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Habakkuk Part 2 – Why Do the Wicked Prosper?

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Why Do the Wicked Prosper?

Key Verses:  Hab 1:12 – 2:1

In part 1, Habakkuk complains to the Lord why he was having to live in an environment with evil and inequity.  This complaint is our complaint and applies primarily inwardly in the kingdom of God within us, but also outwardly in a world that lies in darkness which is waxing worse and worse (2Ti 3:13) as the time of the Lord’s outward second coming draws nearer.  The Lord answered Habakkuk’s “complaint” and made it clear that it was the Lord who was causing and sending forth the evil and inequity for His purposes.

Hab 1:5  Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.

Hab 1:6  For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwelling places that are not theirs.

That answer was a confirming witness to what is found scores of other places in the Bible but which the carnal mind and orthodox Christianity vehemently rejects to this day.

Lam 3:38 Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?

Amo 3:6  Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?

The Word of God is clear that the Lord is in orchestrating everything in existence and that includes even causing evil and causing us to err from His commandments (Isa 63:17).

1Co 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

Knowing the truth but unable to perform, is the torment we all must endure (Rev 14:10) by first being overcome by the beast before we are given to flip the script as Christ rises in our day of judgment.  It will take time for us to mature in our ability to bear the trials and die daily with the Lord, losing our old way of life to find the new one in Christ.  Flipping the script is our patience.

Rev 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

Now Habakkuk’s questions the Lord’s promise of salvation and why this evil seemingly runs unchallenged and ensnares all men in its nets.

Hab 1:12 Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God, mine Holy One? we shall not die. O LORD, thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty God, thou hast established them for correction. 

Hab 1:13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he? 

Hab 1:14 And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them? 

Hab 1:15 They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag: therefore, they rejoice and are glad. 

Hab 1:16 Therefore they sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto their drag; because by them their portion is fat, and their meat plenteous. 

Hab 1:17 Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to slay the nations? 

The essence of Habakkuk’s complaint, which is also our complaint in our immaturity; is why doesn’t the Lord just get it over with?  Why is this requiring a lengthy process of us seeing and enduring evil within ourselves and without?  The Scriptures tell us of the Lord’s character and what He hates; yet these very things are what comprises the evil experience we are now faced with living.  This time is needed to humble us so we can then be exalted and put into service.

1Pe 5:6  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:

Ecc 1:13 CLV I applied my heart to inquiring and exploring by wisdom concerning all that is done under the heavens, it is an experience of evil Elohim has given to the sons of humanity to humble them by it.

All of God’s people (His Elect), Habakkuk in type and shadow, ask these same four questions as we are maturing and being taught to eat the strong meat (trials and suffering) of the Word.  Our first question shows a mindset that does not understand the Lord’s plan for remaking all things.

Hab 1:12 Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God, mine Holy One? we shall not die. O LORD, thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty God, thou hast established them for correction. 

New spiritual life comes only through death (Joh 12:24, Mat 16:25).  The cost of saving our life is losing our life and that is a cost none of us is willing to pay which requires all men to be dragged to the real Jesus Christ (Joh 6:44).  Habakkuk does not want to suffer. Whose flesh does?  We see a better way that would have the Lord quickly disposing of these heathen nations that are causing all this evil.  Drinking this cup of wrath and enduring this time of tribulation is designed to build our faith and have us trust ONLY in the Lord.  We will come to know that only the Lord is pulling us through and that salvation is His Promise and work and is none of ourselves.

Mat 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Mat 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

The crux of this question is we don’t want to suffer and bear the affliction of carrying a cross and dying daily.  We do not see the need for our own further judgment and heavy trials even as we turn grace into lasciviousness.  We like Job, will be feeling righteous about ourselves and our knowledge and the good works we do; not knowing our taking any credit is the epitome of self-righteousness and makes them filthy rags to the Lord (Isa 64:6).  That’s why we must die.

Job 27:5 God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.
Job 27:6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.

We do not easily see ourselves as the antichrist and the chief of sinners, which is what we must come to see before we run to the mountains that are The Christ (Mat 24:15-16).  Such is the purpose of the devouring army sent to God’s own people.  We, like Job, see the wickedness out there but are not able to see it looking in the mirror.  A day comes when we will see it.

Job 21:30 That the wicked is reserved to the day of destruction? they shall be brought forth to the day of wrath.

Luk 21:20  And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh.

The Lord hates the man of the flesh and has ordained a time for every man where He would raise up the old man in order to show his power by the resulting destruction of that old man.

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

Rom 9:17 For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

We all must appear before the judgment seat of Christ in the times appointed.  We first think we have suffered enough and have no need of any more judgment.  We are so readily pointing out sin and evil in others not inspecting or examining our own walk primarily.

Rom 2:1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

Rom 2:2 But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.

Rom 2:3 And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

Like Habakkuk, we are learning an essential lesson of the process of being saved.  The Lord raises up evil from within our own spiritual house, to bring the occasion for judgment and the pouring out of the grace that chastens and ultimately saves us from our sins.

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

Psa 34:19 Many are the [“ra” – evils] afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

The Lord’s purpose was to bring life through death as each lump of clay goes through a transformation by the process of judgment (Rom 9:21).

Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, 

Rom 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

We experience both the vanity of being marred and by destruction (judgment) of our flesh we are delivered into the heavenly realm in Christ.  It is this hope of what is to come that is saving us (Rom 8:24).

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

1Co 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

When the wicked bear rule which is the situation Habakkuk and we find ourselves in when ensnared in bondage (captured by the Chaldean), we mourn.

Pro 29:2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

Here is Habakkuk’s second question to the Lord regarding the prosperity of the wicked.

Hab 1:13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he? 

Habakkuk questions show he still holds to a very Babylonish and carnal view of the Lord.  The Lord of the immature is the Lord who only is responsible for the good but not the bad and certainly not the evil.  God’s box of “all things” continually gets wider and deeper the more we abide in this fire within the house of God upon whom judgment is now fallen. Habakkuk’s box is now a small box that comes from an immature mindset.  The box and our understanding of the Lord will expand as we learn to engage in the warfare with our enemies.  This is how all men come to know the Lord and develop His mind.

Eze 7:4  And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense thy ways upon thee, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

Eze 7:5  Thus saith the Lord GOD; An evil, an only evil, behold, is come.

Eze 7:6  An end is come, the end is come: it watcheth for thee; behold, it is come.

We ask like Job and then move on to understand the mature response of the Psalmist.

Job 21:7 Wherefore do the wicked live, become old, yea, are mighty in power?

Psa 119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

There is a lot more warfare to be fought and overcoming to do than we imagine at first.  Like Habakkuk and Job, we do not understand the lesson David learned when confronted by a prophet of the Lord for our sins against the Israel of God and The Christ (Bathsheba).  As Nathan tells David, “we are the man of sin” (2Sam 12:7, 2The 2:4), thinking we are already righteous while still serving self and worshipping the beast.  It takes the enemies the Lord raises up (the sword of the Lord – Psa 17:13) to come devour us for us to see our need for further correction and learning.

Isa 26:10 Let grace be shown to the wicked, Yet he will not learn righteousness; In the land of uprightness he will deal unjustly, And will not behold the majesty of the LORD.

Isa 26:11 LORD, when Your hand is lifted up, they will not see. But they will see and be ashamed For their envy of people; Yes, the fire of Your enemies shall devour them.

Until we begin to see the need for chastening, we naturally seek to wrest judgment away and mourn over the triumph of the wicked.

Psa 94:3 LORD, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph?

Psa 94:4 How long shall they utter and speak hard things? and all the workers of iniquity boast themselves?

Job saw the sovereignty of the Lord a lot quicker than he saw his own wickedness not knowing he was nothing more than beast (Rev 13:11) in need of destruction.

Job 10:7 Thou knowest that I am not wicked; and there is none that can deliver out of thine hand.

Job 10:8 Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; yet thou dost destroy me.

As we learn the futility of our own strength and come to see that apart from the Lord we can do nothing, then we begin to stand in faith and learn patience trusting in the precious promises.  It is through this experience of evil, within and without, that we learn the truth and begin to judge righteously and no longer know any man after the flesh (2Co 5:16).

Mat 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Mat 5:45  That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 

The Lord’s process requires men to learn good and evil (Heb 5:13) by experience.  It is our sense of self-righteousness and immaturity that causes us to condemn and falsely accuse our maker of being evil.  Elihu, a type for the Elect of God, corrects Job’s misguided and carnal accusations against the Lord.

Job 34:12 Yea, surely God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert judgment.

Job 34:21 For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings.

Job 34:22 There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.

Habakkuk is learning what we all are learning as we abide.  That being all flesh and blood is corrupt and any righteousness we claim as our own is self-righteousness.  Without the Lord doing the work, there are none righteous.

Rom 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

We are learning faith by the trial of our faith (1Pe 1:7) as we patiently wait for the Lord to deliver on His promise and cut off the wicked within ourselves and without.

Pro 2:22 But the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors shall be rooted out of it.

Pro 10:30 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.

The Lord sends the wicked nations as His army to cut off the transgressors in His people.

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

Isa 10:5 O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.

We cannot see the good in the Lord putting us in captivity in our immaturity.  The Lord has promises to destroy the destroyers with the brightness of His coming yet the evil sent to us is being used to sharpen and shape us into a true man of faith.  Habakkuk’s then questions why the Lord has the entire world chasing after false gods and exercising seeming vanity in seeking the treasures and riches of the flesh.

Hab 1:14 And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them? 

Hab 1:15 They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag: therefore, they rejoice and are glad. 

Hab 1:16 Therefore they sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto their drag; because by them their portion is fat, and their meat plenteous. 

The sea symbolizes the flesh of mankind and its strong lusts and desires.  The fish that live in the sea are likened to the creeping things of the earth.  Both are carnal men who have the mind of their father, the devil who eats dust for food (Gen 3:14).

Joh 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

The Lord has made all mankind a beast (Ecc 3:18) who naturally do what beasts do that have no ruler over them.  The mantra of modern day Satanism “do what thou whilst” is what we all follow until our mind is being converted by the process of judgment and the many trials that brings us into (causes) obedience (Eze 36:27).

Joh 15:6  If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

These heathen armies that represent the world and its wicked ways, within and without, easily capture all carnally minded men in their traps and nets.  Such capture was ordained from the beginning, an integral part of our walk and learning the true grace of God.

2Pe 2:12  But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;

Job and all of God’s people are being caught by the net as it brings leaning on our own carnal understanding to an end.

Job 19:6  Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his net.

Job 19:7  Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard: I cry aloud, but there is no judgment.

Job 19:9  He hath stripped me of my glory, and taken the crown from my head.

Job 19:10  He hath destroyed me on every side, and I am gone: and mine hope hath he removed like a tree.

We all get hooked by carnal logic which keeps the beast alive and the man of sin sitting on God’s throne.  This is how we are first overcome when the Chaldeans overrun Jerusalem and the heathen world within and without ourselves rejoices albeit temporarily.

Rev 11:7  And when they [God’s two witnesses, the  Elect] 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 11:10  And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.

When the Lord comes, He brings fiery trials and we begin to live through the seven vials of wrath that is necessary to enter into the Temple (Rev 15:8).  Then we begin to enter into Christ and gaining dominion over the seas and all things that live in the sea (flesh and carnal mindedness), comes to us little by little as we mature.  This overcoming and putting our enemies under our feet is seen in John’s vision of the sea of glass.

Rev 15:1  And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.

Rev 15:2  And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

It is on the fifth day (chastening grace through faith) that dominion is being granted over the fish of the sea and fowls of the air as we move onto maturity.  But we, until we are shown the need for evil and experiencing disobedience, ask is not there a simpler way?

Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

The Lord is remaking us, His Christ into His own image and we will be given dominion over all His works including the sea and all the beasts of the field.

Psa 8:6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

Psa 8:7  All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

Psa 8:8  The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

This is the end goal; the will of God being made manifest (1The 4:3). Sin shall not have dominion over us and we, as the Lord’s kings and priests, are being given dominion now in down payment form (Rev 1:6).  Our experience in the Kingdom of God and living by every word requires we first go into Babylonian captivity and be snared in a virtual prison.  But the end will come and freedom is assured if we wait for the fullness of the Gentiles within us to come (Rom 11:25).

Mat 13:47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: 

Mat 13:48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.

The last question of Habakkuk completes his second complaint, all centered around the length of time it is taking the Lord to come rescue and save His people.

Hab 1:17 Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to slay the nations? 

Coming to our wits end and the complete destruction of the man of sin takes many tribulations and much inner torment while we abide in the Body of Christ (the holy angels).

Rev 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

These trials of our faith are most precious to the Lord.  They are needed to remove all confidence in our flesh (Phi 3:3) because we are still and always will be beasts of nature while in these clay vessels (Rev 17:8).

Ecc 3:18  I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

The Lord is going to answer Habakkuk’s questions as we continue in this study.  The Lord answers our questions by bringing it back to our faith and believing on Him.

Hab 2:4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. 

 Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

We cannot live by faith until the confidence in the flesh is circumcised from our heart.  That only comes by thru this “falling down and chastening process”.  We will begin there Lord willing next week, but let’s end on a positive note from our immature yet growing in the faith prophet named Habakkuk.

Hab 2:1 I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. 

Notice Habakkuk’s commitment to wait and watch for the Lord to give him answers and reproof.  Trials are what mature us, not knowledge.  Habakkuk through his experience of evil is maturing as we also will in our day of judgment.  Telling the Lord, we will be faithful is easier said than done.  Those chosen of the Lord, ALL must fall down our seven times (Pro 24:16) to be taught true righteousness (Isa 26:9) when the wicked man within us is judged.

Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

While we say we have such faith, James reminds us that faith will need to be proven with works. That is true maturity rather than the mere possession of knowledge (Jas 2:17).  Like Peter and all the disciples, we express our unwavering allegiance to the Lord yet deny Him (Mat 26:35) until we are proven in His furnace of affliction (Isa 48:10).  But we are learning more each day what Peter later teaches us and are now rejoicing rather than complaining like Habakkuk as we progress and grow in the faith.

1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

1Pe 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

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Amos Part 25 – The Man of Sin Shall Not Escape

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“The Man of Sin Shall Not Escape”

Key Verses:  Amos 9:1 – 9:8

This is the last of the five visions given to Amos.  The number five and its multiples thereof in the Bible are used to convey grace through faith (Eph 2:8), the very means by which we are saved.  The time of the end that was far off (two years) in Amos 1:1 is now at hand.  The first vessel marred in the Potter’s hand (Jer 18:4) is now being remade by the destruction of the old man. Here is the vision and our verses for today.

Amo 9:1  I saw the Lord standing upon the altar: and he said, Smite the lintel of the door, that the posts may shake: and cut them in the head, all of them; and I will slay the last of them with the sword: he that fleeth of them shall not flee away, and he that escapeth of them shall not be delivered. 

Amo 9:2  Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down: 

Amo 9:3  And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence; and though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them:

Amo 9:4  And though they go into captivity before their enemies, thence will I command the sword, and it shall slay them: and I will set mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good. 

Amo 9:5  And the Lord GOD of hosts is he that toucheth the land, and it shall melt, and all that dwell therein shall mourn: and it shall rise up wholly like a flood; and shall be drowned, as by the flood of Egypt. 

Amo 9:6  It is he that buildeth his stories in the heaven, and hath founded his troop in the earth; he that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name. 

Amo 9:7  Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel? saith the LORD. Have not I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt? and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir? 

Amo 9:8  Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the LORD. 

This vision brought a pivotal Old Testament event to remembrance regarding the Passover.   The Passover was linked to the 10th and final plague that come to Egypt to free the Jews from their bondage (salvation).  That story like all the OT was type and shadow of events we live out in our day of the Lord.

Exo 12:15 Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. 

Exo 12:21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover.

Exo 12:22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.

Smiting the knop or lintel and cutting the heads symbolizes laying down our lives for Christ. It is only through death, by the Lord slaying “the last of them by the sword” that the devil is destroyed and we are freed from our sin and possess eternal life as we henceforth die daily with Christ.

Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 

Heb 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

It is the death of the first born, the first Adam, the man of sin which is still Jesus Christ who is the first and the last that precipitates our keeping of the Passover feast.

Rev 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

Col 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

Eating this feast becomes a lifelong venture as we continue eating the bread and body of Jesus Christ.  This is the old man being fed with judgment (Eze 34:16) which is our suffering the many trials and tribulations that are saving us as we endure.  It is a long arduous process called the narrow way and as the sum of the Word shows, there are many experiences, victories and defeats as we grow into maturity.

1Co 11:24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

1Co 11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

Unlike the first coming of Christ, when one of the seven heads of our beast is wounded and is quickly healed and we continue to worship ourselves (Rev 13:3-4); in the second coming, there will be no healing and no escape of the man of sin.  Christ tells us we shall certainly drink of the cup of His wrath and that time is now at hand (Jer 25:28).

Amo 9:2  Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down: 

Amo 9:3  And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence; and though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them: 

The beast, false prophet and the devil in all of us will be cast into the fire of God’s Word and be consumed (Heb 12:29, Rev 19:10, Rev 20:10).  We cannot run or hide from the Lord.  The very essence of our life and our being is all in Jesus Christ once we know and mature into these deep truths.

Act 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

Isa 64:8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

Contrary to the lies of orthodoxy and their belief in free will, even evil is all the Lord’s work in His people (Isa 63:17, Pro 16:4, Jer 10:23, Isa 45:7, etc.).  Whether we live or die, are at rest or in torment, obeying or disobeying, it’s all part of the days written for our lives (Psa 139:16).

Psa 139:7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

Psa 139:8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

Judgment is a process of learning to walk by faith and not by sight.  It requires our faith to be tried with scourging grace which is how we are LEARNING righteousness (Isa 26:9) by BUYING the truth which is the pure gold tried in the fire (Rev 3:18).  Our old man is clever in hiding behind the outward holiness and our many good works.  But the Lord knows and tries the hearts of men and knows who is worshipping in Spirit and in truth and who is still bowing down to the gods of Carmel and Baal.

Jer 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

1Sa 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

Jas 4:8  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

The carnal mind will always deny the power of the Lord and vastly underestimate what being Lord of all or God Almighty means.  But when judgment is come, the “grace meter” of Romans 5:20 will always be with us and will teach us the lessons of reaping and sowing, the sovereignty of God and His every commandment.  Righteousness will reign as a result in due time.

Rom 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

Rom 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Even when we are led deep into the hidden sins of the flesh represented by the bottom of the sea, the great grasshoppers of the Amos 7 vision are revealed in our lives.  All things will be brought to the light.  The lamp within us, the WORD that is Jesus Christ will reveal it.

Luk 8:17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.

Being oppressed of the devil is our being bitten by the serpent.  The adversary, contrary to the lies of the Babylonian churches of men that believe Satan is running around lose defying the will of God Almighty; is actual an important instrument of the Lord created for the specific purpose of destroying our flesh and bringing in salvation.

Isa 54:16 Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy.

Job 26:13 By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent.

The serpent is the Lord’s servant doing exactly what the Lord commands as the destruction of Job and our old way of life exemplifies.  The Lord sends Satan to bite us.

Job 1:12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

And yet that destruction from Almighty is also known as “fire from God” as the Lord works all things for the greater good (Rom 8:28).

Job 1:16 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.

Job 42:11  Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.

When the Lord turns us over for the destruction of our flesh He sends the tempter to entice us into sin which gives the Lord the occasion He seeks to chasten us and thereby teach us righteousness.  Allowing leaven into our house and our spiritual food supply is likened to spiritual fornication (worshipping other gods, Baal) and we are commanded to turn the offender over to Satan for the destruction of their flesh so the new man can be saved.

1Co 5:5  To deliver such an one (a fornicator) unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

1Co 5:6  Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

Christ comes to save sinners of which we as the Elect know we are the chief (1Ti 1:15, Mat 9:13).  Before we can be healed it is necessary we be oppressed of the devil which is the lot of all mankind who are born carnal and of their father the devil (Joh 8:44).

Act 10:38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

To be made free we must first go into captivity to the wicked nations that are part of the Lord’s sword.  It from this place of prison that Christ comes to set the captives free and take captivity captive and changes us from slaves to sin to slaves to righteousness (Rom 6:18, Luk 4:18).

Amo 9:4  And though they go into captivity before their enemies, thence will I command the sword, and it shall slay them: and I will set mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good. 

The ends of our carnal age and life of sin comes with a mighty destruction.  The Lord is used the wicked, the evil man within us, and in others to destroy the man of sin in our day of the Lord.

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

Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

Evil is a tool in the hands of the Lord.  He creates it (Isa 45:7) and sends it forth (Lam 3:38) into our outward and inward cities (Amo 3:6, Psa 78:49) but uses it all for good.

Ecc 1:13 I applied my heart to inquiring and exploring by wisdom concerning all that is done under the heavens: it is an experience of evil Elohim has given to the sons of humanity to humble them by it.

Jas 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

Gen 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

Christ comes suddenly at midnight (1Th 5:3) when we are under strong delusion, when our light is truly darkness (Mat 6:23) and we are not hearing the commandments of the Lord.  We are in for a rude awakening as the Lord comes to melt the land within with a very hot furnace.  There is an adage in business that to go forward we need to first take two steps backward and so it seems in the spiritual as the Lord turns us over to sin to bring about salvation.

Amo 9:5  And the Lord GOD of hosts is he that toucheth the land, and it shall melt, and all that dwell therein shall mourn: and it shall rise up wholly like a flood; and shall be drowned, as by the flood of Egypt. 

Amo 9:6  It is he that buildeth his stories in the heaven, and hath founded his troop in the earth; he that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name. 

We looked at the river of Egypt in Amos #23.  Those waters of the Nile represent the lusts for the world and the pride of life that consume us and gives a jealous Lord the occasion to bring the baptism by fire and vengeance for His Temple that we have defiled.  The sea represents the flesh of mankind which totally consume our earth and culminates with the destruction of our flesh by fire.  The end of the age is precipitated by a spiritual flood as we are overcome by our beast as Satan is released knowing there is only a little time in the day of the Lord.  We are learning by experiencing and failing at first until we get the victory promised.

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 13:7 And it (the beast) was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

But the promise of the Lord is we will overcome as we learn and mature in righteousness in our day of judgment.

Gen 49:19 Gad, a troop shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last. 

Rev 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

The wicked being taken away by a flood is the occasion the Lord seeks to end all flesh.  The desolation of the temple of God, which temple we are, and the appearance of the abomination, our beast, has all been determined in the Lord’s plan.

Dan 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

Dan 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation (by the devouring fire of judgment), and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Luk 17:27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

But the flood is followed by fire (the dream is one) that turn the hearts (bring repentance) to all men in the appointed times.

2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

The pouring forth of the waters of the sea is the turning us over to Satan for the destruction of our flesh.  Outward this will come to mankind at the end of the Millennium period but we are living these events out now as His Elect upon whom judgment first falls.

Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

Rev 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

Rev 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. 

The Lord is working all things for the good of His Elect.  He is the master builder of the temple made without hands (Act 7:49).  The Lord is building “stories” H4609 in heaven which would be better translated as the Lord building steps (a ladder) in our heavens by the war that is being waged as Spirit and flesh wrestle with one another.

H4609, ma‛ălâh

Total KJV Occurrences: 46

degrees, 24

steps, 11

Exo_20:26, 1Ki_10:19-20 (2), 2Ch_9:18-19 (2), Eze_40:22, Eze_40:26, Eze_40:31, Eze_40:34, Eze_40:37, Eze_40:49

stairs, 5

2Ki_9:13, Neh_3:15, Neh_12:37, Eze_40:6, Eze_43:17

dial, 2

come, 1

go, 1

goeth, 1

stories, 1  Amo_9:6

Those redeemed from the earth (saved now in this age) are the only ones that are given to sing the new song.  This is only done in the Body of Christ where the throne of mercy and grace is found.

Rev 14:2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:

Rev 14:3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.

This new song is also known as a song of Degrees (steps) as we mature as we endure this process of chastening from our loving Father (Heb 12:6).

Psa 134:1 A Song of degrees. Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD.

Psa 134:2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.

Psa 134:3 The LORD that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion

It is all being done for our sakes (2Co 4:15).  All things are ours (1Co 3:21) as we live out every word, the one event that comes alike for all men (Ecc 9:2) that works righteousness within us.

Amo 9:7  Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel? saith the LORD. Have not I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt? and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir? 

All men come forth as cursed children being born of our father, the devil, before we are remade into the image of the Lord through our trials and suffering (Jer 18:4, Act 14:22).  We are all first a spiritual Ethiopian and incapable of doing anything but evil.

Jer 13:23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.

Gen 6:5  And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Ethiopia is the Hebrew word Kush H3568 which is linked to Cush the son of Ham.  Cush was a son of Ham, who was cursed of the Lord and later settled in what is Ethiopia.  All of the Lord’s work in us, be it good or evil, obedience or disobedience, is still His work and we cannot change anything about it.  We must be an Ethiopian first in order to become a son of God in due time.  Cush begat Nimrod and ultimately led (Gen 10:8-10) to the beginning of Babylon (aka the land of Shinar).

The Philistines and the Syrians symbolize the strength and elevation of the flesh and ways of the carnal world.  These are the enemies of God’s people because they snare us into bondage and keep us from following the narrow way.  Yet the Lord tells us here, this is all His doing and the sum of the Word tells us it is for the good of the new man and our salvation.  Coming to fear the Lord and tremble at His Word comes by our growing in understanding that He is the Lord of heaven and our earth.

Dan 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?

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:

But all these experiences and events of nations being taken and freed from captivity are for us to live out and thereby learn good and evil as we are being made into mature man in Christ coming all the way out of Babylon.

1Co 10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

Knowing who we are in these clay vessels and that all of this is the Lord doing it (Eph 1:11) prepares us for judgment and our later use in judging others.  When judgment is on the house, the eyes of the Lord are upon the sinful kingdom within ourselves, a great destruction is going to bring forth the remnant that is being saved.

Amo 9:8  Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the LORD

The Body of Christ is the Lord’s Body (Eph 5:30) and it is us who are His eyes that are upon the sinful kingdom within and without ourselves when it is time for that judgment to be measured  out.  The symbolism hidden in the Scriptures reveal “the Christ” and their roles as the instruments of salvation and judgment (Oba 1:21, Mat 19:28, 1Co 6:2, Rev 20:4, etc).

Rev 1:14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

Rev 5:6  And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

But it is God’s two witnesses, His Elect, who are the firstfruits who are then sent into the earth and all its inward and outward nations to do the greater works (Joh 14:12).

Zec 4:10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they (His Elect) are  the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth. 

Zec 4:11 Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?

Zec 4:12 And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?

Zec 4:13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.

Zec 4:14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.

Jesus Christ is come to save sinners and it is through “the Christ” that this work gets done.

Luk 22:29 And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me;

Joh 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

The sinful kingdom within and without is destroyed in its time and only the remnant of Jacob is being saved and further refined through the fire that is God’s Word.  The acceptable sacrifice to the Lord is a laid down life submitted to Jesus Christ, the Living Word.

Lev 2:3 And the remnant of the meat offering shall be Aaron’s and his sons’: it is a thing most holy of the offerings of the LORD made by fire.

Rom 9:27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:

Zec 13:8 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.

Zec 13:9 And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

Our next and possibly final study in Amos Lord willing, will cover the restoration and rebuilding of Israel which is, was and will be coming forth as we endure the judgment and suffer the afflictions that are reshaping and remolding us from vessels of dishonor into vessels of honor.

Rom 9:21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?

Rom 9:22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction

Sincere questions and comments are welcome. You can also email me directly at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.

Your brother in Christ,  Pete

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Micah Part 15 – Saviours from Bethlehem

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Saviours From Bethlehem

Key Verses Micah 5:1 – 5:6

Our verses in Micah Chapter 5 will once again speak to the “is, was and will be” nature of the Word of God. These Scriptures foretell what the Elect of God, the chosen few, are living out inwardly in the IS and WAS context now as we are brought to maturity through our trials and tribulations. Yet these words of Micah also speak to the WILL BE fulfillment of God’s plan and how He will use His Elect to be the Lake of Fire and usher in the salvation of all. Here are the verses for today.

Mic 5:1 Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.

Mic 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Mic 5:3 Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.

Mic 5:4 And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.

Mic 5:5 And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.

Mic 5:6 And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.

The Body of Christ are the anointed of God and the instrument through which His work is done. The words of fire we speak judge us now in the Body and if we endure will judge all men and all nations in the ages to come. Christ was sent to save the world and it is through His Christ that it is being accomplished now first in His sons and then later in all humanity.

Joh 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him (The Body) might be saved.

To get the job done of saving mankind, our Lord had to pour out His blood and we in turn will also drink of that same cup (Mat 20:23). It is through death of our old man now that we become the living sacrifice for the Lord and by that sacrifice the saviours of men. We are drinking of this cup, the suffering, the trials and tribulations that the Elect are appointed to endure now in this age if we belong to Christ (Phi 1:29).

Mat 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins (salvation)
Mat 26:29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.

Let’s explore the verses in greater detail and distinguish the IS, NOW and WILL BE applications of these prophetic Words.

Mic 5:1 Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.

 The Lord destroys our old man by judgment as this is the process by which we are corrected (Jer 2:19) and learn righteousness (Isa 26:9). Flesh is caused to rise up against God’s people, Christ within us now and the entire Body of Christ at the end of the Millennium. Then fire from heaven will come to destroy our enemies and bring an end to flesh.

Rev 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

Eze 38:18 And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face.

That Assyrian nations are used to smite the Elect of God (Isa 10:5-6) who will be the judges of all Israel in due time. The wicked nations within and without are used of the Lord to work righteousness in His people. In this way nothing is wasted and even the wicked the Lord made are used in our day of evil.

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

Pro 16:4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

When judgment is in full bloom the new man in us will be surrounded by these heathen armies (Luk 21:20). This takes place inwardly first in our day of the Lord and will take place outwardly as the precursor to the destruction of all flesh. Salvation is the result of the end of flesh which is deliverance from sin and death. Living through this process of the rebellion of the heathen nations and the subsequent judgment is how we learn to distinguish good and evil. This brings about the Lord’s will, our sanctification and is how we come to know He is the Lord and we are nothing but clay in His hands.

Eze 39:27 When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations;

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

Heathen nations do not take kindly to be ruled by the horn of iron we looked at last week and will seek to wrest away God’s judgment in their carnal reasoning. But when the Lord comes with fire and that day has arrived the overcomers overcome in the winepress of God’s judgment.

Rev 19:1 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.

Our mouth’s must be trained to stop speaking lies and blasphemy against the Lord and this process spiritually smites our cheeks.

Psa 3:7 Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.

The ungodly fight back, they respect persons and live by the eye for an eye principle that is at the center of the carnal law of Gentiles. Resisting not evil (Mat 5:39) and turning the other cheek is foolishness to natural mind but a needed outcome for us to grow in the faith and be prepared to be the judges and rulers of mankind.

Mic 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Jesus Christ is the Word and that is what is ruling us more and more as we mature through our judgment process. As the Lord of the heaven and the earth, whose goings forth have been ordained since before the world was formed; He is being made manifest within us in these last days of our fleshly mindset.

1Pe 1:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

The little flock that is the Body of Christ, the few chosen (Mat 22:14) also known as the Elect, are like their Lord and always born in a manger full of beasts (Ecc 3:18) in a spiritual city of Bethlehem. As He is so are we in this world applies to our spiritual birth.

Mat 2:6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

Bethlehem means House of Bread. 

H1035, bêyth lechem, bayth leh’-khem

From H1004 and H3899; house of bread; Beth-Lechem, a place in Palestine: – Beth-lehem.

The Body of Christ is the House of the Lord (1Co 3:16) in which this bread of life is shared and eaten. The bread of life is the Word which is Jesus Christ.

Joh 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world

Bearing the cross and the reproach of this world is how we eat of this bread which is eating of His flesh and drinking of His blood. This is the cup all men shall certainly drink (Mat 20:23) as the wrath of God is poured out upon our fleshly life.

Joh 6:54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

Joh 6:56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.

The bread of life is also known as the bread of adversity as it pertains to our old man and carnal way of life. That life is being ended and all things being made new by this new bread we eat from heaven that is the fiery Word. This is how we are caused to walk in His ways in due time.

Isa 30:20 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers:

Isa 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

The juxtaposition of Bethlehem and Ephratah in this verse has an important spiritual lesson.  The word Ephratah means fruitfulness and is another name for Bethlehem.

Gen 48:7 And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan in the way, when yet there was but a little way to come unto Ephrath: and I buried her there in the way of Ephrath; the same is Bethlehem.  Here is how Strong’s defines Ephrath.

 H672, ephrâthâh

From H6509; fruitfulness; Ephrath, another name for Bethlehem

God commands us to be fruitful and to multiply (Gen 1:28). The fruit of the Spirit comes about by our enduring through our process of judgment and waiting on the Lord to finish His good work in us. This chastening is our partaking of this bread from heaven.

Heb 12:11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

The fruits of the Spirit only manifest after the death of the flesh and our old man.

Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

Prophets of the Lord only take us so far. They bring the Truth but are unable to enter into and possess the land and bear the fruit. Only their descendants after them, their sons and daughters, the maturing mind sets that are given to overcome will enter in.

Num 20:12 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.

Heb 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

We see this principle in the story of Rachael and the bearing of two sons Joseph and Benjamin.

Gen 35:15 And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Bethel.

Gen 35:16 And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour.

Gen 35:18 And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin.

Gen 35:19 And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem.

Gen 35:20 And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel’s grave unto this day

It is not a long journey from the Lord speaking with us until the travailing begins. Rachael in her dying names Benjamin, Benoni, which means “son of my sorrow”. As we die to flesh, we weep and mourn and lament for all our troubles. Yet this is how the new man comes forth that is seated at the right hand of God. As a type of Christ, Jacob and Benjamin, both illustrate our being used as the instruments of the Lord’s work. We are His right hand, the sons of God, as was Benjamin in type and the very meaning of his name.

H1144, binyâmı̂yn, bin-yaw-mene’

From H1121 and H3225; son of (the) right hand; Binjamin, youngest son of Jacob; also the tribe descended from him, and its territory: – Benjamin.

The right hand of the Lord is what destroys the enemies and saves us.

Exo 15:6 Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy.

Heb 8:1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;

The Lord changes not. The new man comes forth only through the much travailing that is spiritual childbirth or said another way JUDGMENT. Only the man child is preordained to rule and reign and lives on to complete the overcoming process. The Body of Christ, the House of Bread, is the “house of dying” when speaking to the old man and is also the “house of fruit” or Eprath. New life and much fruit only come by way of death.

Joh 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.

Our spiritual mother from Babylon dies on the way to the House of Bread and the place where fruit will become plentiful called Ephrath. God’s people all must come out of Babylon however when the hour is come that the Lord shall be glorified in us, Rachael dies and Benjamin is born.

Mic 5:3 Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.

Mic 5:4 And he shall stand and feed [H7462] the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.

The Lord is saving people in His preordained order established before the foundation of the world. The end and every point in between has been declared from the beginning (Isa 46:10).

Act 17:26 And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings,

We are given over to the lusts and sins of the flesh until the Lord says it is time. Then those courts and the temple that have been trampled by the Gentile nations is being cleared out by the coming of Christ within.

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.

The Holy City and Temple which we are, is being trodden down by the Gentiles until the preordained time that the Lord returns bringing our judgment (Luk 21:24). That symbolic first half of our witness is not being judged during this time of rebellion, it is not measured by the plumb line.

Rev 11:2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

The period of time between having true doctrine and not obeying it is when we live out inwardly the trampling of the Holy City by the Gentiles within us. This is all part of the Lord’s strange process to being occasion when He comes the second time with the fire that saves us.

Isa 5:5 And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down:

The false pastors are not some Babylonian preacher speaking on eternal hellfire. It is you and me hearing but not doing the Word having been overrun by the Gentiles which represent the flesh and the enmity of the carnal mind against the things of the Lord.

All the brethren, ALL of ISRAEL, shall be saved and in these pre-appointed times that coincide with the three harvest feasts of the Lord. The last feast will be the harvest of all men via this process of judgment through the work of “The Christ” as the Lake of Fire. The word for shepherd is the same word as feed.  Shepherding the flock is feeding the flock.

 H7462 – râ‛âh

Total KJV Occurrences: 172

feed, 55

shepherds, 33

shepherd, 28

fed, 11

herdmen, 7

pastors, 7

feedeth, 5

feeding, 3

Jesus Christ is the Bread of life that save us. Being fed spiritually means we are being fed judgment which is the chastening and scourging the Lord brings to every son He receives (Heb 12:6, Eze 34:16). “The Christ”of Christ is collectively the shepherd of the sheep and through whom we are fed this life saving or life destroying (depending on the old man vs new man point of view) bread.

Eze 34:23 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.

 Eating and drinking worthily is how we are fed and strengthened in the faith and move from a babe knowing true doctrine to a mature man having learned to discern good and evil through much chastening and scourging through the Word of God. The Lord IS COMING more and more as we endure. We are commanded to keep on eating and drinking to show the Lord’s death in us.

1Co 11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

Mic 5:5 And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal [H5257] men.

Christ is the Prince of Peace and brings that via a sword and by making war in our heavens.  Knowing these truths is how we as God’s people can endure this suffering with joy knowing the Lord’s purposes in all of it. The purpose of our enduring all this judgment and the corresponding pain and suffering, both physically and spiritually, is for the glory of the Lord (His Word) to be made manifest within us. It is when we are brought into fellowship with the small remnant the Lord is saving now (His right hand) that we will begin to understand the Lord’s purposes and take comfort in our trials.

Eze 14:22 Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters: behold, they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their way and their doings: and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought upon it.

When we abide in this Body it is here we shall be comforted and find refuge from the trials and persecutions we must endure living in this flesh bodies in this carnal world.

Eze 14:23 And they (The Body) shall comfort you, when ye see their ways and their doings: and ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord GOD.

There is a purpose in all of our trials and afflictions. We may not understand it in the moment and will learn to stand on faith and not seek the comfort of the world to wrest away the judgments of God. Ultimately as we look behind us and mature in the faith we are comforted and are used of the Lord 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.

2Co 1:5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

2Co 1:6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.

Our being brought to completion by enduring through our judgments is the significance of the seven shepherds. The number eight represents the new man and our new beginnings as a DOER of the Word that follows the completion (Seven) of our judgment. The Assyrian strongholds within our flesh and in the outward carnal world are strong and it is impossible to overcome them without the overcomer within us doing the work.  Christ in us is the overcomer and the one who is stronger than the Assyrian king who spoils those heathen kingdoms within us.

Joh 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Christ did it and as His Christ overcome our enemies the same way if we are faithful to the end.

Rev 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

The word translated as principal as in principal man is only used that way one time.  The Hebrew word is H5257 and here is Strong’s definition.

 H5257,  nes-eek’

From H5258; properly something poured out, that is, a libation; also a molten image; by implication a prince (as anointed): – drink offering, duke, prince (-ipal).

We are that drink offering.  We are the living sacrifice and our reasonable service is to give all to Christ and prepare Him (His Body, His Christ) for His burial.

Mat 26:12 For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.

Breaking bread and eating together, reproving one another with the Word is one way this ointment is poured out. The principal man is an angel of the Lord pouring out wrath upon the old man and the very throne of the beast. All seven of the vials of wrath are said to be poured out by the angels of God and represent the speaking the Word. This is the way of salvation, the only way for all men “in the appointed time”.

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

Here is the last verse for our study.

Mic 5:6 And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances [H6607] thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.

The land of Nimrod is another symbol for Babylon and the land of Shinar that Nimrod established after the flood (Gen 10:9-10). He stands for the mighty one in the earth that brings to mind a mighty beast that needs to be judged.

Gen 10:8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth.

Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

To be delivered from the carnal oppressors we must enter into The Christ which are the entrances and doors being spoken of in Micah 5:6. The word for “entrances” is H6607 which is almost always translated as door or doors. This rendering helps to open the meaning via the sum of God’s word.

Joh 10:1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

Joh 10:2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

Jesus via His Body of Christ is the door.

Joh 10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.

So it is Jesus Christ, this eighth man, who treads on the Assyrians who have trampled on the holy things in our heavens and on our earth. Vengeance is the Lord’s and He will bring us to the still waters where the flesh is in submission. This is how we lie down in green pasture where we are fed with judgment via the living Word.

Joh 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

Psa 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

It is by the mercy of God’s Elect that all men will be given mercy. Mercy, contrary to the Babylonian traditions is not fleshly comfort, it is bringing the chastening that burns out ungodliness from our heavens and delivers us from our sins.

Rom 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob:

Rom 11:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.

As we experience, true doctrine is given to us first to wash us clean. But then the fire must come to burn out our sins and make us into overcomers being doers of the Word. The Body of Christ does the greater work washing our feet and bringing the fire that works to purify the heavens. We do this work now for one another by abiding and fellowshipping in this Body. We will do it for all mankind and judge all the tribes of Israel in the Lake of Fire. Those roles are the upward calling of God given to the very small “remnant of Jacob” who overcome in this life.

Php 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus

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Nahum Part 4 – Then Shall the Wicked Be Revealed

The Book of Nahum Part 4 – Let The Wicked Be Revealed (Click to view, download or print PDF)

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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.

Question and comments can be made or you can email me privately at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

Here are some related links that speak of greater details on some of the key concepts touched upon here.

Related Links

Color Red – Part 2
Psalm 68 – Verses 17-23
Revelation 9:16-21
Animals in Scripture – Spiritual Significance of the Horse
Awesome Hands – Part 96, Straight Gate

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Nahum Part 3 – No More thy Name Be Sown

Nahum Part 3 – No More Thy Name Be Sown

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Here are the verses for our study for Part 3 of the Book of Nahum.

Nah 1:7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

Nah 1:8 But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.

Nah 1:9 What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.

Nah 1:10 For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.

Nah 1:11 There is one come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the LORD, a wicked counsellor.

Nah 1:12 Thus saith the LORD; Though they be quiet, and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more.

Nah 1:13 For now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder.

Nah 1:14 And the LORD hath given a commandment concerning thee, that no more of thy name be sown: out of the house of thy gods will I cut off the graven image and the molten image: I will make thy grave; for thou art vile.

The prophets spoke of the coming of the Lord but did not yet know Him. They like the prophets of today (The Elect the few chosen) will first come to know true doctrine and speak it. This is an important first step but as we will see is not the only step to know the Lord. The prophets precede the coming of Christ within and without. We see Christ’s lineage traced back thru the prophets including Nahum.

Luk 3:25 Which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Amos, which was the son of Naum, which was the son of Esli, which was the son of Nagge,

Christ comes after the prophets who foretell of His coming. Being washed in the true water of the Word is not where it ends. There must be a second baptism. Christ must come the second time to cause us to go from being hearers of the Word to becoming doers of the Word. In our yet carnal state, we like all the prophets before us know about Him, but we know Him not.

 Joh 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Joh 1:30 This is he of whom I said, after me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.

Joh 1:31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

Joh 1:32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.

Joh 1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Spirit.

It is those we see baptized in the fire of the Holy Spirit who are the true sons of God.

Joh 1:34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God (“Christ”)

Mat 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Only the priests of God, the few chosen have been prepared to cross over the River Jordan which represents this baptism of fire. They must precede the rest of Israel (all men) and bear the ark of the testimony of God (The Word) on their shoulders as they walk. This is the second baptism in type and shadow and God’s Elect will lead others to salvation in the age to come (Rom 11:31).

Jos 3:6 And Joshua spake unto the priests, saying, Take up the ark of the covenant, and pass over before the people. And they took up the ark of the covenant, and went before the people.

The title of this study is taken from Nahum 1:14 which says that “no more of thy name be sown”. This is speaking to the initiation of this second baptism by fire whereby the jealousy of the Lord (whose name is Jealous) will be made manifest by the salvation of His chosen people. The “old man, the seed of the serpent”, is being cut off forever by the sword that is the Word.

Lev 20:3 And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name.

We all are by nature children of wrath (Eph 2:3) of our father the devil (Joh 8:44) before faith comes.  The baptism of fire is destroying that seed within is and all things will be made new in the fire of the Lord’s jealousy.  The voice of this other “jesus”, the servant of Satan disguised as an angel of light, shall no more be heard in us when the Lord’s jealousy is at work in us.

Rev 18:22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;

Rev 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

The Lord builds His church through His Body, “The Christ”, and this is only done in His Name, not in the name of any other god or idol.

1Ch 22:19 Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God; arise therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of the LORD God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of the LORD.

Doing things in His name is what we are caused to do by the scourging grace of the Lord (Rom 5:20, Ezek 36:27, Isa 48:10, Heb 12:6, etc). But when we see this baptism of fire coming to pass in our lives we are blessed indeed.  Our flesh won’t rejoice but our new man will be glad.

Luk 13:35 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

1Pe 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

Let’s dig a little deeper into these verses one at a time.

Nah 1:7 The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

The Lord is indeed good to the new man but merciless to the old man who is being destroyed by design (Eze 7:1-9, 1 Co 15:50). Christ through His Body is a strong hold in our day of the Lord, the day of judgment filled with trouble, trials and afflictions (1 Pe 4:13). The Body is this strong hold and fortress on whom we must learn to cast our cares upon (1 Pe 5:7) as we endure the tribulation necessary to enter into the kingdom of God (Act 14:22).

We know this is only speaking to God’s Elect who are given “ears to hear” and we are His sheep. Only His sheep, are given to speak His Word and only they will hear His voice (Mat 13:10).

Joh 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

Joh 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

The very definition of eternal life is defined as knowing the Lord.

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

God’s Elect possess this now in down payment form. We only come to know “He is the Lord” by going through the fiery trials and judgments of God. There are no exceptions to this rule of when and how we shall know Him.

Eze 7:4 And mine eye shall not spare thee, neither will I have pity: but I will recompense thy ways upon thee, and thine abominations shall be in the midst of thee: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

This really is what the Lord “being good” to us means. The Lord bringing tender mercies to us is all about the old man being destroyed in His jealousy and wrath so the new man will come forth.

Psa 145:9 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.

Psa 119:156 Great are thy tender mercies, O LORD: quicken me according to thy judgments.

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

Rom 5:20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:

As we saw in the Obadiah study, we are delivered by the deliverers that come from Mt. Zion. These saviors are the Body of Christ (“The Christ”) and it is those same deliverers that are also our place of refuge and comfort. We best learn to come to Christ for refuge and seek the wisdom of a multitude of counselors.

Psa 50:15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Interesting that the word translated “trust” [H2620] has within its meaning the concept of fleeing or seeking refuge.

 H2620, châsâh, khaw-saw’’ – Total KJV occurrences: 37

A primitive root; to flee for protection (compare H982); figuratively to confide in: – have hope, make refuge, (put) trust.

Fleeing Babylon, Egypt and our enemies is what we are called to do. We will only find refuge in the Lord which means within His Body. To be part of the living God we must remain connected to the living organism that is Christ.

Nah 1:8 But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.

The foolishness of God is wiser than the wisdom of men. The Lord’s process as defined in Scriptures is to destroy the old man within us by first having us be utterly deceived and walk in strong delusion about the truth. That wicked man of sin we all are in the flesh, the beast, the “abomination of desolation” must be identified first and then destroyed.

2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

2Th 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

It seems foolishness to the carnal mind, but the way we see the truth is to be shown we are blind.

Joh 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.

We can’t at first stand against these waters as foolish men; we will indeed be overcome by the flood (Mat 7:26-27) and the house of the Lord will fall. Yet when we can hear the Truth and the Lord teaches us righteousness by these judgments, then we can stand.

Mat 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

Mat 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

The overrunning flood refers to waters that are swallowed up by the earth. These are the lies and false doctrines, the strong delusion; that keeps our old man deceived and worshipping the beast all the while thinking we serve the Lord in our first witness for Christ.

Rev 12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.

Rev 12:16 And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

And it is this blaspheming of God we all do that the Lord will use as an occasion to bring judgment against us at our appointed time.

Dan 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

Isa 59:19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

Light must first be called darkness in our ignorance and spiritual blindness. It is us, you and me, the sons of God, the very children of the kingdom, that are first in darkness, made spiritually blind on purpose by the Lord. We must first be unprofitable and shown we are blind before we can see and the Lord can use us (Mat 25:30).

Mat 8:12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

The end of our rebellion and sowing of the seed of the serpent comes like it did in the days of Noah which is by the causation of a flood over the entire earth. The wicked (carnal mind, lies, false doctrines) shall be taken away and we will no longer sow the seed of wickedness in the earth (Mat 24:38-39).

Gen 7:23 And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.

Nah 1:9 What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.

The tribulation and trouble (affliction) we suffer through does not come a second time. The process of going through God’s judgment is a onetime process that will not fail. He comes to us a second time but when He comes for judgment, He is absolutely going to finish the good work He started in destroying the old and bringing forth the new man.

Php 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

 

Rom 9:27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:

Rom 9:28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.

 

Zec 13:3 And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the LORD: and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth.

 A jealous God gets what He desires (Job 26:13, 2 Pe 3:9). He accomplishes His fury and the new man is brought forth.

Zep 1:18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

The man of sin, the “son of perdition” will no longer be sowing the seed of this “other jesus”.

Eze 39:7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.

 

 Nah 1:10 For while they be folden together as thorns, and while they are drunken as drunkards, they shall be devoured as stubble fully dry.

 We will know who is of Christ by their fruit. Yet fruit takes time to grow and even within us, we initially try to bring forth lasting fruit for God from thorns.

Mat 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles

All of our works will be tried in the fire and what is of the flesh shall be burned. This is the process of salvation hidden in the prophets such as Nahum.

1Co 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

1Co 3:12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

1Co 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

1Co 3:14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

1Co 3:15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

The symbols of thorns and being drunk all refer to the false worship we do under the influences of the lies and false doctrines of the great harlot, Mystery Babylon. As we saw earlier we must bring forth these thorns as we walk in darkness first. The seed of Christ will be choked out initially.

Gen 3:18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

Mat 13:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:

But those thorns and briars are destined to be burned and they will as we are being taught in our day of judgment.

Heb 6:8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

Being devoid of the Truth and the Spirit of God at this time, we are fully dry and devoid of the true knowledge and Spirit of the Lord. In this spiritual condition when the fire of the Lord comes, the wood in our hearts and minds (carnal mindedness) is devoured quickly as dry stubble.

Mal 4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

As the parable of the wheat and the tares explains, the lies we first are given to believe grow in our hearts and minds along with the Truth (the wheat) until the end of the age at the “time of the harvest”.

Mat 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

We cannot know the real Jesus until we first drink strong drink and get drunk with wine. We can’t eat and drink properly because we have not yet been given “eyes to see and ears to hear”.

Deu 29:4 Yet the LORD hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.

Deu 29:5 And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot.

Deu 29:6 Ye have not eaten bread, neither have ye drunk wine or strong drink: that ye might know that I am the LORD your God.

It must be that we get spiritually drunk and make all the nations drink of this wine of the wrath of fornication with the world and Babylon (Rev 14:8).

Nah 1:11 There is one come out of thee, that imagineth evil against the LORD, a wicked [H1100] counsellor.

Interesting that the word “wicked” [H1100] is most often translated as Belial in the OT.  Strong’s defines this word as primarily meaning “without profit or worthlessness”, which is very appropriate to our work and the fruit it produces when we are listening to the lying spirits and false doctrines that defile our heavens that ultimately lead to destruction through the flood.

 H1100bel-e-yah’-al

From H1097 and H3276; without profit, worthlessness; by extension destruction, wickedness (often in connection with H376, H802, H1121, etc.): – Belial, evil, naughty, ungodly (men), wicked.

Neither Christ nor “His Christ” will have any agreement or part with Belial.

2Co 6:15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

We see this “Belial Counselor” first mentioned in Deuteronomy that entice us to worship other gods which makes the Lord very jealous and brings forth the fury of fire in due time.

Deu 13:13 Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known;

Before our baptism of fire comes, we are nothing more than a religious beast blaspheming the Lord, worshiping idols and other gods and bringing glory to our father the devil.

Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

Rev 13:12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

The cause of this is the thorns, the briars, the drunkenness; which is all one and the same thing.  A prophet will be sent to those nations and wicked counselors.

Eze 11:2 Then said he unto me, Son of man, these are the men that devise mischief, and give wicked counsel in this city:

Eze 11:3 Which say, It is not near; let us build houses: this city is the caldron, and we be the flesh.

Eze 11:4 Therefore prophesy against them, prophesy, O son of man

This sudden destruction will come and the wicked counselors within and without shall not escape in the day of the Lord.

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.

Mic 4:9 Now why dost thou cry out aloud? is there no king in thee? is thy counsellor perished? for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail.

 

Nah 1:12 Thus saith the LORD; Though they be quiet [H8003], and likewise many, yet thus shall they be cut down, when he shall pass through. Though I have afflicted thee, I will afflict thee no more.

I see no valid reason for why the translators took the Hebrew word “Shalem” and came up with “quiet” in this verse of Nahum.  It really obscures the meaning.

 H8003 – shâlêm

Total KJV Occurrences: 28

perfect, 16

whole, 4

full, 2

just, 1

perfected, 1

peaceable, 1

quiet, 1  Nah_1:12

ready, 1

shalem, 1

This word really means “perfect” in the sense of the best the flesh has to offer God, which of course is not anywhere near good enough. Nobody, not even Jesus Christ is, was or will be perfected in these marred vessels of clay until the third day which will be our resurrection from the dead in fullness.

Luk 13:32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

Mar 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

We readily see this by reading two of the sixteen places this word was translated as perfect. Neither Hezekiah or Asa’s obeyed the Lord’s commandments, doing evil in His sight yet they were said to be perfect.

Isa 38:3 And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

1Ki 15:14 But the high places were not removed: nevertheless Asa’s heart was perfect with the LORD all his days.

Interestingly that the word perfect used in Job 1:1 that also twists the Truth to those yet carnal, was not the same word but the intent and meanings are very similar.

Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect [H8535] and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

Being many and in this “fleshly state of perfection” is speaking to our time being at ease in Zion thinking we have arrived. We forget until the fire comes that we must always be working as our Father is working. This lascivious spirit must be burned out of our heavens with fire and it shall be when Christ, the Ambassador, passes through the nations within us. The children of the flesh who have not yet been baptized with fire and are many more than the “few chosen” to drink of the Lord’s cup in this age.

Gal 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

Gal 4:27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.

As we saw earlier in verse 1:9, the Lord is going to finish the good work He starts when our baptism by fire begins. The affliction we will bear is a onetime ongoing event and comes in the appointed times of the Lord that no man knows. Lord willing this will be in this age and will be completed in this age so we may be in that first resurrection and claim the prize of the high calling in Christ.

Isa 54:7 For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.

Isa 54:8 In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.

 

Nah 1:13 For now will I break his yoke from off thee, and will burst thy bonds in sunder

The yoke of being carnally minded will keep us from entering the rest that is Christ, our Sabbath. When we are outside of faith and under “the law” striving to be (self) righteous by our own deeds we are heavily burdened as we saw in Part 1 and 2 of the Nahum study. But that oppressive burden and heavy yoke of the old man will be broken off our necks as Christ is revealed within us.

Mat 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Mat 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Luk 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

Psa 116:16 O LORD, truly I am thy servant; I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid: thou hast loosed my bonds.

Jer 5:5 I will get me unto the great men, and will speak unto them; for they have known the way of the LORD, and the judgment of their God: but these have altogether broken the yoke, and burst the bonds.

The Lord both puts this yoke and bonds upon us and then in the appointed times, He sends Christ and removes them. But while serving Babylon we will bear this burden of Nineveh we discussed in Part 1.

Jer 27:2 Thus saith the LORD to me; Make thee bonds and yokes, and put them upon thy neck,

Jer 27:3 And send them to the king of Edom, and to the king of Moab, and to the king of the Ammonites, and to the king of Tyrus, and to the king of Zidon, by the hand of the messengers which come to Jerusalem unto Zedekiah king of Judah;

Jer 27:4 And command them to say unto their masters, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say unto your masters;

Jer 27:5 I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.

Jer 27:6 And now have I given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts of the field have I given him also to serve him.

Jer 27:7 And all nations shall serve him, and his son, and his son’s son, until the very time of his land come: and then many nations and great kings shall serve themselves of him.

But lo the days will come when the Lord says no more sowing of this “corrupted seed” and He will redeem His people by raising up Christ.

Jer 30:7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.

Jer 30:8 For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:

Jer 30:9 But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.

The positive side of being in bonds is after the Lord has initiated our redemption and we become bond servants of the Lord and “His Christ” being an example of the love of God (obedience).

Joh 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

Here is our last verse of Part 3 from where the title of the study was taken.

Nah 1:14 And the LORD hath given a commandment concerning thee, that no more of thy name be sown: out of the house of thy gods will I cut off the graven image and the molten image: I will make thy grave; for thou art vile [H7043]

Our brother Ernesto recently shared with us a paper he wrote explaining what doing things in the Name of the Lord and getting a new one really means in Scripture. The gist of that paper was that our names refer to our nature or character and doing things in the name of Christ means we are obeying His commands and following sound doctrine. Amazing how carnal men have made such big deals on how you spell and pronounce the name of the Lord and yet that is not what the Lord is concerned about.

Overcomers that make up “The Christ” are the temple and the way into the Temple and upon us is written the new Name of Christ and the heavenly city of Jerusalem above.

Rev 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

This is the purpose of the Lord causing all this anguish, trouble, adversity, affliction i.e.  all the evil in our lives (Eze 14:21-23). This is how we are BEING taught and chastened by our Father and ultimately being caused to enter into our desired haven and rest. So here in verse 1:14 we see the words from whence the title “No more of thy name be sown” was taken.

The Lord is very jealous for His People, His chosen few, the apple of His eye and when the day comes, the Lord gets what He desires by the process described here in Nahum.

Exo 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Exo 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

The man of sin will naturally make these images and idols that exalt themselves against the Lord.  These things must be before the day of the Lord comes.

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.

Je 10:14 Every man is brutish in his knowledge: every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.

The false prophet and the beast and all the graven images we hold as gods will be burned up in the fire of God’s jealousy. For the Elect of God this is today, the day of our salvation; but for the rest of mankind this will be in the lake of fire.

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.

Son 8:6 Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.

Similar to John’s revelation of Jesus Christ, Ezekiel had a vision (was given the understanding) that the Lord would do this to sanctify His Name and His House.

Eze 43:5 So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house.

Eze 43:6 And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me.

Eze 43:7 And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcasses of their kings in their high places.

 Entering into the rest that is Christ and ceasing from our own works is the outcome of these judgments.

Heb 4:8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.

Heb 4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

Heb 4:10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

This was all spoken about in type and shadow in the OT and remains ensamples for us to this very day.

Lev 25:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land which I give you, then shall the land keep a sabbath unto the LORD.

Lev 25:3 Six years thou shalt sow thy field, and six years thou shalt prune thy vineyard, and gather in the fruit thereof;

Lev 25:4 But in the seventh year shall be a sabbath of rest unto the land, a sabbath for the LORD: thou shalt neither sow thy field, nor prune thy vineyard.

The Lord is the one making our grave. He is the One who has cursed the old man and set him up for destruction and a most certain death.

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.

The word translated “vile” in Nahum 1:14 [H7043 – qâlal] is really one of the Hebrew words for “cursed”. Being cursed is horrible thing for the old man but this is the good news that awaits all men and that is “the day when no more of the old man and seed of the serpent shall be sown”.

Mat 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

And once this age abiding fire has accomplished its good work, there will henceforth be no more curse. All things indeed are being made new.

 Rev 22:3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him

 Christ is building His Church through His Body which is “His footstool” we saw in Part 1. Next week, we will continue the study of Nahum and reviewing additional details buried in very symbolic language. Lord willing, we will understand more of how the Lord rebukes our fleshly ways and in the fire of His jealousies causes the old man to decrease and the new man to increase by making war in our heavens. Here is an example of just one verse we will cover.

Nah 2:3 The shield of his mighty men is made red, the valiant men are in scarlet: the chariots shall be with flaming torches in the day of his preparation, and the fir trees shall be terribly shaken.

Related Links

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/the-book-of-nahum-part-2/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/the-book-of-nahum-part-1/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/Revelation_12_14__17_Earth_helped_the_woman.php

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/Flood_dragon_casts.php

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/building-the-house-of-god/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/Is_God_Angry_or_Merciful.php

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/Zeal.php

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/Jacobs_trouble.php

 

judgment, salvation

The Wonderful Day of the Lord

Day of Lord 2

2Pe 3:10  But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 

The Lord ’s Day is not Saturday or Sunday as most professing Christians will think and want to argue.  The Lord ’s Day aka the Day of the Lord is very significant spiritually and understanding what it represents will be an immense aid to understanding God’s word and His plan for mankind.  This post is a small primer on this important symbol that is used throughout Scripture.

The picture above I chose for this post may be a bit confusing to you.  But what I want to remind everyone is that the WORD is a two edged sword and there is both a positive and a negative application for all words and symbols.  This confuses the carnal mind and is used of God to hide His mysteries from the multitudes.  Those that think of a God that does not create evil and only think of the positive or the negative and not both; have no chance at arriving at the truth.

Psa 139:12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

Isa 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.

So as you read this keep this major principle in mind.  The Day of the Lord quite simply is the day appointed for each of us when God will bring judgment to us and make war in our heavens.

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

And this day leads to salvation, that is God’s process.  The devils is cast out of us and our heavens, which is where the kingdom of God is, we are His Temple is purged.  There is no other way.

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 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

I used to think of the Day of the Lord as a horrible time that would usher in the most insidious torment and suffering mankind has ever seen.  This is partially true in concept but I missed the entire reason and purpose for this event.  Christ told us this period of tribulation would be unlike any before it or any that would come after.  The great tribulation is nothing more than our Day of the Lord that happens inwardly in our hearts and minds.

Mat 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

So while all orthodox Christianity has us thinking of this as something bad that happens only to those sinners over there but not to us, the truth is that the Day of the Lord is a wonderful time that is necessary for God to call the light out of the darkness and bring forth the new man, the Lord from heaven.

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

The Day No Man Knows The Time

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:

The utter folly of carnal men thru the ages.  First they had no clue what this day or judgment day is all about, nor do they even have the baby milk right regarding the gospel; yet men have made a living predicting this day.  Be it Harold Camping, Tim Lahaye, 119 Ministries, and countless other carnal men,  these deceivers continue to be deceived and deceive others with this mesmerizing allure of the flesh.  Christ even warned us specifically not to follow after such men but we all will do it before we learn the truth.

Luk 21:8  And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. 

The “Day of the Lord” is the day that no man knoweth, not even God’s Elect nor even Christ but only His Father.  

Mat 24:36  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

This certainly has an outward application as it relates to the resurrections of the dead in the ages to come, but these words of Christ are primarily to be applied inwardly.  All of Matthew 24 speaks to the Lord bringing judgment against our carnal mind and thereby destroying the old man, the beast within and bringing salvation.  Salvation is the process by which we are delivered from the bondage to sin resulting in our purification.   This is the time period, the AGE, in which Christ rebuilds the temple, which temple we all are!!!  This is what the Day of the Lord is really all about and this is foretold throughout Scripture once we are given eyes to see and ears to hear.

Heb 9:28  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. 

That process of delivering us from sin will never end while we are still in these bodies of flesh.  Yet like Jesus Christ we too must wait until we are perfected on our third day.  That fulfillment comes when we are resurrected in spiritual bodies if we are God’s Elect.

Luk 13:32  And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

Flesh and blood has to go, the carnal mind of man cannot inherit the kingdom of God and must be destroyed.  This Day of the Lord begins the process that ends with our “perfection” when we are purified in our spiritual bodies.  For the Elect, this will be at the first resurrection and for everyone else it will be after the 2nd resurrection and their purification in the Lake of Fire.  Here are links to a couple of articles that speak to this ultimate pouring out of chastening grace in the ages to come.

http://iswasandwillbe.com/white_throne.php

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/Fire_of_lake_of_fire.php

The Day of the Lord has a beginning but it is not just a literal day; it is the entire age (AION) the Lord has ordained for our judgment to take place and make the new vessel from the marred vessel of clay that represents all men at physical birth.  The age is part of living by every word that proceedth out of the mouth of God (Mat 4:4) and is part of the one event that comes to all men (Ecc 9:2) but the particulars of our Day of the Lord were written by God in our books before the world was even formed.

Psa 139:16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

But this age will come to an end and the Potter would have delivered on His promises to us all.

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.

Rev 21:5  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make ALL things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

Chastening Grace

Just learning what real grace does, will be a tremendous step forward in understanding spiritual things.  Grace is what chastens us, it is the same word translated “teaching” in the oft misquoted Titus 2:11.  But it is a very good thing to be chastened of the Lord.  It is this scourging of the old man that brings forth salvation.

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

Yet this is a process that takes the remainder of our life in these vessels of clay.   We can’t run one lap and then sit back and relax.

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

Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us

The false doctrines of Babylon do not prepare us to endure to the end when our day of the Lord begins.  We must know what is written about our lives henceforth and be prepared to count the cost.

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.

1Pe 4:12-13 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

Many will fall away and walk no more with Jesus.  Only the few chosen, the very elect will remain faithful to the end and gain the victory in this life.  It is not enough to be called and chosen, Lord willing we will be made faithful to endure to the end.

Rev 17:14  These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

The Wonderful Day of the Lord

To the carnal mind the Scriptures are a contradiction.  The parables are only understood when the Lord gives us ears to hear and opens the door to receive His truth in our heavens.  This day of the Lord is a very dark day.

Amo 5:20  Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it? 

Before our day of the Lord arrives, when we are in Babylon, the true things of God, His doctrines and His Elect will be total darkness to us.  But when our judgment begins, we will begin to die, being crucified with Christ and it is this blood of the moon that will cleanse us from all sin.

Joe 2:31  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. 

Yet this  day of the Lord is also wonderful day for the new man as it brings salvation to those God has chosen for salvation. That of course is all men but the order of salvation has already been established by God and declared from the beginning.

1Co 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

1Co 15:23  But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

1Co 15:24  Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

The truth of God’s mysteries is hidden from carnal eyes and ears and given only to those God has chosen. To everyone else these truths will be foolishness.

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.

1Co 2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (given thru the gift of faith)

The Paradox of Scripture

The carnal mind has a tough time seeing God as both light and darkness.  The positive and the negative at the same time seems like a contradiction.  We might get the Lamb and the Lion paradox, but it really extends to every word of God having two sides.  The fact of the matter is the doctrines of Christ, the true word is to the Elect the light that guides them but to the Babylonians and the Egyptians spiritually speaking, it is total great darkness.  And the WORD tells us so and it is this same cloud that separates the two groups of the CALLED from the CHOSEN.

Exo 14:20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.

Here are some good news verses that speak of salvation coming to God’s people.  Our carnal doctrines will all take these for bad news and that only wicked people have to go thru God’s wrath on the day of the Lord.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  This is God remaking the vessel, decreases the old man, destroying the power of sin and calling light out of darkness.  It is wonderful if one can see it.

Isa 13:9  Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

Isa 13:6  Howl ye; for the day of the LORD is at hand; it shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.

I recall using the book of Joel to promote the false doctrines of eternal torment and justified myself as some righteous watchmen for God by misquoted these verses and blaspheming the name of the Lord and His work.  Thankfully that was in my ignorance and by mercy have been forgiven and shown the light of the truth.   This speaks of great news and the Lord bringing the man to us thru His righteous judgments.  I hope some of you are getting this.

Joe 2:1-3  Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand;   A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.

All of the prophets speak of this mystery of how Christ is formed in His people.  These are the very same verses often used by the carnally minded, such as the old me, to falsely teach the damnable heresy of eternal hell or torment.  These all speak of the good news coming upon men;  when Christ comes to crush our pride and beastly nature to fine powder.

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

But this is all nonsense to the carnally minded.  But it will just amaze you when you do see it as it is everywhere and the plan and consistency of this is so clear.  Let’s look at a few more verses that speak to the process of judgment, called the “day of the Lord” which really are the wonderful works of God to the children of men.

It is a day of vengeance:

Blessed are we if we are given to have our judgment and give our account to God in this life.  We will have to suffer for a little while to be freed from sin.

Jer_46:10  For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, that he may avenge him of his adversaries: and the sword shall devour, and it shall be satiate and made drunk with their blood: for the Lord GOD of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the river Euphrates.

1Co 3:17  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

Jer 50:28  The voice of them that flee and escape out of the land of Babylon (God’s Elect), to declare in Zion the vengeance of the LORD our God, the vengeance of his temple.

I am declaring to you the reader today, this vengeance of the Lord for His temple.  All men have sinned, all have defiled the temple of the Lord and the Lord will have vengeance.  But this is the mystery that no man will believe even if you declare it to them.  Only the Lord can open ears and prepare hearts to receive this truth.

The only way any man, any of us, will enter into the temple of God and have Christ in us, the hope of glory is by us living thru and thereby fulfilling the seven plagues poured out upon our carnal mind.

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. 

During this day is how we lose our life and are separated from the world.

The day of the Lord is when His sword is abiding upon our spiritual house and killing all off the land of Egypt.  Our worldly interest and desires will be changed as our heart is circumcised by the sword.  We will be separated from the multitudes that remain in Egypt and Babylon.

Eze 30:3  For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen.

Eze 30:4  And the sword shall come upon Egypt, and great pain shall be in Ethiopia, when the slain shall fall in Egypt, and they shall take away her multitude, and her foundations shall be broken down. (crushed to powder)

This passage in Zephaniah is full of symbols that tell much about this great day of the Lord.   Nothing will be spared as the Lord remakes us by this process.  All our idols, sins, false doctrines, all will be burned up in the fire that consumes the adversaries.

Zep 1:14  The great day of the LORD is near, it is near, and hasteth greatly, even the voice of the day of the LORD: the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.

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

Zep 1:16  A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities, and against the high towers.

Zep 1:17  And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.

The Lord is serious in His refining of us in His furnace of affliction.  Nothing shall be left.  He goes on to tell us that our silver and gold, which represent our righteousness and our idols wrapped in God’s word will not be able to save us, they too will be burned by the fire of God’s jealousy.

Zep 1:18  Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD’S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

Thank God this is a relatively quick “speedy riddance” process as otherwise no flesh should be saved.    Our weak flesh could not endure this for too long but in God’s mercy, He does cut these days short.

Mat 24:22  And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.

Before the day comes we will get serious about obedience and begin to see our sin 

Mal 4:5   Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:

John the Baptist represents Elijah and is the work of God bringing to our mind the sins of the flesh and the ungodliness of how we are living our lives.  The law of Moses and the 10 commandments are used to bring conviction to our hearts and usher in the wrath of God against our old man.  But the coming of John within us, just precedes the coming of the Lord and the great and terrible day of the Lord.  No flesh or carnal mindedness is going to stand and remain, the Lord will complete His good work in us.  We will be converted and the words of Christ shall not return to Him void.

Joe_2:11  And the LORD shall utter his voice before his army: for his camp is very great: for he is strong that executeth his word: for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

The answer is NOBODY can abide in the Day of the Lord.  No flesh shall stand.  All will be changed and remade.  Repentance is not a onetime deal, it is ongoing working of the Lord in our lives in this process called the Day of the Lord. So we do begin to repent and clean ourselves up when Elijah the prophet is sent to us.  We get baptized the Babylonian way and adopt their doctrines, but this all precedes the day of our judgment.  It is Christ who comes afterword that brings the judgment and baptizes us into His death with the fire of the word working in us.

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:

Mat 3:12  Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

The Day of the Lord is Now for God’s Elect

It is almost comical when you see it fully, but all the orthodox churches speak of Christians avoiding God’s wrath.  Most now seem to believe in a secret rapture while other just think God will miraculous protect His own from literal fireballs falling from the sky.  If the reader could understand what is being said in this verse, then the seals on the book will begin to come off.

Rev 1:3  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keepthose things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. 

People that have been reading and “hearing” or understanding the words of the book of Revelation have been experiencing their day of the Lord for 2,000 years.  It is not some past event or some way out in the future event like the various flesh doctrines of men have taught.

One is blessed when they can read, hear and then keep; which means to live or experience the words written in the following chapters of the book of Revelation.  This means that judgment has fallen upon them and that is quite sweet.

Psa 19:9-10  The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

1Pe 4:17  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

All men are proud beasts fit to be destroyed and remade in the appointed times by the Lord.  God has to show us and He does when judgment comes that we are beasts.

Ecc 3:18  I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

By shining His light in our darkness, via the doctrines of Christ spoken by His Elect, we will come to see what and who we are.  This is the beginning of the Day of the Lord and the process by which salvation comes.

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:)

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;  

and what have we been doing all the while thinking we are serving God?  We are a beast sitting on God’s throne.

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.

What is even worse, is we are deceiving others as well as ourselves speaking like the dragon but looking like a lamb.

Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

This man of sin is all men. It is you and me especially when we think we are good and very righteous.  We simply have not yet endured what must be endured and shown for what we really are.  Pauls was shown this and we too will be shown this in our appointed times.

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

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.

Job 40:3-5  Then Job answered the LORD, and said, Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.

The pride of all of us must be cut down and that is a focus of God’s judgments upon us.  We have to come to see how vile we are and our need for a Savior to deliver us from our sins and self righteousness.

Isa 2:12  For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:

So the day of the Lord is a good day, one we should pray and hasten that it come quickly.

Rev 22:20  He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

The coming of the Lord is not an outward event, it is an inward event, where Christ will appear to us a second time for salvation without sin.  For a blessed few, that will be in this life in the flesh as God’s Elect.  Christ will appear in the heavens and the elements will be destroyed with fire and heat of His judgments against our carnal mind.

2Pe 3:12  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

We will never know the truths of the Lord’s day until we have first been living it.  Then we will hear the truth and be able to look behind us and where we have walked and with God given eyes we will see what the Lord is, was and will be doing in the lives of all men, beginning with His very Elect.  We will see Jesus Christ with Spiritual Eyes and hear His voice with Spiritual Ears.  These words below describe Jesus Christ perfectly and on that day, we will hear these words and we will begin to understand the deep things of God.

Rev 1:10  I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

Rev 1:11  Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

Rev 1:12  And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;

Rev 1:13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.

Rev 1:14His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

Rev 1:15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.

Rev 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.

These words describe Christ and His Body and how they minister to the inhabitants of the earth.

Understanding the Lord’s plan and the purposes of His fiery trials and our partaking of His sufferings is needed for us to endure to the very end.  We have to know the reason behind it if we are to be found faithful.  We won’t be able to count it as joy if we are ignorant of God’s plan for us the Elect.  When God gives us a hunger and a thirst to know righteousness, He is going to fulfill that desire and bring circumstances into our live to teach us and this is how we learn it.

Isa 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

This is what I think of now when I think about the Day of the Lord.  I pray to hasten its coming and completion of God’s good work.

Psa 107:8 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

So I hope this has helped some to understand this topic and to know what may lie ahead if this things have not yet fallen upon you.  Your focus should be in the mirror and inwardly as that is where Christ does His work in the hearts and minds of men.  Only a few will be taught of God the truth of His word and these will be dragged out of Babylon as part of the process of judgment.  Christ will come to us as a thief in the night to begin His good work in us.  May you be found watching.

1Th_5:4  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

Mat 24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

The days is coming.  Wait for it then stand in this day knowing what the Lord is doing in His saints.  The man will be formed and repentance will be granted to all men and all Israel shall be saved in the end.

2Pe 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 

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Your brother in Christ speaking of the wonderful works of God to the children of men,

Pete