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Nahum Part 7 – Behold I Am Against Thee

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March 17, 2017 – by Pete Wilson

Here are the verses for today’s study.

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

Nah 3:2 The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the pransing horses, and of the jumping chariots.

Nah 3:3 The horseman lifteth up both the bright sword and the glittering spear: and there is a multitude of slain, and a great number of carcases; and there is none end of their corpses; they stumble upon their corpses:

Nah 3:4 Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts.

Nah 3:5 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.

Nah 3:6 And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazingstock.

Nah 3:7 And it shall come to pass, that all they that look upon thee shall flee from thee, and say, Nineveh is laid waste: who will bemoan her? whence shall I seek comforters for thee?

A time comes when the Lord declares vengeance for His Temple, which temple we are (1 Co 3:17). He is jealous for His elect, the very apple of His eye. War has been declared, judgment is, was and will be coming in heaven. The devourers, the carnal mind and its millions of thoughts and doctrines (Rev 9:16) that go against the Truth of the Word, are now themselves being devoured by the coming of Christ the second time for salvation without sin (Heb 9:28).

We will see the phrase “Behold, I am against thee” again in Nahum 3:5 after seeing it as our ending verse from last week.

Nah 2:13 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will burn her chariots in the smoke, and the sword shall devour thy young lions: and I will cut off thy prey from the earth, and the voice of thy messengers shall no more be heard.

“The Christ”, the roaring “Lion of the tribe of Judah” comes for vengeance to devour that which previously devoured. The carnal mind and worldly ways of the old man are being destroyed as salvation increasingly comes upon us via this process.

The phrase “Behold, I am against thee” as KJV translated is found fourteen times in Scripture. Three times in Jeremiah, nine times in Ezekiel and two times here in Nahum. Numbers have a profound meaning in Scripture. The number fourteen stands for our spiritual progression and is associated with us transgressing from the old man to the mature new man in Christ. This is directly associated with the shedding of our carnal ways.

The genealogy of Christ given to us in Matthew has great significance on the number fourteen and links to this process of judgment [spiritual significance of the number 3].

Mat 1:17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.

Christ is the alpha and the omega, the first and the last and all points in between (Rev 22:13).  Part of living by every word is coming to understand at our core that “in Him we have our very being” (Act 17:28). We can do nothing apart from Him. We have the Lord coming against us and our wicked ways fourteen symbolic times to work righteousness in us via progressive judgment.  This is how we progress spiritually in these clay vessels. Nobody has arrived.

Php 3:12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
Php 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

When our day of the Lord has come and Christ is bringing our baptism with fire, the old man is not going to be having a good time. He IS being tormented in the presence of the Lamb and that is how our beastly nature is destroyed (Rev 14:10-12). The enmity purposefully put there by the Lord will be taken out of the way by this process that will spiritually complete and mature Christ in us.

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

We do violence in the city of God, His Temple, when we pervert the Word with false doctrines and steal from the Lord to bring glory to ourselves. Being carnally minded is death (Rom 8:6) and when we are yet carnal and under the influence of the lies of the adversary, there is plenty of prey for Satan and his messengers to feed upon as that is the serpent’s food (Gen 3:14).

Our adversary goes up and down, to and fro the whole earth (which earth we are) seeking whom they may devour.

Job 1:7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

1Pe 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

It is our carnal reasoning’s by which death comes and we do violence and kill the prophets of the Lord within. It is being tossed to and fro by every wind of carnal doctrine and REASONING that causes us to lie in darkness and the snare of the wicked one (Eph 4:14). Without the gift of faith and the coming of Christ, we truly are murderers and thieves of our father, the devil (Joh 8:44).  We all crucify the Lord of glory in our carnal ignorance.

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

As we mature and Christ increases we will stand more by faith in the power of God and less so in the wisdom of men, the things we learn our whole life.  The wisdom of God is a mystery, it is hidden from all but a precious few yet even God’s Elect first shed  the blood of our Lord.

1Co 2:7  But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

1Co 2:8  Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

Lord willing we will not ever literally kill anyone in the flesh. So how is it that we are guilty of all this bloodshed and rightly charged as a murderer and a thief? It is by our fornication with the world and making of idols that we shed “blood in the city”.

Eze 22:2 Now, thou son of man, wilt thou judge, wilt thou judge the bloody city? yea, thou shalt shew her all her abominations.

Eze 22:3 Then say thou, Thus saith the Lord GOD, The city sheddeth blood in the midst of it, that her time may come, and maketh idols against herself to defile herself.

Eze 22:4 Thou art become guilty in thy blood that thou hast shed; and hast defiled thyself in thine idols which thou hast made; and thou hast caused thy days to draw near, and art come even unto thy years: therefore have I made thee a reproach unto the heathen, and a mocking to all countries.

It is our having respect of persons and blaming men and contending with the Lord, denying His sovereignty that we shed the blood of others. Even being angry at our brother or sister is considered murder in the Lord’s eyes.

1Jn 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

We all first hate the doctrines of Christ and those that bring them to us. Enmity between the two is all the Lord’s design (Rom 8:20, Gen 3:15). We kill Christ and His servants with our carnal reasoning in our attempts to keep the beast alive on God’s throne.

Mat 21:33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:

Mat 21:34 And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.

Mat 21:35 And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.

Mat 21:36 Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.

Mat 21:37 But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.

Mat 21:38 But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.

Mat 21:39 And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.

It is in spiritual Nineveh (Babylon) where we find this great inward city full of the blood of the prophets and saints.

Rev 18:24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

Being hearers but not doers of the Word, we do this violence against our neighbor and to God’s sons. We claim to honor the Lord but we kill His prophets including the new man within, the man-child, with violence.

We, the people of true Israel, are guilty and it will be recompensed upon us via the death of our old man, dying daily with Christ.

Luk 11:49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute:

Luk 11:50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;

Luk 11:51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.

We will seek the death of these thoughts and cry out unto the Lord who will in due time bring deliverance but only after the process of showing us our wickedness and teaching us good and evil. We have to drink the cup of His indignation. All nations will surely drink of this cup.

Psa 139:19 Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.

Psa 139:20 For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.

Psa 139:21 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?

Psa 139:22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.

We will look at the next two verses together.

Nah 3:2 The noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and of the pransing horses, and of the jumping chariots.

Nah 3:3 The horseman lifteth up both the bright sword and the glittering spear: and there is a multitude of slain, and a great number of carcases; and there is none end of their corpses; they stumble upon their corpses:

Our covenant with death (being carnally minded) is not standing in our day of the Lord. It will be disannulled and that is what these verses are showing. It is the scourge of chastening grace in our heavens (Rev 12:9) that these symbols reveal.

Isa 28:18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.

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

A jealous Lord comes to us, the merchandisers in His Temple, and utterly cleans it out. The whip is a symbol of the scourging and of chastening of grace (Tit 2:12), the fiery trials (1 Pet 4:17) by which we are caused to obey Him (Ezek 36:27) and ultimately are being saved from our sins. Here we see this in the parable of Christ cleansing the temple.

Joh 2:14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:

Joh 2:15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;

Joh 2:16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.

Christ coming at the end of the age includes the coming of “The Christ”. This refers to His Body which are the vessels through which the Lord does the greater works of bringing salvation to all men by speaking His Word and judging all men (Joh 14:12, Mat 19:28, 1 Cor 6:2). The symbols and parable in the book of Revelation speaks of the Lord’s armies that follow their head Jesus Christ, represented by the white horse and the power of God’s Word.

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

Rev 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

The huge number of carcasses and dead corpses refers to the carnal thoughts and doctrines that we stumble over being overrun by a flood of lies as we are BEING brought to our wits end. The Word will devour that which had previously devoured God’s Elect.

Rev 19:17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;

Rev 19:18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

The war is a war of thoughts, a war of WORDS in our heavens.

Rev 19:19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

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

The bright sword and the glittering spear will cast light upon darkness. We will see Truth and what we are in these vessels of clay. This is how the lake of fire, the judgment of the flesh comes about and comes to an end after it accomplishes what it is set out to do. The false prophet that believes and teaches things contrary to the Truth within and without will be cast into the consuming fire with the beast.

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

Flesh is destroyed by the inward sword of the Lord. Our own wickedness corrects us within.

Rev 19:21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

Psa 17:13 Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword:

We have to be shown our wickedness and come to know why the Lord has put us through this process and these fiery trials.

Eze 39:23 And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword.

Eze 39:24 According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them.

We have covered this before but will cover it again because our continued falling short of the standard of obedience torments the heck out of God’s sons who know the Truth but are not BEING GIVEN TO OVERCOME. But OH wretched men we are and we are learning. Christ comes not to the self-righteous but to those that are in need of a physician.

Mar 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

We have to seek death and not find it before death will come. We are enduring and suffering for three and a half days (half of our witness for Christ) until the carnal mindedness is put into a grave.

Rev 11:8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.

Rev 11:9  And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves.

The dream is indeed one. This strange process not understood in Babylon is the Lord’s way.

Psa 79:2 The dead bodies of thy servants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the heaven, the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the earth.

Psa 79:3 Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem; and there was none to bury them.

The vision and symbolism of these verses in Nahum closely align with the verses Joel spoke from which we can tie experiencing judgment via our lake of fire RIGHT NOW, to the coming of “The Christ”.

It is God’s elect who come as “a thief in the spiritual night” to those the Lord has prepared to hear the Words of Truth.

Joe 2:9 They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.

The sound of rattling wheels is the sound of the earthquake the Lord is bringing against us and our covenant with death. Here the Strong’s word H7494 that is translated as “rattling” is shown to more commonly be used to describe an earthquake and related terms.

 H7494

ra‛ash

Total KJV Occurrences: 17

earthquake, 6

rushing, 3

shaking, 3

commotion, 1

confused, 1

fierceness, 1

quaking, 1

rattling, 1 – Nah_3:2

Of course the wheels are Christ’s very elect, upon whom the judgment of God falls first in this age. The descriptions of “The Christ” given in Ezekiel in chapters one and ten confirm this (Ezek 1:13-17).

Our way of life is passing away. Wheels are a spiritual shadow of how we move, how we walk and move about, having our very being in Him. That of course is through Christ, apart from which we can do nothing (Joh 15:5).

The word translated “pransing” is only found in Scripture this one time in Nahum and has no defined Hebrew root.

H1725, dâhar, daw-har’

A primitive root; to curvet or move irregularly: – pranse.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

The word prancing almost always is used in reference with horses. I saw this as a good definition for what is being told us in Nahum with the prancing horses, the armies of Christ, on the white horse.

Definition of Prancing

  • to spring from the hind legs or move by so doing
  • to walk or move in a spirited manner:  strutalso :  to dance about

We prance when we stand up in faith to do battle. There is a time and season for everything.  There is even a time to mourn (the old man) and a time to dance which is also translated as jump here in Nahum.

Ecc 3:4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance (jump)

The jumping chariots are references to the Truth where we are now seated with Christ in the heavens. The Strong’s word H7540 translated “jumping” is also the same word translated as dancing and as skipping as in these other OT witnesses.

Psa 29:5 The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.

Psa 29:6 He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.

1Ch 15:28 Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, making a noise with psalteries and harps.

1Ch 15:29  And it came to pass, as the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looking out at a window saw king David dancing and playing: and she despised him in her heart.

When we are seated on the right foundation and have the covering of Christ, then we dance and jump for the Lord as we do battle with the power of the Word within us. This is bringing great disdain from the heathen within and without as we are being hated for His Name sake.

We must hear the call “to come up hither” and be seated with Christ in the heavens before we can wage this war in heaven (Eph 2:6, Rev 11:12). This is the same thing spiritually as riding in the saddle of the white horse to wage war for righteousness. The covering/garments we wear must be the “garments” made with love (obedience) that we learn from the fiery trials brought by grace. The garments of Christ’s righteousness and not that of our own works.

Son 3:9 King Solomon made himself a chariot of the wood of Lebanon.

Son 3:10 He made the pillars thereof of silver, the bottom thereof of gold, the covering of it of purple, the midst thereof being paved with love, for the daughters of Jerusalem.

The Law of Christ is written on our hearts by the trials we are enduring, by the chastening and scourging of the old man and the carnal mind.

Nah 3:4 Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot, the mistress of witchcrafts, that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts.

Nah 3:5 Behold, I am against thee, saith the LORD of hosts; and I will discover thy skirts upon thy face, and I will shew the nations thy nakedness, and the kingdoms thy shame.

Nah 3:6 And I will cast abominable filth upon thee, and make thee vile, and will set thee as a gazingstock.

The Lord demands purity [set apartness]. As we so often say to one another, good is the enemy of excellence. With two hundred million carnal lies, it is easy to be a harlot and to fornicate godly truths and thoughts with ungodly or worldly ones. Worshipping the beast we “buy and sell” to the nations within us by being carnal and thinking above what is written. We don’t yet appreciate this Truth and command.

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 above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.

As King Saul we think it is perfectly okay to disobey as long as we are doing it in the name of the Lord and claim to be sacrificing to the Lord. But this is sorcery, this is witchcraft and the Lord calls it rebellion. He does not want our sacrifices, He wants our obedience and He will get it and we will become doers of the Word by this process we are enduring.

1Sa 15:22 And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.

1Sa 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

We must separate from the ungodly as unloving as that sounds. Coming out and being set apart is a narrow road. Yet we must not have a wife that is a whore.

Lev 21:6 They shall be holy unto their God, and not profane the name of their God: for the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and the bread of their God, they do offer: therefore they shall be holy.

Lev 21:7 They shall not take a wife that is a whore, or profane; neither shall they take a woman put away from her husband: for he is holy unto his God.

The Lord discovers our harlot skirts, our sinful and fornicating ways upon our own faces. He will show our sinfulness to all the nations within. We will now clearly begin to see who the abomination is causing desolation spoken by Daniel, the Prophet, and by Christ (Dan 11, Mat 24:15). The Lord is revealing the man of sin by exposing the harlotry within.

2Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

Being a “gazing stock” means we will be given to see what the Lord is doing in us. The baptism of fire does not come, the day of the Lord is not until we are given to see this and our old man becomes a gazing stock. This is a wonderful thing to come to know the wonders of the deep that are the wonderful works of the Lord to the children of men from Psalm 107. We will see our merchandising the things of God which is necessary to then be caused to repent.

Psa 107:23 They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;

Psa 107:24 These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.

The Body of Christ are the eyes (and hears, hands, feet, etc) of the Lord. But we are being judged now and it is the eyes of Christ that will show these things to us.

Psa 11:4 The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men.

Rev 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.

Making us “vile” in the context of Nahum 3:6 is making us fade away. We must decrease for Christ to increase. We are blessed to see our self-righteousness.

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

Isa 64:7 And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.

Here is our final verse of this installment.

Nah 3:7 And it shall come to pass, that all they that look upon thee shall flee from thee, and say, Nineveh is laid waste: who will bemoan her? whence shall I seek comforters for thee?

Here we see the consequences of the Lord revealing what we are without Him. We have seen and our seeing our abomination and our filth. We truly are beasts and nothing good dwells in our flesh (Romans 7). Believing this is what turns us away from sin and towards Christ when we see the need for a savior and the need for repentance. We will flee and go to the mountain that is Christ and His Body when we see this and won’t bring along the self-righteous clothing we previously wore.

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

Mat 24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

Mat 24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house:

Mat 24:18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes.

The harlot will be exposed through the process of us being caused to sin and seeing ourselves as the wretched man, the chief of sinners (1 Tim 1:15). An angel of the Lord will show us these things through the words of fire they are speaking.

Rev 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

Rev 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

When we see the harlot in all her false splendor we flee from her, we are coming out of “spiritual Babylon”, that mother of harlots.

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

There is no comfort to be found in Nineveh/Babylon within and without. They can only heal our wounds superficially in their veiled attempts to keep the beast alive and claim to serve the Lord.

Jer 6:13 From the least to the greatest, their lives are ruled by greed. From prophets to priests, they are all frauds.

Jer 6:14 They offer superficial treatments for My people’s mortal wound. They give assurances of peace when there is no peace. (NLT)

The comfort for the new man is not in Nineveh, it is completely waste. We need to come out of her as God’s people as Job learned.

Job 16:2 I have heard many such things: miserable comforters are ye all.

Being delivered from the snare of the miry clay only comes when we are driven to our wits end and call out to the Lord and He then delivers us (Psa 40:1-3). We, like David, are being brought to this place of despair and then are crying out for deliverance.

Psa 69:14 Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.

Psa 69:15 Let not the waterflood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.

Psa 69:16 Hear me, O LORD; for thy lovingkindness is good: turn unto me according to the multitude of thy tender mercies.

Psa 69:17 And hide not thy face from thy servant; for I am in trouble: hear me speedily.

Psa 69:18 Draw nigh unto my soul, and redeem it: deliver me because of mine enemies.

Psa 69:19 Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before thee.

Psa 69:20 Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.

Deliverance comes by the deliverers who is The Christ.  We, the true Body of Christ, are the first fruits unto the Lord. We go through our judgment now so we can in turn be used of the Lord to bring judgment but also to comfort others.

2Co 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

Truth and faith in the Lord brings comfort. God’s elect will be those used of the Lord to judge the world in righteousness and ultimately bring comfort to all men in the times appointed for all men “to come out of Babylon” where there is not found any comforters.

Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

It takes a long time, a process of being born in a clay vessel and being taught the ways of the world and its millions of lies and half-truths that pervert the ways of the Lord. It then takes a journey, a walk down a narrow road to unlearn all of that and be taught the righteousness of Jesus Christ. Nahum is speaking to this process of learning and becoming a mature man in Christ. We must be patient; we must endure knowing all things are for our sakes (2 Cor 4:15).

Having true doctrine in our heavens (in our head) is a wonderful start. Yet the old stubborn beast will resist the things of the Lord hence the need for the baptism by fire. Christ gives us some sage advice, reminding us our faith will be tried.  We will be tempted and shown that our flesh is weak. Faith without works means nothing.

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

We all think we have arrived long before we ever do and we never will in these fleshly bodies.  We are admonished to be examples to others that are weak and struggling by walking this narrow road and pressing on for the prize only given to those that are finishing the race.

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

Php 3:16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

Php 3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.

 

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Nahum Part 4 – Then Shall the Wicked Be Revealed

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“Then Shall the Wicked Be Revealed”

Here are the verses for Part 4 as we finish Chapter 1 and segue into Chapter 2.

In Part 3 of the Nahum study we saw it was the Lord’s jealousy for His Chosen Elect for which He causes events to bring judgment upon us through the whirlwind and ultimately bring an end to the sowing of the serpent’s seed (nature) within us. Here in Part 4 we are given more details on the Lord’s process that takes place in our personal day of the Lord. Christ is revealed to us by the Lord making known to us our true carnal, sinful and wicked spiritual condition (Rom 9:23).  This apostasy must come first and the wicked man, the chief of sinners (we are) is being made known. The verses in Nahum will show that we come to see this truth when the Lord comes to make war in the heavens of our heart and mind.

2Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
2Th 2:9 whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,

In the last verse of Chapter 1 in the book of Nahum, “The Christ” appears to bring the Good News which is that the wicked one within us will no longer be allowed and will be utterly cut off.

Our hearts and minds are purified by true faith that requires that a preacher be sent to bring the good tidings for the NEW man. This is bad news for the old man but is how we are brought to repentance (Rom 2:4) so the new man will increase.

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

Rom 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Nahum has been speaking to the “people of Nineveh”, and then, all of a sudden, in Nahum 1:15 we are told: “O Judah keep thy feasts and perform thy vows”. This is a contradiction to the natural man who cannot even see a most basic truth that the kingdom of God, and all the nations of the earth and the heavens, is first within us (Luk 17:20-21). The Elect are the people of God, but they are also first the people of Babylon and Assyria of which Nineveh is the capital.

A jealous God is going to make us, not only hearers of the Word, but also doers of the Word. We all first vow we will obey the Lord, but then we do not do it. We are incapable of doing it without Christ in us doing the work. The Lord has to come the second time to cause us to perform those vows and obey Him as the result of this baptism in the appointed times.

Exo 24:7 And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient.

God’s Elect, to whom these prophets are speaking, are first the children of disobedience storing up wrath for their day of judgment.

Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Contrary to the ten-second sinner’s prayer and the false grace of the orthodox churches of men, here is God’s way of causing us to obey Him (Eze 36:27).

Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God [this baptism of fire] is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Having or holding the Truth is not enough; we must do the Truth. What we are going to see play out here in Chapter 2 is the Lord causing us to fall and apostasize while we claim to be His people. He came to save sinners of whom God’s Elect are chief. This is how the Lord shows us that we truly are wretched men, beasts actually, that are blasphemers, the very “abomination of desolation” spoken of by Daniel the Prophet! We must come to see our flesh for what it is.

Rom 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
Rom 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?

When we are hearers of the Word and not doers, we hear the trumpet of sound doctrine, but we do not hearken to that trumpet. Here is another verse that confirms just how sovereign the Lord is in the affairs of man.

Jer 6:17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.
Jer 6:18 Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them.
Jer 6:19 Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people,even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.

Even our very thoughts are given to us (Amo 4:13) which makes a mockery of the idea that carnal idea that man has any free will.Yet that is the Lord’s plan to blind us all, to give us strong delusion, to be carnally minded until He actually comes with His sword.

Our self-righteousness which we hold as righteousness is all filthy rags to the Lord (Isa 64:6), and we all, like Job, will reason with our carnal mind that we do not deserve the judgment of God and will condemn the Lord to justify ourselves. The Lord will put a swift end to our self-righteousness when He shows us what we truly are. The Lord will reveal Himself and teach us by His chastening grace out of the fiery trials and inward storms symbolized by the whirlwind.

Job 40:6 Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
Job 40:7 Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
Job 40:8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

This verse in Nahum is the Lord mocking our covenant with the old man/DEATH and the false peace and security we have that no destruction will come upon us in our days of lasciviousness (Isa 28:15, Psa 2:4-9). The Lord is not saving the old man; He is showing us our sinfulness and then in His mercy, will be merciless in destroying the first man Adam by the baptism of fire.

Pro 1:26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
Pro 1:27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
Pro 1:28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:

The word translated “munition” (only this one time in Nahum) really means fenced city which is where those in Babylon and Assyria reside making high walls with bricks made by the works of the flesh (Gen 11:3, Deu 3:5-6). The Lord mocks the false peace we claim and will come as a thief in this spiritual night.

1Th 5:3 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.

The final kingdom of the beast is a dreadful and a strong kingdom fortified with iron (Dan 7:19).  No man is able to make war with this beast except for Jesus Christ (Rev 13:4). When the Lord comes to us, He comes with full fury to make war in our heavens and usher in salvation. The Lord will come with His angels (His Elect) and the Rock, which is Christ/Living Word and will dash this beastly image we create to pieces. It is “The Christ” who are the battle-axe and weapons of war that speak these truths that dash to pieces the kingdoms and all the carnal lies and false doctrines of the great harlot who rides the beast within us.

Jer 51:20 Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms;
Jer 51:21 And with thee will I break in pieces the horse and his rider; and with thee will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider;

Trees also represent God’s people and here is a New Testament witness to the use of “Christ” as the Lord’s battle axe. Trees that do not bear fruit for God are always hewn down in due time.

Mat 3:10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Mat 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

We also see this demolition in the parable of the king’s dream in Daniel 2. No man can serve two masters, and when the Lord comes with vengeance, He is destroying the old and filling the whole earth with His Word.

Dan 2:34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.
Dan 2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

Most translations other than KJV turn this verse into an entirely different rendering saying the Lord is restoring the excellency of Jacob and Israel versus turning it away. The KJV is correct as this excellency in the negative sense, is our pride/pomp and is the most often use of the Hebrew word H1347. The excellency of Jacob and Israel in the negative sense is the pride of the carnal mind. Before we can be restored we must first fall away and walk in strong delusion thinking we know the Lord but only knowing about Him. The Lord turns away our pride/pomp or even our excellency spoken of here by humbling us. Here is the same word H1347 “excellency” that better reflect what Nahum is speaking here.

Pro 16:18 Pride [H1347] goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Eze 7:24 Wherefore I will bring the worst of the heathen, and they shall possess their houses: I will also make the pomp [H1347] of the strong to cease; and their holy places shall be defiled.

Luk 14:11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

The Lord humbles us by causing us to fall (Pro 24:16) and to err from His ways (Isa 63:17).  We are being humbled by coming to see “Oh wretched man that I am; “No man can serve two masters, a divided house cannot stand”. A Jealous God is going to make us One with Him by this “strange” act of showing the truth to us of our spiritual condition.

Hos 10:1 Israel isan empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images.
Hos 10:2 Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty: he shall break down their altars, he shall spoil their images.

The “emptiers” are the false doctrines of the harlot, the 200 million lies of Rev 9:16 that ensnare us as carnally-minded men. This is the curse of our earth that makes us vile in the Lord’s eyes.  Here are two other uses of the same word emptiers.

Isa 24:3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word.

Isa 24:6 Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.
Isa 24:7 The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh.

The destroying wind is what empties the land, the fanners or “strangers” the strange fire that cannot save us in our day of trouble.

Jer 51:1 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will raise up against Babylon, and against them that dwell in the midst of them that rise up against me, a destroying wind;
Jer 51:2 And will send unto Babylon fanners, that shall fan her, and shall empty her land: for in the day of trouble they shall be against her round about.

These ”strangers” are also these very many lying spirits and false doctrines that fill the house and empty it of the Truth. We, the Israel of God, are this wicked generation whose earth has been cursed.

Mat 12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.
Mat 12:44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.
Mat 12:45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

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

This wicked generation is not someone else; it is you and I if we are God’s Elect. The natural man sees it as foolishness that the Lord makes us wicked vessels of clay and then humbles us by sending evil spirits to us that cause sinful flesh to sin. The plan has never changed (1Co 15:50).

Jer 18:2 Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.
Jer 18:3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
Jer 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

This word “marred” in Nahum 2:3 (as in marred vine branches) is the same word used as marred here in this well-known Jer 18:4 verse. However, by far the most often translated word for H7843 is DESTROY or DESTROYED. As this KJC extract demonstrates, 103 of 146 instances are some variety of “destroy”.

H7843. shâchath, Total KJV Occurrences: 146
destroy, 68
destroyed, 22
corrupt, 11
corrupted, 11
destroying, 5
mar, 4
destroyer, 3
marred, 3
Jer_13:7 (2), Jer_18:4, Nah_2:2
corrupters, 2
destroyeth, 2
spoilers, 2
waster, 2
cast, 1
corrupting, 1
corruptly, 1
destroyers, 1
destroyest, 1
destruction, 1
lose, 1
perish, 1
spilled, 1
wasted, 1

There is no contradiction here; “being marred,” means we are sinful flesh, and those vessels are meant to be destroyed. It is this very process of destroying the old man and raising up Christ through which we come to know the Lord. My point for showing what marred really means is to give another witness to the Lord causing us to sin (unbelief) and by this process of showing this to us, this is how we are being humbled and the “excellency/pride” of Judah is taken away by the “emptiers”.

All things are of Christ. Without Him we can do nothing. Even our sins, the fruitless deeds of the flesh are purposefully made marred branches in the one true vine, which is Christ.

Joh 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

The process of overcoming and entering into Christ is with much tribulation. This process is often likened to physical warfare to tell the man of the Spirit how it works in the spiritual (Rom 1:20). When Christ comes to baptize us with the fire of His chastening grace, a war is being fought over a period of many days. In the spiritual realm, this war is between spirits or doctrines. The Lord sends both good spirits and evil spirits to us (1 Ki 22:23, 1 Sa 16:14) as ALL spirits are from Him (Heb 12:9).

The inward conflicts and divisions in the kingdom within that the Lord causes will create confusion in the enemy’s household. This is His Way of bringing about an end to us being under the dominion of Satan, who is our father the devil before Christ comes (Rom 16:20, Joh 8:44). A divided kingdom and a divided house cannot stand.

Mar 3:24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
Mar 3:25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
Mar 3:26 And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.

The double-minded man is not lasting in the day of this baptism. The raging of this war, the chariots, the horsemen, with spears; all jostling together inwardly in our hearts and minds is how we are being PREPARED for Christ to come. In the days of our preparation to enter into His rest, a mighty war is being fought within the heavens of God’s Elect. We, and specifically the strength of the old man, are being smitten with confusion and bewilderment.

 Zec 12:4 In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah,  and will smite every horse of the people with blindness.

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

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

It is the pitting of the carnal mind against the spiritual mind of Christ that brings war in our heavens.

Gal 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

Getting the 200 million carnal lies out of our heavens takes a raging battle that lasts many days.  This is our fighting the good fight of faith as we are “is, was and will be” prepared for Christ. These verses in Nahum tell us of the two witnesses, God’s people and the battle we endure first as judgment must begin at the House of God. We are the Lord’s mighty men and represent His army or “valiant ones” as well. Let us look at some of the symbolism in these two verses.

The Elect are the Lord’s valiant men, yet before He can use us in His service we have to be humbled and shown that we, like all men, are the “chief of sinners” and that nothing good dwells in our flesh. We are delivered by being depleted of the strength of the flesh also known as being humbled. No king is saved any other way.

Psa 33:16 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength.

Mat 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

We are delivered by being shown our sin and being humbled by this revelation that we are truly a beast (Ecc 3:18). When we are still trusting in the flesh and our carnal thoughts and the lies of the great harlot, then judgment is still coming to us as we are not fully looking to the Lord.

Isa 31:1 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!

The Lord will use the chariots to bring evil/judgment upon us that will cause division within Satan’s house both those doing evil and those that help them do evil. The old man is the house of the evil doing and the harlot and her lies are what helps the old man. Both the beast and the false prophet are tossed into the fire.

Isa 31:2 Yet he also is wise, and will bring evil, and will not call back his words: but will arise against the house of the evildoers, and against the help of them that work iniquity.
Isa 31:3 Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When the LORD shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is holpen shall fall down, and they all shall fail together.

The “negative chariots and the positive chariots” that fight this war in heaven all work for the greater good, which is to bring us to Christ. Both are pulled by strong horses. This verse already cited speaks of this warfare raging within us.

Rom 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin, which is in my members

Without true faith, we have no ability to take thoughts the Lord gives us captive to the obedience of Christ. The principalities in our carnal heavens will overwhelm those without this armor and the shield of faith.

Eph 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

The red shields of the mighty men refer to our trusting in our carnal reasonings instead of the Lord. The color red in the negative application stands for our fleshly nature, our carnal mind, rejected first-born (Adam, Esau) and is the color of the adversary (red dragon) who is the father of the carnally minded. The first man Adam (the word actually means red) is the strong/mighty man with a carnal mind that must be overtaken and bound. Only Christ can enter into the strong man’s house, make war with the beast and spoil this house.

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.

When we are being ruled by the flesh, the Philistines within, we have a shield not of faith but of our own righteousness. Such a shield is red, the works of our hands which are likened to filthy menstrual rags to the Lord (Isa 64:6). The shield we hold before we come to “know He is the Lord” is not the shield of faith. It is a shield of our own making and is no good at stopping the fiery darts of the evil one. The flesh always wars against the Spirit and at first defies the armies of Israel until Christ is sent to do battle.

1Sa 17:45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

The armies of the flesh are strong with many horses, horsemen and chariots; all of them carrying these red shields and spears. But the Lord turns us back and uses our sinful carnal flesh to drag us to Him through the very baptism of fire we are learning about here in Nahum.

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:

The reference in Nahum 2:3 to the valiant men, H2428 refers to a strong army.

H2428, chayil, khah’-yil  – From H2342; probably a force, whether of men, means or other resources; an army, wealth, virtue, valor, strength:

If we look at the root word for “the valiant men” we see it is those going through much tribulation, dealing with inner conflict, writing in pain (think childbirth), travailing, waiting patiently……. which is exactly what we do and how we enter into the kingdom.

H2342, chûl    chı̂yl, khool, kheel

A primitive root; properly to twist or whirl (in a circular or spiral manner), that is, (specifically) to dance, to writhe in pain (especially of parturition) or fear; figuratively to wait, to pervert: – bear, (make to) bring forth, (make to) calve, dance, drive away, fall grievously (with pain), fear, form, great, grieve, (be) grievous, hope, look, make, be in pain, be much (sore) pained, rest, shake, shapen, (be) sorrow (-ful), stay, tarry, travail (with pain), tremble, trust, wait carefully (patiently), be wounded.

Here is a good example of the point being made about who these valiant men are having this war raging in their heavens with many horses, chariots and spears being brandished.

Isa 13:8 And they shall be afraid: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain [H2342] as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.

When we are yet carnal and the king over us is still Abaddon from the bottomless pit of the flesh and we speak out blasphemy the Lord will correct/judge us in our day of the Lord. Here is a great army speaking out of their mouths words of fire and smoke and brimstone that will judge us in the appointed times.

Rev 9:16 And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
Rev 9:17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.

We know that the heavenly things of the Lord and the Spirit are represented by blue in Scriptures. Scarlet or purple is from the mixture of red (the first man Adam) and blue (the second Adam, the Lord from heaven). The entrance into Christ is through the veil of Christ’s flesh (Heb 10:20), and this is represented in type by the blue and scarlet curtains Moses was instructed to make to be the veil guarding the entry into the tabernacle of God (Exo 26:1).

All the leaven (the lies) must be cleansed from the heavens. The word translated for “scarlet” here in verse 3 [H8529] is only used once in all of Scripture. It is taken from this Hebrew word [H8438] from where we get scarlet, crimson and yes even worms!

H8438, tôlâ‛  /  tôlê‛âh  /  tôla‛ath
Total KJV Occurrences: 42
scarlet, 33
worm, 5
Psa_22:6 (3), Isa_41:14, Isa_66:24, Jon_4:7
worms, 3
Exo_16:20, Deu_28:39, Isa_14:11
crimson, 1
Isa_1:18

When our old man has been, “cursed” by the Lord, all the works of that old man’s hands are being spoiled. One of the curses of disobedience is we are not bearing fruit for Christ. The old man will not gather the grapes in harvest or drink the wine; as the worms of the fleshly carnal mind will eat them up.

Deu 28:39 Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress them, but shalt neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worms shall eat them.

It is upon a “set day” determined by the Lord that the old man, us, as King Herod in type and shadow, is smote with judgment and is eaten by these worms.

Act 12:23 And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.

This war in our heavens between the things of the flesh and the spirit is never quenched until the Lord comes in the days of our preparing to enter into Christ. “The worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched” is what we must endure through our period of judgment (3 times in Matt 9:42-9:48).

The fiery torches spoken of in this verse are speaking about the Word. Jesus Christ is the Word and He did not come to create unity but He came to divide the five in one house (Luk 12:51-52).  We can see this in the definition of the word “torches”, this again being a word only used here in Nahum one time.

H6393, pelâdâh, pel-aw-daw’

From an unused root meaning to divide; a cleaver, that is, iron armature (of a chariot): – torch.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

A fiery torch is also a “spiritual cleaver” a weapon on a chariot that cuts off and makes these divisions. The Lord is cutting off the old man and the head of the beast. We must be beheaded in our witness for Christ to be counted worthy of being in the first resurrection (Rev 20:4).

Mic 5:10 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots:

Tony did a study recently of Psalm 68, where he showed that one of the key words for chariots [H7393] is also a word for millstone. Having a millstone tied around our necks and thrown into the sea is the same as having one’s chariots set on fire (via judgment) by the Word. This is how the old man within is destroyed (dashed to pieces, eaten by worms, etc.) as the Lord remakes the marred vessel that we now see in ourselves. The other main word translated Chariot is H4818 as shown above in Micah and its is taken from H4817 which also means SEAT.

H4818, merkâbâh, mer-kaw-baw’
Feminine of H4817; a chariot: – chariot. See also H1024.
H4817, merkâb, mer-kawb’

From H7392; a chariot; also a seat (in a vehicle): – chariot, covering, saddle.

Destroying the chariots of the old man is destroying the seed of the serpent and cutting off the strength of the old man. The seat of Satan is his throne which is the heart and mind of the beast.  This brings to mind this verse from the NT which aligns with what Nahum is prophesying about.

Rev 16:10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain,

The battle of the mind is the war in heaven that brings salvation. The Lord will destroy the fleshly armor by which we exalt the things of the flesh against the Spirit. The jostling and raging of war by the chariots in the streets is what Paul tells us about here:

2Co 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
2Co 10:4  For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;

When the time is truly at hand, the Lord’s chariots will come against the chariots and horsemen of the carnal mind in the whirlwind.

Isa 66:15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.

This is the process of salvation, how we are sanctified and the temple is being cleansed.

Isa 66:20 And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD

We have many Scriptures that speak of the jostling of chariots and warfare of the armies in the heavens. They all speak of the same event and process. The left hand and the right hand of the Lord work together to accomplish His will in each of us at the appointed times. Here are some words from Joel whose words Peter prophesied had begun on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit “is, was and will be given” and the fire on the earth was kindled (Luk 12:49).

Joe 2:4 The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run.
Joe 2:5 Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.
Joe 2:6 Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness.
Joe 2:7 They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks:
Joe 2:8 Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.
Joe 2:9 They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.

The running “to and fro” in the fenced city and climbing the walls is this contention of flesh versus Spirit, the jostling of the chariots, and the warring of the man of sin with the man of the Spirit. All one and the same thing. This is the Lord’s doing initiated through His servant, Satan, which causes us to err and for judgment to come by the Word.

Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.
Job 1:7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.

But the chariots pulled by the White Horse ultimately enter in and shall prevail. The Body of Christ is the work-horse of Christ doing these greater works (Joh 14:12).

Rev 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

Paul tells us the very purpose the Lord gives us the offices of the Church. Anyone not connected to Christ will not be sanctified in this age and will continue to “be tossed to and fro” by the deceptive lies of the adversary and his messengers.

Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
Eph 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

The chariots and their riders that run are said by Nahum to seem like lightenings. This is the same word used in this description of the cherubims, the angels of the Lord (The Elect) who are those that speak the Words of fire to those prepared to hear.

Eze 1:13 As for the likeness of the living creatures, their appearance was like burning coals of fire, and like the appearance of lamps: it went up and down among the living creatures; and the fire was bright, and out of the fire went forth lightning.

Rev 8:5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake

When we are being prepared for Christ, the Word will work this judgment through this war. This is how Satan will fall and Christ will appear in our heavens.

Mat 24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Luk 10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.

It is the Elect of God who speak the words of fire from which the lightening and the thunder come by which Satan is cast out of heaven. The Elect are called the sons of thunder for a reason.

Mar 3:17 And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:

It is a wonderful thing for the new man to fall into the hands of the living God. If we abide in the Body of Christ and be patient, the Lord is faithful to His promises in completing the good work He starts. Next week will complete Chapter 2 of Nahum, which brings even more clarity to this week’s verses and the Lord destroying the first man Adam and the carnal mind.

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The Book of Obadiah – Part 1

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Obadiah Part 1 – Dec 17, 2015 

Oba 1:1 The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning Edom; We have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle.

Oba 1:2 Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen: thou art greatly despised.

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

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

Oba 1:5  If thieves came to thee, if robbers by night, (how art thou cut off!) would they not have stolen till they had enough? if the grapegatherers came to thee, would they not leave some grapes?

Oba 1:6  How are the things of Esau searched out! how are his hidden things sought up!

Obadiah’s vision is an important part of the sum of God’s Word. This little book is in fact the Words of Jesus Christ and if we followed Babylonian traditions, they would be highlighted in red. The Lord speaks through Obadiah and all His prophets which are the very Elect chosen by God in each age. So there really is no such thing as a “minor prophet”, these are the Words of the Lord.

Hos 12:10 I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets.

 2Pe 3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:

2Pe 3:2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior:

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

This book of Obadiah tells the story of all of us. This is our life and our walk being described here, the positive and the negative, the flesh and the spirit, our disobedience and our eventual obedience.

Mat 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

God’s people, the Christ of Christ are a kind of firstfruits and to whom and about the Scriptures are written (Jas 1:18, Rev 17:14, etc).

Gen 1:1 In the FIRSTFRUITS (beginning) God created the heaven and the earth.

First comes Adam, the natural man of the flesh and then secondly comes the 2nd Adam, the Lord from heaven. It’s is all the work of the Lord as He is the Alpha and the Omega and all in between.

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

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

Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

Let’s look deeper into verse 1.

Oba 1:1 The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord GOD concerning Edom; We have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle.

Obadiah heard a rumour (H8052) which begins the prophecy. He was given ears to hear and eyes to see as is also given to God’s Elect who are the Lord’s prophets. It is interesting that the word for rumour is most often translated as rumour or report but is also the word translated DOCTRINE in this key verse from Isaiah 28:

Isa 28:9 Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? (H8052) them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts.

So Obadiah heard doctrine. He was made/caused to believe “the REPORT” of the Lord. He was given ears to hear and eyes to see and to understand the Words of Christ and thus began this prophecy and sharing of what the Lord was saying.  Likewise, when we are given our ‘ears to hear’, we too are sent forth among the heathen to arise and go into battle.

Isa 53:1 Who hath believed our report? (H8052) and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

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

Job 33:16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,

The vision (revelation) was concerning EDOM, which is a symbol of the first man Adam and the pulls of the flesh and the beast within that must be overcome.  So this prophecy is about what happens to EDOM within us.   Salvation is accomplished now by us being given dominion over the old man.

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

Gen 36:1 Now these are the generations of Esau, who is Edom.

The battle that Christ must wage begins in us when He arises to fight this battle against the flesh.

Rom 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Gal 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

Being remade into a new creation, the process of salvation requires the new man in us, Christ in us, to rise up and go fight the pulls of the flesh and carnal mindedness. We all start in a place of disobedience and at the appointed time, we are called to arise and go fight EDOM and that includes our own flesh. Salvation comes as we are given dominion over EDOM and the flesh (Esau) serves the new man (Jacob).

Gen 25:23 And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

David as a type of Christ reveals that we will take captive the pulls of the flesh and the flesh will serve us and not the other way around.

2Sa 8:14 And he put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom put he garrisons, and all they of Edom became David’s servants. And the LORD preserved David whithersoever he went.

The last key point on verse 1 is the reference to ambassadors.  God’s Elect are Christ’s ambassadors in this world and it is thru us that His Word is spoken and the greater spiritual works of the Lord are accomplished.

2Co 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

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

I found it very instructive to the inward application of this battle and ambassadorship by looking at the Hebrew word H6735.  Almost half the time it is used, it is translated as pangs, sorrow or pain.

 H6735

tsı̂yr

Total KJV Occurrences: 13

ambassador, 3

Pro_13:17, Jer_49:14, Oba_1:1

pangs, 3

Isa_13:8, Isa_21:3 (2)

ambassadors, 2

Jos_9:3-4 (2), Isa_18:2

hinges, 1

Pro_26:14

messenger, 1

Pro_25:13

messengers, 1

Isa_57:9

pains, 1

1Sa_4:19

sorrows, 1

Dan_10:16

The word Ambassador is from the Hebrew word ‘tsoor” (H6696) which is most often translated as adversary or some form of the word besiege.

 H6696

tsûr

tsoor

A primitive root; to cramp, that is, confine (in many applications, literally and figuratively, formative or hostile): – adversary, assault, beset, besiege, bind (up), cast, distress, fashion, fortify, inclose, lay siege, put up in bags.

Total KJV Occurrences: 36

besieged, 14

2Sa_11:1, 2Sa_20:15, 1Ki_16:17, 1Ki_20:1, 2Ki_6:24-25 (2), 2Ki_17:5 (2), 2Ki_18:9, 1Ch_20:1, Jer_32:2, Jer_37:5, Dan_1:1 (2)

besiege, 8

Deu_20:12, Deu_20:19, 1Sa_23:8, 2Ki_24:11, 2Ch_6:28, Isa_21:2, Jer_21:4, Jer_21:9

siege, 3

1Ki_15:27, Eze_4:3 (2)

distress, 2

Deu_2:9, Deu_2:19

adversaries, 1

Exo_23:22

assault, 1

Est_8:11

bags, 1

2Ki_12:10

beset, 1

Psa_139:5

cast, 1

1Ki_7:15

distressed, 1

2Ch_28:20

enclose, 1

Son_8:9

fortify, 1

Jdg_9:31

put, 1

2Ki_12:10

Here is one example of this same word translated ambassador is used to speak of birth pangs.

Isa 13:8  And they shall be afraid: pangs (H6735) and sorrows shall take hold of them; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth: they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.

This is a powerful confirmation that being an ambassador for Christ is making war against the heathen first and foremost by laying siege to the nations of the heathens within us.  This is what brings about the pangs of childbirth and the sorrow of the old man and why this word used as ‘ambassador’ in Obadiah is also rightfully used as pangs, sorrow, pain, etc.  Here is what besieging the heathen nations means in New Testament terms.

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

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

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

Living and abiding in CHRIST is how these words of an ambassador (fire) are spoken and do their work in the appointed times.  Ambassadors do not get entangled in the affairs of the nation to which they are sent.  We truly need to be separated, being in the world but not of the world.

2Ti 2:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

Php 3:20  For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ

Jas 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

This ambassadorship will bring us great scorn among the heathen within and without, who cannot hear Christ’s Words at first and who will bring persecution to Christ.

This conflict will rage in our own heavens as the Word of God that is this fire begins to prick our hearts and tear down the kingdom of the beast sitting in God’s temple.  It continues until the old man is completely destroyed and the land made utterly desolate.

Isa 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

Isa 6:9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.

Isa 6:10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.

Isa 6:11 Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate,

The battle against EDOM is spiritual as we wrestle not against flesh but against spirits, lies and false doctrines that defile our heavens.

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

2Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

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

Verse 2 reminds us how precious few are given to know and experience these things in this age.

Oba 1:2 Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen: thou art greatly despised.

Many are called and few are chosen to be God’s Elect in this age. The Israel of God was purposefully made small and surrounded by much bigger nations. To top it off, the Lord has put enmity between us and everyone else in this world that has not the mind of Christ.

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

Deu 7:7 The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:

Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

There is nothing attractive about Christ and this is true for our Lord but also for us, His Christ.

Isa 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

Isa 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

1Jn 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

And this is the Lord’s MO and why He used the despised to do His work.

1Co 1:28 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:

1Co 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

It is worth noting here that this vision of Obadiah is very similar to other Scriptures and particularly these verses from Jeremiah 49.

Jer 49:14 I have heard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent unto the heathen, saying, Gather ye together, and come against her, and rise up to the battle.

Jer 49:15 For, lo, I will make thee small among the heathen, and despised among men.

Jer 49:16 Thy terribleness hath deceived thee, and the pride of thine heart, O thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, that holdest the height of the hill: though thou shouldest make thy nest as high as the eagle, I will bring thee down from thence, saith the LORD.

Jer 49:17 Also Edom shall be a desolation: every one that goeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss at all the plagues thereof.

The parable seems to impart the same message of God’s Elect being called out and separated and given to understand true doctrine.  Then that very word puffs us up and then in turn is used

to show us our own innate wickedness which brings us low and ushers in salvation.  But that is not a ten second sinner’s prayer, it is a painful process of judgment, suffering and affliction that we must endure to enter into the Kingdom of God.

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.

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.

 Verses 3 and 4 show the pattern of what we all do with knowledge when we are first given our ears to ear and eyes to see.

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

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

This prophecy like all Scripture is first and foremost to be applied inwardly and what God is doing and showing us in His kingdom which kingdom is within us (Luke 17:21).  We won’t be exalted and used of the Lord until we are first humbled but first comes the budding of our pride.

Mat 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

Pro 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

This is exactly what we do when we are still in ‘Mystery Babylon’, the harlot of harlots, even though we have been long gone from the orthodox churches.  We are exalted and in need of nothing.

Rev 18:7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.

Jer 49:4 Wherefore gloriest thou in the valleys, thy flowing valley, O backsliding daughter? That  trusted in her treasures, saying, Who shall come unto me?

Isaiah 14 comes quickly to mind here when reading Oba 1:3-4.  Those words are written to Israel and include a proverb about the King of Babylon who is you and me before we are humbled.

 Isa 14:1 For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob.

The mercy the Lord will bring to us in due time are the trials.  But in the meantime, we run off puffed up on knowledge and the pride that is in our carnal DNA.

Isa 14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

Isa 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

Isa 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

The clefts of the rock are places where we dwell and this is the refuge that is found on the mountain tops.  We sit there in our self-righteousness until the Lord brings His righteous judgments against the proud tree we all first become.  Reminds me of what happened to another king of Babylon.

Dan 4:13 I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven;

Dan 4:14 He cried aloud, and said thus, Hew down the tree, and cut off his branches, shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit: let the beasts get away from under it, and the fowls from his branches:

Being exalted as an eagle here is a negative application of that word. Eagles sit high up on the cliffs and rule the skies and are ravenous eaters consuming lots of meat.  The negative spiritual application of this is we get puffed up with knowledge before we are proven with trials and the result is pride will blossom.

Rev 6:15  And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains

But we cannot hide when our day of the Lord comes, the Word will search us out.

Eze 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.

Eze 7:10  Behold the day, behold, it is come: the morning is gone forth; the rod hath blossomed, pride hath budded.

We are first found by the Lord and brought into the marvelous Truth and born on the wings of Christ.  A great example of this is Deut 32.

Deu 32:9 For the LORD’S portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.

Deu 32:10 He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.

Deu 32:11 As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:

Deu 32:12 So the LORD alone did lead him, and there was no strange god with him.

But here is what we all will do before we are tried with the fire. We get fat!

Deu 32:13 He made him ride on the high places of the earth, that he might eat the increase of the fields; and he made him to suck honey out of the rock, and oil out of the flinty rock;

Deu 32:14 Butter of kine, and milk of sheep, with fat of lambs, and rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats, with the fat of kidneys of wheat; and thou didst drink the pure blood of the grape.

Deu 32:15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick,  thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.

Deu 32:16 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.

Deu 32:17 They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.

Deu 32:18 Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.

Deu 32:22 For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.

Sitting back reading Scriptures, gaining knowledge not coming to the Body and having fervent fellowship, is a trademark of a self-exalted ‘eagle’.  It brings these Scriptures to mind.

Joh 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

Joh 5:40 And ye will not come to me (MY BODY), that ye might have life.

The key takeaway of this lesson is the often repeated lesson in Scripture is that we must do the Word not just hear it.  This can only be done in the Body, serving Christ.

Jas 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

Luk 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

Faith along with knowledge does not save us. This faith must lead to works and that is how we are being justified in due time.

Jas 2:21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?

Jas 2:22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?

Jas 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed

Jas 2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

Jas 2:25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?

Jas 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

This is a necessary and painful process for us to be so humbled.  The day of the Lord will not come to our heavens until this is lived out.  These words are also is, was and will be!

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

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

Here is an Old Testament witness to the same event of us as God’s Elect handling the Word of God deceitfully and then being destroyed by the brightness of the Lord’s coming within.  We won’t be able to hide in the cleft of the rock forever.

Eze 28:13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

Eze 28:14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

Eze 28:15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

Eze 28:16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

Eze 28:17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

Eze 28:18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

Eze 28:19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.

Also See Ezekiel 16:8-17

We all must be humbled in our day of judgment. The pride of man will be cut down after we get puffed up with knowledge. We hide and deceive ourselves in the clefts of the rocks on the mountains of flesh (EDOM and ESAU). When thinking we have arrived and are no longer in need of repentance.  Those high places must be brought low by the Lord.

Eze 6:3 And say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD; Thus saith the Lord GOD to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys; Behold, I, even I, will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy your high places.

Mic 3:12  Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.

And here is a new testament witness to the judgment when we get puffed up on knowledge but do not practice pure and undefiled religion before God.

 Luk 12:47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

Until we come to see ourselves for what we truly are and recognize we are sinning machines (without Christ), we ARE remaining self-exalted in our puffed up knowledge. We should always have the attitude Paul expressed.

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

Mar 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

We must be diligent to constantly examine ourselves and our walk to see if we are in the faith.

Oba 1:5 If thieves came to thee, if robbers by night, (how art thou cut off!) would they not have stolen till they had enough? if the grapegatherers came to thee, would they not leave some grapes?

The Lord wants it all.  We have been redeemed with a price and when He comes to us He is not going to leave anything unturned.  It is all going to be plundered as we are made anew.

1Th 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

1Th 5:3 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.

The thief comes in the night, a time of spiritual darkness when we are not aware of our marred abominable condition even after having knowledge.

Rev 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.

The question about thieves leaving something behind and the ‘grapegatherers’ leaving some grapes on the vine are rhetorical questions and the answer is clearly NO. They will take it all as Esau will be laid bare.

When Christ comes to clean His house (His Temple, which temple we are) He leaves no stone unturned.

Luk 21:5 And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said,

Luk 21:6  As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

Isa 24:3 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word.

Num 31:11 And they (Israel) took all the spoil, and all the prey, both of men and of beasts.

Being puffed up, the reward we receive shall be paid back double upon our own head.

Jer 51:53 Though Babylon should mount up to heaven, and though she should fortify the height of her strength, yet from me shall spoilers come unto her, saith the LORD.

Jer 51:54 A sound of a cry cometh from Babylon, and great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans:

Jer 51:55 Because the LORD hath spoiled Babylon, and destroyed out of her the great voice; when her waves do roar like great waters, a noise of their voice is uttered:

‘The Christ’ is the thief and the robbers that spoil the land and this is, was and will be bringing deliverance to those on Mt. Esau as we will see at the end of the book.

The words of fire spoken accomplish their purposes in our day of the Lord and that day of judgment is now for God’s Elect.

Jer 51:20 Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms;

Jer 51:21 And with thee will I break in pieces the horse and his rider; and with thee will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider;

Jer 51:22 With thee also will I break in pieces man and woman; and with thee will I break in pieces old and young; and with thee will I break in pieces the young man and the maid;

Jer 51:23 I will also break in pieces with thee the shepherd and his flock; and with thee will I break in pieces the husbandman and his yoke of oxen; and with thee will I break in pieces captains and rulers.

It is Christ (i.e. His Body) speaking the Words of fire that break the rock and is the method by which the Lord replaces our heart of stone with a heart of flesh.

Jer 23:29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

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

Oba 1:6 How are the things of Esau searched out! how are his hidden things sought up!

The flesh will be thoroughly searched out and all things that oppose Christ will be laid bare and nothing shall be spared.  Jeremiah 49 gives us multiple witnesses and here are just three that

speak to the completeness of God’s Word, the four winds of heaven completing their work within us all in our day of the Lord.

Jer 49:10  But I have made Esau bare, I have uncovered his secret places, and he shall not be able to hide himself: his seed is spoiled, and his brethren, and his neighbours, and he is not.

Jer 49:13  For I have sworn by myself, saith the LORD, that Bozrah (a sheepfold) shall become a desolation, a reproach, a waste, and a curse; and all the cities thereof shall be perpetual wastes.

God is calling light out of the darkness that He created first. First comes the darkness then comes the light and that all in the appointed times and due seasons.

Gen 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Peter tells us who we are as God’s Elect, the redeemed people of God who have been called out of darkness into the marvelous ‘Light’ that is Christ.

1Pe 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

1Pe 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

It is the light of Christ that will bring the knowledge of God thru the Body and which SANCTIFIES US in the appointed time.

2Co 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

The battle against Edom (Esau) is relentless. Nothing will be missed.  All the hidden things shall be found by the light of the WORD.

Luk 8:17 (NKJV) For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.

The day of the Lord is when these things happen to us.  That day is in this age if we are God’s Elect and is a day no man knows but the Father. The light of ‘The Christ’ will bring the judgment

to us first. We are the first to experience death of our old man and carnal lusts thru this process. Our idols will become a booty or spoil to ‘the Christ’ who will come in the spiritual darkness of night.

Zep 1:12 And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and do good, neither will he do evil.

Zep 1:13 Therefore their goods shall become a booty, and their houses a desolation: they shall also build houses, but not inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, but not drink the wine thereof.

Here we see our role as the lights bringing judgment thru the words of fire we speak.

 Oba 1:18  And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the LORD hath spoken it.

This bringing judgment comes thru the Words of Christ which we speak and hear. He is the Light of this world that searches these things out.  Yet His Christ is also the light of the world and the very instruments the Lord uses to bring judgment to the inward and outward nations.

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

Mat 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

We should be doing this in down payment form now, speaking the words that shall judge us in the ‘last days’.

Mat 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

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

1Co 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

When the time is right the righteous judgment of God will shine the light of the WORD onto the hidden things of darkness in each of our hearts.

1Co 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

If we are God’s Elect, we are doing this today within the Body, this is our period of “on the job Training” preparing us for the greater roles we shall have if we are so blessed to be in that blessed and first Holy Resurrection.  There is no greater honor a man could strive to attain to than to be in the blessed and first holy resurrection which means we will have his mind and express image. We as the Elect get this unfathomable reward first, so we can, in turn, be used of the Lord to give it to others.  What a blessing.

We see in this study that God’s Elect are far from infallible (Pro 24:16). By being humbled and given the mercy of fiery trials, we are being prepared of God to bring mercy to others.

Rom 11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:

Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

Thank you for joining us for this study.    See you next week for Part 2 Lord willing!