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Nahum Part 8 – Shaking by a Mighty Wind

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Nahum Part 8 – Shaken By A Mighty Wind

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by Pete Wilson

We ended last week with verse seven where our despicable spiritual condition has been made known and we have become a gazing stock.

Nah 3:6 And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazingstock.

Nah 3:7 And it shall come to pass, that all they that look upon thee shall flee from thee, and say, Nineveh is laid waste: who will bemoan her? whence shall I seek comforters for thee?

When we see our despicable spiritual condition, we flee to the mountains to hide out and try to escape the wrath that has befallen our old man and carnal way of life. Everything we knew or thought we knew is turned on its head in this ongoing “is, was and will be” process until we come to the mature man in Christ. The mighty wind, the Spirit of God, is sweeping across the face of the earth and its waters (Gen 1:2-3) as “light is called out of darkness”.

Rev 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

Rev 6:14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.

Rev 6:15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

We saw the call to “stand stand” and repent of our wicked ways in Nahum 2:8 but we are not standing at first. We flee to the safety of the crowd but the Lord searches us out.

Jer 46:20 Egypt is like a very fair heifer, but destruction cometh; it cometh out of the north.

Jer 46:21 Also her hired men are in the midst of her like fatted bullocks; for they also are turned back, and are fled away together: they did not stand, because the day of their calamity was come upon them, and the time of their visitation.

The words of Nahum speak of the same judgment, the same process by which Jesus Christ is revealed in us. The end of the old and ushering in of the new comes with this war and it comes by a flood of lies and false words that come against the house we first build on the sand of our self-righteousness when we hear but do not do the Word.

Luk 6:49  But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

Yet thankfully the Lord comes the second time and the day of the Lord is at hand and judgment is now on the house of God. It is vengeance for His Temple (1 Pet 4:17, 1 Cor 3:16). Here are the verses for today which will allow us to finish the Nahum study in nine installments and render a conclusion of the entire book next week Lord willing.

Nah 3:8 Art thou better than populous No, that was situate among the rivers, that had the waters round about it, whose rampart was the sea, and her wall was from the sea?

Nah 3:9 Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was infinite; Put and Lubim were thy helpers.

Nah 3:10 Yet was she carried away, she went into captivity: her young children also were dashed in pieces at the top of all the streets: and they cast lots for her honourable men, and all her great men were bound in chains.

Nah 3:11 Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt be hid, thou also shalt seek strength because of the enemy.

Nah 3:12 All thy strong holds shall be like fig trees with the firstripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater.

Nah 3:13 Behold, thy people in the midst of thee are women: the gates of thy land shall be set wide open unto thine enemies: the fire shall devour thy bars.

Let us also remind ourselves that the wisdom of Christ is foolishness to the natural “carnal” man (1 Cor 2:14). All this wrath coming against us and our old man and his wicked ways is actually the blessing of the Lord.

Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

No man enters into Christ any other way. The writing of the law of Christ on our hearts, comes not by us inviting Christ into our hearts, but by the Lord bringing fiery trials to us and pouring out wrath upon our wicked carnal ways.

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.

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:

No man is able to obey the Lord until the Lord causes it to happen and that only happens by us DOING (living through) these very judgments we are reading about.

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.

Being brought to our wits ends requires all that we thought we knew to be shown for what it is i.e. (lies). We must go through this raging sea of our carnal mind in search of the truth in order for Christ to appear in the cloud that is “His Christ”.

Luk 21:22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled….

Luk 21:25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;

Luk 21:26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.

Luk 21:27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

Luk 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

And how are we redeemed? We need not speculate ( Exo 6:6, Mat 19:28, etc).

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

Here is our first verse to dig a little deeper.

Nah 3:8 (NKJV) Are you better than No Amon That was situated by the River, That had the waters around her, Whose rampart was the sea, Whose wall was the sea?

Despite what the thoughts of a carnal mind will tell us, there is no safety in numbers in escaping from God’s wrath against sin. Following the crowd is what flesh does to feel safe but it is no defense for our disobedience and the wrath of God that comes in our day of the Lord.

Exo 23:2 Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:

Wresting judgment, the very thing that redeems us and blesses the new man, is what flesh will always think is right.

Isa 31:1 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!

The mind of the whore of Babylon is to trust in the safety of numbers and the billions they deceive by the two hundred million lies (Rev 9:16). But as we have seen time and time again it is a false peace that will suddenly be shattered when Christ comes to make war and brings a sword.

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

Mat 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

Jer 51:8 Babylon is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm for her pain, if so be she may be healed.

The sea is the wall of flesh that we trust in. We may know true doctrine but when the rubber meets the road we being yet carnal fall back and rely on the instincts of the flesh and all that we learn in Egypt. That wall falls as we saw in earlier studies because it is built with untampered mortar of slime, our filthy self-righteous works (Eze 13:10, Isa 64:6) and not the Word of Truth.

Nahum exposes this false security by asking if we are better than those in No Ammon which represents those that trust in the reasoning’s of the carnal mind and not the Word. The harlot like the people of No, sits on many waters which represent the flesh of all of mankind.

Rev 17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

The strength of the harlot is the flesh and the carnal mind. The waters of the sea, which represent the flesh, are seemingly bottomless and this is where the seed of our father, the devil, lives deep in the DNA of these marred vessels of clay.

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.

Only the Lord can draw out Leviathan and bring salvation by slaying the great dragon within.

Job 41:1 Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down

Isa 27:1 In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.

The Lord of course causes all things, even our days appointed in Nineveh and even putting Leviathan into this sea of the flesh to play. Seeing the works of the Lord, the wonder in the deep is very liberating.

Psa 104:24 O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.

Psa 104:25 So is this great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.

Psa 104:26 There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.

Psa 107:24 These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.

Our strength or rampart is the sea when spiritually we are in Nineveh. This word rampart comes from a word that means host or army.

H2426, chêyl    chêl, khale, khale

A collateral form of H2428; an army; also (by analogy) an intrenchment: – army, bulwark, host, + poor, rampart, trench, wall.

Total KJV occurrences: 8

The root of which comes from H2428 meaning a force and also includes the word translated as virtuous. As that study shows, we see that this force, this army, is associated with the word “pain” and in particular the context of childbirth, patience and coming through the whirlwind of  judgement.

Nah 3:9 Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, And it was boundless; Put and Lubim were your helpers.

God’s people are called to truly be separate. Yet it takes us much travailing to learn these truths and become obedient. Our linkage to Egypt and the ways of the world run very deep.

No Amon (Ammon) is a place on the Nile River, also called Thebes, which was said to be the capital of Upper Egypt. These locations named here all pertain back to the land of Ham, Noah’s son, who was cursed for exposing the nakedness of his father.

Psa 105:23 Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.

We first come see the power of the Lord in the land of Ham.

Psa 105:27 They shewed his signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham.

Ethiopia comes from the Hebrew word Cush who was the son of Ham. Put is also a son of Ham and is what is translated as Libya in modern English (Gen 10:6). The word Lubim also ties to Ham and to Libya and is defined in Strong’s as follows.

H3864,  lûbı̂y   lûbbı̂y, loo-bee’, loob-bee’

Partial from a name probably derived from an unused root meaning to thirst, that is, a dry region; apparently a Libyan or inhabitant of interior Africa (only in plural): – Lubim (-s), Libyans.

I live in Africa and I will attest it is dry here. But in the spiritual, dryness refers to the absence of God’s rain, the doctrines and dew that drip from the heavens and water the earth. Dryness brings famine, parches the land and hinders the crops and trees from bearing fruit in seasons. Land that is dry is easily set ablaze and burned by fire as I have witnessed my first summer in Africa. These realities in the natural tell us in type and shadow how it works in the spiritual.

Rom 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Via Nahum, the Lord is speaking to His Elect here in the whirlwind of our judgment. Now is that judgment on the house of God. Nahum is comparing us to the history of No Amon which was a very populated place in the world at that time. The references do not make much sense on the surface. How is a place surrounded by water, situated next to “the River” as some translations define it, given strength and helped by these four named places that are considered dry regions and devoid of green things?

The Lord destroys the old man within us, saving the remnant, Christ in us. He does this by turning those that trust in Egypt and its idols over to the king of Babylon within us. This is the occasion that brings judgment through the fire that is in our heavens.

Jer 46:25 The LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saith; Behold, I will punish the multitude of No, and Pharaoh, and Egypt, with their gods, and their kings; even Pharaoh, and all them that trust in him:

Jer 46:26 And I will deliver them into the hand of those that seek their lives, and into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, and into the hand of his servants: and afterward it shall be inhabited, as in the days of old, saith the LORD.

The two hundred million lies of our carnally minded father the devil (Joh 8:44), are the innumerable grasshoppers/ locusts that cause us to err from the Lord’s ways and then endure wrath as we endure the death that is the wages of sin.

Jer 46:22 The voice thereof shall go like a serpent; for they shall march with an army, and come against her with axes, as hewers of wood.

Jer 46:23 They shall cut down her forest, saith the LORD, though it cannot be searched; because they are more than the grasshoppers, and are innumerable

Here is a second witness to how this multitude of No is cutoff in that day.

Eze 30:10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also make the multitude of Egypt to cease by the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon.

Eze 30:14 And I will make Pathros desolate, and will set fire in Zoan, and will execute judgments in No.

Eze 30:15 And I will pour my fury upon Sin, the strength of Egypt; and I will cut off the multitude of No.

When we see Jerusalem surrounded by armies of  flesh, when we see our innate helpless state incapable of obeying God after having fallen down seven times, then salvation has come.

Today is the day of our salvation. We best not receive the grace of God in vain but step up and separate from the heathen and unbelieving. This applies within and without.

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?

Here is our next verses

Nah 3:10 Yet she was carried away, She went into captivity; Her young children also were dashed to pieces At the head of every street; They cast lots for her honorable men, And all her great men were bound in chains.

Nah 3:11 Thou also shalt be drunken: thou shalt be hid, thou also shalt seek strength because of the enemy.

As the harlot wife of the Lord, when the Lord turns us over to the Assyrians within, the rod of His anger (Isa 10:5), we are bound in captivity to our carnality and fleshly way of life. We mix the old and the new wine and get drunk in seeking strength from the enemy who is yet thriving in our heavens. We are unable to deliver ourselves. This is how our own wickedness corrects us (Jer 2:19).

Isa 10:24 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt.

The pride of man is very stubborn and it takes this baptism with fire to burn it out of us. Having Truth but not doing Truth is thinking we have already arrived (Phil 3:12-13).

Isa 28:1 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!

After receiving the Truth until we are proven with trials, we will wax fat on the things of the Lord. But vengeance is still to come for the Temple of the Lord.

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

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

But our self-righteous efforts of covering our sin and disobedience will fail; it will not keep us safe. We won’t be able to hide in the day of the Lord’s vengeance.

1Co 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God

Being carnal and trusting in Egypt and the world is not believing on Christ. There is darkness still to be brought to the light and burned out of us.

Joh 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

Here is a great verse that we should use often to measure ourselves and examine our faith.

1Jn 2:9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.

The clay vessels we are will be dashed to pieces in the day of our remaking from a marred vessel of clay into the son of the living God (Jer 18:3-4).

Psa 2:9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

Living by every word God spoke ensures we will not take heed to these warnings and will all will first be disobedient before we are caused to be obedient. That is how one learns [is, was and will be]! So we too will be taken captive in Nineveh by the harlot. We will be in bondage waiting for the armies of Christ to come deliver us on the Mt. of Esau (Obe 1:21, Luk 21:24) and the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled in our walk.

The immature must be tried in the fire, this furnace of affliction to become the mature man in Christ.

Hos 13:16 Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.

In this immature still carnal and “marred” condition, we cast lots for Christ so we can wear His garments and not be righteously judged. This is how we twist the Word of God and pervert it, making our own bread (Isa 4:1) to take away our judgment.

Luk 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

This is what we do, doing the opposite of being a watchman and we enable strangers to come in and take over the land. This is “buying and selling” we do in making merchandise in the Temple of God. It is all one and the same event.

Oba 1:11 In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them.

Joe 3:3 And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.

Yet the Lord will have none of it and will not put up with this defilement of His Name forever. His righteousness is only acquired by enduring through the very fiery judgments we are studying.

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

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.

Overcomers will have had their old man and carnal mindedness dashed to pieces by the revelation of Jesus Christ within them.

Rev 2:26 (NKJV) And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations—

Rev 2:27 ‘HE SHALL RULE THEM WITH A ROD OF IRON; THEY SHALL BE DASHED TO PIECES LIKE THE POTTER’S VESSELS’— as I also have received from My Father;

 Our next verse 12 brings to mind the events of Revelation Chapter Six.

Nah 3:12 All thy strong holds shall be like fig trees with the firstripe figs: if they be shaken, they shall even fall into the mouth of the eater.

The Elect of God upon whom judgment first falls are the first fruits unto the Lord (Jam 1:18, Rom 8:23). Fig trees are fruit trees and represent men and in the negative sense the immature in Christ. Immature fruit including untimely figs and sucklings, will not enter into the kingdom of God. Such fruit must be destroyed and the immature must mature by this process.

Mat 24:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!

Fig trees are green and represent the mixture of leprous yellow and heavenly blue.

Son 2:13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

When we hold onto the strength of the world the fruit that is born for the Lord will not withstand the trial of our faith. There is not yet enough root and that tree and its fruit will wither in the heat of the day (Mat 13:6).

When the sixth seal is (was and will be) be coming upon us, the fruit produced by us being adulterers mixing the things of God with worldly things, will easily be shaken off the tree.

Rev 6:12 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;

Rev 6:13 And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.

Our immature fruit, the figs, will fall to the earth and be devoured by the devourer as Nahum here proclaims when our day of the Lord is at hand. Our enemies will in due time become food for us, the bread of life as we mature in Christ via this process. This Nahum passage brings to mind Samson’s riddle which foretells of this mystery and the strange workings of the Lord.

Jdg 14:14 And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle.

The meat represents the good that the Lord brings about from the evil and rebellion He works first within us for the counsel of His will. It is through our death, the death of the old man and our carnal ways of life, that bread is produced for the new man (Num 14:9).

The fig tree represents us and the fruit we bear for God in our immature state. We have not been tried by the fire. When tried in the fire, we will fail at first as this is how we are humbled in due time. The harvest comes in the fall so when we see the fruit appearing on our tree in our “summer” then we know judgment is nigh at hand.

Luk 21:29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;

Luk 21:30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.

Luk 21:31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. [that is entered only by judgment]

Like John we do not understand it until we can look back and see it in our walk and life (Rev 1:12). As we saw in Part seven, the Lord making us vile is how we are made to fade away as a leaf which is the same as a fig falling from its tree.

Isa 34:4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree.

Isa 34:5 For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment.

Being hearers only and not doers, we are not founded on the Rock but instead rely upon the strength of our flesh, our carnal mind and the lies of the great harlot for our salvation. But the Lord will come once again to shake all things and identify what cannot be shaken.

Heb 12:25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:

Heb 12:26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.

Heb 12:27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

 I find it interesting that when we come to see our sin (chief of sinners) our first inclination is to cover ourselves with the works of our hands (the flesh) yet this is using fig leaves.

Gen 3:7 And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.

There are many parables about figs and fig trees, both positive and negative that we cannot possibly look at in this study. But we are on the negative focus here, the judgment of the great whore resulting in the beast and false prophet being tossed into the lake of fire.

Jer 5:17 And they shall eat up thine harvest, and thy bread, which thy sons and thy daughters should eat: they shall eat up thy flocks and thine herds: they shall eat up thy vines and thy fig trees: they shall impoverish thy fenced cities, wherein thou trustedst, with the sword.

Our time to reap what we have previously sown has come.

Hos 2:12 And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, whereof she hath said, These are my rewards that my lovers have given me: and I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat them.

Hos 2:13 And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the LORD.

Here is our last verse for today.

Nah 3:13 Behold, thy people in the midst of thee are women: the gates of thy land shall be set wide open unto thine enemies: the fire shall devour thy bars.

Being hearers but not yet doers of the Word, the very thing that brings this baptism by fire; we are a woman playing the harlot. Casting lots for garments we are spiritual whores.

Eze 16:15 But thou didst trust in thine own beauty, and playedst the harlot because of thy renown, and pouredst out thy fornications on every one that passed by; his it was.

Eze 16:16 And of thy garments thou didst take, and deckedst thy high places with divers colours, and playedst the harlot thereupon: the like things shall not come, neither shall it be so

Eze 16:17 Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them,

The locusts that bring darkness out of the bottomless pit within us are the lies and false doctrines of the carnal mind. The Lord turns us over to them as His way of bringing us the point of zero trust in our flesh (Php 3:3). We don’t go down easily as we have seen. James writes to the elect warning them of this continued adultery and fornicating with the world.

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

When we are turned over to the king of Babylon for the destruction of our flesh, our gates are opened in our heavens (mind) for us to be devoured by the lies and false doctrines of the world and Babylon. Being an enemy of God and knowing the Lord puts all His enemies under His feet, explains the painful process we are enduring. All enemies include death and most assuredly include our carnal mindedness which is death.

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

1Co 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

Rom 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Women also represent churches which we all are indeed FIRST as the harlot wife of the Lord.  The relationship between a man and a woman is a type of the relationship between Christ and His church. The reason Nahum says those in the midst of us are women is the same reason we are given these words from Revelation 9. Here we begin to be tormented in seeking death to our sins but not finding it because of the locusts that appear as women.

Rev 9:6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.

Rev 9:7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.

Rev 9:8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions.

Women have long hair which gives the appearance of a wife subject to her husband, Christ, and His Word. But in reality we are still under the rule of another king named Abaddon and Apollyon (Rev 9:11), we are the adulterers that James says we are. The period of chastening and scourging that Nahum is speaking about is the same five months referenced also in Rev 9:10.

The Lord uses this occasion to bring a fire within that devours the bars of flesh and copper that we trust in. We are being refined seven times in this furnace of affliction (Psa 12:6, Isa 48:10).

The end of the matter is we will not trust in our flesh or carnal mind anymore. We will live without walls and without these iron bars, trusting only in the WORD having no confidence in our flesh or the flesh of any man.

Eze 38:11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,

Php 3:3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

Next week we hope to complete the study of Nahum and cover the final six verses. It will be a continuation of the judgment of the great whore and the burning up of the beast and false prophet within. Unlike the superficial healing of our wounded head in Nineveh, the rising of the SUN within us grievously wounds the head of the beast from which there will be no healing.

Here is a preview of next week and the very last verse of Nahum.

Nah 3:19 There is no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?

Questions and comments are welcome.  I can also be reached via email at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

Your Brother In Christ,  PETE

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Nahum Part 2 – He Rebukes the Sea

Nahum Part 2 – He Rebukes the Sea

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“He Rebuketh the Sea”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 H5151 – nachûm, nakh-oom’

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

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

 H5162

nâcham

Total KJV Occurrences: 109

comfort, 34

comforted, 20

repent, 19

repented, 17

comforters, 5

comforter, 3

comforteth, 3

repenteth, 3

comfortedst, 1

ease, 1

receive, 1

repentest, 1

repenting, 1

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BASHAN

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Carmel

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

Total KJV occurrences: 25

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lebanon

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

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

Total KJV occurrences: 71

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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