The Book of Nahum – Part 2
“He Rebuketh the Sea”
In Part 1 we covered the first three verses of Nahum with the focus on the Burden of Nineveh, which is the oppressive yoke and heavy burden we carry during our time in Babylon under the influences of the false doctrines of orthodoxy and the great harlot within. We carry this burden until Christ comes to us the second time and gives us faith and “ears to hear and eyes to see”.
Jos 5:2 At that time the LORD said unto Joshua, Make thee sharp knives, and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time.
Isa 11:11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
We first must know the Lord in the flesh, but when He comes to us the second time, we know Him no longer that way (2Co 5:16). So Christ comes to us twice, and when He does appear it “is, was and will be” to finish the good work He started and to put away sin. We must be dragged through the second veil and into the Body of Christ (Joh 6:44, Heb 10:20, Isa 6).
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
We see this play out with Jonah first going to Nineveh to preach repentance and then Nahum going back the second time. Nineveh did repent from Jonah’s preaching (Jon 3:10), but the process of turning a heathen nation into a godly nation, submitting to the Lord, requires a second baptism (Mat 3:11). First, the washing of water by the Word but then the baptism of fire, the fiery judgments against the old man, which are absolutely necessary. This only comes about when we can hear the Word spoken by the angels/messengers/prophets of God in the last day. No man enters the Temple that is Christ by any other way.
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.
It is through the righteous judgment of God and the jealousy of the Lord for His people that the spiritual House of the Lord, the Temple, is built. This is true grace which is also the mercies of the Lord to the new man.
Zec 1:14 So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy.
Zec 1:15 And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction.
Zec 1:16 Therefore thus saith the LORD; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith the LORD of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem.
The first baptism of leaving Egypt, the world, brings us to Christ in the flesh. We are east of the Jordan River, and the real tribulation and battles in our heavens lie ahead on the other side of the river. As a carnal babe in the east our faith has yet to be tested nor have we withstood the fiery trials necessary to purify us (Mat 3:11). The baptism of fire is still needed and these OT stories are ensamples of what we must endure as Christ’s sons.
The new man that is born during the wilderness journey must be circumcised.
Jos 5:5 Now all the people that came out were circumcised: but all the people that were born in the wilderness by the way as they came forth out of Egypt, them they had not circumcised.
This of course has nothing to do with the acts or free will of any man. It is all the Lord’s work in us and happens on His schedule preordained for all men.
Col 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
Eze 36:27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
The burden we carry is when we seek to serve Christ in the flesh and without the benefit of spiritual circumcision made without hands. The Law of Moses and the law of the Gentiles represent this burden in type and shadow. They are the oppressive yoke and heavy burden we carry when trying to serve the Lord by our self-righteous deeds, separated from God by the great chasm no man can cross (Luk 16:26). The newly converted disciples came to understand that no man can bear that yoke of making himself righteous. It is impossible for men.
Act 15:10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?
Act 15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.
It is the anointing of Christ, the oil of the Holy Spirit, the hearing of the Truth of the Word and pure doctrine that breaks this fleshly yoke and removes the spirit of heaviness and replaces it with the light burden and easy yoke of Christ (Mat 11:30).
Isa 10:27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.
I must also cover an important foundation about the book of Nahum I did not notice until this week. The word Nahum is very instructive to the prophecy itself which like all the prophets, is about the ambassador, Christ, being sent to the nations to preach the Gospel that brings about the remaking of the marred vessel of clay. Here is the definition of Nahum from Strong’s.
H5151 – nachûm, nakh-oom’
From H5162; comfortable; Nachum, an Israelitish prophet: – Nahum.
As we can see the name Nahum is taken from H5162 which means to comfort. But notice also that this root word is just as often used in reference to “repentance”. Comforting the new man is brought about by bringing knowledge on the trials and process of God making known His judgments (Rom 9:22-23) which brings about repentance thru the trials.
H5162 – nâchamm, Total KJV Occurrences: 109
Nahum is a type of Christ coming to us and we as Christ going to others. “The Christ” is this Comforter, and you and I are this comforter if you are in “The Christ” speaking words of Spirit and Truth.
Joh 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
Joh 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
Seeing ourselves while in the Body as Jesus Christ, this comforter is the opposite side of the two-edged sword and our roles as saviors by bringing judgment. The Christ brings deliverance to us by speaking the words that judge us and that burn up and consume the wood (carnal mindedness) within us. But those same words and that same process are what makes known the manifold wisdom of God to the church as we saw in Part 1. It is the knowledge of the Truth that comforts the new man and gives us the patience to endure. It is foolishness to the natural man that judgment and comfort could be opposite sides of the same Word and the process by which we are saved. Even Noah who spoke of wrath was a comforter!
Gen 5:29 And he called his name Noah saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed.
The Body of Christ, “Jerusalem above”, is who comforts us and teaches us that the Lord has not poured out all this “wrath and judgment” without cause. These verses perfectly sum this up and use the root word from which Nahum is taken and show us the positive side of the word evil to add to what Ernesto shared on the email list recently.
Eze 14:21 For thus saith the Lord GOD; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast?
Eze 14:22 Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters: behold, they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their way and their doings: and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought upon it.
Eze 14:23 And they shall comfort you, when ye see their ways and their doings: and ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord GOD.
We saw in Part 1 that the Lord is jealous and has His way in the whirlwind, which is how He extracts vengeance for His Temple that we defile. We also saw that it was God’s elect (aka the Body of Christ) that are the feet of the Lord who brings this through the spoken Word. Today we continue with further detail on this process to bring the heathen nations under the dominion of the Lord.
Nah 1:4 He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.
Nah 1:5 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.
Nah 1:6 Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.
There comes a time when the Lord will not put up anymore with having His Holy Name blasphemed by His people. That is why He brings judgment and rebukes us sharply.
Eze 36:22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen, whither ye went.
Eze 36:23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.
Eze 36:24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.
Salvation is the putting away of sin and casting out of “wickedness and everything that exalts” from our heavens and our earth. This is a process that begins when the Lord’s throne in us is being prepared for judgment.
Joh 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.
Psa 9:7 But the LORD shall endure for ever: he hath prepared his throne for judgment.
It is expedient that Jesus in the flesh goes away, because that enables the Comforter to come and bring the Word and understanding that will work its marvelous work of reproving sin, ushering in righteousness through judgment (Joh 16:7-8).
The sea which the Lord rebukes is the flesh; our flesh and the flesh of all men (Isa 60:5, Rev 21:1). The Lord initiates our judgment by rebuking the sea, which is our carnal fleshly way of life, and setting us on dry land. We begin our journey by coming up out of the sea, yet we are on dry land and have a journey to yet endure.
Rev 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
Exo 15:19 For the horse of Pharaoh went in with his chariots and with his horsemen into the sea, and the LORD brought again the waters of the sea upon them; but the children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea.
Cutting off the waters that sustain our fleshly beastly way of life is how the Lord brings us to our wits’ end and ultimately saves all men.
Isa 50:2 Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst.
Without water anything alive will languish, wither and ultimately die. There is a method in the Lord’s ways to bring about the demise of the beastly nature of man and bring the old man to their wits’ end.
Amo 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
The mountains are the kingdoms of the flesh, and they will be shaken by the spiritual earthquakes. The seven vials of wrath cause many progressive earthquakes as the Lord rebukes our sinful and blaspheming ways (Rev 6:12, Rev 8:5, Rev 11:3, Heb 12:26).
Rev 11:19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: [we now have eyes that see] and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.
This remaking of the marred vessel of clay (the earth) is done by fiery trials. Heat and pressure are how precious gem stones are made, and it is no different in the spiritual.
Psa 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
The melting away of these hills and mountains is what results from the Lord’s rebuking and is how the wicked within us perish through this scourging grace (Heb 12:6).
Psa 112:10 The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.
Isa 13:7 Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt:
We will get comfortable being in the fire and walking with Christ, Lord willing. Contrary to the lies of orthodox Christianity, those that walk in the fire are not sinners burning in hell forever.
Isa 33:14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?
Isa 33:15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil;
To answer the rhetorical question of Nah 1:6; No man shall be able to stand the fury of the Lord’s judgment and wrath poured out. All shall be made new; the old shall indeed pass away as the Lord and His Christ are refiners in the fire.
Mal 3:2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:
Mal 3:3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.
1Co 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
The rocks thrown down represent the Word of God which we twist and pervert to build a temple for the Lord. But it is held together with untempered mortar (slime) and will not stand. The coming of Christ the second time unto salvation means all these stones that make up the temple built by man’s hands will be thrown down.
Mat 24:2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.
1Ki 18:38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
Eze 13:14 So will I break down the wall that ye have daubed with untempered morter, and bring it down to the ground, so that the foundation thereof shall be discovered, and it shall fall, and ye shall be consumed in the midst thereof: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
To complete this study we need to go back and look deeper at verse four and the places being spoken about and what this may mean.
Nah 1:4 He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.
Maturing in faith is a process, a journey, and that is what these details on places and events are referencing. The application of Romans 1:20 to how physical children grow up and learn applies in the spiritual as well. We learn from experience, and we learn by making mistakes and having our parents correct us. Such is the way the Lord works in the spiritual realm. The revelation of Jesus Christ is a progressive journey requiring “seven angels who cast fire upon our earth” and bring many “earthquakes and tribulation” to our heavens and earth.
Rev 8:7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
The languishing of Bashan, Carmel and the flower of Lebanon symbolize this ongoing and progressive process of judgment as we come out of the world, sojourn in the wilderness, move from carnal babes in Christ to maturity as we become settled in true doctrines and continues on “being saved” through the righteousness of Christ in us as He increases and we decrease.
The parable of the Sower tells us the seed does not first take root.
Mat 13:4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
Mat 13:5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
Mat 13:6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
Mat 13:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
Mat 13:8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
Withering and languishing are part of the process to teach us that a righteous man must fall down seven times and learn true righteousness through the process of judgment (Isa 26:9). Trying our faith and chastening us are the grace of God in action and are how men are being saved (1Pe 1:7, Exo 20:20), and this is how the Lord accomplishes it. To languish means to be weak or sick or feeble. A day will come when the nations within are tried in the fire and we are shown what we are truly made of in our fleshly, yet carnal, condition. Then the real work of Christ begins.
Luk 5:31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.
Luk 5:32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
Ecc 3:18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.
When judgment is pronounced upon our earth, what Nahum describes comes to pass. The causing us to err (Isa 63:17), having fruitless branches grow from the vine (Joh 15:2), is all the Lord’s work in us to seek an occasion to bring judgment and the fire that cleanses.
Isa 33:9 The earth mourneth and languisheth: Lebanon is ashamed and hewn down: Sharon is like a wilderness; and Bashan and Carmel shake off their fruits.
Isa 33:10 Now will I rise, saith the LORD; now will I be exalted; now will I lift up myself.
Isa 33:11 Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble: your breath, as fire, shall devour you.
Isa 33:12 And the people shall be as the burnings of lime: as thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire.
All three of the places mentioned here in verse four, Bashan, Carmel and Lebanon, are within the boundaries and definitions of the physical land that was promised to Israel (Gen 15:18). Yet we know these words are Spirit, and the promise was Spirit, and as we review these locations we will hopefully begin to see the Lord’s process of judging and maturing us referenced in these geographical symbols. These three places are representative of the progressive process of judgment which begins in Egypt, continues in Babylon and is complete at the White throne judgment. Bashan, Carmel and Lebanon are shadows and symbols of these three progressive judgments to finish the Lord’s work in remaking the marred vessel of clay.
H1316 – Bashan – Of uncertain derivation; Bashan (often with the article), a region East of the Jordan: – Bashan.
Bashan is a time in our walk when the flesh is very strong. We see this from the Psalms and the spiritual symbols of bulls and depths of the sea confirming the understanding of our time in Bashan.
Psa 22:12 Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round.
Psa 68:22 The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea [the flesh, the bottomless pit etc]
Amo 4:1 Hear this word, ye kine of Bashan, that are in the mountain of Samaria, which oppress the poor, which crush the needy, which say to their masters, Bring, and let us drink.
We know what these “kine” will be drinking, as we all will be made to drink, of the Lord’s cup and partake of His baptism by fire (Mat 20:23). Bashan is east of the Jordan river, and that typifies our time in the wilderness before we have the second baptism and are given the ability to go into the land across the river and begin to conquer the real giants (sins). Bashan is very much aligned with Gilead; they are mentioned together in fifteen verses of Scripture. This location spiritually speaking is where we make a covenant with the old man (typified as Laban, Gen 31:48) to peacefully coexist. That covenant will not stand, it will be disannulled, but this is where we must first start. It is from this spiritual place of apostasy that the man-child will come forth out of Babylon and begin to head west on the journey towards maturity (Rev 12:5-6).
Og is the king of Bashan, and there are many battles Israel (you and me in spirit) have with this king before we are given victory (Jos 17:5, Deu 3:10). It is no surprise we languish in Bashan as this entire region of sixty cities (6 is the number of man) was built with copper (brass) which always typifies the flesh or the works of man’s hands.
1Ki 4:13 The son of Geber, in Ramothgilead; to him pertained the towns of Jair the son of Manasseh, which are in Gilead; to him also pertained the region of Argob, which is in Bashan, threescore great cities with walls and brasen bars:
Bashan is also known for its mighty (prideful) oaks. Devoid of the spirit of God, these trees which we are on the east side of the Jordan, languish spiritually, bear no fruit and are rebuked by the Lord in due time. But these oak trees are mighty in the world’s carnal eyes and represent the pride of man, which must be fed with judgment to be saved.
Zec 11:2 Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down.
The land of Milk and Honey is not the meat. It is where we must start out as carnal babes in Christ as we are being prepared to cross the Jordan in spirit and fight the giants by first feeding on the enemies of our carnal mind in Bashan and Gilead among other “heathen” nations within. The whole bed of King Og within us has now been prepared for judgment when the Lord rebukes us.
Deu 3:11 For only Og king of Bashan remained of the remnant of giants; behold, his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man…..
Deu 3:13 And the rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, being the kingdom of Og, gave I unto the half tribe of Manasseh; all the region of Argob, with all Bashan, which was called the land of giants
Eventually the Lord gives us faith to cross over and before we do the king of Bashan is utterly destroyed and continues to be destroyed, in down payment form.
Jos 2:10 For we (the people of Jericho) have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed.
The second location that languishes which the Lord rebukes in due time is Carmel.
H3760 – Carmel – The same as H3759; Karmel, the name of a hill and of a town in Palestine: – Carmel, fruitful (plentiful) field, (place).
Total KJV occurrences: 25
Carmel is probably best known as the place where Elijah challenged and mocked the false prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18 and then slayed them all. In spirit, Carmel represents our time in spiritual Babylon being deceived by the prophets of Baal within and without. This land has been planted, but the seed has been corrupted for the time being, being choked with thorns.
Carmel was on the west side of the Jordan river and sat in the NW corner of Israel along the seacoast. The pitting of the prophet of God against the prophets of Baal must take place within us in order for Carmel, the planted field within, to live up to its name and bring forth fruit. So the land Carmel languishes under the influences of false doctrines, lies and unbelief within us that take time and the rebuking by God’s Word to burn them out of us. But an ambassador is coming to Carmel within, it has already been appointed, and we must just wait for it to come.
Jer 46:18 As I live, saith the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts, Surely as Tabor is among the mountains, and as Carmel by the sea, so shall he come.
A prophet will come at the appointed time of judgment (third year), and then the rain will fall on Carmel and initiate the cleansing of the land and restoration of Carmel to a fruitful field.
1Ki 18:1 And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth.
1Ki 18:2 And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab. And there was a sore famine in Samaria.
The Lord will bring trials upon us to choose the God we worship and show us who is the true God and what is of our carnal mind, the seed of the serpent.
1Ki 18:19 Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel’s table.
1Ki 18:20 So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel.
1Ki 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.
This, too, is a seven-fold process of falling to the earth (Pro 26:14). After the event concludes and the true God is established in the minds of Israel, then the rain comes and the drought ends. The rain will come from this little cloud (The Body) that rises up out of the sea.
1Ki 18:42 So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Carmel; and he cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees,
1Ki 18:43 And said to his servant, Go up now, look toward the sea. And he went up, and looked, and said, There is nothing. And he said, Go again seven times.
1Ki 18:44 And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not.
Here we see the Body of Christ in symbol, the “little cloud” that comes from the sea and is the right hand of the Lord. Carmel is a more mature place than Bashan and is where we will come to know and believe the true doctrines of the Lord. Yet it is still close to the sea (the flesh) and the lies and influences of the carnal mind and our father the devil, and the two hundred million lies of Rev 9:16 take more fire and judgment to burn them out of us. The final location to discuss is Lebanon. We all know this small nation north of modern day Israel, but in spiritual terms, Lebanon has a specific meaning.
H3844 – Lebanon: – From H3825; (the) white mountain (from its snow); Lebanon, a mountain range in Palestine: – Lebanon.
Total KJV occurrences: 71
Lebanon comes from the word meaning “white mountain”. White has both a positive and negative application and is very instructive to understand the meaning of the word Lebanon (See link for Mike’s Study on Color White at the end). On the positive side, “white” means the covering of Christ. The negative side means leprosy when we mix truth with lies until we come to be the mature man in Christ. “White” is associated with God’s elect, and here is a sampling, but there are many more scriptures.
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.
Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
Rev 19:8 And to her [Christ’s bride] was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Joh 4:35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
On the negative side, “white” also refers to God’s Elect in our first marred and carnal state when we blaspheme Christ and prophesy falsely in our self-righteousness. Even Satan and his ministers appear as angels of light dressed in white.
Mat 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
Lev 13:10 And the priest shall see him: and, behold, if the rising be white in the skin, and it have turned the hair white, and there be quick raw flesh in the rising;
Lev 13:11 It is an old leprosy in the skin of his flesh, and the priest shall pronounce him unclean, and shall not shut him up: for he is unclean.
Leprosy is a permanent condition of being “yet carnal” and will never go away on its own. Loving this world and all the things in it must be burned out of us, and there is only one cure for leprosy, the coming of Christ to heal us.
We all are Lebanon, a “white mountain” in spirit, both the positive and the negative, even after coming to the knowledge of Truth and having the false prophets of Baal cast out. Along our journey, pride is always an enemy we deal with, and the Lord is bringing it to an end. This happens in Lebanon in our more mature state of our walk.
Jer 22:23 O inhabitant of Lebanon, that makest thy nest in the cedars, how gracious shalt thou be when pangs come upon thee, the pain as of a woman in travail!
Zec 11:1 Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars.
We are being judged now so we won’t be condemned with the world in the age to come (1Co 11:32). It is this White Throne judgment that makes us “white” and enables us to be the overcomers and serve the Lord’s purposes in instructing all men in the Lake of fire and being the deliverers with Christ.
Dan 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
Dan 11:33 And they that understand among the peopleshall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days.
But they will also “instruct many” that when all is said and done we will all be “made white” through purging trials. In the end all men shall be saved, and there will be a big forest of trees in Lebanon.
Isa 29:17 Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest?
Isa 29:18 And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness…..
Isa 29:24 They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine.
The flower of Lebanon that languishes is the pure Word of God. One speck of leprosy makes us unclean, and a little leaven indeed leavens the whole lump and causes the flower to languish. We see the flowers in the tabernacle of God in Exodus as Steven’s recent Awesome Hands studies have shown (see link at the end of study).
Exo 25:31 And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same.
The trials, “the heat of the sun”, will initially wither the flower and make it languish. This is what happens to us all when we are rich, full of pride, puffed up in our new knowledge (the true doctrines of Christ) but unproven by the furnace of affliction that will yet come and is coming.
Jas 1:11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
The pure Word of God must be watched over diligently. We must take heed to our doctrines, knowing that it is what saves us and those that hear us.
1Ti 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
The key takeaway from Part 2 is the ongoing and progressive process of judgment and abiding in the fire. This is what grows and matures us as we are able to “eat this meat” of the Word and “eat the flesh of Christ and drink His blood”. This process continues until the day we give up these physical bodies of clay. The process repeats itself with different details, and the Lord only allows us to receive what we can bear. Knowing the Lord works this “evil” for good (not without cause) should help us endure and comfort one another who are all at various stages of our walks.
1Co 3:21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;
Colors – White, Part 1
Colors – White, Part 2
The Kingdoms of This World Are Become The Kingdoms of Our Lord and of His Christ
Awesome Hands – Part 94, The Making of The Tabernacle
Awesome Hands – Part 92, The Golden Candlestick
Psalms-66-to-75 (See Psalm 68)
Numbers in Scripture – Number 9
Numbers in Scripture – Number 3, The Process of Spiritual Completion