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Job 38 – 42

Job 38-42

The Great Sin of Today’s Spiritual Ekklesia

The conclusion of the book is a powerful lesson in humility and sincere repentance before God.

The Bering who later gave up his Godhood to be made flesh and die to redeem humanity as Jesus Christ explains to Job and to us the great sin of self-justification before God.

Why the Great Tribulation on Today’s Spiritual Ekklesia

God spells out the situation in today’s Spiritual Ekklesia. 

Today’s Spiritual Ekklesia has a certain love for God, but we have been led astray into thinking that following our own false traditions and idols of men rather than being diligent to live by every Word of God, somehow makes us right before God. 

Therefore we justify ourselves and our own ways thinking that we are righteous before God in following men.  This self-justification of our sins has separated us from God and made it almost impossible to repent because we genuinely believe ourselves to be righteous.

We have gone astray from zeal for the practical application of God’s Word, and we justify ourselves claiming to be righteous and godly not realizing how wicked we really are in God’s sight.   

Today’s Spiritual Ekklesia MUST; STOP equating loyalty to our false traditions, leaders and organizations with loyalty to God!

WE MUST STOP doing what we think is right; and WE MUST START exalting God and doing what GOD SAYS IS RIGHT IN HIS WORD.

If we truly loved God; we would be DOING what God says is right; NOT what we decide for ourselves is good and right!

Laodicea

To Laodicea Jesus identifies himself as the faithful and true witness of what they are truly like.   They think themselves spiritually rich and have no idea what Jesus Christ really thinks of them.  Jesus here tells them their problems straight out, but they are proud and willfully blind to reality.  

Laodicea means the people will be judged and corrected,   For the definition and further details see:

Laodicea: The People Will be Judged and Punished

Emphasizing that his message to Laodicea is true and is coming out of Christ’s faithful love for them in the hope that they might repent and be saved. 

Jesus also calls himself the “beginning of the creation of God;”  clearly meaning that Christ is the Creator who began the creation of all things. See Revelation 1:8. 1:11, 21:6, 22:13 I am the Alpha [Beginning]

Revelation 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

Laodicea is spiritually lukewarm, professing godliness while keeping the commandments according to their own imaginations instead of keeping them the way that God commands. 

They pay lip service to godliness without any zeal to learn and keep the Word of God.  Their zeal is for their own ways and what they think, for their own past false traditions and their idols of men and not for what God says. They stand on their false past traditions and proudly think they know it all; refusing any spiritual growth they are stagnant or even falling backward in their spiritual condition. 

They are hot for their own traditions, and for the teachings of their idols of men about the Word of God, and cold for zealously keeping the whole Word as God, as God has commanded them.  This mixture of hot for their idols of men and corporate entities, and a cold, lack of zeal to keep the Word of God, makes them lukewarm and revolting to Christ. 

They are idolaters of men and tradition; proud, thinking that they know it all spiritually and therefore refuse correction from God or man; they reject the Word of God for their own ways and they reject any growth in truth and refuse to turn from error.  

This is a clear, obvious, indisputable and precise explanation of the overwhelming majority in the Ekklesia today!

Because these folks have rejected Christ to follow him above our idols of men they will be rejected by Christ into the correction of great tribulation, in the hope that through the correction of the flesh the spirit may be saved.

3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth [They will be rejected by Christ into severe correction].

Proud and self-willed, they think they are spiritually rich and know it all, having need of no spiritual growth, and they reject the increase in spiritual knowledge and understanding promised for the last days, Daniel 12. 

They reject any part of scripture which they do not want to follow, saying it is for others; and they are so proud and arrogant they have no idea how spiritually wretched, miserable and poor they really are. 

They are wilfully blind to their own condition and to the things of God that disprove their own false ways;  They lack the garments of righteousness and are naked of any righteousness before God their many sins exposed to Him; beginning with the sins of pride and self-justification and self-approval.

3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich [spiritually], and increased with goods [spiritual knowledge], and have need of nothing [no one not even Christ (the Word of God) can tell them anything]; and knowest not that thou art [spiritually] wretched, and miserable, and [spiritually] poor [knowing almost nothing of God as they ought to know it], and blind [willfully blind to their wretched spiritual state], and naked [naked of any true godly righteousness, not being zealous to keep the Word of God]:

Christ counsels those with the Laodicean attitude to buy spiritual gold in the fire of tribulation; that they may become spiritually rich. 

They are bidden to sincerely repent of their prideful sins so that the nakedness of their wickedness may be covered by the application of the sacrifice of Christ; and so that they may receive God’s Holy Spirit and the white raiment of the righteousness of the zealous keeping of the whole Word of God. 

They are commanded to anoint their eyes and open them to see themselves as God sees them, and to sincerely repent from their pride and false ways and to turn away from their idols of men and false traditions to follow the Spirit of God into all truth; rejecting all error and sin to embrace godly truth that they might be saved.

3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me [spiritual] gold tried in the fire [during the period of your correction in the fire of tribulation], that thou mayest be [become spiritually rich] rich; and white raiment [the righteousness of zealously keeping the whole Word of God], that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness [that our sins might be covered by the righteousness of God] do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, [acquire the Holy Spirit through sincere repentance]  that thou mayest see [open our eyes to see ourselves as God sees us, to see ourselves as we really are, so that we can repent and be saved].

Jesus reminds these folks that he rebukes them only because he truly loves them and is not willing that they should perish.  They are rejected only because they first rejected Christ, refusing to keep the whole Word of God, refusing to follow Christ and refusing to live by every Word of God in Christ-like zeal. 

Jesus Christ tells those of the Laodicean attitude; which is the overwhelming attitude throughout the Ekklesia today;  to REPENT of their pride and self righteousness. and to REPENT of trusting in their idols of men and false traditions. 

Jesus Christ tells us to turn to him; and turn to a zeal for the whole Word of God, to learn it and to keep it; to turn from our false idols and false traditions and to become zealous to remove error and embrace the truth of God! 

3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Jesus is warning and calling each one of his straying sheep; He wants them to open up to him, to reject idols of men and false traditions and to follow him, to be zealous to remove sin and to embrace God’s righteous truth, to internalize  the solid meat of the Word of God in fellowship with Christ and God the Father. 

They have an open invitation from Jesus Christ who is gladly willing to accept them, if they would only open up their eyes and turn to Him! 

3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup [eat; internalize the Word of God] with him, and he with me.

Only those who overcome this Laodicean attitude of pride and self-will will be resurrected to spirit.  Those who sincerely repent of the sins of Laodicea will be in the resurrection to eternal life and will have a place in the eternal government of God.

3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

3:22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

As the seventh and last church addressed, Laodicea has all of the problems of the other churches.  

That is because pride is the chief cause of most of the various problems.  Today all the major COG groups and most of the smaller ones are full of pride and idolatry, rejecting any biblical thing they do not agree with, claiming it applies only to others. 

They think of themselves as the repository of all wisdom and truth, and refuse any zeal to keep the whole Word of God, in order to follow their corporate idols, idols of men and there own false traditions. 

They call the Sabbath and High Days, Holy; and then walk all over them, while claiming that the commandments not to cook or buy food on Sabbath somehow apply to others and not to themselves.  They insist on following the apostate Rabbinic calendar and refuse to keep the Biblical calendar of God; even though the proofs are now overwhelming. 

They have almost no understanding of the Festivals, rejecting the true meanings of the Festivals; even still claiming that the seven day Feast of Tabernacles somehow represents only one thousand years.  They reject any zeal for keeping the Word of God, and insist on a zeal for the corporate idols, idols of men and past false traditions, insisting that people should obey them, above the Word of God. 

 

The Mosaic Pharisees were a type of Laodicea

The Laodicean attitude is an exact replica of the primary attitude of the Mosaic Pharisees during the physical ministry of Christ. 

Contrary to popular belief the Mosaic Pharisees were NOT zealous for the law, rather they made the law of God of no effect by their own false traditions just as today’s modern Ekklesia does!

In Matthew 15:9 Jesus said of the Mosaic Pharisees; and this is a very precise description of the Ekklesia today: 

Matthew 15:7  Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,  15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Matthew 23 describes the attitude during the physical ministry of Jesus Christ; and it also accurately describes the church of God groups right before Christ comes to rule: today!

Matthew 23:1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,

At that time the scribes and Pharisees sat in Moses seat;  that changed with the death and resurrection of Christ who then became our High Priest forever. 

We are to obey men when they speak the truth of God, and are NOT to obey them when they depart from the Word of God!

23:2 Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: 23:3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

Today’s corporate churches also bind heavy burdens on the brethren, mainly financial.

23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.

With the death of the Husband of Israel; the marriage between physical Mosaic Israel and Christ ended, and so did the authority of the Mosaic Priesthood and the Pharisees!

When Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and was accepted by God the Father as a sacrifice for us; He became our High Priest and the King of the world in waiting; the Mosaic priesthood was superseded by a reestablishment of the High Priesthood of Melchizedek.

From that time on; neither Levi, nor the Jews; have any lawful spiritual authority. they have rejected the only lawful authority in existence at this time and forever more; which is the authority of our eternal High Priest Jesus Christ.

The true and only existing Priesthood of God today is that of our High Priest Jesus Christ, and the called out have the potential to become priests of Christ forever in the coming Kingdom of God. All of us are in training to become priests forever in that spiritual priesthood of Jesus Christ [Melchizedek].

We are not to rely on apostate Christ rejecting, true priesthood rejecting persons for our religion! We are to rely on the example and teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ and the whole body of scriptures that were inspired by HIM!

Sadly, today many would be like those Pharisees; and many do indeed bind heavy burdens on the brethren that they would not lift a finger to bear themselves. This varies in intensity by each group as do all these other condemnations.

23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,  23:6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 23:7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.

Sound familiar? Just substitute the word “Mr”. or “Pope” or “father” or “padre” etc for Rabbi!

Oh how we love titles and the chief seats today.  Oh how many elders love to be greeted with fawning subservience and called by some title!

23:8 But be not ye called Rabbi [our religious master]: for one is your [religious master] Master, even Christ; and all ye [everyone in the Ekklesia are brothers including elders etc] are brethren. 23:9 And call no man your father [as a religious title] upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. 23:10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.

This is a condemnation of the love of position and titles!

It was always customary to call everyone brothers and sisters, including elders.  Elders were introduced as elder ******, or brother ******; until Constantine and the Popes introduced layers of authority between the people and themselves; with the Pope between all others and God; with his Roman Catholic pyramid system, that Christ says he hates. 

This Babylonian Mystery Nicolaitane system has been introduced into the Ekklesia; which had until the 1930’s called its elders “Brother “name.” 

God’s government is NOT a pyramid.

God’s governmental system is Family, with God the Father as the HEAD, and the firstborn son Jesus Christ as the second Head under God the Father, and then the Husbands over their own families.  

Offices of ecclesiastical authority exist as helps to keep us focused on God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Word of God.  Their authority comes from  the Word of God and the truth that they teach, and once they depart from the Word of God they lose all moral authority! 

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;  2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

The Nicolaitane idea of a pyramidal structure of layers of human authority between men and God is an abomination to God. It is the job of ALL elders to focus all people on the Father and Christ: NEVER to COME BETWEEN the people and God; but to act as facilitators in helping men to focus DIRECTLY on their Father through their ONLY High Priest and Mediator; Jesus Christ!

1 Corinthians 11:3  But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

We are to prove the words of ALL men, by the Word of Almighty God!  We are NOT to interpret God’s Word by the words of men; but to prove the words of men by the Word of Almighty God!

Matthew 23:11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.

We are all to desire to humbly and passionately serve our God and not to exalt ourselves. God will exalt or abase as HE sees fit.

23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

How? By paying lip-service to the law while making it of no effect by the traditions of men; and through compromise in its practical application; By making corporate idols and idols of men instead of faithfully putting God and His Word above all men, no matter what titles they claim.

23:14 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

Demanding money of poor widows, and then making a show of flowery prayer.

23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

How? By teaching them to obey men, organizations and false traditions, instead of focusing them on repentance and a diligent passionate obedience to all of God’s words.

23:16 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor! 23:17 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold? 23:18 And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty.  23:19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? 23:20 Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon.

Today’s corporate Ekklesia exalts mammon and numbers; above repentance, faith and obedience to every Word of God. 

23:21 And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein. 23:22 And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.

The important thing is NOT the numbers of responses, but the quality of the message!

The important thing is not the building [the organization] but serving and obeying the Eternal God on his throne, sitting in absolute authority over your deeds and very thoughts! and serving the God who shall most certainly judge us by our works; whether of faithful uncompromising obedience; or of compromising with HIS Word!

23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

Demanding every last cent that can be demanded or extorted, while ignoring and not rebuking sin, nor teaching repentance from evil doing, and expounding and exhorting faith, mercy and sound judgment founded on the basics of God’s word and commandments.

We are to be merciful to the poor in their needs; we are to be merciful to the repentant instead of condemning them for being over righteous!

We are to preach a message of warning and repentance and the mercy of God [the Father] or the sincerely repentant; who gave his only begotten son that sinners might be reconciled to Him [the Father].

23:24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

This is a figure of speech that simply means that we strain at the little unimportant things like money and numbers; and neglect the really important things like zeal for our God.

23:25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. 23:26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.  23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. 23:28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

We have no business reaching out to the world with tainted messages, while we are full of sin inside ourselves and our organizations.

We need to clean up our own spiritual lives and get right with God. We need to rekindle our passionate zeal for God and his commandments; we need to get rid of those traditions not consistent with scripture; we need to start practicing what we preach, and to start setting a godly example instead of acting so shamefully.

We need to stop exalting men and organizations above God; we need to STOP equating loyalty to men, as being equal to loyalty to God. We need to repent and turn to our God with passionate enthusiastic consummate zeal; and then we need to begin to preach the Gospel of warning and repentance that Christ has commanded us to preach.

23:29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, 23:30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.

We honour the prophets and ancient men of God, while persecuting those who are today filled with a similar zeal: Showing ourselves that we are no better than those who persecuted the saints of old.

23:31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.  23:32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.

Today the COG groups persecute the zealous for God just as the ancients persecuted the prophets and holy men, and as the Pharisees persecuted Christ and his true faithful disciples. 

23:33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell? 23:34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: 23:35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.

Those who do such things are likened to vipers who hide along the path waiting to strike the unwary. When a person goes to them with questions, they reason with them that they should not be zealous like the Mighty Men of God, but should be lukewarm like themselves, then make a note to persecute such zeal by calling the zealous Pharisaical, when it is they themselves who are Pharisaical; filled with zeal for their own groups and traditions, while being lukewarm and compromising with the Word of God.

Since Cain slew Abel, it has ever been thus; that the faithless and compromised; have always persecuted the faithful and zealous. Those who exalt the Lord their God; will face resistance from outside and from inside these organizations,

Such Philadelphian pillars should REJOICE at the persecution from Laodicea, because they have been given an opportunity to set an example, that their persecutors will later remember and be convicted by.

These pillars persecuted by Laodicea should REJOICE, for they are being tempered and tested to become pillars in the Temple of The Great God for all eternity. 

They that stand unshakable on the foundation of the Word of Almighty God; without turning, no matter what the stress; will be made fit by God to stand on that sure foundation of the Word of God as pillars, helping to hold up the entire family of God for all eternity!

23:36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.

These persecutions did come upon the saints by the religious establishment of that day, and have continued to this day.  They are now being fulfilled internally by the Laodicean COG Groups.

23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 23:38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

This is about the city, Jerusalem which persecuted the godly through history and is figuratively about the faithless who persecute the faithful today. Jesus Christ would have saved them, if only they would accept his deliverance and turn to him away from sin and compromise with the Father’s law.

Both Jerusalem and today’s faithless Ekklesia, will be made desolate in the tribulation; it is then that they will sincerely repent and turn to the ONLY one that can truly save!

23:39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

When you see Christ come, Jerusalem, and all those who persecuted the saints; will be in a humbled and repentant attitude, and will no longer reject Christ and the teachings of  the whole Word of God; instead they shall Shout for Joy at his appearance; crying out “Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord”!

 

Philadelphia and Laodicea

Jesus illustrated the difference between a Philadelphian and a Laodicean the difference between a holy attitude and a profane and unacceptable attitude in this parable.

These prayers are not just words, they reveal the attitude of the person praying, for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 

Luke 18:9   And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:

18:10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee [Laodicean], and the other a publican [Philadelphian].

18:11 The Pharisee [Laodicean] stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

18:12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

18:13 And the publican [Sincerely repentant sinner; Philadelphian], standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Today the true Philadelphian pillars are scattered throughout the Ekklesia, which are overwhelmingly Laodicea.

Oh, how we Laodiceans exalt ourselves to live by our own false traditions and reject any true humble passion for our Mighty One who could deliver us!  Proud and thinking ourselves rich in spiritual things,  thinking we know  it all: We have become spiritually dead, apostate from our Master. 

 

Conclusion 

The various church attitudes may have dominated at various historical tines, but the seven churches also each existed at the same time in the first century and each one is an instructional example for us, that all of these problems and strengths will also exist at the same time in these last days. 

Today like Ephesus, we have lost the passionate zeal of our first love for truth and godliness and the whole Word of God.

Today like Smyrna, there are some who are faithful to God and God’s Word and suffer much persecution.

Today like Pergamos,  there are some who have not denied the authority of God and the scriptures and yet tolerate Nicolaitane bullying.

Today like Thyatira, there are those who are full of good works, but in their zeal to do good to their neighbor have lost sight of their obligations to God.   Do NOT mistake love of man; for love of God!

As a bride is to be faithful to her husband, our first duty is to our spiritual Husband and all good works to others are secondary.  Many unconverted people are also full of good works towards humanity and do not obey God; how are we different from them if we are also full of good works for humanity and forget our LORD?

We should be filled with good works towards men; while not forgetting to put our LORD first in our lives!  

What say you?  If a bride put her personal charitable works ahead of her love and obedience to her husband, will the husband think that she loves her own works more than she loves him?  It is a very good thing to do good works for people, but such good works should not overtake our zeal for our LORD!

Today, like Sardis, the overwhelming attitude in the  Ekklesia is largely spiritually dead, having no fire of zeal to live by every Word of our LORD. 

Today like Philadelphia, there are some faithful standing on the foundation of the whole Word of God; who are scattered like pillars throughout the various assemblies and standing alone.  In a very short time now God’s two servants will call for the faithful to gather together and leave for the place which God has prepared; the faithful pillars will respond to God’s call while the others will not, thus separating out the faithful from the others. 

Today like Laodicea, the Ekklesia is overwhelmingly proud, arrogant and unteachable by God.  They reject large parts of God’s Word and very much truth, to follow their idols of men and false traditions. They will not respond positively to God’s warnings and the only way to save them from certain eternal death is to afflict the flesh to humble them so that the spirit might be saved.  

 

Job 38

God Humbled Job and God will Humble Us

Job 38:1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind [storm cloud], and said,

38:2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? 38:3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.

God demands of Job to answer if he was present at the creation as God was; and if Job knows how to create the earth? God mentions the angels as being there but not Job. 

The same challenge is asked of today’s Spiritual Ekklesia:  Who are we to think that we can decide right from wrong for ourselves?  Are we greater than God that we can bind and loose God’s Word according to our own will?  It is time to study Binding and Loosing and Ecclesiastical Authority.

38:4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. 38:5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? 38:6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; 38:7 When the morning stars [angels] sang together, and all the sons of God [angels] shouted for joy?

God asks Job if he knows that God separated the land from the sea on the first day. Implying the question: Could Job do that?  The same question applies to us today;  Could we do such things and if not who are we to question any part of God’s Word or anything that God does?

38:8 Or who shut up the sea with doors [who caused the dry land to rise out of the sea], when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb? 38:9 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it, 38:10 And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors [set boundaries between the waters and the land], 38:11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?

God asks Job if he has set the earth in rotation and created day and night; and set the limits of the lives of men?  Brethren the very same question is before us:  Did we do such things:  If not who are we to justify ourselves before God the Almighty?

38:12 Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring [dawn] to know his place; 38:13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it? 38:14 It is turned [rotates] as clay to the seal; and they stand as a garment.

The light of life [eternal life] is withheld from the wicked and their strength will be broken.

38:15 And from the wicked their light is withholden, and the high arm shall be broken.

God asks: Does Job know what is under the sea? or does man know the secret of life and death? Can Job raise the dead?  Brethren, can we make inanimate things live like god can?

38:16 Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth? 38:17 Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death? 38:18 Hast thou perceived the breadth of the earth? declare if thou knowest it all.

What is light and darkness? Did man make them? Have you lived from the beginning of all things?

38:19 Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof, 38:20 That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof? 38:21 Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great?

Did man create ice, hail and frost?

38:22 Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, 38:23 Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?

Did man create rivers, rain, lightening or thunder?

38:24 By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth? 38:25 Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder; 38:26 To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man; 38:27 To satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth?

What man designed and created the nature of water? Making the vapor, the rain, the frost and ice, or the dew?

38:28 Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew? 38:29 Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it? 38:30 The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.

Can man control the stars and bodies of the heavens like God did?

38:31 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? 38:32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? 38:33 Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?

Can man command the rain?

38:34 Canst thou lift up thy voice to the clouds, that abundance of waters may cover thee? 38:35 Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go and say unto thee, Here we are?

Who created man and gave him understanding?

38:36 Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart? 38:37 Who can number the clouds in wisdom? or who can stay the bottles of heaven, 38:38 When the dust groweth into hardness, and the clods cleave fast together?

Who set the instincts of the beasts?

38:39 Wilt thou hunt the prey for the lion? or fill the appetite of the young lions, 38:40 When they couch in their dens, and abide in the covert to lie in wait? 38:41 Who provideth for the raven his food? when his young ones cry unto God, they wander for lack of meat.

Who set in motion the systems of reproduction? It takes BOTH a female and a male to reproduce; it is impossible for that system to have evolved: Was it created by man; or by God to show his authorship of creation?

The Unicorn

Unicorns were not specific to Israel and are seen in the early writings and drawings of many different countries and cultures, including Greece, Persia (now Iran), Rome, Egypt, India and Africa. 

The unicorn was chosen as a symbol of Scotland because of its traditional independence, virility, strength, boldness, masculinity  and pride.  The unicorn was first used on the Scottish royal coat of arms by William I in the 12th century. In the 15th century, when King James III was in power, gold coins appeared with the unicorn on them.

In 1603 king James 1 [in England, James VI of Scotland]  added the Scottish unicorn to the lion of England.  Then the term “strong bull” was deliberately mistranslated as “unicorn” by the king James I translators, to support the insertion of  the modern symbol of Scotland [the unicorn] into the Bible; because he, a Scottish king, believed that he was a king of Israel from the line of David.

The Scottish unicorn like the English lion has nothing to do with a Davidic monarchy and is simply an elegant figure of royalty, pride and strength. 

The biblical word “unicorn” and the historical “unicorn” are two completely different things. 

The historical one horned unicorn is an ancient myth which is sourced from India and the rhino.  This gradually became a mythical horse-like creature.

The biblical term “unicorn” is mistranslated from wild bull #7214 and speaks to the strength of a great wild bull which cannot be harnessed.  

A translation error, when Hebrew scripture was rendered into Greek, added to the allure of the creature now known as the unicorn.  The wild ox, a now-extinct creature rendered in bas relief [side view] profiles with one horn, was translated in Greek as monokeros or one-horned.  In the Latin bible of the Christian world that word became unicornos and then “unicorn” by the time the English translators of King James got to work.  And so, God impresses His power upon Job by saying, “Will the unicorn [great wild ox] be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib? Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?” 

The word unicorn is found in nine places in the KJV, every one of which speaks of great strength and is a mistranslated reference to the now extinct great wild ox.

  • Numbers 23:22    “God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.”
  • Numbers 24:8     “God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows.”
  • Job 39:9   “Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?”
  • Job 39:10    “Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?”
  • Psalms 29:6     “He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.”
  • Psalms 92:10    “But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.”
  • Deuteronomy 33:17    “His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.”
  • Psalms 22:21    “Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.”
  • Isaiah 34:7     “And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness.”

Unicorns are not mentioned in any of the modern translations. Only in the King James version are they mentioned. Most of the modern translations say “wild ox.” Some translations even say “buffalo,” as in the Asian or African wild buffalo or water buffalo.

Job 39

Job 39:1 Knowest thou the time when the wild goats of the rock bring forth? or canst thou mark when the hinds do calve? 39:2 Canst thou number the months that they fulfil? or knowest thou the time when they bring forth? 39:3 They bow themselves, they bring forth their young ones, they cast out their sorrows [heaviness of pregnancy]. 39:4 Their young ones are in good liking, they grow up with corn [grain and grass]; they go forth, and return not unto them [their parents].

Who has made the wild creatures?

39:5 Who hath sent out the wild ass free? or who hath loosed the bands of the wild ass? 39:6 Whose house I have made the wilderness, and the barren land his dwellings. 39:7 He scorneth the multitude of the city, neither regardeth he the crying of the driver. 39:8 The range of the mountains is his pasture, and he searcheth after every green thing.

Can man make the wild ox to serve him?

39:9 Will the unicorn [extinct ancient wild ox like creature] be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib? 39:10 Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee? 39:11 Wilt thou trust him, because his strength is great? or wilt thou leave thy labour to him? 39:12 Wilt thou believe him, that he will bring home thy seed, and gather it into thy barn?

Brethren, did we make the beautiful birds, or the ostrich which scorns others yet she is foolish?

39:13 Gavest thou the goodly wings unto the peacocks? or wings and feathers unto the ostrich? 39:14 Which leaveth her eggs in the earth, and warmeth them in dust, 39:15 And forgetteth that the foot may crush them, or that the wild beast may break them. 39:16 She is hardened against her young ones, as though they were not her’s: her labour is in vain without fear; 39:17 Because God hath deprived her of wisdom, neither hath he imparted to her understanding. 39:18 What time she lifteth up herself on high, she scorneth the horse and his rider.

Did man create the horse in his strength with his courage in battle?

39:19 Hast thou given the horse strength? hast thou clothed his neck with thunder? 39:20 Canst thou make him afraid as a grasshopper? the glory of his nostrils is terrible. 39:21 He paweth in the valley, and rejoiceth in his strength: he goeth on to meet the armed men. 39:22 He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword. 39:23 The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield. 39:24 He swalloweth [covers the ground with speed] the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet. 39:25 He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha; and he smelleth the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.

Has man created the birds of prey?

39:26 Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south? 39:27 Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make her nest on high? 39:28 She dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place. 39:29 From thence she seeketh the prey, and her eyes behold afar off. 39:30 Her young ones also suck up blood: and where the slain are, there is she.

Job 40

God Corrects Job and All Those Who Justify Themselves

God now gets personal with Job and asks: who is man to justify himself before God?

Job 40:1 Moreover the LORD answered Job, and said, 40:2 Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it.

Job responds to God. Acknowledging his fault in justifying himself against God; yet today’s Spiritual Ekklesia is full of sin and still justifies themselves before God, still needing to learn the same lesson that Job needed to learn.

40:3 Then Job answered the LORD, and said, 40:4 Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.

In his discussions with his friends Job has answered them once and then a second time; now he cannot answer God.

40:5 Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.

God now instructs and rebukes Job for justifying himself.  The day is close at hand when today’s Spiritual Ekklesia will be corrected in our own tribulation.

40:6 Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said, 40:7 Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.

40:8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous? 40:9 Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?

Who are we to think that we can annul any part of God’s Word or change [bind and loose] God’s judgments?  neither we nor Job can extricate ourselves out of God’s correction of affliction, to raise ourselves up from the grave in glory; why then do we presume to justify ourselves in following men and not living by every Word of God?

40:10 Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.

This is also a reference to pride and how God is humbling Job and will humble us today.

40:11 Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him. 40:12 Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.

Are we equal with God?  Can we truly justify and save ourselves?

40:13 Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret. 40:14 Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.

40:15 Behold now behemoth [possibly the elephant], which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. 40:16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. 40:17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together. 40:18 His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron. 40:19 He is the chief of the ways of God: [only] he that made him can make his sword to approach unto him.

40:20 Surely the mountains bring him forth food, where all the beasts of the field play. 40:21 He lieth under the shady trees, in the covert of the reed, and fens. 40:22 The shady trees cover him with their shadow; the willows of the brook compass him about. 40:23 Behold, he drinketh up a river, and hasteth not: he trusteth that he can draw up Jordan into his mouth. 40:24 He taketh it with his eyes: his nose [trunk] pierceth through snares.

Job 41

Job 41:1 Canst thou draw out leviathan [probably the giant salt water crocodile] with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down? 41:2 Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn? 41:3 Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee? 41:4 Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever? 41:5 Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens? 41:6 Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants? 41:7 Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears? 41:8 Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do [it] no more. 41:9 Behold, the hope of him is in vain: shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?

How then can a man justify himself against God?

41:10 None is so fierce that dare stir him up: who then is able to stand before me? 41:11 Who [can stop God] hath prevented me, that I should repay him? whatsoever is under the whole heaven is mine.

The man that is God’s equal will be accepted as such by God; but what man is God’s equal?

41:12 I will not conceal his parts, nor his power, nor his comely proportion.

Who can overcome the leviathan [probably the giant salt water crocodile, a type of Satan the dragon]? He has a very large mouth filled with very many strong teeth and his body is protected by strong scales. He rests in masses close together.

41:13 Who can discover the face of his garment? or who can come to him with his double bridle? 41:14 Who can open the doors of his face [his mouth is large]? his teeth are terrible round about. 41:15 His scales are his pride, shut up together as with a close seal. 41:16 One is so near to another, that no air can come between them. 41:17 They are joined one to another, they stick together, that they cannot be sundered.

41:18 By his neesings [sneezing, snorting] a light doth shine [the water foams], and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.

His expelling of air in the cool of the morning water appears like steam, and the bubbles in the water reflecting the dawn’s light appear fiery.

41:19 Out of his mouth go burning lamps, and sparks of fire leap out. 41:20 Out of his nostrils goeth smoke [mist, steam], as out of a seething pot or caldron. 41:21 His breath [is like hot smoldering] kindleth coals, and a flame goeth out of his mouth.

By his great strength he takes whatever he wants.

41:22 In his neck remaineth strength, and sorrow is turned into joy before him. 41:23 The flakes of his flesh are joined together: they are firm in themselves; they cannot be moved. 41:24 His heart is as firm as a stone; yea, as hard as a piece of the nether millstone.

41:25 When he raiseth up himself, the mighty are afraid: by reason of [his breaking forth] breakings they purify themselves [they call on their gods in fear].

41:26 The sword of him that layeth at him cannot hold: the spear, the dart, nor the habergeon. 41:27 He esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as rotten wood. 41:28 The arrow cannot make him flee: slingstones are turned with him into stubble. 41:29 Darts are counted as stubble: he laugheth at the shaking of a spear. 41:30 Sharp stones are under him: he spreadeth sharp pointed things upon the mire.

41:31 [With his powerful taking of prey in the water] He maketh the deep to boil like a pot: he maketh the sea [to foam white and to look like] like a pot of ointment. 41:32 He maketh a [wake of water] path to shine after him; one would think the deep to be hoary. 41:33 Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without [he has no fear of anything] fear.

This animal is the king of the proud

41:34 He beholdeth all high things: he is a king over all the children of pride.

Job 42

Job repents and admits to speaking things that he did not understand. Just like today’s Spiritual Ekklesia will also sincerely repent when we are corrected in great tribulation.

Job 42:1 Then Job answered the LORD, and said, 42:2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee. 42:3 Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.

42:4 Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. 42:5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.

Oh, that God would grant to all of us such sincere repentance: and God will bring today’s Spiritual Ekklesia to such sincere repentance by the correction of great tribulation.  Today’s Spiritual Ekklesia will learn to stop justifying ourselves and to begin to live by every Word of Almighty God!!!

42:6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

God then reprimands Job’s three friends for speaking wrongly about God to Job, in not understanding that Job’s problem was self-justification against God.  Job had refused to sin against God in his affliction and yet he was accused of sin by his friends.

In fact Job had no sin until be was afflicted and began to justify himself against God, not understanding that God afflicts the righteous to complete their training as priests of the Most High.

The point of the sufferings of Job and Christ (as well as those of the saints) is to make them/us fit priests for mankind before God.

Notice that Christ was made a perfect high priest by that which He suffered and not by His sinless life. (Heb 2:10, Heb 5:8) From God’s perspective it is important for a high priest to be both merciful and faithful (Heb 2:17-18).

The implications of Job’s, our and Christ’s sufferings, should also be obvious to all of the called of God throughout the ages. We are to become a “royal priesthood” (I Pet 2:9, Rev 1:6, Rev 5:10). We are to endure to the end of our physical lives. (Matt. 10:22) We are to suffer many afflictions from which God promises deliverance and ultimately great and abundant blessings. (Psalm 34:17-19)

Job wasn’t being “punished” for any wrong. Job was being perfected for a very high office. God and Satan were not using Job as the object of some capricious argument over virtue,

God was using Satan, who for all his brilliance never did understand that he was being used as a tool for the perfecting of God’s perfect holy priesthood.

42:7 And it was so, that after the LORD had spoken these words unto Job, the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.

Job did not sin, except that he justified himself. When Job understood his folly he IMMEDIATELY REPENTED. 

The situation is not the same today because today’s called out are not nearly as righteous as Job was.  Job was righteous and in his affliction began to sin by justifying himself;  today we have strayed very far from God and are full of the sin of idolizing men above any zeal to live by every Word of God. 

Righteous Job justified himself because he WAS righteous and could not see that God the Creator had the right to afflict his creation to perfect us. 

Today’s Spiritual Ekklesia who are indeed wicked, justify ourselves in exalting men, corporate entities and past false traditions above the Word of God! 

Truly we are nowhere near as righteous as Job was, and we the sinful still try to justify ourselves in all our idolatries and sin! 

Brethren, when we justify ourselves we deem ourselves righteous in our own eyes and therefore refuse to repent of our own ways;  this is the sin unto death that cannot be pardoned by God. 

John 5:16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death [which is self-justification and a refusal to repent]: I do not say that he shall pray for it. 

We have given a loving God no choice (Rev 3:16) except to correct us with a mighty correction, to humble us in the furnace of affliction and break us of the great sin of self-justification, in order to save us spiritually. 

Without the correction of great tribulation we would carry on in unrepentant self-justification and refusing to repent we would receive the just wages of continued unrepented sin. 

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

The unpardonable sin, is the sin of self-justification and refusal to repent; and only God’s loving and powerful correction can save many of today’s brethren from this great sin and eternal death. 

God is not willing that any should perish and he will bring us to understand and repent just like God saved Job; and after our correction ends with sincere repentance, God will raise us up in a resurrection to spirit with many other blessings!

Job 42:8 Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.

42:9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did according as the LORD commanded them: the LORD also accepted Job.

God, then lifted the correction of Job and delivered him to far greater blessings!

God will also deliver all his sincerely repentant out of great tribulation and bless them greatly once they have learned the lesson to abhor self-justification and idolatry and turn to passionately live by every Word of God!

42:10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

42:11 Then came there unto him all his brethren, and all his sisters, and all they that had been of his acquaintance before, and did eat bread with him in his house: and they bemoaned him, and comforted him over all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him: every man also gave him a piece of money, and every one an earring of gold.

42:12 So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses.

42:13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.

His new daughters were named:

Jemima [a dove, peace with God. warmly affectionate: God is love],

Keziah [Cassia spice: a symbol of the Wisdom of God] and

Keren-Happuch [eye salve, eye ointment: God has opened my eyes].

42:14 And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch. 42:15 And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.

42:16 After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations.

42:17 So Job died, being old and full of days.

 

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