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Aholah & Aholibah

Aholah & Aholibah

 compiled into One Study for Women

Introduction

The sisters, Aholah and Aholibah, represent types of us at two different stages of our spiritual development. We are first Aholah, and then we are Aholibah, which both, mean His tent or My tent, [My dwelling place], in her. It takes a lifetime of fiery trials to come out of Aholibah [Mystery Babylon], come out of her My people [2 Co 6:14-18]. If Christ is within us, then we are His true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man [1 Co 3:16].

Heb 8:1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such a high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; Heb 8:2  A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man.

Aholah, the elder

Let us now look at these sisters, [typifying the church within us, Rev 2:7]. Look with spiritual eyes and discern the spiritual reality as it is for us today. The name, Aholah, means his tabernacle; his tent.

Eze 23:1  The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

Eze 23:2  Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother:

Eze 23:3  And they committed whoredoms in Egypt; they committed whoredoms in their youth: there were their breasts pressed, and there they bruised the teats of their virginity.

Eze 23:4  And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah.

Eze 23:5  And Aholah played the harlot when she was mine; and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbours,

Eze 23:6  Which were clothed with blue, captains and rulers, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding upon horses.

Eze 23:7  Thus she committed her whoredoms with them, with all them that were the chosen men of Assyria, and with all on whom she doted: with all their idols she defiled herself.

Eze 23:8  Neither left she her whoredoms brought from Egypt: for in her youth they lay with her, and they bruised the breasts of her virginity, and poured their whoredom upon her.

Eze 23:9  Wherefore I have delivered her into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians, upon whom she doted.

Eze 23:10  These discovered her nakedness: they took her sons and her daughters, and slew her with the sword: and she became famous among women; for they had executed judgment upon her.

As the first religious beast, we, as Aholah, in type and shadow, have weak spiritual eyes.

Mat 13:14 (CEV) So God’s promise came true, just as the prophet Isaiah had said, “These people will listen and listen, but never understand. They will look and look, but never see. 

Mat 13:15 All of them have stubborn minds! Their ears are stopped up, and their eyes are covered. They cannot see or hear or understand. If they could, they would turn to me, and I would heal them.”

This is who we are when we first come to the true Christ. We listen to the lies of the world within, believing men [typifying lies and idols of the hearts]. Spiritually, we have weak eyes when we look and look but we never see, all ordained by God. The whole world lies in the wicked one, having false doctrines, we believe in the trinity, free will etc and are believers of men, having come out of the churches of men. Orthodoxy, having another Jesus, is a shadow of this state of affairs within our hearts when we first encounter the true Christ.

1Jn 5:18  We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.

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

Mat 13:38  The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

The opposite is true, when we have the singleness of Christ, then we understand God’s words and are being able to do what He wants us to do. Singleness of Christ means fearing God, keeping His commandments [Col 3:22]. It is only in His true Body, Christ’s Church, where we are being enlightened in Spirit and Truth.

Eph 1:17  That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

Eph 1:18  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

Eph 1:19  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

Eph 1:20  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,

Eph 1:21  Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:

Eph 1:22  And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,

Eph 1:23  Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

When we understand Christ’s words, we know that spiritual blessings are the Hope of His calling. We stay connected with His Body and seek the spiritual riches in the saints, as the Lord permits because it is always a process as we know. Comparing spiritual with spiritual [1 Co 2:13], we see that Aholah, is Leah, the first wife of Jacob. Leah has weak eyes, meaning she has not the doctrines of Christ, yet she produced many children for Jacob. Looking behind us, we see that we did not have the understanding of God’s words and the qualities that the Lord is looking for in His spiritual wife at first. In the OT witness, we know that Laban switched Leah for Rachel, and it happened in the evening.

Gen 29:23 (MKJV) And it happened in the evening, he took his daughter Leah and brought her to him. And he went in to her.

In the evening, there is no Light, that is Christ. When we are in spiritual darkness, we think we are serving the true church, but then in the morning [in the 1st resurrection within], when we see clearly, we find out that we were serving a false church. We come to see the lies which we believed.

Gen 29:25 (MKJV) And it happened in the morning, behold, it was Leah! And he said to Laban, What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you tricked me?

Seven is the number for completion. Jacob finished the week (seven days) of the marriage ceremony with Leah and then Rachel was given to him as wife. Jacob’s seven years of service to Laban for what turned out to be for Leah instead of Rachel symbolizes our complete service to God while we are in spiritual darkness.

Gen 29:27 (ERV) Continue for the full week of the marriage ceremony, and I will also give you Rachel to marry. But you must serve me another seven years.”
Gen 29:28 So Jacob did this and finished the week. Then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel as a wife.

Aholibah, the younger

Aholibah also means my tent, or my tabernacle, in her. She is worse than her sister, Aholah. When we know the truth and we do not do it, we are the worst!

Eze 23:11 And when her sister Aholibah saw this, she was more corrupt in her inordinate love than she, and in her whoredoms more than her sister in her whoredoms.

Eze 23:12 She doted upon the Assyrians her neighbours, captains and rulers clothed most gorgeously, horsemen riding upon horses, all of them desirable young men.

Eze 23:19 Yet she multiplied her whoredoms, in calling to remembrance the days of her youth, wherein she had played the harlot in the land of Egypt.

Eze 23:20 For she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses.

Eze 23:21 Thus thou calledst to remembrance the lewdness of thy youth, in bruising thy teats by the Egyptians for the paps of thy youth.

Eze 23:22 Therefore, O Aholibah, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will raise up thy lovers against thee, from whom thy mind is alienated, and I will bring them against thee on every side;

As Aholibah, we came out of the false doctrines [Aholah] and now has been given the gift of faith, yet we are still carnal babes in Christ. Spiritually speaking, we are Jews that believe on Christ [Joh 8:30], seeking to kill Him. We have many idols of the heart. We have many wonderful gifts, but Christ is not formed in us yet [1 Co 3:1-4]. Our faith is not gold tried in the fire.

Joh 8:37 I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you.

As Aholibah, we are beautiful, we do not embrace the false doctrines of the world, because we have come out of the lies of men to now have the gift of faith but still not proven yet. The dream is one, Rachel, Jacob’s second wife, was beautiful and well favoured. The word favoured is mostly translated as appearance, but it is also translated sight or vision a lot of times.

Gen 29:17 (KJV) …but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.

Jacob’s love for Rachel is a symbol of the Lord’s love for His wife, His Body.

Gen 29:20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her.

Eph 5:29 For no man ever yet hated his own fleshbut nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord loves the church. Eph 5:30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones.

Yes, we are beautiful at this stage, but as a flower quickly fading away if we do not have works…. a rich man.

Jas 1:10  But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.

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

Job 27:19  The rich man shall lie down, but he shall not be gathered: he openeth his eyes, and he is not.

We corrupt quickly and find ourselves in bondage to sin, in the claws of that great harlot, MYSTERY BABYLON, is, was and will be.

Rev 17:4  And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

Rev 17:5  And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

Rev 17:6  And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

When this happens is, was and will be, the Lord plunges us in the ditch and our clothes, our own self-righteousnesses, abhor us. Lord willing, this happens less and less as He increases, and we decrease, dying daily.

Job 9:30  If I wash myself with snow water, and make my hands never so clean;

Job 9:31  Yet shalt thou plunge me in the ditch, and mine own clothes shall abhor me.

Leaving our first love, which is Christ, to return to our vomit makes us near-sighted.

2Pe 1:9 (ESV) For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.

Blindness is not limited to not understanding the words of God, but it includes lacking those qualities that the Lord wants in His wife. Here are the qualities we lack:

2Pe 1:5 (ERV) Because you have these blessings, do all you can to add to your life these things: to your faith add goodness; to your goodness add knowledge;

2Pe 1:6 to your knowledge add self-control; to your self-control add patience; to your patience add devotion to God;

2Pe 1:7 to your devotion add kindness toward your brothers and sisters in Christ, and to this kindness add love.

2Pe 1:8 If all these things are in you and growing, you will never fail to be useful to God. You will produce the kind of fruit that should come from your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We have the six milk doctrines, but we are far from the Kingdom of God and that is to know God, the Father and the One He is sending, Christ and His Christ. We have to leave the milk. Here are the six milk doctrines.

Heb 6:1  Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

Heb 6:2  Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

Heb 6:3  And this will we do, if God permit.

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

As is always the case in the natural world, we become estranged from our spiritual lovers [idols of the heart] after a while, and they also turn upon us and devour us, spiritually speaking, our carnal reasoning comes to naught and confusion. Here is an OT example of this shadow playing out. Amon, son of David, loved Tamar, the sister of Absalom, but after he was done with her, he hated her exceedingly [2 Sa chapter 13].

2Sa 13:15 Then Amnon hated her exceedingly; so that the hatred wherewith he hated her was greater than the love wherewith he had loved her. And Amnon said unto her, Arise, be gone.

These two sisters and all the extreme graphic language describing their adulterous and sexual immorality is all about us when we first receive the Word of God as a deadly wound to our old man [Aholah in type]. Then our deadly wound is healed [we leave our first love, and we return to being the beast we are, we deny Christ and seven devils more evil than the first come into our lives, and we are worse off than we were at the beginning [Aholibah in type]. Praise the Lord for burning us up more and more if we are His!

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

This happens is, was and will be as we walk out this fiery road, when we walk in unbelief, relying on our own judgment and not resting in Christ. We are fading flowers, our glorious beauty of hearing the Word only and not doing, quickly fades away as judgment begins on our House.

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

Isa 28:2  Behold, the Lord hath a mighty and strong one, which as a tempest of hail and a destroying storm, as a flood of mighty waters overflowing, shall cast down to the earth with the hand.

 

1Pe 4:16  Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.

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?

1Pe 4:18  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

1Pe 4:19  Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

To summarize, the dream is one. Aholah is likened unto Leah and Aholibah is likened unto Rachel. Leah in type, typifies the stage where we get rid of the false doctrines of men [Christ doing it in us]. Rachel, in type, as His Body, comes behind in no gift but is still carnal. Her progress is seen in her children, Josef [1st resurrection within] and Benjamin [2nd coming of Christ within]. As beloved in Christ [type], she dies when Benjamin is born. The old mindset dies. Benjamin is born and in type represent Christ’s sons. We, through fiery trials, become doers of the Word.

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

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

Christ’s Bride, symbolized in Scriptures by the cherubims, which is the four beasts in the middle and round about the throne of God, are being able to do battle in Spirit with the sword of the Spirit as they keep His Way and do His commandments. This is the true Bride and the Glory of the God of Israel is over us!

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.

Our renewing mindset as Christ works in us, changes us from the anointed cherub who walks upon God’s holy mountain [Eze 28:11-19] whose heart was lifted up because of her beauty [Aholibah, in type] to the true Bride. The Glory of the God of Israel is over us as we are being made over!

Eze 28:5  By thy great wisdom and by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:

Eze 28:6  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;

Eze 28:7  Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness.

Eze 28:8  They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas.

Eze 28:9  Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.

Eze 28:10  Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.

Eze 10:19 And the cherubims lifted up their wings and mounted up from the earth in my sight: when they went out, the wheels also were beside them, and every one stood at the door of the east gate of the LORD’S house; and the glory of the God of Israel was over them above.