The LORD will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the habitations of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither.

13 – 16 April 2024

The LORD will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the habitations of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither.

Today’s title, from Amos 1:2, is the LORD speaking to His people and those who’ve led them into rebellion against Him. In chapters 1 & 2, in doing so, to preserve its deep meaning until this time of war, He uses proper names defining their offenses and conditions.

In eight instances throughout these two chapters, using different names, He uses the phrase “For three transgressions of [name], and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because…” In none of these, in the original text, does the word “punishment” appear.

The eight, five in the first chapter and three in the second, for which the LORD will not turn away, lead to His appearing, as earlier spoken of in the title verse and later in Amos 3:2 & 14, and 4:12. It is in Amos 3:2 & 14, the word paqad appears (rendered respectively “punish” and “visit”) a Hebrew word we well know speaks of the LORD “visiting His people” as the Chief Oversee (Watchman and Good Shepherd) of the earth, to restore its good foundations.

The following, ending with Psalms 82, is from the post of 30 May 2021 (with today’s additions in double brackets).

The lion has roared, who will not fear? the LORD God has spoken, who can but prophesy [[who can do anything but speak His words He’s given us to be spoken]]?

The above is the LORD speaking to His people, after the last trumpet has blown, amid the battle of Armageddon, of which His people are deaf and blind. The chapter, Amos 3, says He is here to punish them (those who misled them into ignorance) and publishes this in the palaces of Ashdod and Egypt: who store up violence and robbery.

As we’ve seen in previous posts, verse 3 tells of the two walking together, asking can they do this, “except they be agreed.” The word “agreed” is the Hebrew word ya’ad, meaning “to fix upon (by agreement or appointment); by implication, to meet (at a stated time), to summon (to trial), to direct (in a certain quarter or position), to engage (for marriage).”

The Greek word Armageddon is “of Hebrew origin (2022 [har – mountain] and 4023 [Megiddown – a rendezvous]); Armageddon (or Har-Meggiddon), a symbolic name.” Megiddown is derived from the word gadad, meaning “to crowd; also to gash (as if by pressing into).”

These meanings are seen in what is published against palaces, verse 9 saying, “Publish in the palaces at Ashdod [powerful – who are ravaging God’s people], and in the palaces in the land of Egypt [the oppressors], and say, Assemble yourselves upon the mountains [har] of Samaria, and behold the great tumults in the midst thereof, and the oppressed in the midst thereof.”

Now I, in the name of Jehovah, the LORD God Almighty, tell you this is Armageddon, and only those receiving (accepting) this message will be plucked from the fires.

The fires are spoken of, in verse 15, as the winter house, which describes the time of darkened days, when the fire continually burned in the palaces. The LORD says He will smite this house with the summer house, which tells of brighter days when the winds blow (His Spirit – working and moving, while His identity is unknown) through the open palaces. He says, “and the houses of ivory (shen – tooth) shall perish, and the great (rag – many) houses shall have an end:” speaking of ending the powerful who’ve caused the darkness and divisions among His people.

These aspects are then given detail in chapter 4, verse 6 using the word shen to tell of the famine for hearing the word of God, and verse 11 speaking of the LORD plucking some from the fire (when He overturned the world, as He did Sodom {burning} and Gomorrah {ruin}). The word “plucked” is the Hebrew word natsal, which we’ve discussed in the previous post as the equivalent of the Greek word harpazo (the word twisted into the false rapture doctrine). These two verses end identically, speaking of the LORD’s mission, in me, saying I have shown you these secret things plainly, “yet have you not returned [shuwb] unto Me, says the LORD.”

The rendezvous, our agreed meeting, is then spoken of in verses 12 & 13, when His identity is known. In the name of Jehovah I say, I Am the presence of the LORD of the Army of heaven, therefore prepare to meet your God, He that forms the mountains (har), and creates (bara’) the wind (His Spirit in man), and declares unto man what are His thoughts, that makes the morning darkness (in understanding rising and the ignorance of man is made apparent), and treads upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name.

Exodus 34
5 And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.
6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.
8 And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.
9 And he said, If now I have found grace in your sight, O LORD, let my LORD, I pray you, go among us; for it is a stiff-necked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance.
10 And he said, Behold, I make a covenant: before all your people I will do marvels, such as have not been done [bara’ – created [[after I cut down the corrupt]]] in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people among which you are shall see the work of the LORD: for it is a terrible thing that I will do with you.

Exodus 15
2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him a habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
3 The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.
4 Pharaoh’s chariots and his host has he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea.
5 The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone.
6 Your right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: your right hand, O LORD, has dashed in pieces the enemy.
7 And in the greatness of your excellency you have overthrown them that rose up against you: you sent forth your wrath, which consumed them as stubble.
8 And with the blast of your nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as a heap, and the depths were congealed [[the individual elements of understanding came together]] in the heart of the sea [[in the minds of My people at large]].
9 The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.
10 You did blow with your wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters.
11 Who is like unto you, O LORD, among the gods? who is like you, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?
12 You stretched out your right hand, the earth swallowed them.
13 You in your mercy have led forth the people which you have redeemed: you have guided them in your strength unto your holy habitation.
14 The people shall hear, and be afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina [the invaders in our midst].
15 Then the dukes of Edom [enemies mixed among us] shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab [whose mouth are the gates of hell], trembling shall take hold upon them; all the inhabitants of Canaan [who’ve made merchandise of God’s people] shall melt away.
16 Fear and dread shall fall upon them; by the greatness of your arm they shall be as still as a stone; till your people pass over [[‘abar – from death into life]], O LORD, till the people pass over [[‘abar – from death into life]], which you have purchased.
17 You shall bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of your inheritance, in the place, O LORD, which you have made for you to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O LORD, which your hands have established.
18 The LORD shall reign forever and ever.

Revelation 16
15 Behold, I come as a thief [[unknown in the darkness of men’s ignorance, to retake the minds of My people]]. Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon [the mountain of this appointed time].
17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air [[to clear it of the smoke from the bottomless pit, the endless fall away from God that darkens it {the air men breathe in} and the sun: the church]]; 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 [[as in the days of Uzziah, as written in Amos 1:1 and Zechariah 14:5 when the LORD comes with all His saints]], such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.
19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.
21 And there fell upon men a great hail [the Word of God, which has been frozen in the cloud, reserved there and is now sent from there] and 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.

Amos 3
1 Hear this word that the LORD has spoken against you, O children of Israel [God’s people who will rule and reign over the earth, with truth and justice as He rules in us and through us], against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt [out of oppression], saying,
2 You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish [[paqad – come as the Chief Overseer of the earth]] you for all your iniquities.
3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed [ya’ad – this appointed time at Armageddon]?
4 Will a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?
5 Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is [[where no trap has been set]] for him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all?
6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD has not done it [[brought it to light]]?
7 Surely the LORD God will do nothing [[evil]], but he reveals his secret unto his servants the prophets.
8 The lion has roared, who will not fear? the LORD God has spoken, who can but prophesy?
9 Publish in the palaces at Ashdod, and in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say, Assemble yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria [the governments of church and state], and behold the great tumults in the midst thereof, and the oppressed in the midst thereof.
10 For they know not to do right, says the LORD, who store up violence and robbery in their palaces.
11 Therefore thus says the LORD God; An adversary there shall be even round about the land; and he shall bring down your strength from you, and your palaces shall be spoiled.
12 Thus says the LORD; As the shepherd taketh out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear; so shall the children of Israel be taken out that dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed, and in Damascus in a couch.
13 Hear you, and testify in the house of Jacob, says the LORD God, the God of hosts,
14 That in the day that I shall visit [[paqad – as the Chief Overseer of the earth]] the transgressions of Israel upon him I will also visit [[paqad]] the altars of Bethel [[houses called by My name, wherein you put your idols in My place]]: and the horns [[the power to rule]] of the altar shall be cut off, and fall to the ground.
15 And I will smite the winter house with the summer house; and the houses of ivory [shen] shall perish, and the great [rag – many] houses shall have an end, says the LORD.

Amos 4
1 Hear this word, you kine [cows] of Bashan [[the flock of fruitfulness]], that are in the mountain of Samaria [[ruled by those who worship idols they put in God’s place and call by His name]], which oppress the poor, which crush the needy, which say [[which flock says] to their masters, Bring, and let us drink [[of the corruption by which you oppresses us]].
2 The LORD God has sworn by his holiness, that, lo, the days shall come upon you, that he will take you away with [[nasa’ – lift you out of corruption]] hooks [[catching you with the words of your own mouths]], and your posterity [[‘achariyth – in these last days of darkness]] with fishhooks [[ciyr, or ciyrah – by piercing your ears with My words that will enter your minds]]\.
3 And you shall go out at the breaches [[perets – referring to it only other uses in Amos, in Amos 9:11, verses 11 & 12 saying “ In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches {perets} thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, says the LORD that does this.”]], every cow at that which is before her; and you shall cast them [[yatsa’ – go away from Me]] into the palace [[of these misleaders]], says the LORD.
4 [[Not knowing they are saying to you]] Come to Bethel [the houses of God], and transgress; at Gilgal [where the waters are always troubled] multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every morning, and your tithes after three years:
5 And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven [corruption], and proclaim and publish the free offerings: for this [[transgressing]] like you, O you children of Israel, says the LORD God.
6 And I also have given you cleanness of teeth [shen] in all your cities, and want of bread [without this word of God] in all your places: yet have you not returned [shuwb] unto me, says the LORD.
7 And also I have withheld the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon [[was this word of God sent]], and the piece whereupon it rained not [without this word from heaven] withered.
8 So two or three cities wandered [[away]] to one city to drink water [[of corruption]]; but they were not satisfied. Yet have you not returned [shuwb] unto me, says the LORD.
9 I have smitten you with blasting and mildew: when your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees increased, the palmerworm devoured them: yet have you not returned [shuwb] unto me, says the LORD.
10 I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils: yet have you not returned [shuwb] unto me, says the LORD.
11 I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom [burning] and Gomorrah [ruin], and you were as a firebrand plucked [natsal [[the same as harpazo, to “seize”]]] out of the burning, [[as in Zechariah 3:2, 1 Thessalonians 4:17, and Jude 1:23]]: yet have you not returned [shuwb] unto me, says the LORD.
12 Therefore thus will I do unto you, O Israel: and because I will do this unto you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel.
13 For, lo, he that formed the mountains [har], and created the wind, and declares unto man what is his thought, that makes the morning darkness [[makes this light come into this time of darkness]], and treads upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name.

Exodus 29
37 Seven days you shall make an atonement for the altar, and sanctify it [[declaring holy this sacrifice of the LORD]]; and it shall be an altar most holy: whatsoever touches the altar shall be holy.
38 Now this is that which you shall offer upon the altar; two lambs of the first year day by day continually.
39 The one lamb you shall offer in the morning; and the other lamb you shall offer at even:
40 And with the one lamb a tenth deal of flour mingled [[balal – referring us to its use in Hosea 7:8, the passage, speaking of this anointing and of God’s people’s ignorance of it, saying, “6 For they have made ready their heart like an oven, whiles they lie in wait: their baker sleeps all the night; in the morning it burns as a flaming fire. 7 They are all hot as an oven, and have devoured their judges; all their kings are fallen: there is none among them that calleth unto me. 8 Ephraim, he has mixed {balah} himself among the people {and therefore is ignorant of the time of their visitation and the LORD’s presence}; Ephraim is a cake not turned {not returned to me and therefore chooses to burn}.”]] with the fourth part of a hin of beaten oil; and the fourth part of a hin of wine for a drink offering.
41 And the other lamb you shall offer at even [[now in this time of darkness]], and shall do thereto according to the meat offering of the morning, and according to the drink offering thereof, for a sweet savor, an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
42 This shall be a continual burnt offering throughout your generations at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD: where I will meet [ya’ad – at this appointed time] you, to speak there unto you.
43 And there I will meet [ya’ad – at this agreed time] with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle [[My people]] shall be sanctified [[be made holy]] by my glory.
44 And I will sanctify the tabernacle of the congregation [[mow’ed – of this appointed time]], and the altar: I will sanctify also both Aaron and his sons [[who bring this light, understanding, to the dark world]], to minister to me in the priest’s office.
45 And I will dwell among the children of Israel, and will be their God.
46 And they shall know that I am the LORD their God, that brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, that I may dwell among [[tavek – dwell in our midst]] them: I am the LORD their God.

John 10
9 I am the door [into the city of defense]: by me if any man enters in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
10 The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.
12 But he that is a 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 [[seizes and holds]]] them, and scatter the sheep.
13 The hireling flees, because he is a 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 [unified by catching them back into God’s hand, from the hand which caught and scattered them], 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 [can the devil reveal the things of God to those who haven’t seen them, or is it the devil, the misleader, who scattered them into their blindness]?
22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter [dark days of ignorance].
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 shown 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 [in Psalms 82:6], 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.
38 But if I do, though you believe not me, believe the works: that you may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.
39 Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped [exerchomai] out of their hand,
40 And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode.
41 And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spoke of this man were true.
42 And many believed on him there.

The LORD, in verse 39 above, tells us precisely how the “escape” from the hand of the wicked occurs: through (ex) the (erchomai) word from His mouth, delivering those who believe and follow Him. This method is what the LORD is referring us to when He, in verse 34, quotes Psalms 82:6, a Psalm that begins with telling of the LORD God standing (in Michael – see the previous post) in the congregation of the mighty, as He judges the gods of this world, who’ve blinded all to this glorious gospel.

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 [natsal – rescue [[pluck them from the fires of hell, seize them to Me, as in John 10:27 – 30 above]]] them out of the hand of the wicked [who we’re told, in 2 Thessalonians 2:6 & 7, hold {katecho} you, as in John 10:12 above, until they are taken out of our midst {mesos}]].
5 They know not, neither will they understand [because the gods of this world have blinded them, and they see nothing]; they walk on in darkness [ignorance]: [because] 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.

Amos 1
1 The words of Amos [the burden, which the LORD alone carries, because no man can], who was among the herdsmen of Tekoa [who heard the trumpet, which is the LORD’s voice heard shaking heaven and dearth], which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah [strength of Jehovah] king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam [“the people will contend”] the son of Joash [giving what Jehovah has given them] king of Israel, two years before the earthquake [ra’ash – the shaking the brings the dead bones together and wards off corruption from God’s word, as in Zechariah 14:5, speaking of when the “LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with you {with His anointed},” after verse 3 says, “Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.”].
2 And he said, The LORD [in this battle] will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the habitations of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither.
3 Thus says the LORD; For three transgressions of Damascus [where the word, the work, is now silenced and God’s people are drunken and in tears], and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have threshed Gilead [judged this word of God’s testimony worthless and unholy] with threshing instruments of iron:
4 But I will send a fire into the house of Hazael [who God has seen doing this], which shall devour the palaces of Benhadad [the children of the mighty, who are enemy idols put in God’s place].
5 I will break also the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the plain of Aven [when their worthless idols are plainly seen], and him that holds [down, withhold] the scepter [shebet – the power to rule themselves as God rules] from the house of Eden [those in whom I delight]: and the people of Syria [those who’ve exalted their worthless words above the LORD’s, means by which they hold down God’s people in their captivity] shall go into captivity unto Kir [held by the wall of lies they think will protect them], says the LORD.
6 Thus says the LORD; For three transgressions of Gaza [those in power], and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they carried away captive the whole captivity, to deliver them up to Edom [the devils, enemies mixed among us at war with us while calling it peace]:
7 But I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza [the seats of the mighty], which shall devour the palaces thereof:
8 And I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod [the powerful], and him that holds [withholds] the scepter [shebet] from Ashkelon [those tried and purified in the fires], and I will turn my hand against Ekron [these corrupt trees who will be torn up by the roots]: and the remnant of the Philistines [the invading army now mixed among us] shall perish, says the LORD God.
9 Thus says the LORD; For three transgressions of Tyrus [the false rock, men speaking lies in My name, in which people trust], and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they delivered up the whole captivity to Edom [the enemies mixed among us], and remembered not the brotherly covenant [the way of sustainable peace and security, by reciprocal respect for life, liberty, and property]:
10 But I will send a fire on the wall [of lies] of Tyrus, which shall devour the palaces thereof.
11 Thus says the LORD; For three transgressions of Edom [the enemies mixed among us at war with us, endangering our lives, liberty, and property], and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he did pursue his brother with the sword, and did cast off all pity, and his anger did tear perpetually, and he kept his wrath forever:
12 But I will send a fire upon Teman [against his wise men, who are now insane], which shall devour the palaces of Bozrah [his fortress which is his control over his people].
13 Thus says the LORD; For three transgressions of the children of Ammon [those who’ve scattered God’s people and turned them against themselves], and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have ripped up the women with child of Gilead [to whom this testimony is sent], that they might enlarge their border:
14 But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah [the lies of the great men of the earth, who’ve corrupted it and destroyed all truthful discourse], and it shall devour the palaces thereof, with shouting [of His archangel manifesting His presence] in the day of battle, with a tempest in the day of the whirlwind [from where the voice of the LORD is heard]:
15 And their king shall go into captivity, he and his princes together, says the LORD.

Amos 2
1 Thus says the LORD; For three transgressions of Moab [men whose mouths are the gates of hell], and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime [siyd – plaster with which they cover the wall of lies; referring us to its use in Isaiah 33:12 below]:
2 But I will send a fire upon Moab, and it shall devour the palaces of Kirioth [those warring against the LORD with their evil decrees]: and Moab shall die with tumult, with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet:
3 And I will cut off the judge from the midst thereof, and will slay all the princes thereof with him, says the LORD.
4 Thus says the LORD; For three transgressions of Judah [the current crop of corrupt leaders now misleading God’s people], and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have despised the law of the LORD, and have not kept his commandments, and their lies caused them to err, after the which their fathers have walked:
5 But I will send a fire upon Judah, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem.
6 Thus says the LORD; For three transgressions of Israel [God’s people at large], and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes;
7 That pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor [the same words and way that ruined the mind of the people have ruined the earth], and turn aside the way of the meek: and a man and his father will go in unto the same maid, to profane my holy name:
8 And they lay themselves down upon clothes laid to pledge by every altar, and they drink the wine of the condemned in the house of their god.
9 Yet destroyed I the Amorite [those who exalt their words above the LORD’s] before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath.
10 Also I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and led you forty years through the wilderness, to possess the land of the Amorite.
11 And I raised up of your sons for prophets, and of your young men for Nazarites. Is it not even thus, O you children of Israel? says the LORD.
12 But you gave the Nazarites wine to drink; and commanded the prophets, saying, Prophesy not.
13 Behold, I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves.
14 Therefore the flight shall perish from the swift, and the strong shall not strengthen his force, neither shall the mighty deliver himself:
15 Neither shall he stand that handles the bow; and he that is swift of foot shall not deliver himself: neither shall he that rides the horse deliver himself.
16 And he that is courageous among the mighty shall flee away naked in that day, says the LORD.

Isaiah 33
1 Woe to you that spoil, and you were not spoiled; and deal treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with you! when you shall cease to spoil, you shall be spoiled; and when you shall make an end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with you.
2 O LORD, be gracious unto us; we have waited for [qavah – expected] you: be you their arm every morning, our salvation [yshuw’ah – Joshua: our Jesus, Jehovah’s Salvation in the flesh of His declared perpetual son] also in the time of trouble [trarah – this tribulation].
3 At the noise [qowl- the voice of Jehovah] of the tumult [hamown – the shout of His multitude] the people fled; at the lifting up [romemuth – only used here, meaning exaltation; the voice of the LORD raised above all others] of yourself the nations were scattered.
4 And your spoil shall be gathered like the gathering of the caterpillar [until nothing is left]: as the running to and fro [seeking the knowledge of the LORD] of locusts shall he run upon them [until none are left untouched by the understanding, wisdom, and knowledge they give as received].
5 The LORD is exalted; for he dwelleth on high: he has filled Zion with judgment and righteousness.
6 And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability [‘emuwn – faithfulness and truth of His office as the Chief Overseer of the earth] of your times, and strength of salvation [yshuw’ah]: the fear of the LORD is his treasure.
7 Behold, their valiant ones [’er’el – the same as Ariel, the Lion of God, from whom he roars] shall cry without: the ambassadors [mal’ak – His angels He send with His message, to be delivered as receives] of peace shall weep bitterly [because the LORD’s people refuse His Salvation message].
8 The highways [to return to the LORD] lie waste, the wayfaring man [‘abar – those passing over from death into life] ceases: he [those who’ve wandered away from the LORD] has broken the covenant, he has despised the cities, he regards [chashab – refuse to consider] no man.
9 The earth mourns and languishes: Lebanon [purity in high place] is ashamed and hewn down: Sharon [plainly seeing things as they are] is like a wilderness; and Bashan and Carmel [fruitful garden] shake off their fruits.
10 Now will I rise, says the LORD; now will I be exalted; now will I lift up myself. [AMEN!]
11 You shall conceive chaff, you shall bring forth stubble: your breath [your own words you speak], as fire, shall devour you.
12 And the people shall be as the burnings of lime [siyd – fire against the scattered bones, tribulation in which the dead body of Christ is purified and raised]: as thorns [misleader that overgrew the garden] cut up shall they be burned in the fire.
13 Hear [shama’ – hear My voice and obey My good leading], you that are far off [rachowq – here in this time when the world is ruled by the evil decrees of wicked men in power], what I have done; and, you that are near [qarowb – who’ve joined with Me], acknowledge [yada’ – because you have seen and know Me] my might [gbuwrah – My strength as a warrior, giving understand that changes men’s minds].
14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness has surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings [the bush that burns but never burns out]?
15 He that walketh righteously, and speaks uprightly; he that despises the gain of oppressions, that shakes his hands from holding of bribes [We see you Brandon, doing the bidding of your pay masters], that stop his ears from hearing [shama’ – not obeying the commands that are malicious and evil] of blood, and shuts his eyes from seeing evil [not leading people into evil];
16 He shall dwell on high: his place of defense shall be the munitions of rocks [from which this word of God flows]: bread [this rightly divided dispensation] shall be given him; his [the dispenser’s living] waters shall be sure.
17 Your eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off [merchaq – this appointed time the LORD promised and decreed].
18 Your heart shall meditate terror [‘eymah – murmur against and mediate about the fear of the LORD; referring us Proverbs 20:2, saying “The fear {‘eymah} of a king is as the roaring of a lion: whoso provokes him to anger {‘abar – to rise from silence into flesh} sins against his own soul.]. Where is the scribe [caphar – who say they understand the law: My written word]? where is the receiver [shaqal – to who I sent My word, which meaning I suspending for Myself until this time of war]? where is he that counted the towers [caphar migdal – where is the One who wrote these things to be sent into this future only the LORD knew and knows]?
19 You [being blind] shall not see a fierce people [I embolden], a people of a deeper [‘ameq – only appearing here and Ezekiel 3:5 & 6, where it is rendered “strange”] speech than you can perceive [shama’ – not able to hear it as Jehovah speaking, and therefor not willing to follow His good advice]; of a stammering tongue [a language, truth, you don’t understand, because all you have been taught is corruptions and lies], that you can not understand [biynah – the understanding is directly from Jehovah, only used in the Prophets as follows: Isaiah 11:2, 27:11, 29:14 & 24, here, Jeremiah 23:20, Daniel 1:20, 8:15, 9:22 & 10:1, all defining this understanding coming from the Angel {mal’ak – messenger} of the LORD’s presence, who appears as the “son of man”].
20 Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: your eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle [His people in which He dwells] that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.
21 But there the glorious LORD will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams [this word flowing into the sea: humanity at large: this last generation that is the first of the new creation]; wherein shall go no galley with oars [the now totally corrupt institution of government, church and state, powered by men], neither shall gallant [‘addiyr – having power to rule over man] ship pass thereby [‘abar – they shall not pass over from death into life with this new generations].
22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us.
23 Your tacklings are loosed; they could not well strengthen their mast, they could not spread the sail [all the things by which these institutions held man down, are no longer able to hold them down, because they are taken out of our midst, no longer controlling our minds]: then [as in verse 1] is the prey of a great spoil divided; the lame [those who strayed from the highway and returned to it] take the prey.
24 And the inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.

Friends, below is Zechariah 14, from the post of 19 – 21 March 2024 PART 1 OF 2, which repeated it from the post of 12 November 2023 (with additions in double brackets, as again today, giving deeper context).

The chapter tells of the LORD appearing on the “mount of Olives” the only times (Zechariah 14:4 twice) the phrase (har zayith) appears in the Old Testament. It is once there referred to, in 2 Samuel 15:30, where it (the phrase), in the original text, is rendered from zayith alone. In this earlier appearance, it tells of David ascending to this place while he waited to be “certified” king.

The word rendered “certify,” in 2 Samuel 15:28, is nagad, meaning “to front, i.e. stand boldly out opposite; by implication (causatively), to manifest; figuratively, to announce (always by word of mouth to one present); specifically, to expose, predict, explain, praise.”

The pattern speaks of the descent, when David, the beloved (Timothy, who is uniquely described as the man of God, and the beloved son), stands there (on the Mount of Olive) face (front) to face (as the cherubim above the mercy seat manifesting the LORD’s presence in the conversation), boldly against the wicked now in power (as in the full definition of nagad).

As in 2 Samuel 15:30, without the har, Zechariah tells of the mountain, the governments of the earth, church and state, from where this anointing oil should flow, departing, and God’s people finding themselves in the valley left in the place of the mountain’s departure. This event is what Joel (the LORD in him) writes of.

Joel 3
11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all you heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause your mighty ones to come down [from the mountain into the valley], O LORD.
12 Let the heathen [those who haven’t known Me] be wakened, and come up [from their graves where they sleep in death] to the valley of Jehoshaphat [this judgment of Jehovah present]: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen [who haven’t know My presence] round about.
13 Put you in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe [in the New Testament we’re told the Mount of Olives is in Bethphage, meaning the house of unripe figs, it is also the place the LORD resides at night {waiting for the fruit to ripen}, after light left, light which was when He was in the temple] : come, get you down [from the mountain]; for the press is full, the fats [this oil] overflow; for their wickedness is great.
14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.
15 The sun [church government] and the moon [civil governments] shall be darkened [ignorant without this light], and the stars [God’s people, the multitude in the valley] shall withdraw their shining [also not having or not giving this understanding as received].
16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem [this place from where His teaching flows the highway to sustainable peace and security]; and the [totally corrupt] heavens and the earth shall shake [to shake the wicked from them]: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.
17 So shall you know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.
18 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with [these living] waters, and a fountain shall come forth out of the house of the LORD, and shall water the valley of Shittim [where all are scourged by the thorns – corrected away from those misleading them].
19 Egypt [those oppressing the world] shall be a desolation, and Edom [the enemies mixed among us at war with us while they call it peace] shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah [My elect remnant, the new crop of leaders I Am raising from the dead], because they [the enemies among us] have shed innocent blood in their land.
20 But Judah [the elect remnant] shall dwell forever, and Jerusalem [My people at large] from [the old and corrupt] generation to [become the new] generation [in this new creation].
21 For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the LORD dwells in Zion.

Matthew 17
5 While he yet spoke, behold, a bright cloud [where understanding is found] overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear you him.”
6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.
7 And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.
8 And when they had lifted up their eyes [seeing the unseen, as the LORD sees], they saw no man, save Jesus only.
9 And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead [as I Am].

Luke 19
37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples [students of His teaching] began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
38 Saying, Blessed be the King that comes in the name of the LORD: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
39 And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke your disciples.
40 And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.
41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,
42 Saying, If you had known, even you, at least in this your day, the things which belong unto your peace! but now they are hid from your eyes.
43 For the days shall come upon you, that your enemies shall cast a trench about you, and compass you round, and keep you in on every side,
44 And shall lay you even with the ground, and your children within you; and they shall [scatter you] not leave in you one stone upon another; because you knewest not the time of your visitation.
45 And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought;
46 Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but you have made it a den of thieves.
47 And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him,
48 And could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear him.

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 [[the dead carcass, the dead body of Christ, who with His rising in them becomes New Heavenly]] 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 [[the elect remnant in whom He is already risen]] shall not be cut off [[karath – the same spoken of in Daniel 9:25, speaking of the LORD remaining with His elect remnant, those here realizing His presence with us, in us, saying “And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off {karath}, but not for himself {not from the elect remnant}: and the people {the carcass remaining dead} of the prince {the devils in power, in God’s place in church and state} that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood {sheteph – a key word, see its other uses, speaking of the evil conversation of the wicked in power}, and unto the end {qets} of the war desolations {of those warring against us with their evil words, their flatteries, their deceptions masked in their claimed good intentions} are determined {charats – decreed, as spoken of in Isaiah 28:2 & 10:22 & 23}]] 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, 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.
5 And you shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal [unto sanctification]: yea, you shall flee, like as you fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah [the strength of Jehovah] king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints [the former sea] with you [the latter sea].
6 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light [understanding] shall not be clear, nor dark [these messages are heard but not yet fully understood]:
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 [into the darkness of ignorance and confusion the LORD comes with understanding].
8 And it shall be in that day, that [these] living waters shall go out from [Heavenly New] Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.
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 to Rimmon south of Jerusalem [all the high places, and their fruit, shall be brought down by the peace that flows from His right hand]: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin’s gate [the entryway taught by the right hand of the LORD] unto the place of the first gate [the place where the light is first seen], unto the corner gate [and turning to Him {the LORD} they shall enter], and from the tower [where is seen the evidence of the price paid to redeem the earth: the field] of Hananeel [those who God has favored] unto the king’s winepresses.
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 [the peace He is teaching]; Their [works of the] flesh shall consume [maqaq] away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes [what they say they’ve seen and understand] shall consume [maqaq] away in their holes, and their tongue [their word against the LORD] shall consume [maqaq] away in their mouth. [Jude 1:14 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 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.]
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 [the elect remnant – the saints who have come with the LORD] also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen [those who haven’t known the LORD] round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance [the things they thought were valuable but are actually the burdens and plagues]
15 And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague [the defeat of all those who carry {teach and preach} these burdens].
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 [Heavenly New] Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.
18 And if the family of Egypt [the houses of oppression] 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 [who come not out of these houses of oppression – to the harvest].
19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt [the oppressors who put heavy burdens on God’s people], 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 [this shall be the shade in the day, that replaces the plague of the burdens upon the horses], Holiness Unto The LORD; and the pots [filled with these living waters that have flowed from Him] in the LORD’s house shall be like the bowls before the altar.
21 Yea, every pot in [Heavenly New] Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto [pure, to be delivered in the form it was received from] 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 [those who {conspicuously} hate their brother, because upon him is the righteousness that pleases the LORD] in the house of the LORD of hosts.

Psalms 127
1 Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman wakes but in vain.
2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he gives his beloved sleep.
3 Lo, children are a heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
5 Happy is the man that has his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

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