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The Wonderful Day of the Lord

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The Wonderful Day of the Lord

There is a day spoken about in Scriptures much more than any other day.  This day is so central to salvation and the message of the gospel a refresher is always needed.  This little flock has been washed with water, we have been prepared for true baptism of Christ which will be and is destroying all carnal mindedness within us and ushering in true and lasting righteousness.

Mal 4:5  Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

The great day of the Lord is what comes afterward and what truly converts us into doers and not just hearers of the Word.  It takes fire and the second coming of Christ which begins this great day in our heavens and our earth.

Mat 3:11  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

It is only through a fiery furnace that our new man Christ in us is emerging as the overcomer.  Our carnal and sinful ways are being burned up through this “day” which is our day of judgment otherwise known as the lake of fire which is the Second Death and wherein death (carnality) will be destroyed and along with it, the works of the devil (Heb 2:14-15).

There is much more to come than what we learned from the church in the wilderness from which we have now come out of [Rev 12:17].  Our baptism of fire has come and is coming, and we need to be prepared and reminded that our enduring this is how we obtain the greatest prize of all, knowing the Lord and having His mind.

1Co 3:13  Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

1Co 3:14  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 

1Co 3:15  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

The Lord’s Day is not a Sunday or a Saturday or any outward day, it is a spiritual term referencing the age or process by which all men are transformed in the image and glory of Jesus Christ.  This study is intended to show just how pervasive this “day” is spoken about in our bibles via many different symbols and terms.  The day of the Lord for every man is the same day as “judgment day” that is making all things new through the consuming work of the fiery word of God burning up the wood hay and stubble [our carnal works] within the hearts (earth) and minds (heavens) of His people.

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.

Isa 2:12  For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:

Like all words, the term “the day of the Lord” is part of the two-edged sword (Heb 4:12) meaning there is both a positive and a negative application; depending on whether the old man or new man is in view.

To the carnal mind, the Scriptures with these seeming discrepancies of good and evil veil the truth and have led to all the orthodox denominations and speculative theories about the truth regarding judgment and the day of the Lord. The truth is hidden behind the letter of the words and only revealed to the precious few GIVEN the understanding and keys to the kingdom (Mat 13:11).

There is a wide range in the language used to describe the day of the Lord and its other synonyms.  We are told, on one hand, the Lord’s coming will be a great light (Isa 9:2) and very bright (2Th 2:8) yet, on the other hand, this day is also said to be very dark.

Amo 5:20  Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

The carnal mind has a tough time seeing the Lord as both light and darkness, yet He is all those things and is working all those things (Rom 8:28, Isa 45:7) for the greater good of His people.  To the new man given eyes to see and ears to hear, Christ who is His Word is light. But to the other side, the old man, the carnal mind, those same words, and same Christ is sheer darkness.  Yet it is all the same Word it is all part of the Lord’s work in His people.

Exo 14:20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.

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.

Example of Babylonian Delusion

Here is a comparative table that is taken from a “Christian website” that sees the two sides of the same sword as being truly different days for different people.  This is the way most Christians see it with only those evil people over there experiencing the wrath of God. They don’t know the thing they deny is what will save them [i.e. the Lake of Fire and Second Death]

The Day of Christ is distinct from the Day of the Lord as daylight is to dark. The first is a time of great anticipation, joy, blessing, and reward. The second is a time of terror, wrath, dread, and woe. A stark contrast exists between these two days. The chart below outlines the differences.

Day of Christ Day of the Lord
For the Church (the Body of Christ) For rejectors of Christ
A day of blessing and reward A day of judgment
A heavenly hope An earthly despair
Eagerly anticipated Feared and dreaded

The truth is these days are one in the same exact day! The day of Christ is the day of the Lord, there is no difference.  Our judgment is the blessing and the same event also blessing and rewarding us.

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

2Co 5:10  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

1Co 3:15  If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

All of God’s people come out of Babylon [Rev 18:4 – Come out of her my people] which includes outward orthodoxy but also spiritual Babylon within our hearts.  We learn wrongly in Babylon that the day of the Lord and us dying in the lake of fire is only for those evil people out there. Such carnal thinking and filtering of Scriptures by the letter vs the spirit has us avoiding the very thing we must embrace and hasten unto if we want to be like Christ.

2Pe 3:11  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

2Pe 3:12  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

2Pe 3:13  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

The day is a Great Day!

The day of the Lord is a GREAT DAY because it is the day during which we are being saved as we live through and embrace the chastening and scourging our Lord is pouring out.  It is a great day because the Lord is being exalted within our hearts and minds, Christ is being raised within us!

Zep 1:14  The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.

Zec 12:9  And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

The enemies of the Lord within us, our old man, the beast, the false prophet, and Satan and all his lying demons are being destroyed in this great and terrible day of the Lord. What a wonderful work of God to His people beginning with the Elect in this age.  So much for the false rapture theory and it’s look-alike lies that have its believers taking themselves completely out of the Book of Life by denying the day of the Lord is for them.  All that we knew is being turned dark and destroyed with the brightness of the Lord’s coming. Our old ways are being replaced with His ways and His righteousness.

Rev 6:17  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Isa 26:9  …. for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

The Day of the Lord is the best thing that happens to us. It is the day, the time during which we come to know the Lord having His mind and being made partakers of His holiness.  His Word won’t fail to perform!

Joh 14:18  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Joh 14:19  Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also [when He lives within us]

Joh 14:20  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

We are living this day out when we are drinking the wine of gospel which is the blessing to the new man and the wrath to the old.

Mar 14:24  And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.

Mar 14:25  Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.

Seeing the two-edged sword with spiritual eyes, the inconsistencies about judgment are being cleared up.  “The day” is a great day but it is also a terrible day for the old man and our carnal mind.

Heb 10:31  (NLT)  It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Psa 66:3  Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee [this is salvation, all enemies under His feet]

This great day of the Lord is even known as the day of evil because the coming of Christ shines light (truth) onto all the hidden evil within us.

Pro 16:4  The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked [the marred vessel – Jer 18:4] for the day of evil.

Jer 2:19  Thine own wickedness [evil] shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee …

It’s also known as the day of vengeance!

A jealous God is saving us for His namesake (Eze 36:22-23) not our own.

1Co 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

1Co 3:17  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

Such destruction is the fate of every man that comes in that same day also known as His day of vengeance.

2Th 1:8  (NKJV) in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Rom 12:19  (NKJV) Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord.

Vengeance against the old man is what Christ has come to proclaim and is the entire premise of the glorious gospel.

Isa 61:2  To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;

It is a day of troubles and many tribulations

The day of the Lord signals the transition from the present evil age into the age of judgment when men are remade in the lake of fire.  It is only through much trouble any man shall enter into the kingdom (Act 14:22).

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

Eze 7:7  The morning is come [Christ has come] unto thee, O thou that dwellest in the land: the time is come, the day of trouble is near ….

Zep 1:15  That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of wasteness and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,

Rev 7:14  And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

This Day is the Wonderful Works of the Lord

It is only through faith we can “fear not” the things the Lord is doing in our lives.  This will be the greatest trial men will face in these clay bodies.

Mat 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Trusting in His promises we are looking forward and asking Him to Come more and more in our life in that day knowing the process is what is savings us.

Rev 22:20  He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

So, while all orthodox Christianity teaches the day of the Lord (aka the Lake of Fire) is to be avoided and something happening only to those sinners over there but not to us, the truth is the Day of the Lord is a wonderful time for the new man.  It is our enduring the process that God requires to call the light out of the darkness and bring forth the new man, the Lord from our heavens.  They are one and the same known as the wonderful works of the Lord to His children.

Psa 107:24  These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.

Psa 107:25  For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.

Psa 107:26  They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.

Psa 107:27  They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.

Psa 107:28  Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.

Psa 107:29  He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.

Psa 107:30  Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

Psa 107:31  Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! [repeated 4x in Psa 107 alone]

The storm and trials the Lord puts upon us may not feel at times to be wonderful when viewed from a body of flesh.  Yet to the spiritual man and he who is overcoming they are becoming known as marvelous works as we look behind and see our salvation.

Rev 15:3  And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

Mat 21:42  Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

Gathering Together Awaiting our Day of the Lord

The time of the coming of the Lord inwardly in the hearts and minds of His people is known only to the Father.

Mat 24:36  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

An outward day is coming when this world and its evil nations will cease to exist.  Yet that day is already appearing within us as the fire is being turned up as this gospel is preached and believed in every nation within us.

Mat 24:13  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Mat 24:14  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

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 [the day of the Lord and the end of all things]

The Lord has us in a Living Body of Christ to help one another through what lies ahead.

2Th 2:1  Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 

2Th 2:2  That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 

The day of Jesus Christ which is the Day of the Lord does have an end.  He that began the work in us will and is finishing it.

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;

Paul and others and we ourselves are too frequently admonish one another to stay the course, to finish the race in order to receive the prize.

2Jn 1:8  Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.

2Pe 1:10  Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble;

2Pe 1:11  for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

As we grow and mature, doom and gloom to the old man is being changed into rejoicing as the new man increases and the Lord is revealed within us.

Joh 16:20  Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. 

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

The Lord’s plan is to prosper us by giving us His mind and manifesting His glory within (Jer 29:11).  If we are given faith to believe in Him, we shall be saved by this hope (Rom 8:24).  This is the hope that is, was and will be saving us as we abide in it during our “dreadful” day of the Lord.

Rom 5:1  Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Rom 5:2  through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God [to be revealed]

Rom 5:3  And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;

Rom 5:4  and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Rom 5:5  Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Knowing these truths and God’s purpose and methods in the “day of the Lord” and having faith in them, is how we are able to endure what is coming upon our earth, trusting in what the Lord is doing.

2Co 4:15  For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

2Co 4:16  For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

2Co 4:17  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

Our abiding through our day of the Lord is the greatest blessing as we are able to endure paying the high pricing of being chosen in Christ.

2Ti 4:8  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love [1Jo 5:3] his appearing.

We are so blessed to have been awakened to righteousness. Let’s take hold the admonishments of the Apostles and the Lord to pray, stay awake and remain sober knowing these Truths.

1Th 5:6  Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. 

Luk 21:36  Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.

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

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Being Raised With Christ Part 1

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“Being Raised With Christ Part 1”

By Ayo Fabiyi,  Mitch Kuhn, Victor Torres, and Pete Wilson

Act 20:20  And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, 

As overseers appointed by the holy spirit, we don’t want to keep back anything that is profitable to the Lord’s flock. What are we told is profitable for us?

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 

2Ti 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 

All scripture is profitable for the perfecting of the saints.  All verses of the Bible are essential for our growth, for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.  When we say some verses in the Bible are not applicable to us, we are blatantly contradicting those verses in 2nd Timothy.

In our last study, we saw how profitable it is to apply those verses pertaining to the lake of fire to our heavens. It is by faith that we are given to carry our cross to our death knowing we will be raised up in newness of life through the earnest deposit now, and the fullness when we are given our spiritual bodies.  By partaking of Christ’s death, dying to the carnal mind which is the second death; we are partaking of His Resurrection which is the First Resurrection.

Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 

Rom 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

This is the mystery of how we follow Christ to His death to partake of His resurrection which is to life eternal.

Joh 11:25  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead , yet shall he live [eternal life, know the Lord]:

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

Life with Christ is the result of our being dead with Christ, dead to our flesh and carnal mind, dying daily to the very end which is the Second Death.

2Ti 2:11  It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead [through the second death],  with him we shall also live [be resurrected] with him: 

To rightly divide the Scriptures and the spiritual words such as the “first resurrection”; we must hold fast to these sound principles:

  • His words are spirit (Joh 6:63, Pro 1:23),
  • We live by every word inwardly (Mat 4:4, Luk 4:4),
  • His words are a two-edged sword actively working on both the old man and the new man within us (Heb 4:12, Isa 55:11)
  • Christ must increase and our old man must decrease (Joh 3:30, Col 3:9-10)
  • We shall all be changed (1Co 15:51). Our transformation from the old man to the new man is the one event that happens to everyone (Ecc 9:2).

Holding fast to these principles is required to rightly divide the Word regarding the spiritual meaning of the First Resurrection.  The First Resurrection entails us living out a resurrection of judgment before we live out a resurrection to life.

Joh 3:5  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 

Joh 3:6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit

We need to take heed that the eye of our understanding is according to the single mind of Christ.  If we apply every word of God either to the old man or to the new man within, then our whole body shall be full of light.

Mat 6:22  The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 

But if we say some parts of the Bible are not for us, our light has turned into darkness, and how great is that darkness!

Mat 6:23  But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! 

That’s how a little leaven spreads and infects the whole body.  If we start by saying one or some Scriptures do not have an “IS” application in our life, then sooner or later, we see ourselves lining up verse after verse saying they don’t have a living and active application for us.  Here’s an excerpt from a recent article written by those whose understanding had been darkened by the Lord:

“There are but two resurrections, and you and I will be in one or the other:

Joh 5:28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

Joh 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life [First Resurrection]; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation [Lake of Fire, Second Death]

All in this age will be raised up to one of those two resurrections.  Christ and His Christ begin their judgment at the house of God in this age and are granted “the crown of life… the blessed and holy first resurrection… a better resurrection… book of life… the power of  Christ’s resurrection… the resurrection of life” as opposed to the “resurrection of judgment”. The resurrection of judgment is the second death, because all who are cast into the lake of fire were not judged in this age. Hence “the resurrection of judgment”.

That being the case, there is no way the Lord or His Christ can ever experience the second death because the second death is “the resurrection of judgment”, and Christ and His Christ were judged while in this age and while in bodies of flesh.”

So as of tonight, we seven of your elders …., have been led to put this false doctrine out of our spiritual house.”

This is patently false doctrine spoken above as these men have been blinded to see the Truth.

Eph 5:11  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

Eph 5:13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

We are reproving these unfruitful works of darkness that are an incredible departure from the sound principles in this reasoning over the resurrection.  Seeing only the letter and not the spirit in the words of Scripture, these men who left our fellowship, now have an ever-growing list of words God spoke that are no longer applicable to themselves in this age.

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

Eze 12:26  Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 

Eze 12:27  Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off

Eze 12:28  Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; There shall none of my words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done, saith the Lord GOD. 

Who are we going to believe, those people whose “vision that he sees is for many days to come” or the Lord who says “there shall none of my words be prolonged any more”?

As painful as it is, we must recognize that these men with whom we once broke bread are overcome by the spirit of Babylon where many foul spirits make their habitation.

Rev 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 

Rev 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 

To the carnally minded, the resurrection of judgment has become another variant of the lie of eternal torment.  Such an event is only put upon those evil people over there and out in the future with no personal (IS) application to us. 

When we are given to see and understand the deep things of the spirit, the principle of “the dream is one” becomes clear.  Different events and details are speaking of the old man vs new man which is the same One Event the Lord is working in our lives and will work in all men in due time.  This principle goes back to the beginning where the Lord begins to teach His servants.

Gen 41:25  And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do.

Gen 41:26  The seven good kine (cows) are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one.

The Lord’s process to remake men into His image is one.

Eph 4:4  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 

Eph 4:5  One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

All things written are lived out by all men and all are working together for the greater good (Rom 8:28) and become an integral part of raising up all men (resurrecting them) to be alive with Christ.  This is the greatest blessing and the great reward because it is what is making us holy into the very image of God.  The blessing of the First Resurrection is to live the life of Christ, reigning in righteousness within.

Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

The Second Coming of Christ Within

Our witness for the Lord comes in two halves, signifying our whole testimony and experience in Christ. Our witness for Christ is living the two distinct steps that together are the one event.  For example, we know there is only ONE BAPTISM (Eph 4:5) yet we are told the details of two baptisms.  The dream truly is one.

Heb 6:1 (NKJV)  Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 

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

These baptisms speak of the same mystery regarding the shadow and the truth that all men must live.  The resurrections are like the baptisms, the shadow and then the reality, the entire process of both being the one event that is saving us when we fulfill those words.

 For example, there is a baptism of water and a baptism of fire.  Our living both of them in order is the one event and living by every word of God.

Mat 3:11 (NKJV)  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire

We first only get the baptism of John, which is our baptism of water. The baptism of John is a type of the true water and true bread which is to come later. It is in the church in the wilderness where we learn the letter of the Law. This is where we repent outwardly and focus on cleaning the outside of the cup, but our inner man (the inside) is yet to be cleansed.

Mat 23:25  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

Mat 23:26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

Mat 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

Mat 23:28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

This is the state we are in when our old man is raised in the resurrection to judgment (reserved for judgment).

2Pe 3:7  But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

We focus on outward righteousness only.  But the Lord sees our hearts, and says…within [you] are full of extortion and excess…within [you are] full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness…within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

With the planks (error in doctrine) now removed, we can preach and live the gospel which is by faith walking into the Lake of Fire (Rev 1:15), carrying our cross and dying to death.  We have been drawn out of the “shadow of death” and are now able to abide in the marvelous light which is performing the second death within us.

Psa 107:14  He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder. 

Psa 107:15  Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! 

We are now rejoicing that Christ has come and shined light on our error.

Luk 1:76  And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; 

Luk 1:79  To give light [bring the true fire] to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. 

The precious few the Lord is dragging to Himself have been appointed to live through seven plagues and have their beast, false prophet and the father of their man of sin (the Devil/Satan) cast into the Lake of Fire.  This is the gospel that we must now preach only as we live it out in our own lives, bearing the fruit of the spirit.

Rom 15:18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles (our flesh) obedient, by word and deed,

To partake of Christ’s holiness, we must move beyond the shadow.

Heb 10:1  For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 

This two-step process of the shadow first then the truth (spiritual reality) is how the Lord is transforming us, destroying the old man and raising up the new man.  The truth is hidden in the Scriptures and only unlocked using the sound principles of rightly dividing the Word of Truth.  Coming to see this principle will open one’s understanding to the IS, WAS and WILL BE progression bringing us unto a mature man in Christ.

2Co 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

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

Joh 1:16  And of his fulness have all we received, and grace… [to] grace.

Joh 1:17  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
2 Cor 4:16  For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

The Shadow and the True Resurrection – We Live Both

To attain to the first resurrection that is in Christ (Joh 11:25), we must live out the resurrection of damnation before we can live out the resurrection of life. Our fallen brethren have been led astray by the error of their carnal minds and seeing only the letter and totally misappropriating the following verses.

Dan 12:2  And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 

Dan 12:3  And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever

Joh 5:28  Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 

Joh 5:29  And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation

Both of these resurrections (the shadow and spiritual reality) are ours as are all things written.

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

1Co 3:22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;

The carnal mind and lies of Babylon have men putting the resurrection of damnation or everlasting shame out on those wicked and less blessed people than ourselves.  That is, of course, nothing more than an insidious remake of the same old lie we learn in Orthodoxy regarding the false doctrine of eternal hellfire.  Denying we live the resurrection of damnation and the Second Death and Lake of Fire is the same error we previously escaped from to which our brethren have now returned.

2Pe 2:22  But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. 

Pro 26:11  As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

The details of the one event are hidden in dark sayings and parables.

Psa 78:2  I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

Let’s first define the Greek word for Resurrection:

Pronunciation: an-as’-tas-is
Definition: From G450; a standing up again that is (literally) a resurrection from death (individual general or by implication (its author)) or (figuratively) a (moral) recovery (of spiritual truth): – raised to life again resurrection rise from the dead that should rise rising again.
KJV Usage: resurrection (39x), rising again (1x), that should rise (1x), raised to life again (with G1537) (1x).

Said another way, a resurrection is simply a RAISING UP.

The next question that must always be asked is: what are we raised up to? All men, beginning with the Elect must appear for that raising up:

2Co 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Like all the workings of God, we are first given a figure or a type and shadow of that which is to come. The true light, true resurrection is fulfilled in Christ by us first living the type and shadow which is the resurrection of damnation.

Resurrection of Damnation Comes First

At the appointed time, God begins the two-step process (the shadow then the reality) to raise us up to a better Life in the Spirit. This is the first and second coming of Christ with the water and then the fire that has us following Him to the Second Death which results in us being blessed and made holy in the First Resurrection.

An outline of the event is this:

  1. The first raising up (resurrection) is FROM the Sea to the Earth. We will take a closer look scripturally how the Lord works that resurrection.
  2. The Second raising UP is from the earth to the third Heaven, the manifest presence of God in Christ in the Paradise of God.

Let us now search diligently the Scriptures whether these things be so.

Dan 12:2  And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, [#2] some to everlasting life, and [#1] some to shame and everlasting contempt

“Some” is not dividing Mankind into different groups ‘out there’. Both awakenings are fulfilled in every man the same way there are two kinds of baptism within every man at their appointed time.

Act 24:15  And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just [#2] and unjust [#1]

In these hidden parables of the Lord, the first shall be the last and the last first.  First the natural which is the type or shadow and only then the spiritual application is fulfilled in our life.

1Co 15:46  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 

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

The last resurrection is indeed the First Resurrection in the eyes of God who has declared the end of all things from the very beginning.

“Some” #1 is the old man awakened to living by the oldness of the letter whose end is death.  This is our first baptism by water where we are given the oracles of God (the Law) but have yet to receive Christ, the fire, that then begins our overcoming process.

“Some” #2 is the New Man in the Newness of life, manifesting that life through the death of the old man. This resurrection is the second coming of Christ within us for salvation apart from sin (Heb 9:27-28).  It is the fire that brings life through dying with Christ.

When we are first raised up to the resurrection of damnation, we must first discern what realm of the spirit we are raised from. All resurrections are from the grave [hades].

Our “grave” is simply when we were in the Sea of flesh, having not the Law. When we were uncalled, that is, we have not come to know Christ after the flesh at all, death still reigns in us but sin has not yet been imputed.

Satan is still shut up in the bottomless pit.

Rom 5:13 For until the law sin was in the world: […=sin was in our lives ruling us….] but sin is not imputed when there is no law

Before we are called of God and come to know Christ after the flesh, we have not been given the ‘Bible’, the oracles of God in our hearts yet. Even the “letters” has not even come alive yet.

Rom 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, [=without the Law] who is the figure of him that was to come.

“Even over them” for example includes all outside of Christianity, not called to Christ after the flesh yet, who have not the Law of Moses.  This is our natural state “without the Law” from birth. The 1,000 year reign of Christ upon our earth has not yet begun.

Rom 2:12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; 

Rom 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. 

Rom 2:14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, 

do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 

Gentiles are signified in the Book of Revelation as “the dead”…” in the Sea”. The sea will give up its dead too but there’s a process.

Rom 2:15 (NKJV)  who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them)

Gentiles without Law is all of mankind who are beasts (Ecc 3:18) living in the sea of flesh and carnal mind devoid of the knowledge of God.  The only thing guiding us in this realm of death is ….”the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts accusing or else excusing them.

That is all men first being as dumb Gentiles….”without the Law”.

1Co 12:2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.

This is us as the Beast in the Sea.

Rev 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

The raising up (our resurrection) from the Sea to the Earth…(think within) is our receiving of the Law. This is the resurrection of damnation which is a resurrection to judgment and which is also the beginning of our earth within to be ruled and reigned over by the Lord for 1,000 symbolic years (the millennium).

All men who are beasts will in time be raised up into this resurrection of damnation (reserved unto judgment).   But at this stage of our resurrection, we are still dead unto God being yet carnal and living under the law of sin and death.

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

2Ti 3:6  For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

2Ti 3:7 Ever learning [from the law], and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

This resurrection is done practically when the Lord gives us the Law.  This is how the Lord raises up Israel from all the nations of the earth and separates them (us) from the rest of mankind that remains dead in the sea of flesh.

Rom 3:1  What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? 

Rom 3:2  Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.

As natural brute beasts, we are given “life” but this is only the shadow or type of life at first.  This “life” is not the life of the righteousness of God, but rather a “life” that manifests the righteousness of what we are given, the righteousness of the Law.


Php 3:6 (NKJV)  concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

Mar 10:20  And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.

Mar 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

The Law is what causes us, imputes on us to fulfil this word of the Lord ….”and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”

This now risen beast still has life which is why we later see this beast cast “alive” into the Lake of Fire (Rev 19:20).   At this stage we are a beast who has received the Law and entered into our symbolic 1,000 year reign of death within.

Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

This beast has received the Wound, the oracles of God. It is a religious beast that follows the Lamb, strength like a lamb…all after the flesh.

This is our knowing Christ after the flesh which is our resurrection of damnation.  The outside of our cup is clean but we remain deceived despite the fire from heaven and the miracles we are given to perform.

Rev 13:12  And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 

Rev 13:13  And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 

Rev 13:14  And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live

This is the shadow of the true resurrection of Christ that all men live out beginning with the Elect in this age.  We think we are alive but we are still dead in our sins.

1Ti 5:6  But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.

Rom 7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.

This is how evil, transgressions, wrath are being treasured up in us, imputed by the Law.

Rom 4:15 Because the law worketh wrath:[=damnation] for where no law is, there is no transgression.

Those that have done evil are you and me, raised from the grave in the sea now on the earth and given the Law, the oldness of the letter, the baptism of John that reveals in us shame, contempt, carnality and dishonour. This resurrection to damnation is our Romans 7 experience.

Rom7:8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. [=I was a Gentile beast without Law, sin was dead to me…as there is nothing to transgress.] 

Rom 7:9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, [= THIS IS THE Resurrection of damnation—->] and I died. 

This death is ‘the awakening’ of the depth of evil that lives in the old man and begins to shine the light onto the hidden presumptions and invisible sins we were not even aware of in our lives.

Rom 7:13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me [=condemnation/damnation] by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

Psa 19:12  Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.

Psa 19:13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

1Pe 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, [=Peter, a physical Jew,  is speaking primarily of spiritual sins here wrought by the Law...] when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:

The giving of the Law to us is what brings us under condemnation and/or contempt, that is, under the 1000 year reign upon the Earth (within).

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

We must NEVER forget what God does is Good. The resurrection to the earth from the Sea in spirit has its own glory, cleaning the outside of the cup, overcoming outward/ overt sins etc. But there is a more excellent, better resurrection to come.

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

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

The ministration of condemnation is the same thing as the resurrection to condemnation. Both reveal our sin.   

There is something much better coming, that far exceeds the glory of the first raising up.  This is the better resurrection that is bringing forth the true fruit of righteousness and age-abiding life with the Lord.  This is the First Resurrection whereby we are given a crown of life which is having the mind of Christ.  The shadow of the resurrection of Christ is the resurrection to damnation. This is the reason and purpose the Lord gives us the Law as we live out the Millennium awaiting our day of the Lord.

Gal 3:19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

We are given the law to raise us up to “the Earth”, to treasure up wrath, to bring shame and contempt and gives an occasion for the next raising up to “the third heaven”. This is part of us learning to discern good from evil through this contrast.

Gal 3:22  But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. 

Gal 3:23  But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 

Gal 3:24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 

The Book of Revelation tells of this same mystery using signified words.

Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years [=concluded under sin]

Rev 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

 When the 1,000 years is fulfilled, we are prepared for war in heaven to bring an occasion to overcome and fully destroy the beast, false prophet and the Devil and all his evil angels within us.  Their destruction will only take place in the Lake of Fire when they are cast “alive” into lake which is the Second Death.

Rev 20:7  And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 

Rev 20:8  And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. 

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. 

Rev 20:10  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. 

The resurrection of damnation is us being raised from Gentiles without the Law to Gentiles with the Law. We are “alive” but walking in the flesh, under tutors and governors until the 1,000 years are fulfilled/expired upon the Earth.

Gal 4:2  But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 

Gal 4:3  Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: 

Gal 4:4  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 

The resurrection unto damnation, unto the ministry of death/condemnation is/was fulfilled in our lives through our old man waxing more corrupt by the Law.

Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh,[=under the law of sin and death] fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Conclusion Part 1

If we are found faithful in this age, we will be moved on to the better resurrection and fulfill all the Words of God by living out the resurrection of life that follows our resurrection to damnation.  It has been demonstrated that the “Resurrection of damnation” is just the shadow of the true resurrection that comes only in our appointed day of the Lord which is after we have been ruled over by the Law for our symbolic 1,000 years within.

Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make [is making, the process] man in our image, after our likeness: [=the shadow, first Adam is flesh. Revival of old man within us for us to comprehend him] and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

In the appointed time for each, we move from the shadow into the true and one resurrection known as the “resurrection of life”, “resurrection of the just” which is the blessed and holy First Resurrection.  This is where we become the express image of His being.

Heb 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

1Co  15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy [first, the shadow], we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

Next Sunday, Lord willing, the focus will be on the resurrection to life, which is the better resurrection and which is the end of all things being the First Resurrection.

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Angels of the Lord Camp Around the Saints

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For Our Admonition Part 10

“Angels of the Lord Camp Around the Saints”

Key Verses: 2Ki 6:8-23

Being chosen as the true Israel of God and enduring the circumcision by the hand of God (Rom 2:29) ensures there are plenty of wars when our day of the Lord is at hand.  That is how the heathen nations within us (Luk 17:21) are subdued and brought into subjection to the Lord.  In this war, we lose many battles, especially the ones in the middle of our walk when we don’t remain vigilant to fight the good fight of faith.  The best news is that victory is ensured in Christ.  Whatever the Lord starts in us, He will finish exactly on schedule.

1Jn 5:4  For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

Joh 10:27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

Joh 10:28  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

Our story today has Syria warring against Israel with Elisha, the King of Israel, and Elisha’s servant (presumably the spiritual leper Gehazi) in view.  This story like all the OT stories is written for our spiritual edification and admonition.  Here is the first part.

2Ki 6:8  Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel with his servants, saying, In such and such a place shall be my camp. 

2Ki 6:9  And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying, Beware that thou pass not such a place; for thither the Syrians are come down. 

2Ki 6:10  And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor twice. 

2Ki 6:11  Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not shew me which of us is for the king of Israel? 

2Ki 6:12  And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber. 

2Ki 6:13  And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan. 

2Ki 6:14  Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about. 

2Ki 6:15  And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? 

2Ki 6:16  And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. 

2Ki 6:17  And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. 

We all come to faith as spiritual Syrians.  Abraham, the father of faith and his sons were all Syrians (Chaldeans) first, before they were chosen as the Israel of God.

Deu 26:5  And thou (Israel) shalt speak and say before the LORD thy God, A Syrian ready to perish was my father, and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there with a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous:

The king of Syria is a representation of our first born old man who wants to claim the land (dominion) that has been promised to Israel, who are God’s elect.  The battle for dominion in the land is with our own flesh, inside the kingdom of God within us.

Mat 10:36  And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

The physical history of flesh Israel reveals to us the spiritual experience that will follow for spiritual Israel which we are, as the Body of Christ.

The Hebrew word for Syria and Syrians [“aram” H758] comes from a root word “armon” that means to be elevated.  No flesh shall glory in the Lord’s presence which means the Syrians will be put into submission before the new man within us is raised up in glory. This requires us to trust in the Lord and His ways when we see the impossible ahead.

Zec 4:6  Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

2Co 10:3  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

So long as we live in clay vessels we need to always be on guard against our flesh and the lusts therein.  They are always seeking to war with Israel to take back the spiritual land that Christ’s elect are being promised as our possession.

2Ki 6:8  Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel with his servants, saying, In such and such a place shall be my camp. 

The King of Syria, a representation of the old man, our man of sin, is warring against the Israel and Christ within us.  This king relies on his servants, the lies and false doctrines of the harlot (Rev 9:16) to guide him in his warring conquests.  Yet Christ in us, the man of God (Elisha), guides the King of Israel (you and me) on the schemes of our fleshly enemies and the wiles of their father, the devil’s, servants. With the warnings and admonitions of truth from Elisha, we, the king, are able to send armies (truth) and save the land and thwart the Syrian advances.  This is spiritual warfare played out daily in our lives illustrated here in a biblical history lesson.

2Ki 6:9  And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying, Beware that thou pass not such a place; for thither the Syrians are come down. 

2Ki 6:10  And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor twice. 

This engagement and response against the Syrians is an ongoing battle not just once or twice.  We only enter into the Kingdom and eternal life thru many trials of faith and many tribulations (Act 14:22) with our own flesh.  This is how we grow, and our faith is proven.

Col 1:27  To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Col 1:28  Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

Col 1:29  Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

Elisha, as type of Christ, and the elder and prophet, was obedient to the commands as a faithful watchman and warns us, the king of Israel, of the Syrian plans.

Eze 33:7 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.

Our old man is vexed (troubled) by the continued thwarting of his plans as the land remains under the dominion of Israel.

2Ki 6:11  Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not shew me which of us is for the king of Israel? 

2Ki 6:12  And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber. 

The Syrian king discovers that Elisha knows all his secrets and what he speaks in his bed chamber.  This reinforces how the Lord exposes our hidden sins and wicked thoughts in our day of the Lord.  To be destroyed all things must be brought to the Light of Christ.

Mar 4:22  NKJV For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.

The fleshly agenda of the Syrian king within us will be uncovered and the king of Israel is able to defend the land.

Luk 12:2  For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.

Luk 12:3  Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.

Yet our old man does not go easily.  This old king hatches a plan with the objective of capturing Elisha.  This is the plan of the Pharisees in all of us who hate Christ and seek to kill Him.

2Ki 6:13  And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan. 

2Ki 6:14  Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about. 

Secular scholars like to say that Dothan was the home of Elisha.  While we have no way of knowing that for certain we can deduce some spiritual significance from the name Dothan and apply that to our walk and journey onto maturity in Christ.  The only other place Dothan is mentioned in the Scriptures is the story of Joseph (Gen 37) where his ten brothers attempted to slay him and eventually sold him into slavery in Egypt.  Dothan is also the city where this Syrian army encampment takes places and there is an attempt to capture Elisha and put him into bondage.  Most experts claim Dothan means two wells or two cisterns which does fit both stories where the city is mentioned.

Jer 2:13  For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

Like Joseph’s ten brothers and our flesh, the Syrians, we are committing these two evils as a Pharisee seeking to serve two masters and drink out of the wells of the Spirit and the flesh.  We are both the sons hating and the son being hated at our appointed times.

Gen 37:17  And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.

Gen 37:18  And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him. 

As Pharisees we don’t want the land healed, we want to remain in power and control and not submit to the righteousness of Christ.  Hence, we plot like the Syrians to capture Christ.

Mat 12:14  Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.

As Jews that believe on Jesus Christ (Joh 8:31), the Syrians within us (old man), seek to kill Christ and silence the truth so they can remain occupiers of the land.

Joh 8:40  But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham.

The king of Syrian wars against the ways of the Spirit and sends many horses, chariots and a huge host (army) to war against Israel and defeat it.  This is our battle against all that is in the world.  Horses symbolize the strength and power of the world and our flesh which is why Israel was commanded not to ride horses nor engage in any horse trading.

Deu 17:14  When thou art come unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that are about me;

Deu 17:16  But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.

Deu 17:17  Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.

Of course, with a bunch of heathen kings still living in the land, we are being caused to disobey all these commands first before we are caused to obey the Lord.  The example of Solomon was written for our admonition in taking many horses and many wives.

1Ki 4:26  And Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen.

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

In the negative, chariots are lies and false doctrines that are pulled by the strength (the horses) of our carnal minds.  The two hundred million locusts (Rev 9:16) are described as these chariots which are lies (Isa 9:15) that darken the truth and blot out the Light that are saving us.

Rev 9:7  And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.

Rev 9:9  And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle.

It is through the use of these horses and chariots that our old man, as the King of Syria, wages war against the Israel of God within us and without.  The deceitfulness of sin that lies in all of us creep in unawares in the cover of spiritual darkness.  Before we know it, we are surrounded and we, like this servant, wake up to see our predicament and have no confidence in the Lord to deliver us.  The lesson here is one of faith and how we stand on faith and know that this battle is the Lord’s.

Deu 20:4  For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.

We now get to the part of the story that is most instructive to our growing in the faith.

2Ki 6:15  And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? 

2Ki 6:16  And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. 

The Lord is working this waging war within us and only He brings victory.  Learning to trust in the Lord and His sovereignty is how we are given to rise up and overcome our enemies via our faith.

1Jn 4:4  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

1Co 2:5  That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

We are at war with our own flesh which seem hopeless until our eyes are opened.  Our young faith is being tested often as those trials are what build us up in the Lord and move us onto maturity.  We are learning to trust in the Lord alone and His supernatural power but at first, we cannot see the power that Christ has over all things.

Mat 28:18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth (mind and our bodies)

As Christ’s chosen disciples, we already have this power (Christ in us) but we don’t believe at first when our city is surrounded by the enemy.

Luk 10:19  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.

The truth of the Word puts exponentially more enemies to flight when the two converge.  No lies, the enemies of the truth can stand in the presence of truth.  Thus the meanings of these war stories from the OT become clearer to us and the  important of believing.

Lev 26:8  And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.

Deu 32:30  How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had shut them up?

When we are surrounded by our flesh (Syrians within) and it seems hopeless, the stronger are there to help the weaker in the faith.  This care should be cast upon Christ and we should seek help and prayer from the multitude of counselors.  Elisha, the mature man of God, prays to the Lord for the weak servant to see the spiritual truths and to see the true power of the Lord’s army.

2Ki 6:17  And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. 

The fire that surrounds Elisha and all in the Christ is the Living Word (fire) that lives inside of us and is spoken when we speak truth.  The Lord’s horses and chariots are the truth, the doctrines on which we, the elect of God, ride and in which we stand.

Rev 19:14  And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

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.

Collectively this army is also known as the battle axe of the Lord through which all these heathen nations are destroyed.

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;

Christ, through His Christ is our protector and our protection.  There is no other place to be saved (Act 4:12)!  Our seeing this truth comes via the process off maturing via the trials the Lord is working in our life with the Syrians and other heathen nations.  The Body are the saviours and deliverers who help one another and protect us from the enemy within and without.

Psa 34:7  The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. 

Psa 34:8  O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

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

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

Most translations say this army was more [H7227] than the Syrians yet that being more or greater is only in power and strength not in quantity.  The sum of the Word makes clear that the people of God are a little flock who are few in number (Mat 22:14) but mighty in Spirit (Mat 28:18)

Luk 12:32  Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

The lesson of Gideon’s army (Jdg 7) is an OT proof also where a thirty-two thousand strong army was winnowed down to just three hundred by the Lord’s design to conquer the much larger Midianites.   The Lord is saving a few now, through whom all men shall be saved.

2Ki 6:18  And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the LORD, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha. 

2Ki 6:19  And Elisha said unto them, This is not the way, neither is this the city: follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom ye seek. But he led them to Samaria. 

2Ki 6:20  And it came to pass, when they were come into Samaria, that Elisha said, LORD, open the eyes of these men, that they may see. And the LORD opened their eyes, and they saw; and, behold, they were in the midst of Samaria. 

2Ki 6:21  And the king of Israel said unto Elisha, when he saw them, My father, shall I smite them? shall I smite them? 

2Ki 6:22  And he answered, Thou shalt not smite them: wouldest thou smite those whom thou hast taken captive with thy sword and with thy bow? set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink, and go to their master. 

2Ki 6:23  And he prepared great provision for them: and when they had eaten and drunk, he sent them away, and they went to their master. So the bands of Syria came no more into the land of Israel. 

The second part of our story follows and begins with the Lord’s army coming together as one to hold each other up in time of war (Exo 17:12) and great trials.  It is standing together in the Name of the Lord that our enemies are being defeated.

1Th 5:11  Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

The servant of Elisha (us in our time of unbelief) is strengthened and comforted by the Lord’s small and powerful army that facilitates us winning the battles with our flesh (the Syrians).   The land is subdued and overcome by judgment that brings new light into the picture.  Yet before we can see spiritually we must come to see that we are blind.  The Word that brings judgment at first brings blindness and then only after a while do we realize we were blind as we begin to follow the Lord (Elisha back to Samaria).

Joh 9:39  And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

Joh 9:40  And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?

Joh 9:41  Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

We have an OT witness to the same.  Those gathered against Christ and His Christ (the Syrians within, the Pharisees within) will be blinded and lose all strength and  direction of their old way of life.

Zec 12:3  And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

Zec 12:4  In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.

The fire of the Word of truth destroy our former mindset and reveal our blindness even as God’s people.  It is humbling to be blind and dependent upon others to lead us safely.  But that is how an elevated prideful Syrian is brought low in the appointed time.

Jas 4:10  Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

Once blinded, the Syrians within us, readily follow Elisha (Mat 9:27, Mar 8:23) where he leads them back to Israel and then reopens their eyes, so they can see.  The last lesson in this story is learning to love our enemies and walking by the  law of faith.  Our enemies are doing exactly what the Lord has made them to do and for that we should be thankful as even they are for our sakes (2Co 4:15).

When our Syrian captives are brought back to the congregation of Israel, our first instinct as the king in training is to smite them or kill them.  This is how the carnal mind works but that is not the Spirit of Christ.

Luk 9:56  For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

Mat 5:43  Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

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

Elisha is obedient to the commands of God and teaches the king to be obedient and not do what the whole world does to their enemies.  Loving our enemies, spiritually speaking is for us to feed Christ (the sheep) and give them drink as Elisha persuades the King of Israel to do.  Paul and the Lord tell us to spiritually feed all those He puts in our path.

Rom 12:20  Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

Rom 12:21  Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Mat 25:37  Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

Mat 25:40  And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

We can read on in Kings and see that the peace with the Syrians here was only temporary.  The war with our flesh is a lifelong affair that consume our entire age or aion in these clay bodies.  A different leader, king Benhadad, brings the Syrians right back into Israel after a season of peace and ends up conquering and controlling the land.  Little by little we get the victory, overcome and possess the land in the Kingdom of God within us.  Yet no matter where we are in that process, we are to never stop striving to walk the straight and narrow way.

Luk 13:24  Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

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

Sincere questions and comments are always welcome.  You can also email me directly at peterjwilson56@gmail.com and I would be  pleased to respond and help any way I can.

Your brother in Christ,  Pete

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Habakkuk Part 1 – Why Do You Show Me Inequity?

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“Why Do You Show Me Inequity?”

Key Verses Hab 1:1 – 1:11

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The burden Habakkuk saw is the burden of being under the influence of spiritual Babylon and the harlot is sitting upon our beast.

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

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

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

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

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

Pro 1:27  When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.

Pro 1:28  Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lord answers Habakkuk’s first complaint.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Isa 10:5 O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.
Isa 10:6 I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.

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

The spiritual Chaldeans or Babylonians, like the spiritual Assyrians, are all used by God to fulfill His judgment in order to reveal where the worst evil was being committed, and the biggest criminal is hiding.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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