From Repentance To Our Promise Land
by George Kirkpatrick
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SALVATION FROM EGYPT

Chapter One

This call in Israel's life came at the midnight hour. That midnight hour comes in our lives when God calls for us to flee sin (the world and the old way of life). That midnight hour comes when He brings us to repentance.

God struck all the first born of Egypt in the midnight hour. It was at that midnight hour in our lives that God began to destroy the firstborn of our flesh: our old lives, our old man, and all things began the process of becoming new. When we flee the old ways of the world, the flesh and the devil, we are ready to start on our journey toward the promise land of the Kingdom of God.

We are about to come into the New Day. We are about to enter into the son relationship with the Father. As Israel discovered, and as we have witnessed, this journey is not without many plateaus to traverse. Every step Israel made in their wilderness walk, we must traverse in our walk to our promise land in God. The midnight hour is almost passed. We must prepare now, to enter into the fullness of the New Day that lies directly ahead. Are you ready for the journey?

Further Discussion

*** Egypt

Our world coming apart

Confusion and Chaos

Loss of Freedom

***Slaves of Sin

***Flesh Pots of Self Pity

***Salvation and Deliverance From Egypt

***Jesus, the Sacrificial Lamb

***The Blood Covering

***The Midnight Hour

Questions

1.As we look back to Israel, our , we need to sense the coming of the . Every step Israel made in their wilderness walk, we must traverse in our walk to .

2.Israel's example of deliverance from Egypt is a and Of our walk in God from repentance to inheriting the promise land, the Kingdom of God.

3.List Abraham's eight sons:

4.What negative change came unto Israel in the book of Exodus?

5.Before we came to repentance we were as Israel: enslaved to the , to , and to the of the flesh.

6.Egypt is a type of what four things?

7.God sent Jesus to free us from sin and give us a new life free from the bondage of the flesh. We call this .

8.Without true there can be no salvation.

9.When God brings us to repentance, He has generally destroyed our around us.

10.What does a male lamb or goat of the first year without blemish represent? I Peter 1:19

11.When the blood was applied above the door and both sides of the house, what does this represent?

12.The midnight hour in our lives comes when God calls us to do what?

BAPTISM AT THE RED SEA

Chapter Two

The firstborn (the old man) born into Egypt (the world) had been destroyed. The new man, with the blood covering made haste and was ready to flee the slavery from the sin of the world and its repressive holds.

God had prepared Israel for this journey. Everything they needed was provided by the Egyptians. God spoke to Moses to speak into the ears of the people. The men were to borrow from their neighbors. The women were to borrow jewels of silver and gold and raiment (clothing). Israel went from Egypt with much substance. This fulfilled the prophesy made to Abraham that, after 400 years, his people would come out of Egypt with great substance; all their livestock, their earthly belongings, their kneading troughs.

The only thing they did not have, nor were they allowed to have in their household, was leaven. Leaven signifies sin. For seven days they were not permitted to have leaven in their household, *** Exodus 12:19. If they had leaven in their household, their souls would be cut off from the congregation of Israel.

In our salvation experience, we, too, come out of the world. God does not care how much earthly goods we obtain, as long as we do not make it sin or an idol in our lives to be worshipped instead of God. If we have anything that we will not give up, then it has become god to us. Therefore, it is sin in the eyes of God and we will be separated from the congregation of Israel.

When Israel came out of Egypt, they did not come out alone. A mixed multitude came with them, *** Exodus 12:38. It was this mixed multitude that caused problems for Israel in the wilderness. Like many today, all they did was murmur and complain. The mixed multitude began to bring discontent among Israel by reminding them of the so-called good life before their wilderness of testings. This is the way leaven works. It permeates the whole with discontentment, doubt and division.

"And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?

We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick." *** Numbers 11:4-5

When the mixed multitude began to lust and desire the old life, the old ways of Egypt, they had lost their vision of the promise land. They no longer desired the land of milk and honey. So many today, who come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, do not separate themselves from the mixed multitudes. When their so-called friends desire the things of the world, they turn away and are lost. They lose their vision of eternal life and desire the pleasures of the temporal life instead. They begin to complain to God about the testing they are experiencing and turn back. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and their pride of life draw them back into the mixed multitudes who will not enter into the Kingdom of God.

Israel was in Egypt 430 years. Their home in Egypt was called Ramese. The word Ramese means "evil is the standard bearer". The time we spent in the world, we lived by the standard of evil. We may have been honest, moral, upright people, but our minds were evil because our souls were not regenerated. We had not come into any relationship with our Creator. Our souls were aliens of God. We had no God-conscience. Therefore, our thoughts were evil.

Israel celebrated the Passover Supper, the partaking of the passover lamb, symbolic of our Passover Lamb, Jesus Christ. After they partook of the Passover Lamb, they were to flee Egypt. When we partake of the saving grace of our Passover Lamb, we are to flee the world.

CROSSING THE RED SEA

There was another trial Israel had to face before they would be free from Egypt and Pharaoh, and that was the Red Sea. The Red Sea is symbolic of our baptism in water. Pharaoh is a type of satan in our lives. Israel came out of Egypt in the month of Abib. The word Abib means "a green ear of corn" or "an ear of corn not yet come to maturity". This relates to our walk in the Lord. When we are first saved, we are green and very immature.

When Israel left Egypt, they went to Succoth. The word Succoth means "booth" or "temporary dwelling place". When we leave our security in the world (Egypt), we become sojourners with no certain dwelling place in the earth. Succoth was not the shortest route to the Red Sea.

"And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt:

But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red Sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt." *** Exodus 13:17-18

Israel had not been to the Red Sea (Baptism). They were not equipped for a time of testing at this time, so God protected them from the temptation of going back to Egypt. God will protect that seed until the fertile soil is established in our lives.

God protected Israel by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. This is God's Spiritual presence with us. He is there for us as He was for Israel. When we come to God, we become His property. As His property, it is His duty to protect His property from all attacks, both physical and Spiritual.

ETHAN

After Israel left Succoth, they came to Ethan. The word Ethan means "their plowshare is with them". Plowshares are used to break up the fallow ground. At this time, God begins to break up the fallow ground in our lives in many ways: through fellowship with older believers, through prayer meetings, through words of prophesy, but mostly through the Word.

Israel had been led to Succoth, then to Ethan and were now ready to move on. As God begins to speak to us through His Word, at first we have limited understanding. But God continues to do a work in our lives and we begin to grow. As we learn, the Lord begins to urge us to go on from Ethan. As Israel, we begin to move to the next camp.

PIHAHIROTH

"Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baalzephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea.

For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in." *** Exodus 14:2-3

Israel was to camp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the Red Sea, over against Baalzephon. God declared unto Moses that Pharaoh would say, "Israel is entangled in the land. The wilderness hath shut them in". Pharaoh would think Israel was between a rock and a hard place.

The word Pihahiroth means "the mouth of wrath, kindled". The word Migdol means "a tower", and the name Baalzephon means "Lord of the North". North is the place of God's throne. A tower is a place of strength and protection, and the mouth of wrath that is kindled against us is satan speaking through others to bring us back into captivity.

When we first accept the Lord, everything seems beautiful and exciting. Just as Israel was free from the Egyptian government, no longer in slavery, we, too, have gained our freedom from sin. As Israel, we are on our way to an exciting new life. But, then the mouth of wrath is kindled against us. Those past friends and acquaintances begin to come against us to do the old things, to go to the old places, to go back to the old life.

We come to the place where the wrath of satan is kindled against us, and he will use all the power at his disposal to bring us back into his kingdom. Nevertheless, God is on His throne in our lives and His strength is there to protect us. He will not allow us to be tempted above that we are able. With every temptation, He will provide a way for us to escape, *** I Corinthians 10:13.

When Pharaoh was told that Israel had fled, his anger was kindled and he declared, "Why have we done this? Why have we let Israel go from serving us?" *** Exodus 14:5. Satan realized that this new experience of salvation, life and light in our lives was not just a superficial thing, as it had been in so many other lives. He mustered all the power he could to get us back. We were come against with every detestable trick and lie that we could imagine. He used our own families to try and turn us back. The whole community in which we lived became our enemy.

Pharaoh took all the chariots in Egypt, 600 total, having a captain over each one of them. Chariots are a sign of strength and wealth. A country's strength and wealth was measured by how many chariots they had at their disposal. Solomon's wealth was measured by how many chariots he owned. Horses are the sign of power. Therefore, Pharaoh came after Israel with all his strength and power.

Not only did Pharaoh have 600 chariots, he also had all his foot soldiers. They had Israel trapped against the sea. Pharaoh's plan was to take them captive and march them back to their clay pits and clay pots. After all, the people of Israel were slaves unto Pharaoh and he did not want to lose them; just as we were slaves to satan's power, he did not want to let us go either. How could we possibly escape?

Israel was before Baalzephon, (The Lord of the North). They were camped before the throne of God. They had come into the protection of the Father and all the armies of Pharaoh (satan) had no power to enslave them again. Greater is He that is in us, then he that is in the world. Praise God!

As Israel witnessed the approach of Pharaoh's army, they became fearful and began to murmur against Moses. But God spoke through Moses and proclaimed unto Israel,

"Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord... the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever." *** Exodus 14:13

God was going to do something in Israel's life so that they would never again have to deal with this enemy. Moses raised his rod and the sea divided and a way of escape was provided for Israel.

But Israel was not ready to cross. The path through the sea had to be prepared. The east wind blew all night and drove the sea back so that Israel could go over on dry ground.

"And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:

And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night." *** Exodus 14:19-20

The angel of the Lord who had gone before Israel to lead their way, now moved behind them to be their protection from the enemy. God promises us this same protection.

"For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for The Lord will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rereward." *** Isaiah 52:12

He not only goes before us, He is our rereward; our protection from the back. The cloud was darkness unto Egypt. They could not see Israel. But Israel was in the Light. When we come into the protection of the Most High God, we are no longer visible to the enemy. Nevertheless, Israel could see what was going on in the camp of Pharaoh.

"And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the Lord looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians,

And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the Lord fighteth for them against the Egyptians." *** Exodus 14:24-25

There was total confusion in the camp of Pharaoh. The Lord had troubled the whole army. He had taken off their chariot wheels and the horses had drug the chariot bodies around with no wheels on them. This expended the horses. Their power and their strength had become nothing; of no value to Pharaoh, and no threat to Israel. Pharaoh's army knew they were defeated. They proclaimed, "Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the Lord fights for them and against us."

As Israel, we stood before the waters of baptism. We knew that satan's power and strength had been diminished in our lives, but we still had the fear of failure. Sometimes we murmured against our deliverer, "Lord, why is it so hard? Why is everyone against me? Why can't they see the change? Why do they talk and make remarks that hurt and cut the flesh?" The only answer is that the flesh had not yet been destroyed. We knew there was no way we would go back to the old life. But satan, mustering all his power and strength, had to try to discourage us; hoping we would, again, be taken captive by him and return to his kingdom of confusion.

We can be sure Israel learned how to pray that night. Behind them was the army of Pharaoh; before them, a path through two walls of water. None of this, in the natural, made any sense. Why could God not have taken us another way? Why do we need to go through the water? This has been the question from the beginning. Why must we go through the water?

Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Paul told us why. First, Israel had to be baptized into Moses, their deliverer.

"Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;

And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea." *** I Corinthians 10:1-2

We must be baptized unto the death of Christ. Why?

"Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death?

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 6:3-4

We must be baptized to walk into newness of life. How do we do this?

"Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin." *** Romans 6:6

When we are baptized, we put off the old man so that we may live in the newness of life and serve God, not being trapped again and taken captive by the enemy. When we are baptized, we begin to become that new creation in God.

Many churches today will allow you to become a part of their fellowship only after you are baptized. Many, also, believe that you must baptize in this name or that name.

There are different ways that churches baptize. Some sprinkle, some pour and some immerse. Which is correct?

The word baptize is the transliterated word, BAPTIZO and means "to dip, as you would change the color of a garment when it is dyed". It would be hard to dye a garment by sprinkling it or pouring the dye on it. To dye a garment evenly, it must be dipped.

Israel is our example. As they had to pass through the Red Sea with the water above them to be baptized unto Moses, it is of necessity that, in order for us to be baptized unto the death of Christ, we must be dipped (immersed) under the water. It would be hard to bring about death of the flesh by sprinkling or pouring water on the body. We cannot put away the old man unless it is brought into the place of death. Paul said, "For he that is dead is freed from sin." *** Romans 6:7

Using Israel as our example, Pharaoh (satan) used all his power and strength to keep Israel from passing through the Red Sea. He still uses all his power and strength to keep those who desire to be baptized and go on into God from obtaining this freedom in God.

Israel faced a night of decision. Many looked at the walls of water and thought, maybe it was not so bad back in Egypt after all. They had their homes, friends, possessions, security, and acceptance. Maybe the taskmasters would be better to them if they repented and returned to Egypt. As these thoughts were running through some of their minds, others were reviewing the miracles God had wrought on Egypt to let them go. After all, God had brought them out with a high hand, His "exalted power". No amount of physical force could have performed the miracles they had witnessed to accomplish their deliverance.

This is the way many of us have felt about our decision to serve the Lord. It took many miracles to bring us to the place of repentance and now another miracle is about to take place; the total destruction of the enemy in our lives.

When Israel made the decision to step into that path which God had prepared for them, it sealed the fate of their enemy. He would never again have power in their life, unless they gave it back to him. They almost did this at a later date.

Israel went over on dry land. When Egypt's army tried to cross, they were destroyed; not one remained. This meant total deliverance for Israel. The enemy could never, again, touch them.

With God's victory being wrought in their lives and the song of victory on their lips, they proceeded toward their walk to their promise land. Just as we, when we passed through the water, are on our way to our promise land, the Kingdom of God.

But Israel had many testings and trials that they had to go through before they would reach their promise land. We know this was and is true of our walk in God. Just because we come to repentance and are baptized, we are still not equipped to make our journey. At this point, we have not yet been empowered with the Holy Spirit to make the journey. This was Israel's next stop in the wilderness.

Further Discussion

***The Leaven

***The Mixed Multitude

***Salvation

***True Repentance

***Water Baptism

Questions

1.What must not be in any household in Israel?

2.What does leaven represent and how does it work in the our lives?

3.What is the first step in our walk into our promise land the Kingdom of God? Once we repent, how does God begin to break up our fallow ground?

4.When we gain our freedom from sin, past friends and acquaintances begin to do what?

5.What does the Red Sea represent in our lives?

6.Why do we need to go through the water of the Red Sea experience?

7.What does the word baptize mean?

8.It is of necessity that, in order for us to be baptized unto the death of Christ, we must be dipped (totally ) in water. We cannot put away the old man of sin unless it is brought into the place of . Romans 6:3-7

9.Israel had to make a decision to go into the Red Sea and leave Egypt behind. What were the things in Egypt they had to decide to leave?

10.Are you ready to walk into this newness of life, leaving the world and all its allurements?

WATERS OF MARAH

Chapter Three

Israel's first camp in the wilderness was at Succoth. After Succoth, they traveled to Ethan. These were the easy days for Israel. This is the time of grace, when we first come to the Lord. It is almost like our honeymoon with God. No enemy is following and no testing, no decisions have to be made; just enjoying our new freedom in God.

Then we were required to face the Red Sea with the enemy hot on our trail to take us, once again, into captivity through the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the pride of life.

The morning of the third day they crossed the Red Sea. Three is God's number of completeness. When we were baptized we had completed the fleshly requirements in our lives. But there are Spiritual requirements which must be met also.

Israel's three days showed complete separation and deliverance from Egypt (the world) and Pharaoh (satan).

One of the first things Moses spoke to Pharaoh when he first approached him about letting God's people go was that God had commanded Israel to journey three days into the wilderness to make sacrifice unto their God. Moses stated that God would fall upon them with pestilence or with the sword if Pharaoh refused.

Pharaoh refused to let Israel go and the plagues that Moses pronounced came upon Egypt. Three times pharaoh tried to make a deal with Moses when the plagues worsened. Pharaoh was willing to give Israel partial separation and deliverance. Moses' answer, every time, was, "We must go three days into the wilderness to worship our God." This is an example to us. We cannot compromise in any way with satan in our walk with God.

Pharaoh's first attempt to get Moses to compromise was in *** Exodus 8:25-26.

"And Pharaoh called for Moses and for Aaron, and said, Go ye, sacrifice to your God in the land.

And Moses said, It is not meet so to do; for we shall sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians to the Lord our God: lo, shall we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, and will they not stone us?"

Pharaoh, as satan, tried to convince Moses there was no need to separate from the world and his kingdom to worship their God. Satan will try to convince us, today, that we can worship our God and not leave the world.

Moses spoke to Pharaoh and said, "Shall we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes?" Tending sheep was an abomination to the Egyptians. When Israel came to Egypt, Joseph had related to his brethren that every shepherd was an abomination unto the Egyptians, *** Genesis 46:34. The Egyptians thought sheep and cattle were sacred and the sacrifice of these animals would have incited riot. They had made an idol of the created. Paul wrote to the Romans:

"Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen." *** Romans 1:25

We witness the same today. Many worship the cross more than they do the one who hung there. They worship their church more than the one it is supposed to represent. These have not separated themselves from Egypt, but worship the created more than the Creator.

Pharaoh's second attempt to get Moses to compromise was through the plague of locust. When Israel went into the wilderness to worship, Pharaoh asked Moses who would go?

"And Moses said, We will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters, with our flocks and with our herds will we go; for we must hold a feast unto the Lord." *** Exodus 10:9

Moses demanded not only total separation, but total deliverance of all their worldly belongings, including everything that God had given them.

Pharaoh made an offer. He was willing to allow only the men to go. Why? Because he knew that, if the family did not go, the men would be back. Many times, satan is content to let the mother and father serve God. What he really wants are the children. And he is getting them because the Godly parents are too willing to compromise with satan, instead of fighting for their children to get them out of his clutches. Where are those who will say, "I will not let satan keep our children!" Where are those who will do the Spiritual warfare needed to get their children back at all cost?

"Not so: go now ye that are men, and serve the Lord; for that ye did desire. And they were driven out from Pharaoh's presence." *** Exodus 10:11

Too many Christian mothers and fathers compromise with satan, in order to have what they think is an easy walk. We are admonished in the book of Proverbs . . .

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." *** Proverbs 22:6

The word old means "the age of shaving or marriage", the teen-age years.

Most children turn from God in their teen years. This does not have to be so. We must start to train and protect our children at an early age, while they are unable to protect themselves from the clutches of satan. And then, in their teen-age, or rebellious years, they will not depart from the ways of God. These are the years that Proverbs speaks of. Solomon wrote,

"A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother." *** Proverbs 10:1

The word heaviness is TUGA and means "an emotional sadness of grief". Those who do not train up their children in the way of the Lord in their early years are destined to have sadness and grief when the children are in their teenage years. It is satan's total desire to have our children.

Pharaoh had one more compromise to offer Moses before God would deliver Israel with a high hand. God had to be sure Israel would not compromise before He could deliver them from Pharaoh's grip. Moses had stretched forth his rod and thick darkness had covered the land for three days. Pharaoh called Moses and told them they could go, but the flocks and the herds had to stay, *** Exodus 10:24. Moses' answer was:

"...Thou must give us also sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice unto the Lord our God.

Our cattle also shall go with us; there shall not an hoof be left behind; for thereof must we take to serve the Lord our God; and we know not with what we must serve the Lord, until we come thither." *** Exodus 10:25-26

Moses knew they were to serve God with all that He had given them. They needed the animals to sacrifice unto God. Satan will let us go, but he wants to take our sacrifice away. We can confess our belief with our mouths, as long as we do not sacrifice.

Paul wrote we are to present our bodies as a living sacrifice unto God, *** Romans 12:1. Israel had to be totally separated unto God before He could totally separate them from Egypt and Pharaoh. If we do not come to God with our whole heart, satan still has controls in our lives. God cannot accomplish deliverance and separation in our lives until we are completely separated from Egypt (the world).

It takes the death of the firstborn, or the old man, to accomplish this deliverance and separation in our lives. It was necessary for God to kill all the firstborn in Egypt to bring this deliverance and separation in Israel's lives. God dealt with the firstborn in Egypt, but Israel dealt with the firstborn, the old man, in the Red Sea. When we leave Egypt (the world), we have dealt with the sin problem in our lives.

Baptism is where we deal with the old man. When Israel came through the Red Sea, they realized their enemy was their old way of life. Their bondage had been destroyed in the water. The whole congregation broke into unashamed praise before their God. This was the three day separation into the wilderness, when total deliverance and separation had been wrought in their lives.

After we come through baptism, the first thing that breaks forth in our lives is praise. We begin to praise God for this newness of life. When Israel crossed the Red Sea, Moses and the children of Israel began to sing before the Lord. It was a song of victory, praise and prophecy. Their song began,

"I will sing unto the Lord, for He hath triumphed gloriously..." *** Exodus 15:1

There was no glory for Israel in the victory, only the benefits of the victory that God had wrought in their lives. It is the same when we come unto God. We receive the victory over sin and begin our walk in God. Our lives are changed. There is nothing in us that can accomplish this in our lives. We must give all praise and glory to the One who wrought that victory. Moses went on to sing:

"The horse and his rider hath He thrown into the sea..." *** Exodus 15:1

The word rider means "charioteer", or the one who rode in the chariot. The horse symbolizes "strength and power". The driver of the chariot symbolizes "authority". Just as Pharaoh and His army were destroyed in the Red Sea, so it is with us. Satan's power, strength and authority, his whole demonic realm no longer has any power, strength, or authority in our lives except that which we allow him to have. Satan only has power and authority if we do not deal with the old man in the baptism pool.

We are told to resist the devil and he will flee from us, *** James 4:7. The problem with too many of God's people today is, they have been erroneously taught that satan still has power and authority in their lives. So when satan wants to attack, they give him the power to do so because they have not been taught how to resist him.

When God is chastising His people to bring correction into their lives, they give satan the credit for this chastisement and they murmur against God for allowing it. When God is chastising us, it is because He loves us. He is treating us as sons, not as bastard children. *** Hebrews 12:7-8

When we give satan this undue credit, we are confessing that he has power and authority in our lives and that we are still dealing with the old man of sin.

Israel continued to sing praises to their God. They proclaimed:

"The Lord is my strength and my song" and "He is become My Salvation," *** Exodus 15:2.

This song was prophetic in nature. Israel was not only proclaiming her deliverance from Egypt, but was looking forward to the time of her total salvation in Christ Jesus, when there would be total deliverance from sin and death.

They knew God as Yahweh (Lord). They knew God, also, as their strength (Jehovah Oz) and their song (Jehovah Zimrath). They proclaimed, "He is become My Salvation." The word salvation, in Hebrew, is Yeshua. In other places this same word is translated Joshua and means, "Jehovah is Salvation". The Greek rendering for Joshua in the New Testament is Jesus. When the prophetic words of Moses were sung, they proclaimed Jesus as the God of Salvation.

Israel proclaimed they would prepare Him an habitation, *** Exodus 15:2. In the New Testament, this speaks of the body of Christ which He is preparing; whom He will inhabit for all eternity. He is preparing this many-membered, corporate body in the earth today, *** I Corinthians 12:14. He is doing this in individuals who will make up His body when He comes to gather His jewels in the earth.

The Song of Moses also prophesied of the day that lies directly ahead of us. The Holy Spirit revealed this day unto Isaiah.

"And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee: though Thou wast angry with me, Thine anger is turned away, and Thou comfortedst me.

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation.

Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation." *** Is. 12:1-3

We will draw from the wells of salvation. These are words of life that we must apply to our soul to be cleansed from all unrighteousness. We will shine forth as pure gold, as lights set upon a hill. Praise God!

Isaiah went on to say,

"Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee. *** Isaiah 12:6

Those who inhabit Zion, the high place in God, will praise and worship when the Holy One of Israel has manifested Himself in our midst. Then we, as Israel, can proclaim, in a new way, our Father is God, and we will exalt Him. *** Exodus 15:2

We must know and recognize the Father, (Holy Spirit); and as Jesus, turn all the glory back to the Father. We must receive no glory for what the Father has accomplished in our lives.

As the prophetic and praising word flowed from Moses' mouth, He proclaimed,

"Thy right hand, O Lord, is become glorious in power: Thy right hand, O Lord, hath dashed in pieces the enemy." *** Exodus 15:6

By the Spirit of Prophesy, Moses spoke of Jesus as being the Father's right hand and becoming glorious in power. By the Word, we are informed that all power was given unto Jesus in heaven and in earth, *** Matthew 28:18. When His work was finished, He sat down on the right hand of the Father until all enemies were put under His feet as a footstool.

"For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit Thou on My right hand, till I make Thine enemies Thy footstool." *** Mark 12:36

Moses not only foretold the first coming of Jesus and His total victory over satan and His kingdom, but he gave us a foreshadowing as to when Jesus would return in His wrath.

"And in the greatness of Thine excellency Thou hast overthrown them that rose up against Thee: Thou sentest forth Thy wrath, which consumed them as stubble." *** Exodus 15:7

God will raise up in His wrath and consume, as stubble, all those who have risen up against Him and His Kingdom. At that time, the dual prophesy in Matthew 26:64 will be fulfilled.

"Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven." *** Matthew 26:64

We shall witness the Son sitting on the right hand of power. But we, who are alive and remain until His coming, will see Him coming in the clouds of heaven on the Day of Ascension. When His disciples were standing, gazing up into heaven, Jesus was taken up and a cloud received Him out of their sight. *** Acts 1:9-10. The angels said,

"Why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven." *** Acts 1:11

Man has erroneously looked for a physical return of Jesus. The angels said He would return in like manner as you have seen Him go, *** Acts 1:9. He was received up into a cloud. He was received into the glory that He had with the Father from the beginning. And He will return in like manner; in that same glory that His disciples saw Him leave in. He is coming back as the ruling and reigning King, not as one that was mocked, scorned and scourged. He has endured the cross and despised the shame, *** Hebrews 12:2. He is waiting until His enemies are put under His feet as a footstool. Then He will return in all honour and glory, to receive all those who are called His, unto Himself. Those who have forsaken Him and His ways will be consumed as stubble. Moses asks:

"Who is like unto Thee, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like Thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?" *** Exodus 15:11

Moses knew of the coming Redeemer.

"Thou in Thy mercy hast led forth the people which Thou hast redeemed: Thou hast guided them in Thy strength unto Thy holy habitation." *** Exodus 15:13

Moses prophesied that the Redeemer would lead His people into His holy habitation; into His very presence. John wrote that we would see Him as He is, because we shall be like Him. *** I John 3:2

Job also knew his Redeemer, knew his condition in God and foretold his hope.

"For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me." *** Job 19:25-27

Job also knew, as did Moses, of the Day of Judgment.

"Be ye afraid of the sword: for wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword, that ye may know there is a judgment." *** Job 19:29

Many, today, are proclaiming there is no judgment, and God's people will be miraculously delivered from Planet Earth. These seem to be willingly ignorant of the Scriptures which state that judgment must begin at the house of God, *** I Peter 4:17. Peter goes on to say, "What shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?"

Moses' song spoke of those who obey not the gospel of God.

"The people shall hear, and be afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina.

Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold upon them; all the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away.

Fear and dread shall fall upon them; by the greatness of Thine arm they shall be as still as a stone; till Thy people pass over, O Lord, till the people pass over, which Thou hast purchased." *** Exodus 15:14-16

Moses named four peoples: Palestina, Edom, Moab and Canaan.

Palestina was cursed because they joined Assyria to fight against Israel. God dissolved the whole nation of Palestina, *** Isaiah 14:29-32. God will dissolve all those who come against God's people, both natural and Spiritual Israel.

Edom was Esau who had sold his birthright in God. Those who reject the free gift of salvation in Christ Jesus will lose their birthright. All those who have no birthright in God will be cut off.

Moab was the incestuous son of Lot. Moab hired Balaam to curse Israel. Moab also led Israel to marry the daughter of the heathen and to give their daughters unto the heathen. Those who seduce and pervert God's people will tremble and shake in the day of His judgment.

Canaan was the cursed son of Ham. These were the inhabitants of the land of Canaan. When Israel went in to possess Canaan, the inhabitants of the land were to be totally destroyed by the Israelites. These are those areas of our lives which we have not dealt with and handed over to the Lord Jesus Christ. We, too, must route out the Canaanite from our lives if we are to enter into the Kingdom God has promised.

Moses prophesied that the Lord shall reign forever and ever, *** Exodus 15:18. The Song of Moses was a Song of Praise, a Song of Prophesy, and most of all a Song of Victory and Overcoming.

As we read in the book of Revelation, those who stand on the sea of glass, mingled with fire, have gotten the victory over the beast, over his image, over his mark and over the number of his name. They have the harps of God and will be singing the song of Moses, and the song of the Lamb, *** Revelation 15:2-3. These are the overcomers who will rule and reign with Christ for 1000 years upon this earth.

WILDERNESS OF SHUR

God had wrought a great victory in Israel at the Red Sea. Praises unto God rang throughout the whole camp of Israel. When we come to repentance and receive the baptism of water, it truly is a time of praise. But, as with Israel, so it is with us. Our journey has only begun and the Wilderness of Shur lies directly ahead. Shur means "a wall or enclosure".

Israel was soon to come to their next enlightenment in their walk with God.

"So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water." *** Exodus 15:22

Israel had traveled three days, or another completion of time. They had come to a dry place in their lives. They found no water. Water in the Bible is symbolic of the Word of God.

Israel then came to Marah, where the water was bitter. Israel murmured against Moses and said, "What shall we drink?" Moses cried unto the Lord and the Lord showed him a tree. When Moses cast the tree into the waters, the water became sweet,

"And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah.

And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?

And he cried unto the Lord, and the Lord shewed him a tree, which when he had cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them. *** Exodus 15:23-25.

God showed Moses a tree, and even though it might have been a physical tree, we know, in the Spiritual, the tree was the Tree of Life. The Tree of Life is eternal life in God. There is no eternal life in the flesh. Eternal life is only possible in the Spirit. The Tree of Life is the Holy Spirit of God. It is only through the Holy Spirit that we have eternal life.

God showed Moses the Tree of Life in Him. When added to the waters of Marah, the water became sweet. All who have been called of the Father, have witnessed this same experience in their walk with God.

After repentance, baptism and the new life has begun, we always come to a dry place. The Word becomes dry. We do not understand beyond what is written on the page, and it would appear that the Bible is just a bunch of unconnected, historical facts with little, or no application to our lives.

We begin to cry out and murmur against God because we have no understanding and no enlightenment in the reading of the Word. This is when God sends His Moses to show us the Tree of Life, and that we need to continue our journey to our promise land, the Kingdom of God.

WASHING IN THE WATERS OF MARAH

Moses spoke to us about the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the infilling of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Before we can continue our journey and come to an understanding of what God is saying in our lives, we need to cast the Tree of Life into our Waters of Marah. Paul spoke of this need in his letter to the Corinthians:

"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." *** I Corinthians 2:14

Without the Spirit, it is impossible to discern the Spiritual meaning of the Word of God.

Paul went on to say to the Corinthians that he could not speak to them as Spiritual, but as carnal, even as babies in Christ, *** I Corinthians 3:1. Until the Holy Spirit is working in our lives, we remain babies and in the carnal realm. Babies differ nothing from a servant (Galatians 4:1) and will not inherit the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is reserved for those who come to full age or are mature in God (sonship), [see "Tabernacle in the Wilderness" by G. Kirkpatrick]. Paul wrote in Romans:

"If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His." *** Romans 8:9

To go on into God and to understand what God is speaking in His Word, we must come into a relationship with the Spirit of Christ, so that we might be cleansed by the washing of water by the Word. *** Ephesians 5:26

This is when we come into a proper relationship with God through the Spirit. We enter into the wonderful promises of God. Not only has the Word become sweet, but we enter into a knowing relationship with our Father. We begin to hear the Father's voice. Therefore, we can become obedient, not only to the Logos Word, or the written Word of God, but we can become obedient to the Rhema Word, the spoken Word of God. We begin to understand the Words of Jesus when He stated His sheep knew His voice, *** John 10:4. If we do not know His voice, we are not His sheep.

Many times Jesus stated, "They have ears, but do not hear. They have eyes, but do not see." The people Jesus was speaking to were not physically deaf and blind. They were Spiritually deaf and blind. God desires to heal our Spiritual deafness and our Spiritual blindness. When this has been healed, we can walk into the promise God made to Moses at the Water of Marah.

"If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee." *** Exodus 15:26

When we come to the place in God where we hearken to His voice and do what is right in His sight, He has promised not to put any of the diseases on us that He put on the Egyptians. We have His promise that we will not suffer the plagues of the world, because He is the Lord that healeth us, our Jehovah Rophe, God who heals.

The Israelites had been introduced to the Tree of Life, the Holy Spirit, and were ready to continue their journey. When we come to a knowing relationship with the Holy Spirit of God, we, too, are ready to continue our journey to our promise land, the Kingdom of God.

Further Discussion

***Satan's Compromising Tactics

Partial Separation

Lost Children

No Sacrifice

***Moses' Prophetic Victory Song

***Those Who Obey Not the Gospel

***The Waters of Marah

***The Holy Spirit, the Tree of Life

Questions

1.What does the number three represent?

2.Pharaoh, as satan, tried to convince Moses there as no need to To worship their God. Can we, today, worship God and not leave the world?

3.Why was Pharaoh willing to let the men go and worship in the wilderness, but not the woman and children?

4.Most children turn from God in their . How can this be prevented?

5.Finally Pharaoh was willing to let the children go, but he wanted Israel to leave their animals. Why?

6.God cannot accomplish deliverance and separation in our lives until we do what?

7.When Israel came through the Red Sea what did they realize?

8.When we come victoriously through the Red Sea, satan's power, strength, and authority has no . Satan only has and in our lives if we do not in the baptismal pool.

9.Jesus is not returning in the . He is returning as our , not as one , , and . Then He will return in all and .

10.Moses named four people. List them and name their characteristics

11.Before we can continue our journey we need to cast the Tree of Into our waters of Marah. When we do this we are coming to the baptism of the .

12.Without the it is impossible to discern the Spiritual meaning of God's Word. To go on into God and to understand what God is speaking in His Word, we must come into a relationship with the . Why?

THE WELLS OF ELIM

Chapter Four

Many believe because they have escaped from Egypt (forgiveness of sin) and have gone through the Red Sea (baptism), this is all they need in their lives. But until they discover the Tree of Life (the Holy Spirit) and apply it to their lives, they will never enter into their promise land, the Kingdom of God (eternal life).

When Israel came to the Waters of Marah, they found the waters were bitter. God showed Moses the Tree of Life that would make the waters sweet. We know by this, the Word of God can be bitter or sweet in our lives. It is according to how we allow the water of the Word to change our lives.

Adam and Eve had to make these same choices in the Garden of Eden. We read in the book of Genesis that God sat two trees in the midst of the garden, the Tree of Life and the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil, *** Genesis 2:9.

The fruit of the Tree of Life is eternal life. Adam had access to its fruit, as he did all the trees. But he was forbidden to partake of the mixed fruit of the knowledge of good and evil. God forbade Adam to partake of that tree because man had no concept of evil and its destructive force in his life. Man had no knowledge of good and evil for, as long as he partook of the Tree of Life, his mind was pure. It was not until he ate of the mixed fruit of good and evil that he became aware of the evil that co-mingled with his purity. As long as he only partook of life and good, he remained in his state of innocency. Death and evil were foreign to him. He remained in this innocent state until he ate of that mixed fruit the serpent said would make them as God.

The serpent was only a vessel satan used to beguile Eve. The voice that spoke through the serpent was satan's voice. When satan spoke of good and evil, the mixed fruit, he knew the consequence of walking in disobedience. He had witnessed the good when he walked upon the stones of fire with God, *** Ezekiel 28:14. Satan partook of the evil, and his rebellious heart caused, not only his fall from the presence of God, but one-third of God's angels that followed him. God dealt severely with Lucifer and the rebellious angels.

Because the Adam creation partook of the mixed fruit of the Tree of Good and Evil, mankind has had a decision to make every day, as to whether they will follow the good or be a partaker of the evil. One is obedience to God, the other is obedience to satan and the serpent nature.

Adam and Eve had to pass by that tree everywhere they went. The decision to partake of the mixed fruit of good and evil is before us at all times. Everything we look at, everything we hear and everywhere we go, the mixed fruit is set before us, just as the tree of mixed fruit was in the midst of the garden. It sets in our living room, bedroom, kitchen, and den in the form of television, radio, stereos and cassette players. It is in our homes in newspapers, magazines and periodicals. It is at the supermarket, on the streets, and department stores. As we ride in our cars, we constantly are served the mixed fruit of good and evil. [see "Set a Standard in the Land" by G. Kirkpatrick]

Adam and Eve rebelled when they partook of the mixed fruit. When we partake of that mixed fruit, we become children of disobedience. [see "Those Who Obey Not the Gospel" by G. Kirkpatrick]

"Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience." *** Ephesians 2:2

The prince of the power of the air, another name for satan, worketh in the children of disobedience. The great man of God, Paul, realized this mixed fruit of good and evil was ever present in his life.

"I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.

For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members." *** Romans 7:21-23

Paul recognized the old Adam, carnal nature was ever present with him. There is a daily overcoming that has to be accomplished in our lives concerning the mixed fruit of good and evil.

James tells us when we know to do good and do it not, it is sin in our lives, *** James 4:17. Yet, many today, go about accusing and excusing one another, *** Romans 2:15. They accept their ungodly deeds and actions as being a normal way of life.

Isaiah wrote of those who excuse evil.

"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" *** Isaiah 5:20

These are those who have accepted the mixed fruit as being the norm in life and have no knowledge to discern good and evil.

Paul wrote of those who do have the ability to discern good and evil.

"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

These are those who are skilled in the Word of God and have used the words of life to establish their lives. They make their choices by God's Word. They have come to the knowledge of the truth and can discern good and evil. Those who are unskilled in the Word of righteousness are babes. *** Hebrews 5:13

As we consider the mixed fruit that is ever present in our daily walk, we may say. "A little mixed fruit is alright. We can partake of the mixed fruit, moderately. Certainly, God would understand, because we are only human." God gave us the example of Adam and Eve to show us they did not partake of the mixed fruit continually until God decided to deal with them. God dealt with them immediately. When we come to the knowledge of the mixed fruit, God expects us to deal with it in our lives immediately, once and for all, and be separated from it, that we may be partakers of the Tree of Life. The Psalmist wrote:

"Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it." *** Psalms 34:13-14

We are to keep our tongues from evil and depart from evil and do good. By doing this, we are seeking the peace that passeth all understanding. As long as we partake of the mixed fruit, we will never have peace, only turmoil and confusion, because we have not separated ourselves from the evil one to partake of the Tree of Life.

Jeremiah spoke of the day in which we live, when He wrote of the partakers of the mixed fruit.

"For My people is foolish, they have not known Me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge." *** Jeremiah 4:22

The word sottish means "foolish, one that falls into a trap". These who partake of the mixed fruit have no understanding. They have deceived themselves into believing God will not judge sin and rebellion. These honestly feel they are getting away with their way of life and God still winks at sin. They are wise when it comes to doing evil, but to do good they have no knowledge. When they do good, they want recognition for it and much thanks and praise.

These that partake of the mixed fruit are double-minded and unstable in all their ways, *** James 1:8. James stated,

"Let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord," *** James 1:7

God has made the following promise to all those who will eat of the Tree of Life.

"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the Tree of Life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God." *** Revelation 2:7

Only the overcomers will partake of the Tree of Life. Those who do not overcome will be overcome by the cares of this life because they have not allowed the Word of God to be applied in their lives.

Solomon, the great man of wisdom, wrote of the Tree of Life in Proverbs.

"Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

She is a Tree of Life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her." *** Proverbs 3:13 & 18

Wisdom is the Tree of Life, and happy is the man who retains wisdom. We are to desire wisdom. To obtain wisdom, all we need to do is ask of God who giveth to all men liberally. *** James 1:5

Righteousness is also a Tree of Life. *** Proverbs 11:30

"Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a Tree of Life.

Whoso despiseth the Word shall be destroyed: but he that feareth the

commandment shall be rewarded." *** Proverbs 13:12-13

"...But when the desire comes..." The desire for what? The desire for the Word. Those who despise the Word shall be destroyed. Our only hope of eternal life is the Word of Life. When our hope of life is deferred, we have prolonged partaking of the Tree of Life; our hearts (minds) remain sick. It is only by the washing of water by the Word that our minds are renewed. This is the only way our minds can be made whole and healthy. The mixed fruit keeps our minds in an unhealthy state because confusion, fear and anxiety wounds the soul. This keeps the psychiatrists busy and mental hospitals full. It is only by the washing and renewing of the mind, by the Word of God, that we can have a healthy mind and soul.

"A wholesome tongue is a Tree of Life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the Spirit." *** Proverbs 15:4

The word wholesome means "life-producing", or a tongue that speaks life. When we turn our tongue over to the Holy Spirit, it will be a life-producing vessel in the service of God. From the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh, *** Matthew 12:34. If our hearts (soul) are full of life, we speak life.

It was the Tree of Life that made the bitter waters of Marah sweet for the children of Israel. That same Tree of Life stands in the midst of the paradise of God, and will bring life to the partakers. It can also produce life in others by our Spirit-controlled tongue. When we submit our tongue unto God, it is no longer a little member that boasts great things, nor does it need to be a world of iniquity, nor does it need to defile the whole body, nor does it need to be set on fire of hell, *** James 3:5-6. If we only speak as we hear the Father speaking, and only do as we see the Father doing, then our lives will be under the Holy Spirit direction as Jesus' life was. Then we, as Jesus, will be given access to the Tree of Life. God will remove the Cherubims with the flaming swords that we may partake of the Tree of Life and live forever, *** Genesis 3:24.

The coming of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost prepared the way that we may have access to the Tree of Life. It is by, and through, the Holy Spirit that we will enter into the presence of the Tree of Life which is in the presence of God. God never removed His presence from the garden. It was man who was driven from the presence of God by his rebellion and disobedience. Disobedience and rebellion have kept man from the presence of God ever since. Man cannot come into the presence of God until he ceases to partake of the mixed fruit of the knowledge of good and evil.

ENTERING ELIM

When the waters were made sweet for Israel by the Tree of Life (the Holy Spirit), they were ready to move on to their next stop, Elim. The word Elim means the "mighty ones". From this point on, God was preparing Israel to occupy their promise land. When we come to our Pentecost experience, when the Holy Spirit begins to direct our paths, He is getting us ready to possess our promise land, the Kingdom of God.

Israel's journey through the wilderness was with much murmuring and rebellion toward God and His leadership. Our journey, too, is filled with such activities, but we should learn by Israel, our example, at Elim. If we are to be the mighty ones of God we must learn the words of Paul:

"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringeth into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." *** II Corinthians 10:5

As long as we murmur and rebel against God's Word we can never enter into His promised Kingdom.

There were 12 wells of water and 70 palm trees at Elim. God puts special significance to numbers in His Word. Three is the number of completeness. Four is the number of creation. Therefore, twelve is the number of God's complete, divine government in His creation.

The twelve wells of Elim were the wells of salvation for Israel to draw from; one for each tribe. Not only would the twelve tribes be taught to rule themselves, but when they camped, or moved or served God, there would be an order; and that order was always by tribes.

There are many examples of twelve as the number of divine government and order. There were twelve tribes of Israel. In the New Testament, there were twelve disciples. When Judas, who betrayed Jesus, hung himself, it was necessary to replace him before the Day of Pentecost. His replacement had to be selected in order to have the number of divine government to rule the new work that God was about to begin in the earth.

Eleven is the number of disorganization. The Holy Spirit could not come into disorganization. Order had to be complete. Mathias was chosen, order was established and the Holy Spirit came.

In *** Revelation 12:1, the woman, the true church, had the crown of twelve stars; the anointing of the divine order in government. The Holy City had twelve foundations; established on divine order. There were twelve gates to the Holy City. We only enter by divine appointment.

The Tree of Life produces twelve manners of fruit; one for each of the twelve months. The Tree of Life will produce this divine fruit of the Spirit, in the partakers all year long. This is for the healing of the nations (people).

God's perfect government has to do with God's jurisdiction in our lives. Before Israel could proceed to their promise land, they had to learn to come into God's governmental order.

It is no different with us. If we are to rule and reign in the Kingdom of God, we must learn His Kingdom ways and Kingdom principles, or we will not rule and reign with Christ for 1000 years.

There were also 70 palm trees at Elim. The number seven represents completeness and perfectness; and the number 10 represents Divine order. Seventy, 7 x 10, is the number of God's divine Spiritual order and is used throughout the Bible; the seventy weeks of Daniel, 70 years of captivity, 70 elders of Israel. In Luke 10, Jesus sent out the seventy, two by two, into every town He intended to visit, *** Luke 10:1. The seventy would insure an increase wherever Jesus went to preach the gospel of the Kingdom.

God also uses the characteristics of trees in His Word to show His Spiritual truths. The Palm Tree is the upright, fruitful tree. Many times, God refers to His people as trees. The prophet, Isaiah, wrote that we would be Trees of Righteousness, the planting of the Lord. . . *** Isaiah 61:3. Jeremiah also wrote of us as trees.

"For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit." *** Jeremiah 17:8

God brought Israel to Elim to bring them into His governmental order, so He could bring forth a mighty people as palm trees, planted by the wells of the water of His Word. Our roots will be spread out in the Word. We are to draw life from every part of the Word. When trouble comes, we are to put our trust in the Word and Christ Jesus our Lord. That, alone, will keep our life from withering and drying up. We will continue to flourish. Our leaf will be green and full of life. We will continue to yield the peaceable fruits of righteousness.

If Israel, God's children, are to become these upright, fruitful trees, then we must bring our lives into His perfect Spiritual order represented by the 70 palm trees. When our lives come into this Spiritual order, God will bring a mighty increase in our lives.

Jesus sent His disciples ahead to prepare a people so there would be an increase. That increase came on the Day of Pentecost when the 120 received the Holy Spirit of God in the upper room. When the 120 received the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, the church began to grow very rapidly; three thousand and five thousand being added, plus the number that came in daily. This 120 was the beginning of the Spiritual priesthood realm that was to begin the church.

A fore-shadow of the Day of Pentecost is seen in the dedication of Solomon's temple when the 120 priests were slain in the Spirit. It is written that, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, making one sound, praising and thanking the Lord, that a cloud filled the house of God and the priest could not stand before the cloud of God's glory. *** II Chronicles 5:12-14

On the Day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came, they were all of one accord in one place, *** Acts 2:1. When God gets a people where all the trumpeters, (preachers) and singers (praisers) begin to make the same sound in praising and giving thanks unto God, God is going to fill His house with glory. Then He will have His palm trees planted by the water. These will bring a mighty increase of Spiritual activity in the lives of many. God will have His mighty people.

Joel saw this mighty people of God in the day of wrath. He wrote that they are

"As the morning spread upon the mountains; a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations." *** Joel 2:2

Jesus said greater works then He has done, we will do, *** John 14:12. God is going to have a mighty people He will raise up to stand in this last hour of time. It is necessary we come to Elim to learn God's divine government and His perfect Spiritual order before we can learn to rule and reign with Christ for the 1000 year millennium.

God must put His Kingdom in our earth before He can bring it on the earth. God has opened the Wells of Elim that we may be the Trees of Righteousness. This was necessary for Israel, and it is equally necessary for us, who will enter into the Kingdom of His presence.

Further Discussion

***The Mixed Fruit of the Tree of Good and Evil
                   Or
***The Tree of Life

***Wisdom

***Righteousness

***A Wholesome Tongue

***The Twelve Wells of Elim

***The Seventy Palms of Elim

Questions

1.God's Word can be or in our lives according to who we allow the water of the Word to our lives.

2.We have a decision to make everyday, whether to God or satan. The decision to partake of the mixed fruit of and Is before us at all times.

3.Who can have the ability to discern between good and evil? Hebrews 5:13

4.As long as we partake of the mixed fruit, we will never have . We will only have and . Why?

5.Only the will partake of the Tree of Life.

6.Our only hope of eternal life is the . It is only by the and of the mind by God's Word that we can have a healthy and .

7.What do the numbers three, four, seven, ten, eleven, and twelve represent?

8.God must bring us to Elim to bring us into His . At Elim we are mighty trees, planted by the of the water of God's Word where our can spread out and draw life from every part of God's .

9.Jesus said we are going to than He has done. John 14:12

10.As with Joel's army, God is going to have a mighty people He will raise up to in this last hour of time. Are you allowing the washing of the water by God's Word to change you into an obedient soldier ready to do battle in the days ahead?

THE WILDERNESS OF SIN

Chapter Five

When Israel left Elim, they came to the Wilderness of Sin on the 15th day of the second month after their departure from Egypt, *** Exodus 16:1.

As we relate our walk in God to Israel coming out of Egypt, we first had to come to repentance (fleeing Egypt), water baptism (crossing the Red Sea), baptism in the Holy Spirit (Waters of Marah made sweet) and the Palms of Elim (God's government and order).

Our next stop is in the Wilderness of Sin where we learn of God's provision and care for His people. It is in the Wilderness of Sin we are taught total dependancy upon God's provision.

In the parable of the sower, Jesus instructed His disciples as to how the Word of God is assimilated in people's lives. In some, it brought forth 100 fold, some 60 fold, and others 30 fold, *** Matthew 13:23.

The 30 fold realm is the maturing realm. The 60 fold realm is the realm of testing and suffering. The 100 fold realm is the Realm of Spiritual maturity. As long as we are learning of God and maturing in His ways, we are in the 30 fold maturing realm. It is only when we come into a place where we begin to depend on God's supply and promise in our lives that we enter into the 60 fold, suffering realm. When we enter the 60 fold realm, we do not enter at 60, but at 31, because 31 is the next step after the 30 fold realm.

Israel was to kill the passover lamb the evening of the 14th day, just before the beginning of the 15th day. The lamb was killed on the Day of Preparation before the Passover feast day, (our Passover Lamb).

Jesus was also killed on the Day of Preparation. Israel's day begins in the evening around 6:00 P.M. We read in the Word of the crucifiction of Jesus, ". . .there was darkness over all the land from the sixth hour to the ninth hour." At the ninth hour Jesus cried out, "My God, why hast thou forsaken me." Shortly thereafter He gave up the Ghost, *** Matthew 27:45-46 & 50.

The sixth hour would have been 12:00 noon. The ninth hour would have been 3:00 P.M. Jesus gave up the ghost in the evening before the dawn of a new day. Therefore, our Passover Lamb was slain in the evening of the 14th day of the 1st month on the Day of Preparation before the Passover.

The Jewish month had 30 days, so, the 15th day of the 2nd month was the 31st day after Israel left Egypt. When Israel got to the Wilderness of Sin, they had entered into the 60 fold realm, step 31, in their walk in the wilderness. With this step the testing and suffering began in Israel's life.

Israel began to murmur against Moses because they had nothing to eat. All the supplies they had brought out of Egypt were depleted. Instead of Israel turning to God, they turned against Moses and Aaron.

"And the children of Israel said unto them, Would to God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full; for ye have brought us forth into this wilderness, to kill this whole assembly with hunger." *** Exodus 16:3

Israel began to look back to Egypt, desiring the flesh pots and the bread they had left behind. The flesh pots are the natural things that we can produce in ourselves. God had brought Israel to the place where they were unable to produce for themselves. They had come to a place where they had to totally depend upon the Lord for His supply.

As we journey to our promise land, God is bringing us to the reality that what we produce in ourselves will not last. Only that which He supplies will satisfy. The works of our hands will fail; only His supply will last. What Israel brought out of Egypt lasted only 30 days. When we come to the end of the 30 fold realm, we have come to the end of ourselves and we must begin to depend wholly upon God. That which God supplied would be their daily bread until they entered their promise land.

"Then said the Lord unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no." *** Exodus 16:4

God said He would rain their bread from heaven and that they would gather a certain rate every day. This was to prove them. Prove means "to test". God wanted to see if Israel would obey His verbal commandments and be obedient to His voice.

It would be easy to see the doubt and disbelief that was in Israel when Moses told them God would rain bread from heaven. No one on earth had ever seen or heard of manna. When Israel got into trouble, Moses, whom Israel considered less than great, further stated God would prove Himself that evening. Nevertheless Israel continued to murmur, *** Exodus 16:6.

Not only was God going to give them bread to eat in the morning, but in the evening He would give them meat to eat, *** Exodus 16:8. Israel continued to murmur, not only against Moses and Aaron, but against the Lord, also. That evening quail came and covered the camp. In the morning when the dew was gone, the ground was covered with manna, *** Exodus 16:13-15.

The Bible reveals much about manna. The Hebrew word manna is MAN (pronounced MAWN) and is translated "man". The manna made reference to a man, and that man was Jesus. The manna was called by many names.

Manna was called the "Bread from Heaven", *** Exodus 16:14; corn (food) from heaven, *** Psalms 78:24

It was also called angel food which is better translated as "bread of the Mighty One", *** Psalms 78:25.

It is written that manna was like coriander seed.

It was white and tasted like wafers made with honey, *** Exodus 16:31.

It was gathered and ground into meal or beat in mortars into flour and made into cakes that tasted like fresh oil, *** Numbers 11:8.

It came down with the dew and melted with the sun, *** Exodus 16:21.

The manna the children ate in the wilderness was supplied by the Heavenly Father (the Holy Spirit of God). As they partook of the manna they were partakers of the flesh of Jesus. We still partake of that flesh in communion. The manna had to be ground in a mill or beat in mortars. The manna had to be broken to release its life to Israel, just as Jesus' flesh had to be broken that He could bring life to the whole world.

Jesus proclaims, "I am that bread of life," *** John 6:48. Those who partook of the physical bread in the wilderness died, but we have that Spiritual bread that we can partake of and live forever.Jesus went on to say:

". . . the bread He gave was His flesh which He gave for the life of the world. *** John 6:49-51

When Jesus was confronted by the Jews to give them a sign to prove whom He said He was, He quoted the part of the Scripture in *** Exodus 16:15 that states, "This is the bread that cometh down from heaven that a man may eat thereof and not die." He proceeded to explain the miracle of the manna in the wilderness.

They only wanted Jesus to prove Himself to be as great as Moses. They never once considered Him to be as great as God. Therefore, they never imagined that He was God. Jesus stated, "Moses gave you not the bread from heaven; but My Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He which cometh down from heaven and giveth life unto the world," *** John 6:32-33.

When Jesus explained this to the Jews, the Jews murmured, *** John 6:41. They knew the Scriptures, but they were still murmuring against God. Jesus was still dealing with the same unbelief as He dealt with in the Wilderness of Sin.

There are many lessons God wants to teach us through His supply of manna which He gave unto Israel from the 31st day of their journey until the entering in to their promise land, *** Joshua 5:12. God had brought Israel to the place in their walk that they could no longer provide for themselves. They had to totally depend upon their supply to come from God. If the manna was not there each morning, there was nothing Israel could do to produce it within themselves.

We, too, must come to this place in God where we realize our total dependancy on Him. Jesus said, "Without me ye can do nothing," *** John 15:5. When we try to accomplish in ourselves, we only fail. That which is brought forth in the flesh can only serve the flesh and is an abomination to God.

Israel was given definite directions as to when they were to gather the manna.

"And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted." *** Exodus 16:21

Israel was to gather the manna every morning except on the Sabbath. When they gathered more then they could eat, then it bred worms and stank, *** Exodus 16:20. God told them to only gather for their daily need. God spoke to Moses that He had given the manna to test Israel. It was to see if they would be obedient to His voice. When they disobeyed, He was wroth with them.

Israel did as many do today. They want to gather and heap up so they can take their ease. But every man was to gather according to His daily need. They were to seek God's supply early. Those who would not seek the Lord's supply early, had nothing to eat that day because, when the sun rose, the manna melted.

We are admonished in the Word to "seek Him early". Jesus also taught us to pray daily for our bread. The proverbs also tell us that. "I love them that love Me; and those that seek Me early shall find Me," *** Proverbs 8:17. We, as Israel, are commanded to rise early to seek our bread of life.

Usually, when the sun comes up, it is time to begin our daily activities. God demands our time before our day begins, that He can commune with us as His children. This is the time we need to seek God for direction and order in our day.

It is written that, many times, Jesus went before the sun arose into the mountains to seek His Father's will for that day. When we know the will of the Father in our lives, then that which we do will always be pleasing in His sight, and we will accomplish His purpose for the day through Him. When the sun comes up, our manna melts. We should have already gathered our provision from Him for the day.

Israel was only to gather manna for 6 days. On the 6th day, they were to gather double and bake double, because the Sabbath was a day of rest. That which they gathered the 6th day for the Sabbath did not breed worms, nor stink, *** Exodus 16:23-24.

The 30 fold realm is the milk realm, and as babes, we are to desire the sincere milk of the Word that we may grow, thereby, *** I Peter 2:2. As we enter into the 60 fold realm, we come in at 31. This is the morning, or beginning of our walk, into the 60 fold realm which is the Bread Realm.

When we enter into the Bread Realm, we soon realize that bread is not our ultimate food. We need meat. God gave Israel meat in the evening. When Jesus was tried by satan in His wilderness experience, satan told Jesus to command that the stones be turned to bread. Jesus answered satan by quoting part of the scripture in Deuteronomy 8:3 spoken by Moses.

"And He humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live." *** Deuteronomy 8:3

The meat that we need in our lives is every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. The bread Jesus referred to was the manna in the wilderness. We can not live on bread alone. We need meat, we need every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God to satisfy our longing for Him.

God promised Israel meat in the evening. As we proceed through the 60 fold realm, we begin to cry out for more understanding of the deep things of the Father. As the Spirit begins to reveal Himself in our lives, we are no longer satisfied with bread. We desire the meat. Paul wrote,

"But God hath revealed unto us by His Spirit: For the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God." *** I Corinthians 2:10-11

As the Spirit of God begins to reveal Himself to us, we begin to cry out for the deep things of God. Israel came to the place where their souls loathed the light bread, *** Numbers 21:5. Many, today, who are sitting under teachings given by the flesh that have no anointing, are loathing the light bread they are being taught. They must repulse these teachings to find the meat.

We are in the evening of time. The 60 fold realm, the testing and suffering realm, is about over and God has promised us meat in the evening.

God sent quail upon the camp of Israel in the evening. The quail that came at this time was not requested by Israel, nor was their desire for meat. Their bread still satisfied them. But God knew their need. There was a time coming when the bread would no longer satisfy and they would cry out for meat.

Israel is always our example. Paul used Israel as an example when he wrote to the church at Corinth. He stated all Israel passed under the cloud and through the sea and did all eat of the same Spiritual meat, *** I Corinthians 10:1-3. All food from God comes from above. God's manna came down with the dew which is a sign of refreshing. The quail were driven by the wind, a sign of the Holy Spirit of God.

All Israel's food was supernaturally supplied. As we come to the end of the 60 fold realm, all our Spiritual food is going to be supernaturally supplied by the Holy Spirit. We will be refreshed by Spiritual manna, and the meat of the Word will be driven by the wind of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is our example of this supernatural supply of food.

In John 4, Jesus was ministering to the Samaritan woman and the disciples knew that He should be hungry. Jesus said, "I have meat to eat that ye know not of," *** John 4:32. Jesus went on to say:

"Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for Him hath God the Father sealed." *** John 6:27

The writer of Hebrews spoke of strong meat.

"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

The word strong means "solid, stable, stedfast and sure". This is the meat of the Word that quickens our spirit and brings us to the solid rock. That solid rock is Christ, *** I Corinthians 10:4.

As we come to the end of the age, the 60 fold realm, God is beginning to reveal Himself in a new way. He is baring His holy arm of strength unto His elect. Those who are hearing are going on into God. Those who are rejecting the revealed Word are falling away and will be the children of disobedience who will partake of God's wrath.

God has promised us meat, strong meat that will reveal the deep things of Himself. We can be founded upon the solid Rock and escape all the things that are coming upon the earth. But if we refuse to hear God's voice and if we reject His Word, then we will perish in the wilderness.

We are fast approaching the day of entering into our promise land, the Kingdom of God. When Israel refused to enter in, they wandered 40 years in the wilderness until all that generation perished. This was Israel's wrath from God.

God's wrath is, again, ready to be poured out upon His disobedient children. We need not perish. We can overcome by His revealed Word and His Spirit. Begin to desire the meat of the Word and not the meat that perishes.

Further Discussion

***Depending on God for Every Need

***Jesus, the Heavenly Manna

***The Sixty Fold Bread Realm

***The Meat Realm

Questions

1.When we come out of Egypt, the world, what are the first four things we need to do in our walk towards our promise land?

2.To walk into the promise land we must not look back to Egypt and the flesh pots. What do the flesh pots represent in our lives?

3.Anything we can produce in ourselves will not . The works or our own hands will . When we come to the end of the thirty fold realm we come to the place where we must totally on the Lord for His .

4.The Thirty Fold Realm is the realm.

The Sixty Fold Realm is the realm.

The Hundred Fold Realm is the realm.

5.The Thirty Fold Realm is also called the Realm where we first desire the milk of God's Word.

6.The Sixty Fold Bread Realm is also called the and realm.

7.When we enter the 60 fold realm we leave the milk realm and begin to desire the of life. How often do we need to partake of God's Spiritual manna?

8.Jesus is our Bread of Life. Jesus broke His so he could bring to the whole world.

9.If we leave the 30 fold milk realm, and progress through the 60 fold bread realm, what food do we begin to desire. Why?

10.All Israel must flee Egypt, cross the Read Sea, and partake of God's Spiritual in their walk toward the promise land, the Kingdom of God. Where are you? Are you in the 30 fold milk realm, 60 fold testing and suffering realm, or desiring to walk into the 100 fold meat realm of God?

THE BATTLE OF REPHIDIM

Chapter Six

When Israel came to the Wilderness of Sin, they came to their time of testing and suffering in God. Testing and suffering was necessary for them to learn total dependency upon God. The Wilderness of Sin was between Elim (the mighty ones) and Sinai (the mountain of law and covenant), *** Exodus 16:1.

Before God's mighty ones can come into Law and Covenant with God, it is necessary to pass through the Wilderness of Sin, where we will learn to totally depend upon God for our daily bread and His total supply for our lives.

As we continue through the Bread Realm, the 60 fold realm, our souls and spirits long for the meat that is to be revealed in the evening of time. We sense that a battle lies directly ahead and the flesh will not survive. We are reminded of the words of Jesus when He related:

"...whosoever will save his life (flesh) shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for My sake, shall find it," *** Matthew 16:25

We begin to realize that, in the battle for life, the flesh must lose. If the flesh is saved, the soul will be lost.

When Israel left the Wilderness of Sin with all its lessons and victories, they pitched their tents in Rephidim where there was no water for the people to drink, *** Exodus 17:1. Israel began to chide with Moses. The word chide means "to debate, argue, contend, and strive." Moses asked, "Why do ye tempt the Lord?" *** Exodus 17:2. Moses asked the Lord, "What shall I do unto this people? They are ready to stone me," *** Exodus 17:4.

Israel had truly come to the end of themselves. There was no place to turn, nowhere to go. So, again, they turned against God and His leadership. They had witnessed all the miracles that had set them free from their slavery in the land of Egypt. But they murmured against Moses in Egypt because he had made their way harder. They had seen the miracle of dividing the Red Sea, and they had murmured against Moses there. They had seen the miracle of the healing of the Waters of Marah and they had murmured against Moses there.

Now, at Rephidim, they wanted to stone Moses because there was no water. Moses asked them, "Why do you tempt the Lord?" The word tempt is NASA and means "to prove, test, or put to the test".

It would be so easy to say Israel acted differently than we would have in the same situation. It seems, no matter how wonderful God has been in the past; answering our prayers, our needs and even our wants; when we come to a place where there seems to be no ready answer, we, as Israel, begin to murmur, complain and put the Lord to the test. Generally, we put some type of time limit that God must work in. We generally say, "If God does not solve this problem by such and such a time, I will do this or that to take care of the situation."

We tempt the Lord. We want to prove the Lord or put Him to the test. Many times we present our own plan and expect God to approve it and bring it to pass. So many times, in so many ways, we expect God to jump through our hoop and perform for us. It seems we sometimes forget who God is and who His created are. "For he that cometh to God must believe that He is God," *** Hebrews 11:6.

When Israel came into a situation that they did not know the answer to, they immediately turned on Moses and began to complain about their deliverance. God had already told Moses He was going to prove them, *** Exodus 16:4. It was through trials and testings that they would enter into their promise land. It is no different with us. It will be by trials and testings that God will make us ready to enter into our promise land, the Kingdom of God.

In his letter to Timothy, Paul stated, "All that live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution," *** II Timothy 3:12. Yet, when persecution or hardship is mentioned to the church, many begin to back off stating, "Maybe there is an easier way." When Jesus told the multitude they must drink of His blood and eat of His flesh, the multitude turned away and said, "This is a hard saying," *** John 6:60. Luke explains,

"In your patience possess ye your souls," *** Luke 21:19

God only chastens those whom He loves. When He chastens us, He is treating us as sons, *** Hebrews 12:7. Yet, when the time of testing or chastening comes, we, as Israel, murmur and complain and throw patience out the window. We try to convince God by threats and accusations to take us out of the Valley of Decision and restore us to the good life of plenty and pleasure.

We must come to the truth of every situation. Even if we could wiggle out of the trial, God would bring us back to the same place, because the change that is needful in our lives can only be accomplished by going through the trial. Only then can God's victory be wrought in our lives. Only when we are ready to say, "What is the worst thing that could happen in this situation", are we truly ready to deal with it. Only when we are ready to say, "Lord, I accept this chastisement. Do your wondrous work in my life so that we may move on to my next testing and trial", are we truly ready to allow Him to circumcise and cut out the flesh. God told Moses:

"Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink." *** Exodus 17:6

So Moses took the elders of the people, and did as the Lord commanded. He smote the rock, and when he did and the water came out of the rock, enough for the people and all their livestock with them. God was teaching us a great lesson about the Rock in the Wilderness.

"And did all drink the same Spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." *** I Corinthians 10:4

Israel drank of the Spiritual Rock which was Christ. The manna was His flesh and their water was the "incarnate Word of God" which is the anointing of the Holy Spirit in our lives. As Paul recorded, the Rock followed Israel and was their water from that time on in the Wilderness. When Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman, He told her:

". . . Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life." *** John 4:14

Jesus further stated, "If any man thirst let him come unto Me, and drink.

He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." *** John 7:37-38

Jesus was speaking of the Holy Spirit in the lives of those who believe on Him. Jesus said that he who believes on Him, as the Scripture has said, will have these rivers of living waters flowing out of his belly. The reason these rivers are not flowing out of the bellies of God's people is because they do not believe in Jesus as the Scriptures say. They believe in Jesus by some doctrine or creed, or by man's understanding of whom Jesus is and what He is all about.

God promised He would stand upon that Rock that Moses would smite. This showed God was smitten, willingly, and that His death on the cross was not grievous, but joyous! He died that we may partake of the same Spiritual Rock that followed Israel in the Wilderness.

Isaiah recorded Jesus bore our griefs and carried our sorrows. Yet, we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted, *** Isaiah 53:4. The writer of Hebrews stated Jesus was the author and finisher of our faith, who, for the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising the shame and was sat down on the right hand of the throne of God, *** Hebrews 12:2. It was with joy Jesus went to the cross, that we may, again, be reconciled unto the Father, that He may have a people that will believe on Him according to the Scriptures. He was willing to stand upon the rock of Horeb, to be smitten by the rod that He had placed in Moses hand, so that His people may partake of Himself.

The Bible is clear that it is not God's intent, nor purpose to go to the cross again, nor to be smitten by man again. Later, when the people cried out to Moses for water, the Lord told Moses to speak to the Rock this time. He called the congregation together and said unto them, "Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock? And Moses lifted up his hand, and with the rod he smote the rock twice and water came out abundantly and the people and animals were watered," *** Numbers 20:10-11. This time, Moses acted out of anger and frustration. He used the power and authority that God had place in His hand to bring attention to himself.

God spoke in the book of Hebrews on those who would crucify Him again.

"For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,

And have tasted the good Word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame." *** Hebrews 6:4-6

Moses was guilty of bringing the Lord to open shame when he struck the rock twice. That rock was Christ. That rock had already been smitten once by the authority that God had put in man's hand. Jesus told the Pharisees,

"Therefore doth My Father love Me, because I lay down My life, that I might take it again.

No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of My Father." *** John 10:17-18

It was Jesus' great joy to fulfill His Father's will in His life. He told His disciples, "Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He shall presently give Me more than twelve legions of angels?" *** Matthew 26:53. But He came to do the will of the Father. When He had fulfilled His mission on the cross, He said, "It is finished." He was smitten once by the authority He placed in man's hands.

It is impossible to renew those unto repentance who crucify Him afresh. Those who openly mock God will not be restored to God by the forgiveness of their sin. They will stand guilty before God because they have brought Him to open shame.

In order to qualify to whom God is speaking of, we must look at the requirements on those who come to this place in God:

# 1Those who have been enlightened

# 2Those who have tasted of the heavenly gift

# 3Those who were partakers of the Holy Ghost

# 4Those who have tasted the good Word of God

# 5Those who have tasted of the powers of the world to come

This is the very elect in God. Most, who call themselves by His name, have yet to come into a working relationship with the Holy Spirit in their lives, and do not believe in Jesus according to the Scriptures.

When Moses smote the rock twice, he lost his inheritance in the promise land. In fact, God would not allow Moses to enter the promise land. But God did let him see the promise land from the top of Mount Pisgah, *** Deuteronomy 34:1.

When we consider that this one mistake cost Moses his inheritance, we begin to realize how important hearing God's voice correctly and acting according to His Word is to the Father.

Moses had come to the place in God where the five qualifications in Hebrews were fulfilled. In fact, we read in *** Exodus 33:11 that the Lord spoke unto Moses, face to face, as a man speaketh unto a friend. Therefore, when he disobeyed God's voice, Moses put Him to open shame before the whole congregation of Israel. When Israel tasted the water from the Spiritual Rock, no other water would ever satisfy again. All the wells, rivers and streams could not satisfy their thirst.

When we begin to drink of the Spiritual Rock and begin to feast on the Spiritual revelation of God, nothing else will satisfy, nor quench our thirst for God, other than the revealed Word from the Spiritual Rock. Jesus said,

"Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst," *** John 4:13

When Israel began to partake of the water from the Spiritual Rock, they had to fight their first battle. This battle was with Amalek in Rephidin, *** Exodus 17:8. When we begin to partake of the water of the Word, the battle will rage.

The name Amalek means "dweller in a valley". From the time Israel left Egypt, they murmured, complained and argued against Moses, Aaron and the Lord; even after God had proven Himself time and time again to them.

God would never allow Israel to be attacked by any enemy until He had proven and equipped them to do battle. When Israel left Egypt, God did not take them through the land of the Philistine, although it was closer. God said, "Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt," *** Exodus 13:17 .

Just as God protected Israel, He will protect and equip us when we begin our walk in Him. He will not allow us to be attacked by the enemy until He has proven Himself to us and prepared us to do battle by the revealed Word.

The battle begins with "the man in the valley". What man is it that keeps us in this valley? It is the old, flesh man that should have been left in the Red Sea baptism. Nevertheless, we find that the flesh survived and now is attacking our Spiritual walk in God.

When we understand how Amalek attacks, we realize how flesh regains control in our lives.

"Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt;

How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared not God." *** Deuteronomy 25:17-18

Amalek did not make a frontal attack, but he attacked from the rear to pick off those who were weakened by murmuring, complaining and arguing with God and His leadership. These are weakened in their Spiritual walk and they give full reign to the flesh. They continue to do warfare with the man in the valley because they never arise above the valley to be seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.

When this battle began, Moses spoke unto Joshua to choose out the men he needed to do battle with Amalek. Joshua would fight in the valley while Moses stood on top of the hill with the rod of God in his hands, sustained by Aaron and Hur, *** Exodus 17:9-10.

Moses would not fight this battle for the people. He stood with his hands raised before God. In his hand was the rod of authority God had placed there. This is a picture of the authority that God has set in the church: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers. These have the authority to edify, bringing perfection and unity to the Body and to do the work of the ministry, *** Ephesians 4:12.

Someone else was involved in the Spiritual battle on the hill, while the fleshly battle was being fought on the field: Aaron and Her were with Moses. Aaron means "light bearer" and Her means "a hole". The hands of those in authority who do the work of the ministry are upheld by the Light Bearer, the Holy Spirit, who is the Light of the Word. They are also held up by Her. "A hole" are those who are not seen. They are out of sight, doing what God has for them to do without being seen. These are God's intercessory prayer warriors. Without these "in the hole", which God has called to intercede in His behalf, no battle could be won.

When Moses' hands were held up, there was victory. When his hands hung down, there was defeat, *** Exodus 17:11. When Moses became weary, they sat him on a rock, *** Exodus 17:12. Until the five-fold ministry is founded upon the solid Rock, there can be no victory over flesh. Aaron and Her held up Moses' hands until the going down of the sun; the end of the day. We recognize this as the end of the age. As long as there is a battle with the flesh, we will need those three on the hill, helping with the battle on the field.

The only one on the field of battle to help was Joshua (Jehovah is my Salvation). The Greek rendering for Joshua is "Jesus". The only one who can help us with the battle of the flesh is Jesus, and He helps us by His example that He left us in the Word.

The only way we can overcome flesh is how He overcame it, and that is by killing it on the cross. Jesus stated, "Deny yourselves, pick up your cross, and follow Me," *** Matthew 16:24. The cross is the only answer in our battle with the flesh.

There was no victory on the field for Israel that day.

"And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword." *** Exodus 17:13

The flesh was weakened but not destroyed. Israel would battle the flesh all through the wilderness.

Moses built an altar that day and called it Jehovah Nissi; "God our Banner".

"For he said because the Lord hath sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation," *** Exodus 17:16

Amalek is a type of the flesh. God's Word states The Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation. The flesh is the enemy of God, and He has warred with the flesh in His people in every generation. And the battle rages on from day to day.

As the battle of the flesh rages, we must remember that the attack of the flesh is always from the rear. We never realize we have been attacked until we begin to lose the peace of God in our lives. Then we look to those on the hill to help us in the battle.

Listen to God's assurance:

"And the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven." *** Exodus 17:14

God has given us the assurance that the remembrance of Amalek will be utterly cast out. The victory over the flesh will be complete and absolute. This will destroy the last of our enemies, death, *** I Corinthians 15:55.

Israel's battle at Rephidim was over. Amalek was discomfited for the present. But Israel still had to journey to Sinai, where they would move into a covenant relationship in God.

Further Discussion

***Necessary Testing and Suffering

***God's Spiritual Rock

The Smitten Rock

***Moses' Disobedience

***Battling the Valley Dwellers

***God's Anointed Leadership

Moses, Aaron, and Her

Questions

1.How does God prove us? Exodus 16:4

2.If we are to become God's sons, we must allow Him to bring in our lives. Hebrews 12:7

3.What are some of the things many try to convince God of in their Valley of Decision?

4.To go on into the promise land, the Kingdom of God, we must be ready to say, "I am ready for the thing to happen in my situation. I am ready for your in my life. Do your wondrous work in my life, so I can move on to my next and . Lord, I am truly ready to allow you to and cut out all in my life.

5.What was the Rock that followed Israel in their wilderness journey?

6.Jesus promises we will have rivers of flowing out of our bellies.

7.Jesus became the Rock when, with joy, He went to the that He might have a who will believe on Him according to the .

8.Our battle begins with the man in the valley. Who is this man?

9.Amalek does not make a frontal attack on God's people. He attacks from the rear and picks off those who are weakened by , , .

10.The only way we can overcome the is to deny ourselves, pick up our and follow .

THE PLAINS OF SINAI

Chapter Seven

As we follow Israel's continued trek toward their promise land, we can relate it to our walk toward our promise land. It becomes clearer we need to press into the knowledge and wisdom that is only contained in God. We truly must realize that His ways are higher than our ways and it is the Father's good pleasure to give us the Kingdom. But in order for us to enter into His Kingdom we need to become pleasing in His sight.

The next stop for Israel was in the Plain of Sinai. This is the valley we come to before Mount Sinai. The word Sinai means "my thorns". Israel had partaken of the waters from the living Rock, and their battle with flesh had begun at Rephidim. Now they were to learn to overcome the thorns that plagued the flesh.

The apostle Paul had a thorn in his flesh. The thorn kept him humble before God. The thorns in our flesh will humble us before our Creator, also. It is necessary for us to overcome the thorns in our flesh if we are to stand boldly before His throne and proclaim His righteousness. In our humbleness we realize our righteousness is as filthy rags.

When Israel came to the plains of Sinai, they would come into a covenant relationship with God where they would receive His promises. God desires that we, too, enter into a covenant relationship with Him. This covenant relationship will enable us to walk and talk with God, as Adam did in the garden. Before this walk can become a reality, we must have totally dealt with the flesh.

Israel arrived at Sinai in the 3rd month, the 15th day from the time they had left Egypt, *** Exodus 19:1. They continued their journey the 20th day of the second month in the second year, *** Numbers 10:11. Israel's stay at Sinai was 25 days short of two years.

When Israel arrived at the Plains of Sinai, God prepared them to come into their covenant relationship with Him. God spoke of the covenant four times to the children of Israel while they were at Sinai. The first mention of this covenant in the Plains of Sinai is found in Exodus 19.

"Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto Myself.

Now therefore, if ye will obey My voice indeed, and keep My covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people: for all the earth is Mine:

And ye shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel." *** Exodus 19:4-6

God revealed to Israel that He had born them on eagle's wings and had brought them unto Himself. The eagle is a swift, high-flying bird. The eagle's wings represent supernatural deliverance. The eagle flies above all the obstacles of the earth. God's supernatural deliverance removes all earthly obstructions so we may come unto God and be in His presence.

This same promise is revealed to us in the book of Revelation. The woman in Revelation 12 flees into the wilderness where she will be protected and fed for 3 ½ years during the wrath of God. She will be given two wings of a great eagle that she might fly into the wilderness where she will be nourished for a time, and times, and half a time (3 ½ years), from the face of the serpent, *** Revelation 12:6. God's supernatural deliverance is sure for His elect people. God continues His covenant promises to Israel.

"And He said, Behold, I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the Lord: for it is a terrible thing that I will do with thee." *** Exodus 34:10

God promised to do marvels in Israel such as had not been done in all the earth. The word marvel is the Hebrew word PALA and means "unexplainable actions of God, to do wonders and miracles". God's promise was that the works He would do would be supernatural in nature; works that the carnal mind could not, nor would not understand.

Before Israel could come into this covenant walk in God, it necessitated the sprinkling of blood. After Moses had written all the words of the Law in a book, he built an altar and sacrificed an ox as a peace offering unto the Lord, *** Exodus 24:4-5. Moses took half of the blood and put it in basins and half the blood he sprinkled on the altar. Moses then took the book of the Covenant and read it unto the people. And the people said,

"All that the Lord hath said will we do, and be obedient," *** Exodus 24:6-7.

When Israel understood the covenant and agreed to be obedient to all that it contained, then Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, saying,

"Behold, the blood of the covenant, which the Lord hath made with you concerning all these words." *** Exodus 24:8

Moses sprinkled Israel with the blood of the covenant. This was a different application of the blood than when it was applied on the door and lintels at the time of the passover. The blood applied to the door post and lintels was the blood of the Lamb. Jesus was the Lamb of God. John the Baptist proclaimed, "Behold, the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world,." *** John 1:29.

The blood of the Lamb was for the forgiveness of sin. But the sprinkling of the blood of the oxen or bullock was for the cleansing and healing and sanctification of the soul.

Pouring out the blood at the foot of the altar represented the physical shedding of Jesus' blood on the cross. But the sprinkling of the blood is the Spiritual application of that cleansing, purifying, sanctifying and healing blood in our lives.

The blood of the Lamb was poured out at the foot of the altar to deal with the sin in our lives. But the sprinkling of the blood was to deal with the sin nature in our lives, to bring us into the service of God.

The ox was the only animal that was used for sacrifice or service. If we are to come into the service of God, we need to have the sprinkling of the blood, also. As the writer of Hebrews stated,

"For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:

How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?" *** Hebrews 9:13-14

The word purge means "to cleanse". It is the Spiritual application of the blood of Christ, the Holy Spirit, who will cleanse our conscience of dead works so that we may serve the living God.

Paul used the word circumcise to say the same thing. Circumcision is "the cutting away of the flesh".

"For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God." *** Romans 2:28-29

This Spiritual circumcision is in the heart (mind) and spirit. Circumcision is the taking away of the fleshly thoughts and the old fleshly ideas. Circumcision is the cleansing of our conscience.

Peter wrote of the sprinkling of the blood.

"Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied." *** I Peter 1:2

The sprinkling of the blood brings the sanctification of the Spirit unto obedience. Before Moses sprinkled the blood, Israel had to confess obedience to the covenant. Before Jesus went to the cross, He made a new covenant. At the last supper, Jesus took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying,

"Drink ye all of it; For this is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." Matthew 26:27-28

The writer of Hebrews spoke of this new covenant and to the sprinkling of blood.

"And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel." *** Hebrews 12:24

The sprinkling of the blood spoke better things than the blood of Abel. Abel's blood cried out of the ground, death, and vengeance. But the sprinkled blood cries out forgiveness and healing. The writer of Hebrews states,

"Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water." *** Hebrews 10:22

The Word states that without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sin. It also becomes very clear that without the sprinkling of blood, there is no healing, nor cleansing of the evil conscience which is the cause of sin. Without the sprinkling of the blood by the Holy Spirit in our lives, we would have no consciousness of sin. We would be reprobate. We would have a seared conscience instead of a repentant heart before God. When we come into this place in God, we can claim all the promises made to Israel in the Plains of Sinai.

God is truly desiring to raise us above the earth (flesh) and bring us unto Himself and fulfill His promises in us that He made to Israel so many years ago.

God told Israel they would be a peculiar treasure to Him above all the people on earth. The word peculiar means "highly esteemed, personal property, more highly thought of than any other object that the person owns; the most special of all the treasures he possesses". God ordained this special place for Israel.

"For the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto Himself, and Israel for His peculiar treasure." *** Psalm 135:4

Israel was to be that special treasure unto the Father. He promised them that they would be a kingdom of priests, an holy nation. Natural Israel desired this, but they would not walk into it.

The same promises are made to Spiritual Israel: those who have allowed the sprinkling of the blood to cleanse their conscience from all evil, and have been Spiritually circumcised in heart to serve the living God. Paul wrote to Titus,

"Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." *** Titus 2:14

We have been redeemed from our iniquity. The Lord is in the process of purifying us unto Himself that He may have His peculiar people, His special treasure in the earth, the pearl of great price.

Peter, who was given the keys to the Kingdom, stated,

"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light." *** I Peter 2:9

We are that royal priesthood; a kingdom of priests. We are that holy nation unto God. If we have allow the blood of sprinkling in our lives, then we will become God's special treasure in the earth.

God promised He would do marvels, supernatural miracles in the sight of the people. His promise to Israel was:

". . . It is a terrible (wonderful) thing that I will do with thee," *** Exodus 34:10.

The miracle of all ages is what God is going to do with this people who have been sprinkled with the blood. These will be raised up to do the greater works that Jesus spoke they would do. God will have a nation of holy people, those who, through the Spirit, become the Spiritual nation of Israel.

When we were without Christ, we were aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, *** Ephesians 2:12. But now that we have Christ, the Holy Spirit in our lives, we are no longer aliens of the commonwealth of Israel; we have become Israel. All who walk according to the rule of the new creation are the Israel of God, *** Galatians 6:15-16.

"And the Lord said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel." *** Exodus 34:27

The covenant God made with Israel was the Law. It was not God's original intent to give Israel a written law. It was God's desire to speak His law directly to His covenant people, and that they would obey His voice with their whole heart. God prepared to come down on Mt. Sinai and speak His law unto His people, but the people fled before the face of God, desiring only to hear from Moses. Today this same attitude exists in the church. Many would rather listen to man, then to hear from God.

Today, God's desire is to speak unto His people. We need to have ears to hear what the Spirit is speaking unto the church. God is speaking unto His peculiar treasure in the earth today. He has sprinkled them with the blood of Christ. Their conscience has been purged from dead works and they are serving the living God with their whole hearts. They are coming into a covenant relationship with their God and they are beginning to walk in the promises God made to Israel.

Further Discussion

*** On Eagle's Wings

*** God's Covenant Relationship with Man

*** The Sprinkling of the Blood

*** The Cleansing of our Conscience

Questions

1.When we leave the Wilderness of Sin and come into the Plains of Sinai it is time for the in our life. We partook of the Water of Marah, and the battle with the flesh at Rephidim. Now it is time to the thorns that plague us.

2.The blood of the Lamb is for the of sin. The sprinkling of the blood is for what three things?

3.What does the ox represent in our lives?

4.The Spiritual sprinkling of the blood of Christ, the Holy Spirit, will cleanse our conscience of what?

5.Without the shedding of blood there is no .

Without the sprinkling of blood there is no .-

6.We must allow God's Spiritual circumcision of our and by cutting away the and the old fleshly .

7.What is the miracle of all the ages?

8.We are no longer aliens of the commonwealth of .

9.All who walk according to the rule of what will become the Israel of God? Galatians 6:15-16

10.Today God desires to speak to us. We need to have to what the is speaking unto the .

THE END OF THE LAW AT SINAI

Chapter Eight

When Israel came to the Plains of Sinai, God spoke to Moses that He wanted to bring Israel into a covenant relationship with Himself. He gave Israel two requirements:

1 - They were to obey His voice

2 - They were to keep His covenant

If they would do these two things, His promise to them was they would be a peculiar treasure above all the earth, a Kingdom of priests and a holy nation unto Himself, *** Exodus 19:5-6.

God spoke to Moses to prepare Israel so He could come down on Mt. Sinai and speak personally and audibly to them. Special instructions were given as to how they were to prepare themselves. For two days they were to sanctify themselves, wash their clothes and they were not to come at their wives, *** Exodus 19:10-15.

On the third day God would come down in the sight of all the people upon Mt. Sinai and speak His covenant unto them, *** Exodus 19:11. In prophecy, the third and seventh day are the same day. The third day is measured from the time of Jesus. The seventh day is measured from creation. Therefore, the third and seventh day allude to the 1000 year day

called the millennium. The millennium is the full day that man must live, to be victorious over the curse of death pronounced upon Adam in the garden.

God told Adam, "In the day you eat of the mixed fruit, ye shall die." Adam lived to be 930 years old; Methuselah lived to be 969; Jared, 960 years. But no man ever lived the full 1000 year day. We, as God's children, will live the full day spoken of as the 3rd or 7th day in the Word.

Many promises have been made to us concerning this great 1000 year day. Hosea spoke of the third day:

"After two days will He revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight." *** Hosea 6:2

It is after two days God will revive us. The word revive means "to preserve alive". On the third day, God will raise us up and we will live in His sight. It was on the third day that God spoke to Israel verbally concerning all the laws that He intended for them to live by, *** Exodus 19:11.

Matthew spoke of the Th day:

"And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart." *** Matthew 17:1

After six days, Jesus was transfigured in all His glory before their eyes. This was a prophetic manifestation of the Th day when we will be raised up to live in His sight. We will see Him in all His manifested glory. We will hear His voice and live in His sight.

Jesus spoke of the third day:

"And He said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected." *** Luke 13:32

The two days Jesus spoke of, refer to the church age. For 2000 years the church has done cures (healings) and cast out devils (deliverance). How will Jesus be perfected in the third day? Paul spoke that, in that day, Jesus would be glorified in His saints, *** II Thessalonians 1:10. The word perfected means "to mature or become complete". The completion of God in the earth is when He is glorified in His saints, and that will be manifest on the third day.

Jesus went to the marriage supper at Cana on the third day, *** John 2:1-2. This was the beginning of miracles and Jesus' ministry. He turned the water into wine in the stone water pots. Water pots were generally made of fired clay, but these water pots were stone. Praise God, they were made of the Living Stones that held the water of the Word. But the water (Word) was turned into wine; or the effervescence of the Word. The new wine is coming into the water pots made of the Living Stones. The prophet Joel spoke this:

"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth out of the house of the Lord, and shall water the valley of Shittim." *** Joel 3:18

When the bridegroom (Jesus) was questioned about this new wine, He said, "I have saved my good wine until last." The new wine will be poured out on the third day, the day that is directly ahead. We are in the last day of purification and sanctification. We should be washing these old earthly garments, making them ready for the King of Glory to appear unto His saints.

God desires to speak to us with His voice so the desires of His heart might be made manifest in our lives. He desires us to be changed in that moment and twinkling of an eye.

God came down in the presence of Israel and verbally spoke His ten commandments.

"And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off." *** Exodus 20:18

Instead of Israel drawing near unto God, they backed away and stood afar off. They did not desire to be in the presence of God, but instead they turned to Moses. They said to Moses, "Speak thou with us, and we will listen to you. But don't let God speak to us for fear we will die," *** Exodus 20:19.

Moses tried to comfort the people saying, "Fear not, God is come to prove you, that His fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not," *** Exodus 20:20. But Moses' words went unheeded. The people stood afar off and Moses drew near into the thick darkness where God was, *** Exodus 21:21.

Not only had Israel rejected God's voice, they had rejected His presence. They neither wanted to hear His voice nor, to be in His presence. Many, today, refuse God's voice and flee from His presence, preferring, rather, to listen to man and commune with the flesh. They will only follow the precepts and doctrines of man instead of believing on God as the Scriptures have said, *** John 7:38. They have refused to hear what the Spirit is saying unto the churches, *** Revelation 3:6. The book of Hebrews warns us,

"See that ye refuse not Him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused Him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from Him that speaketh from heaven." *** Hebrews 12:25

Israel turned away from God, and Moses entered into the presence of God. On the third day God gave Moses the law that Israel was to live by. The law was written by the finger of God, *** Exodus 31:18. Moses was in the mountain in the presence of God for forty days and forty nights.

God gave Israel laws to govern every aspect of their lives. Had Israel obeyed God's voice, the only law they would have had would have been the moral laws, the Ten Commandments. Instead, they were given a multitude of laws, including the punishments. Many were punishable by death.

Why, then, was the written law given? Paul answered this question in Galatians.

"Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator." *** Galatians 3:19

Why was the law given? Because of transgressions. The word transgressions is PARABASIS and means "to break God's law". We can break God's spoken law as well as we can break His written law. Israel transgressed God's spoken law when they refused to hear His voice. Because of their refusal, the written law was given. These laws, whether written or spoken, do not make men sinners, but the laws point out man's sin before God. The written law was given until the seed (the children of God) should come to whom the promise was made.

Israel could not keep the law. Paul explained why. He wrote, "For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin," *** Romans 7:14. Paul said the law is Spiritual. No flesh will keep the law. The law will only be kept and fulfilled by God. Jesus came to fulfill that law.

"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil." *** Matthew 5:17

Paul goes on to explain the end of the law.

"For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth." *** Romans 10:4

When we come into a Spiritual relationship with our God through the Holy Spirit, God will reveal His will in our lives through His Spiritual direction. When we have Spiritual direction, it is no longer necessary to follow the letter of the law. The letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life, *** II Corinthians 3:6. Therefore, when we come into this Spiritual life in God, He will give us Spiritual direction by and through Christ, the Holy Spirit.

When God called Moses into His presence on Mt Sinai, Moses gave charge of the camp to Aaron and Her. He spoke to the people that if any man had any matter to do, let him come to Aaron and Her, *** Exodus 24:14.

When the people reasoned in their minds that something had happened to Moses, they went to Aaron and said, "Make us gods to go before us," *** Exodus 32:1. Aaron told Israel to break off the earrings of gold from their wives, sons, and daughters and give them to him. Israel was not turning away from Moses, they were turning away from the living God, to idols.

Gold represents God. The gold on the ear is God's anointing upon the ear that we may hear God's voice. When we turn from God, the anointing that is upon our ears always go first. Israel refused to hear God's voice, and because of that, they lost the anointing on their ears. Today, many who desire to serve the gods of the earth have lost their anointing on the ear. They no longer hear God's voice.

Israel gave Aaron the earrings and he melted them down and fashioned a molten calf with engraving tools. Aaron stated this was the god which brought them out of Egypt. Aaron built an altar and made a proclamation that the next day would be a feast unto the Lord. They rose up early and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings unto this dumb calf, then sat down to eat and rose up to play, *** Exodus 32:4-6.

Today, there are many molten images. Anything that is fashioned by heat can be a molten image: automobiles, boats, airplanes, golf clubs, T.V., stereo sets, radios, bowling balls..., the list is endless. Men have set these up as idols in their lives. They sit down to eat and rise up to play.

God has brought His people to the Plains of Sinai before the mount of God to deal with the thorns in their flesh. Many make excuses for their idols and fail to deal with them. God told Moses to get down off the mount and go to the people because they had corrupted themselves.

God was going to destroy all those He had brought out of Egypt. God said, "Now therefore let Me alone, that My wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation," *** Exodus 32:10. When Moses came down the mountain and saw the calf and the dancing, Moses' anger waxed hot. He cast the tablets out of His hand and broke them at the foot of the mountain, *** Exodus 32:19.

When Moses questioned Aaron about his sin of making the golden calf, Aaron, like so many today, tried to excuse his sin. Instead of repenting of it, he stated, "They gave me the gold, then I cast it into the fire and there came out this calf, *** Exodus 32:24.

There was no mention of the engraving tools or any special interest to details in designing the calf. He made it sound like it was a supernatural act of God. Today, many try to justify their sin and disobedience by saying what they are doing is God's will in their lives.

Moses witnessed to the fact that Israel was naked. Many Bible teachers would have us believe they were physically naked and engaging in promiscuous, sexual activity. This was not the situation at all. The Word states that Aaron made them naked unto their shame among their enemies, *** Exodus 32:25. They were spiritually naked before their enemy because the anointing of God had left them. As Adam in the garden who recognized his nakedness before God, all Israel stood naked before their God. Their shame was openly displayed and their spiritual enemies were given unhindered access to their lives.

Aaron allowed God's Spiritual hedge to be removed because he did not resist Israel's desire to openly sin against God. Today, many who oversee God's people allow the people to continue in their sin, instead of causing the people to deal with it.

We hear many complaining about the enemy attacking in their lives. This is because they have removed God's Spiritual hedge and refuse to deal with the sin in their lives. Through their sin, the enemy has access to their lives. Because they do not have the Spiritual ability to resist satan, the enemy comes in like a flood.

The breaking of the stone tablets foretold the end of the law that would be accomplished when the seed came to whom the promises were made. The coming of the promised seed was accomplished on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came. Those who accept the Holy Spirit into their lives, live by the Spirit and not by the letter of the law.

Paul also wrote the law was given until the seed should come to whom the promise was given. The promise was given to Abraham. Abraham had only one seed and that seed was Christ, "the anointing". [see "Christ Jesus" by G. Kirkpatrick]

"Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ." *** Galatians 3:16

When the anointing came on the Day of Pentecost, the seed came to whom the promises were given. God's promises were made by the Spirit to the flesh. The promises made to the flesh could only be fulfilled by, and through the Spirit. The book of Hebrews reveals Israel knew they had not received the promises made to Abraham.

"These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth." *** Hebrews 11:13

Israel did not receive their promises, but they saw them afar off, or in the distant future. That distant future which Israel saw is today. We can now claim all the promises of God in our lives.

Paul explained that, when we come into Christ, the Holy Spirit, we come into heirship.

"And if ye be Christ's then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." *** Galatians 3:29

Jesus not only made us a new covenant (testament), He provided a way that, through the Spirit, we could become heirs to the Old Testament promises. In reality, the old covenant (testament) never came into effect until Jesus died on the cross.

The book of Hebrews reveals that, for a testament to be in force, it necessitates that the testator be dead, otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator lives, *** Hebrews 9:17. Covenants are made by the greater to the lesser, *** Hebrews 6:13. A covenant is a testament the dead make with the living. God made a covenant with Israel on the Plains of Sinai, but it was not until Jesus died on the cross that there was any strength or power in that covenant.

After Pentecost "...we who were afar off", have access to all the promises of the covenant that God had made with Israel throughout their history. They are all ours to claim through the Spirit. If we obey the voice of the Spirit, we will be that peculiar treasure unto Him above all the people on the earth.

God desires that we be a kingdom of priests and His holy nation. Israel could not obtain this through the law. But we can obtain all the promises of God's covenant through the Spirit.

When Moses witnessed Israel's sin, he broke the original tablets of stone. So God called him back into the mount and rewrote the law on the tablets that Moses had carved out. He rewrote the law exactly as it was before. The only change was the glory that God revealed in Moses' face.

When Moses came from the presence of God unto the people, his face so shone with the glory of God that the people could not look upon his face and were afraid to come nigh him, *** Exodus 34:30.

When Moses spoke to the children of Israel, he put a vail on his face, *** Exodus 34:35. The children of Israel, having desired the law instead of the presence of God, could not look upon the glory that was displayed in Moses' face.

Today many desire to listen to the voice of man instead of the voice of God. They have rejected His presence and have placed themselves under law. Because of this, they cannot look upon the glory God is revealing in His people.

"For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." *** Romans 8:18

Paul spoke of this vail that is on people's minds, as he wrote his second letter to the Corinthians.

"And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:

But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ." *** II Corinthians 3:13-14

Today those who desire to be under the law, either Moses' law or man-made law, have a vail over their minds and cannot understand the Old Testament. They cannot understand why the law was given, so they say the Old Testament is just a history book, or a dead letter and that we do not need to read it or understand it.

Christ, the Holy Spirit, is the only one who can remove this vail and bring understanding as to why the law was given and why Jesus said, "If the Son shall make you free you are free indeed," *** John 8:36.

Those still under the law of Moses, or denominational law, are not free. They are in bondage and will remain in bondage until they turn, with their whole hearts, to Christ.

"But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.

Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away." *** II Corinthians 3:15-16

The glory revealed in the face of Moses will shine in their hearts. God's revelation in the Old Testament will become a reality in their lives. We have God's promises this glory will be revealed to those who turn to Christ.

"Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." *** II Corinthians 3:17-18

God's Holy Spirit will reveal Himself to us and the Old Testament will become a reality to His peculiar treasure in the earth, His kingdom of priests and His holy nation. We can inherit His promises, but not through the law.

Further Discussion

*** The Third Day

*** The Seventh Day

*** God's Glory Revealed

*** Stone Water Pots

*** The Promised Seed

*** The Unveiling

Questions

1.The Third Day and the Seventh day refer to the day, the 1000 year day called the .

2.The two 1000 year days before the Third Day are referred to as the .

3.The 2000 year church age was to be when the church did cures ( ) and cast out devils ( ).

4.On the Third Day how will Jesus be perfected? I Thessalonians 1:10

5.What was the beginning of Jesus' miracles on the Third Day?

6.Spiritually speaking, who are the stone water pots, and what are they filled with?

7.What is going to happen to the water in these living stone water pots, and when?

8.Christ is the end of the . Romans 10:4

9.The breaking of the stone tablets foretold the end of the law that would be accomplished when the seed came to whom the promises were made. The coming of the promised seed was accomplished on with the coming of the .

10.Those who accept the Holy Spirit cleansing in their lives, live by the and not be the of the .

11.Abraham only had one seed and that was .

12.If we are Christ's, the Holy Spirit, then we are Abraham's , and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:29

13.Christ, the Holy Spirit, is the only one who can remove the over our minds.

14.Can we inherit our promise land, the Kingdom of God, through the Law? Why?

WILDERNESS OF PARAN

Chapter Nine

God brought Israel to the Plains of Sinai to teach them His laws and His ways that they might be His peculiar treasure in the earth. He chose Israel, not because they were many, but because they were few, *** Deuteronomy 7:7.

As we witness what God is doing in the earth today, He is calling a peculiar people unto Himself to teach them His Kingdom principles. He is putting His Kingdom in a people so that when He returns to set up His Kingdom, these people will already be operating in Kingdom Principles. God will then establish His peculiar treasure in the earth to rule in His Kingdom.

When Israel demanded the golden calf to be made into an idol, there was another lesson Israel had to learn concerning God's judgment. Zephaniah records:

"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

Paul, also recorded this in Romans:

"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

We have experienced the goodness of God. But God is a righteous God, and as a righteous God, He must punish sin. God spoke to Moses on the mount that He was going to destroy all Israel because of their sin of idolatry. Moses interceded for Israel, and God spared them. The Lord repented of the evil He thought to do unto His people, *** Exodus 32:14.

When Moses came down the mount and saw the dancing and the golden calf, his anger waxed hot. Moses melted the calf in the fire, ground it to powder, sprinkled it upon Israel's water and made the children of Israel drink of it, *** Exodus 32:19-20. Israel was made to drink of the wrath of God. But this was not the end of God's judgment on Israel.

"Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord's side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.

And He said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour.

And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men." *** Exodus 32:26-28

The Levites drew their physical swords and slew 3000 Israelites. God's severity fell upon that 3000, all were required to drink the water of His wrath. Those who have not separated themselves totally unto the Lord in these last times will be made to drink of the wrath of God.

There is a day of separation coming when we must declare whether or not we are on the Lord's side. Only the Sons of Levi, the priesthood tribe, stood by Moses. Only those who have obtained their priestly robes will stand as God's chosen in the day of separation.

Peter spoke of this royal priesthood; those who have become a kingdom of priests unto God, the Father:

"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light." *** I Peter 2:9.

Today, those who are leading God's people astray will suffer the greater severity of God. Those in the priesthood company who are armed with the sword of the Spirit (the Word of God) will separate the holy from the profane. God is going to bring His holy people unto Himself. Those who will not separate from their worldly idols will be partakers with the goats (whom the Lord never knew) in His day of wrath.

Israel had rejected God's voice and His presence and had gone into idolatry. Because of this rejection, Moses took the Tabernacle of the Congregation and pitched it without the camp, *** Exodus 33:7. This was not the Tabernacle Moses would build according to the pattern God showed him in the mount. This was the Tabernacle of the Congregation where God met with Israel. The presence of God had moved. It was removed from the midst of Israel and stood over the Tabernacle of the Congregation outside the camp. Everyone who sought the Lord then had to go outside of the camp to worship their God. When Moses went out of the camp to the Tabernacle, the people would rise up and stand in their tent door until Moses entered into the tabernacle, *** Exodus 33:8.

The people recognized the anointing that was upon Moses. Today, those seeking a relationship with God must go without the camp which is their denominational church system. For so long, many have depended on the precepts and doctrines of men as their mode of worship. It no longer fulfills their need for God. In Israel, those who sought God had to go outside the camp. Those who are truly seeking God must come into their prayer closet and get alone with God. We can no longer seek God in the multitudes. We must get alone and learn the Father's voice.

Israel's relationship with God changed. Those who are truly seeking a relationship with God, today, must seek Him with their whole heart. Those who seek Him will find Him.

"And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the Lord talked with Moses." *** Exodus 33:9

When we come into the presence of God, that same pillar of His presence will descend upon us, but we must seek Him. The Word declares:

"And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart." *** Deuteronomy 4:29

God spake to Moses, face to face, as a man speaketh unto His friend, *** Exodus 33:11. Moses came into a special relationship with God. We, too, can come into that special relationship with Him.

"Ye are My friends, if ye do whatsoever, I command you.

Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what His lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of My Father I have made known unto you." *** John 15:14-15

If we obey God's commandments, He will speak to us face to face as friends. The greatest of all commandments He gave us was to love one another. When we come into this love relationship with one another, we will come into our friend relationship with the Father.

When Moses was in the presence of God, all Israel stood at their tent doors and worshiped. Joshua, the one that God had chosen to lead Israel into their promise land, never departed from the Tabernacle of the Congregation, *** Exodus 33:11. Joshua never left the presence of God. He spent his full time in the presence of the Lord. Joshua is the Hebrew word for Jesus. Jesus never leaves the presence of the Father, where He makes intercession for us, *** Romans 8:34.

Joshua was the son of Nun. The name Nun means "perpetuity, the endless duration of existence". Jesus was the Son of the everlasting Father. The Father is a Spirit and the Spirit is eternal. That Spirit is the Holy Ghost. It is only by the Holy Spirit that we will enter in and possess our promise land, the kingdom of God.

Moses had entered into a special relationship with God. Moses had found grace in the sight of God and God revealed unto Moses that He knew his name, *** Exodus 33:12. Moses no longer lived under the law. He had entered into the period of grace in God because he was obedient unto His voice and desired His presence.

Moses further cried out to God, "If I have found grace in Thy sight, shew me Thy ways that I may know Thee," *** Exodus 33:13. Moses was truly seeking God with his whole mind, soul and Spirit to know God and to know His ways.

Paul was another example of one who sought God with his whole heart.

"That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death." *** Philippians 3:10

Paul wanted to know God in every aspect of his life. He desired to know the power of His resurrection. He desired to be in the fellowship of His suffering. He also desired to be made conformable unto His death. He desired to be intimate with Christ Jesus, that he might witness the death of his physical, carnal nature. His total desire was that the resurrection of the Spirit would consume the flesh.

This desire was in the heart of Moses and Paul, and it should be our desire. We must cry out that there be no separation between us and God so that we may come into His presence. Our desire should be that His presence go before us. This was the promise that God made to Moses. When He revealed, "My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest," Moses' reply to God was, "If Thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence, *** Exodus 33:14-15. Moses was not going to move unless God's presence went before them.

"For wherein shall it be known here that I and Thy people have found grace in Thy sight? Is it not in that Thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and Thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth." *** Exodus 33:16

The Lord assured Moses, "...thou hast found grace in My sight and I know thee by name. For this reason, I will do this thing," *** Exodus 33:17. Most of us would have been jumping for joy to know that we were pleasing in the sight of God and that He would go before us everywhere we went. But this did not satisfy Moses' thirst for God. He wanted more of God than just His presence. He wanted His glory. He said, "I beseech thee, shew me Thy glory," *** Exodus 33:18.

Our cry should be, "I want to see Thy glory." Paul wrote the suffering of this present time is not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us, *** Romans 8:18. God has promised that glory from the beginning. It is the same glory that left Adam in the garden when he knew he was naked. The day is coming when His glory will return to His saints. Paul wrote to the Thessalonians that the Lord will be glorified in His saints, *** II Thessalonians 1:10. Peter also spoke of His glory being revealed:

"But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy." *** I Peter 4:13

"The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed." *** I Peter 5:1

God told Moses, "Behold! There is a place by Me and thou shalt stand upon a rock," *** Exodus 33:21. If we are established upon this rock; we will see His glory in that day and stand at the right hand of God.

God told Moses, "I will put thee in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover thee with My hand while I pass by, and I will take away Mine hand; and thou shalt see My back parts: but My face shall not be seen." *** Exodus 33:22-23

This was a beautiful promise that God made to Moses. This would more than satisfy most of God's people today. But this is not God's promise to us. God revealed to Paul, "Now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face," *** I Corinthians 13:12. John wrote, ". . . we shall see Him as He is . . . " *** I John 3:2

When God's glory passed by Moses, Moses was in the cleft of the rock, covered over by the hand of God. He was still in a darkened place. Today, we are seeing God through a darkened, distorted view because the vail is still on our minds.

"For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which was in part shall be done away." *** I Corinthians 13:9-10

That which we have in part is the firstfruit of the Holy Spirit, *** Romans 8:23. When that which is perfect is come, we shall receive the Spirit without measure. When we become complete and mature, we will receive the double portion outpouring, the early and latter rain, together. The full glory of God will be revealed and we shall see Him face to face because we will be as He is, *** I John 3:2.

Israel had many things to learn in their wilderness journey. We, also, have many things to learn on our journey to our promise land, the Kingdom of God. There are still many thorns in our lives. God must deal with our idols if He is to bring us into a place where He can fill us with His glory. Those who refuse to get the idols out of their lives will drink of the cup of the fierceness of His wrath.

Israel's sin did not deter God from His plan for His people and for the tabernacle He had given Moses to build. God had given Moses explicit instructions on how to build the tabernacle. He gave Him the size, the materials and the exact dimensions of each piece. He even gave Moses the names of the people who were to wrought the cunning work on the materials of the tabernacle.

The most important ingredient in the tabernacle was the willing hearts. When Moses called for materials to build the tabernacle, they came, both men and women, as many as were of a willing heart, *** Exodus 35:22. God must not only get the thorns out of our lives, we must develop a willing heart to serve Him. Whatever we accomplish for God, if it is not done with a willing heart, it is rejected. When we develop a willing heart to do, or to give, this will touch the heart of God, and will move the hand of God on our behalf.

All the congregation came, everyone whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom the Spirit made willing, *** Exodus 35:21. Those who were used had a willing heart and a willing spirit. Their hand was not slack in the work, nor in their giving. If we are going to enter into our promise land, we must learn the gift of giving as the Spirit directs us.

Many have been taught the law of tithing and they know the Scriptures in Malachi concerning tithing.

"Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed Me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed Thee? In tithes and offerings." *** Malachi 3:8

God spoke to all when He spoke that we have robbed Him in the tithes. The tithe is what we owe God. It is not only important to tithe, but where we tithe is also important. We are to tithe into the storehouse. The storehouse is where we are fed. The storehouse is where we are being nourished by the Word of God. Generally, the tithe goes to the church where we are fellowshipping. But, if there is no food in that house, perhaps the tithe should go to the ones who are feeding us.

The tithe is a commandment of God and has to do with being obedient unto the Word of God. Paying our tithes does not necessitate having a willing heart; it is simply being obedient. God said we not only robbed Him in tithes, but also in offerings. The offering is above the tithe. This is when we get into giving. There is more written about giving than there is about tithing.

"Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver." *** II Corinthians 9:7

When we give, we should search the purpose in our heart for giving. If it is grudgingly, we may as well keep it; it will not be received by God as giving. If we give because we are expected to give, this, too, will be rejected by God. God will only accept that which comes from a willing heart. He loves a cheerful giver. The word cheerful is HILAROS. From this word comes our English word, hilarious. It means "readiness of mind with joyfulness". Our giving must be with a willing and joyful heart.

This is a Kingdom principle that must be learned if we are to enter into our promise land. When the Holy Spirit was given unto the Gentiles, the first Gentile to receive this precious gift of God was Cornelius, the centurion of the Italian band. The Word proclaims Cornelius was a devout man who feared God. He gave much alms to the people and prayed to God always, *** Acts 10:2.

Alms is giving over and above the tithe. We must assume that Cornelius, being a devout man of God, paid his tithe. But his giving went beyond the tithe, into the realm of offerings. When God picked a special vessel to bestow the Holy Spirit upon, He chose Cornelius. Why? The Lord said unto him, "Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God," *** Acts 10:4. It was Cornelius' prayers and his almsgiving that came up in remembrance before God. We may believe God does not see our giving, but He is keeping our giving in remembrance that He may bless us in due season.

When we give, we are not to give as the hypocrites in the synagogues who sounded a trumpet before them when it was time to give. When we do alms, we are not to let our left hand know what our right hand is doing. That which we do in secret, God will reward openly. But, if we desire to be seen of men, to receive glory from man, we will have received our reward of man. There will be no reward from God, *** Matthew 6:2-4.

The book of Proverbs tells us, "He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack, *** Proverbs 28:27. Also, he that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and he that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his maker, *** Proverbs 19:17 & 14:31.

Our giving is important to the Lord. All the wealth of the earth belongs to Him. There is nothing we can give God that He needs. Our giving unto God is not because He has a need. We give because we have a need, and our need is to be blessed of God. He cannot, nor will He, bless without our having a cheerful, willing heart to give back what He has given unto us. We should always remember, "The Lord giveth power to get wealth," *** Deuteronomy 8:18.

Israel learned the lesson of a willing heart in the Plains of Sinai. It is a good possibility that this willing, giving heart came up before God many times as He dealt with Israel before they entered into their promise land.

God showed us a principle in Israel's giving when He only accepted from those who had a willing heart. The workers came to Moses and said, "The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work. And the people were restrained from giving," *** Exodus 36:5-6.

When we only accept from those who have a willing heart, there will be sufficient for all needs. But those who give grudgingly, or out of necessity, will only hinder the work of God.

ENTERING THE WILDERNESS OF PARAN

It came time for Israel to leave the Plains of Sinai. "On the twentieth day of the second month, in the second year, the cloud was taken up and it rested in the Wilderness of Paran," *** Numbers 10:11-12.

The word Paran means "their beautifying". God had promised Israel they would be a peculiar treasure unto Himself, an holy nation and a kingdom of priests.

God has planned, from the foundation of the earth, to have a people who love Him, who will walk and talk with Him in the cool of the evening. Even though Israel failed God many times, God's intended purpose for them never changed. He still intended to bring them into their promise land. Today, He still intends to bring a people unto Himself; a people who will, again, rule and reign on the earth.

Paran was a three-day journey from Sinai, *** Numbers 10:33. Even though Israel sinned many times against God those first two years, His presence never left them even though His presence moved outside the camp. He was a cloud to them by day and a pillar of fire by night. This was the Light and protection of the Holy Spirit's presence with Israel. Just as the Holy Spirit is our constant companion today, His presence was always with them. When it came time for the camp to move, Moses' prayer was, "Rise up, Lord, and let them that hate thee flee before thee." And when the Holy Spirit rested, He said, "Return, O Lord, unto the many thousands of Israel," *** Numbers 10:35-36.

Israel desired the presence of God before them as they traveled and for the presence of God to return with them when they rested. Our prayer should constantly be that God's presence never leave us, and that His presence be our rereward when we rest.

Israel made three more stops before they came to the place of beautification in God:

Taberah which means "burning" *** Nu. 11:3

Kibroth-hattaavah "graves of lust" *** Nu. 11:34

Hazeroth "enclosure" *** Nu. 11:35

When Israel came out of Sinai (my thorns) and headed for Paran (their beautifying), it was necessary for them to pass through Taberah, their place of burning, to bury their lust and to come into God's enclosure. The place of burning in their lives was the work of the Holy Spirit. This work was necessary to burn away all the dross that brings no profit unto God; the lust of the flesh that could not enter into their promise land. All the dross must be removed. Only that which glorifies God will remain. God explained this cleansing process in Malachi.

"But who may abide the day of His coming? And who shall stand when He appeareth? For He is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:

And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness." *** Malachi 3:2-3

Our God is a consuming fire. On the Day of Pentecost, the cloven tongues of fire sat upon the flesh. This was to cleanse and purify the flesh, so God could have a cleansed vessel in which to dwell. Those who submit to the cleansing fire, have entered into their beautification process. Likewise, those who refuse the cleansing fire of God now, will be cleansed in the fire of His wrath which He will send upon all flesh. As Israel, we must put off all complaining, murmuring and lust to come into the Lord's beautification process.

Israel's next stop was Kibroth-hattaavah. This was the place where they were required to deal with the lust in their lives. Paul wrote:

"This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.

For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would." *** Galatians 5:16-17

As we come into our Spiritual walk in God, we must bury our lust at Kibroth-hattaavah. The flesh constantly lusteth against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh. They are contrary one to the other. We are unable to accomplish God's purpose in our lives because of this constant turmoil due to the fact that we will not deal with the desires of the flesh. The flesh continues to cry out to be catered to. The lust of the flesh and the lust of the eye require constant attention. We cannot concentrate on the things of the Spirit of God because we have not dealt with the desires of the flesh. James writes:

"Every man is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust and enticed, *** James 1:14.

When we are tempted, it is easy to blame it on the devil, or even God. But lust is resident in that old, flesh nature. Lust is resident in us, and that lust entices us. The word entice is DELEAZO and means "to lure by bait, or to trap". Our lust traps us because we refuse to deal with it. We allow it to consume our thinking and disturb our well-being.

James says when lust has conceived, it brings forth sin. And when sin is finished, it brings forth death. He is not talking about physical death, nor is He speaking of eternal death at the Day of Judgment. He is speaking of spiritual death in our lives, here and now. Spiritual death took place in the garden, when Adam partook of the fruit. That was immediate. When they lusted after the mixed fruit (the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life), enticement entered into their lives. When the lust was conceived, it brought forth sin. When sin was finished, it brought forth spiritual death and separation from the presence of God. They were set outside of the Garden. No longer were they allowed in God's presence, nor could they partake of the Tree of Life.

Peter writes that if we are to be partakers of God's divine nature, we must have escaped (not be trapped) the corruption that is in the world through lust, *** II Peter 1:4. It is of necessity to stop at Kibroth-hattaavah to bury our lust if we intend to enter into our promise land.

Israel had one more stop before entering into their beautification and that was at Hazeroth, their enclosure. A further meaning of the word Hazeroth is an "impenetrable hedge around the encampment". As we go on into God, we must enter into His hedge. This hedge is around every Spirit-filled believer. This is our place in God. When satan came to God wanting to try Job, he complained he could not get to Job because God had a hedge around him. It was not only around Job, but his whole house, and all he owned, *** Job 1:10.

Satan could not touch Job until God removed the hedge and permission was given to try Job. Yet, many today talk so much about the power of satan in their lives. By their words, they break down God's hedge and give satan access to their lives. Through prayer, we should keep our hedge built up, so satan will have no access to us. The only power that satan has in our lives is what we give him. If we will resist the devil, he will flee from us, *** James 4:7. God will do His part by hedging us about, but it is up to us to keep the hedge in place and to resist the devil, giving him no place in our lives.

Jesus told us to enter into our prayer closets and shut the door, *** Matthew 6:6. We are to enter into this special enclosure which God has provided for us, so we may come out of the world and enter into His presence. When we come into this place of protection, we have come into His place of beautification, in the Father's hand where nothing can touch us, *** John 10:29.

The Wilderness of Paran was to be Israel's last stop before they entered their promise land. God had brought them there to prepare and equip them to possess their promise land. But Israel would not enter in because they knew not their God. Today, God is ready for us to enter into our promise land, the Kingdom of God. We are camped in the Wilderness of Paran.

Many will not enter into God's promise land because they have not made their journey to Taberah, Kibroth-hattaavah, and Hazeroth. But, unlike Israel, when the call comes to those who are ready to enter in, they will enter in. Those who are not ready, will be as Israel. They will be required to wander in the wilderness until all the flesh that is keeping them from entering in, is destroyed. Only those who are totally obedient to the voice of God will enter into His kingdom.

Further Discussion

*** The Severity of God

*** Outside the Camp

*** Friends of God

*** Total Separation

*** God's Glory Revealed

*** Tithing, the Necessary...

*** The Willing Act of Giving

*** God's Cleansing Fire

*** Taberath, Our Place of Burning

*** Kibroth - hattaavah, Where We Must Bury Our Lust

*** Hazeroth, Our Enclosure

Questions

1.Those who will not separate themselves totally unto the Lord in these last times will be made to drink of the of God.

2.Today, those seeking a relationship with God must go without the Which is their .

3.How can we come into a friend relationship with the Lord?

4.What five things did Paul desire in His life? Is this also your desire?

5.Our cry should be, "I want to see Thy ." Can we, too, say the suffering of this present time not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us?

6.When will we receive the Spirit without measure, the Double Portion outpouring, and the Early and Latter Rain together?

7.If we desire to receive God's glory, what must happen first?

8.God will only accept that which comes from a .

9.Our giving to God is not because He has a need. We give because we have a . And our need is to be .

10.When we come out of Sinai (our place of ) and head for Paran ( our place of ), it becomes necessary for us to pass through Taberah (our place of ). Taberah is where the does His work in our lives, and is necessary to burn away all the in our lives.

11.What was the mixed fruit Adam and Eve partook of?

12.Why is it necessary for us to stop at Kibroth-hattaavah?

13.What will happen when we arrive at Hazeroth?

14.God will do His part by hedging us about, but it is up to us to keep the in place and to resist the , giving him no in our lives.

GRAPES OF ESHCOL

Chapter Ten

When Israel came to Hazerath, an impenetrable hedge was placed about them. They had entered into God's personal protection. When we come to our Hazerath in God, this impenetrable hedge is placed around us as we enter in God's personal protection.

When Jesus sent out the seventy, at their return, Jesus proclaimed He saw satan, as lightning, fall from heaven. Jesus stated, "Behold! I give you power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you." *** Luke 10:18-19.

Jesus beheld satan as lightning falling from heaven. The word beheld is past tense. Beheld is the Greek word THEOREO and means "as a spectator looking at a thing with extreme interest". Jesus tells us to "behold". Behold is the word IDE which means "to bring attention to what may be seen, heard or mentally apprehended in any way". This is futuristic.

As we come into the place in God where we are totally hedged about with an impenetrable hedge, we are in the place of God's beautification (Paran). This impenetrable hedge God puts around us is like a chrysalis, an impenetrable shell that protects us until the metamorphic process is complete.

There are four steps in God's metamorphic process to bring His creation, man, back into the image and likeness of Himself. In the natural, the metamorphic process with which we are most familiar brings forth the beautiful butterfly. The butterfly starts out as an egg. When the egg hatches, it produces a caterpillar, or wooly worm. This creature is a vivacious eater, consuming everything in its path, shedding its skin many times in its growth process. It then attaches itself to a leaf where it weaves a chrysalis, an impenetrable shell which protects it while it changes into a beautiful butterfly.

At the predetermined time, the chrysalis bursts open and out flies the butterfly in all is glory for all to see the miracle of God. In nature, most everything born resembles the adult. When puppies are born they look like the mature dog, only smaller. Kittens, colts and pigs all resemble the mature adult. But in the metamorphic process, no step resembles the mature adult. Every step in the metamorphic process is undesirable to behold. Only the mature adult is beautiful.

There are also four steps in the maturing process of man: baby, teenager, young adult and adulthood. There are also four steps in our Spiritual maturing in God: repentance, water baptism, the Holy Spirit baptism and developing into maturity, or perfection.

In the Spiritual process of maturing in Christ, none of the steps resemble our coming into the full glory of God. When Israel came to Paran, they had entered into the beautification process in God. Before them was their promise land, the land of milk and honey. The miracles God had performed in Egypt and the signs and wonders in the wilderness were all behind them. These were only to build their faith to possess the land and bring them into the promise of God.

Israel's sojourn at Paran was at the time of the first-ripe grapes, *** Numbers 13:20. Moses sent 12 spies into the land, one from every tribe, to see if the people of the land were strong or weak, few or many, if the land was good or bad, and if the people dwelt in tents or strongholds, if the land was fat or lean, and if there was wood in the land, *** Numbers 13: 18-20.

It was God's desire for Israel to know the land that He had promised. God's desire in our lives is that we know what is ahead so we may prepare our lives to possess the Kingdom, the promise land which God has prepared for us.

The 12 spies searched the land for 40 days. They found the children of Anak, the giants, in the land of Hebron. They went to Eshcol and found giant clusters of grapes that took two men to carry with the assistance of a pole they placed on their shoulders. There were also pomegranates and figs. These, along with dates, were to become the fruits of commerce in Israel.

When the twelve spies returned, they brought back the fruits of the land, confessing with their mouths that the land flowed bountifully with milk and honey, *** Numbers 13:26-27. They confirmed all the words of God, but their doubts, fears, and unbelief became their downfall, keeping them from entering into God's promise.

Israel witnessed the fruits of the land. They were eyewitnesses that God's words were true and the land was exactly how He had described it to them, but ten of the spies fearfully proclaimed:

"Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there.

The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan." *** Numbers 13:28-29

Like Israel, many today want to posses the land. Their desire is to enter into the Kingdom, but they do not want to deal with the giants in their lives. If we are to reign victoriously in God's kingdom the giants must be overcome.

Caleb stilled the people and said, "Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it." But the people said, "We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger then we. We were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight," *** Numbers 13:30-33.

This is where many Christians are today. They are in their own sight as grasshoppers. Even those who claim to be filled with the Spirit are cowering back as if they have no power. The enemy runs over their lives and they put forth no resistance. They are not possessing their land. As Israel, they have forgotten the Scripture:

"Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world," *** I John 4:4.

We need a few Caleb's proclaiming, "We can possess the land."

God had brought His people to a place of beautification. He had placed an impenetrable hedge about them, but they refused to enter in. Israel was in the land for 40 days. Every day that they viewed the land, would be marked by 1 year of separation from the land. The generation God had intended to possess the land would die in the wilderness, and the new generation of young men would possess the land 40 years hence.

Israel had brought an evil report out of their promise land. Israel's metamorphic process was to have been complete, but they failed to leave the chrysalis to become the beautiful creation God intended. Their chrysalis became their tomb and they perished in the wilderness.

The word metamorphosis means "to be transformed, changed, or transfigured". In the metamorphic process, change does not take place on the outside until change takes place on the inside. Then the form, or image, is changed.

It is no different in our walk with God. The metamorphosis that changes lives must take place on the inside, and this is a change of heart (mind). If the heart does not change, then there is no change. This change can only be accomplished by and through the Holy Spirit of God. This change is necessary if we are to enter into our promise land. Paul wrote,

"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." *** Romans 12:2

The word transformed is the Greek word METAMORPHOO. Paul spoke of this metamorphic change that must become evident in our lives if God's beautification process is to transform us into His image and likeness. This transformation must take place through the renewing of the mind. Renewing means an adjustment in our moral and Spiritual vision concerning God. The same word METAMORPHOO is translated "changed" in Corinthians:

"But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." *** II Corinthians 3:18

We are to be changed into the image we behold in the glass (mirror). That image is Christ. These changes are from glory to glory by the Spirit of the Lord.

God has us in His place of beautification to change us into His image and likeness as man was in the garden. Adam was created without spot or wrinkle. Jesus was the Lamb without spot or blemish (wrinkle), *** I Peter 1:19. Jesus is returning to receive unto Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, *** Ephesians 5:27.

This beautification process must take place if we are to enter into our promise land. These changes must take place on this side of the Jordan. Israel was allowed to go into the land and bring out the fruits of that land. God has given us this same opportunity. The fruits of Israel's land were physical. The fruits of our land are Spiritual. The fruits of our land are the Fruits of the Spirit. These are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance, *** Galatians 5:22-23. These are the fruits of our promise land, the Kingdom of God.

Israel saw giants in their land. Today, those who are viewing the image of Christ in the mirror are seeing the "giant of change" that must be accomplished in their lives if they are to enter into their promise land. Many will turn back and proclaim, "We cannot take this land. It is too hard. I am only human and I will always be human." They refuse to face the "giant of change" and they rebel against the voice of God. These enter into disobedience. Caleb, alone, proclaimed, "Let us go up at once and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it."

Caleb knew he could do all things through Christ who strengthened him, *** Philippians 4:13. God said of Caleb: "My servant, Caleb, because he had another Spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land where into he went; and his seed shall possess it." *** Numbers 14:24.

Caleb had another Spirit. He had Christ in him, the hope of glory, *** Colossians 1:27. Giants did not discomfort him in any way. But Israel rebelled and disobeyed. They cried out to be sent back to the taskmasters, to the leeks and onions of the world.

Today, when many face the "giant of change" which God requires in their lives, they return to their taskmaster of sin and refuse to take the land. They are unable to bring their body under the subjection of the Holy Spirit. They refuse to believe that God demands change in their lives. They believe that they can continue to live like the world, act like the world, talk like the world and have all the toys of the world and still be pleasing in the sight of God. They over-look the words of Paul when he stated:

"Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord; and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you." *** II Corinthians 6:17

God will not receive those who touch the unclean thing. God pronounced His judgment on those who would not enter into and possess their promise land.

"How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against Me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against Me.

Your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against Me." *** Numbers 14:27 & 29

Israel would wander in the wilderness until all those who rebelled and disobeyed God's voice would die in the wilderness of unbelief. These would have no inheritance in the land. As we come into our place of beautification, we need to know the old man (the Adam nature) of rebellion and unbelief must be destroyed if we are to enter into, and possess our promise land, the Kingdom of God.

The old Adamic, carnal nature that keeps us wandering in the wilderness of confusion must be dealt with and brought into subjection to the Spirit. The metamorphic process must not be hindered if the image of the likeness of God is going to emerge in our lives.

God's wrath came upon those who rebelled in the wilderness. Those who were disobedient perished. God has forewarned those who live in this day who fall into disobedience:

"Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience." *** Colossians 3:5-6

We are to mortify, or put to death, our members which are upon the earth. Paul is speaking of the old Adamic nature that is still serving the things of the earth. These must be put to death. He then listed fornication, uncleanness (filthiness of the mind and flesh), inordinate affection (passionate desires), evil concupiscence (ungodly desires) and covetousness (the desire to always have more and more); more money, more power, more glory, more recognition, more things; the list is endless. This is idolatry in the sight of God, and because of these things, the wrath of God will come upon the children of disobedience. Paul further stated,

"But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and of God.

Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience." *** Ephesians 5:3-6

The words of man deceive us when they justify their actions by saying, "God knows I am human and have need of such things". It is because of these things the wrath of God will come upon the children of disobedience. The unclean things of the world bring them into disobedience to God's Word. No man can serve God and mammon, *** Matthew 6:24. Paul further reveals,

"Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience." *** Ephesians 2:2

The children of disobedience walk according to the prince and power of the air (satan). They walk in the ways of this world and have not separated themselves unto God. They have not overcome the "giant of change" that is demanded by God.

Israel, as many today, rebelled and became disobedient which lead to their unbelief. They failed to comprehend the fullness of God available to them. They murmured and complained against God's changes in their lives. They refused to submit to the will of God. Because they refused, all the people over 20 died in the wilderness. This process to eliminate unbelief in Israel took 38 years, *** Deuteronomy 2:14.

It would be the young men of Israel who would enter in and possess the land. The apostle John reveals to us who the young men are. The young men are those who are strong and the Word of God abideth in them, and they have overcome the wicked one, *** I John 2:14. These are those who God will raise up to take the promise land. Matthew wrote:

"And from the days of John the Baptist until now the Kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force," *** Matthew 11:12

The strong press into the Kingdom because they have learned Kingdom principles and Kingdom ways.

Israel wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. At the end of 40 years, God brought them back to the same place; to the wilderness of Paran, where they had refused to enter in 40 years earlier. They camped at Kadesh-Barnea at Able Shittim. This would be their last camp before crossing the Jordan. Crossing the Jordan symbolically means the death of self, the carnal Adamic nature.

Israel never left the Wilderness of Paran. They wandered in their wilderness for 40 years. Even though Israel was being judged, God's presence never left and His beautification process continued. His grace and mercy still dwelt with them. We, as Israel, must stay in the wilderness until the old, rebellious nature has been destroyed. God's intended purpose in Israel would be fulfilled. God's intended purpose in our lives will also be fulfilled.

God brought Israel to Kadesh Barnea which means "the son of wandering was set apart"; Able-Shittim means "mourning of the Acacias". Acacia, when combined with myrrh and aloe, describe the scent or smell of God, *** Psalm 45:8. God had set apart His sons of wandering. The sons of wandering are those who desire a close, intimate relationship with their God more than anything else in their lives.

Today, many are seeking to have this closeness with God as never before. God has preserved these for a special work and a special anointing. This special anointing is in the earth today. Those who will enter into and possess the promise land, the Kingdom of God, will seek for and obtain this anointing.

God made a promise to these sons of wandering whom He had set apart. He has made this same promise to His sons of wondering today:

"Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses." *** Joshua 1:3

This is the same promise God made to Abraham. Paul disclosed that we, too, can claim this promise in our walk with God.

"And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." *** Galatians 3:29

Through Christ, the Holy Spirit, we are Abraham's seed and heirs to this same promise. We are joint heirs with Christ, *** Romans 8:17. All the inheritance of Christ is ours, also.

Israel was assembled and ready to cross over Jordan. Joshua told the people they would pass over Jordan the third day, *** Joshua 1:11. This was not the end of their journey, but it was the end of their wilderness of confusion. They had to cross the Jordan River to possess their land. We, too, must cross Jordan (the death of the old, Adamic nature) if we are to possess our promise land.

"And it came to pass after three days, that the officers went through the host;

And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it.

Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure: come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not passed this way heretofore." *** Joshua 3:2-4

Israel would cross over Jordan the third day. This would be a new beginning for Israel in their promise land. Jesus attended the Marriage Supper at Cana on the third day, *** John 2:1. This was the beginning of His earthly ministry and the scene of His first miracle. Before this time He did no healings, no casting out demons, and no natural or physical miracles.

Jesus turned the water in the stone water pots into wine. In Jesus' day, water pots were usually of fired clay, not stone. The stone water pots represent the reservoir of God made of the Living Stones, the sons of wandering whom He has set apart. The water they contain is the Word of God that has become wine. The Word of God has become effervescent in their lives.

Israel was told to follow the Ark of God about 2000 cubits. The cubit is the measure of a man, *** Revelation 21:17. Man measures time by years. The Ark represents God's praise,, power, provision, peace, protection, preservation, and presence in our lives. Jesus is our ark and we are to follow Him into His kingdom about 2000 cubits, or about 2000 years.

Our crossing the Jordan will be on the third day. A day with the Lord is 1000 years, and 1000 years as a day, *** II Peter 3:8. After two days we will come to the end of the flesh, the old, Adamic nature. It has been less than two days since Jesus entered into the presence of His Father. We will also enter into our promise land to possess it at the beginning of the 3rd day. Joshua spoke, "Ye have not passed this way heretofore." God is going to take His people in a new direction if they are willing to go.

Israel crossed over Jordan at the time of harvest, *** Joshua 3:15. The Day of Harvest, or the Feast of Harvest is at hand. Those who have been planted and watered are being readied for harvest at this time.

Israel crossed over Jordan the 10th day of the 1st month and camped at Gilgal in the east border of Jericho, *** Joshua 4:19.

Israel's first camp in their promise land was Gilgal. The word Gilgal means "rolling as a windstorm"; Jericho means "let him smell the fragrance". On the Day of Pentecost, the Spirit came as a mighty wind and it filled all the house, *** Acts 2:2.

When we enter into our promise land, we can expect a mighty windstorm of the Spirit of God. It will not only fill the house, it will fill the whole earth. This is the promised Double Portion outpouring of the Spirit of God; the Early and the Latter Rain and the Spirit without measure. Those who enter in to their Jericho will be a sweet savor unto the Lord. These will be the acacia, myrrh, and aloe; the very essence of God.

Jesus was our example of offering Himself as an offering and a sacrifice unto God, for a sweet smelling savor, *** Ephesians 5:2. We, too, are to be a sweet savor unto Christ, *** II Corinthians 2:15. Paul reveals how this is to be accomplished in *** Romans 12:1:

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service."

Our bodies are to be presented to Christ as a living sacrifice, a glory and a sweet smelling savor unto Him.

There was one more step Israel had to take before they could enter in and possess their promise land. This was the total destruction of all the remaining flesh in their lives. God instructed Joshua to make sharp knives and circumcise the children of Israel the second time.

"And Joshua made him sharp knives, and circumcised the children of Israel at the hill of the foreskins.

And this is the cause why Joshua did circumcise: All the people that came out of Egypt, that were males, even all the men of war, died in the wilderness by the way, after they came out of Egypt.

Now all the people that came out were circumcised: but all the people that were born in the wilderness by the way as they came forth out of Egypt, them they had not circumcised." *** Joshua 5:3-5

It was God's commandment all males in Israel were to be circumcised. Israel had circumcised their males while in captivity in Egypt. But during their forty years in the wilderness they did not keep the covenant of circumcision. During those forty years all the men over twenty years of age who refused to enter into their promise land died. All who entered into the promise land at this time needed to be circumcised a second time.

At the time God gave the covenant of circumcision to Abraham there were no specific instructions given as to how the circumcision was to be performed:

"This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between Me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised.

And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt Me and you." *** Genesis 17:10-11

The male children in Israel were to be circumcised when they were 8 days old. God spoke specific instructions to Joshua as to how this circumcision was to be done. It was to be at the hill of the foreskin; or, all the flesh of the foreskin was to be removed.

This may seem insignificant, if we only view Israel entering into their promise land in a physical sense. But looking at entering into the promise land, the Kingdom of God Spiritually becomes very important. Let's consider this in the light of Paul's words about Spiritual circumcision.

"For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and the circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God." *** Romans 2:28-29

The circumcision God is speaking of is the circumcision of the heart; the soul or mind of man. All flesh must be removed from our thinking if we are to enter into the Kingdom of God. The Psalmist, David, asked the question:

"Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in His holy place?"

His answer was,

"He that hath clean hands and a pure heart." *** Psalm 24:3-4

Those who will enter into God's Kingdom must submit their minds totally unto Him and have all fleshly thoughts, ideas, and purposes removed. This can only be done through the Spirit, not in the letter of the law.

Paul was not only speaking of Moses' law, but he was addressing all man-made precepts and doctrines of men. Many are still trying to please God with fleshly circumcision: such as observing touch not, taste not, handle not," *** Colossians 2:21. God's Word reveals:

"For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature (creation)," *** Galatians 6:15.

The new creation comes by the renewing of the mind and the Spiritual washing of water by God's Word, *** Ephesians 5:26. This circumcision is called the circumcision of Christ.

"In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ." *** Colossians 2:11

Those who enter into this circumcision will no longer desire the praise of men, but the praise that comes from the Father only. The circumcision not made with hands will remove all flesh from our mouth, ears and thoughts. Only that which is pleasing to God is said, heard or considered. Jesus said, "I only do what I see the Father doing, and only say what I hear the Father saying, *** John 8:28-29.

Jeremiah said,

"To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? Behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they can not hearken: behold, the Word of the Lord is unto them a reproach. They have no delight in it." *** Jeremiah 6:10

Today, many are not hearing the Word of the Lord that demands "Be ye separate". They refuse to be circumcised in the heart. All Israel had to be re-circumcised before they could possess their land. This was God's plan and purpose for His Kingdom people.

Israel abode in their camp at Gilgal until they were totally healed, *** Joshua 5:8. We will not enter into our promise land until the circumcision of the mind is complete. The new creation will not be completely healed until all fleshly activity is given wholly unto God.

When Israel was ready to enter in, the manna ceased and they ate the old corn of the land. The old corn of the land is the teachings of the ancients. There was nothing wrong with the manna, but God had brought them unto Himself to possess the land. The Word of the Ancients would be their food. At this time, God's Word will be revealed totally unto His chosen remnant people.

If we are to enter into the Kingdom, we must cease to look at the words of the Ancients through denominational eyes and man's understanding which has been cut in stone as truth.

We must begin to see the truths of God's Word through Spiritual eyes. When the Pharisees demanded of Jesus as to when the kingdom of God should come, He answered:

"The Kingdom of God cometh not with observation: the kingdom of God is within you." *** Luke 17:20-21

Most of God's people believe they must die and go to some far-off physical place called heaven and walk on streets of gold. They have been taught this is the Kingdom of heaven. They believe the time will come when God gets totally fed up with things on earth and comes and destroys every one on earth except their small group. Then He will set up His Kingdom on earth and will let them reign over it. Those teaching this fallacy are "blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel," *** Matthew 23:24. These have taken a minute portion of Scripture as a basis for their hope in God. The camel they swallow is a beast of burden. Instead of basing their belief on the total Word, they use their few Scriptures to bear the burden of the truth contained in the Word of God.

When we come to the knowledge of the truth, we realize that heaven is not a place, but a realm. The realm over the earth is the Kingdom of God. It is this Kingdom that is coming without observation. It is when the kingdom grows in us and completely consumes our fleshly understanding of God and His Kingdom. Then we will be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. *** I Corinthians 15:52.

The question may be asked, How will this process take place?

"And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force." *** Matthew 11:12

The word violence is the word BIAZO. The word violent is the word BIASTES. In the natural, Matthew 11:12 would seem to indicate the violent could take the Kingdom by physical force. As we study this verse, we are referred to a companion verse in Luke 16:

"The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the Kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it." *** Luke 16:16

The ones who press into the kingdom are the violent who will take the Kingdom by force. The word force is HARPAZO. The Vines explains Harpazo as those who are possessed of eagerness and zeal instead of yielded to the opposition of religious foes. God's Kingdom is for those who, against all odd and religious opposition, continue to press on into the things of God.

The overcomers are those, who against all odds, have entered into their promise land and have brought out the fruit of the Spirit and have allowed Christ to be formed in them. The fruit of the Spirit are the character, personality and nature of God. These must be formed in us, or we will not enter into our promise land.

John asked the question, "Beloved, now are we the Sons of God?" Then he made a statement, "It doth not yet appear what we shall be." Then he came to a conclusion, "But we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is." *** I John 3:2

The conclusion, then, must be, if we are not as He is, or have not come into His image and likeness, we will not see Him when He appears. If God's Kingdom has not been formed within, then we will not be part of His kingdom when He brings it upon the earth.

John went on to say, "Every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself, even as He is pure," *** I John 3:3. God will bring His Kingdom in our earth, and when it is formed in our earth we will possess our promise land. This is a promise to us just as the land of Canaan was the promise to Israel.

If we are to possess our land, we must face the giants of change. Israel's enemies were physical. Our warfare is Spiritual. We must press into the battle if we are to be victorious in possessing our promise land, the Kingdom of God.

How are we to obtain the victory in the battle that is set before us? The angel of the Lord revealed this unto ZERUBBABEL (those called out of confusion):

"Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit sayeth the Lord of hosts." *** Zechariah 4:6

Those who have come to the understanding that the Kingdom of God is not a physical but a Spiritual kingdom realize that if we are to enter into the Kingdom, it must be by, of, and through the Holy Spirit.

Jesus revealed it is the Father's good pleasure to give us the Kingdom. We, as His little flock are not to fear, *** Luke 12:32. [see "Fear Not Little Flock" by G. Kirkpatrick]

God's Kingdom is not hid. If it is hid, it is hid to those who are lost, *** II Corinthians 4:3. The Kingdom is not something that is unattainable. Having a people to possess the Kingdom was God's ultimate purpose in the creation. And it is not for any one particular group. It is for the "whosoever will" as Jesus promised:

"Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. *** Mark 8:34

In order for God's beautification process to be accomplished, the metamorphosis must be complete and the old Adamic nature must be crucified. This process is necessary to bring us into the image and likeness of God so that, in His appearing, we may be acceptable in the beloved.

Further Discussion

*** The Metamorphic Process

*** Overcoming the Giants in the Land

*** God's Young Men

*** The Sons of Wandering

*** God's Stone Water Pots

*** God's Spiritual Circumcision

Questions

1.In our metamorphic process, the is the impenetrable shell that protects us until the changing process in our life is complete.

2.In the natural growth of the butterfly, what are the steps of metamorphosis?

3.What are the four steps in the maturing process of our Spiritual walk?

4.When we come to we have begun our beautification process in God.

5.Many today desire to enter into God's Kingdom, but they do not want to deal with the in their lives. If we are to reign victoriously in God's Kingdom, the must be .

6.When we are in our own sight as grasshoppers, we put forth no to the enemy, and he is allowed to run over us while we cower back as if we have no .

7.Our metamorphic process change does not take place on the outside until change takes place on the .

8.Why is it necessary for us to stay in Paran the place of beautification and change? I Peter 1:19 & Ephesians 5:27

9.Why does the wrath of God come upon us?

10.Who are God's young men? I John 2:14

11.Just as the sons of wandering, we will not enter into our promise land until the circumcision of the mind is . The new creation will not be completely healed until all is given wholly unto God.

12.Many today when facing the giants of change in their lives return to the world and their taskmasters of sin. Many refuse to bring their body under the subjection of the Holy Spirit. Many refuse to believe God demands change in their lives. Many continue to believe they can live like the world, act like the world, talk like the world, and have all the toys of the world, and still be pleasing in the sight of God.

God asks you as he did the Israelites, "How long shall I bear with this evil congregation which murmur against Me?"

Paul also exhorts us: "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service". Romans 12:1

Answer Key

Chapter One

1.As we look back to Israel, our , we need to sense the coming of the . Every step Israel made in their wilderness walk, we must traverse in our walk to .

Example, New Day, our promise land in God

2.Israel's example of deliverance from Egypt is a and Of our walk in God from repentance to inheriting the promise land, the Kingdom of God.

Type and shadow

3.List Abraham's eight sons:

Isaac, Ishmael, Simran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah

4.What negative change came unto Israel in the book of Exodus?

All Israel was under complete servitude of the government taskmasters.

5.Before we came to repentance we were as Israel: enslaved to the , to , and to the of the flesh.

World, sin, lust

6.Egypt is a type of what four things?

The flesh, the world, bondage, and sin

7.God sent Jesus to free us from sin and give us a new life free from the bondage of the flesh. We call this .

Salvation

8.Without true there can be no salvation.

True Repentance

9.When God brings us to repentance, He has generally destroyed our around us.

World

10.What does a male lamb or goat of the first year without blemish represent? I Peter 1:19

Jesus the Lamb of God without spot or blemish

11.When the blood was applied above the door and both sides of the house, what does this represent?

This exemplifies the complete covering of the blood Jesus in our lives. Praise the Lord!

12.The midnight hour in our lives comes when God calls us to do what?

Calls us to flee sin, the world and our old way of life, and come to repentance

Chapter Two

1.What must not be in any household in Israel?

Leaven

2.What does leaven represent and how does it work in the our lives?

Leaven represents sin in our lives and it permeates the whole body with discontent, doubt, and division

3.What is the first step in our walk into our promise land the Kingdom of God? Once we repent, how does God begin to break up our fallow ground?

True Repentance; through His Word, through prayer meetings, through fellowship with older believers, through words of prophesy

4.When we gain our freedom from sin, past friends and acquaintances begin to do what?

They begin to come against us to go back to the old life

They also speak words of discouragement and confusion

5.What does the Red Sea represent in our lives?

Water baptism

6.Why do we need to go through the water of the Red Sea experience?

Because, as Israel was baptized into Moses, we must be baptized into the death of Jesus, where our old man of sin is totally destroyed, and we start our new walk into life

7.What does the word baptize mean?

To dip, as you would change the color of a garment when it is dyed

8.It is of necessity that, in order for us to be baptized unto the death of Christ, we must be dipped (totally ) in water. We cannot put away the old man of sin unless it is brought into the place of . Romans 6:3-7

Immersed, death

9.Israel had to make a decision to go into the Red Sea and leave Egypt behind. What were the things in Egypt they had to decide to leave?

Home, friends, possessions, security, and acceptance

10Are you ready to walk into this newness of life, leavingthe world and all its allurements?

Chapter Three

1.What does the number three represent?

Completeness

2.Pharaoh, as satan, tried to convince Moses there as no need to To worship their God. Can we, today, worship God and not leave the world?

No need to separate from the world, NO!!!

3.Why was Pharaoh willing to let the men go and worship in the wilderness, but not the woman and children?

Many times satan is content to let the fathers serve God. What he really wants are the children

4.Most children turn from God in their . How can this be prevented?

Teens, Parents must train up their children in God's ways and protect them from the clutches of satan.

5.Finally Pharaoh was willing to let the children go, but he wanted Israel to leave their animals. Why?

Pharaoh wanted to deprive Israel of their sacrifice unto God

6.God cannot accomplish deliverance and separation in our lives until we do what?

Until we completely separate ourselves from Egypt the world, God cannot accomplish deliverance in our lives

7.When Israel came through the Red Sea what did they realize?

They realized their old way of life was their enemy

8.When we come victoriously through the Red Sea, satan's power, strength, and authority has no . Satan only has and in our lives if we do not in the baptismal pool.

Power; power and authority, deal with the old man of sin

9.Jesus is not returning in the . He is returning as our , not as one , , and . Then He will return in all and .

Flesh, ruling and reigning King, mocked, corned, and scourged; honour and glory

10.Moses named four people. List them and name their characteristics

Palestina, those who come against God's people

Edom, those who sell their birthright in God

Moab, those who seduce and pervert God's people

Canaan, those who still dwell under the curse and must be routed out of our land

11.Before we can continue our journey we need to cast the Tree of Into our waters of Marah. When we do this we are coming to the baptism of the .

Tree of Life, Holy Spirit

12.Without the it is impossible to discern the Spiritual meaning of God's Word. To go on into God and to understand what God is speaking in His Word, we must come into a relationship with the . Why?

Holy Spirit; We must come into a relationship with the Holy Spirit of Christ so we can be cleansed by the washing of water by God's Word.

Chapter Four

1.God's Word can be or in our lives according to who we allow the water of the Word to our lives.

Bitter or sweet, change

2.We have a decision to make everyday, whether to God or satan. The decision to partake of the mixed fruit of and Is before us at all times.

Obey, good or evil

3.Who can have the ability to discern between good and evil? Hebrews 5:13

Those who are skilled in God's Word and use the words of life to establish their lives. Those who are unskilled in God's Word are babes.

4.As long as we partake of the mixed fruit, we will never have . We will only have and . Why?

Peace instead of turmoil and confusion; Because we must separate ourselves from the evil one to partake of the Tree of Life

5.Only the will partake of the Tree of Life.

Overcomers

6.Our only hope of eternal life is the . It is only by the and of the mind by God's Word that we can have a healthy and .

Word of God; washing and renewing, mind and soul

7.What do the numbers three, four, seven, ten, eleven, and twelve represent?

Three, Completeness; Four, God's creation; Seven, God's complete number; Ten, God's divine order; Eleven, Disorganization; Twelve, God's divine order in government

8.God must bring us to Elim to bring us into His . At Elim we are mighty trees, planted by the of the water of God's Word where our can spread out and draw life from every part of God's .

Governmental order; palm trees; well, roots, God's Word

9.Jesus said we are going to than He has done. John 14:12

Greater works

10.As with Joel's army, God is going to have a mighty people He will raise up to in this last hour of time. Are you allowing the washing of the water by God's Word to change you into an obedient soldier ready to do battle in the days ahead?

Stand!

Chapter Five

1.When we come out of Egypt, the world, what are the first four things we need to do in our walk towards our promise land?

Flee Egypt, Come to True Repentance; Cross the Red Sea, Water Baptism; Drink of the waters of Marah, baptism in the Holy Spirit, and come to Elim, into God's government and order in our lives

2.To walk into the promise land we must not look back to Egypt and the flesh pots. What do the flesh pots represent in our lives?

Those things that we produce in ourselves

3.Anything we can produce in ourselves will not . The works or our own hands will . When we come to the end of the thirty fold realm we come to the place where we must totally on the Lord for His .

Last, fail; We must totally depend upon the Lord for His supply

4.The Thirty Fold Realm is the realm.

The Sixty Fold Realm is the realm.

The Hundred Fold Realm is the realm.

30 fold maturing realm; 60 fold testing and suffering realm, 100 fold Spiritual maturity

5.The Thirty Fold Realm is also called the Realm where we first desire the milk of God's Word.

Milk, Sincere milk

6.The Sixty Fold Bread Realm is also called the and realm.

The Sixty Fold Bread Realm is also called the Testing and Suffering Realm

7.When we enter the 60 fold realm we leave the milk realm and begin to desire the of life. How often do we need to partake of God's Spiritual manna?

Bread, Daily

8.Jesus is our Bread of Life. Jesus broke His so he could bring to the whole world.

Flesh; Life

9.If we leave the 30 fold milk realm, and progress through the 60 fold bread realm, what food do we begin to desire. Why?

The meat of God's Word because we can become strong from every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Only the meat of the Word will satisfy our longing for Him.

10.All Israel must flee Egypt, cross the Read Sea, and partake of God's Spiritual in their walk toward the promise land, the Kingdom of God. Where are you? Are you in the 30 fold milk realm, 60 fold testing and suffering realm, or desiring to walk into the 100 fold meat realm of God?

Spiritual Meat

Chapter Six

1.How does God prove us? Exodus 16:4

It is only through trials and testings God will make us ready to enter into our promise land, the Kingdom of God

2.If we are to become God's sons, we must allow Him to bring in our lives. Hebrews 12:7

Chastisement

3.What are some of the things many try to convince God of in their Valley of Decision?

Some say, "Isn't there an easier way". Others say, "This is a hard saying". Others even say, "Let us return to the good life of plenty and pleasure we had in Egypt".

4.To go on into the promise land, the Kingdom of God, we must be ready to say, "I am ready for the thing to happen in my situation. I am ready for your in my life. Do your wondrous work in my life, so I can move on to my next and . Lord, I am truly ready to allow you to and cut out all in my life.

Worst chastisement, testing and trial, circumcision, flesh

5.What was the Rock that followed Israel in their wilderness journey?

The Holy Spirit is the Spiritual Rock

6.Jesus promises we will have rivers of flowing out of our bellies.

Living water

7.Jesus became the Rock when, with joy, He went to the that He might have a who will believe on Him according to the .

Smitten Rock, cross, people, Scriptures

8.Our battle begins with the man in the valley. Who is this man?

The man in the valley is our old, flesh man that should have been left in the Red Sea baptism

9.Amalek does not make a frontal attack on God's people. He attacks from the rear and picks off those who are weakened by , , .

Amalek picks off those whoa re weakened by murmuring, complaining, and arguing

10.The only way we can overcome the is to deny ourselves, pick up our and follow .

The only way we can overcome the flesh is to deny self, pick up our cross, and follow Jesus our example.

Chapter Seven

1.When we leave the Wilderness of Sin and come into the Plains of Sinai it is time for the in our life. We partook of the Water of Marah, and the battle with the flesh at Rephidim. Now it is time to the thorns that plague us.

Thorns, Overcome

2.The blood of the Lamb is for the of sin. The sprinkling of the blood is for what three things?

The blood of the Lamb is for the forgiveness of sin, but the sprinkling of the blood is for the cleansing and healing and sanctification of the soul.

3.What does the ox represent in our lives?

The ox was the only animal used for sacrifice or service. We must be willing to be an ox ready for sacrifice or service.

4.The Spiritual sprinkling of the blood of Christ, the Holy Spirit, will cleanse our conscience of what?

The sprinkling of the blood of Christ, the Holy Spirit, will cleanse our conscience of dead works so we may serve the living God.

5.Without the shedding of blood there is no .

Without the sprinkling of blood there is no .

Without the shedding of blood there is no remission for sin.

Without the sprinkling of blood there is no healing, nor cleansing of the evil conscience which is the cause of sin. Without the sprinkling of the blood by the Holy Spirit in our lives, we would have no consciousness of sin.

6.We must allow God's Spiritual circumcision of our and by cutting away the and the old fleshly .

Minds and spirit, fleshly thoughts, ideas

7.What is the miracle of all the ages?

The miracle of all the ages is what God is going to do with the people who have been sprinkled with cleansing blood of Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit.

8.We are no longer aliens of the commonwealth of .

Israel

9.All who walk according to the rule of what will become the Israel of God? Galatians 6:15-16

The rule of the new creation

10.Today God desires to speak to us. We need to have to what the is speaking unto the

We need to have our ears ready to hear what the Spirit is speaking unto the churches

The rule of the new creation

Chapter Eight

1.The Third Day and the Seventh day refer to the day, the 1000 year day called the .

The Third Day and the Seventh Day refer to the same day, the 1000 year millennial reign of Christ

2.The two 1000 year days before the Third Day are referred to as the .

The two 1000 year days of the Church Age

3.The 2000 year church age was to be when the church did cures ( ) and cast out devils ( ).

Healings and deliverances

4.On the Third Day how will Jesus be perfected? I Thessalonians 1:10

Jesus will be glorified in His saints in the Third Day

5.What was the beginning of Jesus' miracles on the Third Day?

Turning the water from the stone water pots into wine at the Marriage Supper at Cana

6.Spiritually speaking, who are the stone water pots, and what are they filled with?

These are the living stone water pots that hold the water of God's Word

7.What is going to happen to the water in these living stone water pots, and when?

The water coming forth from these living stone water pots is going to be changed to new wine on the Third Day. Praise the Lord!

8.Christ is the end of the . Romans 10:4

Law

9.The breaking of the stone tablets foretold the end of the law that would be accomplished when the seed came to whom the promises were made. The coming of the promised seed was accomplished on with the coming of the .

Day of Pentecost, Holy Spirit

10.Those who accept the Holy Spirit cleansing in their lives, live by the and not be the of the .

Spirit, letter of the law

11.Abraham only had one seed and that was .

Christ

12.If we are Christ's, the Holy Spirit, then we are Abraham's , and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:29

Seed

13.Christ, the Holy Spirit, is the only one who can remove the over our minds.

Vail

14.Can we inherit our promise land, the Kingdom of God, through the Law? Why?

No! Because Christ is the end of the law.

Chapter Nine

1.Those who will not separate themselves totally unto the Lord in these last times will be made to drink of the of God.

Wrath

2.Today, those seeking a relationship with God must go without the Which is their .

Camp, of their denominational church systems

3.How can we come into a friend relationship with the Lord?

Only when we obey God's commandments, and the greatest of all these is to love one another.

4.What five things did Paul desire in His life? Is this also your desire?

He desired to know the power of Jesus' resurrection. He desired to be in the fellowship of His suffering. He also desire to be made conformable unto His death. He desire to be intimate with Christ Jesus. His total desire was that the resurrection of the Spirit would consume the flesh.

5.Our cry should be, "I want to see Thy ." Can we, too, say the suffering of this present time not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us?

Glory

6.When will we receive the Spirit without measure, the Double Portion outpouring, and the Early and Latter Rain together?

We will receive the Spirit without measure when we become complete and mature.

7.If we desire to receive God's glory, what must happen first?

We must allow God to deal with all the idols in our lives if He is to bring us into a place where He can fill us with His glory. We must not only allow him to remove the thorns in our lives, we must also develop a willing heart to serve Him.

8.God will only accept that which comes from a .

Willing heart

9.Our giving to God is not because He has a need. We give because we have a . And our need is to be .

Need to be blessed of God

10.When we come out of Sinai (our place of ) and head for Paran ( our place of ), it becomes necessary for us to pass through Taberah (our place of ). Taberah is where the does His work in our lives, and is necessary to burn away all the in our lives.

Thorns, beautifying, burning, Holy Spirit, dross

11.What was the mixed fruit Adam and Eve partook of?

The lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life.

12.Why is it necessary for us to stop at Kibroth-hattaavah?

We must bury our lust if we intend to enter into our promise land, the Kingdom of God

13.What will happen when we arrive at Hazeroth?

We enter the impenetrable hedge of God where nothing can harm us

14.God will do His part by hedging us about, but it is up to us to keep the In place and to resist the , giving hi no in our lives.

Hedge, devil, place

Chapter Ten

1.In our metamorphic process, the is the impenetrable shell that protects us until the changing process in our life is complete.

Chrysalis

2.In the natural growth of the butterfly, what are the steps of metamorphosis?

Egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly

3.What are the four steps in the maturing process of our Spiritual walk?

Baby, teenage, young adult, adulthood

4.When we come to we have begun our beautification process in God.

Paran

5.Many today desire to enter into God's Kingdom, but they do not want to deal with the in their lives. If we are to reign victoriously in God's Kingdom, the must be .

Giants, giants, overcome

6.When we are in our own sight as grasshoppers, we put forth no to the enemy, and he is allowed to run over us while we cower back as if we have no .

Resistance, power

7.Our metamorphic process change does not take place on the outside until change takes place on the .

Inside

8.Why is it necessary for us to stay in Paran the place of beautification and change? I Peter 1:19 & Ephesians 5:27

So we may come into God's image and likeness, and become His beautiful church without spot or wrinkle

9.Why does the wrath of God come upon us?

Disobedience to God's Word causes wrath to come upon us

10.Who are God's young men? I John 2:14

God's young men are those who are strong, and the Word of God abides in them, and they have overcome the wicked one

11.Just as the sons of wandering, we will not enter into our promise land until the circumcision of the mind is . The new creation will not be completely healed until all is given wholly unto God.

Complete, fleshly activity must be given wholly unto God

12.Many today when facing the giants of change in their lives return to the world and their taskmasters of sin. Many refuse to bring their body under the subjection of the Holy Spirit. Many refuse to believe God demands change in their lives. Many continue to believe they can live like the world, act like the world, talk like the world, and have all the toys of the world, and still be pleasing in the sight of God.

God asks you as he did the Israelites, "How long shall I bear with this evil congregation which murmur against Me?"

Paul also exhorts us: "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service". Romans 12:1

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