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When Jesus spoke to His disciples about the end of the age, He proclaimed:
"But take ye heed: behold, I have foretold you all things." Mark 13:23
We have been foretold all things. God has chosen His own ways to reveal Himself and His times and seasons to His people. Jesus used parables to speak Spiritual truths to those who walked with Him in His day. These same parables are discerned today by those who are applying them Spiritually in their lives. When Jesus' disciples asked, "Why speakest thou unto them in parables?", Matthew 13:10, Jesus answer was simple:
". . .Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given." Matthew 13:11
Jesus used parables so only those who were called into a Kingdom walk would understand the mysteries of the Kingdom. To those who are not called, they are just so many words. The prophet Hosea proclaimed another way God speaks to His people:
"I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes, by the ministry of the prophets." Hosea 12:10
Hosea spoke of three ways God reveals Himself to His people:
1 - By the prophets
2 - By multiplied visions
3 - By similitudes
The word similitude means "to be like, to resemble, or to liken to". God uses similitudes so we can compare the things in the Word with what is going on in our time. Another way God reveals His eternal knowledge of man's existence on His created earth is through shadows. The writer of Hebrews wrote:
"For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect." Hebrews 10:1
The Law was only a shadow of the good things God was going to bring upon the earth for His chosen ones. The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Colosse:
"Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ." Colossians 2:16-17
All the laws God gave Israel concerning their clean and unclean foods, what they were to drink, their holy days, their new moon festivals, and their sabbath days were only shadows of things to come.
Many of God's mysteries are hidden in the names of people, places, and things. God has also hidden His mysteries in the meaning of numbers. Every color, every metal, even directions reveal hidden mysteries. We can only come into a deeper understanding of God's Word as the Holy Spirit leads us into all truth.
In the Old Testament God ruled His people three ways:
1 - Through patriarchs
2 - Through judges
3 - Through kings
In the patriarchal system, the elders of the tribe or family ruled the people. During this time God sent three deliverers:
1 - Joseph, to provide for Jacob and his family while in Egypt
2 - Moses, to lead God's people out of Egypt
3 - Joshua, to lead God's people into their promise land
The Patriarchal system lasted about 2600 years. After this God ruled His people through judges. Paul revealed the length of time the judges ruled, when he spoke in the synagogue at Antioch:
"And after that He gave unto them judges about the space of four hundred and fifty years, until Samuel the prophet." Acts 13:20
Samuel was not only a prophet, he also judged God's people. Samuel was the last judge in Israel before God appointed them a king. The judge before Samuel was a priest by the name of Eli. Eli was the first judge of Israel chosen from the priesthood. Eli was of the tribe of Levi, a descendant of Aaron through Ithamar. Eli judged Israel forty years, I Samuel 4:18.
The condition of the religious system in Israel at the time of Eli is a similitude of the condition of the church at the end of this age. Jesus spoke of the last church system in His revelation to John on the Isle of Patmos. This was the church of Laodicea. The Greek word Laodicea means "the people's rights". This is all we hear today in the church, "I have my rights, I have my will, and I demand my way!" It matters not what God desires or expects of His people. The church system has established their own way, their own rules, and the Word of God has little, if any, effect in their organizations. Jesus revealed:
"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; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." Revelation 3:14-17
The church system has become wretched in the eyes of God. The people have become miserable in their weak attempt to invoke God's blessings. They have become poor, spiritually destitute, spiritually blind, and naked. Their covering in God has left them, just as it left Adam and Eve naked in the Garden of Eden, and left Israel naked before their enemy at Mount Sinai. God has given us Eli to reveal not only the condition of the church in the end of the age, but also how He will deal with the organized religious systems of our day.
The first time Eli is mentioned in the Bible is when Elkanah and Hannah, the parents of Samuel, went up to the tabernacle at Shiloh to worship and offer sacrifices unto the Lord. Shiloh became not only the center of worship, but also the center of government. The word Shiloh means "a place of rest". In the beginning, the church was the center of worship. It was also the center of government. It was a place of rest from all worldly activity.
Hannah was barren and could give Elkanah no children. In her sorrow, she went before the Lord to pray for a child:
"So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the Lord." I Samuel 1:9
Eli sat upon a seat by a post of the temple. Eli could no longer stand before the Lord because he had lost his anointing. His zeal to serve God had vanished. Eli, as many pastors today, viewed his ministry as more political than Godly. These feel their only commitment to God and their religious order is to maintain the numbers in the congregation at any cost. These compromise their beliefs to retain their position. Their only desire is to obtain a larger and more prestigious church. These strive to go up the ladder of success as any corporate officer would in any worldly company. Their position with God has been compromised to where they can no longer stand in the presence of God.
In bitterness of soul, Hannah prayed before the Lord, making a vow that if God would give her a son, she would lend her son unto the Lord all the days of his life, I Samuel 1:10-11.
"And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli marked her mouth. Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken." I Samuel 1:12-13
Hannah prayed in her spirit. Her lips moved, but nothing came out of her mouth. As Eli watched her mouth, he saw her lips move. Because no words came forth, he accused her of being drunk. Those who have no Spiritual discernment accuse those who are moving in the Spirit of being drunken or not in control of their faculties. The same thing happened on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came:
"Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine." Acts 2:13
Peter, understanding what was happening, arose to speak to the people:
"For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day." Acts 2:15
When the Spirit is resident in any situation, then those who are in the presence of the Spirit are hearing the voice of the Spirit. These do not act according to the dictates of man, or his religious order. Paul wrote to the Ephesians:
"And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;" Ephesians 5:18
Those who are filled with the Spirit are listening to the voice of the Spirit and are praying accordingly. Hannah had come before the Lord with her whole heart to pray for a son. Her whole being was poured out before the Lord. When we come to the place where all physical activity has failed to bring the desires of our heart to pass, we begin to seek God in a new way, by totally giving ourselves to prayer.
God was about to do a new thing in Israel, and Hannah was the vessel God would use. The religious order did not understand. They were too busy keeping their religious rituals. Because of this, they would completely miss what God was doing in their presence. The religious system today, as Eli, have seated themselves in the presence of God, taking their ease. They have settled back on their lees and become complacent. They feel secure in their position, and desire nothing more than the recognition of men. The prophet Zephaniah spoke of the day in which we live:
"And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The Lord will not do good, neither will He do evil." Zephaniah 1:12
"The Lord will not do good, neither will He do evil." This is the message that is coming forth from many pulpits. It is a message intended to only tickle the ears of the people. There is no warning of God's coming judgment and the overcoming changes God is desiring to bring forth in His people. The words of the prophet Jeremiah are ringing ever so true in the earth today:
"The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and My people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?" Jeremiah 5:31
God was about to birth that which would replace the old, religious system as well as the corrupt, political system that was ruling over His people.
"Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the Lord." I Samuel 1:20
The name Samuel's name means "heard of God". Hannah prayed in the Spirit, and God heard and answered her prayers. Today God is hearing the prayers of His true church (the Hannahs) as they are crying out before God to bring forth His manifested sons. God has heard their prayers and the bitterness of their souls. He is about to bring forth His Samuels who will serve Him with gladness and with their whole heart.
Samuel was to be a Nazarite and dedicated to God. His life was to be pure before God. Samuel was the beginning of a new order God would bring forth in the earth. This new order would not be after the tribe of Levi, but of the tribe of Ephraim.
The name Levi means "joined". In the Old Testament only those who were Levites could be part of the priesthood. They were all joined together because of their tribal relationship. These were ordained to keep the letter of the Law. How this resembles the denominational system in the earth today! Their system must be joined, then the letter of their order must be kept. These are taught they must become part of each other in their order. They are not taught they must become part of the body of Christ to be acceptable in God's Kingdom.
As in Samuel, there is a new order coming forth in our day. Those who are being separated, dedicated, and pure before God will become part of the tribe of Spiritual Ephraim, the body of Christ. The name Ephraim means "I shall be double fruitful". God is raising up His "Son Company" who will be double fruitful in the earth.
The old, religious order under Eli would remain until the judgment of God fell upon it. The same will be true in the end of this age. The Apostle Peter revealed:
"For the time is come that Judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" I Peter 4:17
Judgment is coming on the house of God. Peter asked the question, "What shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" This question is directed to the church. The world is not expected to obey the gospel. The question is, "What shall be the end of them who obey not the gospel of God?" We discover the answer to this question as we view the disobedient religious order of Eli's day:
"Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the Lord." I Samuel 2:12
Eli's sons were sons of Belial. The name Belial means "worthless, good for nothing, unprofitable, and base". Eli's sons were Hophni and Phinehas. The name Hophni means "champion, fighter, pugilist, one who earns his living with his fists". The name Phinehas means "mouth of brass". In the Bible, brass is the symbol of sin.
Eli's sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were allowed to minister in the tabernacle. They were not anointed of God, but ministered by the consent and permission of Eli. These represent the seminary, trained pastors who are only there because of opportunity. There is no calling or anointing to minister to God's people. They are there by the consent and permission of their religious order. The pulpits are filled with Hophnis and Phinehases who fight to keep their position, and who compromise the Word of God through their mouths of sin to maintain what they have not earned.
Eli's sons, Hophni and Phinehas, did not know the Lord. They had no relationship with the Lord. They were placed in their position, not by calling, but by the head of the religious order. Today, many become pastors of churches, not because they are called, but simply as a vocation.
"Wherefore the sin of the young men was very great before the Lord: for men abhorred the offering of the Lord." I Samuel 2:17
Because of the actions of Hophni and Phinehas, the people began to abhor the offering of the Lord. The word abhorred means "despised, contempt for, and spurned". When Israel came with their meat offering before the Lord the priests were to have their portion:
"And the priests' custom with the people was that, when any man offered sacrifice, the priest's servant came, while the flesh was in seething, with a fleshhook of three teeth in his hand; And he struck it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all that the fleshhook brought up the priest took for himself. So they did in Shiloh unto all the Israelites that came thither." I Samuel 2:13 - 14
God ordained numerous sacrifices for Israel to observe. Under the law, these sacrifices were designed to atone, placate, or set aside Israel's sin. Israel was to make these sacrifices with a willing heart. Some of the meat offerings were to be boiled in a caldron, while others were to be burned upon the altars.
God ordained the priests were to partake of the altar; or, their food was to be taken from the sacrifices. The priests were to use a fleshhook. Whatever the fleshhook brought up was the priest's portion. But the evil priests, Hophni and Phinehas, perverted God's intended purpose for the Lord's sacrifice. Hophni and Phinehas' fleshhooks had three teeth so their share would be more, and the Lord's sacrifice would be diminished. This caused the people to abhor the Lord's sacrifice. Many times they were threatened or punished if their sacrifice was not acceptable in the sight of these evil priests.
"Also before they burnt the fat, the priest's servant came, and said to the man that sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for the priest; for he will not have sodden flesh of thee, but raw. And if any man said unto him, Let them not fail to burn the fat presently, and then take as much as thy soul desireth; then he would answer him, Nay; but thou shalt give it me now: and if not, I will take it by force." I Samuel 2:15-16
Many in leadership today, as Hophni and Phinehas, make a mockery of God's intended purpose for His people. The flock is told how much they are to give to the church. Inquiry is made as to a person's income, and then an assessment is made, and that amount must be given to the church; or, they are made a spectacle of, and are looked down upon for not fulfilling their duty to God. God never intended His people to be put in financial bondage to support big buildings or high salaries for those who have set themselves over the people. All giving to God and His work must be with a willing heart. If a willing heart is not present, then their giving is not acceptable before the Lord. That person might just as well have kept it.
Some churches and denominations even sell seats in their churches. The best seats sell for more, and the lesser seats sell for less. Those who can afford sit in the best seats, and are more honored. When someone dies their seat is sold to the highest bidder, and the fee must be paid every year to keep the best seat. Of course prices can change without notice.
Jesus overthrew the moneychangers in the temple, saying:
". . .It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves." Luke 19:46
In many cases God's house has become a den of thieves. It has not been a house of prayer for many years. It is about time for God to throw the moneychangers out of His temple again.
Hophni and Phinehas are types of what God's church has become at the end of the age. Samuel wrote:
"... for men abhorred the offering of the Lord." I Samuel 2:17
Today multitudes have left the church because they abhor the offering of the Lord. Many have become weary of attending a church where the only message that comes forth is the needs of the ministry or the minister.
"Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation." I Samuel 2:22
Eli was told of all the sins of his sons, and how they lay with the women at the door of the tabernacle. Today, adultery and fornication are rampant in the church. Many ministers have set themselves up as the Spiritual husband of the women in the congregation. This is an abomination before the Lord, and His wrath will be poured out in all its fury upon these whoremongers. Some well-known ministers have been caught and exposed, while the lesser known simply run off with their favorite whore and start another work elsewhere, and the process begins all over again.
Another sin that has come to light in recent years is the sexual abuse of children. So the church won't be embarrassed, this has been kept under cover. Some who have been exposed in this most heinous of all crimes upon the innocent have been protected by their denominations for twenty or more years. They were never removed from their positions, and no steps were taken to protect the children involved. These atrocities have left deep scars in many children which are still being dealt with in their adult life. Those who have been abused still view God by those who represented God in their young life. The prophet Isaiah spoke of the shepherds of the flock at the end of the age:
"His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter. Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant." Isaiah 56:10-12
His watchmen are His shepherds. Isaiah relates these watchmen are blind, ignorant, greedy, and only interested in themselves. They say, "I will bring wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink." Alcoholism and drug abuse are rampant in the ministry today. Many in the hierarchy of large denominations have been to dry out centers. And yet they remain in their high positions with only a slap on the wrist. There is no shame left in them. They try to justify themselves by saying, "It's because of the pressures of our position that we do these things". They may be able to convince the people, I doubt if they will convince God.
Eli was aware of the sins of his sons, as the church system today is aware of the sins of those they have ordained. Eli spoke to his sons:
". . .Why do ye such things? For I hear of your evil dealing by all this people." I Samuel 2:23
All the dealings Hophni and Phinehas had with the people were evil. The people did not want to come to the tabernacle because they knew they would be taken advantage of in the name of the Lord. Today people stay away from the church in droves because of the same reason. They are tired of being robbed and spoiled to support that which God has not ordained. Eli spoke to his sons:
"Nay, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear: ye make the Lord's people to transgress." I Samuel 2:24
The people were transgressing because of the actions of the sinful priests. Today, the organized church systems wonder why people no longer desire to come to their meetings. When the church again becomes a house of prayer, a powerhouse in the community, and a bastion for all that is holy, clean, and pure, you will not be able to keep the people away. But as long as the church looks like the world, acts like the world, and indulges in all the worldly activities, the people might just as well remain in the world. Eli told his sons:
"If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him: but if a man sin against the Lord, who shall entreat for him? Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto the voice of their father, because the Lord would slay them." I Samuel 2:25
Eli knew the ways of God, and he knew the punishment of God. When those in leadership fall into sin, who shall entreat for them? The word entreat means "to pray or intercede". When leadership falls into sin, they are judged by God, and God alone. Those who will not harken to the voice of the Father will be judged.
Hannah was barren, but she asked the Lord for a son, and God granted her request. She conceived and gave birth to Samuel. The following year Elkanah went up to Shiloh to offer his yearly sacrifice but . . .
". . .Hannah went not up; for she said unto her husband, I will not go up until the child be weaned, and then I will bring him, that he may appear before the Lord, and there abide for ever." I Samuel 1:22
Hannah refused to take Samuel up to Shiloh to become part of the old, religious system until he was weaned. The phrase to be weaned means "to no longer have need of the mother's milk". God cannot use those who remain on the mother's milk. The mother represents the old church system whose only desire is to bring babies to birth. They are content to keep God's people babies and never bring them to maturity. Because of this, the people cannot grow and learn to hear the Father's voice. The church system desires to have the people remain children so they will be dependent on them. Those who attend these churches are content to drink of the watered down precepts and doctrines of men. These remain children, desiring their own way and doing their own things. The prophet Isaiah declared:
"Whom shall He teach knowledge? And whom shall He make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk and drawn from the breast." Isaiah 28:9
We cannot obtain the knowledge of God, nor can we understand His doctrine (teachings) as long as we are feeding on the milk of the Word. The writer of Hebrews gives insight to those who are living on milk:
"For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the Word of righteousness: for he is a babe." Hebrews 5:13
Those who are unskillful in the Word of righteousness are still babies, still feeding on the breast of the mother church. The Apostle Peter admonished:
"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word, that ye may grow thereby:" I Peter 2:2
Newborn babes are to desire the milk that they may grow thereby. Yet we see people sitting in the church system for twenty, thirty, forty, or fifty years, who are still not skillful in the Word of God. They still remain babies. Hannah was determined not to take Samuel to Shiloh until he was weaned.
"And Elkanah her husband said unto her, Do what seemeth thee good; tarry until thou have weaned him; only the Lord establish His Word. So the woman abode, and gave her son suck until she weaned him." I Samuel 1:23
Elkanah, Hannah's husband, was in agreement with her that Samuel should not go up to Shiloh until the Lord had established His Word. Today, God is trying to wean His people from the milk of the Word, so He might establish the meat of the Word in their lives. The writer of Hebrews informs us:
"But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil." Hebrews 5:14
God is wanting His people to begin to feed on the strong meat of His Word. The word strong means "immovable, steadfast, and firm." When God's people feed on the strong meat of the Word, they will become firm, steadfast, immovable in their faith. The world will no longer hold an allurement in their life. They will grow in discerning both good and evil by the Word of God. God will guide them by the direction of the Holy Spirit to deeper understanding of the meat of the Word.
"And when she had weaned him she took him up with her, with three bullocks, and one ephah of flour, and a bottle of wine, and brought him unto the house of the Lord in Shiloh: and the child was young." I Samuel 1:24
Samuel was "young". The "young men" are those who are growing in God's Word. Samuel had been totally weaned of the mother's milk. He would never again become part of the old, religious system.
God was about to do a new thing in the priesthood. Samuel was not of the tribe of Levi. He was of the tribe of Ephraim. Ephraim was the son of Joseph. The name Joseph's name means "another son". The name Ephraim's name means "double fruitfulness". The prophet Jeremiah prophesied of this other son:
"They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn." Jeremiah 31:9
Ephraim represents God's firstborn sons. Ephraim is the tribe of the Holy Spirit. God's firstborn sons are those whom He has chosen from the foundation of the world to receive the Double Portion anointing. These will follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been weaned from the breast, and are feeding on the strong meat of the Word. Jesus revealed the one hundred and forty-four thousand to John on the Isle of Patmos. Of these He declared:
"These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb." Revelation 14:4
These have not been defiled with women. The word women represents the old church system. Those who have not been defiled by the old church system are God's undefiled virgins. These are those in every generation who have not allowed themselves to be defiled by all that is called "religion". These follow the Lamb wherever He goeth. God has redeemed these one hundred and forty-four thousand, and set them in a separate realm to minister at His command. These are God's Firstfruit Company, the Ephramites who have become His firstborn sons, the Samuels God is raising up in the earth to minister apart from the old church system. As Hannah declared:
"Therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord. And he worshipped the Lord there." I Samuel 1:28
Hannah represents the true church, those whose total desire is to give the Lord those sons who will fully follow the Lord in true worship and praise. Hannah did not send Samuel to Shiloh until she knew he was determined to worship the Lord in Spirit and in truth, and the Word of God was established in His life. We, too, must be weaned from the milk of the old, religious system. We, too, must determine, no matter what the situation, we will wholly follow on to partake of the meat of God's Word.
"And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the Lord, and also with men." I Samuel 2:26
Samuel was not only pleasing in the eyes of the Lord, he also found favour with man. The all-wise Solomon wrote:
"When a man's ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him." Proverbs 16:7
When we make God's way our way, we can have peace even with our enemies because, as Jesus declared, "We are to love our enemies", Matthew 5:44.
"And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli. And the Word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision." I Samuel 3:1
The Word of God was precious in Samuel's day because the religious system had forsaken the Word, and only ministered by rituals. Today, God's Word has also been compromised. God has removed His Word from these people. Even though they try to search out the Word, it remains hidden to them because they will not present it in the pure sense in which God has given it. Rather, they turn the Word of God to suit their own purposes. The prophet Amos wrote:
"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the Words of the Lord." Amos 8:11
There was a famine of the Word of God in Israel in Samuel's day, and there is a famine of the Word of God in our day. There was no open vision. The word open is the Hebrew word PARATS and means "to burst through". God's people not only need a vision, they need to be able to break through there old, self-nature and begin to operate in the vision God has given them. Sad to say, most churches have no vision. They go along, holding services, trying to think up new ways to fill pews, instead of seeking God for His vision for the work they are to do. Because most churches have no vision, God is not in what they are doing. Solomon gave insight into what happens where there is no vision:
"Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he." Proverbs 29:18
When there is no Spiritual insight into God's Word, when there is no understanding of God's revelation, then His people perish. They die Spiritually. They choose, rather to either attend church out of obligation, or fall away all together.
"And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see." I Samuel 3:2
Blindness had come upon Eli, and Spiritual blindness has come upon the church. Eli had laid down in his place, content in his life. There was no desire left in Eli to move on in the things of God. He was happy with the status quo, only maintaining, not going forward or backwards. What a picture of today's church. The pastors have become afraid to speak what God is saying to them. They are afraid someone might leave, and this would look bad on their record at headquarters. Those who do not maintain cannot expect a better assignment. How far has the church fallen?
"And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep;" I Samuel 3:3
The word ere means "before". So, before the lamp of God went totally out in the temple of the Lord, Samuel began to hear the Lord's call. God was about to appear to Samuel to tell him the things He would bring upon Eli and the old, religious church system. Samuel heard a voice, and supposing it was Eli, ran and awoke Eli, saying . . .
". . . Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he (Eli) said, I called not; lie down again. And he (Samuel) went and lay down." I Samuel 3:5
When the Lord spoke to Samuel, he ran back to the old, religious system seeking instruction. But there was no calling for Samuel in the old, religious system. The Lord called Samuel three times. Three times Samuel ran to Eli:
"Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, neither was the Word of the Lord yet revealed unto Him." I Samuel 3:7
Samuel had yet to develop a relationship with the Lord. God's Word had not yet been revealed to Samuel. Many Samuels today know there is a special calling in their lives, but God's Word has yet to be revealed to them. The true calling in their lives has yet to be confirmed by the voice of the Father. As we come to the end of the age, every man whom God will use in this endtime calling will have their special meeting with their God, just as Samuel; and their instructions will be clear. After the third call, Samuel finally realized there was no calling for his life in the old, religious system.
God was desiring to speak to Samuel directly. From that time on Samuel knew God's voice and followed His direction. God is raising up His Samuels today who are coming to the realization the old, religious system is not hearing God's voice, nor His instruction, nor are they following His directions. These have discovered there is no calling for them in the old system. God is calling His Samuels who have developed Spiritual ears to hear directly from the Lord.
The Lord appeared unto Samuel, and informed him:
". . .Behold, I will do a new thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle." I Samuel 3:11
A new thing was about to happen in Israel. God proceeded to tell Samuel of the judgment He would bring upon the religious system and the sons of Eli. After God's judgment, Samuel would replace the old, religious order with God's order. God is about to do a new thing in our day. God is raising up His Samuels in the earth today. These, too, will replace the old, religious order. These will worship the Father in Spirit and in truth. The prophet Isaiah wrote of the day that lies directly ahead of us:
"Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert?" Isaiah 43:19
What is this new thing? Rivers of living water are about to spring forth from our innermost being. These waters of God's Word will water the parched desert. The Samuels will minister to those whose religion has driven them to this barren wilderness of confusion and neglect. This dry, scorched existence now evident in the church will begin to blossom as a rose, and fill the whole earth with the glory of the Lord, Isaiah 35:1.
"And the Lord appeared again in Shiloh: for the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the Word of the Lord." I Samuel 3:21
The Word of the Lord was once again coming to Shiloh, and Samuel was there ready and willing to hear its instruction. The Lord is calling to His people today through His Word as never before. Yet many do not have time for the Word. Their busy life-style has robbed them of their revelation of God. As John revealed:
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:1
Those who get to know their God must come to the Holy Scriptures to renew their relationship with God. These must renew their calling by the Spirit of Truth lest the lamp of God go out in their lives.
We need to come to a Spiritual understanding of the light. In Samuel's time, the temple of God had not yet been built. The Ark of God still dwelt in the tabernacle in the Holy of Holies. The only light in the tabernacle was the light of the candlestick in the Holy Place. A veil separated the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies. There was no light in the Holy of Holies except once a year when the Shekinah glory of God appeared on the Day of Atonement. This was the day the high priest entered into the Holy of Holies to offer sacrifices in the presence of God for all Israel. When the high priest entered into the Holy of Holies, if there was any sin unatoned in his life, he would die.
We need to discern the Spiritual difference between the tabernacle and the temple. The tabernacle was covered with skins and was a temporary dwelling place for the Ark of God. The temple was made of lasting materials that would stand forever. We are now dwelling in our tabernacle, a temporary dwelling place covered with skin, but God has promised a change. Paul revealed this change to all who will hear:
"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." I Corinthians 15:51-52
This is when corruption will put on incorruption, and mortality will put on immortality. When this change takes place, the words Paul wrote to the church at Corinth will be fulfilled:
"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" I Corinthians 3:16
Those who have the Spirit of God dwelling in them are the temple of God. In Samuel's day the lamp of God went out in the temple. Why was the lamp of God extinguished in the temple? It was extinguished because of the evil ways of the high priest order. God's judgment was about to bring an end to their whole system. Why, because they could no longer stand in the presence of His Shekinah glory in the Holy of Holies.
Today, the church is represented by the candlestick, Revelation 1:20. Jesus instructed John to write to the church at Ephesus:
"Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent." Revelation 2:5
God is about to remove His candlestick from those who refuse to enter into the Holy of Holies into His true light. The artificial light of the old, religious system will not shine into the new day. We need to recognize the light in our life. The beloved John was a chosen vessel who heard the Lord's call, and wrote:
"This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and declared unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all." I John 1:5
God is calling today. He is calling to a people who are without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing, who can come into the Holy of Holies and stand before the Ark of God without sin. God is light, and in His presence there will be no darkness. God has called and called to the old, religious system. He has spoken many times through His Word, through His prophets, through writings, and through meetings. Yet they refuse to hear His call. John wrote:
"And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." John 3:19
Jesus is the light that came into the world. John recorded Jesus' words:
"Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." John 8:12
The church continues to walk in darkness because they have rejected the Light, they have rejected His words, and they have rejected His example. They continue on, as Eli, unto the death of the whole system. God is sending out the warning! Will you hear? The candlestick of God is about to be removed. God's message to the church system in this hour must go forth, and we must develop a hearing ear:
"Wherefore He saith, Awake thou that sleekest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light." Ephesians 5:14
God is holding out the Light of Life to those who are dwelling in death. His desire is for them to arise and come to the light revealed through His Word by the Spirit of the living God. Paul wrote to Thessalonians:
"Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness." I Thessalonians 5:5
Those who come to the light become the children of light; the children of the day. The spirit of darkness is given no place in them. God's warning is going forth today, clearly declaring the times and the seasons God is about to bring upon the earth. Will you, as Samuel, hear His voice and come to the light of the knowledge of the truth found in God's Word? Or will you remain, complacent, at ease, your vision dimmed, and waning as Eli? The Lord spoke directly to Eli twice: first through a prophet, and secondly through Samuel:
"And there came a man of God unto Eli, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Did I plainly appear unto the house of thy father, when they were in Egypt in Pharaoh's house? And did I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to offer upon mine altar, to burn incense, to wear an ephod before me? and did I give unto the house of thy father all the offerings made by fire of the children of Israel." I Samuel 2:27-28
The man of God reminded Eli of his calling and inheritance in God. Then he spoke the judgment God would bring upon Eli's house:
"Behold, the days come, that I will cut off thine arm, and the arm of thy father's house, that there shall not be an old man in thine house." I Samuel 2:31
God spoke that He was going to cut off Eli's arm, and the arm of his father's house. The arm always represents "strength". The strength of any work is its outreach. God revealed to Eli that he had no outreach. He was only maintaining, and not going forward. He also told Eli, "There shall not be an old man in thine house". God was going to bring the old, religious system and its offspring to an end. The man of God continued:
"And the man of thine, whom I shall not cut off from mine altar, shall be to consume thine eyes, and to grieve thine heart: and all the increase of thine house shall die in the flower of their age." I Samuel 2:33
The word eyes means "mental and spiritual faculties". The word consume means "to bring to an end". The actions of Hophni and Phinehas greatly grieved their father's heart because he knew they were destroying their mental and spiritual faculties. The all-wise Solomon wrote:
"A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her that bare him." Proverbs 17:25
Eli was given a chance to repent of his ways, or he and his sons would suffer the consequences. That consequence would be Spiritual blindness, loss of Spiritual hearing, and the death of his offspring. Today the church system is grieved by that which it has brought forth. They are searching for answers, but they have become mentally and Spiritually impaired. They must turn again with their whole heart and repent and once again seek to come into God's favor.
"And this shall be a sign unto thee, that shall come upon thy two sons, on Hophni and Phinehas; in one day they shall die both of them." I Samuel 2:34
God's judgment was about to fall upon Eli's sons because he would not repent nor deal with his sons. This judgment would not only affect Eli and his house, but the whole nation of Israel. We must remember what Jesus declared to John about the church at Ephesus:
"Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent." Revelation 2:5
Jesus' revelation to John was for the seven churches of John's day. It is still a warning to the church system today. If any of the same conditions that existed in the seven churches of Asia exist in any church today, then God's judgment will fall upon that church.
Jesus' promise to the church at Ephesus was the same as it was to Eli. First He reminded them of their position and calling from which they had fallen. God reminded Eli that He had chosen the tribe of Levi to be His priests. Today, we are reminded that God has not only called us, but chosen us, to be not only His priests, but His kings in the earth, also. Today, God is calling His priesthood to repentance. God is admonishing us to repent and do the first works. What are the first works we are to accomplish in our lives? Many would state, "Our first work is to witness to the lost." Is this why God called us? Paul wrote to the church at Rome:
"Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death; that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father,
even so we also should walk in newness of life." Romans 6:4
Our first work is to know our God that we may walk in newness of life. Paul wrote to the Corinthians:
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, He is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." II Corinthians 5:17
We are to become a new creation in God, witnessing all the old things passing away, and all things becoming new in our life. To the Ephesians Paul wrote:
"And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness." Ephesians 4:24
Our first work is to put on the new man which is created in righteous and true holiness. To the Colossians Paul wrote:
"And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him." Colossians 3:10
Our first work is to put on the new man that is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him. If people can witness no change in our lives, our witness is untrue. We must become a new creation in Him, and walk in newness of life, if we are to become His example to a world who has lost its way, where their only vision is one of despair and disillusionment. God has opened the way in which we should walk.
Today is the Day of Repentance. We must become a living witness in the earth, or God will remove His candlestick, His presence, and His light from our midst. This was the message to Eli, and it is the message to the church system today. The church needs to recognize from whence it has fallen.
God told Eli his two sons would die in one day. Those who have raised themselves up in the church, who have no calling or anointing, will be destroyed in one day. The prophet Jeremiah spoke much about the pastors who occupy the pulpits in this last hour of time:
"Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made my pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.
They have made it desolate, and being desolate it mourneth unto me; the whole land is made desolate, because no man layeth it to heart." Jeremiah 12:10-11
God's prophets are speaking to the church system today. Their message is "Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at Hand". But the church, like Eli, is not laying these words to heart in their own lives. They continue in their own way, doing their own thing, accomplishing their own purposes. Because of this gross neglect, God's people are mourning before the Lord. Sound teaching and life-changing messages no longer come forth from the pulpit. Few know God's voice. But His warning is sure to those who will hear, and declare, "Here am I. Show me what I must do."
Eli was warned by the prophet of God, but this was not the only warning given to Eli. When the Lord appeared to Samuel, He told Samuel exactly what He was going to do to the house of Eli:
"In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: When I begin, I will also make an end. For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not. And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever." I Samuel 3:12-14
Eli's fate was sealed. God knew the thoughts and intents of Eli's heart. God knew Eli was old, blind, and deaf. God knew Eli had no zeal to serve Him. Eli was only maintaining a status quo. He knew his sons were vile, yet he restrained them not.
Instead he made excuses for them, justifying their actions.
What a perfect picture of the religious system in the earth today. It matters not the name the religious system has given itself. They are all serving the same religious spirit. This religious spirit brings separation and division to the body
of Christ. Paul wrote to Timothy about the condition of the religious system:
"Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." II Timothy 3:5
The church system has a form of godliness but deny the power of change in their lives. They have no relationship with the Holy Spirit except in name only. The Holy Spirit is spoken of, but given no place in their presence. Paul spoke of these:
"Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." II Timothy 3:7
The Truth is the Spirit of Truth. Paul was writing to Timothy about those who are ever learning but cannot come to the knowledge of the Holy Spirit working in their lives. These have refused to hear what the Spirit is saying unto the churches. We are warned to turn away from those who only have a form of godliness, but have denied the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
Because Eli would not repent, God informed Samuel:
". . .the iniquity of Eli's house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever." I Samuel 3:14
Many believe their good works make them acceptable before God. All God is looking for is clean hands and a pure heart. Our good works should only display our faith in God. The Apostle James wrote:
"Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works." James 2:18
If there is any other reason for our good works than faith, our good works become vain, and are a stink in God's nostrils. Our hands which represent our service before God must be clean, free from holding any filthy lucre or any filth of the flesh. Our hearts must be pure before God. If our motives are pure then our works will be acceptable before God.
The day came when God's judgment would be fulfilled in Eli's house. God raised up the Philistines to bring His judgment upon Eli and the whole nation Israel. Israel went out to battle against the Philistines and about four thousand Israelites were slain. The presence of God had departed, and because of this Israel could only fight in their own strength, which was small.
"So the people sent to Shiloh, that they might bring from thence the ark of the covenant of the Lord of hosts, which dwelleth between the Cherubims: and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God." I Samuel 4:4
The people of Israel were no different from many today. When things start to go wrong, they want God back in their presence to fight their battles. Hophni and Phinehas brought the Ark to the battle, but they would not take it home.
"And when the ark of the covenant of the Lord came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth rang again." I Samuel 4:5
When the Ark came into the camp the people shouted, but God was not in the camp. His presence had departed, and Israel was left to fight their own battles because they failed to heed the Word of God. The same is true today. Judgment must begin at the house of God. When His judgment comes, there will be no turning back. It will be too late for repentance, too late for prayer, too late to change one's ways. God revealed this day to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still." Revelation 22:11
There's a day coming when those who are unjust and filthy in their ways will remain as they are. God's judgment will be wrought on their unholy condition. Only those who are righteous and holy will not suffer God's coming judgment upon the church system. Israel was totally defeated.
"And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain." I Samuel 4:11
The Ark of God was removed from Israel. The Ark represents seven things in our lives:
1 - God's presence
2 - God's power
3 - God's provision
4 - God's peace
5 - God's protection
6 - God's praise
7 - God's prosperity
Israel stood naked in the midst of their enemy and the battle was lost.
"And there ran a man of Benjamin out of the army, and came to Shiloh the same day with his clothes rent, and with earth upon his head. And when he came, lo, Eli sat upon a seat by the wayside watching: for his heart trembled for the ark of God. And when the man came into the city, and told it, all the city cried out. Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were dim, that he could not see." I Samuel 4:12, 13, & 15
Eli, the old church system was old and blind. Eli was ninety-eight. His usefulness had long since past. Many brag how old their church system is. If they could only see how blind it is. Eli knew he had been warned, and his judgment had come. His arms of strength and outreach had been cut off. The Ark had been taken. God's presence, power, provision, peace, protection, praise, and prosperity had been removed from Israel's presence. God never returned to Eli, nor to the religious system.
In total despair Eli asked, "What was the outcome of the battle?"
"And the messenger answered and said, Israel is fled before the Philistines, and there hath been also a great slaughter among the people, and thy two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God is taken. And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God, that he fell from off the seat backward by the side of the gate, and his neck brake, and he died: for he was an old man, and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years." I Samuel 4:17-18
When Eli heard the Ark was taken, he fell off his seat backwards, and his neck was broken. The neck is what connects the head to the rest of the body. When the neck is broken, the body cannot survive because the head no longer sends signals to the body. Eli's neck was broken. Spiritually speaking, the neck of the church system is broken, and the head (Christ) is no longer sending signals to the body. Because of this the body has ceased to function.
Eli fell backwards. "Falling backwards" shows rebellion to the Lord. There are many places in the Bible where man came into the presence of the Lord. Every time, they fell on their faces before the Lord. The Bible records Abraham fell on his face in the presence of the Lord, Genesis 17:17. Balaam fell on his face before the Lord, Numbers 22:31. Likewise, Joshua, Joshua 5:14; Ezekiel, Ezekiel 1:28; Daniel, Daniel 8:17; Jesus' disciples, Matthew 17:6; Jesus Himself, Matthew 26:39; Paul on his road to Damascus, Acts 9:4. Even Goliath, when David's stone sank deep into his forehead, fell on his face before the Lord.
There are only two places in the Bible where men fell backwards: Eli, and when the mob came to take Jesus in the garden, John 18:6. Three times in God's Word it states, "Every knee will bow before the Lord".
"For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God." Romans 14:11
The other two Scriptures which speak that every knee should bow before the Lord are Isaiah 45:34 and Philippians 2:10. When the knees bend, one is falling forward before the Lord in submission to His will. When one falls backward, they are in rebellion to God's will. God is desiring us to bend our knee to His will. Eli refused to bend his knee, and because of this his neck was broken.
God had totally removed His presence, power, provision, peace, protection, praise, and prosperity from Israel. The Ark of God fell into the hands of the Philistines. When the Philistines set the Ark in the temple of their god, Dagon, a strange thing took place:
"And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the Lord. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again." I Samuel 5:3
Even the false gods of the heathen will bow before the presence of God. Those who will not bow their knee before the Lord will be destroyed. The Philistines set up their false God again,
"And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left to him." I Samuel 5:4
The head and hands of every false god in the world will be broken off and destroyed. Every hold these false idols have in our lives will be destroyed.
When Eli fell backwards his neck was broken and he died. Eli was old and fat. The religious system today is old and fat. It has become the Laodicean church in the earth today. Apathy reigns in the religious church system. Paul wrote to the church at Rome:
"For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God." Romans 10:3
Israel thought because they were chosen of God, they could sin, offer an innocent animal, and again come into a right standing with God; so they sinned willfully. The church has developed this same mentality that God is a good God, a God of love, who will never judge the people He has chosen. How mistaken they are! We do serve a gracious and merciful God. But God has another side. In his letter to Romans, Paul reveals:
"Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee goodness, if thou continue in His goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off." Romans 11:22
Those who have fallen from God's goodness because of their sinful nature will suffer His severity. God's severity will fall on all ungodliness. God will judge by His Word. If we cannot prove what we are doing or what we believe by the Word of God, then His judgment will come. It is not God's desire to judge, but that we all should come to repentance, II Peter 3:9. God's desire is to come into an intimate relationship with His body. As Jesus reveiled to John concerning the Laodicean church:
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me." Revelation 3:20
God is knocking on the door of the church system. He has sent His prophets, He has spoken through His young men, and He has admonished the Hophnis and Phinehases that stand in the pulpit. But they have turned a deaf ear and continue to be the sons of Belial.
When the messenger told Eli of the fate of the Ark and his sons, Eli's heart failed him for fear.
"And his daughter in law, Phinehas' wife, was with child, near to be delivered: and when she heard the tidings that the ark of God was taken, and that her father in law and her husband were dead, she bowed herself and travailed; for her pains came upon her. And about the time of her death the women that stood by her said unto her, Fear not; for thou hast born a son. But she answered not, neither did she regard it. And she named the child Ichabod, saying, The glory is departed from Israel: because the ark of God was taken, and because of her father in law and her husband." I Samuel 4:19-21
The only thing the old church system produced was Ichabod which means "the glory has departed". Although the Ark was gone, Israel continued their ritualistic services in the tabernacle. Everything continued as before, except God was not a part of it. It looked good on the outside. What seemed to be their worship of God was only show. All their priestly garments, all their holy vessels were empty because the anointing, the glory of God, had departed. The prophet Jeremiah speaks of the pastors in our day:
"Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed My people; Ye have scattered My flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord." Jeremiah 23:2
God will punish these unfaithful pastors, just as He punished Eli. These unfaithful pastors have not only scattered God's flock, but have robbed them of their inheritance in God. These pastors have refused to perform their God-given duty to feed the flock of God. Because of this the flock is perishing of malnutrition.
God's flock has become weak, unable to ward off any attack of the enemy. They are being consumed by their own lust and greed. The pastors have not shown them the way back to the Father. This has happened because the pastors have also lost their way. They simply go along, falling into every ditch, every rut, following their religious codes, hoping they are acceptable in the sight of God. But God was not through, as He spoke through Samuel:
"And I will raise Me up a faithful priest, that shall do according to that which is in Mine heart and in My mind: and I will build him a sure house; and he shall walk before Mine anointed for ever. And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left in thine house shall come and crouch to him for a piece of silver and a morsel of bread, and shall say, Put me, I pray thee, into one of the priests' offices, that I may eat a piece of bread." I Samuel 2:35-36
God was raising up Samuel to be a judge and Spiritual leader over Israel. Samuel was not of the tribe of Levi. He was an Ephramite. God is changing His order again. He is raising up an army to feed and minister to His flock.
There is hope! God has given those who have lost their way a beautiful promise through Jeremiah:
"And I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the Lord." Jeremiah 23:3-4
God is training His faithful shepherds in the wilderness. These are men of no reputation, who will nourish God's flock and teach them His way so they may walk in His will.
God has given us the examples of Eli and Samuel to give us hope in the days ahead. God has not lost the battle for the heart of His people, nor have false pastors and teachers changed God's original plan for His creation.
All the world powers cannot change the overcoming power in God's true people. We have a victory, and it is not in bigness. Our victory comes from a changed heart. When our thinking changes, our relationship to God will change. When we begin to worship God with our whole being, His presence, power, provision, peace, protection, praise, and prosperity will return unto His people. These will worship the Lord in Spirit and in truth.
". . . For the Father seeketh such to worship Him." John 4:23
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1. The condition of the religious system in Israel at the time of is a similitude
of the condition of the _____ at the end of this age.
2. The Greek word Laodicea means...
3. List two reasons why the church in the end of the age is likened unto Eli.
4. Many pastors today feel their only commitment to God is to _____ .
5. What has caused those in the religious systems today to completely miss what God is doing in their presence?
6.In the following scripture quote, "...what shall the end be of them who obey not the gospel of God?" ...who is being spoken of as them who obey not?
7.Eli's sons were referred to as sons of "Belial". What does the word Belial mean?
8.The name Hophni means
The name Phinehas means
9.The pulpits are filled with Hophnis and Phinehases who , and who through their mouths of sin to maintain what they have .
10.Why did many abhor the offering of the Lord in Eli's day?
11.How does Isaiah describe the watchmen and shepherds of our day, Isaiah 56:10-12.
12.When the church again becomes a ___, a ____, and a _____ you will not be able to keep the people away.
13.Those still living on milk are in the Word of righteousness: for they are _____. Hebrews 5:13
14.Newborn babes are to desire the sincere milk of the Word so that they _____. I Peter 2:2
15.Today, God is trying to wean His people from the milk of the Word, so He might establish the ._____
16.Young men, like Samuel, are those who ._____
17.There was a _____ of the in Samuel's day, and there is a _____ in our day. There was no ._____
18.What happens where there is no vision? Proverbs 29:18
19.As we come to the end of the age, every man God will use in this endtime calling will have _____, just as Samuel.
20.Why was the lamp in the days of Eli about to be extinguished?
21.The arm always represents _____. The strength of any work is its _____.
22.What are the first works we are to accomplish in our lives?
23.Give 6 reasons why Eli's fate was sealed.
24.What seven things does the Ark of God represent in our lives?
25.When one fall's backwards, they are _____.
26.The name Ichabod means _____ . How does this apply to the old, religious church system?
27.Today, God is calling to a people who are _____.
Eli, the End Time Church
1. The condition of the religious system in Israel at the time of is a similitude of the condition of the at the end of this age.
A Eli, church
2. The Greek word Laodicea means...
A The people's rights
3. List two reasons why the church in the end of the age is likened unto Eli.
A Eli shows the condition of the church in the end of the age
B Eli also shows how God is going to deal with the organized religious system in the end of the age
4. Many pastors today feel their only commitment to God is to
A to maintain the numbers in the congregation at any cost
5. What has caused those in the religious systems today to completely miss what God is doing in their presence?
A As Eli, many today have settled back on their lees, taking their ease and have become complacent. They feel secure in their position, and desire nothing more than the recognition of men.
6. In the following scripture quote, "...what shall the end be of them who obey not the gospel of God?"...who is being spoken of as them who obey not?
A those who obey not are those who are Christians in the
church but are not obedient to God's Word
7. Eli's sons were referred to as sons of "Belial". What does the word Belial mean?
A worthless, good for nothing, unprofitable and base
8. The name Hophni means
The name Phinehas means
A champion fighter, pugilist, one who earns his living with his fists
B mouth of brass
9 The pulpits are filled with Hophnis and Phinehazes who , and who through their mouths so sin to maintain what they have .
A fight to keep their position
B compromise the Word of God
C not earned
10 Why did many abhor the offering of the Lord in Eli's day?
A Hophni and Phinehaz enlarged their fleshhooks so their share would be more, and the Lord's sacrifice would be diminished.
11 How does Isaiah describe God's watchmen and shepherds of our day, Isaiah 56:10-12.
A They are blind and ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber, greedy dogs which can never have enough, shepherds that cannot understand,
they all look to their won way, every one for his gain from his quarter, greedy, and only interested in themselves
12 When the church again becomes a _____ , a _____ ,and a _____ you will not be able to keep the people away.
A house of prayer
B powerhouse in the community
C bastion for all that is holy, clean, and pure
13.Those still living on milk are _____ in the Word of righteousness: for he is a _____. Hebrews 5:13
14.Newborn babes to desire the sincere milk of the Word so that they _____. I Peter 2:2
A grow thereby
15.Today, God is trying to wean His people from the milk of the Word, so he might establish the _____.
A the meat of the Word in their lives
16Young men, as Samuel, are those who _____.
A Growing in God's Word
17.There was a _____ of the in Samuel's day, and there is a _____ in our day. There was no _____ .
A famine of the Word of God
B famine of the Word of God
C no open vision
18.What happens where there is no vision? Proverbs 29:18
A the people perish
19.As we come to the end of the age, every man whom God will use in this endtime calling will have _____, just as Samuel.
A their special meeting with their God
20.Why was the lamp in the days of Eli about to be extinguished?
A because of the evil ways of the high priest order
21.Today, God is calling to a people who are _____ .
A without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing, who can come into the Holy of Holies and stand before the Ark of the Lord without sin.
22.The arm always represents _____. The strength of any work is its _____.
A strength, outreach
23.What are the "first works' we are to accomplish in our lives?
A to know our God that we may walk in newness of life
B to put on the new man which is created in righteousness and true holiness
24.Give 6 reasons why Eli's fate was sealed.
A Eli was old
D had no zeal to serve God
E he only maintained a status quo
F his sons were vile, yet he restrained them not
25.What seven things does the Ark of God represent in our lives?
God's presence, power, provision, peace, protection, praise and prosperity
26.When one fall's backwards, they are _____.
A rebellion to God's will
27.The name Ichabod means . How does this apply to the old, religious church system?
A the glory has departed
b God's glory has departed the church system because thy have become ritualistic, their worship of God is only for show
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