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Sanctification of the Promised Land

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For Our Admonition Part 13

“Sanctification of the Promised Land”

Key Verses: Judges 3:16 – 3:30

This is the second part of the story of Judge Ehud (See FOA Part 12 Here).  Ehud was raised up by the Lord to deliver Israel from the Moabite coalition with the Ammonites and Amalekites.  The promised land, the kingdom of God within us has been invaded and it is going to take the raising of one willing to be a warrior for God to bring freedom back to Israel.

2Co 3:17  For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 

With ears to hear and eyes to see, the coming of Christ raises us up a judge to give us power over our enemies and begin the many tribulations and wars we must live out inwardly.

Act 2:30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;

Those wars all originate from our flesh and its marred carnal nature.

Jas 4:1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?

We ended last week with verse 21 and Ehud thrusting the dagger into the belly of King Eglon.  Let’s backtrack some before we go further into the details of how this heathen king, representing our carnal mind and all the inherent fleshly lusts is vanquished from the Promised Land within us.

Jdg 3:16  But Ehud made him a dagger which had two edges, of a cubit length; and he did gird it under his raiment upon his right thigh.

Jdg 3:17  And he brought the present unto Eglon king of Moab: and Eglon was a very fat man.

Jdg 3:18  And when he had made an end to offer the present, he sent away the people that bare the present.

Jdg 3:19  But he himself turned again from the quarries that were by Gilgal, and said, I have a secret errand unto thee, O king: who said, Keep silence. And all that stood by him went out from him.

Jdg 3:20  And Ehud came unto him; and he was sitting in a summer parlour, which he had for himself alone. And Ehud said, I have a message from God unto thee. And he arose out of his seat.

Jdg 3:21  And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly:

Jdg 3:22  And the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat closed upon the blade so that he could not draw the dagger out of his belly; and the dirt came out.

With Moabites in the promised land, there will not be the peace and freedom that only Christ ruling the land brings.  This story is a parable of the spiritual warfare we are waging in the kingdom of God within us.  There are lessons to be learned here (1Co 10:6, 11) as the Israel of God (the Body of Christ) strives to cleanse the land and sanctify the temple of God which temple we are (1Co 3:16).  Our old man who is of his father the devil (Joh 8:44) loves to eat the things of the flesh (i.e. dust – Gen 3:14) and is a very fat man.

Fat in the positive relates to the health of an animal and that is always given to the Lord.  Being strong in spirit is being fat in spirit but that requires us to be weak in the flesh and humbled by the word working judgment within us.

Psa 92:12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

Psa 92:14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; 

Fat in the negative is our following false doctrines, worshipping our beast and claiming God’s work as our work.  This is stealing the Lord’s glory and making ourselves as gods and is how we spiritually become a very fat man like King Eglon.  The God of the Moabites is Chemosh which means “to subdue” and specifically symbolizing putting us back into bondage to our carnal mind and flesh nature.

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.

Solomon like us make the mistake of not separating from the world and allowing a strange woman and her 200 million carnal lies (Rev 9:16) to come into the land.  This is putting the beast that is a King Eglon back on the throne.

1Ki 11:7  Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.

1Ki 11:8  And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.

Our spiritual fat, the increase given of the Lord, is always to be given back by being burned on the altar which is our sacrificed life and reasonable service (Lev 1:5-8, Rom 12:1).  It is the wicked within us, the enemies of our own house, our carnal mind that are the enemies of God.

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

Psa 17:10  They are inclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly.

Php 3:18  (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

Php 3:19  Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

Laying up treasures for ourselves (Luk 12:21) will lead us to forsake the Lord and install Eglon on the throne of our deceitful hearts.

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

Judge Ehud comes to confront Eglon bearing a present from the people of Israel.   This present is an offering [H4503] meaning a sacrifice to this heathen king.  This is a representation of us bowing down to the wisdom that the world teaches and not standing on the Word.  After being brought into the marvelous light, we are to leave that darkness behind and have no fellowship with those dead works within and without.

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

An appointed end comes to every man (is, was and will be) when we end the giving of sacrifices to the Moabite King that has invaded the land.  This requires us to repent and turn away from the god of Chemosh and then confront the Moabite king.  In this story, the KJV translators used the word “quarries” for the Hebrew word [H6456] that is otherwise always translated as graven, stone or carved image.  To judge righteously we are turning away from the lies and idols of heart that first ensnare us in lukewarmness and unbelief.  Quarries which are deep pits where the stone is mined fits the story especially when we think of the bottomless pit that is the sea of all flesh.  These deep-seated carnal lies keep us from seeing the truth by blotting out the true doctrines of Jesus Christ.  Eglon whose names means “bullock” is our fat and puffed up man of sin who is our beast and the offspring of Satan.  As the king of our inward rock quarry, the Moabite will find lie (locusts) after lie (locusts) to keep the new man (Israel) in bondage.

Rev 9:10 And they (the locusts) had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months.

Rev 9:11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

The secret errand [H1697] of Ehud, is to speak the Word with power that comes when the dagger is thrust into the belly of our beast.  It is the Word which is judging us and destroying the king of Moab and all the Moabites from the land in our day of the Lord.  The greatest secret that nobody understands until it begins to happen is the revealing of this secret.

Col 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery (secret) among the Gentiles; which is Christ (The WORD of GOD) in you, the hope of glory:

This all takes place in the parlor [H5944], another symbol for the upper room and the heavens where the battle for control of our mind is taking place.  The fact it is also labeled a summer parlor [H4747] indicates it is judgment time (i.e. hot, fiery, a furnace of affliction) on the house of God.  A summer parlor is where one cools off and seeks to get away from the heat of summer which is spiritually the judgment and wrath of God on the old man.    The Lord will find us when judgment time is come and there is no place our old man can hide.  When the fiery sword or dagger comes to our belly (flesh), it comes suddenly and there is no escape.

1Th 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

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.

There are instructive details on how Ehud slew the Moabite.

Jdg 3:21  And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly:

Jdg 3:22  And the haft also went in after the blade; and the fat closed upon the blade so that he could not draw the dagger out of his belly; and the dirt came out.

We covered the significance of using our left hand putting both the right and left to work to overcome our enemies.  The two-edged dagger here is the Hebrew word for sword [H2719] which in the positive is the Word of God that destroys God’s enemies within us by bringing judgment.  We also discussed the viciousness and renown fighting abilities of Benjamites last study.    We will focus on the gory details that follow as we look for further admonition and edification on applying this parable to our own lives and walk.  The Lord is giving us this gory detail for a reason.

Ehud thrust in the dagger with such force it went clean into Eglon’s belly even enclosing over the handle such that the dagger could not be drawn back out.  This exemplifies the viciousness we are to take in warring against our flesh and destroying our inward enemies.

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.

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.

To progress towards salvation, we have to be unwavering in our faith.  The whole counsel of God must be proclaimed and obeyed.

Act 20:27  For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

Psa 119:160  The sum of thy word is truth; And every one of thy righteous ordinances endureth for ever.

Luk 9:62  But Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

The Word of God in our bellies will bring out all the dirt and everything that defiles the temple of God.  The cleaning of the inside of our cup, the will of God, has commenced when the word is implanted into our bellies.  All will be revealed and come to the light.

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

Mat 15:18  But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

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

The second part of our study will cover what happens after the Moabite King has been killed.  Ehud took some additional actions that are instructive to our walk.

Jdg 3:23  Then Ehud went forth through the porch, and shut the doors of the parlour upon him, and locked them.

Jdg 3:24  When he was gone out, his servants came; and when they saw that, behold, the doors of the parlour were locked, they said, Surely he covereth his feet in his summer chamber.

Jdg 3:25  And they tarried till they were ashamed: and, behold, he opened not the doors of the parlour; therefore they took a key, and opened them: and, behold, their lord was fallen down dead on the earth.

Jdg 3:26  And Ehud escaped while they tarried, and passed beyond the quarries, and escaped unto Seirath.

Remember that Eglon was not in Moab. The Moabites are invaders (carnal fleshly lies) from across the Jordan River that have entered and our possessing the city of palm trees.  The Moabite king dwelling within us (Israel) is a mixed multitude mindset who spews out both blessings and cursing out of our mouth (Jam 3:10-11).  The Moabites must be locked out.

 Neh 13:1  On that day they read in the book of Moses in the audience of the people; and therein was found written, that the Ammonite and the Moabite should not come into the congregation of God for ever; 

Neh 13:2  Because they met not the children of Israel with bread and with water, but hired Balaam against them, that he should curse them: howbeit our God turned the curse into a blessing.

Neh 13:3  Now it came to pass, when they had heard the law, that they separated from Israel all the mixed multitude. 

Locking the doors to our upper chamber is guarding our gates.  Taking carnal thoughts captive that exalt themselves against Jesus Christ is a lifelong good fight of faith.

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

1Jn 5:21  Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

Opening or closing a door spiritually also speaks to opening or closing one’s understanding of the things of the spirit.  Those doors are locked or opened only by the Lord.

Rev 3:7  And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;

It is by binding and loosing, locking and unlocking doors of understanding that the Lord confounds the wisdom of the wise.  The Moabites are without understanding (locked out) to the strange act of the Lord in exposing and destroying the man of sin sitting in the temple.  A time comes after much torment that the door is opened only to discover their king is dead.

Jdg 3:25  And they tarried [H2342] till they were ashamed: and, behold, he opened not the doors of the parlour; therefore they took a key, and opened them: and, behold, their lord was fallen down dead on the earth.

The word for “tarried” [H2342]  in Jdg 3:25 is better expressed as pained or confounded.  Such is the torment of our old man as we endure being shown the shame of our nakedness when the judge is in our upper chamber.   As we abide with the judges of the world to come who are the angels of the Lord and this very Body of Christ that are speaking words of fire in our last days.

Jer 30:23  Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain [H2342] upon the head of the wicked.

A well known NT witness of the torment and pain to the carnal mind within us.

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

After a while, we are able to look behind us and the Lord unlocks the door so that we are given the understanding that our old man of sin, the King of Moab is dying and is dead and no longer the one leading us.

Gal 2:20  I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

This, of course, is an “is, was and will “ (i.e. a daily) process as the Moabites are always lurking nearby to the promised land as our own flesh and blood.  Escaping thru the midst we like Ehud we are able to move on and get beyond the false gods (our beast) we set up in our heavens that are the god of the Moabites and Ammonites (Chemosh and Molech).

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

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

The story concludes with Ehud escaping and seeking refuge with the children of Israel (aka the Body of Christ) in the high places of truth.

Jdg 3:26  And Ehud escaped while they tarried, and passed beyond the quarries, and escaped unto Seirath.

Jdg 3:27  And it came to pass, when he was come, that he blew a trumpet in the mountain of Ephraim, and the children of Israel went down with him from the mount, and he before them.

Jdg 3:28  And he said unto them, Follow after me: for the LORD hath delivered your enemies the Moabites into your hand. And they went down after him, and took the fords of Jordan toward Moab, and suffered not a man to pass over.

Jdg 3:29  And they slew of Moab at that time about ten thousand men, all lusty, and all men of valour; and there escaped not a man.

Jdg 3:30  So Moab was subdued that day under the hand of Israel. And the land had rest fourscore years.

Blowing a trumpet in the mountain of Ephraim (means double fruit – i.e. good works) is leading our maturing mindset back into war (judgment) with the Moabites to finish off this enemy that has been delivered into our hand.  This applies to what we do inwardly in our own heavens but also to those who hear the words and the testimony of Jesus Christ in 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.

Christ will in due time subdue the Moabites that surround the land within us.  That will come when they are measured (judged) by the plumbline that is in is working righteousness.

2Sa 8:2  And (David) he smote Moab, and measured them with a line, casting them down to the ground; even with two lines measured he to put to death, and with one full line to keep alive. And so the Moabites became David’s servants, and brought gifts.

It will take the rest of our lives to keep the land cleansed of the Moabites.  Living in these clay vessels ensures this enemy is always just around the corner.  Therefore, the entryways into the promised land are to always be guarded.  Carnal thoughts (Moabites) are to be immediately captured and killed.

2Ki 3:24  And when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and smote the Moabites, so that they fled before them: but they went forward smiting the Moabites, even in their country.

A NT witness of this no mercy policy against the carnal thoughts is this admonition.

2Co 10:3  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

2Co 10:4  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

2Co 10:5  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

The fords of the river towards Moab were taken and controlled by Israel. Henceforth for a season (Ecc 3:1), no Moabites could enter into the land.  This is our battle that is being waged in heaven against our own flesh.

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

Eph 5:11  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

It is a common number of 10,000 when speaking about the destruction of the enemies of Israel (2Ch 25:11, Jdg 1:4, Lev 26:8, etc).  This number is derived using 10 to the 4th power as the number four symbolizes the whole of whatever is the subject under discussion.  The number 10,000 symbolizes the destruction of all (the whole) flesh and is found by multiplying the number 10 that symbolizes the perfection of the flesh four times (10 x 10 x 10 x 10).   Flesh I s not good (Mar 3:18) and is never good enough to enter the kingdom of God (1Co 15:50).  It was created to be destroyed and by that process, a new vessel come forth.

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

We will in due time slay 10,000 (carnal lies/lusts) Moabites who will first make us unhealthy (fat in the negative) and keep us wise in our own eyes.   No carnal lie can stand in the presence of the Truth.  This is how we put 10,000 Moabites to flight and can quickly cleanse the land.

1Jn 2:21  I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

Luk 10:17  And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.

There is an entire 47 verse chapter of Jeremiah 48 devoted to the judgment of the nation of Moab.  The end will be the destruction of Moab as a new earth and a new heaven is made in our day of the Lord.  Cutting to the chase here is how it will end in the appointed time.

Jer 48:46  Woe be unto thee, O Moab! the people of Chemosh perisheth: for thy sons are taken captives, and thy daughters captives.

Jer 48:47  Yet will I bring again the captivity of Moab in the latter days, saith the LORD. Thus far is the judgment of Moab.

The story ends with Moab being subdued and the promised land returning unto rest for 80 years.  Entering into the rest of Christ requires us to work out our own salvation, making war in our heavens and taking the Moabites (our carnal thoughts and lusts) captive to the His commandments.  The war will both be outward with those we interact with but it will principally and always be applied inwardly as we are to be ready for battle every single day.

Mat 10:34  Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Mat 10:35  For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Mat 10:36  And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

We must endure these hardships and daily battles with the Moabites nations.  We will lose some battles just as Israel did but we will win the war if we endure and keep on getting right back up when we do fail (Pro 24:16).

Eph 6:11  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Being strong in the Lord requires us to engage in spiritual warfare using both hands like Ehud the Benjamite.  We must wage war against the Moabite nations and the fleshly lusts that wage war against our soul.

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

 

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

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When Do We Drink of the Lord’s Cup of Wrath?

This post is based on a question and answer regarding this article entitled Drinking the Cup of God’s Wrath.  It is guaranteed by the Scriptures that all men will drink of the Lord’s cup. That is indeed the way by which all men shall be saved in the appointed times for each.  Drinking of the cup is the trials, the oppression, the persecution we must endure that is necessary to accomplish the Lord’s will in our lives, which is our sanctification and salvation from sin.  That is how the real baptism takes place that brings forth the new man from the death of the old man.

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

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

Being made alive is to be risen in the Spirit of the Lord. This comes to the house of the Lord in this age but will come to all men in due time.  The most essential promise of a faithful God who cannot lie.

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

Here is the question and the follow-up answer that should edify and expand on this mystery of the kingdom of God.

QUESTION: So all will experience the cup of wrath whether they are seeking or not seeking Him? I am seeking Jesus. Are we not saved until the cup comes? And if it comes, is it at the moment of death or is it during our lifetime?

Thanks for your question. A very long paper could be written as your question get at the heart of the Lord’s process of how salvation comes to us. Those papers and answers have been written and I will give you some links at the end of this that will take you to articles that will be very edifying if you are given to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God.

Mat 13:9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Mat 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Mat 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

Your question was getting to the heart of what Jesus was speaking about here in Matthew 20. The sons of Zebedee nor their mother had any clue what they were asking yet Christ elaborated on the drinking of the cup, which represents dying to the flesh.

Mat 20:23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

The Lord makes it clear there is no free will involved.

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

We all will drink of this cup and this for good reason to serve the purposes of the Lord and bringing about His will, which is our sanctification (1 The 4:3). Flesh is not inheriting the kingdom of God PERIOD.

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

Nobody seeks after the true God. The real Jesus is not attractive to flesh and the carnal mind, there is natural enmity put there by the Lord on purpose. No the only way anyone gets to the the Lord is to be dragged there.

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

Joh 6:65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father

Drinking of this cup is partaking in the Lord’s supper.  This is when we eat His flesh and drink His blood.  These are spiritual statements (Joh 6:63) and refer to our following the Lord and enduring persecution, afflictions and suffering in this age in these physical bodies that are used to burn out of us all our carnal and worldly ways.

Joh 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
Joh 6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
Joh 6:55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
Joh 6:56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.

Few are given in this age to understand these truths much less walk it out.  Almost all leave Christ as they are not made ready to pay the costs of being a disciple.

Joh 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

But back to your specific question input.  We are told point blank, nobody seeks after God.

Rom 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Rom 3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

We are told point blank, nobody finds Jesus Christ. He finds us, we don’t choose Him.  We seek the other jesus in the delusion of our carnal mind.

Isa 65:1 I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name.

Joh 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

Walking in darkness separated from the Lord is all His plan for our lives. His people must first go into Babylon and be deceived before they are dragged to the real Jesus Christ in the appointed time or in what the Scriptures also say “due time”. This is the plan for men’s lives and in the end it all works for good. The only way we call on the Lord is to first be brought to our wits end. This making the storms, putting us in darkness is all the wonderful works of the Lord to the children of men which is code words for His true Body, the Elect of God. The Lord is doing it all as our lives are simply the works of His hands (Isa 64:8).

Psa 107:24 These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.
Psa 107:25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
Psa 107:26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
Psa 107:27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.
Psa 107:28 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
Psa 107:29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
Psa 107:30 Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.
Psa 107:31 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

A day will come when we will hear the call to come out of her (Babylon) my people. And we will then come out because we will have been found by the Lord and our heart will be made willing to search for Him with our whole hearts.

Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Jer 29:12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
Jer 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Jer 29:14 And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.

So getting back to your question, we all will experience this wrath. All will drink of the cup of the wrath of God, but it will come in the time appointed by the Lord. That cup is the true grace of God. Grace is what chastens, us, it is the scourging of our fleshly way of life, it is how we learn obedience by the things we suffer.

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

Grace and the scourging that goes with it comes to those the Lord loves. He loves all men but in this age, in this life, He loves His Elect who are the apple of His eye. That is who is being scourged now. That is the same thing as being judged and that is how we enter into the kingdom of God.

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

 

Judgment is how we are redeemed from the bondage of the flesh and the ways of this world which is Egypt in type and shadow.

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

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

This wrath, which is the judgments is how we learn the true righteousness of Jesus Christ in our appointed times. Best to be judged now and be learning this now.

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

This grace of God is, was and will be appear to all men, but only the chosen few, the ELECT of God will understand what the Lord is doing and they will learn the truth and be remade by abiding in the fire of the truth which is the WORD.

Tit 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Tit 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

This is what grace does when we live thru, i.e. DO THE JUDGMENTS of God.

Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
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.

Do you see that? This is what CAUSES us to obey the Lord, that is how the new man is raised up within us and the old man destroyed. By the fire of the Word!. Our God is a consuming fire!

Salvation means be delivered from our sins. It is getting the victory over sin, that is what salvation means. We get that victory over time, through the process of living thru the grace and drinking of the cup of God’s wrath against our carnal lusts. Like all words of Scripture, those words are is, was and will be. They are continuious and that process of being judged and gaining salvation will not end until we are given our new spiritual bodies. We are given the victory little by little. So anyone saying I am saved is wrong. They may can say, they are being saved but only those who endure to the end will be saved as we should never forget.

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

We must finish our race in this age to be saved and be in that first resurrection. Otherwise we will fall short and be a castaway and be judged in the lake of fire with the rest of mankind. Paul tells us to not take our salvation for granted in this age, we must strive to stay on the narrow road working out our own salvation with fear and trembling.

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

If one is called, chosen and found faithful and that not of their own doing but of the Lord’s doing, who is working all things for the council of His will, then they will be saved in this age and will be in the first resurrection. But the key word here is faithful. NOBODY HAS ARRIVED.

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

So in conclusion, salvation is a process of being taught righteousness by living through the judgment of the Lord. All men are judged, but that day of judgment is the day or hour no one knows but only the Father. Far better to be judged now, to be saved now in down payment form and then be in that blessed and holy first resurrection. Then we will be used of the Lord.

1Co 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
1Co 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

In fact this brings out one of the mysterious ways of the Lord that orthodox Christianity and its false doctrines cannot comprehend.  The way to void being judged is to be judged now.  The only way to save your life is to lose it now.  In the same way this verse is often misapplied to claim contrary to hundreds of other verses that the people of God are not going to live thru the wrath of God.

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

But it is the SUM, not SOME of thy word that is true (Psa 119:160).  No prophecy of Scripture is of its own private interpretation (2 Pet 1:20). The Scriptures in total make in perfectly clear the only way we know Jesus Christ and enter into Him is by living thru the wrath that comes by drinking this cup. No Exceptions!

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.

If we are found faithful and do endure to the end. We will make that first resurrection and then will be used of the Lord to judge all mankind and the angels in the lake of fire.

1Co 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
1Co 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

I do not know where you are with your understanding of these issues so I hope you will ask more questions and go read the links I am giving you below.

Only the Elect of God, the Body of Christ, the Church, aka the Israel of God is judged in this age.  This is the suffering that has been appointed to all that believe on the real Jesus through the gift of faith.  This is the drinking of the cup and how the baptism with fire and water, both of which remake us and conform us into the Lord’s image.

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

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

Everyone else is judged in the lake of fire which is the way that all men will be saved in the end. But the truth I hope you have received is that all men will be saved just as the Scriptures declare and it is not depending upon the will or any man.

1Co 15:21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
1Co 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
1Co 15:24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

The Lord has made us marred on purpose so He can remake us and conform us into His image by this process. Being made new is how we are saved.

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

It takes faith to believe these things and that all a gift. We will learn to wait on the Lord to deliver on His promises. He will because the Lord is faithful even when we, these marred vessels of clay are not.

2Ti 2:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

Hope this helps. Please read some of the suggested articles. Email me atpeterjwilson56@gmail.com if you more questions or I can help you understand this important basic truth of God’s plan.

Your brother in Christ, PETE

Related Links:

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/consuming-fire-of-gods-wrath/

http://tryingthespirits.com/2014-03/salvation-of-all/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/fiery-trials-and-the-lake-of-fire/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/from-heathens-to-perfection-in-christ/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/in-due-time/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/treasuring-up-the-wrath-of-god/

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Micah Part 3 – Moving on to Maturity

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Book of Micah Part 3 – Moving on to Maturity

By Pete Wilson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1. Declare it not at Gath

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2. Weep not in the house of Aphrah

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nahum Part 5 – The Goodness of God Brings Repentance

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“The goodness of God brings repentance”

In our last study (Part 4) of Nahum we saw that the Lord reveals our own wickedness to us to initiate a great war that must be fought in heaven (our hearts and minds). The coming of Christ brings salvation and this requires a war of thoughts with horses, chariots and spears be waged. We won’t get to this verse until our next study but this is how the war ends up as the seed of the serpent within us is utterly cut off from the land.

Nah 2:13 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions: and I will cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard.

Our old man, aka the carnal mind of the flesh, will seek to save its life and will resist the things of the Lord with all our fleshly might. But ultimately the rider on the white horse, Christ, shows up and devours His enemies and subdues the beast that was sitting on the Lord’s throne (Rev 19:11). This clash between flesh and spirit is called enmity and was put there by the Lord on purpose (Gen 3:15, Rom 8:20). The conflict is the battle of the carnal mind warring against the law of Christ.

We are bound in captivity by our carnal thoughts but when Christ comes we are given the ability to wage war and to take this captivity captive (Eph 4:8). Here Paul contrasts the two sides of this battle.

Rom 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.

2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

All men must be dragged to Christ and be caused to lose their life. Nobody comes to the wedding feast voluntarily.

Mat 22:8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy

Luke’s version of this parable makes clear we are compelled, dragged there (Joh 6:44).

Luk 14:23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled

I have titled this study “The goodness of God brings repentance” after Romans 2:4 which says just that. Chapter 2 of Nahum is covering the process of the Lord bringing this baptism by fire which leads us to repentance. Last week we saw the revealing of our wickedness, this week we will see how stubborn and unrepentant our old man is and how we must through many trials be brought to the place of true repentance. This is the goodness of the Lord; it is His righteous judgments as this study will show Lord willing.

Nah 2:5 He shall recount his worthies: they shall stumble in their walk; they shall make haste to the wall thereof, and the defence shall be prepared.

Nah 2:6 The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be dissolved.

Nah 2:7 And Huzzab shall be led away captive, she shall be brought up, and her maids shall lead her as with the voice of doves, tabering upon their breasts.

Nah 2:8 But Nineveh is of old like a pool of water: yet they shall flee away. Stand, stand, shall they cry; but none shall look back.

One of the themes of Nahum is the Lord contending with us for being hearers of the Word but not doers. It takes the second baptism by fire to turn our head knowledge into a new nature and for us to be given a new name of Christ. This is our period of wrestling with God, seeking to save our live in the flesh all the while claiming we are serving God. But nobody can serve two masters and an end has been determined for this double minded man that we all are until the Lord completes His work in us.

Luk 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Thy kingdom come, on earth as it already is established in heaven is our prayer and one that the Lord answers via the process being described here in the Book of Nahum.

Nah 2:5 He shall recount his worthies: they shall stumble in their walk; they shall make haste to the wall thereof, and the defence [covering] shall be prepared.

This war of flesh versus spirit continues with the enmity between the two serving the Lord’s purpose of showing us our innate sinfulness.  Beginning with His Elect, the House of God, aka “His worthies”, judgment will come in the age.  That judgment is how we will learn righteousness (Isa 26:9) and it is our own wickedness, caused of the Lord, that will be used to bring that correction in due time.

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

Luk 19:22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant…

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

In order to be corrected and be taught of the Lord, learning good and evil, we must fall seven times (Pro 24:16). To accomplish His purposes, the Lord causes this evil in our inward cities and uses that to seek the occasion to bring judgment against us in the appointed times.

Isa 63:17 O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

Amo 3:6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?

It is complete foolishness to the natural man who cannot see that we are taught by a loving father through the chastening and scourging for our very mistakes, which includes our sins.

Heb 12:5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

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

The Lord recounting His “worthies” is remembering we are His chosen Elect, the apple of His eye and it is through His chastening that we are remade from the marred vessel into the image of the Son being a kind of first fruits unto salvation.

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

2 The 2:13 (NIV) But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.

When judgment begins to fall upon us, our carnal instincts will have us run to the wall we built in our religious zeal yet without knowledge. We will run to this wall built with our filthy works of the flesh anchored by the 200 million false doctrines of the great harlot (Rev 9:16) within to defend ourselves, wrest away the judgment of God and keep the beast alive and well (Deu 16:19).

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.

When we are rich and increased with goods, in need of nothing and relying on our own mammon (self-righteousness), we are building a high wall in our conceit.

Pro 18:11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and as an high wall in his own conceit.

The baptism by fire, the sanctifying work of the Spirit is making an end to this and will usher in true righteousness.

Eze 13:10 Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered morter:

Eze 13:11 Say unto them which daub it with untempered morter, that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend it.

Eze 13:12 Lo, when the wall is fallen, shall it not be said unto you, Where is the daubing wherewith ye have daubed it?

Eze 13:13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even rend it with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in my fury to consume it.

All of this sin and erring from His Way is the Lord showing us that we are truly beasts and that nothing good dwells in us. We have to come to see that and this does not really sink in until we fall the perfect number of times. The law of sin in our members, i.e. being carnally minded must be taken out of the way.

Php 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

This wall of flesh that separates us from Christ and which we think in our delusion protects us is only being removed when Christ comes the second time for salvation.

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

We must endure this process of judgment to be spiritually complete, the walls only fall by us walking by faith and we must patiently endure the trials and tribulation.

Heb 11:30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.

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

Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

The old man is lamenting this process and resists having his wall taken away but nobody is going to stand in the day of the Lord’s indignation. These walls built by our works shall all fall.

Lam 2:8 The LORD hath purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion: he hath stretched out a line, he hath not withdrawn his hand from destroying: therefore he made the rampart and the wall to lament; they languished together.

Isa 2:12 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:

Isa 2:13 And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan,

Isa 2:14 And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up,

Isa 2:15 And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall,

The word the KJV translated as “defense” is the Hebrew word sâkak H5526. This is rendered as “covering” almost always and helps to bring the verse to light as most other versions show including YLT.

Nah 2:5 YLT He doth remember his honourable ones, They stumble in their goings, They hasten to its wall, and prepared is the covering.

H5526, sâkak  /  śâkak

Total KJV Occurrences: 23

covered, 8

cover, 5

covereth, 2

covering, 2

defence, 1 —— Nah_2:5

defendest, 1

hedged, 1

join, 1

set, 1

shut, 1

The old man and all of our carnal mindedness (with its many chariots and horses warring against the Spirit) will fill the temple of God, His palace with violence. This covering of self-righteousness, this wall of flesh; shall not stand in the day of the Lord. It will be destroyed from the midst of Christ, the stones of fire. The Lord first sets us in the garden but His work is not done, we must first fall away.

Eze 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

And once we have been caused to stumble and take for spoil the things of the Lord, He will come again to destroy that which defiles from His Temple.

Eze 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

Eze 28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

The positive side of covering is what the cherubims of the Lord do to cover the mercy seat.

Exo 37:7 And he made two cherubims of gold, beaten out of one piece made he them, on the two ends of the mercy seat;

Exo 37:8 One cherub on the end on this side, and another cherub on the other end on that side: out of the mercy seat made he the cherubims on the two ends thereof.

Exo 37:9 And the cherubims spread out their wings on high, and covered with their wings over the mercy seat, with their faces one to another; even to the mercy seatward were the faces of the cherubims.

New Testament witnesses of the real meaning of God’s Elect covering the mercy seat include:

Col 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

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

Jas 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

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

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

Christ bringing war to us via the white horse is both going to 1) destroy the covering of self-righteousness but also 2) to cover us with His righteousness which will come by us dying with Him on the cross daily.

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

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

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

Rev 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

When we are religious yet separated by the great divide (i.e. faith, ears to hear) that no man can cross, we have a zeal for the Lord yet without knowledge. We seek a righteousness of our own, of the carnal mind, but when Christ comes He puts an end to such folly.

Rom 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

Here is our next verse.

Nah 2:6 The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the palace shall be dissolved.

We reviewed a few weeks ago how the end of the carnal age within comes with a flood. This is a flood of lies and false words that deceive us and have us walking in strong delusion thinking we have arrived and are serving the Lord. The opening up of the flood gates bring the end of the great harlot within. (Rev 12:15-16).

The wicked within us all, the man of sin, the beast, the abomination of desolation, etc. is taken away by the flood. Only the righteous, Christ in us, inherits the earth.

Mat 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Mat 24:38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,

Mat 24:39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Mat 24:40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

The wall we run to in order to save our life in the flesh is the same wall that swallows up the Egyptians and delivers Israel at the same time. It is the walls of water, of our own flesh and carnal mind that will consume the old man and usher in salvation for the new man.

Exo 14:27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.

Exo 14:28 And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.

Exo 14:29 But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

The word translated “palace” is interchangeable with the word temple. The word for dissolved is really the word for melt as earlier in Nahum we see the same word H4127 translated that way as is the most often translation of that word. The process is the same, we are just covering greater details in the Lord’s process.

Nah 1:5 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt [H4127], and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.

Putting these Hebrew words into their most common translation makes verse 2:6 read as follows:

Nah 2:6 The gates of the rivers shall be opened, and the temple shall be melted.

Melting and burning up is what fire and heat do. Water that washes us also cleanses by dissolving the dirt. Either way the palace, in the case the Temple of the Lord is cleaned up by the WORD. This is the very essence of baptism that comes when Christ comes to Nineveh the second time.

2Pe 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

As the prophets tell us continually, it is the Body of Christ through which the rivers of living water flow.

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

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

Christ, His Body, is the sent ambassador that preaches. We, the Body, are the gates, the very pillars of the temple of the Lord.

1Ti 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

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.

When these gates are opened to us, then we enter into righteousness that comes by abiding in the Living Word, found in the Body of Christ, the temple of living stones. This is how judgment is brought to our heavens and we are remade through the baptism that “is, was and will be” coming to us as we occupy these clay vessels.

Psa 118:19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD:

Our understanding is increased greatly in our day of the Lord when this door to heaven is opened and these living waters come forth with the sound of the trumpet, signaling that judgment has come.

Rev 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

Rev 4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

Hearing these trumpets, all seven of them is what reveals our works and the Lord cleanses His Temple, which temple we are!

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

Our third verse for this study is verse 7.

Nah 2:7 And Huzzab shall be led away captive, she shall be brought up, and her maids shall lead her as with the voice of doves, tabering upon their breasts.

The reference to Huzzab is simply a translation error according to most bible “experts” and even Strong’s suggest the same.

H5324, nâtsab, naw-tsab’

A primitive root; to station, in various applications (literally or figuratively): – appointed, deputy, erect, establish, X Huzzah [by mistake for a proper name], lay, officer, pillar, present, rear up, set (over, up), settle, sharpen, stablish, (make to) stand (-ing, still, up, upright), best state.

Here is the KJC rendering of this Hebrew Word typically translated “stand” or “stood” but this one time translated Huzzab.

 Total KJV Occurrences: 77

stood, 19

set, 18

stand, 9

officers, 6

standeth, 4

standing, 4

appointed, 1

best, 1

deputy, 1

erected, 1

establish, 1

huzzab, 1 —- Nah 2:7

laid, 1

officer, 1

pillar, 1

present, 1

reared, 1

settest, 1

settled, 1

sharpen, 1

stablish, 1

state, 1

stoodest, 1

Here is how Smith’s Bible Dictionary puts it.

(fixed), according to the general opinion of the Jews, was the queen of Nineveh at the time when Nahum delivered his prophecy. (Nahum 2:7) (B.C. about 700.) The moderns follow the rendering in the margin of our English Bible –“that which was established.” Still it is not improbable that after all Huzzab may really be a proper name. It may mean “theZab country,” or the fertile tract east of the Tigris, watered by the upper and lower Zab rivers.

Interesting this name was said to mean “molten” by Hitchcock’s Bible Name Dictionary. But not wanting to make too big of a deal on this, I concur this was simply a mistake and should be rendered as several translations such as YLT show it.

YLT – Nah 2:7 And it is established–she hath removed, She hath been brought up, And her handmaids are leading as the voice of doves, Tabering on their hearts.

When we are yet babes and untested in the fire, when distress first comes upon our land within, us we are easily led astray and revert back to our carnal ways. Again the Lord has to show us what we truly are without Him. So we must fall, the great falling away must come first (2 The 2:3-4). It is by the process of us falling down, acting in unbelief or sin that gives the Lord the occasion to bring His wrath and judgment to us. It is a wonderful thing; the judgment of God is truly sweet to the new man. Truly a man is blessed when all this wrath we are reading about in the prophets and Revelation is brought upon our old man. This is the goodness of God to the new man also called the wonderful works of the Lord to the children of men (Psa 107).

Psa 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

Psa 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Psa 19:11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them [living them out now] there is great reward.

Judgment comes upon us as babes in the Truth. That is how we learn, through this chastening. The Lord causes us to be led away captive and then returns with judgment and that is how the times of the Gentiles (the carnal mindedness within) comes to an end.

Luk 21:23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people.

Luk 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

This is how we transgress from babes to the mature man in Christ being able to discern good and evil having had our senses exercised BY EXPERIENCE!

Heb 5:13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

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

Anytime you see the “maids or maidens” that are supposedly serving us, leading God’s Elect, you can be sure the flesh has dominion and the beast is still sitting on the throne of our hearts. This verse of doves and breasts all sounds so positive but is actually the very bondage to the law and the carnal mind. This is represented by Hagar and Sarah.

Gal 4:22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.

Gal 4:23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.

Gal 4:24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.

Gal 4:25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.

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

We have to be dragged away from Hagar and the false peace and safety of following the crowd.

Gal 4:30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.

Gal 4:31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

The flesh Jerusalem and the spiritual Jerusalem represents the enmity of flesh vs. Spirit and the war that IS waging in our heavens. This is the battle and the result will be salvation to all men in the appointed times. The seed of Satan will be cut off and all men will be raised anew in Christ (1 Cor 15:22).

The language of verse 7 is very difficult as rendered in the KJV. The word for breasts is really the Hebrew word for heart or alternatively our mind or understanding.

 H3824, lêbâb

Total KJV Occurrences: 249

heart, 211

hearts, 22

mind, 4

understanding, 3

fainthearted, 2

unawares, 2

breasts, 1 — Nah_2:7

comfortably, 1

 Our maidens leading us as the voice of doves, is our time following the religious beast we set up and worship as God. Being yet carnal, we are easily led by our maidens (our flesh). In this state we merchandise the things of God until Christ comes the second time. Then this “buying and selling” will stop and the voice of the doves of the valley will no longer be heard in us. The parable foretells of this event.

Joh 2:14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:

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

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

We always think of this Babylonian and harlot experience as being in Orthodoxy. While that is true, the worst offenders are me and you who are long out of orthodoxy and in the body of Christ. We are the worst of the harlots, we are the chief of sinners and blasphemers of the Lord until our baptism by fire comes and is completed.

Hos 11:5 He shall not return into the land of Egypt, but the Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to return.

Hos 11:10 They shall walk after the LORD: he shall roar like a lion: when he shall roar, then the children shall tremble from the west.

Hos 11:11 They shall tremble as a bird out of Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of Assyria: and I will place them in their houses, saith the LORD.

We get comfortable in the Body and do not take heed the seriousness of the Lord’s commandments. It is easy to be a hearer of the Word but it takes a painful process of baptism to become a doer of the Word.  It is easy to slide from the fear of the Lord and the trembling at His Word. But we must remain diligent less we too become a castaway. We have seen it happen in this very Body. We must run the race to the very end.

1Co 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

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

It is so easy to be led by our maid and maidens. They are to serve us not the other way around. This warning was written by Paul to all of us in case we think we have arrived. We must be vigilant in our walk and examine ourselves. Nice pretty spiritual doves speaking words of love, peace and supposed godliness can easily lead us astray.

2Co 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

2Co 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

It is not enough to have a form of godliness. Satan’s ministers come to us within and without disguises as angels of light. We must try the spirits and not let the lying spirits deceive us by telling us what our itching ears want to hear.

2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

2Ti 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Here is the final verse for this study.

Nah 2:8 But Nineveh is of old like a pool of water: yet they shall flee away. Stand, stand, shall they cry; but none shall look back.

Christ is a rock of offense and a stumbling stone. Nothing about Him or His Body is attractive to the flesh and the carnal mind (Isa 53:2-3).

1Pe 2:7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,

1Pe 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

The “they” Peter is speaking about includes me and you and is not those evil people over there.  We too will stumble even after having true doctrine, it takes judgment to bring the flesh and carnal mind under subjection and we are going to be dragged to that outcome.

The old is indeed better to the carnal mind and when the new wine, the true gospel is presented and we actually begin to have to live it out, we like Nineveh of old wants to flee away.

Luk 5:39 No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.

The looking back here in Nahum refers to us repenting or turning back. As the first to be judged, we as God’s Elect will hear the admonishments of Truth but will not submit to them. We won’t turn back; we won’t repent until we are caused to repent by the Lord’s fiery vials of wrath. We see this four times in the book of Revelation alone, but here are two incidents.

Rev 9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:

Rev 16:9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.

When Christ comes to us and says arise (stand) and pick up your mat and walk, we don’t obey and stay walking even though we say we will (Jer 6:17). It takes the process of this baptism to get us to into thine house.

Mar 2:11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house.

Eph 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

We cannot stand until we drink of this cup we are reading about in Nahum. Enduring this process is what causes us to stand up and stay standing.

Isa 51:17 Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the LORD the cup of his fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out.

Pro 12:7 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand.

These words from Ecclesiastes nicely summarize the strong delusion we have of using our own strength to make us righteous before the Lord. Our pools of water just like our bread are defiled and do not bring righteousness nor salvation which is all the Lord’s work (Jon 2:14).  It is so compelling but in the end it’s all vanity and vexation of spirit as Solomon and we ultimately find out.

Ecc 2:6 I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees:

Ecc 2:7 I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me:

Ecc 2:8 I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts.

Ecc 2:9 So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.

Ecc 2:10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour.

Ecc 2:11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.

We must wait on the Lord and have patience to endure all these things. All things are ours, even living through this long and painful process that Nahum is describing in these symbolic words.

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

1Co 3:22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;

1Co 3:23 And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.

Next week we hope to complete Chapter 2 and covering some very deep verses full of symbolism that reveal details of the mystery of the kingdom of God to those the Lord has given “ears to hear and eyes to see”.

 Related Links and Further Study:

Seeking an Occasion

The Zeal of My House

God’s Wrath on the Jew First

Goodness of God Leads Us to Repentance