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Amos Part 26 – I Will Bring Again the Captivity of My People

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“I Will Bring Again the Captivity of My People”

Key Verses: Amos 9:9 – 9:15

This prophecy of Amos like all prophecy of judgment ends with salvation which is the very purpose for judgment and the very means of our deliverance from sin (Exo 6:6, Isa 1:27).  The Lord is saving His people right on the timelines declared from the beginning.

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

Blessed are we, the few chosen (Mat 22:14) and Lord willing the faithful (Rev 17:14) who have been given the gift of faith and the accompanying ears to hear and eyes to see. Here are the verses that complete the prophecy which are ushering in the good news gospel

Amo 9:8  Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the LORD. 

Amo 9:9 For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.

Amo 9:10 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us.

Amo 9:11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: 

Amo 9:12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this. 

Amo 9:13 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.

Amo 9:14 And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.

Amo 9:15 And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.

The Lord’s purpose is always to save us and bring forth Christ by the destruction of our flesh and carnal way of life.

Jer 18:4  And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

Rev 21:5  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

As we read these prophecies it is important to remember they all have an “is, was and will be” fulfillment just as do all of the Scriptures (Rev 1:8).  Yet it is The Elect, the true Israel of God in this and the past ages that will be living these words out in this eon (life) as we are prepared to be the rulers, judges and saviours (Oba 1:21) of the Lord in the ages to come.   The rest of mankind will be saved in the lake of fire by the words of fire spoken by the Elect, the deliverer from Sion.

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

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

And it’s not any man, but only Christ, the Word in us, that is doing the judging and the saving.

Joh 12:48  He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

Being sifted or shaken in a sieve is how we are brought to our wits ends unable to save ourselves from the stormy trials of the Lord’s whirlwind.  The purpose of the trials and afflictions is to break our fleshly spirit and pride and bring an end to our trusting in anything else but the Lord.   All that is not of faith must be removed from our heavens and our earth.  The shaking and the burning by fire are one in the same; namely the Word working judgment and purging all that needs purging.

Heb 12:26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.

Heb 12:27  And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 

Heb 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

Heb 12:29  For our God is a consuming fire.

The old man must be sifted so they only thing remaining will be built on the right foundation of faith.  The man of sin is being destroyed in the same process that Christ in us is being raised up.   We will be saved in that appointed time whether that is in this age or the one to come.  Not the least grain will fall to the earth is another way of saying the Lord will lose nothing whom the Father has given Him.

Joh 10:28  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

Joh 6:39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

The natural state of all mankind in these bodies of flesh is a virtual sinning machine (Isa 51:5) made that way on purpose to be destroyed.  The wages of sin are spiritual death (Rom 6:23) but also bring the recompense of the Lord in coming the second time for salvation apart from sin.

Amo 9:10 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us. 

Jesus Christ is come into the world, not to call the (self) righteous but to save those who know they are sinners and can do no good thing (Mat 9:13, Rom 7:24).  The salvation of sinners is by means of the war that is being fought in the hearts and minds of God’s people.  The soul that sins shall die (Eze 18:20) and that death is by a sword which is the Word that judges us.

Mat 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

Christ always comes in the darkest part of the spiritual night when we are blinded from the truth and not hearing nor obeying His commandments (famine of the Word) despite our faking it.

Jer 23:17 They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto everyone that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.

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

Isa 59:8 The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.

 In order to build a new temple and create the new heavens and new earth wherein righteousness will dwell (2Pe 3:13); the old one temple must first be torn down.

Amo 9:11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old

Amo 9:12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this. 

These verses have nothing to do with a physical temple or Tabernacle being rebuilt in the end times.  While the whole orthodox world looks at events in modern day Israel and the Middle East and for physical Jews to begin constructing a new physical temple, the Lord has been at work in His Elect building His Church which is the  Temple in which He dwells.

Act 7:48 Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet,

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

The temple is rebuilt in three days with the number three signifying the process of spiritual progression and maturity we gain in our day of the Lord (judgment).

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

Joh 2:20 Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?

Joh 2:21 But he spake of the temple of his body  (Eph 5:30).

But as Amos implies here, a new temple cannot be built until the first one is utterly destroyed.

Mat 24:1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.

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

Flesh and blood are only temporary dwelling places for us in the grand scheme of the Lord’s plan for mankind.  It was not intended and cannot inherit the kingdom of God (1Co 15:50).

Salvation is of the Jews and comes through the Jews but as those words are all spirit and refer to the true Israel of God that have and are being circumcised by the hands of the Lord (Rom 2:28-29).  The disciples came to understand that salvation was for all men and would eventually extend to every man, “the Gentiles”, in the Lord’s timing.

Act 15:13 And after they had held their peace, James answered, saying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me:

Act 15:14  Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. 

Act 15:15  And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written,

Act 15:16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: 

Act 15:17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.

The rebuilding of the temple is for the glory of the Lord and for His namesake.

Eze 36:22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.

Eze 39:21 And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.

With a newly built house with new walls (doctrines) and a new foundation (faith in the Word) there is a new roof (head) as we acquire the mind of Christ.  This is the perfect will of God.

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

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

Edom symbolizes the first-born man of the flesh “Esau” and comes from the Hebrew word meaning red “adom via adam”.  We possess the remnant of Edom and “all the heathen” nations as we overcome sin in our life and little by little possess the spiritual land that was promised.

Rom 6:6  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Isa 60:21 Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.

The Restoration of Israel

The restoration of Israel is how these final verses are subtitled in most Bibles including e-Sword.  That is exactly correct yet speaks to spiritual Israel which will ultimately expand to be all mankind in the Lake of Fire.  The harvest of souls, the making alive in the Spirit of every man is assured.  It only awaits the Lord’s times determined for every man from the very beginning.

Amo 9:13 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt. 

The Lord does not always plant or plow as there are many steps to salvation.  There comes a time for the harvest which is the end purpose and salvation.  The harvest is brought in by His laborers (the Elect) in His field.  The last harvest of the three (1Co 15:21-22) is gathered after the Millennium Reign when flesh is destroyed by the fire of judgment in the final feast of ingathering.

Deu 16:13 Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine:

Exo34:22 And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end.

Both now and at the white throne judgment, it is the Elect who will do the reaping.

Mat 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

All Israel (mankind) shall be saved at the end of the Millennium Reign at the great white throne judgment.  This is how the tabernacle of God will be extended to all mankind.

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

Rev 20:12  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Rev 20:13  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

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.

Spiritual Jerusalem, aka Zion, the Body and Bride of Christ, is the Lord’s Holy Mountain from which come the living waters, the spiritual milk and all true knowledge (wine) regarding the doctrines of the Lord.  The Book of Joel ends very similar as the process of judgment is one.

Joe 3:17 So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.

Joe 3:18  And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim.

The water of the washing by the Word is followed by the fire as Christ comes a second time for judgment even to those who will be judged in the Lake of Fire.  Knowing the truth is not enough, we must become doers, and the Lord will make us all overcomers with fire.

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

The melting of hills is destroying our idols (the high places) in our heavens and earth and bringing the pride of man low.

Nah 1:5 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.

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.

The Elect hold all these roles listed here for the Lord.  I am not taking time to show and prove all of that but here are some quick references.  We are the plowman (Luk 9:62), the reapers (Mat 13:41), the treader’s of grapes (Jer 25:30) and the sower (Mar 4:14).  The Bible is CHRIST CENTRIC and it is knowing who Jesus Christ is and that He is come in a body of flesh today that opens up the eyes of our understanding to see these deep truths.

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.

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

It is through the Body of Christ that these greater works are getting done now and in the Lake of Fire.  Christ’s Elect will be the lake of fire, assembled together in one mind from which judgment will come to all men.  The words translated overtaken as in the plowman overtaking the reaper, makes it difficult to understand what is being said.  Of 187 occurrences, it is only translated overtaken here in this one verse of Amos.  A better rendering and more often use of the Hebrew word H5066 “nagash” is to “draw near or draw nigh”.

Amo 9:13 YLT – Lo, days are coming—an affirmation of Jehovah, And come nigh [H5066] hath the ploughman to the reaper, And the treader of grapes to the scatterer of seed, And the mountains have dropped juice, And all the hills do melt.

 The time is nigh and the end (salvation) is at hand salvation when we live out our day of the Lord and come through the spiritual earthquake that we were told would be coming from the beginning (Amo 1:1).

Rev 16:18  And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

When we share the truth with our fellow man, in the appointed times, we reveal Jesus Christ to them and they enter into the day of the Lord as their time is now at hand.  Such will be the process that is followed as all men come to the knowledge of the Truth.

Rev 22:9  Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

Rev 22:10  And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.

Righteousness will work it course as we endure and are taught by judgment in the earth meaning our walk and life in this age (Isa 26:9).

Amo 9:14 And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. 

We are all slaves, either to sin or to righteousness.

Rom 6:16  Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

And that is what being set free really means.  We are freed from our bondage to sin and made into bondservants of righteousness.

Rom 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

Jesus Christ is come to set the captives free (Luk 4:18) from sin which is our deliverance and salvation.  When the Lord sets us free, we shall be free indeed of our former bondage.  When Christ is exalted in our heavens we are given to put on the mind of Christ, then captivity to sin is taken captive.

Eph 4:8  Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

Isa 14:2  And the people shall take them, and bring them to their place: and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the LORD for servants and handmaids: and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors.

The Lord does have a good plan for us (Jer 29:10) but that plan requires us to go through many tribulations and experience death to our old man to be saved.  But the Lord caused the former and He alone will be causing the latter when we are dragged to Him.

Jer 29:14  And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.

Joh 6:44  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

The beast which all men are (Ecc 3:18) is overcome and subdued by Jesus Christ. Vengeance indeed the Lord’s if we are patient to wait for it.

Rev 13:10  He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

As our obedience is made manifest by judgment (Eze 36:27), then our works are blessed and the desolate cities within are inhabited by the new man Jesus Christ.

Deu 28:1  And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

Deu 28:2  And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God.

Deu 28:3  Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

Deu 28:4  Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

Judgment now is on the house of God (The Elect – 1Pe 4:17) and only those judged now will be the judges (1Co 11:31-32) in the lake of fire.  But the rest of mankind will be raised at the Second Resurrection and it is only then that they will be judged and live through the pain and suffering of judgment, even in spiritual bodies.

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

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.

There is no turning back. Salvation is sure and it comes exactly in the Lord’s timetable.  But as we saw earlier, those ordained to be saved will be saved and none shall ever lost.  Once we are planted by the Lord in the HOLY CITY we as Christ, the Word will not return voidl

Amo 9:15 And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God. 

Here is some good news.  Once we make it, enduring to the very end, there is no reneging or risk of loss.  We shall forever be with the Lord (1Th 4;17) once we are given to overcome.

Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

Once judgment is complete, righteous reigns supreme.  Nothing will enter in to the temple and the city that is unclean or an abomination (Rev 21:27).  This is the hope we should have in Christ that is saving us now and will save all men in the Lake of Fire.

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

The vision of the Holy City and the Lamb’s wife was taught to me and most of us as a view of a physical heaven in which we would live with the Lord forever.  But even now knowing these words are spirit and speak of spiritual things, the visions is even more glorious if we have faith.

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 22:3  And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

Rom 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 

We that know these truths now are so blessed and to be together in One Body so we can hold each other up as we partake of our judgment now with our temple opened in our mind to His Testimony.

Rev 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

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

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Micah Part 15 – Saviours from Bethlehem

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Saviours From Bethlehem

Key Verses Micah 5:1 – 5:6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rev 19:1 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bethlehem means House of Bread. 

H1035, bêyth lechem, bayth leh’-khem

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 H672, ephrâthâh

From H6509; fruitfulness; Ephrath, another name for Bethlehem

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

H1144, binyâmı̂yn, bin-yaw-mene’

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 H7462 – râ‛âh

Total KJV Occurrences: 172

feed, 55

shepherds, 33

shepherd, 28

fed, 11

herdmen, 7

pastors, 7

feedeth, 5

feeding, 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 H5257,  nes-eek’

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

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

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

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

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

Here is the last verse for our study.

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

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

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

Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

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

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

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

Jesus via His Body of Christ is the door.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Beware Lasciviousness

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1Pe 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:

Walking with the same mind of Jesus Christ is how we overcome and are getting beyond the fleshly pursuits listed here by Peter.  Once we are chosen to suffer by the Lord and brought into the Truth and abide in the fire of the Body of Christ; we are no longer supposed to be living our lives the way the Gentiles (our former self included) live.

1Pe 4:1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
1Pe 4:2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God

Those precious few given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God can easily forget these warnings.  We have many reminders to stir up the truth and admonish and exhort us to beware of becoming slothful and lazy with regards to our battle with worldly lusts.  This sinful way of living needs to be put behind us.

Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Becoming a doer of the word and not just a hearer requires work as we will see. Jesus Christ did not come and is not still coming so we can continue to live in sin. He comes to set the captives (all men) free from our bondage to sin.  That is the very essence of what salvation is all about.

All of the Lord’s people will struggle with sin to some degree all the days we live in these marred vessels of clay. However the promise of salvation is we are being saved from our sins.  This comes little by little as the Scriptures declare and for good reasons that is to keep us from thinking we d0 it by our own strength and initiative.

Deu 7:22 And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee.

Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.

As we mature we must be able to look behind us and see progress being made as we are giving more and more dominion over sin. The Lord is surely long-suffering and this process takes far longer than we want in order to teach us patience.  Yet it is not a excuse to take a let’s eat, drink and be merry attitude.

Heb 6:12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

All things becoming new include our old behaviors passing away in the Aorist Greek tense as the word is, was and will be working in our lives.

2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passing away; behold, all things are becoming new.

Not seeing that progress should be a warning sign something is amiss.  We must examine ourselves to see if we are really in the faith.  The grace of the Lord that scourges us and teaches us and ultimately causes us to obey the Lord (Eze 36:27) can be received in vain.

2Co 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

We receive such grace in vain, when we do not learn from our mistakes and the chastening the Lord brings for our sins.  If we fail to learn the lessons, we are doomed to repeat them and this will impede moving on to be a mature man in Christ.  There is a fine line between claiming ourselves to be the chief of sinners (which we are apart from Christ working in us) and to receive the grace of the Lord in vain.  To sit back and say the Lord is making you sin is being lascivious if we are not careful.

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

The Lord sends us trials and delegates the tempting of our sinful flesh to the enemy in order to test our faith.  Those that fail get more trials and more grace until they get it.

Jas 1:13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

Knowing what real grace is is of utmost importance for our progress of being saved.  Grace is what scourges us and the resulting chastening is what teaches us to obey with time and repeated “lessons”.  We must learn that our every disobedience will result in our just reward from the Lord.

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

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,

Tit 2:12  chastening (training) us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,

Where sin increases, the suffering and chastening in the heat of His furnace increases.

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

Still we are naturally brute beasts (Ecc 3:18, Rom 7:24) and it takes our entire lives to be fully delivered and we only ever receive it in down payment form until we are given our new spiritual bodies. We all fall victim to lascivious spirits that keep us in bondage to sin.  We need to be reminded of this and our need to get up and to get back on the narrow road and learn what went wrong and make changes in our walk.  To win the war we must (be given to) start and continue in winning the battles against our fleshly desires.

1Pe 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;

Sin no longer should be ruling in our mortal fleshly bodies.  As our faith grows and actions are added to our faith and we (Christ rising up in us) begin to gain victories little by little.

Rom 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.

This is a serious calling and a serious walk of faith that requires tremendous effort and endurance that the Lord will give us as we grow in faith.

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

We tend to focus only on the positive and not the negative aspects of the Word of God. It is a two edged sword and we need not forget either side.  Who wants to talk about sin and the chastening we are given in return?  Who wants to talk about us falling away and becoming a reprobate?  No, our flesh wants to rest and take it easy thinking knowledge is what it is all about.  We speak often to one another of the Lord’s Sovereignty in ALL THINGS but much less frequently of the battles and lessons REQUIRED to overcome sin and walk out our faith. We can’t misuse the sovereignty of God and use it implicitly as an excuse for our continued sinful ways.  We need to beware of lascivious spirits and remember we do not inherit the promises until we have done the will of God.

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

And what is that will?  We do not need to guess what it is.

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

Our turning grace into lasciviousness is not something we are done with after we leave the physical Babylonian churches.  We need to beware of carrying this spirit even while we are in the truth today.  Jude was writing to us, the Body of Christ, when he penned these words.  We best beware of “those men”, especially our carnal deceitful hearts that creep in unawares with a lascivious spirit.  It’s what flesh loves to do.  Like Jude, we need to exhort one another to be diligent which means careful to contend for our faith.  It is this lazy spirit of sloth and lasciviousness that wants to use God’s sovereignty and the salvation promised to all men to avoid the need to strive and labor in our walk of faith.

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.

Jud 1:4  For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

We can have all the truth we want but if we turn it into lasciviousness, we are denying the Lord and His Power within us.  Jude reminds us what happens if we do not move on to maturity and stop our progress of overcoming sin.

Jud 1:5  I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.

It is a mistake to not be exhorting each other over this battle with sin. We are far too quick to just say it’s the Lord and go about our daily lives.  Battling and contending with this spirit is never ceasing until the day we physically die.

Heb 3:13  But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

Our learning comes by suffering and being chastised by our Lord.  But we cannot continue to pursue the same course.

Heb 12:13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
Heb 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

1Pe 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

We know we must endure to the end and we do that by fighting, striving and working.  It is the last days and we are warned what happens in those days in each of us and this is what happens, we have a form of godliness but denying  the power of Christ in us (thru our unbelief) to change us.

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

Being cautious of pinning all of our sins on the Lord and using that to justify our continued bad behavior is how a lascivious spirit deceives us. Sure He is causing it but He is doing it to His people so we will learn to stop doing it.  We are fighting to lay hold of the life promised and flee from those things that defile us.

1Ti 6:11  But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

1Ti 6:12  Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses

If we have issues with besetting sins, we need to be changing our behavior Lord willing to remove those things from our pathways.

Pro 22:3  A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punished.

At times we have humility but lack the fear that is so needed to bring us to obedience.

Pro 22:4  By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches, and honour, and life.

Guarding our hearts and the entry points into our life is required.  This is a serious matter requiring us to take ACTION.  Faith without these works are dead.

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

Pro 4:26  Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.

Pro 4:27  Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

Contrary to the myths some apply to the Apostle Paul, he was not soft on sin, he warned every man and labored himself to the very end.

Col 1:28  Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

Col 1:29  Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

We are to be putting off the old man and putting on the new man.  This takes diligent action on our part.

Col 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
Col 3:6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
Col 3:7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
Col 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
Col 3:9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
Col 3:10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

This is working out our own salvation WITH FEAR and TREMBLING.

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

We will never attain perfection in this life but we must beware the ditch on the other side of this narrow road.  Our entire life is the works of the Lord’ hands and no matter what we do,  it’s the Lord doing it.  Yet we must beware a lascivious spirit leading us away from fear and trembling at the Word.  If we stop striving diligently we are falling short.

 Luk 13:24  Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

We will reap what we sow. If we continue to sow inequity to that disobedience (no matter what it is) we are also reaping.  We have heard these things before but we are not taking heed of these serious matters.

Heb 2:1  Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things (i.e. strive and work) which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.

Heb 2:2  For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;

There are no free passes.  Grace is not a wink wink and no punishment.  Sin will be recompensed.

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

So don’t get me wrong here and this is not intended to discourage anyone, but rather encourage you.  We don’t save ourselves but I hope to instill in all of us a renewed respect and fear of the Lord.  When we do sin and it is brought to our attention we need to respond in faith.  We have seen people taken right out of the truth who failed to heed this and came to believe we are not to fear the Lord or tremble at every word.  We need to take seriously our sins and disobedience. When we fall down, we must take action and get right back up, Lord willing of course.  Unless we are given of the Lord to progress, and this takes WORK, we are falling short of the goal.

Heb 4:1  Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

So we must work and strive together to make our calling and election sure.  We need to add to our faith and our knowledge the things Peter mentions.  This is the only way we are made partakers of His Divine nature (i.e. saved from our sins) and escape the lusts of this world.  We can’t sit back and continue doing the same old worldly things and expect a different result.  That is called insanity.  We are moving on to maturity if the Lord wills.  The end of the matter is our obedience and this comes by ADDING to our knowledge and to our faith. This is how the DOING part comes about.

2Pe 1:5  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

2Pe 1:6  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

2Pe 1:7  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity (LOVE)

We are made whole with the Lord when we obey the commandments.  That is the end of the matter as it relates to what the Lord is doing with us, His pieces of clay.

Ecc 12:13  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole (duty) of man.

2Jn 1:6  And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

2Ti 2:19  Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

Once the salvation of all men becomes the new reality and we realize we were lied to all our lives, lasciviousness is a common trap our sinful flesh and deceitful carnal hearts will stimulate in our lives.  Why strive to obey the Lord since all men will be saved anyway?  But there are many reasons for such a thing, beyond this post to cover.  But one thing is for sure such an attitude is immature and there is no fear of the Lord in one’s eyes who thinks such a thought.  We all will learn and our continuing to learn that Jesus Christ is not a minister for sin.

Gal 2:17 But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid.

So we must be very careful for thoughts that make it okay to justify our continued living in sin.  We are indeed slaves to sins when we start out.  But we need to stop being slaves to sin and become slaves of righteousness if we are going to make the cut for the first resurrection.

Rom 6:18  Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

Rom 6:22  But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

Freedom is not free as the world likes to say and that is true in the spiritual sense as well.  There is a price to be paid (count the costs) and we work for our freedom from sin and that is by becoming slaves to righteousness.  We won’t eat and progress if we do not work for it ourselves. Without us being given the zeal to work, we won’t eat and thereby won’t grow in our faith and maturity.   A lazy spirit leads to lasciviousness and abusing the grace of the Lord.

2Th 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

We learn this by being judged, yet if the behavior does not change, we are not learning and more grace is needed to work righteousness within us.  The sooner we get this done the sooner we can enter into rest.

Wisdom is the combination of KNOWLEDGE with understanding that comes with experience.  Fear of the Lord is necessary to move us on to be Holy as our Lord is Holy.  Until we get over our lasciviousness we are not progressing and need to be retaught basic oracles of the Lord including fear.

Pro 9:10  The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

Wisdom results from this fear and that is how we learn the lessons and become wiser and wiser with the trials and temptations we are continually given.

Isa 33:5  The LORD is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he hath filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.

Isa 33:6  And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD is his treasure.

A lazy attitude will keep us from maturing and we will continue to learn over and over again the function of grace until we get it.  Under the law of true faith, Jesus is not a minister for sin, He will judge His people and this is how that works.

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

We will learn obedience by the things we suffer and the sooner we learn it the better off we will be.

Heb 10:28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
Heb 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

We learn to fear our physical fathers when our disobedience is punished and it is no different with our heavenly father.  In our day of abiding in the scourging grace we will learn to fear and we will be caused to stop our disobedience.

Heb 10:30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
Heb 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

The Lord’s people are fellow laborers who are striving daily to ensure and progress onward to maturity.  We like the Apostle Paul, continue to learn and appreciate more and more the warnings of keeping our sinful ways under subjection lest we be castaway despite knowing all the truths we know.

1Co 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

The doing part is the hard part.  We have to walk out our faith and becoming a true example to others.  Otherwise we cannot be used for the Lord’s purposes now or for the Higher Calling in the ages to come.  If we don’t overcome we too, are becoming reprobates. We are proving our faith by passing the test and trials that are given to us.

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

We are warned about being deceived about this ongoing battle against sin.  Here are both John, Paul and Peter’s words written for our admonition.

1Jn 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
1Jn 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Gal 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

1Pe 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
1Pe 1:14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
1Pe 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
1Pe 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

It is those who overcome who will be given the Eight Promises of the Lord in the Book of Revelation.  Talk about a carrot, an incentive to strive and labor on this journey.  These promises are reserved only to those few that are being found faithful to the end.  Here are just the last three promises linked to overcoming (sin) that are cited.

Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

Rev 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Rev 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Sincere questions or comments welcome. You can email me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.

Your Brother in Christ,  PETE

 

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Doing The Work Of God

wordsoffireJohn 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.

Disciples of Jesus Christ will do the works that Christ did and per the words of the Lord we are told we will do even greater works than He did.  This post will explore what are those works that Christ was speaking about.  The truth is those works are not what is being done in the churches of men.  God has a purpose in all of this as He is indeed working all things for the counsel of His will.

The work of God is simply to bring about the accomplishing of His good and perfect will which is our sanctification.  This purification comes thru the process of judgment and chastening grace and is brought to us all in our appointed times.  And we should know that it is the WORD,  the fiery word that brings judgment when we are given ears to hear.  So all the work of God in simplistic terms is speaking His words of fire.

Look at this Scripture that tells us what a workman is going to be good at! Rightly Dividing the Word.

2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

All the prophets of God were sent to speak His word, “thus sayeth the Lord”, some basic examples….

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.

Eze 2:7  And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.

Eze 3:4  And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them.

Isa 6:9  And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.

It is the WORD that heals, turns hearts, cleanses lepers, cast of demons and raises the spiritual dead to life.    The entire world is an enemy of God and it is by His Elect, doing the works of Christ (the Christ of Christ) that we feed our enemies and given them drink that nourishes their soul.  It is speaking the word of God; Christ that is the work Jesus spoke about.  This is giving food and drink to our enemy and those chosen of God (the little ones).

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

Look at this Scripture.  Giving food and water, heaps coals of fire upon the heads of our enemies.  That is because the food and drink is the living word, the words of Christ that if they are heard with spiritual ears, will consume the wood that is our fleshly and carnal minds and its doctrines.

John 21:17 Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

The Elect of God do these works not to save ourselves or stay saved, we do them primarily because we are commanded to do it and obeying these commandments IS THE LOVE OF GOD.

1Jn 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
1Jn 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

But also have an extra incentive for doing them zealously.  We work for the reward that is promised to all that are faithful to their calling and election.

Mat 10:42  And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.

That reward is the crown of righteousness and the honor of ruling with Christ during His reign here on the physical earth and to judge the world in righteousness at the second resurrection.

Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

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

The harlot churches and traditions of men have totally confused and mixed up the promise of salvation with the promises given to the Elect of God.  They do not understand Election or its purposes and this applies to the so called Calvinist denominations.  They have no clue. This is at the heart of the confusion and blindness that binds them all in spiritual darkness.

This is the work of God to do the same things Christ did.  He sends us to do exactly what His Father sent Him to do.  Like Father like Son.

Mat 10:6  But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Mat 10:7  And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

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

I used to wonder why we did not see many miracles and people being raised from the dead.  I thought the issue was sin which had overpowered God’s plan; rendering the words of Christ null and void.  Such carnal foolishness,  the problem was understanding what the work of God truly is.

The Apostle Paul encourages the saints to always be abounding in the work of the Lord.

1Co 15:58  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Our labor of planting seeds and water seeds already planted will never be in vain.  In due time the whole harvest and all men shall be saved by this WORD we speak.

Christ’s Works WERE NOT The Signs and Miracles

The Father certainly gave Christ the Spirit without measure we are told and with that measure of the Spirit Christ did many miracles and signs to get the attention of the world.  But those are not the works of Christ that the Lord spoke about nor is sending us to do.  We can see that if we examine the Scriptures understanding that His words are SPIRIT and it is those words that do the work of God.

Joh 5:36  But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.

Joh 5:37  And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.

Joh 5:38  And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not.

One has to have God given ears to hear to do the works of God.  The Pharisees could not hear His voice at any time.  If they had heard Christ they would have heard the Father.  But they had not ears to hear.  We only get ears to hear in conjunction with the gift of faith and it is only at that time that His word will be abiding in us.  Until we have that word in us, we will be on the outside of covenant and believe not, just like the religious of Christ’s days in the flesh.  In speaking with His Disciples,  Christ instructed them about the religious opposition they would face, that all the Elect will face in their respective generations.

Joh 15:22  If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin.

Joh 15:23  He that hateth me hateth my Father also.

Joh 15:24  If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.

The work of God is speaking the words of truth to the lost house of Israel!    

The Mission of the Christ of Christ

So I hope you are beginning to see the truth emerge.  The work of God is not at all what the professing church thinks it is.  The entire focus of the Babylon churches is on external activities; be it missions and programs to help people in the flesh.  Providing food for the poor, clothing and housing assistance and visiting inmates in prison are very nice things to do and reflect a compassionate that God has put into the hearts of the many called.  And these are God’s work and are not our own and when we think they are are doing they are filthy rages before God. Yet doing this nice stuff  is not what Christ was speaking about and you will not see such programs focused on helping the world in the flesh as the calling for disciples of Jesus Christ anywhere in Scripture.

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

In fact Jesus said these words right after the multitudes who had been fed physical bread and fish followed Him across the lake.  Christ told them bluntly they sought after Him not for the true spiritual bread of heaven but for the physical fulfillment.

Joh 6:25  And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?

Joh 6:26  Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.

Joh 6:27  Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

The multitudes (the professing church) pressed Him looking for a sign and Christ in explaining His work, made the clear distinction between the bread they thought was from heaven versus the true bread that comes by the Father from heaven.

Joh 6:30  They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?

Joh 6:31  Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat.

Joh 6:32  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.

Joh 6:33  For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

This is a huge lesson right here and I do hope you will pause to receive it.  The work of God is feeding the hungry and giving them drink.  This speaks of the bread from heaven and the living water that represents the true gospel and the mysteries of the kingdom of God.

Pro 25:21  If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink:

But make no mistake, the work of God is speaking the gospel, it is feeding our enemies and giving them water to drink.  It is visiting them in prison and clothing them from their nakedness.  These are all spiritual things true worshippers will do and this all comes from God and through His living word which is Christ.  Let’s take a quick look at the works Christ is looking for at the judgment seat.

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:

As we will see below, it is the ELECT, the Christ of Christ that is sent to do the works of God here on this earth.  Christ in speaking to the sheep here, is speaking the Elect only.

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:

Giving people the pure milk that is the foundation of this good news gospel is drink that will nourish all new babes into maturity.  Giving those who accept the milk the stronger meat and deeper things of God is what all those chosen of God and given to ears to hear will long for and seek out constantly.  When we accept perfect strangers into our fellowship because they hear us we know they are of God and we take these strangers into our spiritual houses.

1Jn 4:6  We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us.

Christ continues….

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

Being clothed in righteousness and garments of salvation means to walk in faith that is given by God.  We clothe the brethren when we speak the true gospel and these fiery words that are an offense to all flesh.  When those words are heard and planted in hearts prepared by God, people are clothed.  The same are healed of their spiritual sicknesses and are released from the prisons and the bondage and torment they had lived their whole lives prior.

Heb 2:14  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;

Heb 2:15  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

The Elect shall answer Christ….

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.

By all means we are to love all of our neighbors, whether they are in the faith or out of the faith.  So don’t get me wrong,  if God places such a one in your life, we are to be like the good Samaritan of Luke 15.  But that is not the primary calling of God’s Elect,  God has set it up and uses Babylon and all the ordinances of men and government to provide those things. He is working all things for the counsel of His will.  The Elect are to go to the lost house of Israel, the many called, the professing church and speak the words of fire.  We will certainly help those God puts in our paths where we can but we are not to be preoccupied with the physical needs of the world.

Joh 17:9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.

Faith Comes By Hearing

You see the Elect is the CHRIST of CHRIST.  The Elect is HIS BODY here on the earth.  That is how Christ can say when we did these things (gave food, clothing, etc)  for the least of the brethren, we did it for HIM.  We did it for His Elect that were on this earth and that is how they in turn come to faith.

He is in us and we are in Him.  We do not know until we speak the truth,  nor judge in the flesh who is of God and who is not.  Our only way of knowing is to speak these words that feed and nourish and if they hear those words will accomplish their purposes.  That is why we do it.   Christ’s Christ must be sent out to speak these words, that is the work of God.

Rom 10:14  How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

Rom 10:15  And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Rom 10:16  But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

Rom 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

I have been criticized for spending as much time as I do on the computer writing these things, posting comments on my blog,  other blogs and on Facebook.  But I have news for you, that is doing the work of God and certainly if one does not neglect their physical families.  If it were not for my activities I would still be in spiritual darkness wondering after the beasts and the false Christian traditions of men.  We should of course be prepared always to give an account be it face to face or online to all that may inquire of the hope we have in us.

1Pe 3:15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Disciples will be led of God to diligently and among great opposition speak HIS fiery words that the Lord has put into our mouths to speak.  This is doing the work of God and this is how Christ builds His church,  by given them ears to hear and the thirst to drink of His living waters, which is the WORD.

Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

The Ministry of Christ and His Christ

This is how Jesus described His ministry when He first began under the power of the Holy Spirit that was poured into Him without measure.

Luk 4:18  The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

Luk 4:19  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

This is exactly the same ministry that is given to HIS CHRIST,  His body,  the Elect.

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

The Elect of God is likened to a devouring fire just like Christ and His God the Father.

Luk 12:49  I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled

When Jesus said we would do even greater works than He, Christ was speaking about us having more time and more opportunities to speak the words of truth to the lost house of Israel.  That is the work of God that every called and chosen disciple is sent to do.  We are sent just as His Father and God, who is our Father and God sent Christ.  Unlike Christ, we are no longer bound in speaking in parables to the multitudes; we can tell them plainly the truth.

And this is where we are commanded to go and what we are commanded to say:

Mat 10:5  These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:

Mat 10:6  But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Mat 10:7  And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

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

We see this remarkable mystery that is hidden from the world reflected in the Book of Revelation and the witness of the Apostle John.  The angel showing John all these things in his vision was a messenger of God, he was a disciple, called and chosen and the ELECT.  It was not a winged angel as indeed the word for angel simply means a messenger.  So all of the Elect are these very angels who in turn show the brethren these truths in their appointed times.

Rev 19:10  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

Disciples are sent to the professing Church in each generation.  To come out of Babylon, one must first be in Babylon and all the Elect will live by every word of God and will first come through Babylon.  We see this in the examples in the Old Testament which are written for us and our admonition.

Eze 3:4  And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them.

Eze 3:5  For thou art not sent to a people of a strange speech and of an hard language, but to the house of Israel;

Eze 3:6  Not to many people of a strange speech and of an hard language, whose words thou canst not understand. Surely, had I sent thee to them, they would have hearkened unto thee.

Eze 3:7  But the house of Israel will not hearken unto thee; for they will not hearken unto me: for all the house of Israel are impudent and hardhearted.

We will be speaking fire,  HIS WORD to them and whether they hear or do not hear we still speak it.   That is the love of God which is to obey His commandments and do His Work.

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 work of Christ results in the destruction of the beast within us all, our flesh and carnal minds will be destroyed when we are given the ability to hear His word.  Yet one cannot hear unless a preacher is sent and that is why we go.  Salvation comes with judgment and through wrath as has been discussed in recent posts.  But our day of judgment does not come until we can HEAR the words of Christ on the last day of our carnal age.

Joh 12:47  And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

Joh 12:48  He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

When the report of Isaiah is believed, the salvation of all men,  then that new babe will begin to grow when this pure milk is sucked upon.  Few will believe what I just shared as the whole world and particularly the professing church is bound in unbelief and spiritual darkness.  They know and profess Christ in the flesh and do many good works that are truly filthy rages to God, who needs nothing from man.

God Needs Nothing From Man

Act 17:25  Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

God does not need our good works.  Yes He commissions them as He direct the steps of all men.  God is in the business of making poor people as He makes the rich people and all people.  He is the potter!

Mat 26:11  For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.

God is indeed working all things for the greater good and in the end it does not get any better than the salvation of all men who have every lived.  The few chosen will all come up through Babylon and be dragged out of the many called.  For our appointed times and seasons, we will worship Christ in the flesh and do many good works, all the while boasting in them and still remaining the self righteous beast that we all are.  Yet when we are given our ears and the commission to do the work of God we will go and speak these words of fire to the lost house of Israel.  This is told us in the Scriptures if you can see it.

Here is how James defined pure religion.

Jas 1:27  Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

But what this speaks of us in not what carnal man thinks.  The fatherless are those who do not know God and the widows are those who have no husband and Christ is NOT their Lord.  These will be in great inner torment, and not have the true peace given by faith in Christ and the salvation of all men,  the good news.  The Elect, the true church of God is to visit them in their afflictions, not to make them comfortable in the flesh or in the world but to speak the words that if heard will result in the salvation of their souls.  Of course we do this while we ourselves keep ourselves unspotted from the world.  We are to come out and to stay out of her my people. God willing this we shall do.  The same word translated as affliction is the word used for tribulation in our bibles.  When we hear the living word,  our tribulation, our afflictions will only increase as it is thru judgment that Zion is redeemed.

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

Act 14:22  Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

While we are living in the wilderness IN BABYLON, being fed the dead letter and knowing Christ only in the flesh,  we are kept under the hedge of God’s protection and the evil one cannot get to us.  But when our day of judgment arrives,  the hedge is removed and the hand of God, (the serpent) is sent to bring wrath and to begin the process of God working salvation in us.

Job 1:6  Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.

Job 1:7  And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

Job 1:8  And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

Job 1:9  Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?

Job 1:10  Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.

Job 1:11  But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.

Job 1:1And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

We all live the words of JOB, doing these good works and taking credit for them in our pride.  The beast that we all are, will think these filthy rag works make us religious and above other men who do not do these good works.  All is being done to hold us in darkness until our appointed day arrives.  Just listen to JOB boasting in all his good works and using them to strive with His maker God and challenge God on why JOB was being judged.

Just consider these words of JOB, words we all speak to justify ourselves before God and strive with our maker.  We think God needs us and just look at how we wonder after our beast.  Just look at all the references to Me, Myself and I that Job makes here to God.  He is exalting himself.  I did this, we all do.  I post all of this here so you can see how puffed up JOB was about HIS WORKS and esteem among men.  I underline the boasting of JOB, that we all do the same things.

Job 29:7  When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street!

Job 29:8  The young men saw me, and hid themselves: and the aged arose, and stood up.

Job 29:9  The princes refrained talking, and laid their hand on their mouth.

Job 29:10  The nobles held their peace, and their tongue cleaved to the roof of their mouth.

Job 29:11  When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me:

Job 29:12  Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.

Job 29:13  The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.

Job 29:14  I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.

Job 29:15  I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.

Job 29:16  I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.

Job 29:17  And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.

Job 29:18  Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand.

Job 29:19  My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch.

Job 29:20  My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand.

Job 29:21  Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel.

Job 29:22  After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them.

Job 29:23  And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.

Job 29:24  If I laughed on them, they believed it not; and the light of my countenance they cast not down.

Job 29:25  I chose out their way, and sat chief, and dwelt as a king in the army, as one that comforteth the mourners.

I, ME, MY,  the JOB is all of us beasts.  ALL MEN ARE BEASTS (Ecc 3:18).  God truly does not need anything from man.  NOTHING.  We are the works of His hands and everything we do is ordained of God and written in our books since before we were even created.

Act 17:25  Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

Act 17:26  And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation

Conclusion

When Jesus said we would go and do even greater works than Him,  He was not talking about feeding people physical bread nor doing miracles in the flesh.  What Christ was speaking about was speaking His words of fire to the lost house of Israel.  No longer encumbered and having to speak in parables, we can plainly speak the truth of God and His commandments to a house which thinks it is not lost and to which thinks it needs no repentance.

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.

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

The work of a disciple is to speak the WORD.  This does not mean we have no compassion for the poor as of course we do, but we know God is working all things, even making poor people.  The disciples were murmured against because they were not focused on attending to the physical needs of widows and the poor.  This work was delegated and THE BODY took care of those in the body that were in need.

Act 6:1  And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.

Act 6:2  Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.

Act 6:3  Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.

And that should be our calling.  We should be generous and give to those in need, beginning with those in the covenant of faith.  We are not to be focused on the world but on the body of Christ.

Our first priority in helping people must be to the true BODY OF CHRIST.  The story of the Alabaster jar conveys this message quite well.

Mat 26:7  There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.

Mat 26:8  But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?

Mat 26:9  For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.

Mat 26:10  When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.

Mat 26:11  For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.

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

Mat 26:13  Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.

The gifts, the true riches of heaven that are given to us are to be poured out on His Body to prepare them for burial.  To the as yet unconverted disciples that this was a travesty but Jesus rebuked them and spoke of His true work.  This is a hard truth to accept given how we all are raised.

The better thing was not to be a like Martha, but as Christ said far better to sit at His feet and fellowship with HIM,  the Body of Christ.  So many that walk not in the Spirit do many good works and are always exhausting themselves to do good works as if that makes them acceptable to God.

Luk 10:39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and HEARD his word.
Luk 10:40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
Luk 10:41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
Luk 10:42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

The far better thing is to sit with Christ, HIS BODY,  His Elect and hear His word.  That is what edifies us and prepares us for this walk of suffering and affliction.  In fact our fellowship with the Christ of Christ is the breaking of bread and drinking of wine that we are admonished to do often in memory of Christ.  Our faith will certainly not be without works or otherwise it will be dead as James said.  So we see admonishments many places that speak of our calling and especially toward the body of Christ, the saints, the brethren, The Elect of God.

Rom 12:13  Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

The “world” is not the saints.  The saints are the brethren, the body of Christ, His Elect.  All these words as indeed all Scripture are written for our admonition upon whom the end of the ages have come.

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;

Good works most certainly includes helping those in need but those are not the works Christ was speaking regarding HIS Disciples.  All the good works we do are not our own works and when we boast like JOB did about them and many do today, just as I did,  we justify ourselves before God and here is what God says about that.

Isa 65:5  Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.

Whatever God has declared to be done will be done in terms of good works by the churches of men.  He is working all things and we cannot come to understand this truth about the WORK of God and His Elect until we are given the faith to know and to believe that God is working all things for the counsel of His will.

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

I used to say these were the saddest verses in Scripture.  They will be spoken to “many”, which means virtually all that profess the name of Christ in their day of judgment.

Mat 7:22  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?

Mat 7:23  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

The good news, is that these verses do not speak to sending people to eternal hell.  They speak the same as these words from Paul.  All of these works shall be burned up yet these many people as with all men will be saved yet as thru fire.

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

The entire purpose of the Elect is to raise up merciful judges to rule and to judge the world in the ages to come.  Christ is going to save all thru the few.  So knowing these things we will have a heart zealous for good works which is foremost to go and speak this WORD.    We overcome by the testimony of our word and the blood of the lamb.  We have to be doing His Work, we have to be testifying by speaking His Word.

We will be good Samaritans and have compassion on all men and provide the spiritual healing as well as the physical needs of those God puts in our paths.

Luk 10:33  But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

Luk 10:34  And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

Luk 10:35  And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

Luk 10:36  Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?

Luk 10:37  And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

Jesus spoke to Peter and three times admonished Peter to feed His sheep.  The sheep of Christ are His Elect who are wandering in Babylon until they will hear the WORD of the Lord and come follow Him.  Let’s go feed the sheep this bread from heaven and these living waters.

Joh 21:15 So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
Joh 21:16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
Joh 21:17 He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

These are tough truths.  I share them and hope that God will grant the reader the ability to hear the truth.    Lest be zealous to do good works knowing Christ gave His all for us to redeem us and bring the mercy that has now appeared to us that we might be His people.

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.

Sincere comments or questions can be left here or feel free to email me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

Your brother in Christ,  PETE

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Victory Over The Beast

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

The purpose of this post is to help those given ears to hear come to see that there truly is nothing good that dwells in our flesh and that we like Paul are all wretched men and the chief of sinners.

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

All of us have been created as beasts, marred in the hands of the potter and are of our father the devil until our day of judgment and salvation arrives.  If we do not agree with this then we have not been shown that all men are truly beasts.   But maybe God willing, that will change.  Let him hear who has been given ears to hear these things.

If you came here expecting to read about some global conspiracy theory about the US Government or the Pope being the beast or the Antichrist  you came to the right place because if you are faithful to read this post, you should be freed of wondering after that dispensational “end of the world” nonsense that has so many preoccupied and always updating their theories.  But let’s begin at what the third angel says, noting that three is always the number of judgment and its process in Scripture.  These angels are pronouncing judgment against the beast and all who worship his image and receive his mark.

Rev 14:9  And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

And here is the judgment.  These shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God and be tormented before the angels in the presence of the lamb.

Rev 14:10  The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

The mystery of God is indeed a mystery and has been hidden from the eyes of men.  Most think this verse is speaking of eternal hell but like all such verses used by men, it means what it means and it does not meant that whatsoever.  Lest we forget, let’s keep one very important verse in mind as we read in the Book of Revelation.

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.

Blessed (not burned in hell) is the man or woman who is reading these prophecies in Revelation 13 and 14, when they also “hear” these words and keep them (actually live them, do them) for the time of THEIR SALVATION is at hand.  It is only in God’s appointed times for each of us that the veil that blinds ALL OF US, is removed and we shall see the truth.   This mystery is the revealing of Jesus Christ to us, to our inward man.  Such revealing comes with judgment and through much tribulation as has been discussed in recent posts.  These verses above from Revelation speak of this good news, it speaks of all of us, beginning with God’s Elect, drinking of the wine of the wrath of God.  This is how our heavens and earth, that are inside of us are purified.

Salvation means being delivered from sin and its power over our lives.  Salvation is sure and will come to all flesh in the end but we must wait upon the Lord and His appointed times.  First  the beast that all men are must live by all the words that God has spoken and when we hear HIS WORD, spiritually speaking,   then our judgment will begin and this beast will be destroyed.

Joh 12:47  And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

Joh 12:48  He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

The last day is not referring to the end of the cosmos/world but the end of our carnal age.  It is speaking about when we are given the gift of Faith and the ears to hear the word that brings judgment.  It begins at HIS HOUSE,  the Elect, the chosen ones, so chosen before the world began.

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

What this judgment is all about, is destroying the seven headed ten horned beast that lives within all of us.  We shall surely die said God.

ALL MEN ARE BEASTS

We all will worship the beast.  That is you and me every time we look into the mirror.

Rev 14:9  And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

So many that know the word only in the flesh take these things and apply them outwardly to worldly events but they speak nothing of the sort.  All of us will worship our beast and its image and will receive this mark on our hands or in our forehead.

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

Ecc 3:19  For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.

Ecc 3:20  All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

Beast are made to be destroyed in their appointed time.  The purposes of this life is to teach us good and evil so we will become like God and when He appears to His Elect we will be like Him.   God is in the process of saving many thru the few.  He is preparing the judges who will judge the world in righteousness in the ages to come.

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

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

The purposes of flesh and carnal minds,  the marred vessel of clay, conceived in sin and inequity is for God to later destroy it once it accomplishes its purposes.  God seeks an occasion against all flesh and will in the appointed times for all men destroy the carnality and the mind of the beast we all are given at birth.  Here is the good news of salvation coming thru the destruction of our beast.

Eze 33:26  Ye stand upon your sword, ye work abomination, and ye defile every one his neighbour’s wife: and shall ye possess the land?

Eze 33:27  Say thou thus unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; As I live, surely they that are in the wastes shall fall by the sword, and him that is in the open field will I give to the beasts to be devoured, and they that be in the forts and in the caves shall die of the pestilence.

Eze 33:28  For I will lay the land most desolate, and the pomp of her strength shall cease; and the mountains of Israel shall be desolate, that none shall pass through.

Eze 33:29  Then shall they know that I am the LORD, when I have laid the land most desolate because of all their abominations which they have committed.

Only once this beast is judged and being destroyed will we know that HE IS THE LORD.

Folly of Beast Logic

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

A beast will never willingly admit and agree with the Apostle’s Paul’s startling statement.  A beast will need to be brought by God in their appointed time to understand what Paul was saying which applies to all men.

The beast innately thinks he is good and man made in the flesh was the image of God versus an initial step to teach us.  Beasts will continue to believe they are or can be good and don’t really need a Savior except to make intellectual ascent.  But the truth is, all of us beasts are sown in dishonor only to be destroyed in God’s timing and made new.

1Co 15:43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
1Co 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
1Co 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
1Co 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

We are sown a beast.  The fact is flesh and blood, which is what defines the beast that we all are cannot enter into the kingdom.  This corrupt beast must be destroyed.  That is God’s plan for the ages.

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

Does being made in dishonor and sown in corruption sound like what God has temporarily made was considered good?

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?

Flesh and blood nor dust shall inherit the kingdom of God. Dust must return from where it came. It must die.  It shall surely die God said to Adam.  That was His purposes in creating these flesh bodies of clay, marred in His hands.

Adam and Eve were naked long before they ate off the tree. That does not mean they had no clothes, it means they were full of sin as that is what flesh is, it is sin. Christ Himself was made sin for us, yet without sin. But nakedness clearly to those given ears means a sinful person.  We are made virtual sinning machines and the lusts of our father the devil we all will want to do.

Gen 2:25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.

I guess David was completely deceived also when he wrote:

Psa 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

Solomon must have been an idiot too based on the gospel believed by most.

Ecc 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

The prophet Jeremiah was a fool speaking false words also?

Jer 18:3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
Jer 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

There is nothing good in being made marred? Nothing and yet carnal men want to argue flesh is good.

I guess Paul also was deceived when he wrote this epistle also.

Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
Rom 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

Christ and Paul had it right when they said:

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

Rom 7:17  Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

Rom 7:18  For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

Very few are given the faith to believe these truths and very many are led and ensnared by the traditions of man and its churches.  These believes that flesh is good and we are good people is the delusion God gives us over to based on the idols of our heart.  Our beastly pride blinds us from all the truths of God and we will live in strong delusion until our day of doom, the day of destruction appointed for our beast arrives.  Here is a great chapter that speaks to salvation coming to man, the destruction of the beast, yet our traditions liken this to some kind of eternal punishment.  LOL.

Eze 7:6  An end is come, the end is come: it watcheth for thee; behold, it is come.

Eze 7:7  The morning is come unto thee, O thou that dwellest in the land: the time is come, the day of trouble is near, and not the sounding again of the mountains.

Eze 7:8  Now will I shortly pour out my fury upon thee, and accomplish mine anger upon thee: and I will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense thee for all thine abominations.

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

Eze 7:10  Behold the day, behold, it is come: the morning is gone forth; the rod hath blossomed, pride hath budded.

God will show NO PITY on our beast when our day of judgment arrives.  NONE.   Our beast will become an extremely self righteous beast, having great confidence in its flesh and good works and decisions to be involved in religious activities.  When we are at this points, we are in total spiritual darkness yet like Saul of Tarsus think we are actually serving God.

Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

But this beast is nothing more than a child of our father the devil with outward forms of godliness.  It’s day of destruction has not yet come.

The Calling of the Beast

So with this background let’s take a look at the process God uses to bring salvation to men.  His ways are certainly not our ways and His thoughts not aligned with our carnal thoughts and the philosophy of this world and man’s religious traditions

When God first calls a man, that man comes out of the sea, which is a symbol for all humanity, the flesh of all men.

 Rev 13:1  And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

We all are this beast and we come having seven heads and ten horns.  What this means is we are a complete and total beast (seven is number of completion) and the ten horns are the perfect doctrine we think we hold as truth.  We are still under the law of sin and death and the 10 commandments at this time.  We then go out and speak words of blasphemy against the true God.  We will condemn and judge all others, look down upon sinners and our journey into Babylon has just begun.  God is in the process of sending us strong delusion as we will believe the lie of the serpent.

Gen 3:4  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die

We do not yet realize that God created all flesh and carnal minds to destroy them in the appointed time.  We will be trying to hold on to our life in this flesh which is what beasts do.  We will oppose the true things of God and twist and pervert the truth to justify our beast.

Rev 13:2  And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

We are likened to a leopard here meaning our true beast nature is hidden (camouflaged) and yet we are quick of feet to run after the flesh and we have a mouth as our father the devil, the roaring lion who seeks to devour.  Our power is from the dragon, our father the devil and we are on our way to take our seat on God’s rightful throne in our hearts.

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

The entire world, ALL MEN will wonder after our beast.  We cannot help but do this, this is how God has made us in these marred and weak vessels of clay.  It is God’s plan for us all to fall backward into deception with the WORD when we first are given the pull and desire to know the things of God.  We must spend our appointed time in Babylon.

Isa 28:13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

It is the outward changes we begin to see when we are dragged in the WORD that God actually uses to keep us bound in deception.  These are tough things to understand but reveal the mystery of God’s plan for the ages and His Elect.

Rev 13:14  And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

But our beast nature is wounded by the word of God.  God has put the desire in our hearts to know His word and this sword we will begin to study and learn, yet still in the flesh and according to the traditions of men.  These traditions have us go right into a church, we must join a church and get involved we are admonished by men.

This is God sending us into Babylon.  Before we can come out of Babylon, we first must go into Babylon which is likened to the wilderness in the stories of ancient Israel.

Everyone has to go to church we are told.   So we go into a religious setting and are made to feel comfortable in our skin and sold the 10 second sinners prayer or our active membership in the denomination as the way of salvation.  This has the effect of healing our deadly wound that the WORD (the sword) initially caused.  And then just as it says, we continue to wonder after the beast (ourselves) and are now simply becoming religious.

Rev 13:4  And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

So please understand,  the churches of men serve a very valuable purpose in God’s plan.  He ordained all things, even the apostate churches of men.  They serve God’s purposes in blinding the whole world (we will get into this below) and calling people out of Egypt.  But this is just the interim stop for God’s Elect, they will come out of Babylon in their appointed times.  They will have no choice in the matter.

Eze 38:3  And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:

Eze 38:4  And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:

But like Revelation 13:4 says above,  who is like unto the beast?  This is self worship that we all will live and do.  We get hooked into doing many good works and things and participate in morally good activities and in these things we begin to boast.  I, ME, MY is what beasts do which is self worship which is actually bringing glory and honor to their father the devil, the dragon himself.  Our image of God at this point is all self focused, what can God do for me?  We pray for the physical things and ask God to fulfill for us the lusts of our flesh.  We pray amiss and get nothing from God and we do not yet even know Him.  Yet we will not receive correction or rebuke,  the true living WORD we cannot yet hear.  No war can be advanced against our flesh as of yet.  Sure there will be some outward changes in habits and behavior, perhaps even great deliverances from addiction and substances.  And these outward signs are just God keeping us bound in spiritual darkness until our appointed day of destruction arrives.  The fiery word God that makes war on our flesh cannot work until we are given ears to hear.

Rev 13:5  And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

So for the first part of our walk, this symbolic 3.5 years (first half of our 7 years)  we speak great blasphemies against God.  We believe and speak of eternal hell, we take credit and boast in our free will decision to choose God and we actually believe we are good and that our flesh itself can be perfected.  We boast in all the good things we are doing for God in the strength of our flesh.  We are all just fulfilling these words of JOB.  Just look at this self righteous beast exalting himself and glorying in his filthy rags works of the flesh.

Job 29:12  Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him.

Job 29:13  The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me: and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.

Job 29:14  I put on righteousness, and it clothed me: my judgment was as a robe and a diadem.

Job 29:15  I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.

Job 29:16  I was a father to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.

Job 29:17  And I brake the jaws of the wicked, and plucked the spoil out of his teeth.

Job 29:18  Then I said, I shall die in my nest, and I shall multiply my days as the sand.

Job 29:19  My root was spread out by the waters, and the dew lay all night upon my branch.

Job 29:20  My glory was fresh in me, and my bow was renewed in my hand.

Job 29:21  Unto me men gave ear, and waited, and kept silence at my counsel.

Job 29:22  After my words they spake not again; and my speech dropped upon them.

Job 29:23  And they waited for me as for the rain; and they opened their mouth wide as for the latter rain.

Wow.  Just look at this beast that lives in all of us.  Me, Myself and I.  So many of us boast in all the good things we do for God not knowing we are simply living as beast under the hedge of God’s protection.  The last posts on Learning Good and Evil spoke about this God’s plan to leave us alone to live in peace until our day of judgment arrives.  CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THAT POST, a very good read.

What a righteous person this is, doing many good things and serving God in their flesh.  This is not the kind of worshippers God wants,  He needs nothing from  a man and He builds His church in his appointed times.

Act 17:25  Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

We continue in self exalted religious reign for 42 months, or 3.5 years, this not being literal but a symbolic period of time known only to God.  In my personal walk, when God called me back to Him,  it was amazingly exactly 42 months from when I started until I rose up out of the earth as this second vile beast in late 2008.

Rev 13:6  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

And none of us will ever see this until after it  has happened.  We will only see when we HEAR the voice of the Lord and Jesus shows it to  us.  It says John TURNED when he hear this voice behind him.

Rev 1:10  I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

This is when I began this blog site,   I was certainly lead of God to do it but all my prior work was blaspheming the true God and persecuting His saints.  We have no clue that we are doing it, we truly think we are serving God and no man can convince us otherwise.

Joh 16:2  They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.

And Christ tells us why we will do this to the Saints.  Because we do not know HIM.

Joh 16:3  And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.

We will persecute the true brethren, those that know and worship Christ in Spirit and dwell in heaven. Heaven and the kingdom of God is within us said Christ and those that walk by the Spirit will be hated by us beasts and we will speak all manner of evil against them.  I am now on the other end of this exchange and can see it clearly.

Rev 13:7  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

The new spiritual man that is trying to emerge from within us as well as that in others professing Christians will be attacked by our judgments and accusations and will for the time be overcome.  The new man, the spiritual man will be laid low and we will remain firmly entrenched in the world and its traditions.  This battle begins within ourselves but extends to those in in the world.

Rev 13:8  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

This is all men who will ever live.  The heavens and the earth are inside of us. Even the Elect will first worship the beast and have their names erased from the Book of Life.

Exo 32:33  And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.

All men sin.  All men defile the temple of God, which temple we are.  So all of us begin with our names in the book and are erased from the Book and in our appointed times will be reinstated.  This begins with the firstfruits, the Elect of God. Only those ELECT who have gotten the victory over the beast will have their names reinstated into the Book of Life.  We must overcome the beast and that is when we are put back into the book.

Rev 3:5  He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

John saw looking backward in his vision,  who the overcomers were that stood on the sands of the sea (flesh) and had gotten the victory over their beast.

Rev 15:2  And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

This is salvation!!  Getting the victory over our beast.  Only those the Father has given to Christ will have the ability to hear these words and to understand them.

Rev 13:9  If any man have an ear, let him hear.

I hope some of you are hearing this.  I know it will not be many, it will be very few.  Any even for those, it may be a times, a times and half of time before you understand.  We just plant the seeds and water those others have planted and God will give the increase in the appointed times.  It is the truth and the truth is what God’s chosen instruments will speak.

Mat 22:14  For many are called, but few are chosen.

In God’s strange act,  those religious beast we are, we lead others into captivity and go ourselves into captivity.  Shut up in total spiritual darkness.  We that kill by God’s word will also ourselves be killed by God’s words.  The beast will be slain by the word of God.  Thanks be to God for that.

Rev 13:10  He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

Now being led of God and drinking of strong delusion, we go right smack into captivity and bondage.  We ourselves are now using the sword, the Word of God, the Bible to persecute people, condemn them and judge others.  This is especially true of those who we encounter who are the Elect of God and correct us in our erroneous doctrine and things such as an eternal hell.  We will ignorantly continue to kick against the goads and persecute Christ Himself by virtue of persecuting His Body.  Christ tells us this plainly when speaking with Saul of Tarsus.

Act 9:4  And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?

Act 9:5  And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

The Elect will all come to the place where they truly think they are serving God but they are just living strong delusion and that is the next evolution of our beast.

Rev 13:11  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

Once we have been walking in the Word but are yet carnal we will have become a very self righteous beast.  With our deadly wound now being fully healed by our participation in external fleshly works and good deeds and active participation in the church institutions of men,  this new beast arises out of the earth.  We are the earth, the earth represents our flesh the land that Christ is going to lay desolate in the appointed time.

Gen 1:1  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

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

In this next stage of our beastly progression, we now are described as having two horns like a lamb yet still speaking like a dragon.  We are of our father the devil just as the jews that believed on Jesus were so described by the Lord Himself.

Joh 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

This beast will fool all but the very Elect.  It will have external forms of godliness and is likely doing many good things in the flesh to serve God.  But we still speak as a dragon and the true motives of Me, Myself and I are at the heart of all that we do.  We live to please ourselves and gain the favor of men, we are not yet living for God yet this is still all unknown to us at this time.

Rev 13:12  And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

All of our religion is defiled and is based on the flesh.  We have now become the abomination that is causing desolation in our own spiritual hearts but we know it not yet.  God has not revealed the truth to us and we cannot hear the true living WORD that will expose all of this.  But that is fixing to change as there is a day and hour appointed for each of us when Jesus Christ will be revealed to us.  This is the whole reason this book is titled,  THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST.  It is the revealing of Christ to us spiritually, in the new man that God is bringing forth from the darkness that we all were created in.

Deceived Thru Signs and Wonders

Rev 13:13  And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

Rev 13:14  And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles (SIGNS) which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

And this is how God truly keeps us blind.  We see outward changes in ourselves and others we speak with on the things of God.  This is the fire coming down from heaven in the sight of men.  It is the same as Paul spoke to the early church.

2Th 2:9  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

2Th 2:10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

2Th 2:11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

The signs and the wonders may be true but their purpose is to keep us in spiritual darkness.  There is none better than the Lord to keep self righteous beasts chained in spiritual darkness awaiting their day of judgment. Of course carnal traditions equate all of this with the demonic doctrine of an eternal hell.

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

Yet God’s ways are not our ways.  The way to coming to know Him in Spirit, which is eternal life,  is by first getting madly drunk and walking in strong delusion.

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

None of us will ever come to know the true God until we first drink of strong drink and get drunk with wine. These of course speak to spiritual things and refer to the fact that all men will come under strong delusions FIRST before they come to know the truth and are set free. Man will truly live by every word in the Scriptures, we will live them all spiritually.  There is no avoiding this process, it is ordained for all men.

Jer 49:12  For thus saith the LORD; Behold, they whose judgment was not to drink of the cup have assuredly drunken; and art thou he that shall altogether go unpunished? thou shalt not go unpunished, but thou shalt surely drink of it.

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

Jer 25:29  For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts.

God is working all things, good and evil to bring about His purposes.  And His purposes is we all go into Babylon and get madly drunk with wine.

And we are even told how God accomplishes this strong delusion and keeps us bound in spiritual darkness all the while deceiving us into thinking we are really serving Him. It is because of the “signs and wonders” we see when we are first called of God that we believe we are already standing in the truth — yet we are still in the wilderness waiting for our appointed time for judgment. Here is how these beasts, which is all of us, are caught in the grip of strong delusion.

Rev 13:13 And he doeth great SIGNS (wonders), so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, THIS IS YOU AND ME BEGINNING TO KNOW AND SPEAK ABOUT THINGS OF GOD!

Rev 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those SIGNS (miracles) which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

And these signs, deceive those who dwell on the earth (YOU AND ME). And so we use these signs to justify ourselves. We use these signs, these miracles of the outside changes in our live to build up the image of ourselves, which is the beast. One of our heads had been wounded by the WORD of GOD (the sword) when we were first called out of Egypt but was quickly healed when we fell back into the peace and safety environment of Babylon.

Before we come out of her my people our land will be laid desolate and our beast will still dwell in the land while we are gone mad, living in our strong delusion.  This is God’s way and His purposes but such things are indeed hard to understand and are strong meat.

Jer 50:37  A sword is upon their horses, and upon their chariots, and upon all the mingled people that are in the midst of her; and they shall become as women: a sword is upon her treasures; and they shall be robbed.

Jer 50:38  A drought is upon her waters; and they shall be dried up: for it is the land of graven images, and they are mad upon their idols.

Jer 50:39  Therefore the wild beasts of the desert with the wild beasts of the islands shall dwell there, and the owls shall dwell therein: and it shall be no more inhabited for ever; neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation.

Many have great deliverances from ungodly things, addictions, lusts and the like.  The outside of our cup is markedly changed as the sword of the Lord, (HIS word) begins to work in our lives while we are still yet beasts.  These are great wonders and signs that just confirm in our deception that we are standing on the ROCK, but we are yet carnal and know Him not.

Fire is always a reference to the WORD OF GOD, and we use this word, this fire to effect change and do many good works and miracles. The word for miracles should really be SIGN if you research it and see how that Greek word is used in scores of other places. So we see outward SIGNS and changes and improvements in our life and think we have already arrived. The outside of cup is indeed being washed and we are now outwardly religious in many areas. Yet we remain a 7 headed beast and are of our father the devil still. At this point, we are “jews” who believe on Jesus as John 8 shows us but cannot hear His word, even though we will vehemently argue this just as those jews did with Christ.

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

This mystery of inequity does already work but it will be revealed in the end of the age of our carnal minds.

2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

This man, this son of perdition is YOU AND ME. This is all men.  This is the beast.

We all will live by every word. The way to knowing the Lord is thru strong drink and the judgment we all will reap for what we have sown. Many do err in their vision and are right smack in the middle of living Revelation 13.

Isa 28:7 But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.

Pro 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

Here is True Wisdom

Rev 13:18  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

The mark of the beast that many fear and speculate with all kinds of wild theories is just us and this beast that lives in all of us.  It is the mark of man and the number 6 refers to the flesh and 3X 6 is simple God bringing judgment on all flesh.  We all will take this mark before we are ever marked for God.  We will live by every word!

When we are so blessed by God to be given the gift of faith and shown that we are that beast, then we will truly be wise in the things of God.  When Christ shows us this, we will have no choice but to flee from Judea.

Mat 24:15  When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

Mat 24:16  Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

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

When we are shown this, we are told to get ready because the great tribulation not have been seen nor will not be seen forevermore is fixing to come upon us.  God must show it to you but only in our appointed times.

Mat 24:21  For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

And this is how God refines His sons.  He scourges them in the fire.  It is through much tribulation that we will enter the kingdom of God.

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

The beast is destroyed in this furnace!  We can only be on the highway to holiness once this beast is destroyed in us by the power of God.

Isa 35:8  And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.

Isa 35:9  No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:

 When we are given the new wine in a vessel, a body prepared to receive it then our beast shall be slain of the Lord.

Pro 9:1  Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars:

Pro 9:2  She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table.

When the ROCK that is Christ falls upon us we shall be crushed to powder and our beast shall be destroyed.  This is the mystery of godliness and how Christ is formed in us.

Eze 32:12  By the swords of the mighty will I cause thy multitude to fall, the terrible of the nations, all of them: and they shall spoil the pomp of Egypt, and all the multitude thereof shall be destroyed.

Eze 32:13  I will destroy also all the beasts thereof from beside the great waters; neither shall the foot of man trouble them any more, nor the hoofs of beasts trouble them.

Eze 32:14  Then will I make their waters deep, and cause their rivers to run like oil, saith the Lord GOD.

Eze 32:15  When I shall make the land of Egypt desolate, and the country shall be destitute of that whereof it was full, when I shall smite all them that dwell therein, then shall they know that I am the LORD.

Paul lets us know that ALL of us were once of our father the devil, following after the prince of the power of the air.  We all were children of wrath and it is thru that wrath that we come to know the Living God.

Eph 2:2  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Eph 2:3  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

We all live in and the seven churches of revelation all live in us.  We will live by every word in our beastly nature until the day of the Lord, the day of doom and destruction of our beast arrives.

Dan 4:16  Let his heart be changed from man’s, and let a beast’s heart be given unto him; and let seven times pass over him.

The visions Daniel had tell us the same things the Book of Revelation does regarding our beastly nature and its destruction as the way of knowing the Lord.

Dan 7:3  And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.

Dan 7:4  The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.

Dan 7:5  And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.

Dan 7:6  After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.

Dan 7:7  After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.

Part of our learning and maturing in Christ, a big part of it actually, is learning to wrestle with the beasts of this earth.  This includes not only our old man, in that we need to die daily to that beast.  But it also includes dealing with our brothers and sisters who are still in Babylon and will persecute and hate us for coming out of her.

1Co 15:31  I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

1Co 15:32  If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.

I have made many mistakes in my youth and have let that beast rise back up at times.  I have acted like Peter, being yet carnal and have smote the ears of those persecuting and attacking the truth.  If I have done that to you, please forgive me.  But I am learning God willing to stay dead to the beast and let the Lord do the fighting for me.

Joh 18:10  Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.

Joh 18:11  Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?

Like Christ, we have to drink of the same cup.  We all have to come thru the wrath of God and be refined through judgment and great affliction.

Mat 20:23  And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with

We have got to remember that as long as we live these weak and marred vessels of clay,  that beast is still yet lurking and hence we have this mysterious saying.

Rev 17:8  The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

The beast was, is not and yet is.  We be crucified with Christ daily for this beast to stay dead and for us to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

To get the victory over the beast, we must first be brought to a place by God that we can be shown we are that beast.  That is what the word of God will do to us when we can hear it spiritually.  It will bring judgment and will accomplish its purposes.  That purpose is to slay the beast and bring about the revealing of Jesus Christ in our hearts.

Rev 19:11  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

Rev 19:12  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.

Rev 19:13  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

The beast will be captured by the armies of God and will be cast into the lake of fire, which is the word of God where it will be consumed in the righteous judgment of God.  The purposes of God’s judgments are always for good and the destruction of our beast is a very good thing but it will be painful to the things we so highly esteem in this world.  Far greater blessing to have that beast destroyed here and now on this side of the grave rather than in the ages to come at the final judgment in the lake of fire.

I am going to end this here and hope it will help those for whom it is intended.  But all of these mysteries do not negate the simple truth and promise of this gospel of good news for all men.  All flesh shall see the salvation of the Lord in due time.  All men shall be saved and all beast shall be destroyed.

Luk 3:6  And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

The slain of the Lord shall be very many beasts.  All beasts shall die in the end and all men shall be raised anew and live with God and He will dwell with men.  I will end this long post with a rendering of this very good news and the destruction of many beasts.

Isa 66:15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.
Isa 66:16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.