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Aholah & Aholibah

Aholah & Aholibah

 compiled into One Study for Women

Introduction

The sisters, Aholah and Aholibah, represent types of us at two different stages of our spiritual development. We are first Aholah, and then we are Aholibah, which both, mean His tent or My tent, [My dwelling place], in her. It takes a lifetime of fiery trials to come out of Aholibah [Mystery Babylon], come out of her My people [2 Co 6:14-18]. If Christ is within us, then we are His true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man [1 Co 3:16].

Heb 8:1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such a high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; Heb 8:2  A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.

Aholah, the elder

Let us now look at these sisters, [typifying the church within us, Rev 2:7]. Look with spiritual eyes and discern the spiritual reality as it is for us today. The name, Aholah, means his tabernacle; his tent.

Eze 23:1  The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

Eze 23:2  Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother:

Eze 23:3  And they committed whoredoms in Egypt; they committed whoredoms in their youth: there were their breasts pressed, and there they bruised the teats of their virginity.

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 23:5  And Aholah played the harlot when she was mine; and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbours,

Eze 23:6  Which were clothed with blue, captains and rulers, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding upon horses.

Eze 23:7  Thus she committed her whoredoms with them, with all them that were the chosen men of Assyria, and with all on whom she doted: with all their idols she defiled herself.

Eze 23:8  Neither left she her whoredoms brought from Egypt: for in her youth they lay with her, and they bruised the breasts of her virginity, and poured their whoredom upon her.

Eze 23:9  Wherefore I have delivered her into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians, upon whom she doted.

Eze 23:10  These discovered her nakedness: they took her sons and her daughters, and slew her with the sword: and she became famous among women; for they had executed judgment upon her.

As the first religious beast, we, as Aholah, in type and shadow, have weak spiritual eyes.

Mat 13:14 (CEV) So God’s promise came true, just as the prophet Isaiah had said, “These people will listen and listen, but never understand. They will look and look, but never see. 

Mat 13:15 All of them have stubborn minds! Their ears are stopped up, and their eyes are covered. They cannot see or hear or understand. If they could, they would turn to me, and I would heal them.”

This is who we are when we first come to the true Christ. We listen to the lies of the world within, believing men [typifying lies and idols of the hearts]. Spiritually, we have weak eyes when we look and look but we never see, all ordained by God. The whole world lies in the wicked one, having false doctrines, we believe in the trinity, free will etc and are believers of men, having come out of the churches of men. Orthodoxy, having another Jesus, is a shadow of this state of affairs within our hearts when we first encounter the true Christ.

1Jn 5:18  We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.

1Jn 5:19  And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

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

The opposite is true, when we have the singleness of Christ, then we understand God’s words and are being able to do what He wants us to do. Singleness of Christ means fearing God, keeping His commandments [Col 3:22]. It is only in His true Body, Christ’s Church, where we are being enlightened in Spirit and Truth.

Eph 1:17  That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

Eph 1:18  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

Eph 1:19  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

Eph 1:20  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

Eph 1:21  Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

Eph 1:22  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

Eph 1:23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

When we understand Christ’s words, we know that spiritual blessings are the Hope of His calling. We stay connected with His Body and seek the spiritual riches in the saints, as the Lord permits because it is always a process as we know. Comparing spiritual with spiritual [1 Co 2:13], we see that Aholah, is Leah, the first wife of Jacob. Leah has weak eyes, meaning she has not the doctrines of Christ, yet she produced many children for Jacob. Looking behind us, we see that we did not have the understanding of God’s words and the qualities that the Lord is looking for in His spiritual wife at first. In the OT witness, we know that Laban switched Leah for Rachel, and it happened in the evening.

Gen 29:23 (MKJV) And it happened in the evening, he took his daughter Leah and brought her to him. And he went in to her.

In the evening, there is no Light, that is Christ. When we are in spiritual darkness, we think we are serving the true church, but then in the morning [in the 1st resurrection within], when we see clearly, we find out that we were serving a false church. We come to see the lies which we believed.

Gen 29:25 (MKJV) And it happened in the morning, behold, it was Leah! And he said to Laban, What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you tricked me?

Seven is the number for completion. Jacob finished the week (seven days) of the marriage ceremony with Leah and then Rachel was given to him as wife. Jacob’s seven years of service to Laban for what turned out to be for Leah instead of Rachel symbolizes our complete service to God while we are in spiritual darkness.

Gen 29:27 (ERV) Continue for the full week of the marriage ceremony, and I will also give you Rachel to marry. But you must serve me another seven years.”
Gen 29:28 So Jacob did this and finished the week. Then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel as a wife.

Aholibah, the younger

Aholibah also means my tent, or my tabernacle, in her. She is worse than her sister, Aholah. When we know the truth and we do not do it, we are the worst!

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.

Eze 23:12 She doted upon the Assyrians her neighbours, captains and rulers clothed most gorgeously, horsemen riding upon horses, all of them desirable young men.

Eze 23:19 Yet she multiplied her whoredoms, in calling to remembrance the days of her youth, wherein she had played the harlot in the land of Egypt.

Eze 23:20 For she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses.

Eze 23:21 Thus thou calledst to remembrance the lewdness of thy youth, in bruising thy teats by the Egyptians for the paps of thy youth.

Eze 23:22 Therefore, O Aholibah, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will raise up thy lovers against thee, from whom thy mind is alienated, and I will bring them against thee on every side;

As Aholibah, we came out of the false doctrines [Aholah] and now has been given the gift of faith, yet we are still carnal babes in Christ. Spiritually speaking, we are Jews that believe on Christ [Joh 8:30], seeking to kill Him. We have many idols of the heart. We have many wonderful gifts, but Christ is not formed in us yet [1 Co 3:1-4]. Our faith is not gold tried in the fire.

Joh 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.

As Aholibah, we are beautiful, we do not embrace the false doctrines of the world, because we have come out of the lies of men to now have the gift of faith but still not proven yet. The dream is one, Rachel, Jacob’s second wife, was beautiful and well favoured. The word favoured is mostly translated as appearance, but it is also translated sight or vision a lot of times.

Gen 29:17 (KJV) …but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.

Jacob’s love for Rachel is a symbol of the Lord’s love for His wife, His Body.

Gen 29:20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.

Eph 5:29 For no man ever yet hated his own fleshbut nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord loves the church. Eph 5:30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones.

Yes, we are beautiful at this stage, but as a flower quickly fading away if we do not have works…. a rich man.

Jas 1:10  But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.

Jas 1:11  For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.

Job 27:19  The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he openeth his eyes, and he is not.

We corrupt quickly and find ourselves in bondage to sin, in the claws of that great harlot, MYSTERY BABYLON, is, was and will be.

Rev 17:4  And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

Rev 17:5  And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

Rev 17:6  And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

When this happens is, was and will be, the Lord plunges us in the ditch and our clothes, our own self-righteousnesses, abhor us. Lord willing, this happens less and less as He increases, and we decrease, dying daily.

Job 9:30  If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;

Job 9:31  Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me.

Leaving our first love, which is Christ, to return to our vomit makes us near-sighted.

2Pe 1:9 (ESV) For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.

Blindness is not limited to not understanding the words of God, but it includes lacking those qualities that the Lord wants in His wife. Here are the qualities we lack:

2Pe 1:5 (ERV) Because you have these blessings, do all you can to add to your life these things: to your faith add goodness; to your goodness add knowledge;

2Pe 1:6 to your knowledge add self-control; to your self-control add patience; to your patience add devotion to God;

2Pe 1:7 to your devotion add kindness toward your brothers and sisters in Christ, and to this kindness add love.

2Pe 1:8 If all these things are in you and growing, you will never fail to be useful to God. You will produce the kind of fruit that should come from your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We have the six milk doctrines, but we are far from the Kingdom of God and that is to know God, the Father and the One He is sending, Christ and His Christ. We have to leave the milk. Here are the six milk doctrines.

Heb 6:1  Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

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

Heb 6:3  And this will we do, if God permit.

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

As is always the case in the natural world, we become estranged from our spiritual lovers [idols of the heart] after a while, and they also turn upon us and devour us, spiritually speaking, our carnal reasoning comes to naught and confusion. Here is an OT example of this shadow playing out. Amon, son of David, loved Tamar, the sister of Absalom, but after he was done with her, he hated her exceedingly [2 Sa chapter 13].

2Sa 13:15 Then Amnon hated her exceedingly; so that the hatred wherewith he hated her was greater than the love wherewith he had loved her. And Amnon said unto her, Arise, be gone.

These two sisters and all the extreme graphic language describing their adulterous and sexual immorality is all about us when we first receive the Word of God as a deadly wound to our old man [Aholah in type]. Then our deadly wound is healed [we leave our first love, and we return to being the beast we are, we deny Christ and seven devils more evil than the first come into our lives, and we are worse off than we were at the beginning [Aholibah in type]. Praise the Lord for burning us up more and more if we are His!

Rev 13:3  And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

This happens is, was and will be as we walk out this fiery road, when we walk in unbelief, relying on our own judgment and not resting in Christ. We are fading flowers, our glorious beauty of hearing the Word only and not doing, quickly fades away as judgment begins on our House.

Isa 28:1 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!

Isa 28:2  Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand.

 

1Pe 4:16  Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

1Pe 4:17  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

1Pe 4:18  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

1Pe 4:19  Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

To summarize, the dream is one. Aholah is likened unto Leah and Aholibah is likened unto Rachel. Leah in type, typifies the stage where we get rid of the false doctrines of men [Christ doing it in us]. Rachel, in type, as His Body, comes behind in no gift but is still carnal. Her progress is seen in her children, Josef [1st resurrection within] and Benjamin [2nd coming of Christ within]. As beloved in Christ [type], she dies when Benjamin is born. The old mindset dies. Benjamin is born and in type represent Christ’s sons. We, through fiery trials, become doers of the Word.

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.

Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Christ’s Bride, symbolized in Scriptures by the cherubims, which is the four beasts in the middle and round about the throne of God, are being able to do battle in Spirit with the sword of the Spirit as they keep His Way and do His commandments. This is the true Bride and the Glory of the God of Israel is over us!

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.

Our renewing mindset as Christ works in us, changes us from the anointed cherub who walks upon God’s holy mountain [Eze 28:11-19] whose heart was lifted up because of her beauty [Aholibah, in type] to the true Bride. The Glory of the God of Israel is over us as we are being made over!

Eze 28:5  By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:

Eze 28:6  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;

Eze 28:7  Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness.

Eze 28:8  They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas.

Eze 28:9  Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.

Eze 28:10  Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.

Eze 10:19 And the cherubims lifted up their wings and mounted up from the earth in my sight: when they went out, the wheels also were beside them, and every one stood at the door of the east gate of the LORD’S house; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.

Studies

An Introduction to Elijah the Prophet

NOTE:  The audio recording was of too poor quality to post and will need to be redone to be usable.  Plan to do this in the coming week so check back for the audio.  

Our Admonition Part 3

 “An Introduction to Elijah the Prophet”

Key Verses: 1Ki 17:1 – 1Ki 17:7

Elijah is the most often cited Old Testament prophet in the New Testament (30 times).  This fact is no coincidence (Mat 5:18, 2Ti 3:16) and is there to help teach us the ways of the Lord.  The experience of Elijah is our experience as we live by every word. These matters are at the center of the process of spiritual completion (think the number three) taking us out of the world onward to a mature man in Christ.

Joh 2:19  Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

Elijah and his NT successor John the Baptist are the bridge (the connection) between Moses and Christ.

Mal 3:1  Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

The spirit and power of Elijah is the same as John the Baptist.  The stories have different details, yet the spiritual significance is the same and a double witness for us to learn by.  Elijah and John were prophets, but were in a special class with a duty to prepare the carnally minded for the coming of the Lord.

Mat 11:12  And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

Mat 11:13  For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.

Mat 11:14  And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.

The transfiguration of Jesus Christ was a vision showing the disciples and us by extension of the three stages we endure to become like Jesus Christ by ourselves being transfigured spiritually.  The number three signifies the process of our spiritual completion (maturation) and 1) Moses, 2) Elijah/John the Baptist and 3) Christ represent the three stages in which we walk with God.

Mat 17:2  And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

Mat 17:3  And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.

Mat 17:4  Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

Moses represents our time in Orthodoxy also known as Babylon where we are drawn out of the world and into the wilderness seeking the truth.  But all we know here is the other jesus that is built upon the works of our flesh not knowing that the Lord is working ALL THINGS (Eph 1:11). This time (40 symbolic years) under this carnal law for a carnal nation (Heb 9:10) is not wasted, it is in fact good as it is used to bring us to the true Jesus in due time.

1Ti 1:8  But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;

1Ti 1:9  Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient…..

Elijah like John is the bridge to Christ from this carnal law that binds all men (Rom 7:14).  Elijah’s coming initiates the Lord’s work in bringing the restitution of all things, the restoral of Israel inwardly in our hearts.

Mat 17:10  And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?

Mat 17:11  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. 

Restoring the Israel of God, which the Elect are (Gal 6:16), is done by the Word working righteousness.  That requires faith which only comes by hearing the word (Rom 10:17) and so a preacher must be sent (Rom 10:14).  Thus Elijah and John comes first with the true gospel that make us hearers of the Word.  This lays the foundation for the coming of Christ with the grace of God to move us on to being doers and overcomers.  John in the spirit of Elijah preaches repentance and there is a overlap or segue as Jesus Christ comes on the scene of our lives.

Mar 1:4  John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.

Act 19:4  Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

Mat 4:17  From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Christ finishes the work and the process within us that began with Moses and then is advanced by Elijah yet awaits the coming of the Lord to  be completed.

Act 3:20  And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you:

Act 3:21  Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

Elijah [H452] means Yahweh is God or God of Jehovah, the word being composed of El (God) and Jah (Yahweh).  The Lord sends Elijah to reawaken our consciousness and turn our deceived wicked hearts back to our Heavenly Father by the testimony of the Word against our sins and rebellion.  Coming to see our sins (1Ti 1:15, Rom 7:24) leads us to repentance and in due time turns our hearts in a new direction where we seek the things of the Spirit.

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

Mal 4:6  And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

The coming of the spirit and power of Elijah is the beginning of the end of the old man.  When Elijah aka John the Baptism is born into our hearts, we will rejoice thinking we have finally found the Lord.

Luk 1:14  And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.

Luk 1:15  For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.

Luk 1:16  And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.

Luk 1:17  And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord

This is only the preparation stage for the true grace of God to be revealed by the brightness of the Lord’s second coming which will reveal our true wickedness.

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

John the Baptist was a representation of the Spirit of Elijah and begins the process of repentance and warns of the fire that would follow when Christ appears in the day of the Lord.

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

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.

Getting our heavens right is the first step.  Yet it takes the second coming of Christ with judgment to turn us into doers and get the truth that is in heaven (mind), into our earth (Mat 6:10) or said another way into “our walk”.  Our feet, our deeds and actions need to be continually washed in the baptism of fire and water (Joh 13:8-10).  With this background let’s begin to move into the Scriptures where Elijah is introduced.

The Situation in Israel

Keep in mind the kingdom of God is within you (Luk 17:21) as we live out these words.  All the people and events speak to our life in the appointed times.  Elijah appears without any other noted history when King Ahab took over from his father Omri.  We will get to some of those dealings with Ahab later in this series but know the situation when Elijah first appears.

1Ki 16:30  And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD above all that were before him. 

1Ki 16:33  And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him. 

Ahab (you and me) provoked the Lord to anger with our wickedness and the Lord begins the process of bringing vengeance for His Temple which temple we are as His Elect  (1Co 3:16).

1Ki 17:1  And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. 

We learn that Elijah is a Tishbite of the sojourners (inhabitants) of Gilead.  Digging into these places supports Elijah being the bridge between Moses and Christ preparing the way of the Lord.

Gilead is being east of the Jordan river, symbolizes our yet carnal nature and last days before the Lord comes with the true grace of God that baptizes us and allows us to begin to conquer giants in the land.  This is in type what the crossing over the Jordan River entails as many studies have previously covered.  Gilead comes from a word of the same name that means heap of testimony or heap of witnessing which is exactly what Elijah does in confronting the wicked King Ahab and Jezebel.

There is little information on Tishbeh or Tishbite and the word is only used six times all in reference to Elijah.  Strong’s tell us the name means means “recourse” while other scholars say it means “one that takes captive”.

H8664, tishbı̂y, tish-bee’

Patrial from an unused name meaning recourse; a Tishbite or inhabitant of Tishbeh

Recourse refers to an avenue or source of help or assistance.  In this way the spirit of Elijah is the recourse (avenue) that lead us to Christ and initiates the turning from our wicked ways.   Elijah and John begin the final leg of the Lord’s process to take our captivity to sin captive.

Luk 1:17  And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. 

The least in the kingdom of God is greater than John the Baptist or Elijah because they had not the grace of God revealed to them.  Elijah and John were only hearers and never lived to see the true grace that turns men into doers.  They will be taught in the lake of fire with the rest of mankind.  Elijah brings faith through the word but without the grace that saves.

Joh 1:17  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

Mat 11:11  Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Elijah represents the hearing of the Word for which we will suffer persecution and rejection by the world, yet we do not understand grace and the Lord’s purpose for an Elect.

Rom 11:2  God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel, saying,

Rom 11:3  “LORD, THEY HAVE KILLED YOUR PROPHETS AND TORN DOWN YOUR ALTARS, AND I ALONE AM LEFT, AND THEY SEEK MY LIFE”?

Rom 11:4  But what does the divine response say to him? “I HAVE RESERVED FOR MYSELF SEVEN THOUSAND MEN WHO HAVE NOT BOWED THE KNEE TO BAAL.”

Rom 11:5  Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

Elijah declaring a drought in the land is a rebuke of the (our) man of sin.  Drying up his lies (rain) and food by bringing a famine begins the process of decreasing the old man.

Rev 11:6  These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

Yet Elijah is only the forerunner to Jesus Christ as was John.  Grace is still yet to come, and we will fall seven times and be overcome so the Lord can come resurrect us in newness of life with the Holy Spirit that had not yet been given in Elijah’s time (Joh 7:29).

Rev 11:7  And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

Our new man is greatly nourished and the old man is decreased when we begin to hear the word of truth. Bringing a drought to that wicked man within us is done with the truth that vaporizes the lies of the harlot riding our beast that keeps us in bondage to the world.   The rain and the dew of the Lord is His truth and His doctrines which are spoken by His prophets and those He sends forth to speak words of fire (Jer 5:14).

Deu 32:1 Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

Deu 32:2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:

The drought upon the old man’s water brings famine and makes us needy and sets us up to be sustained by our fellow brethren as we also find our husband IN Christ.  The Lord sends His prophets to bring life and food by the Word.

Luk 4:25  But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;

Luk 4:26  But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.

After announcing the famine against the wicked King Ahab, Elijah is sent to hide in the wilderness and is nourished by the Lord.

1Ki 17:2  And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying,

1Ki 17:3 Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan.

1Ki 17:4  And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. 

1Ki 17:5  So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. 

1Ki 17:6  And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook. 

1Ki 17:7  And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land. 

The Brook Cherith is a place that is before the Jordan, meaning it is our experience before we are brought through the fiery baptisms that are necessary to enter into and possess the land.

Jos 1:11  Pass through the host, and command the people, saying, Prepare you victuals; for within three days ye shall pass over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the LORD your God giveth you to possess it.

Rev 15:8  The temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power, and no one was able to enter the temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.

We are prepared to make this crossing that will take us three days of preparation (the whole process of spiritual completion).  Salvation is a slow process that comes by our learning from our mistakes and being taught by the correction brought by grace (Rom 5:20, Isa 26:9).

Cherith comes from a word meaning “cutting or separation”. It is here in the wilderness before the Jordan River’s fiery baptism that we are prepared of the Lord and begin to separate from the world WITHIN us and our former way of life.

Mat 25:32  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

1Ki 8:53  For thou didst separate them from among all the people of the earth, to be thine inheritance, as thou spakest by the hand of Moses thy servant, when thou broughtest our fathers out of Egypt, O Lord GOD.

Turning eastward is a symbol of immaturity and a yet carnal mindset. We have to be made ready to endure the trials and scourging of following the Sun and the Lord westward (Rom 1:20) in moving on to maturity.  Whether we move on to maturity or stay stuck facing east is all the Lord’s work in us.  A lack of faith will have us look back and trust in our own understanding and the ways of the world which is an abomination to the Lord.

Eze 8:15  Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these.

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

This represents our appointed time in spiritual Babylon where we are under the harlot’s influence and camp out in the wilderness and are fed by the Lord for our first witness period.

Rev 12:5  And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

Rev 12:6  And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

Birds represent spirits or doctrines (1Co 2:13) and fly in our heavens (mind).  We are first nourished by these fowls of Babylon (Orthodoxy and Spiritual) before Christ comes to purify His temple within us and create a totally new heaven and earth with fire.

Mat 13:31 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field:

Mat 13:32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.

1Ki 17:6  And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook. 

The message in these verses have nothing to do with physical bread and meat, they are speaking of spiritual matters (Joh 6:63, 1Co 2:13).  These birds of prey like eagles, eat flesh and that is what they do in nourishing us as we begin to be separated from the world within and our carnal way of life.  These ravens in the positive are the commandments of the Lord, the bread of life that also becomes meat for the new man as our old man dies daily to the flesh.

Joh 6:48  I am that bread of life.

Joh 6:49  Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.

Joh 6:50  This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.

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.

Joh 6:52  The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?

Joh 6:53  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

Dying to self is the food for the new man and the ravens in our heavens play a role in all the Lord’s work.  Eating this flesh in spirit and in truth is what decreases the old man and increases the new.  In this way, John was being fed by the spiritual ravens as well in the wilderness.

Joh 3:30  He must increase, but I (John the Baptist) must decrease.

Pro 30:17  The eye that mocks his father, And scorns obedience to his mother, The ravens of the valley will pick it out, And the young eagles will eat it.

Rev 19:17  And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;

Ravens in the negative sense would be carnal thoughts/doctrines that keep us in captivity in unbelief being immature and unable to progress in our walk of faith.  Our time in the wilderness and Spiritual Babylon (is, was and will be) is not wasted.  It is necessary to prepare us for things to come.  The winged fowls do exactly what they were created to do in feeding or destroying the old man and nurturing the new man in preparing for Christ’s coming.

Gen 1:21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Eventually the drought proclaimed by Elijah effects all the inhabitants of the land.

1Ki 17:7  And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land. 

The Lord brings the rain on the just and unjust alike (Mat 5:45).  In the same way, the spiritual rain (doctrines, thoughts for the old or new man) are withheld to bring about a change of heart and renewed mindset (Rom 12:1-2) in us.  The Lord knows how to use water sparingly or in abundance to accomplish His will in the life of every man alive.

Pro 21:1  The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

1Pe 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

A time came to Elijah and will come to us when we have been prepared for ministry and service in the Kingdom of God.  The Lord dries up the brook that had nourished Elijah and sends Him forth on a new journey.  The next stop for Elijah will have him being sustained by a widow with hardly any food and then raising her son from the dead.  This requires him to be sent to Zarephath which means refinement and comes from a root word H6884 that’s all about purifying metals and as we will see.

1Ki 17:9  Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.

The Lord will not try us beyond what we are able to bear (1Co 10:13).  We have to learn and be taught how to suffer and be able to give thanks to the Lord for that suffering (Eph 5:30).  We will look at this part of Elijah’s journey and Lord willing better understand what it means to be sent in the spirit and power of Elijah.

 

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Amos Part 23 – A Famine of Hearing the Words of the Lord

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A Famine of Hearing the Words of the Lord

Key Verses:  Amos 8:8 – 8:12

We are still discussing the vision of the fruit basket that was the focus of last week’s study.

Amo 8:2 And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the LORD unto me, The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them anymore.

After the study, there was a great discussion and email thread that demonstrated the power and wisdom of having a multitude of counselor’s weigh in on a matter (Pro 11:14, 1Th 5:11).  It was confirmed that God’s Elect, being a type of firstfruits are, a second Spring harvest (Pentecost) that follows the Barley harvest earlier in the Spring.

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.

Every man being saved is “yet by fire” (1Co 3:15) and that was the real meaning of summer as the product of our walk is being judged and measured against the Word (plumbline).  Larry said it best: “The concept of “summer” is connected to those (“summer fruit”) in the first resurrection, is a spiritual word for those who go through fiery (summer = heat) judgement first.”  Every nation, tribe and tongue within us that does not believe and trust in the Lord is having the wrath of God abiding on it.  This is the fire we endure now so we will not be condemned with the rest of mankind later in the lake of fire (1Co 11:31-32).

Joh 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Attaining the reward of eternal life and being in the first resurrection only comes by bearing the heat of the summer seasons working in the Lord’s vineyard (Mat 20:12).  Our day of the Lord, is our day of judgment and the time is at hand when our works, the fruits of our walk with God are being judged.  Our faith is being tried in this fire (judgment) and whatever is not of faith is being burned up.

Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

We continue with our new verses for today and see the result of the Lord forsaking Israel for a season in bringing a famine of hearing the commands of Christ unto the land.

Amo 8:8 Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn that dwelleth therein? and it shall rise up wholly as a flood; and it shall be cast out and drowned, as by the flood of Egypt. 

Amo 8:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day: 

Amo 8:10 And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day. 

Amo 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 

Amo 8:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. 

Our season of famine is all ordained of the Lord to set us up for Him to come the second time to us without sin.

Joh 16:16 A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.

Heb 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

The “for this” statement in our first verse links all these consequences described in these verses to the prior transgression of buying and selling from last week’s study.

Amo 8:6 That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat?

Amo 8:7 The LORD hath sworn by the excellency (arrogance/pride/pomp) of Jacob, surely, I will never forget any of their works.

Our evil works of robbing the poor and shutting up the kingdom of God to the needy are converted into good works by the process of judgment.  The Lord uses evil within us and without us to accomplish good and save every man from his sins.  This is the only way we progress from hearers of the word to doers of the word.

Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

We see in these verses of Amos, that is the Lord’s purpose to turn us over to the enemy and to devour our flesh and destroy all pride and arrogance.

1Co 5:5 To deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

Our living out these words and events in our appointed times is, was and will be, is not pleasant but we should remember as we are asked to endure this chastening and scourging from our loving Father that is actually the blessing because it is what is brings forth Christ in us.  This is the message of the Good News.

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

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.

The Lord turns the hearts of His people (brings repentance) by using evil to correct and humble us (Jer 2:19).  It is blasphemy to those in orthodoxy for us to speak truth that the Lord is working all things, even the evil, even our very sins in order (Isa 63:17, Isa 45:7, Joh 15:5) to bring about salvation.  To lose confidence in our flesh and to believe only in the Son and the righteousness that is found in Him [grace through faith Eph 2:8]; we have to learn the futility of saving ourselves and know what we are in the flesh.

Mat 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

To know this in Spirit and in truth, our falling away must come first (2Th 2:3).  This must happen before the great and terrible day of the Lord arrives that is saving us and destroying the man of sin little by little.  As the prodigal and immature son who has left His father’s house, we will be brought back to our first love through enduring a spiritual famine.

Luk 15:14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.

Luk 15:17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my fathers have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

Luk 15:18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

Our words of Amos focus around this famine in our land.  There is certainly an outward famine coming more and more in this darkening world waxing worse and worse by the day.  Yet these words are first and foremost words that we, God’s Elect, live out now on whom the end of the ages is coming, and they apply inwardly to the kingdom of God (Luk 17:21).  Thus, begins our falling away from our first love as the Lord raises up the river of Egypt to drown us in the lusts of our flesh.

Amo 8:8 Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn that dwelleth therein? and it shall rise up wholly as a flood; and it shall be cast out and drowned, as by the flood of Egypt. 

The Lord is turning us over to the idols of our heart and manifesting the man of sin within us.  Our taking in marriage with the Philistines (the lusts of the flesh) is what brings the occasion (Jdg 14:14) for the Lord to bring the fire of scourging and chastening grace (Heb 12:6).  The harlot that is riding our beast and leading us into spiritual adultery and fornication with false gods of the world and engaging in trade/merchandising of the Lord’s treasures (gold, silver, precious stones) for gain must be judged.

Rev 18:11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:

We come out of Spiritual Babylon as the seven plagues come that bring death, mourning and famine to the land.

Rev 18:8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

We see the phrase “the flood of Egypt” twice in Scripture and both in Amos.   The word translated “flood” is better denoted as a “river” or similar wording.

H2975, ye’ôr   –  Total KJV Occurrences: 65

river, 35

rivers or river’s, 18

flood, 6

brooks, 5

Here is how the ESV as most of the translations show it using the context of a river.

Amo 8:8 ESV Shall not the land tremble on this account, and everyone mourn who dwells in it, and all of it rise like the Nile, and be tossed about and sink again, like the Nile of Egypt?”

The rising up of the river of Egypt and being drowned by the waters is an example of the negative use of waters and rivers and pertains to our being overcome by our beast (Ecc 3:18).

Rev 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

Rev 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

A proper foundation is not made for the house of God until the first foundation fails and a new foundation is constructed in the fire of our judgment to withstand the power of the flesh.

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

It is only by our trials, the testing of our faith in which we fall down seven times (Pro 24:16) that the new foundation of tried stone is laid within us. Christ is being formed!

Isa 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

Gal 4:19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,

Gal 4:20 I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.

Our baptism with water is followed by our baptism by fire that is testing all things and burning up the works of the flesh (Mat 3:11).

1Co 3:12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

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

Reaping a just recompense for our deeds is teaching us righteousness and the lessons of reaping what we sow.

Isa 59:18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence.

Isa 59:19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

Egypt’s river rising up and covering the earth is the same as the swelling up of our bellies.  We either serve God or not.  We cannot serve two masters; a jealous God will not let us serve Him and the mammon of this world.

Php 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

Php 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

The coming of spiritual famine follows this overrunning by the river of Egypt.

Amo 8:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day: 

This verse is similar to the more well-known passages from Joel 2:30-31 that were also referenced in Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost.

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

Act 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Spiritual nourishment or food is the light that is the Christ, so a famine is the same as a period of darkness where we cannot see the light.  Living by every word requires us to experience this darkening of the land.

Jer 4:28 For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black: because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.

When the Lord sends strong delusion, and deceives us we do not know we are in this darkened state.  This falling away is not something we are conscious of as we experience it, we only see it looking behind ourselves.

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

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

Only the Lord can turn noon day into midnight.  That is just how strong, our strong delusion is before we learn to obey the truth by going through the fire of judgment.

Without the Light of this world (Jesus Christ and His Christ) to guide us, the hearing of the Word, our deeds quickly turn to darkness and we will be overcome which gives the Lord an occasion to bring an end to our flesh.  The revelation of Jesus Christ comes to us inwardly first and will come outwardly to the world suddenly and in a time of great darkness (midnight).   The first-born man of sin shall not inherit the kingdom and must die for the new man to come forth and increase.

1Th 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

1Th 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

Exo 11:4 And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt:

Exo 11:5 And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts.

It is the children of the kingdom of God who must go into darkness and be judged before we can come to the Light.

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

The “excellency” of Jacob for which the Lord will not forget our works (Amo 8:7) is our arrogance and pride that is being destroyed.

Isa 13:11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

Going into spiritual darkness and enduring a famine of the hearing of the words of Christ and His Christ, bring us to our wits end until we cry unto the Lord for deliverance from bondage to the flesh and the Assyrian armies within us that are used as the sword of the Lord (Psa 17:13).

Amo 8:10 And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day. 

The coming of the Lord is likened to the times of Noah and Lot (Mat 24:38, Luk 17:28) that was defined by eating, drinking, buying, selling and giving in marriage.  These speak to spiritual activity and specifically how we conduct ourselves in the house of God having His Truths.   Feasting speaks of eating and drinking and specifically doing it in an unworthy manner.

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.

The feasting of our man of sin, who is sitting on God’s throne hearing but not doing the Word is coming to an end in this great and bitter (to the flesh) day of the Lord.  We are being humbled and shown we have no covering (the mind of Christ) and are in fact spiritually bald.

1Co 11:6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.

The Book of Lamentations comes to mind as we look at the Lord destroying our life in the flesh and causing us to lose everything.  Seeing the shame of our nakedness and the wretchedness of our self-righteousness compared to the Words of Christ which are Spirit and Life.

Lam 2:5 The Lord was as an enemy: he hath swallowed up Israel, he hath swallowed up all her palaces: he hath destroyed his strong holds, and hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation.

The Lord has caused us to commit all these abominations.  He has caused us to err from His ways (Isa 63:17).  This is the way the Lord has devised to save all mankind (2Sa 14:14).

Lam 2:17  The LORD hath done that which he had devised; he hath fulfilled his word that he had commanded in the days of old: he hath thrown down, and hath not pitied: and he hath caused thine enemy to rejoice over thee, he hath set up the horn of thine adversaries.

The occasion has been set and the Lord is now coming with fire to purify our heavens as we progress.  Still, even knowing these truths, it takes a process for us to really believe that the Lord sent the enemy into the gates of Jerusalem.  But what sayeth the Scriptures?

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.

Lam 4:12 The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world, would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy should have entered into the gates of Jerusalem. 

When we see ourselves as the ones who have pierced and crucified our Lord (Rev 1:7), then we mourn and wail for our sins.  This is very necessary for us to give up the flesh and submit to the way of the Lord.  Coming to see ourselves as the chief of sinners and those who crucified our Lord within and in others.

Amo 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 

Jesus Christ, the Word is the Bread of life.  His Bread is actually His Body, which is the meat we must eat to possess age abiding life.  John, chapter 6, has some pivotal verses on the Word being life and the only way to be satisfied.

Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

Joh 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

Joh 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

Without hearing His words, we are dead in our trespasses and sins.  But as we have seen, this too is the work of the Lord and part of ALL THINGS being worked for His counsel.  Without the words of life to guide us we are lost.  But fear not, as we have seen it is the Lord’s purpose to turn the hearts of the children back to the Father by going through their Prodigal Son experience.  No sheep elected from the foundation of the world is being lost.

Luk 15:4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

Luk 15:5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

Luk 15:6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

Luk 15:7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

All men will be found and brought to repentance for this is the will of God.

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.

This period of darkness and falling away are being used for good as it will bring us to our wits end.

Amo 8:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. 

Our deliverance from the world and being separated requires going through hard times.  The times of plenty after we come into the truth and enjoy a season of peace are followed by the seasons of suffering which are the many tribulations we endure to enter into the kingdom of God (Act 14:22).  Those tribulations are living through all seven of the vials of wrath poured out against our old man and our carnal mindsets.

Rev 15:8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

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;

Unable to hear the words of the Lord and being temporarily forsaken of the Lord to accomplish His purposes; we are being led by our natural carnal mind and fleshly instincts.  We follow the ways of the world within and without, and wander to find the living waters again but will not find them.  Going from sea to sea is going from one fleshly carnal thought to the next.  The world will have us run to the east when judgment breaks forth from the north. But to mature in the Lord in our day of the Lord we are learning to go west instead and follow the Son.

Mat 24:27  For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

We do not find rest when the Lord has purposed to destroy the old man off the face of our earth.

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

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

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

Judgment is a winnowing process of division via a sword.  The Lord is causing all of it and working it for good.  It is by our enduring and overcoming these trials that we come to unity and stop running to and fro in the earth being deceived by men the Lord has put out to deceive the entire world.

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:

Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Next week Lord willing, we will pick up the final two verses of Chapter 8 before moving on to the fifth vision the Lord gave Amos.  We are nearing the end of the book and the end of the man of sin.

Amo 8:13 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.

Amo 8:14 They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Thy god, O Dan, liveth; and, The manner of Beersheba liveth; even they shall fall, and never rise up again.

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

A Servant In Christ,  PETE

Doctrine

Laying On of Hands

MILK DOCTRINE: Laying on of Hands, notes compiled for the Women’s study

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As we have seen, the milk doctrines in Hebrews 6 form the foundation upon which our spiritual life is built. We need to learn the truths/shadows of “good things to come” and then move on by building upon them with the stronger meat of the Word.

Heb 6:1 (ASV) Wherefore leaving the doctrine of the first principles of Christ, let us press on unto perfection; not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

Heb 6:2 of the teaching of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

In this study we are going to discuss the common false teachings regarding “laying on of hands”, that God has caused us to learn through the churches of the world (the shadow pointing to the real thing) and we will also look at the Truth of God’s Word on the spiritual reality for us TODAY. It is important to remember that we must always examine our own lives first, look within before we look without. The primary application of Scripture is always within our own lives first.

As we go through this study, we will be seeing that every Scripture applies to US. Coming out of the false teachings of the church/orthodoxy is just the beginning; there is much evil to be overcome within each of us “IS, WAS AND WILL BE” every day.

All of the Scriptures about evil people doing evil things out there, are parables being told us, and the Lord revealing to us, “You are the man!” Said another way, we live by every Word of God.

Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Deu 8:3 (ESV) … that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.

POSITIVE USES OF HANDS IN SCRIPTURE:

There are three primary positive ways that the laying on of hands is used in Scripture.

  • Healing
  • Giving of the Holy Spirit
  • Commissioning others for the work of God

Interestingly, none of these requires physically laying on of hands to be accomplished, revealing that it’s not about a physically laying on of hands. There is a deeper meaning hidden behind the letters. Physical laying on of hands are pointing to the spiritual lesson.

HEALING:

We have been taught that being healed is all about our physical bodies being restored to health. While it is true that Christ and many of the apostles did perform real miracles of physical healing, this is just the Father’s way of revealing the true spiritual meaning to us.

Rom 1:20 (ESV) For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

By looking at physical healing, we can see the meaning of spiritual healing.

Examples of healing in Scripture:

Mar 5:22 (ESV) Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet

Mar 5:23 and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.”

Act 28:8 (MKJV) And it happened the father of Publius was lying down, suffering fevers and dysentery; to whom Paul entered in, and praying and laying on his hands, he healed him.

Act 9:12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.

What is being said? Here is the answer when we compare spiritual with spiritual. What is life? Healing allows us to live life, so what is life?

Joh 17:3 (MKJV) And this is life eternal (aionios), that they might know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

Joh 14 (ESV) Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Pro 4:20 (ESV) My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Pro 4:21 Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart.

Pro 4:22 For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh.

Joh 6:63 (ESV) It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

So when the Scriptures talk about being healed so we can live, it is saying that we are being healed spiritually so we can come to know God, the Father, through Jesus Christ/the Living Word and “His Christ”.

1Jn 5:11 (ESV) And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal (aionios) life, and this life is in his Son.

1Jn 5:12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

So how do we know that we know Christ and God?

1Jn 2:3 (ESV) And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.

A healthy physical body functions properly and does what it was made to do. In the same way, being healthy spiritually is doing what Christ commands us to do.

To obey Christ’s commands, we have to first know the true doctrine of Christ to be able to walk it out.

We are sinners to begin with, turning and changing our ways is what heals us spiritually.

Mar 2:17 (ESV) And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Pro 3:7 Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil.

Pro 3:8 It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.

Eze 12:2 (ESV) “Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, who have eyes to see, but see not, who have ears to hear, but hear not, for they are a rebellious house.

WE are blind and deaf because we cannot see and cannot hear.

Deu 29:4 (ESV) But to this day the LORD has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear.

Joh 12:40 (ASV) He hath blinded their eyes, and he hardened their heart; Lest they should see with their eyes, and perceive with their heart, And should turn, And I should heal them.

We are being kept in rebellion until our appointed time of healing.

Mat 13:9 (ESV) He who has ears, let him hear.” Mat 13:10 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?”

Mat 13:11 And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.

Mat 13:13 (ESV) This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.

2Co 4:3 (ASV) And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled in them that perish:

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.

2Th 2:11 (ESV) Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false,

Strong delusion is a key principal to understand as we are coming out of the lies and false doctrines that we believe at first. Understanding that God is causing delusion will help us not to be bitter towards those that perpetuate lies within ourselves and those that are without.

Why are we blind and deaf?

Joh 9:1 (MKJV) And passing by, He saw a man who was blind from birth.

Joh 9:2 And His disciples asked Him, saying, Master, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?

Joh 9:3 Jesus answered, Neither has this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God might be revealed in him.

Isa 43:7 (MKJV) everyone who is called by My name; for I have created him for My glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

Rom 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

All of humanity are blind and deaf to spiritual Truth, being dead while they live. The value of something is only understood in contrast. Christ created us sick and disobedient, so being healed we understand obedience and righteousness as He reveals it to us. Without this process, there would be no understanding or appreciation for what and who God, the Father, Christ and His Christ is.

Summary:

We anoint physically with oil and lay hands on people to physically heal them from their ailments when we start out in Orthodoxy. As we move on unto maturity, we heal people spiritually, casting out demons which are the lies and false doctrines the whole of creation are subject to. It is only the Lord and “His Christ” that are able to make known the manifold wisdom of God.

Mat 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Eph 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

GIVING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:

Once we are being healed (a process), we receive the Holy Spirit. We do not receive the Holy Spirit in the orthodox churches of the world. Speaking in gibberish tongues is the lie and the shadow of what is to come. Falling down being filled with the spirit is the big delusion and laying on of hands and people being filled with the spirit is a lie from the devil. We are to come out of such things and move on unto maturity.

When we are being healed from the false doctrines in the church without, we receive the Spirit. Saul, before he became Paul the Apostle, was on his way to persecute Christians in Damascus. He had physical sight, but he was spiritually blind. Christ appeared to him on the road to Damascus and struck him blind physically to reveal to him that he was spiritually blind.

Act 9:17 (ESV) So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying his hands on him said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”

The gift of the Holy Spirit is how we are given spiritual sight and understanding.

Joh 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

1Co 2:10 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

Act 8:17 (ESV) Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.

Physical laying on of hands is not required to receive the Comforter.

 Act 10:44 (ASV) While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all them that heard the word.

Ultimately it is God who gives the Holy Spirit.

1Th 4:8 (NKJV) Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.

First the Lord heals us from all the lies and then He anoints us to know the true doctrine of Christ. When the Holy Spirit comes, it is our fiery baptism into His death as we have seen in the previous study. We are now ready to start walking out the Truth, dying daily.

1Jn 2:20 But ye have an anointing from the Holy One, and ye know all things.

1Jn 2:27 (ESV) But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie–just as it has taught you, abide in him.

We are to move beyond receiving the Spirit and learn through the Spirit, becoming more mature. The GIFT of the Spirit is only the BEGINNING, just as having sight or hearing are the beginning of learning. We have to move on becoming DOERS of the Word in the Day of the Lord. From HEARERS to DOERS.

Remember, all of these milk doctrines what we start out with are a FOUNDATION, not the COMPLETION.

COMMISSIONING:

The laying on of hands is also used to commission people to do the work of the Lord. The elders know whom to lay hands on, because the ones they choose are proven by their good works.

Act 6:3-7 (ESV) Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” And what they said pleased the whole gathering, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a Proselyte of Antioch. These they set before the apostles, and they prayed and laid their hands on them.

Paul was proven before the disciples laid hands on him. At first the disciples were scared of him.

Act 9:26-31 (ESV) And when he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples. And they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple.

The disciples “laying hands” on Paul was merely recognition of the good works God was already doing with Paul (Acts 9:27 – 30). After seeing his good fruit, they sent him to the people they knew to bring encouragement and teaching. We do the same thing today; we recognize the people God is working with and associate ourselves with them when we see their good fruit. More OT examples:

Num 27:18 (MKJV) And the LORD said to Moses, Take Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand upon him.

Num 27:19 And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation, and give him a charge in their sight.

Num 27:20 And you shall put of your honor on him, so that all the congregation of the sons of Israel may be obedient.

Before God gave Moses the command to lay his hands on Joshua he had been proven. Joshua served as Moses assistant, leading men into battle and faithfully spying out the promise land.

Exo 24:13 (NKJV) So Moses rose with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God.

Exo 17:9 (ESV) So Moses said to Joshua, “Choose for us men, and go out and fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.”…

Exo 17:13 (ESV) And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword.

Num 13:16 (ESV) These were the names of the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land. And Moses called Hoshea the son of Nun Joshua.

Just as Paul had been commissioned by the disciples to strengthen the people, so also did Moses commission Joshua to lead the people of Israel. Their leadership had the same results. Joshua’s results:

Num (ESV) 27:20 And you shall put of your honor on him, so that all the congregation of the sons of Israel may be obedient.

Paul’s results:

Act 9:31 (ESV) So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace and was being built up. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it multiplied.

The principles we just read about in the stories above are summarized in one command:

1Ti 5:22 (ESV) Lay hands suddenly (quickly, hastily) on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins: keep thyself pure.

How do we know who to “lay hands on”?

Luk 6:44 (ESV) Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn bushes, or grapes from briers.

Mat 7:17 (MKJV) Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit.

Mat 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruits, nor can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

2Jn 1:9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

2Jn 1:10-11 If anyone is coming to you and is not bringing this teaching, be not taking him into your home, and say not to him, “Rejoice!” For he who is saying to him to be rejoicing (G5463) is participating in his wicked acts.

1Jn 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

So what kind of fruit do we look for?

Gal 5:22-23 (NIV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Paul’s example in Acts 9 shows that he was faithful in the face of persecution, because he preached boldly and was obedient.

 Paul and Barnabas were commissioned by the Lord Himself:

Act 13:2-3 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.

Conclusions

We wait for each other and be patient with each other and not lay our hands on someone suddenly. If the person is teachable, we receive the weak in the faith but not to doubtful disputation (Rom 14:1).

We move away from the shadows in Orthodoxy anointing people with oil and praying for the physical healing of sick people and we move away from “speaking in tongues” or be under the influence of the deceiving spirit in the churches and we move unto maturity to heal the sick “spiritually” casting out devils, receiving the Spirit of Christ when Christ and his angels IS COME TODAY and moving forward to being proofed in our doctrine becoming DOERS of the Word. The elders lay hands on people to do the work of the Lord when they see the fruit of the Spirit in their lives. As women we lay hands on each other as we break bread together and on those the Lord send to us.

Final examples:

Timothy received the gift through prophecy (exhortation, edification and comfort) from the elders through laying on of hands.

1Ti 4:14 be not careless of the gift in thee, that was given thee through prophecy, with laying on of the hands of the eldership;

Christ laid His hands on the little ones:

Mat 19:13 Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.

Mat 19:14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

Mat 19:15 And he laid his hands on them, and departed thence.

What does this mean without?

It is those who are the FAITHFUL ones, the true sons of God, that are the little ones without. Those who have lost their lives in this life to gain it again in Christ.

What does it mean within?

It is the mixed multitude within us (i.e. our emotions) …… that has come through the great tribulation washing their robes in the blood of the Lamb within us. The thoughts that went through the seven last plagues to enter into His Temple, purified as gold. Only the faithful to His doctrine remain.

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

Rev 7:15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.

Rev 7:16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.

Rev 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

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