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Micah Part 1 – Micah the Morasthite

Book of Micah Part 1 – Micah the Morasthite

Mic 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.

The Book of Micah is a message to all of the Lord’s people.  It was written to both the people of both the Northern and Southern Kingdoms (Israel and Judah) another words to “all the Jews”.  The sum of the word also tells us who the true Jews are and that all the prophets of old did not minister to the flesh Jews but to the spiritual ones (The Elect) who would come much later (1 Pe 1:10-11).

Micah was a contemporary of Isaiah and they served the Lord at about the same times.  Given the similarities of Isaiah 2 and Micah 4, some speculate Micah was a contemporary of Isaiah.

The message of Micah is a message that comes to all of God’s people.  That is His very elect in this and every age when the Kingdom of God within us (Luk 17:20-21) is divided.  Neither part is living right, both are practicing idolatry and will be cutoff and a third part will emerge and be brought through the fire that will sanctify the new man (Christ) in us.

Zec 13:8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.

Zec 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

While the overarching theme of the prophets and especially the minor Prophets seems to be judgment, Micah has more of a balance and the second half of the book is focused more on the hope of salvation and our needing to wait upon it.  It is in Micah that it is prophesied a Savior would come from Bethlehem (Mic 5:2).  There are many names and places mentioned in Micah and we will take the time to drill into most of them when we get to them.

Micah deals with events that are now on the house of God, which house we are, yet it also gives detail on the role of the elect and supports other prophecies regarding the Millennium rule and the role in the lake of fire.  We will deal with those prophecies when we get to them later in the series.  Here is the outline of Micah from the ESV which is similar to the chapter titles given by most other translations.

  • Chapter 1 – The Coming Destruction
  • Chapter 2 – Woe to the Rich Oppressors
  • Chapter 3 – Rulers and Prophets Denounced
  • Chapter 4 – The Mountain of the Lord
  • Chapter 5 – The Ruler to Be Born in Bethlehem
  • Chapter 6 – The Indictment of the Lord
  • Chapter 7 – Wait for the God of Salvation

It is almost comical to read the synopsis and commentaries on this Book.  They must have thought Micah was a schizophrenic switching back and forth from doom and gloom to hope and peace.  They just don’t know the ways of the Lord and the strange act He brings to His people through the process of judgment.  But we do know these things and we will be able to decipher the message the Lord intended and has hidden in the symbols and parables of the storyboard.

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

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:

Divided Kingdoms

All things are yours and mine if we are the Lord’s people (1 Cor 3:21).  We live by every word (Mat 4:4) and that includes this prophecy of Micah.  The Lord comes to bring peace but that comes about only by a process of division first (Luk 12:51).  We live the Words of Micah in our later stage baptism of fire when the Lord returns the second time for salvation (Heb 9:28).  So the stage is set, the kingdoms of the Lord are divided after we have come into the knowledge of the truth and are communing with the Lord.  Like Solomon did, despite our newfound wisdom and rulership, we too will be led astray by strange women.  We do this despite knowing the commands of the Lord.  We will leave our first love.

1Ki 11:1 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites;

1Ki 11:2 Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love.

1Ki 11:3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.

This slow drift away from DOING the Truth is what we all need to be watchful of given the deceitfulness of sin that lurks in the hearts of these clay vessels.

1Ki 11:4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.

The Lord in His jealousy and His wrath will seek vengeance for His Temple, which Temple we are if we are His Elect.  This inequity is visited upon the succeeding sons as we mature inwardly.

1Ki 11:11 Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.

1Ki 11:12 Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father’s sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son.

With the death of Solomon his son Rehoboam, is made king but does not follow the council of the elders and many of the people turn against him as he follows false doctrines mistreating the people (1 Ki 12:14).  The people rise up and rebel and appoint Jeroboam from the tribe of Ephraim their first king.  And we are told this rebellion of Israel against the house of David, a type of Jesus Christ will not pass away.

1Ki 12:19 So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day.

Here again is the one verse we will cover today and lay a foundation for the whole study.

Mic 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.

Micah is from the Hebrew word H4318, pronounced “Mee-kaw” and is found 32 times in Scripture.  Interesting that Strong’s defines Micah as the name of seven Israelite’s with seven representing the number of spiritual completion.

H4318

mı̂ykâh

mee-kaw’

An abbreviation of H4320; Micah, the name of seven Israelites: – Micah, Micaiah, Michah.

Total KJV occurrences: 32

This book runs the full course of us being made spiritually complete and being used of the Lord to work righteousness in the rest of mankind as the whole of the study will show Lord willing.

The root of Micah is H4320 which tells us more of what this prophecy is really all about.

H4320

me-kaw-yaw’

From H4310 and (the prefixed derivation from) H3588 and H3050; who (is) like Jah?; Micajah, the name of two Israelites: – Micah, Michaiah. Compare H4318.

Total KJV occurrences: 4

Two is the number for witness and it is our experience as both of these witnesses, first the natural man and second the spiritual man by which we are made one with the Lord. Micah is said to be a Morasthite that is also further instructive to the nature of this prophecy.

H4183

mo-rash-tee’

Partial from H4182; a Morashtite or inhabitant of Moresheth Gath: – Morashthite.

 H4182

mo-reh’-sheth gath

From H3423 and H1661; possession of Gath; Moresheth-Gath, a place in Palestine: – Moresheth-gath.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

So a Morasthite is said to be a possession of Gath which is famous for other reasons.

 H1661

gath

The same as H1660; Gath, a Philistine city: – Gath.

Total KJV occurrences: 33

Gath is most famous for being the home of the Philistine giant Goliath and where the people were smitten with emerods in their secret parts (1 Sam 5:8-9).  The repentance of the people and the prayers of Samuel were answered and Gath was restored to Israel.

1Sa 7:14 And the cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron even unto Gath; and the coasts thereof did Israel deliver out of the hands of the Philistines. And there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.

Yet this peace was only temporary as the flesh does not go easy and requires a second coming of Christ (the Ark) to kill the beast within us all.  The story of David and Goliath tells us this later in 1 Samuel and brings home the point of what being a possession of Gath means.

 1Sa 17:4 And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span.

1Sa 17:5  And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.

Goliath is the carnally minded beast we must conquer and overcome.  We all should want to be Morasthite’s and have dominion over the beast (the Goliath) within.

Yet let’s take this one more level down and look at the root word for Gath that is spelled and pronounced the exact same way!

H1660

gath

Total KJV Occurrences: 6

winepress, 2

Jdg_6:10-11 (2), Lam_1:15

press, 1

Joe_3:13

presses, 1

Neh_13:15

wine, 1

Neh_13:15 (2)

winefat, 1

Isa_63:2

Wow there it is.  Gath is representative of a winepress which is representative of the place of judgment and the way by which salvation comes to all men.  Here are some examples of H1660 Gath used in some well-known passages.

Joe 3:12 Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.

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

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

And here being a NT witness of the importance the winepress plays in salvation and who it is that brings the good news to us.

Rev 14:19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

But we are not done yet!  The word gath that stands for winepress also has a root.

H1660

gath

Probably from H5059 (in the sense of treading out grapes); a wine press (or vat for holding the grapes in pressing them): – (wine-) press (fat).

Total KJV occurrences: 5

H5059

naw-gan’

A primitive root; prop to thrum, that is, beat a tune with the fingers; especially to play on a stringed instrument; hence (generally) to make music: – player on instruments, sing to the stringed instruments, melody, ministrel, play (-er. -ing).

Total KJV occurrences: 15

Here is the KJC use of this word.

play, 4

1Sa_16:16-17 (2), Psa_33:3, Eze_33:32

played, 4

1Sa_16:23, 1Sa_18:10, 1Sa_19:9, 2Ki_3:15

minstrel, 2

2Ki_3:15 (2)

melody, 1

Isa_23:15-16 (2)

player, 1

1Sa_16:16

players, 1

Psa_68:25

playing, 1

1Sa_16:18

sing, 1

Isa_38:20

So now we know who is playing the songs, singing and making melody to the Lord spiritually speaking.  It is those of us in the winepress, it is the Morasthite’s that have dominion over the beast within (in down payment form).

Isa 38:20 The LORD was ready to save me: therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments (i.e. harps) all the days of our life in the house of the LORD.

1Sa 16:16 Let our lord now command thy servants, which are before thee, to seek out a man, who is a cunning player on an harp: and it shall come to pass, when the evil spirit from God is upon thee, that he shall play with his hand, and thou shalt be well.

Psa 33:3 Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise.

This loud noise is the trees of the field clapping their hands and is the sound of salvation as we saw in the last installment of the Nahum study.  Micah’s prophecy represents the coming of the Lord to subdue the land.  The events the whole of Scripture apply to this time frame in our walk.  First the final judgment and baptism by fire.

Rev 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

And this is when we play and sing for the Lord by and through our redemption that “is, was and will be” coming through this great judgment (Exo 6:6).

Rev 14:2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:

Rev 14:3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.

There are no idle Words of Scripture and therefore there is meaning (hidden treasure, Prov 25:2) in us being given the names of the three kings of Judah here in verse one.  Let’s do a quick review of the nature and character of these three kings and recall that three is the number of the process of our spiritual completion by judgment.  It takes this process to be made complete spiritually and these kings represent varying phases of our growth and maturation in the Lord.  Each of these kings represent part of that process as there is a time and season for every purpose under the sun.

1Ch 3:9 These were all the sons of David, beside the sons of the concubines, and Tamar their sister.

1Ch 3:10 And Solomon’s son was Rehoboam, Abia his son, Asa his son, Jehoshaphat his son,

1Ch 3:11 Joram his son, Ahaziah his son, Joash his son,

1Ch 3:12 Amaziah his son, Azariah his son, Jotham his son,

1Ch 3:13 Ahaz his son, Hezekiah his son, Manasseh his son,

Jotham

H3147

yo-thawm’

From H3068 and H8535; Jehovah (is) perfect; Jotham, the name of three Israelites: – Jotham.

Jotham’s father, Azariah (aka Uzziah), as king was generally a good king but like so many of us had many idols of hearts that were worshiped within.  Jotham’s father was smitten with leprosy until the day he died for his idolatry and leading Judah astray.

2Ki 15:4 Save that the high places were not removed: the people sacrificed and burnt incense still on the high places.

2Ki 15:5 And the LORD smote the king, so that he was a leper unto the day of his death, and dwelt in a several house. And Jotham the king’s son was over the house, judging the people of the land.

And here is the synopsis of what Jotham did.  This typifies our still Babylonian mindset focused on many good works but our unwillingness to obey God but rather focus on sacrifices.  But as we know and learn, far better to obey than to sacrifice.

2Ch 27:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Uzziah did: howbeit he entered not into the temple of the LORD. And the people did yet corruptly.

2Ch 27:3 He built the high gate of the house of the LORD, and on the wall of Ophel he built much.

2Ch 27:4 Moreover he built cities in the mountains of Judah, and in the forests he built castles and towers.

2Ch 27:5 He fought also with the king of the Ammonites, and prevailed against them. And the children of Ammon gave him the same year an hundred talents of silver, and ten thousand measures of wheat, and ten thousand of barley. So much did the children of Ammon pay unto him, both the second year, and the third.

2Ch 27:6 So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the LORD his God.

Jotham was blessed and increased of the Lord as we also experience having found the truth and being given to reign and rule with Christ in down payment form.  But we have a whole lot of growing and maturing yet to come.  Jotham is interestingly taken from the same Hebrew word H8535 most often translated as “perfect” or upright and referenced several places in JOB including here.

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

We know that what is good and perfect in the sight of the Lord is a much higher standard than that of men.  None of us will be perfected until we die and are resurrected.  Nobody has arrived yet.  Yet Jotham was relatively speaking a good king as well.  He was born of woman whose Hebrews names can be traced back to the possession of righteousness.

2Ki 15:33 Five and twenty years old was he when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jerusha, the daughter of Zadok.

 After the death of Jotham, Ahaz the son, took over and reigned in Judah.

 Ahaz

H271

aw-khawz’

From H270; possessor; Achaz, the name of a Jewish king and of an Israelite: – Ahaz.

Total KJV occurrences: 41

 Unlike his father before him, Ahaz did not do right, he was not “perfect” in the sight of the Lord.  This is what we all do after being given Truth and given judgment and dominion over the nations within us.  To learn righteousness and be able to discern good and evil as mature men, we will leave our first love and we will apostatize.

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

2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Here is the synopsis of what Ahaz did as king of Judah.

2Ch 28:1 Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem: but he did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD, like David his father:

2Ch 28:2 For he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, and made also molten images for Baalim.

2Ch 28:3 Moreover he burnt incense in the valley of the son of Hinnom, and burnt his children in the fire, after the abominations of the heathen whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.

2Ch 28:4 He sacrificed also and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.

2Ch 28:5 Wherefore the LORD his God delivered him into the hand of the king of Syria; and they smote him, and carried away a great multitude of them captives, and brought them to Damascus. And he was also delivered into the hand of the king of Israel, who smote him with a great slaughter.

2Ch 28:6 For Pekah the son of Remaliah slew in Judah an hundred and twenty thousand in one day, which were all valiant men; because they had forsaken the LORD God of their fathers.

Here is more detail from 2 Kings and like all of us “apostasizers”, we will cause our sons to pass through the fire that we are expressly warned against.

Lev 18:21 And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.

This is what happens when we don’t take heed the seriousness of the Lord’s commands to come out and be separate and touch not what is unclean.  It takes making these mistakes to learn the lesson.

 2Ki 16:3 But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel.

2Ki 16:4 And he sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places, and on the hills, and under every green tree.

2Ki 16:5 Then Rezin king of Syria and Pekah son of Remaliah king of Israel came up to Jerusalem to war: and they besieged Ahaz, but could not overcome him.

Our love for the world and all that is in the world will make us an enemy of God.  We will even think to take the jewels we have been given and make peace with the old man and the heathen.

2Ki 16:8 And Ahaz took the silver and gold that was found in the house of the LORD, and in the treasures of the king’s house, and sent it for a present to the king of Assyria.

These are not history lessons for us, they are Words that we all shall live by (Luke 4:4).  If we ever needed a reminder of the role of watchmen and their importance to protect the flock, we have the stories of Ahaz and these Scriptures from the New Testament written to the Body of Christ.

1Jn 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

1Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

Jas 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

Our brother, Victor, shared a powerful addition to the study of Judging Righteous Judgment that I hope WE all took heed of.

Psa 141:3 Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
Psa 141:4 Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.
Psa 141:5 Let the righteous smite meit shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.

Ahaz was also the King of Judah when the promise of the Messiah was given as recorded in Isaiah 7.

Isa 7:10 Moreover the LORD spake again unto Ahaz, saying,

Isa 7:11 Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.

Isa 7:12 But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD.

Isa 7:13 And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?

Isa 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isa 7:15 Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.

And here is another witness to the requirements for this apostasy and how we will be corrected by our own wickedness when Immanuel is given and born into our hearts.

Isa 7:16 For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou abhorrest shall be forsaken of both her kings. 

The old must be done away with and the carnal Job, the carnal Ahaz, the carnal you and me must be destroyed by the war that must take place in heaven.

Isa 14:27 For the LORD of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?

Isa 14:28 In the year that king Ahaz died was this burden.

The Lord will not put up with the blaspheming of His Name and defilement of His Temple forever.  It is for His Name’s sake He saves us.  We all will live through this period of turning God’s grace into lasciviousness (Jud 1:4) and this all part of our maturation process and how we learn to discern good and evil (Heb 5:13).

2Ch 28:19 For the LORD brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel; for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the LORD.

 2Ch 28:21 For Ahaz took away a portion out of the house of the LORD, and out of the house of the king, and of the princes, and gave it unto the king of Assyria: but he helped him not.

2Ch 28:22 And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against the LORD: this is that king Ahaz.

Next comes King Hezekiah, the son of Ahaz to be King of Judah.

Hezekiah

H3169

yekh-iz-kee-yaw

From H3388 and H3050; strengthened of Jah; Jechizkijah, the name of five Israelites: – Hezekiah, Jehizkiah. Compare H2396.

The number of grace is implicit in the definition of Hezekiah and what his time in our walk represents.  The fiery chastening of the Lord will strengthen the new man in us as we continue to be shown our innate wickedness and endure the righteous judgment of the Lord.

Hezekiah is a more mature king who has learned much from his fathers’ yet still has some chastening and falling down into sin to learn as we all do in falling down 7 times (Prov 24:16).

Here is a synopsis of Hezekiah’s reign from 2 Chronicles.

2Ch 29:1 Hezekiah began to reign when he was five and twenty years old, and he reigned nine and twenty years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Abijah, the daughter of Zechariah.

2Ch 29:2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father had done.

2Ch 29:3 He in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened the doors of the house of the LORD, and repaired them.

2Ch 29:4 And he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them together into the east street,

2Ch 29:5 And said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify now yourselves, and sanctify the house of the LORD God of your fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place.

2Ch 29:6 For our fathers have trespassed, and done that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD our God, and have forsaken him, and have turned away their faces from the habitation of the LORD, and turned their backs.

2Ch 29:7 Also they have shut up the doors of the porch, and put out the lamps, and have not burned incense nor offered burnt offerings in the holy place unto the God of Israel.

2Ch 29:8 Wherefore the wrath of the LORD was upon Judah and Jerusalem, and he hath delivered them to trouble, to astonishment, and to hissing, as ye see with your eyes.

2Ch 29:9 For, lo, our fathers have fallen by the sword, and our sons and our daughters and our wives are in captivity for this.

2Ch 29:10 Now it is in mine heart to make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel, that his fierce wrath may turn away from us.

Hezekiah sought to obey the Lord and worship Him.

2Ch 29:26 And the Levites stood with the instruments of David, and the priests with the trumpets.

2Ch 29:27 And Hezekiah commanded to offer the burnt offering upon the altar. And when the burnt offering began, the song of the LORD began also with the trumpets, and with the instruments ordained by David king of Israel.

2Ch 29:28 And all the congregation worshipped, and the singers sang, and the trumpeters sounded: and all this continued until the burnt offering was finished.

2Ch 29:29 And when they had made an end of offering, the king and all that were present with him bowed themselves, and worshipped.

As we should know, Hezekiah did not take heed the stringent commands and showed the Babylonian king the jewels of the Temple and also used the Levite’s in service when only the priests are to handle the vessels of the sanctuary (2 Ch 29:34, 2 Ch 30:18).

2Ki 20:12 At that time Berodachbaladan, the son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a present unto Hezekiah: for he had heard that Hezekiah had been sick.
2Ki 20:13 And Hezekiah hearkened unto them, and shewed them all the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armour, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah shewed them not.

Yet the Lord was working with Hezekiah as He works with all of His elect to bring deliverance and salvation to them little by little as they grow in the knowledge and grace of the Lord.

2Ch 31:20 And thus did Hezekiah throughout all Judah, and wrought that which was good and right and truth before the LORD his God.

2Ch 31:21 And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, and in the law, and in the commandments, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart, and prospered.

Despite many victories, our flesh does not go away easily and we must live through a continuous process of judgment to destroy and keep subdued the beast that was, is not but yet is (Rev 17:11).

Ch 32:24 In those days Hezekiah was sick to the death, and prayed unto the LORD: and he spake unto him, and he gave him a sign.

2Ch 32:25 But Hezekiah rendered not again according to the benefit done unto him; for his heart was lifted up: therefore there was wrath upon him, and upon Judah and Jerusalem.

2Ch 32:26 Notwithstanding Hezekiah humbled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the wrath of the LORD came not upon them in the days of Hezekiah.

We grow and advance in the Kingdom by this ongoing process of spiritual completion and the Lord will prosper us exactly according to His plan and schedule.

2Ch 32:30 This same Hezekiah also stopped the upper watercourse of Gihon, and brought it straight down to the west side of the city of David. And Hezekiah prospered in all his works.

This final point to be made in this first study is to see and understand the relevance of this prophecy applying to both Samaria and to Judah. It is addressed to all men as when we understand what Samaria and Jerusalem represent.

Mic 1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.

As we saw with Ahaz and Hezekiah more notably, the Lord is serious about the commands for us to separate from the world and its ways of life.  That is transgression of Jacob that will be in our next study.

Mic 1:5 For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? is it not Samaria? and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem?

The field is the world and is represented by Samaria.  The parable of the wheat and the tares depicts this mystery.

Mat 13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

Seeking to be rich with knowledge and use our godliness for gain in the Body of Christ is how we create idols and high places in Judah which represents the House of God where the Lion sits.  Micah and all of God’s prophets, which are His Elect our collectively Jesus of Nazareth whom the whole world hates.  Jesus Christ, the Lord and His Christ, must go through both Samaria and Judah.

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.

Samaria represents the world in our later stages of development and maturation.  Worldly influences are still strong being near the gate to the holy city of Jerusalem and the land of Israel.  Going through this process and confessing our many husbands and being shown our leprosy is a requirement for “The Christ” just as it was for our Lord.

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

Luk 17:1 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee

So as move on in Micah we will see judgment first as that is what delivers us and make us usable to the Lord to be the judge of others.  We are judged for our transgressions in both the world and in the Body.

Jer 23:13 And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err.

Jer 23:14 I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.

Conclusion

I wanted to lay a foundation of the breadth and depth of Micah’s prophesy.  In total it will show our progression from babes in Christ to the mature man filled with Jesus Christ.  Once prepared of the Lord, we will see in later studies that we will then be used to rule not only the inward nations but the outward nations with a rod of iron.

The prophets of the Lord are the vehicles through which Jesus Christ is revealed in us and through us.  The elect that makes up the Body of Christ are those angels and is by speaking to one another that we are judged and our scarlet sins turned into the fine white linen of the saints.  The Words of Micah and everyone one of the Body are the fire that brings to light our wickedness and reproves us.

Isa 1:17 Learn to do well; [how do we learn to do well?] seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together [H3198 – reprove], saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Like Nahum, Micah is all about our ongoing judgment and sanctification that comes by abiding in the fiery Word and be watched over by the Lord and His Christ.  We are the kings and priests of Judah the very people Micah was sent to prophesy too.

Jer 22:1 Thus saith the LORD; Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and speak there this word,

Jer 22:2 And say, Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, that sittest upon the throne of David, thou, and thy servants, and thy people that enter in by these gates:

Jer 22:3 Thus saith the LORD; Execute ye judgment and righteousness, and deliver the spoiled out of the hand of the oppressor: and do no wrong, do no violence to the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, neither shed innocent blood in this place.

Lord willing, we will be given to understand more the mysteries of the Kingdom of God and be better prepared for the trials that lie ahead as we are transitioned from hearers into doers and from babes into the mature man in Christ able to discern good and evil and in the process of becoming like gods.

Psa 82:6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.

Psa 82:7 But ye shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.

Psa 82:8 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.

Comments and sincere questions are welcome.  You can also email me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

 

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Nahum Part 3 – No More thy Name Be Sown

Nahum Part 3 – No More Thy Name Be Sown

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Here are the verses for our study for Part 3 of the Book of Nahum.

Nah 1:7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

Nah 1:8 But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.

Nah 1:9 What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.

Nah 1:10 For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.

Nah 1:11 There is one come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the LORD, a wicked counsellor.

Nah 1:12 Thus saith the LORD; Though they be quiet, and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more.

Nah 1:13 For now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder.

Nah 1:14 And the LORD hath given a commandment concerning thee, that no more of thy name be sown: out of the house of thy gods will I cut off the graven image and the molten image: I will make thy grave; for thou art vile.

The prophets spoke of the coming of the Lord but did not yet know Him. They like the prophets of today (The Elect the few chosen) will first come to know true doctrine and speak it. This is an important first step but as we will see is not the only step to know the Lord. The prophets precede the coming of Christ within and without. We see Christ’s lineage traced back thru the prophets including Nahum.

Luk 3:25 Which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Amos, which was the son of Naum, which was the son of Esli, which was the son of Nagge,

Christ comes after the prophets who foretell of His coming. Being washed in the true water of the Word is not where it ends. There must be a second baptism. Christ must come the second time to cause us to go from being hearers of the Word to becoming doers of the Word. In our yet carnal state, we like all the prophets before us know about Him, but we know Him not.

 Joh 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Joh 1:30 This is he of whom I said, after me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.

Joh 1:31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

Joh 1:32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.

Joh 1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Spirit.

It is those we see baptized in the fire of the Holy Spirit who are the true sons of God.

Joh 1:34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God (“Christ”)

Mat 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Only the priests of God, the few chosen have been prepared to cross over the River Jordan which represents this baptism of fire. They must precede the rest of Israel (all men) and bear the ark of the testimony of God (The Word) on their shoulders as they walk. This is the second baptism in type and shadow and God’s Elect will lead others to salvation in the age to come (Rom 11:31).

Jos 3:6 And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people.

The title of this study is taken from Nahum 1:14 which says that “no more of thy name be sown”. This is speaking to the initiation of this second baptism by fire whereby the jealousy of the Lord (whose name is Jealous) will be made manifest by the salvation of His chosen people. The “old man, the seed of the serpent”, is being cut off forever by the sword that is the Word.

Lev 20:3 And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name.

We all are by nature children of wrath (Eph 2:3) of our father the devil (Joh 8:44) before faith comes.  The baptism of fire is destroying that seed within is and all things will be made new in the fire of the Lord’s jealousy.  The voice of this other “jesus”, the servant of Satan disguised as an angel of light, shall no more be heard in us when the Lord’s jealousy is at work in us.

Rev 18:22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;

Rev 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

The Lord builds His church through His Body, “The Christ”, and this is only done in His Name, not in the name of any other god or idol.

1Ch 22:19 Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God; arise therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of the LORD God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of the LORD.

Doing things in His name is what we are caused to do by the scourging grace of the Lord (Rom 5:20, Ezek 36:27, Isa 48:10, Heb 12:6, etc). But when we see this baptism of fire coming to pass in our lives we are blessed indeed.  Our flesh won’t rejoice but our new man will be glad.

Luk 13:35 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

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

Let’s dig a little deeper into these verses one at a time.

Nah 1:7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

The Lord is indeed good to the new man but merciless to the old man who is being destroyed by design (Eze 7:1-9, 1 Co 15:50). Christ through His Body is a strong hold in our day of the Lord, the day of judgment filled with trouble, trials and afflictions (1 Pe 4:13). The Body is this strong hold and fortress on whom we must learn to cast our cares upon (1 Pe 5:7) as we endure the tribulation necessary to enter into the kingdom of God (Act 14:22).

We know this is only speaking to God’s Elect who are given “ears to hear” and we are His sheep. Only His sheep, are given to speak His Word and only they will hear His voice (Mat 13:10).

Joh 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

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

The very definition of eternal life is defined as knowing the Lord.

Joh 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

God’s Elect possess this now in down payment form. We only come to know “He is the Lord” by going through the fiery trials and judgments of God. There are no exceptions to this rule of when and how we shall know Him.

Eze 7:4 And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense thy ways upon thee, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

This really is what the Lord “being good” to us means. The Lord bringing tender mercies to us is all about the old man being destroyed in His jealousy and wrath so the new man will come forth.

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

Psa 119:156 Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me according to thy judgments.

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

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

As we saw in the Obadiah study, we are delivered by the deliverers that come from Mt. Zion. These saviors are the Body of Christ (“The Christ”) and it is those same deliverers that are also our place of refuge and comfort. We best learn to come to Christ for refuge and seek the wisdom of a multitude of counselors.

Psa 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Interesting that the word translated “trust” [H2620] has within its meaning the concept of fleeing or seeking refuge.

 H2620, châsâh, khaw-saw’’ – Total KJV occurrences: 37

A primitive root; to flee for protection (compare H982); figuratively to confide in: – have hope, make refuge, (put) trust.

Fleeing Babylon, Egypt and our enemies is what we are called to do. We will only find refuge in the Lord which means within His Body. To be part of the living God we must remain connected to the living organism that is Christ.

Nah 1:8 But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.

The foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of men. The Lord’s process as defined in Scriptures is to destroy the old man within us by first having us be utterly deceived and walk in strong delusion about the truth. That wicked man of sin we all are in the flesh, the beast, the “abomination of desolation” must be identified first and then destroyed.

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

2Th 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

It seems foolishness to the carnal mind, but the way we see the truth is to be shown we are blind.

Joh 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

We can’t at first stand against these waters as foolish men; we will indeed be overcome by the flood (Mat 7:26-27) and the house of the Lord will fall. Yet when we can hear the Truth and the Lord teaches us righteousness by these judgments, then we can stand.

Mat 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

Mat 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

The overrunning flood refers to waters that are swallowed up by the earth. These are the lies and false doctrines, the strong delusion; that keeps our old man deceived and worshipping the beast all the while thinking we serve the Lord in our first witness for Christ.

Rev 12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.

Rev 12:16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

And it is this blaspheming of God we all do that the Lord will use as an occasion to bring judgment against us at our appointed time.

Dan 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

Isa 59:19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

Light must first be called darkness in our ignorance and spiritual blindness. It is us, you and me, the sons of God, the very children of the kingdom, that are first in darkness, made spiritually blind on purpose by the Lord. We must first be unprofitable and shown we are blind before we can see and the Lord can use us (Mat 25:30).

Mat 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

The end of our rebellion and sowing of the seed of the serpent comes like it did in the days of Noah which is by the causation of a flood over the entire earth. The wicked (carnal mind, lies, false doctrines) shall be taken away and we will no longer sow the seed of wickedness in the earth (Mat 24:38-39).

Gen 7:23 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.

Nah 1:9 What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.

The tribulation and trouble (affliction) we suffer through does not come a second time. The process of going through God’s judgment is a onetime process that will not fail. He comes to us a second time but when He comes for judgment, He is absolutely going to finish the good work He started in destroying the old and bringing forth the new man.

Php 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

 

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:

Rom 9:28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.

 

Zec 13:3 And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the LORD: and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth.

 A jealous God gets what He desires (Job 26:13, 2 Pe 3:9). He accomplishes His fury and the new man is brought forth.

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

The man of sin, the “son of perdition” will no longer be sowing the seed of this “other jesus”.

Eze 39:7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.

 

 Nah 1:10 For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.

 We will know who is of Christ by their fruit. Yet fruit takes time to grow and even within us, we initially try to bring forth lasting fruit for God from thorns.

Mat 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles

All of our works will be tried in the fire and what is of the flesh shall be burned. This is the process of salvation hidden in the prophets such as Nahum.

1Co 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

1Co 3:12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

1Co 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

1Co 3:14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

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

The symbols of thorns and being drunk all refer to the false worship we do under the influences of the lies and false doctrines of the great harlot, Mystery Babylon. As we saw earlier we must bring forth these thorns as we walk in darkness first. The seed of Christ will be choked out initially.

Gen 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

Mat 13:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:

But those thorns and briars are destined to be burned and they will as we are being taught in our day of judgment.

Heb 6:8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

Being devoid of the Truth and the Spirit of God at this time, we are fully dry and devoid of the true knowledge and Spirit of the Lord. In this spiritual condition when the fire of the Lord comes, the wood in our hearts and minds (carnal mindedness) is devoured quickly as dry stubble.

Mal 4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

As the parable of the wheat and the tares explains, the lies we first are given to believe grow in our hearts and minds along with the Truth (the wheat) until the end of the age at the “time of the harvest”.

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

We cannot know the real Jesus until we first drink strong drink and get drunk with wine. We can’t eat and drink properly because we have not yet been given “eyes to see and ears to hear”.

Deu 29:4 Yet the LORD hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.

Deu 29:5 And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot.

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

It must be that we get spiritually drunk and make all the nations drink of this wine of the wrath of fornication with the world and Babylon (Rev 14:8).

Nah 1:11 There is one come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the LORD, a wicked [H1100] counsellor.

Interesting that the word “wicked” [H1100] is most often translated as Belial in the OT.  Strong’s defines this word as primarily meaning “without profit or worthlessness”, which is very appropriate to our work and the fruit it produces when we are listening to the lying spirits and false doctrines that defile our heavens that ultimately lead to destruction through the flood.

 H1100bel-e-yah’-al

From H1097 and H3276; without profit, worthlessness; by extension destruction, wickedness (often in connection with H376, H802, H1121, etc.): – Belial, evil, naughty, ungodly (men), wicked.

Neither Christ nor “His Christ” will have any agreement or part with Belial.

2Co 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

We see this “Belial Counselor” first mentioned in Deuteronomy that entice us to worship other gods which makes the Lord very jealous and brings forth the fury of fire in due time.

Deu 13:13 Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known;

Before our baptism of fire comes, we are nothing more than a religious beast blaspheming the Lord, worshiping idols and other gods and bringing glory to our father the devil.

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

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

The cause of this is the thorns, the briars, the drunkenness; which is all one and the same thing.  A prophet will be sent to those nations and wicked counselors.

Eze 11:2 Then said he unto me, Son of man, these are the men that devise mischief, and give wicked counsel in this city:

Eze 11:3 Which say, It is not near; let us build houses: this city is the caldron, and we be the flesh.

Eze 11:4 Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of man

This sudden destruction will come and the wicked counselors within and without shall not escape in the day of the Lord.

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

Mic 4:9 Now why dost thou cry out aloud? is there no king in thee? is thy counsellor perished? for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail.

 

Nah 1:12 Thus saith the LORD; Though they be quiet [H8003], and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more.

I see no valid reason for why the translators took the Hebrew word “Shalem” and came up with “quiet” in this verse of Nahum.  It really obscures the meaning.

 H8003 – shâlêm

Total KJV Occurrences: 28

perfect, 16

whole, 4

full, 2

just, 1

perfected, 1

peaceable, 1

quiet, 1  Nah_1:12

ready, 1

shalem, 1

This word really means “perfect” in the sense of the best the flesh has to offer God, which of course is not anywhere near good enough. Nobody, not even Jesus Christ is, was or will be perfected in these marred vessels of clay until the third day which will be our resurrection from the dead in fullness.

Luk 13:32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

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

We readily see this by reading two of the sixteen places this word was translated as perfect. Neither Hezekiah or Asa’s obeyed the Lord’s commandments, doing evil in His sight yet they were said to be perfect.

Isa 38:3 And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

1Ki 15:14 But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa’s heart was perfect with the LORD all his days.

Interestingly that the word perfect used in Job 1:1 that also twists the Truth to those yet carnal, was not the same word but the intent and meanings are very similar.

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect [H8535] and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

Being many and in this “fleshly state of perfection” is speaking to our time being at ease in Zion thinking we have arrived. We forget until the fire comes that we must always be working as our Father is working. This lascivious spirit must be burned out of our heavens with fire and it shall be when Christ, the Ambassador, passes through the nations within us. The children of the flesh who have not yet been baptized with fire and are many more than the “few chosen” to drink of the Lord’s cup in this age.

Gal 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

Gal 4:27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.

As we saw earlier in verse 1:9, the Lord is going to finish the good work He starts when our baptism by fire begins. The affliction we will bear is a onetime ongoing event and comes in the appointed times of the Lord that no man knows. Lord willing this will be in this age and will be completed in this age so we may be in that first resurrection and claim the prize of the high calling in Christ.

Isa 54:7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.

Isa 54:8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.

 

Nah 1:13 For now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder

The yoke of being carnally minded will keep us from entering the rest that is Christ, our Sabbath. When we are outside of faith and under “the law” striving to be (self) righteous by our own deeds we are heavily burdened as we saw in Part 1 and 2 of the Nahum study. But that oppressive burden and heavy yoke of the old man will be broken off our necks as Christ is revealed within us.

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

Mat 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

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

Psa 116:16 O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds.

Jer 5:5 I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the LORD, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds.

The Lord both puts this yoke and bonds upon us and then in the appointed times, He sends Christ and removes them. But while serving Babylon we will bear this burden of Nineveh we discussed in Part 1.

Jer 27:2 Thus saith the LORD to me; Make thee bonds and yokes, and put them upon thy neck,

Jer 27:3 And send them to the king of Edom, and to the king of Moab, and to the king of the Ammonites, and to the king of Tyrus, and to the king of Zidon, by the hand of the messengers which come to Jerusalem unto Zedekiah king of Judah;

Jer 27:4 And command them to say unto their masters, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say unto your masters;

Jer 27:5 I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.

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.

But lo the days will come when the Lord says no more sowing of this “corrupted seed” and He will redeem His people by raising up Christ.

Jer 30:7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.

Jer 30:8 For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:

Jer 30:9 But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.

The positive side of being in bonds is after the Lord has initiated our redemption and we become bond servants of the Lord and “His Christ” being an example of the love of God (obedience).

Joh 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

Here is our last verse of Part 3 from where the title of the study was taken.

Nah 1:14 And the LORD hath given a commandment concerning thee, that no more of thy name be sown: out of the house of thy gods will I cut off the graven image and the molten image: I will make thy grave; for thou art vile [H7043]

Our brother Ernesto recently shared with us a paper he wrote explaining what doing things in the Name of the Lord and getting a new one really means in Scripture. The gist of that paper was that our names refer to our nature or character and doing things in the name of Christ means we are obeying His commands and following sound doctrine. Amazing how carnal men have made such big deals on how you spell and pronounce the name of the Lord and yet that is not what the Lord is concerned about.

Overcomers that make up “The Christ” are the temple and the way into the Temple and upon us is written the new Name of Christ and the heavenly city of Jerusalem above.

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

This is the purpose of the Lord causing all this anguish, trouble, adversity, affliction i.e.  all the evil in our lives (Eze 14:21-23). This is how we are BEING taught and chastened by our Father and ultimately being caused to enter into our desired haven and rest. So here in verse 1:14 we see the words from whence the title “No more of thy name be sown” was taken.

The Lord is very jealous for His People, His chosen few, the apple of His eye and when the day comes, the Lord gets what He desires by the process described here in Nahum.

Exo 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Exo 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

The man of sin will naturally make these images and idols that exalt themselves against the Lord.  These things must be before the day of the Lord comes.

2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Je 10:14 Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.

The false prophet and the beast and all the graven images we hold as gods will be burned up in the fire of God’s jealousy. For the Elect of God this is today, the day of our salvation; but for the rest of mankind this will be in the lake of fire.

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.

Son 8:6 Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.

Similar to John’s revelation of Jesus Christ, Ezekiel had a vision (was given the understanding) that the Lord would do this to sanctify His Name and His House.

Eze 43:5 So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house.

Eze 43:6 And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me.

Eze 43:7 And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcasses of their kings in their high places.

 Entering into the rest that is Christ and ceasing from our own works is the outcome of these judgments.

Heb 4:8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.

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

Heb 4:10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

This was all spoken about in type and shadow in the OT and remains ensamples for us to this very day.

Lev 25:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto the LORD.

Lev 25:3 Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof;

Lev 25:4 But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the LORD: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.

The Lord is the one making our grave. He is the One who has cursed the old man and set him up for destruction and a most certain death.

Isa 24:6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.

The word translated “vile” in Nahum 1:14 [H7043 – qâlal] is really one of the Hebrew words for “cursed”. Being cursed is horrible thing for the old man but this is the good news that awaits all men and that is “the day when no more of the old man and seed of the serpent shall be sown”.

Mat 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

And once this age abiding fire has accomplished its good work, there will henceforth be no more curse. All things indeed are being made new.

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

 Christ is building His Church through His Body which is “His footstool” we saw in Part 1. Next week, we will continue the study of Nahum and reviewing additional details buried in very symbolic language. Lord willing, we will understand more of how the Lord rebukes our fleshly ways and in the fire of His jealousies causes the old man to decrease and the new man to increase by making war in our heavens. Here is an example of just one verse we will cover.

Nah 2:3 The shield of his mighty men is made red, the valiant men are in scarlet: the chariots shall be with flaming torches in the day of his preparation, and the fir trees shall be terribly shaken.

 

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Nahum Part 2 – He Rebukes the Sea

Nahum Part 2 – He Rebukes the Sea

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In Part one we covered the first three verses of Nahum with the focus on the Burden of Nineveh which is the oppressive yoke and heavy burden we carry during our time in Babylon under the influences of the false doctrines of orthodoxy and the great harlot within. We carry this burden until Christ comes to us the second time and gives us faith and “ears to hear and eyes to see”.

Jos 5:2 At that time the LORD said unto Joshua, Make thee sharp knives, and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time.

Isa 11:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

We first must know the Lord in the flesh but when He comes to us the second time, we know Him no longer that way (2 Cor 5:16). So Christ comes to us twice and when He does appear it “is, was and will be” to finish the good work He started and to put away sin. We must be dragged thru the second veil and into the Body of Christ (Joh 6:44, Heb 10:20, Isa 6).

Heb 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation

We see this play out with Jonah first going to Nineveh to preach repentance and then Nahum going back the second time. Nineveh did repent from Jonah’s preaching (Jon 3:10), but the process of turning a heathen nation into a godly nation submitted to the Lord, requires a second baptism (Mat 3:11). First the washing of water by the Word but then the baptism of fire, the fiery judgments against the old man which are absolutely necessary. This only comes about when we can hear the Word spoken by the angels/messengers/prophets of God in the last day. No man enters the Temple that is Christ by any other way.

Rev 15:6 And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.

Rev 15:7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.

Rev 15:8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

It is through the righteous judgment of God and the jealousy of the Lord for His people that the spiritual House of the Lord, the Temple is built. This is true grace which are also the mercies of the Lord to the new man.

Zec 1:14 So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy.

Zec 1:15 And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction.

Zec 1:16 Therefore thus saith the LORD; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith the LORD of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem.

The first baptism of leaving Egypt, the world, brings us to Christ in the flesh. We are east of the Jordan River and the real tribulation and battles in our heavens lie ahead on the other side of the river.   As a carnal babe in the east our faith has yet to be tested nor have we withstood the fiery trials necessary to purify us (Mat 3:11). The baptism of fire is still needed and these OT stories are ensamples of what we must endure as Christ’s sons.  The new man that is born during the wilderness journey must be circumcised.

Jos 5:5 Now all the people that came out were circumcised: but all the people that were born in the wilderness by the way as they came forth out of Egypt, them they had not circumcised.

And this of course has nothing to do with the acts or free will of any man. It is all the Lord’s work in us and happens on His schedule preordained for 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:

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.

The burden we carry is when we seek to serve Christ in the flesh and without the benefit of spiritual circumcision made without hands. The Law of Moses and the law of the Gentiles represent this burden in type and shadow. They are the oppressive yoke and heavy burden we carry when trying to serve the Lord by our self-righteous deeds, separated from God by the great chasm no man can cross (Luke 16:26). The newly converted disciples came to understand that no man can bear that yoke of making himself righteous. It is impossible for men.

Act 15:10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?

Act 15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

It is the anointing of Christ, the oil of the Holy Spirit, the hearing of the Truth of the Word and pure doctrine that breaks this fleshly yoke and removes the spirit of heaviness and replaces it with the light burden and easy yoke of Christ (Mat 11:30).

Isa 10:27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.

I must also cover an important foundation about the book of Nahum I did not notice until this week. The word Nahum is very instructive to the prophecy itself which like all the prophets, is about the ambassador, Christ, being sent to the nations to preach the Gospel that brings about the remaking of the marred vessel of clay.  Here is the definition of Nahum from Strong’s.

 H5151 – nachûm, nakh-oom’

From H5162; comfortable; Nachum, an Israelitish prophet: – Nahum.

As we can see the name Nahum is taken from H5162 which means to comfort.  But notice also that this root word is as often used in reference to “repentance”.  Comforting the new man is brought about by bringing knowledge on the trials and process of God making known His judgments (Rom 9:22-23) which brings about repentance thru the trials.

 H5162

nâcham

Total KJV Occurrences: 109

comfort, 34

comforted, 20

repent, 19

repented, 17

comforters, 5

comforter, 3

comforteth, 3

repenteth, 3

comfortedst, 1

ease, 1

receive, 1

repentest, 1

repenting, 1

 

Nahum is a type of Christ coming to us and us as Christ going to others. “The Christ” is this Comforter and you are this comforter if you are in “The Christ” speaking words of Spirit and Truth.

Joh 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

Joh 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

Seeing ourselves while in the Body as Jesus Christ this comforter is the opposite side of the two edged sword and our roles as saviors by bringing judgment. The Christ brings deliverance to us by speaking the Words that judge us and that burn up and consumes the wood (carnal mindedness) within us. But those same words and that same process is what makes known the manifold wisdom of God to the church as we saw in Part one. It is the knowledge of the Truth that comforts the new man and gives us the patience to endure. It is foolishness to the natural man that judgment and comfort could be opposite sides of the same Word and the process by which we are saved.  Even Noah who spoke of wrath was a comforter!

Gen 5:29 And he called his name Noah saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed.

The Body of Christ, Jerusalem above, is who comforts us and teach us that the Lord has not poured out all this “wrath and judgment” without cause. These verses perfectly sum this up and use the root word from which Nahum is taken and show us the positive side of the word evil to add to what Ernesto shared on the email list recently.

Eze 14:21 For thus saith the Lord GOD; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast?

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

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

We saw in Part one that the Lord is jealous and has His way in the whirlwind which is how He exacts vengeance for His Temple that we defile. We also saw that it was God’s elect (aka the Body of Christ), that are the feet of the Lord who bring this through the spoken Word. Today we continue with further detail on this process to bring the heathen nations under the dominion of the Lord.

Nah 1:4 He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.

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

Nah 1:6 Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.

There comes a time when the Lord will not put up anymore with having His Holy Name blasphemed by His people. That is why He brings judgment and rebukes us sharply.

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

Eze 36:23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.

Eze 36:24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.

Salvation is the putting away of sin and casting out of “wickedness and everything that exalts” from our heavens and our earth. This is a process that begins when the Lord’s throne in us is being prepared for judgment.

Joh 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

Psa 9:7 But the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment.

It is expedient that Jesus in the flesh goes away, because that enables the Comforter to come and bring the Word and understanding that will work its marvelous work of reproving sin, ushering in righteousness through judgment (Joh 16:7-8).

The sea which the Lord rebukes is the flesh, our flesh and the flesh of all men (Isa 60:5, Rev 21:1).  The Lord initiates our judgment by rebuking the sea which is our carnal fleshly way of life and sets us on dry land.  We begin our journey by coming up out of the sea yet we are on dry land and have a journey to yet endure.

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

Exo 15:19 For the horse of Pharaoh went in with his chariots and with his horsemen into the sea, and the LORD brought again the waters of the sea upon them; but the children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea.

Cutting off the waters that sustain our fleshly beastly way of life is how the Lord brings us to our wits end and ultimately saves all men.

Isa 50:2 Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst.

Without water anything alive will languish, wither and ultimately die. There is a method in the Lord’s ways to bring about the demise of the beastly nature of man and bring the old man to their wits end.

Amo 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

As Psalm 107 tells us, the Lord is one who both creates the storms on the sea of our flesh and is also the one who calms them.  He rebukes the seas to try us and test our faith and cause us to turn to Him and away from our carnality to save ourselves.  Here is a nice summary of that in this parable as well.

Mat 8:24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.

Mat 8:25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.

Mat 8:26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

The mountains are the kingdoms of the flesh and they will be shaken by the spiritual earthquakes. The seven vials of wrath cause many progressive earthquakes as the Lord rebukes our sinful and blaspheming ways (Rev 6:12, Rev 8:5, Rev 11:3, Heb 12:26).

Rev 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: [ we now have eyes that see ] and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

This remaking of the marred vessel of clay (the earth) is done by fiery trials. Heat and pressure is how precious gem stones are made and it is no different in the spiritual.

Psa 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

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

The melting away of these hills and mountains is what results from the Lord’s rebuking and is how the wicked within us perish thru this scourging grace (Heb 12:6).

Psa 112:10 The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.

Isa 13:7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt:

We will get comfortable in this fire and walking with Christ, Lord willing. Contrary to the lies of orthodox Christianity, those that walk in the fire are not sinners burning in hell forever.

Isa 33:14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?

Isa 33:15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;

To answer the rhetorical question of Nah 1:6; No man shall be able to stand the fury of the Lord’s judgment and wrath poured out. All shall be made new; the old shall indeed pass away as the Lord and His Christ are refiners in the fire.

Mal 3:2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:

Mal 3:3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.

1Co 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

The rocks thrown down represent the Word of God we twist and pervert to build a temple for the Lord.  But it is held together with untampered mortar (slime) and will not stand. The coming of Christ the second time unto salvation means all these stones that make up the temple built by man’s hands will be thrown down.

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

1Ki 18:38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.

Eze 13:14 So will I break down the wall that ye have daubed with untempered morter, and bring it down to the ground, so that the foundation thereof shall be discovered, and it shall fall, and ye shall be consumed in the midst thereof: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

To complete this study we need to go back and look deeper at verse four and the places being spoken about and what this may mean.

Nah 1:4 He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.

Maturing in faith is a process, a journey, and that is what these details on places and events are referencing. The application of Romans 1:20 to how physical children grow up and learn apply in the spiritual as well. We learn from experience and we learn by making mistakes and having our parents correct us. Such is the way the Lord works in the spiritual realm. The revelation of Jesus Christ is a progressive journey requiring “seven angels who cast fire upon our earth” and bring many “earthquakes and tribulation” to our heavens and earth.

Rev 8:7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

The languishing of Bashan, Carmel and the flower of Lebanon symbolize this ongoing and progressive process of judgment as we come out of the world, sojourn in the wilderness, move from carnal babes in Christ to maturity as we become settled in true doctrines and continues on “being saved” through the righteousness of Christ in us as He increases and we decrease.

The parable of the Sower tells us the seed does not first take root.

Mat 13:4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:

Mat 13:5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:

Mat 13:6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

Mat 13:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:

Mat 13:8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.

Withering and languishing is part of the process to teach us as a righteous man must fall down seven times and learn true righteousness through the process of judgment (Isa 26:9). Trying our faith and chastening us is the grace of God in action and is how men are being saved (1 Pet 1:7, Exo 20:20) and this is how the Lord accomplishes it. To languish means to be weak or to be sick or feeble. A day will come when the nations within are tried in the fire and we are shown what we are truly made of in our fleshly yet carnal condition. Then the real work of Christ begins.

Luk 5:31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.

Luk 5:32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

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

Christ is not coming or appearing to those who do not yet see this. The 99 that do not need repentance, have not been visited yet by the Great Physician.

When judgment is pronounced upon our earth, what Nahum describes comes to pass. The causing us to err (Isa 63:17), having fruitless branches grow from the vine (Joh 15:2), is all the Lord’s work in us to seek an occasion to bring judgment and the fire that cleanses.

Isa 33:9 The earth mourneth and languisheth: Lebanon is ashamedand hewn down: Sharon is like a wilderness; and Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits.

Isa 33:10 Now will I rise, saith the LORD; now will I be exalted; now will I lift up myself.

Isa 33:11 Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble: your breath, as fire, shall devour you.

Isa 33:12 And the people shall be as the burnings of lime: as thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire.

All three of the places mentioned here in verse four, Bashan, Carmel and Lebanon are within the boundaries and definitions of the physical land that was promised to Israel (Gen 15:18).  Yet we know these Words are Spirit and the promise was Spirit and as we review these locations we will hopefully begin to see the Lord’s process of judging and maturing us referenced in these geographical symbols. These three places are representative of the progressive process of judgment which begins in Egypt, continues in Babylon and is complete at the White throne judgment. Bashan, Carmel and Lebanon are shadows and symbols of these three progressive judgments to finish the Lord’s work in remaking the marred vessel of clay.

BASHAN

H1316 – Bashan – Of uncertain derivation; Bashan (often with the article), a region East of the Jordan: – Bashan.

Bashan is a time in our walk when the flesh is very strong. We see this from the Psalms and the spiritual symbols of bulls and depths of the sea confirming the understanding of our time in Bashan.

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

Psa 68:22 The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea [the flesh, the bottomless pit etc]

 

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.

We know what these “kine” will be drinking as we all will be made to drink of the Lord’s cup and partake of His baptism by fire (Mat 20:23).

Bashan is east of the Jordan river and that typifies our time in the wilderness before we have the second baptism and are given the ability to go into the land across the river and begin to conquer the real giants (sins). Bashan is very much aligned with Gilead; they are mentioned together in fifteen verses of Scripture. This location spiritually speaking is where we make a covenant with the old man (typified as Laban, Gen 31:48) to peacefully coexist. That covenant will not stand, it will be disannulled but this is where we must first start. It is from this spiritual place of apostasy that the man child will come forth out of Babylon and begin to head west on the journey towards maturity (Rev 12:5-6).

Og, is the king of Bashan, and there are many battles Israel (you and me in spirit) have with this king before we are given victory (Jos 17:5, Deu 3:10).  It is no surprise we languish in Bashan as this entire region of sixty cities (6 is man) was built with copper (brass) which always typifies the flesh or the works of man’s hands.

1Ki 4:13 The son of Geber, in Ramothgilead; to him pertained the towns of Jair the son of Manasseh, which are in Gilead; to him also pertained the region of Argob, which is in Bashan, threescore great cities with walls and brasen bars:

Bashan is also known for its mighty (prideful) oaks. Devoid of the Spirit of God, these trees we are on the east side of the Jordan languish spiritually, bear no fruit and are rebuked by the Lord in due time. But these oaks trees are mighty in the world’s carnal eyes and represent the pride of man which must be fed with judgment to be saved.

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

The land of Milk and Honey is not the meat. It is where we must start out as carnal babes in Christ as we are being prepared to cross the Jordan in spirit and fight the giants by first feeding on the enemies of our carnal mind in Bashan and Gilead among other “heathen” nations within. The whole bed of King Og within us has now been prepared for judgment when the Lord rebukes us.

Deu 3:11 For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man…..

Deu 3:13 And the rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, being the kingdom of Og, gave I unto the half tribe of Manasseh; all the region of Argob, with all Bashan, which was called the land of giants

Eventually the Lord gives us the faith to cross over and before we do the king of Bashan is utterly destroyed in down payment form.

Jos 2:10 For we (the people of Jericho) have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.

The second location that languishes which the Lord rebukes in due time is Carmel.

Carmel

H3760 – Carmel – The same as H3759; Karmel, the name of a hill and of a town in Palestine: – Carmel, fruitful (plentiful) field, (place).

Total KJV occurrences: 25

Carmel is probably best known as the place where Elijah challenged and mocked the false prophets of Baal in 1 King 18 and then slayed them all. In spirit Carmel represents our time in Spiritual Babylon being deceived by the prophets of Baal within and without. This land has been planted but the seed has been corrupted for the time being, being choked with thorns.

Carmel was on the west side of the Jordan river and sat in the NW corner of Israel along the seacoast. The pitting of the prophet of God against the prophets of Baal must take place within us, in order for Carmel, the planted field within to live up to its name and bring forth fruit. So the land Carmel languishes under the influences of false doctrines, lies and unbelief within us that take time and the rebuking by God’s Word to burn out of us. But an ambassador is coming to Carmel within, it has already been appointed and we must just wait for it to come.

Jer 46:18 As I live, saith the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts, Surely as Tabor is among the mountains, and as Carmel by the sea, so shall he come.

 

A prophet will come at the appointed time of judgment (third year) and then the rain will fall on Carmel and initiate the cleansing of the land and restoration of Carmel to a fruitful field.

1Ki 18:1 And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.

1Ki 18:2 And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab. And there was a sore famine in Samaria.

 The Lord will bring trials upon us to choose the God we worship and show us who is the true God and what is of our carnal mind, the seed of the serpent.

 1Ki 18:19 Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel’s table.

1Ki 18:20 So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel.

1Ki 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

 This too is a seven-fold process of falling to the earth (Pro 26:14). After the event concludes and the true God is established in the minds of Israel, then the rain comes and the drought ends. The rain will come from this little cloud (The Body) that rises up out of the sea.

1Ki 18:42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,

1Ki 18:43 And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times.

1Ki 18:44 And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not.

 Here we see the Body of Christ in symbol, the “little cloud” that comes from the sea and is the right hand of the Lord. Carmel is a more mature place than Bashan and is where we will come to know and believe the true doctrines of the Lord. Yet it is still close to the sea (the flesh) and the lies and influences of the carnal mind and our father the devil and the two hundred million lies of Rev 9:16 take more fire and judgment to burn out of us.

Lebanon

The final location to discuss is Lebanon.  We all know this small nation north of modern day Israel but in spiritual terms, Lebanon has a specific meaning.

H3844 – Lebanon:  – From H3825; (the) white mountain (from its snow); Lebanon, a mountain range in Palestine: – Lebanon.

Total KJV occurrences: 71

Lebanon comes from the word meaning “white mountain”. White has both a positive and negative application and is very instructive to understand the meaning of the word Lebanon (See link for Mike’s Study on Color White at the end). On the positive side “white” means the covering of Christ. The negative side means leprosy when we mix truth with lies until we come to be the mature man in Christ. “White” is associated with God’s elect, here is a sampling but there are many more scriptures.

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

Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

Rev 19:8 And to her [ Christ’s bride] was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Joh 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.

On the negative side, “white” also refers to God’s Elect in our first marred and carnal state when we blaspheme Christ and prophesy falsely in our self-righteousness. Even Satan and his ministers appear as angels of light dressed in white.

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

 Lev 13:10 And the priest shall see him: and, behold, if the rising be white in the skin, and it have turned the hair white, and there be quick raw flesh in the rising;
Lev 13:11 It is an old leprosy in the skin of his flesh, and the priest shall pronounce him unclean, and shall not shut him up: for he is unclean.

Leprosy is a permanent condition of being “yet carnal” and will never go away on its own. Loving this world and all the things in it must be burned out of us and there is only one cure for leprosy, the coming of Christ to heal us.

We all are Lebanon, a white mountain in spirit, both the positive and the negative. Even after coming to the knowledge of Truth and having the false prophets of Baal cast out. Along our journey pride is always an enemy we deal with and the Lord will deal judgment upon this. This happens in Lebanon in our more mature state of our walk.

Jer 22:23 O inhabitant of Lebanon, that makest thy nest in the cedars, how gracious shalt thou be when pangs come upon thee, the pain as of a woman in travail!

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

We are being judged now so we won’t be condemned with the world in the age to come (1 Cor 11:32). It is this White Throne judgment that makes us “white” and enables us to be the overcomers and serve the Lord’s purposes in instructing all men in the Lake of fire and being the deliverers with Christ.

Dan 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

Dan 11:33 And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.

But they will also “instruct many” that when all is said and done we will all be “made white” through purging trials. In the end all men shall be saved and there will be a big forest of trees in Lebanon.

 Isa 29:17 Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest?

Isa 29:18 And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness…..

Isa 29:24 They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.

The flower of Lebanon that languishes is the pure Word of God. One speck of leprosy makes us unclean and a little leaven indeed leavens the whole lump and causes the flower to languish.  We see the flowers in the tabernacle of God in Exodus as Steven’s recent Awesome Hands studies have shown (see link at the end of study).

Exo 25:31 And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same.

The trials, “the heat of the sun”, will initially wither the flower and make it languish. This is what happens to us all when we are rich, full of pride, puffed up in our new knowledge (the true doctrines of Christ) but unproven by the furnace of affliction that will yet come and is coming.

Jas 1:11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.

The pure Word of God must be watched over diligently. We must take heed to our doctrines knowing that it is what saves us and those that hear us.

1Ti 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

The key takeaway from Part two is the ongoing and progressive process of judgment and abiding in the fire. This is what grows and matures us as we are able to “eat this meat” of the Word and “eat the flesh of Christ and drink His blood”. This process continues until the day we give up these physical bodies of clay. The process repeats itself with different details and the Lord only allows us to receive what we can bear. Knowing the Lord works this “evil” for good (not without cause) should help us endure and comfort one another who are all at various stages of our walks.

1Co 3:21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;