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Amos Part 2 –The Circumcision of Christ

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“The Circumcision of Christ”

Key Verses:  Amos 1:3 – 1:5

We continue with the book of Amos and this prophecy that is concerning Israel.  The Israel being spoken about sure seems to be physical Israel.  Yet we know that the words of the Lord are SPIRIT and these words were written for God’s Elect who is the true Israel of God (Gal 6:15-16, Rom 9:8).

Rom 2:28  For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

Rom 2:29  But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Our introductory verses established the ministry of Amos and that this time is, was and will be occurring before THE EARTHQUAKE.  This is a time leading up to the Day of the Lord that will come when the Lord (Lion) roars from Zion.  When this day has come, as we will see today and next week; the Lord will not turn back.  He will accomplish His purposes.

2Pe 2:9  The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

We now begin to cover eight specific pronouncements against the sins of the nations and the punishment the Lord is, was and will be pouring out to bring salvation.

Amo 1:3  Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron:

Amo 1:4  But I will send a fire into the house of Hazael, which shall devour the palaces of Benhadad.

Amo 1:5  I will break also the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the plain of Aven, and him that holdeth the sceptre from the house of Eden: and the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir, saith the LORD.

The fact there are eight of these pronouncements is not a historical coincidence.  Numbers have profound meanings in Scripture and the number eight symbolizes our spiritual circumcision and the new beginnings of the new man.   Eight follows seven which is the completion of the Lord’s work of judgment that destroys the old and brings in the new (the eight). We become a living sacrifice to the Lord on the spiritual eighth day.

Lev 9:1 And it came to pass on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel;
Lev 9:2 And he said unto Aaron, Take thee a young calf for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering, without blemish, and offer [them] before the LORD.

We offer our lives up to the Lord, a living sacrifice as we are circumcised on the eighth day.

Luk 2:21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

This prophecy and all eight pronouncements of judgment are written to the Israel of God who are also known as THE CIRCUMCISION.  It is the Body of Christ who are being circumcised by living out these words; yet it is also true that the Body of Christ are the instruments of circumcision just as we are the instruments of judgment (1Co 6:2) and salvation (Oba 1:21). Knowing that Christ is The Christ gives much deeper meaning to these oft cited Scriptures.

Php 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

Col 2:11  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

As we cover the specific verses we will look at those names and pull forth the meaning and symbolism in these events that are parables for our admonition (Mar 4:11, Hos 12:10). Our sanctification, the will of God, comes about only by THE PROCESS of judgment which cuts off the flesh and teaches us the ways of the Spirit. That process is also the same one that circumcises the heart and fulfills the promises of the Lord.

Jer 24:7  And I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

Heb 8:10  For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

This process of being remade into the priests of the Lord and used for service takes eight days and us going through this circumcision process which is also our day of the Lord.  This is how His laws are written on our hearts, it is through the suffering and tribulation of our judgment.

Lev 8:33  And ye shall not go out of the door of the tabernacle of the congregation in seven days, until the days of your consecration be at an end: for seven days shall he consecrate you.

We will see all eight times the phrase “For three transgressions of ______ and for four” followed by the occasion for the Lord bringing the chastening grace to His people.  The number 3 represents the process of spiritual progression and the number 4 represents the whole of what is under discussion.  What is under the discussion here is the taking away of our trust and confidence in the flesh.  Thankfully these words we hear and the judgments we keep will not return void, they will accomplish His purposes.

Jer 30:24  The fierce anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it. .

Where sin abounds grace abounds even more and thus shall be the way we learn to do righteousness and obey the Lord with time as we endure stripes for these “3 or 4” transgressions.

Rom 5:20  Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

Rom 5:21  That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness (learned in judgment ISA 26:9) unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

The 0ld man in all of us will learn this immutable truth and through this repeated process of learning, we will learn the fear of God and tremble at His Word (Heb 10:26-27). The depth of our depravity and the transgressions in our heart are bountiful and the Lord will continue to cause us to err from His ways until the end goal (the whole) of our judgment is accomplished.

Php 1:6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

We will see as this study progresses how the Lord’s uses everything, even our own sins and wickedness to correct us and move us on to maturity (Jer 2:19, Pro 16:4).

Amo 1:3  Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron:

There is always an occasion, a specific reason cited in the eight “Thus Says The Lord” pronouncements as the Lion roars from Zion and the heads of these inward nations and cities wither from the heat of the fire. We will look at the occasion for judgment which is the specific transgression and then backtrack to look at the cities, names and places.

Transgression #1 – The first city to be judged is Damascus and the reason is because YOU (they) have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron:

Gilead is a land east of the Jordan River representing our time as babes in Christ and immature in the faith.  Having truth but not yet having been tried in the fire.  We will spiritually speaking try to make peace with the Syrians (Laban) who represent the flesh and our old man (Gen 31:44-48).  This is our immature state where we thresh the land but use implements of iron which the Lord’s people cannot do.  We have yet to learn to judge all things by the WORD which is righteous judgment (Joh 7:24).  We start out well in Gilead with truth but the flesh will always lead us to leaving our first love which is why Christ must come the second time with fire to make us overcomers of the flesh and all of its inward nations.

Oba 1:19  And they of the south shall possess the mount of Esau; and they of the plain the Philistines: and they shall possess the fields of Ephraim, and the fields of Samaria: and Benjamin (Type of Christ) shall possess Gilead.

The Lord’s people are indeed the threshing instruments (the winnowing fan) that harvest all mankind for salvation (Rev 14:19, Mic 4:13). Threshing is the harvesting process of separating the wheat from the chaff.

Luk 3:17  Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable.

The fire is the Word that brings judgment in the last days of flesh and carnal-mindedness.  When we judge ourselves and others we must do it only using the WORD OF GOD. Threshing with instruments of iron is going well beyond what is written.

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

The spiritual temple of God is built by judgment within and without.  When we mix in worldly principle’s that are contrary to the truth we are lifting a man-made tool in building the sanctuary of the Lord.  Bringing a common base metal to make those righteous judgments pollutes the word of God and violates His strict commands on how we are to build.

Exo 20:25  And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone: for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it.

Jos 8:31  As Moses the servant of the LORD commanded the children of Israel, as it is written in the book of the law of Moses, an altar of whole stones, over which no man hath lift up any iron: and they offered thereon burnt offerings unto the LORD, and sacrificed peace offerings

The house of God is built by judgment and when we build by wresting away true judgment that house and that temple shall not stand the trials of faith when the fire comes (1Co 3:13).

Luk 6:49  But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

In our immaturity having true doctrine, we will build with vanity cankering the word with iron tools and fleshly wisdom. Burning out the confidence in the flesh is an essential aspect of spiritual circumcision. Seeing our transgressions and the spiritual rust of our work will be a witness against us and the fire will consume our flesh.

Jas 5:3  Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

The call to come and be separate and not suffer the diseases of Babylon is a serious calling.  The only way to be cured of a house built on the flesh (spiritual leprosy) is to have that house be burned with the spiritual fire of God’s Word (Lev 13:55).

Amo 1:4  But I will send a fire into the house of Hazael, which shall devour the palaces of Benhadad.

More symbolism for the destroying of our fleshly ways and mindset. A preacher is sent from the Lord to bring the fire (Jer 5:14, Oba 1:1, Rom 10:15).  The house of Hazael and the palaces of Ben-Hadad are symbols that give us more of the details this spiritual cleaning and circumcision process. Hazael means “Beholding or Perceiving God” and was a King of Syria.  We are this king and we behold God when the fire comes upon the temple of God which temple we are (1Co 3:16).  We see the Lord when we are abiding in the fire of the Word that only comes in the presence of the Seraphim who are the messengers/angels the Lord uses to do this greater works and being spiritual healing.

It is the presence of these seraphim that judgment comes to us our heavens and that is how we come to know the Lord.

Exo 14:18  And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.

Joh 10:14  I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,

Benhadad was the son of Hadad and also a king of Syria in Solomon’s days (1Ki 15) and was the recipient of the treasures of the Lord’s house as a weak King Asa brokered a covenant with Syria.  Again, the mixing of flesh and spirit, Godly principles with worldly principles is a corrupt spiritual cocktail by which to judge ourselves.

1Ki 15:18  Then Asa took all the silver and the gold that were left in the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king’s house, and delivered them into the hand of his servants: and king Asa sent them to Benhadad, the son of Tabrimon, the son of Hezion, king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying,

Eating at the table of devils and the Lord makes us sick and weak spiritually and the king of Israel who made this covenant with Syria later capitulated in his spiritual diseased state.  A strong ensample that we best take heed (1Co 10:11-12).

1Ki 20:4  And the king of Israel answered and said, My lord, O king, according to thy saying, I am thine, and all that I have

We cannot please God when we are still walking in the flesh. We learn through judgment to have no confidence in the flesh and that is what the fire upon our palaces will accomplish. The punishment of Damascus continues for their corrupting the word of God with iron and failing to heed His commandments in judging the people within and without righteously.

Amo 1:5  I will break also the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the plain of Aven, and him that holdeth the sceptre from the house of Eden: and the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir, saith the LORD.

There is a lot of symbolism in this Scripture that tells us the Lord is PURPOSEFULLY carrying us way captive to our flesh.  This will be used to correct us, humble us and teach us righteousness when the resulting judgment works its work in us. We will be unable to escape on our own strength and initiative and like all things in TRUTH, we learn to wait on the Lord.

We must lose our life to gain it.  The Lord is not in the business of saving flesh. Instead, He is destroying flesh and cutting it off and out of our life by this sequence of eight judgments that bring about our spiritual circumcision.   Those of faith MUST BE circumcised.

Gen 17:10  This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.

All of these locations in this verse are directly linked to the ways of the flesh and what the carnal mind seeks after.

Damascus

Damascus represents our trust in the world and where we go looking for answers before faith is come.  This dependency and trust is the first thing the Lord takes away in turning us back to Him through our judgment. Our confidence in flesh is being removed by being cut of….i.e. circumcised.

Isa 8:4  For before the child shall have knowledge to cry, My father, and my mother, the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria shall be taken away before the king of Assyria.

This circumcision process is the true Damascus prophecy as it will be fulfilled inwardly in every man.  The glory of our flesh will wane and wither away as we decrease and He increases.

Isa 17:1  The burden against Damascus. “Behold, Damascus will cease from being a city, And it will be a ruinous heap.

Isa 17:4  “In that day it shall come to pass That the glory of Jacob will wane, And the fatness of his flesh grow lean.

Damascus is where the crooked streets of our wicked ways are being made straight.  Like Saul of Tarsus, we all meet the Lord here and thus begin our seeing the truth by first being made blind

Act 9:11  And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,

Valley of Aven – The Inhabitant is Cutoff (circumcised)

Aven [H206] comes from its root of the same name [H205] which is predominantly the word for inequity in the KJV.  The “house of Aven” or BethAven is defined as the house of vanity or idolatry.

 H1007, bêyth ‘âven

From H1004 and H205; house of vanity; Beth-Aven, a place in Palestine: – Beth-aven.

Workers of inequity (Mat 7:21-22) are those without the gift of faith who do not know the Lord.  Such pervert justice, that is the definition of inequity. The Lord separate us from the world and the way of the carnal mind through circumcision.  The fire and the earthquakes do not come until we see the man of sin that we are sitting in God’s temple. We are “the man”, the antichrist who mysteriously works inequity up until the revealing of that man of sin.

2Th 2:7  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

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

We have to go into Kir and be in captivity and come to see our true nature of flesh.  Thus begins our day of the Lord as we cannot escape our sinful nature and we will be brought to this place of crying out to the Lord for deliverance.  Here is what we cry when at our wits end.

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.

Hos 10:8  The high places also of Aven, the sin of Israel, shall be destroyed: the thorn and the thistle shall come up on their altars; and they shall say to the mountains, Cover us; and to the hills, Fall on us.

 Holder of the Scepter in Beth Eden is Also Cutoff

Beth Eden means house of pleasure or delicacies.  It is where the first Adam in all of us is placed on purpose by the Lord (Gen 2:15, Rom 8:20-21).  Being sinful flesh in a House of Pleasures without the Spirit of the Lord to contend for us, is a sure fire way of waxing rich by pursuing the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes and the pride of life.

Rev 18:3  For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

In this state, sinful flesh cannot help to but to seek after its own lusts.   The dominion of the old man (who holds the scepter/rod in Beth Eden) must die in order for us to overcome and gain dominion over sin.  This rod of wickedness, the rulership of flesh in our heavens and earth (the kingdom of God, His Temple) is being cutoff when we experience our day of the Lord.

Psa 45:6  Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.

Joh 17:2  As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

This ruling of us by the flesh, by the House of Eden shall not stand.  This covenant with death shall be disannulled when the day of the Lord and the overflowing scourge passes through to bring about our spiritual circumcision.

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

Syrians Taken Captive to Kir [H7024]

Kir was taken captive by the King of Assyria (our flesh) after the King of Israel made a covenant with him and gave him the silver and gold from the Lord’s house which is a strictly forbidden act (Heb 13:10, Num 4:15).

 2Ki 16:8  And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king’s house, and sent it for a present to the king of Assyria.

2Ki 16:9  And the king of Assyria hearkened unto him: for the king of Assyria went up against Damascus, and took it, and carried the people of it captive to Kir, and slew Rezin

When we as the Kings of Israel make covenants with worldly and flesh kings, the inhabitants in our land are taken captive by the works of the flesh.  This must be cut off and we must learn to stand on faith alone. We can deduce what this is saying in the Spirit by looking at the definitions for Kir and the inhabitants of Kir.

 H7024, keer

The same as H7023; fortress or wall; Kir, a place in Assyrian; also one in Moab

H7025

(keer) kheh’-res, khar-eh’-seth

From H7023 and H2789; fortress of earthenware; Kir-Cheres or Kir-Chares-eth, a place in Moab: – Kir-haraseth, Kir-hareseth, Kir-haresh, Kir-heres.

H2789

chereś

kheh’-res

A collateral form mediating between H2775 and H2791; a piece of pottery: – earth (-en), (pot-) sherd, + stone.

We all have to come to see ourselves for what we are and this as a beast (Ecc 3:18) and an abomination (Mat 24:15) among other things. As foolish as it sounds to the carnal mind, the Lord begins our process of judgment by causing us to go backwards and to fall into sin and being overcome by the pulls of the flesh and lusts for this world.

Isa 28:13  And the word of the LORD will be to them precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little, that they may go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

The Lord has made the wicked for the day of evil (Pro 16:4). He is causing us to stray to bring this judgment via all pronouncements that in total bring about our spiritual circumcision.

Amo 3:6  Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?

Psa 34:19  Many are the evils [H7451 – RA] (afflictions) of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

Being taken captive to Kir is our time when we know the truth yet the Lord turns us over to the flesh.  This season and causation of our sin brings much torment and tribulation to our heavens.

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

This falling seven times (Pro 24:16) is important for us to lose trust in the flesh.  On the eighth day, this brings about the spiritual circumcision through our chastening by the Lord.

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

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Micah Part 14 – Arise and Thresh O Daughter of Zion

Arise and Thresh O Daughter of Zion

Key Verses: Micah 4:9 – 4:13

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Judgment comes first on the house of God in this age which is only the chosen few that comprise God’s Elect also known as the Body of Christ. It is them (us Lord willing) that will be found faithful through their judgment process and be raised to serve the Lord and bring all others to judgment in the Lake of Fire in the age to come after the Millennium Reign.

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

If we are so blessed to be in that first resurrection [in this age in the second harvest as all men will be in the first resurrection in due time which is having the mind of Christ], we will be given thrones and the seat of judgment of the Lord (Rev 20:4). The Elect will be judging all mankind that represent the twelve tribes of Israel (Mat 19:28).

Rom 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

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

It is the Body of Christ being judged now in this age, who are the angels of the church and will be the Lake of Fire and bring all men to perfection as we speak words of fire (Jer 5:14).

Heb 12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,

Heb 12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

To make the cut and be used of the Lord we are paying A BIG PRICE in this life. It is costing us everything and that is what makes spiritual childbearing so excruciatingly painful (Luk 14:33, Mat 19:29). Bearing this torment is the patience of the saints (Rev 14:11-12).

Here are the five verses for Part 14.

Mic 4:9 Now why dost thou cry out aloud? is there no king in thee? is thy counsellor perished? for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail.

Mic 4:10 Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.

Mic 4:11 Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion.

Mic 4:12 But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.

Mic 4:13 Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate their gain unto the LORD, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.

Today’s verses like last week continue to tell us of the process and events in the Lake of Fire.   The Elect live them out now and then the Elect fulfill them in all men in the times to come. Living by every word includes keeping and doing the Lord’s judgments.

Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things (the judgments) which are written therein: for the time is at hand

Eze 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

This process is directly likened to child bearing throughout all Scripture.  Our flesh mourns and will be in pain but when the process runs its course, then we are no more in sorrow but joy.

Joh 16:21 A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world.

It is the process, the trials and temptations in which we are overcoming sin and our flesh.  Knowing this is how we learn to rejoice and give thanks for these painful experiences (Eph 5:30).

1Pe 1:6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:

1Pe 1:9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

The baptism by fire necessary for salvation comes suddenly in the night in our day of the Lord (1Th 5:3, Mat 25:6). We are in outer darkness and spiritually lame and do not understand at first what the Lord is doing. Yet when the Truth comes via the Spirit of God we learn and grow quickly enduring the pain, the pressure and tribulation we experience in our flesh to have all things made new in us.

Joh 3:8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Let’s look at the individual verses a little deeper.

Mic 4:9 Now why dost thou cry out aloud? is there no king in thee? is thy counsellor perished? for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail.

A woman in travail cries out in anguish and we are no different. Overcoming sin and the pulls of the flesh are the birth pangs. Bringing forth the new man causes us to shout/cry aloud as we endure our season of feeling forsaken “is, was and will be”. Feeling forsaken and not yet understanding the purposes in judgment we pray amiss. The Lord is not saving the things He has purposed to destroy. We are the Temple being rebuilt in “three days” (Joh 2:19, 1Co 3:16).

Mat 24:2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

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

The beginning has started, THE WORD has come to our heavens and our earth. The Lord does not come to bring peace but brings a sword. A huge war must be fought in every man’s heaven for salvation to come (Rev 12:7-10). When this process begins we have no understanding and there is no counsel or wisdom within us to explain it. This is the roaring and perplexity of the seas which is symbolism for our flesh and the flesh of all men when they travail under the judgment of God.

Luk 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

Luk 21:26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

The end is upon us and woe (the prophecy of further judgment) is announced to those with spiritual child and drinking only milk who have yet to endure the chastening to walk it out.

Luk 21:23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

The baptism by fire will make us doers of the Word and deliver us when all of our self-righteous efforts and cleaning the outside of the cup delivered nothing.

Isa 26:18 We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.

 

Mic 4:10 Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.

Our overcoming by our crucifixion with Christ (As He is so are we – Joh 20:21) like our Lord happens outside the Holy City. We will be hated of all men, persecuted, reviled, spoken evil of and our enemies will be of our own household as the Scriptures teach. This enmity will both outside of us but also inside us as the flesh and spirit war against each other. These are the many tribulations that are necessary for us to enter the kingdom of God.

Rev 14:20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

Heb 13:12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

Heb 13:13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.

The field represents the world (Mat 13:38) and we are ensnared or entangled in the affairs of the world until we are judged and only then are we given to truly come out and be separate (2Co 6:17, 1 Jn 2:16). We are getting there and now the Lord speaks of things that are not yet as if they are already done (Rom 4:17).

Joh 17:6 I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.

The events in Jeremiah (Jer 25) tell us of our being taken captive in Babylon, by the Lord’s servant who inwardly is the old man, the king of Babylon within us and outwardly are the apostate orthodox churches. We don’t realize this speaks far more to us now than our time spent in the physical churches following the Jesus we first must know only in the flesh. Threshing wheat and winnowing the crop takes a beating process to break out the good from the bad.

Jer 25:10 Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle.

Rev 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

To have the voice of the bride taken away, we must have first had it. In our judgment the Lord is going to show us what our flesh is really made of, notwithstanding all of our knowledge and spiritual riches. Spiritual Babylon lives within us and that is where the harlot, the worst one of all sits within us after we come into the Body of Christ (Eze 23).

Our going into Babylon before we come out of her is hopefully a one-time event in the outward sense. But inwardly these are “is, was and will be” verses which we continually live out as we mature while abiding in the Truth. Through this winnowing, “little by little” process of judgment the Lord manifests disobedience in our walk and then brings fire (wind/spirit) upon us to burn it out of us. This is how things are truly sanctified throughout the Promised Land we are being possessing through salvation. The fan and instruments of threshing the Lord’s crop is the Body of Christ who judge ourselves and one another first.

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

The only way of redemption is through judgment and it is the Elect who are delivered first as a kind of firstfruits unto the Lord.

Rev 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

This struggle with flesh and spirit is a lifelong affair after coming into the truth and until our Faith is tested by fire and we fail. After we are given the gift of faith, when we stumble in sin as righteous men “in training”, we get right back up (Pro 24:16) and continue the walk and the struggle knowing we are in the “process” of being saved.

Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.

Rom 8:23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.

Lord willing, we will learn patience and our faith will grow and little by little the new man is born and moves onward to maturity. Many walk with Christ for a time but very few are given to continue walking and will be found faithful in the end (Rev 17:14).

Heb 10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

Heb 10:37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry…

Heb 10:39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.

The new man will be saved and the old man who represents the King of Babylon within us and the same Lord that causes us to go into Babylon will deliver us out.

Jer 50:43 The king of Babylon hath heard the report of them, and his hands waxed feeble: anguish took hold of him, and pangs as of a woman in travail.

Here are the next two verses.

Mic 4:11 Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion.

Mic 4:12 But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.

We can’t mix the world and the things of God. Doing such is known as spiritual fornication and that is what makes us a spiritual harlot in our day of judgment. The old man will seek to save its life with everything it has. Many nations within us will rise up against the new man and seek to defile the sincerity and truth of the true gospel and pure doctrines of Jesus Christ. It is a narrow way with lies and false doctrines on both sides.

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.

Eze 23:17 And the Babylonians came to her into the bed of love, and they defiled her with their whoredom, and she was polluted with them, and her mind was alienated from them.

It is our own wickedness that shall be used to correct us in due time (Jer 2:19). Coming to see this shame and knowing what Paul meant in Romans 7 is an integral part of the process.

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

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

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

The nations gathered against the new man, both within now in this age and without in the age to come at the END of the Millennium; will be used to bring about an end to our flesh and ultimately the flesh of all mankind.

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

The Elect of God live the Millennium out inwardly now in our day of the Lord and outwardly it will play out at the end of the symbolic 1,000-year period before the Lake of Fire.

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

Those rebellious nations that know not the Lord will all be brought into submission. As we saw earlier and in Isaiah those nations will have their weapons converted to plowshares and they will learn war no more (Mic 4:3, Isa 2:4). Every knee will bow and tongue confess at the end of this judgment process that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Sheaves are bundles of grain gathered in the harvest time. It is by threshing those sheaves that the wheat is brought into the barn and the chaff is separated. Joseph’s dream of his brothers, the rest of Israel bowing before him is a shadow of the Elect’s rule and reigning with Christ and being the instruments of threshing.

Gen 37:7 For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.

Rev 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

Here is our last verse for today.

Mic 4:13 Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate [H2763] their gain [H1215] unto the LORD, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.

When the going gets tough and the trials and afflictions heavy, our inclination is to go to sleep spiritually speaking instead of watching and praying as we are commanded. When we sleep, the enemy is able to come in and plant the tares and the lies that defile us and keep us from loving God by obeying Him. The Lord Himself has to give us faith and the zeal to walk it out and He alone is the one who wakes us from our sleep and pulls us up by the hands.

Luk 22:46 And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.

Mar 2:11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.

Arising out of our carnal mindedness (which is death Rom 8:6) and learning to not think above what is written is how we walk in the light.

Eph 5:14 NKJV Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.”

If we will judge ourselves, we will not be condemned (judged) with the rest of mankind in the Lake of Fire. The true Elect is rising up and threshing starting with ourselves within.

1Co 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged (in Lake of Fire)

2Co 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates

The Body of Christ is, was and will be the judges and the deliverers as seen earlier (Rom 11:26, Oba 1:21). The Body is the copper (fine dust and brass e.g. the flesh) feet that describes Jesus Christ.

Rev 2:18 And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write; These things saith the Son of God, who hath his eyes like unto a flame of fire, and his feet are like fine brass;

Nah 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

A horn represents power and strength. The Body of Christ is the lake of fire through which all men are being saved. To accomplish the Lord’s purpose, we are given a spiritual horn and a rod of iron. This is used to rule the nations and to bring judgment.

Rev 12:5 She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.

Iron is instrumental in building the Lord’s house just as many other materials. This portends a spiritual meaning for us today.

1Ch 22:14 Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the house of the LORD an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand thousand talents of silver; and of brass and iron without weight; for it is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared; and thou mayest add thereto.

Iron represents the trials and tribulations we must endure to enter the Kingdom. It takes LOTS of iron (without weight) to be saved and break apart the false doctrines and deeply imbedded carnal mindedness that is at enmity with the Lord. Iron is normally thought of as a negative thing, it rusts, it is not pliable yet the Lord uses evil for good in saving mankind. The word brings iron down upon the rebellious nations within all men in the day it is heard.

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

1Sa 2:10 The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.

We are all sharpened when we break bread and speak the word together as judgment is now on the house of the Lord.

Pro 27:17 Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

It is trusting in the Lord and His body and the multitude of counsellors by which the Elect are being saved now from our enemies. The breaking to pieces of the potter’s vessels is done by judgment, using this horn of iron that is also the Word. Collectively the Body of Christ is the Lord’s Battle Axe by the words of fire we speak to one another now and all mankind in the end. All of our fleshly strength and false doctrines that keep the old man alive will be broken in the winepress of the Lord.

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

Jer 51:21 And with thee will I break in pieces the horse and his rider; and with thee will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider;

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

The translations really obscure the Lord’s doings in this last verse in chapter 4.

Mic 4:13 Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate [H2763] their gain [H1215] unto the LORD, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth

H2763, châram

Total KJV Occurrences: 51

destroyed, 23

Exo_22:20, Num_21:3, Deu_2:34, Deu_3:6, Jos_2:10, Jos_6:21, Jos_8:26, Jos_10:1, Jos_10:28, Jos_10:35, Jos_10:37, Jos_10:39-40 (2), Jos_11:12, Jos_11:21, Jdg_1:17, 1Sa_15:8-9 (2), 1Sa_15:15, 1Sa_15:20, 1Ch_4:41, 2Ch_32:14, Isa_34:2

destroy, 14

Deu_7:2 (3), Deu_20:17, Jos_11:20, Jdg_21:11, 1Sa_15:3, 1Sa_15:9, 1Sa_15:18, 1Ki_9:21, Isa_11:15, Jer_25:9, Jer_50:21, Jer_50:26, Jer_51:3

destroying, 5

Deu_3:6, Deu_13:15, Jos_11:11, 2Ki_19:11, Isa_37:11

consecrate, 1 – Mic_4:13

To consecrate something is to “make or declare it sacred”. In this way the translation is fine as the Lord is declaring His Temple to be sacred. But this consecrating comes by destruction and that is what is really being said. The Lord is DESTROYING this gain. Now what is this “gain” of ours that is being destroyed? The use of the Hebrew word translated here as gain quickly answers.

H1215, betsa‛

Total KJV Occurrences: 16

covetousness, 10

Exo_18:21, Psa_119:36, Isa_57:16-17 (2), Jer_6:13, Jer_8:10, Jer_22:17, Jer_51:13, Eze_33:31, Hab_2:9

profit, 3 – Gen_37:26, Psa_30:9, Mal_3:14

dishonest gain, 2 –Eze_22:13, Eze_22:27

lucre, 1 – 1Sa_8:3

It is our covetousness, the very heart of the Jebusite spirits that we looked at earlier in this series. Judgment destroys the spirits within us that seek the riches of this world of one kind or another. Our pride and merchandising ways will be brought to the light and burned out.

1Pe 5:2 Feed (rule with judgment) the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

As the governors of Judah, the Elect are made into torches that will consume the adversaries of the Lord now within ourselves and ultimately all men at the White Throne Judgment. We will execute our roles humbly which is the very reason we are enduring through this winepress of judgment first.

Zec 12:6 In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.

Heb 1:7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

Next week Lord willing, we continue in the process and see in more splendor the raising up of Christ within us to smite the nations within. The Elect are undergoing on the job training for our roles to be the outward kings and priests of the Lord in the Millennium and “as” the Lake of Fire. We first live out these words and then if we are found faithful to the end; we will then be used to fulfill the Lord’s purposes as His Kings and His Priest doing service. Judgment is what molds us and prepares us for these specific duties.

Rev 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen