Deuteronomy – Deu 11:16-17 “Take Heed to Yourselves”

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Deu 11:16-17 “Take Heed to Yourselves”

Deu 11:16  Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;
Deu 11:17  And then the LORD’S wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you.

How do we take heed to ourselves that we are not deceived and turn aside to serve other gods and worship them? Scripture teaches us how right from the beginning.

Gen 3:1  Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Gen 3:2  And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:
Gen 3:3  But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
Gen 3:4  And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Gen 3:5  For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Gen 3:6  And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

And also He tells us this:

Deu 9:4  Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the LORD thy God hath cast them out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness the LORD hath brought me in to possess this land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD doth drive them out from before thee.

…and the new testament tells us…

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

Heb 10:26  For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
Heb 10:27  But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
Heb 10:28  He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
Heb 10:29  Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? 

So taking heed to ourselves is making sure we take no credit of ourselves for anything we see, hear or do. When we do take credit for things we see, hear and do, we are worshiping the man of sin, and we must be destroyed. To see as one of the elect you must see your judgment.  The following verses detail our judgment and our salvation by going through the judgment. We must fill up of the afflictions of the Christ for the rest of the world in me.

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.
Rev 14:2  And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
Rev 14:3  And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
Rev 14:4  These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
Rev 14:5  And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
Rev 14:6  And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, (in my heavens and preaching to them that dwell on my earth of every nation, kindred and tongue within me that needs to be judged.)
Rev 14:7  Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made  heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

MakingG4160 here is in the aorist tense – making. Remember that Greek tenses indicate not only time of action, but more especially kind of action. The aorist tense is a secondary tense, and accordingly, in the indicative mood it indicates past action. In other moods, it does not indicate absolute time, and often does not even indicate relative time.

What about kind of action? Mark it down. As its name suggests, the kind of action indicated by the aorist tense is undefined. Inasmuch as there is no definition of the kind of action, the emphasis is upon the fact of the action rather than the duration of the action. In the indicative mood, the significance is that it happened. Whether it happened over a period of time or in an instant is not indicated.

In English, the tense we use for this is the simple past. If I say, “I hit the ball”, I do not indicate the action was ongoing or repeated. In this particular example, we might suppose the action was instantaneous. But consider the following sentences wherein the simple past is used: I attended college. I studied physics. I raised four children. In each sentence, it is clear that the action described would have taken place over a period of time. However, the speaker does not call attention to the durative nature of the action. The simple past tense may be used to describe a past event regardless of the duration of the event. The same is true of the Aorist. http://www.ntgreek.net/lesson22.htm  )

Rev 14:8  [After our judgment of Babylon that sits upon all the kings of my earth, the seven heads of the beast that represent the complete seven continents of my earth] And there followed [aorist] 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 14:9  And the third angel followed them [Aorist], saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, [The beast is worshiped through Babylon that sits over the beast as Eve sat over Adam when He submitted to her authority. He was told to rule over her, and he failed to listen because she represents our flesh, and we give in to our flesh, (Rom 7:7-25)]
Rev 14:10  The same shall drink [Future] 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 [Future – every time sin is found, it is burned up] with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: [We must go through this judgment to be the 144,000]
Rev 14:11  And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name [The flesh of the elect never have rest because we are always ruling it with a rod of iron]
Rev 14:12  Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep [present – but while they are being tormented – aorist] the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. 
Rev 14:13  And I heard [aorist] a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die [Present tense while suffering the torments of the death of the old man, who is dead] in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest [aorist] from their labours; and their works do follow them. [Our works in the new man follow us because we see all things by Him and for Him. In seeing this we die to the old man and live unto the new man]

When we think our works are ours, we are worshiping other gods.  Christ, our Head, shuts up heaven, and we receive no rain, and we are tormented over and over, eon (aion) upon eon, every time sin is exposed in the life of the believer. We have all experienced those times when it seems Christ has stopped talking to us, as though we are not receiving revelation from Him. I have experienced that several times in my life. This time is for killing the old man by drought, tormenting him with the flames of fire of the word and the smoke of the torment of the old man continually ascends up. This time of drought makes us fall on our knees and humbly ask for the word, the rain, over and over, eon upon eon. The following veres from Haggai chapter 1 will explain this principal to us.

Hag 1:1  In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month, came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet unto Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, saying,
Hag 1:2  Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the LORD’S house should be built.

We are the people who say, “The time is not come, the time that the LORD’S house should be built” because we are thinking of a time in the future. Babylon in us tells us that we are not being built now, but we “will be” built in the future when we are raptured from the earth. This is a lie. We ARE BEING BUILT NOW; we are being created now. It is an ongoing creation of the Creator, an ongoing building of the Carpenter. He IS BUILDING HIS HOUSE through the tormenting flames of the fire of His word.

Hag 1:3  Then came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying,
Hag 1:4  Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste?

We are always happy to give credit to ourselves in the flesh for something we have done. It does not take much goading to get a man to glorify himself for the knowledge he thinks he has in the LORD. For a man to attribute his wisdom and knowledge to studying, learning languages, Hebrew and Greek and such he is taking the glory to himself. We all are guilty of it, but this is why we go through times of drought. God tells us “is it time for you to dwell in cieled houses”? Is it time for you to put a ceiling over your house that the rain of fire cannot penetrate your house, of which house, temple we are?

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

Gen 19:24  Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;

Dwelling in a cieled house is dwelling in a covered house, a sealed up house where weather cannot get to it. We do a ten-second sinner’s prayer, and we say we are built. We deny the fire of God’s word that must burn us up every day, every minute, every second, over and over in aorist tense, aion upon aion.  This is a parable of how we look upon ourselves. We seal up all knowledge as coming from us and never see that all we have comes from above. We do not contain knowledge and wisdom of ourselves. It comes down from God, Who creates the rain of fire; the rain being the word of God. We want the mist of the ground that has no tilling, no work, we want the light mist to comfort us from the fire of truth without the fire burning the dross of our lives.

Hag 1:5  Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.
Hag 1:6  Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.
Hag 1:7  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways.
Hag 1:8  Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house; and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the LORD.
Hag 1:9  Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little; and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the LORD of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house.
Hag 1:10  Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew, and the earth is stayed from her fruit.
Hag 1:11  And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labour of the hands.

Do you see how worshiping yourself is serving other gods? Worshiping ourselves through Babylon is easy. We cover our homes and our lives with lies, that we think are protecting us from the fire of the Word of God. We do not want to learn the aorist tense of the word of God and how it is an ongoing process of tormenting the old man until he is killed in the future. Day by day he is tormented in the fire, and the smoke of his torment ascends up to God as a sweet savour.  Our verses today started off with, “Take heed to yourselves, that YOUR heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them.” This is “dwelling in cieled” houses. And just like the scriptures in Haggai, when we worship ourselves, the rain is cut off, “And then the LORD’S wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain…” Last week we talked about the early and latter rain, and today we are speaking of the time BETWEEN those two rains, the time of no rain, when summer is in its fullest and hottest. Summer is a parable of judgment, the time of great heat.

Psa 32:4  For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.

It is also a time of harvest, when the fruit ripens and is ready for picking.

Pro 10:5  He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.

If there is no early rain, there is no summer fruit. If we are not given to absorb the raining fire of the word or if God does not give us this raining fire, we cannot pick the fruit in the time of judgment. In other words, if we are not given to see that judgment is where the fruit is ripened, we will never produce fruit to God. If we are not daily meditating, reading or listening to the word, applying it inwardly to ourselves, we will not be able to stand the heat of judgment that produces the plumpest fruit. Our fruit will be shriveled by the heat of the fire of the word because it had no inward application. All we see is outward and future instead of now. Our ground will be dry and hard and will not produce the fruit of righteousness. We will be shocked when the judgment comes and we will be wandering around with no idea of what is happening; whining, crying, and complaining like the Israelites in the wilderness.

Once summer is past, then we receive the latter rain, where our ground is saturated with abundance of the word to bring forth the fall harvest, the biggest of all harvest, the redemption of the world as a whole. The summer harvest is where we are picked as the elect for the bringing in of the great harvest at the end of the world in the lake of fire.

Jas 5:7  Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
Jas 5:8  Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh[perfect tense].

This same summer heat, that happens over and over, year after year, day after day, hour after hour, either produces plump ripe fruit after the earth has received the early rain, or it shrivels the fruit up because it did not receive the early rain.

Jas 1:10  But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away.
Jas 1:11  For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
Jas 1:12  Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

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

If we do not soak up all the word we can, we will be withered by every trial/judgment that comes our way. If we spend our time occupying ourselves with things other than the word, we will be caught off guard when the heat of judgment comes. We will be wondering what happened and asking God why He is allowing these trials to come our way. Summer heat is necessary for the growth of the fruit and to bring it to its ripest end. That fruit is for God to pick and for God to enjoy. It is His reward for all that He has labored in tilling, planting, tending, watering, and then harvesting. We are the first fruits, the first harvest. The world is the latter harvest, where we will be the harvesters for the fruit to Christ. He has tilled us, planted us, watered us, and now we must be eaten up and replanted for the growth of the world.

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

Christ was the first SEED that fell into the ground and died and from that death produced us. Now we must go through that same death for the life of the rest of mankind. We must die to ourselves now in this life that the life of the world can be saved in the lake of fire.

In Revelation 14:1 we read about the 144,000 that had their Father’s name written in their foreheads. This is a type and figure of the parable of the 10 commandments being literally worn between the literal Israelites eyes on their forehead.

Deu 11:18  Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes. 

This literal act was a witness that the future law of the spirit would be frontlets between all that we saw. It would be the name of our Father between our eyes, and that name is Jesus Christ. These 144,000 sing a new song before the throne, which means we give all glory to Christ for all that we are. They sing this new song before the four beasts, the whole of what Christ uses to testify through us of His LORDSHIP over all the four corners of our earth. Because we are still in flesh, we are beasts, and we are ruled over by our LORD who uses us to testify of His creating work. We sing before the elders, which testify of who we will be to the rest of mankind in the lake of fire. We are not defiled by the doctrines of Babylon. Our testimony is pure, therefore we are likened to virgins. We are faultless before the throne, in the future tense – but seen as accomplished in the eyes of God, therefore what comes from our mouth in this testimony of Christ is faultless. All of this is accomplished daily, hourly, minute by minute through the judgment of the Babylonian doctrines we held. As they are judged in us the new man is given the name of his Father in that area of his life. This gospel is preached before the four beasts in me which is represented in verse 6 as every nation, kindred, tongue and people in me. Everything in us must be judged and everything in us must say in verse 7, “Fear God, AND give glory to Him” after each nation, people, kindred, and tongue is judged in us and after Babylon in us is fallen in whole – represented by the number 4 – and every man in us that worshiped the beast by the doctrines of Babylon that sat upon the beast is destroyed. After we have drunk the wine of the wrath of God and have been tormented by the fire of His word; after the smoke of our torment, which is a sweet savour to God, has ascended up for the aion (eon, age) of the aions, we are told , “Here [in all that has been enumerated in the preceding verses] is the patience of the saints: Here are they [the 144,000] that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” The rain of fire will come in judgment, we will wither in all areas of our life, the smoke of our torment will ascend for the aions of the aions, because all nations, people, kindreds and tongues in us must be judged for taking the glory of God and of Jesus Christ.

In this patience of judgment possesses our souls, and in this judgment we are given the name of our Father. Our verses today started out as being a history lesson for us while we were in Babylon, but we have been shown they are more than that. These verses testify of us and the process of judgment we must go through to enter the promised land. The drought is the judgment from which our flesh tries to escape, but if we are the elect, the 144,000, we will be patient in this judgment and see it as the necessary plan of God which will redeem us from our earth. If we do not receive the fiery rain into our land we cannot produce fruit. If Christ does not till our ground to allow it to receive the fiery rain, we will never absorb the understanding of judgment and never produce fruit to God. Let’s read our verses again with no highlights or underlinings after we have learned what we have today and then compare them to Revelation 14.

Deu 11:16  Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;
Deu 11:17  And then the LORD’S wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you.

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.
Rev 14:2  And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
Rev 14:3  And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
Rev 14:4  These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
Rev 14:5  And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
Rev 14:6  And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
Rev 14:7  Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
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 14:9  And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
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:
Rev 14:11  And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
Rev 14:12  Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

I pray Christ tills our ground that we may receive the fiery rain of His judgment and we produce fruit unto Him after the latter rain in the fall harvest.

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