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Habakkuk Part 5 – Because of Violence in the Land

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“Because of Violence in the Land”

We continue in Habakkuk with the Lord answering the prophet’s complaints about the experience of evil all God’s people are experiencing to be humbled (Ecc 1:13) and have the pride of life burned out of us by fiery trials and judgment.  There should be no surprise to any of us about what the time of the end, the appointed time for each of us to die with Christ is all about.

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:

Rev 3:18  I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

We pick up with the third pronouncement of woe against the man of sin that continues to make merchandise in the Lord’s Holy Temple with the lies of the great harlot Spiritual Babylon.

Hab 2:12  Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and stablisheth a city by iniquity! 

Hab 2:13  Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labour in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity? 

Hab 2:14  For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. 

Hab 2:15  Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness! 

Hab 2:16  Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the LORD’S right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory. 

Hab 2:17  For the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein. 

The time of the end of our carnal way of life is defined by these five woes of judgment.  We are saved by the chastening, scourging, fiery grace of God that is only given to the precious few the Lord is dragging to Himself in this age (1Pe 4:17).  This is all the profit of the new man.

Heb 12:10  For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness. 

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 Lord wastes nothing in our life.  All things are for our sakes that the glory of God (our obedience) might be made manifest as a result of His grace being poured out (2Co 4;15).  All of it, the good, the bad, the wickedness are being used to shape and molds us.  The Lord causes us to err from His ways (Isa 63:17, Joh 15:5) so He can prune and mold and shape us as He alone is the Potter working His lumps of clay.

Jer 2:19  Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

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:

Rom 9:23  And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,

Trials and great afflictions are necessary to burn out the SELF and the I, Me and My out of us.  We come to see the vanity of our own works and the strength of flesh only by first trying to save ourselves and build a city for the Lord.

Gal 2:16  Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

We are the unfaithful city before we become the faithful city.  That process is called “being saved” and it comes by the true grace of God which include these five woes but is the process spoken about in all the prophets.  The Lord is faithful to His people even when we are not and fall away into lusts and fornication with the world and its gods.

Isa 1:21  How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.

Isa 1:23  Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.

Isa 1:27  Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.

The coming of Christ is the coming of woe unto the old man’s way of life.  As Christ appears inwardly in our personal day of the Lord, we begin to rest from our own labors and enter into the promised rest that remains for the people of God.  The earth, which earth we are, is being silenced as Christ takes His rightful place on the throne of our hearts.

Jer 22:29  O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.

Jer 22:30  Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah.

 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.

Our labor in the Lord is standing on faith.  This is the work of God that enables us to enter into the Lord’s rest being dead to our self-righteous nature.

Joh 6:29  Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

Our rest seems like an oxymoron but we need to remember the dichotomy of the old man versus the new man.  It requires much labour and suffering for us to stand on faith and not partake of the world’s meat and way of thinking.

1Ti 4:10  For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

This judgment that comes only to the sons of Christ in this age is exposing our vanity and our fleshly efforts (LABOR) in the fire.  Until we are being humbled, we will not be able to walk by faith, hence all five woes are needed to align us with the Lord’s instructions.

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

The occasion for the third woe is for building with bloodshed and inequity.  Our flesh cannot let go of its pride and zeal to make a name for ourselves in helping GOD out.

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

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

We see this, building the city with blood and inequity, many places in the prophets.  Micah shows how we wrest judgment away and think above what is written in how we think and act in the House of God both within and without ourselves.  Thank God, the Lord sends us trials to cut down the tall prideful trees as we are puffed up with our knowledge.

Mic 3:9 Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity.

Mic 3:10 They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.

Mic 3:11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.

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

It is only the emerging and mature mindset that is being used to build the House of the Lord.  We have to be prepared and matured in the fire of judgment before we are being used of the Lord to build His House.

1Ch 22:7 And David said to Solomon, My son, as for me, it was in my mind to build an house unto the name of the LORD my God:

1Ch 22:8 But the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build an house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight. 

1Ch 22:9 Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.

1Ch 22:10 He shall build an house for my name; and he shall be my son, and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.

What is building with blood?  It is killing our brothers and sisters and fellow man all of whom are to be considered Jesus Christ (Mat 25:40, 25:45).  We do that by speaking and trusting in lies and false doctrines that lead us to go above what is written and judge according to the flesh, respecting persons and not standing on faith.  When we serve the old man, and are feeding our beast (Ecc 3:18), we are hating the Lord and His Christ and thus we kill and shed blood.

Eze 13:19  And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies?

Mat 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

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

This erring from His ways is all the Lord’s doing to have the occasion to bring trials and teach us to labour in His Word which is the fire.

Hab 2:13  Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labour in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity? 

Hab 2:14  For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. 

The Lord’s people are the fire as we are the representations of Christ in this world (1Jo 4:2, Eph 5:30).

Joh 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

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

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.

The filling of the earth with knowledge of the glory of God is our being causes to obey the Lord by these fires (Eze 36:27) which is the same as our learning righteousness.

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. 

The living waters that represent the Word of God are spoken out of the bellies of God’s sons now and in the lake of fire to come (Joh 7:38).  These waters completely engulf the sea which represents our flesh and the flesh of all mankind.  This is the salvation process in a nut shell as we are being made into the image of God little by little and overcoming all things in the earth and the sea.

Gen 1:26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

But before we get there and stand on the sea of glass mingled with fire (Rev 15), we will have to learn the vanity of doing it by our own strength.  The fourth woe is given for us pushing our leavened bread and false doctrines to gather a following and look upon others instead of the mirror with a critical and fault-finding eye.

Hab 2:15  Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness! 

Hab 2:16  Thou art filled with shame for glory: drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered: the cup of the LORD’S right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory. 

Hab 2:17  For the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein. 

The accuser of the brethren is being cast down (Rev 12:10) and is overcome by the new man through the trials and suffering that are destroying the beast and false prophet within us.  Now this judgment is upon the House of God which is the Body of Christ.  This is now the second time the Lord in answering Habakkuk, that our judgment is linked to the blood and violence in the land.  This is a double witness to US, we reap what we sow (Gal 6:7).

Hab 2:8  Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil thee; because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.

Hab 2:17  For the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.

We sow violence in the kingdom of God within us (Luk 17:20-21) and in our brothers and sisters.  As we saw above, this is serving the flesh and hating our true Master, the Lord Jesus Christ.  It is not those wicked homosexuals in the world Paul was writing about in Romans 1.  He was speaking about God’s elect as are all the Scriptures.  We are those who know the judgment of God yet continue to find pleasure in fleshly pursuits and gainsaying.

Rom 1:29  Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

Rom 1:30  Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, ……

Rom 1:32  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

We need to be examining ourselves (2Co 13:5), looking at our own walk (Joh 21:23) and first pulling planks out our own eye before we can help others.

Mat 7:3  NKJV And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?

Mat 7:5  Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Our maturity comes by our immaturity and disobeying these commands and then learning by the subsequent woes.  Wallowing in the sins and flaws of our brothers and sisters as we feast and drink at the Lord’s table is how we first uncover the nakedness of brothers including the new man within us.  We learn the Lord does the work via His Word but in the appointed times.  By reaping what we have sown, we are learning righteousness in the day the woes are being poured out against the man of sin.

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?

We speak blasphemy against the Lord and His Christ in our first witness for Christ (Rev 13:5-6) until we ourselves are overcome by the beast within us which are being used to humble us and raise us up in due time (Rev 11:15).  The vials are wrath, the cup of the Lord’s indignation are being poured out by the angels of God as we abide in the Body of Christ and experience our inward Armageddon (Rev 16:13-17) at the seventh vial.

The cup in the right hand of the Lord is symbolism for the Body of Christ being the fire that is saving the Lord’s people now and in the lake of fire to come.  Those who abide in this “everlasting” fire are the ones standing upright and learn who despise the gainsaying of Core and reward seeking ways of Balaam and the merchandising of the great harlot.

Isa 33:14  The sinners in Zion are afraid; Fearfulness has seized the hypocrites: “Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?”

Isa 33:15  He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, He who despises the gain of oppressions, Who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes, Who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, And shuts his eyes from seeing evil:

Bringing judgment is the commission of all the Lord’s prophets who are the saviours who save God’s people from their enemies (Neh 9:27, Oba 1:21).  It is the elect who are the Lord’s instruments causing all the nations to drink of the cup.

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

Jer 25:17  Then took I the cup at the LORD’S hand, and made all the nations to drink, unto whom the LORD had sent me:

Our circumcision will become uncircumcision in the day our cover is blown and these hidden deeds of darkness are being exposed to us.  As painful as these experiences to be shown just how vile and wicked our flesh can be, it is very necessary to burn out confidence in our own works to save us.  We are being shown the abomination of desolation and the man of sin by the Lord recompensing our wicked deeds upon us.  It is the inward doers of the Word that are being justified not those that have only cleaned the outside of the cup.  There is a deeper meaning to outward than just being a physical Jew.

Rom 2:28  For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

Rom 2:29  But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

Lebanon means White Mountain and in these verses, symbolizes our outward righteousness as hypocritical Pharisees.  Christ pronounces woe upon these white washed tombs.

Mat 23:27  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

That is the negative side of the word white, which is likened to spiritual leprosy which is walking by the flesh and not by faith.  The priests of the Lord examine themselves and the brethren for this disease which is identified by white lesions (Lev 13:3-6).  Our adversary, the devil, is clever in transforming himself into this white appearing being.

2Co 11:14  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

2Co 11:15  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

Lebanon was the source of wood/ for the Temple of the Lord that Solomon built (1Ki 5:6-14).  But that house built by the hands of men is not the true house built by the Lord’s hands (Col 2:11, Act 7:49) and the chastening of the Word.  The first Temple is the one we build in the conceit of our knowledge and pride by our own works.  And as an old Solomon found out, we too will come to see the vanity of the works of our flesh.

Psa 127:1  A Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

Ecc 1:2  Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

Ecc 1:3  What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?

But thankfully the Lord is faithful to bring these woes (judgments) upon those few He loves and Has chosen to be out of this world in this age (Heb 12:6).  The pride of man, the strength of the flesh, symbolized also by the cedar trees of Lebanon are being devoured and chopped down by the sword of the Lord which includes the wicked nations within us (Psa 17:13, Isa 10:5).

Zec 11:1  Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars.

Zec 11:2  Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down.

Zec 11:3  There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled.

Earlier in the Isaiah 10 Study, we saw the Lord send the King of Assyria to humble Israel.  This is the violence upon Lebanon that will cover us and bring us to repentance.

Isa 10:33  Behold, the Lord, the LORD of hosts, shall lop the bough with terror: and the high ones of stature shall be hewn down, and the haughty shall be humbled.

Isa 10:34  And he shall cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon shall fall by a mighty one. 

Looking good outwardly means little to the Lord.  He is looking to our hearts and that is where our focus should be as fruit that remains comes only from the good and pure seed of Christ.  Our hearts are being changed little by little and our outward self-righteousness is being burned up as we are reaping what we are sowing living through these five woes of judgment.

Next week Lord willing, we will finish the last of the five woes and move into Habakkuk’s humble prayer of response where he shows the learning that comes by living through the chastening grace of God.

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Amos Part 23 – A Famine of Hearing the Words of the Lord

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A Famine of Hearing the Words of the Lord

Key Verses:  Amos 8:8 – 8:12

We are still discussing the vision of the fruit basket that was the focus of last week’s study.

Amo 8:2 And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the LORD unto me, The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them anymore.

After the study, there was a great discussion and email thread that demonstrated the power and wisdom of having a multitude of counselor’s weigh in on a matter (Pro 11:14, 1Th 5:11).  It was confirmed that God’s Elect, being a type of firstfruits are, a second Spring harvest (Pentecost) that follows the Barley harvest earlier in the Spring.

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.

Every man being saved is “yet by fire” (1Co 3:15) and that was the real meaning of summer as the product of our walk is being judged and measured against the Word (plumbline).  Larry said it best: “The concept of “summer” is connected to those (“summer fruit”) in the first resurrection, is a spiritual word for those who go through fiery (summer = heat) judgement first.”  Every nation, tribe and tongue within us that does not believe and trust in the Lord is having the wrath of God abiding on it.  This is the fire we endure now so we will not be condemned with the rest of mankind later in the lake of fire (1Co 11:31-32).

Joh 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Attaining the reward of eternal life and being in the first resurrection only comes by bearing the heat of the summer seasons working in the Lord’s vineyard (Mat 20:12).  Our day of the Lord, is our day of judgment and the time is at hand when our works, the fruits of our walk with God are being judged.  Our faith is being tried in this fire (judgment) and whatever is not of faith is being burned up.

Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

We continue with our new verses for today and see the result of the Lord forsaking Israel for a season in bringing a famine of hearing the commands of Christ unto the land.

Amo 8:8 Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn that dwelleth therein? and it shall rise up wholly as a flood; and it shall be cast out and drowned, as by the flood of Egypt. 

Amo 8:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day: 

Amo 8:10 And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day. 

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: 

Amo 8:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. 

Our season of famine is all ordained of the Lord to set us up for Him to come the second time to us without sin.

Joh 16:16 A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.

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 “for this” statement in our first verse links all these consequences described in these verses to the prior transgression of buying and selling from last week’s study.

Amo 8:6 That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat?

Amo 8:7 The LORD hath sworn by the excellency (arrogance/pride/pomp) of Jacob, surely, I will never forget any of their works.

Our evil works of robbing the poor and shutting up the kingdom of God to the needy are converted into good works by the process of judgment.  The Lord uses evil within us and without us to accomplish good and save every man from his sins.  This is the only way we progress from hearers of the word to doers of the word.

Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

We see in these verses of Amos, that is the Lord’s purpose to turn us over to the enemy and to devour our flesh and destroy all pride and arrogance.

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

Our living out these words and events in our appointed times is, was and will be, is not pleasant but we should remember as we are asked to endure this chastening and scourging from our loving Father that is actually the blessing because it is what is brings forth Christ in us.  This is the message of the Good News.

Rev 22:7 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

Eze 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

The Lord turns the hearts of His people (brings repentance) by using evil to correct and humble us (Jer 2:19).  It is blasphemy to those in orthodoxy for us to speak truth that the Lord is working all things, even the evil, even our very sins in order (Isa 63:17, Isa 45:7, Joh 15:5) to bring about salvation.  To lose confidence in our flesh and to believe only in the Son and the righteousness that is found in Him [grace through faith Eph 2:8]; we have to learn the futility of saving ourselves and know what we are in the flesh.

Mat 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

To know this in Spirit and in truth, our falling away must come first (2Th 2:3).  This must happen before the great and terrible day of the Lord arrives that is saving us and destroying the man of sin little by little.  As the prodigal and immature son who has left His father’s house, we will be brought back to our first love through enduring a spiritual famine.

Luk 15:14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.

Luk 15:17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my fathers have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

Luk 15:18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

Our words of Amos focus around this famine in our land.  There is certainly an outward famine coming more and more in this darkening world waxing worse and worse by the day.  Yet these words are first and foremost words that we, God’s Elect, live out now on whom the end of the ages is coming, and they apply inwardly to the kingdom of God (Luk 17:21).  Thus, begins our falling away from our first love as the Lord raises up the river of Egypt to drown us in the lusts of our flesh.

Amo 8:8 Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn that dwelleth therein? and it shall rise up wholly as a flood; and it shall be cast out and drowned, as by the flood of Egypt. 

The Lord is turning us over to the idols of our heart and manifesting the man of sin within us.  Our taking in marriage with the Philistines (the lusts of the flesh) is what brings the occasion (Jdg 14:14) for the Lord to bring the fire of scourging and chastening grace (Heb 12:6).  The harlot that is riding our beast and leading us into spiritual adultery and fornication with false gods of the world and engaging in trade/merchandising of the Lord’s treasures (gold, silver, precious stones) for gain must be judged.

Rev 18:11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:

We come out of Spiritual Babylon as the seven plagues come that bring death, mourning and famine to the land.

Rev 18:8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.

We see the phrase “the flood of Egypt” twice in Scripture and both in Amos.   The word translated “flood” is better denoted as a “river” or similar wording.

H2975, ye’ôr   –  Total KJV Occurrences: 65

river, 35

rivers or river’s, 18

flood, 6

brooks, 5

Here is how the ESV as most of the translations show it using the context of a river.

Amo 8:8 ESV Shall not the land tremble on this account, and everyone mourn who dwells in it, and all of it rise like the Nile, and be tossed about and sink again, like the Nile of Egypt?”

The rising up of the river of Egypt and being drowned by the waters is an example of the negative use of waters and rivers and pertains to our being overcome by our beast (Ecc 3:18).

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

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

A proper foundation is not made for the house of God until the first foundation fails and a new foundation is constructed in the fire of our judgment to withstand the power of the flesh.

Luk 6:49  But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

It is only by our trials, the testing of our faith in which we fall down seven times (Pro 24:16) that the new foundation of tried stone is laid within us. Christ is being formed!

Isa 28:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.

Gal 4:19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,

Gal 4:20 I desire to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I stand in doubt of you.

Our baptism with water is followed by our baptism by fire that is testing all things and burning up the works of the flesh (Mat 3:11).

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.

Reaping a just recompense for our deeds is teaching us righteousness and the lessons of reaping what we sow.

Isa 59:18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence.

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.

Egypt’s river rising up and covering the earth is the same as the swelling up of our bellies.  We either serve God or not.  We cannot serve two masters; a jealous God will not let us serve Him and the mammon of this world.

Php 3:18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

Php 3:19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

The coming of spiritual famine follows this overrunning by the river of Egypt.

Amo 8:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day: 

This verse is similar to the more well-known passages from Joel 2:30-31 that were also referenced in Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost.

Act 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:

Act 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Spiritual nourishment or food is the light that is the Christ, so a famine is the same as a period of darkness where we cannot see the light.  Living by every word requires us to experience this darkening of the land.

Jer 4:28 For this shall the earth mourn, and the heavens above be black: because I have spoken it, I have purposed it, and will not repent, neither will I turn back from it.

When the Lord sends strong delusion, and deceives us we do not know we are in this darkened state.  This falling away is not something we are conscious of as we experience it, we only see it looking behind ourselves.

Mat 6:22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

Mat 6:23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! 

Only the Lord can turn noon day into midnight.  That is just how strong, our strong delusion is before we learn to obey the truth by going through the fire of judgment.

Without the Light of this world (Jesus Christ and His Christ) to guide us, the hearing of the Word, our deeds quickly turn to darkness and we will be overcome which gives the Lord an occasion to bring an end to our flesh.  The revelation of Jesus Christ comes to us inwardly first and will come outwardly to the world suddenly and in a time of great darkness (midnight).   The first-born man of sin shall not inherit the kingdom and must die for the new man to come forth and increase.

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

1Th 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

Exo 11:4 And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt:

Exo 11:5 And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts.

It is the children of the kingdom of God who must go into darkness and be judged before we can come to the Light.

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 “excellency” of Jacob for which the Lord will not forget our works (Amo 8:7) is our arrogance and pride that is being destroyed.

Isa 13:11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.

Going into spiritual darkness and enduring a famine of the hearing of the words of Christ and His Christ, bring us to our wits end until we cry unto the Lord for deliverance from bondage to the flesh and the Assyrian armies within us that are used as the sword of the Lord (Psa 17:13).

Amo 8:10 And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day. 

The coming of the Lord is likened to the times of Noah and Lot (Mat 24:38, Luk 17:28) that was defined by eating, drinking, buying, selling and giving in marriage.  These speak to spiritual activity and specifically how we conduct ourselves in the house of God having His Truths.   Feasting speaks of eating and drinking and specifically doing it in an unworthy manner.

1Co 10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.

The feasting of our man of sin, who is sitting on God’s throne hearing but not doing the Word is coming to an end in this great and bitter (to the flesh) day of the Lord.  We are being humbled and shown we have no covering (the mind of Christ) and are in fact spiritually bald.

1Co 11:6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.

The Book of Lamentations comes to mind as we look at the Lord destroying our life in the flesh and causing us to lose everything.  Seeing the shame of our nakedness and the wretchedness of our self-righteousness compared to the Words of Christ which are Spirit and Life.

Lam 2:5 The Lord was as an enemy: he hath swallowed up Israel, he hath swallowed up all her palaces: he hath destroyed his strong holds, and hath increased in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation.

The Lord has caused us to commit all these abominations.  He has caused us to err from His ways (Isa 63:17).  This is the way the Lord has devised to save all mankind (2Sa 14:14).

Lam 2:17  The LORD hath done that which he had devised; he hath fulfilled his word that he had commanded in the days of old: he hath thrown down, and hath not pitied: and he hath caused thine enemy to rejoice over thee, he hath set up the horn of thine adversaries.

The occasion has been set and the Lord is now coming with fire to purify our heavens as we progress.  Still, even knowing these truths, it takes a process for us to really believe that the Lord sent the enemy into the gates of Jerusalem.  But what sayeth the Scriptures?

Lam 4:11 The LORD hath accomplished his fury; he hath poured out his fierce anger, and hath kindled a fire in Zion, and it hath devoured the foundations thereof.

Lam 4:12 The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world, would not have believed that the adversary and the enemy should have entered into the gates of Jerusalem. 

When we see ourselves as the ones who have pierced and crucified our Lord (Rev 1:7), then we mourn and wail for our sins.  This is very necessary for us to give up the flesh and submit to the way of the Lord.  Coming to see ourselves as the chief of sinners and those who crucified our Lord within and in others.

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: 

Jesus Christ, the Word is the Bread of life.  His Bread is actually His Body, which is the meat we must eat to possess age abiding life.  John, chapter 6, has some pivotal verses on the Word being life and the only way to be satisfied.

Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

Joh 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

Joh 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

Without hearing His words, we are dead in our trespasses and sins.  But as we have seen, this too is the work of the Lord and part of ALL THINGS being worked for His counsel.  Without the words of life to guide us we are lost.  But fear not, as we have seen it is the Lord’s purpose to turn the hearts of the children back to the Father by going through their Prodigal Son experience.  No sheep elected from the foundation of the world is being lost.

Luk 15:4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

Luk 15:5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

Luk 15:6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

Luk 15:7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

All men will be found and brought to repentance for this is the will of God.

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.

This period of darkness and falling away are being used for good as it will bring us to our wits end.

Amo 8:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. 

Our deliverance from the world and being separated requires going through hard times.  The times of plenty after we come into the truth and enjoy a season of peace are followed by the seasons of suffering which are the many tribulations we endure to enter into the kingdom of God (Act 14:22).  Those tribulations are living through all seven of the vials of wrath poured out against our old man and our carnal mindsets.

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.

Php 1:29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

Unable to hear the words of the Lord and being temporarily forsaken of the Lord to accomplish His purposes; we are being led by our natural carnal mind and fleshly instincts.  We follow the ways of the world within and without, and wander to find the living waters again but will not find them.  Going from sea to sea is going from one fleshly carnal thought to the next.  The world will have us run to the east when judgment breaks forth from the north. But to mature in the Lord in our day of the Lord we are learning to go west instead and follow the Son.

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.

We do not find rest when the Lord has purposed to destroy the old man off the face of our earth.

Psa 107:25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.

Psa 107:26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.

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

Judgment is a winnowing process of division via a sword.  The Lord is causing all of it and working it for good.  It is by our enduring and overcoming these trials that we come to unity and stop running to and fro in the earth being deceived by men the Lord has put out to deceive the entire world.

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;

Next week Lord willing, we will pick up the final two verses of Chapter 8 before moving on to the fifth vision the Lord gave Amos.  We are nearing the end of the book and the end of the man of sin.

Amo 8:13 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.

Amo 8:14 They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Thy god, O Dan, liveth; and, The manner of Beersheba liveth; even they shall fall, and never rise up again.

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

A Servant In Christ,  PETE

FAQS

When Do We Drink of the Lord’s Cup of Wrath?

This post is based on a question and answer regarding this article entitled Drinking the Cup of God’s Wrath.  It is guaranteed by the Scriptures that all men will drink of the Lord’s cup. That is indeed the way by which all men shall be saved in the appointed times for each.  Drinking of the cup is the trials, the oppression, the persecution we must endure that is necessary to accomplish the Lord’s will in our lives, which is our sanctification and salvation from sin.  That is how the real baptism takes place that brings forth the new man from the death of the old man.

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 20:23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with

Being made alive is to be risen in the Spirit of the Lord. This comes to the house of the Lord in this age but will come to all men in due time.  The most essential promise of a faithful God who cannot lie.

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

Here is the question and the follow-up answer that should edify and expand on this mystery of the kingdom of God.

QUESTION: So all will experience the cup of wrath whether they are seeking or not seeking Him? I am seeking Jesus. Are we not saved until the cup comes? And if it comes, is it at the moment of death or is it during our lifetime?

Thanks for your question. A very long paper could be written as your question get at the heart of the Lord’s process of how salvation comes to us. Those papers and answers have been written and I will give you some links at the end of this that will take you to articles that will be very edifying if you are given to understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God.

Mat 13:9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Mat 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Mat 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.

Your question was getting to the heart of what Jesus was speaking about here in Matthew 20. The sons of Zebedee nor their mother had any clue what they were asking yet Christ elaborated on the drinking of the cup, which represents dying to the flesh.

Mat 20:23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

The Lord makes it clear there is no free will involved.

Jer 25:28 And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink.

We all will drink of this cup and this for good reason to serve the purposes of the Lord and bringing about His will, which is our sanctification (1 The 4:3). Flesh is not inheriting the kingdom of God PERIOD.

1Co 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

Nobody seeks after the true God. The real Jesus is not attractive to flesh and the carnal mind, there is natural enmity put there by the Lord on purpose. No the only way anyone gets to the the Lord is to be dragged there.

Joh 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me drag him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

Joh 6:65 And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father

Drinking of this cup is partaking in the Lord’s supper.  This is when we eat His flesh and drink His blood.  These are spiritual statements (Joh 6:63) and refer to our following the Lord and enduring persecution, afflictions and suffering in this age in these physical bodies that are used to burn out of us all our carnal and worldly ways.

Joh 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
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 6:55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.
Joh 6:56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.

Few are given in this age to understand these truths much less walk it out.  Almost all leave Christ as they are not made ready to pay the costs of being a disciple.

Joh 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

But back to your specific question input.  We are told point blank, nobody seeks after God.

Rom 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Rom 3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

We are told point blank, nobody finds Jesus Christ. He finds us, we don’t choose Him.  We seek the other jesus in the delusion of our carnal mind.

Isa 65:1 I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name.

Joh 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

Walking in darkness separated from the Lord is all His plan for our lives. His people must first go into Babylon and be deceived before they are dragged to the real Jesus Christ in the appointed time or in what the Scriptures also say “due time”. This is the plan for men’s lives and in the end it all works for good. The only way we call on the Lord is to first be brought to our wits end. This making the storms, putting us in darkness is all the wonderful works of the Lord to the children of men which is code words for His true Body, the Elect of God. The Lord is doing it all as our lives are simply the works of His hands (Isa 64:8).

Psa 107:24 These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.
Psa 107:25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
Psa 107:26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
Psa 107:27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.
Psa 107:28 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
Psa 107:29 He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
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!

A day will come when we will hear the call to come out of her (Babylon) my people. And we will then come out because we will have been found by the Lord and our heart will be made willing to search for Him with our whole hearts.

Jer 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Jer 29:12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
Jer 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Jer 29:14 And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.

So getting back to your question, we all will experience this wrath. All will drink of the cup of the wrath of God, but it will come in the time appointed by the Lord. That cup is the true grace of God. Grace is what chastens, us, it is the scourging of our fleshly way of life, it is how we learn obedience by the things we suffer.

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

Grace and the scourging that goes with it comes to those the Lord loves. He loves all men but in this age, in this life, He loves His Elect who are the apple of His eye. That is who is being scourged now. That is the same thing as being judged and that is how we enter into the kingdom of God.

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?

 

Judgment is how we are redeemed from the bondage of the flesh and the ways of this world which is Egypt in type and shadow.

Exo 6:6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:

Isa 1:27 Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.

This wrath, which is the judgments is how we learn the true righteousness of Jesus Christ in our appointed times. Best to be judged now and be learning this now.

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 grace of God is, was and will be appear to all men, but only the chosen few, the ELECT of God will understand what the Lord is doing and they will learn the truth and be remade by abiding in the fire of the truth which is the WORD.

Tit 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Tit 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

This is what grace does when we live thru, i.e. DO THE JUDGMENTS of God.

Eze 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
Eze 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

Do you see that? This is what CAUSES us to obey the Lord, that is how the new man is raised up within us and the old man destroyed. By the fire of the Word!. Our God is a consuming fire!

Salvation means be delivered from our sins. It is getting the victory over sin, that is what salvation means. We get that victory over time, through the process of living thru the grace and drinking of the cup of God’s wrath against our carnal lusts. Like all words of Scripture, those words are is, was and will be. They are continuious and that process of being judged and gaining salvation will not end until we are given our new spiritual bodies. We are given the victory little by little. So anyone saying I am saved is wrong. They may can say, they are being saved but only those who endure to the end will be saved as we should never forget.

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

We must finish our race in this age to be saved and be in that first resurrection. Otherwise we will fall short and be a castaway and be judged in the lake of fire with the rest of mankind. Paul tells us to not take our salvation for granted in this age, we must strive to stay on the narrow road working out our own salvation with fear and trembling.

1Co 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

If one is called, chosen and found faithful and that not of their own doing but of the Lord’s doing, who is working all things for the council of His will, then they will be saved in this age and will be in the first resurrection. But the key word here is faithful. NOBODY HAS ARRIVED.

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.

So in conclusion, salvation is a process of being taught righteousness by living through the judgment of the Lord. All men are judged, but that day of judgment is the day or hour no one knows but only the Father. Far better to be judged now, to be saved now in down payment form and then be in that blessed and holy first resurrection. Then we will be used of the Lord.

1Co 11:31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
1Co 11:32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

In fact this brings out one of the mysterious ways of the Lord that orthodox Christianity and its false doctrines cannot comprehend.  The way to void being judged is to be judged now.  The only way to save your life is to lose it now.  In the same way this verse is often misapplied to claim contrary to hundreds of other verses that the people of God are not going to live thru the wrath of God.

1Th 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

But it is the SUM, not SOME of thy word that is true (Psa 119:160).  No prophecy of Scripture is of its own private interpretation (2 Pet 1:20). The Scriptures in total make in perfectly clear the only way we know Jesus Christ and enter into Him is by living thru the wrath that comes by drinking this cup. No Exceptions!

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.

If we are found faithful and do endure to the end. We will make that first resurrection and then will be used of the Lord to judge all mankind and the angels in the lake of fire.

1Co 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
1Co 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

I do not know where you are with your understanding of these issues so I hope you will ask more questions and go read the links I am giving you below.

Only the Elect of God, the Body of Christ, the Church, aka the Israel of God is judged in this age.  This is the suffering that has been appointed to all that believe on the real Jesus through the gift of faith.  This is the drinking of the cup and how the baptism with fire and water, both of which remake us and conform us into the Lord’s image.

Php 1:29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;

Isa 48:10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

Everyone else is judged in the lake of fire which is the way that all men will be saved in the end. But the truth I hope you have received is that all men will be saved just as the Scriptures declare and it is not depending upon the will or any man.

1Co 15:21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
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 Lord has made us marred on purpose so He can remake us and conform us into His image by this process. Being made new is how we are saved.

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.

It takes faith to believe these things and that all a gift. We will learn to wait on the Lord to deliver on His promises. He will because the Lord is faithful even when we, these marred vessels of clay are not.

2Ti 2:13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.

Hope this helps. Please read some of the suggested articles. Email me atpeterjwilson56@gmail.com if you more questions or I can help you understand this important basic truth of God’s plan.

Your brother in Christ, PETE

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http://tryingthespirits.com/2014-03/salvation-of-all/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/fiery-trials-and-the-lake-of-fire/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/from-heathens-to-perfection-in-christ/

http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/in-due-time/

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Biblical Truth

The Book of Obadiah – Part 4

Obadiah Part 4 – Out of Sion Comes the Deliverer (click to view, download or print PDF)

Out of Sion Comes the Deliverer

The word of Obadiah or any part of the Bible is not a history lesson as is typically the takeaway of the Babylonian churches and their false doctrines. These words are not a history lesson, these are words we shall live by. They are written for out admonition and we had best take heed the lessons.

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

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

Let’s remind ourselves again to whom Obadiah was actually speaking and what the purposes were for writing these things down.

1Pe 1:10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:

1Pe 1:11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

1Pe 1:12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

1Pe 1:13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

So we have seen in part 1 that the new man in us is given ears to hear and Christ the ambassador goes to preach the gospel to all the heathen nations. In part 2 we saw that we all first fall backward in the presence of Christ and are snared by the Word and the carnal commandments of the Law.  Last week in part 3 we showed it was the Lord’s plan that caused us to go astray and deliver up Christ and commit spiritual fornication by wresting away the judgment of God. And here in the conclusion of the prophecy, where we will see the Lord bringing vengeance through His minsters to take back all the kingdoms for His possession and usher in true righteousness.

Oba 1:15 For the day of the LORD is near upon all the heathen: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.

Contrary to the lies of orthodoxy, no man will escape the judgment of God. One is actually blessed indeed the day they can read, hear and keep (begin to live out) the righteous judgment of God.

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

Joe 1:15 Alas for the day! for the day of the LORD is at hand (‘near’), and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.

We all will indeed reap what we have sown (Gal 6:7).  The same Lord who turned us into destruction will turn us back (grant us repentance) by this process of judgment.

Psa 90:3 Thou turnest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men.

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.

Jer 2:19 Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.

Reaping our reward begins the days we hear the Word spoken by Christ the Ambassador.

Pro 25:21-22 If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.

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

Plundering and then being plundered is the Lord’s method. Reaping what we sow … the IDOLS of our wicked hearts will be done away with by the brightness of Christ’s coming.

Jer 5:13 And the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them: thus shall it be done unto them.

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.

It is those who are given to press into the Lord and dwell in this fire while He is near, while we are being judged, that Christ in us is being glorified. The nations within will bow now and the those without will bow in the ages to come.

Isa 55:5 Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee.

Isa 55:6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

Our next two verses are Oba 1:15-16

Oba 1:16 For as ye have drunk upon my holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been.

Oba 1:17 But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.

We won’t know the Lord and be able to eat at His table within the Body of Christ until we first drink ‘wine and strong’ drink.

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.

The sons of Zebedee’s mother came to Christ asking that her sons be allowed to sit with Him in the kingdom. His answer tells us of this wine of the wrath of God we must drink in our day of judgment in the times appointed by the Father.

Mat 20:23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

We only know the Lord when we are baptized into this fire that is the righteous judgment of God against our sinful nature and carnal mindedness. Drinking of the cup of wrath is the same as being baptized with fire and here we see again, like all things, we have no choice in the matter.

Jer 25:27 Therefore thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Drink ye, and be drunken, and spue, and fall, and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among you.

Jer 25:28 And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Ye shall certainly drink.

Jer 25:29 For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts.

We see this most assuredly drinking language again in Jeremiah 49 which is where we also see similar language to what is found in Obadiah’s prophecy against Edom.

Jer 49:12 For thus saith the LORD; Behold, they whose judgment was not to drink of the cup have assuredly drunken; and art thou he that shall altogether go unpunished? thou shalt not go unpunished, but thou shalt surely drink of it.

The way we are given to drink of this cup is by being given ears to hear and understanding sound doctrine as we learned in Part 1 of the study.

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

We are being ‘drug’ to Christ (John 6:44) by hearing the Word that judges us. We will come, we shall certainly drink.

Drinking of the wine of the wrath of God is how the old man will be destroyed and we will be delivered from the dominion of sin. Because we, in our rebellion to Christ made the nations drink of our fornication; we shall in turn be made to drink of the wine of the wrath of God poured out against our old man and carnal ways.

Rev 14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

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:

Notice it is only in the presence of the Lamb (The Body) and the angels of God (His Elect) that this drinking (aka judgment of the heathen nations within us) takes place. The heathen nations within us will be forced to drink on God’s Holy mountain in our day of the Lord and this is bringing about the death that is required for new life to come forth. Many disciples walked away from Christ when they hear of this requirement.

Joh 6:55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed ………

Joh 6:66 From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

We are being reminded many times; it is in our patience that we possess our souls. The patience of the saints is in fact enduring, living thru, this period of great trial and affliction. We are given this blood to drink only because we have been counted worthy by the Lord’s choosing of being judged now.

Rev 16:5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, Thou art righteous, O Lord, which art, and wast, and shalt be, because thou hast judged thus.

Rev 16:6 For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast given them blood to drink; for they are worthy.

Rev 16:7 And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments.

As Obadiah verse 17 says, it is on Mt. Zion that deliverance comes. It does not come on any other mountain but only on and within The Christ which is Mt. Zion.

Joe 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

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

Jer 50:29 Call together the archers against Babylon: all ye that bend the bow, camp against it round about; let none thereof escape: recompense her according to her work; according to all that she hath done, do unto her: for she hath been proud against the LORD, against the Holy One of Israel.

As false prophets we first claim to know the Truth and as a result we will be recompensed double. This is the two-fold child of hell we all make of ourselves and our hearers in our time in Babylon.

Mat 23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

Mat 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

We are bearing the greater stripes and are recompensed a double portion.

Rev 18:5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
Rev 18:6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.

Here is another witness to the false prophets we all are (claiming we see but yet blind) and the Lord recompensing our iniquity and sin double for being an abominable religious beast (Rev 13:11) in the temple of God.

Jer 16:16 Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.

Jer 16:17 For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.

Jer 16:18 And first I will recompense their iniquity and their sin double; because they have defiled my land, they have filled mine inheritance with the carcases of their detestable and abominable things.

If we are in the true faith, we will be eating and drinking with Christ in the Father’s kingdom.  This is what we do through our fellowship and communion in the body of Christ.

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.

We are the lake of fire to one another. The Word we speak is the fire that consumes the “wood” in all of us and that Word is what chastens us and teaches us righteousness in the days we are given to hear it. The lies and destruction of Babylon, that great harlot within must be completely destroyed and this happens in ZION (the Body) and by us drinking the wine of the wrath of God.

Our next verse of Obadiah follows.

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

 

Verse 18 brings out more fully the symbolism of fire and how that is the one baptism we must be baptized in that actually saves us. True baptism is all about fire not being sprinkled or dunked in a pool of water as the orthodox churches of men all teach us. The one that comes after our yet carnal “John the Baptist” days knowing “Jesus” in the flesh and being shown our sinful ways via the Law are just the precursor to the coming of Christ to us and the real baptism that follows.

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:

The fire that baptizes us is Christ; it being The Christ the Lord’s Body. We are the fire on the earth the Lord wanted already kindled.

Luk 12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

Luk 12:50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!

The Body is the lake of fire today for those in the Body that is just a training ground for the role we play out in bringing all men to salvation 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.

Salvation comes by the destruction of the Lord’s enemies. That destruction comes via the fire that burneth.

Psa 97:2 Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.

Psa 97:3 A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.

Jer 15:14 And I will make thee to pass with thine enemies into a land which thou knowest not: for a fire is kindled in mine anger, which shall burn upon you.

This fire comes out of the mouth of God’s two witnesses which are you and me

Rev 11:5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.

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

The messengers/angels in the Body are called ministers of a flame of fire.

Heb 1:7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

God’s SONS are indeed the light unto the dark world and together this house of Jacob causes Esau to burn to stubble.

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.

The Way to the tree of life, which is Christ, is thru the ministers of flame which are also the Cherubim’s.

Gen 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

The Body of Christ are those the Lord will use to deliver on the promise of salvation to all men.

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

Now let’s look at verse 19.

Oba 1:19 And they of the south shall possess the mount of Esau; and they of the plain the Philistines: and they shall possess the fields of Ephraim, and the fields of Samaria: and Benjamin shall possess Gilead.

The whole of the land shall ultimately be possessed by Israel or as we read in verse 17, Jacob shall possess his possessions. This is the promise for God’s people that we shall be GIVEN dominion over the land within and the kingdom’s shall be the Lord’s.

Rev 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

The enemies of the Lord will all submit to the Word in the day of the Lord.

Psa 66:3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.

The whole purpose of the war in heaven is to bring the salvation and the dominion from the bondage from sin and oppression of this world.

Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

Exo 6:7 And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.

Exo 6:8 And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD.

We could make standalone studies into the meanings and symbolism of the names used here in verse 19. These words are all spirit and have great spiritual significance beyond the scope of this study.  But we will hit on some highlights just to point out the great significance of every Word of God.

Before the kingdom’s within and without become the kingdom’s of the Lord, those of the south will occupy the lands around Israel. But the Lord will turn the tables and the plunders will themselves be plundered when judgment comes upon the house of the Lord.

H5045 – SOUTH

 The word “negeb” is the strong’s word H5045 and it is always translated as south or southward without exception.

From an unused root meaning to be parched; the south (from its drought); specifically, the negeb or southern district of Judah, occasionally, Egypt (as south to Palestine): – south (country, side, -ward).

Total KJV occurrences: 112

But what is most instructive for us is to denote the root of this word which means parched.  Contrast a parched land and its lack of fruitfulness with a land flowing with living waters. It is the dry places where lying spirits seek and so they love the southland.

Mat 12:43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

The rebellious dwell in the dry land not knowing or having sound doctrine and in bondage to lying spirits.

Psa 68:6 God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

We are in a parched land, the south when we have forsaken Christ and in our self-righteousness making our own cisterns.

Jer 2:13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

Isa 4:1  And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach.

We are in the south away from the Word that brings judgment when we hear the rumor that begin Obadiah’s prophesy. Henceforth the truth of sound doctrine begins to burn up the nations within.

Eze 20:46 Son of man, set thy face toward the south, and drop thy word toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the south field;

Eze 20:47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

The south is the opposite of the north, which is where judgment always comes from and we know that the spoken Word is what shall judge us all in the last days.

Son 4:16 Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits.

Jer 1:15  For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith the LORD; and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah.

So we see in Oba v19 that those from the south occupy the Mount of Esau, the plain of the Philistines, the fields of Ephraim and of Samaria. But this is prior to the coming of the saviors to bring this land back under the Lord’s dominion.

 H669

ephrayim

ef-rah’-yim

Dual of a masculine form of H672; double fruit; Ephrajim, a son of Joseph; also the tribe descended from him, and its territory: – Ephraim Ephraimites

Ephraim means double fruit and is a type of God’s Elect. Yet that fruit does not come forth until the judgment of God, the scourging, the chastening grace of Hebrews 12:6 first comes upon Esau.

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

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.

Benjamin being the youngest son of Jacob is a shadow of the immature Christ in us. The wilderness of Babylon we come out of is east of the Jordan River. In the same way the sun rises in the east and sets in the west; such is our direction of spiritual growth and maturity. Gilead is a region east of the Jordan and spiritually speaking is where we start out as babes in Christ.

The name Gilead is the name of the place where Jacob and Laban made a covenant of peace which will be suddenly destroyed when Christ comes in the “spiritual night”. We must be given to go beyond the river Jordan and then spend much tribulation conquering the giants in the land. Here is where we come out of Babylon and have the false peace and covenant’s we make destroyed when the saviors do appear.  (Isa 28:18,  1 Thes 5:3, etc)

We also know the significance of the Philistines in Scripture which are a symbol for the strength of the flesh and the beast within. That beast is being slain by the stone that is Christ and will also be beheaded by the sword of the Lord.  In type and shadow this is how we are given dominion over the flesh.

1Sa 17:50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.

1Sa 17:51 Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.

The fields and cities of Samaria are near to Jerusalem but still represent our time of being just outside the gates of the city where we still hear and prophesy falsely.

Jer 23:13 And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err.

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!

And yes saviors shall go through Samaria and evangelize (all nations) as we go seek the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Joh 4:3 He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee.

Joh 4:4 And he must needs go through Samaria.

Verse 20 speaks the Lord reversing the situation in the Day of the Lord.

Oba 1:20 And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel shall possess that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath; and the captivity of Jerusalem, which is in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the south.

 

The captivity of the children of Israel shall end. Christ comes to set the captives free and to take captivity captive.

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

Eph 4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

The Canaanites nations have a lot of history with Israel and our associations with Canaan are likened to the days or merchandising the things of God where we peddle the Word of God deceitfully. But the new man will possess the land and the old man will bow down to Christ.

Zec 14:21 Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.

Rev 18:11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:

The references to Zarephath [H6886] relate to the place where the widow nourished Elijah and the meal flour was not consumed. The root of Zaraphath is [H6884] conjures up the process of refining metals in a furnace or smelter.

H6884

tsâraph

tsaw-raf’

A primitive root; to fuse (metal), that is, refine (literally or figuratively): – cast, (re-) fine (-er), founder, goldsmith, melt, pure, purge away, try.

Mal 3:3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.

Isa 48:10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.

Being fed the bread of life and partaking of this communion often is what brings the Lord to us and that works the refining process and death to our old way of life. The meal flour never runs out in the Body of Christ!

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.

Sepharad [H5614] is only mentioned once in Scripture in Obadiah v20. Strong defines it only as a place in Assyria. Before we are given false doctrines in Babylon we are first the beast of the sea and in bondage to the world and that captivity must also be destroyed by the coming saviors.

Jer 50:17 Israel is a scattered sheep; the lions have driven him away: first the king of Assyria hath devoured him; and last this Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon hath broken his bones.

Jer 50:18  Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will punish the king of Babylon and his land, as I have punished the king of Assyria.

So the Assyrians enslave Israel in the same way Babylon does until saviours come set us free.

Joh 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Our final verse is a powerful testimony to the Lord’s use of His People to do His work on the earth.

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

 

Our final verse is one those active in the fellowship and attentive to the many teachings are very familiar with. This verse tells us of the role of Christ’s “Christ” as saviors of the world.  There are other witnesses to this truth including:

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:

Rev 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

I hope you catch the great significance of being active in fellowship/communion with the Body of Christ.  Christ through “The Christ” is The Deliverer.  Through Christ we will be saved from our enemies.

Neh 9:27 Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of their enemies, who vexed them: and in the time of their trouble, when they cried unto thee, thou heardest them from heaven; and according to thy manifold mercies thou gavest them saviours, who saved them out of the hand of their enemies.

We are the Body of the Lord (not the Head) and are the instruments through which He does His work. We are the instruments that do the greater works that Christ said we would be doing.

Joh 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

Mat 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

These being primarily spiritual statements, verse 21 tells us that we as Christ are the ones bringing all of this judgment, fire, wrath and destruction to the old man in ourselves and each other that have been prepared to hear His words. Yet the other side of that sword is what we are doing to the new man and there we are the light unto this world, bringing eyesight to the blind, hearing to the deaf and speaking to the dumb.

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,

Christ in us is the ambassador sent to the heathen nations within us and to those prepared to hear our words. The end does not come until this prophecy of Obadiah is taken to all the nations within.

Mat 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

There will certainly be outward application of all these scriptures but we must remember where the action is taking place now in the kingdom of God and in those nations within you and me (Luke 17:20-21).  Those that are given to endure to the end will be in that blessed and Holy First Resurrection and will be used to not only rule during the Millennium Reign but also to be the “lake of fire” that will judge the world in righteousness at the Second Resurrection.

Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

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.

All Israel shall be saved through the righteous judgment of Christ that will come thru the spoken Word.  It is thru the mercy of God’s Elect that all men shall obtain mercy in the appointed times.

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

What a calling we have been given. Let’s end this study with a reminder of this high calling and that we need to press forward (strive, labor, prosecute, examine…)  continually knowing that few there be shall find the way.

Php 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,

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

Your brother in Christ,  PETE

peterjwilson56@gmail.com

 

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http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/do-we-all-go-through-the-lake-of-fire/

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