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Amos Part 22 – The Vision of a Fruit Basket

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“The Vision of a Fruit Basket”

Key Verses: Amos 8:1 – 8:7

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Having to given an account to the Lord for our deeds is how we are learning through chastening grace of the Lord that we do indeed reap what we have sown (Gal 6:7).  This process of learning by chastening judgment is how we are saved (Isa 26:9, Eph 2:8) and afterwards bear the peaceable fruit of righteousness (our obedience).  The Elect are not being redeemed and saved in this age for ourselves but only for the Lord’s purposes.

Tit 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

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.

God’s plan in saving us, His people, is to manifest the spiritual fruit that comes forth to His glory.  This is why we have been chosen.  Fruit in Scripture represents our works and it is by these works, what type they are by which we will be known.

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

Mat 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

It takes time to manifest fruit, it’s a process of growing.  As we die daily to our flesh and the man of sin is destroyed, our fruit abounds more and more.  This is the purpose of the Lord in bringing us together in a Body and assembling us in New Jerusalem.  These works are the spiritual nourishment and healing of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ (all men).

Rev 22:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Rev 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works (fruits) do follow them.

With this reminder on spiritual fruit being our works, here are the key verses for today.

Amo 8:1 Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and behold a basket of summer fruit. 

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 any more. 

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

Amo 8:4 Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail, 

Amo 8:5 Saying, when will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit? 

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 of Jacob, Surely I will never forget any of their works. 

The Lord’s strange ways has us learning good and evil and being humbled (Ecc 1:13) by causing us to first do the opposite of what is His stated commandments and plan.  We gain our life by losing it, we avoid judgment by going through judgment now and similarly, we produce good works by first producing evil ones.  It is by the death of our rebellious and disobedient man of sin that good fruit comes forth from the fig tree that represents the Israel of God.

 Jer 8:13 I will surely consume them, saith the LORD: there shall be no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf shall fade; and the things that I have given them shall pass away from them.

Our flesh and carnal mind is the marred first vessel (Jer 18:4) that was made to be destroyed and is cursed when Christ appears because it is incapable of bringing forth good fruit.

Mat 21:19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.

Deu 28:18 Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

This prophesy is being given to King Jeroboam and Israel through Amos.  But these are prophesies we are living out (Mat 4:4, 1Co 11:11) as judgment is now on the house of God.  The works of a proud, idol worshipping and worldly fornicating King of Israel does not measure up to the plumbline.  The hedged-out life of the old man is coming to an end as it is destruction from the Almighty designed to bring forth fruit for God.

Joe 1:15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.

Seeing a vision of summer fruit is an indication that the time of judgment is at hand and the angels of the Lord (the reapers, the Elect) are sent to bring about the destruction of the harlot and old man whose sins have reached into the heavens (Rev 18:5, Jon 1:2).

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

Rev 14:18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.

The word translated as “summer fruit” is actually the word for SUMMER as the KJC reflects and represents more broadly the season of harvest of any crop including fruit;

H7019, qayits

Total KJV Occurrences: 20

summer, 20

Gen_8:22, 2Sa_16:1-2 (2), Psa_32:4, Psa_74:17, Pro_6:8, Pro_10:5, Pro_26:1, Pro_30:25, Isa_16:9, Isa_28:4, Jer_8:20, Jer_40:10, Jer_40:12, Jer_48:32, Amo_3:15, Amo_8:1-2 (2), Mic_7:1, Zec_14:8

The warm time of the year beginning in late spring and continuing into the summer is when the leaves of a tree or its fruit become evident for all to see.  The harvest of souls like the harvest of physical crops begins at summer.  Several of the verses that incorporate summer are linked to judgement and the threshing of the wheat from the chaff. Another concept Amos’s words touched upon.

Dan 2:35  Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

Pro 10:5  He that gathereth in summer isa wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.

We are all gathering our meat (enduring trials and afflictions of judgment) in the summer as we partake of the Body of Jesus Christ.

Christ tells us this judgment time is near when we learn the parable of the fig tree and see the coming forth of our service to the Lord (good works, fruit).  When we see this with spiritual eyes then we know the destruction of the old vessel is well underway and we should not be surprised of the fiery trials to come (1Pe 4:13).

Mat 24:32  Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

Mat 24:33  So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

“All these things” being seen is the end of the age which has an outward application to come but an inward application that the Elect are living out now in our day of judgment.  We are witnessing these events today in the Body as Christ is appearing and our old way of life is passing away.

Mat 24:30  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Mat 24:31  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

We see some hidden manna in this Amos vision by the Hebrew word used for basket.

Amo 8:1 Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and behold a basket [H3619] of summer fruit. 

Amo 8:2 And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket [H3619] 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. 

This is not the common word for basket but instead is a word found only twice in Scripture and here is how H3619 “kelub” is used the only other time with some added context.

Jer 5:27  As a cage [H3619] is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.

Jer 5:28  They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge. 

Birds that fly in our heavens (mind) represent lies and false doctrines that keep us in spiritual darkness and in bondage to everything but faith in the Word of God.  A cage full of fruit is speaking of the fruit of self-righteousness we all first produce/endure before the Lord pours out His wrath to reveal our wretched state within (Rom 7:24).  The basket of fruit is in spiritual actuality two baskets as we are the Lord’s two witnesses who live both the good and the evil.

Jer 24:2  One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.

Evil figs represent our tainted works of the world that are rejected works fit to be destroyed in our judgment.  First the natural and then the spiritual.  The first fruit (good works) brought forward from our earth is not an acceptable offering to the Lord.  It is the offering of Cain (Gen 4:3-5).  The flesh profits itself nothing and the immature and hasty summer fruit that comes when we are puffed up and drunk with knowledge (wine) will be taken away when we stumble in our judgment.

Isa 28:3 The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet:

Isa 28:4 And the glorious beauty, which is on the head of the fat valley, shall be a fading flower, and as the hasty fruit before the summer; which when he that looketh upon it seeth, while it is yet in his hand he eateth it up.

The Israel of God is the fig tree made to cast forth her fruit in an untimely manner and is devoured by the adversary in order to bring us to Christ and lose our old life.

Rev 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

Nah 3:12 All thy strong holds shall be like fig trees with the firstripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater.

The Body of Christ is the basket in which the fruit of the Lord (the good works) appears after the evil fruit is tossed aside.

Deu 26:2  That thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which thou shalt bring of thy land that the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt put it in a basket, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to place his name there.

The Body is the place where the Lord our God has chosen to place His name.  We are the basket in which are found those summer fruits.

Exo 29:32  And Aaron and his sons shall eat the flesh of the ram, and the bread that is in the basket, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

Abiding in the  Body/Basket is where we eat the flesh of Jesus Christ that is meat indeed for eternal life.  The bread of life is the very same that brings forth death in our old man and that is judgment.  That is what we are fed as we partake of this communion here with the saints of God.

 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.

A basket is woven together in the  same way the Body is knitted together in love.

Col 2:2  That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;

Paul is our example of how we too escape the pulls and persecution of the world by being put into this basket (Body) through an opening the Lord provides in the wall that is keeping us in bondage.  The governor of Damascus represents those in this world who would have us hold to their customs and way of life that is contrary to the narrow way.

Act 9:25  Then the disciples took him by night, and let him down by the wall in a basket.

2Co 11:32  In Damascus the governor under Aretas the king kept the city of the Damascenes with a garrison, desirous to apprehend me:

2Co 11:33  And through a window in a basket was I let down by the wall, and escaped his hands.

Our flesh always resists the things of the Spirit.  Being saved requires warfare and the false peace in our temple of God (1Co 3:16) will turn into howling as we die daily and the lust of the flesh and pride of life is destroyed within us.

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

Ravening hungry wolves howl and that is what we do when our sins and rebellions are recompensed in the day of the Lord.

Joe 1:5 Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth.

Isa 13:6 Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.

A good NT witness would be this verse.

Jas 4:9 NKJV Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.

This verse seems to be a contradiction (howling to silence) in describing the transformation that occurs during the process of judgment.  We start out howling as we resist giving up our old life and dying to the world and pride of life.  Howling is likened to mourning and is what the flesh does over the loss of life as we are stripped of our self-righteousness and deceived sense of free will.

Jas 5:1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.

Yet the Lord speaks of things that are not as if they were (Rom 4:17) and so it is with our casting forth dead bodies with silence.  As we mature in the chastening fire of the Lord in our day of the Lord, and as we begin to accept the Lord’s will in our life and the suffering to which all of Israel, the Elect of the Lord have been appointed to endure (Phi 1:29, Act 14;22); we will receive such affliction with joy.

1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

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

The old man howls but the new man will cast forth our dead bodies with silence, knowing it is the Lord working righteousness within us.  We will give thanks in all things as we take the true communion in the Body of Christ.

1Co 11:24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

1Th 5:18 In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

We learn to drink the cup of wrath and give thanks to the Lord in all things, knowing it is all for the greater good of our sanctification as Christ is raised from the dead within us.

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

We learn righteousness by our judgment (Isa 26:9, Exo 6:6).  Yet to learn we must know the occasion for judgment and what we are doing wrong contrary to the narrow way.  The Lord is faithful to reveal to us those reasons for our judgment and chastening.

Amo 8:4 Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail, 

Amo 8:5 Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit? 

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 of Jacob, Surely I will never forget any of their works. 

The excellency of Jacob is referring to our pride and self-righteousness.  These works (bad fruit) not being forgotten is simply another way of saying we are reaping what we have sown.  This is how we learn the fear of the Lord and tremble at every Word.

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:

Rev 22:12  “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.

This wickedness for which we are being chastened pertains to our oppressing the new man within and without who is the poor and the needy who needs a Saviour who is also the spiritual physician (Mar 2:17).  The poor man fails and enters not in when the righteous judgment of God is wrested away.  This robs the Lord and thereby robs the poor.

Pro 31:9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

Isa 10:2 To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!

The rich man who needs nothing is not being saved.  It is only the beggar (poor man) the Lazarus of the Luke 16 parable who is saved and even that so as by fire of judgment (1Co 3:15).  The rich man is the deceived old man in all of us who thinks he is something of his own works and stores up the Lord’s treasures (knowledge) in order to further his kingdom (building bigger barns).  The only riches that save us are the ones purchased in the fire of our trials and tribulation, aka our suffering.

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

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

We do not fool the Lord with our outward displays of righteousness and holiness.  He sees what is in our hearts.  Outward obedience is exemplified by our obeying the Sabbath yet that obedience is not inward as we are yet carnal and conniving to take the things of God and buying and selling (i.e. making merchandise with the kings of the earth –  Rev 18).  Falsifying scales and playing games with the measures (ephah) and the money (shekels) is speaking our judging/walking after the flesh and seeking gain for the man of sin and resisting the Lord’s work in our life.  We are still learning to be content as the heat in the furnace of affliction is turned up (Rom 5:20).

1Ti 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

1Ti 6:8 And having (spiritual) food and raiment let us be therewith content.

If we treasure up the things of this world we have our reward now.  If that is our attitude and it’s not changed by grace we have our reward and will not be in the first resurrection which is the prize and the higher calling we are to strive for attainment.

Pro 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.

Those humbled by the fires of judgment, don’t oppress the poor, they give to the poor who are all of God’s people being stripped of the love of this world.  The one thing we lack in moving on to perfection is being given the faith to obey this commandment in putting God first in all things and giving up our life.

Mat 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

But as our eyes our opened further to the things of the spirit and our faith in God’s plan grows in maturity, we will give it all up.

Mat 13:45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:

Mat 13:46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

Giving to the poor is giving them godly love (1Jo 5:3) and this applies inwardly as well as outwardly as we are to judge righteous judgment.  The good news is that we will be saved but yet by fire that requires the old man and old way of life to be burned up (1Co 3:15).  Bringing this fire is the greater work of Christ’s Christ (Joh 14:12, Jer 5:14).  We all say we will go work in the Lord’s field before we actually do (Mat 21:29).  Going through judgment is what changes our mind and we go with great zeal to serve the Lord who has and is saving us as we follow in His footsteps and lay down our lives for the brethren.

The Lord hears the cries of the poor and needy in spirit.  Those petitions will bring about deliverance and the Lord will rescue His people from the oppressor within and without ourselves.

Psa 82:2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.

Psa 82:3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.

Psa 82:4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.

The oppressor within is our man of sin, our beast who trades in silver in buying and selling righteousness.  But this silver is the silver that is dross (Isa 1:22), that is cankered with SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS as our focus is on the outside outside of the cup while we ignore the inside and the weightier matters of the law of faith.  Such silver merchandising and trading in the refuse of wheat (the chaff, leavened truth) will not save us in the day of wrath.  We are saved from the wrath to come by going through the wrath of the Lord in this age (1Th 5:9).

Isa 48:10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

Zep 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

We must be found having none of our own righteousness (Phi 3:9) which is all contrary to the law of faith   The adulterers and adulterers (Jam 4:4) in the Body of Christ, not separated from the world are enemies of the Lord because we oppress the poor and needy by shutting up the kingdom of heaven.  We read a partial extract to remind us of what oppressing our neighbor while looking righteous on the outside looks like. More judgment (woe) is sent in due time to bring correction.

Mat 23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

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

Ezekiel 18 contrasts the good works and obedience of two men.  Those who feed the poor and give to the needy shall surely live.  But those that oppress the needy and rob them shall not live and the Lord’s purpose is to destroy that mindset in judgment.

Eze 18:12  If he has oppressed the poor and needy, Robbed by violence, Not restored the pledge, Lifted his eyes to the idols, Or committed abomination;

Eze 18:13  If he has exacted usury Or taken increase—Shall he then live? He shall not live! If he has done any of these abominations, He shall surely die; His blood shall be upon him.

Our calling is considered a HIGH CALLING for good reason.  The Lord will put within us in due time the zeal for His house and that zeal will consume our old way of life.  Thankfully the Lord is patient and longsuffering with us in correcting us.  He is teaching us how to give out mercy and save all mankind by His own acts in saving us now by judgment in this age.

Rom 11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:

Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. 

Few of us are rich by the world’s standards of money and physical possessions, yet all of God’s people are rich with the true treasures of eternal life and knowing the Lord and His Christ.  We are charged to not take this for granted but to keep our focus on the Lord’s purposes and produce fruit.  Examining ourselves should include looking at the fruit and our works.

1Ti 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

1Ti 6:18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;

In the next study Lord willing, we will complete the scourging process that converts our evil works into good works which brings forth the lasting fruit and proves our hearts and minds are submitted to the Lord.  Our feasting and the time of plenty will be changed to mourning and famine as we are forsaken (separated from the Word) for a “little while” to be returned to the Lord and our hearing in due time.  We will look into this more deeply next week.

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:

Sincere comments and questions are welcome.  You can also email me directly at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.  Would love to be a helper of your joy.

Pete

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Amos Part 5 – Judgment Without Mercy

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Judgment Without Mercy

Key Verses:  Amos 1:11 – 1:12

We begin with the fourth of the eight transgressions and the judgment pronounced upon the territory of Edom and its strongholds. We will spend the entire study on this one transgression and the judgment the Lord brings to chasten and teach us righteousness. We need to be examining ourselves often to ensure we remain in the faith on the narrow road that so few find.

Eph 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

The pattern of words that we discussed in Part 2 continue for each of transgressions. The words “for three transgressions and for four” are not referring to literal numbers and signify what the numbers three and four always signify in the Scriptures. That being the process of spiritual progression (the number three) and the whole (the number four) of our progression that is coming by the judgments and punishments the Lord is speaking regarding the sins of the rebellious inward nations.

Amo 1:11 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he did pursue his brother with the sword, and did cast off all pity, and his anger did tear perpetually, and he kept his wrath forever:

Amo 1:12 But I will send a fire upon Teman, which shall devour the palaces of Bozrah.

I first want to better render verse 11 that translated two words uniquely just one time in all Scriptures; H7843 for “cast off” and H7536 for “pity”.  These are more clearly translated when the predominate use of these Hebrew words from the KJV is used as rewritten below.

Amo 1:11 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he did pursue his brother with the sword, and destroyed H7843 mercy H7536, and his anger did tear perpetually, and he kept his wrath forever:

It is one thing to fail to perform our duty to our family and spiritual brethren from slothfulness or apathy. It is another transgression all together when we actually seek to accuse, attack and destroy our brothers which what the man of the flesh (Edom) does against the man of the Spirit.

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

Our stubborn old man does not want to bow down and serve the new man. The enmity the Lord put between flesh and spirit is demonstrated by the interplay of Esau and Jacob. The flesh lives by a sword and strives to get ahead on its own strength using violence (physical and spiritual) by pursuing others, seeking dominion and self-exaltation.  This is the portion for the first Adam before the Lord gives dominion over the flesh to the new man within.

Gen 27:39 And Isaac his father answered and said unto him (Esau), Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above;

Gen 27:40 And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.

Gen 27:41 And Esau hated (enmity) Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him: and Esau said in his heart, The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then will I slay my brother Jacob.

1Jn 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

The Lord’s mercy endures forever (Psa 136) and as He is so are His Chosen People (Joh 20:21, 1Jo 4:17) to be and to act. If we are to be used of the Lord as Priests and Kings we will be increasingly abundant in mercy and longsuffering, the opposite of the natural instincts of the carnally minded man of Edom.

Psa 145:8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.

Psa 145:9 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.

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.

Casting aside all pity, which is destroying all mercy, is the offense here in Edom. We are seeking preeminence, forgetting the brotherly covenant and doing spiritual violence,  accusing and pursuing our brothers. Salvation begins to come when this spirit is cast out of our heavens.

Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

This is the same preeminence seeking spirit that Diotrephes had that sought dominion over the early church and made a ministry of accusing the brethren.

3Jn 1:10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.

2Co 1:24 Not that we have dominion over your faith, but are fellow workers for your joy; for by faith you stand.

The Lord’s people are to be making judgments (Joh 7:24) and pursue our brothers with the sword of the Spirit (Eph 6:17) to admonish and edify them in the truth.   This is done showing the fruit of the Spirit and NOT THE WORKS OF THE FLESH.

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

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

Gal 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted

Jesus Christ does not tear and break the weak in faith.  The Word of God brings judgment in the appointed times.

Mat 12:20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory

The narrow way of obedience to the Lord calls for us to pull specks out of one another’s eyes but to do it in the prescribed loving and godly way as Matthew 18 and Leviticus 13 tell as priests and watchmen of the flock. But one thing we must never do is to destroy mercy, that is the lovingkindness of the Lord which works true righteousness in us.

Jas 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth (triumphs) against judgment.

Mic 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?

We have stern warnings to not be high minded and look down on others. We have to continue in the goodness of God all the way to the end.

Rom 11:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

This is such an important abomination to burn out of us we have many examples in the Scriptures and parables of men showing compassion and demonstrating mercy and those that did not. When we are still looking down upon others, we are still justifying ourselves by the works of the law and have departed from the faith. We are still in need of fire to bring the humbling to burn that evil spirit out of us.

Luk 18:9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:

Luk 18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.

Luk 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

Luk 18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. (SELF)

Luk 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

Luk 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Our unpayable debt to the Lord is forgiven and we are commanded to show the same compassion to others (Mat 18:27). The forgiven servant which we are will first show no pity or mercy to our fellow servants until we endure the torment of having Edom’s palaces destroyed within.

Mat 18:32 Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:

Mat 18:33 Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow servant, even as I had pity on thee?

Mat 18:34 And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.

When we seek vengeance, we are contending with the Lord and denying HIS SOVEREIGNTY.  All such wrath and vengeance seeking is contrary to faith and a work of the flesh (Edom).

Rom 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

The Lord manifests these events and trials to see if our faith is genuine and fruit producing. Our response to brothers and sisters that are naked and in need of food is to act in obedience (love) and respond by providing the spiritual food, drink and clothing we ourselves are being given.

Mat 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

Mat 25:35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

Mat 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

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

Mat 25:38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

Mat 25:39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

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

Words are indeed cheap in the natural when not combined with action (works). And so it is also in the ways of the Spirit and what is required of those given the gift of faith.

Jas 2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

Jas 2:15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,

Jas 2:16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

Jas 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

It is the immature man of God that knows the truth yet still holds flesh and men responsible rather than the Lord who is working all things for the counsel of His will. We all will do this outwardly to others in the Body even if secretly in our heart. Yet we also do it inwardly when we can’t get past the shame and guilt for our continued falling down into sin. We must endure this torment (Rev 14:10) and learn that only the Lord can make us or our brethren stand.

Rom 14:4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

Rom 14:10 NKJV But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

The judgment of the Lord changes not. It is the Word, the Fire that shall judge us in the last days (Joh 12:48).  The fire will be devouring the habitations and strongholds of Edom.

Amo 1:12 But I will send a fire upon Teman, which shall devour the palaces of Bozrah.

This fire is the good news, it is the blessing of the Lord coming to the new man. Yet to those on the outside of the veil these are just more history lessons with no personal application to themselves (Mat 4:4, 1Co 10:11).  These OT verses are used obscurely to support gigantic lies such as eternal torment. The Scriptures gives us some wonderful insights into these two cities that adds to our understanding of the prophecy of Amos.

TEMAN: Teman was the name of a grandson of Esau, was one of the 12 Dukes of Edom and is also a city in Edom and comes from the root word meaning South.

H8487, têymân, tay-mawn’, tay-mawn’

The same as H8486; Teman, the name of two Edomites, and of the region and descendants of one of them: – south, Teman.

A well-known Temanite was Eliphaz one of JOB’s miserable comforters. Eliphaz did the very things charged against Edom in Amos 1:11. Rather than showing compassion and mercy, Eliphaz failed to judge righteously. He spoke lies about the Lord , made completely false allegations against Job without any witnesses and failed to comfort Job in their carnal minded delusions.

Job 2:11 Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that was come upon him, they came everyone from his own place; Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite: for they had made an appointment together to come to mourn with him and to comfort him

Job 42:7 And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath

Edom in general and the city of Teman was due south of Israel and is the opposite of the north which is where judgment comes from spiritually (Eze 20:26, Son 4:16, etc.). The flesh seeks comfort and always settles spiritually speaking to the south side and as far away from the true Jesus Christ and the burden His Words of fire bring.

The mighty men of Teman like the mighty men of Babylon are being cut off so the new man can increase. Obadiah gives a second witness regarding our failure in Teman to judge righteously and our casting off of mercy and doing spiritual violence against our brother Jacob.

Oba 1:9 And thy mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed, to the end that every one of the mount of Esau may be cut off by slaughter.

Oba 1:10 For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off forever.

Instead of covering sins, a spirit of Edom (Teman) seeks to uncover and expose them and take the new man captive to ways and mind of the flesh.

Oba 1:11 In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them.

Oba 1:12 But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress.

Bozrah was looked at briefly in the Micah 10 Study and “is” the capital city of Spiritual Edom within you. The same as H1223; Botsrah, a place in Edom: – Bozrah.

Total KJV Occurrences: 9

Gen_36:33, 1Ch_1:44, Isa_34:6, Isa_63:1, Jer_48:24, Jer_49:13, Jer_49:22, Mic_2:12

Bozrah is also part of Moab who was an incestuous son of Lot. We will get into spiritual incest more deeply next week when we look at the transgression of Ammon (the other incestuous son of Lot). Simply put incest spiritually is our uncovering of our family’s sins.

Lev 18:6 None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover their nakedness: I am the LORD.

Lev 18:7 The nakedness of thy father, or the nakedness of thy mother, shalt thou not uncover: she is thy mother; thou shalt not uncover her nakedness.

Lev 18:8 The nakedness of thy father’s wife shalt thou not uncover: it is thy father’s nakedness.

The carnal mind that exalts itself against the ways of the Lord takes delight in exposing others sins and faults. Yet our commission is to cover not UNCOVER the sins of our family in Christ.

Mat 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Mitch did a comprehensive study on the topic of lust and showed the spiritual applications of all the outward sexual sins that are forbidden.  Lust Study Click Here.

Consistent with the transgression of Edom, the flesh will seek to uncover the sins of others rather than cover them. It takes abiding in the winepress of judgment to learn the right way of responding to our brother infirmities and show compassion and mercy.

Isa 63:1 Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? This that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.

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

Those that provided not clothing (the goats) are sent off to age abiding fire to have their garments dyed in the blood of the Lamb. This is the same fire of judgment sent to Bozrah.

Mat 25:43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

Mat 25:46 And these shall go away into (AGE ABIDING) everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

In conclusion, the fault-finding eye of the first man Adam (the man of sin) is not of faith. Such a mindset is based on the flesh, the carnal mind and the lies of Babylon the great Harlot. We bring that mindset into the Body of Christ. We come in still to some degree a ravening beast and we are apt to tear and strangle the meat we are eating to grow thereby. The spiritual food we eat and serve; the “meat indeed” (Joh 6:55) that is Christ’s Body will be torn and strangled by the mind of the man from Edom.

We must be careful with what we put into our heart and guard our every thought and the gates into our heavens diligently. The kings and dukes of Edom shall not inherit the kingdom of God (1Co 15:50) and we should not be seeking, eating or serving this defiled spiritual food.

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

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 furnace of affliction the Lord uses to purify His Sons, will not fail to succeed. As we are humbled and brought low through trials, we will mature and the man of Edom and that carnal mindset within us that blames, looks down, accuses, finds fault and exalts itself will be cut off.  Then we will be able to bear fruit and show the works that must accompany our faith. Our being pitiful (merciful) and compassionate will be evident to all.

Mat 7:20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

1Pe 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous

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

A Servant In Christ,  PETE

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Micah Part 18 – Worshiping in Spirit & Truth #2

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Worshiping in Spirit & Truth #2

Key Verses:  Micah 6:5 – 6:9

This is part 2 of the study focused on the Lord teaching us to worship Him in the correct and prescribed manner. Meeting Christ at the well of living water initiates a new way of worship.

Joh 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

The letter of the Old Testament and its offerings and rituals of animal sacrifices are replaced in the new covenant with us knowing and worshiping Christ in the Spirit (Joh 6:63). This is possible only because we have been given the Holy Spirit. Truth has come to dwell in us.

Joh 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

Joh 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Thus begins the process of true spiritual circumcision made without hands (Col 2:11) from which flows the inward doing of the will of God. This emanates from our heart which is where the Lord looks to judge a man.

1Sa 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

In our Day of the Lord we are being taught to rend our hearts and not our outward garments. The Lord seeks after “men” that are after His own heart. Those men are the few who are being judged now so they will be become the leaders (captains) of His people by which the Lord will save all men via judgment.  This is the role of Jesus Christ and “His Christ” and is being played out now to the few chosen in this age and to all mankind in the judgment to come.

1Sa 13:14 But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.

We spent the better part of last week on Micah 6:5 where we start again this week.  The Lord’s uses the Balaam experiences to spell out His controversy against us calling Him Lord but not obeying Him.

Mic 6:5 O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal; that ye may know the righteousness of the LORD.

Balaam is the most often referenced “false” prophet in the Bible signaling just how important the interplay between Balaam, Balak (the Moabite “flesh” King) and the people of Israel is to understand. Balaam represents all of us as we are still walking in the flesh and feigning worship to the Lord. Balaam had all the right (complete) doctrines and used this knowledge of hearing to portray himself as a man of God being puffed up in his own conceits. We see this feigned worship illustrated by the three times Balaam had Balak build seven altars to the Lord on which seven oxen and seven rams were offered.  The heathen nations are to have nothing to do with helping us worship the Lord and here we have Balak building the altars and making the sacrifices with Balaam.

Num 23:1 And Balaam said unto Balak, Build me here seven altars, and prepare me here seven oxen and seven rams.

Num 23:2 And Balak did as Balaam had spoken; and Balak and Balaam offered on every altar a bullock and a ram.

As we learn through the story of Cain, the Lord is not interested in sacrifices and offerings unless they are built upon a burnt offering that speaks to our lives becoming a living sacrifice to the Lord and “His Christ”. The Lord has many commandments regarding how to approach Him and worship Him and yet Balaam (me and you) have little respect for the details including keeping the heathen away from the altar of God.

Num 23:15 And he said unto Balak, stand here by thy burnt offering, while I meet the LORD yonder.

Using the SUM of the Word we see that the Lord uses these Balaam experiences to teach Spiritual Israel an important lesson giving us a commandment not to seek the peace and prosperity of the heathen nations.

Deu 23:3 An Ammonite or Moabite (King Balak) shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD forever:

Deu 23:4 Because they met you not with bread and with water in the way, when ye came forth out of Egypt; and because they hired against thee Balaam the son of Beor of Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse thee.

Deu 23:5 Nevertheless the LORD thy God would not hearken unto Balaam; but the LORD thy God turned the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the LORD thy God loved thee.

Deu 23:6 Thou shalt not seek their peace nor their prosperity all thy days forever.

We are called to come out and be separate and not get entangled in the world’s (Balak’ s) affairs. The Lord uses the sins of Balaam to bring judgment upon us that will ultimately destroy those lustful and covetous spirits. Having true doctrine but not yet having been tried in the fire means we are being unable to obey the Lord. Until judgment destroys the idols of our hearts, our beast is ridden (led) by the harlot woman that loves to make merchandise with the flesh. The coming of Christ into His Temple puts an end to the merchandisers and gain seeking Balaam’s within.

The Balaam in all of us wants to hear and not obey. Using the Name of the Lord, Balaam openly sought worldly riches in peddling the Word (Num 22:18, Num 24:1). The Lord is wroth with those who seek after such rewards and gain.  That spirit is alive and well in all flesh.

 Jud 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

The Lord wants ALL of us, our whole hearts, souls and minds. That is what giving up our lives means which is our reasonable service as God’s elect. We are to become living sacrifices. This is the tithe of tithe given to the King of Kings that we were reminded of on the email list this past week. The weightier matters of the Law are the things that yield our obedience in all things.

Mat 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

1Co 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, [many good works, the works of our hands] and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity [obedience], it profiteth me nothing.

The next three verses confirm the Lord’s disinterest in outward sacrifice (our good works) when not offered in combination with the laying down of our lives that yields our obedience in all things. Micah, the prophet, reproves Israel and tell us what we have to do instead.

Mic 6:6 Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?

Mic 6:7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

Mic 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly [H4941], and to love mercy [H2617], and to walk humbly [H6800] with thy God?

The Lord wants our love which is our obedience (1Jo 5:3, 2Jo 1:6). He delights in our obedience versus our feigned love that we offer up with many sacrifices to justify ourselves in the flesh. Such deeds are nothing more than our self-righteous works that are filthy rags to God (Isa 64:6).  Large numbers of worshipers and many good works; the hallmarks and sacrifices of Orthodoxy Christian churches do not impress the Lord.

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.

The blessed men of God walk not in the counsel of the ungodly but delight in obedience to the Law of Christ (Psa 1:2). The true sacrifices the Lord wants are a broken spirit and a contrite heart. A contrite heart is one that has been crushed to powder (Mat 21:44) by the fiery judgments of the Word.

Psa 51:16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

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

Mat 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

The stories of old including Moses and Balaam are there to show us the shadow of the Truth.  We, through our own efforts, will always fail to meet God’s requirements. The sacrifice the Lord delights in, is the offering of the Body of Jesus Christ which Body His elect are in every age.

Heb 10:10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

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:

Let’s look at the three specific things that verse 6:8 declares that the Lord REQUIRES of us as it is the DOERS of His Word that shall be justified (Rom 2:13). Doing what the Lord requires is necessary to enter into His kingdom.

Mat 7:21 Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

This is the pivotal verse of the study.

Mic 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

Doing “justly” is better translated as doing “judgment”. Of 417 occurrences it is only translated as JUSTLY one time.

 H4941, mishpât

judgment, 189

judgments, 108

manner, 36

right, 18

cause, 12

justly, 1 – Mic_6:8

We have to live through and endure the Lord’s judgments.

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.

 Eating the Body of Christ is partaking of the sacrifices and suffering in our day of judgment.   This is abiding in the Word being fed with judgment (Eze 34:16, Rev 10:10). As we mature in our Day of the Lord and grow in the faith, we truly come to appreciate these judgments and the suffering that goes with them as a blessing. Hence we give thanks in ALL things knowing our judgment is a blessing to make us into sons of God.

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

Jas 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation (trials): for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

We live the judgments of God by going through them and this teaches us righteousness (Isa 26:9). This is how we learn to think like the Lord as the mind of Christ grows within us by this process.

1Co 2:15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

1Co 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ (The crown of life).

Judging righteous judgment is required of us to know as we are being prepared to judge the world in the Lake of Fire (1Co 6:2, Rev 20:4). Doing “justly” means we are being able to discern between the holy and the profane as we learn not to think above what is written (1Co 4:6).

The second requirement of the Lord is that we love mercy. But what is the Lord’s true mercy that we are told endures “forever” (Psa 136)? This forever (OLAM H5769) characteristic of mercy is the same as the “eternal” (AIONIOS – G166) or better said age abiding characteristic of our time of judgment (Mat 25:46). That judgment comes via the grace of God and is the very thing that saves us (Eph 2:8). Here is Strong’s definition of the Hebrew word for Mercy. It comes from a root word that means kindness or favor. Notice it reads very similar to the concept of grace and the favor of the Lord.

 H2617, chêsêd, kheh’-sed

From H2616; kindness; by implication (towards God) piety; rarely (by opprobrium) reproof, or (subjectively) beauty: – favour, good deed (-liness, -ness), kindly, (loving-) kindness, merciful (kindness), mercy, pity, reproach, wicked thing.

Mercy is linked to kindness and is how the blotting out of sins comes about.

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

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

As we grow in faith we learn to love mercy as we love God and seek to obey Him with every fiber of our being. When we stumble, we have a need for more grace that we find when we seek Christ and come boldly believing His Word and Promises. Such faith brings the mercy and grace that moves mountains and brings salvation.

Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Rom 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

Grace and mercy are intricately linked, mercy leads to grace!   We all are bound in an Egyptian prison in these bodies of clay but the Lord is giving us favor and show us mercy as He sets us free from that bondage.

Gen 39:21 But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour (grace H2580) in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

We find grace through the mercy (kindness) of the Lord. Through mercy and the resulting trials and tribulations, i.e. OUR JUDGMENT, OUR SUFFERING; we learn to love what the Lord is doing and seek to hasten the coming of the Lord. As we progress in faith, the love we have for God (our obedience) grows in the heart of the new man.

Rom 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us

Deu 5:10 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.

Judgment is good, it is sweeter than honey (Psa 19:10) and His mercy by which the new man is being saved.  It is the mercy of the Lord that enables us in due time to obey God which is what loving God means. In the same way the Lord shows mercy to us as His enemies, we are to show the same to our enemies.

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

The enemies of Christ, which include us in the Body before our conversion, will all be converted the same way by hearing the Words of the Lord. We love mercy when we give mercy to our enemies.

Rev 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

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

 Mercy is found in the presence of the Body of Christ who are the cherubims and the Temple in which God dwells. The cherubims are made out this mercy seat and themselves becomes the mercy seat in showing mercy to others.

Exo 37:7 And he made two cherubims of gold, beaten out of one piece made he them, on the two ends of the mercy seat;

Exo 37:8 One cherub on the end on this side, and another cherub on the other end on that side: out of the mercy seat made he the cherubims on the two ends thereof.

 Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

And how is that mercy administered? It of course comes by judgment that follows the Word whenever it is heard.

Rom 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

We deal out mercy when we are given to help others to prepare them and grow in their understanding as we open the seals, blow the trumpets and pour out the vials as the Lord’s instruments (Rev 6:1). It is only to the Church, His vessels of mercy (Rom 9:23) to which the manifold wisdom of God is made known in this age. We come to know the Lord and partake of His wisdom by living through judgment now.

Mat 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

The third requirement is that we walk humbly before the Lord. All three requirements truly are ONE.  The dream is ONE and the BAPTISM is ONE. These three items of Judgment, Mercy and Humility cannot be separated or divided. The doctrines of Christ which are His bones cannot be broken. The proud are being humbled by the workings of Jesus Christ. Mary’s prophecy “is, was and will” be coming true in the lives of every man.

Luk 1:50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

Luk 1:51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

Luk 1:52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

Notice again the tie of mercy to those that fear Him.  Showing again the real mercy of the Lord is the suffering that those given to believe have also been appointed to (Phi 1:29).  The Hebrew word for HUMBLY is H6800 which is only found twice and has no root word.

 H6800, tsâna‛, tsaw-nah’

A primitive root; to humiliate: – humbly, lowly.

Here is the only other use of H6800.

Pro 11:2 When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly [humbled] is wisdom.

Our pride yields shame when we are being judged but that is how we are brought low. A humble heart is a soft heart that is dead too self and the pulls of this world. A humble heart is found in someone that is living a crucified life with Christ Jesus, dying daily and accepting of the righteous judgments of the Lord. The pride of life and our confidence in the flesh is burned out of us when we love mercy and seek judgment. We begin to walk humbly when we truly offer ourselves up to our fellow man as a living sacrifice freely giving and expecting NOTHING in return.

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 (doing that which is our duty).

Luk 17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

Freely we have received and freely we are to give. We are being created unto good works but those works are only acceptable to the Lord when there is no “I, ME and MY” in them. This way of service is what was hidden and is revealed to The Elect in the Law of the Offering and the Meat Offering in particular.  The greatest of all shall be the servant!

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

The world’s wisdom elevates pride and pits every man against the other. But the true servants of God are of low degree, they have been humbled and freed of their false gods and worshiping the works of their own hands as we saw in Part 16. The mercy of the Lord is destroying our pride and turning us into meek vessels by which we inherit the earth (Mat 5:5).

Mat 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I (MY BODY) am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

The last verse of this study is verse 9.

Mic 6:9 The LORD’S voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.

We can only learn to perform these requirements by hearing the Word of the Lord in the Holy City. That is when we come to “Know Christ” and see Him in the flesh and hear His rod which is His Word. The Lord’s Voice, the noise of judgment is heard from His elect angels.

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

Isa 66:6 A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the LORD that rendereth recompence (fire, judgment, the Word) to his enemies.

It is these elect messengers (angels) who perform all the greater works of the Lord (Joh 14:12) by opening the seals, blowing the trumpets pouring out the vials of wrath and being those who bring in the harvest. It is by both receiving and giving of this grace and mercy that we become men of wisdom in our appointed time of judgment.

Rev 14:15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.

Rev 16:1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.

The angels declare as this study does, the vengeance of the Lord, the vengeance for His Temple which Temple we His people are (1Co 3:16). All men will learn the Truth and become wise by enduring through judgment beginning with the house of God (Zion).

Jer 50:28 The voice of them that flee and escape out of the land of Babylon, to declare in Zion the vengeance of the LORD our God, the vengeance of his temple.

We learn obedience and gain the wisdom of the Lord by the things we suffer and this is what leads us to depart from evil.

Job 28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.

Next week Lord willing, we will finish Chapter 6. The Lord is sifting out the remnant of wickedness that lies at the heart of the beast. He does this by making us sick and showing us our need for a spiritual physician. Christ comes to those who need a physician and can acknowledge their wretched state and need for repentance. He comes to us by showing us our need for a spiritual doctor.

Mic 6:13 Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins.

The Lord is revealing our vanities in worship and show us we are guilty of trusting in dead works and are fornicating still with the gods of Baal.

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God is Faithful to His Covenants

God’s promises coming to pass, do not depend on the whims of his creation.  God is in control and has designed His plan with all foreknowledge.  We truly limit God and deny His power when we believe that man has the ability to thwart God’s plan and purposes.  This is silly.  God is the potter and all men are mere pieces of clay.  This is the common denominator of all the false teaching out there, it denies the power of God and of the Cross.  The focus of this post will be on the Covenant promises of God after we first review HIS character.

Numbers 23:9  God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

Let God be true and every man be a liar!  Our God is faithful.  He is faithful even when His creation is not faithful.  God never changes.  Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forevermore!  His mercy endures forever.  God is good.  His anger is but for a short time.  His love never fails.  Nothing is impossible for God.  Jesus has won the victory over even death.   It is deceived men who continue to deny God’s power in their teachings and limit God and thereby exalt themselves.  All what is in this paragraph is clearly told us in the Scriptures.  But many do not believe.

God is a just God who will punish the wicked and is angry with the wicked every day,  but this does not change who God is as a loving Father.  His punishments are always just and given in love and with mercy.  This is His nature and He changes not.  This is why we are told to love our enemies and do good to those that hate us.  That is because that is what God does to His enemies and expects His children to be just like Him.  There is not a different standard for us and God.  Consider what the Lord Jesus had to say of such things from Luke 6.

But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.

So you see my friends,  God’s punishments in the end are for the good of all.  David came to see and understand this and my hope is you will to when the veil of an eternal hell and a God that stays angry for ever is lifted from your eyes.  Then you will truly believe.

Psalm 19:9-12

The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
Yea, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned,

These judgments are given in love.  To warn us and to turn us away from wickedness.  But the mercy never ends, even after we die.  I believe God can raise people died and buried in the ground from the dead and give them eternal life.  Do you?  That is exactly what our Father did with the Lord Jesus Christ, who has forever won the victory over death for ALL MEN for ALL NATIONS, ALL FAMILIES.  Yet incredibly many that profess to know the Scriptures do not even beleive it.  One day we shall see all of God’s covenantal promises fulfilled.  All tongues will be confessing that Jesus is the Lord to the glory of God.  The great Apostle Paul spoke against the scoffers and mockers of God’s power and the full breadth of richness of this marvelous gospel.

1 COR 15:16 For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen. 17 And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!

But Christ is risen!  The dead do rise!  Believe this wonder and walk by faith.

I want to end this post with a mini review of the covenant promises of our faithful God.  They all will come to pass and be fulfilled.

Isaiah 46:11 Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it.

Promises to the Fathers of Faith

Genesis 12:3  I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you ALL the families of the earth shall be blessed

The father of all faith is Abraham.  What this covenants say is that through faith,  God is going to bless all the families of the earth.  Jesus was this blessing and His sacrifice has indeed fulfilled this promise that God swore, and HE cannot lie.  The lamb that was shed from the foundation of the whole world has come and HE has taken away the sin of the world.  But very few believe that God is faithful to His promises, very few.

John 1:29  Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

Gen 18:17And the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing, 18 since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and ALL the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?

Gen 22:16By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 In your seed ALL the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”

Thank you Abraham for your obedience.  But really thank you Jesus.  The same promise given to Abraham was repeated and given to his son Isaac.  Those in faith will receive this blessing and ultimately all will come to faith and will confess Jesus as Lord.

GEN 26:4 And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed ALL the nations of the earth shall be blessed

After Jacob wrestled with God in unbelief and his eyes opened,  the same blessing came upon him.  God gave this promise to Jacob in a dream and upon awakening he could now see spiritually (Gen 28:16).  Here was the promise.

Genesis 28:14 Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed ALL the families of the earth shall be blessed.

The Scriptures foretell of these promises throughout.  I believe them and there is no confusion any more on what the word “ALL” means in these promises.  God is God and His power and wisdom have no boundaries.  I pray all will stand firm on the promises of God and come into the covenant of faith, knowing of this blessed hope for all humanity.  It will change your life when you see it.  If you believe not that God can raise dead people, physically and spiritually and breathe new life into them,  you believe not the gospel and not in Christ and are still in your sins.

Christ has risen and rules and reigns today from the heavens.  Through Adam we all came into sin but through Christ,  all will come into eternal life in the order and sequence that God ordains.

1 COR 15:22-26  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. 24 Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.

Death will be destroyed for ALL in the very end.  Believe it.  God spoke it.  We can all look forward to this glorious day when all knees shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.  God is good and His mercies endure forever!  Hallelujah.

Carnal man will not believe these promises and the absolute power of God.  Such a man will believe that God’s purposes can be circumvented by God’s creation.  It is really ridiculous when one comes to see the depth of the deception in the church today.  Many of you continue to call God a liar in your unbelief.  It is you who do not believe that need to repent and turn your heart to God and trust what He has promised.  Only in His mercy can you come to Him.

ISA 46:10  Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

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

God’s get His will done.  All that pleases Him is done.  He delights in mercy and loves to turn enemies into friends.    His pleasure, all of it gets done regardless of what the piece of clay thinks.  I am so glad that God has saved us all rather than leaving it to us to do it.

I am going to believe God and His promises knowing that all that was spoken will come to pass.  It will not depend on the will of man in any way shape or form.  In the end, God has the complete and total victory over sin. His grace wins out.  Praises to the King.  I leave you with a excerpt from a Pslam.

Psalm 66:3-5

“How awesome are Your works!  AMEN – tis all the work of the POTTER
Through the greatness of Your power
Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.
 ALL  the earth shall worship You
And sing praises to You;
They shall sing praises to Your name

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The Enduring Mercy of God

Isaiah 49:13  Sing, O heavens! Be joyful, O earth! And break out in singing, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted His people, And will have mercy on His afflicted.

Rejoice my friends, I bring you good news and tidings. 

The corrupting of God’s enduring nature of love and mercy has greatly corrupted the gospel handed down to the Apostles and described in our Bibles.  This Satanic doctrine of eternal torment makes God into a Monster and opposes the true work of God’s workers.  When this lie and idol is removed from our hearts, then we can see clearly the deeper truth that was always right there in the Scriptures.  God just would not allow us to see it until we come to know His true nature and character.  He really is a good God that has been made into the image of the beast by the minds of carnal man.

Psalm 107:1  O give thanks unto the LORD, for HE IS GOOD: for his mercy endureth for ever

Mercy and agape love go hand and hand.   There are scores of places that tell us God’s mercy endures forever which is directly opposed to the doctrine of an eternal torment.  Few are getting this yet, but here is something to think about.  There is no double standard on how we as God’s people are to forgive and sow mercy versus how God forgives and sows mercy.  We are to be conformed into God’s own likeness and image.  We are to be always forgiving and always merciful, no exceptions.  Did you know that the LORD delights in being merciful?  Who or what is going to stand in the way of an ALMIGHTY GOD.  Consider this Scripture as it brings to fulfillment the oath our God swore to Abraham.

Micah 7:19  He does not retain His anger forever, Because He DELIGHTS in mercy. 19 He will again have compassion on us, And will subdue our iniquities.

You will cast all our sins Into the depths of the sea. 20 You will give truth to Jacob And mercy to Abraham, Which You have sworn to our fathers From days of old.

If you believe in an infinite hell,  you might as well cut this verse out of your Bible right now.  The God whose mercy runs out is another god and not the one that gives live to His chosen ones.  Do you believe God stays angry forever?  The Bible says otherwise if you have eyes to see.  There will be joy in the morning my friends.  BELIEVE IT!

Psalm 30:5  For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.

Yet those that have this idol of hell in their heart have a major contradiction that cannot be explained away.  The true purposes of God’s judgments and the nature of the true God have been hidden from them and revealed unto babes.

Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

With the blinders off, let’s take another look at some powerful Scriptures that tell of God’s plan.

Matthew 7:13-14

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

The straight gate is narrow indeed, only a few will enter into the kingdom in this body of flesh.  The vast majority, the “many” will enter by way of the broad way that leads to and results in destruction.  God does indeed choose to whom He reveals His mysteries.  This confounds the wisdom of wise men.  Yet verses such as this which carnal eyes believe state that the vast majority of people go to an eternal hell, state no such thing at all.  When the nature and character of God is impugned with huge error, we have another jesus and another gospel.  The righteous judgments of a loving God are totally misunderstood by those who read Mat 7:14 to speak of an eternal hell.  The entire motive and purpose of God’s judgment and sending the many to destruction in the lake of fire is love.  Jesus has paid the penalty for all sin for the whole world. Yet God in His infinite wisdom and love will yet purify His people so He can be reconciled back to all. What kind of a loving father would torment his own children forever and ever?  Not the God of the Bible.  Not the God I serve.

The proper rendering of these verses, is that few will enter into the eternal life with Christ fully formed in their spiritual temples.  Few will enter into and possess the land that is a pure heart in Christ.  Most, the very many will be tormented day and night and never find true peace on this side of the grave.  They will endure the fires of a spiritual hell in this body and in the lake of fire in the final judgment.  Their flesh and soul will be destroyed yet their spirit shall be saved and they will forever be with the Lord.  Thank you Jesus, this is really good news.  It is the pursuit of love and peace, the carrot that is the motivation to seek God with your whole heart.  To those God has chosen, they will be pulled and shaped like a piece of clay to accomplish all that God has predestined for them. 

Traditional Christianity has gotten it all wrong with the doctrine of demons regarding eternal torment creeping into the church and completely corrupting the doctrine.  This error uses fear as the motivator for people to turn their hearts to God.  But this is not how it works.  Man does not save Himself by making a decision.  God must grant repentance to our hearts and it is solely by His doing that we are given faith, a new heart and have the laws of God written on our hearts such that we have the desire to obey God.  It is God Himself that pours out His love inside of us, so we can in turn love others.  Men need to quit taking credit for what is solely the work of God.  Wow, what a powerful set of gifts are these.

Hebrews 8:10  FOR THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR MINDS, AND I WILL WRITE THEM ON THEIR HEARTS. AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE

Men will indeed toil in vain but the Lord shall build His Church, His way and in His timing.  It is not us,  it is God.

There are many voices out there competing as the truth.  Yet the true WORD is only revealed by God’s choice unto babes.  We have forgotten about the tests or have rationalized them away when judging ourselves or others.  It is all about the fruits that are being produced.  Love and peace are the fruits of righteousness.  If we do not produce this and only this, we can be sure we still have a problem with the Lord.

Matthew 7:18-23

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit; neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

This is the only litmus test that I have found which is 100% accurate.  It works on oneself to expose hypocrisy and idols in your heart.    If you are producing bad fruit on a regular basis and not walking in true righteousness, which is peace and love, then there is a problem.  The Apostle told us to judge ourselves on this matter. 

21 Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Those that do the will of the Father here and now, which is to love,  will enter into the kingdom of heaven on this side of the grave.  The kingdom is within us Jesus told us in Luke 17:20-21.  This is eternal life abiding in Christ right now.  Few shall enter in this way.  What follows is a verse that has been called the saddest verse in all Scripture.

 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity

 This is a sad verse because it tells us most will live a lie in their professed faith in Christ.  They will never know the Lord truly but will walk in the deceptions of their own heart.  They may be hearers of the law but they cannot be doers of the law because they deceived themselves with their religiosity.  They walked in judgment and condemnation of others, puffed up in their knowledge but had not the true love of God abiding in their heart.  But all hope is not lost for any of them as it is already finished.  Jesus has already come and accomplished all.  He came to save the entire world and HE did not fail.

John 12:32 If I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw ALL peoples to myself!!!!

1 TIM 4:10 For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe

Look at this and the special blessing given to believers to be saved.  If we truly believe the report from Isaiah 53 that Jesus paid the price for all to forgive sin and take back death,  then we are especially saved.  That is because we can enter into eternal life right now via the narrow gate and not have to take the wide road that leads to destruction.   Many are called, few are chosen. 

1 COR 15:21-23 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ SHALL ALL be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order

Many will come to Jesus on the Day of Judgment speaking as is written in Matthew 7:22.  And then Jesus will tell them the sad news that He never knew them and that they continued to break His laws.  They had not walked in love and mercy; they were law breakers despite the outward forms of godliness.  This is not good; it is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God who is a consuming fire.  The Hebrews 10 punishment is particularly spoken to those who have knowledge of the truth yet persist in their rebellion.  They will be beaten with many stripes just as Jesus said. Yet this is not the end of the story as indeed the gospel tells us.

1 John 2:1-2 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

The enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy.  The unbiblical doctrine of eternal torment is killing, stealing and destroying the good news of Jesus Christ.  Many think they serve God by speaking a repent or burn forever message, but that was never the gospel Jesus told us to take into the world.  These deceivers unfortunately are working against the purposes of God as I myself have done.  But thankfully we can go to the throne of mercy and grace.  That is everlasting.

But God in His infinite love had a plan all along to purify all of His creation and reconcile all things back to Himself.  Those that will depart into the lake of fire will be spiritually burned out of all things that offend and are stumbling blocks to entering the kingdom of God.  We know the punishment is meted out in varying degrees and duration but it is not everlasting.  The purpose of God’s final judgment is not to kill their spirits or torment them unjustly but to purify them which is the will of the Father and always has been.  God’s will is going to be done and nothing in creation is going to stand in His way.  God’s mercy and love does endure forever!!!  The Scriptures do not lie when revealed to us by Christ Himself.  How can anyone with sound reasoning believe that sending people to a never ending torment for eons after eons be considered merciful?  They cannot.

The last victory will be death.  1 COR 15 tells us this wonderful news in powerful language.  Those for whom God has given ears will hear and they will come on this side of the grave.  They will not be so deceived.  The idols in their heart that keep them from seeing will be torn down and shattered by the ROCK that is Christ.

Jeremiah 23:29  Is not my word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

The judgments of God begin at the house of God.  All these stumbling blocks that have kept us from seeing the light of the gospel will be gathered and burned by the spiritual fires of God’s judgment.  He does indeed work in mysterious ways but there is one enduring attribute we should compare our image of God to make sure we have the right one.  That is His enduring mercy.  In case we missed it above,  I leave you with Psalm 136.  

PSALM 136

O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

2 O give thanks unto the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.

3 O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.

4 To him who alone doeth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.

5 To him that by wisdom made the heavens: for his mercy endureth for ever.

6 To him that stretched out the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.

7 To him that made great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever:

8 The sun to rule by day: for his mercy endureth for ever:

9 The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.

10 To him that smote Egypt in their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever:

11 And brought out Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever:

12 With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever.

13 To him which divided the Red sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever:

14 And made Israel to pass through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever:

15 But overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.

16 To him which led his people through the wilderness: for his mercy endureth for ever.

17 To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:

18 And slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever:

19 Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever:

20 And Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth for ever:

21 And gave their land for an heritage: for his mercy endureth for ever:

22 Even an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever.

23 Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:

24 And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.

25 Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.

26 O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever!!!

I guess this Pslamist lied as God rejected the Jews forever and burned their temple to the ground and many went to an eternal hell?  Not true.  God’s plan all along was and is to save all.  He will and He has done it already.  Guaranteed.    What many fail to see is God has His hands on all of it.  He is the one directing a man’s steps (Prov 16:9). 

Romans 11:32  For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on ALL.

 Praise God.  Thank you Jesus.

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Hell and the Goodness of God

MARK 9:43-44  And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:  Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

Many are believing a lie that is so big and has been told for so long, that it keeps one from seeing the true gospel in anywhere near the fullness of its richness and the brightness of its glory.  I hope you will begin to see this deception and how it holds men back from living and serving in the example of the Lord.   Sorry for the length but this is not something I  could explain in a short post and even still  I had to leave many confirming witnesses out.

These Scriptures in Mark simply state that if you practice sin, you will not enter into the peace and rest of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Far better to change our mind and deeds (REPENT), symbolized by chopping off a hand or plucking out an eye, and enter into the eternal life that is found only in Christ.  These words are not intended to be taken literally nor is the hell they speak of a literal hell of the carnal mind.  Jesus is the prince of peace and has come to show us the way to the peace that transcends all understanding.  We can enter into this kingdom right now.  It was near at the very door 2,000 years ago.  Far too many have become victims of religion and have not entered in and our keeping others from entering in based on carnal understandings and man’s traditions.

Matthew 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves

Until we truly come to know Christ deep in our spirit, such a person will be living in constant inner torment and will never find the true Sabbath rest that only comes from abiding in Christ.  Many fake it and do have varying degrees of peaceful periods,  yet still fall short of finding the true rest in Christ.  In this sense, being a child of hell has nothing to do with a literal never ending punishment by a wrathful God for billions upon billions of years.  What foolishness that we could be so deceived to think that God would ever act in such a way.  Such a belief violates ever attribute of God’s character and His righteous and just judgments.  Such a punishment is not just by any measure of reasoning.  Yet most believe that is what these Scripture teach because that is the lens our 30,000 denominations have filtered the Bible for hundreds of years.  Be they of the Calvinistic persuasion or an Armenian persuasion, many preachers stand before congregations in churches or online mediums and spew forth this centuries old lie.  Now that I see it clearly, it is sickening and I am ashamed of my own prior deceptions and contributing to spiritual darkness.   But God had other plans for me and created circumstances that I could be rescued from this error.  The devil has deceived the whole world.  This view of hell and God’s judgment is an absolute false understanding of the Scriptures, the core of the gospel and the very nature of God.

I can speak to this error and help pull the specks out of eyes on this issue because use I lived in this error for a very long time.  The doctrine of a never ending torment and punishment is a bad news gospel.  This gospel never leads to true peace and only puffs up men and encourages external forms of godliness in many who can help God out in their flesh.  I seek nobody’s approval in sharing this with you.  This truth will be vehemently rejected by the carnal mind and will come against traditional church doctrine and also the doctrine of many who have been called out the harlotry of religion.   But getting free of this error about hell is a key missing link that will lead to a humble heart and a contrite Spirit submitted unto the Lord.  When you realize God’s purpose in judgments and how He brings them about, the boasting and speaking evil of others will stop.

It is so much better to abide in Jesus Christ right now than to live a miserable life in this body of flesh.  Life is not a bitch and then you die — yet that is the lens of belief that many have come to follow in this life.  Sadly many that profess faith in Jesus and the gospel.  So many think that self abasement and having a miserable life is  what forsaking the world is all about.  That is not the case but I will have to wait to say more on that topic later.   The god if this world has been allowed by the true God to blind the people of this earth to the true gospel.  The truth is only revealed to us when we can come to Christ and rest in Him, believing not only who HE is but what He promised.  But this is only at the will and the discretion of the potter who is the Lord.  The clay doesn’t get to decide that.

Make no mistake our God is a consuming fire.  It is this very fire that purifies and a part of that is the righteous judgment of God.  I have been judged and continue to be judged and disciplined and shaped by my Father in heaven.  He is doing to the same to all of you reading this whether you realize this yet or not.  God has rescued me from the error of wicked religious men and put a fire in me that is burning away the veil and the sin in my life that keeps us in spiritual darkness (blindness).  I like Paul, only see in part and can only prophecy in part as through a glass dimly– but I see a lot clearer than I saw several months ago.  Logs of pride, self-righteousness and a false image of the love of God will keep anyone in the dark.  I joyfully share this with you and know it will take root for those God has prepared to hear it.

THE GOOD NEWS

The gospel is very good news.  It is not just good news for a few.  It is good news for all of God’s creation.   If you doubt this go back and read again the promises given to Abraham that Peter cited in ACTS 3.  God is much bigger than man.  Christ is much greater than Adam.  His ways are not our ways which really speaks to His enduring mercy and character.  This is real good.

Romans 5:18-19 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon ALL MEN to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon ALL MEN unto justification of life.  19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

Ironic how we can easily accept that through Adam sin entered all men.  Yet God’s purposed remedy in sending His own Son to reconcile all men back to Him cannot be embraced by man who thinks he has to save himself.  What folly.  God is not going to be defeated in bringing about His will.  Thank God we all will have this victory in time through the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 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.

What greater glory to God is there then to reconcile all things back to Himself?  Do you really think God sending 99% of people to an eternal torment in a literal hell brings glory to God?  This would mean that God did not get His will accomplished, that He was defeated in that quest.  Such a lie gives life to the beast and a false image of god, not the true living God who is all powerful and for whom nothing is impossible.  Where does it say God is limited by physical death?  Hebrews 9:27 does not say any such thing. Indeed we have many examples showing HE is not so limited by death.  Oh the folly of wise men and the deceptions of their foolish hearts.  The following is some of the most profound Scripture you will never read the same way again once you get past this damnable lie.

1 COR 15:21-16  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ SHALL ALL be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. 24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

It is finished my friends.  Jesus prayed Father forgive them.  Do you really think the Father did not forgive the Jews and sent them to an eternal torment that will never end?  No,  they are forgiven just as you and I are forgiven.  There will be second fruits after the firstfruits.   They missed out on the blessings in their physical life but they are not going to be punished for billions upon billions of years.  That is what the devil wants you to believe.   I don’t dismiss the judgments of God as indeed I have written about them much.  I have learned how they work and operate through my own disobedience and bearing the consequences of sin.

Knowing that hell is not a literal never-ending torment, what kind of life should we live?  A holy and righteous life, one full of love and mercy.  We were put here to serve others.  Jesus came to serve not to be served.  We are to all to be conformed into the likeness and image of Jesus.  That is God’s desire, and He will do it, He will not fail.  Nobody is going to outwit or out will God before it is all over my friends.  The righteous judgment of God,  His very wrath does abide upon the sons of disobedience and will stay there until HE gets the victory over all.  His fires will consume the fuel that is sin and wickedness out of all hearts.  Hearts and minds will be changed by the power of God (grace) in this life and the ages to come.  One day it will be evident for all to see.  This is the blessed hope.

Phil 2:10-11 That at the name of Jesus EVERY knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  And that EVERY tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Paul goes on to tell us how God brings this about.  He is the changer of hearts,  He is the one who draws us and creates circumstances that will change our will.  His hand is not too short to save all.

Phil 2:12-13 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. 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

It is all by God.  We all should be praising God for the Spirit He gave us and for the promises of the complete and total victory over sin and the rebellion of His children.  Believing in the lie of eternal torment in hell is not good news any way you rationalize it.  It is not good news to the Muslims; it is not good news to the Atheists’ or the Hindus.  But the true gospel is good news for all mankind.  Holding to this lie will keep you in fear and trusting in your own strength and intelligence to find God.

God’s Righteous Judgments

Psalm 19:9-11 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.  Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

The judgments of God are not contrary to the true nature and character of a loving God.  His judgments serve a purpose and that is to turn our hearts to Him in repentance.  God has the ability to turn up the heat and bring judgment to us in ways we scarcely understand.  Like an earthly father with high standards of moral behavior, our Father in heaven has laid His standard in His law and commandments.

The fear of the Lord is a very good thing.  We learn it by making mistakes and enduring the law of reaping and sowing.  At 56 years old, I get this and know this is an immutable law of the universe.  All sin and rebellion has consequences.  We are forgiven as Jesus already paid the debt, yet we will endure the consequences of our continued sin.  It is far beyond the purposes to explain here, but consider a simple example.  If we smoke cigarettes, God forgives us, yet we may pay a price with a serious illness or cancer later in life.    I just lost a dear brother and distant relative to throat cancer who was absolutely a man of God who had learned to love God with his whole heart.  Yet he bore the consequence of sin.  But the good news is,  we shall see him again with the Lord!.

There will be a serious judgment when Christ returns.  Many will be cast into the lake of fire and will be beaten with many stripes. There will be suffering and we should absolutely fear falling into the hands of a living God for this judgment.  We must choose to live righteousness daily and come thru the furnace of affliction here in this life or else we will have to do it in the next life after physical death.  I for one am thankful God never leaves us or forsakes us.  He is always there and brings righteous judgment to turn us from our wickedness and purify our hearts.  The more we rebel, the hotter the flames of judgment, a literal hell on earth become.  But as the Psalmist wrote above, once you understand, these judgments are sweeter than honey. 

Getting Clear About Hell

Christ spoke of hell several times.  Yet He also spoke of the love and the forgiveness that only a loving God can pour out of His children.  But to think hell is a place of eternal torment where God is going to punish people for billions upon billions of years is not taught anywhere in Scriptures.  It is not taught and the same deep study of Greek can clearly show some of the flaws in man’s translations.  But I don’t need to see it in a book; this is truth that brings peace to our hearts when we believe this gospel.  Eternal never ending punishment is a false doctrine. One would have to ignore hundreds of Scriptures to the contrary to hold to such a doctrine.   Our spiritual walk with Christ leading in our hearts is how we enter into the kingdom.  This kingdom is within our hearts said Jesus.

Luke 17:20-21 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Jesus did accurately state that only very few would enter in by the narrow way.  The vast majority would follow the broad way that leads to destruction.  This destruction is the fires of hell and the living of a life of misery, torment without true peace in your heart.  We either have eternal life dwelling in our hearts or we have death and destruction working in us.  But these words of the Lord do not tell all nor limit God and His ability to carry out His will of our sanctification after death.

Indeed that is the very purpose of the lake of fire.  God is a consuming fire and will bring wrath to His adversaries but this is to bring about His true purposes which are to purify all His people and accomplish His will.  The Lord will not fail.

If you study the origins of hell one can quickly see hell is likened to the place we go at death.  This applies both in physical and spiritual death.  Even Christ was said to be in hell in ACTS 2, but thankfully HE did not stay there.  When spiritually dead, you will be in a living hell inside your heart.  This is spiritual death, the dead men’s bones of the Pharisees.  No joy, no peace, no contentment but on only the worries and negativity that comes from walking in the nature and character of Satan.  The fires and the worm that does not die are all symbolic of a life characterized by bondage, stress and the lack of inner peace.  Most are in this hell right now and as they age, the fires will get hotter and the worms more numerous. But this is the purpose of God and His righteous judgments.  Our loving God, who truly wishes nobody to perish but all to come to repentance, is going to turn the heat up to change the hearts and the will of men, to turn them back to HIM.  Some will continue to disobey and be stubborn in their rebellion and these will at the judgment be thrown into the lake of fire. But ultimately, like all fires, the source of fuel will be burned up and then all that is left will be pure.  This is God’s purposes in all His judgments and the motive is always love.

It is Satan who wants you to believe in the lie of a literal and eternal hell.  This will keep people in bondage to fear all their lives and from coming into the fullness of the love and joy of the Lord.  How could one love a God who will torture their family members forever and ever? These translations of Greek words have for centuries twisted the gospel message.  The deceivers and spirits of antichrist were already in this world and in the church well before the Bible was ever completed much less published to the masses.  Here is one thing Christ came to do.  He did not fail in accomplishing this for those that truly believe.

Hebrews 2:14-15 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

When you come to realize that God sees everything and that all sin not put under the blood is instantly judged; you will learn the fear of the Lord and have the beginnings of understanding the truth about hell.  Being in hell is horrible.  Far better to dwell in the richness of spiritual life and true peace through Christ.   But please get clear that hell is not a place of eternal torment where literal flesh bodies are burned literally forever and ever.  This is a doctrine of a demon and makes our God into a monster.  This is totally opposite of the true nature and character of God.

The parable of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16 is just that, a parable.  It has nothing to do with an eternal place of never ending torment and everything to do with showing the great divide that separates people from being in God’s comforting presence.  That great divide is faith in the one God has sent.

Luke 12:5  But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!

This  is a powerful verse which shows the sovereignty of God over His creation.  He kills and He makes alive.  He afflicts and He heals says the Lord.  We are not to fear men who can only kill the body but fear a Sovereigns God that can kill us spiritually and put the judgment of hell upon us..  But this verse does not negate the enduring attributes of God’s mercy and lovingkindness.  God’s purpose and desire is for all me to be purified and come to repentance.  All of God’s judgments need to be viewed through the lens and filter of the true God of love and grace.

The Lake of Fire

Before the restitution of all things, the final judgment of God is not hell, it is the lake of fire.  This lake is not explained in depth in the Scriptures but whatever it is, we most certainly do not want to end up there.  Hell itself along with death is cast into the lake of fire that burns with fire and brimstone.

Revelation 20:13-14 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

If we do not enter into eternal life in this age by having our names in the Book of Life (not erased) then are place will be in this final judgment which is the ultimate wrath of God.  All those who do not overcome, the wicked and the unbelieving both are cast into this lake of fire in the end.  They are not cast into hell as the passage makes clear.

But I want you all to see that eternal life is possible right now.  When we truly overcome and are dead to sin and alive to Christ, we inherit all things as sons and daughters of God.  We are no longer slaves to sin but sons of the kingdom.  What an awesome promise.

Revelation 21:7-8 He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. 8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

The second death is the lake of fire.  Those that are truly Born Again in this age that enter into and see the kingdom in this age right now, will be part of the first resurrection and have crossed from death unto life and will not partake in the lake of fire judgment.  The second death will not harm them.

The god of this world who has blinded people to get captured by such heresy and keep many from seeing the true light of the glorious gospel.  God allows this in my understanding because He wants the living hell and lack of peace in your heart to be the catalyst to turn your heart back to Him. Then God can heal you and restore you into intimacy with Him.  Those that are living a miserable, stressed out, joyless, fruitless life are the ones perishing right now in their hearts.  They can’t see the gospel until their hearts are turned back to God.  It matters not how godly they appear of how much Scripture knowledge they have.  If they can’t see the basic gospel and the simplicity that it represents that even a child can see it, they are without understanding.

2 COR 4:3-4 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

It is time we quit warning others about a false eternal hell and begin sharing the good news and setting the example by walking it and doing what Jesus told us to do.  He never said to go warn people and yell that literal fire and brimstone would rain down from heaven.  We are to love all as Christ loved us.  That is what fulfills the whole law and proves said Jesus who are His true disciples.  Each must judge themselves on this matter.  If we are not a doer of the law but instead walk in condemnation, judgment and fear we have deceived ourselves as I will shamefully admit was me.  But yet in all of this, God works it all out for the greater good.

John 13:35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another

The doctrine of hell as a place of eternal torment actually exalts man and makes God a loser who is not going to have the final victory and accomplish His desires.  Oh the foolishness of men.  God’s hand is not to short to save or else the prophet Isaiah told a lie.  Paul tried to counteract the carnality of the earlier church.  He was frustrated that they were not getting the meatier topics and the spiritual manna from heaven.  They were yet carnal in their understanding of these things.  Some things have not changed in today’s church!

I have waited some time to write this post as I wanted to be certain God wanted me to write it and that I had the understanding to share this profound truth.  Fear of rejection also held me back as I know this will invoke some responses that I have been deceived or somehow led astray.  But I cannot hold it in any longer and stand against the truth revealed unto my heart.  I cannot consciously contribute to people’s continued walk in spiritual darkness and live in peace in my heart.  So we follow no man but only the Spirit of God in the man.  Search the Scriptures with an open heart and I am convinced some of the pillars of error will begin to be dismantled by the Lord.

The will come a day when all will stand before the judgment seat of Christ.  The Scriptures guarantee this.  But what this judgment is and how it will be carried out has been greatly perverted by men.  Such perversions have hidden the true gospel, the one that is good news and the one where God wins the complete and total victory from the minds of deceived hearts.  Satan has deceived the whole world.  Only a very few will be saved from these deceptions.  In the last days the Lord told us they would be so persuasive that even the very elect (the ones HE chooses out of the many called) would be deceived if God Himself did not prevent it.

God is not sitting in heaven waiting to pounce on you for every sin and send a lightning bolt down to zap you.  As we have seen, God is a righteous judge and we should strive against sin but let’s not forget what Scriptures actually teach.

2 COR 5:18-19  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling THE WORLD unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

Jesus Christ, the Son of God came and died for you.  The Father poured out His wrath on His own Son to make final and permanent sacrifice for all sins of the entire world.  Through this act of unmerited love, all men can now be reconciled to God and be given the power to overcome the works of the devil.  I don’t know about you but that is very good news.

I see the concept of Universal Salvation as being very misleading and false.   Salvation at some level is being saved or rescued from the wrath of God.  We can be sure based on God’s mathematics that many will bear the wrath of an Almighty God on the Day of Judgment.   In this sense they are not saved.  But they will one day be purified.  Many are going to be caught in this web of judgment and will be totally surprised when the truth that is found only in Christ is exposed.

1 Thess 5:2-3 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.  For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.

But in the end,  God’s will is done.  God sent His son into the world not to condemn it but to save it.  In the end the propitiation of our sins will be made by Jesus to the Father and mercy will be given.  All things will be reconciled back to God to His glory.

1 John 2:2  And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our’s only, but also for the sins of the whole world

I hope your heart will begin to bear the convictions of propagating a false gospel that greatly diminishes the Lord’s character and greatness.  He is a good God that will continue to give good gifts to His people of which He is the creator of all.  Pause and consider the Apostles words…

1 Timothy 2:1-6  I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;4 Who will have ALL MEN to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;6 Who gave himself a ransom FOR ALL, to be testified in due time.

In due time,  all knees shall bow and all tongues shall confess.  We are blessed to have the ability to do this now and our heart’s desire should agree with the Lord’s that all come to this knowledge of the truth sooner verses later.

Spiritual death or hell is the righteous judgment of God but it is not the final judgment.  Our Father in heaven is a God of love and one of great enduring mercy that we are told will endure forever.

Psalm 136:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endures forever

It is the lovingkindness of God that made us and brings us into His presence and reveals His majesty to us.   Man has been deceived by the serpent and has turned God into a madman that shows no mercy and enjoys punishing His own creation in eternal torment.  Shame on us the Spirit for entertaining such blasphemy.  Our God is good and everything that God does is with goodness in mind.

The Soul That Sins Shall Die

The soul that sins shall die.  A soul that is practicing sin is a soul that is dead to eternal life and alive to sin, the very opposite of walking with Jesus.  When we practice sin, we are cast into a spiritual hell and cannot enter into eternal life.   The peace of God cannot dwell in such a heart.   The wages of sin is this spiritual death and a life of hellish torment and disappointment.    This is the righteous judgment of God.  It is what our loving Father does to bring discipline and chastisement upon us.  He loves us and wants us to be like Him and His purposes are to burn all the impurity out of us so we may enter into His glorious presence.

So if we continue in willful practice of sin, we shall spiritually die, this is the truth.   When we die spiritually we will to hell Jesus and bear a severe punishment.  We should fear this and work out our salvation with fear and trembling knowing the Lord is in control and has given us everything we need.

Hebrews 10:26-27 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,  But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries

Far better said Jesus for us to enter into eternal life with one hand, one foot or one eye than to be cast into hell with our body complete.  The truth about the myth of an eternal literal hell does not mean one does not keep the fear of the Lord before their eyes or goes soft on sin.  But the greater error is to be captured by this doctrine of a demon and turn the nature and character of God into a lie.

The kingdom of God was near it was right there 2,000 years ago.  Don’t miss it by trying to work your own way into heaven. Don’t miss it by being puffed up in your flesh and think you are someone when you are not.  Don’t be so prideful to admit you believed in a lie.  There is freedom in the truth.  Not freedom to sin, but freedom to love like God made us to love.  This fulfills the whole law.

We are to love others as Christ has loved us.  We are to serve just like He came to serve.  He gave us the example to follow.  It is a gospel of love.  God is love. And yes the love of God is to obey His commandments which are not burdensome.

Gal 5:13-14 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word (LOVE), even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

The Apostle continued to warn of the very thing that defines the Christianity being played out online by many that have been set on fire for God.  Let’s wake up folks.

But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.

I think a reexamination of one’s ministry that is focused upon an eternal never ending punishment is in order.  This is not pleasing God and was never the model of discipleship in the Scriptures.  It is an invention of a carnal mind that thinks it serves God yet is partially blind to brightness of this glorious gospel.  I judge you not my friends if this you, as I have been there.  But I trust and know that in due time, this too shall be burned with the fire that is the Lord.

God has used the foolish things of this world, people and circumstances included to show me the things I have learned.  Milton Green played a big part.  My wife has played a huge role as have my sons.  Nobody has the whole loaf, each only a part.  My experiences here on this blog and the commentaries and private email have also been used to open eyes and peel off scales in God’s timing.  God used them all and the words spoken to prick my heart.  The true word of God spoken out in faith as commanded by the Lord through one of His servants will not return void.  It is HIS word that is washing me clean and will wash all of us clean.

Faith encompasses believing on what God said He would do it.  Jesus finished it and thru Him the whole world will be saved.  Will you begin to really believe this gospel?

John 12:32 If I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw ALL peoples to myself!!!!

The promises made to Abraham will come to fruition.  Through him, all the nations and all the peoples of the earth shall be blessed. May you begin to trust in the enduring mercies of our Lord.  More to come as I know many will have objections,  the same ones I did.  But the Word of God is a fire that consumes its adversaries.  The error in my gospel was burnt out of me by the finger of God.  He used the foolish things of this world to bring it about.  To HIM all the glory.  I am praying for you folks and for all the brethren.

ISAIAH 53:1  Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?