FAQS

Cult Accusations Against the Body of Christ

The way of Jesus Christ truly is very narrow and the gate is straight and there are few that will find that way.

Mat 7:13  “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.
Mat 7:14  Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

Following this narrow way that few find, will have us being accused of being in a cult by those not given ears to hear and eyes to see.  Other times, when we give answers for our joy by those given to ask us, the seed of truth given is initially received with joy by those the Lord puts in our path.   Yet more often than not, those sown seeds are quickly eaten up by the adversary who works in the minds (heavens) of all mankind.

Mat 13:19  When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

A very common way this manifests itself is when the carnally minded friends and influencers, blinded by the false doctrines of their Babylonian churches, make the charge that our fellowship group, the little flock of Jesus Christ scattered around the whole world is a cult.  Such a baby hearing the truth, without the sufficient measure of the gift of faith from the Lord and the ability to discern spirits s easily led right back into Babylonian deception.   These experiences actually all work for good, because they separate out those that are not yet prepared and whose time to come to know the truth is not yet.

Joh 10:3  To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
Joh 10:4  And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice.
Joh 10:5  Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.”

If one cannot discern the truth and hear the voice of the Christ in us and instead follows the voice of the antichrist in a stranger, they are not of the Lord.

Luk 10:16  He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me.”

It is the calling of the true church, the one Body of Christ to endure these trials and these false cult accusations.  We know that it is 100% all of the Lord whether one is added to the church or not and whether one is given to receive the truth or not.

Act 2:46  And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
Act 2:47  Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved

Act 13:48  And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed.

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

To help the new ones in the faith, it is helpful to be able to refute and affirm as the case may be the characteristics of the Body of Christ.  To achieve that objective, we will now look at the 25 common traits of real cults and show the truth about the  Body of Christ.  As fellow believers, of one mind and one baptism of the many-membered Body of Christ, we all believe the same thing, the written Word. We are to be ready to give an answer to all those asking of us.

Pe 3:15  But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

So, let us look at what the carnal world defines as a cult and see what Christ teaches about this. The list of attributes of a cult is taken from a college course called “The Psychology of Fundamentalism” offered by the University of Texas. Their statements are in red.

1.The leader is charismatic and often militaristically demanding. There is nothing charismatic to those in the world about being weak and foolish which is the most common trait of those in the Body of Christ.  Loving our enemies and being subject to the higher powers put over us, is not appealing to flesh.

1Co 1:23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

1Co 1:26 – 29 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:  But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;  And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.

Mat 5:43 -44 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

 Rom 13:1  Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. 

 2. The leader is always right. Christ says we become all things to all men in order to save some. In order to do this, we have to die to self, daily.   All the elders make mistakes, nobody has been perfected yet.  A true leader in Christ leads by example and is humbled and thankful for correction.

Pro 11:14  Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.

1Co 9:19 -22 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;  To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

2Pe 1:20  Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation

1Co 11:32  But when we are judged (now in this age) we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world (later in the lake of fire)

3. Elitism, the leaders treated as royalty or a sense of awe, hierarchical, authoritarian power structure. We esteem those that labor in the Word and are helpers of each other’s joy, we hate the Nicolaitan spirit which lords over others and obey our elders because they watch for our souls.

1Th 5:12-13  And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;  And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

2Co 1:24  Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

Rev 2:14 -15 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

1Ti 5:17  Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.

Heb 13:17  Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

4. Lower members get no respect or get abused. Christ teaches us to look out for all, submitting one to another and regard those that are less honorable with more honor.

Php 2:2-4  Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

Eph 5:21  Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

1Co 12:23 -24 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.  or our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:  

 5. Leaders are not held accountable for his actions or the actions of his authority structure. Christ teaches we work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. Christ admonishes us that we all give an account of ourselves to God.

1Ti 5:19-20  Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear.

Jas 3:1  My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

Php 2:12-13  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.  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Rom 14:11-12   For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.  So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

 6. The leader will not tolerate or receive criticism, but leader criticizes all others. We do not argue with weaker brethren in the faith but receive them where they are at. We do not judge them but love them which is to teach them the doctrine of Christ.

Rom 14:1  Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

Rom 14:13-17  Let us not therefore judge one another anymore: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.  I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.  But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably.  Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.   Let not then your good be evil spoken of:  For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

1Pe 2:17  Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

 7. There is no exit. It is true that if Christ is choosing us, we are His, chosen before the world began.  Those who stay or leave all do so at the Lord’s choosing and there is no coercion by anyone.

1Pe 2:9-10  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:  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.

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.

1Co 11:19  For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you

 8. If members exit they are considered rebellious, out of the will of a higher power or the leader. When members leave, they were never one of us, Christ’s Words are never-fading away, they are Spirit and Life [John 6:63]. Christ works all matters to His will.

1Jn 2:18-19  Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.  They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

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:

 9. Members do not have any association with members that have left the group. These are Christ’s Words in 2 John 1:8, we do not go beyond what is written.  The way is narrow and the people of God are being made obedient to these commandments no matter how the world hates them or thinks they are mean.

2Jn 1:8-11  Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.  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.   If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:   For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

Mat 18:17  And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

Tit 3:9 -11 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.  A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;  Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.

 10. There are no graduates from the program or group, just deserters or evil people. Those that leave have not the Spirit of Christ. It is Christ giving us age-abiding life, we have nothing to do with it. If we endure, we are being saved, all by Christ’s design. People leaving us, do not have the Spirit of Christ because of His design.

Jud 1:17-19  But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

Joh 10:27 -28 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

11. There is cult speak (a language many others cannot understand). Christ’s parables and the revelation of Jesus Christ is a mystery according to Christ. His wisdom is being made known through His Church only.  It’s true that those in the Body know things and speak things the world does not understand.

Mat 13:34-35  All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.

1Co 2:7-10  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:  Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  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.  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

Luk 8:9-10  And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?  And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

Rom 16:25-26  Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,  But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

Eph 3:8 -10 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;  And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:  To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

 12. Personal attacks on critics or those who are not in the group. We are admonished to not speak evil of one another or of no man.

Tit 3:1-2 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.

Jas 4:11 -12 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.  There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?

Eph 5:3 -7 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.  For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.  Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.  Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

13. Solidarity within themselves, no outside allegiance or association. Christ teaches that He has left Himself a remnant of His people. All that are His are being drug (Joh 6:44) to become members of His Body and they go through much tribulation to enter into the Kingdom of God.

Rom 11:5  Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

Act 14:22  Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

2Co 6:15 -17 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?  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.   Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

 14. Use of guilt to manipulate members. Our consciences are purged from dead works from carnal selves to serve Christ. There is no manipulation in love.

Rom 13:7  Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

Heb 9:14-15  How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?  And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

Col 3:12-14  Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.   And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

Job 15:12-13  Why doth thine heart carry thee away? and what do thy eyes wink at, That thou turnest thy spirit against God, and lettest such words go out of thy mouth?

 15. The leaders of the group are self-absorbed. Christ wants everything if we are His.  The Lord demands preeminence in all things.  Loving the Lord with all our heart, mind and  soul takes real actions contrary to the ways of the world and the carnally minded.

Mat 10:34-38  Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.  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.  And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.  He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.   And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

1Jn 2:15-16 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

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

16. Instant community. Very few have eyes to see and ears to hear, we have no choice in the matter, faith is a gift.

1Jn 4:4-6  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.  They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

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.

17. Members unable to tell the truth. We worship in Spirit and truth which is no lie.

Joh 4:24  God is Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Joh 16:13-15  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.  He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

Joh 17:17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

1Jn 2:20-21  But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things. I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

 18. Money grubbing. Our leaders lead by being examples and of a ready mind.

2Th 3:7-10  For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:  Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.   For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

1Pe 5:2-3 Feed 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; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

1Ti 6:6-10  But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.  And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.  But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

19. Newcomers don’t “think right” and need to be trained. It takes a fiery process to be made righteous. Christ is the Head of His Church.

Heb 5:13-14 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Joh 1:17  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

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

Rom 14:1  Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

 20. System of punishment and reward. We are not under the law but under grace.

Rom 6:14-17  For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

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

1Co 4:7  For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

21.  Cults exhibit Intrusiveness; meaning they get into the face and intimate details of the other members.  

Joh 2:17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.

Mal 3:16  Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name.

2Ti 4:1-2  I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

Heb 10:24-25 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
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.

 22.  Sense of powerless, dependency, covert fear, guilt. We have the assurance of Christ’s promises.

Heb 10:22-23  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 

 Pro 28:1  The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.  

Mat 28:18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth

23. Members and leaders are imbalanced or mentally ill. We have a sound mind. We are not of this world, having the carnal mind of the world.

2Ti 1:6-7 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Joh 17:14-16  I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.   They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

Joh 10:20  And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?

Joh 15:20  Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.

 24. Thought stopping language, clichés, or slogans. The sons of Christ stick to the written Word. We have eyes to see and ears to hear and speak in new tongues.

1Co 4:6  And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.

Mar 16:17  And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 

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?

 25. Demands of ultra-loyalty or ultra-trust in the group’s process and others. We need to be faithful to the end.

1Co 4:1-2  Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.  Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

Mat 24:13  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Joh 6:66-68  From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.

 Summary

 We, as the sons of God, members of the many membered body of Christ only have the Truth and His Spirit to ward off the fiery darts of our enemies. The Words of Christ never puts us to shame.

2Co 13:8  For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

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 carnally minded world does not understand the truths we hold and cherish.  In fact, they cannot know these truths because the Lord has blinded their eyes.

Dan 12:9-10  And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.  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.

Joh 12:38-40 That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed?  Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, 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.

The blindness and inability of the whole world to know these truths exist to this very day.  Coming to know this is the Lord’s will and work is part of us maturing in the faith.

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.

To those outside the covenant of faith, the true Body of Christ will have the appearance of being a cult because they are unable to see the truth. That was the way it was for the original disciples and that is the way it will be for us as well.  The Jews in Rome that spoke with Paul had heard all the negative things about the Body of Christ as it was thought of as a sect/cult by those yet carnal, in the world and blinded to the truth.

Act 28:22  But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken (evil) against. 

Act 28:23  And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.

Act 28:24  And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.

Remember it is not given to many to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God.  It is given to indeed very few.

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

Count it all joy to be persecuted and accused just as our Lord was.  Great is our reward in heaven now as we are blessed and our faith is being increased.  We are being made ready!

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judgment, salvation

Then You Shall Know I Am The Lord

I am going to speak about the righteous judgment of God in this post and how that is the means by which we come to know the Lord.  Jesus told us this mystery in this parable right here.

Mat 13:49 So shall it be at the end of the AGE (vs world): the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just
Mat 13:50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

This verse speaks nothing about an eternal hell as virtually the whole church system believes.  It speaks about how God bring about the end of the carnal minded AGE of man through judgment.  The word AION translated “world” in our bibles is not the correct word but that is a topic for another day.  God brings about the end of the AGE for each of us in our appointed time.  He sends His messengers, His Elect which are His angels to speak words of fire to our hearts and consume the wood which is our carnal idols.

I am now standing in a furnace spiritually speaking.  That is where the Lord’s people will stand.  We will be saved through fire not be escaping fire.

1 Cor 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.

To the new man coming forth from the ashes of desolation of the old man, we will learn to stand in the fire and it will not harm us.

Dan 3:27 And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.

I have been blessed to have been put into the fire.  This is the only way we can ever enter into the kingdom of God.  I have been redeemed of the Lord and I will boldly say so to all.

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

I now hear the voice of the Shepherd.  I am not boasting in saying this, this is what we are supposed to say as otherwise we are denying Christ.  Christ lives,  He lives in me as I have been redeemed.  He has come in the flesh.  I came to hear HIS voice only by beginning and enduring through some not so nice things, called judgment.  But that is how salvation comes, there is no other way.

Isa 1:27  Zion shall be redeemed with judgment

The LORD told us clearly what shall judge us.

John 12:47-48  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.   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.

Right here we have a great mystery and riddle before our eyes.  It is the WORD that will judge us; but ONLY if we are able to hear it AND BELIEVE IT.   Getting ears to hear this WORD and the faith to believe it are both gifts from God.  Man does not choose on its own to receive these gifts, there given to him.  Even the faith given is not our faith but is the faith of Christ.

Mat 11:15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

Very few will be given ears to hear as the Scriptures declare.  Many that “believe on Christ”  will claim to hear but they do not hear and this message is not for them.  These people Jesus spoke with that day and speaks to today that believe but do not hear and are not now being judged.  Their appointed day cannot come until and unless they can 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.  
Joh 8:47 He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

The word that Christ has spoken will be our judge in the “last day”.  The last day of course being a customized day, preordained for each us that really represents the end of the age, the end of our carnal mind.  When our appointed day comes and we are given the gift of FAITH,  then and only then, are we given ears to hear.  Until we can hear the WORD of GOD,  we cannot really believe and as it says right here, we cannot be judged until we hear.  This is a deep mystery that God must reveal but it is also captured in this Psalm.

Psalm 1:5  Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment

Judgment begins at the house of God.  Most people will not see judgment in this life as they have not be chosen and given ears to hear.  This is God’s plan which is revealed in Scriptures and I simply must accept it.

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

The carnal man hates this truth.  They are at enmity with the true things of God.  One huge log and insidious false doctrine of Babylon that blinds people to the truth is the CARNAL idea that salvation is avoiding judgment and avoiding the wrath of God.  It ties into the false doctrine that since Jesus died for us, we do not need to also die.  No my friends, that is a lie.   This is one of the most insidious doctrines of Babylon and those bound up with the traditions of our forefathers.

Mat 10:39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

Jesus paid the ultimate penalty for sin which is death.  All men shall be made alive in the appointed time, but in order for all men to enter into the kingdom of God, they must be born again.  This only by the will of the Father in the appointed time as one can read in John 1:12 and scores of other places.   Yet this death, the second death must precede the new birth and for all but a chosen few, this will be after the second resurrection in the ages to come.  Far beyond this post to get into it, but the one baptism that all in Christ will experience is the baptism into HIS DEATH.  He died and we too shall surely die just as God told Adam.

That is what Jesus was speaking right here in parable for those with ears to hear.

John 12:24-25   Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.   He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

So I hope this post which will explore the many places where God speaks of knowing He is the Lord will open your eyes to understanding this great mystery and hidden wisdom.  It is a wonderful liberating truth when you see it.  If you see it, there is likely some budding of new life going on in your spiritual house.

Ezekiel 29:21 In that day will I cause the horn of the house of Israel to bud forth, and I will give thee the opening of the mouth in the midst of them; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

This verse speaks to a very special day.  It is the day that we will come to know the Lord.  Yet this day is not the day that Orthodox Christianity teaches.  They have it completely backwards.

In a great hidden mystery,  the way of salvation is hidden from carnal eyes.  Salvation is KNOWING THE LORD in the Spirit.  This is only revealed unto a man by GOD Himself,  in His choosing in the appointed time.  It is through judgment that we will all come to know the Lord.

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.

NO MAN means NO MAN.  No man can enter into the temple of God that is in our heart, until these plagues are all fulfilled in us.  This is how we enter into AIONIOUS (Eternal) Life.  This is salvation and only a few there be shall find the way in this life.

John  17:3   And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent

I am writing this for the benefit of some brothers I know are going through great tribulation and also for myself.  It is through the trial of our God given faith in HIS WORD that we will be purified.  There is no other way.  We are to count these trials and the cost of being a disciple as pure joy.  God willing this we shall do.  We must come to understand this is the way of the Lord.

Isa 48:10  Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction

Isa 26:9  for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness

The “earth” is referring to our flesh and that is how we learn righteousness.  When we abide in His word we will be His disciples indeed and in the truth which is Jesus Christ.  This truth shall set us free.  I hope you can hear these words.

Jer 22:29  O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.

Chastening Grace is How We Know Him

It is thru our chastening that we shall learn. Chastening is the same word translated as “being taught”.  The grace of God that saves is not just some unmerited favor; it is the chastisement of God.  When sin abounds,  this chastisement increases all the more.  That is the way of God, burning sin out of His chosen people in the appointed time. If sin increases,  God just ratchets up the heat in the furnace and ultimately grace will win and sin will be destroyed.

It is the same way the Lord learned and His Elect will be no different and shall not escape the righteous judgment of God.

Heb 5:8  Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered

Like His Father sent Him,  He sends us.  We too shall be broken and ground to powder.  That is how we die to self to live for Christ.

Mat 21:44  And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.

Far beyond this post to get into,  but know that most,  the “many called” DO NOT undergo judgment in this life.  Theirs will be in the Lake of Fire to come in the future age.  Many that call themselves sons of God are not yet sons as that requires being chastened through the judgments of God.

Heb 12:8  But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

You can be sure that as Christ was in this world so shall His Elect be.  It pleased the Father to crush His Son  and will be no different for us.  Again I write this so I can be comforted and trust in His precious promises.

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

NO EXCEPTIONS!

Heb 12:7  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

The self righteous JOB did not yet understand this and had no idea what God was doing to him or why.  Neither do we initially, but we will but first we will be like JOB.

Job 40:6-8   Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,  Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

So with this very long lead in,  I want to review many of the verses in the Scriptures that speak how God works salvation in His chosen people.  Carnal man continues to take these verses as if they speak to an eternal hell for people that do not know the Lord, yet the exact opposite is the truth.  It is through these judgments and enduring all His wrath that we shall come to Know That He Is The Lord.

All of these examples are from the Old Testament which are types and shadows of things that will happen to the people of God, His Israel,  His Elect,  His Bride, the Body of Christ,  the chosen few.  These stories all apply to us this very day.

1 Cor 10:11  Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the AGE (world) are come.

Salvation Comes Thru Judgment

The end of the age is the end of our carnal walk and the beginning of our spiritual walk.  This spiritual walk starts and ends with great tribulation.  Let us begin in Exodus where God said this.

Exodus 6:6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:

Our redemption comes with great judgment.  That is the answer to the question of “when” we will know He is the Lord.  God is bringing the NEW MAN forward thru great judgment on the old man.  It is the destruction of this beast that is the whole purpose of God’s judgment.  God told Adam you shall surely die and that was said to all of us who are in Adam but will also be made alive thru Christ in the appointed time.  God literally takes us out of the world and zaps the desires of the world out of our hearts.  Do you see it?

Exodus 6:7 And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.

It is God who drags/draws all people to Himself (John  6:44).  Here we are told bluntly that being called out of Egypt and a worldly focus and mind is all the work of God.  He has chosen us out of this world and we will henceforth be sojourners and pilgrims.  Jesus was not of this world and neither will His Elect fit in with the affairs and beliefs of the “world”.

Exodus 7:5 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, WHEN I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them. 

When God remakes us into spiritual beings,  He is not making the flesh good.  That is self righteousness to think so as JOB learned and we will all learn the hard way.  God is bringing forth a people, the ELECT by bringing us out from among the world.  He does this by stretching forth His hands which means to bring judgment upon us.  Each of these verses could be the subject of its own post, there is so much meat in each of them, so I encourage you to read around them and ask God for spiritual eyes to see the truth.

Exodus 7:17 Thus saith the LORD, In this thou shalt know that I am the LORD: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood

What is “in this” we shall know the Lord.  It is judgment.  In judgment we shall know Him.  We will know Him after we are smitten and realize all of our spiritual water we had been drinking was deception.  Those polluted waters just made us spiritually dead no matter how much external fleshly worship of God we participated in.  All will live every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God, even this one.

2Th 2:11-12  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

We will know He is the Lord looking back at the deceptions we lived and the time we spent in captivity in Babylon churches.  We will certainly be made a fool as we our smitten by His rod of judgment and have our living waters polluted and turned to blood.  This is speaking to the false doctrines we will be deceived  by and follow and they lead only to spiritual death.  This was me for many years, walking around as an evil judge of hearts, churches and men,  thinking I was more righteous and by my free will was doing good for God.  Such nonsense and when God opens your eyes,  you can look back and know HE was directing every single step of it to bring you to a place of true humility.

Exodus 8:22-23  And I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in which my people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there; to the end thou mayest know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth. And I will put a division between my people and thy people.   When  the world hates us and by the world,  I mean the professing church;  this is all a division brought by God.  Christ did not come to bring peace but division.  There will always be great derision, reproach and opposition to the true disciples of Christ who worship Him in truth and in spirit, giving God all the glory for all things.  They hated Christ first and they will come to hate us we begin to testify to these hidden mysteries that will set  you free if Jesus will give you ears to hear.

Exodus 10:2 And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son’s son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the LORD.  What did God wrought in Egypt?  Great judgment, 10, a perfect number of plagues.  If we taught the true gospel we would be teaching believers of the judgments of God and telling them to wait upon the Lord and prepare them for His coming to destroy their carnal minds.  This was the message Paul was conveying here for those with ears to hear.

1Th 5:1-3  But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.   For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

This destruction is good.  The judgments of God are sweeter than honey and more desirable than gold when one understands (Psalm 19:9).  This is why when you find yourself living and having lived the words of the Book of Revelation, one will get great comfort from UNDERSTANDING this verse.

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.   This is a sign of salvation being worked in a man when he understands these words and keeps (lives) those things written therein.

Exodus 31:13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.  These verses speak a lesson, not of keeping a fleshly physical Sabbath on Saturdays,  but of entering into the Sabbath rest that remains for the people of God.  It comes on the 7th day, the day of completion ,  the day of the Lord for each of us in our appointed times.  This is when we begin to walk in the Spirit AFTER having entered into the  judgments of God.  Then and only then shall we shall know He is the Lord in the Spirit and will know Him no longer in the flesh.  Until we eat of His flesh and drink of His blood we will not know Him.

Deuteronomy 29:6 Ye have not eaten bread, neither have ye drunk wine or strong drink: that ye might know that I am the LORD your God.  Until we are put into God’s furnace of affliction,  we will not know Him.  We will be eating manna but the kind that satisfies our flesh.  Until we eat the real bread and drink of the Lord’s cup of wrath,  our appointed day has not yet arrived.  The day of the Lord for us individually remains future.  But make no mistake,  we will have to go to the cross and die.  We will have to be baptized into Christ’s death.  That baptism comes by fire and the WORD that shall judge us.  The sons of Zebedee were told the truth in parable by the Lord.  But this and its timing is all in the Father’s hands as He has chosen before the world began.

Mat 20:22  But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.

Mat 20:23  And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

Salvation comes thru JUDGEMENT.  We like Christ will feel forsaken of God if we do not understand these things.  We will not understand them initially, we will only know it after the fact.  But just like Christ cried out MY MY GOD, why have YOU forsaken Me,  we will do the same until our deliverance shall come.

Isaiah 49:26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

But such a blessing when we come to know Him in Spirit.  When He enters into us and by His Spirit we will henceforth be His people and know Him.  This will be after great judgment where we will be shown what a wretched man we truly are and all that boasting and prideful religious parading we did we be seen for what it is in God’s eyes.  DUNG.

Jeremiah 24:7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.

Our carnal minds will be slain right before our eyes, in the midst of ourselves.  That is what these Scriptures declare for those with ears to hear.

Ezekiel 6:7 And the slain shall fall in the midst of you, and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

People that want to argue God does not do evil or is not the author of evil must have cut these verses out of their bible.

Ezekiel 6:10 And they shall know that I am the LORD, and that I have not said in vain that I would do this evil unto them.

Ezekiel 6:13 Then shall ye know that I am the LORD, when their slain men shall be among their idols round about their altars, upon every high hill, in all the tops of the mountains, and under every green tree, and under every thick oak, the place where they did offer sweet savour to all their idols.  When will we know?  Only after we see with spiritual eyes the slain men,  the spiritual death on all the carnal high hills, the churches of men and under the towering trees built by the hands of men.  These words are all spirit.

Vengeance For His Temple

Ezekiel 6:14 So will I stretch out my hand upon them, and make the land desolate, yea, more desolate than the wilderness toward Diblath, in all their habitations: and they shall know that I am the LORD. 

The common recurring theme is that judgment comes first to the house of God and then and only then will we know He is the Lord.

1 Peter 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?

The land that represents our spiritual hearts will be devasted, made desolate by the abomination that causes desolation.  That is us, our carnal mind, the beast that sits exalted on God’s throne in our heart.  But I have good news for you.  God will have vengeance for His temple.

Jer 51:11  Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the LORD hath raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes: for his device is against Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of the LORD, the vengeance of his temple.

We are that house, we are the temples of God.  It says here what happens if we defile the temple and all men sin.  I hope you can receive this.

1 Cor 3:16-17   Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?  If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.  This destruction is good, we shall surely die.  This righteous judgment of God is the beginning of salvation and the process the Lord uses to bring us into intimacy with Him and the Father.

Ezekiel 7:4 And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense thy ways upon thee, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.  God sends delusion,  He plants abominations in our hearts,  He sends evil spirits to us,  He lays the land desolate in destruction.  This is the wrath of God poured out upon His chosen people in their appointed time.  He scourges every son He receives and there shall be no escape.  Here is the Lord I have come to know which is polar opposite the one followed in Babylon.
Isaiah 45:7  I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

Ezekiel 7:9 And mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: I will recompense thee according to thy ways and thine abominations that are in the midst of thee; and ye shall know that I am the LORD that smiteth.

I thank God the Lord has not had pity as otherwise we would stay right where we are in the world playing church.  We would therefore NEVER KNOW HIM.  Far better to pay the cost of count of the blessing of being a chosen disciple even if it costs you everything the world so highly esteems.  Carrying a cross is painful to our flesh, it will bring great sorrow.  JOB came to see this.

Job 14:22  But his flesh will be in pain over it, And his soul will mourn over it.” 

Ezekiel 7:27 The king shall mourn, and the prince shall be clothed with desolation, and the hands of the people of the land shall be troubled: I will do unto them after their way, and according to their deserts will I judge them; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

As Christ Christ’s we will follow our Lord.  We too will live these words.

Mat 26:38  Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.

The walk of a disciple that knows His Lord is to fill up in the afflictions of Christ that our behind in our bodies for the sake of the church.

I can go on and on with these judgment and knowing the Lord verses.  I will share just a few more.

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

We will know He is the Lord when we begin to hear His word spiritually.  Then His WORD, which is this sword shall cut us down by judging it.  This sword will burn out the carnal mind and the impurities that defile us.

Ezekiel 11:12 And ye shall know that I am the LORD: for ye have not walked in my statutes, neither executed my judgments, but have done after the manners of the heathen that are round about you.

None of us will have an argument with God.  We will know that we are wretched men, marred in the hands of the Potter and have done many wicked deeds, especially the insidious sin of self righteousness that robs God and steals His glory.

Ezekiel 12:15 And they shall know that I am the LORD, WHEN I shall scatter them among the nations, and disperse them in the countries.

Ezekiel 30:26 And I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and disperse them among the countries; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

We will know He is the Lord when we no longer fit in with this world.  When the desires of our hearts have been changed by God.  We will be aliens and strangers in a foreign land, that is this world.

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

The Lord will crush the religious idols we held in our heart.  The very things we took for comfort and security will be demolished with the brightness of His coming into our heart.  Then we shall know He is the Lord and has done it all since day one.

Ezekiel 13:23 Therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations: for I will deliver my people out of your hand: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

When we are delivered out of Babylon and all its false gospels, doctrines and fleshly worship, we will know we were our own worst enemy and will be praising our Savior for rescuing us out of their hands.

Ezekiel 14:8 And I will set my face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of my people; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

I felt so lonely until I came to understand what God was doing to me.  I had become a sign and a proverb.  What a unbelievable heretic and hypocrite was I using the Bible and heaping condemnation and judgment upon everyone by myself.  I had so many logs in my eyes yet could see tiny specks in everyone else and I delighted to point them out.  But God thankfully cut me off from Himself and led me down that path of delusion to humble me and bring me to a place where He could then lift me up.  That is God’s way of salvation.

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.

How else are we going to come to know good and evil, unless we live it and experience it?  Maybe one can now begin to understand God’s ways.

Ezekiel 15:7 And I will set my face against them; they shall go out from one fire, and another fire shall devour them; and ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I set my face against them.

When His Elect speak His words, those words are a fire.  Those words do not return void, they will accomplish their intended purposes and when they do, you will know He is the Lord.  Speaking to His chosen Elect,  we are told this, this is what disciples do.

Jer 5:14  I am making My words in your mouth become fire, And this people wood, and it shall devour them.

So thank God for the righteous judgment of God.  It begins at His house and is the only way we can come to truly know Him.  Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!

Ezekiel 20:42 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to your fathers.

Election and knowing God is not merited.  It is a gift ordained of God to be given to each man in a time appointed from before the world began.  What confounds wise men in the flesh is that those who know the Lord have pretty crappy looking resumes in terms of their past holiness and righteousness.

Ezekiel 20:44 And ye shall know that I am the LORD when I have wrought with you for my name’s sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.
It is all a gift of God, knowing Him and salvation thru faith.  Then we will walk circumspectfully knowing Him and trembling at His every word.

Ezekiel 30:19  Thus will I execute judgments in Egypt: and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 25:11 And I will execute judgments upon Moab; and they shall know that I am the LORD.

When will know Him?  AFTER He has begun to  execute judgment upon us.  That is the way of salvation, thru many tribulations and enduring of great wrath.  The sum of thy word principal makes this perfectly clear yet remains a mystery and foolishness to carnal eyes.
Ezekiel 25:17 And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them.  WHEN WILL WE KNOW?  Only when we experience and endure God’s vengeance for His temple.

Those that understand this mystery of God’s judgment can read the book of Revelation and hear spiritually the words of prophecy and know they are living them right now and the time is near.

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.

Awakened To Righteousness

I have dealt mainly with judgment as the means of knowing the Lord.  But we also will know the Lord when He brings life into us and changes us before our very eyes.  We will know it is all HIM doing it and we are just being led by His Spirit.

Ezekiel 37:6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

We will be taking NO CREDIT and NO GLORY for resurrecting ourselves from the spiritually dead.  As a slave to sin, there will be no boasting that any of the work of salvation was of our own doing or even our own initiative.  We will know that NO MAN comes to Christ unless they are literally dragged kicking and screaming.  Here are words for those with ears to hear, showing the FATHER dragging us to Christ.  He makes war on our flesh.  He goes fishing with hooks.

Eze 38:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Eze 38:2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,
Eze 38:3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
Eze 38:4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:

It is thru this judgment that we are slain of the Lord and raised anew into new life.  Praise God.

Ezekiel 37:13 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves

For many they will not know He is the Lord until after the resurrection as that is where they will be judged.  Only few are judged here and now, all the rest later and then they will know He is the Lord.

Ezekiel 38:23 Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.

The saving of all men in the end, will magnify the Lord throughout all the earth.  When ever knee bows and every tongue confesses to the glory of God, all of us will know Him, every man that ever lived.

Jer 31:34  And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall ALL know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them

Heb 8:11  And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for ALL shall know me, from the least to the greatest.

We are all going to know the Lord in due time.  That is very good news and means the salvation of all men.  But that glorious time will only arrive after the end of God’s judgment and the destruction of ALL FLESH and ALL CARNAL MINDS.

Ezekiel 39:6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.

When ears hear the WORD, which is this fire,  then judgment has arrived and they shall know He is the Lord.  I do hope you are seeing this as it is repeated so many times all over the Bible.  It is God’s plan for all of us to come out the world and go into the wilderness and then be led into Babylon and live in great deception for an appointed time.  I can look back at my time in Babylon and see God’s hand all over it and you will too one day if you do not currently see it.  But all will come to know Him on the appointed day for each.

Ezekiel 39:28 Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there.

I will end this post by sharing with you Zephaniah 1.  This chapter used to be used by me to sow fear of a wrathful angry God who would barbecue His creation in an eternal hell.  Silly me.  These verses speak to salvation coming upon ALL men  in our appointed time.  That salvation comes thru great judgment as I hope you have seen above.  Maybe you can begin to hear the truth and come out of her my people.

Zep 1:1  The word of the LORD which came to Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.

Zep 1:2  “I will utterly consume everything From the face of the land,” Says the LORD;

It is good that the land be made desolate and we are shown we are the abomination that caused all of this desolation.

Zep 1:3  “I will consume man and beast; I will consume the birds of the heavens, The fish of the sea, And the stumbling blocks along with the wicked. I will cut off man from the face of the land,” Says the LORD.

The word of God that is a fire will burn up all these things that defile our land in the appointed time.  God is this consuming fire, thru CHRIST and HIS Christ.

Zep 1:4  “I will stretch out My hand against Judah, And against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem. I will cut off every trace of Baal from this place, The names of the idolatrous priests with the pagan priests—

Praise God.  All our false idols, things like eternal hell, man’s free will,  trinity and 200,000,000 others will all be burned up along with all the false prophets and lairs all men have been before their day of judgment came.

Zep 1:5  Those who worship the host of heaven on the housetops; Those who worship and swear oaths by the LORD, But who also swear by Milcom;

There will be no exceptions.  Those who claim Christ’s name but swear by Milcom are the MANY CALLED but not chosen.  They too will be judged and the fire will consume all the adversaries of God.  All will be burned but as 1 Cor 3:15, we shall be saved as thru the fire.

Zep 1:6  Those who have turned back from following the LORD, And have not sought the LORD, nor inquired of Him.”

Zep 1:7  Be silent in the presence of the Lord GOD; For the day of the LORD is at hand, For the LORD has prepared a sacrifice; He has invited His guests.

We are the sacrifice.  There are two goats to be killed.  Christ on the Altar and the scapegoat in the wilderness.  That second goat is the Elect, the Christ of Christ who will be crucified with Christ

Zep 1:8  “And it shall be, 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 foreign apparel.

All of our worldly external forms of godliness and self righteousness will be exposed and burned off of us with fire.

Zep 1:9  In the same day I will punish All those who leap over the threshold, Who fill their masters’ houses with violence and deceit.

This is all of us at one time.  We will live every word.  All have filled their houses, the LORD’s temple with false words and deceit.

Zep 1:10  “And there shall be on that day,” says the LORD, “The sound of a mournful cry from the Fish Gate, A wailing from the Second Quarter, And a loud crashing from the hills.

We all will come to our wits ends and cry out to the Lord be it here or in the ages to come for deliverance.  When we do, we shall be delivered.

Zep 1:11  Wail, you inhabitants of Maktesh! For all the merchant people are cut down; All those who handle money are cut off.

Zep 1:12  “And it shall come to pass at that time That I will search Jerusalem with lamps, And punish the men Who are settled in complacency, Who say in their heart, ‘The LORD will not do good, Nor will He do evil.’

Those that think the Lord does not do evil do not know Him.  They are still bound in Babylon and their day has not yet come.  But it will come is only a matter of time and God’s declaration of the end from the beginning.

Zep 1:14  The great day of the LORD is near; It is near and hastens quickly. The noise of the day of the LORD is bitter; There the mighty men shall cry out.

When you begin to see these things,  you will know that the great day of the Lord is near for you.  It will not be a good day as far as the worldly things go  but its end is glorious.  Count it all joy my brethren.

Zep 1:15  That day is a day of wrath, A day of trouble and distress, A day of devastation and desolation, A day of darkness and gloominess, A day of clouds and thick darkness,

Zep 1:16  A day of trumpet and alarm Against the fortified cities And against the high towers.

A day of trumpets is a day of judgment.  The high towers and fortified idols we have in our hearts will be demolished and burned so nothing is left.  That is God’s purpose in bringing judgment upon us.  When our spirits are broken then the Lord will lift us up.  Blessed is he who is poor in spirit.

Zep 1:17  “I will bring distress upon men, And they shall walk like blind men, Because they have sinned against the LORD; Their blood shall be poured out like dust, And their flesh like refuse.”

Zep 1:18  Neither their silver nor their gold Shall be able to deliver them In the day of the LORD’s wrath; But the whole land shall be devoured By the fire of His jealousy, For He will make speedy riddance Of all those who dwell in the land.

Try as you might, and you like me will in the strength of your flesh, will not be able to deliver yourself in the day of the Lord’s wrath.  There is no hiding from an Almighty God.  Once this judgment begins at HIS HOUSE,  it will be completed and the whole land will be devoured with fire, which is God’s word.  He will rid the land of all who dwell there in the flesh.

I do hope you know the Lord.  We all will one day.  Far greater blessing to know him now.  I pray this verse means more to you now, then it did before you read this long post.

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

May you and yours be blessed in the Lord.

Your brother in the Christ

PETE

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