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Amos Part 15 – I Will Pass Thru the Land

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“I Will Pass Thru the Land”

Key Verses:  Amos 5:14 – 5:23

In our day of the Lord, the elect of God who are being judged now (1Pe 4:17) are always learning. That is the function of grace and the purpose for our being punished for our sins and wicked ways. It is the occasion the Lord seeks to bring about and end to our flesh and our sins.  This is the process of dying daily that ushers in the newness of life in Christ Jesus.

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

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

Our faith grows and we mature through the experience of evil the Lord sends to us (Ecc 1:13, Psa 37:9). The repetitive nature of our falling down seven times is to devour any confidence we have in ourselves and in the flesh. As verse 5:13 showed, the wise will be silent (still) and endure the process of judgment with patience knowing it is how we are given the righteousness of the Lord. The sooner we are still; the sooner Jesus Christ is being exalted in our earth.

Psa 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

Here are the verses for our study of Amos’s words regarding the coming of the Lord.

Amo 5:14 Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.

Amo 5:15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.

Amo 5:16 Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skillful of lamentation to wailing.

Amo 5:17 And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass through thee, saith the LORD.

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

Amo 5:19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.

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

Amo 5:21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.

Amo 5:22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.

Amo 5:23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.

Seeking good is seeking the Lord and not turning or wresting away the judgment of God. No man can enter into Christ any other way but by going through judgment (Rev 15:8, Exo 6:6). This the only way and we are refusing it at first but in the end, we most certainly drink the cup.

Jer 25:28 And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink.

This is the process is bringing death to the old man, the man of sin and our carnal thinking and ushers in the newness of life in Christ. Seven times the Lord tells us that judgment is coming to us that are prideful, trusting in appearances and being hypocrites (saying and not doing).

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

The Lord is showing us that the power of God is not in our words but in power of our actions.

1Co 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

We become doers of the Word and are justified by faith as we are living by every word (Mat 4:4, 1Co 3:21) which is revealing to us what we are as flesh and blood. We can only glory in Christ.

Jer 9:23 Thus saith the LORD, let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:

Jer 9:24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

The only way to seek the Lord is to be given the zeal and ability to lay down our lives. It is costing us everything to follow Jesus Christ (Luk 14:33) and only the Lord can prepare us to pay that price. It is a wonderful thing and a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.  The new man is blessed and the old man is destroyed as we establish justice in our gates.

Amo 5:15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.

Before we are dragged to Christ we have no judgment in our gate and know not the peace of the Lord.  We will first trust in vanity which is our perverted knowledge (double minded man) that mixes truth with carnal thinking and thereby wrests away righteous judgment.

Isa 59:4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.

When we begin to guard our gates, and stand in faith and wait on the Lord to perform His Word in us, then we are establishing judgment in our heavens. This is faith in action.

Pro 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Mat 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

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

This all sounds so wonderful and it is, but only for the new man. Be careful what you ask for! The Lord of Hosts is a Lord of unlimited armies in heaven and in earth. The Lord answers our prayers of faith when they are aligned with His will that is not a secret.

1Th 4:2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.

1Th 4:3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

1Th 4:4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;

Establishing judgment is done by aligning God’s will with our walk. This leads to the prayer of faith as the Lord taught. Putting knowledge into action is praying this without ceasing.

Mat 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

The Lord is establishing judgment in our gates now via the trials, suffering and afflictions that teach us and cause us to love one another (1Th 4:9) as we are humbled and our pride departs.

Amo 5:16 Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation to wailing.

Amo 5:17 And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass through thee, saith the LORD.

The Lord passing “through thee” speaks of the coming of Christ inwardly which is where the Kingdom of God is found in this age (Luk 17:20-21). The Hebrew word H7130 is used to derive the “through” in “pass through”.  Yet this word is the primary word for midst, within or inward.  The Lord passing through the land is the second coming of Jesus Christ within us for salvation.  He is now in His Temple inwardly working righteousness as we live by every word of God.

Eze 2:9 And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein;

Eze 2:10 And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.

Turning us back to the Lord (granting repentance) is the Lord’s work in us (Psa 90:3) and this is His goodness (Rom 2:4) and the wonderful works of Psa 107.  His army executes His word.

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

Joe 2:12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

As God’s elect, it is upon us to whom this grace first appears and reveals to us our sins against the Lord and those we are piercing. Flesh has got to go and the carnal mind which remains at enmity with the ways of God must be done away. The Lord only turns us back to Him when we know the truth but are not doing the truth. When we come to see our sins, and come to know that we truly are the chief of sinners without Christ (1Ti 1:15), we wail and mourn over all the abominations we are committing in the land.

Jer 9:19 For a voice of wailing is heard out of Zion, how are we spoiled! we are greatly confounded, because we have forsaken the land, because our dwellings have cast us out.

Eze 9:4 And the LORD said unto him, go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

Rev 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.

It is the husbandmen of the Lord, you and me if we are His people; that is first spoiling the field and losing the spiritual harvest of the Lord.

Joe 1:11 Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished.

The Lord’s vineyard is being taken from the old man and been given the new man. One is taken from the field and the other (new man) is left (Mat 24:40).

Luk 20:14 But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, this is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.

Luk 20:15 So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them?

Luk 20:16 He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid.

Rachel weeping for her children (Jer 31:15, Mat 2:18) is a shadow of the Body of Christ who is the mother of us all (Gal 4:26, Mat 12:48-50). Like Rachel died in bringing forth Benjamin (Gen 35:15-16), so we too will give up our life to bring forth the children of the Kingdom for the Lord.

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

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.

1Co 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

Our entry into the kingdom is with much tribulation as we are being fed judgment, hated by the world and always bearing the reproach of Jesus Christ with death always working in us.  We are there to hold each other up, bring comfort and pray for one another that we ARE BEING SAVED.

Joe 2:16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

Joe 2:17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, where is their God?

We need the Body and to be in fellowship to be spiritually healthy.  A NT version of Joel 2 is this.

Jas 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

Jas 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

Death brings new life. In the same way, mourning our destruction brings joy in the end.

Ecc 7:2 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.

Going through this painful process and mourning our death and destruction of our former life, is bringing joy in the end.

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

Mat 5:4  Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

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

Being thrown into outer darkness is needed for us to come to see our true spiritual condition.  It is the Elect, the first children of the Kingdom who are judged and go through outer darkness.

Mat 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth

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

Seeking the Lord is seeking judgment in this age which brings the three woes (spiritual progression of judgment) that we live out in the Book of Revelation.

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

Amo 5:19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.

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

We have heard the saying “it’s always darkest before dawn”. That is also a truism of the coming of Jesus Christ within us as the old is being destroyed as the new is coming forth. But it is a process as the darkness does not at first understand the light or the purposes and ways of the Lord.

Joh 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

We come to understand the light (i.e. know the Lord) only by judgment and that by the Word performing its work in us.  We won’t know Him in truth and in Spirit until we are given to eat the true bread from heaven (Christ’s dying flesh) and drink the new wine of the renewed Covenant.

Deu 29:6 Ye have not eaten bread, neither have ye drunk wine or strong drink: that ye might know that I am the LORD your God

The new wine is dripping down from Mt. Zion (Joe 3:18) and is sanctify us by the washing of the Word. Yet this new light initially turns our old light (the old wine and our sun) into darkness.  Consequently, we stumble and are being snared and taken (Isa 28:13, Act 2:20).

Pro 4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

Isa 59:10 We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.

We cannot run or hide from the Lord’s hand. There is no escape, only the learning righteousness and patience in the day of His wrath. There is no other way into Christ except by living through the seven vials of wrath poured out by the seven angels of God (Rev 15:8).

Job 34:22 There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

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

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

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

The Lord has devised means to return His people to Himself and He is using spiritual lions, bears and serpents to bring judgment and punishment to His people. This is the chastening of a loving God to His children which seems so unpleasant at first (Heb 12:11).  Falling into sin and believing lies are all part of the Lord’s work to bring the occasion for the Lord to bring us out of darkness and into the marvelous Light that is Christ.

1Ki 13:26 And when the prophet that brought him back from the way heard thereof, he said, it is the man of God, who was disobedient unto the word of the LORD: therefore the LORD hath delivered him unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain him, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake unto him.

Num 21:6 And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.

The Lord is shaking out all things in heaven and on our earth, such that only the unshakable things of Jesus Christ is remaining (Heb 12:26-27). The Lord despises our filthy works of self-righteousness (Isa 64:6) and the outward sacrifices we perform to make ourselves acceptable to the Lord.

Amo 5:21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.

Amo 5:22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.

Amo 5:23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.

We do have an altar that only those within the veil of Christ can eat (Heb 13:10). Yet the sum of the Word that is truth makes it clear that feasting (eating and drinking on knowledge of the Scriptures) is not the primary outcome, it is only a means to the end.

Rom 14:17 (NKJV) for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Luk 13:26 Then shall ye begin to say, we have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.

Luk 13:27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.

Of far greater importance is that we walk in love and obey the foremost commandment in Spirit and in truth. We must remember the definition of the love of God which is our obedience.

Joh 15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

Joh 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Our offerings to the Lord are not acceptable to Him unless they are built upon a burnt offering which symbolizes a sacrificed life to the Lord and His Christ. Such is our reasonable service (Rom 12:1) in Christ.

Joh 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

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 sweetsmelling savour.

We come to acknowledge the Lord in all things and give Him the glory in all things as otherwise our offerings are rejected as were Cain’s (Gen 4:5). The Peace Offering is symbolic of how we find peace with the Lord. That only comes through living a sacrificed life and it is this offering that nourishes us and enable us to endure to the end of our judgment.

Lev 3:5 And Aaron’s sons shall burn it (the peace offering) on the altar upon the burnt sacrifice, which is upon the wood that is on the fire: it is an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

A broken spirit is a life laid down for the Lord that is dead to SELF. This is sweet smelling to the Lord and the true sacrifice the Lord demands. Dying daily is how eternal life is possessed.

Psa 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

2Co 2:15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:

Believing we and the brethren are beloved in the Christ and are exactly where we are supposed to be (Psa 139:16); is done by faith in the promises of God. This faith is needed to find true peace and stop trying to justify ourselves by the works of our hands. Faith is the substance of things not seen (Heb 11:1) and therein lies the patience of the saints in waiting for this coming hope to appear WITHIN us and others in the appointed times.

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

Rom 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God (being revealed in us).

The Lord shuts His ears from hearing our feigned worship and the outward appearance of righteousness (Pro 1:28). A double minded man serves SELF and we are told to expect to receive nothing to advance our man of sin and our self-righteousness (Jam 1:7).

Isa 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

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

It is only as we are being redeemed by judgment that we are taught to sing the new song in the assembly of the saints that is pleasing and sweet to the Lord’s ears and nose.

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

It is those who overcome and are standing on the sea of glass (overcoming the flesh) that are singing the new song that the Lord is pleased with. The words of the new song acknowledge the great works of the Lord and the justice in His judgments in all His ways.

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

Next week Lord willing, the Lord is still passing through the land and bringing judgment as our sins and abominations are exposed so righteousness can be learned.

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

Pete Wilson

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Micah Part 4 – A House Built On Earth

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Book of Micah Part 4 – A House Built On Earth

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We ended Part 3 by reviewing Mic 1:10 in a study entitled “moving on to maturity”.

Mic 1:10 Declare ye it not at Gath, weep ye not at all: in the house of Aphrah roll thyself in the dust.

We saw that moving onto maturity involves learning important lessons and separating from what is the common behaviors of the carnal mind.  Walking by faith and not by sight is what maturity brings.  The journey of Micah, the Morasthite, begins at Gath, the first of the eleven cities.  We saw in part 1 that the root word for Gath the city is the Hebrew word Gath that is most often translated as winepress.  So this entire journey is about moving us towards maturity via the process of judgment.

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

The first thing we learn is to declare it not at Gath.  The world and the carnal mind will not be able to understand the mysteries of the Kingdom of God.

1Co 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are (being made) perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

Mat 13:11 He answered and said unto them, because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

We can’t be mature if we do not respect the Lord’s hands in blinding the entire world and only giving “ears to hear and eyes” to see to precious few.  We don’t declare the Lord at Gath as we must mature ourselves to be used in service and we must not cast pearls to spiritual swine.

Psa 10:17 LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

Rom 11:7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded

Secondly, we saw that we must learn not to lament and wail about our trials.  We must not go to Aprhah, the house of dust and wallow in the self-pity of the carnal mind.  We need to appreciate the blessing that has befallen us and work (strive) to enter into the rest that remains for the people of God.

Php 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

We cannot try to save our old way of life or else we will fall from grace.  We cannot return to that former way of life (house) for anything.  As we saw last week, it may cost us everything and we must be willing to pay it.  Lord willing, we will continue on as the Lord leads us towards a complete spiritual foundation remembering the message of Lot’s wife.

Luk 17:32 Remember Lot’s wife.

Luk 17:33 Whoever seeks to save his life, he will lose it. And whoever will lose it, he will preserve it.

So we have covered the first two cities we are commanded to pass thru on our way to maturity.  It is only once we finish the journey at the final city of Addulam that we will receive the inheritance promised.  We will be tempted into giving up and not pressing forward towards the prize of the higher calling.  But make no mistake, we must finish the race if we have hope of being in the blessed and holy first resurrection.

2Ti 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Becoming a mature man is the reason given for the why the Lord has given us a Body and given us able ministers, teachers and all of the offices of the church.

Eph 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ

The Lord’s own words tell us of this mystery as well.

Joh 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

 So let’s continue with our eleven city journey towards being made perfect and see what else the Lord wants us to take heed.  This study will cover just this one verse from Micah.

Mic 1:11 NKJV Pass by in naked shame, you inhabitant of Shaphir; The inhabitant of Zaanan does not go out. Beth Ezel mourns; Its place to stand is taken away from you.

 3. Pass by in naked shame, you inhabitant of Shaphir

Saphir – H8208:  From H8231; beautiful; Shaphir, a place in Palestine:

H8231: A primitive root; to glisten, that is, (figuratively) be (causatively make) fair: –  X goodly.

The root word H8231 is only found one time here in Psalm 16.

Psa 16:6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly [H8321] heritage.

Our heritage, is OUR INHERITANCE in Christ.  It is indeed a goodly and/or glistening outcome.  As the Elect of the Lord we are the light of this world and it is through us that the shining forth of righteousness is, was and will be coming.

Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Php 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

Luk 24:4 And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:

Psa 80:1 … Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth.

Yet make no mistake, it is the glory of the Lord that lights us up and does the shining and in total the Body, the Lamb of God, is the light all men will one day see and enter in by.

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.

Yet before this light can shine in us and our raiment glisten as an inhabitant of Shaphir, we must pass by naked and ashamed.  We must first endure this journey from where we are righteous from the perspective of the flesh (the number 10) and see the disintegration and ruin of that which is perfect in the “flesh” (as best as flesh can be).  That is seeing the shame of our nakedness that is necessary to bring us to Christ, our inheritance, we find in Addulam the final city.

We have to be shown our sin and the depths of our depravity.  It is far more than the outward sin and things seen with our naked eyes.  Leviathan, the deep, lives within our carnal DNA and the Lord will make manifest what truly lives in our flesh.  We will say all the right things and have the knowledge of what is required of us as Paul says.

Rom 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

And yet the weak flesh must be shown that it is impossible to save ourselves.

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

Ecc 3:18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

The heritage and the inheritance of the saints is salvation through Jesus Christ.  But that comes via the process in down payment form and in fullness only when we are raised from the dead.

Outward appearances rule the hearts and minds of the carnal mind.  First the natural and then the spiritual means that our first state of being in Saphir will be one where the focus is on the outside of the cup and being pleasing to men.  Knowledge of doctrine will indeed puff us up and take our eyes off the inward ongoing work of grace needed to purify the heavens with the blood of Christ.  In this state we will use our supposed godliness for gain all the while denying the power within us to stand against sin and the pulls of the flesh (Philistines).

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

We should indeed turn away from such a mindset.  Yet such folly will not go far.

2Ti 3:9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.

The way the Lord is accomplishing this is by using our own wickedness to correct us.  We will be shown that we are the abomination (still) causing desolation in the temple of the Lord (Mat 24:15).  The Lord is going to discover the whoredoms of Jerusalem (Aholibah) and we shall see it like it really is.  All things will be brought to the light, no exceptions.  Our sin will be made bare and the vanity of our fleshly labor spoiled.

Luk 8:17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.

2Co 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Eze 23:29 And they shall deal with thee hatefully, and shall take away all thy labour, and shall leave thee naked and bare: and the nakedness of thy whoredoms shall be discovered, both thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.

But the Lord will come and reason with us via our abiding in Him via His Body.  This reproving by the angels of the Lord is how we will buy gold tried in the fire and be made ready as the Bride.

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

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

4. The inhabitant of Zaanan does not go out

 Zaanan – H6630: From the same as H6629 used denominatively; sheep pasture; Zaanan, a place in Palestine

H6629 – City of “Sheep or Flock”

From an unused root meaning to migrate; a collective name for a flock (of sheep or goats); also figuratively (of men): – (small) cattle, flock (+ -s), lamb (+ -s), sheep ([-cote, -fold, -shearer, -herds]).

Not going out of our fenced and walled cities is a very bad thing.  Those symbols refer to the works of our hands to make ourselves pleasing to the Lord and allow us in our strong delusion to think we serve God and He accepts our sacrifices.  But He wants much more, He wants all of us.

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

To move onto maturity, we will need to get past the milk doctrines and go on to eat strong meat which is partaking of the fiery trials and suffering we have been appointed to as the people of God (Heb 6:1-3, Phi 1:29).  Eating the “flesh” of Jesus Christ (John 6:51) is something the carnal mind cannot comprehend yet once in the Truth, we learn to eat this meat, to bear these trials with joy.

Joh 4:32 But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of.

Act 2:46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

We cannot eat at the table of the Lord and the table of devils.  This is what we do spiritually speaking in Zaanan in the Philistine plain (in the days of our flesh).

1Co 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.

1Co 10:22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?

In our immature state we are settling in and be comfortable hanging around but not in the fire.  We will not take heed the commands to separate and come out of our Babylonian and worldly way of life within and without.  For some it will be laxness with days, times and years, for others it may be social life, others money, physical appearance, the list could be endless of what the snares and idols could be. But the end result is all the same.

Heb 6:8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

Those sacrifices we give to the Lord will be rejected when He comes with fire and we will learn it is far better to obey than to sacrifice.  Making sacrifices is giving lip service to the Lord’s commandments.  Obeying them is when we fear and tremble at the Word, knowing this.

Rom 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

Rom 2:6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

The Lord’s people are called to separate from the world and to walk/endure a long journey.  We must hearken to the call of the trumpets and “come out of her” when called (Rev 18:4).  But our carnal minded mule is a stubborn beast that will not go willingly even after coming into knowledge of true doctrine.  We must be dragged to accomplish this commandment.

2Co 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

2Co 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

We have to work out our salvation and never quit working just like our Lord (Joh 5:17).  It is one thing to say we will go work for the Lord and follow Him, but our natural rebellious state must be exposed to us and our nakedness discovered as we saw in the prior city Shaphir.

Mat 21:30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.

We won’t remember Lot’s wife and after having our hand put to the plow, we will indeed look back and refuse to move on with the flock.  Such a one is unfit for the kingdom.

Luk 9:62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

Failing to leave the security of our brass walls and the comforts of the flesh and this world, we will not take heed to the commandments to follow the Lord.

Mat 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

It is not enough to warm ourselves by the fire as Peter did and we also are doing at first.  This will only result in us denying the Lord.  That is what we do spiritually when we stay in Babylon with one foot, fearing men and what they will think of us and our strange doctrine.

Joh 18:18 And the servants and officers stood there, who had made a fire of coals; for it was cold: and they warmed themselves: and Peter stood with them, and warmed himself.

And this is all part of our continued harlotry and idolatry in Jerusalem and the wicked sister of Ezekiel 23, Aholibah.  One foot in and one foot out is a lukewarm state when we are at ease in the Body (Zion) and still baking our own bread and making our own gods. Speaking to Jacob My Servant, the Lord says this:

Isa 44:15 Then shall it be for a man to burn: for he will take thereof, and warm himself; yea, he kindleth it, and baketh bread; yea, he maketh a god, and worshippeth it; he maketh it a graven image, and falleth down thereto.

Isa 44:16 He burneth part thereof in the fire; with part thereof he eateth flesh; he roasteth roast, and is satisfied: yea, he warmeth himself, and saith, Aha, I am warm, I have seen the fire:

Isa 44:17 And the residue thereof he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down unto it, and worshippeth it, and prayeth unto it, and saith, Deliver me; for thou art my god.

We must come all the way out, being lukewarm will not cut it in our day of the Lord. The Lord is not sharing His glory and our worship with any other gods.

Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

Jas 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

The very meaning of the word church and the Greek word Ekklesia is to be called out.

G1577, ekklēsia, ek-klay-see’-ah

From a compound of G1537 and a derivative of G2564; a calling out, that is, (concretely) a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both): – assembly, church.

The Lord’s commandments are serious business, all of them as we learn with time.  Nothing is overlooked.  We learn the error of the carnal man in us by the story of King Saul and what he did and did not do in destroying the Amalekites.   The story in 1 Samuel 15 is long but the takeaway for us to take heed is this verse.

1Sa 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

Coming out and separating is a serious command and the stubbornness of the fleshly Philistine city of Zaanan within must be overcome.  Thankfully the Lord is faithful and He will DRAG us out by the process of devouring the walls we setup in our idolatry that we think serve the Lord.

Eze 13:15 Thus will I accomplish my wrath upon the wall, and upon them that have daubed it with untempered morter, and will say unto you, The wall is no more, neither they that daubed it;

This proud and strong spirit that has us serving the Lord our way will be destroyed as we abide as One in the Body of Christ, in the flock of His Pasture.

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

Our last city in this study is Beth Ezel.

Mic 1:11 NKJV Pass by in naked shame, you inhabitant of Shaphir; The inhabitant of Zaanan does not go out. Beth Ezel mourns; Its place to stand is taken away from you.

5. Beth Ezel mourns; its place to stand is taken away from you.

The fall of our house comes to mind with these words regarding Bethezel.  When the foundation on which we stand, our spiritual house, is exposed as a fraud, the house will not stand.  That house will fall and thereby fulfill the Word of God in our lives (Luk 13:34-35).  A house built on the earth, the carnal mind ….. anything other than faith, will not stand when tested by the Lord.

Luk 6:49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.

A new earth is going to be established as we and all men endure this journey to perfection.

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.

We saw last week in the second city, Aphrah, that the Lord’s people are not to weep or lament the destruction of our flesh and old way of life.  Instead we must learn to rejoice in what the Lord is doing and trust and be patient in His promises for deliverance (Rom 8:28).  In Bethezel we are further down the road on our journey towards the promised inheritance and salvation.   The divided house of Israel within us will be exposed in the day of our judgment and the house built and operated by the man of sin and “abomination of desolation” will not stand.  The house of FLESH, aka the house of stone will not stand.

Mar 3:24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

Mar 3:25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

The covenant we made with death (Rom 8:6 – to be carnally minded is death) will be disannulled.

Isa 28:18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.

The Lord is not going to act upon the mourning of the man of sin.  He is going to destroy that man and burn the heavens and the earth with fire.  There will be no place of refuge for the beast.

Pro 1:26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;

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

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

The world and all of our fleshly idols and false doctrines will provide us no refuge as the vials of wrath come in increasing intensity in the fire and jealousy of the Lord.

Rev 6:17 For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

Mal 3:2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:

We would never willingly or proactively pay the costs of following Christ (Joh 6:65, Joh 6:44).   But as we mature we can look behind us and truly come to believe these verses and accept the will of God for our lives.

Ecc 7:1 A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.

Ecc 7:2 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.

Ecc 7:3 Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better

What utter foolishness are these truths to the natural man!  It is when we lay these truths to heart that we are truly carrying our cross for the Lord.

Mat 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

We learn to stand not on the strength of the flesh or our knowledge but only on faith.  We will not lean on what our senses tell us because we are saved by hope (Rom 8:24) and faith is all based on the Word not what is seen (Heb 11:1).  Standing firm on the Word is the key to spiritual warfare as these well-known passages in Ephesians 6 proclaim.

Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Eph 6:13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

H1018 is the Hebrew word for Bethezel and is only found once here in Micah.

From H1004 and H681 with the article interposed; house of the side; Beth-ha-Etsel, a place in Palestine: – Beth-ezel.  Total KJV occurrences: 1

It comes from H681 which is most often translated as “besides” or “near”.  It’s root is H681.

H680, ‘âtsal, aw-tsal’

A primitive root; properly to join; used only as a denominative from H681; to separate; hence to select, refuse, contract: – keep, reserve, straiten, take.

What is near the truth is still not the truth.  A little leaven indeed leavens the whole lump. There is both diligence and vigilance demanded of the church of Jesus Christ.

Pro 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Heb 6:11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:

As we reviewed about Zaanan, God’s people truly are separated and will be divided from the rest of the world by this eleven day “symbolic” spiritual journey.  The story of David and Jonathan will help us see the significance of Bethezel and that we must move on beyond it and separate as the Lord’s servants.

Beth means house and the second part of this name Ezel is what is instructive.  The word Ezel is only found one time in Scripture in the context of David and Saul’s son Jonathan parting ways.

1Sa 20:17 And Jonathan caused David to swear again, because he loved him: for he loved him as he loved his own soul.

1Sa 20:18 Then Jonathan said to David, Tomorrow is the new moon: and thou shalt be missed, because thy seat will be empty.

1Sa 20:19 And when thou hast stayed three days, then thou shalt go down quickly, and come to the place where thou didst hide thyself when the business was in hand, and shalt remain by the stone Ezel.

David and Jonathan earlier made a covenant (1 Sam 18:3) but that covenant shall not stand.  There is a lot more to this story but the key takeaway is that there is a great gulf (Luk 16:26) that no man can cross between the few chosen and many called and faithful.  The carnal mind will always be at enmity with the things of the Spirit.  We cannot serve two masters.  We cannot love God and also love this world as Babylon does.

1Jn 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

In our relative immaturity, we will think nothing wrong with these covenants outwardly and even ones we make inwardly to justify our continued rebellion and remaining entangled in the affairs of the world.  But the Lord demands our whole heart, whole mind and all of our strength and He will get it.  As a wise man once said, good is the enemy of excellence.  The covenant we make with Jonathan, son of King Saul (our old or immature man in type) represents a covenant with Babylon and the world (Egypt).  This preserves us for a time and a season yet to move to maturity we must separate as the called out people and part ways as did Jonathan and David.

1Sa 20:42 And Jonathan said to David, Go in peace, forasmuch as we have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, The LORD be between me and thee, and between my seed and thy seed forever. And he arose and departed: and Jonathan went into the city.

This only lasting covenant is the one built on the ROCK (Christ, the PETRAS).  The building on the stones of flesh (PETROS) will not prevail against the gates of hell.

Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter (PETROS), and upon this rock (PETRA) I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Beth Ezel represents our continued dependency/comfort with the world and its Babylonian ways.  We get support from it and carry on a lukewarm walk with the Lord.  But that support will be taken away, the Lord will separate us when the Lord brings spiritual earthquakes when the Lord and His Christ comes to us with words of fire (Zec 14:5).

The key takeaways of these three cities and what we need to learn and walk out is this:

Shaphir:  Any doubt on what we are in the flesh will be removed.  Oh wretched man that we are in these clay vessels.  Until we see that in its fullness we cannot move on to maturity (Rom 7:24)

Zaanan:  God is serious about separating His people from the world and its way of life.  The sooner we are given to come out of Babylon completely (physically, emotionally, spiritually) the quicker we mature and are usable in service.

Beth Ezel:  Christ comes with a sword and we must learn to abide in the fire and not make covenants that bring a false peace.  We must stand on faith in the Word as that is the only foundation upon which the church of Jesus Christ is built.

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

We will pick up Lord willing in our next installment with Part 5 where we will begin with the city of Maroth, the sixth city of the eleven on our journey to become the mature man in Christ.

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In Christ,  PETE

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Micah Part 3 – Moving on to Maturity

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Book of Micah Part 3 – Moving on to Maturity

By Pete Wilson

We always think we have arrived long before we do and we won’t arrive while we still occupy these clay vessels (Phil 3:12).  We must endure to the end to be saved (Mat 24:13).  We must move on to maturity if the Lord permits and this comes as we are given to eat strong meat, that meat being the enduring the trials and suffering of our lives in the clay. We learn by experience.

Heb 5:14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

The Lord moves us along when our time has come and through this process our faith is increased and we little by little approach, enter in and possess the land that is promised.  The story of Israel at Horeb shows the Lord’s hand in our maturation and moving us from mountains that satisfy our flesh.

Deu 1:6 The LORD our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount:

Deu 1:7 Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount of the Amorites, and unto all the places nigh thereunto, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by the sea side, to the land of the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon, unto the great river, the river Euphrates.

Deu 1:8 Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.

The Lord will move us along by these words we study in Micah.  We will have our “yet carnal” way of life (unbelief) exposed and we will be commanded to move through and pass by eleven cities of Israel before we will be given our inheritance.

Mic 1:15 Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel.

But first we have an eleven city journey just as the Israelites had at Horeb.

Deu 1:2 (There are eleven days’ journey from Horeb by the way of mount Seir unto Kadeshbarnea.)

Eleven cities will be the focus of this and next week’s study as eleven demonstrates we have not yet arrived and the Lord has yet to give us the promise.  Eleven symbolizes the disintegration of the perfection of the flesh (the number ten) and is one short of our achieving a spiritual foundation represented by the number twelve.  A review of the study on numbers ten thru twelve will be helpful to understand this point (See links at the end).

 

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The eleven cities are in the Philistine plain and all have spiritual significance in our maturation and movement towards a complete spiritual foundation in Christ.  Those nations within us will ultimately all bow down to Christ, the heir and the ruler of these kingdoms and land within us (Luk 17:21).

Gen 37:9 And he (Joseph, a type for Christ) dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.

Our journeying west of the Jordan River through these cities is part of our judgment and we are brought to be the mature man.  Our going in the circles in the wilderness on the east side of Jordan is past, this is the real deal where we begin to seek out and overcome the giants and are being prepared to be used of the Lord in service as we will see later in Micah.  Let’s reset the context of Chapter one.

Mic 1:2 Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is: and let the Lord GOD be witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple.

Mic 1:3 For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.

From last week, we saw a connection between Samaria, where Christ finds us and Jerusalem the Holy City.  That connection is our idolatry and the worship of other gods that we bring with us from our worldly way of life.  It takes this journeying for us to possess the land with sanctity and to cleanse the temple which we are of these idols and bring us to obedience to the foremost commandment.

Deu 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

We saw last week that Jerusalem, representing us in the Body is far worse in its idolatry and harlotry than who we represent in Samaria when we know another jesus.

Eze 23:4 And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah.

Eze 23:11 And when her sister Aholibah saw this, she was more corrupt in her inordinate love than she, and in her whoredoms more than her sister in her whoredoms.

It is this profaning of the Lord’s Name that ushers in our baptism with fire and brings about our sanctification in due time from a jealous God (Exo 34:14, Eze 36:23-24).  This is the judgment that comes first upon the House of the Lord.  Being in the Body, knowing true doctrine and having been given talents brings about a greater judgment as more is expected to those given much (Luk 12:48).  The appointed time has come!  The Lord is not going to show any pity to the blasphemers. He is bent on destruction and bringing death so that new life can come forth.

Eze 7:9 And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I am the LORD that smiteth.

Lam 4:11 The LORD hath accomplished his fury; he hath poured out his fierce anger, and hath kindled a fire in Zion, and it hath devoured the foundations thereof.

These idols we hold in secret shall be utterly abolished in our day of the Lord (Isa 2:8).

2Co 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

We will learn more details on this process as the Lord addresses the rebellious kingdoms and cities within us.  Here are the verses for today that will continue through next week also.

Mic 1:8 Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the dragons, and mourning as the owls.

Mic 1:9 For her wound is incurable; for it is come unto Judah; he is come unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem.

Mic 1:10 Declare ye it not at Gath, weep ye not at all: in the house of Aphrah roll thyself in the dust.

Mic 1:11 Pass ye away, thou inhabitant of Saphir, having thy shame naked: the inhabitant of Zaanan came not forth in the mourning of Bethezel; he shall receive of you his standing.

Mic 1:12 For the inhabitant of Maroth waited carefully for good: but evil came down from the LORD unto the gate of Jerusalem.

Mic 1:13 O thou inhabitant of Lachish, bind the chariot to the swift beast: she is the beginning of the sin to the daughter of Zion: for the transgressions of Israel were found in thee.

Mic 1:14 Therefore shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath: the houses of Achzib shall be a lie to the kings of Israel.

Mic 1:15 Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel.

Some of these cities named here can be found in definition of the land inheritance given the children of Judah.  Remember this prophecy was seen in the days of the three Kings of Judah which is you and me if we are the elect and the kings and priests of the Lord.  All these cities promised must in due time be possessed by the children of Judah through whom the lineage of Jesus Christ comes forth (Mat 1:3, Luk 3:33, Gen 38).

Jos 15:20 This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Judah according to their families……… (verses 21-63 detail the cities)

Jesus Christ in the flesh will become Jesus Christ in the Spirit in the appointed times.  These verses show us the futility of our own efforts of trying to become righteous and holy by the Law of Moses.  The Lord has something against all these cities, they fall short of His glory.  It takes Christ coming with the fire and scourging of true grace to make us righteous and holy and even then, it is not us, but Christ being formed in us that meets that standard.

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

The last verse in this sequence Mic 1:15 speaks of our inheritance in Christ.  This is the land promised as these words are all spirit (Joh 6:63).  Despite all our failing efforts in the flesh to deliver ourselves, the promise given to us in due time.  The Lord will bring an heir unto thee.  This is the promise of salvation and being found IN HIM, in Jesus Christ that was ordained before the foundation of the world.

Eph 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

Eph 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fullness 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:

Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

Eph 1:12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

Addulam is said to be the glory of Israel and is the last city mentioned on this progressive journey.  It represents the completion of the process and the enduring of the way and finishing our race.  We know who Israel is (The Body, the Elect) and we know the Lord shares His glory with nobody; so we can readily deduce that Addulam is in fact a symbol for The Christ.  The Body (The Christ) is this cloud of witnesses in which the glory of the Lord appears.

Exo 16:10 And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud.

Those clothed in the linen dipped in blood are the Cherubim’s in whom and above the glory of the Lord resides.

Eze 9:3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side;

Those speaking the words of fire (Jer 5:14) make up this devouring fire that consumes the adversaries of the Lord in the day they are heard.

Exo 24:17 And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.

So it in this inheritance of Christ, the last city on this journey – (aka at Adullam) that we receive ministry and give the ministry of the manifold grace of the Lord.

1Pe 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Strong’s claims the root word for Adullam (H5724) has an uncertain meaning.  Yet most bible based websites commonly trace this back and conclude that Adullam means refuge or retreat.  Addulam is probably best known as the cave where King David (New Man) hid from the pursuit of King Saul (Old Man).

1Sa 22:1 David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father’s house heard it, they went down thither to him.

1Sa 22:2 And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.

When we are oppressed and persecuted, Christ, our inheritance, is our refuge and where we also retreat too in times of trouble.

Psa 9:9 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.

This is a key part of our inheritance to be given to come into to this house of refuge and to rest in the shadow the wings of the Cherubim.

Psa 57:1 To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave. Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.

We are Christ and the Body of Christ is Christ — the two being inseparable as the Body is only complete with all of its parts (1 Cor 12:12).  It is in Christ that we will be delivered out of the hand of our enemies.

2Sa 22:1 And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:

2Sa 22:2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;

It is from this inheritance given at Addulam that we go out in strength and make war and win the battles against our flesh.  We see this time and again in Samuel documenting the life of David and by extension your walk and my walk (Mat 4:4, 1 Cor 3:21).

2Sa 23:10 He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil.

2Sa 23:12 But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory.

2Sa 23:13 And three of the thirty chief went down, and came to David in the harvest time unto the cave of Adullam: and the troop of the Philistines pitched in the valley of Rephaim.

The series of prophetic words and the specific names places here in Micah are there to show us the futility of our own efforts to be righteous.  Once we have the Truth, we make a lot of changes and the outside of the cup is getting much cleaner.  Yet work remains and the deep things hidden within must be brought to the light of Christ.  This is the Lord’s doing and how He will complete the good work He has begun in all of us and in due time all men.

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

We will come back to focus on the eleven city journey but first need to cover verses 1:8-9 that will show us the futility of our unbelieving yet carnal state of mind being at ease in Zion.

Mic 1:7 And all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces, and all the hires thereof shall be burned with the fire, and all the idols thereof will I lay desolate: for she gathered it of the hire of an harlot, and they shall return to the hire of an harlot.

Mic 1:8 Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the dragons, and mourning as the owls.

We will lament and mourn losing our old way of life.  It is very painful to see our labors (the hires of our harlotry of verse 7) burned with fire.  But that is what must be.

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

Wailing like dragons and mourning like owls as the KJV words it would better be described by the more common translations that in every other English translation uses jackals and ostriches. 

Mic 1:8 NKJV Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked; I will make a wailing like the jackals And a mourning like the ostriches,

 Mic 1:8 YLT For this I will lament and wail; I will go stripped and naked; I will make lamentation like the jackals, and mourning like the ostriches.

 Mic 1:8 LITV Because of this I will wail and howl; I will go stripped and naked; I will make a wailing like the jackal, yea, mourn like the daughters of an ostrich.

 Mic 1:8 DARBY For this will I lament, and I will howl; I will go stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the jackals, and mourning like the ostriches.

Jackals are a type of dog known for being cowardly, operating at night and howling and wailing.  A perfect metaphor for what we all do when in our UNBELIEF (A DOG) when we don’t trust in the Lord and are not willing to wait on Him to deliver on His promises.  All such howling and wailing traces back to lack of faith or unbelief.

Not much gets done in the way of our spiritual completion when we are acting like a jackal.

Mat 13:58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

We and the disciples cannot cast out demons (lying spirits, false beliefs) when we doubt and do not believe.

Mat 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

And lest we think this applied to those bad people over there in Babylon, think again!  Here are the ELEVEN who saw all the miracles and saw the risen Lord sitting in unbelief.

Mar 16:14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

Spiritual jackals will end up going into the fire and that exactly how the Lord will turn our unbelief into belief and we will come to know He is truly the Lord of our heaven and earth.  To the chosen few, it comes in this age.

Rev 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Using Romans 1:20, an ostrich has some interesting spiritual parallels.  They are the largest and strongest of the birds (pride, strength of flesh) and are known for their lack of wisdom (spiritual unbelief).   Job gives us the best biblical description of a spiritual ostrich.

Job 39:13 Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich?

Job 39:14 Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,

Job 39:15 And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them.

Job 39:16 She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers: her labour is in vain without fear;

Job 39:17 Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding.

An ostrich is you and me that is resisting the work of the Spirit and contending with Christ.  An ostrich builds on a foundation of dust that will not stand and has no fear of the Lord.  We put the new things the Lord is raising into the earth of our carnal thinking and way of life.  An ostrich is deprived of wisdom and spiritual understanding as we also are before the Lord brings the fire to teach us.

The mourning of an ostrich is us when we complain in our unbelief and do not trust in the Lord as we begin to have to pay the costs of being saved.  It will cost us everything and we need to be prepared to give it.

Luk 14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

Mic 1:9 For her wound is incurable; for it is come unto Judah; he is come unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem.

Judgment has come upon the Lord’s people, it is come to Judah and even unto the gates of the Holy City.  We know this time the deadly wound that is initially healed when we are in Babylon, will not be healed this time.  The beast is going to perish along with the false prophet within us.  It is coming into the gates of the Lord’s people that will begin the lake of fire experience that will save us.

Rev 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Outwardly this too will play out at the end of the Millennium in the lake of fire at the 2nd Resurrection (Rev 20:10).  The theme of judgment is so central to salvation and how we obtain the mind of Christ and wear His Crown (Isa 28:5-6).

Having already spoken of the 11th city Addulam, let’s cover the first of the two cities as the Lord Having come into the Truth there is still much more tribulation necessary for us to finish the race and be prepared for the Lord’s service in the outward kingdoms. (Act 14:22).  Our flesh and its labor is never good enough to enter into the presence of the Lord.  Only thru the blood may we enter into Christ and that thru the Body and the living sacrifice of the church (Col 1:24, Gal 2:20)

Heb 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
Heb 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; (i.e. The Body of Christ)

The Lord causes us to arise, leave the mountains of our fleshly comfort and move on to maturity in Christ.  We must be given to do this or we will fall in the unbelief of the carnal mind.

Heb 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

We have become at ease and Zion and are not working out our salvation with fear and trembling (Phi 2:12)

Amo 6:1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion and that are secure in the mountain of Samaria, the renowned of the first of the nations, to whom the house of Israel come.

 

Mic 1:10Declare ye it not at Gath, weep ye not at all: in the house of Aphrah roll thyself in the dust.

The Philistines are a type and shadow of our flesh and the struggles to overcome that flesh.  Israel and the Philistines were constantly battling; it took many battles for the victory to come.  The land promised to Israel and to God’s Elect includes the land of the Philistines.  We will be given dominion over the flesh. That is salvation and will come to all men.

Exo 23:31 And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee.

The flesh does not go down easy.  We see in Joshua (a type of Jesus Christ) that even when he was old there was work yet to do to conquer the cities of Philistine.

Jos 13:1 Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the LORD said unto him, Thou art old and stricken in years, and there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed.

Jos 13:2 This is the land that yet remaineth: all the borders of the Philistines, and all Geshuri,

We will never get thru all these cities until the Son of Man comes to us and He brings the sword and the fire of the Holy Spirit (Mat 3:11).

Mat 10:23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.

Until faith comes in sufficient measure, we fear the flesh and are afraid to fight the flesh living in unbelief being yet carnal.  In this state we will give into temptation as the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.  The fear of Goliath instilled in King Saul and his army was only conquered when David was risen up to slay the beast (1 Sa 17:10-11).

Even after David defeats Goliath of Gath and beheads him, the battle with flesh is not over and continues.  Saul and his son Jonathan succumb to the Philistines and are killed demonstrating the life long process of overcoming the flesh and gaining the victory.

2Sa 21:15 Moreover the Philistines had yet war again with Israel; and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines: and David waxed faint.

We will always be in this battle while in these clay vessels.  We must not grow weary (Gal 6:9) which is why we need to stay in fellowship to edify, exhort and help one another.  Lone sheep are easy prey!  Our victory is only in down payment form yet we should be growing strong as Christ in us matures and we strive to depart from inequity (2 Tim 2:19)

It was the most mature king (King Hezekiah, third in the succession of the three kings in Micah 1:1 – See Part 1 of Study) that ultimately defeated the Philistines many years after David’s battle.

2Ki 18:7 And the LORD was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not.

2Ki 18:8 He smote the Philistines, even unto Gaza, and the borders thereof, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.

This is true prosperity, being given dominion over sin and our flesh! 

We learn as we mature that salvation is truly of the Lord and we have nothing to do with it.  It is not by our might or strength but is only by the Lord’s Spirit that we are victorious over the Philistines (Zec 4:6).

Psa 44:3 For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them.

All this land and all these cities are west of the Jordan (the land promise) signifying this is a later stage battle and the coming of Christ the second time for salvation apart from sin.  This is when the fleshly kings are smitten (Jos 12:7).  Conquering these cities and the nations they represent is speaking of salvation coming to the kingdom of God that is within you.  This comes via the process of judgment and this is how the land promised is given to Israel (The Elect) in due time.

Christ is both the first and the last which includes the first man of sin (Adam) in all of us.  First comes the natural and then the spiritual.  First the man of the earth, then the Lord from heaven (1 Cor 15:46-49).

Christ in the flesh will be followed by Christ in the Spirit yet that new man will only come forth after much tribulation and warring against the Philistines.  Let’s look at these cities in Micah that represent the whole of Philistine (our flesh) one by one and what is being said to see if we can glean some spiritual significance.

1. Declare it not at Gath

We saw in Part 1 the definition for Gath was a Philistine city.  We also saw that a Morasthite like Micah is defined as a possession of Gath.  We are dust in these clay vessels and will learn the excellency in us is of the Lord and not ourselves.

2Co 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

When the Lord has come to heal us through the baptism by the Word and the resulting fire, the old man and his offspring are being killed.  The once strong men of the flesh are being slain of the Lord which is the good news and how Christ is formed in us.  Christ tells us to go tell no one when we are healed as our time has not yet come.  We must mature in the faith before we can be used of the Lord and best to sit at the feet of Christ for a season.

Luk 5:14 And he charged him to tell no (carnal) man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

Getting ears to hear, eyes to see and a mouth to speak the Word is truly a gift that comes only to the FEW CHOSEN (Mat 22:14) in this life.  Christ comes to us and it is Christ, through His Body that opens our ears and tongues.

Mar 7:34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.

Mar 7:35 And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.

Mar 7:36 And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it;

Mar 7:37 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.

David lamenting over the death of Saul and Jonathan (the old man in type) instructed Israel to declare it not in Gath.  The reason being the Philistine daughters within and without will be given reasons to triumph in their carnal reasoning’s.

2Sa 1:19 The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!

2Sa 1:20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.

Which has helped me to better understand what we are being told in Revelation as the heathen will rejoice over our dying flesh in the days of our judgment.

Rev 11:10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

We learn the hard way that we have no ability to share the truths of God’s Word to those not prepared of the Lord to hear it.  Running back and telling the heathen men that represent Gath is not serving the Lord. We will only bring humiliation and shame on ourselves in our immaturity if we try to force knowledge our new found truth on anyone.  We must wait on the Lord and lay hands suddenly on no man (1 Tim 5:22).

Pro 20:12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.

Mat 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

When we see the Kingdom of God in Truth and in Spirit we don’t go back to the flesh, we begin to separate.  Easier said than done but we will learn this thru the chastening of a loving Father.

Mat 24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house:

2. Weep not in the house of Aphrah

No pity parties allowed in the kingdom of God.  We should learn to rejoice in what the Lord is doing thru the trials and suffering we have been appointed to endure (Phi 1:28).

Jer 25:33 And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.

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

We will weep and lament at first as that is how we learn the truth by falling down.  Our flesh won’t like having its wall torn down and its foundation devoured with fire.

Rev 18:9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning

But we do not understand when we first endure this process, it is only by looking back we understand.  Our sorrow will be turned into joy once we really believe.

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

Aphrah – H1036:  From H1004 and the feminine of H6083 (with preposition interposed); house to (that is, of) dust; Beth-le-Aphrah, a place in Palestine: – house of Aphrah.

Aphrah means house of dust.  Dust is representative of the earth, its particles and spiritually speaking this is the carnal mind and its 200 million lies.  This dust is leaven and will defile the temple of the Lord and make any house containing it unclean.  Getting and keeping dust out of our house is very important spiritually.

Lev 14:41 And he shall cause the house to be scraped within round about, and they shall pour out the dust that they scrape off without the city into an unclean place:

Mat 10:14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.

We are not to go weeping in the house of dust.  That is seeking to save our carnal way of life, the very life the Lord is in the process of destroying.  We must lose that life of dust and come to rejoice in that process.

Luk 17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

1Co 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

Luk 10:11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.

It is the carnally minded that weep in the house of Aphrah.  We are not to do this even though we all will do as the harlot within us is judged.

Rev 18:19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

Weep not in the house of Aphrah is to weep not in the house of the flesh.  We need to rejoice in the trials we are given and learn to be content abiding in the furnace of affliction which is the mysterious way the Lord brings salvation to His people.  The beast that is not yet is, feeds on dust as his father the devil does.  On the way into the Holy City, we have to get past this lamenting our trials and learn to appreciate the suffering we have been appointed to endure.

Php 1:29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

 Next week we will continue the review with the remaining 8 cities of the Philistine plain that we must go through spiritually on our way into a permanent abode in the Holy City of Jerusalem.

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