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Micah Part 22 – The Lord is Faithful

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The Lord is Faithful

Key Verses:  Micah 7:16 – 7:20

The most basic promise of God is the salvation of all men. This was what the Lord swore with  an oath to Abraham and reconfirmed with Isaac, Jacob and the Elect Apostles when true faith was given. All men, nations, and families will be saved and they will come to be blessed in the Christ.

Gen 28:14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

Eph 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in The Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

The sum of the Word makes it clear that the blessing being spoken of is the judgment of God that brings salvation. This is how the word of the Lord is performed and works righteousness.

Rev 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

Psa 106:3 Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.

The Lord is faithful even when men are not. The promise is made and it shall be in the times appointed of the Lord. Our sins are taken away by the remaking of the marred vessel of clay.

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

Rom 11:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

Here are the final five verses of the Book of Micah.

Mic 7:16 The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.

Mic 7:17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee.

Mic 7:18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.

Mic 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

Mic 7:20 Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.

These events spoken of in the outward fulfillment span a large number of human years. Even inwardly it seems it takes forever to be transformed and to go through judgment and to be delivered from our sin. Yet the Word says our life is a vapor, here today and gone tomorrow. The lies and false doctrines that are nigh unto cursing take a “long” process to be burned out of us. These concluding verses in Micah are part of the same “one dream” (Gen 41:25) that is shown to Lord’s prophets before He brings it pass. In spiritual times, the events in our lives take place quickly and suddenly and like everything else in life, happen exactly on the Lord’s timetable.

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

2Pe 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

These verses in Micah and all of Scripture have both an inward and outward application and are “is, was and will be”. We have seen this prophecy of judgment happening in parallel throughout the whole Book. God’s Elect live this “day” out now in this age. This prophecy (“will be”) is speaking to future events that involve the Elect, specifically the Millennium Reign of Christ and the judgment of all men in the Lake of Fire. It is the Lord’s Christ who will witness for the Lord and rule the earth and minister salvation to all men.

Isa 49:6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

1Co 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? (Millennium Reign)

1Co 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? (Lake of Fire)

Our first verse to look deeper is verse 16.

Mic 7:16 The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.

The Lord is raising up Kings and Priests via the “on the job” experience learned as judgment is executed upon the heathen nations within us and those nations are ruled with a rod of iron. The final training experience for the ultimate role as saviors to all of mankind in the Lake of Fire (Oba 1:21) is the period of outward ruling and reigning with Christ for the 1,000 years. He that overcomes in this age will be given to rule in the ages to come.

Rev 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:

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

Not one soul will be converted during the entire Millennium. All men will be yet carnal and separated from the knowledge and wisdom of God. Devoid of ears to hear and eyes to see, those in the flesh under the rule of Christ will be confounded. His ways are above the ways of the flesh and cannot understand the mind of Christ through the prism of the mind of a beast. The rulership of God’s Elect will confound the wisdom of the of the carnal mind of those that populate the earth during this period.

1Co 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

Psa 129:5 Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.

The outward signs and global rulership will strike great fear in their hearts and keep them in subjection to the Elect who will be reigning over the whole earth.

Rev 11:11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.

The people being ruled by Christ will fear because they have yet to learn the perfect love of obedience that casts out fear. Instead they will live in constant fear just as Israel did in the wilderness and Joseph’s brothers’ waiting for Jacob to die and fearful of what “Christ would do to them”.

Deu 11:25 There shall no man be able to stand before you: for the LORD your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that ye shall tread upon, as he hath said unto you.

During the Millennium, Satan will be bound until the little season at the end. It will be a time of peace and as all rebellion will be put down. The yet carnal nations of this earth will hold their peace until the Lord seeks the occasion to put an end to flesh and releases Satan to bring the world against the camp of the saints. This ushers in the final harvest of souls at the white throne judgment which is the lake of fire.

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.

Rev 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

Mic 7:17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee.

Satan is bound and is therefore no longer eating dust during the Millennium reign. Instead those alive are said to be licking dust. A yet carnal mankind can only think about their carnal reasoning’s in their submission to the rulership of The Christ. This was shown us in type and shadow in the story of Joseph and his brothers.

Gen 42:6 And Joseph was the potentate over the land, the one selling to all the people of the earth. And Joseph’s brothers came in and bowed to him, face down to the earth.

Mankind is all Israel and one day all mankind will be our true brother and sisters in Christ.  They too will lick dust when they also bow down in fear of Christ and the revealing of the sons of God.

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

Isa 61:9 And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the LORD hath blessed.

Receiving the prize for overcoming includes being raised up as kings for the Lord and ruling over the nations. Fear of the Lord and fear of His Christ keeps the nations and kingdoms of this earth under firm rule until the little season of rebellion at the end.

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.

The serpents (heathen) moving from their holes shows that under the rule of Christ, the people of the earth are being moved from the comfort zone and “hideouts” from the Lord. Psalm 18 reveals this and translates H4526 as “close places”. The enemies of David, are the enemies of Christ and His Christ, and we are made the head of the heathen world who will bow down and serve “Christ”.

Psa 18:43 Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.

Psa 18:44 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.

Psa 18:45 The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places.

The Elect will dictate every minor detail of how the world is governed as the people of the earth submit to Christ.

Mic 7:18  Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.

Forgiveness of sins does not mean that restitution is forfeited. Forgiveness of sins does not negate the necessity for justice. Forgiveness of sins does not nullify this truth.

Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

All the events leading to our salvation are the mercy of the Lord in action. We reviewed this specifically in Part 18 Worshiping in Spirit & Truth where mercy was linked to blotting out of sins or said another way mercy is what ushers in salvation.

 Psa 51:1 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy [H2617] upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Blotting them out is accomplished by the judgment of the Lord that comes from the scourging chastening grace that is given to those the Lord loves (Heb 12:6). The result of mercy is our learning obedience to His commandments.

Psa 119:124 Deal with thy servant according unto thy mercy, and teach me thy statutes.

Pro 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

Mercy and love (our obedience) go hand in glove. The scourging grace of God is where mercy is found and what we should look for to hasten the coming of the Lord.

Heb 5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

The Lord is executing His plan of the salvation of all men to perfection. Whatsoever His counsel has determined to be done before hand, is done right on schedule (Psa 139:16, Isa 46:10).

1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

1Co 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

Drinking the cup of the Lord’s wrath against our sins in order to learn righteousness is just a small moment of time in the grand scheme of things when compared to “eternal life”. The trials, tribulation, and suffering of mankind all have a purpose in salvation and one day all will look back to understand. That purpose is salvation that comes by us being changed and transformed into the image of God.

Psa 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

Isa 54:7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.

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

The word translated as Pardoneth here in Micah 7:18 is actually the word for bear or long suffering. Substitutionary atonement is a big lie of Babylon. Man will indeed be punished and judged for their sins. But the Lord is long suffering with man. He bears with us for as long as it takes to bring salvation to those He has chosen in this age and ultimately all of mankind.

2Pe 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

1Co 13:4  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

The Christ of Christ (His Elect) will be as the Lord (Joh 20:21, 1Jo 4:17). This means we are being taught the patience and longsuffering of the Lord in this age.

1Th 5:14  Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

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

The writing of the law of Christ on our SPIRITUAL HEART, comes about by us enduring judgment and being longsuffering in waiting for the Lord. That is the way of salvation.

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

Heb 8:11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.

Heb 8:12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

Mic 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

The Lord turns us into destruction and into sin and He also turns us back. All of this is the Lord’s work in us His vessels of clay over which He is the Potter.

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.

Apart from Christ we truly do NOTHING (Joh 15:5) as the Lord wills and ways in us according to what was declared from the beginning (Isa 46:10, Psa 139:16).

Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

The Lord plan was always to destroy flesh (1Co 15:50). Flesh cannot inherit the kingdom of God and is symbolized in Scripture by the seas. Flesh or the sea is being destroyed and along with it our sins will be no more.

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

Rev 21:2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

The Lord’s prayer teaches us to hasten our sanctification and the appearing of the Lord within us. We pray in faith for the Lord’s will be done and those sins, those mountains and the pride of life, to be cast into the sea that “is, was and will be” being destroyed.

Mar 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Here is the concluding verse of the Book of Micah.

Mic 7:20  Thou wilt perform [H5414] the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.

It is the WORD of God that works the work of righteousness in all men the very day they begin to hear it. Christ is His Word and it is the Word being preached and heard that sanctifies us and brings salvation in our day of the Lord. This Word of God is a living Word that needs to be given a vessel prepared to hear it and BAM —–> judgment is now on the house of God and the turning back to God, the repentance of mankind begins.

Pro 1:23  Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

 The word translated as PERFORM here in the KJV is actually the word that is used hundreds of times as GIVE or DELIVER and variations thereof.  It is only used as perform ONE TIME in nearly 2,000 occurrences.

H5414, nâthan

Total KJV Occurrences: 1984

give, 484

gave, 253

given, 253

put, 189

set, 103

delivered, 98

deliver, 78

giveth, 77

make, 64

made, 44

perform, 1 – MICAH 7:20

This just confirms faith is a gift and it is that giving of the gift of the WORD which initiates and then completes the work of God in the lives of every man. When the Word is given to a man it never returns void (Isa 55;11). It always accomplishes its purpose.

Jos 21:45 There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass.

Mat 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Performing the Truth is performing THE WORD because the Word is Truth.

Joh 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Psa 119:160 (ASV) The sum of thy word is truth; And every one of thy righteous ordinances endureth forever.

The Body of Christ is the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, through which all men will enter in due time. As the instruments of salvation, we will bring the nations and all men to Christ as we guard the way to the tree of life.

Gen 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Rev 21:23  And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

Rev 21:24  And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

Micah has taught us a lot about the journey towards maturity and our need to be constantly winnowed down via judgment. We have many things to learn but cannot bear them all at once.   Like a child it takes growing up to mature. There are no shortcuts.

Joh 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

If anything I hope this study has given you greater faith in the Word and the promises of the Lord. He will deliver us and is delivering us and all men without fail! This book of Micah gave us some more of the details and it all fits perfectly with what we already knew and hold as the Truth. We need to wait patiently in faith for the Lord.

Php 1:6  Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Zec 4:9  The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.

Hopefully we all aspire to make the first resurrection to be found faithful. The Scriptures do not lie and they tell us that if we are to make it, we must stay together as a Body and continue to strive and labor as we press forward for the prize of the HIGHER CALLING.

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

Our learning the ways of God now in the Body in our day of the Lord will continue in the Millennium and come to a consummation when we shall judge all matters of life in the lake of fire. This is a serious calling and one that requires we abide in the fire now in our suffering and persecution.

Luk 9:22  Saying, The Son of man (Christ, The Elect) must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.

We are all getting there on the road to maturity. It sure seems that the day of Christ return to setup His outward kingdom and bring the full redemption to His Elect is not too far away.

1Co 15:51  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

1Co 15:52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

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Micah Part 15 – Saviours from Bethlehem

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Saviours From Bethlehem

Key Verses Micah 5:1 – 5:6

Our verses in Micah Chapter 5 will once again speak to the “is, was and will be” nature of the Word of God. These Scriptures foretell what the Elect of God, the chosen few, are living out inwardly in the IS and WAS context now as we are brought to maturity through our trials and tribulations. Yet these words of Micah also speak to the WILL BE fulfillment of God’s plan and how He will use His Elect to be the Lake of Fire and usher in the salvation of all. Here are the verses for today.

Mic 5:1 Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.

Mic 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Mic 5:3 Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.

Mic 5:4 And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.

Mic 5:5 And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.

Mic 5:6 And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.

The Body of Christ are the anointed of God and the instrument through which His work is done. The words of fire we speak judge us now in the Body and if we endure will judge all men and all nations in the ages to come. Christ was sent to save the world and it is through His Christ that it is being accomplished now first in His sons and then later in all humanity.

Joh 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him (The Body) might be saved.

To get the job done of saving mankind, our Lord had to pour out His blood and we in turn will also drink of that same cup (Mat 20:23). It is through death of our old man now that we become the living sacrifice for the Lord and by that sacrifice the saviours of men. We are drinking of this cup, the suffering, the trials and tribulations that the Elect are appointed to endure now in this age if we belong to Christ (Phi 1:29).

Mat 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins (salvation)
Mat 26:29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.

Let’s explore the verses in greater detail and distinguish the IS, NOW and WILL BE applications of these prophetic Words.

Mic 5:1 Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.

 The Lord destroys our old man by judgment as this is the process by which we are corrected (Jer 2:19) and learn righteousness (Isa 26:9). Flesh is caused to rise up against God’s people, Christ within us now and the entire Body of Christ at the end of the Millennium. Then fire from heaven will come to destroy our enemies and bring an end to flesh.

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.

Eze 38:18 And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face.

That Assyrian nations are used to smite the Elect of God (Isa 10:5-6) who will be the judges of all Israel in due time. The wicked nations within and without are used of the Lord to work righteousness in His people. In this way nothing is wasted and even the wicked the Lord made are used in our day of evil.

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

Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

When judgment is in full bloom the new man in us will be surrounded by these heathen armies (Luk 21:20). This takes place inwardly first in our day of the Lord and will take place outwardly as the precursor to the destruction of all flesh. Salvation is the result of the end of flesh which is deliverance from sin and death. Living through this process of the rebellion of the heathen nations and the subsequent judgment is how we learn to distinguish good and evil. This brings about the Lord’s will, our sanctification and is how we come to know He is the Lord and we are nothing but clay in His hands.

Eze 39:27 When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations;

Eze 39:28 Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them anymore there.

Heathen nations do not take kindly to be ruled by the horn of iron we looked at last week and will seek to wrest away God’s judgment in their carnal reasoning. But when the Lord comes with fire and that day has arrived the overcomers overcome in the winepress of God’s judgment.

Rev 19:1 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.

Our mouth’s must be trained to stop speaking lies and blasphemy against the Lord and this process spiritually smites our cheeks.

Psa 3:7 Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.

The ungodly fight back, they respect persons and live by the eye for an eye principle that is at the center of the carnal law of Gentiles. Resisting not evil (Mat 5:39) and turning the other cheek is foolishness to natural mind but a needed outcome for us to grow in the faith and be prepared to be the judges and rulers of mankind.

Mic 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Jesus Christ is the Word and that is what is ruling us more and more as we mature through our judgment process. As the Lord of the heaven and the earth, whose goings forth have been ordained since before the world was formed; He is being made manifest within us in these last days of our fleshly mindset.

1Pe 1:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

The little flock that is the Body of Christ, the few chosen (Mat 22:14) also known as the Elect, are like their Lord and always born in a manger full of beasts (Ecc 3:18) in a spiritual city of Bethlehem. As He is so are we in this world applies to our spiritual birth.

Mat 2:6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

Bethlehem means House of Bread. 

H1035, bêyth lechem, bayth leh’-khem

From H1004 and H3899; house of bread; Beth-Lechem, a place in Palestine: – Beth-lehem.

The Body of Christ is the House of the Lord (1Co 3:16) in which this bread of life is shared and eaten. The bread of life is the Word which is Jesus Christ.

Joh 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world

Bearing the cross and the reproach of this world is how we eat of this bread which is eating of His flesh and drinking of His blood. This is the cup all men shall certainly drink (Mat 20:23) as the wrath of God is poured out upon our fleshly life.

Joh 6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

Joh 6:56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.

The bread of life is also known as the bread of adversity as it pertains to our old man and carnal way of life. That life is being ended and all things being made new by this new bread we eat from heaven that is the fiery Word. This is how we are caused to walk in His ways in due time.

Isa 30:20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:

Isa 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

The juxtaposition of Bethlehem and Ephratah in this verse has an important spiritual lesson.  The word Ephratah means fruitfulness and is another name for Bethlehem.

Gen 48:7 And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan in the way, when yet there was but a little way to come unto Ephrath: and I buried her there in the way of Ephrath; the same is Bethlehem.  Here is how Strong’s defines Ephrath.

 H672, ephrâthâh

From H6509; fruitfulness; Ephrath, another name for Bethlehem

God commands us to be fruitful and to multiply (Gen 1:28). The fruit of the Spirit comes about by our enduring through our process of judgment and waiting on the Lord to finish His good work in us. This chastening is our partaking of this bread from heaven.

Heb 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

The fruits of the Spirit only manifest after the death of the flesh and our old man.

Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

Prophets of the Lord only take us so far. They bring the Truth but are unable to enter into and possess the land and bear the fruit. Only their descendants after them, their sons and daughters, the maturing mind sets that are given to overcome will enter in.

Num 20:12 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.

Heb 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

We see this principle in the story of Rachael and the bearing of two sons Joseph and Benjamin.

Gen 35:15 And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Bethel.

Gen 35:16 And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour.

Gen 35:18 And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin.

Gen 35:19 And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem.

Gen 35:20 And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel’s grave unto this day

It is not a long journey from the Lord speaking with us until the travailing begins. Rachael in her dying names Benjamin, Benoni, which means “son of my sorrow”. As we die to flesh, we weep and mourn and lament for all our troubles. Yet this is how the new man comes forth that is seated at the right hand of God. As a type of Christ, Jacob and Benjamin, both illustrate our being used as the instruments of the Lord’s work. We are His right hand, the sons of God, as was Benjamin in type and the very meaning of his name.

H1144, binyâmı̂yn, bin-yaw-mene’

From H1121 and H3225; son of (the) right hand; Binjamin, youngest son of Jacob; also the tribe descended from him, and its territory: – Benjamin.

The right hand of the Lord is what destroys the enemies and saves us.

Exo 15:6 Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.

Heb 8:1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;

The Lord changes not. The new man comes forth only through the much travailing that is spiritual childbirth or said another way JUDGMENT. Only the man child is preordained to rule and reign and lives on to complete the overcoming process. The Body of Christ, the House of Bread, is the “house of dying” when speaking to the old man and is also the “house of fruit” or Eprath. New life and much fruit only come by way of death.

Joh 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

Our spiritual mother from Babylon dies on the way to the House of Bread and the place where fruit will become plentiful called Ephrath. God’s people all must come out of Babylon however when the hour is come that the Lord shall be glorified in us, Rachael dies and Benjamin is born.

Mic 5:3 Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.

Mic 5:4 And he shall stand and feed [H7462] the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.

The Lord is saving people in His preordained order established before the foundation of the world. The end and every point in between has been declared from the beginning (Isa 46:10).

Act 17:26 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings,

We are given over to the lusts and sins of the flesh until the Lord says it is time. Then those courts and the temple that have been trampled by the Gentile nations is being cleared out by the coming of Christ within.

Joh 2:15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;

Joh 2:16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.

The Holy City and Temple which we are, is being trodden down by the Gentiles until the preordained time that the Lord returns bringing our judgment (Luk 21:24). That symbolic first half of our witness is not being judged during this time of rebellion, it is not measured by the plumb line.

Rev 11:2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

The period of time between having true doctrine and not obeying it is when we live out inwardly the trampling of the Holy City by the Gentiles within us. This is all part of the Lord’s strange process to being occasion when He comes the second time with the fire that saves us.

Isa 5:5 And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down:

The false pastors are not some Babylonian preacher speaking on eternal hellfire. It is you and me hearing but not doing the Word having been overrun by the Gentiles which represent the flesh and the enmity of the carnal mind against the things of the Lord.

All the brethren, ALL of ISRAEL, shall be saved and in these pre-appointed times that coincide with the three harvest feasts of the Lord. The last feast will be the harvest of all men via this process of judgment through the work of “The Christ” as the Lake of Fire. The word for shepherd is the same word as feed.  Shepherding the flock is feeding the flock.

 H7462 – râ‛âh

Total KJV Occurrences: 172

feed, 55

shepherds, 33

shepherd, 28

fed, 11

herdmen, 7

pastors, 7

feedeth, 5

feeding, 3

Jesus Christ is the Bread of life that save us. Being fed spiritually means we are being fed judgment which is the chastening and scourging the Lord brings to every son He receives (Heb 12:6, Eze 34:16). “The Christ”of Christ is collectively the shepherd of the sheep and through whom we are fed this life saving or life destroying (depending on the old man vs new man point of view) bread.

Eze 34:23 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.

 Eating and drinking worthily is how we are fed and strengthened in the faith and move from a babe knowing true doctrine to a mature man having learned to discern good and evil through much chastening and scourging through the Word of God. The Lord IS COMING more and more as we endure. We are commanded to keep on eating and drinking to show the Lord’s death in us.

1Co 11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

Mic 5:5 And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal [H5257] men.

Christ is the Prince of Peace and brings that via a sword and by making war in our heavens.  Knowing these truths is how we as God’s people can endure this suffering with joy knowing the Lord’s purposes in all of it. The purpose of our enduring all this judgment and the corresponding pain and suffering, both physically and spiritually, is for the glory of the Lord (His Word) to be made manifest within us. It is when we are brought into fellowship with the small remnant the Lord is saving now (His right hand) that we will begin to understand the Lord’s purposes and take comfort in our trials.

Eze 14:22 Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters: behold, they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their way and their doings: and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought upon it.

When we abide in this Body it is here we shall be comforted and find refuge from the trials and persecutions we must endure living in this flesh bodies in this carnal world.

Eze 14:23 And they (The Body) shall comfort you, when ye see their ways and their doings: and ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord GOD.

There is a purpose in all of our trials and afflictions. We may not understand it in the moment and will learn to stand on faith and not seek the comfort of the world to wrest away the judgments of God. Ultimately as we look behind us and mature in the faith we are comforted and are used of the Lord to comfort others!

2Co 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

2Co 1:5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

2Co 1:6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.

Our being brought to completion by enduring through our judgments is the significance of the seven shepherds. The number eight represents the new man and our new beginnings as a DOER of the Word that follows the completion (Seven) of our judgment. The Assyrian strongholds within our flesh and in the outward carnal world are strong and it is impossible to overcome them without the overcomer within us doing the work.  Christ in us is the overcomer and the one who is stronger than the Assyrian king who spoils those heathen kingdoms within us.

Joh 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Christ did it and as His Christ overcome our enemies the same way if we are faithful to the end.

Rev 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

The word translated as principal as in principal man is only used that way one time.  The Hebrew word is H5257 and here is Strong’s definition.

 H5257,  nes-eek’

From H5258; properly something poured out, that is, a libation; also a molten image; by implication a prince (as anointed): – drink offering, duke, prince (-ipal).

We are that drink offering.  We are the living sacrifice and our reasonable service is to give all to Christ and prepare Him (His Body, His Christ) for His burial.

Mat 26:12 For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.

Breaking bread and eating together, reproving one another with the Word is one way this ointment is poured out. The principal man is an angel of the Lord pouring out wrath upon the old man and the very throne of the beast. All seven of the vials of wrath are said to be poured out by the angels of God and represent the speaking the Word. This is the way of salvation, the only way for all men “in the appointed time”.

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

Here is the last verse for our study.

Mic 5:6 And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances [H6607] thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.

The land of Nimrod is another symbol for Babylon and the land of Shinar that Nimrod established after the flood (Gen 10:9-10). He stands for the mighty one in the earth that brings to mind a mighty beast that needs to be judged.

Gen 10:8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.

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.

To be delivered from the carnal oppressors we must enter into The Christ which are the entrances and doors being spoken of in Micah 5:6. The word for “entrances” is H6607 which is almost always translated as door or doors. This rendering helps to open the meaning via the sum of God’s word.

Joh 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

Joh 10:2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

Jesus via His Body of Christ is the door.

Joh 10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.

So it is Jesus Christ, this eighth man, who treads on the Assyrians who have trampled on the holy things in our heavens and on our earth. Vengeance is the Lord’s and He will bring us to the still waters where the flesh is in submission. This is how we lie down in green pasture where we are fed with judgment via the living Word.

Joh 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

Psa 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

It is by the mercy of God’s Elect that all men will be given mercy. Mercy, contrary to the Babylonian traditions is not fleshly comfort, it is bringing the chastening that burns out ungodliness from our heavens and delivers us from our sins.

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

Rom 11:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

As we experience, true doctrine is given to us first to wash us clean. But then the fire must come to burn out our sins and make us into overcomers being doers of the Word. The Body of Christ does the greater work washing our feet and bringing the fire that works to purify the heavens. We do this work now for one another by abiding and fellowshipping in this Body. We will do it for all mankind and judge all the tribes of Israel in the Lake of Fire. Those roles are the upward calling of God given to the very small “remnant of Jacob” who overcome in this life.

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

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Micah Part 14 – Arise and Thresh O Daughter of Zion

Arise and Thresh O Daughter of Zion

Key Verses: Micah 4:9 – 4:13

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

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

If we are so blessed to be in that First Resurrection, we will be given thrones and the seat of judgment of the Lord (Rev 20:4). The Elect will be judging all mankind that represent the twelve tribes of Israel (Mat 19:28).

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are the five verses for Part 14.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here are the next two verses.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here is our last verse for today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

H2763, châram

Total KJV Occurrences: 51

destroyed, 23

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

destroy, 14

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

destroying, 5

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

consecrate, 1 – Mic_4:13

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

H1215, betsa‛

Total KJV Occurrences: 16

covetousness, 10

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

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

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

lucre, 1 – 1Sa_8:3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Key Verses:  Micah 4:1 – 4:8

The way of salvation is through judgment.  All men are saved by the grace of a mighty God (Eph 2:8) and that grace is what scourges every son the Lord receives unto Himself.

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

Heb 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

For those with eyes to see, this process is no longer a mystery or a secret. We see the same process told many other ways and the Bible is totally consistent on the Truth. Other ways of saying it are 1) We learn obedience by the things we suffer (Heb 5:8), 2) No man enters into the Temple except by living out the seven vials of wrath against their wickedness (Rev 15:8), and 3) We learn righteousness when judgment is in our earth (Isa 26:9). This is old hat for those who have been walking in the Truth for a while.

Yet “Eternal Judgment” remains an essential truth, one of the foundational doctrines (Heb 6:2) that remains foolishness to carnally minded multitudes that comprise all of mankind. We must move beyond this basic foundation in our walk to mature.  This we will do only if the Lord permits as there is no free will involved in any matter of our lives. Only the elect of the Lord are being blessed beyond belief and given “eyes to see and ears to hear” (Rom 11:7, Mat 13:16).

The focus of Part 12 was the Lord putting His people into darkness before He brings them into the Light. We covered this season of apostasy, our falling away, leaving our first love, that we are told must be (2 Th 2:3) before the day of the Lord comes upon us “is, was and will be”.

Mic 3:6 Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them.

We are still in darkness here as we start Chapter 4 as verse 12 makes clear.

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

Judgment is the process by which the Lord reaps His harvest and all men in due time go from not knowing the Lord to knowing Him and His doctrines. We only come to see and understand these things, after the fact, by looking behind us (Rev 1:10) and as Christ is being glorified within us.

Joh 12:16 These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.

Our travailing in birth pangs is about to begin yet we still do not understand His Word or His ways which are far different than the ways of the carnal mind. Nobody learns anything without experience and so it is with spiritual truths. We learn by doing, by keeping His judgments when that day is at hand. All disciples have to walk with Jesus for 3.5 years symbolically claiming they see but understanding not. The mind of Christ comes little by little as we endure on the journey.

Luk 18:34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.

This “understanding not” is especially true about the strange act of judgment and having to die to be risen in newness of life. Judgment is now coming upon the house of Israel. It comes suddenly at midnight (Mat 25:6) in the darkest part of the spiritual night. Going out to meet the bridegroom is opening the door for judgment and ushers in the harvest of the Lord.

Psa 119:62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.

Here the verses that comprise this study in Micah.

Mic 4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.

Mic 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Mic 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Mic 4:4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.

Mic 4:5 For all people will walk everyone in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.

Mic 4:6 In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted;

Mic 4:7 And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.

Mic 4:8 And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.

These verses in Micah and all the prophets apply to us inwardly and will apply outwardly as well in the appointed times. Judgment begins at the house of the Lord and it is the elect who are the first to be redeemed from the earthy and carnal way of life which is also the first resurrection.

Jas 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

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

Since Mike’s study in Isaiah already covered these first three verses we won’t spend much time on them but encourage all to read that study that can be accessed here:  CLICK HERE.  These verses speak to the time after the Millennium in which all men shall be brought to salvation. This is also known as the LAKE OF FIRE and the time and method by which the Lord will accomplish and IS accomplishing His purpose and regather all things back to Himself.

Eph 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

There is an order to God’s plan by which all men shall be saved. There are three harvests hidden in these verses that tell of God’s plan for the salvation of all.

1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

1Co 15:23 But every man in his own order: (1) Christ the firstfruits; (2) afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming [i.e The Elect at the First Resurrection]

1Co 15:24  (3) Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. [This is the final harvest thru the Lake of Fire]

The barley harvest during the days of unleavened bread, which typifies Christ, and the wheat harvest at the day of Pentecost, are both called a harvest of firstfruits. Christ was the firstfruit unto God (1 Co 15:20) and His sons are also a type of firstfruits (Jam 1:18) that are gathered first and that is typified by the Feast of Pentecost in type and shadow. Our judgment and lake of fire experience is now (1 Pe 4:17) in this age.  We are living these words out inwardly. It is the seed of Christ planted in us from which the new man comes forth as we are conforming into His image by judgment.

Rom 11:16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.

As the Body of Christ, the government of Jesus Christ sits upon us, His firstfruits. We are the instruments through which salvation and peace comes upon the entire earth. That Prince of Peace comes by first putting down all rebellion and subduing all enemies to the Lord. If we are to be the Lord’s instruments of judgment, we ourselves have to overcome and endure to the end. Only then will we be given power over the nations within us but also power over the outward nations.

Rev 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations

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

Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

The peace that surpasses all understanding is being accomplished by the blood of Christ. Without the shedding of blood (via judgment) there is no remission (putting away) of sin and no washing of our robes (lifestyle) to make them white.

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

Eph 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

Eph 2:16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

Let’s look more into the verses and see what is going on in this “lake of fire” process that consumes the adversaries of the Lord and brings about His will for every man.

Mic 4:4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.

Mic 4:5 For all people will walk everyone in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.

The end of judgment brings dominion of Christ to the nations inwardly and outwardly. This is the true Sabbath and rest that remains for all men, the very people of God that are being saved by judgment. When we lie down in green pastures and abide by the still waters we are at peace (Psa 23).  Those who are in Christ have come into the Temple by enduring through the seven vials of wrath (Rev 15:8) and have cast out all fear of men and death. Our obedience that results from judgment is what accomplishes this.

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

Psa 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Bringing us into our own land and placing us under our own vine and fig tree is gathering the scattered sheep, which represent the elect now in this age, but all men in due time.

Eze 34:13 And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.

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

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

There is both positive and negative applications of sitting under vines and fig trees. They are what nourish us. We saw this verse earlier where we are enticed to sit under the vine and trees of the King of Assyria within us that will not submit to Christ.

2Ki 18:31 Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an agreement with me by a present, and come out to me, and then eat ye every man of his own vine, and every one of his fig tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his cistern:

We dwell securely, in safety and without fear when we walk in the Name of Christ.

1Ki 4:25 And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba, all the days of Solomon

Walking in the Name of our God refers to our doctrine and our obedience, being a doer of the Word. Doing things in the Name of the Lord requires us to obey the Lord and cling to sound doctrine. Our reasonable service is sacrificing our life to the Lord. Our walk is being washed by the water of the Word and our life becomes a burnt offering that is sweet savour to the Lord and the new man but a stench of death to the world and the old man.

Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.

Lev 1:9 But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

Sitting under our own vine and fig tree in the negative sense is symbolic of our time as a false prophets and a diviner. We call Him Lord but do not do what He says.

Mar 13:6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Deu 18:20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die

As Christ increases within us and outwardly in due time as the lake of fire spreads, deliverance shall come and all rebellion shall be put down as things are done “in His Name”.

Mar 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Jer 3:17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.

True peace only comes after a major war is fought in our heavens.  This happens in “that day” when there is a great struggle and the flesh wars against the spirit. The process ends with the casting out of Satan from our heavens (Rev 12:7-9). The man child within us has true doctrine and is settled but the multitudes within us represent all those nations within Israel that are yet rebellious.  Those nations need to be brought into submission. This typifies the great struggle between flesh and spirit, Esau and Jacob, in the womb as we travail in birth pangs.  The new man walks in the Name of Christ and the old man signified by the mixed multitudes within us walk by the name of their gods.

1Jn 5:19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in the evil one.

 2Co 4:4 in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn upon them.

Yet this period of darkness is all the Lord’s work in us because we are the works of the Lord’s hands (Isa 64:8, Phil 2:13). Our entire life and our day of judgment, our day of the Lord; is a personal event we all experience inwardly in our heavens (mind) and on our earth (walk). The Lord through His Words will curse the vine and fig tree of the Assyrians within us. This is how the old man is spoiled, brought to his wits end and the branches being made white.

Joe 1:7 He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white.

It is the chosen few that are the first to enter into the Holy City and walk in its light (Rev 21:4).

Psa 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

 

Mic 4:6 In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted;

Mic 4:7 And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.

In that day of judgment; the Lord is gathering back (assembling) those He has previously cast off into outer darkness to be destroyed (Psa 90:3). This is “the means” by which the Lord has devised to save all mankind.

2Sa 14:14 For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.

The new man within us, is the escaped remnant that the Lord is saving. The enmity of the carnal mind with the ways of the Spirit are slain and the rebellion is put down as we are being dragged to Him through the death of our old man. We want to appoint our own king and not be subject to the Lord but that first anointed king within us (King Saul) won’t obey the Lord and is being replaced by Jesus Christ (King David in type and shadow).  The old man is rejected and slain in order for the Lord to rule and reign within us.

1Sa 15:26 And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel.

Luk 19:27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.

The process will manifest and be fulfilled outwardly in the Lake of Fire as all the enemies of the Lord will be subdued.

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

1Co 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

The word halteth means lame, imperfect and conjures up weakness.  This is exactly what we have to become by the judgment and oppression the Lord sends us before we can be made strong. Paul and all mature men of God come to accept their afflictions and give the Lord thanks for them, knowing the righteousness they are working in us.

2Co 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

2Co 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

The Lord has no use for anyone who thinks they of themselves bring anything to Him. We are given instructions on whom to bring to the feast of spiritual food at His table. Our giving and service is without seeking any gain, payback or usury.

Luk 14:12 Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee.

Luk 14:13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:

Coming to our wits end and losing all confidence in the flesh is how we are being made strong in the Lord and Christ begins to reign over the inward Kingdom of God and the nations within. At the second resurrection, in the Lake of Fire, this will be fulfilled outwardly and the elect will be those instruments that usher in this salvation by this process of judgment (1Co 6:2, Mat 19:28).

Mic 4:8 NKJV And you, O tower of the flock, The stronghold [H6076] of the daughter of Zion, To you shall it come, Even the former dominion shall come, The kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem.”

Dominion means control or rulership through sovereignty. We know the Lord is sovereign over all things, even the period of our deception and rebellion (Job 12:16, Eph 2:11, Mat 13:11). The first estate of the new man within us was we walked with the Lord. But we all have to leave our first love and abide through our period of sin and darkness before we are being turned back and assembled back with the Lord.  Man must live by every word God spoke even the darker ones.

Jud 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

Lord willing, if we are His elect, we will be found faithful in the end and turned back and respond by returning to our first love.

Rev 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

Rev 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

It is a serious calling to be a watchman, a tower in the flock of God. Ultimately we all are being raised up as these watchmen and will serve as such in our roles in ruling and judging during the Millennium and the Lake of Fire.

Eze 3:17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

But we cannot be a lone watchman without being in the Body and abiding with the other watchmen.  We cannot be forsaking our assembling together where we reprove and chasten one other in judgment now that is on the house of the Lord.

Isa 52:8 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion.

The watchmen are the Body of Christ and are the armies that follow the Word, that speak the Word that brings the wrath of God against our sinful and fleshly way of life (Rev 19:14). The process of judgment shows us this with stunning clarity as we see ourselves as beasts and our marred sinful condition. Only the coming of Christ will deliver us from this death and this bondage, o wretched men that we all are in the flesh (Rom 7:24).

Being crucified with Christ, we are dead to sin and the Lord is putting our enemies under His feet and has dominion over our works. All men in due time will be the Lord’s Temple and His sanctuary over which Christ has dominion.

Psa 114:2 Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion.

Rom 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

The word translated as “stronghold” in the KJV is the Hebrew word “ophel”.  Here is what Strong’s and the KJC Concordance say about it.

H6076, ‛ôphel, o’-fel

From H6075; a turior; also a mound, that is, fortress: – emerod, fort, strong hold, tower.

Total KJV occurrences: 9

emerods, 6

Deu_28:27, 1Sa_5:6, 1Sa_5:9, 1Sa_5:12, 1Sa_6:4-5 (2)

forts, 1

Isa_32:14

hold, 1

Mic_4:8

strong, 1

Mic_4:8 (2)

tower, 1

2Ki_5:24

 

We can see this word is most often translated as emerods, which is an archaic way of saying hemorrhoids. The primary and most infamous use of this word is the story in 1 Samuel 5 about the Philistines and the Ark of God being placed in the middle of their camp next to their god Dagon. This is a wonderful spiritual message in type and shadow of how the Word destroys our false gods and afflicts our flesh with judgment.  Dagon is broken into pieces and the Philistines are smitten with emerods in their secret parts.

1Sa 5:9 And it was so, that, after they had carried it about, the hand of the LORD was against the city with a very great destruction: and he smote the men of the city, both small and great, and they had emerods in their secret parts.

The only way this makes sense is to remember the two-edged sword has two sides. There is both a positive and a negative application to every Word of God. The root of this word means a raised mound.  An emerod is a “raised mound”, a fleshly affliction, in our secret places. Coming to see ourselves as afflicted, wretched men, lame and crippled, who of ourselves can do no good thing is indeed a huge blessing. Possessing this knowledge and the faith to walk it out, is a spiritual prerequisite (a stronghold) that will keep us on the narrow way.

Isa 2:11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.

Mar 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

One of the best things that can ever happen to us, is to be afflicted and made weak in the flesh.  This is what the Word does when it works in us through judgment. It is bringing to light all the dark things in due time and will show us our continual need for a spiritual physician and life coach.

Mat 9:12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.

1Ti 1:15 This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

Knowing these truths will help keep us humble and enable us to engage in spiritual warfare and to take thoughts captive that exalt themselves against obedience to Christ.  Next week Lord willing, the threshing of the wheat that represents judgment will be the theme as we finish Chapter 4 and begin Chapter 5.

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