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Amos Part 3 – Binding the Strong Man

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“Binding the Strong Man”

Key Verses:  Amos 1:6 – 1:8

The theme of Part 3 will be the Lord making us weak in the flesh by bringing fire against the strength and power of our flesh. It is the Lord who afflicts us with messengers of Satan to humble us and sap the power of flesh. Flesh has to go and it is being circumcised (cut off) by the many ways of the Lord to pour out scourging grace upon His Chosen People. When we are strong in the flesh, we are weak in the Spirit. His grace is indeed sufficient for us.

2Co 12:10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

When we first come into the Body of Christ and learn true doctrine of Christ we are still bound by the strong man that is our flesh.  This man of sin still rules and is the one who holds the scepter, has dominion in the land within us.  It will remain that way till Christ comes the second time apart from sin in our day of the Lord. Flesh is incredibly weak when it comes to resisting temptation which is why we must seek the Lord’s will and ask for spiritual strength.

Mat 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Zec 4:6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, this is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

The second coming of Christ to us inwardly when the Spirit is given is what will condemn sin in our flesh and bring forth righteousness by our judgment.

Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh

Rom 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

We now will look at the second of the eight transgressions that bring judgment.

Amo 1:6 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they carried away captive the whole captivity, to deliver them up to Edom:

Amo 1:7 But I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza, which shall devour the palaces thereof:

Amo 1:8 And I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that holdeth the sceptre from Ashkelon, and I will turn mine hand against Ekron: and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish, saith the Lord GOD.

The king of Babylon and the heathen nations within are being punished for their rebellion and transgressions.  This is the cup of wrath that all men and all nations shall certainly drink that brings salvation (Jer 25:28, Mat 20:21).

Jer 25:15 For thus saith the LORD God of Israel unto me; Take the wine cup of this fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it.

Rev 16:19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

All the land of the Philistines is included in this promise and these same spiritual lands are the focus of this study in Amos.  Drinking this wrath makes us desolate and a curse to this very day!

Jer 25:18  To wit, Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, and the kings thereof, and the princes thereof, to make them a desolation, an astonishment, an hissing, and a curse; as it is this day;

Jer 25:19  Pharaoh king of Egypt, and his servants, and his princes, and all his people;

Jer 25:20 And all the mingled people, and all the kings of the land of Uz, and all the kings of the land of the Philistines, and Ashkelon, and Azzah (Gaza), and Ekron, and the remnant of Ashdod,

The Philistines are symbolic to the strength and pulls of the flesh that constantly war against the Israel of God (1Co 10:11).   The Philistines represent the uncircumcised sojourning in the land with Israel that seek to defy the armies of God.

Exo 12:48 And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.

Isa 52:1 Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.

There are five territories that make up Philistine with five Lords (Jos 13:3).  These territories are best known for the how the Lord smote them with emerods and we will look into that story for spiritual significance later in the study.  Gaza symbolizes the strength and power of the flesh as the meanings of Gaza/Azzah and their written stories reveal to those with eyes to see the truth.

 Gaza – H5804 – ‛azzâh, az-zaw’

Feminine of H5794; strong; Azzah, a place in Palestine:

H5794 – From H5810; strong, vehement, harsh: – fierce, + greedy, mighty, power, roughly

 H5810 – A primitive root; to be stout (literally or figuratively): – harden, impudent, prevail, strengthen (self), be strong.

 Gaza is representative of the STRONG MAN that binds us in our sin and the power of the flesh and its lusts before Christ comes with fire.  Our sinful captivity is being taken captive to Christ, little by little as we endure through our day of the Lord and our spiritual circumcision IN CHRIST progresses.  Christ tells us a riddle, speaking in parables (Mat 13:9) that before He comes, the strong man of our house must also be bound.

Mar 3:27  No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.

The man of sin is the strong man who knows true doctrine but is not yet able or willing to perform the word. The man of sin will be turned over to sin and in this way will be bound and then the Lord will come with vengeance for His temple. This is how our captivity to sin is reversed and the Lord begins to dwell within us.

Psa 68:18  Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.

 These judgments of the Lord bind the strong man (the man of sin) and are causing him/us to become totally ensnared in prison to our flesh and its powerful lusts.  This sounds so foolish to anyone who does not know it is the Lord who directs our every step and causes us to stray from His ways (Isa 63:17, Pro 16:9).   The spoiling of the spoiler’s house (the strong man) comes about by the Lord sending evil upon us that will reveal our total helpless state of sin.

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

The Lord destroys the inward rebellious nations by using the wicked as His sword (Psa 17:13, Isa 45:7).

Psa 78:49  He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.

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

The strong man and the pride of flesh must come to see its total helplessness and the Lord seeks occasions to destroy our flesh and its strength via the fire of judgment. Our own wickedness is used to correct us (Jer 2:19) and show us that we are the abomination.

Rom 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

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

Samson and Gaza

All that are given to know true doctrine, will get puffed up with the pride of knowledge. While we do many good things for God, our flesh is still strong and needs to be mortified/crucified.  We are a “strong Samson” who spends the appointed time in Spiritual Gaza rebelling against the Lord’s commands and committing fornication with the flesh.

Jdg 16:1 Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there a harlot, and went in unto her.

In spiritual Gaza were are seduced by the deceitfulness of sin (Heb 3:3) and taken captive by that woman Jezebel (aka Delilah – Rev 2:20).  Our sins will blind us from the truth.

Jdg 16:21 But the Philistines took him, and put out his eyes, and brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass (flesh); and he did grind in the prison house.

Samson and all those the Lord has blinded are awakened to righteousness by seeing our sin and the hopeless prison we are in these bodies of flesh (Psa 51:5, Rom 8:20)

Jdg 16:30 And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life.

 What is the Lord’s accusation against Gaza?

 Amo 1:6 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they carried away captive [H1540] the whole captivity, to deliver them up to Edom:

The accusation from the Lord is that we have carried captive the whole captivity to Edom. Edom [H123] is the territory of Esau, the first born man of the world that shall not be given the inheritance of Christ. Edom represents the land of the flesh and all that is in the world who cannot inherit the kingdom and will bow down and serve the new man.

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

Rom 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

This judgment of Gaza builds on last week’s judgment on Damascus where we are mixing flesh and spirit in making judgments (Threshing Gilead with instruments of iron). When we judge in the flesh we carry away captive the whole captivity to the world of carnal reasoning and judge not according to the Word of God.  This is the very spirit being thrown down (Mat 24:2) in our salvation.

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

We deliver the whole captivity captive to Edom when we are still a Pharisee, saying but not doing the truth. We deceive ourselves but also our hearers when we steer them away from the law of faith and put them back under the heavy yoke of the law of the Gentiles/Moses (WORLD).

Mat 23:4  For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

Mat 23:13  But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

The phrase “carried away captive” the whole captivity to Edom, could just as easily been written “uncovered” the whole captivity to Edom.   The word translated as CARRIED and CAPTIVE here are both H1540 which is also used in the context of uncovering and discovering of sin.

 H1540, gâlâh

Total KJV Occurrences: 217

carried, 34

captive, 24

uncover, 22

discovered, 18

away, 17

revealed, 11

discover, 10

uncovered, 10

captivity, 9

captives, 3

departed, 3

uncovereth, 2

Being uncovered is having our sin, our spiritual nakedness exposed.

Gen 9:21  And he (Noah) drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered [H1540] within his tent.

We learn to obey the Lord and not uncover our neighbor’s sins but to cover them by abiding in truth (love) that our entire lives are the work of the Potter’s hands.

Lev 18:6  None of you shall approach to any that is near of kin to him, to uncover [H1540] their nakedness: I am the LORD.

1Pe 4:8  And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

We reap what we sow so the Lord will recompense us back in our day of judgment and our own sin will be uncovered.  This is foolishness to the natural man yet it is how the Lord saves His people by teaching them righteousness. Thinking we must save ourselves and being tormented by our complete inability to do so (Rev 14:10); is what the Lord must circumcise from our heavens.  Carrying the burden of saving ourselves is what we all first do when we hear the words of the prophets and Amos (burdensome) yet we cannot find rest.

Lam 1:3  Judah is gone into captivity [H1540] because of affliction, and because of great servitude: she dwelleth among the heathen, she findeth no rest: all her persecutors overtook her between the straits.

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

This does not mean we do not go to a brother or sister in love, alone per Matthew 18 and persuade them of something we see wrong.  That is true love in action, as faithful watchmen over the flock.

Gal 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

The punishment for transgressions is always more grace, more fire from God (Rom 5:20). It is the consuming fire of the Lord, poured out in full measure that will consume its adversaries.

Amo 1:7 But I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza, which shall devour the palaces thereof:

Christ does not come to bring peace but a sword.  The peace of the strong man of sin is taken away suddenly in our day of the Lord (1Th 5:3).  The armor of our false gods and fleshly defenses/walls are no match for the vengeance of the Lord.

Luk 11:21  When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:

Luk 11:22  But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.

Act 16:26  And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

Once the stronger one (Jesus Christ) has come the plagues and fire will come in that (one) day for strong is the Lord who judges these nations (Rev 18:8). Words of fire spoken by the messengers of God are indeed a huge burden to our flesh when we hear those words. Coming to our wits ends requires us to labor and carry our weight of sin and learn that we of ourselves can do nothing to stop it.

Mat 11:28  Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

The fire sent for Gaza’s transgression works to cut off the rebellious nations and remove the Philistines (the flesh) from the kingdom of God within us.

Amo 1:8 And I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that holdeth the sceptre from Ashkelon, and I will turn mine hand against Ekron: and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish, saith the Lord GOD.

The spiritual significance of these other three territories of the Philistines that are being cutoff: Ashdod, Ashkelon and Kero; reveal details of our transgressions. These cities are the home of false gods (Dagon in Ashdod, Baalzebub in Ekron) where the Word of God is corrupted and the new man within us is oppressed by the many lies and plagues of Spiritual Babylon.  All three cities are where the ARK of God was placed that manifested death and destruction for the inhabitants.

The Lord does not delight in sacrifice and offerings (Psa 40:6, 1Sa 15:22).  He wants our obedience (Luk 6:46) and He is going to get it by the fire He is, was and will be pouring out on our Philistine cities within.  1 Samuel 5 and 6 has a familiar story involving all of these cities that will help us understand the Lord’s strange ways of binding the strong man and bringing judgment to us in our day of the Lord. This story reveals that when the Word of God comes into our camp of sinful flesh (the Philistines), it destroys our false gods and begins to manifest sin in our secret spots.

1Sa 5:2  When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.

1Sa 5:3  And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the LORD. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again.

1Sa 5:4  And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left to him.

To get the mind of Christ, our old man must be beheaded as was Dagon (Rev 20:4).  All flesh will fall face forward to the earth in the presence of the Lord. Every knee shall bow before the Lord and our beast will bow down in submission when the Word of Fire (the Ark) is sent into our Philistine nations.  The Lord does not turn back when He is bringing punishment upon us for our sins.

1Sa 5:6 But the hand of the LORD was heavy upon them of Ashdod, and he destroyed them, and smote them with emerods, even Ashdod and the coasts thereof.

1Sa 5:7 And when the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, The ark of the God of Israel shall not abide with us: for his hand is sore upon us, and upon Dagon our god.

No matter where the Ark (Word) is moved in Philistine, it causes death and destruction of the flesh and brings a great burden.  Simply put flesh cannot see the Lord and live. The Word of God works destruction to all flesh (Exo 33:20, 1Co 15:50).

1Sa 5:9 And it was so, that, after they had carried it about, the hand of the LORD was against the city with a very great destruction: and he smote the men of the city, both small and great, and they had emerods in their secret parts.

1Sa 5:10  Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron. And it came to pass, as the ark of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites cried out, saying, They have brought about the ark of the God of Israel to us, to slay us and our people.

1Sa 5:11 So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines, and said, Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it go again to his own place, that it slay us not, and our people: for there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city; the hand of God was very heavy there.

1Sa 5:12 And the men that died not were smitten with the emerods: and the cry of the city went up to heaven.

Being smitten by emerods is really telling us that our sins are being made manifest.  We saw from the Micah Part 13 (Click Here), that the word for stronghold H6076 is the primary words translated as emerod in the Scriptures.

H6076, ‛ôphel, o’-fel

From H6075; a turior; also a mound, that is, fortress: – emerod, fort, strong hold, tower.

Total KJV occurrences: 9

emerods, 6

forts, 1

stronghold, 1

tower, 1

An emerod is an “raised or elevated mound” [H6075], a fleshly affliction, in our secret places. The Word is what uncovers and discovers our secret sins. There is nothing that shall not be made manifest in the light and the fire of the Word.

Luk 12:2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.

Only when we see ourselves as the man of sin will we run to Christ at His Mountain. Coming to see ourselves as afflicted, wretched men, lame and crippled, who of ourselves can do no good thing is indeed a huge blessing.  The positive and negative signs all work for our greater good.

Act 2:19  And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:

The story of Samson marrying a Philistine woman shows us the Lord was behind it and His purposes in that sin was to have an occasion to bring judgment against the Philistine cities that have dominion over His people.

Jdg 14:2 And he (Samson) came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife.

Jdg 14:3 Then his father and his mother said unto him, is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.

Jdg 14:4 But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.

The Word of the Lord working righteousness in us is going to smite us in our secret parts and manifest sin within us in order for the Lord to have occasion to destroy our flesh.  This is how the strong man is bound in captivity for a season (Ecc 3:1) and then the stronger one, Jesus Christ comes and spoils the house of the man of sin.  It consummates with “the earthquake”.

Rev 16:17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial (wrath) into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.

Rev 16:18 And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.

We are so blessed to know these things. It is through this wisdom made known through His Church and the faith we’ve been given by the Lord that we can abide and endure through this tumultuous journey.  We have been given a great hope and that hope is what shall save us if we believe and endure to the very end. Thanks be to God.

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Beware of the Dogs

There are many dogs we will come into contact with in our Christian walk.  We best come to know how to discern the true worker of God from the fake.  The most distinct warning given to us by Jesus was that many deceivers would come and many would be deceived.   I have seen many people, myself included be tossed around by various winds of doctrine over time by being ignorant of the dogs and judging books by their covers.  May this post open the eyes of the reader who may need a reminder that we are to test the spirits and the doctrines that we take to heart always being aware of the flood of deceivers that will mark the “last days” which had already begun before the Bible was even finished being written.

1Jn 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 

The fact is the church had already fallen away as we can see Paul and John tell us in their words and letters to the Elect.

Act 20:29  For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.

Act 20:30  Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

Dogs are a metaphor that refers to people who are OUTSIDE of covenant with God. These are unbelievers and are not in the true faith.  That defines a dog in Scripture.  We can see this easily in the story of the Samaritan woman whose daughter had a demon in Matthew 15.  Jesus makes clear He only came for the lost sheep of Israel, meaning to save right now, only the chosen ones of the Father.  The woman still wanted healing for her daughter and she showed faith and Jesus was amazed and because of her answer about a dog desiring just a crumb of His healing power, her daughter was delivered.

Matthew 15:25-28 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” 26 But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little DOGS.” 27 And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little DOGS eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” 28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

A dog is simply someone not chosen to be part of the house of Spiritual Israel.  We are warned all over to beware of the professing believers who are really outside of covenant and are these dogs.  If we let down our guard and fellowship with them, we can be led astray and will be disobedient to the commandments of God.  The church of Jesus Christ, the ekklessia is called out and separated from the dogs.  We don’t condemn or judge the dogs because who enters into covenant with God is only those who God chooses and that is all by grace at HIS will not man’s.

The true church and the chosen disciples of Jesus are indeed a little flock. God  always intended for His Israel to be few in number and they are indeed hand picked by the Father.   I am of the true circumcision (faith) as are several others the Lord has brought together at this website www.truthinscripture.com.  Nobody is boasting in this, we are simply stating our allegiance to the truth and giving all glory to the ONE who has saved us by His choosing.  Hallelujah!

Philippians 3:2-3  Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision; 3 for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh

Three times Paul states strongly, BEWARE.  We best take heed and beware, as Paul is warning us about a certain kind of dog.  We are warned about dogs who are really evil workers even though they profess faith and claim to be of the “circumcision” by which Paul is stating their claim to be spiritually circumcised of heart by the finger of God.  That is what makes these dogs a more dangerous threat to God’s people than the casual unbeliever.  These evil workers will be disguised as God’s servants but will be leading people away from Christ and the  purity of this gospel of salvation for all men.  These dogs are the same as the wolves who come disguised as lambs on which we have many similar warnings.  Jesus admonishes us not to cast these deep pearls of God’s truth to those that are of the false converts, the false circumcision.  It will exhaust us and the pack of dogs or swine, will tear us to pieces and steal the rest we are to have in Christ.  I have been slow to learn this and obey these words of the Lord.

Matthew 7:6  “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces

It is our Father in heaven who has chosen the Bride of Christ since before the world was formed and has imparted the precious gift of faith in the appointed time.  My time fully arrived two months ago as my spiritual healing made itself known unto this world.  This has not brought me external peace by any means, but has instead brought much rejection and persecution just as promised.  But it is indeed a wonderful blessing for which I am eternally grateful to my Father in heaven.  In this post, I want to contrast some of the stark differences that define those in the true faith versus those in the false faith.

Faith That Does Not Count

There is such a thing as false faith or the false circumcision.  Paul was not speaking about Jews in his statement from Phil 3:2-3 above.  He was speaking of the fake believers that follow another jesus and preach other gospels than the one true gospel handed down by the Apostles.   These dogs are the very tares of the field that masquerade as true Christians yet put their trust in their flesh and their supposed free will to choose God.

The most basic pillar of faith is that the dead, will be raised to life.  This speaks to all men that ever lived.  That is the gospel and while there will be judgment,  all men will henceforth be partakers in eternal life (Rev 5:13, Phil 2:10, Gen 12:3, etc).  But most that profess faith, do not believe that, they believe only a few will be saved and the rest tormented eternally.  That is not faith, it is deception and those that believe that are still in their sins.  All faith is not the same.  Words are cheap.

1 COR 15:13-17  Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. 15 Moreover we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; 17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.

This preaching will not be in vain however.  The truth, the WORD of GOD spoken in boldness will go out and will accomplish all of its intended purposes.  Those in the faith will look at this dark world and weep over the rejection of truth and the maligning of God’s character with this eternal hell doctrine.  Yet we know it is this way because it was God’s will to save only a few and have the multitudes ensnared into deception following doctrines of demons.

1 TIM 4:1  Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons

With 2,000 years of antiChrists and deceivers waxing worse and worse, there is an almost innumerable number of doctrines of demons.  In fact Revelation actually gives us a number and it is 200 Million.

Rev 9:16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

The falling away from the faith, corporately in the professing church happened eons ago and was rampant when the doctrine of eternal hell became the mainstream Christian viewpoint.  In fact the falling away happened before the Bible was even finished being written as these Scriptures attest.  Depending on the traditions of men is exactly what we are warned against doing, yet that is what Babylon does in supporting its false gospels and other jesuses.

Act 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
Act 20:30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

2Ti 1:15 This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.

Even the beloved Titus fell away.

2Ti 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.

John was kicked out of the very churches he started.

3Jn 1:9 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.

3Jn 1:10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.

It is the carnal minded Babylon churches that have taught this dispensational look at Scripture and put all of this falling away off into the future.  The fact is, we were born into a church system that fell away before the Bible was even completed and all the traditions we have been taught are lies.

1Jn 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

Which is why we are admonished to test the spirits, try the doctrines, to see if they are of God.

Paul feared for many of the believers in the churches he started and supported with his ministry.  This was a constant theme and I fear for many also that remain under judgment who have been shown the truth but continue to stubbornly resist it and put their popularity with friends and family ahead of serving the Lord in truth and in Spirit.

Galatians 4:11  I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored over you in vain.

The deceivers, aka the wolves had come in after him and had bewitched many into falling back into carnal doctrines.  These deceivers sought these believers in Galatia but not commendably, their motives were selfish ambition.  Paul knew it took time to walk in the truth and be matured and wait for the Lord to reveal Jesus Christ to us in our appointed time.  Many fell away before that time came.

Galatians 4:16-19  So have I become your enemy by telling you the truth? 17 They eagerly seek you, but not commendably, but they wish to shut you out so that you will seek them. 18 But it is good always to be eagerly sought in a commendable manner, and not only when I am present with you. 19 My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you

The seed that is Christ will sprout in our hearts when God decides it is time.  This verse from Paul I used to think applied to the organized churches.  While it does in many cases, it more appropriately applies to the growing number of people on social media sites such as FaceBook and YouTube who are building names and reputations for themselves all in the name of God.  Beware of dogs!

In the days of Jesus before His ascension, many “believers” that were not in the true faith complained and did not receive God’s words.  They could not receive the truth that they had no self will and had to eat of His flesh and drink of His blood to have eternal life.  They thought they were at Burger King and could have it “their way”.  Sorry for the joke, it is not funny but I use it to make the point.   This opposition to self will was in essence the argument they had with Jesus’s gospel if we take a deeper look into John 6.

John 6:61-66  When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you? …. 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him. 65 And He said, “Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.” 66 From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more

Those who get faith have been chosen from the beginning as has been shown in some recent posts and many of the comments.  Only the chosen few have been ordained of God to find faith in this life.  This is the narrow way, all others shall take the broad way thru destruction to arrive at eternal life.

I have seen many turn away from the truth (faith) once they were shown it.  They were not ordained of God to receive it at that time.  In turning away, they have exposed themselves as the dogs, the fake believers standing in the field of God’s service.  I myself was one of them until God showed me mercy that He had predetermined to show me before the world was formed.  All I can say is thank you Jesus and praise you Father.  It is only by your grace that I now can speak the truth with power and boldness.

The true gospel will always be opposed by the flesh.  There was much opposition to the true gospel back then and there is to this very day, especially within the midst of the religious crowd that has gathered online and in social media.  As I now preach the truth revealed to me by God and I am living every words of God including these ones from Paul.

1 Thess 2:1-5  For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain, 2 but after we had already suffered and been mistreated in Philippi, as you know, we had the boldness in our God to speak to you the gospel of God amid much opposition. 3 For our exhortation does not come from error or impurity or by way of deceit; 4 but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts. 5 For we never came with flattering speech

I for one will not dumb down this gospel in order to please flesh and avoid offending people.  People need to have their hearts pricked and it is this double edged sword that was designed to do it in the appointed times.  I can’t trust my carnal mind to lead me,  it will deceive me and lead me into watering down the truth and tickling ears every time.  Disciples are supposed to preach and leave the increase, whether someone receives the truth or not up to God.  This we shall do.

False Workers

There are far more false workers in the Christian faith then there are true workers.  The way of truth is narrow and the enemies of the cross of Christ are very many.

Phil 3:18-19  For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things. 

It is not enough to judge someone or the truth by first appearances.  We must actually read the book to know the truth in the book or whether it is in error.  The same goes with knowing who is our brothers and sisters in Christ.  There are not many, relatively speaking.  Few there be shall find the way while many will go the broad way.  We must be wise as serpents and as harmless as doves.  We must heed these words from the Apostle and not let ourselves be tempted and led astray from the simplicity of the true gospel.

2 COR 11:1-3  For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!

Sadly very many God is calling are for now being led astray and following after religious spirits that are teaching another gospel.  These of the false circumcision are really evil workers who do Satan’s bidding yet truly in their minds believe they serve the Lord.  They will read these Scriptures and think they apply to me but they apply to them as the heavenly wisdom contained in these Scriptures is veiled from their eyes.

2 COR 11:12-15  But what I do, I will also continue to do, that I may cut off the opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the things of which they boast. 13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.

I have seen many false workers make a ministry out of going around and condemning others and exposing them as false teachers.  The true brethren will not do such, we will simply mark those who cause such divisions within the Body of Christ and shun them.  We will get them out of our fellowship.  We have seen this very dynamic play out on this website and I have been obedient to the Lord in separating.  I have been accused of hating by doing such,  but I will serve God and not men.

Ephesians 5:8-11 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.

Thank God that I and others have been delivered from the darkness that once bound us in religious delusion.  I am given an explicit command right here to do what I have done to exclude from this fellowship any that would want to bring in false doctrines.  I will obey God and not men nor seek the popularity of public opinion.  We are told to rejoice and count it all joy to suffer shame for the name of Jesus Christ.   We know what hinders these false workers.

God has them bound in spiritual darkness.  Their veil has not yet been removed and they remain sons of disobedience.  Paul called them dogs and evil workers.  If people would consider that this ministry has received a great blessing and is not exalting itself or its authors but the Lord and His God who is the source of eternal salvation and all good things including the very faith we claim.

2 COR 4:1-3  Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. 2 But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.

These contentions that have arisen on this website and many other forums are just trials and tribulations.  It is indeed a blessing, although a painful one in the flesh to have been chosen to endure these trials and suffer the rejection of men and women who claim godliness.  I have told God thank you many times and reaffirmed that I will indeed pay the cost to be His disciple.  I/we will confront these deceivers and defend this gospel but not with malice as we know the origins of their spiritual blindness.

2 COR 4:3-6  But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

Satan, the servant of God has these false workers, the DOGS blinded.  They are right where God has told Satan to keep them bound and in spiritual darkness.

I pray anyone will call me out or Glibert out or any of the Elect if we preach ourselves or exalt ourselves.  We are to bring glory to God and raise Christ up in all of our teachings and I pray we shall do this with sound doctrine.  This we are commanded.  If this site ever preaches anything but Jesus Christ and Him Crucified then please come here and bang loudly to bring correction.

2 COR 4:5 For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

I have wept lately in some sadness and frustration.  I have only a tiny glimpse of what the Lord Jesus must have felt to have Himself rejected and the truth of this good news spurned by men and having to endure the mocking and scoffing of the religious crowd.    I wish they could see it and some of them could be saved now but we will learn patience and trust on the eternal promises of God.

Exposing Deceivers and False Believers

Do not be fooled by external forms of godliness and the very many that deny the absolute sovereignty of God.   People such as the former me can be very persuasive with swelling words of vanity and carnal knowledge of the Scriptures but remain without any understanding.  I used to deny God every time I would write a post or open my mouth to share my beliefs about the Scriptures and the faith.  I had a form of godliness for sure but was a deceiver of the first degree.  I now can warn and expose of this error probably better than most because God gave me the experience of great delusion and then brought me out of it.

2 Tim 3:1-5  But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

Again we see the warning and command to separate and exclude “the dogs” from fellowshipping with us.  This does not mean we don’;t take the gospel to them as we do, as they are in the world.  Yet we are warned to beware of this false circumcision and those that bring forms of godliness.  This warning is not against Jewish people but about professing Christians that bring in damnable heresies and lead captives and silly woman astray.  There are very many of these.  I have seen many taking captive the hearts of people and leading many woman astray (men too) and it brings this Scripture to prophetic fulfillment.

2 TIM 3:6-7  For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Those not chosen, the dogs, cannot hear the word of God.  It is impossible without the gift of faith to come to knowledge of the truth.

The imposters are far more numerous than the children of Sarah as Galatians 4:27 makes clear.  As much as my flesh and the flesh of others would like to change this, God has declared the end from the beginning and this massive deception of false faith and false workers is all part of His plan.  We will endure the persecution of the multitudes here so in the end all can be saved through God’s enduring mercy.  Flesh will never understand it but those given eyes to see and ears to hear will understand it.

2 TIM 3:13  But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

The true circumcision will not lose hope despite the poor numbers and rejection of our message.  Many of these false circumcisions were the very people that used to camp out at this web site and argue and debate carnal doctrines.  I will not name names but they know who they are and anyone with ears to hear can spot them a long way off with the words they speak out of their mouths.

I was among them myself so I do not judge them but merely state the facts so as to warn the true brethren that we are indeed to test the spirits and cast out the bondwoman that is amongst us.  We are to get them out of there so to speak and separate from these works of darkness.

2 COR 6:14-15  Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?

Jesus did not come to unite, but to separate.  Jesus did not come to bring peace but a sword.  These Scriptures are true and speak to the contentions and strife that will come,  the very tribulations to try our hearts and expose who is of the faith and who is not of the true faith.

Gal 4:28-30  Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. 29 But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now. 30 Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.

Dogs will eat the crumbs that fall from the Master’s table.  God has made a table for us, His very elect in the midst of our enemies.

My earnest hope is that this website will become a gathering site for those of the true circumcision.  As we gather, we will not be disputing over the matters of faith as there will be unity in all the essential doctrines.  This is one reason I take a hard stance on getting the uncircumcision off the website.  It is not about a democracy and giving equal time to people’s opinions.  We must preach, live and hold fast this word of truth and keep ourselves unspotted from the world.

Phil 2:14-16  Do all things without grumbling or disputing; 15 so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.

So remember my friends to beware of the false circumcision.  Many outsiders to the covenant of faith, will seek to enter in and spoil the fellowship of true worship we share as brothers and sisters in Christ.  They will use all kinds of fleshly schemes to deceive us including flattery, especially initially so we will let down our guard.  Stand firm in the faith.  Know that when we confront those in error and exclude them from our fellowship, by turning them over to Satan, we are loving them and put them into a place where God might yet save them.

1 TIM 1:18-20  This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies previously made concerning you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, 19 having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck, 20 of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.

Our brother the Apostle Paul would most certainly be accused of hate by those carnal Christians that are not yet in the true faith.  We have seen the very accusations used today in several seeking the approval of men and who are very puffed up and confident in their flesh.  We must all come to have no confidence in the flesh and know that it is all the workings of God by grace.  In the meantime be on the watch for the dogs, those evil workers that can so easily disguise themselves with external sweetness and flattery but who are actually being led by another spirit and believe in another jesus than the one known by the true brethren.

Philippians 3:2-3  Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision; 3 for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh

Let them who have ears hear these words.  AMEN.