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Kings of Israel #1

“Adversaries of an Apostate Solomon”

Key Verses:  1 Kings Chapter 11

I am introducing a new study series that will review the lives and experiences of each of the various kings of Israel beginning with the demise of Solomon and division of Israel into two kingdoms.  Lord willing, the series will cover these events in Kings and Chronicles that continue until the Assyrian (Northern Kingdom) and Babylonian (Southern Kingdom) captivity.  These history lessons begin to take on a much greater importance as they help give purpose to our trials and the process of salvation as we are being saved (matured) little by little.

1Pe 1:10  Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:

1Pe 1:11  Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

1Pe 1:12  Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

When these events are read with spiritual eyes (Joh 6:63, 1Co 3:21), we grow to understand and apply these stories rightfully so as to our lives.  That is because God’s Elect are the true Israel of God, circumcised inwardly by the finger of God (Col 2:11, Rom 2:28-29) and who are the focus and actual subject of all Scriptures.  All men, beginning with the Israel of God are living by every word (Mat 4:4).  Every King of Judah and Israel is speaking of our lives and spiritual experiences.  There are some good kings and many more bad kings, all of which fell short of the righteousness (Mat 5:20) that is needed to enter the Kingdom of God.  But through our successes and failures as these kings of Israel, we are Lord willing, making progress towards the goal of being humbled.

Ecc 1:13 I applied my heart to inquiring and exploring by wisdom concerning all that is done under the heavens: it is an experience of evil Elohim has given to the sons of humanity to humble them by it.

1Pe 5:6  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

The physical stories are just the shadow of the greater spiritual truth and work the Potter is performing in preparing for Himself a Temple where He is reigning.

Act 7:47  But Solomon built him an house.

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

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

Oneness with Christ is the end outcome, the Lord moves us there by first dividing us.  It’s the same way as Christ bringing peace to the land by bringing a sword and a war in heaven.

Luk 12:51  Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:

The Lord takes credit for the division of Israel reading ahead in His response to Judah that wanted to go to war with their revolting brethren.

1Ki 12:24  Thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel: return every man to his house; for this thing (the division) is from me

The division of Israel (you and me) has a declared end and a purpose which is bringing us into unity of faith (Heaven/doctrines and earth/deeds) with the Lord.  The second coming of Christ brings Israel (us) back together.

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

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

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

The division of Israel is just as certain as is the reunification of Israel in God’s plan for every man.  In the same way the Lord works in dark parables, new life comes only by death and oneness in Israel only comes about by first being divided.  It is the Greek AORIST tense process (an ongoing that is, was and will be) that is living out the lives of the kings that is part of all things written being ours (1Co 3:21).  Two wooden sticks within us will be made one as the Elect are raised up with Christ and Israel will no longer being defiled with idols.

Eze 37:19  Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand. 

Eze 37:20  And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.

Eze 37:21  And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:

Eze 37:22  And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:

Leaving Our First Love

The Lord divides the kingdom within us when we, as Solomon, leave our first love and stop striving to obey the Lord.

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

Joh 14:15  If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Solomon falls away despite being given all the gifts and great wisdom and spiritual truths.

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

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

1Ki 11:6  And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father. 

We will see ourselves as Solomon and all these rebellious kings when our day has come.

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

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

Our disobedience is all ordained of the Lord to give Him the occasion to bring the grace that is saving us.

Isa 1:2  Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. 

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

The Lord raises up “adversaries” to Solomon, through the process of teaching us and destroying our lives of disobedience and idolatry.

1Ki 11:9  And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice,

Our flesh cannot help but do evil continually and that is what each of these three adversaries do in bringing about the division and the doom of Solomon’s kingdom.  The Lord has already appeared to Solomon twice (came the second time to us for salvation in type).  The fire and baptism have come in type and shadow as the rulership of Israel begins to change.  The first adversary is Hadad.

1Ki 11:14  And the LORD stirred up an adversary [H7854] unto Solomon, Hadad the Edomite: he was of the king’s seed in Edom. 

Flesh is the seed of the serpent which is at enmity with the ways of the Lord.  The word for adversary used here is H7854 the word “Satan”.

H7854, śâṭân

Total KJV Occurrences: 27

satan, 19

adversary, 6   Num_22:22, 1Ki_5:4 (2), 1Ki_11:14, 1Ki_11:23, 1Ki_11:25

adversaries, 1

withstand, 1

Adversaries are needed for us to learn to walk by faith and fight the good fight.  Satan and his offspring are a purposeful tool of the Lord to test, vex and oppress the children of Israel and ultimately destroy the first vessel of clay.

Job 26:13  By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent. 

Satan is used to destroy the first Israel in the flesh which is the house of Solomon who rebelled and did not keep the Lord’s commandments.

Isa 54:16  Behold, I have created the smith (and his messengers and offspring) that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. 

Mar 3:26  And if Satan rise up against himself (his own offspring), and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.

Job, like Solomon, was a wise man who did many good things, yet when the time came to expose idolatry and self-worship, the Lord removes the hedge and uses His chosen instruments to bring about the destruction of Job’s and Solomon’s life.

Job 1:6  Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan [H7854] came also among them.

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

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

Job 1:12  And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

The name Hadad is first introduced as a son of Ishmael (1Ch 1:30) and represents an inward enemy of God from our rejected flesh that cannot be heir with Christ.  Edomites are descendants of Esau symbolizing the firstborn man of flesh that cannot inherit the Kingdom of God (1Co 15:50).  This other nation is always present in our members (Esau vs Jacob – Gen 25) to be used by the Lord to bring division, war and chastening.  The promise of dominion over sin will be given to all men, the apostate Solomon and even Cain who murdered Abel.

Gen 4:7  If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. 

Males in Scripture represent doctrines and beliefs.  Hadad represents the carnal mindset of our father, the devil, that is always at enmity with the Lord (Gen 3:15).  King David has killed all the males of Edom earlier however Hadad and a few others escaped to be used later of the Lord to try us and vex us in the later days of king Solomon and his apostasy.

1Ki 11:15  For it came to pass, when David was in Edom, and Joab the captain of the host was gone up to bury the slain, after he had smitten every male in Edom; 

1Ki 11:16  (For six months did Joab remain there with all Israel, until he had cut off every male in Edom:) 

1Ki 11:17  That Hadad fled, he and certain Edomites of his father’s servants with him, to go into Egypt; Hadad being yet a little child. 

1Ki 11:18  And they arose out of Midian, and came to Paran: and they took men with them out of Paran, and they came to Egypt, unto Pharaoh king of Egypt; which gave him an house, and appointed him victuals, and gave him land. 

The Hadad in us always finds a welcome mat in Egypt which is a type and symbol for the world and our worldliness.  Having just completed a mini-series on Gideon, it is timely to see that it was in Midian, a spiritual place of strife and contention, that Hadad and the escaped Edomites (seed of the serpent) arose and found a welcoming environment in Egypt.

Joh 15:19  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

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

Hadad and the Edomites take men with them that are out of Paran [H6290].  Paran means ornamental [H6286] or applying it means to glory (outwardly).  That is exactly what Satan has us doing in disguising our old man and worldliness as an angel of light.

2Co 11:12  But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we.

2Co 11:13  For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

2Co 11:14  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

Further evidence of Hadad’s spirit and purpose is found in details of his wife and son.

1Ki 11:19  And Hadad found great favour in the sight of Pharaoh, so that he gave him to wife the sister of his own wife, the sister of Tahpenes the queen. 

1Ki 11:20  And the sister of Tahpenes bare him Genubath his son, whom Tahpenes weaned in Pharaoh’s house: and Genubath was in Pharaoh’s household among the sons of Pharaoh. 

The son born to Hadad is named Genubath [H1592]which means thief.  Genubath like all carnal thinking is the offspring of their father the devil (Joh 8:44) who will not bring life but death .

Joh 10:10  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

The entire world and all flesh have a mindset that is in bed with their father the devil.

1Jn 5:19  And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

We are not given the specific adversarial escapades between Hadad and Solomon, but we are told Hadad worked much evil (mischief) in the land of Israel as another adversary Rezon is introduced.

1Ki 11:23  And God stirred him up another adversary, Rezon the son of Eliadah, which fled from his lord Hadadezer king of Zobah: 

1Ki 11:24  And he gathered men unto him, and became captain over a band, when David slew them of Zobah: and they went to Damascus, and dwelt therein, and reigned in Damascus. 

1Ki 11:25  And he was an adversary to Israel all the days of Solomon, beside the mischief that Hadad did: and he abhorred Israel, and reigned over Syria. 

The KJV translators use of mischief to describe what Hadad and Rezon were doing in the Kingdom of God waters down the significance of fleshly enemies operating Israel.  A better translation has them “doing evil” as mischief comes from the Hebrew word “ra” Strong’s number H7451 that is much more appropriately translated as evil.  This is another witness to the Lord being the responsible party for Solomon’s apostasy and the resulting judgment and further deterioration of a divided Israel.

Isa 45:7  I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. 

Rezon is not the Rezin of Isaiah 17 yet both were kings of Syria that typify our own flesh from which we are separated from and dragged to Christ (Deu 26:5, etc.).  Syria symbolizes Rezon who is our man of sin.  The name Rezon means prince and is another symbol for the mindset of our father the devil that we are overcoming as we overcome our disobedience.

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

Zobah is always mentioned in the Bible in the context of war (against the flesh) in view.  Like with the Edomites and Hadad, Saul had previously subdued temporarily the fleshly nations of Israel including the kings of Zobah.

1Sa 14:47  So Saul took the kingdom over Israel, and fought against all his enemies on every side, against Moab, and against the children of Ammon, and against Edom, and against the kings of Zobah, and against the Philistines: and whithersoever he turned himself, he vexed them.

Rezon becomes the ruler of Syria camping out in Damascus.  Damascus is said to mean the red land by some secular experts although our E-Sword tools give no indication.  Israel within us is being oppressed when we return to Damascus.  Doing such is go backwards into to our former lusts and wallowing in the mixed multitude mud of spirit (water) and flesh (dust).

2Pe 2:22  NLT They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.” And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.”

Having Rezon and Hadad instigating evil within Israel is a story of Solomon and us in our great apostasy being turned over to Satan for the destruction of our flesh so our spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord to come.

1Co 5:4  In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,

1Co 5:5  To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

A third adversary which does evil in the land and comes against Solomon is from Israel. Our enemies being of our own household has both a physical and a spiritual application as do all the words of the Lord.  This is the first time we see Jeroboam, who will soon become the first king over the divided Northern Kingdom and who goes on to live in Bible infamy as the one king that causes Israel to sin long after his physical death.

1Ki 11:26  And Jeroboam the son of Nebat, an Ephrathite of Zereda, Solomon’s servant, whose mother’s name was Zeruah, a widow woman, even he lifted up his hand against the king. 

1Ki 11:27  And this was the cause that he lifted up his hand against the king: Solomon built Millo, and repaired the breaches of the city of David his father. 

1Ki 11:28  And the man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valour: and Solomon seeing the young man that he was industrious, he made him ruler over all the charge of the house of Joseph. 

Of course, our days of being an adversary to the true Israel within and without ourselves is all the Lord’s work that is, was and will be used for good in the end (Rom 8:28).

Jer 10:23  O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.

Pro 21:1  The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

Jeroboam means “the people will contend”.  This king within ourselves defines our struggle against ourselves and contending with our natural idolatrous and beastly state (Ecc 3:18) that seeks preeminence in the congregation.  It is telling to know that a “jeroboam”, our modern word, defines an oversized wine bottle holding four times the normal volume of wine.  The heart of a Jeroboam spirit is our being corrupted by our conquests of valor and the industrious nature the Lord gives us and then thinking it is of ourselves.  We cannot reign outside or apart the Body of Christ.

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

1Co 4:8  Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us: and I would to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you.

When addressing the Kings of Israel, we will see often the mention of the father and the mother and even the home town.  These are not idle words and are giving us added spiritual significance to what we are being told about king that is, was and will be ruling the kingdom of God within us (Israel).

Is a Son of Nebat: No other mention of Nebat in Scripture outside distinguishing this Jeroboam from the one that would follow.

His Mother is Zeruah:  The meaning of his mother’s name is appropriately leprous widow.  This is the mindset that gives birth to our prideful man of sin who seeks worldly gain.

Comes from Zereda: Jeroboam is from Zereda which comes from a root word meaning to pierce or puncture.  Our beastly natures even the religious one (Rev 13:11) has us piercing our Lord and killing Christ before we are given to see we are the abomination of desolation standing in the Holy Place.  We will come to see our evil in the day of the Lord and see that we have pierced Christ while masquerading as an angel of light.

Rev 1:7  Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

Jeroboam the son of Nebat, is best known as the King that continues to cause Israel to sin.  His sin is our sin and the sin of every man born who will make himself idols of heart and worship the image of his own beast and call that a god (Rev 13:11-14).  Once exalted by the Lord and given rulership, Jeroboam is more concerned about losing followers than navigating the narrow way of the Lord’s commandments.

1Ki 12:26  And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David:

1Ki 12:27  If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.

1Ki 12:28  Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

1Ki 12:29  And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.

1Ki 12:30  And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.

This sin stays with Israel (us) for successive kings and emerging mindsets even as we gain more experience thru trials.  We find this language 14 times by my count in 1 and 2Kings.

2Ki 15:18  And he (future king) did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not all his days from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.

The sins of Jeroboam, our first idolatry and self-worship stays with Israel and ultimately leads to the Assyrian captivity many years later (2Ki 17:22-23).  It takes the entire process of our fiery judgment on the old man to cleanse Israel once and for all of our SELF-centeredness.

We will continue next study with the conflict between Solomon’s heir Rehoboam and Jeroboam as the nation of Israel is henceforth divided and each King begins to rule in their respective kingdoms of Judah (Southern Kingdom) and Israel (Northern Kingdom).

Sincere comments are always welcome.  You can also email me any thoughts or questions to peterjwilson56@gmail.com

FAQS

A Primer of Types of Evil Spirits

(Compiled from existing posted teachings)

In today’s study, we look at evil spirits of doctrine (A) and evil spirits that manifest themselves as various sicknesses (B) and sexual manifestations (C).

A) False Doctrines

What influence do evil spirits have in our lives?  All evil spirits are sent by God to do what they do.

1Sa 16:14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him.

1Sa 16:15 And Saul’s servants said unto him, Behold now, an evil spirit from God troubleth thee.

When we are being afflicted with demons, we are afflicted by an “evil spirit from the Lord.” Evil spirits throw us into the water, into the fire, or attempt to destroy us, God’s children, in our seasons. All of humanity lies in the wicked one.

Mat 17:15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.

1Sa 18:10 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul’s hand.

1Sa 18:11 And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. And David avoided out of his presence twice.

It is given to the beast to perform miracles in the presence of those who dwell on the earth. We “dwell on the earth”, and we see and hear of actual miracles which are given for the purpose of deceiving us.

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

Christ warns us to be filled with the Word and “His Christ” to fill the void which is left after casting out false doctrines from our havens.

Mat 12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

Mat 12:44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is comehe findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.

Mat 12:45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

We live by “every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God,” including the entering in of “seven spirits more wicked than ourselves.” So, while the demon possession that causes us to become violent to ourselves and others around us at our appointed times, being under the law and it is real, it is still the work of the Lord. In His time, He sends His Word and heals us. In this study, we focus on the inward application. We know the whole world out there is crazy and without Christ being under the law.

Psa 107:20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

The false doctrines of orthodoxy are being tried against the Word of God, and if we do not know that Word, then we do not know Christ and are in no position to carry on spiritual warfare such as Paul mentions.

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].

The word “places” is in brackets because it is added by the translators. Spiritual wickedness is in our heavens, and “heaven” are our hearts and minds where Christ dwells.

1Co 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

It is “in us” that spiritual wickedness of spiritual warfare takes place.

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 knowledge of God is found in His Word. We are never to think above what is written.

1Co 4:6 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and [to] Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think [of men] above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.

Without God’s written Word, which has endured the attacks of the best scholars of all times, it would be impossible to “try the spirits to see whether they are of God”. The demon possessions that provoke violent physical behavior are minuscule in terms of the damage they do and the deception they accomplish. It is the spirits of false prophets, bringing false doctrines into our heavens with which most of us are afflicted. Those are the spirits with which these verses are concerned.

1Jn 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

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

When we become familiar with Christ and our Father and our brethren in Christ, we come to know and think as they think. When that happens, we are able to try the spirits and cast out many of the evil spirits that have been sent to try us and to show us just how deceived we have been.

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

B) Sicknesses

Diseases are common to all men but not every man is stricken with major diseases. While science tries to understand the biological, psychological, chemical and electrical causes of all of the diseases, Scriptures makes it clear that just as surely as Ahab’s prophets were prophesying lies because a lying spirit had led them to do so, so too, are all of the diseases of mankind, in the final analysis, nothing more than evil spirits sent to afflict us. First, let’s see how this is proven to be so for physical ailments, then we will see how it is also the cause of all mental ailments. Here are a couple of examples of physical ailments which Scripture attributes to evil spirits.

Luk 13:11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.

Mar 9:25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.

A crippled lady and a man who could neither speak nor hear, are both said to be afflicted by an evil spirit. Here are a couple of mental ailments which Scriptures also attributes to evil spirits.

Act 16:16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:

2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Neither soothsaying nor fear are physical ailments. Both take place in our minds and   Scriptures declare that both are actually spirits. What does this all teach us? It tells us that Christ is working all things after the counsel of His own will and that all we do, and all that happens in our lives, IS indeed “predestinated” to occur (Eph 1:11). The God- given ability to learn how to treat diseases is as much a part of the sovereignty of God as the disease itself. It is God who is “working all things after the counsel of His own will,” and mankind’s vanity over his great mental achievements is no exception to that sovereignty. Times of depression certainly are a byproduct of our tribulation experience and are common to all men, just as diseases are common to all men. But not all men are afflicted with a crippling affliction in which they are “bowed together” to the extent that they can “in no wise lift up” themselves, and not all men are stricken with fear and major depression. The extent of any physical or mental disease is, a sovereign work of a sovereign God, and that work is always being accomplished by means of the realm of the Spirit. Here are how the Scriptures explain this:

Heb 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Things which are seen were not made of things which do appear is another way of telling us that the visible world is controlled by the invisible world of the realm of the spirit. Here is what we are being taught concerning all suffering that is endured by any of God’s children, regardless of the degree of that suffering:

1Co 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God [is] faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

The Greek word translated temptation is “pierasmos”, and it is the same word translated “try” in this verse.

1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

The way of escape does not keep us from trial. The fiery trial is to try us and we escape it only by enduring to the end of these fiery trials.

Mat 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.

We are admonished that we ought not to suffer as evildoers, but nowhere are we ever told that our apparently self- inflicted sufferings are not part of the fiery trials which are to try us. We are all first hardened by God’s spirit and we “do that we would not”. But that is only for the purpose of chastening and scourging us to bring us to see ourselves for what we are, by God’s design. Even our sins, are His work in our lives.

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

Rom 7:16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it [the law of God, verse 22] is good.

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

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

Rom 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.

Rom 7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

Rom 7:21 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

Rom 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

Our sins are the result of “a law”. God is the great lawgiver who sustains both the “law of sin and death” and the “law of the Spirit of life”. That is the meaning of the first and the last.

1Co 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

1Co 15:48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.

1Co 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

The “second man” is also called “the last Adam” just two verses earlier:

1Co 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.

Christ tells us that He is the first and the last:

Rev 1:17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

Christ is saying that this is all a vital part of the revelation of Jesus Christ. Our trials as painful and as long as they seem to last, are all a vital and necessary part of that revelation. Christ uses evil spirits as part of His MO that leads to salvation.

We prefer to call our sicknesses ailments that are the result of genetics or a chemical imbalance in the brain, or epilepsy or germs; any of the diseases caused by these conditions. But Scriptures call them all “spirits of…” whatever.

1Ki 22:19 And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left.

1Ki 22:20 And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner.

In Kings 22, we learn of Ahab’s death but also see an example of how the Lord uses evil spirits to be lying spirits when He gives us over to the idols of our wicked hearts (Eze 14). The story is too long to include in this study, read it for yourselves and then we ask ourselves: “Was Ahab’s carnal mind schizophrenic”? Yes, he was, here is the example of spirits used one after this manner and another after that manner in accomplishing all the Lord is intending. Lying spirits are from the Lord who sends them. There is no peace.

1Ki 22:21 And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him.

1Ki 22:22 And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he [Christ] said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so.

In His time, we are bearing the image of the heavenly when His work in our lives are being finished.

C) Homosexuality

Can homosexuals or lesbians help the way they are? Whether they are super masculine or super effeminate, they are what Christ made them.

Exo 4:11 And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?

A NT witness:

Rom 1:26  For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.

Rom 1:27  Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

Rom 1:28  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;

Adultery is always listed ahead of fornication when the works of the flesh is listed.

Gal 5:19  Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,

Gal 5:20  idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,

Gal 5:21  envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Nevertheless, these verses condemn homosexuality, abusers of themselves with mankind:

1Co 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

1Ti 1:10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for men stealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;

Lust is idolatry.

Col 3:5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

God makes us “marred in the hand of the Potter [with] no good thing… in [our] flesh”. That is why we lust. It is not that we choose to do so, it is because “there is no good thing” in us because:

Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

Rom 9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh [the “old man” sitting on the throne of God in the temple of God, our bodies – 1Co 3:16 and 2Th 2:4], Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

Rom 9:18 Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. 

Now, here is the same question we and all men, ask of God:

Rom 9:19 Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?

And this is the same answer Christ gave to Job:

Rom 9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?

Homosexuality, like adultery and fornication is an abomination to Christ.

Lev 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Lev 20:13 If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.

Homosexuality is an abomination and disciples of Christ are not conformed with this world and its increasingly evil ways.

Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

We do not follow the crowd and avoid the persecution of the cross of Christ.

Exo 23:2 You shall not follow a crowd to do evil; nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after many to pervert justice.

Luk 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

1Th 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

2Co 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

Christ did not condemn the woman in adultery and neither do we condemn those that He is making this way. Christ is calling a few out of the many to be His people and fewer still will remain and are faithful to the end.

The spirit of homosexuality is the exact same spirit as the spirit of the Nicolaite’s, one man having dominium over another which Christ hates.

Rev 2:15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

And here is Truth of Scripture:

2Co 1:24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

Mat 20:27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Summary

What are we to do then when evil spirits get hold of us. We can get the words and thoughts of Christ to replace our evil thoughts, the evil spirits in our heavens. Then Christ will have “sent His Word and heals us.

Psa 107:20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.

The Lord turns up the heat before His coming to bring us to out wit’s end. Job learned to sacrifice the sacrifice of thanksgiving.

Psa 107:22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.

Our trials which we endure is what all of this is, according to our Creator who has given us His Word:

Jas 5:11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

The end of the Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy. We feel only the physical and mental pain of life, and we, of ourselves, are not capable of equating any of this with pity and mercy. But in time we will come to repent of contending with, reproving, and condemning our own Maker, and we will then understand that it actually takes trials which cause us to do just that to bring us to see ourselves and come to repent. Only then will we see that the Lord chastens and scourges every son He receives, and we will then understand that it was because of our trials that we are being able to come to repent of condemning our own Maker.

Rom 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

In the end, we come to see and understand that Christ is working with us all along and making us into vessels and instruments for His glorious use and purpose:

Isa 41:7 So the carpenter encouraged the goldsmith, and he that smootheth with the hammer him that smote the anvil, saying, It is ready for the sodering: and he fastened it with nails, that it should not be moved.

Isa 41:8 But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.

Isa 41:9 Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.

Isa 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee

It is better to gratefully appreciate and enjoy what Christ is given us. It is only those who have no hope in Christ who see no purpose in walking through this life which is known as “the valley of the shadow of death”. Simply put, it is better to be grateful for what we have, than to be ungratefully coveting that which we have not yet been given. It seems obvious that the Lord works with men in the physical realm through His spiritual realm. Joseph’s brothers thought that selling Joseph into Egypt was their own idea, but in reality, Christ had sent a spirit to induce them to do His will and this is the reason for all evil spirits:

Gen 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me but God meant it [your evil deed, which was actually the workings of God] unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

Here are examples of foul spirits which are being cast out through the Word.

  • A spirit of schizophrenia, we cast this spirit out through resting in Christ Heb 4:4
  • A spirit of homosexuality, we cast this out by being helpers of each other’s joy 2Cor 1:24
  • A spirit of lesbianism, we cast this spirit out not ever learning but doing also 2 Tim 3:1-7
  • A spirit of soothsaying, we cast this out by judging righteous judgement John 7:24
  • A dog spirit, we cast this out by being of the spiritual circumcision Rom 2:28-29
  • A spirit of a lunatick, we cast this spirit out through the one mind of Christ Phil 1:27
  • A spirit of antichrist, we cast this spirit out through the words of Christ John 6:63
  • A spirit of infirmity, we cast this spirit out through the power of Christ 1 Cor 1:18
  • A spirit of fear, we cast this spirit out through love, the bond of perfection Col 3:14

The dream is one, it is only the Word and His Christ that are able to cast out evil spirits and heal us. The sum of His Word is Truth.

Luk 21:33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

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Sovereignty

Who Is Responsible For Evil?

earthJoh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Jesus is the Lord of heaven and the earth, both the outward and the inward, He is Lord of all.  Jesus Christ whose words shall never pass away told us that without Him we can do nothing.  This statement was true for the disciples that heard it that day and it is equally true for the disciples that hear these words today.  I hope your heavens and your earth (not the things in outer space) are given to hear the truth of what I speak in this post.  It is an essential truth to be set free from the lies and bondage of Babylon.

Isa 1:2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me

Is the Lord just a terrible parent or is our rebellion part of His plan all along?  No, the Lord is not a bad parent, He is God Almighty and is working all things for the counsel of His will.  The Lord spoke through Isaiah and told us HE brought up children who rebelled against Him.  This rebellion is, was and will be God’s plan for ALL MEN.  That is not talking about some people that lived 3,000 years ago, that is talking about you and me, or ALL MEN of all time.  All men will first rebel against God until the Lord has mercy and brings us to Him in truth and in spirit.

Here we see the Lord’s plan from before the world was formed to be set.  He changes not.  It is the Lord who turns man into destruction, into sin and then in the appointed times calls us back home to Himself.

Psa 90:1  A Prayer of Moses the man of God. Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.

Psa 90:2  Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

Psa 90:3  Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.

The Lord both turns us away into wicked things and also is the one who grants and causes us to turn back or repent.  He is doing it all.

Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

I hope to make you seriously challenge some of the doctrines you believe, they are influencing your spiritual vision whether you know it or not.  You best take heed the truth and the doctrines you cling to.

Consider the words of Christ at the top….without Jesus Christ we can do nothing.  We can’t even rebel against God, without Christ in us doing it.  What are the boundaries of nothing?  Did Jesus just mean good things?  What is the sum of God’s word regarding the origins of evil?  The truth is we can’t even do evil outside of Jesus Christ.  We can’t even sin without the Lord our God causing it and bringing about the event in our lives that manifest evil in our own spiritual houses.

I really hope you will read this carefully and consider what the Scriptures actually say and set aside what you believe if you think the Lord is not responsible for evil.  The truth will set you free, the lies of Babylon will keep you from moving on to maturity in Christ.  You must test and prove all things, take nothing for granted about the doctrines of Christ.  Many wolves in sheep’s clothing have been sent out by the Lord to deceive the multitudes that call themselves by His name.  Spirits are in fact doctrines.

1Jn 4:1  Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

Removing A Giant Beam From Our Eye

How big is your God? We all in our carnal minds underestimate God and exalt the role of man in the affairs of this world. The Lord is orchestrating them all whether they be good or evil and the amazing thing so few can grasp is He declared them all from the beginning and is in need of nothing from His pieces of clay.

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

One of the biggest Babylonian obstacles to get beyond that greatly hinders our ability to know the truth of God’s word is giving God the glory for ALL THINGS. This includes evil.  This idea is so contrary to our carnal mind and all the traditions of what we learn growing up, it repulses our flesh and makes some angry to even suggest it; yet it is what the Scriptures declare. Unless one is given to see the sovereignty of God in all things; they will be ever learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. My hope is a few of you may come to see this essential truth and a door to your inner heavens will be opened.

Please don’t twist the fact that God is causing evil to then claim I am saying God is evil, He is absolutely not. God is good and is in fact much “gooder” than the false God most worship that will burn most of his creation in a literal eternal hell forever without end. It is almost laughable for me to say that anymore seeing how monstrous a lie and how totally unscriputural that doctrine is, yet BILLIONS believe it to this day.

God is amazingly good but He absolutely works and causes evil to bring good about in the end.  The story of Joseph being sold into Egypt by his brothers is a powerful lesson in how God works evil for good.  In fact his story is what was used to bring me to understand that God is indeed sovereign over all things, including evil things.  At the end the story Joseph tells his brothers it was not really them that did the evil but it was God who did it for good in the end.

Gen 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

And this is a macro truth repeated everywhere in Scripture once you are give ears to hear and eyes to see.  Do you really believe this verse?

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things (even evil things) work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

The Lord works evil for good. He is the Lord of all and He really does hold the entire world in His hands.  This is a powerful Scripture if you really consider what is being said.

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

Black & White – Believe these Scriptures 

Before we get further in, let’s just consider a few of the straightforward Scriptures that tell us the truth about who is causing and sending forth evil.

Isa 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

It does not get any clearer than this and when you show people this Scripture most of them are dumbstruck.  But there are more, many more.

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?

I know how hard it is to believe this in the natural mind. But when a horrible disaster happens in a city,  we have to accept it was the Lord that caused it.  That is what His word declares.  We will be hated for merely suggesting this truth to most people.  So few believe the Scriptures. We must be given the ability to understand them and also to believe them. Few there be shall find the way but they tell the truth about good and evil.  The Lord says He makes wicked people on purpose.

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

 The Lord says He speaks and sends forth good or evil.  He orchestrates the events of our lives.

Lam 3:37  Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?

Lam 3:38  Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?

To deny this basic truth is to deny the Lord and create another jesus.  We have just scratched the surface and the sum of thy word, “the Scriptures” are the truth and tell us what God is doing by causing evil.

Psa 119:160 The sum of Your word is truth

The Purpose of Evil 

We experience evil to learn about evil as indeed to become like God’s we must know both good and evil.  Nobody can learn anything without experiencing it and learning the contrast with good.  Such is the purpose of life and what the mature people of God will be given to accomplish in this life in clay vessels.  Knowing good and evil is of paramount importance for God’s Elect.

Gen 3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:

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.

Ecc 1:13 I applied my heart to inquiring and exploring by wisdom concerning all that is done under the heavens:it is an experience of evil Elohim has given to the sons of humanity to humble them by it.

When we don’t know good and evil clearly we will mix them up and confound the truths of God.  This is what Babylon doctrines do to us all.

Isa 5:20  Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Let’s ask ourselves a couple of very important question if we doubt the black and white truth shown above.

Who purposefully planted the tree of the knowledge of good and evil right in front of Adam and Eve?

Gen 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Who added the crooked serpent to tempt Adam and Eve in the weakness of their carnal mind and sinful flesh?

Gen 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.

Job 26:13 By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.

Did Satan rebel against God and escape His grasps? NO, that is false doctrine of Babylon, the Lord created Satan (evil) as a smith to come create fires in our lives and to destroy the pride of man in due season.

Isa 54:16Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.

The answer to ALL these questions is that GOD DID IT.   GOD DID IT ON PURPOSE, HE PUTS EVIL INTO OUR MIDST, IT IS PART OF HIS PLAN. Learning good and evil and being tempted by the devil is God’s plan for man. Satan is not escaped the hands of the Lord and is out running around working against the purposes of God. That is carnal logic, utter nonsense and a false doctrine of Babylon who have not any truth.

God Sends Evil Spirits Among His People

God causes evil to come upon His people when they are judged. It is part of His chastening grace and how He scourges every son He receives.

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

We saw from Lamentations 3 that it is from the mouth of the most high God that commands evil to go forth. Satan could not touch JOB until the Lord said go get him and His purposes were ultimately for the good of JOB and all involved.    Here is this important story told us from JOB.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Job 1:12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

So we see in JOB that Satan and his demons are nothing more than servants of the Lord, they are in fact the left hand of God.  HE uses them to bring about good and to accomplish ALL HIS GOOD PLEASURE in our lives.   Just to prove that all the evil JOB went thru was for good, let’s check in at the end of the book and see what the Lord says.  It sure looks like JOB was blessed even more than the beginning.  God worked evil for good again.

Job 42:11  Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.

Job 42:12  So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.

Notice who brought the evil.  It was the Lord even though we are told it was Satan earlier.  It is because Satan and all evil forces only go where the Lord commands them to go and do only what they are commanded to do.  The Lord really is the Lord!!!!

I have seen people look on in disbelief when you show the clear Scriptures on this subject. They don’t want to talk about, their carnal mind cannot process these plain facts.  Here is a verse most have never seen and hate in defense of the false doctrines that God does not create or have anything to do with evil.

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

Psalm 78 is not talking about the bad people, it is talking about ISREAL, God’s own people! The Lord sends evil spirits to His own people. The Lord is doing it, He is working all things for good in the end, even sending evil. This is the truth and you are blessed to remove the plank that represents the lie that God is not responsible and is not the author of evil, maybe you will begin to see the truth much more clearly. Here are a couple of more, but there are many others in the sum of God’s word.

1Sa 19:9 And the evil spirit from the LORD was upon Saul, as he sat in his house with his javelin in his hand: and David played with his hand.

1Ki 22:23 Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee.

Jdg 9:23 Then God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech:

God sends evil spirits, He even sends strong delusion, yes the Lord does all these things. It is our carnal minds and the lies of Babylon we all are raised under that deceive us and foster UNBELIEF in the Scriptures.  Who was behind the crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ?  The most evil act of all time, the murder of our Lord Jesus Christ was orchestrated and worked by GOD.  This evil was done for good in the end, to save many people,  ALL MEN alive.

Act 4:26  The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ.

Act 4:27  For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together,

Act 4:28  For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.

And the same forces are at work not only against the Lord but also against His Body, His Christ, just as verse 26 tells us above.  Not only does a bird not fall from the sky outside of the will of God, but a demon or the devil does not take one step outside of the will of God either. This is what you must come to see, the absolute sovereignty of God in ALL THINGS.

STOP THINKING OUTWARDLY

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

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

We should know that the kingdom of God is within us, in our hearts and minds, which is where heaven is. Some can easily believe that the Lord is responsible for tornado’s and hurricanes, the outward things, but cannot make the connection that the Lord is the Lord of heaven and the earth. This speaks of inward things as well as the outward. The ALL THINGS means ALL THINGS whenever you see it.

Rom 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

When you truly understand what being sovereign means and what Jesus meant when He said without me you can do nothing, then you will begin to understand the lie of free will, that God truly is the Potter and we the clay and that man is not even responsible for his own sins.

I know what you are thinking…. WHAT! This guy Pete is a heretic. How shocking a statement can one say you may be thinking. I would have thought that just a few years ago before a light in my heavens was turned on.

But I just declare what the Scriptures say and man having free will to choose good or evil without God causing those choices is the strong delusion. The fact is we cannot even sin without Jesus Christ. He is working it ALL. Let’s just look at some black and white Scriptures again and then we will come back to look at it on deeper level. If you have ears to hear, you are going to learn something.

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.

Who causes us to err from His ways?  Is it Satan?  No, ultimately it is the Lord who is working in us to will and to way according to His good pleasure.  That includes causing and sending evil upon us and within us.  We can certainly sin with our tongues can’t we?  Who gives us EVERY WORD we speak?  It is the Lord.

Pro 16:1  The preparations of the heart in man, and the answer of the tongue, is from the LORD.

Isa 57:19  I create the fruit of the lips

Exo 4:11  And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?

The master Potter who is the LORD is doing it all.  He makes us all wicked for our day of evil.

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

Free will is another giant lie of Babylon because the Lord is doing it all, directing all our steps. It is the delusion of the carnal mind that wants to give God part credit for the good and blame the evil on Satan.  But here is who is doing it all again.

Pro 16:9  A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

We read about Israel’s rebellion and doing evil against the Lord, we are reading about OUR rebellion and doing evil against the Lord. These things are all written for our admonition, as God’s Elect upon whom the ends of the age have come ( 1 Cor 10:11). The Scriptures make clear WHO IS DOING IT, WHO CAUSES THE SIN and the EVIL.

Jer 32:23 And they came in, and possessed it; but they obeyed not thy voice, neither walked in thy law; they have done nothing of all that thou commandedst them to do: therefore thou hast caused all this evil to come upon them:

Jer 32:42 For thus saith the LORD; Like as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them.

And there you see the contrast again, the Lord brought all this evil upon His own people so He could then bring all the good He promised upon them. DO YOU SEE IT? DO YOU BELIEVE?

Seeking Occasion Against Our Flesh

The Lord draws light out of the darkness. He remakes marred vessels of clay, vessels of dishonor into vessels of honor, but in His timing.  Each of us is this ONE LUMP of clay in the hands of the Potter.

Rom 9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

One reason for God causing us to err from His ways and to run after and do evil, is for God to seek an occasion against our flesh. It is by the process of judgment (the marvelous works of the Lord to the children of men) that all men are brought to salvation and the old man, the beast within us all is destroyed. This takes place in the kingdom of God within us all, it takes place in the heavens, that is where this battle of good vs evil is waged.

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 heaven

The idea of God using evil for good is so foreign to our carnal minds, but that is how the Lord works judgment in our lives, He causes us to stumble so we will learn that we indeed are a wretched man in need of a savior.  When judgment falls upon us, the sword, which is the WORD OF GOD will never depart from our house. God says He will raise up evil WITHIN US, and the reason for this is so God’s wrath will rightly fall upon the old man and destroy the wickedness that all men are by the brightness of His coming in our heavens. The story of Nathan exposing David for the wretched man that he and all men are tells us exactly what we too will experience in our appointed times.

2Sa 12:10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.

2Sa 12:11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.

 It was an egregious sin for Israel to inner marry with pagan cultures. Same way today, we are to keep ourselves separate and pure from the world. Yet the Lord in seeking an occasion to bring judgment upon us, sends evil to our own house. The story of Samson tells us this also, where the Lord put it into Samson’s heart to demand his parents get for him a philistine (FLESHLY) wife.

Jdg 14:1 And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines.

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

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

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

The Lord sought an occasion to bring judgment upon the carnal mindset that corrupts all of us and this happens in the appointed time for all. All of God’s Elect will marry Philistine women in type, that is what Babylon and our fleshly desires represent. But the Lord uses this evil we do and are caused to do, to bring about good, which is to have our old man destroyed and the new man brought forward. That is why judgment and having God’s wrath poured out upon us is said to be…..

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.

The Lord uses evil for good. Evil provokes Him to anger and brings about the righteous judgment of God upon us. That is His grace that chastens and in due season teaches us to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts.

2Ch_33:6 And he caused his children to pass through the fire in the valley of the son of Hinnom: also he observed times, and used enchantments, and used witchcraft, and dealt with a familiar spirit, and with wizards: he wrought much evil in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him to anger.

To know the truth and even begin to grasp the truth about the Lord and His sovereignty over all, you must know He is responsible for everything. Carnal minds will of course apply this outwardly, and that is true. You must first see that the Lord is causing everything in the external world, be it disasters, storms, rain, sunshine, who is elected king or President, there is no boundary to what God is causing.

2Co 5:18  And all things are of God

Yet an even deeper truth is applying God’s sovereignty to the kingdoms and nations within us, within the hearts and minds of His people.   That is where the kingdom of really is and where all the stories of the Bible are really talking about and where the lessons learned need to be applied.

ALL THINGS HAS NO EXCLUSIONS

If one can just latch on to the concept of ALL THINGS and apply the definition of all things to the doctrines we believe and follow, a lot of error would go away and we would begin to see that the Lord is indeed sovereign over EVERYTHING. The Lord made all things and works all things all the time. He is not a Plan B God that responds and reacts to the messes that man makes.

Eph 1:11In 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:

The carnal mind will not believe that every day of our lives has already been written in God’s book. But what sayeth the Scriptures?

Psa 139:16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

Which is why we must be given the gift of faith to believe the Scriptures, otherwise the true things of God like His sovereignty are indeed foolishness to the natural mind.  We all think we believe long before we really do.

1Co 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

ALL THINGS means exactly what it says and as one grows in the truth faith, your boundaries of all things will continue to expand.  Pay attention to Paul’s description of Christ.  ALL THINGS IS THE MAIN POINT as I have bolded.

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

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

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

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

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

There is nothing the Lord did not create or cause. There are no exceptions or exclusions. Being Lord of lords leaves nothing out with regards to absolute sovereignty. I continue to be amazed and how these clear scriptures that state the truth can be read and yet the meaning not retained in their mind.

Where is the verse or verses that say God does not create evil and is not working all things?  THEY DO NOT EXIST and if you believe those lies, you are still in Babylon and know not the truth.

WE WERE MADE SIN, WICKED ON PURPOSE

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

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

We all think we are pretty good people before the judgment of God falls upon us and the LORD begins to manifest in our own spiritual house, the evil that lives within us.  The Lord has to show us we are wretched men and that nothing good dwells in our flesh.  We have to come to see why God must destroy our carnal mind and will learn to count this destruction as joy once we first see who we truly are in these fleshly vessels.  I hope some understand these words and can count well.

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.

Rom 3:12  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

If you see how God works evil for good and believe all things really means all things, then maybe we will better understand God’s plan to remake all sinful vessels into new vessels by the process of judgment.

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.

Christ is not counting on you to do anything. Salvation is truly of the Lord.  Man was made very imperfect, marred in a body of sinful flesh. What God made was indeed “good” for the purposes He made it, but His standards of perfection only come on the third day. Even Jesus was not good in body of flesh.

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

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

Your third day is the day of the Lord, it is the day of our judgment. This is when our flesh and carnal mind is destroyed by the fire of hearing His word. If you are so blessed to be God’s Elect, that day is now in this age while we are yet in these vessels of clay.

1Pe 4:17For 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?

But God made us virtually sinning machines, automatically programmed to do evil, an innate a beast at the core. This was done ON PURPOSE as the Scriptures declare.  I hope you will remove the fall of man from your mind also as that too is a lie of Babylon that is supported by the lie that the Lord does not create or send forth all the evil of this world.

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.

Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

Rom 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

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

This chapter in 1 Corinthians is so powerful when you can understand it. We all are of the first man Adam and the second man Christ, but in our appointed times. Jesus said He was the first and the last meaning He is the first man in us all and the last man in us all, thru HIM are ALL THINGS.

1Co 15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

1Co 15:48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.

1Co 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

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

Salvation does not come until we are given to see who we truly are in the flesh. Like Paul we will see ourselves as the chief of sinners.

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

The salvation “process” does not even begin in earnest until we see ourselves as the abomination of desolation.

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

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

This does not speak of some bad guy down the street, it is talking about you and me. We have to come to see ourselves in total need of a Savior and incapable of doing it ourselves. This is why the Lord causes us to err from His ways and do evil, He has to show us who we are and that all the sins of Adam thru the prophets, Cain, Saul, it all lives in us. The law of sin and death was put into us all by the Lord .

Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

Salvation will not come, the process won’t even start unless and until you are given to see this fact. You and me and all men are beast, we are the abomination causing desolation sitting on God’s throne in our hearts exalting ourselves and our delusion of free will as being God. That lie will come crashing down the day the rock that is Christ falls upon you and begins to grind you to powder. Woe unto you, the judgment has come upon you and it is a marvelous thing, a wonderful blessing, a strange act that those yet carnal are not given to know this mystery. The day of the Lord for you will not come to any man until we are shown these things.

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

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

2Th 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

So I am going to end this here and point out that apart from Christ we can do nothing, we can’t do good, we can’t even sin outside of Christ. He is vine and we (all men) the branches. It is those unfruitful works in us (sin) that are IN CHRIST (In me in verse 2) that are purged and thrown into the fire, which means burned up by us hearing the words of eternal life with God given ears to hear.

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

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

Joh 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

Joh 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

Joh 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

CONCLUSION

Contrary to Billy Graham’s famous sermon after 911, where he unequivocally said “The Bible says God is not the author of evil”, God most certainly is the author of evil and the Scriptures clearly declare that. Unless and until this deceptive log is pulled from our spiritual eyes, we will have no chance to know the truth and will be wandering in a spiritual wilderness. Either God is sovereign or He is not and He very much is and that includes over ALL THINGS, even EVIL THINGS.

We must be given the gift of faith, the Faith OF Christ to understand the Scriptures and to believe them, which are in direct opposition to what Billy Graham and all of those in Babylon preach.  Faith is indeed a gift and it is not even our own faith, it is of Christ.

Eph 4:7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

Getting rid of the lie that God does not create evil will establish momentum of truth that will take out other lies of our Babylonian gospel. Once the legs are cut off, the table we are spiritually eating from will collapse. That is how it worked for me.

If one can come to see the very clear Scriptures that show the Lord is the one creating evil and sending it forth to accomplish HIS purposes, then this pillar will be cut down and Lord willing an entire suite of false doctrines will be purged from our inward heavens. Lies such as eternal torment, the fall of mankind, the fall of Satan, and sin being caused by free will choices will be vaporized and we will see spiritually with much greater clarity.  Young babes in the true knowledge of Christ will be hungry for answers to the inevitable and many questions we all will have.  An obvious question once we realize free will is a lie is this one.

Rom 9:19Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will?

And the answer is that God is God and thru the Lord is working all things and is showing us His goodness thru the longsuffering and forgiveness we all are given for the evil we are ordained to live out in our own lives, whether that be a little bit of evil or a lot of evil.  God is going to make known His glory by rendering this mercy to us all in the end.

Rom 9:20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?
Rom 9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?
Rom 9:22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
Rom 9:23 And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,

Hopefully for a few this post has lodged loose some planks and possible logs in your spiritual eyes.  Ultimately the same Lord that is working all things end even causing you to stumble and commit evil will turn you around and cause you to obey Him and to take seriously His word and to fear it.

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.

Jer 32:40  And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.

Sincere questions or comments can be emailed to me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com. 

Your brother in Christ,

PETE