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The Man of God Rebukes Jeroboam

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Kings of Israel #6

“The Man of God Rebukes Jeroboam”

Key Verses: 1Ki 13:1-10

In the next two studies, we will cover the “man of God” who is sent by the Lord to rebuke Jeroboam and prophesy coming doom to his idolatrous altars and priests.  The second part is a more familiar story that deals primarily with this prophet from Judah himself being deceived by a false prophet and thereby disobeying the Lord’s commandments. This “man of God” story like all these history lessons are there to admonish (1Co 10:11) and help us as we are making the transition from the man of sin (Jeroboam) to the man of God (Christ).  Until this is settled in our hearts we remain unstable and are tossed by many winds of doctrine.

1Ki 18:21  And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him…

Jas 1:8  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Here are our verses we will cover in today’s study.

1Ki 13:1  And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the LORD unto Bethel: and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense. 

1Ki 13:2  And he cried against the altar in the word of the LORD, and said, O altar, altar, thus saith the LORD; Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah by name; and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men’s bones shall be burnt upon thee. 

1Ki 13:3  And he gave a sign the same day, saying, This is the sign which the LORD hath spoken; Behold, the altar shall be rent, and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out. 

1Ki 13:4  And it came to pass, when king Jeroboam heard the saying of the man of God, which had cried against the altar in Bethel, that he put forth his hand from the altar, saying, Lay hold on him. And his hand, which he put forth against him, dried up, so that he could not pull it in again to him. 

1Ki 13:5  The altar also was rent, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign which the man of God had given by the word of the LORD. 

1Ki 13:6  And the king answered and said unto the man of God, Intreat now the face of the LORD thy God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored me again. And the man of God besought the LORD, and the king’s hand was restored him again and became as it was before. 

1Ki 13:7  And the king said unto the man of God, Come home with me, and refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward. 

1Ki 13:8  And the man of God said unto the king, If thou wilt give me half thine house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I eat bread nor drink water in this place: 

1Ki 13:9  For so was it charged me by the word of the LORD, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest. 

1Ki 13:10  So he went another way, and returned not by the way that he came to Bethel. 

The man of God sent from Judah is in New Testament terms, a preacher sent to speak the gospel (truth) to those being prepared to hear it.  Inwardly, this is our new man confronting our old man and speaking the Word that comes against our abominable acts which lead to the destruction of our old man.

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

The prophecy on the destruction of the altars of Bethel has a second witness in Amos which was still over 100 years future in its outward fulfillment.   The power (horns) of our idolatry, the carnal mind, will be cut off from Israel.

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.

This story is inwardly being fulfilled as we grow and mature in the Truth and our double-mindedness is revealed, rebuked and then brought into unity with Christ.  When the Word is spoken and heard, that Word always points to Christ and His bringing in of salvation.  Our man of sin is being destroyed by the working of the Word spoken by the Lord’s sent preachers (Rom 10:14-15).  This is how our unbelief is turned into belief, little by little.

2Ti 4:2  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

Rev 3:19  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

The prophet speaks against Jeroboam’s worship and specifically the two altars in Bethel and Dan where golden calves were set and offerings made to them in the Name of the Lord.  We covered the last study that these calves and the altars where they were placed was all about SELF-worship and claiming the Name of God yet doing things our way.  The prayers of our old man are the incense offered upon this altar which is rejected and a stench to the Lord.

Pro 28:9  He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.

Joh 9:31  Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.

As those in Truth now know, this is a long process to be converted rather than a onetime sinner’s prayer to be delivered our worship of self and worldly fornication.  The man of God prophesies of a child, named Josiah, who would be born many years later that would clean up the worship and destroy the abominable altars of Israel.

Synopsis of King Josiah:  The Word is prophesying to the coming of Christ to every man in the appointed time.  Josiah was a major reformer of worship in Israel and is a type and shadow of Jesus Christ who was also a reformer (Heb 9:10) as both were born and raised up by God and put on the throne of Israel.  Josiah, after rediscovering the law (2Ki 23:2) that had been lost, began to institute worship reforms and cleansed the temples and made right the worship and sacrifices that had been forgotten. Those are the very things Christ had done and is doing in the hearts and minds of His elect in every age (Joh 2:14-19).  We will cover those details when we get to king Josiah much later in this study series.  Josiah was the most righteous king ever to sit on the throne before the coming of the One True King.

2Ki 23:25  Now before him there was no king like him, who turned to the LORD with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses; nor after him did any arise like him. 

King Josiah comes onto the scene approximately 300 years after the man of God’s prophecy, thus fulfilling it outwardly.  We fulfill the Word of God and this prophecy INWARDLY now in this age when the Lord begins to raise up Christ (the new man) on the throne of His Temple (1Co 3:16) and we begin to rule over our flesh.  Josiah was only eight years old when made the king and is drawn towards the Lord and the needed reformations in the 8th year of his reign.  These witnesses of the number eight symbolize the new man rising forth (See Spiritual Significance of the Number Eight Study).

2Ch 34:3  For in the eighth year of Josiah’s reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father: and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images.

The burning of men’s bones refers to the burning up of all the lies and false doctrines which hold up the carnal world and holds them all in bondage.  Bones are another symbol for doctrines and a good Rom 1:20 application. What holds up a physical body and gives it form and strength is also what holds up a spiritual body.  The Body (the woman) is made from and held up by the bones of Christ who is also the first Adam.

Gen 2:23  And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

The doctrines of Christ are the Scriptures which cannot ever be broken.

Joh 10:35  If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; 

Joh 19:36  For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken. 

It is when these carnal bones are burned on the altar that the house of the old man will collapse and will never rise again.  Burning the bones in fire is casting out the lies and false doctrines, the very thing which brings salvation.   The father of lies and all his many demons (false spirits/doctrines) are cast out.

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

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

The bones of Christ are never broken, and no fire can ever harm them (Dan 3:27).  We now read the fulfillment of this prophecy when Josiah instituted reforms in Israel.  The idols were removed and replaced by the bones of men, meaning we give up our lives as a living sacrifice dying daily (Gal 2:20) with the Lord.

Josiah’s fulfillment of Prophecy:

2Ki 23:14 NKJV  And he (Josiah) broke in pieces the sacred pillars and cut down the wooden images, and filled their places with the bones of men.

2Ki 23:15  Moreover the altar that was at Bethel, and the high place which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin, had made, both that altar and the high place he broke down; and he burned the high place and crushed it to powder, and burned the wooden image.

2Ki 23:16  As Josiah turned, he saw the tombs that were there on the mountain. And he sent and took the bones out of the tombs and burned them on the altar, and defiled it according to the word of the LORD which the man of God proclaimed, who proclaimed these words.

2Ki 23:20  He executed all the priests of the high places who were there, on the altars, and burned men’s bones on them; and he returned to Jerusalem.

Upon hearing this prophesy spoken against him, Jeroboam, like our rebellious old man, will seek to stay the rebuke and judgment against our ungodly ways

1Ki 13:4  And it came to pass, when king Jeroboam HEARD the saying of the man of God, which had cried against the altar in Bethel, that he put forth his hand from the altar, saying, Lay hold on him. And his hand, which he put forth against him, dried up, so that he could not pull it in again to him. 

1Ki 13:5  The altar also was rent, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign which the man of God had given by the word of the LORD. 

1Ki 13:6  And the king answered and said unto the man of God, Intreat now the face of the LORD thy God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored me again. And the man of God besought the LORD, and the king’s hand was restored him again, and became as it was before. 

The Lord ordained that Jeroboam heard the man of God’s words that cried against his altar.  When the Word of God goes forth, it is being spiritually heard which means it is understood.  Then it begins to work its work in its hearers.

Eze 12:25  For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD.

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.

Jeroboam’s reaction is our man of sin’s reaction to the words of Christ which come against us and touch our idols.  Flesh naturally wants to silence those that oppose our beast to continue to justify ourselves.  Yet the Lord will take away even the little bit of spirituality we have in drying up (withering) our works and ensuring we stagnate. The rebuke of our carnal and dead works is the sun (Christ) rising upon our earth.  This is what begins to draw us away from the flesh and towards faith.  To be raised from the dead we must first fall to the ground and die.

Mat 13:6  And when the sun (Christ) was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

Mar 11:21  And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.

All men are resurrected from the valley of dry bones where all of our works are first withered, and no sustenance of spiritual life is found (Eze 37:1-4).

The word for ashes in this story is not the primary Hebrew word for ashes as used in Scripture.  The word here is H1880 which comes from a root word meaning fat and is as often translated as fatness versus ashes.

H1880, deshen

Total KJV Occurrences: 15

ashes, 8

Lev_1:16, Lev_4:12 (2), Lev_6:10-11 (2), 1Ki_13:3, 1Ki_13:5, Jer_31:40

fatness, 7

Jdg_9:9, Job_36:16, Psa_36:8, Psa_63:5, Psa_65:11, Isa_55:2, Jer_31:14

The residue of our offerings to the Lord when we are under the law for the lawless is our spiritual fatness in the negative sense.   The residue of idolatrous sacrifices to the Lord are the ashes that we look to in justifying ourselves before the Word is sent and begins rebuking us.  We don’t know what we don’t know when we are deceived of the Lord and feeding on the ashes of our idolatry of self.

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.

Isa 44:20  He feedeth on ashes: a deceived heart hath turned him aside, that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say, Is there not a lie in my right hand?

Signs are not for believers but unbelievers (1Co 14:23).  This rending of the altar and pouring out the ashes was a physical sign to Jeroboam and our old man in our appointed time.  A time will come when we hear the Word and our self-worship is rebuked and henceforth fails to bring forth any fruit but only death (the wages of our sin).  Mighty signs and wonders are very convincing in the short term but do little to manifest true and lasting repentance.  The Word of God brings rebuke that destroys the strength of our flesh and dries up the food that sustains our old man and religious beast’s (Rev 13:11) existence.  This event is part of the Revelation of Jesus Christ where our hearing of the Word first wounds one of our seven heads, but then that wound is quickly healed and we carry on being a beast and the man of sin that Jeroboam represents.

Rev 13:3  And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

Jeroboam’s afflicted hand brings seeming repentance but that is short lived as the flesh cannot help but be flesh and it is appointed for destruction (1Co 15:50).

1Ki 13:33  After this thing Jeroboam returned not from his evil way, but made again of the lowest of the people priests of the high places: whosoever would, he consecrated him, and he became one of the priests of the high places.

1Ki 13:34  And this thing became sin unto the house of Jeroboam, even to cut it off, and to destroy it from off the face of the earth.

As the Lord’s prophets, ministers and kings in the making, we are to give to all who ask of us even those outside the covenant of faith.  Men of God are not to pray for the world in general (Joh 17:9, Jer 11:14).  However, the sum of the Word that is Truth (Psa 119:160), teaches us that when specifically asked to pray for anyone, we need to be Christ and answer that petition.

Mat 5:42  Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

Righteous prayers are integral to deliverance and conversion from our sinful ways.

Jas 5:16  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Mar 9:29  And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

With his hand restored, Jeroboam seeks to make friends with the prophet and reward him for his actions.

1Ki 13:7  And the king said unto the man of God, Come home with me, and refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward. 

1Ki 13:8  And the man of God said unto the king, If thou wilt give me half thine house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I eat bread nor drink water in this place: 

1Ki 13:9  For so was it charged me by the word of the LORD, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest. 

1Ki 13:10  So he went another way, and returned not by the way that he came to Bethel

Our final verses speak more to the lessons our new man from Judah is learning rather than to our old man Jeroboam.  The Northern Kingdom is Samaria and while Christ “must go through Samaria”, we also know that our mission field is only those the Lord is preparing to be found and judged in this age.

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.

Our old man is always seeking to save his life and stave off its own destruction.  Flesh will naturally want to bring Christ and his physical blessings into our household and continue on with business as usual.  This is what we all do in our time in the Orthodox churches of men and also in our time in spiritual Babylon.  The real Christ and His more mature messengers avoid such situations in getting entangled with carnal people and the affairs of the world.

The people of God work out of duty having been purchased by the Lord and now becoming His unworthy servants.  We are never to ask for nor take rewards for what is our reasonable service to our fellow man, all of whom are Christ in the making (Mat 25:40).

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

Luk 17:10  So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do. 

The Lord sustains his prophets and provides all the food, drink and rest that we need.  We are not to look to the world for our sufficiency in these things, be they physical or spiritual.

Mat 6:33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

We have an obedient man of God who rightly rejects the offer of Jeroboam and honors the commandments given to him by the Lord.  Those following Christ go forward, they go straight and do not turn back, remembering Lot’s wife.

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.

Eze 1:12  And they went every one straight forward: whither the spirit was to go, they went; and they turned not when they went.

Another command of the Lord is the commandment to not eat and drink spiritually speaking with those outside of faith such as Jeroboam.  We have to be discerning as prophets and know when to speak and when not to speak ensuring we are ministering to the lost house of Israel (Psa 10:17, Mat 10:6).

2Jn 1:9  Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

2Jn 1:10  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

2Jn 1:11  For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

Those led by the flesh (Jeroboam’s) are spiritual fornicators with whom God’s people are not to keep company and not to be actively discussing spiritual matters.

1Co 5:9  I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:

1Co 5:10  Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.

1Co 5:11  But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

Jeroboam did not hold to the prophet’s rebuke and he continued on with his evil abominations.  The Lord is not going to save the old man, he is using his evil acts to give the occasion to bring judgment to us in the appointed time and thereby teach us His right ways.

Jeroboam’s house will soon enough be destroyed as we move forward with the next king of the Northern Kingdom.  It is at the end of our judgment process when the false altars and listening to false prophets will come to an end.  Josiah (Christ) will come onto the scene 300 years later and the false prophets and their lies within us all will be consumed by the fire of the Word thus fulfilling the man of God’s prophecy.

Act 3:22  For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.

Act 3:23  And it shall come to pass, that every soul, which will not hear that prophet, shall be destroyed from among the people. 

The man of God was obedient in his initial assignment in passing this test and performing what the Lord had demanded.  But as we know, we are being saved and being made righteous (AORIST TENSE) and there will be many failures as we are being made complete in Christ.

Pro 24:16  For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

Next week, we will look at the second part of the story about the Man of God.  We will see his obedience turn into disobedience because of his immaturity and failure to strictly adhere to the Lord’s commands.

 

 

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Rehoboam’s Submission to Egypt

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Kings of Israel #4

Rehoboam’s Evil and Submission to Egypt

Key Verses:  2Ch 11:18-23 and 2Ch 12:1-16

We pick up from where we ended last time in Chronicles and we are told of Rehoboam’s family history and his actions in grooming one of his sons to be his successor.

 2Ch 11:18  And Rehoboam took him Mahalath the daughter of Jerimoth the son of David to wife, and Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of Jesse;

2Ch 11:19  Which bare him children; Jeush, and Shamariah, and Zaham.

2Ch 11:20  And after her he took Maachah the daughter of Absalom; which bare him Abijah, and Attai, and Ziza, and Shelomith.

2Ch 11:21  And Rehoboam loved Maachah the daughter of Absalom above all his wives and his concubines: (for he took eighteen wives, and threescore concubines; and begat twenty and eight sons, and threescore daughters.)

At this stage of a king, the first in a divided Israel, we are immature as even Rehoboam’s son tells us later (2Ch 13:7).  As we advance we can look back and see the Lord’s hand and purpose in working all seasons of our life, including our immaturity and taking many wives and concubines.  Spiritually Rehoboam’s life is part of our journey as we keep searching for the Truth and the one true wife that is the Body of Christ.  We don’t find it on our own initiative as we eventually realize.

Rom 10:20  But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.

Rehoboam is conflicted, meaning we are conflicted, in taking many spiritual wives and having many children in our search for the truth.  Our spiritual wives represent churches in Scripture and specifically with whom we have relations in raising up seed to extend our life.  Our spiritual sons and daughters are the emerging mindsets as we grow in the faith as we are learning (is, was and will be) to rule the Kingdom of God within us.

These numbers cited all have significance in Rehoboam’s life and this season of our maturity.  The quantities of wives and concubines are all derived from some factoring with the number six which is the number of mankind and speaking of our flesh.  It is the process of our spiritual completion (the number 3) applied against the number of mankind (6) that represents the many wives we are progressing to be made whole in Christ.  Concubines represent our straying from faith to satisfy our flesh (6) in the pursuit of our own perfection (the number 10), hence Rehoboam and we have sixty spiritual concubines at this stage.

Sons as males represent the doctrines and daughters as females represent the overcoming, the doing part of our maturing.  It is through 28 sons we are being made mature with four symbolizing the whole and the number seven our completion.  We get to 28 also by taking our witness for Christ (two) times 14 which stands for our spiritual progression.  Links to the studies on Numbers in Scripture can be found by CLICKING HERE

Just three of the eighteen wives and sixty concubines are named in Rehoboam’s story.  We see the process of our maturing through the number three and its multiples in Scripture.  That process is Egypt, Babylon and Christ in general and these three named wives symbolize that process when we look deeper into their meaning.

Mahalath, means sickness, and originally in Scripture was the daughter of Ishmael (Gen 28:9) being a representation of us being first married to our flesh.

Abihail, meaning “my father is might”, was the daughter of Eliab who was the outwardly beautiful, handsome son of Jesse that was not the one chosen to be anointed the king. It was from this story of Eliab (the brother of David and firstborn of Jesse) that we are taught this valuable spiritual lesson.

1Sa 16:7  But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

We first get seduced and fall in love with the outward beauty and righteousness and snared in Babylon waiting to be dragged out (Rev 18:4).

Maachah, is the third named wife whose name means oppression/depression.  It is through the vexing and oppression of our carnal ways that we are dragged to Christ and kept there by the power of God.  We love the Body of Christ, our true spiritual wife most yet this same loved wife is the source of vexation and oppression of our old man (1Pe 4:17, Jer 5:14).

Rehoboam, who is a representation of the new man growing into truth, loves Maachah more than the other wives.  This is because the oppression aka torments we are living through is the very thing that is saving us little by little (Rev 14:10, 2Co 4:8, etc.).  Abijah, the son of the wife he loved most, is the favorite of Rehoboam and is exalted above the others and groomed to be the successor king.

2Ch 11:22  And Rehoboam made Abijah the son of Maachah the chief, to be ruler among his brethren: for he thought to make him king.

2Ch 11:23  And he dealt wisely, and dispersed of all his children throughout all the countries of Judah and Benjamin, unto every fenced city: and he gave them victual in abundance. And he desired many wives.

Like his father Solomon, Rehoboam was wise (because we have Truth) and showed understanding by putting his children into all the territory of his kingdom to protect it.  Also, like Solomon, the desires for many wives and women (think not being content with what we have been given or where we are in the Spirit) led him astray in seeking greater gain.

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

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

But as learn in our own time, the focus of self-preservation and strengthening ourselves leads to all kinds of evil and lapses in sound judgment.  The Lord sends His sword to bring about a change of heart and growth in our maturity.

2Ch 12:1  And it came to pass, when Rehoboam had established the kingdom, and had strengthened himself, he forsook the law of the LORD, and all Israel with him. 

2Ch 12:2  And it came to pass, that in the fifth year of king Rehoboam Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because they had transgressed against the LORD, 

2Ch 12:3  With twelve hundred chariots, and threescore thousand horsemen: and the people were without number that came with him out of Egypt; the Lubims, the Sukkiims, and the Ethiopians. 

2Ch 12:4  And he took the fenced cities which pertained to Judah, and came to Jerusalem. 

2Ch 12:5  Then came Shemaiah the prophet to Rehoboam, and to the princes of Judah, that were gathered together to Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said unto them, Thus saith the LORD, Ye have forsaken me, and therefore have I also left you in the hand of Shishak. 

We don’t see all the negative acts of Rehoboam in Chronicles.  We need to go over to Kings wherein Israel’s version we find the details of what Rehoboam’s and Judah’s forsaking the Lord entailed.

1Ki 14:22  And Judah did evil in the sight of the LORD, and they provoked him to jealousy with their sins which they had committed, above all that their fathers had done.

1Ki 14:23  For they also built them high places, and images, and groves, on every high hill, and under every green tree.

1Ki 14:24  And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.

Self-worship and trusting in ourselves is spiritual sodomy and idolatry that we engage in that is forbidden and bears no fruit or increase for the Lord.  Our unfaithfulness brings the wrath of a jealous God to bring us back to Himself.

Col 3:5  Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 
Col 3:6  Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience,
Col 3:7  in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.

Our escape and repentance from such evil will be brought about using the wicked nations within us.  We saw the Egyptian king, Shishak, in Part 1 of this series as he hosted Jeroboam when he fled from Solomon’s wrath.  This king is our worldliness, the mindset and spirit we are struggling with and separating from after we come into the truth.

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,

Shishak coming to conquer the kingdom for a season is part of all things the Lord is working (Eph 1:11) and is the Lord causing us to err from His ways (Isa 63:17).  Yes, even our worldliness and getting engaged with the world (1Joh 2:15) is His work in us (Php 2:13).

It was prophesied when Solomon’s temple was dedicated that if Israel turned away and served other gods the Lord would forsake them and bring much evil upon Israel (2Ch 7:16-22).  That is now being lived out and coming to roost in the reign of Rehoboam for the sins of our prior mindset.  The macro truth is the Lord will NEVER leave us or forsake His elect which is the faith in which we are learning to stand on despite the evil we still contend with.

Heb 13:5  Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

But it is true, that part of chastening grace is scourging (Heb 12:6) and teaching us (Isa 26:9, Tit 2:11) and the Lord is seemingly leaving us but in truth, He is turning us over to heathen spirits.

2Ch 15:2  And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you. 

In response to our disobedience, the Lord is raising up Egypt and its helpers (turning us over to the lusts of our flesh) to humble us and give the occasion for Him to bring more judgment and grace upon us (Jer 46:7-46:9).  This evil all works for the greater good as many Scriptures attest (Jer 2:19, Rom 8:28), which brings us back to the Lord in repentance (Psa 90:3) and which leads to our salvation.  As we grow in faith and abide in the heat of our trials, we can then answer like Paul from a mature mindset that nothing can separate us from the love of God (Rom 8:35).

Rom 8:38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Rom 8:39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The scourging of the Lord upon Rehoboam begins in the 5th year of his reign signifying the grace of God being poured out.  Shishak was the host and place of refuge for our divided half (Jeroboam) and where we mentally go when trying to preserve our life in the flesh and escape our trials and judgment (1Ki 11:40).  Shishak invaded Judah with a massive army that took tremendous physical power and to move across rivers and cross a harsh desert.  We all fall for the power of our flesh that is strong when we are a young king in the spirit and immature. The fact there are twelve hundred (1,2oo) of these chariots and 60,000 horsemen like all numbers convey understanding once we apply the symbolism that the sum of the Word conveys to those given ears to hear.  These 1,200 chariots are the lies and false doctrines of the world that have us believing we have power and can do what we will outside the control of God.  This is the foundation (12) upon which the worldly mindset is based by which we all first seek to perfect ourselves in our witness for Christ (12 x 10 x 10).

These chariots are ridden by 60,000 horsemen (flesh and carnal mindsets) that sit in the chariots of lies all being pulled by the Egyptian horses which here in the negative (Heb 4:11) signify the power and strength of the flesh.   See Mike’s Study on Horses.  These fleshly horses, chariots and our carnal mind are being overcome and destroyed at the appointed time in our maturation process as our baptism with fire progresses.

Psa 147:10  He delighteth not in the strength of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man.

Jos 11:6  And the LORD said unto Joshua, Be not afraid because of them: for tomorrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel: thou shalt hough their horses, and burn their chariots with fire.

The people that came with Shishak and the chariot army were said to be without number; reminding us again just how strong and pervasive our flesh is and how it is impossible in our own strength to overcome the world (John 16:33).

We are given some interesting detail of three types of people included, the Lubims, the Sukkiims, and the Ethiopians.  Ezekiel 30 speaks more of the interplay of these aligned nations that are used to oppress us and help keep us ensnared by the bondage to the world.

Eze 30:8  And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I have set a fire in Egypt, and when all her helpers shall be destroyed.

As a type of Babylon, we get some religion (Rev 13:11) and learn to handle swords, hold shields and wear helmets, yet our beastly head wound heals quickly (Rev 13:3).  We continue being driven by Egyptian horses and chariots in the first half of our witness for Christ.  As we have recently studied, it is thru the Lord’s battle axe, the Body of Christ (the fire), that these Egyptian horses and chariots will be destroyed.

Jer 51:21  And with thee (My Battle Ax) will I break in pieces the horse and his rider; and with thee will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider;

The worldly mindset and spirit are being destroyed by the coming of Christ in our day of the Lord.  These helpers of Egypt are part of what Gog symbolizes who will be turned back and dragged to the fire that will save them.

Eze 38:3  And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:

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

Eze 38:5  Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:

It takes many generations for us to mature beyond engaging with these heathen nations that get their power and influence from Egypt which is the world.  Let’s look further at the details that Chronicles gives us of the Egyptian invasion.

2Ch 12:6  Whereupon the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves; and they said, The LORD is righteous. 

2Ch 12:7  And when the LORD saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah, saying, They have humbled themselves; therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance; and my wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak. 

Grace and judgment are the fiery trials the Lord puts us through which are done to humble us and bring us to repent of our carnal and worldly mindset.  The Lord is doing this scourging, so we will stop our disobedience and return to Him.

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

1Pe 5:6  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

We see this humility and deliverance from these armies in the story of king Asa, Rehoboam’s grandson, when we study this in the weeks ahead, Lord willing.

2Ch 16:8  NKJV Were the Ethiopians and the Lubim not a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet, because you relied on the LORD, He delivered them into your hand.

The Lord’s chastening is not to destroy us but instead to teach us the His ways which is righteousness and our aim as we follow the Lord.

Heb 12:10  For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he (The Lord) for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 

The Egyptian invasion accomplishes the Lord’s purposes and Rehoboam and the people of Judah humble themselves before the Lord.  Dominion and freedom from our inward enemies comes little by little and the Lord purposefully keeps these inward enemies in the promised land (Jos 15:63, Jdg 1:28-32) as a thorn in our flesh to keep us humble.  We will always need to strive against and resist the nature of our beast.

2Co 12:7  And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.

At first like an immature Rehoboam, we fall and the treasures of the temple are taken.

2Ch 12:8  Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries. 

2Ch 12:9  So Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, and took away the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king’s house; he took all: he carried away also the shields of gold which Solomon had made. 

Judah moves forward in its divided history in servitude to king Shishak who is part of the Lord’s sword in working righteousness in us.  This servitude to our own flesh will be used to drag us closer to the Lord and cry out for even further deliverance from the man of sin.

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

Psa 17:14  From men which are thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.

When the king of Egypt within us has taken all the treasures of the Lord’s house and all of our treasures, we have fallen, which is part of our maturing (Pro 24:16) and have been overcome by worldliness.  Taking the shields [H4043] of gold that our father Solomon made is having our shield of faith corrupted in a season of worldliness and unbelief.  In time and with great tribulation, we are being confronted and told to get our gold back that can only be purchase in the fire of our trials and tribulations (Rev 3:18-19).

The treasure of the Lord’s temple is His Word that has been into His people.  We, all misuse this Word and are spiritual harlots with Egypt before we are able to stand in faith.

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

Joe 3:5  Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things:

Without shields of gold, we have to resort to using copper (brass) shields which is a common metal that symbolizes our carnal mindset.  These copper shields are better than nothing in allowing us to guard our gates and entrances the best we can with limited spiritual maturity.

2Ch 12:10  Instead of which king Rehoboam made shields of brass, and committed them to the hands of the chief of the guard, that kept the entrance of the king’s house. 

2Ch 12:11  And when the king entered into the house of the LORD, the guard came and fetched them, and brought them again into the guard chamber. 

2Ch 12:12  And when he humbled himself, the wrath of the LORD turned from him, that he would not destroy him altogether: and also in Judah things went well. 

Every man alive can only do what the Sovereign Lord is doing in their lives.  It is NOT in man to direct his own steps!  Yes, even our immaturity and inability to be spiritual warriors for the Lord is part of ALL THINGS and HIS WORK in us.  We are doing the best we can with the limited resources we have been given at this stage of our maturity.  But it’s exactly where we are supposed to be.

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.

This experience brings more humility to Rehoboam and the Lord eases off the chastening and brings us a period and season of wellness, so we can rest and get ready for the next test.

1Pe 4:12  Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

1Pe 4:13  But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

With his guard and shields of brass, Rehoboam was given time to regroup and strengthen himself as the Lord will not try us beyond what we can bear (1Co 10:13).

2Ch 12:13  So king Rehoboam strengthened himself in Jerusalem, and reigned: for Rehoboam was one and forty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the LORD had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there. And his mother’s name was Naamah an Ammonitess. 

2Ch 12:14  And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD. 

Rehoboam and we are incapable of preparing our own hearts.  That is the work of the Lord for all men and all kings at every stage of our lives.

Pro 21:1  The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

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

As a result of the Lord, Rehoboam, as a young immature king, did evil.  This is what the Lord is still doing to this day despite what billions of professing Christians may otherwise believe.

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

We certainly should not be content with any evil we are doing but should strive against and seek help via prayer and fasting for deliverance to overcome.  Applying this to others is the narrow way we are learn as judgment is now on the house of God.

Rom 14:4  Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

Here are the final two verses in the Chronicles version of Rehoboam’s reign.

2Ch 12:15  Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are they not written in the book of Shemaiah the prophet, and of Iddo the seer concerning genealogies? And there were wars between Rehoboam and Jeroboam continually. 

2Ch 12:16  And Rehoboam slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David: and Abijah his son reigned in his stead. 

The physical books of Shemaiah and Iddo are nowhere to be found.  Yet we know all the acts of Rehoboam are contained in everyone one of our books, the Book of Life for every man.

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

1Co 3:21  Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;

The divided nation of Israel is always going to be at war with itself.  The battle between doctrine and truth versus what our flesh wants to do is a war that only ends when there is unity and oneness in Israel.  We are getting there as we live out these lives of these kings.  At this stage we are in the beginning of sorrows as we await the day of the Lord (Mat 24:6-8).

Rehoboam’s death was a physical death yet the way we are to apply these verses to learn is to remember that “His words are Spirit – Joh 6:63”.  The death of Rehoboam is moving us onward to another experience of evil (Ecc 1:13) that will be used to further refine us.  Living to 58 years as Rehoboam did was not the promise of long life.  Our obedience is far from complete.

Eph 6:1  Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

Eph 6:2  Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)

Eph 6:3  That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.

 

 

Biblical Truth

Observing Days, Times and Years

Birthday CalendarsJoh 5:18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

Jesus Christ was hated by the same Jews (religious institution of that day) that sought to kill Him because HE did not go along with the church’s (the world’s) traditions regarding keeping of days and times.  In the Spirit hatred is murder and the word of God that does not pass away will be lived out by all generations.  This means that the orthodox churches will always seek to kill “Christ” and persecute His Elect for the same reasons Jesus was crucified. Jesus did not keep their holidays and had the audacity to call Himself the Son of God.  Such is also the call for God’s Elect.

Disciples of Jesus Christ are called out of this world and are not to engage and participate in the traditions and customs of unbelievers.  We are to indeed come out and be separate and it is seeming little matters like keeping of days that truly separate the people of God from those still in the world.

Gal 4:10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.

Gal 4:11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.

There is a reason Paul said this and rightly rebuked the Galatians for observing times like the world does.  He was rebuking their unbelief as we shall see.  Being separate includes not participating in the traditions and customs embraced by the world.

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

Col 2:8  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 

Keeping of days and years is a gigantic custom and tradition of the world.  I hope you will begin to see it.  I will be as blunt as I can.  Anyone keeping days, months, times and years is either:

1) not in the true faith or else

2) they are WEAK in the faith, a babe and need time to grow and mature.

Disciples of Jesus Christ are not to keep days, months, times and years. We are given many examples and warnings to not get entangled with worldly traditions and practices.  These must go if we are to move on to maturity and actually attain to that blessed and holy first resurrection.  We have to move on past the milk and becoming dead to this world is a necessary part of moving on.

Heb 6:1  Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

Heb 6:2  Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

Heb 6:3  And this will we do, if God permit.

This post is not to condemn anyone as we all are doing exactly what the Lord has us doing.   It is a narrow road with error on both sides and part of growing in Christ is learning how narrow this road is by navigating all the issues and circumstances that days, times, months, years and seasons present to anyone living in 2014.  I myself kept days and times like everyone else for my entire life so I am in no position to condemn anyone for what the Lord has them doing.  Yet once enlightened we must speak sound doctrine when given those opportunities and encourage those weak in the faith to move on to maturity.  Only a few shall attain to the first resurrection and it is my desire to be among the called, chosen and faithful.  So it is in that vein, seeking to know more of Christ and preparing myself to speak the truth on this difficult topic that I write this post.

Php 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

Php 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

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

Those weak in the faith will struggle in understanding God’s requirements of not keeping days and those outside the faith will not understand this doctrine whatsoever. The reason being is that to the natural “carnal” man the true things of God are indeed foolishness.

1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

If you don’t keep days and times, you will indeed be considered a fool.   Paul called our lives as being a spectacle (i.e. theater) to the world.  Yet we will know what God is doing and will count that a blessing.

1Co 4:9  For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.

1Co 4:10  We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.

There are no examples for God’s people to be keeping days, times and years like the rest of the world or even to keep the religious holidays of modern Orthodox Christianity.  There simply is no such Scripture.   In fact we have the opposite instructions being given, to come out of the world and not be conformed to its traditions and customs.

Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

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.

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

Everything to do with keeping of days and times IS OF THE WORLD!   Yet these facts don’t seem to be important to the Babylon churches that teach contrary to sound doctrine.

Without Faith and Knowledge of God’s Sovereignty

Without faith, the kind that is a gift from God, no man can please God.  Such a carnal mind will be at enmity with God.

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

None of this is of our own doing.  We either have been given the gift and the ability to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God or we have not.  You either have the understanding given to or you do not.

 Mat 13:10  And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?

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.

So please,  criticizing and condemning those that keep days is also not the call of a disciple.  Without the God given gift of faith, it is impossible to know the truth of God’s word about days and times.  When we cannot believe of God’s absolute sovereignty we will detest the idea or anyone not participating in keeping of the worldly traditions of days and times.   To the carnal mind this Godly position will appear as some form of extreme elitism and very cultish.  The strong delusion of free will is the support beam of carnal logic that makes is perfectly sensible to celebrate days and years.  It will even seem to be the most compassionate thing to do, it will seem like love to be going along and keeping these days.  But the sum of God’s word, which is the truth says otherwise.  A recent post went into lengthy detail on taking heed of false doctrine and how serious God is about having it all purged from His temple.  The doctrine that says we are to keep these days and times and that this is how we love our neighbor is an insidious lie. Such celebrations implicitly give honor and recognition to men and exalt flesh.  For the few dragged thru the veil of flesh by God,  they will know that God really is the Potter and we truly are clay in His hands and thus keeping of days and times no longer has any place in our lives.

 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:

The celebration of any day over another day is a denial of how firmly in charge the Lord is in both heaven and the earth.  To God will go all the glory, He will not share it with anyone.

 Isa 42:8  I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

He and he alone has already declared the end from the beginning and every day of our lives and the lives of all men have already been determined.  The days of our lives have already been numbered and established by God, so celebrating days and times is done in ignorance and unbelief on who the Lord is and what He is accomplishing in this age thru His Elect.

 Isa 46:10  Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

 Act 17:26  And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation

 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.

 Worry Not About Tomorrow

We are to not worry about tomorrow and focus on the now, the “is” part of Christ who is, was and will be.  Keeping days and times, and putting our energy and focus on them is disobeying Christ’s commands.  Think of all the plans that go into keeping of days!

 Mat 6:34  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

 Pro 27:1  Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

 Jas 4:13  Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:

Jas 4:14  Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

Jas 4:15  For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

Jas 4:16  But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.

And here is the rub for God’s Elect who will come to know these truths and grasp the fullness that Jesus is Lord of the inner heavens and the earth.  If we continue to keep days and times we are doing evil and are in fact sinning.

 Jas 4:17  Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

When one thinks of all the “days, times, months, seasons and years”, which we will cover below, it is amazing how consuming the participation in these affairs can be and yet they are all dung.  We have to give them up to win Christ.

Php 3:8  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ  

The spiritual man who understands this macro truth of Gods sovereignty will therefore cease celebrating them, honoring men and exalting flesh because we know it is all the Lord’s doing both the present, the past and the future.  When we go along with keeping days and times, we are showing weakness in faith and for most of us that will be sin.  Our participation in these events will only serve to sow unbelief in the hearts and minds of those we love.  It actually causes spiritual harm to our loved ones.

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

When we go along with the world, we are leading people astray from the truth of God’s word.  We are teaching them by example that it is okay to serve our God in the same way the world serves its god and idols.  No sir, that is not the way of godliness no matter if the carnal mind falsely calls it love.

Mal 1:7  Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible.  

Partaking of all these days and times and saying we are doing it unto the Lord is trying to eat at the Lord’s table while also fellowshipping with devils.  We cannot do this.

1Co 10:20  But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.

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.  

We create a stumbling block for others when we go along to get along and keep days and times.  When our families and friends finally hear the truth, our example of disobedience and rebellion to God’s commandments will not help them mature in the faith.  We may very we’ll extend their stay in the lake of fire as the lies our disobedience will take longer to purge from their heavens.   It is natural for our flesh to want to fit in and get along with our families and the world around us.   Who wants to stand out and be a spectacle and have the masses look down upon us?  We would never do this on our own strength or initiative, it is only thru Christ IN US that we are dragged out of Babylon and like Jesus begin to be hated and rejected of all men.

1Pe 3:14  But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled

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

1Pe 3:16  Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

1Pe 3:17  For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.  

We need to walk right before God and not give the world reason to accuse us.  Blessed are we when we are persecuted for doing good and that includes not keeping days and times anymore.  It can seem so unloving to the carnal mind. Yet once one knows the truth then it becomes clear why we do not keep days.

Keeping Days Epitomizes The World

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

Partaking of worldly days and times keeps us centered directly onto worldly dissipation’s and events.  It leads us away from the cross and knowledge of the real Jesus Christ.  We can’t serve two masters and if we serve this world and keep its days and times, we cannot serve Jesus Christ.

Babylon holy days: Christmas and Easter are both abominations introduced by an apostate church based on pagan traditions. Disciples of Jesus will be given repentance from their past participation of religious days, especially and including days like Christmas and Easter which are really pagan holidays with a flesh Christ wrapper. This is doing what king Saul did when he disobeyed The Lord and brought back the goods from the Amalekites rather than utterly destroy them all and then justified it by saying he was honoring God. We do the same when we take these pagan customs and add Jesus name to them and therefore rationalize our rebellion. Christ said it is better to obey than to sacrifice. Here is a great teaching article by Steve Crook regarding Babylonian religious days.

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/holiday-traditions/  

Jewish Holy Days: These OT stories are all shadows of much greater spiritual truths that would come to Gods elect. Christ does not wants us keeping outward rituals in the flesh, these feasts all speak to Christ’s works us. Disciples of Jesus Christ certainly will not be celebrating or mimicking Jewish behavior and traditions regarding their false understanding of the purpose and meaning of the 7 feast days and the weekly Sabbaths. Those Old Testament Holy days and outwardly fleshly rituals were just a type and shadow to what would come with Christ, who has come. Types and shadows are not the real thing and anyone trying to keep Jewish Holy days outwardly does not yet know Jesus Christ and is yet carnal.

Our secular world has waxed worse and worse, the days are getting more evil as time ticks by. We have now made so many days, times, years and seasons, to market and promote the FLESH, the lusts of the flesh and exalt man and keep the hearts and minds of Christians focused solidly on the world. Besides the “religious days” just think of all the days and times that define the modern world.

Patriotic Days: There are many of these days in each country. In the USA we have off top of my head, July 4th, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Purple Heart Month. This one will make people hate you INSTANTLY, yet an ambassador of a country does not get entangled with the affairs of the country he or she was sent to be an ambassador to. If one is a disciple of Jesus Christ our citizenship is in heaven and we are not of the world. Let’s act like it and not do what the heathen do. Giving special honor and praises to those that kill our enemies and resist evil, the very things Christ said NOT TO DO is not honoring God.

Mat 5:39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Special Days: Men and clever marketers have invented numerous days to honor and bring recognition to certain people, groups of people, roles and sexes. Since we all know someone in these categories of people, it gives rise for us to buy things or participate in events that focus on exalting flesh and sharing God’s glory with man. There are literally HUNDREDS of these special days and the list gets bigger every year. Here is just a sampling….

Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s day, teacher week, Arbor day, Flag day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Earth Day, Ground Hog Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Civil Rights Day, Emancipation Day, National Day of Prayer, D-Day, Pearl Harbor Day, National Aviation Day, Grandparents Day, Boss’s Day, Native American Day, School nurse day, disabled persons month, breast cancer month., THE LIST IS ENDLESS and MINDLESS

Birthdays: This is a big one and one of the harder ones to give up as it is so ingrained into society. Yet the scriptures are clear and the only examples of birthdays we have resulted in death. Birthdays exalt flesh and honor men and we are to give God all the glory and all the praise. The more people you know, the more birthdays there are to keep, presents to buy, cards to send, parties to go to, cake to eat. Social media has only turbocharged the allure of birthdays in taking our minds off of Christ and putting it on the world. Here is great teaching by Victor on the spiritual significance of Birthdays and their pagan origins.

http://tryingthespirits.com/2014-04/the-spiritual-significance-of-birthdays/

Anniversaries: People now celebrate and mark all kinds of anniversaries. Wedding days, end of war, days of death, graduation, job commencement, days of deliverance from alcohol, cigarettes, just Google it and you might be surprised. Again God’s people are not to partake of these things.

DID CHRIST KEEP DAYS?

Christ like us (His Christ) all did keep days up until the time His ministry began ,then He did not keep them any longer. Christ and His Body (The Elect) are reformers, and when all things are made new, it means all things are changed and that includes keeping of days, times and years.

2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Jesus Christ did not keep days, times, months, years, etc, and neither should we. Don’t fall for the lie of those that claim He did. He did not. In fact, the established church at the time hated Christ for two reasons: 1) He did not keep their days or feasts and 2) He had the audacity to call Himself the Son of God.

Joh 5:18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

Not keeping the days, times and years is the quickest way to get those in the established church to hate you. They will call you all manner of evil for simply obeying God’s commandments. That is exactly what our Lord did and we as His Elect will do the same. Once His ministry began, Christ did not keep the Sabbath and broke it openly many times as the Scriptures declare. Despite what the Hebrew Roots proponents will want to argue, Christ did not keep the feasts either as John 7 makes clear.

Joh 7:8 Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast; for my time is not yet full come.

Joh 7:9 When he had said these words unto them, he abode still in Galilee.

Joh 7:14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple, and taught.

Going up in the middle of the feast to “teach” was not keeping the feast and under the Law of Moses required death by stoning. The point of all this being that as the BODY OF CHRIST, we will follow the Lord and like Him, will be hated and persecuted for not keeping the days and times of our generation.

1Jn 4:17 Herein 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.

The Cares of Life = Dissipation’s of the World

Participating in all of these events is focusing on WORLDLY THINGS. These are earthly dissipation’s and involve the cares of this life. The things we are admonished NOT TO BE INVOLVED WITH. Engaging and tracking all these days and meeting the expectations of lustful and earthy beasts that all men are, will suck up your time, energy and focus and take one away from doing the real work of the Lord.

Luk 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.

To Babylonian Christians we will indeed be spoke evil of just as Scripture foretells.

1Pe 4:4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:

Not participating in these days will get people to hate you as fast as anything. One does not even have to say anything. You will be spoken evil of just for refusing to participate. Yet gods elect should expect this, this is part of the cost we should count knowing it will cost us everything.

2Ti 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

2Ti 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

Getting entangled with the world goes way beyond keeping of days yet it certainly includes being bound by all these worldly traditions. Christ was always about His Father’s business and so shall the Body of Christ do the same.

Luk 2:49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?

As HIS ambassador we are not to be entangled with worldly days and times. We will suffer for doing so but that is the mark of a true disciple.

Eph 6:20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

That is what is supposed to happen when we are called out of this world (the church) and come out of her my people. The old man is dead and is going thru the process of being crucified daily, dying to this world. We will no longer run after the things those still in the world so highly esteem in feeding the flesh.

1Pe 4:1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;

1Pe 4:2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.

1Pe 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:

We will be hated for standing on the truth of God’s Word. So be it. We will have to learn to stand in this fire and not revile back at those that hate us. This is where I am at for the moment.

Joh 15:19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

Joh 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

I am learning to say Father forgive them because those reviling truly know not what they are doing and neither did I until the Lord had mercy.

Joh 15:21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.

People kid themselves, this stuff, the keeping of days, times, seasons and years consumes TONS of time and focus and all this does is serve the beast and makes us an enemy of the cross, unwilling to lose our life to save it, and keeping one firmly planted in worldly affairs. A disciple is not to mind these earthy things any more, we are to put them away and turn our focus on heavenly things.

Php 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

Commandments and Warnings on Worldly Traditions

We are NOT to be conformed to this world and its ways. Keeping all these days is conforming to the world, which really means to the ways of the Babylon church as the church is the world.

Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

We are commanded to clear the land, to utterly destroy it and wipe it clean of all this earthly clutter. This command of God is found clearly in the Old Testament, all ensamples unto us God’s Elect on how to live today. Here I will quicky review a few examples yet know there are so many anyone that can read Scripture can’t miss them.

Deu 7:1 When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;

Deu 7:2 And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:

Deu 7:3 Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.

Don’t get hitched to worldly days and the ways those in the world serve their gods and idols.  Engaging in keeping days, months times and years will keep one snared into the thing of the world. Our weak flesh will have no chance to not be snared by the gods and idols of the flesh and those that walk not after the spirit. Doing so will keep us luke warm for the Lord, maybe head knowledge but our growth will be stunted.  King Solomon certainly did not heed the wisdom of Moses and later we saw his many wifes lead him into idolatry.

Deu 7:4 For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.

Deu 7:5 But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire.

Burning these worldly idols with fire leaves no room for tolerance and accepting them in our lives. We deceive ourselves when we call that loving our neighbor and we ignore the definition of love given in 1 John 5:3. We have a higher calling as God’s Elect. We will be distinct from the world, otherwise we can be sure we will not be in the first resurrection. I can’t speak for any of you, but that is the upward call for God’s Elect that I pray I will always strive for and endure this struggle all the way to the very end.

Deu 7:6 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. Deu 7:7 The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:

The land that is given to God’s people is our hearts and minds, the heavens. These lands must be cleared of all things that defile, that is how we are sanctified. God is quite serious about utterly cleansing the land and keeping nothing alive from the days of the flesh and ruler-ship of the old man in our life. Anything we let linger that served the beast will be a snare for us and will cause us to stumble. We must take seriously the commands to get rid of all those traditions and idols that the world (Babylonian church) relishes. Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, traditions, all of them must go.

Psa 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

EVERY DAY becomes a day the Lord has made and let us rejoice and be glad in it, knowing GOD is working every bit of it. That is faith.

Exo 23:31 And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee.

Exo 23:32 Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.

Exo 23:33 They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee.

As God’s Elect, we are separate from the Levites (Babylonians spiritually) who serve the tabernacle in the flesh but cannot eat at the table of the Lord. We are given clear commandments, not to allow these Levites (claim the name of Christ but do not know Him) to entice us to make our offerings in just any old way or place.  These things in the OT are examples given to us so we would know how to live for God once Christ has come to us.  These are not history lessons.

Deu 12:12 And ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God, ye, and your sons, and your daughters, and your menservants, and your maidservants, and the Levite that is within your gates; forasmuch as he hath no part nor inheritance with you.

Deu 12:13 Take heed to thyself that thou offer not thy burnt offerings in every place that thou seest:

So what this mean practically, is we don’t take a worldly tradition and put the name Jesus on it and then say it is alright and represents worship to God. The Lord calls it an abomination as there are clear rules as to how we are to bring a sacrifice (our worship) to the Lord and it is always to be undefiled. Worshiping Christ by keeping days, times and years is refusing to come out and be separate. Don’t fall for the carnal doctrine of love that says it is okay, it is not okay if one strives to be a doer of the word. Lastly here in our Deut 12 examples, we are given strong commands to not serve our God they way Babylon serves their jesus. If we do it is an abomination to the Lord which He hates.

Deu 12:30 Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.

The unbelieving world and carnal church keeps all these days. God’s Elect are commanded NOT TO ALSO DO IT.

Deu 12:31 Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.

Deu 12:32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

AVOIDING PERSECUTION:

So I hope some of you struggling with this doctrine on days, times and years will gain clarity on the truth and understand why the more mature brethren in the faith have overcome the allure of these traditions and have placed obeying God before pleasing of men. The truth is an offense to the flesh and carnal mind. Those yet carnal will be at enmity with the true things of God’s word.

Act 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

Making the gospel sweeter by taking away the reproach and the rejection and persecution by our families, friends and the vast majority of the people is a temptation of the flesh and carnal mind. Those disciples Christ is actually using will put God first and speak the truth in boldness and fear not the opinions of men.

1Th 2:4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.

1Th 2:5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:

We have to come out of Babylon FULLY or else we will be ongoing partakers of her plagues, which is the false doctrines of compromise and tolerance that define Babylonian definitions of love.

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.

The heart of men is deceitful above all things as Jeremiah 17:9 tells us. It is much easier to go ahead and keep these days like the world does as it takes a lot of pressure off us and allows us to fit in with the world much easier. It avoids persecution and rejection by the crowds when we go ahead and partake of these days. It makes the cross much lighter and much easier to carry. Yet it is a deception and a snare that will keep us from going on to maturity. It will stunt our growth in Christ. The fact is God’s Elect that will be found worthy to be in the First Resurrection, will be hated and rejected of all men.

Luk 6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.

TOLERATING THE WEAK

I would be remiss if I failed to end this post without admonishment that we are not to take these truths and run out and become evil judges of hearts. It takes time to mature into the faith and move on past the milk and be able to bear the persecution that comes with not keeping days and times. Romans 14 is key Scriptures that tells the mature to tolerate the weak but do not let the weak teach or lead others in the Body to abandon their strong meat of not keeping days in order to fit in with this world. These Scriptures tell the mature how to handle the weak, those that still may be keeping days, times and years in their walk, unable to give them up and suffer the rejection and persecution giving them up brings to God’s Elect.

Rom 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

Rom 14:2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.

Rom 14:3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.

So yes we let those that keep days and times do these things in our fellowship knowing they are still babes. We do not allow them to bring the false doctrines they still cling to into the fellowship and teach those things as truth.

Rom 14:4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

Rom 14:5  One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

Rom 14:6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.

So do we let the weak esteem one day above the other?  Yes.  We endure this with patience and let God do His work in bringing them on to maturity. But these Scriptures do not negate the sum of thy word, much of what I have shared in this long post regarding the keeping of days and what the mature man of God is to do.  We are to receive our weaker brothers and sisters but not to doubtful disputation.  So we will not let them teach and lead others astray in the fellowship.  And we would apply the principles of Matthew 18 in such cases which as a new babe in Christ I saw played out and the word of God demonstrated to me in action.

We have a wonderful promise for those given to obey God and come out of this world.

Exo 15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

Sincere comments and questions can be emailed to me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.  A brother growing in the grace and knowledge of the Lord,

Pete