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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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Deliverance From Unbelief

unbelief 99Taking on the mind of Christ requires us to go thru many tribulations to purge out the innate habit and patterns of being carnal in a marred vessel of clay. This is the process of how, in the appointed times of the Lord, each man ever born will be remade into the new man.

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.

Those that walk in faith, stand on the Scriptures which are the word of God, knowing that they alone are life and are the comfort for God’s Elect.

Rom 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

The Scriptures are all words of Spirit that are spiritual life to those who can hear them with (God given) ears to hear and eyes to see.  To the carnal mind, the words of Scripture are always applied outwardly and taken as a history lesson to learn from versus the living words that we must in our appointed times live out.

Luk 4:4  And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

Psa 139:16 but with your own eyes you saw my body being formed. Even before I was born, you had written in your book everything I would do. (CEV)

True bread from heaven is the word of God but that bread in its entirety is every word of God.  We shall live by all of them in due time.  That includes living out those words and the righteous judgments of God against us.  It is His Word that shall judge us in “the last day” ordained for each us, the day our carnal mind will begin to be destroyed and we will be given the mind of Christ.  We all first reject Christ before we are given to receive His word and when we do then our judgment will begin.

Joh 12:48  He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.

If we are so blessed and given mercy, we will have that experience right here and right now in this age.

1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: (THE ELECT) and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?  (They will be judged in the lake of fire in the ages to come)

The people of God are the only ones given to partake of communion with Christ.  This takes place by our fellowship with Christ and by sharing the one event that comes alike to all men (ECC 9:2) in due time which is living by every word.  This is the true ONE bread from heaven.

1Co 10:16  The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?

1Co 10:17  For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.

 Battling Lies, False Doctrines and Carnal Thoughts

As we grow in the faith, we still have much to learn, much to overcome and that includes being delivered of all the lies and false doctrines we first learn in Egypt (the world) and then Babylon (the harlot churches of men).  Like Mary Magdalene, we all must be delivered of seven (the perfect number) of demons that ensnare us in bondage.  That actual number is unfathomable to us, we have no idea how deceived we are and what strong delusion means when we are the blind one spiritually.  But here is a number we are given on just how prevalent are the lies and false doctrines of the carnal mind.  This is how many horseman we battle in our spiritual warfare.

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

But make no mistake the process of learning the truth and growing in the true faith requires us to be in the house of God (the Body of Christ) but also for us to live thru many prophecies of getting evil spirits cast out of our spiritual houses.   So I hope this post inspires some of you and helps you understand the battle in our heavens and that we war not with flesh and blood.

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 (i.e. LIES) in high places (heaven).

So this is the battleground and where war in heaven takes place.  Our carnal mind is purposefully set at enmity with the things of God and must be destroyed for Christ to grow in us and our old man to decrease.  We need deliverance and that only comes from Zion (the Body) who speak the words of fire that destroy the old man Esau within all of us.  This prophecy is both today and is yet future as the word of God, IS, WAS and WILL BE.

Oba 1:21  And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD’S.

…. and remember where the kingdom of God is and where all this takes place.

Luk 17:20  And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:  (you don’t see it with your physical senses)

Luk 17:21  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Spirits Are Doctrines

Spirits are doctrines, they are lies, untruths that make their way into our inner heaven and earth and greatly influence our walk with the Lord.  These are what must be cast out of us for true deliverance to come.

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

Lies and false doctrines are the plagues of the Egypt (the world) and will keep us in spiritual darkness and separated from the light of this life which is Christ, the Lord and His Body.  If we ever needed a reminder on why obedience is so important (not to avoid eternal punishment) here are some good verses that we should never forget.

Exo 15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases (false doctrines, lying spirits) upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.

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 (LIES), and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. (false doctrines that fly in our heavens and deceive us)
Rev 18:3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
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. (Babylon’s false doctrines)

And we all first are sick and need a physician but even then we will think are not in need or repentance and turning away from the world and the harlot churches of men.  At this point in our walk, Christ has not yet appeared to us as He only comes to those who know they need repentance, not the 99 who don’t need it.  Christ comes and appears only to those He has shown are in dire need of a spiritual physician.

Luk 5:31  And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.

Luk 5:32  I came not to call the (self) righteous (i.e the 99), but sinners to repentance.

We all will drink of these lies (wine) and commit fornication, mixing the things of God with the things of the world.  So God’s people don’t go accusing those the Lord Himself has ensnared in Babylon to spend their appointed time waiting for their yet future judgment.

Jer 29:4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon;

In due time, the Lord will bring us out but it has nothing to do with our free will.

Jer 29:10  For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.

Jer 29:11  For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Babylonian Deliverance Ministries

I got involved in the deceptive ministry of casting out evil spirits in the outward spoken name of Jesus for several years in my past strong delusion.  I for sure thought I was doing right and serving God. I would have sworn there were actual deliverance’s, outward miracles happening before my very eyes. But that is exactly what they were because these too are words we must all live by every one in due time.

Mat 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

Rev 13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,
Rev 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

Those that dwell on the earth certainly applies outwardly in the physical and includes all men, but it also means those that are yet carnal.  Unless and until we are seated in the heavens with Christ we are dwelling on the earth and cannot receive the things of the Spirit.

Eph 2:6  And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heaven in Christ Jesus (in the Body of Christ)

Rev 11:12  And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; (of witnesses, i.e. The Body) and their enemies beheld them.

But as it turned out, it had simply not been given to me yet to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God.  Until that times comes, none of us will have a clue despite what we or others may think or say about ourselves.  The ability to hear and understand the WORD is indeed a gift that comes with our measure of faith.

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

Mat 13:10  And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?

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

Mat 13:12  For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.

Mat 13:13  Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.

Mat 13:14  And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:

And as has been said many times, the Lord is not now calling the entire world and revealing Himself to them. He is revealing Himself only to the chosen few, which is fewer than we can possibly imagine at first.

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

In the Name of Jesus

When I was involved in this outward carnal deception,  it was very important to follow a bunch of rules and memorize certain techniques to be succesful and cast the demons out.  One very important method was to always start by saying “in the name of Jesus”….  In the name of Jesus which is how we are to pray does not mean simply speaking outwardly in the physical.   When we are in Babylon, we believe that merely saying “in the name of Jesus” is the requirement and magical words like abracadabra that has our “other jesus in a genie bottle” to answer our prayers or requests.  Like all Scripture, all the words are Spirit and they are spiritual life.  Doing things like praying and casting out demons are to be done in the name of Jesus, but that means with the true doctrines and us living thru the righteous judgment of God against our carnal mind.  This is the fire that sanctifies us which is the will of God.  This is how the house of the Lord is cleansed in the appointed times.  And this is a wonderful promise when are given to know the truth and given the faith and the grace to obey the Lord.

Joh 14:14 If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

of course the very next verse adds an important aspect of doing things “in my name”.

Joh 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Doing things in the name of Jesus is being a doer of the word!  Lest we missed it, this message has many witnesses and here is another one that thru the sum of thy word tell us what praying and fasting is speaking about.

1Jn 3:22  And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

Doing this, obeying Him, is asking in His name and becoming a doer of the word.  It is living and abiding in the truth and working out our salvation with fear and trembling, know the Lord really is the Lord of heaven and the earth.

To be a doer of the word we must be given the faith and ability to take captive the lies, carnal thoughts and false beliefs that oppose themselves against the truth.  This really is UNBELIEF that must be overcome.  We must be given faith to believe the Scriptures, ALL OF THEM, and taught to apply the SUM OF GODs word as the truth, not some of it.

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;)

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;

At first and for a very long time, we will mix the word of God up with the philosophies and traditions of the world, and consider ourselves spiritual and calling such beliefs godly wisdom.  But there can be no mixture as just a little leaven, leavens the whole loaf of bread and perverts the truth into lies.   But this is really a sign of our immaturity and a lack of faith that we must be given to grow beyond.  Until we are given to do this by the Lord, we will not progress and will be a victim as Paul writes here.

Col 2:8  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. (His word, the pure doctrines, His Body)

There is absolutely NO LIE in the truth.  So even a little worldly logic mixed with the ways of the Lord is a lie and that takes time for us to grow and to really appreciate that if we are one of God’s Elect.

1Jn 2:21  I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

Learning not to even think above what is written, is what is required of us to dispel the bad habits of applying worldly logic to our life and situations.

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.

It takes faith to walk by the Scriptures and not to lean on our carnal reasonings.  This can only be given to us by the Lord and then it is thru the subsequent trials that our faith is tried and grows and little by little the false beliefs and trusting in the world’s ways is purged from the kingdom of God within our heavens and earth.

Idols of Our Hearts

The way the Lord keeps us in bondage and blind to the truth is thru the lying signs and wonders mentioned above.  This is accomplished in us thru the use of idols of our heart that we all have and are used (given) us by God to accomplish His work in us as the Master Potter.  When I was involved in the lies of speaking to demon spirits and casting them out of people in the name of Jesus said outwardly, I was simply turned over to the idols of my own heart.  The Lord does this to all of us and for some it might be deliverance ministries, for others, tongue speaking, still others are turned into holy rollers and fault finders that go around accusing everyone of sin.  All of this is the Lord’s work in us and it is simply fulfilling these verses and keeping us in outer darkness awaiting our time of judgment.

Eze 14:1  Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me.

Eze 14:2  And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Eze 14:3  Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them?

Eze 14:4  Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;

Eze 14:5  That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.

Notice it is “all” who are estranged.  There is indeed none that does good, no one not even one…. despite what those that want to argue flesh and blood was made perfect from the start and believe the lie of the fall of mankind and will continue to argue that man in the marred vessel of clay is not a  virtual sinning machine in their self-righteous delusion.

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

1Co 15:42  So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption (not perfection); it is raised in incorruption:

1Co 15:43  It is sown in dishonour (not good) ; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:

1Co 15:44  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

No man is exempt for being estranged from God thru their idols.  And yes in the end it will be that ALL ISRAEL that shall be saved and all men (mankind) will indeed live by every word God has spoken.  This only awaits the timing ordained of the Lord who has declared the end from the very beginning.  Here is some good news in the end.  It won’t seem that way to those still bound to Babylon doctrines, but the Lord will eventually destroy that false prophet that all of us must first be.

Eze 14:9 And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I the LORD have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.

You see this is the first part of our witness for Christ.  We are all first a false prophet being carnal, speaking lies and ultimately the beast within us all will rise up and destroy that witness.

Rev 11:7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.
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.

But is does not end there.  If we are Christ, members of His Body, of the chosen few, there will be a resurrection in this age. And this is when our faith, the real kind given to us by God, will begin to be tested with fiery trials.

Rev 11:11 And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.
Rev 11:12 And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.

I like all men will suffer periods of unbelief and will revert back to relying on my carnal minds, leaning on my own understanding and this is a recipe for disaster and falling off the narrow path that God’s Elect will learn in due time to walk.

Pro 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. (i.e our carnal mind and thoughts and the wisdom of this world we all first learn)

Pro 3:6  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Anyone believing even a little bit that man has any free will and is “a free moral agent” is leaning on their OWN UNDERSTANDING and acting in UNBELIEF, totally outside of the faith OF (not in) Jesus Christ.  Here is a link to a  a few of my articles which are chock full of Scriptures (not human reasoning) and that show those with eyes to see the truth.

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A Lord that is hoping and depending upon any man to do something by making a free moral agency decision, is indeed a false God and another jesus we are warned about.

2Co 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
2Co 11:4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

And here is the truth of the Lord of heaven and the earth.  Amazing how dismissive the carnal minds can be to clear Scripture such as this.  Our very being is in Christ, the good the bad and the ugly.  The first man of sin and the second man born from above.  He is indeed the POTTER and we the clay but few really believe or even know what that truly means.

Act 17:25 Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
Act 17:26 And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
Act 17:27 That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
Act 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; (HE IS THE POTTER)  as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

THIS WAR OF DOCTRINES/ THOUGHTS BRINGS SALVATION

When we are given eyes to see and ears to hear, then this war in our heaven begins.  This is when the angels of the Lord, His Elect, all speaking the words of fire make war in our mind.  This is how the lies are cast out of us and the dragon who is our father the devil of the carnal mind.  And as we are shown, now is come salvation when this accuser, the one who accuses everyone under the delusion of free will is cast out of our thought life.  This is how and when we enter into the true Sabbath rest that is Christ.

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

Rev 12:8  And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

Rev 12:9  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels (lying spirits/demons) were cast out with him.

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

And this is how we move on to maturity and finish the race and overcome the dragon and the pulls of the flesh and the carnal mind.  It is an ongoing process that takes abiding in the fire that is His word which is found in the Body of Christ, in communion and fellowship with “Christ” who is the Elect.  It is this dying daily and suffering that has been appointed for God’s Elect that is how we overcome.

Rev 12:11  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Let me end this post with a rendering of a well known story from Mark 9 about a demon that is cast out by Christ.  These are most definitely words of Scripture every man will live by.  I hope it ties together this post and will help your unbelief which we all need help many times in order to overcome and endure to the end, doing battle in the heavens.

Mar 9:14 And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them.

Mar 9:15 And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him.

Mar 9:16 And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them?

Mar 9:17  And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;

Being dumb and deaf means we are spiritually incapable of speaking or hearing God’s truths.  Being blind and all those stories refer to our physical blindness and believing the lies of Babylon and having all of them blot out the true light and true doctrines that is Christ.  Only Christ coming to us and speaking His word will remove any of those spiritual illnesses.

When we are a babe in Christ (my son) we are still carnal and have dumb, deaf and blind spirits that need to be cast out of us and this requires the process that brings salvation and abiding in the fire of His word.

Mar 9:18  And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.

All the disciples were still not converted, and they themselves were blind, deaf and dumb to the mysteries of the kingdom of God.  They did not understand at that time which is clearly shown us in the Scriptures.

Luk 18:34  And they understood none of these things: and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things which were spoken.

So they could not cast out this dumb spirit from this young man (aka babe in Christ).  Spiritually speaking, neither can we until we ourselves are converted and matured in the faith.

Mar 9:19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.

We don’t have real faith at this point in our walk pre conversion.  We still hold to the lies like free will and we need the intervention of Christ to help us believe and grow in the true faith.

Mar 9:20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.

We know this spirit was one of a lunatic or what would be considered a mental illness.  But spiritually speaking this is referring to the spiritual illnesses we all have when we first come out of the harlot churches of men. These lies that we believe in our heavens, tear us spiritually, they keep us on the earth wallowing around in the ways of the world and unable to speak the truth and feed the sheep and lambs of God.

Mar 9:21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.

Mar 9:22 And oft times it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.

The lies and false doctrines all to some extent use the word of God deceitfully (fire and water) to destroy the new man in us and keep us from moving on and growing in the faith.  These are the lying signs and wonders that deceive us and keep our old man and beast nature solidly sitting on God’s throne in the temple of God in our heart which is where the kingdom of God is.  But when we come into the presence of the real Christ and hear the real word, the true doctrines, the demon is fixing to get cast out of the temple of God which temple we are.  If only we could believe the Scriptures and have the faith that is given to us.

Mar 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

Mar 9:24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

All of us must have our unbelief helped.  It takes many tribulations and trials for us to come to trust the Scriptures and not follow the physical senses and the logic of a dark and deceived world.  We have to fall down and get back up many times to learn or should I say unlearn these lies before they will leave us never to return.

Mar 9:25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.

Mar 9:26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.

The old man must die.  The beast within must be destroyed.  And this is accomplished in us and in the kingdom of God within, when we hear the words and true doctrines of Christ.  This is the “last” days of our carnal age and begins the process of judgment that will deliver us of all such lies.

Mar 9:27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.

And once healed, Christ (His Body) must pick us up and this is how we are resurrected in down payment form today from the spiritual dead and separated from the world and those not in the true faith.

Mar 9:28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?

The disciples later in the house of God asked the Lord why they could not cast out this demon.   The answer is very telling and requires its own study to explain in full.

Mar 9:29And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.

Some evil spirits will come out easily and some will take time, a process.  That is what Jesus was telling us in this parable story.  The lie of eternal torment for example can easily come out if one is prepared with ears to hear and shown by an angel of the Lord the hundreds of Scriptures that show this.  Yet some aspect of UNBELIEF take longer to get cleansed from our heavens.  The deep rooted lies of Babylon and carnal logic is ingrained into the deepest part of our heart and minds.  It takes time for the light that is the word of God to shine into all the areas of darkness  It is a process of God remaking us all, He is the creator of the darkness and the light and in that order.

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

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.

That is why we must pray fervently and fast.  Praying means much more than outward prayer, it really comes down to being a doer of the word, and like our Father always be working.  Christ taught us to pray, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, ON EARTH (our body, our walk)  as it is already in HEAVEN (our minds).  It is one thing to know the truth, it is quite another to actually DO IT.

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

Mat 6:10  Thy kingdom come (within us). Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

True fasting has nothing to do with denying physical food to our bodies.  That is just another form of outward self-righteousness that the Lord uses and makes into idols of the hearts of some people.  True fasting has to do with resisting evil and abstaining from the pulls and engagement in the affairs of this world and its lusts and being sure to eat unleavened spiritual bread, abstaining from the lies of the great whore.  Some good studies on those topics are posted here for those so led.

http://tryingthespirits.com/2014-02/what-is-fasting/

http://tryingthespirits.com/2014-04/prayer-and-fasting/

It is thru TRUE prayer and fasting; that  our unbelief is helped and the demons come out of us and the temple of God within is filled with the light of Christ.  This is the war that rages in heaven that begins when the new man is given birth within us which comes in the appointed times known only to God.   This is the process of how we are sanctified and how are faith will grown thereby with time and we will mature thru many trials and many stumbling’s.

Do Not Compare

We must to remember not to compare ourselves or look down upon others who have more or less faith than we do.  We all are exactly where we are supposed to be, being mere clay in the Potter’s hands.  Faith is a gift from God that no man can boast.

Rom 12:3  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.    (It’s all a gift)

When we criticize others, that is UNBELIEF, we are denying the sovereignty of God in all things and we best get beyond that and learn to take those lying thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ.  There is nothing any man has received that was not given to them by God.

2Co 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.
2Co 10:13 But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.

Doing such things is very unwise and is not of faith and is us being yet carnal, warring after the flesh.  Of course we all will do it, we have to do it wrong and disobey the Lord in order to learn righteousness the hard way, by going thru judgment.  I have battled this carnal habit of comparing myself and measuring myself with others and it has been a raging war within.  But thankfully thru the fiery trials the Lord has sent my way, I am getting the victory.  Christ is increasing and the old man Pete is decreasing and in that I rejoice.  If we stumble, and we will at times and for seasons, we need to get right back up.  This is the battle, this is the process of how we move on to maturity and it is worth repeating it here again.

2Co 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

Getting rid of the evil spirits is a process of deliverance that is necessary to clear our temples of the lies and false doctrines that keep us in bondage to our lusts and from growing in the faith.  The lies cannot abide when the light that is Christ and His doctrines shines upon it.  The demons always leave and this is how we progress and move on to maturity.

I hope this post that covered several deeper topics has given a few of you some things to chew on.  If you have questions or sincere comments, please make them here or email me privately at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.

Your Brother in Christ,   PETE WILSON

Here is a link to a comprehensive study on waging spiritual warfare that is highly recommended.

http://tryingthespirits.com/study_notes/Waging_Spiritual_Warfare.pdf

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Fighting the Good Fight of Faith

Salvation through the narrow way is a difficult journey.  It is a calling given to a chosen few by God to accomplish His purposes upon this earth.  It is a fight against darkness.  The righteous shall walk and live by faith in all that God has done and has promised.  I want to share some thoughts on this fight and the weapons of our warfare.  I pray it blesses those who have eyes to see.

1 TIM 6:11-12 But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called

It is the power of the Cross of Christ that saves all men.  All shall be made alive in the end by this spiritual gift and blessing of an Almighty Good God. But those God chooses now must fight using the weapons God provides to lay hold of the eternal life right now.  This is the place of the true Sabbath rest when we cease from our own works and only do what our Master tell us to do.  His yoke is indeed easy and His burden is light.  This is because of His awesome power working through those He has ordained to eternal life right now.

Carnal man believes the power is in their ability and their decision to choose Christ on their own initiative.  But they can truly doing nothing on their own initiative.  Recent posts have shown in scores of places that man does not come to God and that it is all grace, the power of God that draws men to Jesus Christ.  Slaves of sin do not decide to free themselves as indeed they are slaves and held in bonds they cannot break.  All is in the hands of the Master Potter.  Pieces of clay cannot decide for themselves.  We all are God’s workmanship, even those that do not know Him yet (ISA 45:5).  Even Jesus could do nothing on His own initiative.  He was in the hands of His Father, who is also our Father in heaven.

John 5:30  I can of Myself do nothing

Nothing is not a complicated word.  It means nothing, nada, zip.  Pontius Pilate saw only through the prism of carnal logic and actually believed he was in control when speaking to Jesus.  Jesus corrected this man who lived in spiritual darkness.

John 19:10-11 Then Pilate said to Him, “Are You not speaking to me? Do you not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?”

11 Jesus answered, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above.

All things happen for a reason and the purposes of God.  He indeed is working all things out for the greater good of those who love Him. Eventually that will include all men and creatures that Jesus created.  But to see this and believe this now is power.  Moses came to see and to know that the very Lord who created him was the one who makes the mouths of each man speak.

Exodus 4:11  So the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord?

But carnal men cannot comprehend these things.  Such will always limit the power of God.

When freed of our bondage to sin by the mercy of the Lord’s choosing, we will instinctively, be bearing our new hearts from God and witnessing for Jesus Christ.  This is what Pete is now finally doing having been delivered from the kingdom of darkness.  I have been enlisted in God’s army and have become a true Soldier of the Cross.

2 TIM 2:3 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

Such soldiers will be given the armor and weapons of the Lord do to battle.

The purposes of the soldiers are to defend the true gospel and to take its life giving power to overcome darkness to the ends of this earth.  When the Lord is truly leading a man, such a man has a confidence and a boldness that defies the carnal mind’s understanding.  This can typically be looked upon as arrogance but it is not, it is simply boldness, knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus Christ has come, is risen and has already saved the entire world.  Praise God Forevermore.

1 COR 1:17 For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel–not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

The power is in the cross.  The power of faith and salvation is all in the blood of Jesus Christ, given to all men.  But so few believe this in actuality; even those that claim the name of God.  Many false gospels of self-will, self-righteousness and an eternal hell,  all have one thing in common.  They all empty the cross of its power and by default deny Jesus is the Christ.

Many profess to be soldiers for the cross but they actually work against the purposes of God and point away from the cross and its absolute POWER to save all men.  They are mere stooges in the Potter’s hands and their folly will be shown for what it is in due time.  Their works shall all be burnt up yet they themselves shall be saved but as thru fire.  Those given eyes to see by God can spot such a mile away.  But the good things is we also can spot the real deal, the true soldiers of the cross and this is who we long to fellowship with.

Phil 3 Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. 18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things.

Virtually all those that I had interacted with for the past several years were all of a like mind that denies the power of the cross.  We did not do such a thing literally with our carnal words, but we most certainly did with the underlying beliefs that brought Christ down and exalted man in the plan of salvation.  The pretenders are bringing glory to themselves and stealing from God.  Their end will be destruction, which we now know is not an eternal hell but a fire that will consume the adversaries of God resulting in their ultimate sanctification.  In that we will trust and will rejoice always.

The Armor of God

Ephesians 6Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Very few people have on all the pieces of this armor.  But to truly be a warrior for God,  we must have them all on or we can readily be defeated and overcome.  What does this armor of God really mean?  Most think this just an intellectual ascent that Jesus is the Lord, but it truly is much more than that.  I want to review in my own words of how I have come to see the weapons of the Lord given to all who believe in Him and ALL of God’s promises.

 1.  Breastplate of Righteousness:  Quite simply this is LOVE AND MERCY in your heart for all men.  This is the peaceable fruit of righteousness.  Knowing that God is love, a true agape sacrificial love and it is only by that love we exists,  then we will want to be like our Father.

Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness

2. Sandals of Peace:  Our walk is to bring peace to people, to show them the goodness of God and the glory of God’s plan for mankind.  He truly is the Prince of Peace not a cruel monster that torments people forever in a hell chamber.  We pursue peace with all men with this good news message, knowing that without this as our driving life force, no man shall see the Lord (Heb 12:14) in this present evil age.

and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace

3.  Shield of Faith:  This is simply put; standing on the ROCK that is Christ and His precious promises and covenants.  This is the only way one will achieve the divine nature of Christ.  Yet God is faithful even when mankind is not.  When you truly come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Savior of the whole world, then and only then are you carrying this shield.  You will then be fearless knowing all is settled in heaven.

Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the     wicked one.

4. Helmet of Salvation:  This is putting on the mind of Christ.  God will be speaking to His people.  His sheep really do hear His voice and they follow Him.  We will do nothing on our own initiative but will follow where the Lord shall lead us.  This is this helmet given now to the chosen few.

And take the helmet of salvation

5.  Sword of the Spirit:  It is the living word of Christ formed inside of our hearts that is this sword.  It is not the dead letter pages of the Bible by itself.  But when Christ appears to us, we are made alive and given new hearts and are sent to preach this gospel in all boldness.  This is the sword of the Spirit.  The words of Jesus are life and when spoken out, will not return void, they will accomplish their purposes.  This sword will destroy all false pretenses and the devil will flee from it.

And the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God

Much more could be said but I wanted to just provide the cliff notes of my new understanding.  God is doing a great work in many of us right now.  In that I praise Him and in that I rejoice.  We all need to edify one another and encourage each other just as we have been doing of late.  This world is going to create battles and obstacles for each of us to continue on our military mission for Christ.  We must stay the course.  We cannot and will not get the victory with a carnal mind using carnal logic.  It says so right here.

2 COR 10:4  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,  5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ

We must walk by faith and trust in the supernatural power of God to give us what we need in the time that we need it.  That is grace, the power of God working through His saints.  In my short journey I have found this to be so very true.  All these false pretenses that come into my mind or are used by carnal men to attack the truth, are utterly destroyed when we walk wearing this armor that only God can give to us.

2 TIM 2:4   No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.

Once enlisted by the Lord, we should never get ourselves entangled back in the things of this world.  Many will come to try our faith and bring strife, dissensions and the like to bring our dead flesh back to life to defend itself or its honor.  But a dead man, now enlisted in God’s army will stay dead; they have been crucified with Christ.  The life they are now living is not for themselves but for the one who has called them and is mighty to save all men.  This is the Lord.

Paul likened this walk to a good fight and a marathon race.  We will be poked at, hated, rejected, scourged, accused and all manner of evil spoken of us, yet we must persevere to the very end.  Knowing that all men shall be saved in the very end, I can now preach this good news gospel.  It is through sharing God’s goodness and demonstrating that in our deeds that we will turn the hearts of the broken lost sheep back to the true loving God who always delights in showing them mercy.  Such a walk submitted unto the Lord, is the good fight and one that will result in a special crown of righteousness in the ages to come for those who finish.  May I be found worthy!

2 TIM 4:6-8 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

I have loved the Lord’s revealing of Himself to me in my heart.  It will change your life and my prayer is that all that God has chosen in this generation will be strengthened and encouraged in the battles we will fight in the days to come.

Love to all the Saints.