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The Peace Offering

The Peace Offering

(notes compiled from prior church teachings)

We continue in this series showing how the old testament shadows of spiritual reality were written for the admonition of the Elect who would come on the scene beginning at Pentecost.

1Co 10:11  Now all these things (including the giving of the physical offerings) happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Finding peace with God and entering into His Rest requires that we understand these OT shadows and believe and trust in the Lord who is working all things in our life including both the good and the evil.  As our faith grows as we will see, this offering nourishes everyone in the Body of Christ.

We see the Peace Offering have different grades, it is offered upon a Burnt Offering and with leavened cakes. The Priest, the Priest’s children, the Offerer, all partake of this Offering. The Lord has His part in this Offering and we will look at how God, the Father, views this Offering. This Offering furthermore has two reasons being offered namely for thanksgiving and a “vow” being made.

The Different Grades of the Peace Offering:

The only grades in the Peace Offering are of the herd and of the flock. The Peace Offering can be of the herd, male or female, or it can be a lamb or a goat of the flocks.

It is of the herd and of the flock:

Lev 3:1 And if his oblation be a sacrifice of peace offering, if he offers it  of the herd; whether it be a male or female, he shall offer it without  blemish before the LORD.

Lev 3:6  And if his offering for a sacrifice of peace offering unto the LORD be of the flock; male or female, he shall offer it without blemish.

Lev 3:7  If he offer a lamb for his offering, then shall he offer it before the LORD.

We have seen in previous studies that different grades of an Offering show us the difference between a babe in Christ and those that are being made mature. As babes, we have a different view of Christ than a mature man in Christ, dying daily, doing the Word versus hearing the Word only. Mary Magdalene had seven devils (false doctrines) cast out of her as a babe in Christ. The Mary Magdalene that was witnessing to the disciples in Joh 20:18 that she ….. has seen the Lord and that he spoken these things to her was not the same woman as the one she was when she was first healed of her false doctrines.

Luk 8:2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,

The Peace Offering is offered upon a Burnt Offering:

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

There is no turtle dove given as a Peace Offering. There are no washings of the different parts of the Offering. There are no restrictions of this Offering being a bullock only. Here are the only instructions given for offering the Peace Offering so far as the Offerer is concerned:

Lev 3:2 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of his offering, and kill it at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron’s sons   the priests shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about (of the herd).

Lev 3:8 And he shall lay his hand upon the head of his offering, and kill  it before the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron’s sons shall  sprinkle the blood thereof round about upon the altar (of the flock).

All the details given as we saw it in the Burnt Offering are missing and left out in the Peace Offering. Why is that? The reason being that those who understand this Offering already understand that the Burnt Offering belongs to God, the Father, which tells us that we are being judged FIRST, and that we are a kind of first fruits of His creatures. The Burnt Offering shows, prepares and baptizes us into Christ’s death who is FIRST IN ALL THINGS.

We are being judged from the north as it is TODAY in our Day of the Lord. Those eating at His altar know these things. So, the distinctions in the Burnt Offering are not mentioned in the Peace Offering, which nourishes God, Christ, the Offerer, the Priest and His children. In the Peace Offering we feast with Christ and His Father, we are “accepted in the Beloved,” we are communing with, and being interceded for IN and THROUGH Christ and “His Christ”.

When the Peace Offering is being offered with leavened bread:

Lev 7:11  And this is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which he shall offer unto the LORD.

Lev 7:12  If he offer it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer with the sacrifice of thanksgiving unleavened cakes mingled with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil, and cakes mingled with oil, of fine flour, fried.

Lev 7:13  Besides the cakes, he shall offer for his offering leavened bread with the sacrifice of thanksgiving of his peace offerings.

We have seen that the Priests are partakers of the Burnt and Meat Offerings and that no Meat Offering can be made with leaven. Here is the Scripture:

Lev 2:11 No meat offering, which ye shall bring unto the LORD, shall be made with leaven: for ye shall burn no leaven, nor any honey, in   any offering of the LORD made by fire.

The Offerer has no part in either of the Burnt of Meat Offerings. Only in THIS Offering does the Offerer receive strength and nourishment. This Offering gives US strength and nourishment to “endure to the end”. We have a Body to carry us on eagle’s wings and although we have HYPOCRISY/LEAVEN in our hearts, we are ACCEPTED IN CHRIST!

1Co 12:12 (CLV) For even as the body is one and has many members, yet all the members of the one body, being many, are one body, thus also is the Christ.”

1Co 12:13 For in one spirit also we all are baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and all are made to imbibe one spirit.” [male or female – Gal.  3:28]

1Co 12:14 For the body also is not one member, but many.”

We are satisfied with our part in “the Christ” because FAITH is a gift and we are all being like the Lord (1 John 4:17) who was bruised for our sakes. Nothing is of us.

Isa 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised  for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and  with his stripes we are healed.

The Father was satisfied with Christ in His Day of Judgment:

2Co 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that  we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Eph 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made   us accepted in the beloved.

This means we rejoice in our sufferings for the Church, filling up what is behind of the afflictions of Christ (Col 1:24-28).

We “know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you”. Our sense of acceptance and our sense of communion with God, the Father, depends upon how deeply we accept Christ as being SATISFACTORY and satisfying to His Father.

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

If we see Christ as accepted then we, “IN Him “are accepted and satisfying and satisfactory to God, the Father. Through partaking of Christ as the Peace Offering, we are nourished and strengthened in a way that takes us beyond fear of wrath, fear of our sins and trespasses. This Offering tells us that God, the Father, is satisfied with Christ. When we take our part of this Offering, we too are satisfied with Christ and “His Christ”. ALL parties partake of Christ:

Heb 10:8  Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;

Heb 10:9  Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.

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

Heb 13:10  We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.

We are acceptable to the Father through Christ and “His Christ”!

1Pe 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

The Lord’s part in both the grades of the herd and the flock:

Lev 3:3  And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by fire unto the LORD; the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards,

Lev 3:4  And the two kidneys, and the fat that is on them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away.

Lev 3:6  And if his offering for a sacrifice of peace offering unto the LORD be of the flock; male or female, he shall offer it without blemish….

Lev 3:9  And he shall offer of the sacrifice of the peace offering an offering made by fire unto the LORD; the fat thereof, and the whole rump, it shall he take off hard by the backbone; and the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards,

Lev 3:10  And the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away….

Lev 3:12  And if his offering be a goat, then he shall offer it before the LORD…

Lev 3:14  And he shall offer thereof his offering, even an offering made by fire unto the LORD; the fat that covereth the inwards, and all the fat that is upon the inwards,

Lev 3:15  And the two kidneys, and the fat that is upon them, which is by the flanks, and the caul above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away.

Lev 3:16  And the priest shall burn them upon the altar: it is the food of the offering made by fire for a sweet savour: all the fat is the LORD’S.

Lev 3:17  It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood.

The Lord’s part in the Peace Offering is the fat (and the inwards and the rump). FAT symbolizes the health of the animal. We are BEING cleansed and healed through Christ and “His Christ”. We are His workmanship and He works all matters according to His will. Christ is satisfied and nourished by His Bride, His seed, accounted to Him for a generation. He sees the beginning and the end and everything in between!

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

Psa 22:30 A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for  a generation. 31 They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness  unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this.

The Offerer’s Part:

The Offerer gets the left shoulder, the back and the ribs. Through this Offering three parties are satisfied and nourished and strengthened. Everybody partake of this Offering. The Lord gets the inwards and the fat and the whole rump; the Priest and his sons get the right shoulder and the heave breast. The Offerer shares his Peace Offering with “all that be clean”.

Lev 7:19 And the flesh that toucheth any unclean thing shall not be eaten; it shall be burnt with fire: and as for the flesh, all that be clean  shall eat thereof.

We share Christ with God, and are nourished by Christ with God; God shares and is nourished by Christ with us; Christ Himself shares Himself with us and with God, the Father. Sharing Christ with His Father is communion. Telling our Father how much we see and appreciate all that He is accomplishing in us through the sacrifice of His Son; even asking to have so much of His Son grow up in us that we are exactly like Him in our Father’s eyes. Communion is sharing. The Father shares His Perfect Son with us. Only then are we “delivered from the law”. Only then will we go beyond our concern of suffering God’s wrath and begin to see that there is a relationship to be had which needs to be nourished and fed and enjoyed in feasting. That feasting is sharing Christ, both with Christ, “His Christ” and with His Father. Then we come to realize that they, too, find nourishment and satisfaction in that same PERFECT meal. As the children of God, we remember that it is better to give than to receive, Paul received the sweet-smelling Offering from Epaphroditus, an Offering acceptable to God.

Col 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

Php 4:18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God.

The Priest’s Part in the Peace Offering:

Lev 7:31  And the priest shall burn the fat upon the altar: but the breast shall be Aaron’s and his sons’.

Lev 7:32  And the right shoulder shall ye give unto the priest for an heave offering of the sacrifices of your peace offerings.

Lev 7:33  He among the sons of Aaron, that offereth the blood of the peace offerings, and the fat, shall have the right shoulder for his part.

Lev 7:34  For the wave breast and the heave shoulder have I taken of the children of Israel from off the sacrifices of their peace offerings, and have given them unto Aaron the priest and unto his sons by a statute for ever from among the children of Israel.

Lev 7:35  This is the portion of the anointing of Aaron, and of the anointing of his sons, out of the offerings of the LORD made by fire, in the day when he presented them to minister unto the LORD in the priest’s office;

In the Peace Offering we feast with Christ, our Priest and Mediator, and with His and our Father. In Christ, we can commune with both. To understand this, we must see Christ as He is presented to us in all the Offerings. He is the Offering, He is the Offerer, and He is the Priest and Mediator. He is everything but the Father “of whom are all things.” We are being made into priests and all things too because we are like Him in down payment form.

1Jn 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

Joh 14:28 Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.

Seeing this communion which, through Him, we have with the Father, satisfies and nourishes the Lord. Everyone, including Christ Himself, finds satisfaction “in Christ” as the Peace Offering. As Priests, we are satisfied because through us as the Peace Offering in down payment form, others have communion with Christ and His and our Father (all those that are clean). We are BEING MADE Priests after the POWER of an endless life, being born again, like the wind (John 3:7).

Heb 7:16  Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.

Heb 7:17  For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Children of the Priest:

There is one other party who also partakes of this Offering, namely the Priest’s children:

Lev 7:31 And the priest shall burn the fat upon the altar: but the breast  shall be Aaron’s and his sons’.

Num 18:9  This shall be thine of the most holy things, reserved from the fire: every oblation of theirs, every meat offering of theirs, and every sin offering of theirs, and every trespass offering of theirs, which they shall render unto me, shall be most holy for thee and for thy sons.

Num 18:10  In the most holy place shalt thou eat it; every male shall eat it: it shall be holy unto thee.

Num 18:11  And this is thine; the heave offering of their gift, with all the wave offerings of the children of Israel: I have given them unto thee, and to thy sons and to thy daughters with thee, by a statute forever: every one that is clean in thy house shall eat of it.

Who are the children of the Priest? If the Priest is Christ, then His children are His Church, His Bride. As Christ is presented to us in many different forms which are needed to portray to us His many functions as Sacrifice, Offering, Offerer, Temple, Altar, Vail and Vessels and Chief Cornerstone, etc., so too, is the Church, which is His body, also presented to us in many different forms. The Church is also called His body, lively stones, the son of the bondwoman, the son of the freewoman, the first Adam, the last Adam, Israel according to the flesh and the Israel of God, the vail of the temple, His bride, ten virgins, the olive trees, the fig tree, Jerusalem and New Jerusalem, etc. Each name reveals another aspect of the Church, or another degree of maturity in Christ. Within it means our “renewing mindset” as He increases and we decrease. “These are all the children of the Priest”. To partake of this Offering at all, “the sons of Aaron and his daughters” have to partake of the offering WITH the Priest. If this Offering is received it is THROUGH, the Priests.

So, it is to this day, we receive of Christ ONLY through the Word and THROUGH “The Christ”. The Church is in communion with Christ and His Father THROUGH the Offering of Christ/Living Word. The Church is, with the Priest, receiving nourishment and intercession through Christ in the presence of God in the Holy of Holies, where only the Priests can go. There is a qualifier when it comes to the Priests and their children:

Num 18:11 (b) I have given them unto thee, and to thy sons and to thy  daughters with thee, by a statute forever: every one that is clean in thy  house shall eat of it.

This is a spiritual statement about spiritual food:

Joh 4:24 God is Spirit: and they that worship him must worship  [him] in spirit and in truth.

Worshipping in Spirit and Truth means to remember the cup which we all partake of:

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

1Co 11:25  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

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.

1Co 11:27  Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

1Co 11:28  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

1Co 11:29  For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

Only a “clean Priest and his children” are permitted to partake of communion with God.

Anything unclean is under the curse of attempting to contaminate the “most holy thing,” Christ and “His Christ”. That is why when we are informed that we have an altar at which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat, the verse before that is warning us against false doctrines (Heb 13:9-10). Nepios, immature sons, no better than a servant, though they are children of the Priest are unclean. They (US in our seasons) will not go beyond the six milk doctrines of Hebrew 6, or worse still we are so puffed up in our own spirituality that we “go beyond that which is written.” We have to judge ourselves constantly:

1Co 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves [try our own spirits], we should not be judged.

1Co 11:32 But when we are judged, we are   chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.  

“Not discerning the Lord’s Body” is not “trying the spirits,” it is not “judging ourselves,” it is “eating and drinking unworthily.’

Heb 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For  it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace [trials,  chastening]; not with meats [false doctrines], which have not profited  them that have been occupied therein.

Heb 13:10 We [if we are clean   children of the Priest] have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat  which serve the tabernacle.

God, the Father, in the Peace Offering: 

We as the Priest’s children in our Day of the Lord, rule the nations within and at the appointed time without and be God’s channel, through and by CHRIST/THE LIVING WORD and “His Christ”, to bring all mankind of all time into the All in ALL. This is what we are SHARING with God, the Father, and with Christ in this Peace Offering.

Eph 3:21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen

It is all done “in Christ Jesus.” And it is all that the Father is doing from before the foundation of the world.

Eph 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Phi 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and  the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

Col 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Col 1:17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Col 1:18  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Col 1:19  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

How does “all fullness dwell” in Christ? How is “all in all” attained?

Eph 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the   head over all things to the church, 23 Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.

Col 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

Heb 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

If we eat a meal in communion with our friends in this life, and if we notice and miss them in their absence, how much more are we to enjoy and appreciate our communion with our Priest, Christ, and “His Christ “and our heavenly Father. And how much more does the Lord appreciate our friendship and communion with Himself and with His Father and ours.

Luk 22:14  And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him.

Luk 22:15  And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: 

 Two Different Reasons for offering a Peace Offering:

  1. A) The first reason we offer a Peace Offering is for giving thanks, a freewill Offering, a gift, giving out of our abundance because freely we receive, freely we give (Matt 10:8).

Lev 7:12 If he offer it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer with the sacrifice of thanksgiving unleavened cakes mingled with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil, and cakes mingled with oil, of fine flour, fried.

Lev 7:13 Besides the cakes, he shall offer [for] his  offering leavened bread with the sacrifice of thanksgiving of his peace offerings.  

“Leavened bread WITH the sacrifice of thanksgiving is accepted with the sacrifice of the Peace Offering being offered as a freewill Offering and show us that while the Church is flesh and “cannot inherit the Kingdom”, our Priest, Christ, IDENTIFIES with us and is nourished with us in our communion with Him. The Church is the “leavened bread” of the Pentecost Offering. We have the Spirit in down payment form (Eph 1:13-14) and are being redeemed as such. We are being shown that we, the Church, are still in a “body of this death … sinful flesh”.

Rom 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body  (Also Heb 9:15).

The state of our beings as we approach God as His “sweet smelling savor …. Peace Offering” IS LACKING in its parts because salvation is a PROCESS. Christ is IN us, Christ, the treasure in earthen vessels, is “accepted IN the Beloved” as an “unblemished … without spot” Offering, Christ in us in THIS capacity of His office and Offering, is invariably as “either a bullock or a lamb … [have some] thing superfluous or lacking in his parts”.

Lev 22:23 Either a bullock or a lamb that hath anything superfluous or  lacking in his parts, that mayest thou offer [for] a freewill offering; but  for a vow it shall not be accepted.

All of us, as sinful flesh, are “either a BULLOCK or a LAMB that hath anything superfluous or lacking in his parts”. We are the Temple of God (1 Co 3:16 17) and we offer polluted bread on His altar. The sick and the lame is our halfhearted service to the Lord. Hearers only, warming ourselves by the fire, we say … His Table is contemptible ……

Mal 1:7 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible.

Mal 1:8  And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person? saith the LORD of hosts.

  1. B) The second reason offering the Peace Offering is for making a vow, which shows us the trustworthiness, faithfulness CHRIST, who is the Way, the faithful WITNESS:

Lev 7:16  But if the sacrifice of his offering be a vow, or a voluntary offering, it shall be eaten the same day that he offereth his sacrifice: and on the morrow also the remainder of it shall be eaten:

Lev 7:17  But the remainder of the flesh of the sacrifice on the third day shall be burnt with fire.

Lev 7:18  And if any of the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings be eaten at all on the third day, it shall not be accepted, neither shall it be imputed unto him that offereth it: it shall be an abomination, and the soul that eateth of it shall bear his iniquity.

Lev 7:19  And the flesh that toucheth any unclean thing shall not be eaten; it shall be burnt with fire: and as for the flesh, all that be clean shall eat thereof.

“All that be clean” points to trying the spirits to see whether our spiritual food is of Christ (2 John 1:10 and 1 John 4:1).

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

The morning (Psa 49:14-15) and the “third day” (Luk 13:32, 1 Co 15:4, Hos 6:2) are symbols for resurrection from the dead, when Christ comes with His holy angels, “is, was and will be” and no flesh remains, all wood, hay and stubble are being burnt up. We are BEING RAISED UP from the state of DEATH/DISOBDIENCE.

Exo 12:10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.

Rom 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now [it is] high time to awake out of sleep: for now, [is] our salvation [Christ, is the resurrection John 11:25] nearer than when we believed.

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

Leaven is not accepted in the Peace Offering given for a vow.

Lev 22:23 Either a bullock or a lamb that hath anything superfluous or  lacking in his parts, that mayest thou offer [for] a freewill offering; but for a vow it shall not be accepted.  

Both the Meat Offering at Pentecost and the Peace Offering given as a freewill Offering typify Christ IN His elect. Neither typify Him as our UNBLEMISHED SACRIFICE, both Offerings typify the Church (US) struggling against flesh in our daily walk being born in sin …… “lacking in his parts”, conceived in sin.

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

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

Vows are different and are words that mean exactly what they say. These sacrifices are

Christ in His various capacities. And the Father through Christ promised (a vow) to both Adam and Cain that in the end they would “rule over sin” (Gen 4:7). Every word out of Christ’s mouth is a vow. It IS BEING performed.

Eze 12:25 For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall  speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged:  for in your  days O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith  the Lord GOD. 

2Co 1:19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among  you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and  nay, but in him was yea.

2Co 1:20 For all the promises of God in him   are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

Christ’s Offering in this capacity when He makes a vow or a freewill offering in “beeves and sheep” is without spot or wrinkle, in this capacity Christ is PERFECT.

Lev 22:21 And whosoever offereth a sacrifice of peace offerings unto  the LORD to accomplish [his] vow, or a freewill offering in beeves or  sheep, it shall be perfect to be accepted; there shall be no blemish therein.

We are admonished not to make a vow; we do not know what tomorrow brings, can we be sure that we are going to be able to perform the vow? Do we say “we see”? We are a work in progress being saved.

Ecc 5:4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he  hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.

Jas 4:13  Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain:

Jas 4:14  Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

Jas 4:15  For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

Jas 4:16  But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil.

 

Mat 5:34  But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:

Mat 5:35  Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.

Mat 5:36  Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

Mat 5:37  But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

The Peace Offering, with the two reasons of being offered, reminds us that, as Christ Himself, WE, still “bear the image of the earthy [but] we are in the PROCESS of bearing the image of the heavenly” (1Co 15:49). We have PEACE and STRENGTH and NOURISHMENT in this Offering knowing that we are accepted in the Beloved.

Joh 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as theworld giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither  let it be afraid.

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Amos Part 11 – Come to Gilgal and Multiply Transgressions

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“Come to Gilgal and Multiply Transgressions”

Key Verses:  Amos 4:1 – 4:5

The smiting of the winter house with the summer house (Amo 3:15) via the Word published in our heavens was last week’s focus and another way of stating the Lord’s process about how Jesus Christ is increased within us.

Amo 3:15 And I will smite the winter house with the summer house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall have an end, saith the LORD.

Here we continue in Amos past the man-made chapter break with the prophecy and details of this smiting with the summer house and how the spiritual circumcision is accomplished.

Amo 4:1 Hear this word, ye kine of Bashan, that are in the mountain of Samaria, which oppress the poor, which crush the needy, which say to their masters, Bring, and let us drink.

Amo 4:2 The Lord GOD hath sworn by his holiness, that, lo, the days shall come upon you, that he will take you away with hooks, and your posterity with fishhooks.

Amo 4:3 And ye shall go out at the breaches, every cow at that which is before her; and ye shall cast them into the palace, saith the LORD.

Amo 4:4 Come to Bethel, and transgress; at Gilgal multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every morning, and your tithes after three years:

Amo 4:5 And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and publish the free offerings: for this liketh you, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.

This chapter continues the process of the Lord dragging His naturally rebellious people (Isa 1:2), who are at enmity with His commands back to Himself.

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

This chapter (this study and next) will show just have involved the Lord’s hand in the process of leading us into sin and destruction for the purposes of bringing us back in due time (Psa 90:3).

Amo 4:1 Hear this word, ye kine of Bashan, that are in the mountain of Samaria, which oppress the poor, which crush the needy, which say to their masters, Bring, and let us drink.

The bulls (kine) of Bashan represents the strength of the flesh that yet surrounds the new man in the same way the Assyrian army is the sword of the Lord (Isa 10:5, Psa 19:13). When the Lord seeks an occasion (Jdg 14:4), He has an army and has placed a law of sin within our members to manifest transgressions that create the chastening moments.

Psa 22:12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.

Rom 7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.

All of our works, the good and the bad, are His works (Phi 2:13, Isa 64:8). Whether it is speaking of strong bulls, tall oaks or high hills, Bashan is linked to and symbolizes the yet carnal pride of man that must be brought low in judgment. The kine of Bashan is symbolic speak of us when our beastly nature is still alive and well and sitting on God’s throne (2Th 4).  Zealous for knowledge and righteousness, yet in an immature state, our faith has not yet been tried in the fire (Rev 3:18). We have to live the words (Mat 4:4) that call for us to wax fat, get puffed up in our own conceits. This gives the Lord the occasion He seeks to bring the fire of judgment.

Deu 32:15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.

Deu 32:16 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.

A New Testament version of this would be:

1Co 11:28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

1Co 11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

We can’t serve two masters. We either love the one and hate the other (Mat 6:24) and a jealous God, who is longsuffering, brings an end to it in the appointed times.

Pro 16:5 Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

Pro 16:6 By mercy and truth iniquity is purged: and by the fear of the LORD men depart from evil.

When we are in it for ourselves, we are oppressing the poor and breaking (crushing) the needy within ourselves and without. A spirit of self-righteousness, believing we bring anything to the table, is this oppression of the needy.

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

1Co 4:7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

Eating and drinking in the kingdom is important, yet it is our service that is more important. Only the DOERS, those that love God by their obedience enter in and not the hearers that feast and drink on the knowledge.

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

1Co 8:1 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity (love, our obedience) edifieth.

Seeking knowledge above obeying the Lord is a trait of the Pharisees. Our righteousness has to exceed that of a self-righteous Pharisee (Mat 5:19-20) to enter into the kingdom of heaven and be in the first resurrection. As our judgment and the furnace of affliction intensifies, we are given to eat strong meat. Thus begins the overcoming and gaining dominion over the flesh and Babylonian/Samaritan spirits of the great harlot.

Eze 39:18 Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, of rams, of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, all of them fatlings of Bashan.

It is the weak, the poor in fleshly spirit that has the victory. Until we are humbled by being shown our inequities we cannot be exalted (Jas 4:10, Luk 14:11). That exaltation will not be us, it will be Christ in us.

Amo 4:2 The Lord GOD hath sworn by his holiness, that, lo, the days shall come upon you, that he will take you away with hooks [H6793] and your posterity with fishhooks [H1729] [H5518]

The Lord has sworn that He will save us and all mankind (Tit 1:2, Heb 6:13). That day will come, and we are learning the patience and requirement to wait for the promises (Rev 14:12, Heb 6:15). We are saved by grace through our faith that is given to us (Eph 2:8). Faith is also likened to a shield, an integral component of the whole armor of God.

Eph 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

What takes us away from our old way of life is what the KJV translators call hooks [H6793] but this word is actually the word for shield and buckler (a small shield).

H6793, tsinnâh, tsin-naw’

Feminine of H6791; a hook (as pointed); also a (large) shield (as if guarding by prickliness); also cold (as piercing): – buckler, cold, hook, shield, target.

Total KJV occurrences: 22

shield, 9

1Sa_17:7, 1Sa_17:41, 1Ch_12:8, 1Ch_12:24, 1Ch_12:34, 2Ch_25:5, Psa_5:12, Psa_91:4, Jer_46:3

buckler, 3

Psa_35:2, Eze_23:24, Eze_26:8

targets, 3

bucklers, 2

target, 2

cold, 1

hooks, 1   – Amo_4:2

Psa 5:12  For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

It is our faith in the Word, our belief which bears us and lifts us up and draws us to Christ and via the process takes us away from old life. It is this armor, the helmet of salvation and the shield of faith that Christ in us uses waging war against the flesh.

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:

Eze 38:5 Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:

Even the word translated for fishhooks found only one time in Scripture and that rendering needs to be modified to bring the best understanding. The word for fishhooks is coming from two distinctive Hebrew words one ostensibly meaning FISHERS [H1729] POTS [H5518].

H5518, sı̂yr  /  sı̂yrâh  /  sirâh

From a primitive root meaning to boil up; a pot; also a thorn (as springing up rapidly); by implication a hook: – caldron, fishhook, pan, ([wash-]) pot, thorn.

Total KJV occurrences: 34

pot, 12

pots, 9

thorns, 4

caldron, 3

caldrons, 2

washpot, 2

pans, 1

fishhooks, 1 – Amo_4:2

Our “posterity” is referring to our end or the later days of the carnal way of life as we prepare and endure through judgment that transforms us into a mature man in Christ. Being boiled in a pot is likened to be seethed in a pot and this spiritual represents the many trials and tribulations we all have to endure to enter into the kingdom of God (Act 14:22).

The Body of Christ, which is broken for us, is our spiritual food. It is how we grow and we partake of this dying daily in following (remembering) our Lord. This is the One Bread and the true communion, the blessed few chosen to be judged now in this age are partaking of daily (Gal 2:20).

Mat 26:26 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.

Our maturity is likened to our ability to eat strong meat which is bearing these trials and afflictions with joy knowing it is the Lord saving us by the process.

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

A recent email thread recently spoke of the significance of seething a kid in his mother’s milk that primarily spoke to not giving babes more than they can bear (Deut 14:21, Exo 34:26).  The Lord is faithful to not try us beyond our ability (Joh 16:12, 1Co 10:13) yet He is preparing us for trials and afflictions as those are necessary to bring us to our wits end and usher in salvation. This is the food and the communion the priest of the Lord, which priests we are, eat from the seething and boiling pot/caldron.

1Sa 2:13 And the priests’ custom with the people was, that, when any man offered sacrifice, the priest’s servant came, while the flesh was in seething, with a fleshhook of three teeth in his hand;

1Sa 2:14 And he struck it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all that the fleshhook brought up the priest took for himself. So they did in Shiloh unto all the Israelites that came thither.

Jeremiah was shown the vision of judgment coming to Israel and he saw this seething pot that is the food the mature of the Lord begin to eat when made ready.

Jer 1:13 And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying, What seest thou? And I said, I see a seething pot; and the face thereof is toward the north.

It is our dying daily that is our daily bread. This is the prayer of the saints to be given this food that brings forth the kingdom of God within us (Luk 11:3).

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

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

Rom 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

The second word used to derive “fishhooks” is H1729 is also found only once in the scriptures.

H1729, dûgâh, doo-gaw’

Feminine from the same as H1728; properly fishery, that is, a hook for fishing: – fish [hook].

H1728, davvâg

Total KJV Occurrences: 2

fishers, 2  Jer_16:16 (2), Eze_47:10

All men and all of the Lord’s disciples are fisherman in spiritual terms. We try to catch men. Of course we are first working for the devil and fishing for men in seeking ungodly mammon.  We capture many in the nets (200 million lies) of the great harlot (Mat 4:18,Hab 1:5-6). The coming of Jesus Christ into our life and heavens changes our fishing objective. We are transformed into fishers of men being used of the Lord to bring this seething pot (within and without ourselves) to a boil in the heavens and earth of those the Lord is saving. Ultimately all men will be caught by the truth of God’s word.

Mat 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Jer 16:16 Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.

The Body of Christ is made up of the fish dragged out of Samaria or found hiding in the crevices of the mountains of the great harlot. The Lord brings us into the Holy City and there we begin to eat meat out of this pot being a living sacrifice unto the Lord (Rom 12:1). When gathered together, we minister to each other and give “Christ” a piece of fish and an honeycomb. Grace through faith is the food that Christ serves to the multitudes.

Luk 24:42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.

Mar 6:38 He saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? go and see. And when they knew, they say, Five, and two fishes.

Our next verse is a profound verse of how salvation comes to the Gentiles, which Gentiles we are when we are being dragged to The Christ. The verse requires some rework to see the truth.

Amo 4:3 And ye shall go out at the breaches, every [H802] cow at that which is before her; and ye shall cast them into the palace [H2038], saith the LORD.

There is much scholarly dispute over the word palace here.  A key contention is the word for palace, only used one time in all Scriptures and which most translators link back to the primary word for palace H2036. There is good reason to not use Strong’s as an infallible source, it is not.

H2038, harmôn, har-mone’

From the same as H2036; a castle (from its height): – palace.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

Many scholars believe “harmon” should have been Hermon and thus a totally different rendering comes into view. Here’s an excerpt from the Holman Bible Dictionary.

HARMON (hahr’ muhn) Place name of uncertain meaning in Amos 4:3 as translated by NRSV, NAS, NIV. KJV reads, “palace,” changing the first letter of the Hebrew word to a common Hebrew noun for royal fortresses. TEV does not translate the final Hebrew word, saying it is unclear. REB changes two Hebrew letters slightly to translate, “dunghill.” The earliest Greek translation read, “Mount Rimmon.” Some Bible students change the first letter slightly to read, “Mount Hermon.” If Harmon, the unchanged Hebrew text, is read, we know nothing of the place meant.

My view of this is that Hermon is the correct rendering, speaking to Mt. Hermon as it is consistent with the next verse and symbols of Bethel and Gilgal. The Lord is calling His people out of Babylon/Samaria to Himself meaning His Body. Here are three other versions.

Amo 4:3 NKJV You will go out through broken walls, Each one straight ahead of her, And you will be cast into Harmon,” Says the LORD.

Amo 4:4 NKJV “Come to Bethel and transgress, At Gilgal multiply transgression; Bring your sacrifices every morning, Your tithes every three days.

 Amo 4:3 ISV Each of you will go out through the breaches of the walls straight to Mt. Hermon,” declares the LORD.

Amo 4:4 ISV “Come to Bethel and sin, to Gilgal and sin even more! Bring along your morning sacrifices, and pay your tithes every other day. 

 Amo 4:3 CLV And at the breaches shall you fare forth, each woman straight in front of her, and you shall be flung toward the highland, (averring is Yahweh Elohim).”

Amo 4:4 CLV Come to Bethel and transgress! At Gilgal increase the transgression! And bring your sacrifices for the morning, and your tithes for three days!”

We come into the Body of Christ bringing many idols and lies to be burned out of us (Eze 23:11, Joh 16:12). As we are given ears to hear, cracks, gaps and holes develop in our doctrines and these are the opening the Lord uses to bring us to Him. There will be no holes in the wall of the new temple, which temple we are (1Co 3:16) as we continue onward towards maturity.  For the new temple to be built, the existing one needs to be destroyed by judgment.

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:

The number three signifies our process of spiritual progression towards maturity. It is only on the third day we are being perfected (Luk 13:32). It is only on the third day the temple within us are being raised up in Christ (Joh 2:9). In the third year, we are being able to bring our tithes, which is the laying down of our life, the entire increase of Christ within us to the Lord (Deut 14:28, Mal 3:10).

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

Mt. Harmon/Hermon means the house of God also just as Bethel and even Gilgal.

Deu 4:47 And they possessed his (King Sihon’s) land, and the land of Og king of Bashan, two kings of the Amorites, which were on this side Jordan toward the sunrising;

Deu 4:48 From Aroer, which is by the bank of the river Arnon, even unto mount Sion, which is Hermon

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

It is the dew of Mt. Hermon that is the dew of Mt. Zion and the moisture that brings forth the fruit and harvest for the Lord.

Psa 133:1 A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

Psa 133:2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;

Psa 133:3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

We need to always remember that all these things in the Old Testament are written for our admonition, to teach the Body of Christ spiritual lessons and knowledge (1Co 10:11, 1Pe 1:1012). Crossing over the Jordan river is a type of baptism and spiritually part of our maturing process. The real battle with the giants of the land do not begin until we get across that river and camp with Israel. We transgress from Bashan east of the Jordan to Gilgal which is on the west side. That is indeed how we follow Christ, we follow the Sun of Righteousness which like the physical sun goes from east to west (Rom 1:20).

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

Gilgal means Wheel or Wheels and symbolizes the camp of the Israel of God just across the Jordan River.

H1536, gilgâl, ghil-gawl’

A variation of H1534: – wheel.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

The Body is the wheel of the Lord’s Ark (cart) that takes the Word wheresover He shall lead us. The OT witness to Mat 12:20 is the one place the root of Gilgal is used.

Isa 28:28 Bread corn is bruised; because he will not ever be threshing it, nor break it with the wheel[H1536] of his cart, nor bruise it with his horsemen.

There are many studies on the IWWB site that speak of the whirling wheels of Ezekiel, witnesses that show that wheels in their positive use are the elect of God abiding in The Christ.

Gilgal is where we are after first crossing the Jordan River and begin the spiritual circumcision needed to fight the giants (sins/idols) in the land. We have progressed beyond milk and no longer are eating the manna from heaven but eating the fruit of the land as we are conquering and possessing more of the Kingdom of God within us (Luk 17:20-21).

Jos 5:8 And it came to pass, when they had done circumcising all the people, that they abode in their places in the camp, till they were whole.

Jos 5:9 And the LORD said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you. Wherefore the name of the place is called Gilgal unto this day.

Jos 5:10 And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover on the fourteenth day of the month at even in the plains of Jericho.

It is in Gilgal we begin to grow, moving beyond the milk and the self-righteous law of Moses and partake of the true bread from heaven.

Jos 5:12 And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna anymore; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year.

Gilgal is where many victories are won (Jos 10:7, 10:10, 10:12). But Gilgal is also where the rejected anointed old man within us is exposed by the prophets of the Lord. The story of King Saul failing to obey the Lord by taking the spoil of the Amalekites show was in the camp of the saints (Gilgal).

1Sa 15:21 But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal

1Sa 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

The Lord calls us into Bethel (House of God) and into Gilgal (both The Body) and says to multiply our transgressions. God hates sin but as we know, He works evil for good and is the one causing us to err from His ways (Isa 63:17) so judgment can be brought that is turning us back. It is through the chastening of the Lord’s grace that we learn to walk in obedience (Heb 12:6).  Where sin abounds, grace abound even more and eventually brings salvation (Rom 5:20).

Psa 119:67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.

It is here in Gilgal, through the recompense of our transgressions that we are learning obedience through these sufferings (Heb 5:8). It is here in Gilgal that we first learn the sacrifices the Lord truly desires.

1Sa 10:8 And thou shalt go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down unto thee, to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings: seven days shalt thou tarry, till I come to thee, and shew thee what thou shalt do.

It is the peace of God, we learn in the Christ that transcends all understanding and keeps us through all of our trials (Phi 4:7). It is here where we are still transgressing that we become thankful in all things (Eph 5:20).

Amo 4:5 And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and publish the free offerings: for this liketh you, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.

As we come into the Body of Christ, known by many names and symbols, we are still in clay vessels that are not yet perfected. We are being redeemed now in down payment form and have to wait until the resurrection for the fullness.

Rom 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

To find peace with the Lord we are commanded to offer sacrifices of thanksgiving with leaven.  This is an integral part of the Law of the Offering that reveal Jesus Christ.

Lev 7:13 Besides the cakes, he shall offer for his offering leavened bread with the sacrifice of thanksgiving of his peace offerings.

We are learning to be at peace with God and where we are in The Christ, knowing all of it is 100% the Lord’s work. The peace offering is shared with the entire Body (the priests and his sons) and is the only offering from which the offeror is fed. This is the nourishment we are having to give us the strength and spiritual growth to endure to the end to be saved. That only comes in communion in the Beloved which is Jesus Christ.

Eph 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

Eph 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

When we are rooted in Christ and established in faith, then we truly can give the Lord thanks in all things and we are at peace.

Col 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

Next week Lord willing, we will pick back up with verse 5 and move forward with the Lord demanding  why we have not yet returned to Him in our hearts despite all the miraculous signs and wonders.

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Amos Part 10 – Smiting the Winter House

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Amos Part 10 – Smiting the Winter House

Key Verses:  Amos 3:8 – 3:15

We ended last study with this verse containing the final two rhetorical questions that portray the extent of the Lord’s hand in the process of judgment.

Amo 3:8  The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?

The most recent installment of Mike’s Isaiah’s study emphasized that the words “roared” and “spoken” are in the Hebrew Piel (perfect mood) tense; meaning they represent a continual is, was and will be action. It is the continual roaring of the Lion of the tribe of Judah that teaches us the fear of the Lord and continually sends us forth to prophecy to the nations within ourselves and without (Link to Isaiah 7:19-20 Study Here).

It is this ongoing revelation (action) of Christ working in us that is being declared unto us which is the secret hidden from the world and revealed only to the chosen few.

Amo 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

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

The church of Jesus Christ is built when The Christ, the Lord’s ambassadors, are sent forth to prophesy (Isa 6:9, Mat 10:5-8). Like all the prophets of the Lord, we are prophesied to by an fellow angel/prophet and in turn are sent to bring the revelation of Jesus Christ to all men.

Rev 10:11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

The prophesying to the nations begins inwardly for the Elect in this age of judgment and will outwardly be fulfilled as we are used to bring others to Christ now and in the lake of fire.

Amo 3:9 Publish (hearken) in the palaces at Ashdod, and in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say, assemble yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria, and behold the great tumults in the midst thereof, and the oppressed in the midst thereof.

Amo 3:10 For they know not to do right, saith the LORD, who store up violence and robbery in their palaces.

Amo 3:11 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; An adversary there shall be even round about the land; and he shall bring down thy strength from thee, and thy palaces shall be spoiled.

Amo 3:12 Thus saith the LORD; As the shepherd taketh out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear; so shall the children of Israel be taken out that dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed, and in Damascus in a couch.

Amo 3:13 Hear ye, and testify in the house of Jacob, saith the Lord GOD, the God of hosts,

Amo 3:14 That in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him I will also visit the altars of Bethel: and the horns of the altar shall be cut off, and fall to the ground.

Amo 3:15 And I will smite the winter house with the summer house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall have an end, saith the LORD.

The Word sent forth will be heard (published) in the fleshly, worldly and religious kingdoms of this world. This applies inwardly in this age to those few given ears to hear and being caused to hear the Word of the Lord (Jer 18:2, Pro 1:23). Outwardly these words will be fulfilled in the lake of fire when the kingdoms of this world become the kingdoms of the Lord and His Christ.

Ashdod as studied in Amos Part 3, was a key Philistine city (strength of the flesh), where Dagon (symbolizing our beast) was/is their and our god at the appointed times. When the Word of God is published in these spiritual strongholds (the inward Philistine cities), the result is the cutting off of the lies and the power those lies have over our walk (1Sa 5:3-4). The beheading of Dagon foretells the work the Word will do in the appointed times for all. The fire of judgment will cut off the lies and their power over us.

Pro 19:9 A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish.

Egypt represents the world and the kingdom of the old man and the carnally minded. The burden of the Egyptians is bondage and what the Spirit of Christ will set us free from in our day of judgment.

Exo 6:6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments: 

The Word of God calls us to gather on the mountains of Samaria where we will see great tribulation (tumult) and oppressions. God’s people, who is Jesus Christ, the Body that the world hates and persecutes (Act 22:8, Joh 15:18), must needs go through Samaria. We must live by every word and thank God because it is here in spiritual Samaria where we will and are meeting the real Christ and begin to partake of the true living waters.

Joh 4:4 And he must needs go through Samaria.

Joh 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

In Part 2 of the Micah study,  there was a deeper review of the meaning and significance of Samaria. The woman at the well (in Samaria) was found by Jesus Christ and a lost sheep was returned to the fold worshiping in Spirit and in Truth by partaking of the living waters. Our role as watchman is not just within Jerusalem. From the wall that is The Christ, we look both inwardly and outwardly. With eyes round about, we look out into Samaria and pull in the lost sheep of the house of Israel the Lord has prepared and brings to us (Psa 10:17, Rom 10:15) by the foolishness of our preaching (1Co 1:21).

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

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.

The process of spiritual progression is signified by the number three. Samaria in this way is like Babylon, the third step of progression we must endure and then come out of to be delivered.  Overcoming the flesh (Ashdod), the world (Egypt) and the lies of the great harlot(Samaria) are all necessary experiences for God’s people to live out and thereby learn.

Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues

Samaria is where we go to flee from our old life and find peace. We flee to the mountains after being shown that we are the abomination causing desolation despite our outward religiosity.

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:

Mountains are elevated earth that sits closer to the heavens and spiritually speak to the pride of carnal man and it is on those mountains where the beast carries the great harlot sits within our yet carnal mindset. A fellow angel/prophet shows us these truths as we look behind in our day of judgment.

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.

Rev 17:9  And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. 

Coming out of Babylon is coming out of Samaria and that is a process that takes the rest of our days in these clay vessels. The 200 million lies of the harlot is a giant army that takes much overcoming as our faith is tried and we learn to judge righteous judgment (Joh 7:24) and not even think above what is written (1Co 4:6). There is always more work, more maturing to come and we must guard against slothfulness. It’s a good fight of faith to the end (1Ti 6:12, Mat 24:13)

Rev 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

The Lord knows how to reserve the unjust for their day of wrath. Our temporary peace and being at ease is a false peace and will come to an end when the woes (judgment) come.

Amo 6:1 Woe to those at ease in Zion, and those trusting in the mountain of Samaria, those noted as the leader of the nations! And the house of Israel came to them.

The great tumults [H4103] in our midst is the trouble and destruction that is necessary and ordained for salvation to come.  Being given the Morning Star (Rev 2:28) is the blessing of judgment as Christ rised within is and brings much trouble to our old man.

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 [H4103] is near, and not the sounding again of the mountains.

Learning righteousness comes from enduring this trouble and learning patience in our judgment. This is how we are caused to keep His commandments (Eze 36:27) and be set free from sin, if we continue in Truth (Joh 8:32). Before we are being taught through the chastening and scourging grace of the Lord (Tit 2:11, Heb 12:6), we do not  know to do right and we oppress the new man within us and those without ourselves as we judge and act in an unrighteous manner.

Amo 3:10 For they know not to do right, saith the LORD, who store up violence and robbery in their palaces.

Our time in spiritual Babylon (Samaria) is the time preceding the great earthquake that brings salvation. We must go into Samaria and lay up treasures in our earth and store up wrath for the day of wrath yet to be revealed from heaven.

Isa 39:6 Behold, the days come, that all that is in thine house, and that which thy fathers have laid up in store until this day, shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall be left, saith the LORD.

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

Ignorance is no defense of our misdeeds in our physical courts of law and neither is it a defense in God’s court. Sins of ignorance must be recompensed and an offering made (Lev 4:3, 4:13).

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

Act 17:30 Truly, these (former) times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,

To bring us to repentance the Lord creates adversaries.

Amo 3:11 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; An adversary there shall be even round about the land; and he shall bring down thy strength from thee, and thy palaces shall be spoiled.

So therefore, because of our sins, God’s elect who are judged first are the first to learn the fear of the Lord. Learning this teaches us that our every misdeed has a just recompense from a sovereign God. We reap what we sow. The Lord creates adversaries to test us and punish us when we disobey and this is all purposed for our learning righteousness.

1Ki 13:26 And when the prophet that brought him back from the way heard thereof, he said, It is the man of God, who was disobedient unto the word of the LORD: therefore the LORD hath delivered him unto the lion……

Coming to our wits ends (Psa 107:27) requires us to lose all hope of escape and deliverance of our own. The Lord uses the wicked WITHIN and WITHOUT, as His sword to oppress us and in due time cause us to cry out to the Lord.

Psa 17:9 From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about. 

Psa 17:12 Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.

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

Our redemption draws near when we see ourselves surrounded by enemies (Luk 21:20).   Spiritually speaking this is our flesh and the lusts and pride that defines the carnally minded.

Mat 24:9 Then shall they (Carnal Men) deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.

Psa 22:12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.

The Lord created a crooked serpent to deceive (Job 26:13), the same being the waster that destroys (Isa 54:16). The Lord works all things, even evil things for good (Rom 8:28) even raising up an adversary to surround the land promised to the Israel of God. The Lord turns us over to the law of sin and the flesh and lusts that live deep in these bodies of clay. Babylon and Assyria are part of the same spiritual army the Lord uses to accomplish His will of salvation.

Isa 10:5 O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.

Isa 10:6 I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.

Jer 27:6 And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him.

Jer 27:7 And all nations shall serve him, and his son, and his son’s son, until the very time of his land come: and then many nations and great kings shall serve themselves of him.

There are a couple of revealing nuggets in this verse’s comparison of our deliverance with the residue of a sheep being taken out of the mouth of a lion.

Amo 3:12 Thus saith the LORD; As the shepherd taketh out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear; so shall the children of Israel be taken out [delivered – H5337] that dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed, and in Damascus in a couch

First it is God’s elect, all those who enter thru the door that is Christ that are the shepherds of the sheep (Joh 10:2). This is what prophesying does, it rescues and delivers the residue of sheep from the mouth of the roaring lion who is our father the devil. David, as a type of Jesus Christ and of God’s elect, who would come at Pentecost, experienced in the physical, what we do in the spiritual (Joh 6:63, 1Co 10:11).

1Sa 17:34  And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:

1Sa 17:35  And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.

The beast that all men are (Ecc 3:18) are of their father the devil who seek to devour the man child within ourselves and without.

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.

Psa 22:21 Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.

There is not much remaining after a lion gets hold of sheep and so it is with the true Israel of God, the spiritual Jews who the Lord judges in this age. This is true individually within ourselves but also outwardly thinking of those few, the few chosen is relative to all mankind.

Jer 30:11 For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.

Rom 9:27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:

The Lord’s makes the wicked for the day of evil (Pro 16:4) but His purposes is always good and that is to remake us and not to destroy us. All it takes is a tiny sprig/seed planted by the Lord.

Isa 11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

1Pe 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

What the Lord has torn down, He will and is raising up again in the “three days” of our spiritual progression (Joh 2:19, Mat 24:2). The Lord that turns us into sin (destruction) yet also turns us back (Psa 90:2) and restores all that was lost with even greater treasures.

Joe 2:25 And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.

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

A final point on verse 12 is our dwelling in Samaria on a bed and in Damascus on a couch.  Beds and couches are where we sleep or relax. The new man will be taken from this Samaritan bed and the old man will be left (Luk 17:34). Until we go through it, we always think the Lord has come and our earthquake is already past. Yet He comes as a thief in the night when we are saying peace and safety resting on beds and couches in spiritual Samaria (1Th 5:2-3).

Until we go through our judgment and abide in the fire, the furnace of affliction (Isa 48:10), there remains a rest we have yet to fully find. Even when we do find it, there is yet more to be found and this journey of faith and growing never ends.

Heb 4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

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

Our labor for the Lord is to be done in His House which is where deliverance is found (Zion).

Amo 3:13 Hear ye, and testify in the house of Jacob, saith the Lord GOD, the God of hosts,

Amo 3:14 That in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him I will also visit the altars of Bethel: and the horns of the altar shall be cut off, and fall to the ground.

Judgment being upon the altars of Bethel, the House of God means our way of worshiping and making sacrifices in serving the Lord is in focus. The outcome of our judgment is that we will and are obeying the Lord (Rom 2:13, Rom 6:14). The Lord accomplishes this destroying of the power of flesh by cutting off our horns from which we get our power to defy and rebel against Him.

Horns signify power and like all words can be positive or negative. The Lord and His Word is the power or the horn of our salvation (Psa 18:2, Rom 1:16). Yet here in Amos the horns being cut off is the power the enemy hold over the new man. In wrath and jealousy that power is destroyed when the Lord brings vengeance for His Temple.

Lam 2:3 He hath cut off in his fierce anger all the horn of Israel: he hath drawn back his right hand from before the enemy, and he burned against Jacob like a flaming fire, which devoureth round about.

Lam 2:4 He hath bent his bow like an enemy: he stood with his right hand as an adversary, and slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion: he poured out his fury like fire.

The power of Satan over us is the carnal mind. To be carnally minded IS DEATH (Rom 8:6) and it is this mindset that holds power (unbelief) over us and must be destroyed.

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.

Christ comes to us and through His death in us, we overcome through death to self, the power of our father the devil (Joh 8:44).

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; 

For Christ to increase, the flesh and old man is being decreased (Joh 3:30) and by this process we grow and take on the mind of Jesus Christ (1Co 2:16).

Amo 3:15 And I will smite the winter house with the summer house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall have an end, saith the LORD.

The Maker of all things is the Maker of all houses and the One who makes all the seasons of life.

Psa 74:17 Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter. 

There is indeed a time and a purpose for every season under heaven (Ecc 3:1-8). Before we bear fruit, we don’t bear fruit and this is why the Lord brings judgment against His vineyard (Isa 5:4-5) for raising up briars and thorns instead. Good lasting fruit only comes by us falling down, acting in unbelief and then being chastened of the Lord.

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.

Winter is a time of spiritual darkness, storms/trials and a dearth of spiritual fruit. It is cold in the winter signifying our need for covering and the comfort that only the Body of Jesus Christ can provide. Love covers a multitude of sins (1Pe 4:8) as does our learning obedience in the fire of out trials (Rev 3:18). Our covering is found only in Christ by The Christ of Christ.

Rev 1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

Rev 19:8 And to her (The Body) was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

The elect must stay faithful in the winter seasons and stand on faith knowing the author of salvation is not ourselves but the Lord. We are being taught to be patient and wait on the Lord.

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

Jer 36:22 Now the king sat in the winterhouse in the ninth month: and there was a fire on the hearth burning before him.

God is smiting the winter house within us with the summer house to destroy it. The summer house that brings the Light and the warmth is the Body of Christ, the same purveyors of judgment through the spoken Word (Mat 19:28, Rev 20:6). Our winter house of flesh is smitten by the summer house and in turn we become a summer house to work the same work in others.

Rev 22:8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.

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.

The man of sin’s abode is the winter house where we abide alone and serve self. The summer house is the Body of Christ which is the instrument the Lord uses to bring judgment and salvation. Our way of escape is only through the pillars of the Temple that are the body of Christ (Rev 3:12, Rev 15:7-8). Praying our flight not be in winter, is a prayer that we be given a spiritual wife, a help (Gen 2:18), to guide us on our way of escape. We cannot make it alone.

Mat 24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

Pro 31:14 She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

It is by showing the winter house to the summer house that we become ashamed of our sins and begin to strive (stop being at ease) to conform to the pattern shown us by the Word.

Eze 43:10 Thou son of man, shew the house to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern.

Ivory is a cherished physical ornament used to dress up and make attractive things in the natural. Ivory being predominantly white is used by us spiritually speaking when we focus on the outside of the cup rather than the inside where God looks. Both the kings of Samaria (1Ki 22:39) and the beast of Babylon worship and serve the false gods of Baal under the influence of the harlot (Jezebel) that make merchandise of the things of God (Rev 18:12) and focus on the outside vs. the inside of the cup.

Luk 11:39 And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.

The Lord is not impressed with appearances and looks to the heart of man for righteousness.  Abiding in spiritual Samaria (Babylon) we become complacent with our knowledge which is why the Lord comes the second time for salvation apart from sin. Those beds and houses we make of ivory to justify ourselves and seek gain are consumed by the fire poured out.

But the day does come that God’s elect and ultimately all men will return with the wine and summer fruit to be enjoyed by all:

Zec 14:8 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.

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.

Next week Lord willing, we will continue into Chapter 4 where the Lord will begin and are  dragging us off the mountain of Samaria and to Himself using fishhooks.

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

Your Brother In Christ,  PETE

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Micah Part 13 – The Lame Remnant

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The Lame Remnant

Key Verses:  Micah 4:1 – 4:8

The way of salvation is through judgment.  All men are saved by the grace of a mighty God (Eph 2:8) and that grace is what scourges every son the Lord receives unto Himself.

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

Heb 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

For those with eyes to see, this process is no longer a mystery or a secret. We see the same process told many other ways and the Bible is totally consistent on the Truth. Other ways of saying it are 1) We learn obedience by the things we suffer (Heb 5:8), 2) No man enters into the Temple except by living out the seven vials of wrath against their wickedness (Rev 15:8), and 3) We learn righteousness when judgment is in our earth (Isa 26:9). This is old hat for those who have been walking in the Truth for a while.

Yet “Eternal Judgment” remains an essential truth, one of the foundational doctrines (Heb 6:2) that remains foolishness to carnally minded multitudes that comprise all of mankind. We must move beyond this basic foundation in our walk to mature.  This we will do only if the Lord permits as there is no free will involved in any matter of our lives. Only the elect of the Lord are being blessed beyond belief and given “eyes to see and ears to hear” (Rom 11:7, Mat 13:16).

The focus of Part 12 was the Lord putting His people into darkness before He brings them into the Light. We covered this season of apostasy, our falling away, leaving our first love, that we are told must be (2 Th 2:3) before the day of the Lord comes upon us “is, was and will be”.

Mic 3:6 Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them.

We are still in darkness here as we start Chapter 4 as verse 12 makes clear.

Mic 4:12 But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.

Judgment is the process by which the Lord reaps His harvest and all men in due time go from not knowing the Lord to knowing Him and His doctrines. We only come to see and understand these things, after the fact, by looking behind us (Rev 1:10) and as Christ is being glorified within us.

Joh 12:16 These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.

Our travailing in birth pangs is about to begin yet we still do not understand His Word or His ways which are far different than the ways of the carnal mind. Nobody learns anything without experience and so it is with spiritual truths. We learn by doing, by keeping His judgments when that day is at hand. All disciples have to walk with Jesus for 3.5 years symbolically claiming they see but understanding not. The mind of Christ comes little by little as we endure on the journey.

Luk 18:34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.

This “understanding not” is especially true about the strange act of judgment and having to die to be risen in newness of life. Judgment is now coming upon the house of Israel. It comes suddenly at midnight (Mat 25:6) in the darkest part of the spiritual night. Going out to meet the bridegroom is opening the door for judgment and ushers in the harvest of the Lord.

Psa 119:62 At midnight I will rise to give thanks unto thee because of thy righteous judgments.

Here the verses that comprise this study in Micah.

Mic 4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.

Mic 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Mic 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Mic 4:4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.

Mic 4:5 For all people will walk everyone in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.

Mic 4:6 In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted;

Mic 4:7 And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.

Mic 4:8 And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.

These verses in Micah and all the prophets apply to us inwardly and will apply outwardly as well in the appointed times. Judgment begins at the house of the Lord and it is the elect who are the first to be redeemed from the earthy and carnal way of life which is also the first resurrection.

Jas 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Rev 14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

Since Mike’s study in Isaiah already covered these first three verses we won’t spend much time on them but encourage all to read that study that can be accessed here:  CLICK HERE.  These verses speak to the time after the Millennium in which all men shall be brought to salvation. This is also known as the LAKE OF FIRE and the time and method by which the Lord will accomplish and IS accomplishing His purpose and regather all things back to Himself.

Eph 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:

There is an order to God’s plan by which all men shall be saved. There are three harvests hidden in these verses that tell of God’s plan for the salvation of all.

1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

1Co 15:23 But every man in his own order: (1) Christ the firstfruits; (2) afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming [i.e The Elect at the First Resurrection]

1Co 15:24  (3) Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. [This is the final harvest thru the Lake of Fire]

The barley harvest during the days of unleavened bread, which typifies Christ, and the wheat harvest at the day of Pentecost, are both called a harvest of firstfruits. Christ was the firstfruit unto God (1 Co 15:20) and His sons are also a type of firstfruits (Jam 1:18) that are gathered first and that is typified by the Feast of Pentecost in type and shadow. Our judgment and lake of fire experience is now (1 Pe 4:17) in this age.  We are living these words out inwardly. It is the seed of Christ planted in us from which the new man comes forth as we are conforming into His image by judgment.

Rom 11:16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches.

As the Body of Christ, the government of Jesus Christ sits upon us, His firstfruits. We are the instruments through which salvation and peace comes upon the entire earth. That Prince of Peace comes by first putting down all rebellion and subduing all enemies to the Lord. If we are to be the Lord’s instruments of judgment, we ourselves have to overcome and endure to the end. Only then will we be given power over the nations within us but also power over the outward nations.

Rev 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations

Rev 2:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

The peace that surpasses all understanding is being accomplished by the blood of Christ. Without the shedding of blood (via judgment) there is no remission (putting away) of sin and no washing of our robes (lifestyle) to make them white.

Eph 2:14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

Eph 2:15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

Eph 2:16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

Let’s look more into the verses and see what is going on in this “lake of fire” process that consumes the adversaries of the Lord and brings about His will for every man.

Mic 4:4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.

Mic 4:5 For all people will walk everyone in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.

The end of judgment brings dominion of Christ to the nations inwardly and outwardly. This is the true Sabbath and rest that remains for all men, the very people of God that are being saved by judgment. When we lie down in green pastures and abide by the still waters we are at peace (Psa 23).  Those who are in Christ have come into the Temple by enduring through the seven vials of wrath (Rev 15:8) and have cast out all fear of men and death. Our obedience that results from judgment is what accomplishes this.

1Jn 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love

Psa 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Bringing us into our own land and placing us under our own vine and fig tree is gathering the scattered sheep, which represent the elect now in this age, but all men in due time.

Eze 34:13 And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.

Eze 34:14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.

Eze 34:15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD.

There is both positive and negative applications of sitting under vines and fig trees. They are what nourish us. We saw this verse earlier where we are enticed to sit under the vine and trees of the King of Assyria within us that will not submit to Christ.

2Ki 18:31 Hearken not to Hezekiah: for thus saith the king of Assyria, Make an agreement with me by a present, and come out to me, and then eat ye every man of his own vine, and every one of his fig tree, and drink ye every one the waters of his cistern:

We dwell securely, in safety and without fear when we walk in the Name of Christ.

1Ki 4:25 And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beersheba, all the days of Solomon

Walking in the Name of our God refers to our doctrine and our obedience, being a doer of the Word. Doing things in the Name of the Lord requires us to obey the Lord and cling to sound doctrine. Our reasonable service is sacrificing our life to the Lord. Our walk is being washed by the water of the Word and our life becomes a burnt offering that is sweet savour to the Lord and the new man but a stench of death to the world and the old man.

Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour.

Lev 1:9 But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

Sitting under our own vine and fig tree in the negative sense is symbolic of our time as a false prophets and a diviner. We call Him Lord but do not do what He says.

Mar 13:6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Deu 18:20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die

As Christ increases within us and outwardly in due time as the lake of fire spreads, deliverance shall come and all rebellion shall be put down as things are done “in His Name”.

Mar 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

Jer 3:17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.

True peace only comes after a major war is fought in our heavens.  This happens in “that day” when there is a great struggle and the flesh wars against the spirit. The process ends with the casting out of Satan from our heavens (Rev 12:7-9). The man child within us has true doctrine and is settled but the multitudes within us represent all those nations within Israel that are yet rebellious.  Those nations need to be brought into submission. This typifies the great struggle between flesh and spirit, Esau and Jacob, in the womb as we travail in birth pangs.  The new man walks in the Name of Christ and the old man signified by the mixed multitudes within us walk by the name of their gods.

1Jn 5:19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in the evil one.

 2Co 4:4 in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn upon them.

Yet this period of darkness is all the Lord’s work in us because we are the works of the Lord’s hands (Isa 64:8, Phil 2:13). Our entire life and our day of judgment, our day of the Lord; is a personal event we all experience inwardly in our heavens (mind) and on our earth (walk). The Lord through His Words will curse the vine and fig tree of the Assyrians within us. This is how the old man is spoiled, brought to his wits end and the branches being made white.

Joe 1:7 He hath laid my vine waste, and barked my fig tree: he hath made it clean bare, and cast it away; the branches thereof are made white.

It is the chosen few that are the first to enter into the Holy City and walk in its light (Rev 21:4).

Psa 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

 

Mic 4:6 In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted;

Mic 4:7 And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.

In that day of judgment; the Lord is gathering back (assembling) those He has previously cast off into outer darkness to be destroyed (Psa 90:3). This is “the means” by which the Lord has devised to save all mankind.

2Sa 14:14 For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.

The new man within us, is the escaped remnant that the Lord is saving. The enmity of the carnal mind with the ways of the Spirit are slain and the rebellion is put down as we are being dragged to Him through the death of our old man. We want to appoint our own king and not be subject to the Lord but that first anointed king within us (King Saul) won’t obey the Lord and is being replaced by Jesus Christ (King David in type and shadow).  The old man is rejected and slain in order for the Lord to rule and reign within us.

1Sa 15:26 And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel.

Luk 19:27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.

The process will manifest and be fulfilled outwardly in the Lake of Fire as all the enemies of the Lord will be subdued.

Psa 66:3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee

1Co 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

The word halteth means lame, imperfect and conjures up weakness.  This is exactly what we have to become by the judgment and oppression the Lord sends us before we can be made strong. Paul and all mature men of God come to accept their afflictions and give the Lord thanks for them, knowing the righteousness they are working in us.

2Co 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

2Co 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

The Lord has no use for anyone who thinks they of themselves bring anything to Him. We are given instructions on whom to bring to the feast of spiritual food at His table. Our giving and service is without seeking any gain, payback or usury.

Luk 14:12 Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee.

Luk 14:13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:

Coming to our wits end and losing all confidence in the flesh is how we are being made strong in the Lord and Christ begins to reign over the inward Kingdom of God and the nations within. At the second resurrection, in the Lake of Fire, this will be fulfilled outwardly and the elect will be those instruments that usher in this salvation by this process of judgment (1Co 6:2, Mat 19:28).

Mic 4:8 NKJV And you, O tower of the flock, The stronghold [H6076] of the daughter of Zion, To you shall it come, Even the former dominion shall come, The kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem.”

Dominion means control or rulership through sovereignty. We know the Lord is sovereign over all things, even the period of our deception and rebellion (Job 12:16, Eph 2:11, Mat 13:11). The first estate of the new man within us was we walked with the Lord. But we all have to leave our first love and abide through our period of sin and darkness before we are being turned back and assembled back with the Lord.  Man must live by every word God spoke even the darker ones.

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.

Lord willing, if we are His elect, we will be found faithful in the end and turned back and respond by returning to our first love.

Rev 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

Rev 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

It is a serious calling to be a watchman, a tower in the flock of God. Ultimately we all are being raised up as these watchmen and will serve as such in our roles in ruling and judging during the Millennium and the Lake of Fire.

Eze 3:17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

But we cannot be a lone watchman without being in the Body and abiding with the other watchmen.  We cannot be forsaking our assembling together where we reprove and chasten one other in judgment now that is on the house of the Lord.

Isa 52:8 Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion.

The watchmen are the Body of Christ and are the armies that follow the Word, that speak the Word that brings the wrath of God against our sinful and fleshly way of life (Rev 19:14). The process of judgment shows us this with stunning clarity as we see ourselves as beasts and our marred sinful condition. Only the coming of Christ will deliver us from this death and this bondage, o wretched men that we all are in the flesh (Rom 7:24).

Being crucified with Christ, we are dead to sin and the Lord is putting our enemies under His feet and has dominion over our works. All men in due time will be the Lord’s Temple and His sanctuary over which Christ has dominion.

Psa 114:2 Judah was his sanctuary, and Israel his dominion.

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.

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

The word translated as “stronghold” in the KJV is the Hebrew word “ophel”.  Here is what Strong’s and the KJC Concordance say about it.

H6076, ‛ôphel, o’-fel

From H6075; a turior; also a mound, that is, fortress: – emerod, fort, strong hold, tower.

Total KJV occurrences: 9

emerods, 6

Deu_28:27, 1Sa_5:6, 1Sa_5:9, 1Sa_5:12, 1Sa_6:4-5 (2)

forts, 1

Isa_32:14

hold, 1

Mic_4:8

strong, 1

Mic_4:8 (2)

tower, 1

2Ki_5:24

 

We can see this word is most often translated as emerods, which is an archaic way of saying hemorrhoids. The primary and most infamous use of this word is the story in 1 Samuel 5 about the Philistines and the Ark of God being placed in the middle of their camp next to their god Dagon. This is a wonderful spiritual message in type and shadow of how the Word destroys our false gods and afflicts our flesh with judgment.  Dagon is broken into pieces and the Philistines are smitten with emerods in their secret parts.

1Sa 5:9 And it was so, that, after they had carried it about, the hand of the LORD was against the city with a very great destruction: and he smote the men of the city, both small and great, and they had emerods in their secret parts.

The only way this makes sense is to remember the two-edged sword has two sides. There is both a positive and a negative application to every Word of God. The root of this word means a raised mound.  An emerod is a “raised mound”, a fleshly affliction, in our secret places. Coming to see ourselves as afflicted, wretched men, lame and crippled, who of ourselves can do no good thing is indeed a huge blessing. Possessing this knowledge and the faith to walk it out, is a spiritual prerequisite (a stronghold) that will keep us on the narrow way.

Isa 2:11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.

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

One of the best things that can ever happen to us, is to be afflicted and made weak in the flesh.  This is what the Word does when it works in us through judgment. It is bringing to light all the dark things in due time and will show us our continual need for a spiritual physician and life coach.

Mat 9:12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.

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.

Knowing these truths will help keep us humble and enable us to engage in spiritual warfare and to take thoughts captive that exalt themselves against obedience to Christ.  Next week Lord willing, the threshing of the wheat that represents judgment will be the theme as we finish Chapter 4 and begin Chapter 5.

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