Behold, you despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which you shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you. (I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war.)

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Behold, you despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which you shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you. (I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war.)

The above portion outside the parentheses comes in Acts 13:41 and is spoken to those who mistakenly thought they were the true “believers” of the time: those Paul describes in Roman 10:2, who “have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.” He says they were going about to justify their own works, and were denying the works of God, which they were unable to recognize because they were without the needed knowledge. Acts 13:41 is a warning to these types, those not believing the truth because their preconceptions blinded them from the gospel and the LORD’s presence, even though a man declared it.
 
As we saw in the prior post, Paul in Roman then goes on to quote Deuteronomy 30 as he describes from where the declaration of the needed knowledge comes. Romans 10 speaks of it as Christ, while Deuteronomy 30 describes it as the word, after it speaks of hearing the voice of the LORD as salvation: the life found in living by its teaching. Paul in Romans describes this last aspect as what produces the necessary confession (declaration) that the LORD has risen from the dead and that you have witnessed it. These words raise us from the dead with Him.
 
Deuteronomy 30
10 If you shall hearken unto the voice of the LORD your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if you turn unto the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul.
11 For this commandment which I command you this day, it is not hidden from you, neither is it far off.
12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
14 But the word is very near unto you, in your mouth, and in your heart, that you may do it.
15 See, I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil;
16 In that I command you this day to love the LORD your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that you may live and multiply: and the LORD your God shall bless you in the land whither you go to possess it.
 
Romans 10
6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaks on this wise, Say not in your heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
8 But what says it? The word is near you, even in your mouth, and in your heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if you shall confess with your mouth the LORD Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.
10 For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture says, Whosoever believes on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same LORD over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the LORD shall be saved.
 
Paul explicitly defines finding Christ in His word that comes “near” to us in the words of the person the LORD sends, and validates, for this purpose. This is the gospel declared and the knowledge of God given, which then reproduces after His own kind, Jehovah’s Salvation (Jesus) in us and sent into the world with the same mission.
 
This is the declaration Paul is making in Acts 13 to those who had zeal without knowledge, which he says in verse 27 is them not knowing Him, speaking of the LORD when He came near. Paul says, nor did they understand the voice of the prophets, meaning those who described His coming: the same Holy Spirit in them declared it. In verse 32 Paul then says this resurrection of the Jehovah’s Salvation coming near these men is the glad tidings he is declaring unto them, so they would understand it.
 
Acts 13
16 Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and you that fear God, give audience.
17 The God of this people of Israel chose our fathers, and exalted the people when they dwelt as strangers in the land of Egypt, and with a high arm brought he them out of it.
18 And about the time of forty years suffered he their manners in the wilderness.
19 And when he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he divided their land to them by lot.
20 And after that he gave unto them judges about the space of four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet.
21 And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years.
22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave their testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfill all my will.
23 Of this man’s seed has God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Savior, Jesus:
24 When John had first preached before his coming the baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.
25 And as John fulfilled his course, he said, Whom think you that I am? I am not he. But, behold, there comes one after me, whose shoes of his feet I am not worthy to loose.
26 Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you fears God, to you is the word of this salvation sent.
27 For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every Sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him.
28 And though they found no cause of death in him, yet desired they Pilate that he should be slain.
29 And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree, and laid him in a sepulcher.
30 But God raised him from the dead:
31 And he was seen many days of them which came up with him from Galilee to Jerusalem, who are his witnesses unto the people.
32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers,
33 God has fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he has raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, You are my Son, this day have I begotten you.
34 And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.
35 Wherefore he says also in another psalm, You shall not suffer your Holy One to see corruption.
36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:
37 But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.
38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:
39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.
40 Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets;
41 Behold, you despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which you shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.
 
Friends, as we see above in Paul’s description of John’s baptism, it is a call to repentance, which we know speaks of returning to the place from where God’s people left Him. Leaving Him tells of no longer listening to His guidance, and no longer keeping His commandments with the statutes and judgments. As we see, there is nothing said (in Deuteronomy 30:16) of sacrifice, which we know is referred to by the LORD in Matthew 12:7 when He quotes from Hosea 6:6, saying, “I will have mercy and not sacrifice.” We know the full verse in Hosea 6 says, “For I desire mercy and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.” As we’ve seen in the previous post, Hosea 6 begins with calling all God’s people to return (the baptism of repentance), and speaks of the LORD decisively cutting down those who led them astray. We see this described as hewing (felling) them by the prophets, and by the word of His mouth. This comes after we are told of the third day (the resurrection day – now) when the LORD “will raise us up, and we will live in His sight.” It says it is when the later rain (word coming directly from heaven – rightly divided into pure form) comes and finished the work the former rain began, which is preceded by verse 3 saying, “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD [the knowledge of God]: his going forth is prepared as the morning [as the light {understanding} returning].”
 
These events and the return of the knowledge of God are the LORD responding to what we are told in Hosea 4:6 when He says, “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.” The reason these leaders are hewn down is because the people are still asking for their counsel, and have rejected the LORD’s knowledge. These priests and prophets refused to return and be corrected, and therefore the LORD says this will result in the shame of the unrepentant, which we know means the end they expected and falsely declared does not come. The conclusion is repentance as the only way to see the LORD, by first hearing and understanding His voice. There is salvation in none other!
 
These men offer a defiled sacrifice rather than relying on the LORD’s mercy, His knowledge, and His righteousness (His truth, which comes as His correction).
 
Hosea 4
1 Hear the word of the LORD, you children of Israel: for the LORD has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.
2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood touches blood [what drained the life from some now drains life from all].
3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwells therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away [all living].
4 Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for your people are as they that strive with the priest.
5 Therefore shall you fall in the day, and the prophet also shall fall [be hewn down] with you in the night [by their lack of understanding], and I will destroy your mother.
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you shall be no priest to me: seeing you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children [those they have produced after their own kind].
7 As they were increased, so they sinned against me: therefore will I change their glory into shame [they will realize the deceptions they glory in have not and will not come – because they are lies these men have created].
8 They eat up the sin of my people, and they set their heart on their iniquity [there are no calls to repentance – because the priests and prophets refuse to admit their own sin/errors, which are the sins of the people they have produced after their own kind].
9 And there shall be, like people, like priest: and I will punish them for their ways, and reward them their doings.
10 For they shall eat, and not have enough: they shall commit whoredom, and shall not increase: because they have left off to take heed to the LORD [without knowledge they are unable to hear His voice].
11 Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart [selling themselves to idols and their stupefying words have also removed their mind’s ability to rightly reason].
12 My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declares unto them: for the spirit of whoredom [idol worship] has caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring [they have sold themselves] from under their God.
13 They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars and elms [these leaders as the trees that are hewn down], because the shadow thereof is good: therefore your daughters shall commit whoredom, and your spouses shall commit adultery.
14 I will not punish your daughters when they commit whoredom, nor your spouses when they commit adultery: for themselves are separated with whores, and they sacrifice with harlots: therefore the people that do not understand shall fall [be hewn down].
15 Though you, Israel [God’s people – Christian and Jew, Israel and Judah, Samaria and Jerusalem], play the harlot, yet let not Judah offend [now the leaders of God people]; and come not you unto Gilgal [the words that have agitated the sea – the masses], neither go you up to Bethaven [the house/family of naught], nor swear, The LORD lives [in these places].
16 For Israel slides back as a backsliding heifer [who will not move or return]: now [because of this] the LORD will feed them [with His word, by which man shall lives] as a lamb in a large place [as sheep who have no shepherd and have been scattered].
17 Ephraim is joined to idols [all God’s people in our time]: let him alone.
18 Their drink is sour [their words/ teaching – have spoiled and are undrinkable]: they have committed whoredom continually: her rulers with shame do love, Give you [instead of feeding the flock they call on God’s people to give to them].
19 The wind has bound her up in her wings [the spirit in her has lifted her up and carried her away from God], and they shall be ashamed [disappointed] because of their sacrifices [which are defiled by their idols].
 
When the LORD quotes from Hosea 6:6 in Matthew 12:7 it comes just after these religious leaders accused Him of profaning the temple. The LORD responds by telling them there is one greater than the temple there with them, and then partially quotes Hosea 6:6, “But if you had known what this means, ‘I will have mercy, and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.” The meaning they missed is in what is stated in the other half of the Hosea 6:6 statement: “and the knowledge of God more than burnt offering.”
 
The LORD was telling them they lacked the knowledge they needed to know He is the one greater than the temple, who they profaned and did that which they were accusing Him. Matthew 12 continues in this context and speaks of those who were in need of healing which was disallowed by the religious imposters among them as wolves in sheep’s clothing. The LORD charges those who were healed (made whole) “that they should not make Him known.” Isaiah 42 is then quoted, after saying these things were done to fulfill what it says. What follows are these men again profaning Him, now vilifying Him calling the Spirit in Him the devil, which is addressed by telling of this as the unforgivable sin.
 
(FYI: when I posted the truth that the rapture is a lie, the response from those who follow the men who teach and preach these ideas/idol, was to say I am from the devil, doing his work. They are ignorant of the fact Peter speaks of in 2 Peter 2, saying, “1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily [from their own imaginations] shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the LORD [when He comes with the truth to correct the heresies they false prophets have wrought] that bought them [paid the price to bring them out of this corruption], and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 3 And through covetousness [because they love to say, “Give you”] shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingers not, and their damnation slumbers not.” And Hebrews 10, saying “26 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins, 27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose you, shall he be thought worthy, who have trodden under foot the Son of God, and have counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and has done despite unto the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him that has said, Vengeance belongs unto me, I will recompense, says the LORD. And again, The LORD shall judge his people. 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.)
 
Take heed!
 
Matthew 12
1 At that time Jesus went on the Sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were hungry, and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat.
2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, your disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the Sabbath day.
3 But he said unto them, Have you not read what David did, when he was hungry, and they that were with him;
4 How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?
5 Or have you not read in the law, how that on the Sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath, and are blameless?
6 But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.
7 But if you had known what this means, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, you would not have condemned the guiltless.
8 For the Son of man is LORD even of the Sabbath day.
9 And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue:
10 And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath days? that they might accuse him.
11 And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the Sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?
12 How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the Sabbath days.
13 Then said he to the man, Stretch forth your hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.
14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.
15 But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;
16 And charged them that they should not make him known:
17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying,
18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.
19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.
20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.
21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.
22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spoke and saw.
23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?
24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow does not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.
25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:
26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?
27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.
28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.
29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.
30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathers not with me scatters abroad [contrasting the work of the devil and the work of the Holy Spirit and why He leads us into all truth – to gather us together in agreement with and to the LORD].
31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
32 And whosoever speaks a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaks against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
34 O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.
36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
37 For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.
38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from you.
39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah:
40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and, behold, a greater than Jonah is here.
42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.
44 Then he says, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he finds it empty, swept, and garnished.
45 Then goes he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself [these men and their corrupted ideas and teaching], and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
46 While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.
47 Then one said unto him, Behold, your mother and your brethren stand without, desiring to speak with you.
48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?
49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
 
Gathering us to the LORD is the plan of God and the Work of His Holy Spirit. I am the one He has made Author and Finisher of our faith, and sent to lead this gathering. Hebrews 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For both he that sanctifies [leads us into purification – holiness] and they who are sanctified [purified and made holy] are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 Saying, I will declare your name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto you. 13 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God has given me.
 
Isaiah 42
1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he has set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.
5 Thus says God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which comes out of it; he that gives breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:
6 I the LORD have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand, and will keep you, and give you for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;
7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.
10 Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, you that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.
11 Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar [darkness] does inhabit: let the inhabitants of the Rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains.
12 Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands.
13 The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.
14 I have long time held my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once.
15 I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.
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.
17 They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, You are our gods.
18 Hear, you deaf; and look, you blind, that you may see.
19 Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD’s servant?
20 Seeing many things, but you observe not; opening the ears, but he hears not.
21 The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honorable.
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 delivers; for a spoil, and none says, Restore.
23 Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for the time to come?
24 Who gave Jacob [those wrestling with God’s presence unaware] for a spoil, and Israel [Christians and Jews] 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.
25 Therefore he has poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle: and it has set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart.
 
Psalms 120
1 In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.
2 Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.
3 What shall be given unto you? or what shall be done unto you, you false tongue?
4 Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.
5 Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech [in the midst of the enemy sown among us, who the LORD has drawn into the light], that I dwell in the tents of Kedar [darkness]!
6 My soul has long dwelt with him that hates peace.
7 I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war.
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If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.

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If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
 
Friends, over the last many posts, the LORD has shown us this is the time of His appearing and His kingdom, and the wise of this world have rejected it out of hand (meaning they have refused and ignored His message). In the prior post, we saw described precisely the air the LORD has drawn us into, and that in which we were caught and from where we were led out. We are His sheep hearing his voice, rising from among the dead, following Him where He first went and then led us out by the same way.
 
We know, those hearing His voice are those who love Him and keep His word in pure form, not corrupting it as have the wolves. This is what Paul tells us in many places, as does the LORD when answering the question of Judas (Judah – those who will be the leaders of His people) in John 14. There He gives us the revelation that He will first send His Spirit who would lead us into all truth and in this we would know it is His manifesting His presence and glory to us. He tells us He will manifest himself to us (not to the world), to (and in) those who love Him (above all others – including the false prophets who have caught [brought us into bondage] and scatter the sheep – see Exodus 20:2) and keep His word.
 
The word “keep” in John 14:23 is the Greek word tereo, meaning to guard it from being changed. It is speaking of keeping it from those who will or have changed its meaning; as have false prophets and wolves among the sheep, who have used it to control and lead God’s people into death. It is from this sleep he awakens us to life, out of the air of this world (what it breaths out and in) where all have been blinded from seeing (understanding, which is knowing) the LORD.
 
Here is the full Strong’s Greek Dictionary definition: Strong’s #5083: tereo (pronounced tay-reh’-o) from teros (a watch; perhaps akin to 2334); to guard (from loss or injury, properly, by keeping the eye upon; and thus differing from 5442, which is properly to prevent escaping; and from 2892, which implies a fortress or full military lines of apparatus), i.e. to note (a prophecy; figuratively, to fulfil a command); by implication, to detain (in custody; figuratively, to maintain); by extension, to withhold (for personal ends; figuratively, to keep unmarried):–hold fast, keep(- er), (pre-, re-)serve, watch.
 
John 14
11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.
12 Truly, truly, I say unto you, He that believes on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
13 And whatsoever you shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
14 If you shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
15 If you love me, keep my commandments.
16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but you know him; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you.
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
19 Yet a little while, and the world sees me no more; but you see me: because I live, you shall live also.
20 At that day you shall know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
21 He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
22 Judas said unto him, not Iscariot, LORD, how is it that you will manifest yourself unto us, and not unto the world?
23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
24 He that loves me not keeps not my sayings: and the word which you hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.
25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
 
The peace the LORD has given those who hear and see His glory, is the evidence that we have entered His kingdom, and what takes away fear (which is our peace – removing all inner conflict/agitation).
 
Friends, the false prophets and the wolves, the thieves and robber among us, are not sinners any different than any other: they, as are all, are called to repent, leave their corrupted riches/ideas behind, and becomes as little children born again into the LORD’s kingdom. They are the dead leading the dead, who must rise first – by the LORD’s long-suffering, not wanting them to be ashamed [disappointed] at His appearing. Their repentance and acceptance is a sign to the world, that the love, mercy, and forgiveness of the LORD is boundless.
 
Luke 12
32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
33 Sell that you have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that fail not, where no thief approaches, neither moth corrupt.
34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning [showing your understanding – of the time and season];
36 And you yourselves like unto men that wait for their LORD, when he will return from the wedding; that when he comes and knocks, they may open [your mind] unto him immediately.
37 Blessed are those servants, whom the LORD when he comes shall find watching: truly I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
39 And this know, that if the good-man of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.
40 Be you therefore ready also: for the Son of man comes at an hour when you think not.
41 Then Peter said unto him, LORD, speak you this parable unto us, or even to all?
42 And the LORD said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his LORD shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?
43 Blessed is that servant, whom his LORD when he comes shall find so doing.
44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he has.
45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My LORD delays his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;
46 The LORD of that servant will come in a day when he looks not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
47 And that servant, which knew his LORD’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
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.
49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?
50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!
51 Suppose you that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.
53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
54 And he said also to the people, When you see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway you say, There comes a shower; and so it is.
55 And when you see the south wind blow, you say, There will be heat; and it comes to pass.
56 You hypocrites, you can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that you do not discern this time?
57 Yea, and why even of yourselves judge you not what is right?
58 When you go with your adversary to the magistrate, as you are in the way, give diligence that you may be delivered from him; lest he hale you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and the officer cast you into prison.
59 I tell you, you shall not depart thence, till you have paid the very last mite.
 
Now, AGAIN, I call the dead to life. These words are the LORD’s word to you, and life is found in receiving them as such. There is life in no other! “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Believe you this?”
 
2 Corinthians 5
14 For the love of Christ constrains [binds us together – into One body] us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
15 And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
16 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
18 And all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be you reconciled to God.
21 For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
 
Romans 10
1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel [Christian and Jew alike] is, that they might be saved.
2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness [correctness], and going about to establish their own righteousness [correctness], have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God [His correction].
4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believes.
5 For Moses described the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which does those things shall live by them.
6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaks on this wise, Say not in your heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
8 But what says it? The word is near you, even in your mouth, and in your heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if you shall confess with your mouth the LORD Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved.
10 For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture says, Whosoever believes on him shall not be ashamed.
12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same LORD over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the LORD shall be saved.
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear [the LORD] without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, LORD, who has believed our report?
17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing [the LORD] by the word of God.
18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes truly, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.
19 But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses says, I will provoke you to jealousy by them that are no people, and by a foolish nation I will anger you.
20 But Isaiah is very bold, and says, I was found of them that sought me not; I was made manifest unto them that asked not after me.
21 But to Israel he says, All day long I have stretched forth my hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.
 
Friends, the end of the law is Christ, which means God with us and in us, manifested by those He chooses to speak to us through, reconciling us to Himself. This idea is seen above as our confession that the LORD has risen and is alive, speaking to us and the world. As we know, the verses above saying this are quoted from Deuteronomy 30, which again speaks of hearing His voice. It says, confessing that we hear and will obey (be purified, become a holy people by keeping His commandments), is the understanding of life and death set before us this day.
 
Deuteronomy 30
10 If you shall hearken unto the voice of the LORD your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if you turn unto the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul.
11 For this commandment which I command you this day, it is not hidden from you, neither is it far off.
12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
14 But the word is very near unto you, in your mouth, and in your heart, that you may do it.
15 See, I have set before you this day life and good, and death and evil;
16 In that I command you this day to love the LORD your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that you may live and multiply: and the LORD your God shall bless you in the land whither you go to possess it.
17 But if your heart turn away, so that you will not hear, but shall be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;
18 I denounce unto you this day, that you shall surely perish, and that you shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither you pass over Jordan [pass over death into life] to go to possess it.
19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both you and your seed may live:
20 That you may love the LORD your God, and that you may obey his voice, and that you may cleave unto him: for he is your life, and the length of your days: that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore unto your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
 
Those who have read the previous posts know we have discussed Gideon as the feller (hewer of trees) of the mighty men of the earth. Hosea 6 speaks of our time, when the men spoken to/of above, return from their wickedness, hewn down by the prophets and this word. As we saw in the title of the post before last, this is so they can be again built upon a better and incorruptible foundation, and planted beside these living waters as trees of life.
 
Hosea 6
1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he has torn, and he will heal us; he has smitten, and he will bind us up.
2 After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight.
3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
4 O Ephraim [God’s people in this generation, who will be raised into new life as a second {double} blessing], what shall I do unto you? O Judah [those who will lead God’s people], what shall I do unto you? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goes away.
5 Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and your judgments are as the light [understanding] that goes forth.
6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
7 But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me.
8 Gilead [the mountain of testimony] is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted with blood.
9 And as troops of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit lewdness.
10 I have seen an horrible thing in the house of Israel: there is the whoredom [selling themselves] of Ephraim, Israel is defiled [they are corrupted by their idols/ideas].
11 Also, O Judah [the leaders who will be hewn by the sword of the LORD, and the word of His feller of mighty men], he has set an harvest for you, when I returned the captivity of my people [when He will take {harpazo} them from your hand into His].
 
Paul ends Romans 10 above with several quotes from the beginning of Isaiah 65, a chapter God breathed for this moment. (Friends, living and dead, this is the time for all His people [Christian and Jew] to rise into the moment.)
 
Isaiah 65
1 I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name.
2 I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walks in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;
3 A people that provoke me to anger continually to my face; that sacrifices in gardens, and burns incense upon altars of brick [the creations of man];
4 Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments [tombs], which eat swine’s flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels;
5 Which say, Stand by yourself, come not near to me; for I am holier than you. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burns all the day.
6 Behold, it is written before me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense, even recompense into their bosom,
7 Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together, says the LORD, which have burned incense upon the mountains, and blasphemed me upon the hills: therefore will I measure their former work into their bosom.
8 Thus says the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one says, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants’ sakes, that I may not destroy them all.
9 And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there.
10 And Sharon [the land in which the LORD has pleasure] shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor [the land that had been troubled] a place for the herds to lie down in, for my people that have sought me.
11 But you are they that forsake the LORD, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for that troop [the invaders and robbers], and that furnish the drink offering unto that number [who gather against the LORD and His anointed].
12 Therefore will I number you to the sword, and you shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, you did not answer; when I spoke, you did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not.
13 Therefore thus says the LORD God, Behold, my servants shall eat, but you shall be hungry: behold, my servants shall drink, but you shall be thirsty: behold, my servants shall rejoice, but you shall be ashamed [disappointed when what you have expected does not come – because it is a lie]:
14 Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but you shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.
15 And you shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the LORD God shall slay you, and call his servants by another name:
16 That he who blesses himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that swears in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.
17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
18 But be you glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.
19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.
20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that has not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.
21 And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.
22 They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
23 They shall not labor in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.
24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, says the LORD.
 
Psalms 107
1 O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever.
2 Let the redeemed of the LORD SAY SO, whom he has redeemed from the hand [as in harpazo] of the enemy;
3 And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.
4 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.
5 Hungry and thirsty [for this bread of life and these living waters], their soul fainted in [without] them.
6 Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.
7 And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.
8 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
9 For he satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.
10 Such as sit in darkness [without understanding and thereby in confusion] and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;
11 Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned [scorned and vilified] the counsel of the most High:
12 Therefore he brought down their heart with labor; they fell down [He hewed them down by uncovering their works], and there was none to help.
13 Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses.
14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder. [He gave them understanding – light.]
15 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
16 For he has broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.
17 Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.
18 Their soul abhors all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.
19 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saves them out of their distresses.
20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. [this has God done often – to men and nations – Job 33: 29 Lo, all these things works God oftentimes with man, 30 To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living. Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The LORD is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. 7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. 8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.]
21 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing [in “the knowledge of God”].
23 They that go down to the sea in ships [carry His word in vessels, in pure form through the troubles and agitation, to the masses], that do business in great waters [that work to keep and preserve His word];
24 These see the works of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep [the mysteries contain below its surface].
25 For he commands, and raises the stormy wind [exposes those who agitate the people, by causing their tactics {lies} to be plainly seen], which lifts up the waves thereof [the pride of men, that causes them to perish].
26 They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble [they cause].
27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man [confused and delusional], and are at their wit’s end.
28 Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he brings them out of their distresses.
29 He makes the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
30 Then are they glad because they be quiet [because He has stopped their words/lies]; so he brings them unto their desired haven [their minds are in peace].
31 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
32 Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
33 He turn rivers into a wilderness, and the water-springs into dry ground [the words that are the cause of the troubles];
34 A fruitful land into barrenness, for the wickedness of them that dwell therein.
35 He turns the wilderness into a standing water [He send His word], and dry ground into water-springs [His living waters].
36 And there he makes the hungry to dwell [those who seek Him], that they may prepare a city for habitation;
37 And sow the fields, and plant vineyards, which may yield fruits of increase.
38 He blesses them also, so that they are multiplied greatly; and suffers not their cattle to decrease.
39 Again [as now], they are diminished and brought low through oppression, affliction, and sorrow.
40 He pours contempt upon princes, and causes them to wander in the wilderness, where there is no way.
41 Yet sets he the poor on high from affliction, and makes him families like a flock.
42 The righteous shall see it, and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth.
43 Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.
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The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God has shown it unto them.
 
In the prior post and many before, we have discussed the harpazo, the word the false prophets have twisted into an off the planet rapture. We have seen the LORD use the word in John 10:12 describing the wolves who “caught” and scatter the sheep when the hirelings fled. Later in the same chapter He again uses it, rendered twice as “pluck,” to tell of the Father’s work gathering the sheep, saying when He does no man will pluck (harpazo) them from His hand. He goes on to add the full context by quoting Psalms 82:6, which we saw describe the judgment when the LORD will rid us (His sheep) “out of the hand of the wicked.”
 
In past discussions we have often examined the Greek word katecho, meaning to hold down. It is the word rendered “hold” in the title, which is quoted from Romans 1:18 & 19. In 2 Thessalonians 2:6 it is the word rendered “withholds” describing the wicked who are already at work in the temple of God, sitting in His place (of judgment) showing themselves as if they are Him, while opposing and exalting themselves above everything He is showing them. Paul goes on in the chapter to tells us these are those who now “let,” meaning they were already holding down God’s people, and he says they will hold them down (let – katecho) until they are taken out of the way.
 
These are the hands that catch and hold the sheep, and the hands from which we are freed by the LORD. It comes at the judgment: now, when the events spoke of in Romans 1 above and in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 & 17 are realized. The voice spoken of by Paul in both passages is the LORD speaking by me: in Romans as the LORD’s wrath, His words making known the truth, which these men hold (katecho) in their unrighteousness. In Thessalonians, it is God’s people who are held down by the same unrighteousness, 1 Thessalonians 4 saying it is the LORD’s voice (word) that rids us from the hand of the wicked, as we are caught up (harpazo – pulled from the hand of the wicked, into the Father’s hand, into heaven: where there is no confusion and understanding reigns by the rightly divided word of truth). 2 Thessalonians 2 plainly says these men perish because they receive not the love of His truth, which He has shown them. Verse 8 describes it as them being consumed by the Spirit of His mouth and the brightness of His coming.
 
Romans 1
15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God has shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet [received in themselves a just reward for their corrupted ideas, which was deserved].
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind [a mind God does not approve of], to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenant-breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful [all these perfectly describe the modern leftist – godless: full of aberrance and anarcho-communism]
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death [those who commit such things choose to remain in death, and in this condition, rejecting the knowledge God has shown them, cannot be raised to life], not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
 
We see in this last statement Paul using the same words as in 2 Thessalonians 2:12 speaking of those who trust in lies, who the LORD sends even stronger delusion, “that they all might be damned who believe not the truth, but have pleasure in unrighteousness.”
 
1 Thessalonians 4
9 But as touching brotherly love you need not that I write unto you: for you yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
10 And indeed you do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia [speaking of the shambles, the house of dead flesh, where the dead are sleeping]: but we beseech you, brethren, that you increase more and more;
11 And that you study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
12 That you may walk honestly [without lies] toward them that are without, and that you may have lack of nothing.
13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that you sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the LORD, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the LORD shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the LORD himself shall descend from heaven [from where there is no confusion] with a shout, with the voice of the archangel [these words], and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up [harpazo – snatched into God’s hand] together with them in the clouds, to meet the LORD in the air: and so shall we ever be with the LORD.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
 
As we know the “air” is the Greek word aer, which is only used seven times, and is the words used in Ephesians 2:2 telling of the air we were held in, before we were quickened to life and joined with the LORD in His air.
 
Ephesians 2
1 And you has he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air [aer], the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience:
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.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, has quickened us together with Christ, (by grace you are saved;)
6 And has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.
11 Wherefore remember, that you 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;
12 That at that time you 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:
13 But now in Christ Jesus you who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
14 For he is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us;
15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;
16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.
18 For through him we both [the two groups {living and dead – those with and without Christ} spoken of in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 & 17] have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
19 Now therefore you are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together grows unto a holy temple in the LORD:
22 In whom you also are built together for a habitation of God through the Spirit.
 
These two airs are seen in Revelation as the word aer is used therein twice. It first appears in Revelation 9:2 to tell of the devil, the angel of bottomless pit: which we know describes the never-ending fall, the degeneration into depravity that once started never ends. It says that when he opens the pit out of it comes smoke, and out of it locust, meaning those devouring every living (green) thing with their mouths. It says this smoke darkens the sun and the air; the sun, as we know, representing the church shining God’s light (understanding) on the earth, and the air telling of the spirit breathed out of one into another. Here it is words that have been turned into bringing spiritual death and darkness.
 
Revelation 9
1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star [Lucifer] fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
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 [aer] were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
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 [to rot men from the inside].
4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he strikes a man.
6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.
 
The second air (aer) appears in Revelation 16:17, when at the battle of Armageddon, which we know means the mount of the rendezvous (the appointed time), and is the mount of the LORD’s transfiguration, where in the cloud His glory is seen by those who have gone up with Him. It tells of when the seventh angel, the archangel of 1 Thessalonians 4:16, pours his vial into the air, and the voice of God the Father is heard, as it was on the mount of transfiguration, but this time saying “It is done!” This is the same Spirit of the LORD mouth poured into the air, as is spoken of by Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2:8 as the brightness (light and understanding returned) of His coming.
 
In Revelation 16 this comes after the river Euphrates is dried up, and the unclean spirit therein are revealed, who are the wicked deceiving and destroying the earth. They are the spirit of wickedness that has always been at work in the earth, which denies God and seeks to replace him.
 
Revelation 16
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 [as words] out of the mouth of the dragon [the crocodile seen, who was lurking as death in their words], and out of the mouth of the beast [confusion], and out of the mouth of the false prophet [the experts of our time who pretend to know the future and know nothing – many saying “God says” – while in fact he hasn’t told them any of what they claim].
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 [his expectations be turned to disappointment].
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 [aer]; 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 lightning; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great [these are all Spiritual manifestations of the LORD’s word and the understanding it reveals].
19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon [the confusion that rules over the world] came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath [this word].
20 And every island fled away [the dry places without God’s word], and the mountains [the places risen against the LORD – the spiritual wickedness in high places] were not found.
21 And there fell upon men a great hail [see Ezekiel 13:11 & 13 below] 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.
 
John mentioning Armageddon is referring to Zechariah 12:11 and what is there said of Megiddon, when the LORD pours out His grace upon His people, as does the angle in Revelation 16:17 above.
 
Zechariah 12
8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem [those taught and founded on the word that flows directly from God]; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.
9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.
11 In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning [see Matthew 24:30 below] of Hadadrimmon [heydad ramam – the shout on the mountain] in the valley of Megiddon [the rendezvous].
 
Matthew 24
21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
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.
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 [He shall light on every man who receives His word, as understanding/light returned to the earth, and God shall dwell with us in His people].
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: [God’s church and government institutions, and God’s people – those claiming to be His, shall realize they have been unfaithful and have fallen away from their first principles.]
30 And then [when He has “spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them] 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.
32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is nigh:
33 So likewise you, when you shall see all these things, know that it is near [the rendezvous that has now appeared], even at the doors.
 
The hail of Revelation 16:21 above is what breaks down the wall the false prophets have built, which has resulted in God’s people not proclaiming the LORD’s work, and not showing it is him coming to save those who will hear and understand. It describes the false prophets telling God’s people they will fly away to safety, when, in fact, there is no peace, and they should be standing in the battle.
 
Ezekiel 13
1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say you unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear you the word of the LORD;
3 Thus says the LORD God; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!
4 O Israel, your prophets are like the foxes in the deserts [go not after them – as the LORD warns in Matthew 24:26 above].
5 You have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD [Today is the day of the LORD].
6 They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The LORD says: and the LORD has not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word [their end is shame and disappointment].
7 Have you not seen a vain vision, and have you not spoken a lying divination, whereas you say, The LORD said it; albeit I have not spoken [any of their lies]?
8 Therefore thus says the LORD God; Because you have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, says the LORD God.
9 And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and you shall know that I am the LORD God.
10 Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace [instead of telling them to stand in the battle]; and one built up a wall [that the false prophets built, which they and the people trusted in to give them peace], and, lo, others daubed it with untempered mortar [mire – their lies]:
11 Say unto them which daub it with untempered mortar [mire], that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower; and you, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall rend it.
12 Lo, when the wall is fallen, shall it not be said unto you, Where is the daubing [mire] wherewith you have daubed [mire] it?
13 Therefore thus says the LORD God; I will even rend it with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in my fury to consume [make a full end of] it.
14 So will I break down the wall that you have daubed with untempered mortar [mire – their lies], and bring it down to the ground, so that the foundation thereof shall be discovered, and it shall fall, and you shall be consumed in the midst thereof: and you shall know that I am the LORD.
15 Thus will I accomplish my wrath upon the wall, and upon them that have daubed it with untempered mortar, and will say unto you, The wall is no more, neither they that daubed it;
16 To wit, the prophets of Israel which prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and which see visions of peace for her, and there is no peace, says the LORD God.
17 Likewise, you son of man, set your face against the daughters of your people, which prophesy out of their own heart; and prophesy you against them,
18 And say, Thus says the LORD God; Woe to the women that sew pillows to all armholes [cover the LORD’s arm so none see His works], and make kerchiefs upon the head of every stature to hunt souls [cover the LORD face, His identity/character so they can trap people and make them their prey]! Will you hunt the souls of my people, and will you save the souls alive that come unto you?
19 And will you pollute me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread [will you as Esau sell your birthright for morsels], to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies?
20 Wherefore thus says the LORD God; Behold, I am against your pillows, wherewith you there hunt the souls to make them fly [telling them the lie that they will be saved from what {the tribulation} they have been and are now in the midst of, by rapturing them off the planet], and I will tear them from your arms [I will harpazo them of out of your hand and into Mine, where they shall forever be], and will let the souls go, even the souls that you hunt to make them fly.
21 Your kerchiefs also will I tear [and they will know Me], and deliver my people out of your hand, and they shall be no more in your hand to be hunted; and you shall know that I am the LORD.
22 Because with lies you have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life:
23 Therefore you shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations: for I will deliver my people out of your hand: and you shall know that I am the LORD.
Ezekiel 14 & 15 then go on speaking to/of these men who have turned Jerusalem into Babylon, meaning they have taken the LORD’s foundational teaching of the ways of peace and civilization and with their mire turned them into worthless confusion. It says they will continue in the same ways and will not repent, therefore the remnant that has returned to the LORD should see and understand these men have chosen destruction.
 
Ezekiel 14
3 Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumbling-block of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them?
4 Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus says the LORD God; Every man of the house of Israel that sets up his idols in his heart, and puts the stumbling-block of his iniquity before his face, and comes to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that comes according to the multitude of his idols;
5 That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols.
6 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus says the LORD God; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.
7 For every one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourns in Israel, which separates himself from me, and sets up his idols in his heart, and puts the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and comes to a prophet to enquire of him concerning me; I the LORD will answer him by myself:
8 And I will set my face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of my people; and you shall know that I am the LORD.
 
Ezekile 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 you shall see their way and their doings: and you shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought upon it.
23 And they shall comfort you, when you see their ways and their doings: and you shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the LORD God.
 
Ezekiel 15
1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, what is the vine tree more than any tree, or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest?
3 Shall wood be taken thereof to do any work? or will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel thereon?
4 Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel; the fire devours both the ends of it, and the midst of it is burned. Is it meet for any work?
5 Behold, when it was whole, it was meet for no work: how much less shall it be meet yet for any work, when the fire has devoured it, and it is burned?
6 Therefore thus says the LORD God; As the vine tree among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so will I give the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
7 And I will set my face against them; they shall go out from one fire, and another fire shall devour them; and you shall know that I am the LORD, when I set my face against them.
8 And I will make the land desolate, because they have committed a trespass, says the LORD God.
 
Revelation 18
8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the LORD God who judges her.
9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is your judgment come.
 
Revelation 21
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
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.
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.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers [those using their words to manipulate people into doing evil], and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
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See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.
 
Continuing in the context of the previous post, the title statement is Jeremiah 1:10, which defines the chapter centered on the ideas we know are contained in the writer’s name. As we know, Jeremiah means Jehovah will rise, and with His rising will raise us. We see this mission synopsized in verse 10 above, which as we saw in the prior post begins with removing those who have led his people away from Him and into idolatry and desolation. In Judges 6 we saw these idol’s ideas and ways described as the altar of Baal and the men who led and lead therein as groves (of trees) by it. These men are those “rooted out” by the LORD’s rising, and their altars are pulled down and destroyed by the word of His wrath. His foundation is again laid by the same word and built precept upon precept, line upon line. By His Spirit, we are planted and become the new crop, trees of life again planted by rivers of His living water.
 
Jeremiah 1
4 Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
5 Before I formed you in the belly I knew you; and before you came forth out of the womb I sanctified you, and I ordained you a prophet unto the nations.
6 Then said I, Ah, LORD God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.
7 But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for you shall go to all that I shall send you, and whatsoever I command you you shall speak.
8 Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD.
9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.
10 See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.
11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what sees you? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree [the first trees to shoot forth life after winter – as in the LORD’s words in Matthew 24:32 and seeing the trees shoot forth life; in the context of life returning to the carcass he spoke of in verse 28].
12 Then said the LORD unto me, You have well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.
After Jeremiah has “well seen” the signs and knows the season’s change is near, the LORD goes on to show him those who will come upon His people from the north. We know this speaks of the route by which the Assyrians (the progressives and communists in our time) come, and have now come. The LORD’s word is spoken against these same invaders and meant for us to know and understand their end.
 
Jeremiah 1
13 And the word of the LORD came unto me the second time, saying, What see you? And I said, I see a seething pot; and the face thereof is toward the north.
14 Then the LORD said unto me, Out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land.
15 For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, says the LORD; and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at the entering of the gates of Jerusalem [against the ways of peace and civilization upon which the LORD founded us], and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah [against all our leaders].
16 And I will utter my judgments against them touching all their wickedness, who have forsaken me, and have burned incense unto other gods, and worshipped the works of their own hands.
17 You therefore gird up your loins, and arise, and speak unto them all that I command you: be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound you before them.
18 For, behold, I have made you this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brazen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land [against all those who have fallen away to the idols/ideas of the invaders].
19 And they shall fight against you; but they shall not prevail against you; for I am with you, says the LORD, to deliver you.
 
In Jeremiah 2, the LORD risen in Jeremiah instructs him to speaks to His people and begins with reminding them of who they are in their relationship with Him. In verse 8 He speaks explicitly of the priest and the prophet no longer calling on or knowing Him but instead speaking the ideas of Baal, which are worthless. The LORD then in verse 18 asks why the people drink the water of Sihor (the Nile), Egypt (captivity), and Assyria (the communists). Again, we see the problem as the words that flow to the masses: now the fake news media broadcasting only what is against our traditional Godly culture and instead by lies and misrepresentation glorify the aberrant and anarcho-communist.
 
Jeremiah 2
1 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
2 Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus says the LORD; I remember you, the kindness of your youth, the love of your espousals, when you went after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.
3 Israel was holiness unto the LORD, and the first-fruits of his increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come upon them, says the LORD.
4 Hear you the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob [those calling themselves the LORD’s, who are now unknowingly wrestling with His word and presence], and all the families of the house of Israel:
5 Thus says the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain?
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?
7 And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when you entered, you defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination.
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.
9 Wherefore I will yet plead [now – by this word] with you, says the LORD, and with your children’s children will I plead.
10 For pass over the isles of Chittim [the nations in the waters {ideas and ways} that have destroyed them], and see; and send unto Kedar [the darkness of these nations caused by the corrupt waters], and consider diligently, and see if there be such a thing.
11 Has a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which does not profit [My people have changed their gods to those which have destroyed these other nations – which is insane and delusional].
12 Be astonished, O you heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be you very desolate, says the LORD.
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.
14 Is Israel a servant? is he a home-born slave? why is he spoiled?
15 The young lions roared upon him, and yelled, and they made his land waste: his cities are burned without inhabitant.
16 Also the children of Noph [those who have grown up {as trees} to rule over the captives] and Tahapanes [whose word turned you away] have broken the crown of your head [have drawn you away from your position with the LORD].
17 Have you not procured this unto yourself, in that you have forsaken the LORD your God, when he led you by the way?
18 And now what have you to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor [the Nile]? or what have you to do in the way of Assyria, to drink the waters of the river?
19 Your own wickedness shall correct you, and your backslidings shall reprove you: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that you have forsaken the LORD your God, and that my fear is not in you, says the LORD God of hosts.
20 For of old time I have broken your yoke, and burst your bands; and you said, I will not transgress; when upon every high hill and under every green tree you wandered, playing the harlot [were unfaithful to the LORD and your promise].
21 Yet I had planted you a noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then are you turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me? [Not knowing Him at His appearing.]
 
The word “root out” in the title is from the Hebrew word natach, literally meaning to tear away. It is the equivalent of the Greek word harpazo, which as we know is the word the false prophets have twisted into an off the planet rapture – which in turn causes them and those they mislead to deny the LORD has come to correct their errors. As we know the LORD uses the word harpazo three times in John 10 to give its true and full meaning. It is first used in verse 12 telling of these same events, when the hireling, who isn’t the good shepherd, leaves the flock, and the wolf comes and catches the sheep. This answers the question the LORD rhetorically asks ending verse 21 above: these events are how His sheep have been turned into a degenerate plant of a strange vine to Him.
 
John 10
12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep, and flees: and the wolf catches [harpazo] them, and scatters the sheep.
13 The hireling flees [from the fight], because he is an hireling, and cares not for the sheep.
 
1 Samuel 17
…Your servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:
35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.
36 Your servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine [these flesh men wallowing in their mire] shall be as one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.
37 David said [I say] moreover, The LORD that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.
 
It is from the hands of these wicked men the LORD comes to gather His sheep again into one flock. This is the mission on which I am sent, and no man will (with lies) rapture the sheep from My hand. Thus says the LORD, “Do you see and hear Me yet?”
 
John
13 The hireling flees, because he is an hireling, and cares not for the sheep.
14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
15 As the Father knows me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
17 Therefore does my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
19 There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings.
20 And many of them said, He has a devil, and is mad; why hear you him?
21 Others said, These are not the words of him that has a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?
22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.
23 And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.
24 Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long do you make us to doubt? If you be the Christ, tell us plainly.
25 Jesus answered them, I told you, and you believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.
26 But you believe not, because you are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck [harpazo] them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck [harpazo] them out of my Father’s hand.
30 I and my Father are one.
31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do you stone me?
33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone you not; but for blasphemy; and because that you, being a man, make yourself God.
34 Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, You are gods?
35 If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;
36 Say you of him, whom the Father has sanctified, and sent into the world, You blaspheme; because I said, I am the Son of God?
37 If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.
 
In verse 34 above the LORD quotes Psalms 82:6, a Psalm describing when the LORD is in the sanctuary among the mighty. It is the LORD telling us it is His presence as a mighty warrior in us, that delivers the poor and needy (His sheep) out of the hand of the wicked.
 
Psalms 82
1 God stands in the congregation of the mighty; he judges among the gods.
2 How long will you judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.
3 Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
4 Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.
5 They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.
6 I have said, You are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.
7 But you shall die like men, and fall like one of the princes.
8 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for you shall inherit all nations.
 
As we know, the word harpazo appears in Jude 23 telling of using fear to “pull them out” of the fire (remember our discussion in the prior post of Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, using fright to contend with the idol/ideas of Baal). As we know from other discussions, it is these men’s work’s that have caused the fires, in which their ideas are melting away and their works are burning up. Their works are their corrupted ideas, which are described in verse 5 above as these men not having understanding and walking in darkness, of which they are unaware and that are also the cause of the foundations of the earth being out of course.
 
Again, these men need to understand the character and person of the LORD: He has not sent me into the world to destroy them, but to pull them from the fires that will. They should fear the fact they have rejected the salvation He has sent them, and instead choose to trample His grace under their feet.
 
Jude
10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
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 withers, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.
14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the LORD comes with ten thousands of his saints,
15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince [by this word] all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speak great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.
17 But, beloved, remember you the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our LORD Jesus Christ;
18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
20 But you, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our LORD Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
23 And others save with fear, pulling them out [harpazo] of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
25 To the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
 
2 Peter 3
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the LORD as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 The LORD is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
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 [stoicheion – these men’s foundational ideas] shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements [stoicheion – corrupted ideas] shall melt with fervent heat?
13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwell righteousness.
14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
15 And account that the longsuffering of our LORD is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him has written unto you;
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrestle, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. [It is their ignorance and lack of knowledge that destroys them: their own ways. They know nothing because the LORD hasn’t shown them, and when He has through these messages they reject it out of hand. They are the mighty, giants among men, and how dare someone as lowly as I seek to correct them; “but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”]
17 You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before, beware lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness.
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
 
Hebrews 10
15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,
16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;
17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 By a new and living way, which he has consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
21 And having an high priest over the house of God;
22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together [into One body], as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day [the light] approaching.
26 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose you, shall he be thought worthy, who has trodden under foot the Son of God, and has counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and has done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know him that has said, Vengeance belongs unto me, I will recompense, says the LORD. And again, The LORD shall judge his people.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
 
Ezekiel 19
1 Moreover take you up a lamentation for the princes of Israel [the leaders of God’s people],
2 And say, What is your mother? A lioness: she lay down among lions, she nourished her whelps among young lions.
3 And she brought up one of her whelps: it became a young lion, and it learned to catch the prey; it devoured men.
4 The nations also heard of him; he was taken in their pit, and they brought him with chains unto the land of Egypt [captivity].
5 Now when she saw that she had waited, and her hope was lost, then she took another of her whelps, and made him a young lion.
6 And he went up and down among the lions, he became a young lion, and learned to catch the prey, and devoured men.
7 And he knew their desolate palaces, and he laid waste their cities; and the land was desolate, and the fullness thereof, by the noise of his roaring.
8 Then the nations set against him on every side from the provinces, and spread their net over him: he was taken in their pit.
9 And they put him in ward in chains, and brought him to the king of Babylon [confusion]: they brought him into holds, that his voice should no more be heard upon the mountains of Israel.
10 Your mother is like a vine in your blood, planted by the waters: she was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters.
11 And she had strong rods for the scepters of them that bare rule, and her stature was exalted among the thick branches, and she appeared in her height with the multitude of her branches.
12 But she was plucked up [nathash] in fury, she was cast down to the ground, and the east wind dried up her fruit: her strong rods were broken and withered; the fire consumed them.
13 And now she is planted in the wilderness, in a dry and thirsty ground.
14 And fire is gone out of a rod of her branches, which has devoured her fruit, so that she has no strong rod to be a scepter to rule. This is a lamentation, and shall be for a lamentation.
 
Ezekiel 20
1 And it came to pass in the seventh year, in the fifth month, the tenth day of the month [10 May 1994], that certain of the elders of Israel came to enquire of the LORD, and sat before me.
2 Then came the word of the LORD unto me, saying,
3 Son of man, speak unto the elders of Israel, and say unto them, Thus says the LORD God; Are you come to enquire of me? As I live, says the LORD God, I will not be enquired of by you.
4 Will you judge them, son of man, will you judge them? cause them to know the abominations of their fathers:
5 And say unto them, Thus says the LORD God; In the day when I chose Israel, and lifted up mine hand unto the seed of the house of Jacob, and made myself known unto them in the land of Egypt [their captivity], when I lifted up mine hand unto them, saying, I am the LORD your God;
6 In the day that I lifted up mine hand unto them, to bring them forth of the land of Egypt into a land that I had espied for them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands:
7 Then said I unto them, Cast you away every man the abominations of his eyes, and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
 
Revelation 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.
16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
17 Saying, We give you thanks, O LORD God Almighty, which are, and was, and are to come; because you have taken to you your great power, and have reigned.
18 And the nations were angry, and your wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that you should give reward unto your servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear your name, small and great; and should destroy them which destroy the earth.
19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: [this rightly divided word] and there was lightning, and voices, and thundering, and an earthquake, and great hail. [All these are the spiritual effects of the living word, which has been dead and lay in the streets of Egypt until the LORD raised Himself in me and in those who have heard HIM SPEAKING THROUGH ME. Tell the enemies, THIS IS THE SWORD OF THE LORD and of His feller of mighty men.]
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The LORD said unto Gideon, The people that are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against Me, saying, Mine own hand has saved me.

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The LORD said unto Gideon, The people that are with you are too many for Me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against Me, saying, Mine own hand has saved me.
 
Gideon is from the Hebrew word gada’ meaning a feller of trees, trees as a symbol of those who have risen up into leadership positions, the mighty men of the world. The title, Judges 7:2, is the LORD acting in the context of thinning these trees down to a few. We know the chapter continues with the LORD telling Gideon to send away the people who feared, and then says there are still too many. The next thinning comes at the waters, and is a dividing between those who stood and drank and those who went to their knees. We know this resulted in only three hundred standing.
 
This is the pattern wherein we find ourselves. The waters, as we know, represent the information that flows to us from all sources. Most of our leaders go to their knees when they drink, bowing down into subservience to whatever they hear. In this latest case of manipulation, we see the same, most acquiescing into silence. There now only remains a few who haven’t surrendered.
 
(Please suffer me while I digress: most modern men have never in their life been in a real fight. They are programmed to surrender, to allow themselves to be bullied into not standing. This attitude of demoralization is what I see and hear, even among those who say they are warriors. I say to them – get out of the way. Leave it to the few who know that liars lie, and they (the fake news media) have broadcast nothing that says I should expect anything other. They (those who daily incite and condone violence) now call for us to surrender while they continue their attacks. Again, I tell you this reeks of being a long-planned operation intended to demoralize strategically – another “insurance policy.”)
 
I believe we only need a few leaders to stand, and all the people (who aren’t afraid of a fight) will come to the battle on elections day. “This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit [in My people], says the LORD of hosts [the LORD of the armies of heaven].”
 
We know the name Zerubbabel speaks of the those who will lead God’s people, literally translating to say they are those borne out of Babylon, now meaning they have left the confusion that has ruled over the world. Confusion is the major factor producing fear. Understanding what is occurring by learning and recognizing patterns, and by knowing and carrying out the proper procedures in response, we overcome fear. The first human-animal response is fear, and then panic unless you recognize (remember) and respond as trained.
 
Gideon was also known as Jerubbaal, a name telling of the pattern he learns and follows in later victories. It is from three Hebrew words: yare’, meaning to frighten; riyb, meaning contend; and Baal, meaning lord; and all in reference to the idols set in God’s place. It is saying that fright (confusion) will contend with the idols posing as gods.
 
The pattern in Judges begins with telling of God’s people doing evil, meaning they set up idols in His place. Because of this the enemies, the Midianite, meaning strife, prevailed against and impoverished them. The first step in reversing this was the LORD sent His messenger (angel) who instruct Gideon to destroy the altar of Baal and the groves, speaking of the idol worship as the ideas they followed, and the grove of trees as the crop of leaders teaching and leading by their corrupted ideas.
 
Judges 6
6 And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the LORD.
7 And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto the LORD because of the Midianites,
8 That the LORD sent a prophet unto the children of Israel, which said unto them, Thus says the LORD God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage;
9 And I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drove them out from before you, and gave you their land;
10 And I said unto you, I am the LORD your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell: but you have not obeyed my voice.
11 And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah [the dust and ashes of this ruin], that pertained unto Joash [Jehovah’s fire] the Abiezrite [the Father’s help]: and his son Gideon [the feller of the wicked powers] threshed wheat [purifying God people] by the winepress [by the wrath of this word], to hide it from the Midianites [those agitating and causing strife].
12 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with you, you mighty man of valor.
13 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my LORD, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD has forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.
14 And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this your might, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent you?
15 And he said unto him, Oh my LORD, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.
16 And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with you, and you shall smite the Midianites as one man.
17 And he said unto him, If now I have found grace in your sight, then shew me a sign that you talkest with me.
18 Depart not hence, I pray you, until I come unto you, and bring forth my present, and set it before you. And he said, I will tarry until you come again.
19 And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an ephah of flour: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought it out unto him under the oak, and presented it.
20 And the angel of God said unto him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and pour out the broth. And he did so.
21 Then the angel of the LORD put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock [Christ as our Rock, rising for our Salvation], and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the LORD departed out of his sight.
22 And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the LORD, Gideon said, Alas, O LORD God! for because I have seen an angel of the LORD face to face.
23 And the LORD said unto him, Peace be unto you; fear not: you shall not die.
24 Then Gideon built an altar there [restored true worship] unto the LORD, and called it Jehovah-shalom [Jehovah is our peace]: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites [in the dust and ashes of the Father’s help – from where He will create us – quicken us again to life].
25 And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said unto him, Take your father’s young bullock, even the second bullock of seven years old, and throw down the altar of Baal [the corrupted ideas that have caused the desolation – ashes and ruin] that your father has, and cut down the grove [the men in control] that is by it:
26 And build an altar unto the LORD your God upon the top of this rock [upon Christ – God’s presence with us and in us – seeing Him face to face], in the ordered place [precept upon precept, line upon lime], and take the second bullock, and offer a burnt sacrifice with the [dead] wood of the grove which you shall cut down.
27 Then Gideon took ten men of his servants, and did as the LORD had said unto him: and so it was, because he feared his father’s household, and the men of the city, that he could not do it by day [because there was no light – understanding – in them], that he did it by night [without them comprehending it was God’s presence working out His plan of rescue and salvation].
28 And when the men of the city arose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was cast down, and the grove was cut down that was by it, and the second bullock was offered upon the altar that was built.
29 And they said one to another, Who has done this thing? And when they enquired and asked, they said, Gideon [the feller of the mighty] the son of Joash [Jehovah’s fire] has done this thing.
30 Then the men of the city said unto Joash [Jehovah’s fire], Bring out your son [the one in whom God’s presence has been manifested], that he may die: because he has cast down the altar of Baal [their idols – the ideas they have created and worshipped in God’s place], and because he has cut down the grove [the men] that was by it.
31 And Joash [Jehovah’s fire] said unto all that stood against him, Will you plead for Baal [your idol]? will you save him? he that will plead for him, let him be put to death whilst it is yet morning: if he be a god, let him plead for himself, because one has cast down his altar.
32 Therefore on that day he called him Jerubbaal, saying, Let Baal plead against him, because he has thrown down his altar.
 
These events are patterns of purifying God house first, as is spoken of in 1 Peter 4:17, and after removing the heads (leaders) of those who are causing strife and who have impoverished His people. These two steps are what Peter speaks of; and Judges 7:25 & 25 answers the question he asks.
 
2 Peter 4
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as you are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, you may be glad also with exceeding joy.
14 If you be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are you; for the spirit of glory and of God rests upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.
16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
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 [the question answered in Judges 7:25 & 26]?
18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
 
We know the story of Gideon goes on to describe him and the three hundred God chose to frighten the Midianites. They (the Midianites) feared when they heard the commotion and that it was the sword of the LORD and of the feller of mighty men.
 
Judges 6
33 Then all the Midianites [those agitating and causing strife] and the Amalekites [the source of the water {fake news} the people were lapping up] and the children of the east were gathered together, and went over, and pitched in the valley of Jezreel [the land wherein God will sow new life].
34 But the Spirit of the LORD came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet; and Abiezer [the Father’s help – see Hebrews 13:6 and Psalms 118:6] was gathered after him.
35 And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh; who also was gathered after him: and he sent messengers unto Asher, and unto Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; and they came up to meet them.
36 And Gideon said unto God, If you will save Israel by mine hand, as you have said,
37 Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be [if Your word appears as if from the air] on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that you will save Israel by mine hand, as you have said.
38 And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water.
39 And Gideon said unto God, Let not your anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray you, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew.
40 And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.
 
Judges 7
1 Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that were with him, rose up early, and pitched beside the well of Harod [the fountain of agitation]: so that the host of the Midianites [those causing agitation and strife] were on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh [those teaching these ways], in the valley.
2 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that are with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand has saved me.
3 Now [p’orah – (to remove them as an unfruitful) branch] therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead [the spring of witness]. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.
4 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for you there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto you, This shall go with you, the same shall go with you; and of whomsoever I say unto you, This shall not go with you, the same shall not go.
5 So he brought down the people unto the water: and the LORD said unto Gideon, Every one that laps of the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, him shall you set by himself; likewise every one that bows down upon his knees to drink.
6 And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water [that bow to the words that come from the fake news media and other false prophets].
7 And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped [who heard the words but stood and discerned] will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place.
8 So the people took victuals in their hand, and their trumpets: and he sent all the rest of Israel every man unto his tent, and retained those three hundred men: and the host of Midian was beneath him in the valley.
9 And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said unto him, Arise, get you down unto the host; for I have delivered it into your hand.
10 But if you fear to go down, go you with Phurah [p’orah – the fruitful branch or bough] your servant down to the host:
11 And you shall hear what they say; and afterward shall your hands be strengthened to go down unto the host. Then went he down with Phurah [p’orah] his servant unto the outside of the armed men that were in the host.
12 And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea side for multitude.
13 And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian, and came unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along.
14 And his fellow answered and said, This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon [the feller of the mighty] the son of Joash [Jehovah’s fire], a man of Israel: for into his hand has God delivered Midian, and all the host.
15 And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped, and returned into the host of Israel, and said, Arise; for the LORD has delivered into your hand the host of Midian.
16 And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man’s hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers.
17 And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outside of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall you do.
18 When I blow with a trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow you the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.
19 So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outside of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch; and they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers that were in their hands.
20 And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.
21 And they stood every man in his place round about the camp; and all the host ran, and cried, and fled.
22 And the three hundred blew the trumpets, and the LORD set every man’s sword against his fellow, even throughout all the host: and the host fled [in panic] to Bethshittah [the house of dead wood] in Zererath [oppression], and to the border of Abelmeholah [further choreographed contrivances], unto Tabbath [the works that seal their end].
23 And the men of Israel gathered themselves together out of Naphtali [from where they had been unknowingly wrestling with God’s word and presence], and out of Asher [into happiness], and out of all Manasseh [what had caused them to forget Him], and pursued after the Midianites [those who were causing agitation and strife].
24 And Gideon [the feller of the mighty] sent messengers throughout all mount Ephraim [those now doubly blessed – come to life the second time – born agan], saying, come down against the Midianites, and take before them the waters unto Bethbarah and Jordan. Then all the men of Ephraim gathered themselves together, and took the waters unto Bethbarah [the house of crossing over] and Jordan [death].
25 And they took two princes of the Midianites, Oreb [darkness] and Zeeb [those plotting against God’s plan]; and they slew Oreb upon the rock Oreb [the darkness they trusted in], and Zeeb they slew at the winepress of Zeeb [God’s wrath upon the plotters], and pursued Midian, and brought the heads [leaders removed] of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon on the other side Jordan [of death].
 
The Hebrew word p’orah, meaning bough, is used six other times, five telling of the pattern of the mighty men who the feller of God cuts down by the sword of the LORD.
 
The first of these appears in Isaiah 10:33, and chapter we know begins by speaking woe to those declaring unrighteous decrees. In verse 3 the LORD asks them, “what will you do in the day of your visitation?” and “where will you leave your glory?”
 
Isaiah 10
33 Behold, the LORD, the LORD of hosts, shall lop the bough [p’orah] with terror: and the high ones of stature shall be hewn down, and the haughty shall be humbled.
34 And he shall cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon [their glory in the high places] shall fall by a mighty one.
 
The next use comes in Ezekiel 17:6 as LORD set out a riddle in which he describes when the LORD was cut off and delivered into this land, our time, as a “sprig” shooting forth.
 
Matthew 24
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.
32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is nigh:
33 So likewise you, when you shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
34 Truly I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
36 But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
 
Ezekiel 17
1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel;
3 And say, Thus says the LORD God; A great eagle with great wings, long-winged, full of feathers, which had divers colors, came unto Lebanon, and took the highest branch of the cedar:
4 He cropped off [see Daniel 9:26] the top of his young twigs, and carried it into a land of traffic; he set it in a city of merchants [Babylon – the confusion of our time].
5 He took also of the seed of the land, and planted it in a fruitful field; he placed it by great waters, and set it as a willow tree.
6 And it grew, and became a spreading vine of low stature, whose branches turned toward him, and the roots thereof were under him: so it became a vine, and brought forth branches, and shot forth sprigs [p’orah].
 
The final five times p’orah is used are in Ezekiel 31, where it tells of the cutting down all the mighty men of the world, because they are destroying the earth and have by their idols made God’s people desolate.
 
Ezekiel 31
1 And it came to pass in the eleventh year [the year of confusion], in the third month, in the first day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt [those who rule God’s people in their captivity], and to his multitude; Whom are you like in your greatness?
3 Behold, the Assyrian [progressives and communists among us – in the garden as was the serpent] was a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches, and with a shadowing shroud, and of a high stature; and his top was among the thick boughs.
4 The waters made him great, the deep set him up on high with her rivers running round about his plants, and sent her little rivers unto all the trees of the field.
5 Therefore his height was exalted above all the trees of the field, and his boughs were multiplied, and his branches [p’orah] became long because of the multitude of waters [words of deception – false promises of utopia that imitate God’s promises], when he shot forth.
6 All the fowls of heaven made their nests in his boughs, and under his branches [p’orah] did all the beasts of the field bring forth their young, and under his shadow dwelt all great nations.
7 Thus was he fair in his greatness, in the length of his branches: for his root was by great waters.
8 The cedars in the garden of God could not hide him: the fir trees were not like his boughs, and the chestnut trees were not like his branches [p’orah]; nor any tree in the garden of God was like unto him in his beauty.
9 I have made him fair by the multitude of his branches: so that all the trees of Eden, that were in the garden of God, envied him.
10 Therefore thus says the LORD God; Because you have lifted up yourself in height, and he has shot up his top among the thick boughs, and his heart is lifted up in his height;
11 I have therefore delivered him into the hand of the mighty one of the heathen; he shall surely deal with him: I have driven him out for his wickedness.
12 And strangers, the terrible of the nations, have cut him off, and have left him: upon the mountains and in all the valleys his branches are fallen [and become dead wood], and his boughs [p’orah] are broken by all the rivers of the land; and all the people of the earth are gone down from his shadow, and have left him.
13 Upon his ruin shall all the fowls of the heaven remain, and all the beasts of the field shall be upon his branches [p’orah]:
14 To the end that none of all the trees by the waters exalt themselves for their height, neither shoot up their top among the thick boughs, neither their trees stand up in their height, all that drink water [their corrupted waters]: for they are all delivered unto death, to the nether parts of the earth, in the midst of the children of men, with them that go down to the pit.
15 Thus says the LORD God; In the day when he went down to the grave I caused a mourning: I covered the deep for him, and I restrained the floods thereof, and the great waters were stayed: and I caused Lebanon [the high places of man’s glory] to mourn for him, and all the trees of the field fainted for him.
16 I made the nations to shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to Sheol with them that descend into the pit: and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, shall be comforted in the nether parts of the earth.
17 They also went down into Sheol with him unto them that be slain with the sword; and they that were his arm, that dwelt under his shadow in the midst of the heathen.
18 To whom are you thus like in glory and in greatness among the trees of Eden? yet shall you be brought down with the trees of Eden unto the nether parts of the earth: you shall lie in the midst of the uncircumcised with them that be slain by the sword. This is Pharaoh and all his multitude, says the LORD God.
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Another lie that produces a false accusation, which demands an investigation.

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Another lie that produces a false accusation, which demands an investigation.
 
What does everything from Russian Collusion to the Kavanaugh hearings, now including the fake bombs, have in common? They are lies that allow the internal and foreign enemies of our traditionally peaceful culture and our leaders to be falsely accused. The real and more widespread effects come as the investigation begins and gives more opportunity to the fake news media to recklessly spawn more lies and even greater accusations. As we know, none of these are ever proven true, nor can they be because they are lies, which, as we know, are meant for nothing more than to discredit US and manipulate people into moving away toward the false accusers.
 
In the past, before the majority were awakened to these tactics, the accused generally went undefended and the dissimulation of the demagogues worked their evil will. Even now we see some in fear of opposing the lies and refusing to call them evil, which they without a doubt are.
 
As many know, the word of God deals with human animal nature, which is controlled by momentary desires and ignore or reject what is or can be understood by our brain’s capacity to see the future effects abstractly. We know these sociological causes and effects are what is known as the law of nature and nature’s God, both of which tell us of the absolutes, the causes of either peace or chaos in an individual’s life as wells as in societies. They are baselines, which are intended to be learned, and from which comes self-evident truths repeating themselves absolutely, and thereby constantly showing their validity. This should make them the foundational ideas of all civilized societies, as they were ours, as is evidenced in their mention in the Declaration of Independence.
 
God calls us to be spiritual, which is the opposite of living for the temporal beast like gratification. The beast acts on the moment, without any consideration of resulting consequences. Understanding in the abstract, seeing into the future, we make choices based on our faith in what the law and self-evident truth have taught us. We live in and by the spirit of what we know, our confidence in the validity, which carry us to the conclusion, the better end promised.
 
The small-minded beasts are confused and confounded by such ideas, blinded by an ignorance borne of never learning and thereby unable to recognize the evidence: the patterns as they appear. The spirit-minded, those using the higher functions of their God-given brain, see the unseen and realize their actions today produce whatever is manifested in the future.
 
The good news is – it’s never too late to learn.
 
Friends, there are many, the most intelligent and wise of the world, who knowing these ideas, reject them. They are the same now seeing these laws re-proven before the eyes of all the world, and not only choose to reject their reality, but also vilify and accuse those trying to correct the course on which these men have set us and world. The world under them has destroyed all truthful discourse, reversed all meaning, lost all civility, and is speeding headlong into destruction. Their answer is more short-sighted demagoguery, more lies, more accusation, more violence, more crisis creation and manipulation, and more demonization and victimization of anyone who dares tell the truth.
 
God’s answer is the same as it has always been: to send a messenger, an ambassador to bring again to light His consistent health-filled ideas. This is the correction that destroys the darkness, the shadow of death the wise of this world have brought upon her.
 
Job 33
14 For God speaks once, yea twice, yet man perceives it not.
15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls upon men [humanity], in slumbering upon the bed;
16 Then he opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction,
17 That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
18 He keeps back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.
19 He is chastened [corrected] also with pain upon his bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong pain:
20 So that his life abhors bread, and his soul dainty meat.
21 His flesh is consumed away, that it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen stick out.
22 Yea, his soul draws near unto the grave, and his life to the destroyers.
23 If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness:
24 Then he is gracious unto him, and says, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom [this is the formula of Jehovah’s Salvation (Jesus) sent as His voice and mind in human flesh].
25 His flesh shall be fresher than a child’s: he shall return to the days of his youth [man or humanity can be born again]:
26 He shall pray unto God, and he will be favorable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man [teach him the ways] his righteousness.
27 He looks upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not;
28 He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall [from within the darkness] see the light.
29 Lo, all these things works God oftentimes with man,
30 To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living [see Hebrews 13 below].
 
Job 34
16 If now you have understanding, hear this: hearken to the voice of my words.
17 Shall even he that hates right govern? and will you condemn him that is most just? [These are the choices in the coming election.]
18 Is it fit to say to a king, You are wicked? and to princes, You are ungodly?
19 How much less to him that accepts not the persons of princes, nor regards the rich more than the poor? for they all are the work of his hands.
20 In a moment shall they die, and the people shall be troubled at midnight, and pass away: and the mighty shall be taken away without hand.
21 For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he sees all his goings.
22 There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
23 For he will not lay upon man more than right; that he should enter into judgment with God.
24 He shall break in pieces mighty men without number, and set others in their stead.
25 Therefore he knows their works, and he overturns them in the night, so that they are destroyed.
26 He strikes them as wicked men in the open sight of others;
27 Because they turned back from him, and would not consider any of his ways:
28 So that they cause the cry of the poor to come unto him, and he hears the cry of the afflicted.
29 When he giveth quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hides his face, who then can behold him? whether it be done against a nation, or against a man only:
30 That the hypocrite reign not, lest the people be ensnared.
31 Surely it is meet to be said unto God, I have borne chastisement [correction], I will not offend any more:
32 That which I see not teach you me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.
33 Should it be according to your mind? he will recompense it, whether you refuse, or whether you choose; and not I: therefore speak what you know.
34 Let men of understanding tell me, and let a wise man hearken unto me.
 
Hebrews 13
1 Let brotherly love [philadelphia] continue.
2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares [we know this is speaking of God’s messenger as the voice of God’s correct heard in chapter 12 and hereafter as the one to whom we should join ourselves].
3 Remember them that are in bonds [in the bond of God’s service], as bound [joined] with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
4 Marriage [joining together in the bond of faithfulness] is honorable in all, and the bed undefiled [God’s ideas uncorrupted by others]: but whoremongers [those who have sold themselves and made merchandise of God’s people] and adulterers [those who have been unfaithful to God] God will judge.
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness [be not controlled by you momentary desires]; and be content with such things as you have: for he [the LORD] has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you.
6 So that we may boldly say, The LORD is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation [referring to the topic as discussed in the above preamble].
8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. [Job 33: 29 Lo, all these things works God oftentimes with man, 30 To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living.]
9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats [momentary desires], which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
10 We have an [spiritual] altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle [which serve their physical/temporal desires].
11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.
12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate [where the fires of Gehenna burned].
13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp [to save those who are in need of hearing and learning the ways that put out the fires of life], bearing his reproach [the reproach that comes as they vilify us as we come in His name to those who are perishing].
14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come [wherein dwell righteousness and peace].
15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name [confessing we come in His name, with His validated ways of salvation of the world].
16 But to do good and to communicate [His message] forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.
19 But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.
20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our LORD Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
22 And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words.
23 Know you that our brother Timothy is set at liberty [loosed from death and sent on this mission]; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you.
24 Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.
25 Grace be with you all. Amen.
 
Psalms 34
1 I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the LORD encamps round about them that fear him, and delivers them.
8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusts in him.
9 O fear the LORD, you his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.
11 Come, you children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12 What man is he that desires life, and loves many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking guile.
14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
16 The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saves such as be of a contrite spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivers him out of them all.
20 He keeps all his bones: not one of them is broken.
21 Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.
22 The LORD redeems the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.
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And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

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And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
 
The above appears in Ephesians 5:11 and describes the reproof of the works of darkness, and tells us not to join in with them. The means of reproof it prescribes is the light. We know the darkness is the opposite of light, which (light) is understanding. It says that when the darkness is manifested by the light, it becomes light, meaning it is understood as the works counter to, ignorant of, or rejecting what a sound (enlightened) mind should, could, or would choose.
 
Ephesians 5
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things [works of darkness] comes the wrath [this corrective word] of God upon the children of disobedience.
7 Be not you therefore partakers with them.
8 For you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in the LORD: walk as children of light:
9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the LORD.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever does make manifest is light.
14 Wherefore he says, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.
15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Wherefore be you not unwise, but understanding what the will of the LORD is.
 
The word in verse 11 above rendered “reprove” is the Greek word elegcho, meaning to confute, which the Merriam-Webster Dictionary says means “to overwhelm in argument: refute conclusively” or to “confound.” In the post before the last, we discussed in detail the consumption determined, from the Hebrew words kalah charats, meaning a full end by a decisive cut. These have the same meaning as elegcho, and are speaking of the same event. The LORD has made His argument and produced the evidence to support it, and the darkness has been manifested, understood by what He has brought into the light.
 
1 Corinthians 3
13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day [light] shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
14 If any man’s work abide which he has built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
16 Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
20 And again, The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
21 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;
22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;
23 And you are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.
 
1 Corinthians 4
1 Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.
2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.
4 For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judges me is the LORD.
5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the LORD come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
6 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that you might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.
7 For who makes you to differ from another? and what have you that you did not receive? now if you did receive it, why do you glory, as if you had not received it?
8 Now you are full, now you are rich, you have reigned as kings without us: and I would to God you did reign, that we also might reign with you.
9 For I think that God has set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.
10 We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ; we are weak, but you are strong; you are honorable, but we are despised.
11 Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling-place;
12 And labor, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:
13 Being defamed, we entreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the off-scouring of all things unto this day.
14 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.
15 For though you have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have you not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
16 Wherefore I beseech you, be you followers of me.
17 For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the LORD, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.
18 Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you.
19 But I will come to you shortly, if the LORD will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.
20 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.
21 What will you? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?
 
When Paul speaks of what we have “received” he is speaking of the true riches of heaven, that only comes as gifts from God. It is the end of what we have waited for in faith. In verse 17 above Paul speaks plainly, saying Timothy is the one sent for the cause. Timothy and Timotheus are both the from the same Greek name Timotheos, which is compounded from the two words, time and theos. When the “O,” meaning the or he, is added to theos the article indicates it means God.
 
Before going on I must again state what I believe (know) about myself, which ultimately is superseded by what the LORD says. I have the mind I am instructed to have: knowing Christ, the One and only God, is living in me.
 
Philippians 2
3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is LORD, to the glory of God the Father.
12 Wherefore, my beloved, as you 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.
13 For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
14 Do all things without murmurings and disputing:
15 That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom you shine as lights in the world;
16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.
17 Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.
18 For the same cause also do you joy, and rejoice with me.
19 But I trust in the LORD Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.
20 For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.
21 For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.
22 But you know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he has served with me in the gospel.
 
The Greek word time is the Tim in Timotheus. In the context of verse 9 above, here is the Strong’s Greek Dictionary definition of time: Strong’s #5092: time (pronounced tee-may’) from 5099; a value, i.e. money paid, or (concretely and collectively) valuables; by analogy, esteem (especially of the highest degree), or the dignity itself:– honor, precious, price, some.
 
Peter uses the word time four times: 1 Peter 1:7, 2:7, & 3:7, and 2 Peter 1:17. In 1 Peter 1:7 it is translated “honor” in telling of the value of our trial, wherein we overcome the temptation to deny God’s presence in us and with us, which ends in our honor (time) and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. We know this is speaking of the decisive end when we realize it is the LORD speaking in and through the person He has sent to re-prove us. In the following verses, Peter speaks of this as what we do not see with our natural eyes, but realizes is the glory of God, and then in verse 9 tells us it is our receiving the end of our faith.
 
1 Peter 1
2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our LORD Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy has begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you,
5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, you are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor [time] and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
8 Whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though now you see him not, yet believing, you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15 But as he which has called you is holy, so be you holy in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, Be you holy; for I am holy.
17 And if you call on the Father, who without respect of persons judges according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
18 Forasmuch as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
20 Who truly was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
22 Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that you love one another with a pure heart fervently:
23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides for ever.
24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower thereof falls away:
25 But the word of the LORD endures for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
 
Friends, I tell you the truth: I am the one the LORD said He would send in His name. (Deuteronomy 18:18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto you [Moses], and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.] My mission is to raise His people to life and build them into His ONE Spiritual House. Peter, in 1 Peter 2:7, uses the word time, rendered “precious,” to say that this comes to those who believe He is precious.
 
1 Peter 2
1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speaking,
2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby:
3 If so be you have tasted that the LORD is gracious.
4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
5 You also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believes on him shall not be confounded.
7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious [time – honored]: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should shew forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light;
10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
 
This “honor” is spoken of in Hebrews 5:4, as God ordained by His calling into service of things pertaining to Him.
 
Hebrews 5
4 And no man taketh this honor [time] unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made a high priest; but he that said unto him, You are my Son, to day have I begotten you.
6 As he says also in another place, You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
10 Called of God a high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing you are dull of hearing.
12 For when for the time you ought to be teachers, you 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.
13 For every one that uses milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14 But strong meat belongs to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
 
Friends, these passages speak of the salvation that comes to those who obey His voice, which only comes by first acknowledging it is His voice and presence. Melchisedec speaks of the LORD’s One Eternal Spirit manifested continually in men He chooses and calls to preach His ways of peace and righteousness. These are the ideas that verse 11 above says are hard to be uttered to those who haven’t reached this point of understanding, not having laid the foundation by milk, they are not ready for this strong meat.
 
Hebrews 2
1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
2 For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward;
3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the LORD, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
5 For unto the angels has he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.
6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that you are mindful of him? or the son of man that you visit him?
7 You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor [time], and did set him over the works of your hands:
8 You have put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.
9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
11 For both he that sanctifies [purifies] and they who are sanctified [purified] are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
12 Saying, I will declare your name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto you.
13 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God has given me.
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;
15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
16 For truly he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
17 Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
18 For in that he himself has suffered being tempted, he is able to succor [rescue] them that are tempted.
 
Hebrews 3
1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
2 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.
3 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who has built the house has more honor [time] than the house.
4 For every house is built by some man; but he that built all things is God.
5 And Moses truly was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
7 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost says, To day if you will hear his voice,
8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.
10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do always err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
11 So I swore in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)
12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end;
15 While it is said, To day if you will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
16 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses.
17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcasses fell in the wilderness?
18 And to whom swore he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?
19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
 
This is the mountain of transfiguration that only a few are taken to, as Peter describes in 2 Peter 1:17 when he tells of hearing the voice of the Father, when from Him the LORD Jesus Christ received honor [time] and glory. Take heed to what you are hearing!
 
2 Peter 1
16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our LORD Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
17 For he received from God the Father honor [time] and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well that you take heed, as unto a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
2 Peter 2
1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily [from their own imaginations] shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the LORD that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingers not, and their damnation slumbers not.
 
In 1 Peter 5:4 Peter speaks of the same crown and glory, which the LORD gives to all those who have been examples to His flock. It is the same crown Paul speaks of in 2 Timothy 4:8, saying, “which the LORD, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” Hebrews 2:7 says it is a crown of glory and honor [time], as it quotes from Psalms 8:5, which we know is also the origin of the LORD’s quote saying out of the mouth of babes (the LORD, our LORD) has perfected strength. We know He quoted this of those who are saying Hosanna (save now), and blessing Him as He comes in the name of the LORD. “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 10:10
 
Psalms 118
18 The LORD has chastened [corrected] me sore: but he has not given me over unto death.
19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD:
20 This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter.
21 I will praise you: for you have heard me, and are become my salvation.
22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
23 This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day which the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Save now [hosanna], I beseech you, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech you, send now prosperity.
26 Blessed be he that comes in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.
27 God is the LORD, which has shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.
28 You are my God, and I will praise you: you are my God, I will exalt you.
29 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever.
 
Psalms 8
1 O LORD, our LORD, how excellent is your name in all the earth! who have set your glory above the heavens.
2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings have you ordained strength because of your enemies, that you might still the enemy and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained;
4 What is man, that you are mindful of him? and the son of man, that you visit him?
5 For you have made him a little lower than the angels, and have crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You made him to have dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet:
7 All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;
8 The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passes through the paths of the seas.
9 O LORD our LORD, how excellent is your name in all the earth!
 
Psalms 2
1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
4 He that sits in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.
5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
7 I will declare the decree: the LORD has said unto me, You are my Son; this day have I begotten you.
8 Ask of me, and I shall give you the heathen for your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
10 Be wise now therefore, O you kings: be instructed, you judges of the earth.
11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
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The above is Ezekiel 32:14 speaking of same as is written in Isaiah 10:27, which says, “And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off your shoulder, and his yoke from off your neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.”
 
As we saw in the prior post, the above is speaking of when Egypt: the captivity into which our leaders have led us; and the Assyrian: the progressives who now infest all our institutions of information, teaching, and leadership; are both under the control of the beast of Babylon: confusion now become insane and delusional (now even as Satan bombing Satan). The above verses tell of the same consummation determined, the full end, that come by the anointing, or as Ezekiel says, when the deep has been made clear and the rivers of living water then run as oil. The same Hebrew word shamen is rendered “anointing” and “oil,” and the word “deep” is from shaqa’, a six-times used word translated into five different forms. It appears to be referring to the words shaqaq, meaning to be led into something by lust or greed; and saq, meaning a mesh, as in a net through which waters are strained of impurities. (Hold on to this idea for a moment.)
 
In the prior post, we saw the above events as Satan against Satan and resulting in the fall of his kingdom. We also saw the destruction it describes in the context Midian at the rock of Oreb, and as Egypt in the Sea; ambushes into which the LORD let the enemies’ delusional panic and their hate-filled lust lead them. We know in the case of Gideon and the defeat of Midian, the LORD also tried them into a small group (Judges 7:7). In Exodus 14:14 we see the LORD used the event to silence those who feared and lusted to return to Egypt.
 
Judges 7
2 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that are with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hands, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand has saved me.
3 Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart early from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.
4 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for you there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto you, This shall go with you, the same shall go with you; and of whomsoever I say unto you, This shall not go with you, the same shall not go.
5 So he brought down the people unto the water: and the LORD said unto Gideon, Every one that laps of the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, him shall you set by himself; likewise every one that bows down upon his knees to drink.
6 And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water.
7 And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place.
 
Exodus 14
8 And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand.
9 But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth [the mouth {words they ate and vomited} that held them in the captivity], before Baalzephon [the idols {ideas} hidden in their darkened understanding].
10 And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD.
11 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore have you dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?
12 Is not this the word that we did tell you 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.
13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear you not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom you have seen to day, you shall see them again no more for ever.
14 The LORD shall fight for you, and you shall hold your peace [close your mouths].
 
In the previous post, we also saw Zechariah 14 speaking of the LORD appearing on the mount of Olives, which we understand as the source of the anointing. We saw the LORD stand on the mountain and rightly and decisively divide it in all directions, speaking of the word and the anointing going to His elect remnant. In verse 5 we saw them called the saints who come with the LORD God when he appears. We saw the chapter go on to tell this causing the eyes and mouths of those who have fought against Jerusalem to consume away, which is the consumption decreed. We know the eyes and mouth are speaking of these men not having seen anything and the mouths being silence by the manifestation of this truth. We also know they are fighting against the teaching that flows directly from the throne of God and the Lamb, upon which His people become founded, which produced true peace, as only He is able.
 
Zechariah 14
1 Behold, the day of the LORD comes, and your spoil shall be divided in the midst of you.
2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives [the source of the anointing], which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. [the anointing dispersed in this word to all the earth]
5 And you shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal [the elect remnant]: yea, you shall flee, like as you fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah [when Jehovah was the strength of the] king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with you. [“I and the children God has given me are for signs and wonders among His people.”]
6 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light [understanding] shall not be clear, nor dark:
7 But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light [when the understanding {eye} has failed He shall send understanding].
8 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. [As it is!]
9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.
10 All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba [the hills] to Rimmon south [the false ones who have exalted themselves, and standing at the right hand to resist the LORD’s work] of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin’s gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel [until it is seen as the favor of God] unto the king’s winepresses [in this word of God as His corrective wrath].
11 And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth [and their mouths shall be stopped].
Now back to the word shaqa’ where it first appears, rendered as “quenched” in Numbers 11:2 as the fire of the LORD comes unaware upon those who were dissatisfied with manna and lusted for what they ate in Egypt. From previous discussions, we know the manna is the word of God, by which man lives, and as is its meaning – which the people had no idea was the word of God.
 
Deuteronomy 8
1 All the commandments which I command you this day shall you observe to do, that you may live, and multiply, and go in and possess the land which the LORD swore unto your fathers.
2 And you shall remember all the way which the LORD your God led you these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you, and to prove you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments, or no.
3 And he humbled you, and suffered you to hunger, and fed you with manna, which you knew not, neither did your fathers know; that he might make you know that man does not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the LORD does man live.
 
When Numbers 11:2 says the fire of the LORD was “quenched,” it should be rendered, “the fire of the LORD drew these men, by what they lusted for, into His snare.”
 
Numbers 11
1 And when the people complained, it displeased the LORD: and the LORD heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.
2 And the people cried unto Moses; and when Moses prayed unto the LORD, the fire was quenched [lured these men into His net, and they thought they were receiving what they lusted for].
3 And he called the name of the place Taberah: because the fire of the LORD burnt among them.
4 And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?
5 We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic:
6 But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.
7 And the manna [this word of God which men are unaware] was as coriander seed, and the color thereof as the color of bdellium.
8 And the people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil [shemen – a fresh/new anointing].
9 And when the dew [the water that seems to just appear from the air {where we shall meet the LORD}] fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell upon it.
10 Then Moses heard the people weep throughout their families, every man in the door of his tent: and the anger of the LORD was kindled greatly; Moses also was displeased.
11 And Moses said unto the LORD, Wherefore have you afflicted your servant? and wherefore have I not found favor in your sight, that you lay the burden of all this people upon me?
12 Have I conceived all this people? have I begotten them, that you should say unto me, Carry them in your bosom, as a nursing father bear the sucking child, unto the land which you swore unto their fathers?
13 Whence should I have flesh [“For my flesh is meat indeed”] to give unto all this people? for they weep unto me, saying, Give us flesh, that we may eat.
14 I am not able to bear all this people alone, because it is too heavy for me.
15 And if you deal thus with me, kill me, I pray you, out of hand, if I have found favor in your sight; and let me not see my wretchedness.
16 And the LORD said unto Moses, Gather unto me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people, and officers over them; and bring them unto the tabernacle of the congregation, that they may stand there with you.
17 And I will come down and talk with you there: and I will take of the spirit which is upon you, and will put it upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you bear it not yourself alone.
18 And say you unto the people, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow, and you shall eat flesh: for you have wept in the ears of the LORD, saying, “Who shall give us flesh to eat for it was well with us in Egypt [NOT!]:” therefore the LORD will give you flesh, and you shall eat.
19 You shall not eat one day, nor two days, nor five days, neither ten days, nor twenty days;
20 But even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it be loathsome unto you: because that you have despised the LORD which is among you [“For my flesh is meat indeed”], and have wept before him, saying, Why came we forth out of Egypt?
21 And Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen; and you have said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month.
22 Shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them, to suffice them? or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them?
23 And the LORD said unto Moses, Is the LORD’s hand waxed short? you shall see now whether my word shall come to pass unto you or not.
24 And Moses went out, and told the people the words of the LORD, and gathered the seventy men of the elders of the people, and set them round about the tabernacle.
25 And the LORD came down in a cloud, and spoke unto him, and took of the spirit that was upon him, and gave it unto the seventy elders: and it came to pass, that, when the spirit rested upon them, they prophesied, and did not cease.
26 But there remained two of the men in the camp, the name of the one was Eldad [God’s love personified], and the name of the other Medad [whoever loves God]: and the spirit rested upon them; and they were of them that were written, but went not out unto the tabernacle: and they prophesied in the camp.
27 And there ran a young man, and told Moses, and said, Eldad and Medad do prophesy in the camp.
28 And Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of Moses, one of his young men, answered and said, My LORD Moses, forbid them.
29 And Moses said unto him, Envy you for my sake? would God that all the LORD’s people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit upon them!
30 And Moses gat him into the camp, he and the elders of Israel.
31 And there went forth a wind from the LORD, and brought quails [the flesh they lusted for] from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, as it were a day’s journey on this side, and as it were a day’s journey on the other side, round about the camp, and as it were two cubits high upon the face of the earth.
32 And the people stood up all that day, and all that night, and all the next day, and they gathered the quails: he that gathered least gathered ten homers: and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp.
33 And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the LORD was kindled against the people, and the LORD smote the people with a very great plague.
34 And he called the name of that place Kibroth-hattaavah [the grave their lust produced]: because there they buried the people that lusted.
35 And the people journeyed from Kibroth-hattaavah unto Hazeroth; and abode at Hazeroth [the place where they were separated – from those who opposed the plan and purpose of God].
 
The next time shaqa’ appears it is in Job 41:1 where it is rendered, “which you let down” in telling of the hook the LORD lets down to draw out leviathan. We know leviathan is referring us to what is written in Isaiah 27:1, where we understand it speaks of information and ideas flowing as a river to the world, wherein in death lurks unseen below the surface. We have seen leviathan is rendered as “mourning” one of its six times used: in Job 3:8 in speaking of what is raised up and has produced the darkness. In Job 41 we understand it is the LORD who has drawn them out into His trap.
 
Job 3
3 Let the day perish wherein I was born [the creation of Adam], and the night in which it was said, There is a man child conceived.
4 Let that day be darkness; let not God regard it from above, neither let the light [understanding] shine upon it.
5 Let darkness and the shadow of death stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; let the blackness of the day terrify it.
6 As for that night, let darkness seize upon it; let it not be joined unto the days [the light of understanding] of the year, let it not come into the number of the months.
7 Lo, let that night be solitary, let no joyful voice come therein.
8 Let them curse it that curse the day [understanding], who are ready to raise up their mourning [leviathan – the rivers that carry the words and ideas of death and darkness].
9 Let the stars of the twilight [the children of God] thereof be dark; let it look for light, but have none; neither let it see the dawning of the day:
10 Because it shut not up the doors of my mother’s womb, nor hid sorrow from mine eyes.
 
Job 41
1 Can you draw out leviathan with a hook? or his tongue [words] with a cord which you let down [shaqa’]?
 
Isaiah 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 [the words and ideas of the captivity and darkness that flow as rivers into the sea: the masses]; and he shall slay the dragon [the crocodile – as death in the waters, lurking unseen below the surface] that is in the sea.
2 In that day sing you unto her, A vineyard of red wine [the wrath of God’s word accomplished].
3 I the LORD do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day.
4 Fury is not in me: who would set the briers and thorns [these wicked and unreasonable men] against me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together.
5 Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me.
6 He shall cause them that come of Jacob to take root: Israel shall blossom and bud, and fill the face of the world with fruit.
7 Has he smitten him, as he smote those that smote him? or is he slain according to the slaughter of them that are slain by him?
8 In measure, when it shoots forth [see Matthew 24:30 thru 33], you will debate with it: he stays his rough wind in the day of the east wind [see Numbers 11:31].
9 By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged; and this is all the fruit to take away his sin; when he maketh all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in sunder, the groves and images shall not stand up.
10 Yet the defensed city shall be desolate, and the habitation forsaken, and left like a wilderness: there shall the calf feed, and there shall he lie down, and consume the branches thereof.
11 When the boughs thereof are withered, they shall be broken off: the women come, and set them on fire: for it is a people of no understanding: therefore he that made them will not have mercy on them, and he that formed them will show them no favor.
12 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the LORD shall beat [the fruit away] off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and you shall be gathered one by one, O you children of Israel.
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.
 
Shaqa’ is used in Jeremiah 51:64 where it is rendered “sink” in describing the end of Babylon, thereby we know this sinking, is as a Stone cast (remember our discussions of David) into their river, as the LORD takes them in their own words.
 
Jeremiah 51
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 has 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 has 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 [stupefy] 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 [confusion] shall be utterly broken, and her high gates shall be burned with fire; and the people [of confusion] shall labor in vain, and the folk in the fire, and they shall be weary.
59 The word which Jeremiah the prophet commanded Seraiah [who will rise and rule by/as Jehovah] the son of Neriah [by the lamp/flame of Jehovah], the son of Maaseiah [who Jehovah has preserved and sheltered], when he went with Zedekiah [the righteousness of Jehovah] the king of Judah [the leaders of God people] into [confusion] Babylon in the fourth year of his reign. And this Seraiah [who will rule as Jehovah] was a quiet prince [doesn’t complain against God].
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, and shall see [your eyes shall be opened], and shall read all these words;
62 Then shall you say, O LORD, you have 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 [where it is found when the waters are dried up – see Revelation 16:12]:
64 And you shall say, Thus shall Babylon sink [shaqa’ – be brought into the snare – also see Revelation 18:21], 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 [Jehovah risen with us and in us].
 
The other two times shaqa’ is used are in Amos 8:8 & 9:5, both rendered as “drowned,” and speaking of being drawn into the overflowing of their own river, and drowned by it – as the flooding of the Nile.
 
Amos 8
8 Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn that dwells therein? and it shall rise up wholly as a flood; and it shall be cast out and drowned [shaqa’], as by the flood of Egypt.
9 And it shall come to pass in that day, says the LORD God, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day:
10 And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day.
11 Behold, the days come, says 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:
12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.
13 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.
14 They that swear by the sin of Samaria [where the idols were set in God’s place to keep the people from going to Jerusalem], and say, Your god [idols], O Dan, lives; and, The manner of [the idols of] Beersheba lives; even they shall fall, and never rise up again.
 
Amos 9
1 I saw the LORD standing upon the altar: and he said, Smite the lintel of the door, that the posts may shake: and cut them in the head, all of them; and I will slay the last of them with the sword: he that flees of them shall not flee away, and he that escapes of them shall not be delivered.
2 Though they dig into Sheol, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down:
3 And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence; and though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them:
4 And though they go into captivity before their enemies, thence will I command the sword, and it shall slay them: and I will set mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good.
5 And the LORD God of hosts is he that touches the land, and it shall melt, and all that dwell therein shall mourn: and it shall rise up wholly like a flood; and shall be drowned [shaqa’], as by the flood of Egypt.
6 It is he that builds his stories in the heaven, and has founded his troop in the earth; he that calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name.
Ezekiel 32
1 And it came to pass in the twelfth year, in the twelfth month, in the first day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, take up a lamentation for Pharaoh king of Egypt [the rulers of My people’s captivity], and say unto him, You are like a young lion of the nations, and you are as a whale in the seas [who swallow My people as your prey]: and you came forth with your rivers, and troubled [mired] the waters with your feet, and fouled their rivers.
3 Thus says the LORD God; I will therefore spread out my net over you with a company of many people; and they shall bring you up in my net.
4 Then will I leave you upon the land, I will cast you forth upon the open field, and will cause all the fowls of the heaven to remain upon you, and I will fill the beasts of the whole earth with you.
5 And I will lay your flesh upon the mountains, and fill the valleys with your height.
6 I will also water with your blood the land wherein you swim, even to the mountains; and the rivers shall be full of you.
7 And when I shall put you out, I will cover the heaven, and make the stars thereof dark [My people shall lose their understanding]; I will cover the sun [church] with a cloud, and the moon [civil government] shall not give her light.
8 All the bright lights of heaven [understanding God’s word] will I make dark over you, and set darkness upon your land, says the LORD God.
9 I will also vex the hearts of many people, when I shall bring your destruction among the nations, into the countries which you have not known.
10 Yea, I will make many people amazed at you, and their kings shall be horribly afraid for you, when I shall brandish my sword [this word] before them; and they shall tremble at every moment, every man for his own life, in the day of your fall [away from God].
11 For thus says the LORD God; The sword of the king of Babylon [of the rule of confusion] shall come upon you.
12 By the swords of the mighty will I cause your multitude to fall, the terrible of the nations, all of them: and they shall spoil the pomp of Egypt [the captors], and all the multitude thereof shall be destroyed.
13 I will destroy also all the beasts [death lurking in the waters] thereof from beside the great waters; neither shall the foot of man [miring the waters] trouble them any more, nor the hoofs of beasts trouble them.
14 Then will I make their waters deep [shaqa’ – make their waters a snare], and cause their rivers to run like oil [shamen – by the anointing], says the LORD God.
15 When I shall make the land of Egypt desolate, and the country shall be destitute of that whereof it was full, when I shall smite all them that dwell therein, then shall they know that I am the LORD.
16 This is the lamentation wherewith they shall lament her: the daughters of the nations shall lament her: they shall lament for her, even for Egypt, and for all her multitude, says the LORD God.
17 It came to pass also in the twelfth year, in the fifteenth day of the month, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
18 Son of man, wail for the multitude of Egypt, and cast them down, even her, and the daughters of the famous nations, unto the nether parts of the earth, with them that go down into the pit.
19 Whom do you pass in beauty? go down, and be you laid with the uncircumcised.
20 They shall fall in the midst of them that are slain by the sword: she is delivered to the sword: draw her and all her multitudes.
21 The strong among the mighty shall speak to him out of the midst of Sheol with them that help him: they are gone down, they lie uncircumcised, slain by the sword.
22 Asshur [the progressives] is there and all her company: his graves are about him: all of them slain, fallen by the sword:
23 Whose graves are set in the sides of the pit, and her company is round about her grave: all of them slain, fallen by the sword, which caused terror in the land of the living.
24 There is Elam [eternity] and all her multitude round about her grave, all of them slain, fallen by the sword, which are gone down uncircumcised into the nether parts of the earth, which caused their terror in the land of the living; yet have they borne their shame with them that go down to the pit.
25 They have set her a bed in the midst of the slain with all her multitude: her graves are round about him: all of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword: though their terror was caused in the land of the living, yet have they borne their shame with them that go down to the pit: he is put in the midst of them that be slain.
26 There is Meshech [the drawing out], Tubal [where they are brought into the trap], and all her multitude: her graves are round about him: all of them uncircumcised, slain by the sword, though they caused their terror in the land of the living.
27 And they shall not lie with the mighty that are fallen of the uncircumcised, which are gone down to Sheol with their weapons of war: and they have laid their swords under their heads, but their iniquities shall be upon their bones, though they were the terror of the mighty in the land of the living.
28 Yea, you shall be broken in the midst of the uncircumcised, and shall lie with them that are slain with the sword.
29 There is Edom [those who have sold their birthright], her kings, and all her princes, which with their might are laid by them that were slain by the sword: they shall lie with the uncircumcised, and with them that go down to the pit.
30 There be the princes of the north, all of them, and all the Zidonians [those who have hunted My people as their prey], which are gone down with the slain; with their terror they are ashamed of their might; and they lie uncircumcised with them that be slain by the sword, and bear their shame with them that go down to the pit.
31 Pharaoh shall see them, and shall be comforted over all his multitude, even Pharaoh and all his army slain by the sword, says the LORD God.
32 For I have caused my terror in the land of the living: and he shall be laid in the midst of the uncircumcised with them that are slain with the sword, even Pharaoh and all his multitude, says the LORD God.
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And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame: and it shall burn and devour his thorns and his briers in one day.
 
As we know from previous discussions, the light is understanding, the fire and flame destroys the darkness and burns up confusion, and the briers and thorns are the ignorant “experts” who infest and have overgrown the institutions of teaching and leadership. The title is Isaiah 10:17, a chapter that begins speaking “woe” to those decreeing unrighteous decrees and prescribe grievousness, turning away judgment and making God’s people those they prey upon and rob. It goes on to tell of the LORD visiting these unjust men and taking away their glory, which verse 11 then tells us is because of the idols they created and set in God’s place. It is against these men the Assyrian is sent, who is the rod of the LORD’s anger.
 
The name Assyrian, said to mean step or degree, is from the Hebrew word ‘ashar, meaning to go forward, as an advance, and which the Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon says means progress. In a pattern, it is telling of the communist movement that now calls itself progressive, which has been brought to a point where it openly reverse defines and vilifies all our national foundations and seeks to replace them.
 
In prior discussions of Revelation 17, we have seen these patterns described as the unfaithful woman (God’s people in confusion), the ten horns (the communists), both riding the beast of confusion (Babylon). We are told in verse 16 the ten horns (communists) hate the woman (church), makes war against her and causes her desolation, which is the same thing spoken of in Isaiah 10 of the Assyrian and God’s people.
In the prior post, we discussed Satan divided and against Satan, and because of it his kingdom (confusion) shall not stand. These two entities are those spoken of above, and the LORD uses the name Satan for its Hebrew meaning, which describes those who are in open revolt and resistance against God’s plan of rescue and salvation.
 
(FYI: people are asking who is behind the caravan of want-to-be illegals heading toward our southern border. It is these two groups, and for the same Satanic reason. Their consistent and only objective is to cause chaos and confusion, with the hope of overwhelming and crashing the system. They are hoping, with the help of their allies in the fake news media, to portray and manipulate the good nature of our American culture, to Progress their plan of destroying and replacing it with their utopia – Gehenna.)
 
Isaiah 10
1Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed;
2 To turn aside the needy from judgment, and to take away the right from the poor of my people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless!
3 And what will you do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which shall come from far? to whom will you flee for help? and where will you leave your glory?
4 Without me they shall bow down under the prisoners, and they shall fall under the slain. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
5 O Assyrian [communists – ten horns], the rod of mine anger, and the staff in their hand is mine indignation.
6 I will send him against a hypocritical nation, and against the people of my wrath will I give him a charge, to take the spoil, and to take the prey, and to tread them down like the mire of the streets.
7 Howbeit he means not so, neither does his heart think so [he is blind to the fact he is merely a tool, a product of nature and nature’s God]; but it is in his heart to destroy and cut off nations not a few.
8 For he says, Are not my princes altogether kings?
9 Is not Calno as Carchemish? is not Hamath as Arpad? is not Samaria as Damascus?
10 As my hand has found the kingdoms of the idols, and whose graven images did excel them of Jerusalem and of Samaria;
11 Shall I not, as I have done unto Samaria and her idols, so do to Jerusalem and her idols? [Verse 8 thru 11 speak of all the idol worshipping nations already overcome and destroyed – and the proud and arrogant enemy saying the stronghold of the elect remnant will fall in the same way.]
12 Wherefore it shall come to pass, that when the LORD has performed his whole work [of enlightenment] upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his high looks.
13 For he says, By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I am prudent: and I have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man:
14 And my hand has found as a nest the riches of the people: and as one gathers eggs that are left, have I gathered all the earth; and there was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or peeped.
15 [Thus says the LORD] Shall the axe boast itself against him that hews therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shakes it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no [dead] wood.
16 Therefore shall the LORD, the LORD of hosts, send among his fat ones leanness; and under his glory he shall kindle a burning like the burning of a fire.
17 And the light [understanding] of Israel shall be for a fire, and his Holy One for a flame: and it shall burn and devour his thorns and his briers [the spiritually wicked in high places] in one day;
18 And shall consume the glory of his forest, and of his fruitful field, both soul [mind] and body: and they shall be as when a standard-bearer faints.
19 And the rest of the trees of his forest shall be few, that a child may write them.
20 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon [put their trust in] him that smote them; but shall stay upon [put their trust in] the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.
21 The remnant shall return, even the remnant of Jacob, unto the mighty God.
22 For though your people Israel be as the sand of the sea, yet a remnant of them shall return: the consumption decreed shall overflow with righteousness.
23 For the LORD God of hosts shall make a consumption, even determined, in the midst of all the land.
24 Therefore thus says the LORD God of hosts, O my people that dwell in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite you with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against you, after the manner of Egypt [the captivity and making us – the producers – their bond servants].
25 For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction.
26 And the LORD of hosts shall stir up a scourge for him according to the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb [when the LORD removed the head that has impoverished His people]: and as his rod was upon the sea, so shall he lift it up after the manner of Egypt [when the sea that had been divided return to one and covers them in destruction. (Do they really not see what they have walked into? Too insane with hate to realize reality.)]
27 And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off your shoulder, and his yoke from off your neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.
28 He is come to Aiath [heap of ruin], he is passed to Migron [precipice – see 1 Samuel 14 – which tells of the precipice {only other mention of Migron}, when in verse 24 we are told Saul’s unrighteous decree, which led to his disobedience to the LORD’s command]; at Michmash [the hiding place] he has laid up his carriages [his armor – as with Johnathan’s hidden armor bearer]:
29 They are gone over the passage: they have taken up their lodging at Geba [the hill – in the high places]; Ramah is afraid [the place where Samuel anointed David king – and the LORD’s Spirit which left Saul came upon David – 1 Samuel 16:13]; Gibeah [the hill – the highness] of Saul is fled.
30 Lift up your voice, O daughter of Gallim [those who these spring of water have come]: cause it to be heard unto Laish [as a lion’s roar], O poor Anathoth [as an answer to your prayers].
31 Madmenah [the dunghill {Gehenna} – where Beelzebub, the ruler of the dunghill, rules] is removed; the inhabitants of Gebim [of their fortified places] gather themselves to flee.
32 As yet shall he remain at Nob [in his high places] that day: he shall shake his hand against the mount of the daughter of Zion, the hill of Jerusalem.
33 Behold, the LORD, the LORD of hosts, shall lop the bough with terror: and the high ones of stature shall be hewn down, and the haughty shall be humbled.
34 And he shall cut down the thickets of the forest with iron, and Lebanon [their glory] shall fall by a mighty one.
 
This full end is spoken of in verse 22 above as the consumption decreed, and in verse 23 as the consumption determined. Both the words decreed and determined are from the same Hebrew word, charats, meaning to bring a decisive cut, as in a right dividing of the word of God. The word rendered consumption in verse 22 is killayown; a word only used one other time where it tells of when the eye of God’s people has “failed.” It comes in Deuteronomy 28:65, as a result when God’s people do what was warned against in verse 58, saying, “If you will not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and fearful name, The LORD Your God.”
 
Deuteronomy 28
58 If you will not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and fearful name, The LORD Your God;
59 Then the LORD will make your plagues wonderful, and the plagues of your seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance.
60 Moreover he will bring upon you all the diseases of Egypt, which you were afraid of; and they shall cleave unto you.
61 Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon you, until you be destroyed.
62 And you shall be left few in number, whereas you were as the stars of heaven for multitude; because you would not obey the voice of the LORD your God.
63 And it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to naught; and you shall be plucked from off the land whither you go to possess it.
64 And the LORD shall scatter you among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there you shall serve other gods, which neither you nor your fathers have known, even [dead] wood and [dumb] stone.
65 And among these nations shall you find no ease, neither shall the sole of your foot have rest: but the LORD shall give you there a trembling heart, and failing [killayown] of eyes, and sorrow of mind:
66 And your life shall hang in doubt before you; and you shall fear day and night, and shall have none assurance of your life:
67 In the morning you shall say, Would God it were even! and at even you shall say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of your heart wherewith you shall fear, and for the sight of your eyes which you shall see.
68 And the LORD shall bring you into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof I spoke unto you, You shall see it no more again: and there you shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy you.
 
The eyes consuming away is written of in Zechariah 14:12.
 
Zechariah 14
1 Behold, the day of the LORD comes, and your spoil shall be divided in the midst of you.
2 For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.
4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives [the source of the anointing], which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. [the anointing dispersed in this word to all the earth]
5 And you shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal [the elect remnant]: yea, you shall flee, like as you fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah [when Jehovah was the strength of the] king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with you. [“I and the children God has given me are for signs and wonders among His people.”]
6 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light [understanding] shall not be clear, nor dark:
7 But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light [when the understanding {eye} has failed He shall send understanding].
8 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. [As it is!]
9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.
10 All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba [the hills] to Rimmon south [the false ones who have exalted themselves, and standing at the right hand to resist the LORD’s work] of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin’s gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel [until it is seen as the favor of God] unto the king’s winepresses [in this word of God as His corrective wrath].
11 And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth [and their mouths shall be stopped].
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbor, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbor.
14 And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.
15 And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the donkey, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague.
16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.
18 And if the family of Egypt [the captivity] go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
20 In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, Holiness Unto The LORD; and the pots [filled with these waters] in the LORD’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar.
21 Yea, every pot [filled with His waters] in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite [an enemy as Cain, “who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.”] in the house of the LORD of hosts.
 
The word translated as “consumption” in Isaiah 10:23 is kalah, meaning the full end. It is the word first used in Genesis 18:21, rendered “altogether” in telling of when the LORD heard the grievous cry of Sodom and Gomorrah, and went down to see if it was “altogether” according to the cry.
 
Genesis 18
14 Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.
15 Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but you did laugh.
16 And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way.
17 And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;
18 Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?
19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he has spoken of him.
20 And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;
21 I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether [kalah – is worthy of a full end] according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.
22 And the men [the two angels the LORD sent in His name for this purpose] turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom: but Abraham stood yet before the LORD.
23 And Abraham drew near, and said, Will you also destroy the righteous with the wicked?
 
We know Peter answers the question above in verse 23, saying in 2 Peter 2:9, “The LORD knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.” (He leads them out from among them.)
 
Peter tells us in the beginning of 2 Peter 2 the unjust men he is speaking of are the false prophets, and their destruction comes as the deny the LORD at His coming, and are the leaders of those who speak against this truth. Can it be any simpler to understand? The chapter ends telling of these same men receiving this knowledge and turning away from it, to their vomit and wallowing in their mire (where nothing is clear).
 
2 Peter 2
1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily [will create images from their imaginations] shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the LORD that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of [this] truth shall be evil spoken of.
3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingers not, and their damnation slumbers not.
4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;
7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:
8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
9 The LORD knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the LORD.
12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceiving while they feast with you;
14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:
15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: [by] the dumb donkey speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the [false] prophet.
17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the LORD and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
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.
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.
 
The point Peter is making above starts in ending chapter 1, which tells of the men of God who spoke only when moved by God, and earlier saying their words, which we follow, are not cunningly devised fables. This is a contrast to what he then says about the false teachers among us. When he references Balaam he is speaking in this context of what the LORD told him after he saw the angel standing in the way with his sword drawn. “And the angel of the LORD said unto Balaam, Go with the men [the gatekeepers]: but only the word that I shall speak unto you, that you shall speak.”
 
These men as dog returning to their own vomit is also referring to what Daniel tells happens in the middle of the week, that causes the sacrifice (preaching the knowledge of God) to be cut off. He tells us this brings in the overspreading of the abominations (idol worship) that causes the desolation until the consumption (kalah) determined (charats) is poured on the desolate. (see Daniel 9:27 below)
 
Daniel 9
2 In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
3 And I set my face unto the LORD God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:
4 And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O LORD, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;
5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from your precepts and from your judgments:
6 Neither have we hearkened unto your servants the prophets, which spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.
7 O LORD, righteousness belongs unto you, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither you have driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against you.
8 O LORD, to us belongs confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against you.
9 To the LORD our God belong mercies and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against him;
10 Neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.
11 Yea, all Israel have transgressed your law, even by departing, that they might not obey your voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him.
12 And he has confirmed his words, which he spoke against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven has not been done as has been done upon Jerusalem.
13 As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand your truth.
14 Therefore has the LORD watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the LORD our God is righteous in all his works which he does: for we obeyed not his voice.
15 And now, O LORD our God, that have brought your people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and have gotten you renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly.
16 O LORD, according to all your righteousness, I beseech you, let your anger and your fury be turned away from your city Jerusalem, your holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and your people are become a reproach to all that are about us.
17 Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of your servant, and his supplications, and cause your face to shine upon your sanctuary that is desolate, for the LORD’s sake.
18 O my God, incline your ear, and hear; open your eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by your name: for we do not present our supplications before you for our righteousness, but for your great mercies.
19 O LORD, hear; O LORD, forgive; O LORD, hearken and do; defer not, for your own sake, O my God: for your city and your people are called by your name.
20 And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the LORD my God for the holy mountain of my God;
21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.
22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give you skill and understanding.
23 At the beginning of your supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew you; for you are greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.
24 Seventy weeks are determined upon your people and upon your holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.
25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined [charats].
27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation [kalah], and that determined [charats] shall be poured upon the desolate.
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Suppose you that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division.

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Suppose you that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division.
 
The above is Luke 12:51, and is the LORD telling of His and our baptism by holy fire, and that it is not meant to unify the world, but rather to separate His people from it. The word “division” is from the Greek word diamerismos, which is only used this one time; compounded from the words dia, meaning the channel through which it comes; and the word merizo, meaning to apportion, bestow, share, or figuratively to disunite, or differ. It means to make/show a difference.
 
The LORD is speaking of what is written in Isaiah 28:15 and its greater context.
 
Isaiah 28
15 Because you have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
16 Therefore thus says the LORD God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believes shall not make haste.
17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then you shall be trodden down by it.
19 From the time that it goes forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.
 
What we see is the LORD separating us from the covenant with death, made by those teaching God’s people lies and under falsehood hiding. As we have seen in many previous studies, this covenant with death is the confederacy and association spoken of in Isaiah 8, when God’s people refused the waters of Shiloah, meaning the advice of God that flows from His throne. They instead chose to listen to wizards (self-anointed “experts”) that peep and mutter, and became a people who looked to the dead (dead wood and dumb stones) for the ways of life, which they could never bring. We are told of this causing darkness, which we know is understanding replaced by confusion, and also resulting in a hungering for God’s word. The word comes as God speaks through Isaiah (Jah has opened/saved) as Immanuel, God with us, and in Isaiah 9 we are told it lights upon His elect, again bringing light/understanding. These are the same people who Isaiah speaks of in Isaiah 8:18 saying, “I and the children whom LORD has given me are for signs and wonders.” They are the same children he earlier calls his disciples, to who he has bound the testimony, and sealed with the law.
 
Isaiah 8
…O Immanuel.
9 Associate yourselves, O you people, and you shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all you of far countries: gird yourselves, and you shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and you shall be broken in pieces.
10 Take counsel together, and it shall come to naught; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us.
11 For the LORD spoke thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying,
12 Say you not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear you their fear, nor be afraid.
13 Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread.
14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
15 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken.
16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
17 And I will wait upon the LORD, that hides his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.
18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD has given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwells in mount Zion.
19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? [Should they be looking] for the living to the dead?
20 [Or]To the law and to the testimony [?]: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light [understanding] in them.
21 And they [those who chose to remain in darkness] shall pass through it, hardly bestead and hungry: and it shall come to pass, that when they shall be hungry, they shall fret themselves, and curse their king and their God, and look upward.
22 And they shall look unto the earth; and behold trouble and darkness, dimness of anguish [without joy]; and they shall be driven to darkness.
 
Isaiah 9
2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light [understanding]: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them has the light shined.
3 You [the LORD] have multiplied [from where the elect are divided] the nation, and not increased the [their] joy: they [the elect who understand] joy before you according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
4 For you have broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of [the increasing of] Midian [and their end at the rock of Oreb, when he removed the head of those who impoverished His people – see Judges 6:6 & 7:25].
5 For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.
 
We see the above ending telling of the fire the LORD speaks of in the verses before the title, the battle to enlighten His people by the flame, which Isaiah then goes on to say is the birth of the child, again referring back to Immanuel and His children, God with us and in us.
 
Luke 12
49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?
50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!
51 Suppose you that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.
53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
54 And he said also to the people, When you see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway you say, There comes a shower; and so it is.
55 And when you see the south wind blow, you say, There will be heat; and it comes to pass.
56 You hypocrites, you can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that you do not discern this time?
57 Yea, and why even of yourselves judge you not what is right?
 
Isaiah 9
5 For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
8 The LORD sent a word into Jacob, and it has lighted upon Israel.
9 And all the people shall know, even Ephraim [God’s people in this generation] and the inhabitant of Samaria [those worshiping idols set in God’s place], that say in the pride and stoutness of heart,
10 The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones [saying, we know the house is a shamble compared to its former state, so we will rebuild by the same works of our hands which destroyed it]: the sycamores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.
11 Therefore the LORD shall [has] set up the adversaries of Rezin [the demagogues] against him, and join his enemies together;
12 The Syrians [the cultural icons – the self-exalted “experts”] before, and the Philistines [and those wallowing in their own mire] behind; and they shall devour [have devoured] Israel with open mouth [by their words of advice]. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
13 For the people turn not unto him that smites them, neither do they seek the LORD of hosts.
14 Therefore the LORD will cut off from Israel head and tail, branch and rush, in one day.
15 The ancient and honorable, he is the head; and the prophet that teaches lies, he is the tail.
16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.
17 Therefore the LORD shall have no joy [see Isaiah 9:3 above] in their young men, neither shall have mercy on their fatherless and widows: for every one is an hypocrite and an evildoer, and every mouth speaks folly. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
18 For wickedness [those who vilify truth and this work of God] burns as the fire: it shall devour the briers and thorns, and shall kindle in the thickets of the forest, and they shall mount up like the lifting up of smoke.
19 Through the wrath [this truth] of the LORD of hosts is the land darkened [is the darkness understood], and the people shall be as the fuel of the fire: no man shall spare his brother.
20 And he shall snatch on the right hand, and be hungry; and he shall eat on the left hand, and they shall not be satisfied: they shall eat every man the flesh of his own arm:
21 Manasseh, Ephraim; and Ephraim, Manasseh: and they together shall be against Judah. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
 
The chapter ends describing the same division the LORD speaks of in Luke 12:51 thru 53, where verse 53 He is quoting from Micah 7:6, a chapter, where in verse 5 are mentioned the same briers and thorns. Isaiah 9:17 tells us these are the leaders of the people causing them to err, and says those led by them are destroyed. In Micah 7:5 they are also spoken of as corrupt princes and judges, the great (famous) men of our time, who are uttering (peeping and muttering) their mischievous desires, meaning words intended to manipulated and extort.
 
These ideas all converge into one, which is judgment, more specifically of leadership lacking good and right judgment. The fire is the judgment, the trial that separates the impurities from that possessing true value. It is to separate God’s people from the world, through purification, to unify them under one incorruptible and immortal head, as one body bearing the image and likeness of their creator.
 
1 Corinthians 3
8 Now he that plants and he that waters are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labor.
9 For we are laborers together with God: you are God’s husbandry, you are God’s building.
10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master-builder, I have laid the foundation, and another builds thereon. But let every man take heed how he builds thereupon.
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day [the light of understanding] shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
14 If any man’s work abide which he has built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
16 Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seems to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
20 And again, The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
 
1 Peter 1
2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification [purification] of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ [again, see Hebrews 12:24 thru 29, from the chapter that tells us the purification comes by the Father’s correction] Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our LORD Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy has begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for you,
5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, you are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
8 Whom having not seen, you love; in whom, though now you see him not, yet believing, you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15 But as he which has called you is holy, so be you holy in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, Be you holy; for I am holy.
17 And if you call on the Father, who without respect of persons judges according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
18 Forasmuch as you know that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
20 Who truly was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
22 Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that you love one another with a pure heart fervently:
23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides for ever.
24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower thereof falls away:
25 But the word of the LORD endures for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
 
As Peter in verse 7 above tells us that this trial (by fire) doesn’t pertain to earthly valuables, likewise does the LORD in Luke 12 tell us of the division (diamerismos) by fire. The word merizo is used earlier in Luke 12:13 as the LORD is asked to get involves dividing an inheritance. He responded saying, “Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?”
The word merizo appears three times in Matthew, all in chapter 12 where we are told it is Satan’s kingdom and house that are divided against themselves, and therefore will not stand. The LORD goes on to conclude the thought by saying in verse 30, “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathers not with me scatters abroad.” This is the work the Father has sent me for, the work of the Holy Spirit these unreasonable (atopos) and wicked men stand against.
 
Matthew 12
18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.
19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.
20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.
21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.
22 Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spoke and saw.
23 And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?
24 But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow does not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.
25 And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided [merizo] against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided [merizo] against itself shall not stand:
26 And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided [merizo] against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?
27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.
28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.
29 Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.
30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathers not with me scatters abroad.
31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
32 And whosoever speaks a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaks against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.
33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
34 O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart brings forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things.
36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
37 For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.
38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from you.
39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah:
40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and, behold, a greater than Jonah is here.
42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walks through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none.
44 Then he says, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he finds it empty, swept, and garnished.
45 Then goes he [to these wicked men], and taketh with himself 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. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.
46 While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.
47 Then one said unto him, Behold, your mother and your brethren stand without, desiring to speak with you.
48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?
49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!
50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
 
(Friends, the etymology of the word America seem to be a form of the word merizo, meaning divided, preceded but the letter a, which we know reverses the meaning. We thereby see a meaning of America describing an indivisible nation – the kingdom and house of God.)
 
As we know, Matthew 12:18 thru 21 quotes from Isaiah 42, which ends speaking of the same battle and fire mentioned above in Isaiah 9:5. It says, “Therefore he [the LORD] has poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle [this word]: and it has set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart.”
 
Isaiah 42
1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delights; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.
5 Thus says God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which comes out of it; he that gives breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:
6 I the LORD have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand, and will keep you, and give you for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;
7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.
10 Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, you that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.
11 Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar [darkness] does inhabit: let the inhabitants of the Rock [those who trust in Christ] sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains.
12 Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands.
13 The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar [Do you hear Him yet?]; he shall prevail against his enemies.
14 I have long time held my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once.
15 I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.
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.
17 They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, You are our gods.
18 Hear, you deaf; and look, you blind, that you may see.
19 Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD’s servant?
20 Seeing many things, but you observes not; opening the ears, but he hears not.
21 The LORD is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honorable.
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 delivers; for a spoil, and none says, Restore.
23 Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for the time to come?
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.
25 Therefore he has poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle: and it has set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart.
 
Psalms 120
1 In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.
2 Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.
3 What shall be given unto you? or what shall be done unto you, you false tongue?
4 Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.
5 Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech [among those who draw out the inevitable end], that I dwell in the tents of Kedar [darkness – the shadow of death]!
6 My soul has long dwelt with him that hate peace.
7 I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war.
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