And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that reads it.
Continuing: the way of the LORD isn’t to have his people pass through the fires of affliction, but instead for them to hear and learn His ways and in them live in peace and security. The fires are started by men’s ideas, which inevitable burn them up if they refuse to understand they are warned against them in the His teachings. Into these same fires, after man has refused the warning and is in them, He comes as fire against the fires, to consume those who there have led and hold His people.
22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not.
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
The above is speaking of the moment of urgency, when the LORD comes in/as the Son of man, Christ in us leading us out from the grip of the false Christs.
25 Behold, I have told you before.
26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.
27 For as the lightning comes out of the east, and shines even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
28 For wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Note the wording above: we don’t look for Christ externally, because He comes as Light shining on every man wheresoever they are, which is the sign (the nec – the ensign) in the son of man in heaven (in the firmament where the waters/word is rightly divided and thereby understood, and where the great lights: church, civil government and all God’s people except the elect, have gone dark). The false Christs are those who choose to make their stand on darkness, the same errors that are the cause, claiming they are the light and that men should follow them. The true light is the same as the first light, which is spoken into becoming light by God himself.
25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank you, O Father, LORD of heaven and earth, because thou have hid these things from the wise and prudent, and have revealed them unto babes.
26 Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in your sight.
27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knows the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
28 Come unto me, all you that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light [elaphron (elaphros) – fruit (oil) of understanding – elaia + phren (phrao)].
We see the preaching of the Son of man (the one who is the first born of God) is to gather God’s people into one body, from (where) the wolves have scattered them.
The title is Habakkuk 2:2, and speaks of the vision made plain, and seeing it, God’s people should flee these places and the men (false Christs – false (oil) anointing – false news in church and civil society) who hold them their separated from God’s plan and purpose: liberty, peace, and mutual security.
3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time [NOW], but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.
4 Behold, his [the false Christs] soul which is lifted up is not upright in him [the anointing in them is self-approval, men commending themselves among themselves]: but the just shall live by his [own] faith [belief that God has come to him and is in him].
5 Yea also, because he [the false Christs] transgresses by wine [what he has been able to squeeze from the fruit], he is a proud man [he is empowered by his own pride], neither keeps at home [broadcasts his drunken deception], who enlarges his desire as Sheol [they each wants to be the habitation of all the dead], and is as death [his message is what drains the life from man], and cannot be satisfied, but gathers unto him all nations, and heaps unto him all people:
6 Shall not all these [those they have held captive] take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, Woe to him that increases that which is not his! how long? and to him that lades himself with thick clay [these are the pledges (money) they receive from their captives, the burden which they think covers them]!
7 Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite you, and awake that shall vex you, and you shall be for booties unto them?
8 Because you have spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil you; because of men’s blood [because you have drained the life from humanity with your words/waters], and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.
9 Woe to him that covets [lusts] an evil covetousness to his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from [by] the power of evil!
10 You have consulted shame to your house by cutting off many people, and have sinned against your soul.
11 For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it [the people you have used to build your house].
12 Woe to him that builds a town with blood [by draining the life from man], and stablishes a city by iniquity!
13 Behold, is it not of the LORD of hosts that the people shall labor in the very fire [these fires the false Christs start with lies, to agitate the embers], and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity [to achieve nothing, except ashes]?
14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters [His rightly divided word] cover the sea [all the people of the earth – who are agitated at the will of these false Christs].
15 Woe unto him that gives his neighbor drink, that put your bottle to him [your words that take away his power to think and act rationally], and make him drunken also, that you may look on their nakedness [to remove the LORD’s righteous covering – His knowledge]!
16 You are filled with shame for glory: drink you also, and let your foreskin be uncovered [make yourself even more unable to solve your own problem which will destroy you – the strong delusion]: the cup of the LORD’s right hand [power – see Habakkuk 3:4 below] shall be turned unto you, and shameful spewing [an expansion of this word, giving understanding, which is the power of God (light)] shall be on your glory [what is manifested and seen in you].
17 For the violence of Lebanon [when purity is seen in the highest places] shall cover you, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.
18 What profits the graven image [their creations – ever changing (relativistic) words they trust in] that the maker thereof has graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusts therein, to make dumb idols?
19 Woe unto him that says to the [dead] wood [the rods that will never blossom life], Awake; to the dumb stone [from where no enlightening waters/words will come], Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver [as thick clay], and there is no breath [life] at all in the midst of it.
20 But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.
This is the word of the LORD. In this context, built on the foundation of Christ in our prior discussions, the knowledge we have received directly from God, we can go on to read Habakkuk 3 as He continues.
1 A prayer of Habakkuk [taken by [God’s] hand] the prophet upon Shigionoth [those who have strayed into error].
2 O LORD, I have heard your speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive [quicken – bring to life] your work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known [give us understanding – knowledge]; in wrath remember mercy [and it is so, My wrath is understanding, and those who forsake it reject mercy].
3 God came from Teman [the right hand (power) from looking toward the sun rise (for light)], and the Holy One from mount Paran [the cloud, where understanding of the knowledge is given by the light seen in it – see Numbers 10:11 thru 14 & Job 37:21 & 38:34 thru 38]. Selah [think about it]. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise.
4 And his brightness was as the light; he had horns [rays of light] coming out of his hand: and there was the hiding of his power.
5 Before him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at his feet.
6 He stood, and measured the earth: he beheld, and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow [all the place that have raised themselves up from the earth]: his ways are everlasting.
7 I saw the tents of Cushan [the houses of darkness] in affliction: and the curtains [separation] of the land of Midian [strife] did tremble [agitation as the product].
8 Was the LORD displeased against the rivers [the means by which the waters of death flowed]? was your anger against the rivers? was your wrath against the sea [the people who became agitated by what flowed into them], that you did ride upon your horses [God’s people become His goodly horse in he battle – see Zechariah 10:3 for who the anger is against] and your chariots of salvation [the product of the LORD’s power raised in His people]?
9 Your bow was made quite naked [see Isaiah 52:10], according to the oaths of the tribes [see Genesis 49:8 thru 12, & 22 thru 26], even your word. Selah [see the prior post and think about it]. You did cleave the earth with rivers [this rightly divided pure word of God, flowing directly from Him].
10 The mountains [the high places of men – see Ephesians 6:12] saw you, and they trembled: the [these] overflowing of the water passed by: the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands [the light coming from His hand, where is His power] on high.
11 The sun and moon [church and civil government] stood still in their habitation: at the light of your arrows they went, and at the shining of your glittering spear [this word coming from the hand of God].
12 You did march through the land in indignation, you did thresh the heathen in anger.
13 You went forth for the salvation of your people, even for salvation with your anointed [I am]; you wounded the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah [think about it].
14 You did strike through with his staves the head of his villages: they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me: their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly.
15 You did walk through the sea with your horses, through the heap of great waters.
16 When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice: rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble: when he comes up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops [the enemy that has come and why there is no life or fruit, and why the herd is scattered].
17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
19 The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
Habakkuk is a contemporary of Jeremiah, and what He saw is the LORD rising in Jeremiah, and in the elect remnant raised with Him. This was the beginning of the captivity and leading to the desolation of Jerusalem (the ruin of God’s teaching, and the foundation it lays for peace and security). The cause was the waters that were then flowing to the people, leading them away from God and into what would become total desolation. God’s plan has always been to rise even in these times not destroying men’s lives, but instead, sending His word to save them. Until this point it has just been us, the LORD rising in an elect remnant who would hear and keep his word: preserving and protecting it for the purpose of this point in time. Now is when He has, by this same means, raised us again, first as the lowly donkey, and now as His goodly horse in the battle, and through us, all will hear and have the chance to choose for themselves.
It is time to raise the LORD’s standard (nec) upon the walls of Babylon (where confusion has ruled and reigned). This is what Jeremiah speaks of in Jeremiah 51:12, and continues on to say of this time, in the day of the LORD vengeance, when He comes against those who have destroyed the earth.
1 Thus says the LORD; Behold, I will raise up against Babylon, and against them that dwell in the midst of them that rise up against me, a destroying wind;
2 And will send unto Babylon fanners, that shall fan her, and shall empty her land: for in the day of trouble they shall be against her round about.
3 Against him that bends let the archer bend his bow, and against him that lifts himself up in his brigandine: and spare you not her young men; destroy you utterly all her host.
4 Thus the slain shall fall in the land of the Chaldeans [those who use their words to manipulate and control men, inciting them to violence], and they that are thrust through in her streets.
5 For Israel [those who will rule and reign on the earth as God, in righteousness] hath not been forsaken, nor Judah [His leaders] of his God, of the LORD of hosts; though their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel.
6 Flee out of the midst of Babylon [from confusion into understanding], and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD’s vengeance; he will render unto her a recompense [the time of their deserved reward].
7 Babylon [confusion] hath been a golden cup in the LORD’s hand, that made all the earth drunken [now in strong delusion]: the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad [insane].
8 Babylon [confusion] is suddenly fallen and destroyed: howl for her; take balm [this healing word] for her pain, if so be she may be healed.
9 We would have healed Babylon, but she is not healed: forsake her, and let us go every one into his own country: for her judgment reaches unto heaven, and is lifted up even to the skies.
10 The LORD hath brought forth our righteousness: come, and let us declare in Zion the work of the LORD our God.
11 Make bright the arrows; gather the shields: the LORD hath raised up the spirit of the kings of the Medes [the middle people]: for his device is against Babylon, to destroy it; because it is the vengeance of the LORD, the vengeance of his temple [the people in whom He abides].
12 Set up the standard [nec – that will bring what was dead to life – the quickening] upon the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, set up the watchmen, prepare the ambushes: for the LORD hath both devised and done that which he spoke against the inhabitants of Babylon.
13 O you that dwells upon many waters, abundant in treasures, your end is come, and the measure of your covetousness.
14 The LORD of hosts hath sworn by himself, saying, Surely I will fill you with men, as with caterpillars; and they shall lift up a shout against you.
15 He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by his understanding.
16 When he utters his voice, there is a multitude of waters [this word flows] in the heavens; and he causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth: he makes lightnings with rain, and brings forth the wind out of his treasures.
17 Every man is brutish by his knowledge; every founder is confounded by the graven image: for his molten image is falsehood, and there is no breath in them.
18 They are vanity [nothing], the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish.
19 The portion of Jacob is not like them; for he is the former of all things: and Israel is the rod [that will shoot forth life] of his inheritance: the LORD of hosts is his name.
20 You are my battle axe and weapons of war: for with you will I break in pieces the nations, and with you will I destroy kingdoms;
21 And with you will I break in pieces the horse and his rider; and with you will I break in pieces the chariot and his rider;
22 With you also will I break in pieces man and woman; and with you will I break in pieces old and young; and with you will I break in pieces the young man and the maid;
23 I will also break in pieces with you the shepherd and his flock; and with you will I break in pieces the husbandman and his yoke of oxen; and with you will I break in pieces captains and rulers.
24 And I will render unto Babylon [the reigning confusion] and to all the inhabitants of Chaldea [those who use their words to manipulate and control men] all their evil that they have done in Zion in your sight, says the LORD.
25 Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain, says the LORD, which destroy all the earth: and I will stretch out mine hand upon you, and roll you down from the rocks, and will make you a burnt mountain.
26 And they shall not take of you a stone for a corner, nor a stone for foundations; but you shall be desolate for ever, says the LORD.
27 Set you up a standard [nec – that will bring what was dead to life – the quickening] in the land, blow the trumpet among the nations, prepare the nations against her, call together against her the kingdoms of Ararat, Minni, and Ashchenaz; appoint a captain against her; cause the horses to come up as the rough caterpillars [that will devour confusion with their mouths – speaking understanding].
28 Prepare against her the nations with the kings of the Medes [the people in the center – who have not been cold or hot], the captains thereof, and all the rulers thereof, and all the land of his dominion.
29 And the land shall tremble and sorrow: for every purpose of the LORD shall be performed against Babylon [the ruling confusion], to make the land of Babylon a desolation without an inhabitant.
30 The mighty men of Babylon have forborn to fight, they have remained in their holds: their might hath failed; they became as women: they have burned her dwelling-places; her bars are broken.
31 One post shall run to meet another, and one messenger to meet another, to shew the king of Babylon that his city is taken at one end,
32 And that the passages are stopped, and the reeds they have burned with fire, and the men of war are affrighted.
33 For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; The daughter of Babylon is like a threshing-floor, it is time to thresh her: yet a little while, and the time of her harvest shall come.
34 Nebuchadrezzar [the lies of the false prophet – fake news media in church and nation – which have caused confusion to reign] the king of Babylon hath devoured me, he hath crushed me, he hath made me an empty vessel, he hath swallowed me up like a dragon, he hath filled his belly with my delicates, he hath cast me out [as did the whale Jonah, with a wide open mouth].
35 The violence done to me and to my flesh be upon Babylon, shall the inhabitant of Zion say; and my blood upon the inhabitants of Chaldea, shall Jerusalem say.
36 Therefore thus says the LORD; Behold, I will plead your cause, and take vengeance for you; and I will dry up her sea, and make her springs dry.
37 And Babylon shall become heaps, a dwelling-place for dragons, an astonishment, and an hissing, without an inhabitant.
38 They shall roar together like lions: they shall yell as lions’ whelps.
39 In their heat I will make their feasts, and I will make them drunken, that they may rejoice, and sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, says the LORD.
40 I will bring them down like lambs to the slaughter, like rams with he goats.
41 How is Sheshach [another name (seem to be 6th (angel)) for the confusion that rules the world – see Jeremiah 25:26 thru 29] taken! and how is the praise of the whole earth surprised! how is Babylon become an astonishment among the nations!
42 The sea is come up upon Babylon: she is covered with the multitude of the waves thereof.
43 Her cities are a desolation, a dry land, and a wilderness, a land wherein no man dwells, neither does any son of man pass thereby.
44 And I will punish Bel [the idols] in Babylon [their own confusion], and I will bring forth out of his mouth that which he hath swallowed up [as the whale did Jonah]: and the nations shall not flow together any more unto him: yea, the wall of Babylon shall fall.
45 My people, go you out of the midst of her, and deliver you every man his soul from the fierce anger of the LORD.
46 And lest your heart faint, and you fear for the rumor that shall be heard in the land; a rumor shall both come one year, and after that in another year shall come a rumor, and violence in the land, ruler against ruler.
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.
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, says the LORD.
49 As Babylon hath caused the slain of Israel to fall, so at Babylon shall fall the slain of all the earth.
50 You that have escaped the sword, go away, stand not still: remember the LORD afar off, and let Jerusalem come into your mind.
51 We are confounded, because we have heard reproach: shame hath covered our faces: for strangers are come into the sanctuaries of the LORD’s house.
52 Wherefore, behold, the days come, says the LORD, that I will do judgment upon her graven images: and through all her land the wounded shall groan.
53 Though Babylon should mount up to heaven, and though she should fortify the height of her strength, yet from me shall spoilers come unto her, says the LORD.
54 A sound of a cry comes from Babylon, and great destruction from the land of the Chaldeans:
55 Because the LORD hath spoiled Babylon, and destroyed out of her the great voice; when her waves do roar like great waters, a noise of their voice is uttered:
56 Because the spoiler is come upon her, even upon Babylon, and her mighty men are taken, every one of their bows is broken: for the LORD God of recompenses shall surely requite.
57 And I will make drunk her princes, and her wise men, her captains, and her rulers, and her mighty men: and they shall sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, says the King, whose name is the LORD of hosts.
58 Thus says the LORD of hosts; The broad walls of Babylon shall be utterly broken, and her high gates shall be burned with fire; and the people shall labor in vain, and the folk in the fire, and they shall be weary.
59 The word which Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah [the ruler of Jehovah] the son of Neriah [by the light of Jehovah], the son of Maaseiah [which is the shelter of Jehovah], when he went with Zedekiah [the righteousness of Jehovah] the king of Judah [God’s rulers] into Babylon in the fourth year of his reign. And this Seraiah [the ruler of Jehovah] was a quiet prince.
60 So Jeremiah wrote in a book all the evil that should come upon Babylon, even all these words that are written against Babylon.
61 And Jeremiah said to Seraiah, When you come to Babylon [confusion], and shall see [understand], and shall read all these words;
62 Then shall you say, O LORD, you hast spoken against this place, to cut it off, that none shall remain in it, neither man nor beast, but that it shall be desolate for ever.
63 And it shall be, when you have made an end of reading this book, that you shall bind a stone to it, and cast it into the midst of Euphrates.
64 And you shall say, Thus shall Babylon sink, and shall not rise from the evil that I will bring upon her: and they shall be weary. Thus far are the words of Jeremiah.
12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.
14 For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.
15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
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.
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.
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.
20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans [the people made righteous in the judgment] write; These things says the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
15 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I would you wert cold or hot.
16 So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.
17 Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that you may be rich; and white raiment, that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness do not appear; and anoint your eyes with eye-salve, that you may see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
21 To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says unto the churches.