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Time, Times, and Half a Time

Time, times, and half a time”

Establishing the kingdom of God in the day of the Lord

By Ayo Fabiyi,  Mitch Kuhn, Victor Torres, and Pete Wilson

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Introduction.

1Th 5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.

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

 

Dan 2:19 Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.

Dan 2:20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:

Dan 2:21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, […and their kingdom..] and setteth up kings: […in a new kingdom] he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:

Dan 2:22 He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.

The secrets of the Lord are revealed to those that are His throughout all generations, showing them all things that must shortly come to pass.

Psa 25:14 The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.

The revelations of Jesus Christ are with those that keep His sayings:

Amo 3:7 Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

In this study, we will be focusing on the times and seasons of God’s work which He reveals to His own at the appointed times. There is a time that it is not for any to know these things and the understanding remains hidden, and we must each tarry a little season for it to be revealed.

Dan 12:8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? 

To truly comprehend these times and seasons in Scripture, the “end times”, “the last hour”, “last times” mentioned throughout by the Old Testament prophets and the apostles of the Lord, we must remind ourselves the Father’s single purpose from the beginning of time, have been determined already before the foundation of the world [Isa 46:10].

Act 15:18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.

Failure to hold fast and keep this singular purpose at the forefront of our minds will lead to Scripture remaining sealed to us, leading us to become puffed up against others, boasting against where the works of God is at in others, and thereby remaining spiritually lost ourselves.

It is our hope and prayers that we continue to repent of these idols of the natural man regarding the times and seasons of all the works of God and be caused to grow in virtue and escape the corruption that is in the world through the knowledge of His works.

2Pe 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

2Pe 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

All the works of God and their timing have been kept secret from the foundation of the world and are being revealed to His own at “the end times” as we are raised with Christ to life.   Those being saved declare His works with rejoicing.

Psa 118:17  I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD. 

Psa 145:4  One generation [His chosen ones in every age] shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. 

We will be rightly dividing the word of Truth about these times and season, that our knowledge and obedience be increased to continue escaping the lusts that are in the world.

Mat 13:35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

The Father’s purpose.

There is no other Way under heaven to know and comprehend the Father’s age lasting purpose, except through the revelation of Jesus Christ.

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

Christ is in the Father, and the age lasting purpose of the Father is all hidden in Christ Jesus.

Joh 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, […and His times and seasons..] he doeth the works. 

Joh 14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

 

Eph 3:9 And to make all men see […at the appointed time in due order..] what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

Therefore to know “the times or the seasons which are hid in the Father, Jesus Christ (in whom all is purposed) must first be revealed to us, for He and the Father are one.

Joh 10:30 I and my Father are one.

Eph 3:11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

All the apostles’ writings were the revelation of Jesus Christ inspired of the Holy Spirit of the Father.

Paul:

Gal 1:12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Peter:

 1Pe 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

John:

 Rev 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

The Father’s end purpose in all His times and seasons is:

Eph 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love [obedience – 1Jo 5:3]:

1Pe 1:14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 

1Pe 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

This state of perfection is signified as being in the new heavens and a new earth.

2Pe 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Rev 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; [= not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts…] and there was no more sea.

Prior studies have already looked closely how this perfection is achieved…through fiery trials (Peter), dying daily (Paul), lake of fire (John)…

Jud 1:15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

 

Jas 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

Jas 1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

Jas 1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

All these New Testaments writings telling us of God’s purpose to mold man into His image, were hidden from the beginning in the Old Testament types and shadows:

Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our [express] image, after our likenessand let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

The express image of God the Father is the Son, through whom all times and seasons are in:

Heb 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all thingsby whom also he made the worlds; [Greek word “aions” = ages] 

Heb 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his personand upholding all things […times and seasons, the ages..] by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

As disciples, when we lose sight of the outcome of all the ages that the Father is creating us in His express image (the New Man established in true holiness and righteousness in the Father’s kingdom); we remain blinded to the heavenly vision and go spiritually astray. Many have been spiritually wounded by their own earthly lusts, and many strong in knowledge have been spiritually slain by their idols of times and seasons of the Lord.

There is a time and season appointed where every purpose and every work of the Lord is revealed, showing us His beautiful works to the children of men.

Ecc 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

That most beautiful of the Father’s work is briefly comprehended in this secret:

Col 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 

Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, [= the Love / fullness of God..] the hope of glory:

Col 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: 

Col 1:29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

Contrary to our old idolatrous belief, the Gentiles who do not know God at this time also only have one hope, which is in Christ Jesus.

Eph 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

No man that truly comprehend and knows the Truth will dare argue that the elect overcomers, those who are first given to overcome all that is in the world of any age are not special.  They are special, a peculiar people, a beautiful people, not of themselves, but by the reason of the Spirit of Jesus Christ dwelling in their new hearts.

1Pe 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him [God does the work] who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 

1Pe 2:10  Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 

Those elect overcomers were once not a people of God, being spiritual Gentiles themselves [Eph 2:11-13] will also be given the honor of showing the glory, the exceeding riches of the Father’s grace through Jesus Christ to the rest of men that will be gathered in Christ in due time.  These are the greater works the Lord [Phi 2:13] is working in those He chooses in each generation to bring all mankind to Himself in the appointed harvests.

Joh 14:12  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

The elect overcomers who are made faithful to the end [Rev 17:14] are not being made God’s handiwork now just so that others less spiritually fortunate [spiritual Gentiles now] can remain permanently in the lesser state.

It is not the Lord’s end purpose or intention to parade His elect of the ages before the rest of men just to show how special to Him they are. We are learning in our judgment that we are nothing of ourselves [Joh 15:5] and no flesh or carnal mind will be sharing in God’s glory.

Rev 14:7  Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. 

Contrary to the false doctrine of the world, God is not a God of just the few because He manifests to a few first. He is the God of the whole heaven and earth, and all will be glorified in Him and will live in the Spirit unto Him at the end of all ages.

Jer 32:27 Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

Luk 20:38 For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.

Mat 13:33  Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures [three harvests] of meal, till the whole was leavened. 

It is the Father’s heart that having kindly shown the few first fruits of His creation His great mercy and riches, to then use that little Body [second harvest of men- see Rewards Study] – also called the Church – to be the channel / mediator [Eph 3:10] to show the rest of men His exceeding riches and bring all mankind into the Body of Christ and partakers of the same precious promises.

Eph 3:5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men as it is NOW revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; 

Eph 3:6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: 

 

Rom 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!

Ecc 3:11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: [= to “present every man perfect in Christ Jesus” ] also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

Everything beautiful in His time.

All the times and seasons of our lives are all in the hand of God in Christ Jesus.

Psa 31:15 My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.

We spend much of those times and seasons in the kingdom of this world, living according to the flesh, being blinded by the affairs of the world and being entangled in many carnal things in our hearts and minds. We naturally face many worries of life, anxious for such things as;

Mat 6:31 (ASV) Be not therefore anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

These very things are what God first sets in the natural heart, to keep secret His works from the kingdom of men, the kingdom of this world. It is the world in our natural hearts that keeps us in the realm of spiritual darkness, and the secrets of God many throughout the ages have been seeking to remain hidden from us.

2Co 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 

2Co 4:4 In whom the god of this world [our carnally minded father the Devil] hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Even though kept secret and hidden to many at this time, the end purpose of God’s work is to make all “beautiful in His time”, that is to say, the establishment of the age lasting kingdom of God within “every man”.

Dan 7:13 (ASV) I saw in the night-visions, and, behold, there came with the clouds of heaven one like unto a son of man, and he came even to the ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.

Dan 7:14 (ASV) And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations, and languages should serve HIM: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and HIS kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

Dan 7:27 (ASV) And the kingdom and the dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High: his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and ALL dominions shall serve and obey him.

Holding fast to the traditions and principles of Christ so as not to be seduced by the error of the spirit of the Wicked, there is nothing new, whether a covenant, a dominion or a kingdom which is established without first partaking of the old dominion and kingdom. 

Mat 4:4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth [=Lam 3:38] out of the mouth of God.

After the allocated time and seasons under the dominion in the first kingdom of men, the Lord Christ Jesus appears to redeem us from this evil kingdom and its many gods to establish the second, the dominion and age lasting kingdom of the Father.

Heb 10:9  Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, [….=the god of this world. There is a time and season for this taking away....] that he may establish the second.

But when shall these things be?  This thought has troubled many throughout time, from the prophets of old to this present day.

Dan 7:28 (ASV) Here is the end of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts much troubled me, and my countenance was changed in me: but I kept the matter in my heart.

1Pe 1:10 Of which [..time of..] 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.

We are not left to speculate of the “manner of time”, like many do until this present day piercing themselves with many sorrows. The Lord has not left His own without an answer. The Lord answers those who diligently seek the Truth of when these things must be, and when it shall come to pass in our lives.

Luk 21:7 And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?

Mat 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy [second ] coming, and of the end of the world? [Gk:age]

Hidden in Christ’s answer is that the second coming of himself without “sinful flesh” [Rom 8:3, Heb 9:28].  His second coming within us is without the terrestrial body of flesh and blood.

That is the beginning of the end of the kingdom of this world, in that prepared body. It is an inner event, not one to be looking out’ there.

Heb 10:5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, [=in our hearts and minds] he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:

All is not made instantly glorious or beautiful. It is a process unto perfection where we are imputed the knowledge of evil along the Way.

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.

 Let no man seduce you.

What leads many off the path of holiness and righteousness of Christ is the constant focus on eschatology, outward prophecies of end times and many theologies of men about time that is not of God, but is actually the works of the great dragon, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world.  There is no greater concentration of warnings about deceivers than there is about the times of the end.

Mar 13:5  And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: 

Mar 13:6  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many

The times and seasons are also kept secret “in hidden wisdom”, “parables”, all in the Lord to be revealed in due times. It is signified in scripture in several different ways, all covering the same “one event” [Ecc 9:2-3], covering the time and season God puts Man through to remake us in His image. Only those very few, called the very Elect, will be given the understanding by the Lord in this age and mercifully dragged out of these many deceptions.

Mat 24:24  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 

As we go unto perfection in Christ, it is crucial that we have at the forefront of our minds that all the times we speak of is simply “the appointed time of the Father” for each man, at each stage.   The times and seasons relate to the Lord’s work in the heavens and the earth which spiritual words are about His work in the kingdom of God that is within us [Luk 17:21].  The Word which is the fire shall declare His work in us in due time [1Co 3:13]

Time in God’s reasoning is not some linear time on an earthly clock. God is not bound by earth’s time zones or literal seasons. They are all signified times! They point to a deeper living and active (Heb 4:12) spiritual realities in the life of Man.

It is worth repeating the words of the apostles of the Lord again:

Rev 1:1 ….from apostle John: The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified […the times and seasons..] it by his angel unto his servant John:

1Pe 1:11 – Apostle Peter confirms its all SIGNIFIED.

Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, […the times and seasons…] when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

The teacher, minister, elder and apostle to the Gentile Paul tells us first its all hidden language:

1Co 2:5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, [….men’s end times theology and eschatology ..] but in the power of God.

1Co 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: [Gk Aorist tense: ‘being perfected’..] yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this worldthat come to nought: 

1Co 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God […times and seasons for His kingdom..] in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

This study will be using the signified times and seasons in the book of Revelation written by John and comparing those with the other spiritual words of apostle Paul, Peter and the holy men of the Lord. Just as the apostles wrote, we are also writing this study on the foundation of the apostles so that no man appearing as an angel of light can continue to deceive us, to shake or trouble us in mind and spirit.

2Th 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

2Th 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. […not literal thousands of years away…but “at hand” to Him who understands in every generation.]

 

1Jo 2:26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.

We are first imposed in this time, held under the dominion of the kings of the earth where outward eschatology is the primary focus of God’s time.

Eze 13:2  Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the Lord; 

Eze 13:3 Thus saith the Lord God; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!

Being seduced of men, refreshment of the Holy Spirit is not yet come, (Acts 3:19) and our spiritual lives are far from beautiful in the sight of the Lord taking heed to vanities and many “secret arts”.  As prophesied through the Holy Spirit, many false prophets are preoccupied with these false doctrines of times and seasons of the Lord, dispensing false hopes to their followers and secretly hoping that their words would have effect, when the Lord’s Word does not say or even mean what they say.

Eze 13:6 (BBE) They have seen visions without substance and made use of secret arts, who say, The Lord has said; and the Lord has not sent them: hoping that the word would have effect. 

Eze 13:7 (BBE) Have you not seen a vision without substance and have you not falsely made use of secret arts, when you say, The Lord has said; though I have said nothing?

In this time, we also are first seduced by many false prophets, detailing times of great Armageddon, millennial rule, outward wars and outward taking of dominion over others that keeps the spiritual sight of many off Christ, and causing nothing but terrors, confusions and fears in the heart of many.

Mat 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? 

Mat 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 

Mat 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; [= as Christians, angels of Light pointing to Christ as the Light…] and shall deceive many. […about the times of the end of this world (our carnal life) causing many to remain reserved in sin, (reserved unto condemnation, the resurrection of damnation) deceiving many of His second coming (time of salvation) deceiving many of the Sum of the teachings of Christ]

Being snared by this outward focus is all part of the process preparing us for the second coming of the Lord.

Luk 21:9  But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to passbut the end is not by and by.

When the Lord gives us the revelation, when we see it, the time of the end within us is 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.

Time is fulfilled when the fullness of the kingdom of God is established in our hearts. This is a great secret in the Lord’s times and seasons.

Mar 1:15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

Contrary to the voice of the serpent deceiving many to look outwardly to maintain his worldly kingdom, the Lord’s purpose from the beginning was to use the kingdom of men for us to have an experience of evil, to taste of death, a basis to discern good and evil, the knowledge of sin, and thereafter to establish His kingdom in true righteousness and holiness.

It was never for an establishment or ‘restoration’ of a carnal kingdom where men rule over men.  That is already the kingdom of men we are first held in by nature.

The kingdom of God the Lord is establishing is where “every man” will partake and be presented to the Father “without spot or blemish” (Eph 5:27) of sin.  No carnal kingdom will be restored at the Lord’s second coming, no matter how many prayers are offered up.

Act 1:6 When they, therefore, were come together, […after the Lord had risen from death, His second coming to them…] they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore AGAIN the kingdom to Israel? 

Christ already gave a good witness before the governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate, this timeless confession:

Joh 18:35 Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done?

Joh 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

 This question of restoring the kingdom to Israel according to the flesh reveals what was in the heart of the disciples at “this time”, even until this day. The kingdom and its dominion were still physical to them, as in the kingdom of this world they were accustomed to. That is all they were given to comprehend at that time.

Christ changes not, and He showed them that He was not interested at all to establish a physical kingdom during His time in the flesh.

Joh 6:15 When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.

Restoring rulership outwardly over others was the immature disciples’ primary concern at that time.  It was still not revealed nor understood that the Lord’s kingdom is far from what we thought it was.

Here is Christ’s answer to such unconverted minds:

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

But the time does come where it will all be revealed, and we will know the times or the seasons the Father has put in His own power, His own Word.

The Father’s Time.

The Father’s own power is manifested in His times and seasons.  It is not in earthly linear time zones, but the spiritual realm that many learned disciples of this world are yet ignorant about. The times and seasons works through the power of the holy spirit which is to dwell in us.

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

Receiving power when the Holy Spirit of God comes upon us, is the receiving of the Spirit of the King, in His kingdom.

The consuming fire of God comes upon us, in a continual process of time to the end, as cloven fire to destroy/remove all the kingdom of the world within us that are made, so that the age lasting kingdom of our Lord be established.

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 moresignifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, […all the kingdom of this world that is passing away…] that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

Heb 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, [=“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you”let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

The shaking of the earth is signified as the same fire that the Lord sends to every man within, each in his own order.

Luk 12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

This earthquake or fire results in the receiving of the kingdom which cannot be moved that is spoken of in Hebrews and is the very same kingdom of our Lord of His Christ.

Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

This deep inner process of the Kingdom of God being established within is written in greater signified detail in the book of Revelation foreshadowed in the book of Daniel. The times and seasons of this mighty works of God in our heavens are not to be taken literally nor in an outward earthly sense as many do.

We must be reminded once again that the Lord’s words are to be fulfilled in us (Col 1:25) not to be put in past outward ages, nor postponed to outward future times.

Eze 12:25 For I am the Lord: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord God.

The time at hand is for the kingdom of God to be established.

The book of Revelation of Jesus Christ by John, the others apostles, the Old Testament prophets like Daniel, are detailing the removal of the old kingdom through a fiery event to establish the new kingdom in all men, beginning at a few chosen in the house of God in every generation (1Pet 4:17)

A major stumbling block about the Father’s time many are yet ignorant about is this very Truth we are warned not to ignore:

Psa 90:4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

Peter who tells us we should gird our loins at the Revelation of Jesus Christ gives us this great key to understanding God’s time:

1Pe 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

2Pe 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, […in the revelation of Jesus Christ...] that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years [with the Lord] as one day.

We will now take a closer look of some signified times in Scripture, and how these are fulfilled in not only our lives, but in others in the age to come.

 The thousand year reign of death.

For us to comprehend the times and seasons of God’s kingdom, we must know where the old kingdom to be done away with is, and where the new kingdom of God is to be established.

It must first be revealed to us who the king of the old kingdom is, and the times and seasons of his ruling before a new king removes him and sits on His throne.

Before the second coming of the Lord unto salvation (Heb 9:28), all the apostles reminded us of our time in the kingdom of darkness, that is, in “times past of our life”.…

1Pe 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:

Before being called out into His marvelous light, we were not His people, being under the reign of the king of the beast, in the kingdom of spiritual darkness.

Rom 9:25 As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. 

Rom 9:26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.

 

1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

1Pe 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

Being under the wisdom and faith of men of this world transformed as messengers of Christ is to be under the power of darkness, kingdom of darkness of the beast…which beast we are by nature. (Eccl 3:18)

Col 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

Rev 16:10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,

But even before being under darkness brought by the Law, before any commandment came to Man, the carnal mind, spiritual death reigned in the first Adam for a time and season.

He who has been delivered power over the carnal mind, Satan, is given to reign over all men for a symbolic “thousand year” as signified by John. This living and active time of our walk is the same time period apostle Peter and Paul reveal the spirit of Satan being bound in the heart of Man, as synagogue of Satan, as a wife is bound to her husband, as we all are first bound to the Law of sin and death. (Rom 7:2)

Psa 25:14 The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.

Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 

Rev 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

 

BOUND – G1210

Pronunciation: deh’-o
Definition: A primary verb; to bind (in various applications literally or figuratively): – bind, be in bonds, knit, tie, wind.

See also G1163 G1189 .
KJV Usage: bind (37x), tie (4x), knit (1x), be in bonds (1x), wind (1x).
Occurs: 48

 

Rom 5:13 (For until the law sin was in the world: [=Bound in our hearts, “in our members” Rom 7:23 ] but sin [..like fruit of being deceived / under a strong delusion..] is not imputed WHEN there is no law.

Rom 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, [= Satan is bound in the sinful body of flesh, body of sin/death…] even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, [=not sinned without the law, that is, sin reigned in the beasts in the sea and upon the earth for a signified thousand years…] who is the figure of him that was to come. [=…when that signified time, appointed time of the Father we live in that sin is fulfilled/finished..]

 

Rom 7:8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. […and deception!]  For without the law […though Satan bound within ] sin was dead.

When there is no law, “without the law”, sin has no strength. Sin is dead.

1Co 15:56 The sting of death is sinand the strength of sin is the law.

“Sin was dead” does not mean we were righteous in the sight of God.  It means the Law did not yet reveal the exceedingly sinful nature of sin to us. The mystery of iniquity is at work during this time (2Th 2:7).

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.

Rev 13:2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.

Rev 13:3 And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

Rev 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?

 The beast we are to make war with is the same law in our members warring against the law of Christ.

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

For how long (symbolically) does this law of sin have power over us and we cry to be delivered from this wretched state?

Rev 13:5 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 

Rev 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven. [=the elect overcomers]

Rev 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. [= for symbolic “forty two months”]

Rev 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Let us bear this in mind with hearing ears. We are being told who “the (spiritual) dead” in the book of Revelation are here in this verse.

Rev 13:9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.

 Rom7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

It is in this forty-two months, (3 years and 6 months) “a thousand years” signified that we are dead to Christ, not written in the book of life of the Lamb, we are FILLING up the lusts of our flesh, “fulfilling” the lusts of the mind against the righteousness of Christ, standing up against the Prince of princes, plainly speaking, sin having dominion over us.

Dan 8:23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.

Dan 8:24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: […all given from above, the dragon giving power to the beast in us..] and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.

Dan 8:25 (Darby) And through his cunning […laws of death causing sin to abound] shall he cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he will magnify himself in his heart, and by prosperity will corrupt many; and he will stand up against the Prince of princes: but he shall be broken without hand.

This is the time we are serving the king of death, typified as king Of Babylon for a symbolic seventy years, same signification as the thousand years reign of death when we were all sold under sin (Rom 7:14) before the second appearing of the great Judge.

Jer 25:11 And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

Jer 25:12 And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the Lord, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations.

In New Testament application, this is each of us at appointed times and seasons:

Psa 25:14 The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.

1Ti 1:13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: [=means causing damage, harm, hurtful to others…] but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

 

Eph 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past […bound to Satan..] 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:

Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

This time period is the same signified time of our walk, “all the world”, “all flesh” under the dominion of the Law of sin and death for “a thousand years.”

Rom 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

Rom 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

 

Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

The governors and tutors we are kept under are the guardians of the Law before this thousand years of death is expired.

Gal 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up […and bound to the Law of death..] unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

Gal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

 

Gal 4:2 But is under tutors and governors […for 42 months= a thousand years..] until the time appointed of the father.

Gal 4:3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:

The works of the flesh during the symbolic forty-two months / thousand years.

The Apostle Peter wrote speaking of Paul’s epistles [2Pe 3:16], saying there are some things hard to understand in the Scriptures that many will twist to their own destruction.  The times and seasons of the Lord written using many different names and symbols are such hard things to understand when we depart from the simplicity that is Christ and His plan for salvation to every man.  A quick overlay of the plan using other more simpler words will help us to comprehend the sayings regarding signified times.

Joh 2:19  Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. 

Joh 2:20  Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? 

Joh 2:21  But he spake of the temple of his body [which temple and body we are – 1Co 3:16]

As mentioned earlier, Satan being bound on the earth is not a positive thing as many have twisted Revelation 20 to say.  Having the spirit of death and carnality bound in us is not positive except that it is used to bring our true sinful nature to light.  This binding of Satan to us in the bottomless pit, which is the earth, is the same as the Lord putting the dragon, also known as Leviathan into the sea within every man.  Satan is bound there until the Lord looses him to bring the occasion for judgment.

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 simplicity of Christ has God making all things new in a three-day process.  Like Christ and as Christ, it is only on the third day we are being perfected [Luk 13:32].  Holding fast principles of rightly dividing the Word, we also know one day is a thousand years meaning the 1,000 years reign of death and the following 1,000 year reign of righteousness is more plainly speaking of the second and third day of the Lord’s plan for every man.

Day 1:  We are in the sea, not yet called of God.  Death and sin still reigns in us even though the law [commands of Christ, the gospel] has not come.  An even simpler view of this is to see Day 1 as our time in Egypt or the World.

Day 2:  We are called onto the earth, given truth to hear the commands.  The transition from Day 1 to Day 2 is when we begin to hear the Law of Christ and begin to understand the commandment.  Satan is bound in the pit of our flesh [sea] we have no power yet given to overcome the wicked one or the sin that dwells in us.  We hear and preach the gospel from heaven but need to wait on the day of the Lord to come, the third day for Christ to bring the fire.  The man in us reigns with Christ for this day [1,000 years] but the rest of the dead within us, the 2/3rds will not arise or be awakened until Satan is loosed on the earth.

Rev 20:5  But the rest of the dead lived not again until [AFTER] the thousand years [Day 2] were finished. This is the first resurrection.

Day 2 is also our time in Babylon [orthodoxy being just the shadow].  Seventy years in Babylon is the same as 1,000 years wherein sin and death reigns. Day 2 is also our time of living out the resurrection of damnation, being a religious beast [Rev 13:11] hearing the Law/commands, cleaning up the outside of the cup yet we continue to deceive ourselves.

Rev 13:14  And [Your Beast] 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.

Day 2 is the shadow of the true resurrection of Christ that all men live out beginning with the Elect in this age.  We think we are alive yet continue to take pleasure in unrighteousness remaining spiritually dead in our sins.

1Ti 5:6  But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.

When we hear the word but cannot do the word, we deceive ourselves.  Satan being kicked out of heaven by the truth, does not deceive us during this season, but we deceive ourselves thinking knowing the truth is all that matters.

Jas 1:22  But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. 

1Jn 1:8  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 

There are two kinds of deception, doctrine and the act or the doing.  When we hear the law of Christ with ears prepared to hear, Satan can no longer deceive us of the truth.  But we do indeed deceive ourselves as we pursue gain from our supposed godliness not yet having the power from upon high.

2Ti 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

2Ti 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, [=DAY 2 upon the earth..] deceiving, and being deceived.

Our deception Day 2, the same being the 1,000 year reign of the flesh and death, is accomplished by the many false prophets that have gone into the world within and without ourselves.

2Jo 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, [=transition from day 1 to day 2..] who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

1Jo 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. 

The release of Satan at the end of Day 2, the 1,000 years is a blessing as it brings the occasion for the fire and coming of Christ to redeem us from our sins.

Day 3:  The day of the Lord comes and the wicked one is exposed by the light and fire falling from heaven.  We see the abomination of desolation and are hearts are turned back to the Lord and pursuing righteousness.  The old man and carnal mind is now being consumed daily in the fire [lake of fire].  We won’t realize we were deceived until we are first overcome by sin killed in Babylon [Egypt and Sodom] and then called up hither with the Lord.

Rev 11:11  And after three days and an half [the 1,000 years] the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. 

Rev 11:12  And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them

In Day 3, the fire of the lake of fire is revealing the truth and exposing the wicked man that had been ruling over all of our inward earth.

2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 

2Th 2:9  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 

2Th 2:10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, [=Gospel of TRUTH preached but unrighteous act continues, secret, presumptions sins within the Cup..] that they might be saved. 

With that reminder of the high-level plan expressed in the three days, let’s return our focus back to Day 2 which is the 1,000-year reign of flesh.

The preaching and our hearing of the age lasting gospel by the messengers of Christ -the angel – to “they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations” of the earth is a pivotal time and season when sin takes occasion to revive the old man of sin in “they that dwell upon the earth”, (Rev 11:9-10) that is, in our earthly members.

Rev 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,  

Sin is at work and takes occasion behind the spiritual words being preached.

To the inhabitants of “the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,” this age lasting gospel remains hidden to them during the signified thousand years, forty two months, three and a half years season.

The god of the kingdom of darkness blinds their minds, having been given power to have dominion over them for that same period of time the angels (New Man within) is preaching the testimony of Jesus Christ to them that dwell upon the earth.

It is “the letters” of the word being preached that the god of this world uses to blind the minds of the inhabitants of the earth. (2Cor 3:6)

2Co 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: [= the spiritual dead upon the earth]

2Co 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

The preaching of the gospel is the commandment coming in, giving power and making alive [see Being Raised With Christ Study] the old man of sin in our members.  The beasts “overcome [us] them and power is given this beast over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations within for forty and two months.”

Rev 13:5  And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

This is our time of rebellion in the spiritual wilderness where our flesh is nourished of the face of the serpent, our fleshly father the devil (John 8:44) for “times, time and dividing of times”, that is to say, three and a half years following Christ after the flesh.

Dan 9:5  We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments: [=in the Law,,.not as sinners of the other Gentiles who have not been committed God’s precepts and Judgments – the Gospel..]  

Dan 9:6 Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.

 

Heb 3:8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:

 Heb 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, [...in the spiritual wilderness..] in departing from the living God. […from His commandments]

 

Rom 7:8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. [=strong lust/desire.] For without the law sin was dead.

Rom 7:9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, [=via the preaching of the gospel…] sin revived, and I died.

Rom 7:10 And the commandment, which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death.

The fulfillment of this Word in our flesh takes place for the length of seventy signified years [=1000 years reign of death] for our sins to be filled up, for the transgressions to cease growing. The diminishing of sin then begins from the day of the Lord. The new birth [being born again] then begins to usher in age lasting righteousness.

Dan 9:24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

The entirety of the 1,000 year reign of death [“Day two”] is there to show us there is no good thing dwelling in us and we are indeed chief of sinners, an abomination, a wretched man who needs a physician.  It is our Romans 7 experience.

The innumerable works of the flesh manifests in the inhabitants of the earth, in a measure in each man, but power to overcome them has not yet been received from on high.

Rom 7:5 For when we were in the flesh, [=signified time period of 42 months, 3.5 years, 1000 years, 3.5 days…] the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.

There are not two gospels. There is only one gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Howbeit, sin taking occasion by the preaching of the gospel brings to light all manners of spiritual perversion and idolatries to the hearers in all nations of the earth, because the great dragon, called Satan and his angels sits in the temple of God [within our members] showing himself to be God at this time. (2Thess2:4)

Luk 8:17 (NKJV) For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known and come to light.

Rom 2:16 (NKJV) in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel.

Through the power delivered unto the devil for a short time, the hearers of all kindreds, and tongues, and nations upon the earth are soon removed unto “another gospel”, which is not another, but a perversion of the Word.

Gal 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

Gal 1:7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

Gal 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

Gal 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

The spiritual Word preached by the angel from heaven (from Scripture) is not understood by those upon the earth at this time, and the Wicked one comes to catch it away in those preached to.

Mat 13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, […preached by angel from heaven, that is, to our mind and hearts..] and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

To one ear, of the converted heart, the gospel is heard, understood and bears much fruit of the Spirit. To another, yet unconverted under the Law, the gospel not mixed with the faith of Jesus, brings forth briers and thorns, the works of the flesh for “seventy weeks”…“forty two months.”

Heb 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, [= inhabitants of heaven -Eph 2:6] as well as unto them: [=inhabitants of the earth – Rev 8:13] but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

Having no faith equals having no power; and this is our position in Day 2 that is this 1,000 year reign of death.  We know truth but cannot do it and instead of the Word profiting us at this time we are overcome by the beast within [Rev 11:7, Rev 13:7) being dead wherein we were held in the bottomless pit [Rom 7:6].

1Pe 4:6 For this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

Without faith, we are double-minded and our prayers are not answered [Jam 1:7, Pro 1:28].  One must have faith and then the grace of God [Eph 2:9] which are the fiery trials of the lake of fire will work the work of salvation in us [our Day 3].

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

The Word is then corrupted, revealing all manners of concupiscence (ungodly lusts) in our members. The angels of Satan, signified as the false prophet and prophetess are then gone out into all the world, the four corners of the earth to deceive, producing bad fruit.

2Pe 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, […. we must focus on within our life first, the primary emphasis of Scripture …] even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

2Pe 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

It is during this time of our lives, outside the kingdom of God as Gentiles in the flesh, [ Eph 2v11-12] that we – our flesh- are given to trod without the court, speaking blasphemies against God as natural brute beasts we are, (2Pet 2:12, Eccl 3:18)  speaking great words of vanities.

We understand not what we say or are affirming, speaking evil of what we do not understand, doing the will of the Gentiles that know not God.(1Thess 4:5)

Rev 11:2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city [=Jerusalem] shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

 

Gal 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. [the law of sin and death]

Gal 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

Gal 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

Gal 5:21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things [=doing the will of the uncircumcised in the heart Gentiles..] shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

The will of the Gentiles manifests in us during this time, as we are caused to sacrifice to devils, thinking we are converted Jews but spiritually still of the synagogue of Satan.

1Pe 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, [=shall they tread under foot forty and two months] when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:

 1Co 10:20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.

This is a time (though we knew it not) we were killing the Lord’s prophets preaching the gospel to us upon the earth performing many abominable acts in the spirit.  We receive the knowledge of the Truth through the gospel, but being spiritually dead cannot comprehend it. This lack of comprehension causes us to trod on the Truth unawares,

Heb 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,..…

….Heb 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, [=the Truth] and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

Counting the word of God unholy before men, slaying the Son of God within us is what is meant by trodding over the holy city for this time and season. The suffering of those that will not bow down to the idol is always “without the gate”.

Heb 13:12 (NKJV) Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate.

Heb 13:13 (NKJV) Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach.

The great dragon continues “for forty two months” empowering our flesh to blaspheme against the Truth that will later judge us.  This is all a living and active event being fulfilled in our lives for a season.

Rev 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

Like Saul of Tarsus, we were breathing slaughter against those disciples of the Lord that believe the Truth, and would not bow down to false doctrines. We, in our hearts [in our earth], magnify ourselves against God in ignorance, prospering in sin and accomplishing our indignation against the Truth and those that dwell therein, till we have our ‘road to Damascus’ moment!

Dan 11:36 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.  

Dan 11:37 Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all.  

Dan 11:38 But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god [..another Jesus..] whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things.  

Dan 11:39 Thus shall he do in the most strong holds [= strong holds of our mind and hearts..] with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain [= Spiritual Babylon, making merchandise]

 

Act 8:1 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time […for “42 months” for Saul..-] there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles.  

Act 8:2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.  

Act 8:3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.

Those the beast overcomes, still held in death that Satan has power over for “42 months, a thousand years” are captured to do His will even after the saints [‘his servants the prophets”] witness to them.

Dan 9:9 To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him;

Dan 9:10 Neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.

 

2Ti 2:24 And the servant of the Lord [the prophets] must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,  

2Ti 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; […as angels from heaven preaching to them for seventy weeks/ forty two months , as Christ in the days of His flesh” preaching “REPENT, for the kingdom of God is at hand”...] if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; […God will give them repentance, but only after a certain time are first fulfilled…]

2Ti 2:26 And that they may recover themselves out of the   snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.  

Again, this is all primarily to be understood inwardly.  Our flesh dominating and killing our desire to do the righteousness of Christ, as sin reigns in the flesh, body of death to do the will of the dragon is for a season.

Act 9:1 And Saul, yet […His time of reformation was yet to be fulfilled..]  breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,

Rev 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, […as Stephen did..] the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

This time is the peak of our powers following Christ after the flesh, as we trod upon the Truth by our lies and deceptions of our righteousness which is all just self-righteousness, yet we know it not in our deception.   We think we serve God, but we are serving sin and the lusts of our flesh. An example in understanding these times and seasons is the life of Apostle Paul:

Gal 1:13 For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:[=for a signified 42 months/1000 years, 3.5 years.]

When the Lord comes to save us, He opens our eyes to our self deception and serving of self and the blindness we had in our proud fleshly heart.

This symbolic time and season is the time of great tribulation to the old man to the end that the new man being manifested in us.  This great trial came upon the disciples of the Lord, the Devil and his angels, the false prophets seeking to kill the saints of the most High.

Part 4  – How Long O Lord Will We Remain in Torment?

We begin by finishing the section detailing the 42 month/1.000 year signified reign of sin and death [flesh] on the earth.  This is our Day 2 experience when we hear the Law but have no power to overcome as we cannot perform that which we desire to do in the inward man.

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

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

It is good to remind ourselves that the Lord’s words, even the reference to numbers are all spirit [Joh 6:63] and cannot be taken literally but as with all Scriptures are spiritually discerned [1Co 2:13].  Our flesh and the flesh of many men have desired to use literal mathematics to take the days and counts of days in Scriptures [principally Daniel and Revelation] to predict all kinds of things such as the Rapture, Christ returning to rule physical earth and the end of the world.  Yet those doctrines are not revealed in the Scriptures and Christ is not found in what Scriptures do not reveal.  We are warned to stay away and believe not.

Mat 24:26  Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 

The Lord nor the Apostles used literal mathematics to answer or predict when future events would come.  Their language on times and seasons is spoken about in terms of the function going on within the kingdom rather than literal time. We need to put aside the temptation to revert to literal math [the letter] to understand the mysteries of the inward processes being revealed to us.

This being said, there spiritual significance of numbers demonstrates a pattern of consistency was we look at the number referenced in the Scriptures.  For example, 42 months is 6 x 7, which can be viewed as the completion of our days in the flesh (7 completion x 6 days in the flesh).  This corresponds well to 1,000 which is the result of 10 to the third power. Ten representing completeness of the flesh and three the process of our completion 10 x 10 x 10 = 1,000 speaks of the same time as 42 months when looked at this way.

We know our complete walk with Christ is represented by seven years. Our witness is divided into two main parts, knowing him in the flesh and then in the Spirit.  The 3.5 years speaks to the first half of our witness, the reign of death, the 1,000 years of the flesh which is the same as 42 months (6×7). So there is linkage in the spirit based on the experiences the Lord is bringing to all men but these not computed literal using the science of mathematics.  As we move into the transition times in this series between the key days [Day 2 and Day 3], we will see some additional time references of little seasons as we are moved onward to maturity that as we endure leads to the goal of our sanctification [1Th 4:3] and a clean sanctuary in which the Lord dwells.

Dan 8:14  And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. 

Getting to the goal is a process of many tribulations that begins in our 1,000-year reign of death.  This symbolic time/season where the sin/death reigns on the earth, leads to the time of great tribulation to the old man which will begins to decrease the man of sin and increase the new man. This great trial comes upon the disciples of the Lord as the Devil and his angels, seek to kill the saints of the most High.

To the one, like Stephen, as “the two witnesses”, the length of time of this great tribulation trial that came upon them are all symbolically the same time of suffering.  Spoke of as  “42 months”, “1,000 years” and even as “10 days, all speaking of when the saints are slaughtered, the other edge (time) of the same sword when sin and death reigns within us.

Rev 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: [=killed all day, slaughter etc..] be thou faithful unto death [of the old man], and I will give thee a crown of life.

Rev 2:13 I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those [ten] days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

The nourishing of that woman Jezebel [Spiritual Babylon] in our flesh, is during our wilderness experience as we “enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season” (Heb 11:25) …for a signified “thousand two hundred and threescore days”, which is “forty two months”, which is also “three and half years”.

Rev 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. [=forty two months]

Rev 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, [=forty two months] from the face of the serpent.

The reign of death in us is this time when we are not conscious of Satan’s deceptions, yet we are deceived and led astray by feeding on our own lusts for gain and hence we merchandise the things of God not even aware we are doing it.  At this time, we don’t know it yet, but Babylon within us is fallen and the spiritually dead nations within us have been fornicating with the harlot and getting rich by our gain seeking to satisfy our lusts.

Rev 18:3  For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.

Our coming out of deceptions such as the outward Millennium Reign and greater rewards for the Elect are a great example of our coming out of the deception of Babylon having first been deceived and living richly being puffed up with our knowledge and trading in God’s treasures. During this season, we are storing up wrath for the day of wrath [Rom 2:5] that is to be revealed in the third day when we will be perfected in the fire.  Mercifully, this time and reign of death and carnality comes to an end.  The Lord moves all men onto maturity and transitions us into Day 3 which is the day of the Lord where Christ will reign on both the heaven and the earth within us, putting all enemies under His feet.

Jer 23:5  Behold, the days come [1,000 year reign of righteousness, Day 3], saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

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

The time comes when the two witnesses finish their testimony to the inhabitants of the earth. The thousand years reign of death is fulfilled/expired and the Lord moves us along in His plan.

 “How long O Lord?”

What is in the heart of the saints of the most High is to reign as kings with Christ in His kingdom, to fulfil the word of God [Col 1:25].  It is ordained that God’s kingdom to be established in them, to be redeemed from the earth through the destruction of the kingdom of the beast within.

Rev 17:17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

Our cry to the Father as [we the prophets] are being slaughtered because of the earnest of the Spirit of Christ in us [the refined “the third part” that is converted in our hearts] being persecuted by the great whore, is simply “how long O Lord” to take vengeance upon those that ddestroythe earth, [the rest of the dead in our lives] and “how long O Lord” before your kingdom comes and is fully established in our new earth?  Like us today, those the Lord is dragging and clothing want to know the answer which comes in spiritual terms of God’s plan not in literal days and times.

Dan 12:6 And one said to the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, How long shall it be to the end of these wonders?

Dan 12:7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.

The saints ask how long because we look for the hastening of the Lord’s kingdom to come, through judgment of the great harlot who still sits on our beast, the dark kingdom of this world to be dethroned in our hearts.  We look forward to when “ all these things shall be finished.”

What things to be finished again?

It is simply the end of the dominion, kingdom of the beast in our lives.  The end of “the man of sin” ..’in our members” that makes desolation to our desire to “perform good”.

Mar 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

Rom 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. [=THE ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION standing in the holy place of our hearts- THIS IS THE MAN OF SIN.]

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.

It is this man of sin in our members that is “the dead” spoken throughout the book of Revelation.  It is by this spiritually dead man (our old man) that the Truth is cast down in us, our daily sacrifice– Jesus Christ is trampled upon- [1Cor 5:7] and the sanctuary of God is left defiled as prophesied by the prophet Daniel:

Dan 8:11 Yea, he [man of sin/beast] magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down.

Dan 8:12 And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.

Yes…we all are given to prosper in our flesh for a season according to the course of this world, as we cast down the truth and kill the Lord’s servants.   Our new man cries out to the Lord to come save us from our inward enemies.

Rev 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

Rev 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?

It is only through great tribulation [Act 14:22] we are being saved and can enter into Christ [Rev 15:8].  This great tribulation is necessary to destroy the man of sin in the lake of fire experience in every man’s day of the Lord. The new man in us all will be delivered and come out, being the result of this great tribulation.

Dan 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: [=Michael the archangel, typifying Christ Jesus, whose voice we hear- Jude 1:9 / 1Thes 4:16 ] and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: [=the time of the great tribulation of the flesh/old man is about to begin, “the time of the dead, that they be judged”...]  and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Before that comes to pass, before every one is delivered, before salvation comes even to the Jews first and then Gentiles,  “the times of the Gentiles within” [the spiritually dead within us] must first be fulfilled in us, which takes “forty two months” while we walk after the flesh, being under the Law.

Luk 21:24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, [=Rom8:36] and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. […Rev 11:2..” for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.”.]

Rom 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake [=the witness/testimony of Christ] we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

That woman Jezebel within us is first given time to repent of herself as “the two witness”, “ the holy apostles and prophets”, “the servants of the Lord” testify against her evil deeds. We come to see during that “forty two months” of the testimony of Jesus Christ, it is not in her power (in us) to repent.

It has to be given by the goodness of the Lord. (Rom 4:2)

Rev 2:21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

Rev 16:10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,

Rev 16:11 And blasphemed the God of heaven [..= as Saul of Tarsus -1 Tim 1:13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious:...] because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.

This is the time we also are in emotional pain of sins, seeing the wretchedness within us, seeing the darkness of evil, sin in our members, but repentance is hid from us.

Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: […=”and his kingdom was full of darkness”…] for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good […and repent from the evil ..] 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.

As the angel is preaching the gospel from heaven, ( the two witnesses) our hearts remains hardened in this time and season.  There is no rain to bring forth fruit.

Rev 11:6 These [two witnesses] have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: [= verse 3 “a thousand two hundred and threescore days (1,260, which is forty two months] and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all [seven] plagues, as often as they will.

The judgment and vengeance of the Lord upon those that dwell on the earth, [the spiritually dead old man within us, the great whore Babylon] those that kills “the two witnesses” takes place only AFTER the testimony of the two witnesses are finished, only after their flesh of Christ are spiritually killed, “the daily sacrifice” that is, our Lord is crucified in that great city and taken away.

Dan 12:11 And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, [=Christ crucified] and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.

The gospel of the kingdom has to be preached by the angels / servants the prophets for a signified “a thousand years..forty two months…seventy weeks… a thousand two hundred and threescore days (1,260)…three and a half years, them all being our symbolic lifetime in the flesh, before the end of the body of death via the judgment of our flesh.

Here Daniel makes mention of a different time 1,290 days that is a little season, one more month [a signified time] more than the 1,260 days we have been looking at as the first half of our witness for Christ.   We are going to address the “little seasons” which are the preparation and transition times we endure in moving from our Day 2 experience into Day 3.  This is coming in the ongoing Times study.  There is a time or mourning the death of our old man and a time of waiting upon the Lord for power on high in His plan as we move onward into the day of the Lord.

No man is saved or delivered from the abomination of desolation (the old man) UNTIL the gospel is first preached to our inward world, in our life.

Mat 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; […for the time period above…(Rev 11:3)..]  and then shall the end come.

Mat 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, [Rom 7:13] spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

It is the symbolic “two witness”, the spirit of Christ in us that brings edification, exaltation and comfort to men within (1Cor 14:3) and to others without. We prophesy in that great city – REIGNING in righteousness with Christ for the same “time, times and half a time” mentioned so far.  This is the fire from heaven in the mouth of the two witness.

Rev 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

Rev 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

Rev 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth,  [= the Word of God – Jer 5:14, Jer 23:29) and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

The end of this period is the rising up of the beast within that kills Christ and brings the occasion the Lord was always sought to come with vengeance and raise up His Temple, Christ in us with fire and power.

 Rev 11:7  And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.

The Lord works all things for the greater good, including our being dead and overcome in sin.  This death is the prerequisite for the second coming of Christ [Heb 9:27-9:28].  This leads us into Day 3, the day of the Lord as we make the transition from knowing Christ in the flesh to knowing Him in power and might.

Rev 11:11  And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.

Rev 11:12  And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.

 Part 5 – The time of the dead to be judged in the flesh.

After the Lord is crucified and we with Him (Gal 2:20- a living and active process) we must tarry a little season for the Lord to come a second time, (fifty days-Pentecost) to raise us to Life, to commit to us the power of judgment.

Rev 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.


Rev 11:11 And after three days and an half […after a “little season”] the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and 
great fear fell upon them which saw them.

For our flesh to be judged and go into perdition, the power of God must first be given to “our inner man”, [Eph 3:16]. This same “inward man” [Rom 7:22] must be first raised to Life and manifest in us.

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

After the Holy Spirit is come, after the thousand years is finished signifying the time for the old man’s reign of death to come to an end, judgment of that old man of sin that destroy the earth, that makes it an abomination to be inhabited by the New Man begins.

The end of the thousand year reign of the beast is the time of the dead to be judged within us, the destruction of the flesh begins thereafter.

It is “a time of trouble”… a time of “great tribulation” such as not been since the foundation of the world, that is, the birth of our flesh.

Dan12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

 

Mat 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Rev 11:18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

1Pe 4:5 Who shall give account to him that is READY to judge the quick and the dead.

The judgment of the Lord is always ready, not just future or past. Peter has spoken of this event before, but few comprehended he was speaking of the events of Scripture coming to pass in his life.

Act 10:34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:……

Act 10:42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, [=the angels that fly in the midst of heaven -Rev 14:6..] and to testify that it is he […the angels are those that have the testimony of Jesus Christ Rev 12:17, 19:10..] which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.

Who are those “quick” and “dead” the scripture speaks of judging? Paul reveals in a few words.

2Co 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 

2Co 5:15 And that he died for all, that they which live [=the quick] should not henceforth live unto themselves , but unto him which died for them, and rose again. [=now become part of the armies of Christ, the elect overcomers]

Christ through his sinful flesh, and being first to be raised into a spiritual body, is the first begotten of the dead.

Rev 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead.

1Th 3:8 For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.

Now, when and where do all these events take place…?

2Ti 4:1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead […when? —>] at his appearing […where? —>] and his kingdom;

1Pe 4:6 For this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

The judgment is and will be taking place “in the flesh”… so we can live in the Spirit. The same apply for all men in all the three harvest.

When Scripture talks about judgment “in the flesh”, it is in the terrestrial body of the old man, a carnal spirit in an unclean spiritual body, that Christ comes to judge and put away. It is this carnal spirit that is also part of flesh that the people of God are to separate from less we be swallowed of the earth in the gainsaying of Korah.

Num 16:21  Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment. 

Num 16:22  And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation? 

The Lord’s judgment does not carry a greater weight whether it is done in the physical body, or for many, judgment commencing after their physical death. It has not been revealed nor comprehended by many the depth of the Lord’s words about “flesh”.

Joh 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 

We do not get a greater price or a better reward because we are now being judged in this age in a physical body. It is unclean spirits that are being judged throughout the ages.

“In the flesh” now for God’s elect of today, “in the flesh” for those judged in times past as in the days of the apostle Paul, Peter, et al and many sinners will be judged in the age to come after being raised to terrestrial glory [having the carnal body/mind of the old man – 1Cor 15:40-42].

It is a false doctrine that God shows partiality of rewards for those being judged in the physical body now.  God is no respecter of the sinful body of death, which we all are put into before the Lord remakes us all.

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. 

This is what John is also writing to us in signified letters. Keeping the word of the prophecy of this book, John is speaking the same things as written in the gospels:

Rev 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, [=“he commanded us to preach unto the people,”…] having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, [….Matthew 10:5-6 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel] and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, [=The spiritual Dead]

Rev 14:7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: [=1 Pet 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?…] and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

The judgment of the dead is brought on by the preaching of the gospel, the doctrine of Jesus Christ.

Rev 20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

Rev 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

A little season?

Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, [=the Law enters through the false prophets that sin may abound in the bottomless pit, our hearts, the deep- Rom 10:7

Rev 20:8 And shall go out […as an angel of light seeking whom to devour…] to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

All the sins in the world, our lust of the flesh, our lust of the eyes, and our pride of life [1Jo 2:16] are gathered to battle against Christ. If we say we have not gathered in our deception to war against righteousness, to sin, we deceive ourselves. We are yet are at war against the Truth, on the wrong side of God.

This little season is one and the same “short time” the Devil has to come down to the elects of God, [New Man in our earthen vessels] when he is “loosed for a little season” to wage war / battle against them with all his angels/messengers he has gathered up. This is again our lifetime walking in the flesh and after the flesh, warring against God, till our fleshly indignation is ended.

Dan 11:36 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done.

Dan 12:7 And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.

This is the same signified “short time” the spirit of the world inhabits us, as our flesh bring forth fruits unto death overcoming the saints. This is all a war in our minds and hearts, a war of the old man of sin against the new man being created in the express image of the Father.

Rev 12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

Rev 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seedwhich keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

 

2Co 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, [=“the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ”…] that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

2Co 4:8 We are troubled on every side, [..the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time…]  yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 

2Co 4:9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;

For what purpose is Satan being loosed out of his prison within us, as we keep the saying of the prophecy of this book? [Rev 1:3, Rev 22:9]

The prison Satan is bound, as discussed earlier, is simply the body of this death.  Our body of death is also known as the bottomless pit, and the deep or the sea within us; where the man of sin dwells. The king of lies is also the father of all lies, who is the devil that dwells there with our man of sin.

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. 

As a wife is bound to his husband, so are we are also bound to the law of sin and death [Rom 7:1-3] which is in our members. The loosing of Satan out of his prison is to bring an end to the ministration, dominion and reign of death [2Cor 3:7-11] within every man. The wicked one is also known as leviathan and it is the same day, that being “that day”, in which the dragon is slain in the lake of fire.

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 carnal commandments and ordinances [Heb 7:16/Heb 9:10], its times and seasons are imposed upon us through the carnal mind, until the time of reformation which is the coming of the Lord with fire. The end of the thousand years reign of death is the beginning of this time of reformation, the time of refreshing of the Lord which is the destruction of death within us in the lake of fire.  Our beast, false prophet and father the devil, collectively the wicked within us will all be consumed in that appointed time for every man.

2Th 2:6  And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 

2Th 2:7  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 

2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

The end outcome is to have “death no more”, and to usher in a new kingdom where righteousness dwells. This loosing of Satan after having first been bound, is the occasion needed to gather “all flesh” for its eventual destruction and purification in the great day of the Lord.

It is a living and active event to the elect of God throughout the ages.

This is the beginning of the day of the Lord, at His second coming without sin. Blessed are we when we endure to that day, signified by the prophet Daniel:

Dan 12:11  And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days

Then a little season of waiting in one accord for the Lord to come in the Spirit …some extra fifty days of tarrying to the day of Pentecost for the Truth to be revealed. The seven seals sealing the “little book” begin to open for us to comprehend the Truth.

Dan 12:12 Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.

Dan 12:13 But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.

The end of the flesh of Christ, “end of the days” being crucified, the end of His ministry in the flesh [3.5 years] is signified “a thousand two hundred and ninety days, plus adding the waiting period of His second coming fifty days, is further signified as “the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.

All things are said and spoken in parables and similitude’s [Hos 12:10, Mat 13:9] to confound the wisdom of the wise and hide the truths from all but those given spiritual ears and eyes.  The days in Daniel are not literal days we calculate by man’s timelines.

As the seven spirits of God equals the one spirit of God, these are beyond man’s wisdom. These times are not comprehended by gazing at the face of the sky, or pulling out an Hebrew, Jewish or a Gregorian calendar!

Rev 4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.

Eph 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

These are spiritual times and seasons of waiting upon the Lord been spoken about.

1Co 1:7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: […”blessed is he that waits to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days”.]

The disciples of the Lord were blessed to wait to this time, even as we continue to wait for the Holy Spirit of promise of the Father.

Act 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, [….signified “the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days”…]  which, saith he, ye have heard of me.

Waiting for the promise of the Father is to be waiting (we continue waiting patiently) for the fiery doctrine to be revealed in the “last times”, after been hidden for “forty-two months…thousand years…time, times and half a time” etc. to our flesh.

Rom 6:17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. […the fiery Law of God, the doctrine of Christ in His people, which is signified as (the lake of) fire.]

Deu 33:2 And he said, The Lord came from Sinai, [Heb 12:22-29] and rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from mount Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them.

Satan continues to be loosed as the time is being fulfilled in us for its destruction.

Rev 11:3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth….[=1260 days= 42 months, 3.5yrs..etc ]

Rev 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit [=And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison…shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. 

Christ in the days of His flesh, as type and shadow, gave up the ghost after three and half years of ministry.  At that very time, none of those disciples with Him were converted in heart, and were still spiritually dead having no comprehension of Christ.

Joh 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. [= testify of the Father

Christ glorified the Father on the earth in the days of His flesh (in a parable/ figure) by doing His works, testifying of Him. At the end of that time, (the signified thousand years under the reign of the Law, the kings of the earth) the beast ascended out of the bottomless pit- Satan and his angels- to put His flesh to death.

Mat 26:57 And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled….

Mat 26:59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death;

Joh 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

 

1Th 2:14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: 

1Th 2:15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; […after testifying of Jesus Christ...] and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: 

It is the little season after this, not very long, that judgment of those that killed the two witnesses, those that denied and betrayed him comes upon them.  This is the vengeance of the Lord on all the inhabitants of the earth.

This begins shortly after the Lord rises from the grave in power and glory.

Then our dead body – old man- is RAISED (an is, was and will be process) with power also after the thousand years are fulfilled. This is spiritually one and the same time as “three and half days” after being cast out of the synagogue of Israel, killed by those elders of Israel, the Pharisees and Sadducees that falsely think they are doing God a service.

Joh 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, […end of the three and half days, 42 months, three and half years / 1000years..] that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service

Joh 16:3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.

 

Rev 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: [….in spiritual Sodom and Egypt..] nevertheless I live; yet not Ibut Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Our former self and families, the inhabitants of the earth will see our old dead self and will not suffer us to walk with them any longer. This is the beginning of a great blessing as we are being resurrected from the grave, “com[ing] up hither” from the dead church that we once thought was alive in the Spirit.

Rev 11:8 And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations [=of spiritual Sodom and Egypt, where all the Lord’s servants are killed...] shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.

Rev 3:1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. [=they dwell in the grave, and suffer you not to be part of their Spiritually dead church.]

Luk 6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, [=shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves…] and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.

Gal 4:17 They zealously affect you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, [..=and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. ..] that ye might affect them.

The second coming of the Lord is a terrible time to our flesh.

Rev 11:11 And after three days and an half [after the “little season”the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them [=those yet walking after the flesh hates your Truth, the doctrine of Christ and being very fearful eagerly cast you away from their company ..] which saw them.

This is the time of Pentecost when we begin to be raised to the third heaven, and great power is given to our New Man to judge the rest of the dead.

Rev 1:17 And when I saw him, [=…with the spirit of Life..] 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:

Rom 8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead [=I fell at his feet as dead.] because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

The great throne judgment of the Lord in us takes place at the end of the thousand years reign of death, and it is the giving of the kingdom (fire) to the beast, destroying the last enemy (our carnal mind) by the power of the risen Christ working in us.

Rev 11:18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead [….Rev 6:10…How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?…] that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

Destruction of the sinful kingdom – the second coming of Christ.

The dead bodies of “the two witnesses” in us are “risen with glory, power, incorruption -1Cor 15:42-44 [the down payment of the Spirit of Jesus Christ in the elects now] to judge the rest of the dead, to follow our Head out of the grave.

Jesus Christ is the first to be raised to spiritual life as an example for us, and the rest of His body, (which will be all men at the consummation of all time-Eph 3:6) are “the rest of the dead”, having an inward fulfilment of being the rest of the dead works in us that must die, and an outward meaning or application being our unconverted neighbour in Adam that will die the death in the age to come.

The power coming upon those the Lord first chooses [the second harvest in Adam] is to raise them to the life of Jesus, signified as to “the first resurrection”.

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

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

 

Act 2:1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, [= thousand years expired, Christ the first fruit risen from the dead and after “little season” of fifty days...] they were all with one accord in one place. 

Act 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 

Act 2:3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

Judgment is committed to the risen saints “at the fullness of time”, when this power, the Holy Spirit of God “like as of fire” comes upon them to begin that age lasting purpose of the Father [covered at the beginning of this study] – the gathering of each man in Christ.

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

This is the beginning of the day of the Lord, the day of Christ.

The whole world has invented doctrines to trouble and frighten many about outward end times, “last times” and ungodly endings. This is not so with the true apostles of our Lord.

The true gospel is the bringing in of a better hope for all men, beginning at a few. It is not to dispense ungodly fear in the heart of men in the name of the Lord, but the coming of the Comforter of all.

2Th 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him

2Th 2:2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

The appearing of Jesus Christ is to destroy / mortify all the earthly passions and strongholds contrary to God, to gather out of His kingdom all things that offends and do iniquity (Matt 13:41) within us, and for RIGHTEOUSNESS to reign in our present life and the age to come.

Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; […have gone through the whole process, kept the testimony of Christ and become an elect overcomer..] and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

The rest of the dead, our ungodly passions and anti-Christ behaviours, will not live unto God, in the Spirit of holiness and righteousness until “the spirit of life” enters into them, after the signified time of a thousand years under the Law of death.

This is a continual process in our lives to redeem us from the sinful kingdom, until sin/death is no more.

Amo 9:8 Behold, the eyes of the Lord God are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, [=the Israel of God – Gal 6:16] saith the Lord.

The down payment of the Spirit of Christ within us, having risen from the dead (the first begotten of the dead) is the one to reign over the nations of the Gentiles (the dead) in us. No other man can we put our trust. Only the Spirit of Christ will reign over all men.

Rom 15:12 And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.

We are not to continue looking at outward times and season as in our former ignorance but hastening to “the time of the dead” within us to be judged.

1Co 5:12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them [spiritually dead] that are within?

1Co 5:13 But them that are without God judgeth. […in their due time will go through the same time and seasons.] Therefore put away from among [=WITHIN] yourselves that wicked person.

For emphasis again, judgment only starts AFTER the earnest of the Spirit is given, to bring us completely out of the dominion of the Law of sin and death. Until that time… true and righteous judgment is not given to us.

Joh 7:24 Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

1Co 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, [….before the thousand years expires...] 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.

Rev 16:7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.

Putting away the wicked, [signified as Satan, the beast and the false prophet in apostle John’s book of revelation] is a living and active event of judgment that is not to be prolonged, but the time is at hand.  It is this second APPEARING of our Lord within our hearts all the apostles are inspired by the Holy Spirit to write of in the Gospel and the epistles.

Our old deceived world we are coming out of has blinded many pointing at linear times, not spiritual times and seasons, prophesying of times far off, prolonged days [Ezk 12:21-28] while the devil continues to deceive the whole world for a signified “short time”, that is to say, our lifetime as a vapour walking after the flesh.

Heb 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: [….this is beginning of the forty two months, our first spiritual birth in the flesh. It is the beginning/ foundation of the thousand year reign of death that has spiritual dominion over us in the sinful kingdom of darkness …] but NOW once in the end of the world [= forty two months/ thousand year fulfilled/expired hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 

Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, [=overcome of the beast, all men are spiritually dead in Adam being first born in the flesh….but after this the judgment:

Heb 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; [=became flesh with all the sins of the whole world in his body to be crucified..] and unto them that look for him shall he APPEAR the second time without sin unto salvation.

Continuing when this 1000 years reign of death are expired, this short time, little season the Devil has come down:

Rev 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: [= to wage war, battle...] and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. 

Rev 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.[…till an appointed time of ‘death’ no more. ]

The power used to put away the wicked are signified many different ways throughout Scripture, namely as the Sword, fire, smoke and brimstone by John, all one spiritual instrument of the destruction of the flesh.

At the fullness of time, (Gal 4:4) the spirit of Life, the Spirit of Jesus Christ manifest in the two witnesses, in us to destroy the sins of the flesh bringing in the righteousness of Christ.

This is the beginning of the New Man in our hearts reigning in righteousness with Jesus Christ- a thousand year reign of Christ. 

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

This is good news as we learn and begin to do righteousness in this present age.

This is the true teaching of our Lord, not the doctrine of devils tormenting those yet under the Law. The end of the reign of the old man is the beginning of the reign of holiness and righteousness of the new man. That is how Scripture becomes fulfilled in those that keep the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

Fire coming down from heaven is the second coming of Christ from heaven, His Spirit manifesting in our hearts, for one purpose only:

1Jo 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; [=same one event as Heb 9:26 above..] and in him is no sin.

To take away our sins, the Son of God must be manifest in the place where the man of sin dwells, where the devil gives him his power.

1Jo 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, [..in the sinful kingdom to establish His righteous kingdom...] that he might destroy the works of the devil.

It is only through the lake of fire, [which is the second death] appearing at the end of our age/world, the end of the signified thousand years reign of unrighteousness that the Lord begin to deliver our flesh to this fire to be purged of unrighteousness, for the beast/death to be “given to the burning flame”. [Daniel 7:11]

We begin to die daily to the body of death and the carnal mind, that is, the fulfilment of the lake of fire, which is the second death begins in our lives so we can live according to God in the Spirit.

1Co 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

Rev 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

Christ’s second appearing to us is to abolish our carnal mind which is death, bringing us into the righteousness of God, the life of Jesus Christ.

2Co 4:10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. 

2 Co 4:11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.

2Ti 1:10 But is now [=when a signified thousand years reign of death is fulfilled..] made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

The outcome of the ages is the appearing of the King, to establish His Kingdom in us:

Col 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 

Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

After the elects are slain and gathered in His Rest, they must rest for “a little season” till the rest of the dead that will become their fellow servants and brethren, be killed as they were.  Inwardly, that’s the rest of you and I!

Rev 6:11 And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.

This little season begins the process of Rev 20:3 again in those dead that are to come to Life, confirming all men will live each jots and titles of the word of God inwardly and be presented holy and blameless before God our Father.

The last times.

The mystery of iniquity [2Thes 2:7] and mystery of godliness [1Tim 3:16] are both hidden in the times and seasons of the Father.

While our flesh was under the dominion of the king of death, (the carnal mind and body) under the devil in the sinful kingdom, he is given to deceive our whole world with his innumerable false doctrines in the first heaven.

Many false prophets of Satan continue to be sent out to seduce many and bound them in strong delusions regarding times and seasons of Christ.

1Jo 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

1Jo 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets […who are these “many antichrists”..] are gone out into the world.

There are many contradicting doctrines that continue to be taught by these antichrists dealing with “the last time”.  Eschatology – as taught by these false prophets – is an aspect of Babylonian teachings that is there to reserve many “in the blackness of darkness” [Jude 1:13] of “the sinful kingdom”.

Professing to be wise, many hold different viewpoints of the 1000-year reign of Christ upon the earth (termed millennium) from the false doctrine of rapture, to pre-millennial, post-millennial views to an a-millennial view, which is closer to the truth of Christ of a spiritual event.

Christ, as a consuming fire, has appeared the second time in the hearts of His witnesses chosen before of the Father, not to all people (Acts 10:41) to turn them away from all these ungodliness of times and seasons, to take away their sins at the end of their appointed age.

This is the signified “thousand years”….”forty two months”, “three and a half years” of living in the flesh, being under the Law of sin and death.

It is not the doctrine of Jesus Christ the world continue to teach of the outward physical second coming of Christ as He came the first time with sinful flesh. That is “another Jesus” of the men of this world.

We have seen that Christ will come and rule in the hearts of men, and has told and shown us many times that His kingdom of rulership is within. He is not coming to restore a physical kingdom again, but rather to establish His spiritual kingdom in true holiness and righteousness.

Let us flee from all the doctrines of antichrist that distracts our eyes of the Truth, and keep our eyes fully focused inwardly (Rev 4:8) having rulership, dominion over our bodies and minds now. The  “the end of the age”…”the last time”…”the thousand years expired/finished “ for the flesh to be done away with is come upon us now.

1Co 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: [= Gk: types of us as written in Rev 13 and others, being under He dominion of the dragon ruling the beast…] and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world [Gk=end of the age, “the thousand year” reign of death…] are come.

The apostle Peter concludes of this same time of the Lord, and to all that have eyes to see, will comprehend this is the same time and season apostle John signified to us. The outcome of the ages is that we all “live according to God in the spirit”.

1Pe 4:6 For this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, [= at the appearing  of our Lord Jesus Christ in our flesh the second time unto salvation..] but live according to God in the spirit.

1Pe 4:7 But the end of ALL THINGS is at hand: […”the time is at hand”, the spiritual end of ALL (signified) times and seasons of the old man in the sinful kingdom of the world…] be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

The false doctrine of the physical second coming of Christ in an outward kingdom, which includes “the rapture” are all wrought in the hearts of men by the false understanding of the word of God, which remain sealed with seven seals to the inhabiters of the earth and the sea.

The false prophets have their strength to deceive the whole world “by the commandments,” the Scripture of the prophets.  As revealed in the writings of apostle Paul to the Romans, sin of ignorance, being held in strong delusions takes occasion by the commandment. (Rom 7:8)

The whole world still wondering after the beast (Rev 13) is, was and will continue to be deceived by times and seasons. Those that dwell on the earth are still worshipping the dragon in their signified “forty two months”, as another beast – the false prophet – uses this fire, this verse of the word of God to deceive all that hears him.

Act 1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 

Act 1:10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 

Act 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

The false prophets points to those spiritual words of the two witnesses, the angel of the Lord as a confirmation of a physical second coming of Christ.

He causes many to continue to look outward with carnal eyes, gazing into physical heaven and its times, searching the face of the weather and current events to gauge the sign of the time and season Christ will return. This is all faith by sight and we are to burn that type of false doctrines out of our heavens henceforth.

Those who are spiritually minded and are plucking out their carnal eyes [Mar 9:47] continue to gaze to their spiritual heaven, their minds and hearts for the Lord to continue to appear.

Col 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, [=gazing up into heaven] where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Col 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. […the “earth” is being done away with] 

Col 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

Col 3:4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, […at the second coming in our hearts and minds, the true heaven...] then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

These are they who keep the prophecy of the sayings of “the little book”, who love His appearing in His kingdom.

2Ti 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

We must however not remain ignorant ourselves of this blindness that has happened to the many called, Babylon and her many Christian denominations at this time is for but a short season.

Rom 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israeluntil the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. [=…Rev 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.] 

Rom 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved:  [= All men will partake of the promises of Christ, be part of the body of Christ once resurrected to Life – Eph 3:6…] as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

Rom 11:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

This is the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Conclusion

We hope this study will continue to enlighten us that the Lord is, was and will be establishing His kingdom in our hearts and minds to create the New Man in the express image of the Father.  This is His age lasting purpose, and He will gather all in Christ, in the three harvests in the appointed time [1Co 15:22-23] for each man.

1Ti 4:10  For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. 

We must continue to renew our minds, and no longer conform to the physical second coming, outward times and seasons the whole world are seduced to believe.  In due time, the Lord will complete His mighty works, and His kingdom will be established, and shall reign in true righteousness in all [new] men.  This is the teaching of Jesus Christ.

Eph 4:21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 

Eph 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, […the reign of death under the thousand years..] which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 

Eph 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 

Eph 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, [=“Priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.”] which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 

Therein is the establishment of the kingdom of God in the saint’s hearts.

Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

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

Which kingdom is established in us “quickly.”

Rev 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

 There are many questions and details our carnal minds will want to know about how the Lord will bring about the end of the outward ages.  Many denominations and false prophets have made a living exploiting that carnal demand and giving their hearers what they want to hear.  Lord willing, we will continue to preach the word and stay far away from the fables our flesh so badly wants to hear and profit from.

2Ti 4:2  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 

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

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

Those being saved are walking by faith not by sight.  We are learning to trust in the Lord and wait for Him to reveal what we need to know.  Simply put our focus is to be on Him and what He is working in the kingdom of God within us.

Joh 21:20  Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? 

Joh 21:21  Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? 

Joh 21:22  Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.

 

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Reaping Death, a Trial of Our Faith

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“Reaping Death, a Trial of Our Faith”

Key Verses:  2Ki 4:18 – 4:28

We now continue with the events regarding the Shunammite woman (Click Here for earlier study).  This is the second mention in the Bible of death that will be followed by a resurrection to life. We will cover the death portion of the story and the mother’s response in seeking out Elisha this week and the details of the boy’s resurrection in our next study. There are multiple facets to the story with multiple characters and many spiritual lessons that all have applications to our life and our walk with God (1Co 3:21).

2Ki 4:18  And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers. 

2Ki 4:19  And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother. 

2Ki 4:20  And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died. 

2Ki 4:21  And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him, and went out. 

2Ki 4:22  And she called unto her husband, and said, Send me, I pray thee, one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may run to the man of God, and come again. 

2Ki 4:23  And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him today? it is neither new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well. 

2Ki 4:24  Then she saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and go forward; slack not thy riding for me, except I bid thee. 

2Ki 4:25  So she went and came unto the man of God to mount Carmel. And it came to pass, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to Gehazi his servant, Behold, yonder is that Shunammite: 

2Ki 4:26  Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well. 

2Ki 4:27  And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her: and the LORD hath hid it from me, and hath not told me. 

2Ki 4:28  Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me? 

This parable (Hos 12:10) is about a young one in the faith, one that has not yet been given dominion to die to this world and instead is overcome and dies spiritually.  This is all of us in our time.  Dominion over sin only comes by and follows our first being slain and overcome.  Thus, the first half of our witness for Christ ends in the wrong kind of death.

Rev 11:7  When they finish their testimony, the beast that ascends out of the bottomless pit will make war against them, overcome them, and kill them.

The glorification of Christ in us requires that we first die, yet there are two aspects, the positive and the negative side of spiritual death (Heb 4:11).  First, we die spiritually and our overcome by sin and secondly as we are judged we are given the ability to rise up, overcome and begin to die to the lusts of the flesh.  Before we can reap the spiritual blessing of death to the flesh, we reap the wages of our sin (anything not of faith).

Rom 6:23  For the wages of sin is death (spiritual death – negative type); but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The bearing of fruit unto eternal life requires Christ to come again for judgment bringing the fire to chasten us and quicken us by grace poured out through our faith.

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,

Tit 2:12  teaching (chastening) us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,

As the Israel of God, our reaping of death via our sins gives Christ the occasion to come cleanse His Temple (1Co 3:16) and glorify His Name within us (Eze 36:23).  Christ (Elisha) returns a second time after we spiritually die to bring salvation from our sins.

Heb 9:27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 

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.

Only then can we begin to die in the Lord, losing our life to this world and bearing the peaceable fruit of righteousness (Heb 12:11, Rev 14:13).  The Lord wastes nothing even using our evil for good in bringing salvation and teaching us righteousness (Jer 2:19).

Luk 5:31  … They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.

Luk 5:32  I came not to call the righteous, but (DEAD) sinners to repentance

Rom 7:5  For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.

The son is the woman’s offspring of her faith or said another way the renewing mindset growing within us (aka the new man).  The son comes to us by the prophesy of the Lord’s priests and prophets, in this case Elisha, a type of Christ, and representation of the Body of Christ in every age.  Faith comes by hearing (Rom 10:17) the Word spoken by God’s Elect that imparts faith to those prepared to hear those words.

2Co 3:6  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 

The child grew meaning the child matured spiritually and that led to an appointed day where the Lord begins seeking the occasion to come again to mature us even more.  He does this by causing us to err from His ways (Isa 63:17, Jdg 14:14) to reap the wages of  sin that lies hidden in our fleshly members.

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:

Eph 2:3  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

The reaping of the Lord’s harvest comes at the end of the age (Greek word -AION) of us being carnally minded.  The angels of the Lord are the reapers meaning the Body of Christ which is the fire by which the man is harvested, and the old man is, was and will be destroyed.  Christ tells of this mystery in the explanation of the wheat and the tares.

Mat 13:40  As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.

Mat 13:41  The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;

Mat 13:42  And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

We go out to this harvest with our “father” to the reapers.  The father in this parable and the woman’s husband is a representation of our old man (2Ki 4:14) that is tied to the law of the Gentiles (Rom 2:15).  This is whom we serve in our belief system that it is by our own works of the flesh by which we are saved.  Before we are given the mind of Christ (a spiritual mind) through the gift of God, we, are of the mindset of our father, the devil and naturally at enmity with the ways of the Lord (Gen 3:15, Joh 8:44).  This mindset has us eating and drinking unworthily reaping the resulting sickness and death.

1Co 11:29  For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

1Co 11:30  For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.

Spiritually speaking, sleeping is the same as death.  Christ must come wake us out of our sleep (Eph 5:14) and He does this by the brightness of His coming.  When Christ comes again, unlike the first time He comes (Rev 13:3), there will not be any healing of the head wound.  The old mindset and head of our father the devil will be no more when we rise.

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

Nah 3:19  …. There is no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous …

The Word we so eagerly embrace and begin eating turns bitter to our fleshly way of life (Rev 10:9), by shining light onto our sins.

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

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

The son of faith is placed upon the knees of his mother where he dies at noon which is the brightest part of the day.  There is great significance in these symbols.  Knees are the largest joint in the body and in the physical are essential in our movement and stability.   When we apply knees spiritually (Rom 1:20) we can see they represent sound doctrine.  The knees of the church, the mother of Christ, is pure doctrine that supports and guides our walk on the narrow way.

Luk 8:21  And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.

We come to see our state of spiritual death only when we abide in the bright light (noon day) that is Jesus Christ through our fellowship and interaction with His Christ.

Rev 14:9  And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,

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

The hour is come for Christ to be glorified (in type and shadow) in this child of faith. 

2Ki 4:21  And she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, shut the door upon him, and went out. 

2Ki 4:22  Then she called to her husband, and said, “Please send me one of the young men and one of the donkeys, that I may run to the man of God and come back.” 

2Ki 4:23  So he said, “Why are you going to him today? It is neither the New Moon nor the Sabbath.” And she said, “It is well.” 

2Ki 4:24  Then she saddled a donkey, and said to her servant, “Drive, and go forward; do not slacken the pace for me unless I tell you.” 

2Ki 4:25  And so she departed, and went to the man of God at Mount Carmel. So it was, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to his servant Gehazi, “Look, the Shunammite woman! 

 

The mother’s response is our correct response when our spiritual son falls into great trial and is sick and overcome in trespasses.  When we see ourselves as chief of sinners in need of repentance, we are told to run to the mountains that are “The Christ” casting all our care upon Him (1Pe 5:6, Psa 11:1).

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:)

Mat 24:16  Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 

Laying our son on the prophet’s bed in the upper room of the house is symbolism for us trusting in the Lord and His promises to raise up the dead.  This is resting from our own works and call upon the elders and those in the church for help.

Jas 5:14  Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

Jas 5:15  And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

It takes eating a lot of strong meat (bearing trials and chastening) to become mature (Heb 5:13) in the faith.  While we have faith, our faith is initially weak until it is tried in the fire where we buy the true spiritual gold (learn righteousness).

Rev 3:18  I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.

Yet we fail first and call upon our “old” husband and lean back on our own carnal understanding.  The mindset of our old man will resist the mind of the Spirit (Rom 8:7) and questions why we would go to the Lord and expose our sins and faults.  Yet that is how we are healed and raised back to life.

Jas 5:16  Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much

The mindset of being under the carnal law (the husband) has us going to Christ only on prescribed days (Sunday, new moons and sabbath’s) when an offering to God was commanded (Num 28:11).  The Lord is not pleased with are rituals and Babylonian sacrifices, He wants our whole heart (Mat 22:37) and gets it by putting us through these trials of life and death.

1Pe 1:7  NLT These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

Rev 13:10  He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. 

Saddling [H2280] a donkey and riding to Elisha symbolizes us being bound [H2280] to our yet carnal and immature stage of our faith but where we are being humbled and coming to Christ lowly.

Zec 9:9  Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

A donkey or an ass is the perfect symbolism for our spiritual condition when we first come to The Christ.  We, as Christ, come riding our beast albeit one that is being humbled by trials and seeing the wages of our sin.  The scepter of the Word is bringing judgment as Christ (Shiloh) is come to the woman and her son and they are being saved and redeemed by judgment.

Gen 49:10  NKJV The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.

Gen 49:11  Binding his donkey to the vine, And his donkey’s colt to the choice vine, He washed his garments in wine, And his clothes in the blood of grapes.

The woman has many things right in coming to Elisha and laying her son on the prophet’s bed, yet she has to learn to glory in her tribulations.  Such is our learning process, as we doubt because the cost of our discipleship (everything) is coming due.

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

It takes much experience of evil (Ecc 1:13) and most importantly our failure to learn this.

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

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

Elisha sees the woman coming and sends Gehazi his servant to aid and comfort her.

2Ki 4:26  (Gehazi) Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well. 

2Ki 4:27  And when she came to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul is vexed within her: and the LORD hath hid it from me, and hath not told me. 

2Ki 4:28  Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? did I not say, Do not deceive me? 

The word Shalom is the Hebrew word for peace and what is translated as “Well” in this story as the woman’s answers questions about her wellbeing.  This is the second time we see the woman claiming peace (it is well) in her life and life of her family when there is no such thing.

Jer 6:14  They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly, Saying, ‘Peace, peace!’ When there is no peace.

Our Babylonian pride, learned over 70 symbolic years, does not allow us to disclose our faults and expose our nakedness to others.  Like Adam and Eve, we will seek to cover ourselves with the works of our hands not truly believing the Lord sees all and works all things.  In the presence of Christ all are being revealed in due time.

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

We don’t easily admit that our faith has been overcome by sin and we are bearing the fruit of death.  We seek to hide this, but the Lord sees our heart, and nothing can be hid when we come into His presence.

Luk 8:17  For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.

We have not yet reviewed the other main player in this story who is Gehazi.  Gehazi represents a spirit of disobedience and gainsaying that is the conflict between the ways of God and the flesh.  The name Gehazi comes from two words H1516 and H2372 and means “valley of perception/vision”.  But a low point of vision represents an obscured view of truth where we seek to serve two masters.

Mat 6:23  But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

Mat 6:24  No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. 

The lessons in this story are as much about Gehazi failures and his (our) ineptitude as it is about the actions of the woman whose faith is being severely tried.  Gehazi will soon be exposed for his spiritual impotence caught between the spirit and the flesh and faith vs. unbelief.  Gehazi is outwardly godly and religious, yet inwardly is a gainsayer and lover of pleasure (2T 3:1-3:5).  Gehazi cannot perform the greater works as he tries to serve two masters.  Gehazi is unable to raise the dead child later in this story (2Ki 4:31) and we learn from the story of the healing of Naaman, Gehazi’s true spiritual condition.

2Ki 5:20  But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the LORD liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him.

Elisha confronts Gehazi on his sin and the problem is clearly identified.

2Ki 5:27  The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee (Gehazi), and unto thy seed forever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.

Gehazi is our mixed multitude state of being lukewarm trying to save our old life as well as gain the new.  Here in this story we see Gehazi commit another error by hindering those weak and struggling in coming to Elisha (Christ).  When the young in the faith struggle, those that are stronger are to bear their weaknesses and infirmities but by no means hinder anyone or every dissuade anyone from coming to Christ and casting all our care upon Him.  The unconverted disciples make the same mistake and we make the same mistake inwardly hindering the weak and the immature (the young) from coming to Christ (Elisha).

Mat 19:13  Then were there brought unto him little children, that he should put his hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them.

Mat 19:14  But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

Rom 15:1  We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

We are to be patient and gentle with the weak, inwardly and outwardly, knowing everyone is exactly where they are written in the Lord’s Book from the beginning (Psa 139:16, Isa 46:10, Act 17:26).

The strong are to minister to the weak and needy; but do it only in a gentle and peaceable way (Gal 6:1).  The fact Elisha puts up with a “weak in the faith” Gehazi (within ourselves and without) proves his obedience to these commands.

2Ti 2:24  And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

2Ti 2:25  In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

Our preventing babes from coming to Christ and laying at His feet is much displeased by the Lord and a sign and a reason for us to examine ourselves.

Mar 10:14  But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

We are guaranteed fiery trials to try our faith (1Pe 4:13).  None of disciples which are His Elect asked to be elected nor did we count the cost before accepting.  When the heavy trials come, we cry out to Christ not wanting to be deceived anymore and reminding the Lord what He already knows.

Joh 15:16  Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you….

Rom 10:20  But Esaias is very bold, and saith, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me

We are always reminded that the Lord works all things, even the failings and shortcoming in our walk and it is through failure we learn to do it the right way.  It reminds me of the old saying about Thomas Edison, the inventor of the lightbulb.  He did not first invent the lightbulb, he first discovered 10,000 ways not to make a lightbulb.

Pro 24:16  For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

Next study Lord willing, we will finish this parable and look at the intimate details of what Christ (Elisha) does to revive us and how we are being brought back to life and given back to our spiritual mother.  We will begin with the failed efforts of Gehazi to first revive the child and later see Elisha enter in and perform the miracle of raising one to newness of  life.

2Ki 4:33  He (Elisha) went in therefore, shut the door behind the two of them, and prayed to the LORD.

2Ki 4:34  And he went up and lay on the child, and put his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands; and he stretched himself out on the child, and the flesh of the child became warm.

2Ki 4:35  He returned and walked back and forth in the house, and again went up and stretched himself out on him; then the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes.

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

A Servant of Jesus Christ,  Pete

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Amos Part 15 – I Will Pass Thru the Land

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“I Will Pass Thru the Land”

Key Verses:  Amos 5:14 – 5:23

In our day of the Lord, the elect of God who are being judged now (1Pe 4:17) are always learning. That is the function of grace and the purpose for our being punished for our sins and wicked ways. It is the occasion the Lord seeks to bring about and end to our flesh and our sins.  This is the process of dying daily that ushers in the newness of life in Christ Jesus.

Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Rom 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

Our faith grows and we mature through the experience of evil the Lord sends to us (Ecc 1:13, Psa 37:9). The repetitive nature of our falling down seven times is to devour any confidence we have in ourselves and in the flesh. As verse 5:13 showed, the wise will be silent (still) and endure the process of judgment with patience knowing it is how we are given the righteousness of the Lord. The sooner we are still; the sooner Jesus Christ is being exalted in our earth.

Psa 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!

Here are the verses for our study of Amos’s words regarding the coming of the Lord.

Amo 5:14 Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.

Amo 5:15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.

Amo 5:16 Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skillful of lamentation to wailing.

Amo 5:17 And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass through thee, saith the LORD.

Amo 5:18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light.

Amo 5:19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.

Amo 5:20 Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

Amo 5:21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.

Amo 5:22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.

Amo 5:23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.

Seeking good is seeking the Lord and not turning or wresting away the judgment of God. No man can enter into Christ any other way but by going through judgment (Rev 15:8, Exo 6:6). This the only way and we are refusing it at first but in the end, we most certainly drink the cup.

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

This is the process is bringing death to the old man, the man of sin and our carnal thinking and ushers in the newness of life in Christ. Seven times the Lord tells us that judgment is coming to us that are prideful, trusting in appearances and being hypocrites (saying and not doing).

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

The Lord is showing us that the power of God is not in our words but in power of our actions.

1Co 4:20 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

We become doers of the Word and are justified by faith as we are living by every word (Mat 4:4, 1Co 3:21) which is revealing to us what we are as flesh and blood. We can only glory in Christ.

Jer 9:23 Thus saith the LORD, let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:

Jer 9:24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.

The only way to seek the Lord is to be given the zeal and ability to lay down our lives. It is costing us everything to follow Jesus Christ (Luk 14:33) and only the Lord can prepare us to pay that price. It is a wonderful thing and a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.  The new man is blessed and the old man is destroyed as we establish justice in our gates.

Amo 5:15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.

Before we are dragged to Christ we have no judgment in our gate and know not the peace of the Lord.  We will first trust in vanity which is our perverted knowledge (double minded man) that mixes truth with carnal thinking and thereby wrests away righteous judgment.

Isa 59:4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.

When we begin to guard our gates, and stand in faith and wait on the Lord to perform His Word in us, then we are establishing judgment in our heavens. This is faith in action.

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

Mat 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

Mat 7:8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

This all sounds so wonderful and it is, but only for the new man. Be careful what you ask for! The Lord of Hosts is a Lord of unlimited armies in heaven and in earth. The Lord answers our prayers of faith when they are aligned with His will that is not a secret.

1Th 4:2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.

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

1Th 4:4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;

Establishing judgment is done by aligning God’s will with our walk. This leads to the prayer of faith as the Lord taught. Putting knowledge into action is praying this without ceasing.

Mat 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

The Lord is establishing judgment in our gates now via the trials, suffering and afflictions that teach us and cause us to love one another (1Th 4:9) as we are humbled and our pride departs.

Amo 5:16 Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation to wailing.

Amo 5:17 And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass through thee, saith the LORD.

The Lord passing “through thee” speaks of the coming of Christ inwardly which is where the Kingdom of God is found in this age (Luk 17:20-21). The Hebrew word H7130 is used to derive the “through” in “pass through”.  Yet this word is the primary word for midst, within or inward.  The Lord passing through the land is the second coming of Jesus Christ within us for salvation.  He is now in His Temple inwardly working righteousness as we live by every word of God.

Eze 2:9 And when I looked, behold, an hand was sent unto me; and, lo, a roll of a book was therein;

Eze 2:10 And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.

Turning us back to the Lord (granting repentance) is the Lord’s work in us (Psa 90:3) and this is His goodness (Rom 2:4) and the wonderful works of Psa 107.  His army executes His word.

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

Joe 2:12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

As God’s elect, it is upon us to whom this grace first appears and reveals to us our sins against the Lord and those we are piercing. Flesh has got to go and the carnal mind which remains at enmity with the ways of God must be done away. The Lord only turns us back to Him when we know the truth but are not doing the truth. When we come to see our sins, and come to know that we truly are the chief of sinners without Christ (1Ti 1:15), we wail and mourn over all the abominations we are committing in the land.

Jer 9:19 For a voice of wailing is heard out of Zion, how are we spoiled! we are greatly confounded, because we have forsaken the land, because our dwellings have cast us out.

Eze 9:4 And the LORD said unto him, go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.

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.

It is the husbandmen of the Lord, you and me if we are His people; that is first spoiling the field and losing the spiritual harvest of the Lord.

Joe 1:11 Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished.

The Lord’s vineyard is being taken from the old man and been given the new man. One is taken from the field and the other (new man) is left (Mat 24:40).

Luk 20:14 But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, this is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.

Luk 20:15 So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them?

Luk 20:16 He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid.

Rachel weeping for her children (Jer 31:15, Mat 2:18) is a shadow of the Body of Christ who is the mother of us all (Gal 4:26, Mat 12:48-50). Like Rachel died in bringing forth Benjamin (Gen 35:15-16), so we too will give up our life to bring forth the children of the Kingdom for the Lord.

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

2Co 1:6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.

1Co 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

Our entry into the kingdom is with much tribulation as we are being fed judgment, hated by the world and always bearing the reproach of Jesus Christ with death always working in us.  We are there to hold each other up, bring comfort and pray for one another that we ARE BEING SAVED.

Joe 2:16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

Joe 2:17 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, where is their God?

We need the Body and to be in fellowship to be spiritually healthy.  A NT version of Joel 2 is this.

Jas 5:14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:

Jas 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

Death brings new life. In the same way, mourning our destruction brings joy in the end.

Ecc 7:2 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.

Going through this painful process and mourning our death and destruction of our former life, is bringing joy in the end.

Psa 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning

Mat 5:4  Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Isa 61:3  To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

Being thrown into outer darkness is needed for us to come to see our true spiritual condition.  It is the Elect, the first children of the Kingdom who are judged and go through outer darkness.

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

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.

Seeking the Lord is seeking judgment in this age which brings the three woes (spiritual progression of judgment) that we live out in the Book of Revelation.

Amo 5:18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light.

Amo 5:19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.

Amo 5:20 Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

We have heard the saying “it’s always darkest before dawn”. That is also a truism of the coming of Jesus Christ within us as the old is being destroyed as the new is coming forth. But it is a process as the darkness does not at first understand the light or the purposes and ways of the Lord.

Joh 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

We come to understand the light (i.e. know the Lord) only by judgment and that by the Word performing its work in us.  We won’t know Him in truth and in Spirit until we are given to eat the true bread from heaven (Christ’s dying flesh) and drink the new wine of the renewed Covenant.

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

The new wine is dripping down from Mt. Zion (Joe 3:18) and is sanctify us by the washing of the Word. Yet this new light initially turns our old light (the old wine and our sun) into darkness.  Consequently, we stumble and are being snared and taken (Isa 28:13, Act 2:20).

Pro 4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

Isa 59:10 We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.

We cannot run or hide from the Lord’s hand. There is no escape, only the learning righteousness and patience in the day of His wrath. There is no other way into Christ except by living through the seven vials of wrath poured out by the seven angels of God (Rev 15:8).

Job 34:22 There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

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;

Rev 6:16 And said to the mountains and rocks, fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:

Rev 6:17 For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

The Lord has devised means to return His people to Himself and He is using spiritual lions, bears and serpents to bring judgment and punishment to His people. This is the chastening of a loving God to His children which seems so unpleasant at first (Heb 12:11).  Falling into sin and believing lies are all part of the Lord’s work to bring the occasion for the Lord to bring us out of darkness and into the marvelous Light that is Christ.

1Ki 13:26 And when the prophet that brought him back from the way heard thereof, he said, it is the man of God, who was disobedient unto the word of the LORD: therefore the LORD hath delivered him unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain him, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake unto him.

Num 21:6 And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.

The Lord is shaking out all things in heaven and on our earth, such that only the unshakable things of Jesus Christ is remaining (Heb 12:26-27). The Lord despises our filthy works of self-righteousness (Isa 64:6) and the outward sacrifices we perform to make ourselves acceptable to the Lord.

Amo 5:21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.

Amo 5:22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.

Amo 5:23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.

We do have an altar that only those within the veil of Christ can eat (Heb 13:10). Yet the sum of the Word that is truth makes it clear that feasting (eating and drinking on knowledge of the Scriptures) is not the primary outcome, it is only a means to the end.

Rom 14:17 (NKJV) for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Luk 13:26 Then shall ye begin to say, we have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.

Luk 13:27 But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.

Of far greater importance is that we walk in love and obey the foremost commandment in Spirit and in truth. We must remember the definition of the love of God which is our obedience.

Joh 15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

Joh 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Our offerings to the Lord are not acceptable to Him unless they are built upon a burnt offering which symbolizes a sacrificed life to the Lord and His Christ. Such is our reasonable service (Rom 12:1) in Christ.

Joh 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

We come to acknowledge the Lord in all things and give Him the glory in all things as otherwise our offerings are rejected as were Cain’s (Gen 4:5). The Peace Offering is symbolic of how we find peace with the Lord. That only comes through living a sacrificed life and it is this offering that nourishes us and enable us to endure to the end of our judgment.

Lev 3:5 And Aaron’s sons shall burn it (the peace offering) on the altar upon the burnt sacrifice, which is upon the wood that is on the fire: it is an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD.

A broken spirit is a life laid down for the Lord that is dead to SELF. This is sweet smelling to the Lord and the true sacrifice the Lord demands. Dying daily is how eternal life is possessed.

Psa 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

2Co 2:15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:

Believing we and the brethren are beloved in the Christ and are exactly where we are supposed to be (Psa 139:16); is done by faith in the promises of God. This faith is needed to find true peace and stop trying to justify ourselves by the works of our hands. Faith is the substance of things not seen (Heb 11:1) and therein lies the patience of the saints in waiting for this coming hope to appear WITHIN us and others in the appointed times.

 Rom 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Rom 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God (being revealed in us).

The Lord shuts His ears from hearing our feigned worship and the outward appearance of righteousness (Pro 1:28). A double minded man serves SELF and we are told to expect to receive nothing to advance our man of sin and our self-righteousness (Jam 1:7).

Isa 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

Jas 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

It is only as we are being redeemed by judgment that we are taught to sing the new song in the assembly of the saints that is pleasing and sweet to the Lord’s ears and nose.

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

It is those who overcome and are standing on the sea of glass (overcoming the flesh) that are singing the new song that the Lord is pleased with. The words of the new song acknowledge the great works of the Lord and the justice in His judgments in all His ways.

Rev 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.

Next week Lord willing, the Lord is still passing through the land and bringing judgment as our sins and abominations are exposed so righteousness can be learned.

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

Pete Wilson