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Restoration of the Land

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For Our Admonition Part 9

“Restoration of the Land”

Key Verses:  2Ki 8:1 – 8:6

We have one more “story” regarding the Shunammite woman who is instructive to our own growth and maturity in Christ.   Salvation and our sanctification, is a process, one that never ends while we occupy these clay vessels.  We should be striving continually as we endure the trials and temptations the Lord has defined for us all the way to the end.

Mat 24:13  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Heb 3:14  For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;

Here is our story involving Elisha, the woman, her household, Gehazi and the king.

2Ki 8:1  Then spake Elisha unto the woman, whose son he had restored to life, saying, Arise, and go thou and thine household, and sojourn wheresoever thou canst sojourn: for the LORD hath called for a famine; and it shall also come upon the land seven years. 

2Ki 8:2  And the woman arose, and did after the saying of the man of God: and she went with her household, and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years. 

2Ki 8:3  And it came to pass at the seven years’ end, that the woman returned out of the land of the Philistines: and she went forth to cry unto the king for her house and for her land. 

2Ki 8:4  And the king talked with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha hath done. 

2Ki 8:5  And it came to pass, as he was telling the king how he had restored a dead body to life, that, behold, the woman, whose son he had restored to life, cried to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said, My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life. 

2Ki 8:6  And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now. 

Even after being raised from the dead (our last Study Part 8), we still have a walk to walk out. Our resurrection in down payment form is the beginning rather than the end of our trials and tribulations.

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.

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

Why is it that the Lord gives us seven years of plenty and then tries us by putting us through seven years of famine and drought?  Here is why.

1Pe 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

1Pe 1:4  To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

1Pe 1:5  Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

1Pe 1:6  Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 

1Pe 1:7  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

Our calling and election is a LIVING HOPE.  It is not a done deal, we have to live it out and Lord willing we will be found faithful, IF we stay on the course through thick and thin.

Joh 8:31  Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

Joh 8:32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

There is a time and season for everything under the sun (Ecc 3:1).  We are all under this sun which is really all under The Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ.  This is because all things that happen are being done IN CHRIST.

Joh 15:1  I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

Joh 15:2  Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Act 17:28  For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

The Lord uses these seasons of trial, temptation and famine to kill our old man and our carnal and fleshly desires.  These trials are most precious to the Lord because they are what is killing our old man and bringing forth the new man.

Psa 116:15  Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

Before we move on, let’s remember where the land being spoken about is.

Luk 17:20  And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:

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

It is all within God’s people.  Our possession of the land is our being given dominion over sin and abiding in life as we are given to overcome and obey the Lord.

Deu 8:1  All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers.

Elisha warns of the famine to come and the woman is led of the Lord to take her household (son and presumably her husband) into a carnal land for seven years.

2Ki 8:2  And the woman arose, and did after the saying of the man of God: and she went with her household, and sojourned in the land of the Philistines seven years. 

Even after coming to Christ, we are yet carnal as were the Corinthians (1Co 3:1-3).  We have to sojourn with the Philistines which is in the land of Israel yet are of the uncircumcision (1Sa 17:26) for our time and seasons appointed.  Yet that land is part of the promise given to Israel and we will be given dominion over this land.

Exo 23:31  And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee.

To understand this war raging within the land of Israel (inside your mind and walk), a lot can be learned looking out in the physical to see what the Lord is doing in the Kingdom of God within His elect in this age.  Israel is always at war with the Philistines even unto this very day (Rom 1:20).

 Wikipedia:  The Philistines were an ancient people known for their conflict with the Israelites described in the Bible. … In biblical Hebrew they become Pelishtim; in Greek, their land becomes Palestina, hence the terms Palestine and Philistine.

Spiritually speaking, the Philistines represent our flesh and its carnal lusts.  Even the root word of Philistines bears this out.

H6428, pâlash

paw-lash’

A primitive root; to roll (in dust): – roll (wallow) self.

Total KJV occurrences: 4

We have to wallow in the dust of our carnal mind for seven years before the land is restored unto Israel.  This is torment and herein lies the patience of the saints as we wait on this restoral or restitution of all things.

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

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

This is the activity going on now within God’s elect in the Kingdom of God.  This will play out outwardly at the Great White Throne judgment (aka the lake of fire) when all men shall be saved from their sins and go through the same judgment and torment the saints are enduring now in this age (Rev 14:10-12).  It takes all seven years (the complete time the Lord has ordained) of us striving between the flesh and the Spirit to be growing into maturity so we can enter into the land to possess the land.

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

The old man is the one being starved and the one upon whom God’s wrath is fallen.  It is good we go thru a famine as otherwise the old man would not die (Rut 1:1-3).  This experience is preparing us for greater works in the Kingdom and Temple of the living God.  It is not us that drives out the heathen Philistines, it is Christ in us and the armies of Christ.

We are being saved from famine in the same way we are saved from death and judgment.  It is by our old man experiencing these things that the new man is saved from them.

Eze 36:27  And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Eze 36:28  And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

Eze 36:29  I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you.

Eze 36:30  And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the heathen.

When we battle giants in our land and fall down our seven times, we are being chastened.  It’s so easy to revert to the righteousness of the law to justify ourselves but we do much better remembering who is being saved and who is being destroyed and this is all the Lord’s work.

1Th 5:9  For God hath not appointed us (the new man) to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

1Th 5:10  Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

1Th 5:11  Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

Isa 64:8  But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

It is this experience of evil, the Lord uses to humble us (Ecc 1:13 CLV) so we will remember our evil ways and be given the presence of mind (Christ) to obey God.

Eze 36:31  Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings that were not good, and shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations.

In the times appointed, the seven years are completed and we, as this Shunammite woman, are being led of the Lord back to our own land where it will be restored unto us.

2Ki 8:3  And it came to pass at the seven years’ end, that the woman returned out of the land of the Philistines: and she went forth to cry unto the king for her house and for her land. 

The famine works its work in us and we are being prepared for the spiritual journey back home to our own land and our own people.  Such is the inheritance of God’s people and this abode is only in The Christ.

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

Coming to know this is how we are being prepared and made zealous for good works, the reason we have been put into this Body of Christ (Tit 2:14) and that is to serve.

Col 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

Col 3:24  Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

The trial of our faith is waiting on the Lord during these times of famine and struggle with the Philistines within.  This is how we are learning patience during this symbolic period of seven years (Luk 21:19, Rev 14:12).  We come to glory in our tribulations and all seasons the Lord is giving us as we are growing in faith and are given patience to wait upon the Lord to finish His work.  Only then do we learn to trust not in ourselves and what we see with our natural eyes, but instead stand on the Lord’s promises and the hope we receive from these promises when we believe.

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

Rom 5:4  And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

When our appointed time of sojourning is up, the famine ends and all our possessions we lost are being restored back unto us.

Job 42:10  And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

This is the double blessing of our heavens and earth.  The Lord is in the business of calling light out of darkness that He creates in us that are comprised of a heaven and an earth.

Gen 1:1  In the (H7225 – firstfruits) beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

The heavens typify our mind which is becoming the mind of Christ through trials and suffering that decrease the old man and increase the new man.  The earth is our walk and outward actions which are also blessed as we are given dominion over sin.  John and all of God’s elect see this new heaven and new earth (in down payment form in this age) within them being formed as they are given to abide in the Holy City (Zion) which is also Christ’s bride.

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

Rev 21:2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

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

Col 1:20  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

Col 1:21  And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled

Psa 134:3  The LORD that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion.

All men reap this blessing after coming through the lake of fire (Zion) in their day of judgment.  We cry out for restoration of our land and the fruits thereof as the people of God.

2Ki 8:4  And the king talked with Gehazi the servant of the man of God, saying, Tell me, I pray thee, all the great things that Elisha hath done. 

2Ki 8:5  And it came to pass, as he was telling the king how he had restored a dead body to life, that, behold, the woman, whose son he had restored to life, cried to the king for her house and for her land. And Gehazi said, My lord, O king, this is the woman, and this is her son, whom Elisha restored to life. 

Our new man (the king of Israel in this case) asks the servant about all the wonderful works and great things that Elisha (Christ) has done.  The Lord told us that blessed are those who believe in the miracles of Christ without seeing (Joh 20:29).  Yet we, as kings in training, are given signs in our immaturity in seeing the return of the woman and her son resurrected from the dead. We see this miracle in ourselves and we see it in others in the Body of Christ.

It is the elect of God who are the kings and priests of the Lord.

Rev 5:10  And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Our new man is already sitting on the throne of Israel (Christ in us) judging righteous judgment (Joh 7:24) within the Kingdom and nations within us (Luk 17:21).  This is just an earnest of our role to come in spreading the fire and judgment to all men who is the all Israel that will be saved in the end.

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

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

The woman makes her plea directly to the king of Israel which leads to restoration of her land.

2Ki 8:6  And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that was hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now. 

The woman that we are individually and as part of the church (the elect), give birth to the son.  As any good mother, we naturally seek the well-being of our offspring as is the duty of all in Christ.  By the words we speak, and deeds we do, we are always making petitions for restoration of the land as we seek salvation and overcoming of our sins.

Luk 18:7  And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?

The certain officer that is appointed here is the Body of Christ and the multitude of counselors in whom all of God’s people will trust.

Pro 11:14  Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

Wise counsel is righteous judgment which is evaluating all things through the prism of the Scriptures.  It is the elect of God, the only ones given to understand the Scriptures (Mat 13:10), who are the judges.  It is by those works (judgment) by which the land within every one of us is restored and the fruits of increase returned unto us two-fold (Zec 9:4, Isa 61:7).  These blessing to the new man are found only in The Christ.

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

We are being redeemed by the Lord through judgment.  This is how our land is restored.

Isa 1:26  And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city.

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

The latter rain (Truth we receive) will come in abundance when we are being returned to the land of Israel.  The Lord promises to restore all that was eaten by our bondage to lies and carnal mindedness that had to be burned out of us in the land of the Philistines.

Joe 2:23  Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.

Joe 2:24  And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil.

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.

The restoration of the land requires the prayers and actions of righteous men that avail themselves much.

Jas 5:19  If anyone among you goes astray from the truth, brothers, and anyone turns him back,

Jas 5:20  know that the one turning a sinner from the error of his way will save the soul from death, and will hide a multitude of sins.

This officer of the king is the trust we put into the Body of Christ as the watchmen and overseers of the flock of God.

Eph 3:7  Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.

1Pe 4:10  As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

The restoration of the land within ourselves comes when we are witnessing for Christ to the elect angels of Christ and throughout all the earth within and without.

Act 1:6  When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

Act 1:7  And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

Act 1:8  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

I hope this study has reminded us that we struggle with many things and that we are clay in the Lord’s hands.  Everything is exactly on schedule for the Lord to finish His work and fully restore the land in the Kingdom of God within us.  It is our trusting in this Hope, despite all the signs contrary to that hope (our struggles with sin and the beast within) that will and IS saving us, if we endure to the end.

Rom 8:24  For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

Rom 8:25  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Rom 8:35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Rom 8:36  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Rom 8:37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

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Amos Part 3 – Binding the Strong Man

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“Binding the Strong Man”

Key Verses:  Amos 1:6 – 1:8

The theme of Part 3 will be the Lord making us weak in the flesh by bringing fire against the strength and power of our flesh. It is the Lord who afflicts us with messengers of Satan to humble us and sap the power of flesh. Flesh has to go and it is being circumcised (cut off) by the many ways of the Lord to pour out scourging grace upon His Chosen People. When we are strong in the flesh, we are weak in the Spirit. His grace is indeed sufficient for us.

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.

When we first come into the Body of Christ and learn true doctrine of Christ we are still bound by the strong man that is our flesh.  This man of sin still rules and is the one who holds the scepter, has dominion in the land within us.  It will remain that way till Christ comes the second time apart from sin in our day of the Lord. Flesh is incredibly weak when it comes to resisting temptation which is why we must seek the Lord’s will and ask for spiritual strength.

Mat 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Zec 4:6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, this is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

The second coming of Christ to us inwardly when the Spirit is given is what will condemn sin in our flesh and bring forth righteousness by our judgment.

Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh

Rom 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

We now will look at the second of the eight transgressions that bring judgment.

Amo 1:6 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they carried away captive the whole captivity, to deliver them up to Edom:

Amo 1:7 But I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza, which shall devour the palaces thereof:

Amo 1:8 And I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that holdeth the sceptre from Ashkelon, and I will turn mine hand against Ekron: and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish, saith the Lord GOD.

The king of Babylon and the heathen nations within are being punished for their rebellion and transgressions.  This is the cup of wrath that all men and all nations shall certainly drink that brings salvation (Jer 25:28, Mat 20:21).

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

Rev 16:19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

All the land of the Philistines is included in this promise and these same spiritual lands are the focus of this study in Amos.  Drinking this wrath makes us desolate and a curse to this very day!

Jer 25:18  To wit, Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the kings thereof, and the princes thereof, to make them a desolation, an astonishment, an hissing, and a curse; as it is this day;

Jer 25:19  Pharaoh king of Egypt, and his servants, and his princes, and all his people;

Jer 25:20 And all the mingled people, and all the kings of the land of Uz, and all the kings of the land of the Philistines, and Ashkelon, and Azzah (Gaza), and Ekron, and the remnant of Ashdod,

The Philistines are symbolic to the strength and pulls of the flesh that constantly war against the Israel of God (1Co 10:11).   The Philistines represent the uncircumcised sojourning in the land with Israel that seek to defy the armies of God.

Exo 12:48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.

Isa 52:1 Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.

There are five territories that make up Philistine with five Lords (Jos 13:3).  These territories are best known for the how the Lord smote them with emerods and we will look into that story for spiritual significance later in the study.  Gaza symbolizes the strength and power of the flesh as the meanings of Gaza/Azzah and their written stories reveal to those with eyes to see the truth.

 Gaza – H5804 – ‛azzâh, az-zaw’

Feminine of H5794; strong; Azzah, a place in Palestine:

H5794 – From H5810; strong, vehement, harsh: – fierce, + greedy, mighty, power, roughly

 H5810 – A primitive root; to be stout (literally or figuratively): – harden, impudent, prevail, strengthen (self), be strong.

 Gaza is representative of the STRONG MAN that binds us in our sin and the power of the flesh and its lusts before Christ comes with fire.  Our sinful captivity is being taken captive to Christ, little by little as we endure through our day of the Lord and our spiritual circumcision IN CHRIST progresses.  Christ tells us a riddle, speaking in parables (Mat 13:9) that before He comes, the strong man of our house must also be bound.

Mar 3:27  No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.

The man of sin is the strong man who knows true doctrine but is not yet able or willing to perform the word. The man of sin will be turned over to sin and in this way will be bound and then the Lord will come with vengeance for His temple. This is how our captivity to sin is reversed and the Lord begins to dwell within us.

Psa 68:18  Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.

 These judgments of the Lord bind the strong man (the man of sin) and are causing him/us to become totally ensnared in prison to our flesh and its powerful lusts.  This sounds so foolish to anyone who does not know it is the Lord who directs our every step and causes us to stray from His ways (Isa 63:17, Pro 16:9).   The spoiling of the spoiler’s house (the strong man) comes about by the Lord sending evil upon us that will reveal our total helpless state of sin.

Mat 12:29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

The Lord destroys the inward rebellious nations by using the wicked as His sword (Psa 17:13, Isa 45:7).

Psa 78:49  He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.

Joe 2:11 And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

The strong man and the pride of flesh must come to see its total helplessness and the Lord seeks occasions to destroy our flesh and its strength via the fire of judgment. Our own wickedness is used to correct us (Jer 2:19) and show us that we are the abomination.

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

2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, (into sin) and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

Samson and Gaza

All that are given to know true doctrine, will get puffed up with the pride of knowledge. While we do many good things for God, our flesh is still strong and needs to be mortified/crucified.  We are a “strong Samson” who spends the appointed time in Spiritual Gaza rebelling against the Lord’s commands and committing fornication with the flesh.

Jdg 16:1 Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there a harlot, and went in unto her.

In spiritual Gaza were are seduced by the deceitfulness of sin (Heb 3:3) and taken captive by that woman Jezebel (aka Delilah – Rev 2:20).  Our sins will blind us from the truth.

Jdg 16:21 But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass (flesh); and he did grind in the prison house.

Samson and all those the Lord has blinded are awakened to righteousness by seeing our sin and the hopeless prison we are in these bodies of flesh (Psa 51:5, Rom 8:20)

Jdg 16:30 And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.

 What is the Lord’s accusation against Gaza?

 Amo 1:6 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they carried away captive [H1540] the whole captivity, to deliver them up to Edom:

The accusation from the Lord is that we have carried captive the whole captivity to Edom. Edom [H123] is the territory of Esau, the first born man of the world that shall not be given the inheritance of Christ. Edom represents the land of the flesh and all that is in the world who cannot inherit the kingdom and will bow down and serve the new man.

Rom 9:12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.

Rom 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

This judgment of Gaza builds on last week’s judgment on Damascus where we are mixing flesh and spirit in making judgments (Threshing Gilead with instruments of iron). When we judge in the flesh we carry away captive the whole captivity to the world of carnal reasoning and judge not according to the Word of God.  This is the very spirit being thrown down (Mat 24:2) in our salvation.

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

We deliver the whole captivity captive to Edom when we are still a Pharisee, saying but not doing the truth. We deceive ourselves but also our hearers when we steer them away from the law of faith and put them back under the heavy yoke of the law of the Gentiles/Moses (WORLD).

Mat 23:4  For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

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

The phrase “carried away captive” the whole captivity to Edom, could just as easily been written “uncovered” the whole captivity to Edom.   The word translated as CARRIED and CAPTIVE here are both H1540 which is also used in the context of uncovering and discovering of sin.

 H1540, gâlâh

Total KJV Occurrences: 217

carried, 34

captive, 24

uncover, 22

discovered, 18

away, 17

revealed, 11

discover, 10

uncovered, 10

captivity, 9

captives, 3

departed, 3

uncovereth, 2

Being uncovered is having our sin, our spiritual nakedness exposed.

Gen 9:21  And he (Noah) drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered [H1540] within his tent.

We learn to obey the Lord and not uncover our neighbor’s sins but to cover them by abiding in truth (love) that our entire lives are the work of the Potter’s hands.

Lev 18:6  None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover [H1540] their nakedness: I am the LORD.

1Pe 4:8  And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

We reap what we sow so the Lord will recompense us back in our day of judgment and our own sin will be uncovered.  This is foolishness to the natural man yet it is how the Lord saves His people by teaching them righteousness. Thinking we must save ourselves and being tormented by our complete inability to do so (Rev 14:10); is what the Lord must circumcise from our heavens.  Carrying the burden of saving ourselves is what we all first do when we hear the words of the prophets and Amos (burdensome) yet we cannot find rest.

Lam 1:3  Judah is gone into captivity [H1540] because of affliction, and because of great servitude: she dwelleth among the heathen, she findeth no rest: all her persecutors overtook her between the straits.

Rev 14:11  And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

This does not mean we do not go to a brother or sister in love, alone per Matthew 18 and persuade them of something we see wrong.  That is true love in action, as faithful watchmen over the flock.

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

The punishment for transgressions is always more grace, more fire from God (Rom 5:20). It is the consuming fire of the Lord, poured out in full measure that will consume its adversaries.

Amo 1:7 But I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza, which shall devour the palaces thereof:

Christ does not come to bring peace but a sword.  The peace of the strong man of sin is taken away suddenly in our day of the Lord (1Th 5:3).  The armor of our false gods and fleshly defenses/walls are no match for the vengeance of the Lord.

Luk 11:21  When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:

Luk 11:22  But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.

Act 16:26  And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

Once the stronger one (Jesus Christ) has come the plagues and fire will come in that (one) day for strong is the Lord who judges these nations (Rev 18:8). Words of fire spoken by the messengers of God are indeed a huge burden to our flesh when we hear those words. Coming to our wits ends requires us to labor and carry our weight of sin and learn that we of ourselves can do nothing to stop it.

Mat 11:28  Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

The fire sent for Gaza’s transgression works to cut off the rebellious nations and remove the Philistines (the flesh) from the kingdom of God within us.

Amo 1:8 And I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that holdeth the sceptre from Ashkelon, and I will turn mine hand against Ekron: and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish, saith the Lord GOD.

The spiritual significance of these other three territories of the Philistines that are being cutoff: Ashdod, Ashkelon and Kero; reveal details of our transgressions. These cities are the home of false gods (Dagon in Ashdod, Baalzebub in Ekron) where the Word of God is corrupted and the new man within us is oppressed by the many lies and plagues of Spiritual Babylon.  All three cities are where the ARK of God was placed that manifested death and destruction for the inhabitants.

The Lord does not delight in sacrifice and offerings (Psa 40:6, 1Sa 15:22).  He wants our obedience (Luk 6:46) and He is going to get it by the fire He is, was and will be pouring out on our Philistine cities within.  1 Samuel 5 and 6 has a familiar story involving all of these cities that will help us understand the Lord’s strange ways of binding the strong man and bringing judgment to us in our day of the Lord. This story reveals that when the Word of God comes into our camp of sinful flesh (the Philistines), it destroys our false gods and begins to manifest sin in our secret spots.

1Sa 5:2  When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.

1Sa 5:3  And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the LORD. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again.

1Sa 5:4  And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left to him.

To get the mind of Christ, our old man must be beheaded as was Dagon (Rev 20:4).  All flesh will fall face forward to the earth in the presence of the Lord. Every knee shall bow before the Lord and our beast will bow down in submission when the Word of Fire (the Ark) is sent into our Philistine nations.  The Lord does not turn back when He is bringing punishment upon us for our sins.

1Sa 5:6 But the hand of the LORD was heavy upon them of Ashdod, and he destroyed them, and smote them with emerods, even Ashdod and the coasts thereof.

1Sa 5:7 And when the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, The ark of the God of Israel shall not abide with us: for his hand is sore upon us, and upon Dagon our god.

No matter where the Ark (Word) is moved in Philistine, it causes death and destruction of the flesh and brings a great burden.  Simply put flesh cannot see the Lord and live. The Word of God works destruction to all flesh (Exo 33:20, 1Co 15:50).

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.

1Sa 5:10  Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron. And it came to pass, as the ark of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites cried out, saying, They have brought about the ark of the God of Israel to us, to slay us and our people.

1Sa 5:11 So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines, and said, Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it go again to his own place, that it slay us not, and our people: for there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city; the hand of God was very heavy there.

1Sa 5:12 And the men that died not were smitten with the emerods: and the cry of the city went up to heaven.

Being smitten by emerods is really telling us that our sins are being made manifest.  We saw from the Micah Part 13 (Click Here), that the word for stronghold H6076 is the primary words translated as emerod in the Scriptures.

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

forts, 1

stronghold, 1

tower, 1

An emerod is an “raised or elevated mound” [H6075], a fleshly affliction, in our secret places. The Word is what uncovers and discovers our secret sins. There is nothing that shall not be made manifest in the light and the fire of the Word.

Luk 12:2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.

Only when we see ourselves as the man of sin will we run to Christ at His Mountain. Coming to see ourselves as afflicted, wretched men, lame and crippled, who of ourselves can do no good thing is indeed a huge blessing.  The positive and negative signs all work for our greater good.

Act 2:19  And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:

The story of Samson marrying a Philistine woman shows us the Lord was behind it and His purposes in that sin was to have an occasion to bring judgment against the Philistine cities that have dominion over His people.

Jdg 14:2 And he (Samson) came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife.

Jdg 14:3 Then his father and his mother said unto him, is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.

Jdg 14:4 But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.

The Word of the Lord working righteousness in us is going to smite us in our secret parts and manifest sin within us in order for the Lord to have occasion to destroy our flesh.  This is how the strong man is bound in captivity for a season (Ecc 3:1) and then the stronger one, Jesus Christ comes and spoils the house of the man of sin.  It consummates with “the earthquake”.

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

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

We are so blessed to know these things. It is through this wisdom made known through His Church and the faith we’ve been given by the Lord that we can abide and endure through this tumultuous journey.  We have been given a great hope and that hope is what shall save us if we believe and endure to the very end. Thanks be to God.

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Micah Part 3 – Moving on to Maturity

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Book of Micah Part 3

Moving on to Maturity

We always think we have arrived long before we do and we won’t arrive while we still occupy these clay vessels (Phil 3:12).  We must endure to the end to be saved (Mat 24:13).  We must move on to maturity if the Lord permits and this comes as we are given to eat strong meat, that meat being the enduring the trials and suffering of our lives in the clay. We learn by experience.

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.

The Lord moves us along when our time has come and through this process our faith is increased and we little by little approach, enter in and possess the land that is promised.  The story of Israel at Horeb shows the Lord’s hand in our maturation and moving us from mountains that satisfy our flesh.

Deu 1:6 The LORD our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount:

Deu 1:7 Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount of the Amorites, and unto all the places nigh thereunto, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by the sea side, to the land of the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon, unto the great river, the river Euphrates.

Deu 1:8 Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.

The Lord will move us along by these words we study in Micah.  We will have our “yet carnal” way of life (unbelief) exposed and we will be commanded to move through and pass by eleven cities of Israel before we will be given our inheritance.

Mic 1:15 Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel.

But first we have an eleven city journey just as the Israelites had at Horeb.

Deu 1:2 (There are eleven days’ journey from Horeb by the way of mount Seir unto Kadeshbarnea.)

Eleven cities will be the focus of this and next week’s study as eleven demonstrates we have not yet arrived and the Lord has yet to give us the promise.  Eleven symbolizes the disintegration of the perfection of the flesh (the number ten) and is one short of our achieving a spiritual foundation represented by the number twelve.  A review of the study on numbers ten thru twelve will be helpful to understand this point (See links at the end).

 

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The eleven cities are in the Philistine plain and all have spiritual significance in our maturation and movement towards a complete spiritual foundation in Christ.  Those nations within us will ultimately all bow down to Christ, the heir and the ruler of these kingdoms and land within us (Luk 17:21).

Gen 37:9 And he (Joseph, a type for Christ) dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.

Our journeying west of the Jordan River through these cities is part of our judgment and we are brought to be the mature man.  Our going in the circles in the wilderness on the east side of Jordan is past, this is the real deal where we begin to seek out and overcome the giants and are being prepared to be used of the Lord in service as we will see later in Micah.  Let’s reset the context of Chapter one.

Mic 1:2 Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is: and let the Lord GOD be witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple.

Mic 1:3 For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.

From last week, we saw a connection between Samaria, where Christ finds us and Jerusalem the Holy City.  That connection is our idolatry and the worship of other gods that we bring with us from our worldly way of life.  It takes this journeying for us to possess the land with sanctity and to cleanse the temple which we are of these idols and bring us to obedience to the foremost commandment.

Deu 6:5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

We saw last week that Jerusalem, representing us in the Body is far worse in its idolatry and harlotry than who we represent in Samaria when we know another jesus.

Eze 23:4 And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah.

Eze 23:11 And when her sister Aholibah saw this, she was more corrupt in her inordinate love than she, and in her whoredoms more than her sister in her whoredoms.

It is this profaning of the Lord’s Name that ushers in our baptism with fire and brings about our sanctification in due time from a jealous God (Exo 34:14, Eze 36:23-24).  This is the judgment that comes first upon the House of the Lord.  Being in the Body, knowing true doctrine and having been given talents brings about a greater judgment as more is expected to those given much (Luk 12:48).  The appointed time has come!  The Lord is not going to show any pity to the blasphemers. He is bent on destruction and bringing death so that new life can come forth.

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

Lam 4:11 The LORD hath accomplished his fury; he hath poured out his fierce anger, and hath kindled a fire in Zion, and it hath devoured the foundations thereof.

These idols we hold in secret shall be utterly abolished in our day of the Lord (Isa 2:8).

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

We will learn more details on this process as the Lord addresses the rebellious kingdoms and cities within us.  Here are the verses for today that will continue through next week also.

Mic 1:8 Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the dragons, and mourning as the owls.

Mic 1:9 For her wound is incurable; for it is come unto Judah; he is come unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem.

Mic 1:10 Declare ye it not at Gath, weep ye not at all: in the house of Aphrah roll thyself in the dust.

Mic 1:11 Pass ye away, thou inhabitant of Saphir, having thy shame naked: the inhabitant of Zaanan came not forth in the mourning of Bethezel; he shall receive of you his standing.

Mic 1:12 For the inhabitant of Maroth waited carefully for good: but evil came down from the LORD unto the gate of Jerusalem.

Mic 1:13 O thou inhabitant of Lachish, bind the chariot to the swift beast: she is the beginning of the sin to the daughter of Zion: for the transgressions of Israel were found in thee.

Mic 1:14 Therefore shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath: the houses of Achzib shall be a lie to the kings of Israel.

Mic 1:15 Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel.

Some of these cities named here can be found in definition of the land inheritance given the children of Judah.  Remember this prophecy was seen in the days of the three Kings of Judah which is you and me if we are the elect and the kings and priests of the Lord.  All these cities promised must in due time be possessed by the children of Judah through whom the lineage of Jesus Christ comes forth (Mat 1:3, Luk 3:33, Gen 38).

Jos 15:20 This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Judah according to their families……… (verses 21-63 detail the cities)

Jesus Christ in the flesh will become Jesus Christ in the Spirit in the appointed times.  These verses show us the futility of our own efforts of trying to become righteous and holy by the Law of Moses.  The Lord has something against all these cities, they fall short of His glory.  It takes Christ coming with the fire and scourging of true grace to make us righteous and holy and even then, it is not us, but Christ being formed in us that meets that standard.

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

The last verse in this sequence Mic 1:15 speaks of our inheritance in Christ.  This is the land promised as these words are all spirit (Joh 6:63).  Despite all our failing efforts in the flesh to deliver ourselves, the promise given to us in due time.  The Lord will bring an heir unto thee.  This is the promise of salvation and being found IN HIM, in Jesus Christ that was ordained before the foundation of the world.

Eph 1:9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself:

Eph 1:10 That in the dispensation of the fullness 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:

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

Eph 1:12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

Addulam is said to be the glory of Israel and is the last city mentioned on this progressive journey.  It represents the completion of the process and the enduring of the way and finishing our race.  We know who Israel is (The Body, the Elect) and we know the Lord shares His glory with nobody; so we can readily deduce that Addulam is in fact a symbol for The Christ.  The Body (The Christ) is this cloud of witnesses in which the glory of the Lord appears.

Exo 16:10 And it came to pass, as Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and, behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud.

Those clothed in the linen dipped in blood are the Cherubim’s in whom and above the glory of the Lord resides.

Eze 9:3 And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer’s inkhorn by his side;

Those speaking the words of fire (Jer 5:14) make up this devouring fire that consumes the adversaries of the Lord in the day they are heard.

Exo 24:17 And the sight of the glory of the LORD was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel.

So it in this inheritance of Christ, the last city on this journey – (aka at Adullam) that we receive ministry and give the ministry of the manifold grace of the Lord.

1Pe 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Strong’s claims the root word for Adullam (H5724) has an uncertain meaning.  Yet most bible based websites commonly trace this back and conclude that Adullam means refuge or retreat.  Addulam is probably best known as the cave where King David (New Man) hid from the pursuit of King Saul (Old Man).

1Sa 22:1 David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father’s house heard it, they went down thither to him.

1Sa 22:2 And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.

When we are oppressed and persecuted, Christ, our inheritance, is our refuge and where we also retreat too in times of trouble.

Psa 9:9 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.

This is a key part of our inheritance to be given to come into to this house of refuge and to rest in the shadow the wings of the Cherubim.

Psa 57:1 To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from Saul in the cave. Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.

We are Christ and the Body of Christ is Christ — the two being inseparable as the Body is only complete with all of its parts (1 Cor 12:12).  It is in Christ that we will be delivered out of the hand of our enemies.

2Sa 22:1 And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:

2Sa 22:2 And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;

It is from this inheritance given at Addulam that we go out in strength and make war and win the battles against our flesh.  We see this time and again in Samuel documenting the life of David and by extension your walk and my walk (Mat 4:4, 1 Cor 3:21).

2Sa 23:10 He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil.

2Sa 23:12 But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory.

2Sa 23:13 And three of the thirty chief went down, and came to David in the harvest time unto the cave of Adullam: and the troop of the Philistines pitched in the valley of Rephaim.

The series of prophetic words and the specific names places here in Micah are there to show us the futility of our own efforts to be righteous.  Once we have the Truth, we make a lot of changes and the outside of the cup is getting much cleaner.  Yet work remains and the deep things hidden within must be brought to the light of Christ.  This is the Lord’s doing and how He will complete the good work He has begun in all of us and in due time all men.

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

We will come back to focus on the eleven city journey but first need to cover verses 1:8-9 that will show us the futility of our unbelieving yet carnal state of mind being at ease in Zion.

Mic 1:7 And all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces, and all the hires thereof shall be burned with the fire, and all the idols thereof will I lay desolate: for she gathered it of the hire of an harlot, and they shall return to the hire of an harlot.

Mic 1:8 Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the dragons, and mourning as the owls.

We will lament and mourn losing our old way of life.  It is very painful to see our labors (the hires of our harlotry of verse 7) burned with fire.  But that is what must be.

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

Wailing like dragons and mourning like owls as the KJV words it would better be described by the more common translations that in every other English translation uses jackals and ostriches. 

Mic 1:8 NKJV Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked; I will make a wailing like the jackals And a mourning like the ostriches,

 Mic 1:8 YLT For this I will lament and wail; I will go stripped and naked; I will make lamentation like the jackals, and mourning like the ostriches.

 Mic 1:8 LITV Because of this I will wail and howl; I will go stripped and naked; I will make a wailing like the jackal, yea, mourn like the daughters of an ostrich.

 Mic 1:8 DARBY For this will I lament, and I will howl; I will go stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the jackals, and mourning like the ostriches.

Jackals are a type of dog known for being cowardly, operating at night and howling and wailing.  A perfect metaphor for what we all do when in our UNBELIEF (A DOG) when we don’t trust in the Lord and are not willing to wait on Him to deliver on His promises.  All such howling and wailing traces back to lack of faith or unbelief.

Not much gets done in the way of our spiritual completion when we are acting like a jackal.

Mat 13:58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

We and the disciples cannot cast out demons (lying spirits, false beliefs) when we doubt and do not believe.

Mat 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

And lest we think this applied to those bad people over there in Babylon, think again!  Here are the ELEVEN who saw all the miracles and saw the risen Lord sitting in unbelief.

Mar 16:14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

Spiritual jackals will end up going into the fire and that exactly how the Lord will turn our unbelief into belief and we will come to know He is truly the Lord of our heaven and earth.  To the chosen few, it comes in this age.

Rev 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Using Romans 1:20, an ostrich has some interesting spiritual parallels.  They are the largest and strongest of the birds (pride, strength of flesh) and are known for their lack of wisdom (spiritual unbelief).   Job gives us the best biblical description of a spiritual ostrich.

Job 39:13 Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich?

Job 39:14 Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust,

Job 39:15 And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them.

Job 39:16 She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not hers: her labour is in vain without fear;

Job 39:17 Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding.

An ostrich is you and me that is resisting the work of the Spirit and contending with Christ.  An ostrich builds on a foundation of dust that will not stand and has no fear of the Lord.  We put the new things the Lord is raising into the earth of our carnal thinking and way of life.  An ostrich is deprived of wisdom and spiritual understanding as we also are before the Lord brings the fire to teach us.

The mourning of an ostrich is us when we complain in our unbelief and do not trust in the Lord as we begin to have to pay the costs of being saved.  It will cost us everything and we need to be prepared to give it.

Luk 14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

Mic 1:9 For her wound is incurable; for it is come unto Judah; he is come unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem.

Judgment has come upon the Lord’s people, it is come to Judah and even unto the gates of the Holy City.  We know this time the deadly wound that is initially healed when we are in Babylon, will not be healed this time.  The beast is going to perish along with the false prophet within us.  It is coming into the gates of the Lord’s people that will begin the lake of fire experience that will save us.

Rev 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Outwardly this too will play out at the end of the Millennium in the lake of fire at the 2nd Resurrection (Rev 20:10).  The theme of judgment is so central to salvation and how we obtain the mind of Christ and wear His Crown (Isa 28:5-6).

Having already spoken of the 11th city Addulam, let’s cover the first of the two cities as the Lord Having come into the Truth there is still much more tribulation necessary for us to finish the race and be prepared for the Lord’s service in the outward kingdoms. (Act 14:22).  Our flesh and its labor is never good enough to enter into the presence of the Lord.  Only thru the blood may we enter into Christ and that thru the Body and the living sacrifice of the church (Col 1:24, Gal 2:20)

Heb 10:19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
Heb 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; (i.e. The Body of Christ)

The Lord causes us to arise, leave the mountains of our fleshly comfort and move on to maturity in Christ.  We must be given to do this or we will fall in the unbelief of the carnal mind.

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

We have become at ease and Zion and are not working out our salvation with fear and trembling (Phi 2:12)

Amo 6:1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion and that are secure in the mountain of Samaria, the renowned of the first of the nations, to whom the house of Israel come.

 

Mic 1:10Declare ye it not at Gath, weep ye not at all: in the house of Aphrah roll thyself in the dust.

The Philistines are a type and shadow of our flesh and the struggles to overcome that flesh.  Israel and the Philistines were constantly battling; it took many battles for the victory to come.  The land promised to Israel and to God’s Elect includes the land of the Philistines.  We will be given dominion over the flesh. That is salvation and will come to all men.

Exo 23:31 And I will set thy bounds from the Red sea even unto the sea of the Philistines, and from the desert unto the river: for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand; and thou shalt drive them out before thee.

The flesh does not go down easy.  We see in Joshua (a type of Jesus Christ) that even when he was old there was work yet to do to conquer the cities of Philistine.

Jos 13:1 Now Joshua was old and stricken in years; and the LORD said unto him, Thou art old and stricken in years, and there remaineth yet very much land to be possessed.

Jos 13:2 This is the land that yet remaineth: all the borders of the Philistines, and all Geshuri,

We will never get thru all these cities until the Son of Man comes to us and He brings the sword and the fire of the Holy Spirit (Mat 3:11).

Mat 10:23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.

Until faith comes in sufficient measure, we fear the flesh and are afraid to fight the flesh living in unbelief being yet carnal.  In this state we will give into temptation as the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.  The fear of Goliath instilled in King Saul and his army was only conquered when David was risen up to slay the beast (1 Sa 17:10-11).

Even after David defeats Goliath of Gath and beheads him, the battle with flesh is not over and continues.  Saul and his son Jonathan succumb to the Philistines and are killed demonstrating the life long process of overcoming the flesh and gaining the victory.

2Sa 21:15 Moreover the Philistines had yet war again with Israel; and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines: and David waxed faint.

We will always be in this battle while in these clay vessels.  We must not grow weary (Gal 6:9) which is why we need to stay in fellowship to edify, exhort and help one another.  Lone sheep are easy prey!  Our victory is only in down payment form yet we should be growing strong as Christ in us matures and we strive to depart from inequity (2 Tim 2:19)

It was the most mature king (King Hezekiah, third in the succession of the three kings in Micah 1:1 – See Part 1 of Study) that ultimately defeated the Philistines many years after David’s battle.

2Ki 18:7 And the LORD was with him; and he prospered whithersoever he went forth: and he rebelled against the king of Assyria, and served him not.

2Ki 18:8 He smote the Philistines, even unto Gaza, and the borders thereof, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.

This is true prosperity, being given dominion over sin and our flesh! 

We learn as we mature that salvation is truly of the Lord and we have nothing to do with it.  It is not by our might or strength but is only by the Lord’s Spirit that we are victorious over the Philistines (Zec 4:6).

Psa 44:3 For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them.

All this land and all these cities are west of the Jordan (the land promise) signifying this is a later stage battle and the coming of Christ the second time for salvation apart from sin.  This is when the fleshly kings are smitten (Jos 12:7).  Conquering these cities and the nations they represent is speaking of salvation coming to the kingdom of God that is within you.  This comes via the process of judgment and this is how the land promised is given to Israel (The Elect) in due time.

Christ is both the first and the last which includes the first man of sin (Adam) in all of us.  First comes the natural and then the spiritual.  First the man of the earth, then the Lord from heaven (1 Cor 15:46-49).

Christ in the flesh will be followed by Christ in the Spirit yet that new man will only come forth after much tribulation and warring against the Philistines.  Let’s look at these cities in Micah that represent the whole of Philistine (our flesh) one by one and what is being said to see if we can glean some spiritual significance.

1. Declare it not at Gath

We saw in Part 1 the definition for Gath was a Philistine city.  We also saw that a Morasthite like Micah is defined as a possession of Gath.  We are dust in these clay vessels and will learn the excellency in us is of the Lord and not ourselves.

2Co 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

When the Lord has come to heal us through the baptism by the Word and the resulting fire, the old man and his offspring are being killed.  The once strong men of the flesh are being slain of the Lord which is the good news and how Christ is formed in us.  Christ tells us to go tell no one when we are healed as our time has not yet come.  We must mature in the faith before we can be used of the Lord and best to sit at the feet of Christ for a season.

Luk 5:14 And he charged him to tell no (carnal) man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.

Getting ears to hear, eyes to see and a mouth to speak the Word is truly a gift that comes only to the FEW CHOSEN (Mat 22:14) in this life.  Christ comes to us and it is Christ, through His Body that opens our ears and tongues.

Mar 7:34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.

Mar 7:35 And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain.

Mar 7:36 And he charged them that they should tell no man: but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it;

Mar 7:37 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.

David lamenting over the death of Saul and Jonathan (the old man in type) instructed Israel to declare it not in Gath.  The reason being the Philistine daughters within and without will be given reasons to triumph in their carnal reasoning’s.

2Sa 1:19 The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!

2Sa 1:20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.

Which has helped me to better understand what we are being told in Revelation as the heathen will rejoice over our dying flesh in the days of our judgment.

Rev 11:10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

We learn the hard way that we have no ability to share the truths of God’s Word to those not prepared of the Lord to hear it.  Running back and telling the heathen men that represent Gath is not serving the Lord. We will only bring humiliation and shame on ourselves in our immaturity if we try to force knowledge our new found truth on anyone.  We must wait on the Lord and lay hands suddenly on no man (1 Tim 5:22).

Pro 20:12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.

Mat 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

When we see the Kingdom of God in Truth and in Spirit we don’t go back to the flesh, we begin to separate.  Easier said than done but we will learn this thru the chastening of a loving Father.

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

2. Weep not in the house of Aphrah

No pity parties allowed in the kingdom of God.  We should learn to rejoice in what the Lord is doing thru the trials and suffering we have been appointed to endure (Phi 1:28).

Jer 25:33 And the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth: they shall not be lamented, neither gathered, nor buried; they shall be dung upon the ground.

Eph 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ

We will weep and lament at first as that is how we learn the truth by falling down.  Our flesh won’t like having its wall torn down and its foundation devoured with fire.

Rev 18:9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning

But we do not understand when we first endure this process, it is only by looking back we understand.  Our sorrow will be turned into joy once we really believe.

Joh 16:20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.

Aphrah – H1036:  From H1004 and the feminine of H6083 (with preposition interposed); house to (that is, of) dust; Beth-le-Aphrah, a place in Palestine: – house of Aphrah.

Aphrah means house of dust.  Dust is representative of the earth, its particles and spiritually speaking this is the carnal mind and its 200 million lies.  This dust is leaven and will defile the temple of the Lord and make any house containing it unclean.  Getting and keeping dust out of our house is very important spiritually.

Lev 14:41 And he shall cause the house to be scraped within round about, and they shall pour out the dust that they scrape off without the city into an unclean place:

Mat 10:14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.

We are not to go weeping in the house of dust.  That is seeking to save our carnal way of life, the very life the Lord is in the process of destroying.  We must lose that life of dust and come to rejoice in that process.

Luk 17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

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

Luk 10:11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.

It is the carnally minded that weep in the house of Aphrah.  We are not to do this even though we all will do as the harlot within us is judged.

Rev 18:19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.

Weep not in the house of Aphrah is to weep not in the house of the flesh.  We need to rejoice in the trials we are given and learn to be content abiding in the furnace of affliction which is the mysterious way the Lord brings salvation to His people.  The beast that is not yet is, feeds on dust as his father the devil does.  On the way into the Holy City, we have to get past this lamenting our trials and learn to appreciate the suffering we have been appointed to endure.

Php 1:29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

 Next week we will continue the review with the remaining 8 cities of the Philistine plain that we must go through spiritually on our way into a permanent abode in the Holy City of Jerusalem.

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