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The Is, Was and Will Be Coming of the Lord  

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“The Is, Was and Will Be Coming of the Lord” 

Christian orthodoxy and all the outward Babylonian churches of men continue to teach and focus outwardly on Bible prophecy concerning the Lord Jesus Christ.  The coming of Christ to His people is salvation to every man in God’s appointed order.  When the Lord comes to us, our focus and mindset is turned away from outward carnal distractions and is turned inwardly to what the Lord is doing in our own [inward] heaven and earth.  It is in heaven and earth within where the Lord is revealed to us by the gift of faith [belief] and men are saved in every age.

Joh 12:38  That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? 

Rom 1:17  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith [the gift – Eph 2:8]: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Rom 1:18  For the wrath of God is revealed from [inward not the sky out there] heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men [spiritual fire on the earth – Luk 12:49], who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

The purpose of this study is to correct a misapplication many of us learned and may still cling to with regards to the characteristics of the Living Word, Christ, being “is, was and will be”.  This phrase was very often repeated and the “will be” component often linked to an outward fulfillment of the Scriptures.  It will help us see the truth and our error by using sound words [2Ti 1:13] of what is written in the Scriptures.

A closer look will correct our way of speaking and link it to the Lord’s coming into His Kingdom within every man.  Here are all the places where the attributes of Christ most often cites as “IS, WAS and WILL BE” are taken from in the Scriptures being translated from a single Greek word Strong’s G3801.  Please note the tie to His Coming in every single instance.

Rev 1:4  John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;

Rev 1:8  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. 

Rev 4:8  And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him, and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. 

Rev 11:17  Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

Pretty much all translations, even the literal ones take this ONE GREEK word and translate the perpetual “is, was and is to comecoming of Christ.  Here is what Strong’s offers for the definition of G3801.

 G3801

ὁ ὢν ὁ ἦν ὁ ἐρχόμενος

ho ōn ho ēn ho erchomenos

ho own ho ane ho er-khom’-enos

A phrase combining G3588 with the present participle and imperfect of G1510 and the present participle of G2064 by means of G2532; the one being and the one that was and the one coming, that is, the Eternal, as a divine epithet of Christ. (Each “and” (G2532) was ommited from the phrase because of limited space.): – which art (is, was), and (which) wast (is, was), and art (is) to come (shalt be).

Total KJV occurrences: 4

 

Where does Christ Come to and appear to men?

This is an elementary truth to most of us who have been blessed to see the spiritual meaning of the Scriptures, yet it is a profound truth, actually, a blessing [Mat 13:17], when we first have our eyes opened to see it.  Jesus Christ is not coming out there nor will He be found out there where carnal men continue to look for Him.  The Scriptures tell us where He is found and that is in His Kingdom where He sits on His throne. Where are these places? They are within you and me and all men.

Luk 17:20  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: 

Luk 17:21  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. 

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

Act 7:49  Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord: or what is the place of my rest? 

The indwelling of the Lord is the conclusion of every man’s judgment having lived through the vials of wrath [Rev 15:8] and come out of the Lake of Fire having died to death in the lake of fire which is also the Second Death.

Rev 21:3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 

“All in all” with the Father, the end of Christ’s mission [1Co 15:28] is when Christ is fully formed and living in every man having converted all inward enemies.

Joh 14:19  Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. 

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

Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me ….

This INDWELLING of the Lord, the coming of Christ into His Kingdom, has always been the promise of the New Covenant even as written in the Old Testament.

Eze 37:26  Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. 

Eze 37:27  My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 

Eze 37:28  And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.

The Lord dwells in His people beginning with the chosen few; yet this will grow to include all men as all Israel; [Rom 11:26] will be saved and as all men will be transformed into the image of God through His Son.

Joh 10:16  And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring [the third harvest at the feast of Tabernacles] and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd. 

The whole Millennium Reign lie has even deeper roots and tentacles that will continue to be weeded out and burned up in the fire as the Lord leads us to a greater understanding.  Jesus is not coming to reign on the outward earth yet our correction of that false doctrine is even larger. He is not coming back to the outward physical earth whatsoever! When He as Spirit, ascended into the outward heaven, that being an event and an act that remains a parable [Mar 4:11], we are told that is the same way He will come again.  We will see him coming out of our inward heaven and those He dwells in!

Act 1:11  Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. 

These as all words of the Bible are Spirit [Joh 6:63].  Those given the gift of faith and eyes to see, having an earnest deposit of the same Spirit,  know He already IS COME back to them and that Christ will continue coming in every generation as men are judged and translated from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light.

Col 1:13  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 

Christ is the firstborn from the dead IN EVERY MAN in their time of judgment in the lake of fire.  He is already come in the flesh of His Body [Eph 5:30] and that Body will continue to grow as He comes to men and they are saved in their appointed times [the two general harvests of men].

1Jn 5:20  And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

Those of God will understand and know He is come to them and those who continue to believe and teach of an outward future coming are not of God.

1Jn 4:2  Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh [their flesh and in the Body] is of God:

2Jn 1:7  For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

We are commanded to not to look behind us [Luk 9:62] or look out to the future to find our direction and focus, but instead, follow Him in the here and now of TODAY.  Yes, we do look behind us to see from where we have come from and learn lessons by our experiences in judgment that teach us the right ways of God [His righteousness].  Our spiritual focus and eyes are to be turned into today and looking inward.  The carnal mind looks outward and into the future.  As we are learning more each day, Christ who is the Truth is not to be found out there [Mat 24:26] in what the Scriptures do not reveal.

Ecc 8:17  Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea further; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it. 

Today is our day of salvation [2Co 6:2] if we are given ears to hear and eyes to see the true things of the Spirit.

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. 

Mat 6:34  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. 

That which defiles [the Lord’s temple] is found within us and is what we speak out of our fleshly heart.  It is within us that the work of God is focused and our travailing in judgment brings salvation as Christ comes to us and cleanses the Temple in which He is now dwelling.

Mat 15:19  For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. 

Mat 15:20  These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.” 

Do the Words of Christ Have an Outward Future Fulfillment?

They have a future fulfillment but not a certain outward fulfillment.  Many of us, if not all, were taught the doctrine that every word of God has an outward fulfillment in their former churches or fellowships by men that have created idols and twisted the Scriptures to their own destruction.  The “is, was and is to come characteristic of Christ, is the coming of the Lord to save His people by establishing His kingdom within them.  As we should know, the macro plan of saving mankind comes in the three harvests of 1) Christ, 2) the chosen elect in this age, and 3) all of mankind in third and final harvest.

1Co 15:23  But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming [in 2nd and 3rd harvests]

It is “at his coming” by which all men are saved in the appointed times.  A little leaven leads us to mistakenly apply the “is come, has come and will come” promise of Christ to mean that His words have a future “will be” and OUTWARD FULFILLMENT. That is a false doctrine that comes from looking out there into end-time prophecies and speculating on the end of the physical world [Kosmos] and how humanity will cease to exist in the flesh.  The Lord and the Bible simply does not give us those details as much as carnal men continue to try to find Christ in what is not revealed.    

Deu 29:29  The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law. 

This error of men has led to all kinds of twisting and perverting the simplicity of the gospel into different rewards, two events and experiences for the men in the second and third harvests which teaches us God is a respecter of persons in direct contradiction to His Word. Lord willing we will continue to contend for the faith and the common salvation that comes alike to all men in the times appointed by the Father.

Jud 1:3  Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. 

Ecc 9:2  All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked ….

The words of the Lord, all of them remain Spirit [Joh 6:63].  The prophecies about the end of the age and making of a new heaven and new earth are always speaking or spiritual events [is, was and is to come] that take place in the kingdom of God [be it in iinward heaven or the earth] within every man.  Carnal disciples did not understand then and many do not understand to this day.

Mat 24:3  And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world [G165 – AION or AGE is the proper rendering rather than the word world] 

2Pe 3:13  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth [G1093 = the inner earth that is the KOG, not the outward kosmos or world], wherein dwelleth righteousness

The Lord and the Apostles answered the question regarding the end of the age, which speaks to the end of our carnal mindset and life to every man in the day of the Lord for each.  That is how spiritual words of prophecy and the coming of Christ to set up His inward kingdom in your mind [His throne] is speaking about.  Here is just a partial list of the common signs of the end of the age and the Lord’s coming spoken in many OT and NT books in the Scriptures.

  • Wars
  • Drought and Famine
  • Earthquakes and disasters
  • Disease/epidemics
  • The rise of “the” Antichrist
  • Gospel preached to all the world
  • Persecution of Christians
  • Armies surrounding Jerusalem
  • New Temple Built with the abomination of desolation
  • Great tribulation on all the earth

Everyone reads these signs and immediately our carnal mind will have us looking outside and watching the news to figure out where we are in the Lord’s timeline and when is His outward return to physical earth.  But that was never the purpose or intention of the words of Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21; as those words speak about the Lord coming and appearing to His people within them.  We need to remove the outward future application of “is, was and is to come” into the dust bin of our former carnal thinking.

The Lord has truly confounded the wisdom of the wise of this world, keeping them all in spiritual darkness by working all things, even outward events for His purposes.  His purposes in this age is to blind everyone except those He has chosen for salvation in this age.

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

Rom 11:8  (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day. 

Without the God-given abilities of hearing and seeing in the Spirit [Pro 20:12, Exo 4:11, Mat 13:10], the outward events in the outward world and the Scriptures themselves written in parables and dark sayings [Psa 78:1] will deceive all but the precious few the Lord is moving on to salvation in every generation.

1Co 2:7  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 

1Co 2:8  Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 

1Co 2:9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. 

Looking out there into the world and reading down the prior list of signs, it certainly seems like the end of the world is at hand.  Yet those signs have always been present in the outward world.  Physical wars, diseases, calamities, earthquakes, even the persecution of professing Christians, has always been present on the planet and across the diverse civilization of mankind.  The gospel has long ago been outwardly preached to the ends of the outward earth even the hidden tribes in the Amazon jungle and remote Pacific islands.  The whole deception of physical Israel continues to mesmerize and hold Orthodoxy [i.e. Babylon] in great darkness to this day.

History tells us many professing men of God, all were deceived in the same way we once were and saw these outward signs and the ungodly environment as proof of the end of the world as we know it.  But as the sum of the Word tells us, our eyes and focus are not to be out there on the affairs of the world that are a distraction.  The Lord’s purpose is to keep the whole world in spiritual darkness waiting for their appointed time of His coming with the true light WITHIN THEM.

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

Our understanding grows as we endure judgment and we see that all those signs written in Spirit have been manifesting in our inward earth and heaven where the Lord is making a new vessel complete with a new heaven and a new earth.

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

2Pe 3:10  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 

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

There will be a future application of the words of God until the last man goes through judgment and is remade.  Until that time, Christ has not come to every man.  Every man in His appointed times will have Christ come to them and begin the process of remaking His Temple within them.  That is when those men will live out and fulfill those Scriptures and when these signs and the end of the age will begin to be seen INWARDLY.  Judgment will have then fallen upon the Lord’s house in those so chosen of God for salvation.  The Lord is already come and continues to come in the hearts and minds of His people in the day of His Second Coming to every man.

Mat 24:29  Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 

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 [G1093 – inward land/earth] mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Christ’s coming is always speaking of Him coming into His Kingdom which is the same as His appearing in the hearts and minds of those being saved.  It is the grace of God that is saving us and that grace is the favor given to those He loves in all generations and times [is, was and will be] when He appears within them.

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 

Tit 2:12  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 

Tit 2:13  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing [WITHIN] of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 

The appearing of Christ and His chastening grace will bring much suffering and affliction within us as the gospel is preached to the dead nations and Gentiles within us.  Knowing the truth and standing on the promises of God will have us endure to the end of our inward world [AION – G165] and be saved in this age Lord willing.

2Ti 1:8  Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; 

2Ti 1:9  Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, 

2Ti 1:10  But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death [carnal mindedness, sin], and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

 We are blessed to know and to see these truths [Mat 13:17].  Lord willing we will endure our suffering and afflictions with thanksgiving and pray that He hastens His coming to our earth and finishes the good work He started within us.  We are hastening to the coming of Christ within us as we embrace and receive with thanksgiving the joy of the cross as the signs of the end are made manifest within us.

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

Rev 22:21  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. 

 

This study was extended into the next:  Christ’s Coming Fulfills the Promise of God

 

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

 

 

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Habakkuk Part 5 – Because of Violence in the Land

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“Because of Violence in the Land”

We continue in Habakkuk with the Lord answering the prophet’s complaints about the experience of evil all God’s people are experiencing to be humbled (Ecc 1:13) and have the pride of life burned out of us by fiery trials and judgment.  There should be no surprise to any of us about what the time of the end, the appointed time for each of us to die with Christ is all about.

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:

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 pick up with the third pronouncement of woe against the man of sin that continues to make merchandise in the Lord’s Holy Temple with the lies of the great harlot Spiritual Babylon.

Hab 2:12  Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and stablisheth a city by iniquity! 

Hab 2:13  Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labour in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity? 

Hab 2:14  For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. 

Hab 2:15  Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness! 

Hab 2:16  Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the LORD’S right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory. 

Hab 2:17  For the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein. 

The time of the end of our carnal way of life is defined by these five woes of judgment.  We are saved by the chastening, scourging, fiery grace of God that is only given to the precious few the Lord is dragging to Himself in this age (1Pe 4:17).  This is all the profit of the new man.

Heb 12:10  For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 

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

The Lord wastes nothing in our life.  All things are for our sakes that the glory of God (our obedience) might be made manifest as a result of His grace being poured out (2Co 4;15).  All of it, the good, the bad, the wickedness are being used to shape and molds us.  The Lord causes us to err from His ways (Isa 63:17, Joh 15:5) so He can prune and mold and shape us as He alone is the Potter working His lumps of clay.

Jer 2:19  Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

Rom 9:21  Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

Rom 9:22  What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

Rom 9:23  And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,

Trials and great afflictions are necessary to burn out the SELF and the I, Me and My out of us.  We come to see the vanity of our own works and the strength of flesh only by first trying to save ourselves and build a city for the Lord.

Gal 2:16  Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

We are the unfaithful city before we become the faithful city.  That process is called “being saved” and it comes by the true grace of God which include these five woes but is the process spoken about in all the prophets.  The Lord is faithful to His people even when we are not and fall away into lusts and fornication with the world and its gods.

Isa 1:21  How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.

Isa 1:23  Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.

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

The coming of Christ is the coming of woe unto the old man’s way of life.  As Christ appears inwardly in our personal day of the Lord, we begin to rest from our own labors and enter into the promised rest that remains for the people of God.  The earth, which earth we are, is being silenced as Christ takes His rightful place on the throne of our hearts.

Jer 22:29  O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.

Jer 22:30  Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah.

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

Our labor in the Lord is standing on faith.  This is the work of God that enables us to enter into the Lord’s rest being dead to our self-righteous nature.

Joh 6:29  Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

Our rest seems like an oxymoron but we need to remember the dichotomy of the old man versus the new man.  It requires much labour and suffering for us to stand on faith and not partake of the world’s meat and way of thinking.

1Ti 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.

This judgment that comes only to the sons of Christ in this age is exposing our vanity and our fleshly efforts (LABOR) in the fire.  Until we are being humbled, we will not be able to walk by faith, hence all five woes are needed to align us with the Lord’s instructions.

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

The occasion for the third woe is for building with bloodshed and inequity.  Our flesh cannot let go of its pride and zeal to make a name for ourselves in helping GOD out.

Oba 1:4  Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD.

Mat 23:12  And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

We see this, building the city with blood and inequity, many places in the prophets.  Micah shows how we wrest judgment away and think above what is written in how we think and act in the House of God both within and without ourselves.  Thank God, the Lord sends us trials to cut down the tall prideful trees as we are puffed up with our knowledge.

Mic 3:9 Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity.

Mic 3:10 They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.

Mic 3:11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.

Mic 3:12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.

It is only the emerging and mature mindset that is being used to build the House of the Lord.  We have to be prepared and matured in the fire of judgment before we are being used of the Lord to build His House.

1Ch 22:7 And David said to Solomon, My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build an house unto the name of the LORD my God:

1Ch 22:8 But the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build an house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight. 

1Ch 22:9 Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.

1Ch 22:10 He shall build an house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.

What is building with blood?  It is killing our brothers and sisters and fellow man all of whom are to be considered Jesus Christ (Mat 25:40, 25:45).  We do that by speaking and trusting in lies and false doctrines that lead us to go above what is written and judge according to the flesh, respecting persons and not standing on faith.  When we serve the old man, and are feeding our beast (Ecc 3:18), we are hating the Lord and His Christ and thus we kill and shed blood.

Eze 13:19  And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies?

Mat 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

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

This erring from His ways is all the Lord’s doing to have the occasion to bring trials and teach us to labour in His Word which is the fire.

Hab 2:13  Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labour in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity? 

Hab 2:14  For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. 

The Lord’s people are the fire as we are the representations of Christ in this world (1Jo 4:2, Eph 5:30).

Joh 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

Mat 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Jer 5:14 Wherefore thus saith the LORD God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.

The filling of the earth with knowledge of the glory of God is our being causes to obey the Lord by these fires (Eze 36:27) which is the same as our learning righteousness.

Isa 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. 

The living waters that represent the Word of God are spoken out of the bellies of God’s sons now and in the lake of fire to come (Joh 7:38).  These waters completely engulf the sea which represents our flesh and the flesh of all mankind.  This is the salvation process in a nut shell as we are being made into the image of God little by little and overcoming all things in the earth and the sea.

Gen 1:26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

But before we get there and stand on the sea of glass mingled with fire (Rev 15), we will have to learn the vanity of doing it by our own strength.  The fourth woe is given for us pushing our leavened bread and false doctrines to gather a following and look upon others instead of the mirror with a critical and fault-finding eye.

Hab 2:15  Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness! 

Hab 2:16  Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the LORD’S right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory. 

Hab 2:17  For the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein. 

The accuser of the brethren is being cast down (Rev 12:10) and is overcome by the new man through the trials and suffering that are destroying the beast and false prophet within us.  Now this judgment is upon the House of God which is the Body of Christ.  This is now the second time the Lord in answering Habakkuk, that our judgment is linked to the blood and violence in the land.  This is a double witness to US, we reap what we sow (Gal 6:7).

Hab 2:8  Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil thee; because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.

Hab 2:17  For the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.

We sow violence in the kingdom of God within us (Luk 17:20-21) and in our brothers and sisters.  As we saw above, this is serving the flesh and hating our true Master, the Lord Jesus Christ.  It is not those wicked homosexuals in the world Paul was writing about in Romans 1.  He was speaking about God’s elect as are all the Scriptures.  We are those who know the judgment of God yet continue to find pleasure in fleshly pursuits and gainsaying.

Rom 1:29  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

Rom 1:30  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, ……

Rom 1:32  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

We need to be examining ourselves (2Co 13:5), looking at our own walk (Joh 21:23) and first pulling planks out our own eye before we can help others.

Mat 7:3  NKJV And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?

Mat 7:5  Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Our maturity comes by our immaturity and disobeying these commands and then learning by the subsequent woes.  Wallowing in the sins and flaws of our brothers and sisters as we feast and drink at the Lord’s table is how we first uncover the nakedness of brothers including the new man within us.  We learn the Lord does the work via His Word but in the appointed times.  By reaping what we have sown, we are learning righteousness in the day the woes are being poured out against the man of sin.

Rom 2:1  Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

Rom 2:2  But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.

Rom 2:3  And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

We speak blasphemy against the Lord and His Christ in our first witness for Christ (Rev 13:5-6) until we ourselves are overcome by the beast within us which are being used to humble us and raise us up in due time (Rev 11:15).  The vials are wrath, the cup of the Lord’s indignation are being poured out by the angels of God as we abide in the Body of Christ and experience our inward Armageddon (Rev 16:13-17) at the seventh vial.

The cup in the right hand of the Lord is symbolism for the Body of Christ being the fire that is saving the Lord’s people now and in the lake of fire to come.  Those who abide in this “everlasting” fire are the ones standing upright and learn who despise the gainsaying of Core and reward seeking ways of Balaam and the merchandising of the great harlot.

Isa 33:14  The sinners in Zion are afraid; Fearfulness has seized the hypocrites: “Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?”

Isa 33:15  He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, He who despises the gain of oppressions, Who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes, Who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, And shuts his eyes from seeing evil:

Bringing judgment is the commission of all the Lord’s prophets who are the saviours who save God’s people from their enemies (Neh 9:27, Oba 1:21).  It is the elect who are the Lord’s instruments causing all the nations to drink of the cup.

Jer 25:15  For thus saith the LORD God of Israel unto me; Take the wine cup of this fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it….

Jer 25:17  Then took I the cup at the LORD’S hand, and made all the nations to drink, unto whom the LORD had sent me:

Our circumcision will become uncircumcision in the day our cover is blown and these hidden deeds of darkness are being exposed to us.  As painful as these experiences to be shown just how vile and wicked our flesh can be, it is very necessary to burn out confidence in our own works to save us.  We are being shown the abomination of desolation and the man of sin by the Lord recompensing our wicked deeds upon us.  It is the inward doers of the Word that are being justified not those that have only cleaned the outside of the cup.  There is a deeper meaning to outward than just being a physical Jew.

Rom 2:28  For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

Rom 2:29  But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Lebanon means White Mountain and in these verses, symbolizes our outward righteousness as hypocritical Pharisees.  Christ pronounces woe upon these white washed tombs.

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

That is the negative side of the word white, which is likened to spiritual leprosy which is walking by the flesh and not by faith.  The priests of the Lord examine themselves and the brethren for this disease which is identified by white lesions (Lev 13:3-6).  Our adversary, the devil, is clever in transforming himself into this white appearing being.

2Co 11:14  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

2Co 11:15  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Lebanon was the source of wood/ for the Temple of the Lord that Solomon built (1Ki 5:6-14).  But that house built by the hands of men is not the true house built by the Lord’s hands (Col 2:11, Act 7:49) and the chastening of the Word.  The first Temple is the one we build in the conceit of our knowledge and pride by our own works.  And as an old Solomon found out, we too will come to see the vanity of the works of our flesh.

Psa 127:1  A Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

Ecc 1:2  Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

Ecc 1:3  What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?

But thankfully the Lord is faithful to bring these woes (judgments) upon those few He loves and Has chosen to be out of this world in this age (Heb 12:6).  The pride of man, the strength of the flesh, symbolized also by the cedar trees of Lebanon are being devoured and chopped down by the sword of the Lord which includes the wicked nations within us (Psa 17:13, Isa 10:5).

Zec 11:1  Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars.

Zec 11:2  Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down.

Zec 11:3  There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled.

In Isaiah, we see the Lord send the King of Assyria to humble Israel.  This is the violence upon Lebanon that will cover us and bring us to repentance.

Isa 10:33  Behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, shall lop the bough with terror: and the high ones of stature shall be hewn down, and the haughty shall be humbled.

Isa 10:34  And he shall cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one. 

Looking good outwardly means little to the Lord.  He is looking to our hearts and that is where our focus should be as fruit that remains comes only from the good and pure seed of Christ.  Our hearts are being changed little by little and our outward self-righteousness is being burned up as we are reaping what we are sowing living through these five woes of judgment.

Next week Lord willing, we will finish the last of the five woes and move into Habakkuk’s humble prayer of response where he shows the learning that comes by living through the chastening grace of God.

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