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Micah Part 10 – Sheep Led to the Slaughter

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Micah Part 10 – Sheep Led to the Slaughter

Key Verses: Micah 2:7 – 2:13

by Pete Wilson

Flesh and blood cannot and was never intended to inherit the kingdom of God.  The first born of God’s witnesses, our life walking after the flesh must be sacrificed to the Lord for the new man, the second witness to be resurrected with Christ (Rev 11:12).  The Elect are the first to endure this process (1 Pe 4:17) so they in turn can become the instruments by which all men will be judged and brought to eternal life (Rev 20:4).  To gain our life we must lose it now and that is likened to us going to a daily slaughter.

Rom 8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Judgment is the primary message of all the prophets.  It is both a wonderful and fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.  It depends on which side of the two-edged sword we are talking about.

Psa 139:12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

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

The Lord works all things for the greater good of those who love (obey) Him.  This includes putting us into darkness, making us blind, so He can then bring us to the light.

Mic 7:8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.

Mat 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

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:

It is truly a blessing to be judged now in this age.  It comes to precious few who are able to read, hear and to keep (i.e. live out) the words and judgments spoken about in the Scriptures.

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

Here are the verses for Part 10 of the study of the Book of Micah.

Mic 2:7 O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD straitened? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?

Mic 2:8 Even of late my people is risen up as an enemy: ye pull off the robe with the garment from them that pass by securely as men averse from war.

Mic 2:9 The women of my people have ye cast out from their pleasant houses; from their children have ye taken away my glory forever.

Mic 2:10 Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction.

Mic 2:11 If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.

Mic 2:12 I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men.

Mic 2:13 The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the LORD on the head of them.

Let’s look at these verses in more detail and link them to the sum of God’s word and the gospel message of salvation.

Mic 2:7 O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD straitened [H7114]? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?

The word straitened [H7114] is only used as “straitened” one time of its 48 occurrences.  This is a poor translation and it would be better translated as “shortened” or “reaped” implying the Lord’s will is cut off or denied when we manifest sin and rebellion in our walk.  The paradox of Scriptures is that the Lord works all things in the life of His clay vessels.  His hand is not too short to save yet our inequities the Lord Himself is causing that separates us from the Lord is not a contradiction.

Isa 59:1 Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened [H7114], that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:

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.

The Lord forsaking us for a “little while” (Isa 54:7) is needed to humble us and bring judgment upon our sinful ways and carnal lusts.  This verse in Micah is a rhetorical question that reminds us that our falling into sin and rebellion is 100% the Lord’s doing.  He is working all things for the counsel of His will. Even our very sins are in the box of all things.

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

2Ch 20:6 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?

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

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

The words of the Lord do good for the new man because over time this grace causes us to walk uprightly.  Isaiah answers the question of who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire and who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings (Isa 33:14).  It’s not people going to a place called eternal hell, it is those who are learning through scourging grace to gain dominion over sin.

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

The Lording causes us to err from His ways only so He can turn us back to Him and by that process teach us true righteousness.

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

 

Mic 2:8  NKJV Lately My people have risen up as an enemy— You pull off the robe with the garment From those who trust you, as they pass by, Like men returned from war.

Mic 2:9  The women of My people you cast out From their pleasant houses; From their children You have taken away My glory forever.

Oppressing our neighbor, doing violence by perverting God’s ways and truths with our worldliness (harlotry) makes us enemies of God (Jam 4:4) and targets for His wrath.  The churches of men, built on the lies of the great harlot, that are also within us are the women who spoil or strip off all of our Godly raiment, both the outer robe and the under garments of Christ’s righteousness.  Trusting in our own strength and our own righteousness, which are filthy rags (Isa 64:6) spoils the pure things of God.

Php 3:2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

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

In the time of our becoming a living sacrifice (Rom 12:1) our loving Father will scourge us with grace (Heb 12:6) and bring us back to Him.

Zep 1:8  And it shall come to pass in the day of the LORD’S sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king’s children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel.

Engaged in full time warfare (Eph 6:12) we become averse to the ongoing struggles and do not always remain vigilant in the good fight of faith.  Leaven can creep in unawares (Jud 1:4) and our deceitful hearts lead us astray (Jer 17:9, Pro 4:23) when we let our guard down.  We need to be constantly reminded of our ongoing warring against the flesh and never grow weary.

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

Gal 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Casting out our woman from their pleasant houses and taking away God’s glory from our children (maturing mindsets) is what disobedience brings about on our road to maturity.  “Pleasant houses” here in Micah refers to delicate houses and its root word H6026 (Anag) which links delicate houses with pliable or soft houses.  Our falling down and being judged bring this softness about.

Psa 51:3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me

Psa 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

Sin hardens our heart and makes us less pliable in the Potter’s hands.  We are warned to take heed and learn the lessons given to us by the Scriptures (1 Cor 10:11).

Heb 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

Heb 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

Heb 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;

Heb 3:15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.

Sin shall no longer be ruling in our mortal fleshly bodies.  Last week we saw that adding to our knowledge is a necessary ingredient to move on to maturity and bear the fruit of brotherly love which starts and ends with obedience (1 Jo 5:3).  This is a serious calling that requires diligent ongoing effort and endurance that only the Lord can and will give us in order to grow.

Rom 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

The word translated “forever” in Micah 2:9 is the Hebrew word olam H5769 and does not mean forever in the same way AION or AIONIOUS is mistranslated in the Greek New Testament.  Our period of judgment is not forever but is an age abiding period of time which the Lord uses to teach us the error of our sinful ways and is the very means of our salvation.  Thankfully, the Lord dies for us when we are yet still the chief of sinners and reconciles us through the death of that first (old) fleshly man Adam.

Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Rom 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

We are saved from wrath by living through the wrath against our sins and lustful ways now in this age.

Mic 2:10 Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction [H2556].

The Lord will not let us enter into rest while sin is still ruling in our hearts.  The Lord must mix in faith, the ability to believe His word, for us to overcome and learn through our judgments.  We are increasingly given the ability to get up from our falling down and that is how we gain dominion, cease from our own works and find the rest that remains for the people of God.  Yet we need not be lax, slothful or at ease on the journey. Instead we must strive, labour, be diligent and work out our salvation with fear and trembling.

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

Php 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

We looked at this word translated as “destruction”, H2556 “chebel” in Part 9.  It is only translated destruction one time in the 62 occurrences and as we saw it actually means cords or sorrows most of the time.  Either way, this destruction is speaking of the bondage (cords) to sin and the sorrows and pangs we deal with (because of that sin) in giving birth to the new man.  This is how the old man is destroyed and the beast put under subjection to the Christ in us.

Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

Rom 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

Until we learn to arise and move on, we remain to relearn the lessons with more grace poured out upon our sins (Rom 5:20).  Being forgiven and given the healing to pick up our mat and walk comes with an admonition to continue to do well.

Joh 5:14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

Our suffering and the judgments of the Lord by the Word (Joh 12:48) in the last days will not return void.  That Word will accomplish all the Lord’s purposes right on time.  We are saved from His wrath by the Lord remaking the marred (destroyed) vessel of clay.

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

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:

 

Mic 2:11  If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.

 Our carnal rebellious flesh loves to justify itself and rationalize its continued disobedience, turning grace into lasciviousness.  In the last days, we will at first heap upon ourselves teachers and false prophets that will tell us what our flesh loves to hear (2 Tim 4:3).

Jer 5:31 NKJV The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power; and My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?

This not someone else, it is you and me as the false prophet and the deceiver.  Living by every word includes all these words.

Job 12:16 With Him are strength and prudence. The deceived and the deceiver are His.

Eze 14:4 Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;

It needs be that we get drunk with wine and strong drink as that is key to learning good and evil and coming to know He truly is the Lord.  This is the falling away that must be.

 Deu 29:6 You have not eaten bread, nor have you drunk wine or similar drink, that you may know that I am the LORD your God.

As God’s kings and priests, we must first err and mishandle the things of God and stumble in our day of judgment.

Isa 28:7  But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.

This erring from His ways is every bit part of the life of Jesus Christ, who is the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end.  We must first bear the earthy image then the heavenly one (1 Co 15:49).

Eze 14:9 And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.

The Lord is not doing this as some monster, He is doing it as a loving Father to teach us the right ways of life and to make us into His people.

Eze 14:11  That the house of Israel may go no more astray from me, neither be polluted any more with all their transgressions; but that they may be my people, and I may be their God, saith the Lord GOD.

It is our abiding in the fire of the Word, our lake of fire NOW by which our beast and false prophet days are burned up and we are given new garments of salvation (Rev 19:20).

Mic 2:12  I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah [H1223], as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men.

The same Lord that scatters His people and purposefully deceives them, gathers them back into the little flock that is the Body of Christ (Luk 12:32, Eze 34:12).  There His chosen sheep are fed spiritually and that includes being fed judgment.

Eze 34:16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.

Jer 23:4 And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD.

A New Testament witness to this prophecy would be this.

Eph 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

Eph 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

1Pe 5:2 Feed (rule) the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

It is these words of fire (Jer 5:14) that brings judgment and perfects us.  This is how over time we are edified and come to unity, the perfect man unto the fullness of Christ.  The Lord’s people make lots of noise in the day of salvation and abiding in judgment by fire of the Word.

1Sa 4:5 And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again.

Psa 95:1  O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

Jos 6:20  So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.

This noise we make is linked to the sounds of the trumpets which represent the judgments of God that saves us from our sins!  The Word works in us via judgment.  This is how we enter into and possess the land for Christ receiving our salvation from sin.

Now let’s look at the word Bozrah and what it represents and that is the context from which the title “The Sheep Led to the Slaughter” was chosen.  E-Sword shows the Micah 2:12 word “Bozrah” as H1223 that is the same as H1224 in the Strong’s Dictionary as all other references to Bozrah are labelled.

H1224, botsrâh, bots-raw’

The same as H1223; Botsrah, a place in Edom: – Bozrah.

Total KJV Occurrences: 9

bozrah, 9

Gen_36:33, 1Ch_1:44, Isa_34:6, Isa_63:1, Jer_48:24, Jer_49:13, Jer_49:22, Mic_2:12 (2)

We will look at a few of these references but first note that Bozrah is part of the land of Moab (Jer 48:24).  Moab was an incestuous son of Lot whose name stands for the fleshly veil that keeps us separated from the Lord.  That veil of flesh must be removed for us to take heed the commandments of the Lord and walk as sons of the light.

Secondly note that Bozrah was also the capital city of Edom (Isa 34:6).  If we remind ourselves of what Esau and Edom symbolize we will be able to see this story applying to our personal day of the Lord more clearly.

H123, ‘ĕdôm,  ed-ome’

From H122; red (see Gen_25:25); Edom, the elder twin-brother of Jacob; hence the region (Idumaea) occupied by him: – Edom, Edomites, Idumea.

Gen 25:25 And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.

Esau and Edom represent the first man Adam (red) which cannot inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor 15:50) and must bow down and serve the younger new man within all of us (Gen 25:23).

The flesh must be done away with and this is done by gather of the sheep and bringing them together for judgment.  This takes place spiritually outside the camp in Bozrah, in the capital of our fleshly kingdoms.  The sword of the Lord brings the slaughter of our old ways (cutting off) as we abide in our judgment now in this age.

Also remember the meaning of a Morasthite from Part 1 was to be a possessor of a winepress.  Our suffering and dying daily with Christ in the day of our judgment (now) is how we are rightly called Morasthite’ s and obtain our garments of salvation.

Isa 63:1 Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? This that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.

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

Isa 63:3 I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.

The great tribulation that we must live through (not be raptured away) is how our clothes, our covering for sins is washed clean and made pure.

Rev 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, these are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

One of God’s messengers (Philip, Pete, You….), members of the Body will be sent to show understanding to spiritual Eunuch’s of this great mystery and the Lord’s strange work.

Act 8:32  The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:

Act 8:33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.

The reign of the beast and the life we know in the flesh must be lost in order for us to gain life eternal now in down payment form.  This is the only way we come to know the Lord in truth and in Spirit.  The princes and rulers of the carnal mind, the 200 Million lies of Babylon (Rev (9:16) will be slaughtered in the “harvest” of Bozrah.

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

Isa 34:6 The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the LORD hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea [EDOM].

As the angels of God, His messengers and the means by which He does the greater works, we by speaking the word and watching over the flock operate the winepress and feed the people with judgment.

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

Rev 14:20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

Mic 2:13 NKJV The one who breaks open will come up before them; They will break out, Pass through the gate, And go out by it; Their king will pass before them, With the LORD at their head.

The destruction of the flesh and our way of life in the world is, was and will be occurring as we endure in these marred vessels.  But the purpose of our judgment is to bring us into unity of the faith and mature us into holy men of the Lord.  The Elect are the Body of Christ which is also the bride that is to be without spot (Eph 5:27).  Our wedding garments come with a very high price and only through much tribulation.  The Lord’s arm is not too short to save.  He will save us and it is by this process of judgment.  This is how we break out of our old ways.

Mat 21:44 And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”

Neh 1:3 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.

There is a time and season for everything and breaking us down and destroying our carnal strongholds (Dukes of Edom) is a very necessary season of maturing.  Following the Spirit we will walk the straight and narrow way and exit the wide gate.  Entry into the Temple, which Temple God’s Elect are (1 Cor 3:16) is done by living out those vials of wrath (Rev 15:8, Rev 1:3) and being ministered to by fellow overcomers and messengers of the Lord.

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

It is those who have the true Jesus Christ as their Head abiding in the Body subject to its governance and the multitude of counselors that are the true sons of God.

Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

It is only those given the mind of Christ that are ONE with the Body and the Father.

Joh 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

Joh 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:

We will see more detail of our period of being forsaken for a “little while” in next week’s study as we begin Chapter 3.

Sincere question or comments welcome.  You can also email me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

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Micah Part 8 – Pilgrims Sojourners

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God’s true people just do not fit into or conform to this world.  We truly are aliens and strangers to the carnal world as we sojourn on the earth being prepared for our roles to come.  We have just studied the need for being vigilant as we can easily be led right out of the truth if we do not take heed.  The Psalmist gives us a very good prayer to pray.

Psa 119:19 I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.

Our entire life is becoming a living sacrifice to the Lord (Rom 12:1) more each day.  It is through the laying down of our lives (Gal 2:20) as our Lord did, that we become that sweet savor offering to the Lord and His Christ.  We do this together with those the Lord puts into His Body.

Num 15:14 And if a stranger sojourn with you, or whosoever be among you in your generations, and will offer an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD; as ye do, so he shall do.

We have seen the work of the Canaanite spirits and its offspring, including the Jebusites and have seen how we must always be on guard against those self-righteous and prideful thoughts that can cut us off and separate us from the Lord.  This spirit is epitomizing the world and traces back to the pride of life we all have in our fleshly DNA.  But conquering and inheriting this land is our promise but first we must sojourn through this land and finish our course in these bodies.

Exo 6:4 And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers.

We are so blessed to be the recipients of God’s mercy in this age.  That is the honor of being judged first and going through the trials and suffering that manifest the glory of the Lord within us.  The Apostle Peter strongly warns us of this ongoing battle and need for vigilance.

1Pe 2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts (i.e. PRIDE), which war against the soul

We have lost some sheep from the fold recently and this of course was written in their books and is for our sakes so we will learn and become more mature by exercising our senses (Heb 5:14).  Micah’s prophecy is written to those maturing in The Christ so they would be aware of these idols of heart that can snatch us right off the narrow road despite knowing what we already know and have experienced.  The #1 lesson so far in Micah is that this journey never ends as long as we occupy these vessels.  We must indeed endure to the end and finish the race to receive the Prize and be in the first resurrection (Mat 24:13, Php 3:14).

Before moving on, let’s first recap the key lessons we learned in this eleven city pilgrimage and important phases of growth in our maturation as a Disciple indeed.  These cities represent steps in our process of moving from a babe in Christ (beginning to learn the Truth) to the mature man of Christ.  Our wound of being in a body of flesh with a carnal mind that causes us to commit harlotry against our Husband, Jesus Christ, cannot be cured.

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

The Lord’s method is to destroy the old with fire, which is the Word that judges us in a progressive journey towards maturity but only as we are able to receive it.

Joh 16:12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

What a blessing for the new man when judgment has come to our gates.  We speak the words of fire (Jer 5:14) that judge those in Christ which means those in the Body.  Here are the verses that contain spiritual instruction to those given the zeal to dig for Truth and with “ears to hear and eyes to see”.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Declare it not at Gath:  Once in the Truth we learn quickly only the Lord can give one “ears to hear and eyes to see”.

Rom 11:7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded

Rom 11:8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

Who are we to decide to whom the Lord gives His gifts?  We come to understand why when Christ’s heals someone spiritually, He tells them to go tell no one.  Immaturity is where we do not heed to these commandments nor do we yet fully understand them.

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

Of course the sum of the Word tells us to always be ready to given an answer to those who ask, but that is different than us declaring it at Gath.  We are only to go to the Body of Christ and show the priests of the Lord we have been cleansed and our spiritual maturing initiated.

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

A mature man has learned to wait on the Lord to put people in our lives that have been prepared to hear the Truth (Psa 10:17).  The Lord was sent and like Him we are sent ONLY to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Mat 10:6).  These are spiritual words and symbols that represent God’s Elect in every age.  We don’t show Christ to the world.

Mar 8:29 And he saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Peter answereth and saith unto him, Thou art the Christ.

Mar 8:30 And he charged them that they should tell no man of him.

Weep ye not at all in the house of Aphrah:  Aphrah represents dust and is representative of the earth and the attributes of the carnal mind and its 200 million lies (Rev 9:16).  This dust is leaven, lies and false doctrines that will defile the temple of the Lord and make any house containing it unclean.  Getting and keeping dust (and leaven) out of our house is very important spiritually (Lev 14:41, 1 Cor 5:6).  It is so important that the Israelites were instructed to scrape the wall of dust showing us just how important keeping out impure thoughts is in our walk.  Maturing requires us to get over losing all things and to stop lamenting and weeping over the price we are having to pay for following after Christ. We are learning to appreciate the grace of God and what it is doing and will grow into our abilities to adhere to this verse.

1Th 5:18 In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

The Lord will not try us beyond what we can bear.   The old life must go and we are told not to weep or lament over the very things the Lord is destroying.  It is through judgment that we are redeemed!

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

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

We, in our immaturity weep and lament but this is good because it means that judgment now is on the house of God, which house we are (Ecc 7:2, 1 Cor 3:16, 1 Pe 4:17).

Pass by in naked shame, you inhabitant of Shaphir:  Shaphir means beautiful and is linked to the goodly heritage we are promised in Christ.  Yet before that beauty and light can shine outward from within us, we must be shown the shame of our own inward nakedness.  We must come to know in our hearts that apart from Christ we can do nothing and this includes good and evil (Isa 63:17, John 15:5).  Any righteousness of our own is the nakedness we hold onto as immature Christians.  Garments of self-righteousness and our sinfulness will be exposed.  The Lord is making it perfectly clear on the road to maturity (Ecc 3:18, Rom 7:24).  These verses are “is, was and will be” also.

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

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

We are that man Christ exposes for not having the proper wedding attire.  This man is not someone else, it is you and me on the way to becoming a mature man in Christ.

Mat 22:11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:

Mat 22:12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

The inhabitant of Zaanan does not go out:  Zaanan means Sheep Pasture.

 To mature, we need to get past the milk doctrines and go on to eat strong meat which is partaking of the fiery trials and suffering we have been appointed to as the people of God (Heb 6:1-3, Act 14:22).  To do this we have to eat the flesh of Jesus Christ at the Lord’s altar.

Joh 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

Heb 13:10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.

In our immature state, we resist the call to fall in line with the Body as it will cut us off from the world and our past way of life.  Instead we try to protect or save that old life to some degree.  We warm ourselves by the fire but will not abide in it as we are yet uncomfortable and immature.  The Elect must follow where the Spirit leads the Body which are of ONE MIND.

Eze 10:11 When they went, they went upon their four sides; they turned not as they went, but to the place whither the head looked they followed it; they turned not as they went.

We must remember the lesson of Lot’s wife.  We will indeed look back in our immaturity even after our hand is on the plow (Luk 9:62).  This makes us unfit for service in the Body of Christ until we get past this limitation.  This will only result in us denying the Lord when put to the test.  The Lord calls us to separate and is no friend of the lukewarm.

2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.

Beth Ezel mourns; its place to stand is taken away from you:  Bethezel means the house of separation and is tied to separating from the house of stones which represent our flesh and the works of the law.  Like all lessons to maturity, we learn by making mistakes, falling down (Pro 24:16) and being scourged (Heb 12:6) by a loving Father.  The house we build using our carnal mind (the earth) and mixing it with the Truth will not stand.  Christ builds only a sure foundation of the Rock which is the Body of Christ.  His kingdom unlike that of our father, the devil, cannot be divided, we are of one mind.  Streams of moving waters are the trials and tribulations that come with the Word to try our faith and chasten us.

Luk 6:49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.

The idea we can make covenants with Babylon and the world to keep the peace in our house will put us into bondage and prevent us from maturing.  Those covenants are covenants with death (carnal mindedness) and will be disannulled when the baptism by fire comes to try us (1 The 5:3, Isa 28:15).

We learned in our discussion that removing the stone, removing the House of Ezel, is how we are called out of darkness and death, resurrected and freed from our bondage.  The parable of Lazarus and his resurrection shows us this.

Joh 11:39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.

Joh 11:44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

We cannot serve two masters.  We cannot love God and also love this world as Babylon does.  We must leave the house of Bethezel behind and move on to maturity just as David had to leave Jonathan (1 Sam 20).

The people of Maroth anxiously wait for relief, but only bitterness awaits them as the LORD’S judgment reaches even to the gates of Jerusalem.

Maroth means “bitter springs” and speaks of the time we spew forth both sweet and bitter water out of our tongues and mouth.  Knowing the Truth and learning more every day, we want instant salvation.  We want deliverance NOW.  But Maroth is a necessary time in our maturation, a time where we mix bitter and sweet and are forced to learn righteousness and patience, both important criteria for the mature man in Christ.

Being humbled requires us to wait and to learn the prior lessons that of our own strength and initiative, we truly can do nothing.  This anxious waiting and the pain of suffering as we continue to struggle with sin is how the Lord used our own wickedness to correct us (Jer 2:9, Pro 24:16).  This age abiding period is where we learn patience and Maroth is a very important lesson to learn.

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

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

It is this patient process, abiding in the bitter springs of Maroth through which we are being saved and inherit the promises through the faith and patience we are learning.

Heb 6:12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

O inhabitant of Lachish, Harness the chariot to the swift steeds (She was the beginning of sin to the daughter of Zion.

Living by every word includes coming to see ourselves as the worst of the two whore harlot sisters, Aholibah, which is Jerusalem (Eze 23:3-4).  James speaks to us in the Body rebuking and exhorting us to godliness.

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

The seat of the beast within us is our carnal mind that is in agreement with our father the devil. This is the origins, the beginning of all of our sins as we were created in marred (Jer 18:4) sinful vessels of clay (Psa 51:5) destined to be destroyed by this journey.  This is what is burned out of us by the vials of the Lord’s wrath poured out by the angels in the Body.

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,

This process of destroying the chariot of the beast is a continual winnowing process.  Two thirds are always cut off and the remainder, the remnant, is brought once again through the fire of God’s Word.

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

We don’t check the box saying we’ve done that.  This is, an “is, was and will be” process we are enduring for the remainder of our physical lives.  We are that “man of sin” as Lachish is imbedded into our carnal DNA.  A sword is always abiding in our house.

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

Therefore, shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath.  We recall that Micah is the Morashite, and comes from Moreshethgath.  All the Lord’s prophets come from spiritual Moreshethgath as the very word means possessor of a winepress.  This winepress is where we are being saved, this is our day of the Lord and how the harvest is brought into the Lord’s storehouse.

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

Moreshethgath is a time and place in our maturity when we are commissioned into service as an able minister of the grace of our Lord.  That is why the Lord has chosen us now.  It is FOR SERVICE.

Col 3:24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ

We saw that the word “presents” was directly linked to us being sent.  That is exactly what the Scriptures tell us about the Elect and our being sent to be the ministers by which all men shall be saved in due time.

Rom 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Once sent we are then equipped and able to be ministers of grace and serve the Body of Christ.

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

Becoming an able minister of grace is “getting there”.  We are definitely maturing but have not yet arrived and lest we think otherwise we have the town of Achzib next to sojourn through.

The houses of Achzib are for a lying thing to the kings of Israel.  Achzib means lies and deception.  We should never forget how easy it is to be snatched away and led right out of the Body of Christ.  We have seen it happen before our very eyes and even from those who have walked with us for a very long time.  The lesson we learn as a maturing man and woman of God is to take heed and to be diligent and vigilant in guarding our gates and not allowing lies to take root in our heavens.  To be saved we must endure to the end or said another way, continue in the Truth.  Those are disciples indeed.

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

Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

We see in these later cities in our journey, the presence of the Canaanite spirits that always dwell with those who live in clay vessels.  We must remember this and beware prideful thoughts and spirits that will puff us up and lead us astray.  Godliness with contentment is great gain, but when we are looking to get something (gain) we begin to exalt ourselves in the congregation (Isa 14:14-15).  We must be vigilant against PRIDE.  The takeaway lesson of Achzib is the exhortation to engage in spiritual warfare.  This means to not only try the spirits (1 Joh 4:1) but to consider our every thought.

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

The maturing man will not be led astray and follow after spiritual harlots who bring in lies and seduce our carnal lusts with spiritual fornication.

Pro 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah:  The root of Mareshah refers to the principalities that rule in our heavens.  In order to move onto maturity, we gain dominion over the dog and rebellious spirits that live in our flesh.  The Canaanite offspring include the children of Mareshah, the house of Caleb and the Jebusites.  We saw just how interwoven clay vessels are with these Jebusite Spirits.

Jos 15:63 As for the Jebusites the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the children of Judah could not drive them out: but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem unto this day.

These merchandising spirits lead us into peddling (buying and selling) the Word for ungodly gain.  We learn to be spiritual warriors in the Lord’s House and take those spirits captive.

Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Mareshah is where we are given to overcome the principalities of pride and self-righteousness so we are able to stay joined to the Body and go straight without wavering.  Few make it thru the strait gate at the end while many are led astray by false prophets that come to us looking like members of the Body of Christ but are actually ravening wolves (Mat 7:14-15).

Mareshah is where we find the valley of Zephathah.  Valleys are where we buy gold tried in the fire by learning to make righteous decisions and being diligent.  We saw that Zephathah has as its root H6822 that ties directly to our role of being watchmen over the flock of God.

Eze 3:17 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman [H6822] unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

A mature man in Christ is an able watchman, not afraid to bring up heresies and to challenge false doctrine, to even to go to a brother and sister and snatch them from the fire.

Jud 1:23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

He shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel:  Lastly we come to Adullam that is labelled “the glory of Israel”.  This is where we find our eternal rest and are joined together in service in the Lord’s Army in the Body of Christ.  Now working together, we abide and make spiritual war from this secret place.

Psa 91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

It is in this cave, which is darkness and death to the world and the old man (Exo 14:19-20), that the Light of this world, the Body of Christ is chosen and assembled as the Lord’s army.

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

Those the Lord chooses in Adullam are not esteemed by the world and appear as foolishness (1 Co 1:26-28).  The Lord chooses for His people those in distress and owing a great debt.

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

We have come to see the Lord’s hand and purposes in greater detail.  We have been prepared for the walk of a disciple and through this walk we are being brought onto completion and prepared of the Lord for every good work (Eph 2:10).

We are fighting the good fight of faith to the end and through many tribulations are entering into the kingdom of God.  So what is next, where does Micah go from here?  Let’s find out and complete Chapter 1 by covering this final verse.

Mic 1:16 NKJV Make yourself bald and cut off your hair, Because of your precious children; Enlarge your baldness like an eagle, For they shall go from you into captivity.

 We are becoming more mature but still battle the pulls of our natural state of carnality and the ways of the world we live in.  There remain idols of our hearts that are being made manifest by the light of Christ shining on the darkness within.  Abiding in the Body we are cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ and the suffering we and our brethren endure for one another.  We live in the furnace of affliction (Isa 48:10) and are being purified by the chastening grace of God (Heb 12:6).

Jude warns us of certain men and thoughts that creep in unawares and leads us into lasciviousness.  With our pilgrimage through eleven cities we are still not complete.  With all this knowledge and experience will we remain faithful or will we rebel against the Lord?

Joh 6:70 Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?

We should be humbled by seeing some fall away we considered mature and strong in the faith.  The pride of life is easily manifested and leads to fornication and despising of dominion and authority, even that which is established within the Body of Christ.  The Spirit of Korah (Core) is rebellion to the Lord and His Servants and has taken many a seeming mature man away from the Body.

Jud 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

A bald eagle is an American symbol of pride and that is also what a bald eagle represents in the negative sense in the Word.  The winnowing process is not over.  As we grow in faith, our children are the new mindsets we bring about as we mature.  Yet here in Micah 1:16, those children are still going into captivity because of pride and the rebellion that pride manifests.

Oba 1:3 The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground?

Oba 1:4 Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the LORD.

When we make ourselves bald we are removing our covering and acting in rebellion to the law of faith and instead relying upon the works of the law and our own righteousness to justify ourselves before the Lord.

Rom 2:14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

Rom 2:15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;

It is the accusing and excusing spirit within us that represents the law of self-righteousness that must be burned out of us to become useful to the Lord in service.  Even the Apostle Paul struggled with self-righteousness and resting in the law of Faith long after walking and preaching the Truth.  Paul took the Nazarite Vow and shaved his head thinking those acts served the Lord (Act 18:18).  This is a sign of Paul’s and our CONTINUED immaturity in our walk.  We are no different and make the same mistakes reverting back to the work of the law instead of standing on faith.    The fear of man and the pressures of this world will lead us to rebel against the Lord and leave our covering and headship.

Paul was talking to you and me, the Body of Christ in all his letters.  That law for a CARNAL nation is written on our deceitful hearts (Jer 17:9) and needs to be rewritten.  We are being given a NEW HEART by the trials of our walk of faith.

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

Heb 10:16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

Our salvation is completed through the death to our spiritually immature old man.  Cutting off our hair is representative of our bondage to the carnal law of Moses/Gentiles.  The Nazarite vow in the Law of Moses is the epitome of our carnal self-righteous works of the law to justify ourselves before God.  Being bald is representative of our continued rebellion to the law of liberty and the law of righteousness by faith.

We have no covering at all when our head is bald and we are in rebellion.  We looked at the sons of Canaan including Caleb (Dog Spirit) and Caleb’s offspring who beget Hebron who we are told is the father of Korah (1 Ch 2:42-43).  Korah/Core brings to mind the Korah rebellion (Numbers 16-17) against the servants of God (The Christ).  The name Korah itself comes from a root that actually means to make oneself bald.

H7141, ko’-rakh

From H7139; ice; Korach, the name of two Edomites and three Israelites: – Korah.

H7139, kaw-rakh’

A primitive root; to depilate: – make (self) bald.

The journey and refining process by cutting off and bringing the remainder through more fire continues after Adullam.  Our children, the new mindsets of our maturing faith, still need to go thru the winnowing process to overcome the law of the Gentiles that is in all flesh.  We constantly bring our children into submission and obedience to Christ through spiritual warfare.

Mic 1:16 KJV Make thee bald, and poll thee [H1494] for thy delicate children; enlarge thy baldness as the eagle; for they are gone into captivity from thee.

The sheep sacrificed to the Lord are not to be sheared.  These are spiritual statements about keeping our doctrines pure and our heavens undefiled.  The maturing mindsets must be guarded.

Deu 15:19 All the firstling males that come of thy herd and of thy flock thou shalt sanctify unto the LORD thy God: thou shalt do no work with the firstling of thy bullock, nor shear the firstling of thy sheep.

Cutting off our covering by our own works symbolizes our rebellion and removing ourselves from the covering of Jesus Christ our Head.  This word translated POLL in Mic 1:16 really means shear, shave or cut.

 H1494, gâzaz, gaw-zaz – A primitive root (akin to H1468); to cut off; specifically, to shear a flock, or shave the hair; figuratively to destroy an enemy:

Total KJV occurrences: 15

shear, 4

Gen_31:19, Gen_38:13, Deu_15:19, 1Sa_25:4

shearers, 3

1Sa_25:7, 1Sa_25:11, Isa_53:7

sheepshearers, 3

Gen_38:12, 2Sa_13:23-24 (2)

cut, 2

Jer_7:29, Nah_1:12

poll, 1

Mic_1:16

shaved, 1

Job_1:20

As Micah and Jeremiah show (Jer 7:29), we are told to go cut off our hair.  The Lord manifest’s rebellion within us to correct us (Mature Us) with His chastening grace and bring us into submission.  We are the Bride of Christ, of our one true husband.  Without a head covering we dishonor the Lord.

1Co 11:5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.

He is our covering and without His Headship covering us we are bald and in rebellion and will bear the shame of our baldness.

1Co 11:6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.

Our freedom and deliverance from the oppression and the workings of the carnal mind comes little by little over our entire lives.  We, like Solomon, the wisest of men in our earth, first misuse the wisdom we are given.  We spend it on our lusts and count the works we do as righteousness.  Yet they are still filthy rages of self-righteousness which we “is, was and will be” coming to see is all vanity.

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

We will Lord willing continue with Micah, starting in Chapter 2 in the next installment.

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The Lost House of Israel

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Jer 50:6  My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray, they have turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their restingplace.

The Lord’s people have all been lost sheep before they came into the truth and know Jesus Christ and His Father.  We are all first led astray into false doctrines by the false shepherds’s that occupy every church and every pulpit in orthodox Christianity.

Jesus Christ was only sent to minister to the Lost House of Israel.  This is who is being saved and the target of the ministry of Jesus Christ for salvation.  While Christ will in due time save all men ever born;  for now and in each age (AION in Greek) since His resurrection, He is only appearing to and working with the few chosen who are the true Israel of God.

Mat 15:24  But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

The lost house of Israel is nothing more than symbolic language for God’s very Elect, the few chosen who are the apple of God’s eyes and the ones He brings judgment to in this life (AION/age).  The Lord sent His chosen disciples and commands them to go forth in the same way He was sent by His Father.  Both only go to the Lost House of Israel.

Mat 10:5  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 not:

Mat 10:6  But go rather (only) to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

The sheep of the Lord are only those that hear His word.  If you do not hear His words in spirit and in truth one is not a sheep of the Lord.

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

The Lord of course is the one who must CAUSE His sheep to hear His words in those appointed times.

Pro 1:23  Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.

Jer 18:2  Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words

And just to be sure, the real sheep of the Lord (the Lost House of Israel) also know Him and follow Him, which is really saying they obey Him and His commandments.  That is exactly what hearing His words does, that is what it causes over time, and that is how the lost sheep our indeed found.

Eze 36:27And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.  (and here is how He does that)

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

Jesus Christ IS THE LORD!   Yet it is amazing how the entire world thinks the flesh Jews are the Lord’s people when they don’t even believe He is, was and will be their Messiah.  Anyone who hears the voice of God, who speaks only thru Christ is not going to be practicing Judaism.  Jews in the flesh don’t hear His voice nor do they even believe in Him or claim His name.  They deny Jesus Christ and that is all by the design of the Lord and no fault of their own.   In fact they were made to kill Jesus Christ exactly as God planned it.

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

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

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

But make no mistake, the references in Scripture to the lost house or lost sheep of Israel has nothing to do with the flesh jews.    As we shall see, they were just the shadow of the real thing that would come much later.

Of course this will all be nonsense to those without ears to hear the truth of God’s word who have been ensnared by the philosophy of a carnal world and the traditions of men.  This post will explore in great detail the tradition of men and the orthodox apostate churches that are the Christianity those yet carnal embrace and know.  Such way of thinking is not after Christ, it is vanity but they just don’t know it at this time.

Col 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

But when one’s ears are opened and we are also given spiritual sight, then the truths of God’s word, the pure doctrines of Christ will begin to work their work in us and the lies will be removed little by little. This post was inspired by an email I got from someone well steeped into the traditions of the orthodox church who has not yet been given to know who is the Israel of God and could not hear the truth I shared.  I took time to provide an honest and true answer and want to share that answer here for others who may be led to this website to be fed the true doctrines (the bread of life) of Jesus Christ.  When our time of spiritual fasting has come to an end, it is time to eat and the disciples of Christ (The Body of Christ) will be the ones to speak the words that feed the flock of God.

Joh 21:15  So when they had broken their fast, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of John, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

Replacement Theology Is The Truth

The Apostle Peter was a replacement theologian.  Writing to the ELECT in his letter, he tells us who those chosen few truly are and that we are the people of 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.

The flesh Jews are not the people of God and never were.  They like the entire OT were mere types and shadows of the true things of God that would not be revealed until Christ came many hundreds of years later.  A type and a shadow is not the real thing, they just show us how the real things works in the spirit.  It is essential to come to know that the entire bible is a parable, written in types, shadows and symbols.  The Lord must give us the keys to unlock this which is the mind of Christ, the ability to hear His words and see spiritual truths. We are told all physical things are just shadows of deeper spiritual truths and so it is with the story of the flesh Jews.

Rom 1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, (if one has the mind of Christ and ears to hear) even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Carnal men blinded by traditions of men and false Babylonian doctrines, have labelled this truth about the true Jews as “replacement theology”.  It sounds so negative and invented to the carnal mind, but if we just stick with the Scriptures and not the traditions of men; it is easy to prove that the flesh Jews are not those to whom the precious promises of God were given.   Those promises Peter and Paul mention were given not to the flesh Jews (which they were of a physical lineage) but only to the Elect of God who were scattered all over this world and came from many nations, tribes and tongues.   And note like all things, this blessing and the promises are GIVEN to us so no free will is involved.

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.

That is all reserved for His Elect who are the spiritual Jews and have been chosen by the Lord and dragged out of this world and into the marvelous light of the Body of Christ. Before we cover the multiple witnesses to this truth let’s be reminded again that many are called and only a few are chosen to be given the truth and the ears to hear and eyes to see.

Few Hear, See and have the gift of Faith

Contrary to what we are taught in the Babylonian churches of men, the Lord Himself is in the business of blinding the entire world and making the entire world deaf to hear His word and blind to see the truth.  He the Lord does all those things and He does them on purpose.

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

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

Jesus said the same when speaking with His disciples and this truth has never changed, His words is, was and will be and shall never pass away.

Mat 13:11  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

Mat 13:12  For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

Mat 13:13  Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

Those blinded by false doctrines cannot see the truth, they cannot believe even if they tried.  This was true back 2000 years ago with the flesh Jews representing the organized church of that age and it is still true in the organized churches in the modern world be it Judaism, Islam and yes even all of orthodox Christianity (Baptists, Methodists, 7th Day Adventist, Hebrew Roots Christians, Lutheran, Roman Catholics, Non Denominational, ALL OF THEM). The professing church is the world in Scripture and that is exactly who the Lord has blinded.  They  like the flesh Jews before them cannot believe the truth spoken by the true church (God’s Elect) that Jesus Christ Himself is building.

Joh 12:39  Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,

Joh 12:40  He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

It is those that say they are of God but are not who the Lord has blinded, to this very day. The professing church is in total apostasy, and only the few Elect have obtained the gift.  So says the word despite what carnal minds want to argue otherwise!

Rom 11:7  What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded

Rom 11:8  (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

As the words say above, the Lord gave them “the flesh Israel” (representing the organized religion of that day and the ages to follow) a spirit of slumber so they would not see and not hear.  And the Lord changes not.  Organized religions today, are totally blind, in thick darkness to the truth and preach another jesus based upon thousands of false doctrines. Faith, the real kind is indeed the gift the Scriptures say it is.  It has to be given and it comes with ears to hear.

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

In fact, this faith is not even ours, it is the faith OF Christ if one digs for the truth.

Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but 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.

With this reminder that few will be able to receive the truth, let’s now look at multiple witnesses that will tell us who is the true Israel of God and put the flesh Jews and the modern day nation of Israel into the proper perspective.

MY WORDS ARE SPIRIT

Coming to see that all the Scriptures speak of spiritual truths and the references to the physical are merely types and shadows quickly leads to spiritual growth and maturity into the deeper things of God.

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.

Being anything in the flesh, a Jew or otherwise profits itself nothing.  The Bible means what it means not what it says because the words are SPIRIT first and foremost and their meaning is spiritual.  Those clinging to an outward and literal application have no clue as to what is actually being said.  They have not been given the gift to understand.

1Co 2:13  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

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

There it is.  We are taught by comparing spiritual things to spiritual things.  This also very much applies to determining who are God’s people, the true Israel.  Carnal minds always try to compare physical things to spiritual things or vice versa but that just leads to deception and greater spiritual blindness. One of the great mysteries that the orthodox churches are totally blinded to is understanding basic symbols in Scripture and seeing that all the old testament was merely a type and a shadow of greater spiritual truths.

1Co 10:6  Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they (the flesh jews) also lusted.

The OT is all types and shadows of spiritual realities and experiences that would play out many years in the future after Christ gave His Spirit and the generations of His Elect ever since.

To Whom Was the Old Testament Written?

If one can receive it, this truth is going to blow you away.  The entire bible and stories of the flesh nation of Israel reveal deep hidden truths, the mysteries of the kingdom of God to God’s very Elect. That is exactly why they were written down and preserved for us.

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

Note it is not some, it is ALL THESE THINGS.  All the stories, all the events, all the words were caused to happen for God’s true Israel, who would not appear until much later. Here is a revealing Scriptures that tells us this also.  The prophets were not ministering to the flesh jews, they were ministering to God’s very Elect who would not even come for hundreds and thousands of years later.  Don’t take my word on it, let’s see what the Apostle Peter had to say which adds to the sum of God’s word in this topic.

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

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

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

The Lie of Flesh Israel

Until the lie of who Israel is removed from one’s spiritual eyes, and one is given repentance from the many false doctrines they learn in the orthodox churches; they will have no chance to begin to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God.  This plank, the lie of flesh Israel must be removed in the same way the logs of eternal hellfire and man having any free will must be similarly removed if the Lord would have mercy upon you. Anyone thinking outwardly in the flesh that believes the physical Jews and modern nation of Israel has anything to do with the Israel of God are sorely mistaken and under very strong delusion.

The Bible is written for and to God’s Elect, it is not written for the world and those who cannot hear His word and by predestination have not ears to hear or eyes to see. The flesh Jews did not hear His word back then and they do not hear it today either, they are not of Christ.  But if you are given to see that the flesh Jews represent a symbol, they symbolize Babylon, apostate Christianity that claims to know the Lord but do not. We all are in this condition until and unless the Lord gives us the gift and opens our ears to hear His word.

Joh 8:43  Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.

Joh 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

Joh 8:45  And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.

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

The true people of God are those the Lord chooses and it is these same few to whom He gives faith and ears to hear and eyes to see spiritual truths.  The Lord continues to this very day to use the outward deception of the flesh Jews to keep the multitudes that call themselves by His name blinded to the truth.  Christ words are always only for those who have an ear to hear.

Mat 22:14  For many are called, but few are chosen.

Rev 2:7  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Mat 13:9  Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Psa 10:17  LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

The Lord has prepared very few hearts and caused extremely few to hear His words in spirit.  It is everybody else, i.e. THE WHOLE WORLD who is deceived and cannot hear His word and that certainly includes on the truth about the Israel of God.

Rev 12:9  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Not all Israel Is Israel

In Romans 9 we have Paul telling us of this mystery of the kingdom – Not all Israel is Israel!

Rom 9:6  Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel:

So right here we have a glimpse into the Lord’s MO of hiding His truths from the world and deceiving them. This lie about the Israel of God has taken on much greater importance in the last 70 years with the formation of the modern nation of Israel in 1948 and the repopulation of fleshly Jews to this small country in the middle east.  What an incredible miracle no doubt, but the Lord is in the business of creating lying signs and wonders to deceive the multitudes and this is certainly one of those.

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

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

The re-emergence of a flesh Israel is indeed a miraculous work of God but as we just see it is also a lying sign and wonder.  It is a deception that is brought about to keep the entire world in spiritual darkness, thinking outwardly and away from the kingdom of God that is within.

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

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

The flesh Jews of all time and that physical nation that exists today; are not the people of God.  Here is a continuation of Romans 9 and a black and white truth about who are God’s true people.

Rom 9:7  Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called.

Rom 9:8  That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

There you have an incredible witness against anyone claiming the flesh Jews are the people of God.  The children of the flesh ARE NOT the children of God.  It says right here that being a physical descendant of Abraham (the seed of Abraham) does not make one a child of God.  Only those of faith and we shall see this is the faith of Christ, the one seed, represented by Isaac in spirit are the true children of God.  They would not come until Pentecost because it was not possible to be converted and have Christ formed in oneself until that time.

A time is appointed for all of us, all men of all time, that the mother of Christ (Sara, Rebecca, Rachael, etc. in type and shadow) will have a child, the new man.  That is what these spiritual words in the completion of Romans 9 are speaking about.  The old man will bow down to the new man within us all in due time.  The story of Esau and Jacob foretell of this and this is mentioned here by Paul in Romans 9 and tells of this deep spiritual truth.  Esau the first man of the flesh will indeed serve Jacob the new man of the Spirit.  But how all this works is based upon God’s Election, it has nothing to do with the delusion of man having free will.

Rom 9:9  For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son.

Rom 9:10  And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;

Rom 9:11  (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)

Rom 9:12  It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.

 Flesh Jews Contrasted With Spiritual Jews

Truth is established by two or three witnesses but on the topic of who is a real Jew and by extension who are the true people of God we have very many witnesses.  Let’s deal with a direct in your face truth about this right now.  Earlier in Romans,Paul wrote some powerful words that close out chapter 2 and begin the man made chapter break of chapter 3.

Rom 2:28  For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

Rom 2:29  But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

We already saw Christ’s words about the flesh profit itself NOTHING.  We already saw Paul’s words that the children of the flesh Jews ARE NOT the people of God.  Here we see that being a Jew outwardly, i.e. IN THE FLESH means nothing and those are not the true Jews.

When Paul continues beyond the man inserted chapter break, he is speaking of the real Jews, the spiritual ones the very Israel of God.

Rom 3:1  What advantage then hath the [spiritual] Jew? or what profit is there of [spiritual] circumcision?

Rom 3:2  Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them [that is the spiritual Jew] were committed the oracles [the Word] of God.

The fact is it all comes back to Christ.  You either have Christ or you don’t and if you don’t you are NONE OF HIS and not a partaker of the Lord’s promises to Israel.

Rom 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Abraham Had Two Sons, One Flesh, One of Promise

The fact is it is the SPIRITUAL descendants of  Abraham that are Christ’s seed, not the physical ones.  This is quite clear from Galatians.

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

Gal 4:23  But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.  (IE GIVEN BY FAITH, the GIFT)

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

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

Gal 4:26  But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. (God’s Elect)

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

Gal 4:28  Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, (NOT THE FLESH JEWS) are the children of promise.

The flesh jews are the one by the bondmaid, they walk after the flesh.  They are in bondage today while God’s Elect, the spiritual descendants IN CHRIST are free.  Only those GIVEN the gift are children of the promise that were given to Abraham thru his son Isaac as an example for us today.

How can be the physical jews, WHO DENY CHRIST be the Israel of God?  They never were and here is proof.

Gal 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed (not seeds, not including the flesh child) were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

The flesh matters not anymore as Paul said here.  All that matters is one in Christ or not?

Gal 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

Gal 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, (THE FLESH JEWS ARE NOT) then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

So here it is black and white about who is of the seed of Christ and heirs to the promises of God.   Being a fleshly descendant of Abraham is expressly EXCLUDED.  The physical nation of Israel and the so called flesh Jews are NOT in Christ and therefore cannot possibly be God’s people and as this says, they are not heirs according to the promise.  The promise was not made to Abraham’s son born after the flesh (Ishmael) but was only made to the son and descendants born after the spirit (Isaac).  The flesh jews are of Ishmael not of Isaac.

Who is the Real Circumcision, of the SPIRIT?

God’s Elect are the true circumcision.  Nobody should be boasting when they make such a claim but then again to deny who we are in Christ is to deny Christ.

Psa 107:2  Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

The flesh Jews do not even know Christ and were just the examples of God’s true people who would come much later.  All men are in actuality GENTILES in the flesh.  We all start there being carnal minded and of our father the devil.  God’s Elect are called out of the world like all orthodox Christians (many are called), yet only a few are chosen to then be dragged to the real Christ and come out of the Babylonian churches built by the works od the flesh.  The flesh Jews indeed will call God’s Elect and anyone who keeps not the law of Moses the uncircumcision.  Yet the flesh Jews are in utter darkness to this day as circumcision in the flesh means nothing and unless the Lord builds the house, men will continue to toil in vain.   The Lord does not need human hands to do anything for Him and that includes saving His Elect now (His true church) and eventually all men.

Eph 2:11  Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;

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

Gal 6:15  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

Gal 6:16  And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

Only those made new by the Lord’s fiery work of bringing judgment against our old man will be the true circumcision who are called right here The Israel of God.

Physical circumcision avails itself nothing.All of that was merely a type and a shadow of the true circumcision that the Lord performs in us to bring forth the new man and brings His saints out of Babylon and away from the world.

1Co 7:19  (Physical) Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.

Gal_5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

It is only a ritual, now an established tradition of men and followed by many.  But it means nothing and as I hope you are beginning to see, the act of physical circumcision was only a type and a shadow of the true circumcision that the Lord Himself does.

Col_2:11  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

Here is an old testament witness to the Lord doing it all.  It is by His finger, His work in us — we are mere clay in His hands.  No free will involved.

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

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

Where “Christ” is Sent to Minister

The natural Jews serve only as a shadow of the real spiritual Jews, who is the true “Israel of God”.  All the promises of God made to the flesh Jews were spiritual types and shadows of greater spiritual truths that would come in the future.  The covenant and promises that referred to physical things really were about spiritual things that would become evident in the years ahead as God’s Elect, the true Israel of God would appear in the generations since Pentecost.  The true spiritual Jews have  indeed obtained advantage in “much every way” and profits through the new creation in Christ chiefly because that unto us have been  committed the oracles of God.  We are the ministers of the Lord, He works thru Christ His body.

Heb 1:7  And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

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

I sure hope some wood is being burned (the carnal reasonings within the natural man) by some of you reading this post.  

The flesh jews will be saved in the lake of fire like the rest of mankind.  Ezekiel 16 and many other passages tell us of the Lord’s timetable and how that will come about.  The salvation of all is the most basic truth, the sincere MILK of the word that one must begin to drink to even begin to grow in true knowledge.  ow that simply from scores of Scriptures that convey this truth which directly contradicts the most basis lie of Satan’s churches that preach of eternal hellfire

Luk 3:6 And all flesh (even the flesh jews who reject Christ, even Muslims, etc) shall see the salvation of God.

Even Hosea tells us of this mystery and gathering together of all men into ONE which will be the outcome of the lake of fire that will purify all.  Those that are not God’s people now (the flesh Jews, the Babylonian Christians, the muslims, ALL MEN, the sand of the sea in type….) will become God’s people in due time.

Hos 1:10  Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.

The carnal mind is at enmity with the true word of God.  Once we receive this implanted word we will increasingly be pulled out and separated.  Our past life will be utterly destroyed, all things indeed are made new as the old man dies and Christ in us is brought forward.  We indeed must lose our old way of life to find Christ. There is no mixing of the two.

Mat 16:25  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

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

The Lost House Of Israel once “found” by the Lord will not be yoked with those without the camp of the true Israel.  They will separate with the unbelievers and that specifically includes those that know the other jesus in the flesh and are still bound up captive in Babylon, the apostate churches of orthodox Christianity.  We cannot be fellowshipping with them.  We cannot mix the cup of the Lord with doctrines of demons.

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

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

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

2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

Paul goes on to remind us that the promises of Israel were given to God’s Elect, this is the high calling and we are commanded to cleanse ourselves and remove ourselves from all things that defile.  That certainly includes worldly things but unless we are given to take heed the importance of pure doctrines and come to see that love means obeying God’s commandments, even those that tell us to separate from unbelievers, we won’t be able to mature.

2Co 7:1  Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, (The Elect Corinthians) let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, (outward sins and FALSE DOCTRINES) perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Christ sends His Christ in exactly the same way God sent Him.  This is indeed the higher calling that God’s Elect are being prepared for in this age.

Joh 20:21  Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as myFather hath sent me, even so send I you.

Those that are part of Christ are instructed to only go to the lost house of Israel also.  We saw it earlier in the post but is worthy of a reminder.  We are not to enter into the house of the Gentiles we are to wait upon the Lord to bring us sheep to feed, otherwise we are disobeying the Lord.

Mat 10:5  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 not:

Mat 10:6  But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

These statements have nothing to do with the flesh or the lineage of flesh Jews.  The lost house of Israel is nothing less than God’s Elect who have yet to hear the word of truth spoken to their God given ears to hears and eyes to see.  But as able ministers of the WORD, a day will come when some, VERY FEW, will hear. I have experienced this and the Lord has been faithful to bring a few lambs to be fed.  Yet we have many admonishments about casting our pearls before swine and only sharing, breaking bread with those the Lord has prepared to hear.  That is the Lost House of Israel.  Here are some witnesses to this truth.

Mat 10:12  And when ye come into an house, salute it.

Mat 10:13  And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.

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

And this one from the Apostle John.

2Jn 1:9  Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

2Jn 1:10  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your (spiritual) house, neither bid him God speed:

2Jn 1:11  For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

As God’s Elect we follow the example of the Lord in not laying hands suddenly on any man lest we cast pearls and they turn and rend us.

Mat 7:6  Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, (Unbelievers without ears to hear) neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

As Paul admonishes us we are not to speak of spiritual matters (eat at the Lord’s table) with those that fornicate with the world that try to teach carnal doctrines and the lies of Babylon.  We are indeed to separate from those that have not the true faith of God.

1Co 5:11  But now I have written unto you not to keep company, (come out of Babylon) if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. (speak on spiritual matters)

The reality is that the lost house of Israel is not lost to the Lord.  He knows who are His and they will be found right on schedule as it has all been ordained from the beginning.

2Ti 2:19  Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. 

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

No Tribes of Israel are Lost

Joh 6:39 And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

the Lord loses none of His sheep. The spiritual tribes of Israel are not lost.  All the fragments that make up this one bread, this one body are gathered.

Joh 6:12  When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.

It is beyond this post to refute the false teaching of carnal minds that want to claim the missing flesh tribes of ancient Israel omitted in some Scriptural references are the lost house of Israel.  They are not.  James and the other apostles were writing letters and speaking to all 12 spiritual tribes.

Act_26:7  Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope’s sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.

Jas_1:1  James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

The true Israel of God, the Elect are fulfilling this prophecy today, eating and drinking at the Lord’s table and judging the 12 tribes,  NONE IS LOST.

Luk_22:30  That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

The enumeration of the 12 tribes in Revelation 7 speak to the symbolic 12 SPIRITUAL tribes.  The fact the flesh profits itself nothing has never changed.  For more on this topic Mike has a great article on the 144,000 that can be accessed here.

Who Are The 144,000

and are powerful study on this same topic that is a key to the kingdom of God.

Keys to The Kingdom of God part 6

If you have sincere questions about the Scriptures and what I spoke about here please comment or email me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.

Your Brother In Christ,  PETE

Related articles on IWWB can be found here:

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/who-is-the-israel-of-god/

Doctrine, Elect, GRACE

Feeding On The Mountain of the Lord

feed my sheepJoh 21:15  … He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.

Eze 34:15 I will feed my flock …

Doctrine is what we eat spiritually speaking.  Doctrine’s importance cannot be overemphasized in our walk!  It is gigantic in its importance and anyone claiming otherwise has a false view and does not understand the ways of God and vastly overestimates how few, “few chosen” really means.

Mat 7:14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and FEW there be that find it.

These words of Christ do not speak to who goes to heaven or who goes to hell as Babylon will teach, they speak to how precious few will be God’s Elect in this age and will come to understand and teach true doctrine.  It is of paramount importance to know and follow and teach sound doctrine because this is what will save ourselves and those who hear us.

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

Who, how and when shall we be taught true doctrine and come to know the truth about the Lord?  This post will attempt to answer this question.  Doctrine is extremely important as without it NOBODY can be saved.  I hope some will be given the ability to hear this message and begin to understand the profound truths of the Scriptures and be able to separate the lies we all learn first in Babylon.

Heb 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The word of God is a two edged sword.  Nearly all that call themselves Christians have heard this statement yet extremely few actually understand the profound mystery of this sword, what being two edged really means and the way the Lord works with His real church, which is the Elect.  The sword has many functions spiritually speaking.  A very key one is that it is what brings judgement to us in the appointed time, so it is a very good thing in that regard.

Isa 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment (speak the truth to those given ears to hear) to the Gentiles.

1Co 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints (Christ, His Body) shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?

I have updated this now even longer post to give a second witness to most points, bringing forth treasures out of the old and the new just as the the Elect are commanded.

Mat 13:52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.

Deu 19:15 One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.

So when we are given to hear the word, then the sword of God brings judgment upon us.  Here is what happens, the old man is destroyed.

Eze 11:10Ye shall fall by the sword; I will judge you in the border of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Mat_10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

The sword of the Lord is also used to deceive us.  You see darkness and the light are the same to Him and He is the word of God.

Psa 139:12  Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

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

The sword of the Lord guards the way to the tree of life.

Gen 3:24  So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep (guard)  the way of the tree of life (Christ)

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

Every way means both flesh and spirit, light and darkness, truth and apostasy.  The sword is used by God to perform His ordained works in our lives in the appointed times. ALL THINGS ARE OF GOD.

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

Isa 64:8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

Of course it is all Christ, both the sword and the tree of life.  Our carnal mind devoid of the Spirit given to the precious few cannot understand these mysteries given only to His Elect.

1Co 2:9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

Exo_4:11 And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?

Mat 13:11  He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

God’s Elect are His messengers (angels) and the very same cherubim’s who speak His word.  To most those words will remain utter darkness as they cannot understand as it has not been given to them to understand.

Joh 12:39  Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again,

Joh 12:40  He (THE LORD) hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

Yet to those who have ears to hear and eyes to see they are the light unto this dark world.  Absolutely amazing when you are given to see the sovereign hand of the Lord in both blinding the multitudes and restoring sight to the blind.

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

the Lord even makes the unhearing ears and the unseeing eyes …

Rom 11:7 What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded

Whether it is light or darkness, the word of God, which is Christ is both darkness and light.  It just depends on which side of the cloud one is viewing it from.  If outside the veil of flesh, the truth of Christ and His bread, His true doctrine  is utter darkness.  This is things like the salvation of all, God’s absolute sovereignty, his non trinity relationship between Christ and God etc.  These things are the true light that save us as we grow in the knowledge of the Lord. But those not yet dragged to Christ and thru the veil that is His flesh, these truths will be utter darkness.  Such is the example we are given between those in the world and the true Israel of God.

Exo 14:20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.

Until we are dragged thru this veil into His flesh, the Body, we won’t be able to see the light of the world.

Heb 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, HIS FLESH;

And guess who is the flesh of Jesus Christ????

Eph 5:30  For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

The body of Christ is this veil, it is the cloud one must be dragged to in order for one to see and eat the bread of life and drink the living waters.  The cloud of the Lord’s witnesses today and in each generation since Jesus have been this darkness or light as the case may be.  The words we speak and the espousing of the true doctrines of Christ will quickly get us labelled as having devils just as our Lord was falsely accussed.  It is just the necessary reproach and enmity God has ordained be between those given the gift and those not given.

Few Chosen To Be Given The Truth

One either has ears to hear and eyes to see or they do not, and that all by the sovereign hand of the Lord.  Nothing infuriates our pride and self-righteous nature than to be told there are a few who have something we do not.

Mat 22:14  For many are called, but few are chosen.

Mat 13:17  For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

They killed Christ for speaking the truth and they will do the same for His chosen few who speak the same truth. That is the way of the Lord whose ways are not our ways nor are His thoughts like ours.  The Lord is not in the fairness business.   This is an oft repeated truism of God’s Elect being given the truth and the rest of the world, even the professing church is everywhere in the Scriptures.

Rom 11:8 (According as it is written, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

Notice who does it, it is God who purposefully puts them to sleep and blinds them and makes them deaf so they cannot hear His words.  No free will involved!

Rom 11:9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:

The doctrines they eat, their spiritual table is a snare and a trap.  This is our spiritual prison, our beliefs, the very doctrines we hold to as the truth that keep us bound in our apostasy until the Lord sets us free in our day of judgment.  The real Christ is a stumbling block we all will first reject as we believe lies like free will and eternal torment.

Rom 11:10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.

As Christ said, when what we think is light is actually darkness, how great is that darkness.

Mat 6:23   If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!

It is strong delusion and that seems like an understatement.  This is the Lord’s plan and why His entire word is a parable hidden in types and shadows such that carnal minds and ears cannot discern the truth.

Mat 13:13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

People hear and see physically, sure they do, but very few are chosen to be given understanding.

Mat 13:14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

Drawn From The Breasts 

We see this mystery of the Lord purposefully blinding the multitudes and giving sight only to His chosen Elect throughout the Scriptures.  Isaiah speaks to the word being used first as a snare, spoken in a stammering tongue we will not understand (without ears to hear).  This is where we all must first go and spend our appointed 70 years in spirit in prison in Babylon.

Isa 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

Note, HE MAKES us to understand doctrine, that is what it says above.  This is the same thing as Him Making us to lie down in His green pastures just as Psalm 23 says, we don’t choose.

Psa 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters

This is how we are all dragged to the real Christ in due time.  He makes us to understand it, He gives it to us.

Isa 28:10For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:

But the truth is the SUM OF THY WORD, it is not a line here or a line there cobbled together to create one’s own doctrine.  That is what Babylon has done and is likened to seven woman who make their own bread as Isaiah 4:1 declares.  No prophecy of Scripture is of its own private explanation, the truth is only found in the sum of the word.  Such a simple concept yet so few can grasp it.

Isa 28:11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.

We all must first get deceived and drink strong drink before we will ever know the truth (Deut 29:6).  At first the Lord speaks to us being yet carnal in stammering lips and a language we do not not understand and neither did any of His disciples.  How plain can it be as we are shown in Luke.

Luk 18:34 And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.

When we can’t hear the words of Christ in Spirit, we continue in our own dead works to serve the Lord and cannot yet enter into the true rest that remains for the people of God.

Isa 28:12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.

And this is how the Lord uses His word to first cause us to be deceived and be taken captive in Babylon where we will spend our appointed and symbolic 70 years thinking we serve the Lord but not having a clue as to His true doctrines and what the gospel is really all about.  We all fall backwards into perdition when first coming to Christ.

Isa 28:13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.

Those that see will first be blind and know they are blind when their eyes are opened.  That is what the parables speak of about blindness but few can receive it other than an outward history lesson.  We won’t see until we are first blind as bats yet we will claim we do see.  This is where we will be then and yet we all fall victim and live by this experience.

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.

Joh 9:40  And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also?

Joh 9:41  Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.

The Lord puts His words in the mouth of His Elect and it is those very words that are also a fire and a light and a sword among other things.  That sword is the judgment of our old man which must be done away with for salvation to come.   This is indeed one of the great mysteries those without ears to hear cannot grasp in any fullness.  The instrument for bringing judgment is Christ, being His body and the word spoken from the mouth of the Lord.

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

Mat 5:14  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

The Last Days

We must be given ears to hear and the faith to believe before our day of judgment begins.  The last days for each of us do not commence until that time.  But when we do hear, the new man in us will receive the words spoken by Christ and those words will bring the sword upon our old man and the process of salvation will quickly come to pass.

Joh 12:47  And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

Joh 12:48  He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

God is working with His Elect now in preparing them to fulfill His purposes IN CHRIST which is that we shall judge the world in righteousness.  The way we are prepared to become the judges of the world is to first be judged ourselves and it is a marvelous thing to know this and have it combined with faith.

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

Heb 4:2  For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

 Losing Your Life is Being Killed by the Sword

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

To be born again, the first man Adam in us must die for the second man Adam (Christ in Us) to come forward.  The old man that knows Jesus in the flesh must decrease so Christ in us can be increased.

Joh 3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease.

The parable of the walk to Emmaus shows us this mystery.  It is not until we walk with “Christ” and eat bread with Him (His Body), sharing truths and edifying one another thru fellowship that we will see Him in the flesh (the way Babylon knows Him) no longer.  When we do this,  we eat the true bread of life and over time progress on to the meat of the word.

Luk 24:30  And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.

Luk 24:31  And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.

God’s Elect will be given over time the mind of Christ.  This comes only as we lose our life and spiritually speaking are decapitated and lose the head of our old man.  I know this is repulsive to our carnal minds but is an appropriate application of Romans 1:20 which tells us it is the outward physical things that are spiritual types and shadows of how it works in the spirit.

Having The Mind of Christ

Being beheaded spiritually by the sword that is the word of God that destroys the old man and false prophet within us all is a prerequisite for being given the mind of Christ and being in the first resurrection where we will  rule and reign on this physical earth.

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; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

Those who have been beheaded and truly born again in the spirit will no longer think like the world thinks, we will truly be different and separated.  Within the body of Christ there will be no divisions, we will think alike having the mind of Christ.

1Co 2:16  For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Php 2:5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

There are not 40,000 denominations in real Christianity there is indeed only ONE TRUE DENOMINATION and that is the church that Christ build. Man and his efforts of serving God are all vanity.

Psa 127:1  Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

Those infected with Babylon doctrines have spiritual leprosy which comes about from its false belief on confusing tolerance of doctrinal differences with loving one another.  The carnal mind will be easily snared by this lie and see tolerating other’s false doctrines is somehow likened to being loving.  It is no such thing, that just perpetuates strong delusion and adds more plagues to our apostasy.

Rev 18:4  And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues (false doctrines)

Oneness with the Lord means there is no variation, there is no turning, there is no allowance for false doctrines.  For a deeper look at the importance of sound doctrine please see this post Take Heed Of False Doctrines.

Rom_15:6  That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2Co_13:11  Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

Php_1:27  Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

That is even what the vision of the whirling wheels is all about, speaking and telling us in type and shadow what God’s Elect do as the Body of Christ in this world.

Eze 1:4 And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.

Eze 1:5 Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.

Eze 1:6 And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings.

Eze 1:7 And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf’s foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass.

Eze 1:8 And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces and their wings.

Eze 1:9 Their wings were joined one to another; they turned not when they went; they went every one straight forward.

The doctrines of Christ are the foundations on which the BODY is built.  They are likened to HIS BONES and that is why we are told not one of His bones was broken.  Not one of His doctrines will be corrupted IN CHRIST, it will remain pure and undefiled.  The words of Scripture that are spirit foretell of this great mystery.

Psa 34:20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

Joh 19:36 For these things were done, that the scripture should be fulfilled, A bone of him shall not be broken.

Inheriting the Mountain

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

Christ is the mountain on which the Elect will dwell.

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:

Our inheritance is being dragged to this mountain which is Christ which is His Elect also know by very many names including The Church, The Body of Christ, the Bride, The Christ, the saints, the brethren, the election, His witnesses, the tree of life, etc. etc.  Those so chosen will be dragged out of this world and onto the mountain that is Christ.  There we shall be fed the true living bread and learn to eat strong meat which all related to the true doctrines of Jesus Christ rather than the lies of Babylon.

Eze 34:12As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.

The Lord has scattered His little flock but then regathers them from all nations of the world.  We are brought into our own land, our inheritance and there we feed on the mountain and drink the living waters which also flow from us and give drink to others (feed thy sheep)

Eze 34:13 And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.

The Lord puts elders and teachers into His body to feed the flock of God and it is indeed a bountiful feast to those prepared to hear it and take it to heart.

Eze 34:14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.

And this is how we grow, mature and cease from our own works in due time.  This is the true sabbath rest that remains for the people of God.  The Lord is indeed our shepherd and He is His Body.

Eze 34:15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, (and cease from their own carnal works) saith the Lord GOD.

On this mountain, God’s Elect shall dwell in the consuming fire with a sword always abiding upon our spiritual house which house is the temple of God.

Isa_65:9  And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there.

Jdg_1:8  Now the children of Judah had fought against Jerusalem, and had taken it, and smitten it with the edge of the sword, and set the city on fire.

This is how and where we all shall lose our life to gain it.  This is not eternal torment, this is the way salvation comes to us all in our times appointed!!!!!

Isa_66:16  For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.

Salvation Comes On The Mountain

Exo 19:16  And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled.

This is what working out our own salvation with fear and trembling takes place, on the mountain that is Christ dwelling in His Body.

Praise the Lord, all men shall be saved eventually.  All men will have their inward cities and kingdoms that are in rebellion against the doctrines of Christ burn with fire and cut off by the sword of the Lord.

Jesus told us that the kingdom of God is within us and comes not with visible observation.  Yet that is where salvation comes, within, it is the destruction of the old man and emergence of the new man, the Lord from heaven that is in fact salvation.  This battle and war is all within us and takes place in our hearts and minds.

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

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

All those stories and examples in the OT were there to show us this truth and were written only for God’s Elect who would come many years later (1 Peter 1:10-12, 1 Cor 10:11, etc).  Maybe now the log of eternal torment will begin sliding away from your spiritual eyes?  Here is some good news for the man within.

Deu_13:15  Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword.

Deu_13:16And thou shalt gather all the spoil of it into the midst of the street thereof, and shalt burn with fire the city, and all the spoil thereof every whit, for the LORD thy God: and it shall be an heap for ever; it shall not be built again.

1Sa_30:3So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives.

Which is an older version of this same truth:

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

Nobody is escaping this process, it only awaits the times appointed for each.

Jer_25:29  For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts.

Eternal damnation and hell fire is a lie, an invention of carnal men and apostate Christianity.  If only the Lord will pull that log out of their eyes then they could begin as new born babes to drink the MILK of the gospel, the salvation of all men in due time.

1Pe 2:2  As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

His Two Witnesses

What those believers is such blasphemous doctrine as eternal hell fire do not perceive is that they are yet carnal and that all the Scriptures are about what takes place within us.  The two edged swords that is Christ is the two edges sword that is His Christ.  As His witnesses we are the two witnesses that first speak falsely on His behalf and then are killed and risen again and only then are we seated in the heavens with Christ.

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, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

Rev 11:6  These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.

At first we fall backwards and are deceived by fleshly carnal doctrines and our witness for Christ will fail.  But we are Christ, He is the first and the last and a resurrection in down payment form is coming in this age if one is God’s Elect.

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.

But when Christ’s comes to us and our day to believe comes, we arise from the dead and then our judgment and the earthquakes of all the carnal nations and lust within us begins in earnest.  The second half of our witness is after we are resurrected from the dead and have the spirit of God living within us.  Our inward and outward enemies will all bow in due time.

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.

Rev 11:13  And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven.

Rev 11:14  The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.

And it is here that we enter into Christ and know Him and His Father being of the family of God and seated with Him in heaven which is our hearts and minds.  Now the Lord will rule us with a rod of iron and the Elect will rejoice as the angels in heaven.

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.

Rev 11:16  And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,

Rev 11:17  Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.

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.

Rev 11:19  And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

As we saw above, it is on the mountain that is Christ that all of these lightening, voices and thunderings, earthquakes and great hail take place.  It is a marvelous thing.

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

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

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

Heb 12:28  Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

Heb 12:29  For our God is a consuming fire.

Being saved will cost us everything if one really knows what salvation means and can be moved beyond the strong delusion of eternal torment.  This sword is the tool the Lord uses to make war in our heavens and that is exactly what must take place BEFORE salvation comes.   These are not a history lesson or an outward prophecy, they are words you, me and all men shall live by in the appointed times.

Rev 12:7  And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

Rev 12:8  And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

Rev 12:9  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Rev 12:10  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

We know this sword has come to our house when we are shown are wickedness and learn that we are the abomination that is causing desolation defiling the temple of God.  This is the sign that our day of the Lord has arrived and Christ has come to make war in our heavens and destroy the beast and false prophet within us all.

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

We must fall away first and then be shown who and what we truly are:  Beast and chief of sinners etc.

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

We must be shown we are the false prophet, the antichrist, a self righteous beast speaking like a dragon

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

We will never receive this until our day appointed arrives.  It is all in the Lord’s hands.

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.

But that day will come and the wicked wretched man that we all are in the flesh will be revealed to us and then the Lord will begin to consume and destroy that wicked beast within us all with the sword and fire that is His word.

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,

And the lies we all beleived and were held in deception, including what we honestly believed were true miracles and deliverances will be shown for what they were, an event to keep us bound in darkness during our appointed time in Babylon.

2Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

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

In type and shadow, this is what happened to David, who is a type of Christ and a type and shadow of all of God’s Elect.  A prophet of the Lord will come to us and speak the word that will shine light on our darkness. David like all of us looked past his own sins and so easily saw the sin in others and was offended by those sins.  But his hypocrisy as our own will one day be shown to us in stunning clarity.  David wanted the life of the man that took the ewe from the man who had but one, and that man was David and is you and me  and all men who are brute self righteous beasts.

2Sa 12:7  And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;

2Sa 12:8  And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.

2Sa 12:9  Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.

We all despise the Lord while claiming to serve Him.  We live by every word, even these.

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

The sword divides.  It is what separates us from our old way of life and the new way of life.  It is the means by which the old man is crucified and the beast and false prophet that represents all of us is finally destroyed.   But the sword is not abiding on anyone that thinks they are righteous and have not been shown clearly who they are in the flesh and what really they are made of.

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

Such ones are the ones Christ does not come for in this age.  They need no repentance, don’t need a physician and are pros at pointing out other people’s sins but can’t see their own.  Until the logs of false doctrines are pulled from their eyes they have no business trying to pull specks out of others.  Yet all of us will be guilty of doing it as we live by every word.  Those that do not know or believe they are truly a beast will have no need for repentance.

Luk 15:7  I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

Which is why Christ said, the end does not come unless and until you see it.

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

One can’t see until they are healed of their blindness and that only by the Lord’s mercy.  One will not understand until then and will be ever learning and never able to come to knowledge of the truth.

1Ti 1:15  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

Isa 64:6  But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

When you begin to see these things, then you begin to be humbled and that is what must occur for salvation to come.  Blessed is the poor in spirit for they shall see God.  But if you are given mercy and are shown these truths in the spirit, then salvation has come unto you and the Lord will make a relatively quick work to destroy that beast and kill that old man within you and eliminate the false witness and false prophet we all are at first.  Here is a wonderful event that will usher in salvation for all men when it comes.

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

This indeed is what true grace is, it is what chastens us and is how the sons of God are scourged by a loving Father.

Eph 2:8  For by (chastening) grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

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

It is this sword that our father uses.  The rod of Aaron in type and shadow brings this judgment upon our sinful ways of the flesh.  It is what causes us to obey the Lord in due time.

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

Contrary to the false love believed by most and taught in the Babylon churches, the Lord’s ways calls for a heavy dose of discipline to teach us righteousness.

Pro 13:24  He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

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.

Those that have been shown mercy will know the trials are the blessing and what is needed for us to be remade into the image of Christ.  This is a process that requires us to learn patience.  I am a blessed man and have been shown such mercy by others and have come thru the door and it is my purpose to show others this same mercy.  I pray you hear if you were led to read this very long post.

Joh 10:2 But he that entereth in by the door (The Christ) is the shepherd of the sheep.
Joh 10:3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

This is the works of God and the greater works Jesus said His Christ would be doing.

May these words be an encouragement and spiritual food to a precious lamb who the Lord is dragging to Himself.  Sincere questions or comments are welcome.  Please feel free to email me at (note a new email address)

peterjwilson56@gmail.com

Joh 21:16 He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

In love,

Your brother in Christ,  Pete

For a related post on doctrines showing how many of the OT stories are all about doctrine also see this link:

http://truthinscripture.com/2014/03/19/tolerance-of-false-doctrines/