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Jer 3:1-8 Israel Committed Adultery… Judah… Played the Harlot Also

[Study Aired January 17, 2021]

Jer 3:1  They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man’s, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD.
Jer 3:2  Lift up thine eyes unto the high places, and see where thou hast not been lien with. In the ways hast thou sat for them, as the Arabian in the wilderness; and thou hast polluted the land with thy whoredoms and with thy wickedness.
Jer 3:3  Therefore the showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a whore’s forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed.
Jer 3:4  Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth?
Jer 3:5  Will he reserve his anger for ever? will he keep it to the end? Behold, thou hast spoken and done evil things as thou couldest.
Jer 3:6  The LORD said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? she is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot.
Jer 3:7  And I said after she had done all these things, Turn thou unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.
Jer 3:8  And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.

This chapter begins with no distinction between the two stages of our growth. Those two stages are nepios (infants) and uihos (a more mature child). Even as God’s “very elect” we are all, to begin with, “carnal babes (Greek: ‘nepios’) in Christ”. However, the Lord knew who we were “before the world began”:

1Co 3:1  And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnaleven as unto babes [Greek: ‘nepios’] in Christ.
1Co 3:2  I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
1Co 3:3  For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
1Co 3:4  For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?

We all struggle to understand how it is possible to be a “carnal… babe in Christ” and yet that is a very clear Biblical doctrine, which bears much on our study today inasmuch as we are all “uder the law” at the beginning of our walk with the Lord.

Gal 4:1  Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
Gal 4:2  But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
Gal 4:3  Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
Gal 4:4  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, [Made under the law of the woman, Babylon the Great]

2Ti 1:9  Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

Tit 1:2  In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

The early church of Christ, the apostles themselves, were all first spiritual ‘nepios’ still living “under the law”, just as most ‘Christians’ are until this very day. The entire Christian world lives under the bondage of Babylon, paying an unscriptural tithe, observing days, months, times and years, and are therefore living under the law, which the holy spirit calls “the elements of the world”:

Gal 4:1  Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child [Greek: G3516 ‘nepios’, Samaria, Ahola], differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
Gal 4:2  But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father [Eph 2:11-22].
Gal 4:3  Even so we, when we were children [nepios], were in bondage under the elements of the world:
Gal 4:4  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son [G5207: ‘uihos’], made of a woman, made under the law, [made a nepios]
Gal 4:5  To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons [‘uihothesia’].
Gal 4:6  And because ye are sons [uihos], God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son [uihos] into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Gal 4:7  Wherefore thou art no more a servant [G1401: doulos], but a son [uihos]; and if a son [uihos], then an heir of God through Christ.

Just as Paul first addresses the Corinthians as “carnal babes in Christ”, so we are addressed as the harlot we all just naturally are as “carnal babes in Christ”, even after becoming the Lord’s wife:

Jer 3:1  They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man’s, shall he return unto her again? Shall not that land be greatly polluted? But thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD.
Jer 3:2  Lift up thine eyes unto the high places, and see where thou hast not been lien with. In the ways hast thou sat for them, as the Arabian in the wilderness; and thou hast polluted the land with thy whoredoms and with thy wickedness.
Jer 3:3  Therefore the showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a whore’s forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed.

The Lord will not be joined to a harlot, yet he has devised means whereby He causes us to repent of our whoredoms and return to Him as a “chaste virgin”:

Jer 3:11  And the LORD said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah.
Jer 3:12  Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever.
Jer 3:13  Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD.
Jer 3:14  Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:

2Co 11:2  For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

“Lift up your eyes… and see where you have not been lien with… you have a whore’s forehead, you refused to be ashamed”.  This statement expresses the same sentiment which has been expressed earlier in this prophecy:

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.

Jer 2:23  How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim? see thy way in the valley, know what thou hast donethou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways;

Our flesh tires of being reminded of our shameful naked beginnings. Nevertheless “Know therefore and… see thy way… know what you have done…” is the theme of this entire prophecy, just as it is the theme of the entire Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. This constant reminder is from the Lord Himself who wants us to remember that “it is an evil thing and bitter that [we] have forsaken the Lord… and that [His healthy] fear is not in us” by nature, and that ‘healthy fear’ of our heavenly Father is given to us only through the fiery words of the prophecy of this book” (Rev 22:7) and by reminding us how easily we go right back to our own vomit and return not to Him, but we return to our own wallow in the mire.

Yes, I must remind us all that these words refer to each of us:

Pro 26:11  As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

Isa 19:14  The LORD hath mingled a perverse spirit in the midst thereof: and they have caused Egypt [the whole world] to err in every work thereof, as a drunken man staggereth in his vomit.

Jer 48:26  Make ye him drunken: for he magnified himself against the LORD: Moab [Lot’s oldest son, our own flesh] also shall wallow in his vomit, and he also shall be in derision.

2Pe 2:22  But it is happened unto them [you and me] according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

Rev 22:7  Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. [“Every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”, Mat 4:4]

These verses all just naturally sound repugnant to us, and well they should. We just naturally fail to see ourselves wallowing in our own vomit and our own mire. Needless to say, as this prophecy will demonstrate, just as the prophecy of Isaiah and the stories of the kings of Isaiah’s time demonstrate, the Lord wants us to see ourselves as worse than the nations around us [Aholibah], yet redeemed and purified through the fiery words which He has placed in our mouths.

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 all for a good purpose and for a good end, and reminding us from whence we are called is an important part of our calling and our commission in service to the Lord and His flock:

Jer 6:27  I have set thee for a tower and a fortress among my people, that thou mayest know and try their way.

That is exactly what this prophecy does, and that is exactly what all the Lord’s prophets are doing every time we remind us all that it is you and I who must live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

Deu 8:3  And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.

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.

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

This part of Jeremiah deals with us as being typified by two wives. Their names are “Israel… and her treacherous sister Judah” (Jer 3:7). Ezekiel speaks of the same two wives as “Aholah, and Aholibah”, and while Aholibah is the younger, she is pronounced as being far more wicked and far more unfaithful than her older sister, Aholah.

Eze 23:11  And when her sister Aholibah saw this, she was more corrupt in her inordinate love than she, and in her whoredoms more than her sister in her whoredoms.

Eze 23:22  Therefore, O Aholibah, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will raise up thy lovers against thee, from whom thy mind is alienated, and I will bring them against thee on every side.

Rev 17:16  And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.
Rev 17:17  For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

Yet the Lord tells us that even Aholibah will repent, and our ‘nepios’ and our ‘uihos’ will be made “one new man” establishing His covenant with us:

Jer 30:8  For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:
Jer 30:9  But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king [Christ and His Christ], whom I will raise up unto them.
Jer 30:10  Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the LORD; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, loI will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid.
Jer 30:11  For I am with thee, saith the LORDto save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.
Jer 30:12  For thus saith the LORD, Thy bruise is [of yourself] incurable, and thy wound is [of yourself] grievous.
Jer 30:13  There is none to plead thy cause, that thou mayest be bound up: thou hast no healing medicines.
Jer 30:14  All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not; for I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one, for the multitude of thine iniquity; because thy sins were increased.
Jer 30:15  Why criest thou for thine affliction? thy sorrow is incurable [of yourself] for the multitude of thine iniquity: because thy sins were increased, I have done these things unto thee.
Jer 30:16  Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured; and all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey.
Jer 30:17  For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.
Jer 30:18  Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will bring again the captivity of Jacob’s tents, and have mercy on his dwellingplaces; and the city shall be builded upon her own heap [upon the destruction of our old man], and the palace shall remain after the manner thereof.
Jer 30:19  And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.
Jer 30:20  Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their congregation shall be established before me, and I will punish all that oppress them.
Jer 30:21  And their nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor shall proceed from the midst of them; and I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto me: for who is this that engaged his heart to approach unto me? saith the LORD.
Jer 30:22  And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
Jer 30:23  Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked.
Jer 30:24  The fierce anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it [“beginning at the house of God”, Jer 25:18 and 1Pe 4:17].

The point being made is that we are being judged “in this present time” (Rom 8:18) and “the fierce anger of the Lord” is burning all the “wood, hay, and stubble” out of us so He can live in a purified temple “which temple [we] are”:

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 [Jer 5:14 “This Word”]; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
1Co 3:14  If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
1Co 3:15  If any man’s work shall be burned [We all at first produce works of ‘wood, hay, and stubble’], he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
1Co 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
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.

When I started this study, I thought the northern kingdom of ‘Israel’ with its capital of Samaria, was a type of our old man, and the southern kingdom of Judah typified our new man. Then I saw that both Israel and Judah are promised redemption, and I realized that the northern kingdom of Israel typifies us while we are under the law and in Babylon, thinking of ourselves as rich and increased with goods and in need of nothing. We were saying to ourselves:

Luk 18:11  The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

Rev 3:17  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
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.
Rev 3:19  As many as I love, I rebuke and chastenbe zealous therefore, and repent.

Judah, ‘Aholibah’ on the other hand typifies those who eventually see themselves as that publican who prayed:

Luk 18:13  And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

Jerusalem, in the prophecies of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel, is portrayed as this publican, as the worse of the two harlots and as “chief… of sinners”:

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

1Ti 1:15  This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

The Lord is requiring the blood of all the prophets of “this generation”; the generation reading the words of the prophecy of this book.

Luk 11:49  Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute:
Luk 11:50  That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;
Luk 11:51  From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.

Why, then, would we not confess to being “Aholibah… a sinner… the chief of sinners”:

Eze 23:1  The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,
Eze 23:2  Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother:
Eze 23:3  And they committed whoredoms in Egypt; they committed whoredoms in their youth: there were their breasts pressed, and there they bruised the teats of their virginity.
Eze 23:4  And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: and they were mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria is Aholah [H170], and Jerusalem Aholibah.

These two women typify the two stages of the Lord’s work He is working within His elect. The first stage is that of a spiritual infant, living under the law, still offering the blood of bulls and goats, instead of “that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ” (Col 1:24). The second woman comes only through the ‘Tearing down of the middle wall of partition, and making of both one new man’ so making peace between Israel and Judah by giving up our childish ways of offering according to the law of Moses, as the apostles were still doing in Acts 15 and 21:

Act 15:20  But that we write unto them [those not under the law of Moses], that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood. [Repentant ‘Aholibah’]
Act 15:21  For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day. [“carnal babe in Christ”, nepios, “under the elements of this world” immature ‘Aholah’]

Act 21:17  And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly.
Act 21:18  And the day following Paul went in with us unto James; and all the elders were present.
Act 21:19  And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry.
Act 21:20  And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord, and said unto him, Thou seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which believeand they are all zealous of the law: [of Moses, ‘Ahola’]
Act 21:21  And they are informed of thee, that thou teachest all the Jews which are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children, neither to walk after the customs.
Act 21:22  What is it therefore? the multitude must needs come together: for they will hear that thou art come.
Act 21:23  Do therefore this that we say to thee: We have four men which have a vow on them;
Act 21:24  Them take, and purify thyself with them, and be at charges with them, that they may shave their heads: and all may know that those things, whereof they were informed concerning thee, are nothing; but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law [of Moses].
Act 21:25  As touching the Gentiles which believe [Aholibah], we have written and concluded that they observe no such thing, save only that they keep themselves from things offered to idols, and from blood, and from strangled, and from fornication.
Act 21:26  Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering [an animal blood offering according to the law of Moses] should be offered for every one of them.

It is few indeed who realize that these verses concerning events which took place in the church of Jesus Christ in the days of the apostles, decades after His death and resurrection, reveal the depth of the Truth of these words of our Lord:

Joh 16:12  I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

This was after Paul had spent three years at Damascus after his conversion. It was after spending another 13 years in Tarsus, and another several years traveling, first with Barnabas and then with Silas, making a total of three journeys throughout the entire western Mediterranean countries, and yet he and all the other apostles were still under the law of Moses, as physical Jews still offering the blood of animals as if the sacrifice of Christ were insufficient to atone for our sins.

That is where we all are when we are under the laws of Babylon: attending church on Sunday, keeping all the holidays of that harlot church, tithing to her false prophets, and still convinced that we must keep the laws of that harlot system, just as the apostles were still keeping the “carnal commandment[s]” of Moses:

Heb 7:16  Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.

So it is with these two sisters, “the daughters of one mother”. That “one mother” is “the law… the elements of the world” (Gal 4:1-4).

In the book of Genesis, Christ is both the tree of life and also the fiery sword which guards the way of the Tree of Life. No man can get to that tree of life without going through that fiery sword. When we pass through that ‘fiery sword’ it will devour out of us all the “wood, hay, and stubble” of the “elements of the world”, which are the law of Moses as well as the law of the Gentiles:

Rom 2:14  For when the Gentiles, which have not the [carnal commandments of the] law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law [of carnal commandments] unto themselves:

In this prophecy, our time spent under the law is called the northern kingdom of Israel with its capital of Samaria, and through the miraculous work of the Lord, the wall that is between us and our brothers who are yet under the law is being dismantled as we and they come to see ourselves as those who have shed the blood of all the prophets… as worse even than our brothers in Babylon, and as “chief of sinners”.

This is where the New Testament apostles and the few who could receive these words were finally given to tear down the wall of partition between the two houses of Israel, and come together as one new man, so making peace within ourselves:

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9  Not of [our] works, lest any man should boast.
Eph 2:10  For we are his workmanshipcreated in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

The “good works [in] which God has ordained that we walk” includes the tearing down of the wall of partition, the laws of Moses and the law of the Gentiles, which is “between us”, and come to know the peace that accompanies knowing that we are all “His workmanship”:

Eph 2:11  Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
Eph 2:12  That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:
Eph 2:13  But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
Eph 2:14  For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
Eph 2:15  Having abolished in his flesh the enmityeven the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new manso making peace;
Eph 2:16  And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
Eph 2:17  And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
Eph 2:18  For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Eph 2:19  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

In Christ there is no longer a wall of partition between Jews and Gentiles. There is no such thing as a spiritual chosen and a physical chosen. Christ is in the business of “making of twain one new man.” He is not making of twain, twain! Those who are still under the law are still in bondage and:

Gal 4:30  Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
Gal 4:31  So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free

Gal 4:25  For this Agar [the bondwoman] is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.

Jer 3:1  They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man’s, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD.
Jer 3:2  Lift up thine eyes unto the high places, and see where thou hast not been lien with. In the ways hast thou sat for them, as the Arabian in the wilderness; and thou hast polluted the land with thy whoredoms and with thy wickedness.

It was while we were “carnal babes in Christ… under the elements of this world”, thankful that we were so righteous and “not as other men” that the Lord contends with us:

Jer 3:3  Therefore the showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a whore’s forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed.
Jer 3:4  Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth?
Jer 3:5  Will he reserve his anger for ever? will he keep it to the end? Behold, thou hast spoken and done evil things as thou couldest.

When we are being judged, it does indeed seem as though it will never come to an end. We tend to think that when we finally come to see ourselves as the Lord’s elect, then the hand of His judgments will subside, but the Truth is that that is when “judgment begins at the house of God”:

Jer 3:6  The LORD said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? she is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot.
Jer 3:7  And I said after she had done all these things, Turn thou unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.
Jer 3:8  And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorceyet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.

It is manifested that Jacob deceitfully supplanted his brother Esau, and it is equally clear that King Saul is never in scripture accused of committing adultery and then the murder of the man with whose wife he committed adultery. Yet Jacob was loved, and Esau was hated, and King David is pronounced to be “a man better than [King Saul].

1Sa 15:28  And Samuel said unto him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou.

These things happened to them, and they are written to admonish us to consider ourselves as guilty of the blood of all the prophets and the blood of our own Savior and the ‘chief of sinners’. Yet we are loved of the Lord, not because of ourselves, but in spite of the pit from whence we are dug, and which shameful origins the Lord wants us to remember.

Knowing what the Lord is doing does not exempt us from His judgments because:

Luk 12:48  But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

We are being prepared to rule this world and to judge angels. Preparation for such a high calling is indeed “a narrow way”, but the Lord has promised those who are His:

Rom 8:37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
Rom 8:38  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Rom 8:39  Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

That is our study for today, and these are our verses for our next study:

Jer 3:9  And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks.
Jer 3:10  And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the LORD.
Jer 3:11  And the LORD said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah.
Jer 3:12  Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever.
Jer 3:13  Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD.
Jer 3:14  Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:
Jer 3:15  And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
Jer 3:16  And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more.
Jer 3:17  At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.

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Deuteronomy – Deu 22:12 Thou Shalt Make Thee Fringes upon the Four Quarters of thy Vesture, Wherewith Thou Coverest Thyself http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/deuteronomy-deu-2212-thou-shalt-make-thee-fringes-upon-the-four-quarters-of-thy-vesture-wherewith-thou-coverest-thyself/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=deuteronomy-deu-2212-thou-shalt-make-thee-fringes-upon-the-four-quarters-of-thy-vesture-wherewith-thou-coverest-thyself Sat, 16 Jan 2021 02:33:26 +0000 http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/?p=21962

Deu 22:12  Thou shalt make thee fringes upon the four quarters of thy vesture, wherewith thou coverest thyself.

[Study Aired January 15, 2021]

This set of verses below explains our verse today more indepth;

Num 15:37  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Num 15:38  Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue:
Num 15:39  And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring:
Num 15:40  That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God.
Num 15:41  I am the LORD your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the LORD your God.

In reading this description of the fringes, I was first led to understand what the borders of the garments are. The borders represent the ends of each opening, the neck, the sleeves and the opening of the bottom of the gown. These openings represent the ends from which we touch, walk, see and hear. From each opening there is a function, where we walk, what we put our hands to touch and from where we see, smell, taste and hear. The first three ends are the two arm holes and then the end of the skirt where our legs protrude. The protrusion which comes out of the fourth border, the head, has its own borders with four opening functions – the eye sockets, the nostrils, the mouth and the ears. Each one of these openings are lined with fringes, hairs, that are given to protect the openings – eye lids, nose hairs, whiskers and ear hairs. These grow to cover the opening to avoid debris getting into the openings. We can see the spiritual resemblance between hairs and a “ribbon”, which means a thread. These ribbons are to be sown on the borders of the openings and called “fringes”, which means:

We all agree that the scriptures call Christ the “lily of the valley”.

Hos 14:5  I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.

Son 2:1  I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.
Son 2:2  As the lily among thornsso is my love among the daughters.

How does this attach to our scriptures today? Jesus Christ is the flower that is lined at the end of each of our borders. He is the ending of all things that we feel, see, smell, taste or hear. What these scriptures are telling us is that whatever comes from the opening of our garment we must acknowledge Christ as the Author and Finisher of it. Also, it says that the thread color was to be blue, and in the study of blue we have come to know that the color blue means things dealing with the Spirit. Below are two short excerpts out of the study on the color blue. The first one is from the first study on blue, and the second is taken from the conclusion on the study, part 2.

The Color Blue – Part 1
The Color Blue – Part 2

Having laid that foundation we can move on to see, having eyes that see and ears that hear spiritual things, that every ending, ends with blue. Seeing things spiritually from the end moves us to see the end from the beginning, and our beginning is by Christ Who covers us to be holy and without blame at every ending.

Eph 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Eph 1:4  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
Eph 1:5  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will
Eph 1:6  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

Our head passes through the garment laced with a blue lily. That blue lily signifies the Spirit of God which opens our hearts and minds to the truth. Everything we see, smell, taste or hear is seen, smelled, tasted and heard through the spirit.

2Co 3:6  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

So, to be spiritually minded means we are seeing things through the spirit of the word and not the letter of the word. One complements the flesh and one complements the Spirit of God. One gives the credit for good or evil to the flesh from freewill, and the other give credit for all things to God. One sees man as being a free moral agent separate and independent from the Creator, while the other knows that nothing exists outside the Creator. To continue in this truth, that all things of God are seen by His Spirit and without that Spirit we are dead, we are walking in the spirit.

Col 1:1  Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, [God’s will, not my freewill (Rom 9:16)] and Timotheus our brother,
Col 1:2  To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ [to the saints, not to the world] which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Col 1:3  We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
Col 1:4  Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,
Col 1:5  For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven [the hope that is laid up in seeing things spiritually, seeing through the ending of the blue lily], whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;
Col 1:6  Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world [in all the world, does not mean that all the world sees the truth or will see the truth in this age, but seeing Christ as the Creator of all the world, as we will see in verse 15. We do not want to look at things as we once did, being in the world, but to see that all things in the world were created by Christ – ALL THINGS, good and evil. This truth we did not have while “IN” the world because we were still deceived by the false doctrine of freewill and free moral agency separate and independent of Christ. We did not have the thread of blue at the end of every opening of our garments and could not see spiritually.]; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard [looking back (Rev 1:10-12)] of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:
Col 1:7  As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ;
Col 1:8  Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.
Col 1:9  For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding [Read in the next verses how he equates being filled with spiritual understanding in verse 9 to walking worthy of the LORD, being fruitful, increasing in knowledge and strengthened with all power. This means we are seeing things, tasting things, smelling things, hearing things through the spirit.];
Col 1:10  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
Col 1:11  Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;
Col 1:12  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: [The Father made us “meet” by choosing us in Christ before the foundation of the literal world and before our world began, wherein He MADE US holy and without blame before Himself. So, looking through Christ we can see that all things from the beginning will end in perfection, no matter what we have done in the flesh. It is so because looking back, we see through the spirit that all things were created before we existed. If all things, all powers and principalities, things seen and not seen, existed before us and He had already made us holy and without blame, then nothing can keep us from Him (Eph 1:3-6, Rom 8:31-39.]
Col 1:13  Who hath delivered us [G5673-aorist tense, “is delivering us, a continual deliverance, not a one-time deliverance in a ten-second sinner’s prayer, but daily delivering us from turning back to our own thoughts for peace.] from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: [The power of darkness is as the cloud that separates our old man from the new man. One side of the cloud is darkness to the flesh, every day, and one side is light to my new man, every day (Exo 13:21).]
Col 1:14  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: [If we have been given to know the above truth, then we know that the blood of Christ covers us from what we are in the flesh in that it shows us that what we are is darkness. In this truth we see that nothing is darkness to the new man because all things were predestined to be exactly what they were, are and will be. In this truth we have “redemption”, deliverance from the darkened side of the cloud and are led by the pillar of fire. We are blessed to see that all things indeed are working together for the good to us, who are the called according to His purpose (Rom 8:28-30). With this truth we see forgiveness of sins that were created as part of our life to drag us to the truth.]
Col 1:15  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: [Christ is first born into this truth and whatever comes from His loins, us, are the firstfruits of that first born. Why?]
Col 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Col 1:17  And he is [G5748-present tense] before all things, and by him all things consist [G5758-perfect tense]. [He is presently before all things and by Him ALL THINGS consist perfectly; all things past, present and future. Any thought of your past, present or future consists perfectly to those who have eyes to see. We are delivered from the darkness of the cloud that blinded us through the false doctrine of freewill.]
Col 1:18  And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. [He is, Who is, that He might be seen in our spiritual understanding as having the preeminence over all things in our lives past, present and future and in the world around us, past, present and future.]
Col 1:19  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; [In Christ the complete truth about why the world outwardly is, was and will be what it is, was and will be and inwardly about our own world is complete. We are seeing through the boundary of the garment, which ends in a blue thread, what covers us and covers the world outwardly.]
Col 1:20  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. [to those who see, smell, taste, and hear through the four complete ends of the garment that covers them, they see that all is good as it was originally made, with the serpent in the garden with us (Gen 1:26-31)]
Col 1:21  And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled. [And you that were, (G5752 present tense) in this aion, alienated, a “non participant” (G526), perfectly alienated as a nonparticipant (G5772) from this truth in this age, by our perfectly created wicked minds, are now shown light and see, smell, taste, and hear through the spirit, through the blue thread that ends the opening.]
Col 1:22  In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: [We are reconciled by the body of Christ through the knowledge and wisdom which comes through that body (verses 9-11 with Eph 5:30)]
Col 1:23  If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; [We are warned that to see things in any other light is to move away from this truth and back to the crooked path of the world. It was a path that God made crooked by using His created crooked serpent. A truth that not many are able to stay grounded in because the pulls of the flesh are so abundant that it moves the flesh to try and make the crooked straight, we are told that He makes our path crooked, as He made the serpent crooked and then HE makes that same path straight.]

Lam 3:9  He hath inclosed my ways with hewn stone, he hath made my paths crooked.

Ecc 7:13  Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?

Isa 42:16  And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.

Isa 45:2  I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron:

Php 2:15  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

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?

Isa 27:1  In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.

Col 1:24  Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up [reconcile, understand that the sufferings He is going through is for the body of Christ. Because we are the body of Christ, His flesh and bones (Eph 5:30), we see that we must suffer for the body and fill up what is left to bring to perfection a new man, the man child who will rule the nations outwardly with a rod of iron (Rev 12:5).] that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:
Col 1:25  Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for youto fulfil [fill up] the word of God;
Col 1:26  Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
Col 1:27  To whom [the saints, not the world] God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentileswhich is Christ in you, the hope of glory: [seeing, smelling, tasting, hearing all things through the eyes of Christ, Who is the blue thread at the ending of all things.]
Col 1:28  Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
Col 1:29  Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

So, in conclusion, if we are covered in the raiment of Christ, then at every ending we see through the Spirit the manifold wisdom of God in bringing all things to His desired end where He will reconcile all things to Himself. We are being shown that at the end of every minute, hour, day or year was a blue ribbon. The Spirit of God shows us that each opening was through the heavens where Christ is seen as the Creator of all things, and that all things consist by Him in aorist tense, is, was and will be. We will be shown that we, all of the body of Christ…ARE LILIES IN THE WORLD, and we are being brought to growth, where we will not toil or spin because of what is going on in our world or the outside world. We are in the world as LILIES but we are not of the world.

Mat 6:28  And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
Mat 6:29  And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Joh 17:15  I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
Joh 17:16  They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Joh 17:17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Num 15:38  Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue:
Num 15:39  And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the LORD, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring:

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The Book of Hebrews – Heb 10:8-18 “Sacrifice and Offering Thou Wouldest not, but a Body Hast Thou Prepared Me” – Part 2 http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/the-book-of-hebrews-heb-108-18-sacrifice-and-offering-thou-wouldest-not-but-a-body-hast-thou-prepared-me-part-2/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-book-of-hebrews-heb-108-18-sacrifice-and-offering-thou-wouldest-not-but-a-body-hast-thou-prepared-me-part-2 Thu, 14 Jan 2021 23:35:02 +0000 http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/?p=21959

Heb 10:8-18 “Sacrifice and Offering Thou Wouldest not, but a Body Hast Thou Prepared Me” – Part 2

[Study Aired January 14, 2021]

Heb 10:8  Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; 
Heb 10:9  Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 
Heb 10:10  By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Heb 10:11  And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 
Heb 10:12  But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 
Heb 10:13  From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. 
Heb 10:14  For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. 
Heb 10:15  Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, 
Heb 10:16  This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 
Heb 10:17  And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 
Heb 10:18  Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

As a living sacrifice presented to God today (Rom 12:1), our striving toward “the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Php 3:14-15) is what we do when we work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, sacrificing to God through Christ, which we will do, Lord willing (Heb 6:3, Jas 4:13-15, Php 2:12-13). The Israelites-of-old’s sacrifice was “offered by the law”, and that represents what we all naturally do without “the righteousness which is of God by faith” (Php 3:9).

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Php 3:14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Php 3:15  Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you [1Jn 3:2-5, Rom 3:23, 1Jn 1:8].

Php 2:12  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure [Rom 2:4, Luk 12:32].

Php 3:9  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

Christ comes into our life to “take away the first” (Heb_10:9) way in which we sacrificed by our own might and power, and replaces this way “that he may establish the second”, which is not by might or power but by “the righteousness which is of God by faith” (Zec 4:6). Being established in the Lord takes time as Christ must destroy the man of perdition within us, likened to the giants in the land which will be bread for us (Deu 7:22, Num 14:9), and this is done by the brightness of His coming which represents the increase that comes from God within us, who gives us the power to decrease or put off our flesh as Christ increases in us (Joh 3:30-31). This is the only way He can be established and we can ultimately be found without our own righteousness (2Th 2:8, 1Pe 5:10).

Deu 7:22  And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee.

Num 14:9  Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.

Joh 3:30  He must increase, but I must decrease.
Joh 3:31  He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.
2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

1Pe 5:10  But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

I’ve kept the same title for this week’s study seeing it fits the scriptures we will be looking at very well: “Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me.”

Heb 10:8  Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; 
Heb 10:9  Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 
Heb 10:10  By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

All of these sacrifices of old that God “neither hadst pleasure” in, were done for our sakes (2Co 4:15) to show us how God looks at the works of our flesh. When I say works of our flesh, I’m not talking about the obvious sins of the flesh which are also something that God allows to manifest in the earth (Gal 5:19), but rather the “Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings” that represent those things we initially thought must be really pleasing to God like physical healings, and other physical signs given to us to demonstrate what is possible when we are given dominion over evil spirits.

Those events of seeing devils be “subject unto us through thy name” which Christ’s disciples experienced (Luk 10:17) were not things that God was against any more than He was against Israel offering sacrifices in the temple (Mar 9:38-40). What is lost on us, until Christ opens our heavens, is that it is the works of Christ in us, which all these works typify that are the works that are truly pleasing to God. The other works were also given to us to do by God through Christ in whom we live and move and have our being, in Acts 17:28. However, without the mind of Christ all these actions are still connected to our flesh, or the law of sin in our members that makes us think that we did these services unto God.

That is the part that God “neither hadst pleasure” right up to the second resurrection when people come up saying “have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works” (Mat 7:22, Php 3:9)? There is still a spirit of glorying in that which was given unto them, and it takes that crushing by the stone to burn it all out of us (1Co 4:7, Mat 21:44).

Mar 9:38  And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.
Mar 9:39  But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.
Mar 9:40  For he that is not against us is on our part [Php 1:14-21].

1Co 4:7  For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

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

God was not angry at the ancient Israelites for offering up these sacrifices, but rather we are being told that these actions were not anywhere near the pleasing actions which Christ and His Christ would be able to accomplish through God’s holy spirit being given as we present our lives a living sacrifice that is accepted through Christ (Rom 12:1). God loves all of His creation even while they are yet sinners, worshiping God in a manner that in the long run will be revealed as only a type and shadow of the real worship in spirit and truth His elect is privileged to experience (Joh 4:23). Christ told his disciples to rejoice that their names were written in heaven (Luk 10:20) for the same reason mentioned in Revelation to rejoice because the bride has made herself ready. Having Christ in our heavens is that new name spoken of in Revelation Chapter 2 (Luk 10:17-20, Rev 19:7, Rev 2:17).

Joh 4:23  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

Luk 10:17  And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
Luk 10:18  And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
Luk 10:19  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Luk 10:20  Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

Rev 19:7  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

Rev 2:17  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.

God’s elect have their names written in heaven, and that means we are seated with Christ in heaven (Eph 2:6) and able to not merely identify the false doctrines in this earth but also continue to abide in Christ in order to  overcome  those spirits (Joh 8:31-32). It takes our names written in heaven to have Christ take “away the first, that he may establish the second“, and “by the which will we are sanctified” is how this will be accomplished which is what it means to be born again (Joh 1:13, Joh 3:3). That is how we are “sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once“.

Joh 1:13  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Joh 3:3  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

This is also why right after this parable discussed in Luke 10:17-20 that Christ rejoiced in seeing what His Father was able to do in heaven and in earth, meaning the work of God within His predestined elect’s heaven and earth, Christ’s bride being made ready (Luk 10:21-22, Rev 19:7).

Luk 10:17  And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
Luk 10:18  And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
Luk 10:19  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Luk 10:20  Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
Luk 10:21  In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight [1Co 1:26-28].
Luk 10:22  All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.

Rev 19:7  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

Identifying sin is not overcoming sin, which is what the seventy who returned with joy had done (Luk 10:17). The holy spirit was not yet dwelling within these disciples (Rom 8:9). The seven spirits worse of Luke 11:26 represents the complete power sin has over us, described as a strong man that only Christ our hope of glory within (Col 1:27) can “prevail  to open the book and loose the seven seals thereof” (Luk 11:18-23, Rev 5:4-5). That strong man (who must be overtaken by a stronger man) represents Satan whom we see fall “as lightning fall from heaven”. It is because our names are written in heaven with Christ as our hope of glory within, that we can overcome the powers and principalities that we wrestle against (Luk 11:24-26, Luk 10:18, Jas 4:7).

Luk 11:17  But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.
Luk 11:18  If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub.
Luk 11:19  And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges.
Luk 11:20  But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.
Luk 11:21  When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:
Luk 11:22  But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.
Luk 11:23  He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.
Luk 11:24  When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.
Luk 11:25  And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished.
Luk 11:26  Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.

The disciples thought their sacrifice and offering of going out and seeing spirits subject “unto us through thy name” was something to be commended. Christ pointed to a greater spiritual event for those called to overcome in this life which would involve having Satan fall  from our heavens as lightning, being destroyed by the brightness of His coming (Mat 24:27, 2Th 2:3). In other words, beholding Satan fall from heaven is what the dragon that gives power to the beast must experience (Rev 13:4) as a result of Christ overtaking him (Luk 10:17-26).

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.

2Th 2:3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2Th 2:4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Luk 10:22  All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.

Heb 10:11  And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: 
Heb 10:12  But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 
Heb 10:13  From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. 

Daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins” of Hebrews 10:11 remind us that we bring nothing to the altar of our own selves. It takes the life of Christ in us (Rom 8:9), and His spotless sacrifice which He offered “for sins forever” (1Pe 1:19) in order to redeem mankind (Rom 5:10). Christ has now “sat down on the right hand of God“, the right hand representing the power of God, where we are seated in Christ Jesus (Eph 2:6) to accomplish this. The “daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins” become a reality in the spirit within the heavens of those who are blessed to die daily today through Christ into whose death we are baptized (1Co 15:31, Rom 6:4).

1Co 15:31  I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

Rom 6:4  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

It’s going to take time until all “his enemies be made his footstool“. It was the “one sacrifice for sins for ever” that put Christ in the position to be our high priest who “ever lives to make intercession for [us]” (Php 2:8-9, Heb 7:25, Rom 5:10). It is Christ who now sits “on the right hand of God“, who knows we will drink the cup with him, as the author and finisher of our faith (Mat 20:23, Php 1:6).

Expecting till his enemies be made his footstool” is another way of saying God will be “all in all” and that He will give those with whom he is working now dominion over sin, the earnest expectation that we can and will overcome with our hope of glory within (Php 1:20, Eph 1:14). Christ had this confidence when he was on the earth, and we can cry out for this same confidence.

Php 3:3  For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

Heb 10:35  Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.

Heb 11:26  Esteeming the reproach of Christ [1Co 10:16] greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

Heb 10:14  For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. 

This verse is speaking about how the works that Christ does in us are perfect in what they accomplish through the sanctification process to which we are called (Php 2:12-13, Rom 8:30-32).

Php 2:12  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Rom 8:30  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified [Php 2:13].
Rom 8:31  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Rom 8:32  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? [Rom 5:10]

It is “by one offering he hath perfectedG5048 [G5758] for ever them that are sanctified“. We know that we go onto perfection on the third day (Luk 13:32), but that which God does within us day by day as we decrease and Christ increases (Joh 3:30) is perfect in what it accomplishes in those works which will lead to that perfection on the third day, in a moment and in a twinkling of an eye (1Co 15:52). God chose the elect to “be holy and without blame before him in love” before the foundation of the world, walking in those works as His workmanship (Eph 1:4, Eph 2:10).

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

Joh 3:30  He must increase, but I must decrease.

Eph 1:4  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

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 [Eph 5:2, Rom 12:1].

Heb 10:15  Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,  
Heb 10:16  This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 

The “Holy Ghost also is a witness to us” is also expressed by Christ this way: “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come”. And that witness of what the Comforter can do is explained in the parable of the two witnesses who represent the body of Christ (Joh 16:13, Rev 11:3).

Rev 11:3  And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.

That witness of God’s spirit being given to His elect is how “the covenant that I will make with them after those days” will be accomplished. The Lord will “put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them“, and the result of that gift being given to us is that we will, like Christ (1Jn 4:17), be able to say “Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God” which is why it can be said “Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD” of Psalm 118:26. Coming in the name of the Lord is coming with an obedient heart that God has formed an enabled to keep His commandments (Isa 66:2).

Isa 66:2  For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

Heb 10:17  And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 
Heb 10:18  Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. 

Our “sins and iniquities” are forgiven, and we are pressing forward (Php 3:14) in order to be cleansed of those things that God shows us need to be repented of (1Jn 1:7, Rom 2:4). It takes “remission of these” sins, made possible through the sacrifice of Christ. There is “no more offering for sin” that we can offer in our flesh, because we are now living by the faith of Christ who is giving us the power to fill up what is behind of his afflictions in this life so we can be a living sacrifice, an “offering for sin“, for the world through Christ, who is the fit man who can accomplish this within our life, making us an acceptable sacrifice to God through him (Col 1:27, Lev 16:21).

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

1Jn 1:7  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Rom 2:4  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

[Do we despise God for telling us that we are going to be cleansed “from all sin” through Jesus Christ and his body? God willing we can we see and accept the process that is unfolding that reveals his “goodness and forbearance and longsuffering” and give thanks to our Father that he does harden our hearts and cause us to err (Isa 63:17) and then by “the blood of Jesus Christ” cleanse us “from all sin” (Pro 3:11, Gal 6:9, Heb 10:29).

Col 1:27  To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory [“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light” (Rom 8:9)]:

Lev 16:21  And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat [Rom 6:11], and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness:

Being brought into the wilderness, which represents the world that we are in but not of (Joh 15:19, Joh 17:16), is how we become a “sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me” (Heb 10:5). This is accomplished through Christ who is the fit man who gives us the power to overcome and endure unto the end, filling “up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church” (Col 1:24). The experience of evil we go through in this life to humble us thereby (Ecc 1:13 ASV, Isa 53:3, Heb 5:8), brings us to give an accounting before God as His first fruits, who are nourished through that judgment process, so we can then in turn nourish and heal the world through judgment as a “sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me“. Obadiah tells us what our role will be in that regard as saviours who are the bride of Christ who has made herself ready (Oba 1:21, Rev 19:7, Joh 14:1-3).

Rev 19:7  Let us rejoice and be exceeding glad, and let us give the glory unto him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

Joh 14:1  Let not your heart be troubled: believe in God, believe also in me.
Joh 14:2  In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.
Joh 14:3  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I come again, and will receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

]]> The Book of Jeremiah – Jer 2:29-37 I Will Plead With Thee, Because Thou Sayest, I Have Not Sinned http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/the-book-of-jeremiah-jer-229-37-i-will-plead-with-thee-because-thou-sayest-i-have-not-sinned/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-book-of-jeremiah-jer-229-37-i-will-plead-with-thee-because-thou-sayest-i-have-not-sinned Sun, 10 Jan 2021 03:25:47 +0000 http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/?p=21932

Jer 2:29-37 I Will Plead With Thee, Because Thou Sayest, I Have Not Sinned

[Study Aired January 9, 2021]

Jer 2:29 Wherefore will ye plead with me? ye all have transgressed against me, saith the LORD.
Jer 2:30 In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.
Jer 2:31 O generation, see ye the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? wherefore say my people, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee?
Jer 2:32 Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number.
Jer 2:33 Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love? therefore hast thou also taught the wicked ones thy ways.
Jer 2:34 Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these.
Jer 2:35 Yet thou sayest, Because I am innocent, surely his anger shall turn from me. Behold, I will plead with thee, because thou sayest, I have not sinned.
Jer 2:36 Why gaddest thou about so much to change thy way? thou also shalt be ashamed of Egypt, as thou wast ashamed of Assyria.
Jer 2:37 Yea, thou shalt go forth from him, and thine hands upon thine head: for the LORD hath rejected thy confidences, and thou shalt not prosper in them.

It may seem contradictory, and indeed it is, to be ashamed of being caught in an adulterous relationship, and still be able to say ‘I am innocent… I have not sinned’. This is exactly what Paul meant when He admonished us:

Rom 7:24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Rom 7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

‘The law of sin’ tells us that our self-righteousness, the most insidious of all sins, is in reality, righteousness. We have become so ‘righteous’ that we now tell the Lord, “I am my own lord, I will no more come unto you.” That is the same as saying to the Lord, “I, Lord, not You, will choose whether or not I will obey You.”

Jer 2:29 Wherefore will ye plead with me? ye all have transgressed against me, saith the LORD.
Jer 2:30 In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.

‘Why do we contend with Christ? We have all transgressed against Him.’ He has chastened us for doing so, and we were so blinded by our adulterous ways that we weren’t even aware we were being chastened.

“In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction…” This statement is the Old Testament foundation for these words out of the mouth of John the Baptist:

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.

Paul repeats this fact when he informs us:

Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

The whole world is reaping what it is sowing even as it refuses to acknowledge the God who is making us all to reap what we sow:

Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Gal 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

We all “sow to [our] flesh” before we are granted to “sow to the spirit”. In that time of our walk, we are living under the Lord’s wrath, and we are not aware of it being so. We grow into adulthood under the Lord’s wrath, and it is few indeed who ever begin to come out from under the wrath of the Lord in this age:

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.

Even the Lord’s ‘few… very elect’ begin life under the wrath of God and we do not realize it, which gives the Lord the occasion to exclaim:

Jer 2:30 In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.

‘Receiving no correction’ and ‘devouring [the Lord’s] prophets, like a destroying lion’ are the same thing. This verse is another example of how the Old Testament writers say the same thing twice when making a point. Jeremiah 1:5 is but one of hundreds of examples:

Jer 1:5 [1st] Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and [2nd] before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

It is in failing to receive our own correction from the Lord that we devour the prophets He sends to admonish us.

Jeremiah was obviously a student of the book of Isaiah even though there were approximately 70 years between these two prophets. Just look at how Isaiah was inspired to tell us the exact same thing about ourselves:

Isa 42:22  But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore. [Jer 2:30  In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction…]
Isa 42:23  Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for the time to come?
Isa 42:24  Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? did not the LORD, he against whom we have sinned? for they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law. [Jer 2:30 …your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.]

Isa 42:25  Therefore he hath poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle: and it hath set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart.

The “they” of verse 24 is also the “we” of that same verse. It is a principle that we must personalize the third person pronouns if we are to gain anything from the prophecies of the scriptures. It is each of us upon whom “He hath poured… the fury of His anger. It is each of us whom He “has set… on fire [and] yet [we] knew not… it burned [us] yet [we] laid it not to heart”.

Instead, even as the Lord is “pouring out upon [us] the fury of His anger” this is our response:

Jer 2:31  O generation, see ye the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? wherefore say my people, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee?

Why did we ever think that with our fabled ‘free will’ we could decide for our Lord whether we would obey Him? Yet that is what we all thought… ‘I am the captain of my fate!’ is the mantra of “the beast”. ‘It is I who chose to serve the Lord’, and we say that in the face of our Lord who tells us explicitly the exact opposite:

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.

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

Rom 9:15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

“The fear of the Lord” and hearing and obeying His “instructions” are the ornaments of being the bride of the Lamb.

Pro 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Pro 1:8 My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother:
Pro 1:9 For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.

So, when we refuse to hear His instructions and we forsake His law, He asks us:

Jer 2:32 Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number.
Jer 2:33 Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love? therefore hast thou also taught the wicked ones thy ways.

These words are addressed to the “mother of harlots”, God’s own people, because we have been given His Words and have refused them. As we were instructed in an earlier study, we have thereby become worse than those to whom the Lord has not revealed Himself as yet.

Jer 2:20 For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot.

It is not the Lord’s love we are seeking when He asks us, “Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love.” It is in the rejection of our own spiritual husband that we “trim our way to seek [the] love” of our adulterous Babylonian leaders and friends. It is in doing so that we “teach the wicked ones our ways”. It is in Babylon, in our adulterous hypocrisy, that we make the poor wandering souls who come to us seeking to know the Lord “two-fold more the child of Gehenna than [our]selves.”  We did not think that was what we were doing. Nevertheless, it is while we are “playing the harlot” that we say, “I have done no wickedness.”

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

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.

At this point in the Lord’s work with us, He has given us eyes that see but cannot perceive. He has given us ears that hear but cannot understand:

Isa 44:18 They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand.

Joh 12:40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

Rom 11:8 (According as it is written [Isa 44:18], God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear;) unto this day.

That is why Isaiah tells us this about ourselves:

Isa 3:9 The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.

Jeremiah’s admonition is the same as Isaiah’s. We are told that our hatred of the Lord is blatant:

Jer 2:34 Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these.
Jer 2:35 Yet thou sayest, Because I am innocent, surely his anger shall turn from me. Behold, I will plead with thee, because thou sayest, I have not sinned.

The Lord doesn’t need to do a “secret search” because He found them “upon all these” referring back to these previous verses we just read.

Jer 2:31 O generation, see ye the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? wherefore say my people, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee?
Jer 2:32 Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number.
Jer 2:33 Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love? therefore hast thou also taught the wicked ones thy ways.

The Lord will make us give an accounting for such presumptuous rebellion against our own Husband. ‘We will come no more to you… we are our own lords’ will be chastened and scourged out of us, and we will be punished in His wrath for our insubordination and presumptuousness:

Eze 9:9 Then said he unto me, The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceeding great, and the land is full of blood, and the city full of perverseness: for they say, The LORD hath forsaken the earth, and the LORD seeth not.
Eze 9:10 And as for me also, mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity, but I will recompense their way upon their head.

Eze 14:10 And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity: the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh unto him;

Ezekiel 14:10 does not have the word ‘punishment’ in the Hebrew, but it is certainly implied by telling us earlier, “…but I will recompense their way upon their head”, and then here in Jeremiah we are being told:

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.

The Lord wants us to, “Know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that [we] have forsaken the Lord, and that [His] fear is not in [us].”

Somehow our carnal mind justifies our infidelity, and we tell ourselves we “[are] innocent” and actually believe the Lord will not pour out His wrath upon us. Such is not the case simply, “Because [we] say, I have not sinned.” Our false doctrines of a ‘secret rapture… a place of safety, or substitutionary atonement’ will not change the Truth of these verses of scripture:

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

Rev 15:7 And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.
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. [aorist tense]

Every one of us, if we are the Lord’s “predestinated” ones (Rom 8:29-30; Eph 1:5, 11; Act 4:28, 1Co 2:27), have experienced how His Truth crushes the lies of our old man and all of his lovers. Notice that every time the word “predestinated” appears in scripture it is always used in reference to what the Lord is doing with His “firstfruits… the first to trust in Christ” and to be “glorified before all the rest of God’s creation:

Rom 8:29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Rom 8:30  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

That is another study for another time, but ‘predestination’ always refers to the work of God within His firstfruits who are even now in the process of being glorified before all the rest of mankind.

Enduring the Lord’s wrath is the inward application of:

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.

What a blessing it is to be judged in “this present time”:

Rom 8:18  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Rom 8:19  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
Rom 8:20  For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
Rom 8:21  Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

However, there is always an outward dispensational application to every word as this age comes to an end outwardly. It was this outward application of which Christ’s carnal disciples enquired when asking Him:

Mat 24:3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming [G3952 parousia], and of the end of the world [G165 aion]?

We have been blessed to see the inward application of this chapter, but let us never forget that the words of this chapter also have an outward dispensational application to the time just before Christ’s physical ‘parousia’, at which time He will appear as a body which can be touched as Thomas was instructed:

Joh 20:24  But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
Joh 20:25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the Lord. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
Joh 20:26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
Joh 20:27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
Joh 20:28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
Joh 20:29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

The outward application of the prophecies of Matthew 24 are essential to understanding the order in which the Lord is judging this world. All the “evil and bitter things” (Jer 2:19) mentioned by the Lord in that prophecy are coming on this earth because the whole world has said, “We are lords, we will come no more to you” (Jer 2:31). Just be aware of the certainty of the Lord’s wrath as it begins crushing the powers of the nations of this world with the fear of deadly pestilences, “every man’s hand against his neighbor”:

Isa 3:5 And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every one by his neighbour: the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient, and the base against the honourable.

Isa 19:2 And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbour; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom [Egypt typifies this world and its religions (Rev 11:8)].

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.

Jer 51:45 My people, go ye out of the midst of her, and deliver ye every man his soul from the fierce anger of the LORD.
Jer 51:46 And lest your heart faint, and ye fear for the rumour that shall be heard in the land; a rumour shall both come one year, and after that in another year shall come a rumour, and violence in the land, ruler against ruler.
Jer 51:47 Therefore, behold, the days come, that I will do judgment upon the graven images of Babylon: and her whole land shall be confounded, and all her slain shall fall in the midst of her.
Jer 51:48 Then the heaven and the earth, and all that is therein, shall sing for Babylon: for the spoilers shall come unto her from the north, saith the LORD.
Jer 51:49 As Babylon hath caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the earth.
Jer 51:50 Ye that have escaped the sword, go away, stand not still: remember the LORD afar off, and let Jerusalem come into your mind.

“The blood of the souls of poor innocents” of Jeremiah 2:34 is the blood of the proselytes we move heaven and earth to make in Babylon, and then after we proselytize them, we make them two-fold more the child of Gehenna than ourselves:

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 have all vouched for the lies which helped us curry the favor of our lovers in Babylon, and while doing so we thought of ourselves as witnesses and missionaries for Christ.

We suffer the Lord’s wrath and are made to give an accounting of our rebellious ways “because you say, I have not sinned”. We suffer His wrath because we cannot yet acknowledge our adulterous ways. We cannot yet acknowledge and bitterly confess that we are anything but ‘innocent’. When the Lord begins to judge us, we do not yet “know the hole of the pit from whence we were digged”. Then, as we are made to see the rebellion we have shown toward our Lord, His anger subsides only to reappear as needed to keep our feet from slipping:

Isa 28:26  For his God doth instruct him to discretion, and doth teach him.
Isa 28:27  For the fitches are not threshed with a threshing instrument, neither is a cart wheel turned about upon the cummin; but the fitches are beaten out with a staff, and the cummin with a rod.
Isa 28:28  Bread corn is bruised; because he will not ever be threshing it, nor break it with the wheel of his cart, nor bruise it with his horsemen.

Psa 50:21 These things hast thou done, and I kept silence; thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes.

Psa 73:2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.

Psa 119:67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now [that I have been afflicted] have I kept thy word.

Isa 51:1 Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.

Jer 2:22 For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord GOD.
Jer 2:23 How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim? see thy way in the valley, know what thou hast donethou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways;

We cannot change ourselves, but when the Lord begins changing us, then we will know clearly why ‘Ishmael’ within us will “not be made heir with the son of the free woman”, and why Christ within us is in the process of judging Esau within us in this present time, as well as the rest of mankind in the great white throne judgment:

Gal 4:28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
Gal 4:29 But as then he that was born after the flesh [the old man within] persecuted him that was born after the Spirit [the new man within], even so it is now.
Gal 4:30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman [sin within our flesh] shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
Gal 4:31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

“Cast out the bondwoman” does not mean that the son of the bondwoman will rule with Christ on earth. What it does mean is that she will not be “counted as the seed… of Abraham… in this present age”. This is what the scriptures teach concerning who is to be counted as the seed of Abraham in this present time:

Rom 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Rom 9:8 That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.

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?
1Pe 4:18  And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?

Hagar, the bondwoman, symbolizes “Jerusalem which now is and is in bondage with her children”, and the Lord plainly tells us “the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.

Then the holy spirit defines ‘bondage’ in these terms:

Gal 3:22  But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
Gal 3:23  But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

Gal 4:25  For this Agar [Hagar] is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
Gal 4:26  But Jerusalem which is above is free, [the freewoman] which is the mother of us all.

“Jerusalem which now is and is in bondage with her children” symbolizes all Christians who still think that they are the Lord’s chosen spiritual children while physical Israel is God’s chosen physical people who will rule this earth for a thousand years when Christ returns.

Under inspiration of the holy spirit, Paul equated ‘bondage’ as being “under the law”, and under the inspiration of the holy spirit, he called the law of Moses “bondage under the elements of the world… the  letter of the law… the law… for the lawless… a carnal commandment [which is being] done away” while being replaced by “the law of the spirit of life… the law of Jesus… a new commandment”:

Joh 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

1Jn2: 8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.

Gal 4:1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;
Gal 4:2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.
Gal 4:3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
Gal 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
Gal 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

Many times we are told that the “ministration of the law” of Moses is being replaced by “the law of Christ”:

1Co 13:10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away [G2673 katargeo].

2Co 3:7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away [G2673, katargeo]:

2Co 3:11 For if that which is done away [G2673 katargeo] was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.

2Co 3:13  And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished [G2673 katargeo]:
2Co 3:14 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away [G2673 katargeo] in Christ.

Gal 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil  the law of Christ.

The holy spirit informs us that our redemption is from being “under the law… the elements of the world”. The ministers of ‘historic Christianity’ are simply blinded to what the holy spirit is saying to us here. ‘Law’ is not done away, rather the bar of the law is being raised to a spiritual level which is impossible for the flesh of itself to attain.

Rom 3:31 Do we then make void [G2673 katargeo] the law [of Christ] through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law [of Christ].

2Co 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

1Ti 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers,
1Ti 1:10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine;
1Ti 1:11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

Heb 7:16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.

The law of Moses is labeled by the holy spirit as “a carnal commandment”, a qualification which “the Gentiles having not the law” are able to fulfill by “being a law unto themselves”:

Rom 2:14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law [“a carnal commandment”] unto themselves:

“The law of the spirit… the law of Christ… the law of faith… is as high above the [carnal commandments of law of Moses] as the heavens are higher than the earth”:

Isa 55:8  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
Isa 55:9  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Rom 8:2  For the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus set me free from the law of sin and of death.
Rom 8:3  For the Law being powerless, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and concerning sin, condemned sin in the flesh,

“The law being powerless” is true for the simple reason that it was never intended to save us. The exact opposite is true. The law is not designed to make us love one another. “The law works wrath” because its only function is to make “sin appear exceeding sinful”:

Rom 4:15  Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.

Rom 7:13  Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death [to my old man with]in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

Gal 3:10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
Gal 3:11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
Gal 3:12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.

Christ has made it clear that “flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God”, and that life comes only “through death”:

Joh 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
Joh 12:25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.

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

Col 1:22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

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

In spite of this obvious Truth that we must die to our old man, almost all the churches of Babylon, because of their false doctrine of man having been given a will which is free of his Creator, believe and teach that we, our old man as mere “vessels of clay” (Jer 18:4), are responsible for our salvation or our lack thereof, and we of our own supposed ‘free will’ must choose to keep the law and be good creatures.  Then, if we ‘of our own free will’ make the right choice, we will be right with our God.

That false teaching is the subject of our next verse:

Jer 2:36  Why gaddest thou about so much to change thy way? thou also shalt be ashamed of Egypt, as thou wast ashamed of Assyria. [both teach that your fate is in your own hands]

I did not catch this earlier in this study, but Jeremiah 2:33, which in the King James reads:

Jer 2:33 Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love? therefore hast thou also taught the wicked ones thy ways.

The Hebrew word for ‘wicked’, which is normally “rah“, is in this verse the feminine form ‘rahah’ and is therefore better translated as:

Jer 2:33  What? Do you trim your ways to seek love? For this reason you have even taught the evil women your ways.

The ACV, the ASV, Rotherham’s and several others catch that difference revealing that we are an integral part of Babylon and her daughters at this time in our experience.

“Why do you… change your way?” and “What? Do you trim your ways to seek love?” are the same question. The “love [we] seek” refers not to our love of our True Husband, but to our love for Egypt and Assyria, this world, our families and friends in this world and its religions, all of whom make us, the creature, gods in whose own hands our fate lies. This is because we believe that we have been given “free will”.  Every religion in this world agrees that we are “free moral agents” whose supposed ‘free will’ decisions will determine our ultimate fate. In other words, according to this lie, our salvation, or the loss of our salvation, is in the final analysis in our own hands. Thus we “gaddest… about so much to change [our] way… [we] trim our ways to seek [the] love” of ‘Egypt’, symbolizing this world, and ‘Assyria’, the symbol for the religions of this world.

This is where such blasphemous doctrines will take us:

Jer 2:37  Yea, thou shalt go forth from him, and thine hands upon thine head: for the LORD hath rejected thy confidences, and thou shalt not prosper in them.

“You shall go forth from Him…” Is this not exactly what we told the Lord we were going to do?

Jer 2:31  O generation, see ye the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? wherefore say my people, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee?

‘Yes, we will go forth from Him [thinking] we are our own lords, and we will come no more unto our Lord’… until we get into really deep trouble. Then, and only then, do we cry out to Him “with our hands upon our head” to deliver us from our own foolishness and sins.

As we were told earlier in this chapter:

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.
Jer 2:20  For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot.

Yes, we do go forth from Him, but we do so with “thine hands upon thine head”. ‘Thy hands upon thy head’ is an expression of shame and grief, as experienced by King David’s daughter, Tamar, when she was raped by her own half-brother, Amnon, a type of the ten horns which turn on Babylon and “eat her flesh and burn her with fire”:

2Sa 13:15 Then Amnon [after raping his own sister] hated her exceedingly; so that the hatred wherewith he hated her was greater than the love wherewith he had loved her. And Amnon said unto her, Arise, be gone.
2Sa 13:16  And she said unto him, There is no cause: this evil in sending me away is greater than the other that thou didst unto me. But he would not hearken unto her.
2Sa 13:17 Then he called his servant that ministered unto him, and said, Put now this woman out from me, and bolt the door after her.

2Sa 13:19  And Tamar put ashes on her head, and rent her garment of divers colours that was on her, and laid her hand on her head, and went on crying.

Rev 17:16  And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

Tamar had been used and abused by her own brother. Though she did not bring this grief and shame upon herself, her grief and shame reveal the grief and shame we bring upon ourselves when we treat our spiritual husband the same way Amnon treated his physical sister, Tamar. “…For the Lord has rejected [our] confidences, and [we] will not prosper in them.” We bring shame and grief upon ourselves making us put our ‘hands upon our heads’, and in time we are made to cry out to the Lord to deliver us from ‘making us to err from His ways and hardening our hearts from His fear.’

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!

Isa 63:17 O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

The Lord has made every one of us “subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of Him who has subjected the same in hope.”

Rom 8:20  For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
Rom 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

That is our study for this week, and here are our verses for our next study:

Jer 3:1  They say, If a man put away his wife, and she go from him, and become another man’s, shall he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, saith the LORD.
Jer 3:2  Lift up thine eyes unto the high places, and see where thou hast not been lien with. In the ways hast thou sat for them, as the Arabian in the wilderness; and thou hast polluted the land with thy whoredoms and with thy wickedness.
Jer 3:3  Therefore the showers have been withholden, and there hath been no latter rain; and thou hadst a whore’s forehead, thou refusedst to be ashamed.
Jer 3:4  Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My father, thou art the guide of my youth?
Jer 3:5  Will he reserve his anger for ever? will he keep it to the end? Behold, thou hast spoken and done evil things as thou couldest.
Jer 3:6  The LORD said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? she is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot.
Jer 3:7  And I said after she had done all these things, Turn thou unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.
Jer 3:8  And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.

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Gospels in Harmony – Children Come to Me – Mat 19:13-15, Mar 10:13-16, Luk 18:15-17

[Study Aired January 5, 2021]

Mar 10:13-15 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, (and ye be converted (Mat 18:3)), he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them and departed thence. 

There are two types of children in the scriptures. The child of the devil and the child of the God.

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

1Jn 4:4  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you (the new man), than he that is in the world (the old man).

In this study we will see who these children are and their differences and what must take place to enter the kingdom of God. We all begin as a child of the devil, but in the end we all end as a child of God. Lord willing, we are striving daily to enter the kingdom of heaven. In order to enter the kingdom of heaven we must be converted and be given the ability to become as little children.

Mat 18:1-3 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 

Who is your father?

1Jn 3:8  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 

Have you sinned?

Rom 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Again, who is your father?

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

Have you lusted?

1Jn 2:16  For all that is in the world (within everyone, their old man), the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world [the father the devil].

“He was a murderer from the beginning”.  Are you a murderer?

1Jn 3:15  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life [i.e. you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven] abiding in him.

The above verses show us that everyone is first of their father, the devil. We follow him completely, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind.

Eph 2:2  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air [your father the devil], the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 

How can you know if you are a child of God?

1Jn 3:9  Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

Psa 82:6  I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.

1Jn 4:4  Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 

We are all sinners, yet we are told we are children of God. How do we go from being a child of the devil to being a child of God? Here is our answer.

Joh 3:1-7 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old [the old man]? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh [first man Adam]; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit [second man Christ]. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

Paul tells us the same thing in the following verses.

1Co 15:44-49 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy [born as the first man Adam a sinner], we shall also bear the image of the heavenly [born again as the second man Christ].

This process is all in earnest in this age, but we are given the faith that our Lord will finish the work that has begun.

Eph 1:3-14 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. 

Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 

Gal 3:26  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 

(ESV)  for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.

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

Heb 12:1  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

What is the process of being bornG1080 againG509? Here is the Strong’s definition of being born again. This is in the aorist tense.

Born again means “of the Father from the first”. Can this be confirmed by the scriptures?

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

Col 1:15-17  Who [Christ] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 

Mat 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. 

Joh 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.

Joh 5:36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. 

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.

Everything is of the Father and by Christ. First, we are of the father the devil, then we are converted, born again of the Father through Christ.

Hos 10:1-3 Israel [being of their father the devil] is an empty vine, he bringeth forth fruit unto himself: according to the multitude of his fruit he hath increased the altars; according to the goodness of his land they have made goodly images. Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty: he shall break down their altars, he shall spoil their images. For now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared not the LORD; what then should a king do to us? 

Joh 15:1-17 I [Christ] am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 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. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me (the children of the devil), he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. 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. These things I command you, that ye love one another.

Now that you are born again of the Father by Christ and no longer a son of the devil you are no longer of the world. Your mind is being renewed and a new path has been chosen for you.

Rom 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable serviceAnd be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing [being born again] of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 

Mat 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

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Jer 2:20-28 See Your Way… Know What You Have Done

[Study Aired January 3, 2021]

Jer 2:20  For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot.
Jer 2:21  Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me?
Jer 2:22  For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord GOD.
Jer 2:23  How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim? see thy way in the valley, know what thou hast done: thou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways;
Jer 2:24  A wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away? all they that seek her will not weary themselves; in her month they shall find her.
Jer 2:25  Withhold thy foot from being unshod, and thy throat from thirst: but thou saidst, There is no hope: no; for I have loved strangers, and after them will I go.
Jer 2:26  As the thief is ashamed when he is found, so is the house of Israel ashamed; they, their kings, their princes, and their priests, and their prophets,
Jer 2:27  Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us.
Jer 2:28  But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble: for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah.

Our deliverance comes to us only after we have been carried away into Babylon.

Mic 4:10  Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.

The Lord’s people all “come out of [Babylon]”:

Rev 18:4  And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

Now let us pay very close attention to what the Lord tells us about the plagues with which He judges Babylon the Great within each of us:

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.

The worship of the beast and the dragon, which is common to “all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond” (Rev 13:4 and 16), mentioned in Revelation 14:9, is the “drinking the wine of the wrath of her fornication” of verse 8.

Then in Revelation 15 we read:

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.

There it is! We are plainly told, “No man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.” Revelation 15:8 is in the aorist tense, which accords with how Revelation 14 defines all the suffering which accompanies the fulfilling of the seven plagues:

Rev 14:12  Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus [“Keep the saying of the prophecy of this book” (Rev 1:3)].

Chapter 16 explains to us that those who fulfill the seven plagues of the seven angels must keep these verses:

Rev 16:17  And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.
Rev 16:18  And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
Rev 16:19  And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.

If the fulfilling of the seven last plagues is the judgment of Babylon within us, why are we then told:

Rev 18:4  And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

The only reason anyone comes out of Babylon is because they have already been chastened and scourged by the “seven last plagues of the wrath of God”. No one can enter the temple of God in heaven until those plagues begin to be fulfilled in their lives:

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

Rev 15:7  And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.
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.

So why are we told:

Rev 18:4  And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

There are two purposes being accomplished at the same time with this apparent contradiction. The same thing is true of all the apparent contradictions in scripture. The first purpose which is being accomplished is that all the seeming contradictions in scripture give our old man the occasion he is seeking to discredit the Word of God. The second purpose which is being accomplished within those who are given eyes that see and ears that hear is that we are suffering with the world, now “in this present time”. We are being judged in “this present time” so “that we should not be judged with the world” in the lake of fire at “the resurrection to judgment”:

Rom 8:18  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [suffering the seven last plagues now in this age] are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Rom 8:19  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
Rom 8:20  For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
Rom 8:21  Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Rom 8:22  For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
Rom 8:23  And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

Therefore, the reason we are told to ‘come out of her that we partake not of her plagues’ is the same as telling us that those on the sea of glass mingled with fire have not worshiped the beast or his image or the number of his name:

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.

There is no man “small or great, rich or poor, free or bond” who has not worshiped the beast. The point being made in Revelation 20:4 is that those who will rule with Christ a thousand years are those who “overcame the beast, his image, his mark, and the number of his name”.

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

That is also the message of this prophecy of Jeremiah. We have all very much indeed committed spiritual fornication against our spiritual husband, and we have forsaken Him and “played the harlot” with those who are no gods.

Jer 2:20  For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot.

The Lord knows those who are His, and He will not lose one of us. The outward odds mean nothing to the Lord as the story of Korah and company demonstrates:

Num 16:1  Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men:
Num 16:2  And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown:
Num 16:3  And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?
Num 16:4  And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face:
Num 16:5  And he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even to morrow the LORD will shew who are his, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near unto him: even him whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him.
Num 16:6  This do; Take you censers, Korah, and all his company;
Num 16:7  And put fire therein, and put incense in them before the LORD to morrow: and it shall be that the man whom the LORD doth choose, he shall be holy: ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi.

Joh 17:12  While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

Joh 18:9  That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.

2Ti 2:14  Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.
2Ti 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2Ti 2:16  But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
2Ti 2:17  And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;
2Ti 2:18  Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
2Ti 2:19  Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are hisAnd, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

If the statement, “the gifts and calling of God are without repentance” applies to His rejected anointed, how much more must they also apply to His “very elect”.

Moses and Aaron were rejected by “all the congregation of the children of Israel”:

Num 16:41  But on the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, Ye have killed the people of the LORD.

It was not just Hymenaeus and Philetus who rejected Paul; it was “all they in Asia… the seven churches of Asia”:

2Ti 1:15  This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.

Rev 1:4  John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;

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

Rev 2:14  But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.
Rev 2:15  So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.
Rev 2:16  Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

Rev 2:20  Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

Rev 3:1  And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

Rev 3:15  I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
Rev 3:16  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
Rev 3:17  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:

“All they in Asia” forsook Paul, and the revelation of Jesus Christ is addressed to these “seven churches of Asia”. Clearly the apostles had their own ‘Korah and company’ experience.

The New Testament apostasy was completed before the death of the apostles. The apostle John reveals that the apostates were already very powerful within the church:

3Jn 1:9  I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
3Jn 1:10  Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that wouldand casteth them out of the church.

All the Lord’s prophets have always been rejected of those who claim to be His people. Each of us have listened to Korah and Diotrephes in our own time. That is why in the past we put the words of the teachers and preachers of Babylon above the words of the Lord. The Lord had “caused us to err from His ways and hardened our hearts from His fear” just as He had done to Korah, Hymenaeus and Philetus and Diotrephes before us. The Lord Himself is the one who gave us eyes that could not see and ears that could not hear so He would have the occasion to say this of us:

Jer 2:21  Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me?
Jer 2:22  For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord GOD.

Isa 63:17  O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

Despite what the Lord has done for us, we take His love for us for granted, and we really do develop this Laodicean spirit:

Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: This is the same mind which the great whore has when she declares:

Rev 18:7  How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.

Col 1:26  Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
Col 1:27  To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

The Lord is judging us in this present time. He judges us by making us judge ourselves. The life we now live in the flesh is Christ living within us and judging us. That is why Paul can say that ‘if we would judge ourselves in this present time, we will not be condemned with the world’ to the “resurrection of [the great white throne] judgment” (Rev 20:11):

Joh 5:27  And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
Joh 5:28  Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
Joh 5:29  And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. [Greek: ‘krisis’, judgment]

Gal 2:20  I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

1Co 11:31  For if we [“Christ in us”] 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 [To the white throne judgment (Rev 20:11)].

We are not responsible for the Lord “making us to err from His ways”, but just as He did with Job,  He will have us give an account of what He has had us do in these vessels of clay. That is the very definition of being judged. Being judged is being made to know who we are and confessing what we have done.

So, the Lord asks us:

Jer 2:23  How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim? see thy way in the valley, know what thou hast donethou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways;

It was painful and humiliating for Job to be brought face to face with the realization that he was so self-righteous that he had been reproving, contending with, and disannulling the judgment of his own Maker. It was painful having to confess that he had been condemning the Lord to make himself appear righteous:

Job 40:1  Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said,
Job 40:2  Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.
Job 40:3  Then Job answered the LORD, and said,
Job 40:4  Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.
Job 40:5  Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.
Job 40:6  Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
Job 40:7  Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
Job 40:8  Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?

Was all this someone other than Job? No! How absurd to even suggest such a thing. However, it was in type and shadow, a dying Job who was, in type and shadow, being transformed into a new Job as his old Job died day by day.

Peter tells us of all the benefits of suffering all the pains of dying daily and being judged in this age:

1Pe 4:1  Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;

“Hath suffered” is in the aorist tense. Therefore, Peter is letting us know he is speaking of an ongoing process of being renewed daily in the mind of Christ and dying daily to the mind of our old man.

Peter continues speaking in the aorist tense:

1Pe 4:2  That he no longer should live [aorist tense] the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.
1Pe 4:3  For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:

To whom are all these evils attributed? Was it someone else who “wrought the will of the Gentiles,…walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries? No, it was you and me in “the time past of our life” who committed all these evils; if not physically, then we did so spiritually because we need not be a physical murderer to be a spiritual murderer in the Lord’s eyes:

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

Peter is given to know that the Lord has devised means so the Lord’s creatures will not forever remain banished from Him, thus He informs us:

1Pe 4:5  Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.
1Pe 4:6  For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

“Them that are dead” refers not just to those who lived before Christ. This phrase “are dead” refers to every one of us when we first come to Christ, as Paul makes clear in:

Eph 2:1  And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Eph 2:2  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Eph 2:3  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Eph 2:4  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Eph 2:5  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

In this sense we are all “twice dead” and the entire kingdom our old man is being, in the aorist tense, “plucked up by the roots”, gathered into bundles to be burnt at the time of harvest:

Mat 13:24  Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
Mat 13:25  But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
Mat 13:26  But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
Mat 13:27  So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
Mat 13:28  He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
Mat 13:29  But he said, Nay; lest whil ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
Mat 13:30  Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

When is “the time of the harvest”? This is what and when the Lord considers the harvest to be taking place:

Mat 13:40  As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.

The word translated ‘world’ in this verse is the Greek word ‘aion’. So now all we must know is what and when does the Lord consider the ends of the aions (ages) to be upon us?

Here is the answer to that question:

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.

The word ‘world’ in this verse is also ‘aion’ and the words ‘are come’ are in the aorist tense, which always indicates an ongoing process. In this case it is the process of judgment which is even now begun upon the house of God (1Pe 4:17). Here is another verse which concerns these same ‘tares’ among us:

Jud 1:12  These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead [aorist tense], plucked up by the roots [aorist tense];

Inwardly our false doctrines are “spots in [our] feast of charity”. Outwardly these ‘spots’ become apostate brothers and sisters who simply are not given in this age to abide in the words of Christ:

Joh 8:31  Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue [Greek: ‘meno’ abide, remain] in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

It is Christ Himself who tells us that we are even now in the time of the harvest:

Mat 13:38  The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
Mat 13:39  The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world [Greek: ‘aion’, age]; and the reapers are the angels.
Mat 13:40  As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
Mat 13:41  The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
Mat 13:42  And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Mat 13:43  Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Here is how Paul says “Then shall the righteous shine forth as the Sun in the kingdom of their Father”:

1Co 11:19  For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

Peter confirms Paul’s assertion that the ends of the ages are even now come upon us:

1Pe 4:7  But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
1Pe 4:8  And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
1Pe 4:9  Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
1Pe 4:10  As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
1Pe 4:11  If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

It is Peter, right here in this chapter, who is given to state so clearly that if we are the Lord’s elect, then we are being judged in this life for being made by the “Lord [to] err from His ways”:

Isa 63:17  O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and [you] hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

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?

It is through the humiliation of judgment that the Lord is in the process of “returning… the tribes of His inheritance”:

Rev 7:1  And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
Rev 7:2  And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
Rev 7:3  Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
Rev 7:4  And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

“The tribes of the children of Israel” are now explained clearly in scripture as those who “are the children of faith… the children of promise”:

Gal 3:7  Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

Gal 3:26  For ye [Gentile Galatians] are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Gal 4:28  Now we [Gentile Galatians], brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.

Gal 6:15  Certainly, it doesn’t matter whether a person is circumcised or not. Rather, what matters is being a new creation.
Gal 6:16  Peace and mercy will come to rest on all those who conform to this principle. They are the Israel of God. (GWT)

Before any of us can be “returned… the tribes of [our] inheritance” it is the Lord who has determined that we must first be “the old man” whom He has determined to destroy. It is by His design that He has devised means that His banished should be restored to Him:

2Sa 14:14  For we must needs die, and are as water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again; neither doth God respect any person: yet doth he devise means, that his banished be not expelled from him.

Why would the Lord want His banished to return to Him? The answer to that question is that while our old man must die, it is through the death of our old man that our new man is being created and birthed. He is no longer the old Mike Vinson, but he is still Mike Vinson. You can insert your name for mine if Christ has given you to understand how the beast within the old man can die and no longer be, and yet be the four beasts in the midst of and around the throne of God saying this of Christ and His ways:

Rev 5:9  And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
Rev 5:10  And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Rev 17:7  And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.
Rev 17:8  The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

You and I are this beast that was and is not and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit and go into perdition. It is through our perdition that we become the four beasts around the throne of God, redeemed from all men to rule and reign with Christ.  Christ within us makes this happen:

2Co 4:6  For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2Co 4:7  But we have this treasure [the face of Jesus Christ] in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

The “wise woman [of] Tekoa” hinted of this great mystery when she succeeded in convincing King David to bring his murderous son, Absalom, back to Jerusalem (2Sa 14). Christ Himself added to the depth and extent of how He will restore His banished to Himself when He gave his first recorded teaching in His hometown of Nazareth:

Luk 4:24  And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.
Luk 4:25  But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;
Luk 4:26  But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.
Luk 4:27  And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.

While we are still in Babylon and first hear of the Truth of the salvation of all sinners, this is also our own reaction:

Luk 4:28  And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,
Luk 4:29  And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.
Luk 4:30  But he passing through the midst of them went his way,

The Lord alone can call “light out of [the] darkness” within each of us. Only He can destroy our old man and through that death bring forth a new man who is completed and is truly in His image. This is the mystery which has been hidden from every generation of men before the death and resurrection of Christ:

Col 1:22  In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

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

Col 1:26  Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
Col 1:27  To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

It is Christ who “through death” is causing us to repent of the sins of our old man, and through the daily death of our old man He is making us into a new man. We are not to think of the death of our old man as being the death of someone else. The Lord wants us to see ourselves as a “swift dromedary [and] a wild ass… in her occasion [breeding with] all who seek her”:

Jer 2:24  A wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away? all they that seek her will not weary themselves; in her month they shall find her.

In our rebellions and our trespasses the Lord calls us to be shod with shoes and to be relieved of the thirst we bring upon ourselves when we refuse His living waters:

Joh 4:14  But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting 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.

The Lord wants us to see what our natural response is to His initial offers of relief from our trials:

Jer 2:25  Withhold thy foot from being unshod, and thy throat from thirst: but thou saidst, There is no hope: no; for I have loved strangers, and after them will I go.

There it is! We literally come to see how hopeless our predicament is and yet, shameful as it is, we realize that there is nothing we can to change ourselves.

Jer 2:26  As the thief is ashamed when he is found, so is the house of Israel ashamed; they, their kings, their princes, and their priests, and their prophets,

Our own shame is not enough to make us change our nature and our ways. It takes divine intervention, “through much tribulation (Act 14:22) [and] fiery trials” (1Pe 4:12) to drag us, kicking and screaming against the will of our flesh to be given a new will and a renewed desire to please our true Husband, our true Lord.

Jer 2:27  Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us.

Inwardly, giving “a stock… and… a stone” credit for our being here is speaking of our false doctrines. Outwardly it is things like the ridiculous, unreasonable, unscientific, and stupid theory of evolution, which maintains that complexity and order came out of nothing which became something and then blew up and became this entire complex creation.

When the Lord does finally crush the rebellious will of our old man, then, and not until that fiery, stormy experience has begun to be fulfilled, will He begin to deliver us and bring us closer to Himself than we have ever before been, and only then will we begin to know the peace which only He can give:

Joh 14:27  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Oh, sweet peace! Nothing can compare to a mind which is at peace with God, but that peace comes only through “great tribulations”:

Psa 107:23  They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;
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!

When the Lord’s fiery trials and storms in our heavens bring us to “[our] wit’s end”, we will then begin to be given the strength to confess our own sins, forgive the sins of our brothers, and acknowledge that the god of our supposed ‘free will’ was and is powerless to deliver us from the dying predicament in which we are now able to see is the fate of our old man. We come to acknowledge “There is no hope: no; for I have loved strangers, and after them will I go… so [we are] ashamed”, What misery! At that point we are living in a world which is full of fear and total despair and torment. The Lord Himself is laughing at us and taunting us:

Jer 2:28  But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble: for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah.

Pro 1:25  But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
Pro 1:26  I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;

Those “gods… according to the number of your cities” in New Testament terms are “two hundred thousand thousand”. They are two hundred million false doctrines which are so many and so dense that they hide the light of The Sun:

Rev 9:1  And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
Rev 9:2  And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
Rev 9:3  And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.

Rev 9:7  And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men.

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

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.

“The dream is one” and “according to the number of thy cities are thy gods” is the same message as telling us we are doing battle with two hundred million false doctrines which are blotting out from us the light of the Sun.

Our ‘gods’ are our false doctrines which will not save us. The false doctrine of a triune God and a triune man with a will which is free from any influence from his Maker does not change these Biblical Truths:

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

1Co 15:16  For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
1Co 15:17  And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
1Co 15:18  Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.

A resurrection from death is required to save us from “perishing”. The dead are dead and will remain so until a resurrection takes place. It is the Lord Himself who has and is bringing us to the point that we can agree with King David:

Psa 91:2  I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
Psa 91:3  Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
Psa 91:4  He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
Psa 91:5  Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
Psa 91:6  Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

That is our study for today. In the resurrection we are still referred to as ‘four beasts’ in and around the throne of God, because the Lord wants us to ever remember from whence He has saved us.

Here are our verses for our next revelation of the pit of the hole from which we are digged:

Jer 2:29  Wherefore will ye plead with me? ye all have transgressed against me, saith the LORD.
Jer 2:30  In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.
Jer 2:31  O generation, see ye the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness unto Israel? a land of darkness? wherefore say my people, We are lords; we will come no more unto thee?
Jer 2:32  Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number.
Jer 2:33  Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love? therefore hast thou also taught the wicked ones thy ways.
Jer 2:34  Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these.
Jer 2:35  Yet thou sayest, Because I am innocent, surely his anger shall turn from me. Behold, I will plead with thee, because thou sayest, I have not sinned.
Jer 2:36  Why gaddest thou about so much to change thy way? thou also shalt be ashamed of Egypt, as thou wast ashamed of Assyria.
Jer 2:37  Yea, thou shalt go forth from him, and thine hands upon thine head: for the LORD hath rejected thy confidences, and thou shalt not prosper in them.

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Study of the Book of Judges – Jdg 1:1-15 Give Me Also Springs of Water http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/study-of-the-book-of-judges-jdg-11-15-give-me-also-springs-of-water/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=study-of-the-book-of-judges-jdg-11-15-give-me-also-springs-of-water Fri, 01 Jan 2021 11:44:17 +0000 http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/?p=21896

Jdg 1:1–15 Give Me Also Springs of Water

[Study Posted January 1, 2021]

Jdg 1:1  Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel asked the LORD, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them? 
Jdg 1:2  And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand. 
Jdg 1:3  And Judah said unto Simeon his brother, Come up with me into my lot, that we may fight against the Canaanites; and I likewise will go with thee into thy lot. So Simeon went with him. 
Jdg 1:4  And Judah went up; and the LORD delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand: and they slew of them in Bezek ten thousand men. 
Jdg 1:5  And they found Adonibezek in Bezek: and they fought against him, and they slew the Canaanites and the Perizzites.
Jdg 1:6  But Adonibezek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes. 
Jdg 1:7  And Adonibezek said, Threescore and ten kings, having their thumbs and their great toes cut off, gathered their meat under my table: as I have done, so God hath requited me. And they brought him to Jerusalem, and there he died. 
Jdg 1:8  Now the children of Judah had fought against Jerusalem, and had taken it, and smitten it with the edge of the sword, and set the city on fire. 
Jdg 1:9  And afterward the children of Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites, that dwelt in the mountain, and in the south, and in the valley. 
Jdg 1:10  And Judah went against the Canaanites that dwelt in Hebron: (now the name of Hebron before was Kirjatharba:) and they slew Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai. 
Jdg 1:11  And from thence he went against the inhabitants of Debir: and the name of Debir before was Kirjathsepher: 
Jdg 1:12  And Caleb said, He that smiteth Kirjathsepher, and taketh it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter to wife. 
Jdg 1:13  And Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, took it: and he gave him Achsah his daughter to wife. 
Jdg 1:14  And it came to pass, when she came to him, that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she lighted from off her ass; and Caleb said unto her, What wilt thou? 
Jdg 1:15  And she said unto him, Give me a blessing: for thou hast given me a south land; give me also springs of water. And Caleb gave her the upper springs and the nether springs. 

Introduction to the Book of Judges

There is no indication as to who wrote the book of Judges, but Jewish tradition names the prophet Samuel as the author. What is most important is that the Book of Judges is the fiery words of the Lord! Judges were leaders God raised up during the time when there were no kings in Israel to rescue His people. The time period of the Judges therefore stretches from the period after the death of Joshua until Saul was made king of Israel.

We are not going to look at the Book of Judges from the letter – the historical facts. That will be a waste of time for everybody! We are going to focus on the spiritual aspect and how it applies to our personal lives, for the spirit gives life but the letter killeth!

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.

2Co 3:6  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

We can learn a lot from the Book of Judges as it relates to the war in our heavens. There is this recurring phrase in Judges, “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25).  This recurring phrase indicates how, when the beast is in the driving seat (on the throne) in our lives, we tend to do what is right in our own eyes and in this way provide the necessary fuel for our own judgment.

Rev 12:7  And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
Rev 12:8  And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

Jdg 21:25  In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

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.

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?

After going through the wilderness experience when we were under bondage to Babylonian principles and doctrines, God in His mercy sent from above a deliverer in the form of Joshua (representing Christ) to draw us out of many waters (Psa 18:6). The many waters here refers to the sea of our lives which is the flesh. It is Jesus who has dragged us to cross the Jordan and to begin the overcoming process. To this end, we have had initial victories in the land of our minds (the defeat of Jericho, Ai, etc.), but there is still more work to be done to rid the land (our body) of the giants (the Cananites, Perizzites, Philistines, Medianites, etc.). This war to overcome these giants is what Paul described in Corinthians and Ephesians (For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places).

Psa 18:16  He sent from above, he took me, he drew me out of many waters.

2Co 10:3  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
2Co 10:4  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
2Co 10:5  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

After crossing the Jordan, the stage is now set for the continuation of the conquest after the death of Joshua.

Jdg 1:1  Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel asked the LORD, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them? 

The book of Judges starts with the death of Joshua. The name Joshua means “The Lord is Salvation”. Thus, the death of Joshua signifies the death of Jesus, who is our Lord and salvation. Without the death of Jesus, there is no victory over sin. As He was here on this earth, so are we. We, his elect, must also die to the old man to fill up that which is behind the afflictions of Christ. Where there is death, there is victory!

Rom 6:4  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Rom 6:5  For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Rom 6:6  Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
Rom 6:7  For he that is dead is freed from sin.
Rom 6:8  Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
Rom 6:9  Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
Rom 6:10  For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
Rom 6:11  Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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.

1Jn 4:17  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

Col 1:24  Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

One of the questions that is often posed is, “How do we wage this war against the flesh?”  This is what the Israelites wanted to know when they posed the question, “Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first?”  The Israelites wanted to know how they could sustain the initial victory they wrought. This is the Lord’s answer:

Jdg 1:2  And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand. 

To understand what this verse means and its implications for our lives, we need to go to the story of Jacob’s wife Leah.

Gen 29:31  And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren.
Gen 29:32  And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the LORD hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.
Gen 29:33  And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Because the LORD hath heard that I was hated, he hath therefore given me this son also: and she called his name Simeon.
Gen 29:34  And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi.
Gen 29:35  And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.

So God in essence is telling us that the campaign against the giants of our land begins with praising the Lord, which is the meaning of the name Judah. Praising the Lord is part of our worship. What is most important is that when Leah realized that it was time to praise the Lord, she stopped bearing. This is insightful in the sense that it means that it is not our labor, works or effort that will bring about the victory as Leah initially thought. Victory over the flesh is the work of the Lord alone!

Rom 9:16  So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

Heb 4:9  There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
Heb 4:10  For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
Heb 4:11  Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

During the time we were so engrossed in orthodoxy (the Babylonian system), we invested so much in praising the Lord thinking that will unleash the power of God in our lives. I remember sometimes we held night vigils just singing and thanking the Lord using all kinds of musical instruments but devoid of the fiery Word which is able to burn the chaff in our lives. We forgot that praising God is a form of our worship to God which must be done in truth and in spirit. We were only focusing on the physical way of praising God by singing songs of praise and thanking God.

Joh 4:22  Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
Joh 4:23  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
Joh 4:24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

What the scriptures tell us about true worship is this:

Rom 12:1  I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
Rom 12:2  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (ESV)

Our spiritual worship is presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God and not conforming to this world but being renewed in our minds. That is our praise (Judah)!!  Our battle against the flesh (our land) is when we stop conforming to the world and begin to renew our minds with the word of God. That is the beginning of the process of presenting our bodies as living sacrifice. That signals our Judah taking the lead to battle the giants in our land!!

Psa 119:164  Seven times a day do I praise thee because of thy righteous judgments.

The number seven means complete. Our complete praise should embrace both the good times and the “bad” times (God’s righteous judgment) because all things will work for our good!

Psa 107:15  Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

The wonderful works mentioned here relates to how God raises the stormy winds (righteous judgment) to bring us to our wits’ end in our lives and then delivers us.

Psa 107:23  They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;
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!

It is when we get a better understanding of the sovereignty of God that we can understand why we should praise Him at all times. If we know He is at the center of everything happening to us (both good and bad), we will praise Him in difficult times knowing our faith is being tried to work out patience in us. This is what will deliver the land into our hands (Jdg 1:2).

Jas 1:2  My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
Jas 1:3  Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
Jas 1:4  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Jas 1:5  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Jdg 1:3  And Judah said unto Simeon his brother, Come up with me into my lot, that we may fight against the Canaanites; and I likewise will go with thee into thy lot. So Simeon went with him. 

Just as Judah needed Simeon, we also need each other. This war is not going to be won by us walking alone. We need each other for encouragement, edification and comfort and also to provoke one another to love and good works so that we can defeat the enemies. We need to stand with each other in prayer and in the sharing of the word. Simeon means ‘God hears’. So Judah beckoning Simeon to join him can mean that God hears our praise. This should give us more comfort.

1Co 14:3  But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

Heb 10:24  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Heb 10:25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

What day do we see approaching? The day of the Lord, which is judgment, and the coming of the Lord to take His residence in our heavens.

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?

Jdg 1:4  And Judah went up; and the LORD delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand: and they slew of them in Bezek ten thousand men. 
Jdg 1:5  And they found Adonibezek in Bezek: and they fought against him, and they slew the Canaanites and the Perizzites.

Immediately the Lord gave His word, and Judah took the lead in the conquest. Obedience to the word is essential if we are to have victory.

2Co 10:6  And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

Luk 11:28  But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.

The Canaanites and the Perizzites were defeated in Bezek. It is very insightful to note that ten thousand men were defeated at Bezek.  Ten thousand consist of multiples of 10 which signify the flesh. Bezek means ‘lightening’. So what this verse is telling us is that certain aspects of our flesh are defeated within the twinkle of an eye as we heed the voice of the Lord, thankful in every circumstance and not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together. According to Strong, the word Canaanites by implication means a peddler (H3669). One of the enemies that are cleaned from our heavens as we begin to worship God in truth and in spirit is our peddling mentality. Paul said:

2Co 2:17 Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God. (NIV)

Jdg 1:5  And they found Adonibezek in Bezek: and they fought against him, and they slew the Canaanites and the Perizzites. 
Jdg 1:6  But Adonibezek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes. 
Jdg 1:7  And Adonibezek said, Threescore and ten kings, having their thumbs and their great toes cut off, gathered their meat under my table: as I have done, so God hath requited me. And they brought him to Jerusalem, and there he died. 

In spite of the victory wrought in Bezek, Adonibezek managed to escape. Adonibezek means Lord of Bezek. This means we are dealing with a higher level of the enemy within us who has been successful in defeating us over and over again in time past as Adonibezek recounted how he had incapacitated threescore and ten kings.  Three score and ten means seventy which is 10 times 7. Ten signifies the flesh and seven indicates completeness. This shows how our flesh has succumbed completely to the dictates of the enemy (Adonibezek) in times past. As the Lord continues to give us victory we should be relentless in our desire for the enemy to be removed from our heavens. The fact that we have experienced defeat several times does not mean the strategy of worshiping God in spirit through the surrendering of our bodies as living sacrifices does not work or that victory will never come. As God deals with us to make our obedience complete through judgments, we will surely catch up with Adonibezek, defeat him and finally remove him from our heavens.

Pro 24:16  For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

Psa 37:23  The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
Psa 37:24  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.

It is discerning to know that it was when Adonibezek was brought to Jerusalem that he died. We think because our carnal nature has been dealt a blow and been incapacitated, we are free from its dictates. Sometimes, however, the flesh resurfaces, and until we bring the enemy to Jerusalem to die (death of the old man), we may have these intermittent carnal influences.

Jerusalem here is used in a positive sense to refer to our gathering together. When we come to the heavenly Jerusalem (our brothers and sisters who are worshiping God in spirit and truth), an innumerable company of angels, the general assembly and the church of the first born, that is when the enemy will finally be defeated. It is in this heavenly Jerusalem that we hear the voice of the Lord speaking of better things that will ultimately bring about our salvation.

Rev 13:3  And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.

Heb 12:22  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
Heb 12:23  To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,
Heb 12:24  And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

Eph 6:12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Jdg 1:8  Now the children of Judah had fought against Jerusalem, and had taken it, and smitten it with the edge of the sword, and set the city on fire. 

The Jerusalem being talked about here in verse 8 is this Agar which is Mount Sinai in Arabia and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. We can only “defeat” this Jerusalem (Babylonian system of false doctrines) with the edge of the sword, which is the word of the Lord. As we come to this heavenly Jerusalem of our brothers and sisters worshiping God in truth and in spirit, we will hear the voice of the true shepherd, and this will hasten our deliverance from orthodoxy and eventually we will be completely separated from its influence. Note that Judah after capturing Jerusalem, set it on fire. The Babylonian system and its false doctrines must be burned out of us with the fire of the word of God. This is not a one-day victory. It is a long process.

Gal 4:22  For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman.
Gal 4:23  But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise.
Gal 4:24  Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.
Gal 4:25  For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
Gal 4:26  But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
Gal 4:27  For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband.
Gal 4:28  Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise.
Gal 4:29  But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.
Gal 4:30  Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
Gal 4:31  So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

Jdg 1:9  And afterward the children of Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites, that dwelt in the mountain, and in the south, and in the valley. 
Jdg 1:10  And Judah went against the Canaanites that dwelt in Hebron: (now the name of Hebron before was Kirjatharba:) and they slew Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai.

This war we are waging is on levels. God leads us to have victories over the enemies within which are easy to deal with before we are brought to fight stronger enemies. Paul said there are principalities and powers, rulers of the darkness of this world and spiritual wickedness in high places (Eph 6:12). The reason God does not lead us to fight stronger enemies early is that we may end up going back to the world (Egypt) when we encounter intense battles early.

Exo 13:17  And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt:

After the defeat of the Canaanites, Perizzites and Jerusalem, Judah began to fight the Canaanites that dwelt in the mountains and the valleys. These are much stronger than the enemies initially encountered. Among the Canaanites in Hebron were the giants (Sheshai, Ahiman and Talmai), but God granted them victory. The giants in the land represent the false doctrines which have become our idols and the sins that easily beset us. When David slew Goliath a type of the giants in the land, he used a sling and a stone to do that.

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.

To understand the spiritual meaning of the sling and the stone as tools for defeating the giants, let’s turn to this scripture:

Pro 26:8  As he that bindeth a stone in a sling, so is he that giveth honour to a fool.

A sling is only useful if a stone can easily be catapulted. Constraining a stone in a sling in the biblical sense means giving honour to a fool. The flip side of this verse will therefore mean that we give honour to the wise – Jesus (remember the scriptures are focused on Christ who is the only wise God, our savior) with a sling and a freely moving stone just as David used a sling and a stone. Thus, giving honour to the Lord is what David used to defeat Goliath, the giant. What does it mean to honour God?

Jud 1:25 To the only wise God our Saviour, glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

Isa 58:13 If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: 

We honour God by obeying him and not speaking our own words, not finding our own pleasure and not focusing on our own ways.  That is what will ensure our victory over the giants in our land just as David defeated Goliath.

Jdg 1:11  And from thence he went against the inhabitants of Debir: and the name of Debir before was Kirjathsepher: 
Jdg 1:12  And Caleb said, He that smiteth Kirjathsepher, and taketh it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter to wife.
Jdg 1:13  And Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, took it: and he gave him Achsah his daughter to wife. 
Jdg 1:14  And it came to pass, when she came to him, that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she lighted from off her ass; and Caleb said unto her, What wilt thou? 
Jdg 1:15  And she said unto him, Give me a blessing: for thou hast given me a south land; give me also springs of water. And Caleb gave her the upper springs and the nether springs. 

In Joshua 15:15-19, the same story is recounted of how Caleb offered his daughter to Othniel for defeating the city of Debir. The repetition implies there are significant lessons to be learned. There are several accounts of how the Israelites defeated Debir in the bible.

Jos 10:38  And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to Debir; and fought against it:
Jos 10:39  And he took it, and the king thereof, and all the cities thereof; and they smote them with the edge of the sword, and utterly destroyed all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining: as he had done to Hebron, so he did to Debir, and to the king thereof; as he had done also to Libnah, and to her king.
Jos 11:21  And at that time came Joshua, and cut off the Anakims from the mountains, from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab, and from all the mountains of Judah, and from all the mountains of Israel: Joshua destroyed them utterly with their cities.

Some of the Anakims (giants) lived in Debir. This town Debir was defeated by Joshua earlier. However, it is likely that it came under the Canaanites rule again as a result of Israel’s sins against God.  That is what Peter describes as dogs going back to their vomit. In any case, it has to be defeated again by Othniel who is a kind of God’s elect.

2Pe 2:20  For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
2Pe 2:21  For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
2Pe 2:22  But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

Othniel was offered an incentive of marrying Achsah, Caleb’s daughter, if he was able to defeat Debir. As God guides us to die daily to the flesh, we will be provided with the virtuous wife represented by Achsah (the bride of Christ who is the true church) who will bring about the upper springs and the nether springs. The upper and nether springs represents the full counsel of God’s words. In other words, when we come into the heavenly Jerusalem, the true bride of Christ, we will be endowed with the counsel of God as we feast on His words.

Pro 18:22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favor of the LORD.

Act 20:27  For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.

The favor here in Proverbs 18:22 is for your eyes to be opened to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven as we find the true church (wife). This was the incentive for Othniel (a type of elect) as he waged war against Debir (the enemies within).

Pro 31:10  Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

Pro 31:26  She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

The virtuous woman here is the New Jerusalem, and the law of kindness represents the law of the spirit of life which sets us free from the law of sin and death which we were subject to when we did not know the Lord.

If the Lord permits, we will continue next week to end Chapter 1 of Judges.

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Deu 22:8 – Part 2, The Final Three Milk Doctrines

[Study Aired January 1, 2021]

Deu 22:8  When thou buildest a new house, then thou shalt make a battlement for thy roof, that thou bring not blood upon thine house, if any man fall from thence.

Last week we went over the scriptures which showed us that being up on the roof of a house, in a positive application, meant that we had been transfered from the ground in which we worship – our earth. We saw that to be on the ground is to see God from our earth and not from the heavens. Then we saw that building a “battlement” around the roof of our house so that people could not fall off was being careful with the liberty we have in Christ when it comes to babes in Christ. This led us to Hebrews chapter 5:12-6:3 where it says;

Heb 5:12  For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
Heb 5:13  For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
Heb 5:14  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Heb 6:1  Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
Heb 6:2  Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
Heb 6:3  And this will we do, if God permit.

This took us to cover the first three “principles of the oracles of God” also known as “the principles of the doctrine of Christ”, repentance from dead works, faith toward God and the doctrine of baptisms. Today we will cover the last three, laying on of hands, resurrection from the dead and eternal judgment.

#4 – “the laying on of hands”

After Christ’s ascension into the clouds, of which clouds the elect represent:

Heb 12:1  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses

He began to set up His kingdom in us, to build a new house in the promised land. That kingdom/house is made up of kings and priests who have been given the direct service from God by the “laying on of hands”.  The elders who are indwelt with the Spirit of God, which directs them to whom God the Father has chosen in Christ before the world began, are to be the stones that make up Christ’s body. This decision is not made in haste but being led of the Spirit to grant certain people the privilege to handle the word of God. We should never, and I am guilty of it, just willy-nilly allow anyone to enter the fellowship. They first should be taken to the word between you and them, to the web-site, and they should first be acquainted with what we believe. This process will weed out many who would only cause issues and cause us to go back over the same milk doctrines time and time again. When John saw the vision of Revelation, it says he FELL at Christ’s feet. This is very important because it shows he had been spiritually slain by what he had seen behind him:

Rev 1:9  I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Rev 1:10  I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
Rev 1:11  Saying [to John inwardly], I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
Rev 1:12  And I turned to seerepented] the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw [after repentance we seeseven golden candlesticks; [within himself]
Rev 1:13  And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
Rev 1:14  His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;
Rev 1:15  And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.
Rev 1:16  And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
Rev 1:17  And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me [put your name in there], Fear not; I am the first and the last: [Don’t fear, for I am the beginning and ending of your life]
Rev 1:18  I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
Rev 1:19  Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
Rev 1:20  The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

He heard a GREAT VOICE, AS OF A TRUMPET. This voice said to him and is saying to us, “I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.”

Here I would like to quote from Mike’s study on the book of Revelation, on the word Asia and what it signifies;

So John was seeing the whole of the seven churches within himself, the whole apostatized church as one. Once he is given to hear, he turns to SEE, and what he is given to see in the midst of these seven churches, seven golden candlesticks, Christ, within himself, for the first time he is seeing himself as Christ, “clothed with [perfect tense-G5765] a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength” (Rev 1:13-16). Then what happens to him, to you and me, is we fall to the feet of Christ, DEAD. We see that there is nothing in us that can save us because we contain nothing in and of ourselves. He Who dwells in us is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and ending of everything we were, are or will be. When we are given to see this Christ has then…”laid his right hand upon me”, and when He lays His right hand upon us, He tells us:

Rev 1:17  And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last:

Rev 1:18  I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
Rev 1:19  Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
Rev 1:20  The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

The doctrine of laying on of hands is the truth that, unless we are given eyes to see and ears to hear, we are blind and Christ has not laid His right hand on us. We see because He has laid His hand upon me, to be tried in the fire, the second baptism.

This laying on of hands symbolizes the receiving of the Spirit of God to speak the truth about Who the Alpha and Omega is, was and will be in our lives.

Act 8:14  Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
Act 8:15  Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost:
Act 8:16  (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
Act 8:17  Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
Act 8:18  And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
Act 8:19  Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.

So, we see that people can see the things of the spirit yet still not be indwelt with the spirit. They can receive the truth and yet not be indwelt with the spirit. They can taste of the heavenly things, be made partakers of the spirit by seeing some things, yet never indwelt by the spirit. They can be baptised with the water of the word, submersed in the truth and yet never be indwelt with the spirit of God, never be tried by fire.

Act 8:13  Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done.

Simon believed, but he had not yet been given the Spirit of God, which means he was not given the privilege to be judged by fire and only believed for the furtherance of the flesh.

Act 8:20  But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money.
Act 8:21  Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.
Act 8:22  Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.
Act 8:23  For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.
Act 8:24  Then answered Simon, and said, Pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which ye have spoken come upon me.
Act 8:25  And they, when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, returned to Jerusalem, and preached the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.

Laying on of hands means we are not only baptised with water but are baptised with the burning fire of the Spirit of God. When this happens we can know that Christ has laid His right hand upon us and we enter the next 2 last stages together:

#4 – resurrection of the dead and
#5 – eternal judgment

As we are given to repent, have faith toward God, see the baptisms, have hands laid upon us, then comes the next two, which as the first four principles, go hand in hand, and we see that we cannot have one without the other. When we are given to see we are resurrected from the dead, we see we are entering into age-lasting judgment. So, what is the milk doctrine of the resurrection from the dead?

Jesus Christ lived a life of repentance, turning from the flesh, and giving God all the glory, for all things:

Mar 10:18  And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
Mat 26:52  Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.
Mat 26:53  Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
Mat 26:54  But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

He was given, by the Father, to have faith toward the Father that all things were of the Father, and Christ’s life was created to bring forth praise to the Father.

Joh 5:36  But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.

Joh 18:11  Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?

From this truth He was baptized in the word, symbolized by the baptism at the Jordan, and then driven into the wilderness to be baptized by fire.

Luk 3:21  Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened,
Luk 3:22  And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
Luk 4:1  And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
Luk 4:2  Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.

Luk 4:14  And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.

After His second baptism, he was filled with the holy Spirit of God, and it is shown by His teaching.

Luk 4:15  And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.
Luk 4:16  And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
Luk 4:17  And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
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,
Luk 4:19  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Luk 4:20  And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
Luk 4:21  And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. [and this applies to us who are filled with the Spirit of God, today, the day of our resurrection from dead is these words fulfilled in our ears.]
Luk 4:22  And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?

From there Christ shows by His life and words that the Father has laid His hands upon Christ to preach the word, in season and out of season. Whatever state in which God has you, you will be prepared to preach the word.

2Ti 4:1  I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2Ti 4:2  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

He lives His life until His life is sacrificed for the truth and He is crucified. Because He lived His life without iniquity, the grave could not hold Him, and He is resurrected from the dead. This is what John saw when he looked behind him. He saw all his life before him, all his sin, all his false doctrine, and still, standing in the middle, was the Son of God. He saw that Christ was the Alpha and Omega of his life and that Christ was the beginning and ending of his life, he falls down dead and is resurrected from the dead carnal mind that believed he was a god independant from The God.

From that day forward John/us who have experienced these first principles of the oracles of God/ the principles of the doctrine of Christ, walk in aionian (age-lasting) judgment, which means we are judged daily, hourly, minute by minute by the fire of the spirit of God. This spirit of God which is given to us as tongues of fire, exposes everything there is to expose about us.

Act 2:3  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
Act 2:4  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 

We no longer see ourselves as free moral agents that make freewill choices of our own but as Christ, living out a life that is for the glory of God. We see that living this life is living a life of constant judgment, aionian (age-lasting) judgment, because the spirit of God exposes everything the carnal mind thinks. We see that there is no literal place where we are tortured for not believing what we could not believe but a beautiful place where we walk in the fire. We have a place of privilege where we are judged in this age so we can be used to bring the rest of mankind to the truth in the lake of fire, just like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego – first inwardly, then outwardly.

Dan 3:23  And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
Dan 3:24  Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.
Dan 3:25  He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

When we are given these principles of the doctrine of Christ and go through the fire every day, we are walking in the fire with the Son of God, for we are indwelt with His Spirit. From there the man of Sin, represented by Nebuchadnezzar and all his kingdom, is brought into subjection to the truth that is walking in us. This is what will happen in the lake of fire to all of mankind, when we show them Who the Father is, was and will be. Listen and see these next few verses inwardly first and then outwardly. Do not concentrate on the outward, but on the inward, for when we concentrate on the outward we are acting as Simon, who wanted the power over others. When we are given to see the inward, the outward is just as evident.

Dan 3:26  Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.
Dan 3:27  And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together [all the nations and doctrines in us and then outwardly in the lake of fire], saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power [the second death has no power because we are judged in this age], nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.
Dan 3:28  Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel [the comforter – John 16:7], and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.
Dan 3:29  Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort. 
Dan 3:30  Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in the province of Babylon.

The truth of our repentance from dead works, of faith towards God, of the baptisms of water and fire we must go through, of how Christ has laid His hands upon us to preach the gospel, leads to see our carnal man as dead and the new man being resurrected daily to walk in the fire of the judgment of the flesh. This truth seals us to see that we are the sons of God NOW, and we are being created to bring the rest of the world into the knowledge of the truth in the lake of fire. Now, having these milk doctrines, let us GO ONTO PERFECTION, not laying again these principals but BUILDING UPON them. Why?

Heb 6:3  And this will we do, if God permit.
Heb 6:4  For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
Heb 6:5  And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
Heb 6:6  If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
Heb 6:7  For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:
Heb 6:8  But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

The falling away is as our study started, falling from on high from the roof (the truth) back to the ground, where all you see is outward, future tense and how you will be delivered to rule over those wicked people. If all we bring forth in this life is thorns and briars that grow from our tree, those pricks of religion that focuses OUTWARDLY to poke those who walk by, after all the water that has come upon us, then we are meant for the very fire we profess we are escaping. We have not been indwelt with the Spirit of God which burns up our thorns and briers in this age. We have been swimming around in the water of Jordan but were never dragged to the wilderness to be judged. The Babylon we are given to rule in this age centers on the future and the glory they will get when they hand Christ all their good works. Babylon will never make it there because those works are cankered and rotten with the foul smell of the dead flesh in which they live.

Mat 7:21  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 7:22  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Mat 7:23  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

If we are not repenting from the self-righteous flesh in this age, being led by the faith of Christ to trust in God the Father, being baptised by water and fire, having Christ’s hands laid on us daily to speak the truth, resurrecting from the dead carnal mind which sees everything outwardly, then we do not know what it means to be judged in this age. These are principles of the doctrine of Christ, the first principles of the oracles of God that Christ walked in and is allowing us to walk in. Now, may we build upon these truths into a mature body where we are not tossed to and fro by the winds of the world. May God grant us these truths so that we build upon this foundation that Christ laid for us.

Eph 4:14  That we henceforth be no more children [in need of milk], 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;
Eph 4:15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Eph 4:16  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

If we have these truths, then we have built a battlement around the roof of the new house Christ is building, where no one can fall off, back to the ground.

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The Book of Hebrews – Heb 9:18-28 “It is Appointed Unto Men Once to Die, but After This the Judgment” – Part 6 http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/the-book-of-hebrews-heb-918-28-it-is-appointed-unto-men-once-to-die-but-after-this-the-judgment-part-6/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-book-of-hebrews-heb-918-28-it-is-appointed-unto-men-once-to-die-but-after-this-the-judgment-part-6 Fri, 01 Jan 2021 02:30:50 +0000 http://www.iswasandwillbe.com/?p=21901

Heb 9:18-28 “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” -Part 6

[Study Aired December 31, 2020]

Heb 9:18  Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. 
Heb 9:19  For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, 
Heb 9:20  Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. 
Heb 9:21  Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. 
Heb 9:22  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. 
Heb 9:23  It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 
Heb 9:24  For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: 
Heb 9:25  Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 
Heb 9:26  For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 
Heb 9:27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 
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 following verses in Luke 23:34-37 reveal how the carnal mind does not understand that Christ’s flesh had to die (Heb 2:14) in order to then bring judgment into the world which would begin at the house of God (Heb 9:27, 1Ti 2:5-6, 1Pe 4:17).

Luk 23:34  Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they partedG1266 his raiment, and cast lots.
Luk 23:35  And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God [Mat 22:14].
Luk 23:36  And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar
Luk 23:37  And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.

Heb 9:27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die [each man in his own order at an appointed time], but after this the judgment:

1Ti 2:5  For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1Ti 2:6  Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time [Heb 9:16 Christ and his Christ (Rev 11:3)].

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? [Rev 11:3, Heb 9:16, 2Co 4:10]

Christ suffered in his flesh as a man so that he could be a mediator between God and man, and tell the body of Christ that we have been called to suffer so we can reign with Him as saviours who will judge the world or mediate as part of God’s government (Php 1:29, 2Ti 2:12, Oba 1:21, 1Co 6:3).

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;

2Ti 2:11  It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:
2Ti 2:12  If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:

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.

1Co 6:3  Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

The timing of the words of our Lord are always significant as they are in this verse: “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” even while He was being derided by the rulers that were with the crowd, and soldiers who were mocking him, coming to Him and offering Him vinegar, and saying, “If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself”. [a parable for us, soldiers here telling Christ preserve your flesh with this vinegar…]

Christ had been greatly humbled in His flesh and abased by this bruising He was enduring, and it is in our broken state, as Christ was, that we learn obedience by the things that we suffer (Heb 5:8). This most extreme circumstance on the cross was the climactic conclusion of Christ’s lifetime of learning obedience by the things He suffered as He witnessed to us the power of God that was able to deliver Him (Heb 5:8, 2Co 4:10, Rev 11:3, Rom 5:10, Heb 7:25). This is what pleased the Father so His power could be demonstrated through the lamb of God (Isa 53:10). This is how the God of all comfort was making a way for us through Christ to be able to be armed with his His mind in our hour of temptation and fiery trials so that we can now comfort others with the same comfort that we are comforted with (Rom 5:10, 2Co 1:4).

Just prior this happening: “And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others.” Christ said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” then “they partedG1266 his raiment, and cast lots.”

While we are yet carnal in our thinking, we don’t know how to distribute the garments of Christ which represent His righteousness, as Joseph did in the correct manner to his brothers. God’s favour was upon Benjamin who represents the elect in this instance, being shown grace from Joseph who represents Christ, given 300 pieces of silver (the riches of his goodness expressed through this process of repentance that silver represents 3×100 – Rom 2:4) and five changes of raiment which represent God’s grace that is given to God’s elect in order to be received of the Father (Rev 19:8, Gen 45:22, Heb 12:6).

Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Gen 45:22  To all of them he gave each man changes of raiment; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver, and five changes of raiment.

We are anything but righteous (Rom 3:10) as we “cast lots” within ourselves, thinking we are in control of this situation and demanding that Christ take control and “save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.” Although we have this hope of glory within, we need to learn something about ourselves from this crowd and not demand anything of God, but say rather, “Lord willing we will do this or that” (Jas 4:15, Mat 5:33-37). Those unrighteous actions of the crowd against Christ were forgiven by our Lord as He recognized that all things were working according to the counsel of God’s will, including the casting of the lots that represents mankind’s lots which are cast into the lap without knowing “the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD” (Pro 16:33, Eph 1:11).

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

Pro 16:33  The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the LORD.

Eph 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

Christ was being chastened and scourged for our sakes in order for us to be able to be received, and this section of scripture in Luke 23:34-37 brings to light the fact God knows our hearts and how we are going to dispose and reject Christ and His Christ. This is “marvellous in our eyes” because we know that this rejection from the world of our Lord was written for our sakes and ordained of God (Act 4:26-28) to remind us how we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us (Joh 15:13). Nothing can separate us from that love of God (Joh 18:9) which causes us to love our enemies, pray for those who falsely accuse us, and not resist evil (Psa 118:22, Joh 15:13-14, Rom 8:35-37, Mat 5:38-48).

Psa 118:22  The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
Psa 118:23  This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.

Joh 15:13  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Joh 15:14  Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

Rom 8:35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Rom 8:36  As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Rom 8:37  Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

Heb 9:18  Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. 
Heb 9:19  For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people,

The outward actions of Moses typify what God’s elect will do during the thousand-year reign when the world will be as full of the knowledge of God as the oceans are with water (Hab 2:14). Instead of “the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people“, the elect with be used to water and plant God’s word for a period of time that is symbolized by the words ‘a thousand-year reign’ (Rev 20:6). The statement “Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood” is typical of the word that we will share with an unconverted world. God sees the whole lump as being holy and in need of going through a process, baptized with water, and then with fire (Rom 11:16, Mat 3:11, Joh 3:5).

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

Twice (witness) we see the phrase “all the people” in verse 19, which represents all of mankind that needs to be baptized with water and then with the spirit (Joh 3:5-6).

Joh 3:5  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Joh 3:6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

This witness is reiterated with the first half saying the same thing as the last half of this same verse:

First, we see that “Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law” akin to “the earth” being “filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea” (Hab 2:14).

The second half: “he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people“, is another symbol of the washing of the word that is only understood with outward ordinances until the holy spirit is given to the church so we can then identify all these things as something that Christ is doing within us (Isa 26:9, Jer 22:29, Joh 4:25).

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. [God’s judgements will be in the earth through the thousand years but will only be received on the surface of the sea; “cover the sea” (Hab 2:14)]

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

Joh 4:25  The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.

In other words, Moses speaking to all the people foreshadows the Father speaking of the true witness, Jesus Christ, who represents all these sacrifices offered in Hebrews 9:19 (Mat 3:17).

Heb 9:20  Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you. 
Heb 9:21  Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. 
Heb 9:22  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

What Moses told and did for the congregation is again typical of what God will do with all the world – each man in their appointed time. What Moses said was, “This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you,” and what he did was “sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry.” That blood typifies the life of Christ in us which enjoins us unto God and His son. That is what Moses stated, and we know that word will not return void because it is God’s word (Isa 55:11). It does not return void and will accomplish what God has ordained it to do, which is to sprinkle “the tabernacle” that we are, seven times, (Lev 4:15-17, Lev 14:51) and all the “vessels of the ministry”, meaning the words of God are also going through a purifying process within the earthen vessels we are (Psa 12:6).

Isa 55:11  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Lev 4:15  And the elders of the congregation shall lay their hands upon the head of the bullock before the LORD: and the bullock shall be killed before the LORD.
Lev 4:16  And the priest that is anointed shall bring of the bullock’s blood to the tabernacle of the congregation:
Lev 4:17  And the priest shall dip his finger in some of the blood, and sprinkle it seven times before the LORD, even before the vail.

Lev 14:51  And he shall take the cedar wood, and the hyssop, and the scarlet, and the living bird, and dip them in the blood of the slain bird, and in the running water, and sprinkle the house seven times:

Psa 12:6  The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, [2Co 4:7] purified seven times.
Psa 12:7  Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever [1Ti 2:15].

1Ti 2:15  Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

(God’s elect are this woman or church being preserved, or purified through the process of judgment – 9 months pregnant, and it is by continuing in “faith and charity and holiness with sobriety” by abiding in God’s word (Joh 8:31-32) that the manchild will come to maturation in the blessed and holy first resurrection.)

Again, “almost all things are by the law purged with blood”, meaning the word of God sanctifies us (Joh 17:17); but these early types of that sanctification also represent how the law of Moses required blood to be sprinkled only on the outside of “both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry“. Those services of the priest along with those who came to sacrifice in the temple was their way of dedicating their life unto God. This ceremonial way of serving God is what reserves the world until judgment. One day all that was done by those priests and the rich young rulers of the world (Luk 18:21-23) will be understood, when grace abounds through God’s holy spirit and the law convicts them of their need for a living sacrifice and saviour, Jesus Christ  (Rom 12:1, Heb 12:1-2).

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Heb 12:1  Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, [this is the meaning of “purged with blood” for God’s elect today and is accomplished  when we look unto Jesus]
Heb 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

The law that makes sin evident (Rom 5:20-21) is typified by the outward action of sprinkling blood on “both the tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry“, and just as those actions demonstrate, we can have the word of God in our midst or sprinkled on our tabernacle, but it requires the miracle of God’s goodness to convict our hearts of what that blood should mean to us (Rom 2:4, 1Pe 1:18-20).

Rom 5:20  Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
Rom 5:21  That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rom 2:4  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

1Pe 1:18  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
1Pe 1:19  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
1Pe 1:20  Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

Our Adamic blood is shed when we die daily and are baptized into the death of Christ, typified by all the blood that was spilt of those beasts and sprinkled on the tabernacle and vessels. “Without shedding of blood is no remission” [our remission comes from Christ’s blood being poured out, His word which sanctifies us (Joh 17:17) as we are baptized into his death (Rom 6:1-3)]. We may read Hebrews 9:22 and think of Christ’s blood that is being shed for the remission of sins, and that is true, but it is also Christ’s body that is being shed for the remission of sins if we have the life of Christ in us (Rom 8:9, 1Jn 4:17, Col 1:24, Col 1:27).

1Jn 4:17  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

Rom 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

Col 1:24  Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:

Col 1:27  To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Heb 9:23 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 
Heb 9:24  For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: 

God has mercifully given us all these patterns in the old covenant (1Co 10:11, 1Pe 1:12) that reveal in type and shadow how our minds, or our heavens, “should be purified with these”.

The “heavenly things themselves” are speaking of the body of Christ who are blessed to have the reality that all these shadows point to Jesus Christ in our heavens. He is the better sacrifice in our heavens who gives us the power to lay down our lives at the altar which is the cross, where we present ourselves through Christ, who makes it possible for us to be raised in heavenly places (Eph 2:6, Joh 14:20) as a “better sacrifice than these” being accepted in the beloved” (Rom 12:1, Eph 1:6, 1Jn 4:17).

Rom 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Eph 1:6  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

1Jn 4:17  Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

To further drive this point home, the holy spirit inspired this section of scripture to say: “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands“, meaning it does not take a brick and mortar church to come to know God, neither does it require the work of some mans hands, but rather God working in “heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us“. Being found with our own righteousness is just building another church in our minds that is independent of the body of Christ, which is the church (Php 3:9, Col 1:27).

Php 3:9  And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

Col 1:27  To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

The figures of the true” are important inasmuch as they point to the reality of our Lord who is the one who can purge our minds of sin and set us free (Joh 8:36) as He enters into our heavens to do away with a lifetime of idolatrous worship of God (Mar 7:7-8) that is a result of having the man of perdition on the throne of our hearts (2Th 2:8). Christ tears down the old temple so we can see the new temple emerge (Joh 2:19). That new temple is a holy place where we can worship in spirit and in truth (Joh 4:24) and it is on that foundation, that can only be built by Christ (Psa 127:1), that we can “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (Php 2:12-13).

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

Mar 7:7  Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Mar 7:8  For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

Joh 4:24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Heb 9:25  Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; 
Heb 9:26  For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. 

More contrast is drawn with these verses to show us how there is no rest in the types and shadows. They only typify the rest that we can have in the Lord through labours that are being accomplished by our high priest who is working in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure (Heb 4:11, Php 2:13). These priests of old “entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others“, but Christ’s sacrifice was sufficient for the sins of the world and so we are told that this happened “once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself“. If we don’t see ourselves connected to this sacrifice, then the words “the end of the world” will have no significance to us. On the other hand, if we are a living sacrifice, dying daily and being baptized into Christ’s death, then we understand that this sacrifice is for us now, and occurring in an ongoing (aorist) manner in the lives of those who are being judged and having their “world” within judged, which brings about its “end” (1Jn 2:16-17, 1Jn 4:17) to “put away sin“.

The idea of being saviours is connected with the sacrifice of our lives which belong to God as we  believe and suffer for His name’s sake today (Php 1:29, Act 9:16, Mat 10:22), in order to share in bringing the entire world into a relationship of holiness with our Father, Christ and His body. “The end of the world” has come upon us for that reason, as God’s kind of first fruits (1Co 10:11, Jas 1:18).

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.

Jas 1:18  Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Heb 9:27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 
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. 

Saying we are ‘dying daily’ today (1Co 15:31), or “dying you shall die” (Gen 2:17 [LITV]) or “once to die” of Hebrews 9:27 is all saying the same thing)

It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” is referring to the blessed few who are entering into the house of mourning where we are learning that it is more precious in God’s sight to die daily to self today (Ecc 7:2, Psa 116:15). In losing our life for Christ’s sake (Mat 10:39-40), we are finding life now that is abundant (Joh 10:10) which Life will be used to nourish the rest of God’s creation who, for the time being, are eating and drinking and giving in marriage, for tomorrow in the second resurrection, they will die to self, but not today (1Co 15:32, Luk 12:19).

Heb 9:27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

1Co 15:31  I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

Ecc 7:2  It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.

Psa 116:15  Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.

Mat 10:39  He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
Mat 10:40  He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

1Co 15:32  If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die [Gal 3:1-4, Php 3:9].

Luk 12:19  And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry [1Ti 6:12].

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“, and God’s elect are being dragged to Christ (Joh 6:44) and believe and understand that He has appeared to us now in this earnest relationship (Eph 1:14) which we have, and has appeared this second time “without sin unto salvation” [He first appeared in sinful flesh]. That is good news for those who can receive it, because it confirms that we are being saved and can believe that salvation can only come through Christ alone who “was once offered to bear the sins of many” (Eph 1:4).

Eph 1:4  According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

Christ can and does bear our burdens and takes away the sin that can so easily beset us (Heb 12:1), as we are taken by the hand of a fit man (Christ – Lev 16:21) and carried through this life, filling up what is behind of the afflictions of Christ for His body’s sake which is the church (Col 1:24). Christ is now appearing within us, and we are bearing each other’s burdens and so fulfilling the law of Christ (Gal 6:2), which is not the law of Moses that only pointed to this living sacrifice which we are now becoming by the grace and faith that God has granted His elect in this age (Eph 2:8). This is God’s elect’s appointed time to die daily as we are judged (1Pe 4:17, 2Co 13:5).

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?

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?

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Jer 2:10-19 Thine Own Wickedness Shall Correct Thee

[Study Aired December 27, 2020]

Jer 2:10  For pass over the isles of Chittim, and see; and send unto Kedar, and consider diligently, and see if there be such a thing.
Jer 2:11  Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit.
Jer 2:12  Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the LORD.
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.
Jer 2:14  Is Israel a servant? is he a homeborn slave? why is he spoiled?
Jer 2:15  The young lions roared upon him, and yelled, and they made his land waste: his cities are burned without inhabitant.
Jer 2:16  Also the children of Noph and Tahapanes have broken the crown of thy head.
Jer 2:17  Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, when he led thee by the way?
Jer 2:18  And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor? or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria, to drink the waters of the river?
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.

In our last study the Lord reminded us of how we once depended upon Him, and we expected Him to save us from all our enemies. However, after He did so we took His glory to ourselves and did not give all glory to Him to whom it belonged.

Here are the last four verses of last week’s study:

Jer 2:6  Neither said they, Where is the LORD that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought, and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt?
Jer 2:7  And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination.
Jer 2:8  The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.
Jer 2:9  Wherefore I will yet plead with you, saith the LORD, and with your children’s children will I plead.

This prophecy is not addressed to those who are not given ears that hear. It is addressed to those with whom the Lord is pleading. It is addressed to those to whom the Lord is revealing that they have absolutely nothing to bring to Him. It is to reveal to us that we have no way at all to save ourselves or to make ourselves appealing to our Husband. This prophecy of Jeremiah is telling us that it is the Lord Himself who brings us “out of the land of Egypt”, out of our abject servitude to the fear of men, and the humiliating lusts of our flesh by breaking the deadly, vicious hold our natural man has upon us. The Lord drags us, against our own natural desires and against our own will, “through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought, and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelt.” That is the very definition of the word ‘drag’ in this verse of scripture in the New Testament:

Joh 6:44  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw [G1670: ‘helkuo’, to drag] him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

In other words, the Lord reveals, and is revealing to us, that before we can enter into Him and He can enter into us, before we can become “the bride, the Lamb’s wife”, we must first begin to fulfill the seven last plagues of our Husband’s wrath against that kingdom of our old  man who is loathe to leave Egypt:

Exo 14:11  And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?
Exo 14:12  Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

It is because we just naturally refuse to die to our old man that we must “through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.”

Act 14:22  Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

Rev 15:1  And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.
Rev 15:2  And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
Rev 15:3  And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.
Rev 15:4  Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall [be dragged to] come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
Rev 15:5  And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:
Rev 15:6  And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.
Rev 15:7  And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.
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 [aorist tense… were being fulfilled].

What does it mean to be ‘one of the seven angels which have the seven last plagues which fill up the wrath of God’? This prophecy of Jeremiah will tell us what that means. When one of these seven angels showed the judgment of the great harlot to John, then John, who typifies each of us, fell down to worship that angel. When he did so, this is what that angel revealed to John about whom these seven angels typify:

Rev 17:1  And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
Rev 17:2  With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

Chapter seventeen reveals to us who this great whore is who rules over the kingdoms of this world, and chapter eighteen reveals her judgment and her destruction at the hands of the ten horns of the very beast whom she has for so long dominated. Chapter eighteen ends with this very cryptic summary of the function of this symbolic ‘great whore’:

Rev 18:24  And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

That is what prompted the Lord to destroy this great harlot at the hands of the very beast she dominated for so long. When the beast destroys the harlot, he then fights with the Lord, and he, too, is destroyed by the Lord and His Christ, which ‘Christ’ is revealed to be the Lord’s wife:

Rev 19:1  And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:
Rev 19:2  For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

Rev 19:7  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Rev 19:9  And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

At this point John is so impressed with all this angel has revealed to him that he tells us what we all do when the Lord sends this angel to us:

Rev 19:10  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy [“Feed my sheep” (Joh 21:15-17 and 1Co 14:3)].

The incredible revelations continue to come. The angel then reveals to John that the destruction of that harlot within us produces “the bride, the Lamb’s wife” (Rev 21:9) and John, typifying each of us, again falls down and worships the angel who is showing him all these things. This time the angel, in rebuking John, reveals to us what it means to be “one of the seven angels having the seven last plagues”:

Rev 22:8  And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.
Rev 22:9  Then saith he unto me, [again, Rev 19:10) See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

What a revelation indeed! The seven angels who have the seven last plagues to be poured out on the earth are those who “keep the sayings of this book”! In other words, these seven angels typify those who are themselves the first to endure the seven last plagues of the judgment of God. It is they who are standing on that “sea of glass mingled with fire”. It is ‘glass mingled with fire’ because this sea of glass mingled with fire consists of unstable sand which has already been put through the fiery trials which are those seven last plagues of the wrath of God upon the kingdom of our old man.

What that means is the seven angels who have the seven last plagues who “keep the sayings of this book” are also those who will rule with Christ over the kingdoms of this world for a thousand years.

Rev 1:6  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Rev 5:8  And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
Rev 5:9  And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
Rev 5:10  And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

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.

Rev 12:5  And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

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.

Being “made… kings and priests unto God and His Father” is not to be taken lightly:

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 20:5  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

Rev 22:5  And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

The Lord pulls no punches as He reveals to us all the rebellions which are part of our journey out of Egyptian slavery and into the promised land, only to be seduced by the nations around us and then carried out of the promised land. We are taken into Assyrian, Babylonian slavery for seventy years, signifying just how completely incapable of delivering ourselves from “the body of this death” we are in and of ourselves:

Rom 7:24  O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
Rom 7:25  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

The answer to Paul’s question is the answer to the mystery of life itself. Christ in us is the only hope any of us will ever have to know what the glory of ruling and reigning with Him is, first over all the kingdoms of this wicked world within us.

Col 1:24  Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church:
Col 1:25  Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
Col 1:26  Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
Col 1:27  To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

That is the struggle which overcomes us and which we are made to face in this prophecy of Jeremiah:

Jer 2:7  And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination.

Then, through our judgment which comes only through the fiery trials and plagues which the Lord has already written in our ‘book’… if we are “predestinated”  to be His bride, we will stand on that sea of glass mingled with fire (Rev 15:1-2) to rule with Him over the nations of this world for a thousand years, all in preparation for becoming the conduit of the chastening grace of God which will reconcile everyone and everything in heaven and on earth to the Lord through our mercy (Rom 11:30-31, Tit 2:11-12).

Eph 1:5  Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
Eph 1:11  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:

Rom 11:30  For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
Rom 11:31  Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

Tit 2:11  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Tit 2:12  Teaching [G3811: ‘paideuo’, chastening] us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

It is because of our high calling that we must first come to know ourselves, and to know exactly who our old man is to the degree which he is revealed in this prophecy of Jeremiah. That is why we must never forget the pit from which we are dug:

Isa 51:1  Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.
Isa 51:2  Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.

“The rock whence ye are hewn and…the hole of the pit whence ye are digged” are interpreted in verse two as referring to Abraham and Sarah. What do we see when we “look unto… Abraham and Sarah”? What we see is a 99-year-old man and an 89-year-old barren wife with absolutely no hope of ever bearing any children. That is what the Lord means when He says, “Look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.” That is he whom the Lord called and increased. That is whence we all have come. We are all being called out of a hopelessly barren, dying life, and we are being given an increase of “more abundant… life”:

Joh 10:10  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

What the Lord wants us to know is that, not only are we a rebellious, self-willed people, we are also totally incapable of delivering ourselves from “the body of this death”:

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

The Lord Himself brings us to this hopeless realization. It is He who commands the stormy winds of life which bring us to our wits’ end:

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.

Which brings us to our next verse here in Isaiah 51:

Isa 51:3  For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.

That is “how the book ends” in each of the writers we have referenced. Here are the very next verses of Psalms 107:

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.

This is the very next verse of Romans 7:

Rom 7:25  I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

King David is known for trying to hide his sin with Bathsheba and for his repentance from that sin. In his hypocrisy, he typifies us. This was his punishment, and if we are the Lord’s elect, it is also our judgment:

2Sa 12:10  Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.

Despite all of our sins, and they are many, this is also how the story ends in the book of the revelation of Jesus Christ:

Rev 21:3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Rev 21:4  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Psalm 136 has 26 verses, and every verse ends in the same way. I will quote only the first verse and the last four verses:

Psa 136:1  O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

The next 21 verses end with, “for His mercy endureth for ever” ending with these four verses:

Psa 136:23  Who remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy endureth for ever:
Psa 136:24  And hath redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psa 136:25  Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Psa 136:26  O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.

“His mercy endures forever” does not contradict “the sword shall never depart from thy house.” Rather, “His mercy endures forever” simply explains what His goodness is which leads us to repentance. We do not repent because the Lord gives us a pat on the shoulder and tells us He loves us. We repent because:

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

His chastening and scourging are part of His love for us. They are the two counterparts to our “two evils” which give the Lord the occasion He is seeking to destroy the kingdom of our old man. The heathen nations serve gods which are not gods at all. Yet they are faithful to their idols. Not even the heathen have forsaken their gods in the way we forsake our God:

Jer 2:10  For pass over the isles of Chittim, and see; and send unto Kedar, and consider diligently, and see if there be such a thing.

‘Chittim’ is taken by all the commentaries to mean Cyprus, and by extension all the Mediterranean islands. ‘Kedar’ is an Arabian city to the east of Israel, and by extension all the Arab countries. What the Lord is saying is simply go to the west or go to the east and you will not find a single heathen country which has not been faithful to their false gods. Yet we have been unfaithful to the one and only true God who has proven Himself to be our deliverer repeatedly.

Jer 2:11  Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit.
Jer 2:12  Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the LORD.
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.

Why, the Lord asks, would anyone exchange the real thing for a counterfeit? He will bring horrible fear upon us. We will be made desolate, both within and outwardly, because we have 1) forsaken the fountain of living waters and 2) hewed out broken cisterns which cannot hold the waters of life.

It is only through being brought to be “horribly afraid” and being made “very desolate” and being made aware of the hollow life we are leading that we are made to know who we are and what we have done to our loving Husband.

We have been made a slave to our passions and sins. Yet we are empty and desolate, and the Lord then asks us:

Jer 2:14  Is Israel a servant? is he a homeborn slave? why is he spoiled?
Jer 2:15  The young lions roared upon him, and yelled, and they made his land waste: his cities are burned without inhabitant.

Our enemies who know that we once professed to know our Lord now lord themselves over us and spoil us:

Jer 2:16  Also the children of Noph and Tahapanes have broken the crown of thy head.
Jer 2:17  Hast thou not procured this unto thyself, in that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God, when he led thee by the way?

‘Noph and Tahapanes’ are Egyptian cities which signify how our flesh has been given dominion over us to our shame. It is our submission to our rebellious flesh which has “procured” the dominion of ‘Noph and Tahapanes’, the dominion of our flesh over us.

Inwardly we believed at one time that if we kept the right days, months, times and years, and if we simply paid our tithes, then we would be in a position to expect blessings from the Lord. Such a mindset actually feeds the false doctrine of having free will and is the exact opposite of the point the Lord is making when He asks us to consider the rock from which He has hewn us and the hole of the pit from whence He dug us.

Isa 51:1  Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.
Isa 51:2  Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.

Abraham and Sarah were two old fruitless idol worshippers from Ur of the Chaldees, whose future appeared completely hopeless, and yet the Lord promised to make of that couple a great nation which would inherit the whole world:

Rom 4:13  For the promise, that he should be the heir of the worldwas not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

The Lord wants us to consider the foolishness of the ways of our flesh. He wants us to see clearly how little our old man has to offer compared to what He is doing with our new man.

Jer 2:18  And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor? or what hast thou to do in the way of Assyria, to drink the waters of the river?

‘Sihor’ is the river of Egypt which we call the Nile River. “The waters of Sihor” symbolize the doctrines of this world. “The waters of the river… of Assyria” are what the scriptures call “the rivers of Babylon”:

Psa 137:1  By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
Psa 137:2  We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.
Psa 137:3  For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.
Psa 137:4  How shall we sing the LORD’S song in a strange land?

The question the Lord is posing to us is, “What have we to do in the ways and doctrines of Egypt, the ways and doctrines of this world? What have we to do in the ways and doctrines of Babylon?” The fact is that we simply cannot serve two masters.

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!
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.

Notice that “if [our] eye is single” is contrasted with “if thy eye be evil”. The Lord requires that we should never to be double-minded:

Jas 1:5  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Jas 1:6  But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
Jas 1:7  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
Jas 1:8  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

Having a double mind defiles our heart before the Lord:

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

We simply cannot be a friend of this world and at the same time be a friend of God:

Jas 4:4  Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

We just naturally want to fit in with this world and all its traditions and ways. We just naturally want to “fight for and defend God and country”, and we just naturally want to take part in all the holidays and seasonal traditions of those all around us, but at the same time we think of ourselves as the Lord’s very elect.

To all this the Lord tells us:

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.

‘It is an evil thing and bitter that we have forsaken our Lord’ is the occasion the Lord is seeking to judge us for committing spiritual fornication against our own spiritual husband and “losing our first love” and accommodating the throne of Satan, accommodating the Nicolaitans, and permitting the murderous doctrines and teachings of that woman Jezebel within us. Our own wickedness will correct us, and we will be tormented with the doctrine of our own free will making us to err from the Lord’s ways, resulting in a sense of hopelessness and fear which will torment us until we stand corrected and are brought to repentance.

That is our study for today, and here are our verses for our next study:

Jer 2:20  For of old time I have broken thy yoke, and burst thy bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing the harlot.
Jer 2:21  Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me?
Jer 2:22  For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord GOD.
Jer 2:23  How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baalim? see thy way in the valley, know what thou hast done: thou art a swift dromedary traversing her ways;
Jer 2:24  A wild ass used to the wilderness, that snuffeth up the wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away? all they that seek her will not weary themselves; in her month they shall find her.
Jer 2:25  Withhold thy foot from being unshod, and thy throat from thirst: but thou saidst, There is no hope: no; for I have loved strangers, and after them will I go.
Jer 2:26  As the thief is ashamed when he is found, so is the house of Israel ashamed; they, their kings, their princes, and their priests, and their prophets,
Jer 2:27  Saying to a stock, Thou art my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: for they have turned their back unto me, and not their face: but in the time of their trouble they will say, Arise, and save us.
Jer 2:28  But where are thy gods that thou hast made thee? let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy trouble: for according to the number of thy cities are thy gods, O Judah.

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