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Amos Part 18 – A Man’s Uncle Shall Bear Him

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“A Man’s Uncle Shall Bear Him”

Key Verses:  Amos 6:8 – 6:14

Here are the concluding verses to chapter 6 on the theme which has had the people of God taking it easy and not doing the work of the Lord while we are abiding in Zion which is the Body of Christ. Because of this we are told of the consequences.

Amo 6:8 The Lord GOD hath sworn by himself, saith the LORD the God of hosts, I abhor the excellency of Jacob, and hate his palaces: therefore, will I deliver up the city with all that is therein.

Amo 6:9 And it shall come to pass, if there remain ten men in one house, that they shall die.

Amo 6:10 And a man’s uncle shall take him up, and he that burneth him, to bring out the bones out of the house, and shall say unto him that is by the sides of the house, Is there yet any with thee? and he shall say, No. Then shall he say, Hold thy tongue: for we may not make mention of the name of the LORD.

Amo 6:11 For, behold, the LORD commandeth, and he will smite the great house with breaches, and the little house with clefts.

Amo 6:12 Shall horses run upon the rock? will one plow there with oxen? for ye have turned judgment into gall, and the fruit of righteousness into hemlock:

Amo 6:13 Ye which rejoice in a thing of nought, which say, Have we not taken to us horns by our own strength?

Amo 6:14 But, behold, I will raise up against you a nation, O house of Israel, saith the LORD the God of hosts; and they shall afflict you from the entering in of Hemath unto the river of the wilderness.

The Lord abhors a puffed up haughty spirit that robs God and steals His glory. This of course is a spirit of SELF that is living as the hidden pride of man who seeks to builds a name for himself. This is all of us who have been at ease in Zion, feasting in His Temple and not doing the work of God. Judgment is needed to turn our early feasting into the more diligent eating habits required to grow up and become a mature man of God eating strong meat (Heb 5:13) and bearing our trials as we stand in faith. We learn to eat right by judgment (woe).

Ecc 10:16 Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning!

Ecc 10:17 Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!

The defining difference between the immature and the mature is that the besetting sins we bring with us have not yet manifested to humble proud hearts and turn us back to the Lord. The worst of our besetting sins and self-righteousness is manifest to bring us back to the Lord.

Eze 7:24 Wherefore I will bring the worst of the heathen, and they shall possess their houses: I will also make the pomp of the strong to cease; and their holy places shall be defiled.

The Lord finding ten men in one house and stating they shall die represents the completion of our flesh and its death that has been ordained. Flesh and blood was not intended to inherit the kingdom of God (1Co 15:50) and must die for new life to come forth (Joh 12:24). This life we are losing (in Aorist continuous tense) as we die daily and are finding a new life in Christ (Mat 10:39) little by little. Losing this life and gaining a new only comes in a down payment form as the Lord’s elect are judged and await the fullness of the promise that comes in the resurrection.

Eph 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Eph 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

Thanks be to God that our futile efforts to save and justify ourselves is falling miserably short.  We will not overcome on our own strength and the Lord is exposing our total inpetitude and showing us our sins as the fire of judgment is poured in full fury.

Rom 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Jas 1:15  Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

This completion of our flesh and the failure of it to be perfected happens in the house of the Lord where judgment is now abiding (1Pe 4:17). We need help and a spiritual physician will appear to us via our uncles and bring the fire that kills the flesh.

Amo 6:10 And a man’s uncle shall take him up, and he that burneth him, to bring out the bones out of the house, and shall say unto him that is by the sides of the house, Is there yet any with thee? and he shall say, No. Then shall he say, Hold thy tongue: for we may not make mention of the name of the LORD.

It is the “beloved” or said another way, our spiritual family including “uncles” that bring salvation to us and speak the words of fire that burn up our carnally minded dead bodies.

Mat 12:49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!

Mat 12:50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

An uncle is the brother of our father and spiritually speaking this is referring to the brethren as we all brothers of Jesus Christ.

 H1730 – Total KJV Occurrences: 57

beloved, 31

uncle, 10

love, 7

beloved’s, 2

father’s, 2

brother, 1

brothers’, 1

loves, 1

uncle’s, 1

wellbeloved, 1

 The body of Christ are the brothers that are raising up spiritual seed for the Lord (our brother) as we fill up in the afflictions of Christ for the church’s sake (Col 1:24). We redeem our brothers and sisters from spiritual prisons and bondage as the beloved.

Lev 25:47 And if a sojourner or stranger wax rich by thee, and thy brother that dwelleth by him wax poor, and sell himself unto the stranger or sojourner by thee, or to the stock of the stranger’s family:

Lev 25:48 After that he is sold he may be redeemed again; one of his brethren may redeem him:

Lev 25:49 Either his uncle, or his uncle’s son, may redeem him, or any that is nigh of kin unto him of his family may redeem him; or if he be able, he may redeem himself.

Our redemption is via the process of judgment that comes from the Word and revealing of Jesus Christ. That is delivered by the same beloved and our brethren who are our spiritual uncles.

Rev 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

The word for burneth in Amo 6:10 is only found 1 time in the bible and has no root. According to Strong’s it means to cremate by being near kin.

 H5635, sâraph, saw-raf’

A primitive root; to cremate, that is, to be (near) of kin (such being privileged to kindle the pyre): – burn.

Spiritually speaking that is how our flesh is purged, by the fire of the spoken word.

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

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

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

The cremating process of burning bodies is leaving nothing alive of the flesh hence there is nobody left within us and only the new man is left to enter into the Christ keeping mind and it is only an earnest deposit in this age and the Scriptures speak of things that are not as if they were (Rom 4:17). It is those in Zion, who minister and receive ministry that trades our burnt bodies and ashes for the covering of Christ by judgment that turns us into trees of righteousness.

Isa 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

The heathens within and without, will suffer our spiritually dead bodies to lie in the streets of spiritual Sodom/Babylon (Rev 11:9). Faithful watchman of the flock does not allow their brethren, the new man, to remain behind in this dying process. The bones of Jesus Christ, His true doctrines that cannot be broken, the Word that saves us are brought forth as we exit the old way of life.

Gen 50:25 And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.

Jud 1:23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

We are the voice of Jesus Christ who speak the Words that call the appointed up into the clouds in heaven which speaks of our entry into Christ and His revealing within us.

Rev 11:12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.

As our understanding is opened in heaven, we see Christ in the Spirit and know He has come in the flesh of His chosen few that are our uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters and collectively the beloved.

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.

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.

There are no other survivors when the Lord reveals the wages of sin that is spiritual death. Only the remnant is being saved and brought through the fire of judgment. The mouths of the heathen nations within us will be stopped and quieted as the Lord is bringing judgment as Christ is exalted.

Zec 2:13 Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.

Amo 8:3 And the songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day, saith the Lord GOD: there shall be many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast them forth with silence.

Our wedding garment is not proper and is defiled and will be called out when the Words of Christ shine on our self-righteousness.

Mat 22:12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

Hab 2:20 But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.

Amo 6:11 For, behold, the LORD commandeth, and he will smite the great house with breaches, and the little house with clefts.

The body of Christ, the House of God, are the Lord’s two witnesses. As His Temple and the people in which the Lord dwells (Eze 37:27, 2Co 6:16), both the house of Israel and the house of Judah are both within us.

Heb 8:8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:

Here in Amos, the Lord is “in process” of performing the good thing that has been promised unto both the house of Israel and the house of Judah. Executing judgment is performing His word.

Jer 33:14 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah.

The body of Christ, as The Christ, is given the double portion that was given to Joseph, a type of Christ and the elect who would come at Pentecost (Deut 33:13-17). These two houses signify the double witness and the double blessing we receive from the Lord of heaven (Judah) and the earth (Israel). Said another way, Judah is our doctrine and having the mind of Christ and Israel is our overcoming and actually walking out the truth. Two resurrections are necessary for the good work to be completed and for us to walk congruent and be ONE with the Lord.

Jer 3:1 In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north (with judgment) to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers.

Rev 18:6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.

Isa 61:7 Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; Everlasting joy shall be theirs.

The two sticks, that represent the divided kingdom within us are being made one. We are being made whole (healed) and are being delivered of our sins and idols by keeping the judgments we are studying in these Prophets.

Eze 37:15 (NKJV) Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

Eze 37:16 “As for you, son of man, take a stick for yourself and write on it: ‘For Judah and for the children of Israel, his companions.’ Then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel, his companions.’

Eze 37:17 Then join them one to another for yourself into one stick, and they will become one in your hand.

Eze 37:18 “And when the children of your people speak to you, saying, ‘Will you not show us what you mean by these?’—

Eze 37:19 say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Surely I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will join them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand.” ‘

Eze 37:20 And the sticks on which you write will be in your hand before their eyes.

Eze 37:21 “Then say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land;

Eze 37:22 and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again.

Eze 37:23 They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God.

Eze 37:24 “David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them.

So both houses that make of God’s One House are being transformed and molded together as one as they are being smitten with breaches and clefts.

Jer 11:17 For the LORD of hosts, that planted thee, hath pronounced evil against thee, for the evil of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah, which they have done against themselves to provoke me to anger in offering incense unto Baal.

Isa 54:8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.

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

As the house of God we are bearing both the image of the earthy and the heavenly (1Co 15:49) and being both a vessel or honor and dishonor as we learn good and evil waiting for the fullness of the purchase of redemption (Rom 8:23, 2Co 5:2).

2Ti 2:20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

The great house of flesh (ten tribes) will be stricken with breaches which are holes in our walls of defense. Breaches are gaps and large cracks in spiritual defenses that let the enemy and leaven come pouring into our walk. Interesting that a breach is also defined in modern language as the act of breaking a law or covenant, which is exactly what they spiritually represent. They represent our besetting sins, the manifestation of evil in the house that is used for good in the 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.

Psa 34:19 Many are the afflictions (Evils – “ra”) of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

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.

So whether they are giants in our land or the small besetting sins that defile us, the Lord makes them manifests (causes the evil for good Isa 45:7, Rom 8:28). The beloved are called to lay these sins aside as they spoil the fruit of our labors.

Son 2:15 Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes.

Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Clefts speak of smaller holes and cracks, also known as fissures that break the consistency of the item having a cleft. Spiritually speaking, clefts are holes in our doctrine, holdovers from the 200M lies of the harlot. They are a little leaven, a little unbelief, which is still impeding our walk and obedience. The house of Judah, is the House of David and represents, the Word and the call for purity in cleansing the heavens.

1Co 5:6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

Our day of judgment is required to burn away with fire the unclean and all things that defile.

2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

Being stricken with spiritual breaches and clefts is all foolishness to the natural minded man (1Co 2:14), but to those being saved, this is how we learn righteousness (Isa 26:9) and the Lord makes known to us His power. He really is Lord of the heavens and the earth!

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

Rom 9:22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

Rom 9:23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,

We look at the next two verses together.

Amo 6:12 Shall horses run upon the rock? will one plow there with oxen? for ye have turned judgment into gall, and the fruit of righteousness into hemlock:

Amo 6:13 Ye which rejoice in a thing of nought, which say, Have we not taken to us horns by our own strength?

The power of the flesh has no place in the house of the Lord which is THE ROCK that provides the living waters of judgment. Horns represent power in the Scriptures and when we are puffed up with knowledge being drunk with wine and fat with rich meat we rejoice in our blindness totally unaware of the day of our visitation until it comes.

Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

The answer here to the Lord’s question through Amos is an absolute no. No flesh is justified by the works of the law.

Gal 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

Rom 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Psa 33:16 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength

Psa 33:17 An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength.

Hemlock as presented in Amo 6:13 is actually the word for wormwood which represents the lies and false doctrines we cling to in justifying ourselves as this Assyrian harlot (Eze 23:5-7) and wresting away the wonderful and necessary judgment of our man of sin. The Lord is the one sending delusion and feeding His prophets with wormwood in order to have the occasion to come again and to usher in salvation (Heb 9:28).

Jer 23:15 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall: for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land.

The outcome of judgment will be the new mindset and the rest that remains elusive to the people of God who are still trusting in themselves for salvation. We will get to the point of having no confidence in our flesh or anyone else’s.

Hag 2:22 And I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the heathen; and I will overthrow the chariots, and those that ride in them; and the horses and their riders shall come down, everyone by the sword of his brother

The reason the Lord bring deliverance, “little by little” is so we won’t remain puffed up and proudly thinking we had anything to do with anything, HE IS THE LORD.

Deu 8:17 And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.

There is no boasting in Christ. We know these verses in heaven but have to be taught some lessons in righteousness to get them into our earth (walk).

Rom 3:27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

Rom 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

The power is all the Lord’s and to whom HE GIVES IT.

Joh 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Joh 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

The Assyrian/Babylonian nation has been turned loose to bring evil into our house and our land and set the stage for the revealing of the plumb line of judgment in Chapter 7.

Amo 6:14 But, behold, I will raise up against you a nation, O house of Israel, saith the LORD the God of hosts; and they shall afflict you from the entering in of Hemath unto the river of the wilderness.

This heathen nation and its king are the sword of the Lord (Psa 17:13) that is abiding on our house and manifesting the worst of our flesh and our besetting sins to turn us back to the Lord in all humility.

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.

Our second resurrection in down payment form is preceded by the power of our flesh being given over to our beast.

Rev 17:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

Rev 17:13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.

The manifestation of our sins makes us small and is what humbles us and prepares us to be resurrected with Christ. Next week Lord willing, we will see the land and kings of the land, rebel against the words of fire that Amos is speaking. Flesh will do everything it can to stay alive and ours is no different as the judgment of God increases upon us. We can only abide in this fire and the scourging grace if we have been given the measure of faith to endure.

Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

Heb 3:6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.

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

A brother In Christ,  Pete

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Micah Part 1 – Micah the Morasthite

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Book of Micah Part 1 – Micah the Morasthite

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

The Book of Micah is a message to all of the Lord’s people.  It was written to both the people of both the Northern and Southern Kingdoms (Israel and Judah) another words to “all the Jews”.  The sum of the word also tells us who the true Jews are and that all the prophets of old did not minister to the flesh Jews but to the spiritual ones (The Elect) who would come much later (1 Pe 1:10-11).

Micah was a contemporary of Isaiah and they served the Lord at about the same times.  Given the similarities of Isaiah 2 and Micah 4, some speculate Micah was a contemporary of Isaiah.

The message of Micah is a message that comes to all of God’s people.  That is His very elect in this and every age when the Kingdom of God within us (Luk 17:20-21) is divided.  Neither part is living right, both are practicing idolatry and will be cutoff and a third part will emerge and be brought through the fire that will sanctify the new man (Christ) in us.

Zec 13:8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.

Zec 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

While the overarching theme of the prophets and especially the minor Prophets seems to be judgment, Micah has more of a balance and the second half of the book is focused more on the hope of salvation and our needing to wait upon it.  It is in Micah that it is prophesied a Savior would come from Bethlehem (Mic 5:2).  There are many names and places mentioned in Micah and we will take time to drill into most of them when we get to them.

Micah deals with events that are now on the house of God, which house we are, yet it also gives detail on the role of the elect and supports other prophecies regarding the Millennium rule and the role in the lake of fire.  We will deal with those prophecies when we get to them later in the series.  Here is the outline of Micah from the ESV which is similar to the chapter titles given by most other translations.

  • Chapter 1 – The Coming Destruction
  • Chapter 2 – Woe to the Rich Oppressors
  • Chapter 3 – Rulers and Prophets Denounced
  • Chapter 4 – The Mountain of the Lord
  • Chapter 5 – The Ruler to Be Born in Bethlehem
  • Chapter 6 – The Indictment of the Lord
  • Chapter 7 – Wait for the God of Salvation

It is almost comical to read the synopsis and commentaries on this Book.  They must have thought Micah was a schizophrenic switching back and forth from doom and gloom to hope and peace.  They just don’t know the ways of the Lord and the strange act He brings to His people through the process of judgment.  But we do know these things and we will be able to decipher the message the Lord intended and has hidden in the symbols and parables of the story board.

1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

1Co 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

Divided Kingdoms

All things are yours and mine if we are the Lord’s people (1 Cor 3:21).  We live by every word (Mat 4:4) and that includes this prophesy of Micah.  The Lord comes to bring peace but that comes about only by a process of division first (Luk 12:51).  We live the Words of Micah in our later stage baptism of fire when the Lord returns the second time for salvation (Heb 9:28).  So the stage is set, the kingdoms of the Lord are divided after we have come into the knowledge of the truth and are communing with the Lord.  Like Solomon did, despite our new found wisdom and rulership, we too, will be led astray by strange women.  We do this despite knowing the commands of the Lord.  We will leave our first love.

1Ki 11:1 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites;

1Ki 11:2 Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love.

1Ki 11:3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.

This slow drift away from DOING the Truth is what we all need to be watchful of given the deceitfulness of sin that lurks in the hearts of these clay vessels.

1Ki 11:4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.

The Lord in His jealousy and His wrath will seek vengeance for His Temple, which Temple we are if we are His Elect.  This inequity is visited upon the succeeding sons as we mature inwardly.

1Ki 11:11 Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.

1Ki 11:12 Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father’s sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son.

With the death of Solomon his son Rehoboam, is made king but does not follow the council of the elders and many of the people turn against him as he follows false doctrines mistreating the people (1 Ki 12:14).  The people rise up and rebel and appoint Jeroboam from the tribe of Ephraim their first king.  And we are told this rebellion of Israel against the house of David, a type of Jesus Christ will not pass away.

1Ki 12:19 So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.

Here again is the one verse we will cover today and lay a foundation for the whole study.

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

Micah is from the Hebrew word H4318, pronounced “Mee-kaw” and is found 32 times in Scripture.  Interesting that Strong’s defines Micah as the name of seven Israelite’s with seven representing the number of spiritual completion.

H4318

mı̂ykâh

mee-kaw’

An abbreviation of H4320; Micah, the name of seven Israelites: – Micah, Micaiah, Michah.

Total KJV occurrences: 32

This book runs the full course of us being made spiritually complete and being used of the Lord to work righteousness in the rest of mankind as the whole of the study will show Lord willing.

The root of Micah is H4320 which tells us more of what this prophecy is really all about.

H4320

me-kaw-yaw’

From H4310 and (the prefixed derivation from) H3588 and H3050; who (is) like Jah?; Micajah, the name of two Israelites: – Micah, Michaiah. Compare H4318.

Total KJV occurrences: 4

Two is the number for witness and it is our experience as both of these witnesses, first the natural man and second the spiritual man by which we are made one with the Lord. Micah is said to be a Morasthite that is also further instructive to the nature of this prophecy.

H4183

mo-rash-tee’

Partial from H4182; a Morashtite or inhabitant of Moresheth Gath: – Morashthite.

 H4182

mo-reh’-sheth gath

From H3423 and H1661; possession of Gath; Moresheth-Gath, a place in Palestine: – Moresheth-gath.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

So a Morasthite is said to be a possession of Gath which is famous for other reasons.

 H1661

gath

The same as H1660; Gath, a Philistine city: – Gath.

Total KJV occurrences: 33

Gath is most famous for being the home of the Philistine giant Goliath and where the people were smitten with emerods in their secret parts (1 Sam 5:8-9).  The repentance of the people and the prayers of Samuel were answered and Gath was restored to Israel.

1Sa 7:14 And the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron even unto Gath; and the coasts thereof did Israel deliver out of the hands of the Philistines. And there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.

Yet this peace was only temporary as the flesh does not go easy and requires a second coming of Christ (the Ark) to kill the beast within us all.  The story of David and Goliath tells us this later in 1 Samuel and brings home the point of what being a possession of Gath means.

 1Sa 17:4 And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.

1Sa 17:5  And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.

Goliath is the carnally minded beast we must conquer and overcome.  We all should want to be Morasthite’s and have dominion over the beast (the Goliath) within.

Yet let’s take this one more level down and look at the root word for Gath that is spelled and pronounced the exact same way!

H1660

gath

Total KJV Occurrences: 6

winepress, 2

Jdg_6:10-11 (2), Lam_1:15

press, 1

Joe_3:13

presses, 1

Neh_13:15

wine, 1

Neh_13:15 (2)

winefat, 1

Isa_63:2

Wow there it is.  Gath is representative of a winepress which is representative of the place of judgment and the way by which salvation comes to all men.  Here are some examples of H1660 Gath used in some well-known passages.

Joe 3:12 Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.

Joe 3:13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.

Isa 63:2 Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?

And here being a NT witness of the importance the winepress plays in salvation and who it is that brings the good news to us.

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

But we are not done yet!  The word gath that stands for winepress also has a root.

H1660

gath

Probably from H5059 (in the sense of treading out grapes); a wine press (or vat for holding the grapes in pressing them): – (wine-) press (fat).

Total KJV occurrences: 5

H5059

naw-gan’

A primitive root; prop to thrum, that is, beat a tune with the fingers; especially to play on a stringed instrument; hence (generally) to make music: – player on instruments, sing to the stringed instruments, melody, ministrel, play (-er. -ing).

Total KJV occurrences: 15

Here is the KJC use of this word.

play, 4

1Sa_16:16-17 (2), Psa_33:3, Eze_33:32

played, 4

1Sa_16:23, 1Sa_18:10, 1Sa_19:9, 2Ki_3:15

minstrel, 2

2Ki_3:15 (2)

melody, 1

Isa_23:15-16 (2)

player, 1

1Sa_16:16

players, 1

Psa_68:25

playing, 1

1Sa_16:18

sing, 1

Isa_38:20

So now we know who is playing the songs, singing and making melody to the Lord spiritually speaking.  It is those of us in the winepress, it is the Morasthite’s that have dominion over the beast within (in down payment form).

Isa 38:20 The LORD was ready to save me: therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments (i.e. harps) all the days of our life in the house of the LORD.

1Sa 16:16 Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.

Psa 33:3 Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise.

This loud noise is the trees of the field clapping their hands and is the sound of salvation as we saw in the last installment of the Nahum study.  Micah’s prophecy represents the coming of the Lord to subdue the land.  The events the whole of Scripture apply to this time frame in our walk.  First the final judgment and baptism by fire.

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.

And this is when we play and sing for the Lord by and through our redemption that “is, was and will be” coming through this great judgment (Exo 6:6).

Rev 14:2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:

Rev 14:3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.

There are no idle Words of Scripture and therefore there is meaning (hidden treasure, Prov 25:2) in us being given the names of the three kings of Judah here in verse one.  Let’s do a quick review of the nature and character of these three kings and recall that three is the number of the process of our spiritual completion by judgment.  It takes this process to be made complete spiritually and these kings represent varying phases of our growth and maturation in the Lord.  Each of these kings represent part of that process as there is a time and season for every purpose under the sun.

1Ch 3:9 These were all the sons of David, beside the sons of the concubines, and Tamar their sister.

1Ch 3:10 And Solomon’s son was Rehoboam, Abia his son, Asa his son, Jehoshaphat his son,

1Ch 3:11 Joram his son, Ahaziah his son, Joash his son,

1Ch 3:12 Amaziah his son, Azariah his son, Jotham his son,

1Ch 3:13 Ahaz his son, Hezekiah his son, Manasseh his son,

Jotham

H3147

yo-thawm’

From H3068 and H8535; Jehovah (is) perfect; Jotham, the name of three Israelites: – Jotham.

Jotham’s father, Azariah (aka Uzziah), as king was generally a good king but like so many of us had many idols of hearts that were worshiped within.  Jotham’s father was smitten with leprosy until the day he died for his idolatry and leading Judah astray.

2Ki 15:4 Save that the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burnt incense still on the high places.

2Ki 15:5 And the LORD smote the king, so that he was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house. And Jotham the king’s son was over the house, judging the people of the land.

And here is the synopsis of what Jotham did.  This typifies our still Babylonian mindset focused on many good works but our unwillingness to obey God but rather focus on sacrifices.  But as we know and learn, far better to obey than to sacrifice.

2Ch 27:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Uzziah did: howbeit he entered not into the temple of the LORD. And the people did yet corruptly.

2Ch 27:3 He built the high gate of the house of the LORD, and on the wall of Ophel he built much.

2Ch 27:4 Moreover he built cities in the mountains of Judah, and in the forests he built castles and towers.

2Ch 27:5 He fought also with the king of the Ammonites, and prevailed against them. And the children of Ammon gave him the same year an hundred talents of silver, and ten thousand measures of wheat, and ten thousand of barley. So much did the children of Ammon pay unto him, both the second year, and the third.

2Ch 27:6 So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the LORD his God.

Jotham was blessed and increased of the Lord as we also experience having found the truth and being given to reign and rule with Christ in down payment form.  But we have a whole lot of growing and maturing yet to come.  Jotham is interestingly taken from the same Hebrew word H8535 most often translated as “perfect” or upright and referenced several places in JOB including here.

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

We know that what is good and perfect in the sight of the Lord is a much higher standard than that of men.  None of us will be perfected until we die and are resurrected.  Nobody has arrived yet.  Yet Jotham was relatively speaking a good king as well.  He was born of woman whose Hebrews names can be traced back to the possession of righteousness.

2Ki 15:33 Five and twenty years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jerusha, the daughter of Zadok.

 After the death of Jotham, Ahaz the son, took over and reigned in Judah.

 Ahaz

H271

aw-khawz’

From H270; possessor; Achaz, the name of a Jewish king and of an Israelite: – Ahaz.

Total KJV occurrences: 41

 Unlike his father before him, Ahaz did not do right, he was not “perfect” in the sight of the Lord.  This is what we all do after being given Truth and given judgment and dominion over the nations within us.  To learn righteousness and be able to discern good and evil as mature men, we will leave our first love and we will apostatize.

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

2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Here is the synopsis of what Ahaz did as king of Judah.

2Ch 28:1 Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem: but he did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD, like David his father:

2Ch 28:2 For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made also molten images for Baalim.

2Ch 28:3 Moreover he burnt incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and burnt his children in the fire, after the abominations of the heathen whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.

2Ch 28:4 He sacrificed also and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.

2Ch 28:5 Wherefore the LORD his God delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria; and they smote him, and carried away a great multitude of them captives, and brought them to Damascus. And he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel, who smote him with a great slaughter.

2Ch 28:6 For Pekah the son of Remaliah slew in Judah an hundred and twenty thousand in one day, which were all valiant men; because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers.

Here is more detail from 2 Kings and like all of us “apostasizers”, we will cause our sons to pass through the fire that we are expressly warned against.

Lev 18:21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.

This is what happens when we don’t take heed the seriousness of the Lord’s commands to come out and be separate and touch not what is unclean.  It takes making these mistakes to learn the lesson.

 2Ki 16:3 But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel.

2Ki 16:4 And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.

2Ki 16:5 Then Rezin king of Syria and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to war: and they besieged Ahaz, but could not overcome him.

Our love for the world and all that is in the world will make us an enemy of God.  We will even think to take the jewels we have been given and make peace with the old man and the heathen.

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.

These are not history lessons for us, they are Words that we all shall live by (Luke 4:4).  If we ever needed a reminder of the role of watchmen and their importance to protect the flock, we have the stories of Ahaz and these Scriptures from the New Testament written to the Body of Christ.

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.

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.

Our brother, Victor, shared a powerful addition to the study of Judging Righteous Judgment that I hope WE all took heed of.

Psa 141:3 Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
Psa 141:4 Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.
Psa 141:5 Let the righteous smite meit shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.

Ahaz was also the King of Judah when the promise of the Messiah was given as recorded in Isaiah 7.

Isa 7:10 Moreover the LORD spake again unto Ahaz, saying,

Isa 7:11 Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.

Isa 7:12 But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD.

Isa 7:13 And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?

Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isa 7:15 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.

And here is another witness to the requirements for this apostasy and how we will be corrected by our own wickedness when Immanuel is given and born into our hearts.

Isa 7:16 For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings. 

The old must be done away with and the carnal Job, the carnal Ahaz, the carnal you and me must be destroyed by the war that must take place in heaven.

Isa 14:27 For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?

Isa 14:28 In the year that king Ahaz died was this burden.

The Lord will not put up with the blaspheming of His Name and defilement of His Temple forever.  It is for His Name’s sake He saves us.  We all will live through this period of turning God’s grace into lasciviousness (Jud 1:4) and this all part of our maturation process and how we learn to discern good and evil (Heb 5:13).

2Ch 28:19 For the LORD brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel; for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the LORD.

 2Ch 28:21 For Ahaz took away a portion out of the house of the LORD, and out of the house of the king, and of the princes, and gave it unto the king of Assyria: but he helped him not.

2Ch 28:22 And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against the LORD: this is that king Ahaz.

Next comes King Hezekiah, the son of Ahaz to be King of Judah.

Hezekiah

H3169

yekh-iz-kee-yaw

From H3388 and H3050; strengthened of Jah; Jechizkijah, the name of five Israelites: – Hezekiah, Jehizkiah. Compare H2396.

The number of grace is implicit in the definition of Hezekiah and what his time in our walk represents.  The fiery chastening of the Lord will strengthen the new man in us as we continue to be shown our innate wickedness and endure the righteous judgment of the Lord.

Hezekiah is a more mature king who has learned much from his fathers’ yet still has some chastening and falling down into sin to learn as we all do in falling down 7 times (Prov 24:16).

Here is a synopsis of Hezekiah’s reign from 2 Chronicles.

2Ch 29:1 Hezekiah began to reign when he was five and twenty years old, and he reigned nine and twenty years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Abijah, the daughter of Zechariah.

2Ch 29:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father had done.

2Ch 29:3 He in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened the doors of the house of the LORD, and repaired them.

2Ch 29:4 And he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them together into the east street,

2Ch 29:5 And said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify now yourselves, and sanctify the house of the LORD God of your fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place.

2Ch 29:6 For our fathers have trespassed, and done that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD our God, and have forsaken him, and have turned away their faces from the habitation of the LORD, and turned their backs.

2Ch 29:7 Also they have shut up the doors of the porch, and put out the lamps, and have not burned incense nor offered burnt offerings in the holy place unto the God of Israel.

2Ch 29:8 Wherefore the wrath of the LORD was upon Judah and Jerusalem, and he hath delivered them to trouble, to astonishment, and to hissing, as ye see with your eyes.

2Ch 29:9 For, lo, our fathers have fallen by the sword, and our sons and our daughters and our wives are in captivity for this.

2Ch 29:10 Now it is in mine heart to make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel, that his fierce wrath may turn away from us.

Hezekiah sought to obey the Lord and worship Him.

2Ch 29:26 And the Levites stood with the instruments of David, and the priests with the trumpets.

2Ch 29:27 And Hezekiah commanded to offer the burnt offering upon the altar. And when the burnt offering began, the song of the LORD began also with the trumpets, and with the instruments ordained by David king of Israel.

2Ch 29:28 And all the congregation worshipped, and the singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded: and all this continued until the burnt offering was finished.

2Ch 29:29 And when they had made an end of offering, the king and all that were present with him bowed themselves, and worshipped.

As we should know, Hezekiah did not take heed the stringent commands and showed the Babylonian king the jewels of the Temple and also used the Levite’s in service when only the priests are to handle the vessels of the sanctuary (2 Ch 29:34, 2 Ch 30:18).

2Ki 20:12 At that time Berodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present unto Hezekiah: for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick.
2Ki 20:13 And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and shewed them all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.

Yet the Lord was working with Hezekiah as He works with all of His elect to bring deliverance and salvation to them little by little as they grow in the knowledge and grace of the Lord.

2Ch 31:20 And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought that which was good and right and truth before the LORD his God.

2Ch 31:21 And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.

Despite many victories our flesh does not go away easily and we must live through a continued process of judgment to destroy and keep subdued the beast that was, is not but yet is (Rev 17:11).

Ch 32:24 In those days Hezekiah was sick to the death, and prayed unto the LORD: and he spake unto him, and he gave him a sign.

2Ch 32:25 But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done unto him; for his heart was lifted up: therefore there was wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem.

2Ch 32:26 Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.

We grow and advance in the Kingdom by this ongoing process of spiritual completion and the Lord will prosper us exactly according to His plan and schedule.

2Ch 32:30 This same Hezekiah also stopped the upper watercourse of Gihon, and brought it straight down to the west side of the city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works.

This final point to be made in this first study is to see and understand the relevance of this prophecy applying to both Samaria and to Judah. It is addressed to all men as when we understand what Samaria and Jerusalem represent.

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

As we saw with Ahaz and Hezekiah more notably, the Lord is serious about the commands for us to separate from the world and its ways of life.  That is transgression of Jacob that will be in our next study.

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

The field is the world and is represented by Samaria.  The parable of the wheat and the tares depicts this mystery.

Mat 13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

Seeking to be rich with knowledge and use our godliness for gain in the Body of Christ is how we create idols and high places in Judah which represents the House of God where the Lion sits.  Micah and all of God’s prophets, which are His Elect our collectively Jesus of Nazareth whom the whole world hates.  Jesus Christ, the Lord and His Christ, must go through both Samaria and Judah.

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

Samaria represents the world in our later stages of development and maturation.  Worldly influences are still strong being near the gate to the holy city of Jerusalem and the land of Israel.  Going through this process and confessing our many husbands and being shown our leprosy is a requirement for “The Christ” just as it was for our Lord.

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

Luk 17:1 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee

So as move on in Micah we will see judgment first as that is what delivers us and make us usable to the Lord to be the judge of others.  We are judged for our transgressions in both the world and in the Body.

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

Jer 23:14 I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.

Conclusion

I wanted to lay a foundation of the breadth and depth of Micah’s prophesy.  In total it will show our progression from babes in Christ to the mature man filled with Jesus Christ.  Once prepared of the Lord, we will see in later studies that we will then be used to rule not only the inward nations but the outward nations with a rod of iron.

The prophets of the Lord are the vehicles through which Jesus Christ is revealed in us and through us.  The elect that make up the Body of Christ are those angels, and is by speaking to one another that we are judged and our scarlet sins turned into the fine white linen of the saints.  The Words of Micah and everyone one of the Body are the fire that bring to light our wickedness and reproves us.

Isa 1:17 Learn to do well; [how do we learn to do well?] seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together [H3198 – reprove], saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Like Nahum, Micah is all about our ongoing judgment and sanctification that comes by abiding in the fiery Word and be watched over by the Lord and His Christ.  We are the kings and priests of Judah the very people Micah was sent to prophesy too.

Jer 22:1 Thus saith the LORD; Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and speak there this word,

Jer 22:2 And say, Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, that sittest upon the throne of David, thou, and thy servants, and thy people that enter in by these gates:

Jer 22:3 Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place.

Lord willing, we will be given to understand more the mysteries of the Kingdom of God and be better prepared for the trials that lie ahead as we are transitioned from hearers into doers and from babes into the mature man in Christ able to discern good and evil and in the process of becoming like gods.

Psa 82:6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.

Psa 82:7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.

Psa 82:8 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.

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We ended last week’s study with a reminder that “all things are yours” (1 Cor 3:21) and that it has been appointed for man, beginning with the Lord’s Elect to live by every word God has spoken. So these words and events and experiences we are studying are not for someone else.  They are for you and me and ultimately all men in the appointed times. I was reminded myself of this by one of the Lord’s angels recently and it has prompted me to remind you as well. Be patient as we endure these things. Christ “is, was and will be” formed in us by these painful trials and wrath that must be endured to put away our sin. That is why these words we are studying have been given to us. Our faith should make us happy if we trust in it and not the reasoning’s of the carnal mind.

Jas 5:10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.

Jas 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

Here are our verses for today’s study.

Nah 2:9 Take ye the spoil of silver, take the spoil of gold: for there is none end of the store and glory out of all the pleasant furniture.

Nah 2:10 She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melteth, and the knees smite together, and much pain is in all loins, and the faces of them all gather blackness.

Nah 2:11 Where is the dwelling of the lions, and the feedingplace of the young lions, where the lion, even the old lion, walked, and the lion’s whelp, and none made them afraid?

Nah 2:12 The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin.

Nah 2:13 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions: and I will cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard.

Let’s recall how we ended last week when we reviewed Nahum 2:8

Nah 2:8 But Nineveh is of old like a pool of water: yet they shall flee away. Stand, stand, shall they cry; but none shall look back (repent).

Here we see ourselves taking the things of the Lord (His doctrine) yet continuing on having our way and not repenting despite all the heat and affliction this raging war in the heavens has already and is continuing to bring to us. The old man is indeed a stubborn beast. Verse 9 continues with this context and our taking the things of the Lord, plundering the store for our own glory and refusing to be obedient.

Nah 2:9 Take ye the spoil of silver, take the spoil of gold: for there is none end of the store and glory out of all the pleasant furniture.

But the Lord has a method to His madness (His ways). New life only comes through death.  The penalty for stealing from our brethren or making merchandise of God’s Elect is death.  That thief that we all first are must go to the “tree” and die with Christ.

Deu 24:7 If a man be found stealing any of his brethren of the children of Israel, and maketh merchandise of him, or selleth him; then that thief shall die; and thou shalt put evil away from among you.

Mat 27:38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.

Laying up treasures for ourselves means much more than just money or physical possessions.  It is in fact our own righteousness, our self-righteousness that is the mammon of Scripture.

Mat 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

Mat 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

Mat 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

When we spoil the Lord’s house by taking the gold and silver from the new man, to keep the old man alive, we are stealing from our brethren and that thief must die. Reaping what we sow means that we will be spoiled in return for our spoiling. Christ will recompense our thievery upon our heads and that is a very good thing.

Mat 12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

Mat 12:29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

We can be 100% sure that all the reaping we do to our flesh, even that done in the name of the Lord; will be recompensed upon our head (Jer 2:19, Gal 6:7). This reaping of recompense, i.e. judgment, is exactly how the head of the beast is cut off and the new man increases. But it is a process; it is a war in our heart and minds! Here are some OT witnesses to this promise and reaping what we sow for oppressing the new man within and God’s sons without.

Pro 22:23 For the LORD will plead their cause, and spoil the soul of those that spoiled them.

Jer 30:16 Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured; and all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey.

Being unrepentant hearers of the Word but not doers, we are nothing more than thieves who are robbing God and not being a living sacrifice. Such thieves are being cursed in every age.

Mal 3:8 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

When we steal the things of God, His doctrine, the very treasures of the Temple and “buy and sell” them, we are a harlot merchandising the things of the Lord, making His Temple a den of thieves (Mar 11:17, Rev 18:12). Those in Nineveh (the capital of Assyria and Babylon) are the same carnally minded ones that takes the things of God and make their own defiled bread (Isa 4:1). Making our own garments of salvation, we are decked with gold and arrayed in the jewels of the temple yet we are “buying and selling” lies and making others (those that hear us) drink of our fornicating wine.

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:

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

The beast we set up and worship in our religious zeal wants some glory. Sure we will share it with the Lord but we want a little credit; it is innate to the carnal mind. Yet the Lord will have none of it.

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 [our image of the beast]

Having true doctrine but not yet being tried in the fire of this baptism is our time of being puffed up and in need of nothing. We are taking the things of the Lord (the gold and the silver) but we are not yet obedient [“iswasandwillbe PROCESS”]. The Lord will intensify the war in our heavens through His messengers that will change this and cause us to repent (Heb 12:6, Ezek 38:4) in due time.

Rev 3:17  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

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

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

The word translated “furniture H3627 more properly refers to vessels or instruments and we will see in our next verse how we misuse those vessels and must pay the wages for our sin.

Nah 2:10 She is empty, and void, and waste: and the heart melteth, and the knees smite together, and much pain is in all loins, and the faces of them all gather blackness.

We covered the emptying out of the harlot in part 4 of the Book of Nahum. Being void is where we are when we are separated from the Lord and not living in Truth. But even as Genesis tells us the day comes when “let there be light” is spoken and the spirit of the Lord begins to move over the waters that represent our flesh and the earth.

Gen 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters

The melting and burning of the land has been an almost weekly commentary as that is the heart of the Lord’s process for remaking the marred vessel and re-birthing the new man. A jealous Lord will take vengeance on those who defile His Temple and blaspheme His Name.

Knees are the largest joint in the human body and are critical for how we move about and perform essential functions like standing up.  They represent the strength and independence of the flesh and the walk of the old man. The Lord is going to smote those knees as He shows us “we are sick and in need of a spiritual physician”. In due time every knee shall bow and be submitted at the name of Jesus.

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

The story of King Belshazzar tells of this process and the resulting judgment.

Dan 5:3 Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them.

Dan 5:4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.

Dan 5:5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.

Dan 5:6 Then the king’s countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another.

The king of Babylon (you and me) then call upon a prophet of the Lord to tell us the interpretation and the spoken Words reveal to us that we have exalted ourselves by using and defiling the vessels of the Temple of the Lord. There are specific commands that tell us how to eat and drink properly we will look at shortly.  The penalty for misuse of the Lord’s vessels and instruments (i.e. the furniture of verse 9) is death and the old man is quickly slain in the spiritual darkness once our wickedness is revealed.

Dan 5:23 But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:

Dan 5:30 In that night (darkness, blackness) was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.

Being confused, mixing lies and Truth, and having to deal with being shown our sinfulness puts us in great inward pain to the very core of our spiritual being. Not yet knowing the fullness of the righteousness of the Lord we will travail as a woman trying to give birth. Looking back at the root for the word translated as pain [H2479] ties it with the process of judgment and the type and shadow of a woman giving birth.

H2479, chalchâlâh, khal-khaw-law’ – Feminine from the same as H2478; writhing (in childbirth); by implication terror: – (great, much) pain.

If you trace this word back to its initial root it is this Hebrew word H2442 that means to wait.

 H2442, châkâh

Total KJV Occurrences: 14

wait, 6

Isa_30:17-18 (3), Hos_6:9, Hab_2:3, Zep_3:8

waiteth, 3

Psa_33:20, Isa_64:4, Dan_12:12

tarry, 2

waited, 2

long, 1

Hab 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

Dan 12:12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.

Three representing the process of judgment and five the chastening or scourging grace of God, Daniel’s Words are the reason why we are blessed when we are given to patiently endure to the end of our day of the Lord to be saved (Luk 21:19).

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

As strange as it seems to the natural man, the faces of them all gathering blackness actually refers to the Lord glorifying Himself in us. This is the positive outcome as Christ is formed in us through the destruction and affliction of the old man. The word for blackness here in Nahum 2:10 is this Hebrew word.

 H6289, pâ’rûr, paw-roor’

From H6286; properly illuminated, that is, a glow; as noun, a flush (of anxiety): – blackness.

Total KJV occurrences: 2

 Looking at the root of H6286 we see a more often used word meaning glorified.

 H6286, pâ’ar, paw-ar’

A primitive root; to gleam, that is, (causatively) embellish; figuratively to boast; also to explain (that is, make clear) oneself; denominatively from H6288, to shake a tree: – beautify, boast self, go over the boughs, glorify (self), glory, vaunt self.

Total KJV occurrences: 14

glorified, 6 – Isa 44:23

beautify, 3

boast, 1

glorify, 1

glory, 1

vaunt, 1

Here is a good example of how this root word of blackness is used in the OT.

Isa 44:23 Sing, O ye heavens; for the LORD hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified [H6286] himself in Israel.

Everyone should be familiar with the studies on the colors posted on the IWWB site including the three part series on the color black. These studies are essential to know the positive and negative of every word of Scripture and rightfully divide the Word. The double edged sword hides the mysteries that the carnal mind cannot discern.  It should be no surprise that blackness has a positive meaning knowing this truth.

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

When what we knew as Truth is shown to be lies, the war in heaven is in full swing. This defines the day of the Lord and why Christ came into this world (Joh 9:39).

Amo 5:18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end [is] it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light. 

Mat 22:13  Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Act 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:

Our faces gathering blackness is a necessary step for the throne of the beast to receive the vials representing the wrath of God that will ultimately bring us to repentance.

Rev 16:10  And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,
Rev 16:11  And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

1Pe 2:9  But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light

The next few verses will be dealing with lions and their dwellings and actions.

Nah 2:11 Where is the dwelling of the lions, and the feedingplace of the young lions, where the lion, even the old lion, walked, and the lion’s whelp, and none made them afraid?

This prophecy is addressed to both the people of Nineveh and also to the people of Judah (Nah 1:15), another words you and me if we are the people of God. We must first go into Nineveh, aka Babylon, and be seduced by the harlot before we can come out of her my people (Rev 18:4). The prayer of Jacob for his son, Judah, tells us much about what this verse is saying.

Gen 49:9 Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?

Gen 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

Judah, the Elect of God, is a lion’s whelp then a lion and then an old lion before Christ is raised in us. These three stages of spiritual growth and progression come by our judgment and the war we are studying here in the prophets. The lion is an image of a beast that is also associated with God’s Elect.

Rev 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
Rev 4:7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
Rev 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

These words in Nahum are telling us that we are not abiding in the right place that we have not entered into the rest that remains for the people of God (Heb 4:9-10).

It is the sons of God who dwell in safety and none make them afraid. But in our immature state, being yet carnal we are not being at rest. We have not ceased from own works, we have not yet entered into the pasture that is Christ. The word translated feedingplace [H4289] in this verse is the same word almost always translated as pasture.

Eze 34:14 I will feed them in a good pasture [H4289], and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.

Eze 34:15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD.

We have to be taught the fear of the Lord it is not something we decide to do with our delusion of free will. We will be driven to the Lord when our prey is cut off and we the young lions hunger spiritually. We will be dragged to Christ and fed judgment which will teach us the fear of the Lord.

Psa 34:9 O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.

Psa 34:10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.

Psa 34:11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

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

The fat and strong are destroyed.  It is the poor in spirit the Lord is working with (Mat 5:5-9).

When we know “another jesus”, we are not afraid. We do not fear God and we are dwelling with seeming peace in the land. But we know that is all a false peace that will suddenly be shattered when Christ comes in the darkest part of the night, midnight.

We show we love God when we obey Him. Any other definition of love is false and is a witness we have not yet been taught the fear of the Lord.

1Jn 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
1Jn 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

The fear of the Lord brings obedience and that is what casts out the fear of men and us becoming prey for the adversary.

1Jn 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment.He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

When the Lord gathers His people on the mountain and feeds us with judgment then none will make us afraid. This is when He makes us lie down in green pasture next to still waters (Psa 23:1-3). Here are a few of many witnesses to this promise of perfect love (i.e. our obedience) casting out all fear.

Eze 34:28 and they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast [Lions] of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid.

Eze 39:26 After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid.

Zep 3:13 The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.

Lions, like every word of Scripture, have both a negative and a positive meaning. But here the Lord is mocking the old man who is living a lie in strong delusion thinking he has peace when there is no peace (1 The 5:3, Jer 6:14). When we are yet carnal, our father the devil has plenty of food and is used of the Lord to devour us and eat our flesh.

1Pe 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

Gen 3:14  And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

All Israel, God’s Elect, first fall prey to the adversary and our first mother of the flesh before we come into the haven of our spiritual mother in the Body of Christ. We all learn how to be very good lions in catching and devouring our prey which are our own people at this stage of spiritual immaturity.

Eze 19:1 Moreover take thou up a lamentation for the princes of Israel,

Eze 19:2 And say, What is thy mother? A lioness: she lay down among lions, she nourished her whelps among young lions.

Eze 19:3 And she brought up one of her whelps: it became a young lion, and it learned to catch the prey; it devoured men.

The end of the process we are enduring is that that old lion, that old adversary the Devil and Satan, along with his angels (and their chariots and horses) will be cast out of our hearts and our minds.

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

Rev 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

When the Lord turns the tables and devours the devourers then the adversary within shall have no more resting place.

Our next verse looks at how we eat unworthily in our immaturity.

Nah 2:12 The lion did tear in pieces enough for his whelps, and strangled for his lionesses, and filled his holes with prey, and his dens with ravin.

The Lord uses the wicked as His sword. Our own sinfulness will be used to bring salvation as we have studied. We are the hearers but not the doers of the Word which must be humbled before Christ in us can be exalted. The process of judgment includes Satan and his lions devouring our flesh.

Isa 5:29 Their roaring shall be like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry it away safe, and none shall deliver it.

Jer 2:30 In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.

When we are under the dominion of the adversary, the roaring lion seeking whom he may devour; we are being fed defiled meat and the dark crevices within are filled with lies that keep the ten horned beast submissive to his father, the great red dragon (Rev 12:3).  We are what we eat and what we are eating when under the adversary are lies and idols of the heart.

Rev 16:13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.

Eating and drinking refers to spiritual matters and what we think and believe and take to heart. Doctrines and carnal reasoning are what we eat and drink, either meat or wine. We have seen this battle raging in the heavens being a war of thoughts all given to us by the Lord (Amo 4:13, John 15:5).We have many commands that speak of what we are to eat and drink and with regards to meat, we are told to not eat anything that is dead of itself and is torn or strangled among other commands.

Eze 44:31 The priests shall not eat of anything that is dead of itself, or torn, whether it be fowl or beast.

The message the early church sent to the Gentiles was telling them to take heed to their doctrine and what they eat spiritually. They were commanded not to eat any meat offered to idols, from blood, things strangled or fornication. Here was the punch line of the letter delivered by Judas and Silas after the elders met in Acts 15 to consider the issue of the Law of Moses.

Act 15:27 We have sent therefore Judas and Silas, who shall also tell you the same things by mouth.

Act 15:28 For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things;

Act 15:29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.

Being disobedient children first, we don’t obey these table rules on how we are to eat and must be punished with judgment.

The word translated as “ravin” here [H2966] in Nahum 2:12 is only translated that one time, and is most often translated as “torn of beasts” as these OT witnesses below attest. God’s people are not to eat ravened meat which is torn meat. That is only fit to be cast to the dogs who are those outside the covenant of faith.

Exo 22:31 And ye shall be holy men unto me: neither shall ye eat any flesh that is “torn of beasts” [H2966] in the field; ye shall cast it to the dogs.

Lev 7:23 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Ye shall eat no manner of fat, of ox, or of sheep, or of goat.

Lev 7:24 And the fat of the beast that dieth of itself, and the fat of that which is “torn with beasts” [H2966], may be used in any other use: but ye shall in no wise eat of it.

One of our trials being in the world but not of it is that we are often put in situations where we are given these lies and carnal doctrines to eat or mediate in our mind. It is best to be separated and not engage in such eating and drinking. Even the example of Daniel being a captive in Babylon and refusing to eat of the meat or drink their wine is an example to all of us to this very day.

Dan 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

We simply can’t fit in with this world and eat at the Lord’s Table and the table of 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.

Heb 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.

Heb 13:10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.

The way a lion is stopped from roaring is to cut off his prey. By stopping the eating of this strangled meat of the world and Babylon, the negative lions within us, the voice of the adversary, is silenced by being starved to death.

Amo 3:4 Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?

It is through death that the adversary is destroyed and there is no more prey, no more food for the lions. By losing our life, becoming a living sacrifice; we cut off the prey of the adversary.

Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is,the devil;

Mat 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

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

The holes where we hid out in the mountains are the crevices of lies and darkness that we feed on in our deception awaiting the Lion of Judah.

Isa 42:22 But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.

Rev 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

Rev 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

Here is our final verse for this study.

Nah 2:13 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions: and I will cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard.

The adversary, the devil, like lions in the natural prey upon the weak and sick. This is the spiritually poor in spirit [negative application] but when Christ comes to make war this situation change.

Pro 28:15 As a roaring lion, and a ranging bear; so is a wicked ruler over the poor people.

The brightness of the Lord’s coming happens suddenly in our spiritual darkness and then we are awakened to righteousness (1 Co 15:34). The war in our heavens will turn and the adversary will be put down as Christ increases and the old man decreases. Chariots are the lies and carnal doctrines and they will be burned in the smoke of the sacrifice of our old life. The sword of the Lord will devour the messengers of Satan, the young lions of that old serpent, the devil who is the father of lies.

The Lord will cut off the prey. The new man in us, the man child, will no longer be deceived and will no longer “buy and sell” in Nineveh. It is the beheading of the beast that cuts off the prey for the adversary and allows the new man, Christ in us, to flourish (Rev 20:4).

Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

The lions of the adversary will be starved to death and the voice of the devil’s messengers, the messengers of the harlot as well; will be heard no more in the kingdom that is being put under the dominion of the Lion of Judah. Entering through the veil of flesh into the Body and abiding there is how the book is opened and the trumpets and vials of wrath are poured on the beast and his throne.

Rev 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

These selected verses from Ezekiel 26 nicely speak to this raging war in our heavens and how the Lord purposes to destroy our carnality (the food for the lions) through His Body speaking Words of fire that consume the chariots, horses and horsemen of the adversary.  This is what destroys the carnal mind.

Eze 26:7  For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will bring upon Tyrus Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, a king of kings, from the north, with horses, and with chariots, and with horsemen, and companies, and much people.

Eze 26:9 And he shall set engines of war against thy walls, and with his axes he shall break down thy towers.

Eze 26:12 And they shall make a spoil of thy riches, and make a prey of thy merchandise: and they shall break down thy walls, and destroy thy pleasant houses: and they shall lay thy stones and thy timber and thy dust in the midst of the water.

Eze 26:13 And I will cause the noise of thy songs to cease; and the sound of thy harps shall be no more heard.

Next week we will begin Chapter 3 and cover the final verses of this prophecy that was written for our edification.

1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the AGE (world) are come.

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