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Gideon’s Signs of the Fleece and Dew

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For Our Admonition Part 16

“Gathering at Jezreel and the Signs of the Fleece”

Key Verses:  Jdg 6:25 – 6:40

The story of Gideon among other lessons is teaching us that God’s people do not become warriors for the Lord in a ten-second sinners prayer.  A mighty man of valor “in the making”, Gideon, remains needy for signs and confirmation from the Lord.  Such is the state of immaturity where our faith is weak and needs to be propped up.  We ended our last study with Gideon being sent on his first conquest to cut down Baal’s altar and grove with instructions to then built an altar to the Lord in its place.

Jdg 6:25  And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said unto him, Take thy father’s young bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw down the altar of Baal that thy father hath, and cut down the grove that is by it: 

Jdg 6:26  And build an altar unto the LORD thy God upon the top of this rock, in the ordered place, and take the second bullock, and offer a burnt sacrifice with the wood of the grove which thou shalt cut down. 

Jdg 6:27  Then Gideon took ten men of his servants, and did as the LORD had said unto him: and so it was, because he feared his father’s household, and the men of the city, that he could not do it by day, that he did it by night.

 Coming into the faith requires us to lay down our life and follow the Lord.  This is the symbolism of offering the young bullock of seven years as we now begin to confront the lies and false doctrines that lead us to worship the dragon and Baal (Rev 13:4).   Our following of the carnal thoughts and doctrines (who are the innumerable Midianites) is being replaced as we battle and begin to judge the land in obedience.  The cutting down of the woody grove is what hewers and fellers of trees, the meaning of Gideon is doing when we obey the Lord’s commandments.   When the new man (aka the “ax man”) goes into action, judgment is arriving at the house of God, which house we are as His elect (1Co 3:16).

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

Jer 5:14  Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood (the Midianites within and without ourselves), and it shall devour them.

Young in the faith, Gideon takes along ten men which is “his own flesh” in Spirit in performing the Lord’s commands.  The symbolism of the number ten represents the perfection of flesh which is never good enough to enter the Kingdom of God (1Co 15:50) and which shows that the true law of faith has not yet been given.  Gideon fears his father household meaning he fears men and is a respecter of people contrary to faith in God.

Pro 29:25  The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

Deu 1:17  Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it

When we fear men, we do our godly deeds in the dark for fear of reprisal.  But the day comes when Gideon and we are able to step up in faith and fear only the Lord.  With faith comes increased comfort in the reproaches, persecution, and hatred from those outside the covenant of faith of Jesus Christ.  Gideon’s first act in judging the land immediately manifests the enmity and hatred (in type) against the Lord and His Chosen Christ.

Jdg 6:28  And when the men of the city arose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was cast down, and the grove was cut down that was by it, and the second bullock was offered upon the altar that was built. 

Jdg 6:29  And they said one to another, Who hath done this thing? And when they enquired and asked, they said, Gideon the son of Joash hath done this thing. 

Jdg 6:30  Then the men of the city said unto Joash, Bring out thy son, that he may die: because he hath cast down the altar of Baal, and because he hath cut down the grove that was by it. 

Jdg 6:31  And Joash said unto all that stood against him, Will ye plead for Baal? will ye save him? he that will plead for him, let him be put to death whilst it is yet morning: if he be a god, let him plead for himself, because one hath cast down his altar. 

Jdg 6:32  Therefore on that day he called him Jerubbaal, saying, Let Baal plead against him, because he hath thrown down his altar. 

Jdg 6:33  Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the children of the east were gathered together, and went over, and pitched in the valley of Jezreel. 

Before we can successfully take on the Midianites, we need alignment and to be of one mind with Christ.  The lies and worship of Baal are first to go.   Our inward enemies, the Midianites and Amalekites and the children of the east (i.e. all our fleshly and carnal thoughts); are aroused when the new man stands up and begins tearing down the altars of Baal.  The nations of this world within us get angry at God’s ax men that are beginning to deliver Israel.

Rev 11:18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged …

These enemies then gather in a place called Jezreel for the coming war against the Lord and His Christ.  It is in this fruitful valley that God will begin to sow the seeds of righteousness and the carnal nations within us are being put to death.

H3157, yizre‛ê’l, yiz-reh-ale’

From H2232 and H410; God will sow; Jizreel, the name of two places in Palestine and of two Israelites: – Jezreel.

Jezreel is where God sows new life through the death of the old man.  Jezreel is infamous for bloodshed and death in the Bible.  Those stories and events foretell of the blessing to the new man as the old man is killed off via judgment.  The rejected first King Saul (1Sa 31:8), the evil Jezebel (2Ki 9:36) and all the descendant’s  of the evil King Ahab’s (2Ki 10:7), among others all died in the area of Jezreel.  We come together as ONE with the mind of Christ in the day of Jezreel.  This is that day, the day (process) of judgment as the old man decreases (dies) and the new man increases.

Hos 1:11  Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel. 

The valley of Jezreel is also known as the valley of Megiddon or Megiddo.  The Greek word for Armageddon comes from Megiddo H4023. What this means is that spiritually speaking, the decisive end battle against our flesh takes place in the same valley where Gideon is smiting the Midianites and freeing Israel for a season.

Rev 16:16  And he gathered them (the Midianites)  together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

Rev 16:17  And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.

The Spirit of the Lord is already moving on Gideon and Israel is called together for war.  The men of God from Abiezer (meaning the fiery sons of God) who are the Israel and armies of God are gathered with Gideon.

Jdg 6:34  But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abiezer was gathered after him. 

Jdg 6:35  And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh; who also was gathered after him: and he sent messengers unto Asher, and unto Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; and they came up to meet them. 

The Spirit of the Lord moves Gideon to blow the trumpet and gather Israel in preparing for war.  Blowing trumpets is speaking warning of pending war and judgment of God.  The sound of the trumpets are words of fire to the heathen within and without ourselves that put God’s enemies to flight (Rev 4:1).

Num 10:8  And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the trumpets; and they shall be to you for an ordinance forever throughout your generations.

Num 10:9  And if ye go to war in your land against the enemy (Midianites) that oppresseth you, then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets; and ye shall be remembered before the LORD your God, and ye shall be saved from your enemies.

Joe 2:1  Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants (Midianites) of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

We will see later in the actual battle with the Midianites the importance that every man and warrior in battle carry and blow their trumpets (Jdg 7:16-18).

Despite all of this, Gideon reveals his weak in the faith and fearing of men status by asking the Lord for signs and confirmation of what has already been declared. Gideon is becoming that “mighty man of valor” declared when he was chosen and met the Angel but he is only begining to get there (Rom 4:17). Gideon makes the so-called “Bible hall of faith” that Paul wrote in Hebrews 11!  It is through great faith that the kingdoms of this earth, within and without will be subdued.

Heb 11:32  And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets:

Heb 11:33  who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,

Heb 11:34  quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

Gideon, like all carnal men that walked before him and after him (doubting Thomas’s), will be seeking after signs in our unbelief.  Yet the Lord knows this and as the Potter set it up this way.

Joh 4:48  Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe. 

Gideon waited for the gathering of his own people to ask the Lord for the signs of the fleece.  The Lord gives the immature signs to counter unbelief of being chosen of God to do the seemingly impossible.  The Lord helped Moses out with the same challenge in unbelief taking place while dwelling with many Midianites.

Exo 4:4  And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:

Exo 4:5  That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.

The Lord even gave Moses a second sign of the hand with leprosy being healed.  But as was later seen in Exodus, these signs convert nobody in a lasting way.  It takes the death of the firstborn (the first Adam) to convert the carnal mind and eliminate our doubts.  The real sign and our conversion process comes about little by little, by the process of maturity that is symbolized in the number three.

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

Seeking and inquiring about God’s will is a good thing and we should be going to the source that is the Word which is the lamp unto our feet (Psa 119:105).  It is even commanded that we seek wisdom from the Lord which includes confirmation from the Lord and His multitude of counselors.

1Ch 14:10  And David enquired of God, saying, Shall I go up against the Philistines? and wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD said unto him, Go up; for I will deliver them into thine hand.

Pro 11:14  Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

We see the same admonishment from the Lord to ask and the promise that it shall be given (Jas 1:5).

Mat 7:8  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

With Israel’s forces now gathered together, Gideon asks the Lord to confirm his calling.

Jdg 6:36  And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said, 

Jdg 6:37  Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said. 

Jdg 6:38  And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water. 

Jdg 6:39  And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew. 

Jdg 6:40  And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground. 

Asking God for signs to prove something He has already told us, is missing the mark of the higher calling and as such it is sin.  But even our sins (Isa 63:17) and our immaturity (Ecc 3:1) is all the Lord’s work in us (Isa 64:8).  We are given these experiences of Gideon and all the Patriarchs to teach us how we should walk and to learn about the process (1Co 10:11) of our salvation.

Rom 15:4  For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

2Co 5:7  For we walk by faith, not by sight (By fleeces)

Gideon, like all of God’s people, is full of hypocrisy and inequity when first called of God.  But here is the best news that reminds us that salvation and our victory is not up to us but it is up to the Lord.

Rom 5:8  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 

Let’s now look at the symbols of the signs of the fleece and then we can know what Gideon was really asking for because all of these words are signified.  The truth is hidden in symbols and parables.  The Scriptures mean what they mean not what they literally say.

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

Mar 4:11  And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables: 

Fleece:  Fleece is the cutting (shearing) of wool from a sheep (or a goat) that represent our own works.  We are the sheep of His pasture and our own works are what keeps us warm and covering our sin (nakedness) until it is all exposed in our baptism with fire (Rev 3:18).  In the positive (Heb 4:11), fleece is our covering, when we are young and immature which protects us from the elements of the earth.  In the negative, this wool represents the self-righteousness of the law and carnal thinking that we are saving ourselves.  This covering will make us (the priests of God) to sweat versus resting in Christ and wearing His clothes.

Eze 44:17  And it shall come to pass, that when they enter in at the gates of the inner court, they shall be clothed with linen garments; and no wool shall come upon them, whiles they minister in the gates of the inner court, and within.

Eze 44:18  They shall have linen bonnets upon their heads, and shall have linen breeches upon their loins; they shall not gird themselves with anything that causeth sweat. 

As we progress from being young to mature, we cease being double minded and conflicted and mixing and matching our spiritual clothing.

Deu 22:11  Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woollen and linen together.

Gideon asking God to make the fleece wet with dew is asking for confirmation that the works of our hands in doing His service will be blessed.  A good request albeit an immature mindset.  Applying the spiriutal significance of dew makes this clearer.

The Dew:  In the positive dew signifies the blessings of God that water the earth and bring Israel abundance and fertility (Gen 27:28; Deu 33:13,  Zec 8:12).  Dew is the Word that waters the earth in our youth (immaturity) when our heavens are still shaded in darkness before we are given the former and latter rains.

Gen 2:5  And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.

Gen 2:6  But there went up a mist (dew) from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

Dew in the negative reflects immaturity as dew cannot remain in the heat of the day, meaning the heavy trials that come with our baptism by fire.

Hos 13:3  Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud, and as the early dew that passeth away, as the chaff that is driven with the whirlwind out of the floor, and as the smoke out of the chimney

Dew in the physical world is water gathering from condensation mostly at night.   Condensation occurs when the surface radiates its heat and the water droplets accumulate faster than they are evaporated in the cooler air.  Applying the lesson of Romans 1:20, spiritual dew is a blessing, as water is needed to bring life.  The accumulation of water signifies us growing and standing in faith, in our trials and is the favor of God given a very precious few.

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:

Pro 19:12  The king’s wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.

The absence of Dew or Dry:  The absence of God’s dew or rain on a surface reflects a cursed condition.  A land without dew or rain is a dry land which is a place of famine and where nothing will grow or increase in the Lord (Amo 8:11, Hag 1:10, Deu 28:24).  Confronting the enemies of God begins by the withholding of the moisture (dew and rain) that is needed to sustain life.

1Ki 17:1  And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.

When it’s hot and when the sun is on the land no dew will be found.  The symbolism of a dry earth is a land (the old man, the rejected King Saul) that is under judgment where the heat and fiery sun of God’s Word is beating down.  The curse of the old man is the blessing for the new man and the other side of the two-edged sword.

Rev 16:9  And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.

2Sa 1:21  “O mountains of Gilboa, Let there be no dew nor rain upon you, Nor fields of offerings. For the shield of the mighty is cast away there! The shield of Saul, not anointed with oil.

The Ground/Earth:  The land or earth referenced here is the threshing floor (Jdg 6:11) which is where we create spiritual food out of the crops the Lord is giving us.  That food nourishing the new man, is the dying body of the old man (Num 14:9) as we begin to judge the land.  Christ increases, and the old man is decreased and consumed.

Joh 6:54  Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

A land without dew is a land under judgment bearing God’s wrath which is exactly what is needed to cleanse of the innumerable Midianites.  Lest there be any confusion, it is a good thing for judgment to be on the land within us, that is the process that is saving us (Exo 6:6, Isa 26:9, Rev 15:8, etc).

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

Asking for our works (the fleece) to be blessed is asking our earth (Jer 22:9) to be cursed and the dew withheld.  That is the way of salvation and how the Midianites are being cleared from the promised land.  The second sign flips this as in the end God’s moisture that is His Word must cover the earth for green things to grow and ultimately the more mature fruits of the Spirit (Gal 5:22).

We are all Gideon that first need assurance that the Lord has truly chosen us to work in His Kingdom. Such is the objective of the first sign of the fleece. Will God bless our works in His service and bring what is needed to deliver us (Israel) of the Midianites?   The Lord answers these petitions in bringing us blessings to confirm His Word in us as we begin to get small victories (Zec 4:10) on the road to overcoming the Midianites.

Luk 10:17  And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils (lying spirits) are subject unto us through thy name.

Secondly, those chosen of the Lord need assurance the fruit of our work for Him is being blessed.  Asking the ground to be wet with dew and the fleece (our own works) to be dry is the better and more mature request.  It is the inward works and fruit that is most important and where the Lord looks for righteousness.   Asking for the reverse sign of the dew (blessing), is Gideon asking for a blessing for the promised land that is Israel.  This is a good prayer as our obedience, ruling over sin, brings forth the blessings to the land.

Deu 28:8  The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

The Lord is always working good through evil (Gen 50:20).  Seeking assurances that the Lord is blessing the land with the dew, shows us the purpose of spiritual warfare (judgment) that “is, was and will be” necessary to sanctify the land within and without in the appointed times. Gideon does not know any of this yet, but his story is written to minister to us (1Pe 1:9-12).

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

Mat 24:6  And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

Amazingly enough, Gideon is still not done needing signs from the Lord to bolster his faith.   When it comes time to actually fight by faith, Gideon becomes fearful again and a man is sent by the Lord to reveal a dream (a sign) that turned his fear (Jdg 7:9-15).  We are blessed for believing without seeing because our trust in the Lord with all of ourselves is rewarded.  It is commanded that we NOT prove or try the Lord. However,  there is one exception where the Lord wants us to try Him and to prove Him.  He wants to pour more blessings out upon us as He rewards those who seek Him in faith.

Mal 3:10  Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

Luk 6:38  Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Now being given the two signs of the fleece, Gideon, is strengthened and blows the trumpet and prepares Israel for battle (Judges 7).  Next, the Lord will have more lessons for us in the life of Gideon including the parable of reducing the assembled 32,000 strong army down to just 300 men.   That story and parable has great spiritual significance and has been the subject of many detailed studies and FAQ on the various Body of Christ websites.  We will bring that to our remembrance and look further into Gideon which is teaching us about our experience in living by every word.

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

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Sects in the New Testament

Note:  This is an addendum to a prior post on Cult Accusations Against the Body of Christ. That post can be found here:  Cult Accusations Against Christ

Sects in the NT

 The Pharisees were considered a sect in the NT and so were the Sadducees:

Act 15:5  But there rose up certain of the sect of the Pharisees which believed, saying, That it was needful to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses.

Act 5:17  Then the high priest rose up, and all they that were with him, (which is the sect of the Sadducees,) and were filled with indignation,

Paul was a Pharisee [Acts 26:5] in his youth and was also called a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes. Christ was called a Nazarene, from the city, Nazareth [Matt 2:23]. Paul was a follower of Christ, thus called a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes.

Act 24:5  For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:

 Whilst in Rome as a prisoner, the Jews that came to Paul’s lodging, said this about the sect of the Nazarenes:

 Act 28:22  But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that everywhere it is spoken against.

But Paul also was under the Nazarite vow. Let us now briefly consider being under the vow of the Nazarites as given by the Lord through Moses [Num 6:1-2], seeing that Paul took the vow of a Nazarite, coming out from under this vow as he was maturing in Christ. We know that Paul in his earlier walk was keeping the feasts [Acts 18:21] and purifying himself signifying the accomplishment of the days of purification [Acts 21:26]. He was under the vow of the Nazarites, separating himself unto God.

Act 18:18  And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow.

This typifies us, as babes in Christ [1Co 3:1-4]. The Nazarite vow typifies the immature carnal zeal which is typical of carnal babes in Christ. A Nazarite makes his zeal known to all, by separating himself through a vow [Num 6:2]. He wants everybody to know that he is not like other men looking down on the publican [Luk 18:11]. We notice the three requirements of this vow [shadow] and what this is spiritually representing to us, Christ’s sons.

1] The Nazarite was forbidden to drink wine or strong drink or touching anything made of the fruit of the vine.

Num 6:3  He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried.

This sounds so special. Here is the NT witness or parallel to this exclusiveness:

1Co 1:4  I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;

1Co 1:5  That in everything ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

1Co 1:6  Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

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

But is this holiness really so glorious or is there something that excels?

2Co 3:6  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

2Co 3:7  But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:

2Co 3:8  How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?

2Co 3:9  For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.

2Co 3:10  For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.

As spiritual Nazarites at the beginning of our walk, we too, do many wonderful works under this vow [type] [Matt 7:22-23] while we spiritually walk this out in our immaturity. We are blind as bats, as Samson, the lifelong Nazarite [Judges 13:5], whose eyes were put out [Judges 16:21] to then see, being made blind first [John 9:39-41, NT parallel]. Paul was three days without sight [Acts 9:9]. The symbolism of not being permitted to drink, eat or touch anything concerned with the vine tree or the fruit of the vine, is the symbol of Christ and His Words [Matt 26:26-29].

Luk 22:20  Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.

Joh 15:4  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

Joh 15:5  I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

After the days of our separation [type and shadow], we now partake of the fruit of the vine. We are now mature enough to partake of Christ, eat His meat and drink His blood [John 6:53].

2] The Nazarite could not cut the locks of his hair [Num 6:5] which symbolizes his own self-righteous works.

We know we have to exceed the righteousness of the law.

Mat 5:19  Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Mat 5:20  For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

 What is the spiritual reality for us, after our vow [type] is fulfilled [when we mature in Christ]? We can cut our hair and live by a much more mature law. The symbolism of not being permitted to cut one’s hair, short hair being the symbol of the man who is the head of the woman, means in the spiritual language that Christ’s Spirit in us is ruling over our souls. This only comes as we are maturing through much sorrow of having fiery trials.

 1Co 11:3  But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

1Co 11:4  Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.

 1Co 11:14  Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? 

 3] The Nazarite could not touch a dead body until the days of his vow was fulfilled.

Num 6:6  All the days that he separateth himself unto the LORD he shall come at no dead body.

Num 6:7  He shall not make himself unclean for his father, or for his mother, for his brother, or for his sister, when they die: because the consecration of his God is upon his head.

 As spiritual Nazarites in type and shadow, we, are not able to eat all things or esteem every day alike at the beginning [Rom 14]. But as maturing sons, we reckon ourselves dead with Christ, dying daily [1Co 15:31] [Gal 2:20] and make ourselves unclean for Christ’s Body [type and shadow] filling up what is behind of the afflictions of Christ.

Rom 6:11  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Col 1:24  Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church

 Paul, as a Nazarite, in the beginning, did not understand that the Lord is making Himself one new man and only whilst in Rome, not being under this vow anymore, now declares these Words:

Eph 2:11  Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

Eph 2:12  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:

Eph 2:13  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

Eph 2:14  For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; ………. Eph 2:19   

 Coming out from under the Nazarite vow, all spiritual Nazarites Lord willing, will get past the need for any vows [type and shadow, when our separation is fulfilled] and will be made able and ready to follow Christ who says this concerning any vows:

Mat 5:34  But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:

Mat 5:35  Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.

Mat 5:36  Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

Mat 5:37  But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

 Summary

We, as the sons of God, members of the many membered body of Christ, only have the Truth and His Spirit to ward off the fiery darts of our enemies. The Words of Christ never puts us to shame. Christ’s Words are Life [John 6:63]. The carnal world does not understand the Truths we hold and cherish [Joh 12:38].

2Co 13:8  For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

Dan 12:9  And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

Dan 12:10  Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

We, as the true Bride of Christ, are not members of a cult, but reformers as is Christ because as He is, so are we [1 John 4:17]. We rest in Him because He is our Sabbath.

 

Studies

Habakkuk Part 1 – Why Do You Show Me Inequity?

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“Why Do You Show Me Inequity?”

Key Verses Hab 1:1 – 1:11

We begin this short three-chapter prophecy of Habakkuk.  The prophets show us the judgment we must endure through in order to enter into the promised rest that remains for the people of God.  This is a promise for all men ultimately but in this age the Lord is only working righteousness via judgment (Isa 26:9) in His chosen few also known as the Body of Christ, the elect and the House of God among other names and symbols.

Habakkuk asks immature and yet carnal questions that we all ask of the Lord as we suffer many things. This prophecy will reveal to us experiences we live out as we transition from the old man to the new man on our way to being mature in Christ and in need of nothing.  It is only in our patience that we possess our souls in the Lord.  We all have a lot of growing up to do to learn patience.

Jas 1:2  My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

Jas 1:3  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

Jas 1:4  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

The just shall live by faith is the central theme and message of the Book of Habakkuk.  That overarching takeaway is from these words of the Lord spoken in response to Habakkuk’s second complaint.

Hab 2:4  Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

Paul understood how to apply all these OT ensamples written for the admonition of the elect who would come many years later beginning at Pentecost.

Rom 1:17  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Gal 3:11  But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 

Habakkuk is being used to teach us a very important lesson that brings death to self.

Luk 21:19  In your patience possess ye your souls.

Rom 5:3  And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

Habakkuk contends with the Lord and challenges His wisdom.  Why does the Lord do what He does?  Why does He rather simply save us and cut out all the suffering and experience of evil.  Flesh does not want to accept that it is mere clay in the Potter’s hand and can do nothing of ourselves.

Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

The name Habakkuk H2265 is said to mean “one who embraces”.  Many of the “name” websites extend this to say Habakkuk means a “wrestler”.  We all contend with the Lord in our day of judgment, not understanding it nor appreciating it until we learn by the thing we are given to suffer.  Let’s get into the prophecy and see the burden of Habakkuk, which is our burden, in our spiritual immaturity and how the Lord answers our lack of faith.

Hab 1:1  The burden which Habakkuk the prophet did see. 

Hab 1:2  O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save! 

Hab 1:3  Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention. 

Hab 1:4  Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth. 

The burden Habakkuk saw is the burden of being under the influence of spiritual Babylon and the harlot is sitting upon our beast.  Mike’s recent study Isaiah 13 covered this in depth (Click Here To See Study).

Rev 17:3  So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit [as a burden] upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
Rev 17:4  And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: [And who is this burden on this scarlet coloured beast?]
Rev 17:5  And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

When judgment first falls on our house (1Pe 4:17), we, like Habakkuk want an instant salvation and deliverance from evil both that within ourselves and in the physical world.  We simply have not learned the lessons of patience and why the Lord saves us little by little and teaches us patience and longsuffering in the process.  Nobody likes enduring wrath and torment but here in lies our endurance which is also the patience by which we are being saved.

Rev 14:10  The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

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

The Lord’s ears don’t stop hearing but His purpose is not to save the old man so in our immaturity we will claim He does not hear us.  The Lord is getting our attention by the trials and bringing us back to faith and the hope by which we are being saved (Rom 8:24).

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:

Mic 3:4  Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.

It is the prayers made in faith that the Lord hears and answers; everyone in due time.

Joh 14:13  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

Joh 14:14  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

Mat 21:22  ESV whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”

But we all first pray amiss, not understanding the severity of the Lord’s judgment and the total destruction of the first vessel that comes with the remaking of all things (Jer 18:4).

Jas 4:3  Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

Like, Christ experienced, we too, will feel like we have been forsaken when the going gets tough and we are surrounded by evil and persecution within and without ourselves.  These words of David are the Words of Christ and they are our words as His elect in our day of judgment.  The wicked are used to put to death the first man Adam, in us all.

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

Psa 22:13  They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.

Psa 22:14  I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.

Psa 22:16  For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet.

As we mature, we grow in our understanding of the Lord’s plan and become at peace to the trials and suffering to which we have been appointed (Phi 1:29).  Until we come to understand the Lord’s ways and appreciate (give thanks) the trials for the righteousness they are working within us, we, wrestle with the Lord and falsely accuse Him.  We are learning both patience and obedience by the things we are suffering.

Psa 74:1  O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?

Psa 74:10  O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name forever?

It is when we can look behind ourselves and see the Lord working righteousness in us by these judgments (Isa 26:9) and by these trials that we then see and appreciate the blessings of our tribulations.  This is partaking of the Lord’s supper daily which is our dying daily and being thankful for the process.

Mat 26:27  And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;

Mat 26:28  For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Eph 5:20  Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

We want peace in our world, yet the Lord brings that peace by first bringing a war and our flesh does not want to endure a war and in our ignorance, will seek to wrest away judgment to keep our false peace and old way of life going.

Hab 1:3  Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention. 

Hab 1:4  Therefore the law is slacked, and judgment doth never go forth: for the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgment proceedeth. 

Habakkuk, like all of us, struggles with the Lord raising up evil within our house (temple).  But that is the just recompense for the man of sin that we all are until we are being remade by  fire our entire lives in these vessels of clay.

2Sa 12:11  Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.

The sword of the Lord brings war in our heavens as flesh and spirit battle for preeminence.

Gal 5:16  This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

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

Only Christ, through our faith in Christ, bring victory and the Lord is making us wait on Him so we will know it was Him and  none of ourselves when victory comes.

Joh 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Joh 16:33 I have said all these things to you so that in me you may have peace. In the world, you have trouble: but take heart! I have overcome the world.

Deu 7:22 And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee.

Only the mature can eat strong meat (Heb 5:13) which is getting to the place where we truly are content and giving the Lord thanks in all things and no longer despising the chastening that is saving us.

Php 2:14  Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

Heb 12:5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

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

Isa 53:11 He shall see of the travail (grievance) of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

Habakkuk and we are being brought to our wits end where we will have exhausted all our own efforts in futility to bring deliverance.  It is only when we see this reality that the Lord steps in to save us.  Like Job, we begin to see and understand as we are being stripped and destroyed of many things.

Luk 21:20  And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.

Job 19:11  He hath also kindled his wrath against me, and he counteth me unto him as one of his enemies.

Job 19:12  His troops come together, and raise up their way against me, and encamp round about my tabernacle.

The Lord answers Habakkuk’s first complaint.

Hab 1:5 Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you. 

Salvation is the Lord’s work (Jon 2:4) and that comes about by what Isaiah calls a “strange” process.  This disannulling of our covenant with death (to be carnally minded) requires a complete (seven) series of trials and afflictions.

Isa 28:21  For the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act.

His works in us are all things and that includes the many tribulations by which we must enter the kingdom of God (Act 14:22).  These trials are the same as living through the seven vials of wrath by which no man can enter into the temple of the Lord (Rev 15:8).  All men, beginning with the house of God, must drink of this cup and endure what Psalm 107 calls “the wonderful works of the Lord to the children of men”.

Psa 107:39  Again, they are minished (humbled) and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow.

Psa 107:40  He poureth contempt upon princes, and causeth them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way.

Psa 107:41  Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock.

Psa 107:42  The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth.

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

The answer from the Lord is not being understood when it is declared unto us.  It takes time and much tribulation to come to know the Lord.  It is the trials and the suffering which write the law of faith onto our hearts (Jer 31:33, Heb 10:16).  Our understanding matures and is sharpened as we endure more and more in the furnace of affliction (Isa 48:10) as our earth is purified seven times (Psa 12:6).  Yet carnal disciples were not ready to eat meat yet and did not understand the cost of our discipleship at first.  This is our experience also (Mat 4:4).

Mar 9:31  For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men, and they shall kill him; and after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day.

Mar 9:32  But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him.

But as Christ is glorified within us (Joh 12:16), then we remember and begin to appreciate all the suffering and tribulations we have been given to bear.  Paul had learned the “hard” way and spoke the truth in his evangelizing at Antioch.  Being saved and being made into kings and priests is not for the faint hearted.

Act 13:39  And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

Act 13:40  Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets;

Act 13:41  Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.

The things spoken of in the prophets time after time, is the judgment in our day of the Lord and specifically how the Lord raises up and sends evil nations and spirits, within and without to do His bidding.  This is what is necessary to bring the occasion the Lord is seeking to end all flesh within us and grow the mind of Christ.  The man of sin is being revealed and destroyed, little by little in the consuming fire of the Word of God.  There are many examples and I list just a few for reference.

Isa 5:26 And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly:

Jer 1:15  For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith the LORD; and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah.

Joe 2:4  The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.

Joe 2:11  And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

In Habakkuk’s answer the Lord specifically calls out the Chaldeans as the occupiers occupy Israel.

Hab 1:6 For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwelling places that are not theirs. 

Hab 1:7 They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves. 

Hab 1:8 Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle that hasteth to eat. 

Habakkuk in us learns that the Lord raises up opposition to our faith to try and to test us.  It is our failing and the resulting chastening that brings the learning and over time salvation.  This is the true grace of God in action (Heb 12:6, Tit 2:11).

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

The Lord is sending these wicked nations to destroy Babylon in our day of judgment.  We will be rescued from the harlot as our own wickedness is made manifest and destroyed by the coming of the Lord.  The Lord’s sword as we have often showed is the wicked (Psa 17:13) and these wicked nations that are used for His purpose and then destroyed themselves in the process.

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.

I loved the way Larry said it in the Genesis 74 studyThe spiritual Chaldeans or Babylonians, like the spiritual Assyrians are all used by God to fulfil His judgement in order to reveal where the worst evil was being committed, and the biggest criminal is hiding.

Habakkuk is being told that the Lord is raising up evil against His own house.  Dwelling places is the same word as tabernacle which reminds us that the day of the Lord will not come until the temple is overrun by the man of sin (2Th 2:3-12) and we see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be (Mat 24:15).

Rom 3:11  There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

Rom 3:12  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Horses symbolize power and specifically our trust in the world’s wisdom and the works of the flesh (Exo 14:9, Deu 17:16, Isa 31:1).  We are being taught to not trust in Egypt and the ways of the world but to walk by faith in the Word.

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

We come to know the Lord only through our judgment and being shown our wickedness.  The Lord works evil for good in converting us over time (Jer 2:19).  The Lord knows how to reveal our wretched and miserable state (Rom 7:24) using these flesh nations as well as sending the tempter (the devil) and evil spirits to us for this purpose.

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

Their dignity and judgment coming forth means the manifestation of sin and wickedness will be the fruit of their doings.  The word for dignity, H7613 in Strong’s or “seeth” is the word more often used as “rise or rising” as used in Leviticus speaking of the rising scab of leprosy.  This leprosy (elevated flesh) requires inspection by the priest of God and specific commandments to purge it out being so diligent as to even scrape the walls of the house.

Lev 13:2  When a man shall have in the skin of his flesh a rising [H7613] a scab, or bright spot, and it be in the skin of his flesh like the plague of leprosy; then he shall be brought unto Aaron the priest, or unto one of his sons the priests:

When the Lord sends His army to turn us back to Him by first utterly destroying our old man and confidence in our flesh, there will be no stone left standing.  None of our high places and hidden areas of darkness will be left hidden.  All shall be taken and torn down (Mat 24:2).

Hab 1:9 They shall come all for violence: their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the sand. 

Hab 1:10 And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn unto them: they shall deride every strong hold; for they shall heap dust, and take it. 

Hab 1:11 Then shall his mind change, and he shall pass over, and offend, imputing this his power unto his god. 

Supping as the east wind, is turning back to the way we as God’s people came from.  We return to our vomit and our carnal way of thinking instead of walking in faith and heading west following the Sun of righteousness.  These verses came up in Amos when we discussed spiritual direction but they apply here as these nations represent our carnal thoughts and way of life.

Eze 8:16  And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD’S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east. 

Eze 8:17  Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose.

The word translated mind here in Hab 1:11 is RUACH H7307 which is actually the word for SPIRIT and WIND.   What the Lord is telling Habakkuk is that He is going to change a man’s spirit by these carnal nations He sends to destroy Babylon within us.

We can say salvation is of the Lord all day long.  But until we live through these prophecies we  still trust in ourselves and our own righteousness and the horses of Egypt.  The Lord is causing the sanctuary to be overrun by evil and then He brings vengeance for His Temple.

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

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

Eze 39:23  The Gentiles shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity; because they were unfaithful to Me, therefore I hid My face from them. I gave them into the hand of their enemies, and they all fell by the sword.

This answer did not fully satisfy Habakkuk nor will it satisfy us.  There is a second complaint that will be next week’s focus Lord willing.  We have more to contend with the Lord about as we need to learn the purposes of evil and why we must learn it before we will come to know and understand the Lord.  We learn this in the Lord’s whirlwind which is our day of judgment.

 Rom 3:21  But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

Rom 3:22  Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

 

 

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