Habakkuk Part 6 – The Goodness of God Brings Repentance

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“The Goodness of God Brings Repentance”

Key Verses:  Hab 2:18 – Hab 3:3

The righteous judgment of God falling upon God’s chosen people is truly a blessing for the new man (Rev 1:3).  This is the singular sign the Lord has given us that we have been chosen by Him and are being prepared for our roles in His Kingdom.

Luk 11:29  And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet.

Luk 11:30  For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.

And what was the ministry of Jonah, the one he and us try to run away from at first?

Jon 1:2  Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.

After being delivered from the belly of the beast, Jonah was sent again to preach the gospel (Jon 3:2) and bring the wicked people of Nineveh (part of the great Babylonian empire) to repentance.  Such is our journey too as we are being clothed in Christ’s righteousness.

The Lord speaks these five woes through His Body, through His Christ, doing the greater work now and in the ages to come.  We are being taught the narrow way of righteousness through these ongoing judgments as we sojourn in the fire.  Here is the final woe spoken to Habakkuk that will then lead us into Chapter 3 and the humbled response of Habakkuk, who as a type of God’s Elect is being granted repentance through these blessings of the Lord to the new man.

Hab 2:18  What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols? 

Hab 2:19  Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it. 

Hab 2:20  But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.

Flesh was made to be destroyed (1Co 15:50, Jer 18:4) and not to be profitable in the kingdom 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.

The man of sin that make a graven image and worships other gods is thankfully cursed and will be destroyed along with all our self-righteous works .

Deu 27:15  Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people shall answer and say, Amen.

Every man is the beast (Ecc 3:18) and the antichrist.  We, as His elect, are just the first given to see it with clarity (Mat 24:15, 2Th 2:11).

Rev 13:11  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

Rev 13:18  Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

There is no life, no breath of God, found in these molten images and false gods.  Yet all men will worship our false gods and idols before we are being judged in the fire by a jealous Lord.  Spiritually speaking this is us taking credit for things, being prideful, thinking we did anything to advance our salvation.  All of which robs God of His glory and brings condemnation upon us in our day of wrath.

Jer 51:17  Every man is brutish by his knowledge; every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.

Isa 44:9  They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed.

Isa 44:10  Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing?

Only the Lord can calm the seas (our flesh) and put us into His Rest (silence).  That is the purpose of the trials (the great storm of wind) that makes us afraid and turn us back to the Lord.  When we know He is the Lord, then Christ is exalted in our earth.

Mar 4:37  And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

Mar 4:38  And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?

Mar 4:39  And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

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

The old man howls but the new man will cast forth our dead bodies with silence, knowing it is the Lord working righteousness within us.  We learn to drink the cup of wrath and give thanks to the Lord in all things, knowing it is all for the greater good of our sanctification as Christ is raised from the dead within us.

Zec 2:13 Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.

As the Bride of Christ, we are His wife and learn to be in subjection to our husbands.

1Pe 3:1  Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;

1Pe 3:5  For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:

We can put on all the gold and silver (outward righteousness) we want, but it’s all in vain.  Only the Lord can build His Temple (Church) and that through chastening grace and fiery trials.

Psa 127:1  A Song of degrees for Solomon. 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.

Jas 5:1  Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.

Jas 5:2  Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.

Jas 5:3  Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

These woes are judgment and are fire of the Word which is exposing our erring from the Lord’s ways.  Both the causing of our erring (Isa 63:17) the subsequent correction via judgment is all part of the goodness of God that is leading us to repent.

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

Our judgment and trials are the wonderful works of the Lord.  These are the storms and the trials of life to which God’s people have been appointed to suffer and endure (Act 14:22, Phi 1:29).

Psa 107:21  Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

The destructive and murderous and merchandising (gain seeking) ways of our flesh are used to turn our hearts back to Him (Psa 90:3).  Having experienced the chastening represented in these five woes, Habakkuk, pivots and gives an account (2Co 5:10) having been humbled by the experience of evil (Ecc 1:3 CLV) the Lord has sent upon him (Job 42:11).

Hab 3:1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth. 

Hab 3:2 O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy. 

Hab 3:3 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.

Habakkuk is, was and will be led to further repentance by the same process that we will experience and as the Book of Job illustrates in greater detail.  Thus, is the purpose of judgment and those the Lord working with being caused to sin so we can be corrected in the whirlwind as we first contend with and then submit to the Lord.  The fire burns up the old man leaving just dust and ashes of our self-focus.

 Job 42:5  I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

Job 42:6  Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. 

 The first verse that sets up the prayer contains a word used only one other place in the Bible.

Hab 3:1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth [H7692] 

Here is the other verse.

Psa 7:1 Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto the LORD, concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite. O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:

Here is an excerpt from a study that dwelt on this word Shiggaion.

The first word of this psalm “ShiggaionH7692 ” speaks to this condition of being spiritually wayward and in need of help to seek the Lord’s direction in our life which comes about through trials and tribulation. The root of this word (“From H7686“) refers to a place of deception and error and ignorance and wandering. It is, as stated in the introduction, “praise to the LORD [that is] not accompanied with worshipping God in spirit and in truth”. But once we are judged then we go from the way that seems right to us in our carnal heavens to a blessed and settled relationship that is guided by the spirit of God and that worships God in spirit and truth .

 Coming to see our deception and our wayward paths off the narrow way, leads us to repent of our transgressions to the Lord.  It is only the humbled and repentant, those that know they need a Saviour that the Lord has come to save in this age.

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

We have seen than knowledge puffs us up and requires the second visit to show us this and turn us into DOERS buying our gold in the fiery trials the Lord is bringing via the woes.

Rev 3:17  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

Repentance unto life is a gift of God that flows to His chosen people through the chastening grace.  Death of the old man is bringing life to the new man.

Act 11:18  When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.

With our pride and wickedness exposed, we can now confess our sins and erring from His ways and begin to appreciate the righteousness being worked by judgment.  We can then pray the Lord’s prayer (thy kingdom come) and for His work to be finished yet in mercy.

Hab 3:2  O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive [H2421] thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy. 

Hab 3:3 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise. 

The work of God is to believe on the one He has sent (Joh 6:29).  It is our growing in faith (the just shall walk by faith) that is what working our own salvation means.  This is what makes us the true lights unto this world (Mat 5:14).

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.

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

Php 2:14  Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

Php 2:15  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; 

Habakkuk is praying for more faith which comes with the Lord making known His secret ways and strange act of judgment.

Rom 9:22  What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:

Rom 9:23  And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,

As we endure, our carnal fears are being replaced by a godly fear built upon faith in the Word and the Lord’s promises both the good to the new man and the bad things for the old man.

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:

Whether we live or die, endure more torment in hell, or find the peace and rest in Christ, it is all HIS WORK in us.  Herein lies our patience and learning longsuffering by experiencing it.

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

Rev 1:18  I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

This prayer of humility is one we all make as the old man is beat down and crushed to powder by the many tribulations by which we enter the kingdom of God.  Our spirit is indeed willing, but our flesh remain weak.  We are being revived on our third day which is judgment process and the very thing that is saving us.

Hos 6:2  After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.

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

Joh 2:21  But he spake of the temple of his body.

The word for revive here in Hos 6:2 and Hab 3:2 is H2421  or “châyâh”This word is also a Hebrew word for quicken. The quickening spirit is the same as the reviving spirit.  This reviving is nothing less than the resurrection of Jesus Christ within us that henceforth guides us on the narrow walk of faith.

Psa 119:156  Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me[H2421] according to thy judgments

Psa 119:159  Consider how I love thy precepts: quicken me[H2421], O LORD, according to thy lovingkindness.

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

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

As we grow in faith and understanding in judgment, we see more clearly the work of God in all phases of our lives and the meaning of Christ being the first and the last takes on a broader meaning.  Habakkuk and we, through these experiences, we must live by (Mat 4:4), are maturing us in the faith. We are realizing that all things are being done in Jesus Christ.  Some witnesses….

Rev 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

1Co 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

These two places named by Habakkuk spiritually signify this growing understanding of faith. Teman is the word for south and was the capital of Edom to the south of Israel.

H8486, têymân    têmân

tay-mawn’, tay-mawn’

Denominative from H3225; the south (as being on the right hand of a person facing the east): – south (side, -ward, wind).

The land of Edom in the south symbolizes the dwelling place of the man of the flesh, the first-born Esau, the first man Adam.  This man is still part of Jesus Christ as the Lord’s Words earlier reflected (1Co 15:45, Rev 1:8).  It is the Lord’s plan and purpose to remake (destroy) the first marred vessel of clay (Jer 18:4, Rev 21:5) beginning with the chosen few (1Pe 4:17) through His judgments.  This is the blessing of our election and calling.

Psa 19:9  The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever: 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 are all inhabitants of Teman (and Egypt, Babylon, etc.) before we are being made inhabitants of the Holy City of Jerusalem which is the Body of Christ.  Christ through His Body is dragging those so chosen to Christ and out of Teman.  This, by our speaking the Word (Jer 5:14).

 Jer 49:20  Therefore hear the counsel of the LORD, that he hath taken against Edom; and his purposes, that he hath purposed against the inhabitants of Teman: Surely the least of the flock shall draw them out: surely he shall make their habitations desolate with them.

Jer 49:22  Behold, he (thru The Body) shall come up and fly as the eagle, and spread his wings over Bozrah: and at that day shall the heart of the mighty men of Edom be as the heart of a woman in her pangs. 

The Lord works through His Christ (Joh 16:12).  A person searching for the rising son will be looking east at first and thereby in the spiritual south of Teman.  The Body is the Lord’s right hand and where His power of the Word is placed.  This verse tells us symbolically from whence the Lord comes.  He comes from and through His right hand which is the Body.

Paran means glorify/beautify and was the wilderness area in the south just to north of Sinai (Egypt).  Moses declared that the Lord came from Paran along with His Christ in these OT shadows of the law of faith that was to come.

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

Deu 33:3  Yea, he loved the people; all his saints are in thy hand: and they sat down at thy feet; every one shall receive of thy words.

Paran is first mentioned as the place where Ishmael (the first man Adam in type, the rejected anointed) dwelled after they were expelled from Abraham’s camp (Gen 21:21), and like Israel, Ishmael, became the patriarch of twelve tribes (Gen 25:16).  It is from Paran that we are being led of the Lord into the promised land (Num 10:12-13) which begins His glorification within us.

The word SELAH is inserted here in the same way that word is used in several of the Psalms, the only other place H5542 is found in the Bible.  It is found three times in Habakkuk’s prayer and 71 times in the Psalms.  This prayer of Habakkuk is of the same flavor as the Psalms in singing spiritual praises to the Lord, giving Him the glory for ALL things.  The word is said to mean “pause” or “break” and the word was inserted after verses of profound spiritual truth.  These profound statements spiritually speaking give us things to ponder upon as we give praise to the Lord and grow and accept His Sovereignty in ALL THINGS.

God coming from Teman and Christ from Mt. Paran is showing our understanding that everything we do or anyone else does is IN CHRIST.

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

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.

These are basic foundational truths we acknowledge daily.  Yet these truths require us to pause and consider their vast importance on how we respond to stimuli in our life.  Such introspection will do us well to connect the dots and see the Lord’s hand in every aspect of our life (Isa 64:8, Phi 2:13) from day one to the last day.

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.

The glory of the Lord will cover our heavens (minds) as we begin to trust in the Word and His promises and gain dominion over sin.  Our earth and those of our brothers and sisters in Christ, the church, will similarly be full of praise to the Lord, knowing we bring nothing to the table.  The saints collectively are the heavens

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

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

Eph 1:13  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

Eph 1:14  Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

As we grow in faith by the trials and afflictions, Lord willing, we are being humbled and made meek.  The old man is dying daily and the new man Christ within is rising up in the first resurrection in down payment form.  God’s people are inheriting their earth and gaining dominion over sin.

Mat 5:5  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

We, like Habakkuk, grow in the faith and are turned back to the Lord as we progress through the seven vials of wrath, the three woes or even these five woes spoken of here.  It is all the same vision and plan of God.  We are being remade in the fire and these are the wonderful works of God to His people that He loves.

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

Next time Lord willing, we will continue with the prayer where Habakkuk ascribes the power of all Israel’s experiences to the Lord.  His faith and our faith are growing as we learn from our judgment.

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Amos Part 14 – The Wise Shall Keep Silent

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“The Wise Shall Keep Silent”

Key Verses:  Amo 5:7 – 5:13

In the last installment (Amos Part 13), we were admonished to seek the Lord and live. Of course this tells those with ears to hear to give up their life and die in order to find the Lord.  This is how we walk in the Spirit of newness of life in Christ. It is through death that judgment then comes (Heb 9:28) and the overcoming of sin takes place.

Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

Those that can read, hear and keep the sayings of the Scriptures are the House of God in every generation and upon whom judgment is now coming. We live out the Word of God and keep His judgments, learning the manifold wisdom of God while abiding in the body of Christ’s flesh which is the Church (Eph 3:10, Eph 5:30). This process of judgment is what reconciles us (returns) us to the Lord.

Col 1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled

Col 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

Establishing justice in our gates is putting on the mind of Christ. This is being worked in God’s elect in our day of judgment, in the day of the Lord as we continue in the Book of Amos.

Amo 5:7 Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth,

Amo 5:8 Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name:

Amo 5:9 That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress.

Amo 5:10 They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly.

Amo 5:11 Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them.

Amo 5:12 For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their right.

Amo 5:13 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time.

We don’t willingly walk to our death and give up our lives, we indeed are dragged there as the Word of God is bitter to our fleshly way of life (Rev 10:10) and seeks to avoid the mourning, lamentations and woe, the reproach the Word brings to us in this world (Eze 2:10).

Amo 5:7 Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth, 

We, like Job, become self-righteous and complain and contend with the Lord as the Lord brings occasion to reveal our hidden pride and humble us. We drink the bitter vinegar and gall that our sinless Lord did not drink and thus turn our judgment into wormwood. Like Ezekiel and Jeremiah, we go forth in bitterness initially.

Eze 3:14 So the spirit lifted me up, and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the LORD was strong upon me.

Lam 3:15 He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood

To become a mature man and eat strong meat speaks to our ability to bear the trials and suffering, the reproach that falls on Jesus Christ. This is our dying daily. The Christ of Christ  take the cup we have been given to drink and give the Lord thanks for it, following our Lord’s footsteps.

Luk 22:17 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, take this, and divide it among yourselves:

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

Failing of the grace of God is when we are overtaken by a root of bitterness and become unthankful in what the Lord is doing (Heb 12:15). We learn not be bitter by first being bitter in our judgment and being chastened (Tit 2:11). We all like Job will at first hold fast our own righteousness and seek to disannul or invalidate the righteous judgments of God.

Job 27:6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.

Job 40:8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

Christ in us is lifted up as we (the old man) is being humbled by the evil (afflictions) that the Lord is bringing upon us (Psa 34:19, Ecc 1:13 CLV).

Amo 5:8 Seek him that maketh the Pleiades [seven stars] and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name: 

While this verse speaks to the Lord’s omnipotence, that is not the primary point the Lord is conveying. This verse tells us of the mystery of how the Lord brings us back to Himself which we won’t understand until we live it and look behind ourselves (Rev 1:10, Luk 24:8). Stars give off light in the darkness and can be both positive or negative as they represent people (us) and/or the false gods we set up in our heavens to worship (the beast). The physical and the spiritual stars are all part of “all things” the Lord is making and working in our lives.

Psa 147:4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.

The Lord puts light and darkness into our minds by declaring unto us our very thoughts (Amo 4:13). We truly are clay and whether we walk in the light or sit in darkness is all the Lord’ doing as are all things.

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

To the carnal world, the true Light of the Lord is thick darkness (Deut 4:11) but to those that see it is a bright Light (Exo 14:20). It is all the same to Him who is working ALL things.

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

Mentioning the names of two well-known constellations reveals this truth. Orion comes from a word meaning stupid or foolish.

H3685, kes-eel’

The same as H3684; any notable constellation; specifically Orion (as if a burly one): – constellation, Orion.

H3684, kes-eel’

From H3688; properly fat, that is, (figuratively) stupid or silly: – fool (-ish).

The true things of the Lord are foolishness (darkness) to the natural man (1Co 2:13). The Lord turns darkness to light and light to darkness according to His purposes. The turning of the shadow of death (being carnally minded) into morning (light) is done by Him making the darkness (the lies we believe and trust in) as our light.

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

Both the deceived and the deceiver are the Lord’s (Job 12:16). He sends strong delusion to keep us bound in darkness awaiting our day of judgment. We leave our first love and fall away.

Jud 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

Isa 13:10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations (H3685 – Orion) thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.

Pleiades (H3598) is only mentioned elsewhere in Job 9 and 38. It is a well-known cluster of seven stars that point to the coming Spring season. The symbology of seven stars is the opposite of Orion which means foolishness. The Lord making Pleiades and Orion is another witness to the Lord making light and darkness. As we carry our cross, Christ in us dies to this world and the veil of flesh is torn in the temple within us (Mat 27:51) and we discern the true lights unto this dark world that is the church.

Rev 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

Dan 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. (2Th 2:8)

The Lord stirs up our flesh, He manifest sins to give occasion for judgment and to have our own wickedness correct us and humble us in our self-righteousness. This is the spiritual significance of the waters of the seas (flesh of man) being poured out upon our earth (Jer 22:29).

Psa 107:25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.

Psa 107:26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.

The parables of the Scriptures convey this mystery of the process of salvation and shows those with ears to hear how faith is grown through the storms of life which the Lord is causing.

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

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

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

As our faith grows, the Lord is raising up Christ more and more and the immature man of God that had been spoiled will begin to tread on the strong man (the man of sin) that has us bound.

Amo 5:9 That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress. 

Reaping what our old man previously sowed (Gal 5:7), the spoilers will themselves be spoiled in the fire of the Lord’s jealousy. The casting out of devils (lies) out of our heavens turns the tables and the devourers are now devoured and salvation comes as Christ rises up.

Jer 30:16 Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured; and all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey.

Mat 12:28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

Mat 12:29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

The man of sin is very strong and gets his power from the god of this world. Only Christ rising up within us can overcome the wicked one.

Amo 5:10 They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly.

Our flesh will abhor the righteousness of God. Jesus Christ is, was and will be despised and rejected of men who is not esteemed by the carnal mind (Isa 53:3). And the immutable truth is we are “Jesus Christ” and will follow His steps.

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

It is the Body of Christ that stands in the gate, the entry way into Jesus Christ and the entry way into our personal heavens (mind). Those gates are guarded by the true elect who have eyes round about, within and without (Rev 4:6-8) to ensure that nothing that defiles is allowed into the Holy City within and without. Christ is the door by which all must pass to find 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 the way of the tree of life.

Joh 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

Rather than stand for Christ and bear His reproach and shame and endure judgment for our sins; we seek the gain of oppression and wrest away the righteous judgment of God. Hatred is murder in the eyes of the Lord (Mat 5:22). Our beast and man of sin seeks to kill the man child within us that is oppressing our sinful way of life by bringing judgment and fire from the Lord. It is you and me who are these Pharisees who eagerly seek knowledge and search the Scriptures, but are unwilling to submit to Christ (Joh 5:39-40) and instead hate (murder) the Lord’s prophets.

Mat 23:34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:

Mat 23:35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.

The Lord put us together in a Body to strengthen, comfort and to keep each other attentive. If we do not abide in the living Word that is Christ, the same which brings judgment and wrath to our man of sin; we will be led astray by the deceitfulness of sin (Heb 3:13) that lives in our hearts. Faithful and strong brethren snatch one another from the fire and keep our hearts striving to attain to the higher calling. The time will come when we need this help.

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

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

Tit 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

Pro 28:23 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.

As our trials increase with our increased faith (1Pe 1:7), the costs of following Jesus Christ also increase as we can now bear greater trials (1Co 10:13, Joh 16:12). These trials are separating the “called and chosen” from the “called, chosen AND FAITHFUL” (Rev 17:14). To destroy the pride of life and humble us, our self-righteousness and gainsaying using the things of the Lord, needs to be exposed. The Lord is making His case for needed judgment to teach us the right ways.

Amo 5:11 Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them.

Amo 5:12 For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their right.

The elect are being sent to preach the Gospel to the spiritually poor (Luk 4:18, Rev 14:6) and broken hearted. Giving to the poor is lifting up our brother and sisters, spiritually and physically when needed as we are given the ability and opportunity. We come to see every man alive as Jesus Christ, who is the first man Adam and last man Christ in every man.

Mat 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Speaking and living the Word, judging righteous judgment is how we feed, clothe and shelter “Jesus Christ” who is every man. Full of doctrine and immature, we will first oppress the man child within ourselves and those outside ourselves. Getting the I, Me and My out of our walk and our life takes significant trials and scourging by the Lord. We all lack the one thing that Christ spoke to the rich man about. The one thing we all lack is to give up EVERYTHING, give it all to the Lord and trust in Him alone and not our own flesh and abilities.

Mat 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

None of us voluntarily give up our lives. Flesh instinctively do the opposite and seek to save its life and seek gain and not be content in waiting for the Lord. We tread upon the poor within ourselves and without when we remove the burden of judgment off ourselves and pervert the Word of God. Taking away the grain (the corn or the wheat) is removing the Truth and wresting away the need for judgment and living a sacrificed life. This is robbery.

Pro 22:22 Rob not the poor, because he is poor: neither oppress the afflicted in the gate:

Isa 10:2 To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!

The Lord is jealous for His people and when we oppress the poor we reproach the Lord. We cannot wrest judgment (Exo 23:6) as there is no other way into the kingdom of God.

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.

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

Self-righteous flesh seeks to build a house for the Lord (Psa 127:1) and justify ourselves by the works of our own hands. But this all vanity and destined to be burned up when the fire reveals our works in our day of the Lord (1Co 3:15). Israel (you and me) are commanded to not built an altar made of hewn stone which refers to the works of our hands. Jesus Christ is building His church and He needs no help from any man to bring it about.

Act 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

Act 17:25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;

Turning aside the poor is leading one away from Christ and the narrow road and the words of fire that the walk of a disciple entails. We always have to try the spirits.

2Pe 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.

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

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

We honor the Lord by speaking righteously and showing mercy, which is judging righteous judgment (Joh 7:24) and partaking of the suffering of Christ.

Pro 31:9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

Pro 14:31 He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoureth him hath mercy on the poor.

The Lord calls our oppression of the poor that afflicts His people a mighty sin. Until we are given to lay down our life for Christ, we will continue to be a beast buying and selling and seeking gain and oppressing the poor within and without. A zealous Lord will have vengeance for His oppressed.

Psa 12:5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.

As we grow in faith, our ability to bear the burden of the Lord also increases. With maturity come greater trials but know the Lord will not try us beyond what we can bear (1Co 10:13).

Amo 5:13 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence [H1826] in that time; for it is an evil time

The rest (silence) that remains for the people of God is to cease from our own carnal works and put our faith in the Lord alone. This is the goal and where we are heading but we only get there by enduring and learning through an experience of evil.

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

We come into judgment like Job, whining and complaining and justifying ourselves by our filthy rags self-righteous works (Isa 64:6). But as we mature in our judgment, we begin overcoming sin and begin to speak what the angels of the Lord speak.

Rev 19:2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

We are becoming wise in our foolishness for Christ and are given understanding of the Lord’s plan and purposes and as importantly the faith to believe. The time of the end has come.

Dan 12:9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.

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

When a life is laid down for the Lord, we have the faith to trust in what He is doing and open not our mouth to defend or justify ourselves.

Isa 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

We are saved by the chastening grace of the Lord through the faith we are given as a gift (Eph 2:8). True grace through faith grows us to a place of contentment and of rest. A meek and humble spirit is quietness and confidence in the Lord and not dependent upon horses we have depended upon our whole prior life.

Isa 30:15 For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.

Isa 30:16 But ye said, No; for we will flee upon horses; therefore shall ye flee: and, We will ride upon the swift; therefore shall they that pursue you be swift.

It takes faith to believe, without which we will not enter into the rest and quietness that is promised to all who believe.

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

God is resting from His works within us on the seventh day, the day we are being completed in Jesus Christ. Coming to Christ is where we find rest from our own works (Mat 11:28) and grow such that the Prince of Peace is ruling in our hearts. Charity, our love, which is our obedience is how that peace and quietness is found.

Col 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

Col 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

We are not wise or silent at first in our day of judgments.  We are unwise and making all kinds of lamentations in contending with the Lord.  The commandment has been given to be silent.  Yet we learn obedience by making mistakes, experiencing evil and suffering the chastening of the Lord. This is where we pick up next week Lord willing, as the lamenting and wailing in the vineyards will increase as the Lord passes through the land within us.

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

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A brother in Christ,  Pete


Micah Part 20 – I Will Look Upon the Lord

“I Will Look Unto The Lord”

Key Verses:  Micah 7:1 – 7:8

Our Day of the Lord (“that day”) does not come initially upon our hearing and understanding the Truth.  Coming to see the Lord and His Christ we are then given a brief time of silence to consolidate our understanding and prepare for the war (judgments) that are being waged.

Rev 8:1 When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour…

Rev 8:5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake.

Christ is revealed in us little by little and therefore the church of God is admonished to wait on the coming and revealing of the Lord both within us and without.  In both cases patience and endurance is needed. We wait on Him to perform His work and thru all this our faith is tested, refined and grown if we have been ordained to be faithful and move on to maturity.

Gal 5:5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

Heb 10:37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

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:

The waiting is our enduring through our judgments and having the old man decreased and the new man, Jesus Christ, within us increased.  We will see this in Micah’s prophecy as those reading, hearing and keeping the things written herein (Rev 1:3) come to see their wretched state and then with this experience begin to rest IN FAITH (not works) and wait for the Lord to deliver us.  Here are the 8 verses for today’s study.

Mic 7:1 Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit.

Mic 7:2 The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.

Mic 7:3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.

Mic 7:4 The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.

Mic 7:5 Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.

Mic 7:6 For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.

Mic 7:7 Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

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.

As we begin this chapter, “Woe is me” as the end of the old man is in sight.  We live these words out as we come to see that we and all men are the “abomination of desolation” sitting in the Temple of God (Mat 24:15).  The lawless one, the man of sin, we are, is revealed to us.  Paul tells the church to wait and to remember that day will not come until we see this with clarity.

2Th 2:3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,

2Th 2:4 who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

Judgment is the Lord’s vehicle to show us where we stand with the Lord and exposes our sins and false doctrines.  Bringing us to see the folly and vanity of the fruits of our own labors is an integral part of the Lord’s methods.  In the Day of the Lord for all men, what I call the grace meter (Rom 5:20) is always turned up in concert with our sin.  The resulting heat creates the furnace of affliction (Isa 48:10) and will not fail to turn us back to Him in due time.

Mic 7:1 Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grape gleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the first ripe fruit.

Modern day gleaning is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers’ fields after they have been commercially harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest. Some ancient cultures promoted gleaning as an early form of a welfare system and this principle are express commandments in the Law of Moses.

Lev 19:10 And thou shalt not glean thy vineyard, neither shalt thou gather every grape of thy vineyard; thou shalt leave them for the poor and stranger: I am the LORD your God.

God’s elect are the first to be harvested (judged) and are likened to the first fruits of the Lord (Jam 1:18).  The summer harvest is the first fruits (elect) with the main harvest (salvation of all) coming in the fall season.  As God’s elect and the first to follow our Lord as a kind of first fruit, we are given an insatiable spiritual appetite but that desire is not met at first.  A vineyard that has been gleaned is a field without fruit.

Mic 6:15 You shall sow, but not reap; You shall tread the olives, but not anoint yourselves with oil; And make sweet wine, but not drink wine.

Having a zeal for the Lord’s House but without knowledge (Rom 10:2) we sow but do not reap and remain in search of the peace and the rest promised in Christ.  While we are told to seek and we shall find, there is also season where we wander seeking truth (food) but do not find it.

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

Amo 8:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

This is our state of ever learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth (2Ti 3:7).  Our immaturity is quickly exposed in the days of our judgment.  When the Lord manifests evil within our own house, our immature fruit is easily shaken off the tree when judgment comes.

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

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

Immature faith when tested will fail.  It is only through experience of good and evil that we come to a mature man and learn to build properly on the Rock.  It will take us a perfect and complete (seven times) number of failures and getting back up to prove worthy to the Lord’s Name.  Through the ongoing chastening we learn as we, the righteous men of God, get back up seven times (Pro 24:16).  Bringing us to our wits ends requires the land to be made desolate and for there to be found no fruit.  The fruit we eat spiritually that grows and matures us comes only after we have endured (Heb 12:11).

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

Mic 7:2 The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.

All men will live these words. All flesh will die and then be judged.  Only the chosen few are given to experience this now.  We see the depravity of all flesh and as the Lord can now say:

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

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

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

All men of the flesh are spiritually speaking natural born hunters who hunt in the world.

Gen 25:27 And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents.

Flesh will automatically go to the world (the field) for their meat and not to the Lord and His Christ.  Even after having been given all the gifts and knowledge we still merchandise, play the harlot and seek to kill Christ within us and without.

Nah 3:1 Woe to the bloody city! it is all full of lies and robbery; the prey departeth not

Isa 1:21 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.

The greater damnation (Mat 23:14) is the greater judgment (more stripes) that will come upon you and me, who know what to do and do not do it.  So, it will be with all men in due time.

Mat 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

Mat 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

All men succumb to the 200 million lies of the harlot.  Those lies become the nets by which all men are caught and become the false gods and works of our hands that we worship before the coming of Christ.

 Hab 1:15 They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag: therefore, they rejoice and are glad.

Hab 1:16 Therefore they sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto their drag; because by them their portion is fat, and their meat plenteous.

When Christ calls we are told to drop those nets and follow Him.

Mic 7:3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up [H5686]

Mic 7:4 The best of them is as a brier [H2312]: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.

The prince and the judge are both us in this apostate stage.  Seeking reward, we pick and choose, add and subtract from the Word; thinking way above what is written “we wrap it up”.  The KJV translation of wrap it up is a long way of saying we pervert the Word of the Lord.

 H5686, ‛âbath, aw-bath’

A primitive root; to interlace, that is, (figuratively) to pervert: – wrap up.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

It is our seeking reward as Micah says that is the root of this perversion.  The reward seeking beast who thinks of his self-righteousness as righteousness will have that righteousness removed.  The same Woe in Micah are the woes spoken of by Isaiah.

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

Isa 5:23 Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!

Briars and thorns spiritually represent lies and false doctrines which pervert the Word and those lies sting us spiritually in due time.

 H2312, chêdeq, khay’-dek

From an unused root meaning to sting; a prickly plant: – brier, thorn

Briars do the same thing the locust do, they sting us.

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

Isa 9:15 The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.

There is no lie in the Truth and best and most right sounding is still a lie. When the Lord brings judgment that opens our eyes, we go through a period of great perplexity as our light is all turned into darkness by the coming of the Truth in our heavens.

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

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

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

This hedge built upon lies and false doctrines keeps us in a false peace and security thinking we have already arrived (and not fearing the Lord) is shattered in the day of our visitation (1Th 5:3).  Our looking to the Lord, the coming of the watchmen and our day of visitation are all one and the same thing.  The Lord works through and lives in His people.  It is His Body that speaks the Words that bring judgment to those prepared to hear it. Faith cometh by hearing and that via Words spoken by Christ.  An ambassador is sent among the heathen.

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

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

Mat 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.

The Lord creates both the deceived and those doing the deceiving (Job 12:16).  The hedge is also put there by the Lord and only the Lord takes it away in due time (Job 1:10-12).  The Lord is in the business of separating a people unto Himself (Deu 7:6, 2Co 6:17).  The next few verses speak to that separating process and our maturing into the narrow way.

Mic 7:5 Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.

Come out of her my people (Rev 18:4) is a cry only spiritual ears are hearing.  We hear this frequently on the way to maturity as we have to be taught to build only on the Rock and judge only based on that same Word.  That is what possessing true scales and weights refers to as we looked at in Part 19.  Verse 5 is telling us to put no confidence in the flesh, yours, mine or anyone’s.  Doing s0, makes us an evil worker and it is committing spiritual adultery with the harlot.

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.

We have to guard the doors and gateways into our hearts to ensure that what we put in them is not defiled.  A little leaven makes the spiritual food poison so we have to inspect, and examine what we eat and how we are judging.  We only have one way to do that and that is the plumb line, the Word of God.

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

Amo 7:8 And the LORD said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more:

We must remember how few is the “few chosen” that make of God’s elect.  Not many people, in fact extremely few, a minutia of a minutia have the Truth and speak it.  Many deceivers have gone into the world and the Lord is going to try our faith and test us to see if we will be faithful to the end.  We learn to judge all things on the spiritual scale of the Scriptures.  We must beware the leaven of the Pharisees within and without us.

Pro 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Our family in Christ are the true friends, the precious few, who are of like mind and strive to obey ALL the Lord’s Words.  These are the disciples indeed wherein is found safety in a multitude of counselors.  Christ shows us who our family is, it is the Body of Christ.

Mat 12:49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!

Mat 12:50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

The next verse is the basis for some well-known Scriptures and Words of our Lord.

Mic 7:6 For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.

Christ tells His disciples what His coming to them will bring about.

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

Mat 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

Mat 10:36 And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.

I added in verse 34 of Matthew to make the point that this intra-family battle is the result of the sword that is now abiding on the house of God (1Co 3:16).  War in heaven is taking place.  Judgment is on the House of God and there is a battle for the heart and mind of the new man.

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.

We, being an unfaithful harlot, have had many husbands before we meet the real Christ at the well of living water and begin to drink thereof of our judgment (John 4:18).  We all have committed spiritual adultery and taking another man’s wife like King David did with Uriah.  Reaping what we sow, the Lord pronounces judgment upon us in our day.

2Sa 12:11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour,

Our former friends and members of our carnally minded households have now become enemies of the cross and by extension our enemy who persecute us and seek to kill Christ.

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

Salvation requires man to endure great suffering and persecution and that is especially painful when it is from our own families. Many come into this fellowship and walk in the truth but are not given to endure to the end and they fall away because of the persecution that arises typically from their physical families.

Mat 13:21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

Becoming the Lord’s kings and priests, and the instruments by which He will save all mankind is indeed a high calling.  Yet that high calling comes with equally high costs that none of us are willing to pay without Christ dragging us there. It might just cost us everything and we need to be willing to pay it.

Luk 18:28 Then Peter said, Lo, we have left all, and followed thee.

Luk 18:29 And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God’s sake,

Luk 18:30 Who shall not receive manifold more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.

But knowing the truths we have learned in our judgment process and understanding the plan of God for salvation for His sons first and then ultimately all men, we begin to count tribulation and persecution as a blessing.

1Pe 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

Jam 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Jam 1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
Jam 1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Here are the final two verses for our study.

Mic 7:7 Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

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.

Having learned righteousness (Truth) by our judgment, we can now look to the Lord. We have seen ourselves as the harlot and the abomination causing desolation defiling His Temple. Seeing ourselves as the chief of sinners (1Ti 1:15), we are being brought to repentance (Rom 2:4, Psa 90:3). Henceforth we will look to the Lord and to His Christ for wisdom and counsel.

We have been taught to judge righteously and we know that of ourselves we can do no good thing.  We have and are continuing to be taught patience and know we must wait on the Lord to perform His work in us all the while we strive and labor in faith.

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.

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

We have and continue to learn (maturing in truth) via the ongoing war with our flesh (Gal 5:17).  Knowing of this struggle and that we are not in it alone, we have a Body to cast our cares upon gives us hope for what we cannot yet see.

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

As mature men of God, we know the ups and downs will come in our walk.  When we fall we will arise quickly (Pro 24:16).  When we find ourselves in darkness, we know where to find Christ, who is the light of this world and the lamp to our walk of faith (Psa 119:105).

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

Heb 10:24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:

Heb 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

The Spirit of God is with us and there is no escape.  Through thick and thin, the periods of light or darkness, the Lord is with us.

Psa 139:7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?

Next week Lord willing, we will see the Lord moving through the nations and pardoning the inequity of His people and performing the Word He promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

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