Rom 10:15) by the foolishness of our preaching (1Co 1:21).

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

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.

The process of spiritual progression is signified by the number three. Samaria in this way is like Babylon, the third step of progression we must endure and then come out of to be delivered.  Overcoming the flesh (Ashdod), the world (Egypt) and the lies of the great harlot(Samaria) are all necessary experiences for God’s people to live out and thereby learn.

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

Samaria is where we go to flee from our old life and find peace. We flee to the mountains after being shown that we are the abomination causing desolation despite our outward religiosity.

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:

Mountains are elevated earth that sits closer to the heavens and spiritually speak to the pride of carnal man and it is on those mountains where the beast carries the great harlot sits within our yet carnal mindset. A fellow angel/prophet shows us these truths as we look behind in our day of judgment.

Rev 17:8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

Rev 17:9  And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. 

Coming out of Babylon is coming out of Samaria and that is a process that takes the rest of our days in these clay vessels. The 200 million lies of the harlot is a giant army that takes much overcoming as our faith is tried and we learn to judge righteous judgment (Joh 7:24) and not even think above what is written (1Co 4:6). There is always more work, more maturing to come and we must guard against slothfulness. It’s a good fight of faith to the end (1Ti 6:12, Mat 24:13)

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.

The Lord knows how to reserve the unjust for their day of wrath. Our temporary peace and being at ease is a false peace and will come to an end when the woes (judgment) come.

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 great tumults [H4103] in our midst is the trouble and destruction that is necessary and ordained for salvation to come.  Being given the Morning Star (Rev 2:28) is the blessing of judgment as Christ rised within is and brings much trouble to our old man.

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

Eze 7:7 The morning is come unto thee, O thou that dwellest in the land: the time is come, the day of trouble [H4103] is near, and not the sounding again of the mountains.

Learning righteousness comes from enduring this trouble and learning patience in our judgment. This is how we are caused to keep His commandments (Eze 36:27) and be set free from sin, if we continue in Truth (Joh 8:32). Before we are being taught through the chastening and scourging grace of the Lord (Tit 2:11, Heb 12:6), we do not know to do right and we oppress the new man within us and those without ourselves as we judge and act in an unrighteous manner.

Amo 3:10 For they know not to do right, saith the LORD, who store up violence and robbery in their palaces.

Our time in spiritual Babylon (Samaria) is the time preceding the great earthquake that brings salvation. We must go into Samaria and lay up treasures in our earth and store up wrath for the day of wrath yet to be revealed from heaven.

Isa 39:6 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store until this day, shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the LORD.

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

Ignorance is no defense of our misdeeds in our physical courts of law and neither is it a defense in God’s court. Sins of ignorance must be recompensed and an offering made (Lev 4:3, 4:13).

Heb 2:2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward

Act 17:30 Truly, these (former) times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,

To bring us to repentance the Lord creates adversaries.

Amo 3:11 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; An adversary there shall be even round about the land; and he shall bring down thy strength from thee, and thy palaces shall be spoiled.

So, therefore, because of our sins, God’s elect who are judged first are the first to learn the fear of the Lord. Learning this teaches us that our every misdeed has a just recompense from a sovereign God. We reap what we sow. The Lord creates adversaries to test us and punish us when we disobey and this is all purposed for our learning righteousness.

1Ki 13:26 And when the prophet that brought him back from the way heard thereof, he said, It is the man of God, who was disobedient unto the word of the LORD: therefore the LORD hath delivered him unto the lion……

Coming to our wits ends (Psa 107:27) requires us to lose all hope of escape and deliverance of our own. The Lord uses the wicked WITHIN and WITHOUT, as His sword to oppress us and in due time cause us to cry out to the Lord.

Psa 17:9 From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about. 

Psa 17:12 Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.

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

Our redemption draws near when we see ourselves surrounded by enemies (Luk 21:20).   Spiritually speaking this is our flesh and the lusts and pride that defines the carnally minded.

Mat 24:9 Then shall they (Carnal Men) deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.

Psa 22:12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.

The Lord created a crooked serpent to deceive (Job 26:13), the same being the waster that destroys (Isa 54:16). The Lord works all things, even evil things for good (Rom 8:28) even raising up an adversary to surround the land promised to the Israel of God. The Lord turns us over to the law of sin and the flesh and lusts that live deep in these bodies of clay. Babylon and Assyria are part of the same spiritual army the Lord uses to accomplish His will of salvation.

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

Isa 10:6 I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.

Jer 27:6 And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him.

Jer 27:7 And all nations shall serve him, and his son, and his son’s son, until the very time of his land come: and then many nations and great kings shall serve themselves of him.

There are a couple of revealing nuggets in this verse’s comparison of our deliverance with the residue of a sheep being taken out of the mouth of a lion.

Amo 3:12 Thus saith the LORD; As the shepherd taketh out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear; so shall the children of Israel be taken out [delivered – H5337] that dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed, and in Damascus in a couch

First, it is God’s elect, all those who enter thru the door that is Christ that are the shepherds of the sheep (Joh 10:2). This is what prophesying does, it rescues and delivers the residue of sheep from the mouth of the roaring lion who is our father the devil. David, as a type of Jesus Christ and of God’s elect, who would come at Pentecost, experienced in the physical, what we do in the spiritual (Joh 6:63, 1Co 10:11).

1Sa 17:34  And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:

1Sa 17:35  And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.

The beast that all men are (Ecc 3:18) are of their father the devil who seeks to devour the man-child within ourselves and without.

Rev 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

Psa 22:21 Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.

There is not much remaining after a lion gets hold of sheep and so it is with the true Israel of God, the spiritual Jews who the Lord judges in this age. This is true individually within ourselves but also outwardly thinking of those few, the few chosen is relative to all mankind.

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

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

The Lord’s makes the wicked for the day of evil (Pro 16:4) but His purposes is always good and that is to remake us and not to destroy us. All it takes is a tiny sprig/seed planted by the Lord.

Isa 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

1Pe 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

What the Lord has torn down, He will and is raising up again in the “three days” of our spiritual progression (Joh 2:19, Mat 24:2). The Lord that turns us into sin (destruction) yet also turns us back (Psa 90:2) and restores all that was lost with even greater treasures.

Joe 2:25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.

Mat 17:11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.

A final point on verse 12 is our dwelling in Samaria on a bed and in Damascus on a couch.  Beds and couches are where we sleep or relax. The new man will be taken from this Samaritan bed and the old man will be left (Luk 17:34). Until we go through it, we always think the Lord has come and our earthquake is already past. Yet He comes as a thief in the night when we are saying peace and safety resting on beds and couches in spiritual Samaria (1Th 5:2-3).

Until we go through our judgment and abide in the fire, the furnace of affliction (Isa 48:10), there remains a rest we have yet to fully find. Even when we do find it, there is yet more to be found and this journey of faith and growing never ends.

Heb 4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

Heb 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

Our labor for the Lord is to be done in His House which is where deliverance is found (Zion).

Amo 3:13 Hear ye, and testify in the house of Jacob, saith the Lord GOD, the God of hosts,

Amo 3:14 That in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him I will also visit the altars of Bethel: and the horns of the altar shall be cut off, and fall to the ground.

Judgment being upon the altars of Bethel, the House of God means our way of worshiping and making sacrifices in serving the Lord is in focus. The outcome of our judgment is that we will and are obeying the Lord (Rom 2:13, Rom 6:14). The Lord accomplishes this destroying of the power of flesh by cutting off our horns from which we get our power to defy and rebel against Him.

Horns signify power and like all words can be positive or negative. The Lord and His Word is the power or the horn of our salvation (Psa 18:2, Rom 1:16). Yet here in Amos the horns being cut off is the power the enemy hold over the new man. In wrath and jealousy that power is destroyed when the Lord brings vengeance for His Temple.

Lam 2:3 He hath cut off in his fierce anger all the horn of Israel: he hath drawn back his right hand from before the enemy, and he burned against Jacob like a flaming fire, which devoureth round about.

Lam 2:4 He hath bent his bow like an enemy: he stood with his right hand as an adversary, and slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion: he poured out his fury like fire.

The power of Satan over us is the carnal mind. To be carnally minded IS DEATH (Rom 8:6) and it is this mindset that holds power (unbelief) over us and must be destroyed.

Rev 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

Christ comes to us and through His death in us, we overcome through death to self, the power of our father the devil (Joh 8:44).

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; 

For Christ to increase, the flesh and old man is being decreased (Joh 3:30) and by this process, we grow and take on the mind of Jesus Christ (1Co 2:16).

Amo 3:15 And I will smite the winter house with the summer house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall have an end, saith the LORD.

The Maker of all things is the Maker of all houses and the One who makes all the seasons of life.

Psa 74:17 Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter. 

There is indeed a time and a purpose for every season under heaven (Ecc 3:1-8). Before we bear fruit, we don’t bear fruit and this is why the Lord brings judgment against His vineyard (Isa 5:4-5) for raising up briars and thorns instead. Good lasting fruit only comes by us falling down, acting in unbelief and then being chastened of the Lord.

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

Winter is a time of spiritual darkness, storms/trials and a dearth of spiritual fruit. It is cold in the winter signifying our need for covering and the comfort that only the Body of Jesus Christ can provide. Love covers a multitude of sins (1Pe 4:8) as does our learning obedience in the fire of out trials (Rev 3:18). Our covering is found only in Christ by The Christ of Christ.

Rev 1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

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

The elect must stay faithful in the winter seasons and stand on faith knowing the author of salvation is not ourselves but the Lord. We are being taught to be patient and wait on the Lord.

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

Jer 36:22 Now the king sat in the winterhouse in the ninth month: and there was a fire on the hearth burning before him.

God is smiting the winter house within us with the summer house to destroy it. The summer house that brings the Light and the warmth is the Body of Christ, the same purveyors of judgment through the spoken Word (Mat 19:28, Rev 20:6). Our winter house of flesh is smitten by the summer house and in turn we become a summer house to work the same work in others.

Rev 22:8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.

Rev 22:9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

The man of sin’s abode is the winter house where we abide alone and serve self. The summer house is the Body of Christ which is the instrument the Lord uses to bring judgment and salvation. Our way of escape is only through the pillars of the Temple that are the body of Christ (Rev 3:12, Rev 15:7-8). Praying our flight not be in winter, is a prayer that we be given a spiritual wife, a help (Gen 2:18), to guide us on our way of escape. We cannot make it alone.

Mat 24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

Pro 31:14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

It is by showing the winter house to the summer house that we become ashamed of our sins and begin to strive (stop being at ease) to conform to the pattern shown us by the Word.

Eze 43:10 Thou son of man, shew the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern.

Ivory is a cherished physical ornament used to dress up and make attractive things in the natural. Ivory being predominantly white is used by us spiritually speaking when we focus on the outside of the cup rather than the inside where God looks. Both the kings of Samaria (1Ki 22:39) and the beast of Babylon worship and serve the false gods of Baal under the influence of the harlot (Jezebel) that make merchandise of the things of God (Rev 18:12) and focus on the outside vs. the inside of the cup.

Luk 11:39 And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.

The Lord is not impressed with appearances and looks to the heart of man for righteousness.  Abiding in spiritual Samaria (Babylon) we become complacent with our knowledge which is why the Lord comes the second time for salvation apart from sin. Those beds and houses we make of ivory to justify ourselves and seek gain are consumed by the fire poured out.

But the day does come that God’s elect and ultimately all men will return with the wine and summer fruit to be enjoyed by all:

Zec 14:8 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.

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

Next week Lord willing, we will continue into Chapter 4 where the Lord will begin and are  dragging us off the mountain of Samaria and to Himself using fishhooks.

Sincere questions and comments are welcome.  You can also email me directly at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.

Your Brother In Christ,  PETE

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Micah Part 4 – A House Built On Earth

Book of Micah Part 4

“A House Built On Earth”

We ended Part 3 by reviewing Mic 1:10 in a study entitled “moving on to maturity”.

Mic 1:10 Declare ye it not at Gath, weep ye not at all: in the house of Aphrah roll thyself in the dust.

We saw that moving onto maturity involves learning important lessons and separating from what is the common behaviors of the carnal mind.  Walking by faith and not by sight is what maturity brings.  The journey of Micah, the Morasthite, begins at Gath, the first of the eleven cities.  We saw in part 1 that the root word for Gath the city is the Hebrew word Gath that is most often translated as winepress.  So this entire journey is about moving us towards maturity via the process of judgment.

Rev 14:19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

The first thing we learn is to declare it not at Gath.  The world and the carnal mind will not be able to understand the mysteries of the Kingdom of God.

1Co 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are (being made) perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

Mat 13:11 He answered and said unto them, because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

We can’t be mature if we do not respect the Lord’s hands in blinding the entire world and only giving “ears to hear and eyes” to see to precious few.  We don’t declare the Lord at Gath as we must mature ourselves to be used in service and we must not cast pearls to spiritual swine.

Psa 10:17 LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

Rom 11:7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded

Secondly, we saw that we must learn not to lament and wail about our trials.  We must not go to Aprhah, the house of dust and wallow in the self-pity of the carnal mind.  We need to appreciate the blessing that has befallen us and work (strive) to enter into the rest that remains for the people of God.

Php 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

We cannot try to save our old way of life or else we will fall from grace.  We cannot return to that former way of life (house) for anything.  As we saw last week, it may cost us everything and we must be willing to pay it.  Lord willing, we will continue on as the Lord leads us towards a complete spiritual foundation remembering the message of Lot’s wife.

Luk 17:32 Remember Lot’s wife.

Luk 17:33 Whoever seeks to save his life, he will lose it. And whoever will lose it, he will preserve it.

So we have covered the first two cities we are commanded to pass thru on our way to maturity.  It is only once we finish the journey at the final city of Addulam that we will receive the inheritance promised.  We will be tempted into giving up and not pressing forward towards the prize of the higher calling.  But make no mistake, we must finish the race if we have hope of being in the blessed and holy first resurrection.

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

Becoming a mature man is the reason given for the why the Lord has given us a Body and given us able ministers, teachers and all of the offices of the church.

Eph 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

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

The Lord’s own words tell us of this mystery as well.

Joh 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

 So let’s continue with our eleven city journey towards being made perfect and see what else the Lord wants us to take heed.  This study will cover just this one verse from Micah.

Mic 1:11 NKJV Pass by in naked shame, you inhabitant of Shaphir; The inhabitant of Zaanan does not go out. Beth Ezel mourns; Its place to stand is taken away from you.

 3. Pass by in naked shame, you inhabitant of Shaphir

Saphir – H8208:  From H8231; beautiful; Shaphir, a place in Palestine:

H8231: A primitive root; to glisten, that is, (figuratively) be (causatively make) fair: –  X goodly.

The root word H8231 is only found one time here in Psalm 16.

Psa 16:6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly [H8321] heritage.

Our heritage, is OUR INHERITANCE in Christ.  It is indeed a goodly and/or glistening outcome.  As the Elect of the Lord we are the light of this world and it is through us that the shining forth of righteousness is, was and will be coming.

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

Php 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

Luk 24:4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:

Psa 80:1 … Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth.

Yet make no mistake, it is the glory of the Lord that lights us up and does the shining and in total the Body, the Lamb of God, is the light all men will one day see and enter in by.

Rev 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

Yet before this light can shine in us and our raiment glisten as an inhabitant of Shaphir, we must pass by naked and ashamed.  We must first endure this journey from where we are righteous from the perspective of the flesh (the number 10) and see the disintegration and ruin of that which is perfect in the “flesh” (as best as flesh can be).  That is seeing the shame of our nakedness that is necessary to bring us to Christ, our inheritance, we find in Addulam the final city.

We have to be shown our sin and the depths of our depravity.  It is far more than the outward sin and things seen with our naked eyes.  Leviathan, the deep, lives within our carnal DNA and the Lord will make manifest what truly lives in our flesh.  We will say all the right things and have the knowledge of what is required of us as Paul says.

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

And yet the weak flesh must be shown that it is impossible to save ourselves.

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

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

The heritage and the inheritance of the saints is salvation through Jesus Christ.  But that comes via the process in down payment form and in fullness only when we are raised from the dead.

Outward appearances rule the hearts and minds of the carnal mind.  First the natural and then the spiritual means that our first state of being in Saphir will be one where the focus is on the outside of the cup and being pleasing to men.  Knowledge of doctrine will indeed puff us up and take our eyes off the inward ongoing work of grace needed to purify the heavens with the blood of Christ.  In this state we will use our supposed godliness for gain all the while denying the power within us to stand against sin and the pulls of the flesh (Philistines).

2Ti 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

We should indeed turn away from such a mindset.  Yet such folly will not go far.

2Ti 3:9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

The way the Lord is accomplishing this is by using our own wickedness to correct us.  We will be shown that we are the abomination (still) causing desolation in the temple of the Lord (Mat 24:15).  The Lord is going to discover the whoredoms of Jerusalem (Aholibah) and we shall see it like it really is.  All things will be brought to the light, no exceptions.  Our sin will be made bare and the vanity of our fleshly labor spoiled.

Luk 8:17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.

2Co 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Eze 23:29 And they shall deal with thee hatefully, and shall take away all thy labour, and shall leave thee naked and bare: and the nakedness of thy whoredoms shall be discovered, both thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.

But the Lord will come and reason with us via our abiding in Him via His Body.  This reproving by the angels of the Lord is how we will buy gold tried in the fire and be made ready as the Bride.

Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

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

4. The inhabitant of Zaanan does not go out

 Zaanan – H6630: From the same as H6629 used denominatively; sheep pasture; Zaanan, a place in Palestine

H6629 – City of “Sheep or Flock”

From an unused root meaning to migrate; a collective name for a flock (of sheep or goats); also figuratively (of men): – (small) cattle, flock (+ -s), lamb (+ -s), sheep ([-cote, -fold, -shearer, -herds]).

Not going out of our fenced and walled cities is a very bad thing.  Those symbols refer to the works of our hands to make ourselves pleasing to the Lord and allow us in our strong delusion to think we serve God and He accepts our sacrifices.  But He wants much more, He wants all of us.

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

To move onto maturity, we will need to get past the milk doctrines and go on to eat strong meat which is partaking of the fiery trials and suffering we have been appointed to as the people of God (Heb 6:1-3, Phi 1:29).  Eating the “flesh” of Jesus Christ (John 6:51) is something the carnal mind cannot comprehend yet once in the Truth, we learn to eat this meat, to bear these trials with joy.

Joh 4:32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.

Act 2:46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

We cannot eat at the table of the Lord and the table of devils.  This is what we do spiritually speaking in Zaanan in the Philistine plain (in the days of our flesh).

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

1Co 10:22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?

In our immature state we are settling in and be comfortable hanging around but not in the fire.  We will not take heed the commands to separate and come out of our Babylonian and worldly way of life within and without.  For some it will be laxness with days, times and years, for others it may be social life, others money, physical appearance, the list could be endless of what the snares and idols could be. But the end result is all the same.

Heb 6:8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

Those sacrifices we give to the Lord will be rejected when He comes with fire and we will learn it is far better to obey than to sacrifice.  Making sacrifices is giving lip service to the Lord’s commandments.  Obeying them is when we fear and tremble at the Word, knowing this.

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

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

The Lord’s people are called to separate from the world and to walk/endure a long journey.  We must hearken to the call of the trumpets and “come out of her” when called (Rev 18:4).  But our carnal minded mule is a stubborn beast that will not go willingly even after coming into knowledge of true doctrine.  We must be dragged to accomplish this commandment.

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

2Co 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

We have to work out our salvation and never quit working just like our Lord (Joh 5:17).  It is one thing to say we will go work for the Lord and follow Him, but our natural rebellious state must be exposed to us and our nakedness discovered as we saw in the prior city Shaphir.

Mat 21:30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.

We won’t remember Lot’s wife and after having our hand put to the plow, we will indeed look back and refuse to move on with the flock.  Such a one is unfit for the kingdom.

Luk 9:62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Failing to leave the security of our brass walls and the comforts of the flesh and this world, we will not take heed to the commandments to follow the Lord.

Mat 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

It is not enough to warm ourselves by the fire as Peter did and we also are doing at first.  This will only result in us denying the Lord.  That is what we do spiritually when we stay in Babylon with one foot, fearing men and what they will think of us and our strange doctrine.

Joh 18:18 And the servants and officers stood there, who had made a fire of coals; for it was cold: and they warmed themselves: and Peter stood with them, and warmed himself.

And this is all part of our continued harlotry and idolatry in Jerusalem and the wicked sister of Ezekiel 23, Aholibah.  One foot in and one foot out is a lukewarm state when we are at ease in the Body (Zion) and still baking our own bread and making our own gods. Speaking to Jacob My Servant, the Lord says this:

Isa 44:15 Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto.

Isa 44:16 He burneth part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth roast, and is satisfied: yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire:

Isa 44:17 And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god.

We must come all the way out, being lukewarm will not cut it in our day of the Lord. The Lord is not sharing His glory and our worship with any other gods.

Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

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

The very meaning of the word church and the Greek word Ekklesia is to be called out.

G1577, ekklēsia, ek-klay-see’-ah

From a compound of G1537 and a derivative of G2564; a calling out, that is, (concretely) a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both): – assembly, church.

The Lord’s commandments are serious business, all of them as we learn with time.  Nothing is overlooked.  We learn the error of the carnal man in us by the story of King Saul and what he did and did not do in destroying the Amalekites.   The story in 1 Samuel 15 is long but the takeaway for us to take heed is this verse.

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.

Coming out and separating is a serious command and the stubbornness of the fleshly Philistine city of Zaanan within must be overcome.  Thankfully the Lord is faithful and He will DRAG us out by the process of devouring the walls we setup in our idolatry that we think serve the Lord.

Eze 13:15 Thus will I accomplish my wrath upon the wall, and upon them that have daubed it with untempered morter, and will say unto you, The wall is no more, neither they that daubed it;

This proud and strong spirit that has us serving the Lord our way will be destroyed as we abide as One in the Body of Christ, in the flock of His Pasture.

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

Our last city in this study is Beth Ezel.

Mic 1:11 NKJV Pass by in naked shame, you inhabitant of Shaphir; The inhabitant of Zaanan does not go out. Beth Ezel mourns; Its place to stand is taken away from you.

5. Beth Ezel mourns; its place to stand is taken away from you.

The fall of our house comes to mind with these words regarding Bethezel.  When the foundation on which we stand, our spiritual house, is exposed as a fraud, the house will not stand.  That house will fall and thereby fulfill the Word of God in our lives (Luk 13:34-35).  A house built on the earth, the carnal mind ….. anything other than faith, will not stand when tested by the Lord.

Luk 6:49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.

A new earth is going to be established as we and all men endure this journey to perfection.

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.

We saw last week in the second city, Aphrah, that the Lord’s people are not to weep or lament the destruction of our flesh and old way of life.  Instead we must learn to rejoice in what the Lord is doing and trust and be patient in His promises for deliverance (Rom 8:28).  In Bethezel we are further down the road on our journey towards the promised inheritance and salvation.   The divided house of Israel within us will be exposed in the day of our judgment and the house built and operated by the man of sin and “abomination of desolation” will not stand.  The house of FLESH, aka the house of stone will not stand.

Mar 3:24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

Mar 3:25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

The covenant we made with death (Rom 8:6 – to be carnally minded is death) will be disannulled.

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.

The Lord is not going to act upon the mourning of the man of sin.  He is going to destroy that man and burn the heavens and the earth with fire.  There will be no place of refuge for the beast.

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 world and all of our fleshly idols and false doctrines will provide us no refuge as the vials of wrath come in increasing intensity in the fire and jealousy of the Lord.

Rev 6:17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

Mal 3:2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:

We would never willingly or proactively pay the costs of following Christ (Joh 6:65, Joh 6:44).   But as we mature we can look behind us and truly come to believe these verses and accept the will of God for our lives.

Ecc 7:1 A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.

Ecc 7:2 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.

Ecc 7:3 Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better

What utter foolishness are these truths to the natural man!  It is when we lay these truths to heart that we are truly carrying our cross for the Lord.

Mat 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

We learn to stand not on the strength of the flesh or our knowledge but only on faith.  We will not lean on what our senses tell us because we are saved by hope (Rom 8:24) and faith is all based on the Word not what is seen (Heb 11:1).  Standing firm on the Word is the key to spiritual warfare as these well-known passages in Ephesians 6 proclaim.

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

Eph 6:13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

H1018 is the Hebrew word for Bethezel and is only found once here in Micah.

From H1004 and H681 with the article interposed; house of the side; Beth-ha-Etsel, a place in Palestine: – Beth-ezel.  Total KJV occurrences: 1

It comes from H681 which is most often translated as “besides” or “near”.  It’s root is H681.

H680, ‘âtsal, aw-tsal’

A primitive root; properly to join; used only as a denominative from H681; to separate; hence to select, refuse, contract: – keep, reserve, straiten, take.

What is near the truth is still not the truth.  A little leaven indeed leavens the whole lump. There is both diligence and vigilance demanded of the church of Jesus Christ.

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

Heb 6:11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:

As we reviewed about Zaanan, God’s people truly are separated and will be divided from the rest of the world by this eleven day “symbolic” spiritual journey.  The story of David and Jonathan will help us see the significance of Bethezel and that we must move on beyond it and separate as the Lord’s servants.

Beth means house and the second part of this name Ezel is what is instructive.  The word Ezel is only found one time in Scripture in the context of David and Saul’s son Jonathan parting ways.

1Sa 20:17 And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

1Sa 20:18 Then Jonathan said to David, Tomorrow is the new moon: and thou shalt be missed, because thy seat will be empty.

1Sa 20:19 And when thou hast stayed three days, then thou shalt go down quickly, and come to the place where thou didst hide thyself when the business was in hand, and shalt remain by the stone Ezel.

David and Jonathan earlier made a covenant (1 Sam 18:3) but that covenant shall not stand.  There is a lot more to this story but the key takeaway is that there is a great gulf (Luk 16:26) that no man can cross between the few chosen and many called and faithful.  The carnal mind will always be at enmity with the things of the Spirit.  We cannot serve two masters.  We cannot love God and also love this world as Babylon does.

1Jn 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

In our relative immaturity, we will think nothing wrong with these covenants outwardly and even ones we make inwardly to justify our continued rebellion and remaining entangled in the affairs of the world.  But the Lord demands our whole heart, whole mind and all of our strength and He will get it.  As a wise man once said, good is the enemy of excellence.  The covenant we make with Jonathan, son of King Saul (our old or immature man in type) represents a covenant with Babylon and the world (Egypt).  This preserves us for a time and a season yet to move to maturity we must separate as the called out people and part ways as did Jonathan and David.

1Sa 20:42 And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, forasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, The LORD be between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed forever. And he arose and departed: and Jonathan went into the city.

This only lasting covenant is the one built on the ROCK (Christ, the PETRAS).  The building on the stones of flesh (PETROS) will not prevail against the gates of hell.

Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter (PETROS), and upon this rock (PETRA) I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Beth Ezel represents our continued dependency/comfort with the world and its Babylonian ways.  We get support from it and carry on a lukewarm walk with the Lord.  But that support will be taken away, the Lord will separate us when the Lord brings spiritual earthquakes when the Lord and His Christ comes to us with words of fire (Zec 14:5).

The key takeaways of these three cities and what we need to learn and walk out is this:

Shaphir:  Any doubt on what we are in the flesh will be removed.  Oh wretched man that we are in these clay vessels.  Until we see that in its fullness we cannot move on to maturity (Rom 7:24)

Zaanan:  God is serious about separating His people from the world and its way of life.  The sooner we are given to come out of Babylon completely (physically, emotionally, spiritually) the quicker we mature and are usable in service.

Beth Ezel:  Christ comes with a sword and we must learn to abide in the fire and not make covenants that bring a false peace.  We must stand on faith in the Word as that is the only foundation upon which the church of Jesus Christ is built.

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

We will pick up Lord willing in our next installment with Part 5 where we will begin with the city of Maroth, the sixth city of the eleven on our journey to become the mature man in Christ.

Sincere questions or comments can left in the comment field or emailed to me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

In Christ,  PETE

Body of Christ, salvation

Destruction and Rebuilding of God’s Temple

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upward Calling of God

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

1Co 6:2  Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 

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

Oba 1:21  And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S. 

Neh 9:27  Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of their enemies, who vexed them: and in the time of their trouble, when they cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and according to thy manifold mercies thou gavest them saviours, who saved them out of the hand of their enemies. 

Rev 20:4  And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 

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

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

Rom 11:30  For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: 

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

Rom 11:32  For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exo 6:6Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:

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

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

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

Isaiah 45 Reveals God’s Plan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Luk 10:23 And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see:
Luk 10:24 For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1Jn 4:17Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PETE