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Amos Part 12 – Prepare to Meet Thy God

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“Prepare to Meet Thy God”

Key Verses: Amos 4:5 – 4:13

Before we get into our new verses let’s address the second half of verse 5.

Amo 4:5 And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and publish the free offerings [H5071]: for this liketh [love] you, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.

We are called into the camp of the saints (Gilgal, Bethel, Hermon etc.) in our filthy garments still in marred vessels of clay. As the chosen few (Mat 22:14), the elect of the Lord are only given an earnest deposit of the spirit of God which is a down payment of the fullness to come (2Co 1:22, Eph 1:14) at the first resurrection. It is here in the Body of Christ that we bring sacrifices to the Lord with leaven (Lev 7:13), initially a virtual sinning machine (Psa 51:5), helpless to do otherwise until the Lord brings the fire of judgment upon us.

Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

Joh 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

Amos 4:5 is one of those verses the carnal Christian world thinks speaks of man having a free will, free from the will of God. The SUM of God’s word is the truth (Psa 119:160 – ASV) and no Scripture is of its own explanation (2Pe 1:20 – CLV).

Man, not having any free will, is a firmly established truth in the true Church which is the Body of Christ (see links at the end for several Free Will’s studies to firmly establish this in your minds if this Truth is not settled in your mind). Man, not having any free will is true despite the KJV translators use of the word nedâbâh, H5071 as “freewill”. Carnal men have taken these Scriptures by themselves (ignoring the SUM) to create and defend the false doctrine of free will.

H5071, nedâbâh

Total KJV Occurrences: 26

freewill, 15

free, 2

freely, 2

voluntary, 2

willing, 2

Without going into details of all these references, let’s just point out some other Scriptures that make it perfectly clear that man has a will but it is by no means free of the Lord’s working all things.

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

In fact, I like to point out the last verse in Amos 4 and get one to think about just how big God is and how active the Lord is in every minute detail of everyone’s life. Not only does the Lord order all our steps (Psa 37:23, Jer 10:23), gives us every word we speak (Pro 16:1. Isa 57:19), but our every thought is given to us by the Lord.

Amo 4:13 For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name.

Our study next week will begin with Amos 4:13 and I will share a dialog Steven Crook and I had about it some time ago. The issue in discussion was on who the “his” was in “his thought” because who is the “his” in “his thought” could be subject to different interpretations. But in the meantime, a God that declares thoughts to His creation is a mighty God indeed!

As carnal men, we have no idea of the Lord’s hand in our life and we only see this as we grow and mature in the truth and look behind us in our day of judgment. We truly are just clay in His hands (Isa 64:8).

Pro 21:1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.

We continue on as the Lord who loves us (Heb 12:6) drags us to Himself as we are being prepared to meet our God.

Amo 4:6 And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

Amo 4:7 And also I have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered.

Amo 4:8 So two or three cities wandered unto one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

Amo 4:9 I have smitten you with blasting and mildew: when your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees increased, the palmerworm devoured them: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

Amo 4:10 I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

Amo 4:11 I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

Amo 4:12 Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.

We are being prepared to meet our God by being caused to err from His ways and then not responding to the chastening intended to bring us to repentance. The theme of chapter 4 is “you have not returned to the Lord”. It is no coincidence this phrase is found 5 times (grace thru faith) in today’s verses as repentance comes about only by the Lord’s process of pouring out of wrath that works righteousness in us little by little. The repentance, the baptism and the process of salvation is all the same process of judgment the Holy Spirit brings.

Act 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Joh 16:8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

It is this process of chastening that brings salvation and is teaching us righteousness (Isa 26:9).

Tit 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,

Tit 2:12 Teaching (chastening) us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Repentance is the process of learning obedience by the things we are given to suffer. Flesh is stubborn and despite seeing many miraculous works and having much wrath and tribulation already poured out upon our old man, we refuse to turn to the Lord. Each of the seven churches, which represent the complete church, all of which are inside of us, are called to repent. Here are three of the seven “repentance” messages to the seven churches.

Rev 2:21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

Rev 2:16 Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

This is the purpose of judgment, to turn us to repentance yet we are not going there willingly.  We indeed have to be “drug” there (Joh 6:44) our old man kicking and screaming all the way.  Flesh and the carnal mind is extremely stubborn and we see this in the pouring out of wrath in the Book of Revelation as well as throughout all the prophets.

Rev 9:12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.

Rev 9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:

Rev 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.

Repentance is proven by the fruit our deeds produce (Mat 3:8). Knowledge is not enough.

Amo 4:6 And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

The elect of God is given the blessing of knowing the mysteries of the kingdom and eating the bread of Life at an altar that no other man can eat at (Heb 13:10, Mat 13:11). Having spiritual ears to hear and eyes to see is what enables us to know the truth and how properly divide the Scriptures. We have to eat the Word (the true bread from heaven) and suffer the loss of the kingdom of the old man to become doers of the Word. We can’t serve two masters. Having true doctrine, drinking the milk does grow us in the faith (1Pe 2:2, Gen 49:11-12) but that is to prepare us for the second coming of Christ that will bring lasting fruit bearing repentance.

Isa 11:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord will set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, that shall remain, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

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.

The harlot within us will deceive us into thinking we are doing no wickedness despite our eating and drinking in the Kingdom of God.

Pro 30:20 So is the way of an adulterous woman; She eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.

Jer 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

Our beastly nature loves feasting on the knowledge of the truth. Like physical riches and possessions, these spiritual blessing also become stumbling blocks. Fighting the good fight of faith requires us to be content on what we have and beware the snare of riches that drown men into destruction and perdition (1T1 6:9).

Amo 4:7 And also, I have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered.

Amo 4:8 So two or three cities wandered unto one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

The Lord is the only physical and spiritual rain maker. Spiritually speaking, rain is the Truth and our understanding of the Word of God and sound doctrine.

Deu 32:1 Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

Deu 32:2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:

Cities represent strongholds within the Kingdom of God within us that need deliverance from our bondage to sin and the carnal enmity with God. The Lord spiritually rain on some cities to bring forth spiritual growth (fruit of righteousness) and in other cities there are a drought and all spiritual things wither. This is all designed to cutoff the pride of man and humble us by showing us the Lord is truly working all things in heaven and earth.

1Pe 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

The rain and blessing of the Lord are withheld when we turn back and remain defiant in our day of the Lord.

Jer 3:2 …and thou hast polluted the land with thy whoredoms and with thy wickedness.

Jer 3:3 Therefore the showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a whore’s forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed.

Amo 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD

Joe 1:13 Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests: howl, ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God.

The Lord has given us the two or three witnesses to establish every matter of truth (Deu 19:15); yet even after seeing multiple witnesses to the Words of Christ, stubborn flesh do not turn back to the Lord. The living waters are bitter to our bellies (Exo 15:23, Rev 10:10) and we would rather have the old drink rather than the new (Luk 5:39). So we wander seeking relief from our trials and reproach, drunk on knowledge but finding no peace. Every learning but never able to come to knowledge of the truth, we are brought to our wits ends.

Psa 107:27 They reel to and fro, and stagger [H5128] like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.

The word for wandering is the same word the Psalmist used for stagger. It is only those brought to this place of crying out in meekness that are then able to eat and drink and be satisfied (Psa 22:26, Mat 5:3-6). Thankfully salvation is the Lord’s work in us and He is bringing it to pass through the means He has devised exactly on schedule. A loving Father scourges every son He receives (Heb 12:6).

Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

We will look behind ourselves to see the blessing and the miracle of righteousness the Lord has worked and is working in us as we continue running the race for the prize.

Amo 4:9 I have smitten you with blasting and mildew: when your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees increased, the palmerworm devoured them: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

Blasting and mildew are part of the long list of curses of the Lord for disobedience.

Deu 28:22 The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.

Growing into maturity is hard because flesh keeps on wanting to take credit for what the Lord is doing. Even when the spiritual growth (the crops, the vineyard, trees etc.) increases, the Lord sends His army to devour that crop because we have not returned to Him. A jealous God is not going to allow His wife to continue to commit fornication and adultery.

Rev 2:22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.

Salvation is only of the Lord and there is NO, I, me or my in any of it. We all like Job, will come to see ourselves as very righteous and godly (Job 29) long before we ever are and BEFORE we are given to meet the Lord in the whirlwind of judgment. The fruit of self-righteousness will not remain (Joh 15:16), it will be burned up and spoiled by the plagues the Lord sends.

Joe 1:11 Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished.

The plagues come to reveal the hidden thing of darkness that need purging. The subsequent chastening of the Lord is what teaches us the right way and brings about the fruits worthy of repentance. Before we learn to overcome, we will be overcome by the beast (Rev 13:7). Only later in the process (in the end) do we overcome is, was and will be IF we are called, chosen and faithful (Rev 17:14).

Drunk on knowledge and thinking we have arrived, far from the end, the Lord brings out the worms of our self-righteousness to show us our need for repentance.

Joe 1:4 That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpillar eaten.

Joe 1:5 Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth.

Mold is mildew which is likened to a plague similar to leprosy which we know is our sinfulness.  The root word for mildew [H3418] comes from a word translated as green and described as yellowish green or sickly vegetation per Strong’s. Green and yellow represents a mixed mind of flesh and spirit and is a very immature mindset that we need to come out of.

H3418, yereq, yeh’-rek

From H3417 (in the sense of vacuity of color); properly pallor, that is, hence the yellowish green of young and sickly vegetation; concretely verdure, that is, grass or vegetation: – grass, green (thing).

The Lord’s purpose in these plagues is our salvation and shining light on what needs repentance. The prayer of dedication to the Solomon’s Temple shows us the Lord’s purposes in bringing the plagues upon us which is to move us on to maturity and overcoming, being doers!

1Ki 8:37 NKJV “When there is famine in the land, pestilence or blight or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers; when their enemy besieges them in the land of their cities; whatever plague or whatever sickness there is;

1Ki 8:38 whatever prayer, whatever supplication is made by anyone, or by all Your people Israel, when each one knows the plague of his own heart, and spreads out his hands toward this temple:

1Ki 8:39 then hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and act,and give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You alone know the hearts of all the sons of men),

1Ki 8:40 that they may fear You all the days that they live in the land which You gave to our fathers.

1Ki 8:48 And so return unto thee with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land of their enemies, which led them away captive, and pray unto thee toward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, the city which thou hast chosen, and the house which I have built for thy name:

Amo 4:10 I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

The Lord sends pestilence upon Egypt (the world) and the man of sin/beast initially ruling the land (Pharaoh). He does the same again (is, was and will be) against the religious beast we have become (Rev 13:11) with the knowledge of Truth but not yet being able to perform the Word.  Seeking occasion for judgment (Jdg 14:4), our stubbornness in refusing to repent is used of the Lord to further bring judgment and to multiply the signs and wonders in our heavens and earth.

Exo 11:9 And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you; that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.

As we strife with the best flesh can offer we are overcome and powerless (no horses) to being snared in besetting sins. We begin to see our spiritual stink but are helpless as we are being brought low by design. These plagues are the hand of God humbling us.

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.

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

Living by every word includes us having a Sodom and Gomorrah experience as the Lord delivers His people in the fire of His judgment.

Amo 4:11 I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

Only those chosen to overcome in this age will overcome and are overcoming. These Scriptures are not here to warn us of eternal hellfire but tell those that hear that salvation is all His Work.  It is only the exaltation of Jesus Christ within our hearts and minds, via the process of judgment; by which repentance is granted to Israel (the elect of God).

Act 5:31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

Salvation comes little by little, city by city, as the prophets of the Lord are sent to preach the gospel to the heathen within ourselves. All the cities within are given over to fornication and worship of strange gods and require the suffering of AGE ABIDING (not eternal) fire to be turned back to the Lord.

Jud 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Luk 17:29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

Luk 17:30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

A firebrand [H181] plucked from the burning is a POKER delivered from fire. A fire poker is an instrument used to turn embers and hot coals in a physical fire. And this is exactly what the elect, who are being judged first are being prepared to be. We are the spiritual fire pokers for the Lord that are the instruments of judgment.

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

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

The house of God is the Body of Christ, and we are the instruments of judgment that speak the Words of fire. We are a fire poker because we will be the ones tending the fire in the lake of fire (Isa 33:14-15, Rev 20:5). That is why we are being judged now to be prepared to be the fire and the fire managers at the Great White Throne Judgement. We are the Lord’s witnesses who will bring salvation to all the Gentile nations within and without ourselves in the times appointed.

Mic 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

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

As we saw a few studies back (Amos Part 9), we are not able to walk with the Lord unless we meet with Him. That is how we come into agreement and have the same mind via the process.

Amo 4:12 Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.

So this is the reason the Lord pours out chastening grace (five times) and that is to turn us back to Him and grant repentance to the Israel of God. Finding repentance and coming to know Jesus Christ only happens in Zion which is in The Christ.

Isa 59:20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn (repent) from transgression in Jacob, saith 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.

The Lord is working all things for His Will and that includes our every step, thought and deed; even our very sins (Isa 63:17, Amo 3:5). All the signs and wonders, the plagues, the scouring are “the miracles” working righteousness in us. In the heat of our plagues, we don’t see it that way but looking behind us, we rejoice being set free.

Psa 107:30 Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

Psa 107:31 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

We know from the sum of the Word that we meet and get to know the Lord in the whirlwind, in the fire of judgment. That is what abiding in AIONIOUS (eternal) life requires. Like Job, we meet the Lord in the whirlwind (Job 38:1, 40:6). It is there that He is speaking with us and teaching us righteousness. These judgments are teaching us the Lord’s ways and expanding our understanding of what being “Lord in heaven and earth” truly means.

Deu 4:39 Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.

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

Next week Lord willing, we will start with the last verse of Chapter 4 which is an amazing verse and then move forward in meeting the Lord in the whirlwind of our judgment in our day of the Lord.

Amo 4:13 For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name.

Sincere comments or question are very welcome.  You may  also email me privately at peterjwilson56@gmail.com.

Your Brother in Christ, PETE

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Nahum Part 10 – The Great Grasshoppers

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Last week we reviewed the spiritual significance of cankerworms and their eventual transformation into moths. After the study there was great input in the discussion to follow that led me to retrace some steps and cover some additional points and have that in the study record for the benefit of all who may be led to read. Romans 1:20 and the truth of how the physical manifestation speaks to the spiritual reality is absolutely true and is utterly amazing when one begins to drill into specifics. So we are going to regroup around these two verses that reference cankerworms and moths before we move on.

Nah 3:15 There shall the fire devour thee; the sword shall cut thee off, it shall eat thee up like the cankerworm: make thyself many as the cankerworm, make thyself many as the locusts.

Nah 3:16 Thou hast multiplied thy merchants above the stars of heaven: the cankerworm spoileth, and flieth away.

The Lord of course is working all things and causes these cankerworms to manifest and multiply within us which represent our works of the flesh and our fornication with this world. We saw in an earlier study the word WORMS [H8438 “tola”] is the same word translated as “scarlet and crimson” and represents the mixture of red (old man Adam) and blue (new man Christ). Similar to the discussion thread on the email list regarding Jonah and the gourd; the Lord works this evil for our good and the end result will be the exposing of our self-exalted state so the Lord can burn it out of us.

Here is a synopsis of the “fall season cankerworm” (there is also a spring season) that reminds us what cankerworms do and their various stages of metamorphosis. Remember we are the trees of the field that bring forth vegetation for the Lord.

The fall cankerworm has four life stages, egg, caterpillar, pupa, moth (adult). The adult male is a small brown moth and the adult female grey, with reduced wings, and unable to fly…… Fall cankerworm tiny caterpillars emerge in the early spring when leaves just begin to open (around late February) and feed immediately. As a tree’s young leaves and buds are destroyed, plants may respond with new buds and leaves. Cankerworms generally don’t kill trees, but this defoliation can drain a tree of some of its energy and may make it weaker.

This is exactly what spiritual cankerworms do to the trees of the field. They eat our vegetation and weaken us and make us weary. This is the burden of Nineveh, the very title of this prophecy.  This is the heavy burden and oppressive yoke we bear until our baptism is complete and we enter into the true rest that remains for the people of God “is was and will be” every day of our lives.

The final stage of a cankerworm is a moth that flies away and that is exactly what Nahum prophesies regarding these cankerworms in our heavens in our day of the Lord. They spoil our vegetation we bring forth for the Lord, then fly away and still defile our heavens as we progress through our baptism. These spiritual moths while flying in our heavens do what moths do which is to eat and make holes in our spiritual clothing. This exposes our nakedness, the very purpose the Lord causing us to err from His ways and the moths defiling our garments. The saints of God will not be wearing defiled holey garments; they will be wearing the fine linen given them by enduring through this baptism. As Christ tells us, moths bring corruption versus the purity and cleanliness required by God. When we seek riches, which means knowledge that feeds the pride of our flesh, then those riches will corrupt and bring out the moths.  The moths will corrupt and spoil our wedding garments. The moths defile the treasures we lay up upon our earth.  Yet  we are told to lay up riches IN HEAVEN where the moth’s cannot corrupt them.

Mat 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

Mat 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

Iron is associated with the works of the flesh and our carnal state of mind. It is not usable in the service of God.   When combined with water (the Word) iron will rust and corrode much like the moths do to clothing. We are told these things to impart spiritual understanding.  The Word of God is pure and undefiled. When we are yet carnal, we will mix deep seated beliefs and thoughts that have the appearance of wisdom yet they exalt themselves against the Word. This makes us the adulterers that James says we are while already in the Body of Christ (Jam 4:4). The Lord uses the moths to expose us and eat up our garments of self-righteousness (Isa 64:6) and show us the vanity of using our supposedly godliness for gain.

Psa 39:11 When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah.

Moths are similar to the locusts which are false doctrines and lies that blot out the Truth but they do not swarm and are found in far fewer numbers. But as we have been discussing the moths represent a latter point in our maturity in the Lord and manifest when Christ brings the fire needed to make us into doers of the Word after having come into knowledge of the Truth.  Moths are the mixing of Truth with our carnal reasoning and this too must be purged via the progressive judgments of the Lord.

The dream is truly one. Moths and worms are all part of the same process of transformation.  This is our personal metamorphosis from a carnal sinful man to a spirit led man of Christ bearing fruit and maintaining good works.

Isa 51:7 Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings.

Isa 51:8 For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be forever, and my salvation from generation to generation.

Moths easily creep in and defile our garments when we do not keep watch. Those in the Body with pure doctrines must be vigilant to work out their own salvation with fear and trembling and be like Paul and examine ourselves lest we be found a castaway. Only those with undefiled will walk in white wearing the white raiment of Christ. We must not forget how we have gotten to this point; we must hold fast our confession and DO THE WORD.

Rev 3:3 Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

Rev 3:4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

Rev 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

 The beast is still sitting on our throne when these moths are defiling and eating our garments.

The man that shows up at this feast not wearing the proper wedding garment (Mat 22:12) is not permitted to stay eating at the Lord’s Table. We must endure to the end and if we are not given to endure our circumcision (in earnest deposit), we will be made uncircumcision. Having been given such great knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of God, it is easy for us to not be aware of the worms and moths that can grow unheeded in our heavens and spoil our fruit for God. We best take heed not only to our doctrine but examine our walk often.

2Co 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

The Lord uses the worms to expose our sinfulness and to humble us via judgment. We are covered with worms, they are our spiritual garments when we are puffed up in our hearts and self-exalted in the congregation of the saints.

 Isa 14:11 Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.

Isa 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

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

Bringing us to our wits end is the work of the worms in their various forms (Job 7:3-5). The cankerworm and the grasshoppers represent the later stages of our judgment necessary to complete the work of the Lord and mature us. When we come to see our inability to be holy and righteous on our own, then and only then does the Lord steps in to save us.

Isa 41:14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.

Isa 41:15 Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff.

The work of these spiritual bugs is to impede our walk and expose our nakedness which will be used of the Lord to humble us at the appointed times. We have to see that we truly are an “abomination of desolation” defiling the temple of God when we in our self-righteousness are sitting on the throne of our hearts. The Lord hardens our hearts through them to bring the trials of our faith and to teach us patience and usher in our own transformation or transfiguration.

2 Corinthians 3:18: But we all with unveiled face, beholding and reflecting like a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord Spirit.

With a more complete view of the cankerworm life cycle and spiritual purpose, let’s pick back up with Nahum 3:17 to complete today’s study.

Nah 3:17 Thy crowned are as the locusts, and thy captains as the great grasshoppers, which camp in the hedges in the cold day, but when the sun ariseth they flee away, and their place is not known where they are.

Interesting that again, this word for crowned is only found in Scripture this one time.

H4502, minnezâr, min-ez-awr’

From H5144; a prince: – crowned.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

The two horned religious beast of Revelation 13:11 that looks like a “lamb yet speaks like a dragon” is God’s Elect when we are crowned with our deep seated carnal beliefs and ways. The Lord uses all of this to cause us to separate ourselves from Him and to set up idols in our own heart that are then used to deceive us and hold us in bonds awaiting our day of the Lord (Eze 14:7-9). These idols are the captains or the thoughts that rule and reign over us until the fire comes to purge the heavens within.

Locusts in high numbers (swarms) blot out the Truth and keep us from seeing or understanding the Scriptures. In our days in the apostate churches that represent orthodoxy, the locusts are very many (Rev 9:16) and totally blot out the Truth and eat up any vegetation that may grow.

Exo 10:4 Else, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, tomorrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast:
Exo 10:5 And they shall cover the face of the earth, that one cannot be able to see the earth: and they shall eat the residue of that which is escaped, which remaineth unto you from the hail, and shall eat every tree which groweth for you out of the field:

So as adulterers and adulteresses (Jam 4:4) in the Body of Christ, we have made our princes that govern in our mind in this self-righteous state as the locusts. It is the same event just at a later time with differing details. Standing in true doctrine, we still mix truth with lies, allowing a little leaven to leaven the whole lump. We have not guarded or kept the gateways into our mind pure and undefiled. We ARE NOT KEEPING WATCH.

Pro 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life

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

The carnal mind left to its innate natural devices will readily depart from following the Lord.  The carnal mind will quickly appoint that beast as the captain (the chief grasshopper) and we will unwittingly be led back into the ways of the world and not obey the command to be separated FROM this world within and without. Inwardly this is our tiring of the trials and tribulation of walking a narrow road. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak yet we must endure to yield the fruit unto salvation.

Gal 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Our old man aka carnal mind, will seek to hide from this blistering sun and get away from the heat, it is a natural carnal reaction of ALL FLESH. So it is within us even as we move on to maturity.

Num 14:2 And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!

Num 14:3 And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt?

Num 14:4 And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.

 This is how we can easily turn grace into lasciviousness even after knowing true doctrine and tasting of the heavenly gifts. The deceitfulness of our sin knows no bounds. We are given many examples of Israel falling down and being destroyed for our admonition today so we will learn this admonishment well. We must take heed and beware we do not depart from the living God. That is why we have a BODY and have this frequent fellowship because we must exhort one another daily and we are told why.

Heb 3:10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.

Heb 3:11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)

Heb 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

Heb 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

And if there is one takeaway I want all of us to get from the Nahum study it is this: We must endure; we must strive to the very end. Nobody has arrived.

Heb 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end;

The Lord often repeats His Words to us to get our attention and ensure we know the importance of His commandments. Here in Nahum 3:17 we get a double back to back repeated use of the Hebrew word “gob” that is translated as grasshopper.

Nah 3:17  Thy crowned are as the locusts, and thy captains as the great H1462 grasshoppers H1462, which camp in the hedges in the cold day, but when the sun ariseth they flee away, and their place is not known where they are.

The grasshoppers are of great significance and we best take heed and be watchmen on the wall examining ourselves for anything that operates in the kingdom of God within us that is contrary to sound doctrine or the Lord’s commands. Grasshoppers and locusts are nearly identical in the physical but there are some distinct differences.

The main difference is locusts swarm in huge numbers whereas grasshoppers are independent and loners. Locust also has the ability to cover much greater territory where grasshoppers are more localized. This fits well with the progression of our judgment. We have millions of locusts that swarm and block out the sun (Truth) when we are in Babylon and spending time under the influences of the world and its ways. But as we enter the Body, come into sound doctrine, the swarms are gone, we have Truth but we are yet carnal and immature and the Lord still has some things to deal with us and expose deep seated lies and carnal mindedness within us.

Rev 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

Rev 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

Let’s recall the origins and use of this word for grasshopper. The word translated as grasshopper in Nahum is H1462 or “gob”. It is only found three times in Scripture twice in Nahum 3:17 and also in Amos 7:1

Total KJV Occurrences: 3

grasshoppers, 2

Amo_7:1, Nah_3:17

great, 1

Nah_3:17 (2)

Here is how H1462 is used in context in Amos 7:1.

Amo 7:1 Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me; and, behold, he formed grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and, lo, it was the latter growth after the king’s mowings.

So again we see the grasshoppers on the scene later in the maturation process than the locusts. This is something we live out while in the Body of Christ. So we see the grasshoppers within eating the green grass and consuming the immature crop of the land within us.

Amo 7:2  And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating the grass of the land, then I said, O Lord GOD, forgive, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.

Amos discusses with the Lord how Jacob (you and me) shall be saved and given to prosper. Then the Lord reveals the method and shows Amos the plumb line.  The Law of Christ is the measuring stick and holding us to that measure via judgment is how Jacob will be prospered and these high places we are making in our heavens with these grasshoppers will be made desolate.

Amo 7:8  And the LORD said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more:

Amo 7:9  And the high places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste; and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.

 Amos 7:1 is merely a continuation of Amos 6 and we see the Lord declaring judgment on those that are in Zion but are at ease. We know Zion represents the Body of Christ and we can see it is those yet carnal that trust in the mountain of the flesh (Samaria) to whom this judgment is declared.

Amo 6:1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!

We also saw in Part 9 that the root word for H1462 links the grasshoppers to the word husbandmen.

H1461, gûb, goob

A primitive root; to dig: – husbandman.

Total KJV occurrences: 1

This root is only used this once place in 2 King 25:12 and is translated as husbandman

2Ki 25:12 But the captain of the guard left of the poor of the land to be vinedressers and husbandmen [H1461].

 A husbandman is simply an old name for one whose business is to cultivate the ground.  Husbandmen dig in the ground and the earth to tend fields and bring forth crops. The word “husbandmen” like all words of Scripture can either be positive or negative. God’s Elect are the Lord’s husbandmen, we are being given the keys to the kingdom of God and are given to tend the fields and bring in the harvest and to drink of the wine and eat of the grapes.

The story of Uzziah, a king of Israel, is a story of us who also are given a love for husbandry.

2Ch 26:9 Moreover Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the corner gate, and at the valley gate, and at the turning of the wall, and fortified them.

2Ch 26:10 Also he built towers in the desert, and digged many wells: for he had much cattle, both in the low country, and in the plains: husbandmen also, and vine dressers in the mountains, and in Carmel: for he loved husbandry.

But we get drunk with the vine of the vineyard. We wax fat of the cattle, the dream is one. We get puffed up initially in our work and we use our godliness for gain.

2Ch 26:15 And he made in Jerusalem engines, invented by cunning men, to be on the towers and upon the bulwarks, to shoot arrows and great stones withal. And his name spread far abroad; for he was marvellously helped, till he was strong.

When we are weak, only then are we strong (2 Cor 12:10). But knowledge puffs up and the moths do indeed come and corrupt those riches.

2Ch 26:16 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the LORD his God, and went into the temple of the LORD to burn incense upon the altar of incense.

This first rejected anointed king within us will be completely cut off in the day of the Nahum prophesy and we will see the end of the matter next week in our last verse Lord willing.

It is in these later stages of maturity, where we are walking with sound doctrine in the Body, when the baptism of fire comes to us as Nahum describes. It is here that we have the law of Christ written on our hearts. That comes living through and enduring these fiery trials and having the new man come forth from the death and destruction of our carnal mind.

Jer 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Grasshoppers represent the idols of our hearts, the deep seated beliefs that are not many yet are giants of our carnality and false doctrines that need to be purged. They hide out in hedges and keep out of the sun because the Sun of Righteousness (Mal 4:2) would quickly expose them.  When the Sun rises within us, when Christ is resurrected with power, then the grasshoppers flee away and are no longer seen.

Having come through the flood already, we must still come through the fire. It will be like both the days of Noah (water) and the days of LOT (the fire). We are Noah and we too will begin to be “a husbandmen” and plant a vineyard as we wait further instruction and fiery judgment from the Lord as our grasshoppers and our inward nakedness is exposed by the fiery light of the Word.

Gen 9:20 And Noah began to be an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:

Gen 9:21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

The crowned locusts are also the crown of pride that is worn by us, the drunkards of Ephraim, as our outward beauty fades away as these moths, worms and grasshoppers expose our sin and self-righteousness and eat up our clothing and devour the crop.

Isa 28:1 Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!

God’s Elect are these shameful husbandmen who have wasted the fields and allowed these grasshoppers to invade the land and spoil. God’s Elect do this when we seek after our own gain and not that of our brothers and sisters.

Joe 1:10 The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth.

Joe 1:11 Be ye ashamed, O ye husbandmen; howl, O ye vinedressers, for the wheat and for the barley; because the harvest of the field is perished.

Jesus Christ gave us some parables that speak of this same process likened to a husbandman tending to a vineyard of His Master. We will review the Luke version for brevity sake.

Luk 20:9 Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time.

Our earth is the vineyard and we as a babe in Christ are the husbandmen tasked with tending to the Lord’s crop.

Luk 20:10 And at the season he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty.

In due season, i.e. harvest time, the Lord sends His servants to us asking for the fruit but we do violence to the Word and send the servant away empty as we ourselves have been emptied by these insects and have no lasting fruit to give. The process repeats itself three times with the same result, no fruit and our mistreating His servants (not obeying God 1 Joh 5:3).

Luk 20:11 And again he sent another servant: and they beat him also, and entreated him shamefully, and sent him away empty.

Luk 20:12 And again he sent a third: and they wounded him also, and cast him out.

Finally the Lord sends Christ and His Army that brings the baptism of fire. Certainly we will fear Him when we see Him?

Luk 20:13 Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him.

But no, we will go beyond what is written and reason in our heavens that we can keep the old man alive and still honor God and reap the inheritance. We can cloth ourselves, call ourselves by His Name and we get to eat at His altar we will reason.

Luk 20:14 But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, This is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.

So we kill Christ within us and cast lots for His clothing through the lies and vanity of being carnally minded.

Luk 20:15 So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them?

But thankfully, the Lord Himself comes with flaming vengeance to render recompense and take back His temple and His vineyard. The first husbandman is destroyed as are the grasshoppers in the Lord’s fury for His Temple.

Luk 20:16 He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid.

Spiritual grasshoppers hide from the bright sun and hide out in the hedges, the cold places on the mountain. This is where we drift in the Body, we don’t maintain fervent fellowship and we just want to warm ourselves by the fire that is “Christ”. When these great grasshoppers are manifesting in our walk we will seek to separate from the Body because we cannot stand the heat. The spoken Word of Truth is uncomfortable when we harbor ungodly thoughts and actions. Our natural reaction is to begin to separate because “the heat of the sun is uncomfortable”. When the heat of the Word rises up, we as carnal men flee away from that heat.

Isa 33:3 At the noise of the tumult the people fled; at the lifting up of thyself the nations were scattered.

Isa 33:4 And your spoil shall be gathered like the gathering of the caterpiller: as the running to and fro of locusts shall he run upon them.

It is what the carnal man/mind does when the Sun is shining the heat of “that day” upon us.  As the tables are turned, these devourers are devoured, the spoilers are spoiled. In the same way the locusts and caterpillars gathered unto us, we shall be gathered back.

Conclusion

It takes a repeated process of falling down and being scourged by the Lord’s grace to purify our heavens. The king of the bottomless pit and his sibling is our beast and neither easily departs and this is all by design of our Maker. When salvation has come to the house of the Lord, there will be no doubt who has done this marvelous thing. Like Jonah we learn this the hard way and are brought to our wits end in the belly of the beast.

Jon 2:9 But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.

Jon 2:10 And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.

And like Jonah who was sent to prophesy to Nineveh as was Nahum, we too will be dealt with for our self-righteousness. The Lord will use worms, moths, caterpillars, locusts and grasshoppers in their varied metamorphosis states to accomplish His fury within us and usher in our salvation. This process is, was and will be until the third day and we are in resurrected bodies.

I hope you have been edified and coming to see the Lord’s continued work in us via judgment well after we have come to the knowledge of Truth. The fact is our being dragged to Christ is only the beginning of our day of the Lord not the end. That process of cutting off the old and purifying the heavens and the earth continues to the last day we shed these clay vessels.  Paul’s Words have taken on greater significance to me as we abide in the fire that is Christ the Word.

2Ti 4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

2Ti 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

2Ti 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

And Paul goes on to tell us that not many have remained faithful, even Demas and Titus had forsaken the Body and only Luke is still with him in the one mind of Christ. All this bad stuff we have been studying must be endured. We must keep the faith all the way to the end.

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

Next week the Book will be complete as we cover the final two verses.

Nah 3:18 Thy shepherds slumber, O king of Assyria: thy nobles shall dwell in the dust: thy people is scattered upon the mountains, and no man gathereth them.
Nah 3:19 There is no healing of thy bruise; thy wound is grievous: all that hear the bruit of thee shall clap the hands over thee: for upon whom hath not thy wickedness passed continually?

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