Prophetic word for today
Coming to America (Part 2)
First posted: December 10, 2005
E-mailed: September 16, 2005
Word received by: Lauretta Weir
This is a continuation of the prophetic word posted earlier...
At the top of her prophetic word, sister Weir makes a reference to chapters Isaiah 8 and Jeremiah 8. In the previous posting, we studied Isaiah 8. Let us now look at Jeremiah 8:
"1At that time, saith the LORD, they shall bring out the bones of the kings of Judah, and the bones of his princes, and the bones of the priests, and the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, out of their graves: 2And they shall spread them before the sun, and the moon, and all the host of heaven, whom they have loved, and whom they have served, and after whom they have walked, and whom they have sought, and whom they have worshipped: they shall not be gathered, nor be buried; they shall be for dung upon the face of the earth. 3And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue of them that remain of this evil family, which remain in all the places whither I have driven them, saith the LORD of hosts." (Jeremiah 8:1-3)
This points to the following passage of Scripture:
"27Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead menís bones, and of all uncleanness. 28Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity." (Matthew 23:27-28)
Therefore, Jeremiah 8:1-3 is speaking about a Church full of "ministers" who, like beautiful whited sepulchers, emanate "solemnity" and inspire "respect", but whose spiritual calling is dead before God. Like Saul after He was cast off by God (1 Samuel 15:23), they continue with the office and the title of "king" in the eyes of man, but they are no longer "kings" in the eyes of God. Their calling has been cast off into the fires of Gehenna, but believers continue to follow them because they still retain the "external robes" of the priesthood.
As we have said before, "bones" are often related in Scripture to one's spiritual calling. Therefore, the fact that the Lord emphasizes that they are full of "dead men's bones" (Matthew 23:27) means that their spiritual calling has been sapped out of all its life. In other words, their spiritual ministry no longer has "resurrection life" in it. By contrast, Elisha's bones were full of resurrection life. This is why they resurrected a dead man, even after Elisha had already passed away:
"20And Elisha died, and they buried him. And the bands of the Moabites invaded the land at the coming in of the year. 21And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet." (2 Kings 13:20-21)
Bones without "resurrection life" are unable to propel others into the fullness of the "second-Adam" life. Why? Because they lack the "second-death antidote" (Revelation 2:8-11). Fellow believer, you and I are the ones who decide whether our bones will have "resurrection life" or not. If we are willing to cross "Adam's bridge" and enter into Level-2 righteousness, we shall become "spiritual portals" through whom God will inject His resurrection life into this Earth. Even our mere physical presence in a place will turn that place into a "spiritual vortex of eternity impartation" (Habakkuk 3:2).
If you go back to Jeremiah 8:1-3 above, you will notice that five "types" of bones are mentioned:
As we have said before, the number "5" represents "ministerial grace". Therefore, these 5 types of bones are an indictment against the Church's "ministers":
The believers within the Church are following after ministers whose "spiritual bones" are dried up and dead. In Jeremiah 8:2, the Lord again lists five attitudes that believers have towards their "leaders":
The word "loved" in Jeremiah 8:2 was translated from the Hebrew verb ahab, and the word "served" was translated from the verb abad. The first verse in Scripture in which these 2 verbs appear together is verse 18 of the following passage:
"15And Laban said unto Jacob, Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what shall thy wages be? 16And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17Leah was tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured. 18And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter." (Genesis 29:15-18)
When you do a detailed comparison of Genesis chapters 24 and 29, it becomes evident that Jacob's surrender to Rachel is a figure of how the Church surrendered under the domination of the pastoral ministry. The first time that Rachel appears on the scene, she is described as a pastor:
[In the original Hebrew text, the end of this verse reads, "... for she was a shepherdess". The Hebrew word for "shepherdess" can also be translated as "pastor". Therefore, the end of this verse really says, "... for she was a pastor"]
When Jacob saw Rachel, he immediately ran to serve her:
"10And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his motherís brother, and the sheep of Laban his motherís brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the wellís mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his motherís brother. 11And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept." (Genesis 29:10-11)
Since "man" is a figure of the "spirit" and "woman" is a figure of the "soul", this passage is a spiritual figure of how man allowed his spirit to become subservient to his soul. Therefore, it is a figure of the cursed soul preeminence on which the pastoral matriarchy is founded.
As we have said before, kisses in Scripture are a figure of "soul contact" or "soul communion", which Canaanites place an inordinate emphasis on. When Jacob kissed Rachel (v11), Jacob was declaring that the pleasure of soul communion with Rachel was so important that it was worth sacrificing his spiritual calling. This "meaningless" kiss caused Jacob years upon years of pointless work and suffering, which ended when he was finally able to seize back his spiritual calling (Genesis 32:22-31).
In the original Hebrew text, Genesis 29:17 says that Rachel was of "beautiful shape and beautiful appearance" (the KJV translators simply translated it as "beautiful and well favoured"). Her beautiful "shape" is a figure of the Canaanite spirit's appeal, since the Canaanite spirit prompts people to shape golden-calf gods to their own taste and liking, without regard for God's truth and judgments. Rachel's beautiful "appearance" is a figure of the Girgashite spirit's appeal, since the Girgashite spirit prompts people to value things based on external, visible factors. Therefore, Rachel was a physical representation of the two distorted "female" ministries (Canaanite pastors and Girgashite teachers).
Because of the deceitful beauty of the "female" ministries (especially the pastoral ministry), believers who are not in the Spirit are prone to falling in love with them, just like Jacob when he beheld Rachel. This is the first of the 5 "distorted attitudes" that the Lord mentions in Jeremiah 8:2. And, just like Jacob (Genesis 29:18), "soulish" believers are quick to "serve" the pastoral leaders whom their souls love. Jacob labored for 14 years to finally marry Rachel, and he labored many more years under Laban's manipulative control before he could finally break free. As we have said before, the Girgashite spirit turns people into workaholics who restlessly pressure themselves day and night as they fight to achieve meaningless earthly goals. Therefore, Jacob's tireless (but purposeless) work to acquire Rachel is a figure of the Girgashite influence on Jacob's life. Instead of relying upon spiritual weapons to marry the right woman, Jacob used human effort to acquire the woman he wanted.
Once a believer has come to ...
the foundation is laid for the perversion of any "male-ministry" quality in him or her:
To summarize, the 5 steps that believers take towards slavery under Amorites are as follows:
When you follow these 5 steps, you become the "unconditional slave" of people whose spiritual calling has long "died". When God's red horse appears, most people are at step #3, but those who refuse to reject Cain's "book of laws and judgments", and who refuse to separate themselves from him, go on to steps #4 and 5. In step #4, they begin to eat Balaam's "undead wheat" of emotional "religious experiences", and, in step #5, they begin to enjoy the "3M god's" barley. God's black horse then appears to devastate the followers of Balaam and to make them aware of the emptiness in the grace they have chosen to pursue, and that includes exposing the emptiness in the grace of the leaders whom they so adore.
In two of the 3 Balaam prophecies recorded in Scripture, Balaam started his prophecy with the following words:
"3And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said: 4He hath said, which heard the words of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty, falling into a trance, but having his eyes open:" (Numbers 24:3-4)
The words "into a trance" in verse 4 were added by the King James translators and do not appear in the original text. Therefore, verse 4 should read, "... falling, but having his eyes open". In other words, Balaam knew of his falling spiritual condition, and he understood that, even as he fell, he was still able to exercise the prophetic gift which God had endowed him with. This shows that Balaam understood that he could operate on remnants of grace received in the past. After giving out the 3 prophecies in Numbers 23 and 24, Balaam eventually fell completely, and he became an instrument through whom the people of Israel fell as well (Numbers 25:1-2, Numbers 31:16). Therefore, Balaam is a figure of the "ministers" who have already been cast off by God but who continue operating on the remnants of a grace that "once was". Balaam is a "beautiful" whited sepulcher with dead bones inside, and the black horse comes to expose those dead bones for all to see. This is what happened in New Orleans after Katrina. As you may know, Katrina and its aftermath swept away many coffins from their cemeteries, causing them to float about the city. Katrina literally caused many dead bones to be strewn about.
According to Jeremiah 8:2, the remnants of the "grace that once was" in these Balaams is but "dung" upon the face of the earth. Even though that "dung" may entertain Balaam's followers, it is an abomination to God, and those who follow after that "dung" instead of following the true, righteousness-based grace that God offers are choosing "death" over "life" (Jeremiah 8:3). They are choosing to follow dead, fallen men rather than the God of righteousness and life. They are following zombies, men who refuse to die but who have already been decreed "dead" by God Himself. God then leaves these men physically "alive" in order to ensnare those who choose grace and power over truth and judgments (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12).
Reporters who covered Katrina's aftermath in New Orleans said that the people who were wandering around New Orleans, without knowing where to go or what to do, looked like "zombies". Through Katrina, God revealed the spiritual condition of Balaam and those who follow him.
Even to this day, New Orleans continues unrepentant about its wickedness, despite the devastation caused by Katrina and Rita. This is a manifestation of Cain-style stubbornness in Balaam and his followers. This makes sense, since Balaam is a "morphed" version of Cain.
"4Moreover thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD; Shall they fall, and not arise? shall he turn away, and not return? 5Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? they hold fast deceit, they refuse to return. 6I hearkened and heard, but they spake not aright: no man repented him of his wickedness, saying, What have I done? every one turned to his course, as the horse rusheth into the battle." (Jeremiah 8:4-6)
Notice how verse 4 speaks of them "falling". This points to the falling Balaam mentioned above. Both Cain and Balaam were individuals who knew that they were "falling":
"6And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? 7If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him." (Genesis 4:6-7)
But even after their fall was "finalized", both Cain and Balaam refused to get up from their unrighteousness. In the same way, the people of New Orleans continue to feel proud about the sinful traditions of their city, and they wish that things were back to what they were before Katrina. This is why the Lord adds the following:
"Yea, the stork in the heaven knoweth her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD" (Jeremiah 8:7)
[The word "turtle" was translated from the Hebrew word towr meaning "dove, turtledove". In Old English, the word "turtle" could be used to refer to turtledoves.]
As we have said before, God's visitation always comes with judgment on the evil and salvation for the righteous. Therefore, it is not surprising that God speaks of "coming" and His "judgment" at the same time in the verse above. The Church does not know the God of judgments, and it refuses to know Him; this is the reason why the Church has yet to understand what the Lord's Second Coming is really all about.
When Katrina and Rita hit New Orleans, the Church quickly declared it an attack from "satan", without understanding that it was a judgment from God against the Hivite spirit of ease. The matriarchal Church does not understand that the time of the Lord's Coming is here, and it rejects all the judgments that come with that visitation. In churches across the world, many continue to sing, "Jesus, come", but, then, when He reveals Himself as the Lion of the tribe of Judah, as the Yeshua with the "eyes of fire" and a sharp two-edged sword coming out of His mouth (as He did when He revealed Himself to John --- Revelation 1:12-17), the very same people who were singing "Jesus, come" rebuke Him as if He were the devil himself. Cursed be those within the Church who reject the true Messiah and who are proactively hindering His manifestation (1 Corinthians 16:21-22, Romans 1:16-32), for He is a God whose very nature is inherently righteous and holy, and no amount of pastoral pandering will ever change that.
There is a spiritual significance to each of the 4 animals mentioned in Jeremiah 8:7 above:
Notice how all 4 animals mentioned in Jeremiah 8:7 are birds, and none of them are "powerful". The 2 who are "large" (the stork and the crane) are "slow" and relatively "weak". This emphasizes what happens to the 5 ministries of Ephesians 4:11 when they come under the control of the pastoral matriarchy. They turn into empty ministries that are more fluff than substance.
Yesterday (December 9, 2005), the Lord made me go out to run an errand, and, as I did, I was forced to watch part of a famous talk show ("Oprah") that featured the famous poetess Maya Angelou reciting a poem about "peace". The poem was a ranting stream of rhyming fluff about the importance of all religions getting along, especially because it was "xmas" time. As she spoke her words, she spiritually stood on a pedestal of self-righteousness, like a crane extending her wings as she condemned all the "little warmongering troublemakers". As she spoke, she also sounded like a turtledove, repetitively "cooing away" words of no spiritual value, words that value an artificial "harmony" over truth, thereby ignoring the underlying issues of unrighteousness that lead to war in the first place. If a man named Abraham Lincoln had not been willing to go to war in 1861, black women like Maya Angelou and Oprah Winfrey would not be appearing on U.S. national television ranting about the meaninglessness of war. If a man named George W. Bush had not been willing to go to war against the Taliban in Afghanistan, Maya Angelou and Oprah would be talking about the tragedy of all the subsequent terrorist attacks in cities such as Chicago and Los Angeles that Al-Qaeda would have made after 9/11.
Two days ago (December 8, 2005) was the 25th anniversary of the death of John Lennon. It is ironic, therefore, that the very man who boldly proclaimed that "All we need is love" was gunned down by another man. Interestingly enough, the Lord also made me listen to a 1971 song by Marvin Gaye called "Mercy, mercy me" shortly before watching the Oprah segment. Even though this song is a beautiful and inspiring melody, it is another Canaanite ranting about the importance of being "lovey-dovey" with everybody. Again, it is ironic that Marvin Gaye was also shot to death a few years after John Lennon was killed. To recite worthless poems and to sing worthless songs about "peace" and "love" is pointless and stupid. It is naive to think that some "soap-oprah" sentimentalism is enough to solve the world's problems, without the need to wage war against the roots of unrighteousness. By the way, it is worth commenting that both Marvin Gaye and John Lennon were prophets. Unfortunately, both "went Canaanite", which led to their spiritual demise and to their pointless and untimely Hittite deaths. These "twittering" prophets fell like darting swallows because they allowed themselves to be influenced by the matriarchal stork, turtledove, and crane.
A word to you, Maya. There ain't no magical stork bringing no "world peace" to the planet. True peace shall be brought forth through a painful judgment process that will remove the roots of unrighteousness and allow God's Kingdom to prosper and flourish. You ain't gettin' no peace without a war coming first. Rhyme all you want. The truth is still the same.
As we have studied before, the 5 ministries of Ephesians 4:11 are associated to the 4 faces of the living beings in Ezekiel 1:10. Therefore, we can summarize the pastoral matriarchy's effect on each of the 4 faces in the following table:
We, as believers, are called to manifest all 4 of the faces mentioned in Ezekiel 1:10. The pastoral matriarchy, however, causes believers to have those faces distorted within them. Under the pastoral matriarchy, men are turned into storks, lions are turned into annoying turtledoves, oxen are turned into wiry cranes, and eagles are turned into erratic swallows.
In Jeremiah 8:7, the Lord declares that His people are worse than the stork, the turtledove, the crane, and the swallow. Why? Because these birds do what they do by instinct. Therefore, the Lord is comparing believers who do things by "automatic repetition" (without the full awareness of what they are doing) versus believers who do things with premeditation, aware of what they are doing but without repenting.
"29Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and manís device. 30And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 31Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead." (Acts 17:29-31)
In order to understand verse 30 better, we must look at the original Greek text from which some of the words were translated:
Therefore, the Lord is declaring in verse 30 that He takes into account our ignorance when weighing our actions. He understands that, at the beginning, we may be susceptible to accepting many doctrines and ways that are prevalent around us because our minds are unable to perceive the error in them. Despite our naive "ignorance", God is able to see beyond what the natural mind can see, and He can visualize the potential within us, even if we are, for a time, believing misguided doctrines. As time goes by, God will provide us with opportunities to perceive the errors in those ways and doctrines, and He will eventually place us at a crossroads where we will have to decide whether or not we will continue walking down those erred paths. If we persist in those wrong ways and refuse to repent (i.e.- change our mind), we become fully accountable before God for the decision we have taken, and the "I did not know" justification will no longer count (Matthew 25:44-46).
When we are trapped under the pastoral matriarchy at the beginning of our walk in the Lord, we are like the 4 birds of Jeremiah 8:7, following the ways of the matriarchal Church by natural instinct, without knowing what we are doing. However, when we have been given the opportunity to see God's judgments, and we refuse to repent, we become fully accountable before God. This is the reason why God declares in Jeremiah 8:7 that His people are worse than the 4 birds, because He is referring to believers who have heard the arguments of His red-horse riders, but who have chosen to follow Cain as he flees from God's truth and morphs into a wandering Balaam. The protective "mantle of ignorance" is removed from them, and they become exposed to God's black-horse judgments. This is what happened in the natural realm during the month of August 2004, and this is what is happening throughout the Church and the world in the spirit realm.
"Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin" (James 4:17)
[The word "knoweth" was translated from the Greek word eido mentioned above. Therefore, this verse refers to someone whose mind has been exposed to God's truth but who refuses to follow that truth.]
[It is worth noting that, when God "overlooks" (hypereido) our "ignorance", He is not "ignoring" our "ignorance". Instead, it means that He looks beyond that ignorance to see the hidden potential. And, instead of ignoring that ignorance, He works to remove it in order for the potential to be manifested. You cannot remove something that you consciously ignore.]
"8How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain. 9The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in them?" (Jeremiah 8:8-9)
Notice the recalcitrant "We ain't done nothin' wrong" argument in verse 8. To this day, most of New Orleans continues to portray itself as "innocent victims" abandoned by FEMA to their own luck. Even though New Orleans was warned by the secular media of the dangers of a Category-3 hurricane, it went on with "business as usual", and it now looks to others to make up for the consequences of her indulgence. Despite being exposed to God's truth and judgments, New Orleans is still trying to go back to its wicked decadence. In the same way, the Church in America and the world is unwilling to recognize God's spiritual judgments against her, and, despite the red-horse riders that God has sent into her, she has refused to face the music.
Shortly after I typed the word "music" at the end of the paragraph above, the Lord brought to my mind (in an unusual way) a song from 1970 by Santana called "Evil ways". Part of the song's lyrics go as follows:
You gotta change your evil ways, baby
I'm getting tired of waiting and fooling around
I'll find somebody who won't make me feel like a clown
This can't go on
Lord knows you gotta change
The Lord then said to me,
This is what I am singing to the Church. They think that I am like the generous clowns whom they follow, and they think that I am like the fading-fools that they revere. My patience is running out, and I shall make changes, for those who now have shall not have, and those who have been denied shall be given to and be made to prosper. You have delayed me enough, says the Lord.
"10Therefore will I give their wives unto others, and their fields to them that shall inherit them: for every one from the least even unto the greatest is given to covetousness, from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. 11For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace." (Jeremiah 8:10-11)
According to verse 10, the wide-gate believers who decide to "cash in" their endowed grace in exchange for some temporary blessings have their eternal inheritance taken away from them. The spirit of Balaam offers these believers the "wheat" of emotional experiences and the "barley" of material prosperity. This is why the Lord speaks of 2 "things" that God will take away from the followers of Balaam:
The followers of Balaam turn into wide-gate believers gripped by Girgashite covetousness and a Hivite desire to enjoy grace "now". They degrade prophetic and evangelistic grace ("oil and wine") into "wheat and barley" trapped in Girgashite temporality. They deny the spiritual God-value in themselves and in others, turning themselves and others into mere objects from which benefits can be derived.
Gripped by this "covetousness" (Jeremiah 8:10), wide-gate believers are quick to listen to "Balaamic" false prophets who say "Peace, peace" when there is no peace (Jeremiah 8:11). They offer emotional peace through temporal "wheat" and material peace through temporal "barley", but they do not care about having peace with God in righteousness. Because of this, God is sending His black horse of scarcity against them, taking away their "wives" (i.e.- "wheat") and their "fields" (i.e.- "barley"), and exposing their spiritual emptiness.
"Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the LORD." (Jeremiah 8:12)
Because the followers of Balaam were unwilling to "blush" when confronted by God's red horse, God is sending them the black horse so that they may "fall". Since they are following "fallen" Balaams (Numbers 24:3), God will cause them to fall as well in the time of His visitation. This is what happened in New Orleans. God visited that city on August 29, 2005, and, as the pastors were going around in circles rebuking His judgment, He devastated that city and revealed His anger against a matriarchal Church that is bent on its "storky" ways.
In verse 13 of Jeremiah 8, the Lord declares the following:
"I will surely consume them, saith the LORD: there shall be no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf shall fade; and the things that I have given them shall pass away from them" (Jeremiah 8:13)
Notice that this passage speaks about 4 elements:
To understand these 4 elements, we must start with the "figs", which point to the passage in Mark 11:12-14 where Jesus cursed the fig tree. As we have said before, Jesus' curse exposed the spiritual emptiness which Cain tries to hide behind the leaves of religious activities and events. Cain's fig tree can only produce "natural figs", i.e.- earthly righteousness that is based on human judgments and regulations with no spiritual underpinning. God then sends His red horse to expose Cain's lack of supernatural, spiritual figs.
Once Cain is exposed as "spiritually fig-less", he switches to "grapes", and he becomes a Balaam who offers the "wheat" of emotional religious experiences with no eternal value. This is the reason why the Lord begins to speak about a "vineyard" (Mark 12:1-11) shortly after He curses the fig tree and exposes the Pharisees as "clueless" before the people (Mark 11:15-33).
"14Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. 15See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:14-18)
As shown by verse 17 above, the reason why many believers fall for the "wine" extracted from the "grapes of Balaam" is because they disregard the will of the Lord. They visualize God-given grace in terms of the benefits to them, not in terms of God's kingship and His righteousness. They go to the wide gate to ask for all the things they want, without asking God what He wanted for them.
Notice that, in verse 14 above, God is calling His people to "arise from the dead". This points to the "dead bones" mentioned above. Many people are afraid to leave dead ministries and congregations, fearing that by separating themselves, they will be decreeing their own spiritual "death sentence". In a sense, this is true. Those believers will "disappear" from the radar of religious activities, and many of the people who remained behind will declare them "fallen", "separated from the Lord", or "backslidden". Yet, by accepting this death sentence, the believers who "separate" themselves (literally or spiritually) will expose themselves to the light of the Lord's resurrection (v14). By leaving the dead behind, those believers can begin to live in a new dimension that is impossible under the structures they left behind.
"59And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. 60Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. 61And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. 62And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God." (Luke 9:59-62)
The passage above details the 2 key components to understanding the "will of the Lord" mentioned in Ephesians 5:17 above ...
The word "will" points to God's kingdom, and the word "Lord" points to God's righteousness. Therefore, to understand the "will of the Lord" requires that we seek after His Kingdom and His righteousness. Those who don't do this get caught up in the search for temporary emotional experiences and material possessions.
"31Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." (Matthew 6:31-34)
Notice that the Lord speaks of eating, drinking, and being clothed (v31). In their search for temporary blessings, Balaam's followers end up eating Cain's figs of false righteousness and drinking Balaam's wine of false kingdom blessings, as they clothe themselves in Cain's fig leaves of human coverings. However, through black-horse believers like you and me, God sends His river of fire to consume those figs, grapes, and leaves, exposing their total emptiness.
At the end of Jeremiah 8:13 (quoted above), the Lord says that "the things that I have given them shall pass away from them". This refers to God's endowed grace. As we said above, Balaam operates from the remnants of a grace that once was; he tries to operate with "undead wheat", but His grace is dead in the eyes of God, for those who want to preserve their life shall lose it, and those who yield it shall take it back renewed (Matthew 16:25, Luke 9:24-25, John 12:25). When Balaam continues operating with the remnants of his previously endowed grace, he is trying to prove to himself and to others that he is still "alive", but both the black and green horses come to make his spiritual death evident before all, meaning that even the grace remnants are stripped away from him.
In the midst of black-horse devastation, there will be a few who will wake up and smell the "judgment coffee":
"14Why do we sit still? assemble yourselves, and let us enter into the defenced cities, and let us be silent there: for the LORD our God hath put us to silence, and given us water of gall to drink, because we have sinned against the LORD. 15We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, and behold trouble!" (Jeremiah 8:14-15)
The phrase "Why do we sit still?" at the beginning of verse 14 can be paraphrased as
"Why are we staying put here in the land of Balaam? Why are we settling for this spiritually stale status quo?".
The word "defenced" in verse 14 was translated from the Hebrew word mibtsar, which literally means "fortification, stronghold". Therefore, the phrase "let us enter into the defenced cities" can be paraphrased as
"Let us go to the spiritual fortresses that God has set up out in the wilderness; let us go to the spiritual outposts we were called out to but which we passed up on because we were more comfortable in Balaam's stronghold. We thought we were inside God's fold, but we are really outside. By staying 'in', we were really staying 'out'."
The phrase "let us be silent there" in verse 14 points to the "school of Tyrannus" mentioned in Acts 19:9. As we have shared before, this school is a figure of those who were persuaded by God's red-horse shout and who have come out from among the Church's structures to a spiritual place where God's ways are no longer questioned and attacked by man, but only listened to and assimilated. The name "Tyrannus" means "sovereign", and it speaks of people who have chosen to abhor the ways of man, allowing God, and God alone, to be sovereign over them. For too long, the Church has been busy thinking up activities and ideas, too busy to shut up and listen to God:
"14For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not. 15In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; 16Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, 17That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man. 18He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword." (Job 33:14-18)
The word "gall" in Jeremiah 8:14 above was translated from the Hebrew word rosh, which actually means "poison". Interestingly enough, this word is almost identical to the Hebrew word for "head". This means that God is judging the Church because of the ones they have chosen to be their "heads". Instead of allowing the Anointed One ("Christ") to be its Head (Ephesians 4:15), the Church has gone after "heads" that have visible authority, for the invisible authority of the anointing is abhorrent to the Church. And, behind those heads with visible authority that is pleasant to man lurks the cursed one, satan, controlling the Church from behind the religious curtains.
"12And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; 13I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where satanís seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where satan dwelleth. 14But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication." (Revelation 2:12-14)
[The word "seat" in verse 13 was translated from the Greek word thronos meaning "throne". Therefore, verse 13 is referring to "satan's throne", which means that the passage above is referring to a place where satan (cursed is he) is king.
Notice the reference to Balaam in verse 14. Where satan is allowed to rule, the spirit of Balaam will lurk in the air.]
The word rosh (meaning "poison") that appears in Jeremiah 8:14 also appears in the following passage:
"3For now they shall say, We have no king, because we feared not the LORD; what then should a king do to us? 4They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant: thus judgment springeth up as hemlock in the furrows of the field. 5The inhabitants of Samaria shall fear because of the calves of Bethaven: for the people thereof shall mourn over it, and the priests thereof that rejoiced on it, for the glory thereof, because it is departed from it." (Hosea 10:3-5)
[The word "hemlock" was translated from rosh]
God shall strike down the kings in whom the Church has placed its confidence, and He will prove them to be clueless and useless (v3). Those who come to understand the ineptness and emptiness of the Church's kings shall "relocate" to the "fortresses of Zion" that are out in the wilderness. In these "fortresses" or "defenced cities" (Jeremiah 8:14), the Lord reigns supreme as He disciples remnant believers who have a willing heart to hear directly from Him. These are the believers whom God shall use to retake the Church unto Himself so that the whole Church may be a "fortress of Zion" unto God's Glory.
In the next prophetic word, we will finish studying Jeremiah 8. We will then see how both Isaiah 8 and Jeremiah 8 apply to Katrina's & Rita's attack on New Orleans and the American South, and we will also see how Isaiah 8 and Jeremiah 8 relate to sister Lauretta's prophetic word about what is coming to America and why.