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At this instant and constantly, there is raging an intense worldwide spiritual battle, a struggle for life and death being fought inside the Body of Christ, completely out of sight and out of comment, an internal hidden battle for the multitudes of souls living “on stony ground” in the Christian church who think that they are in God’s will and are going to Heaven, but they are not, because these “have no root in themselves” (Mark 4:17), i.e. the “root of Jesse” (Isa 11:10; Rom 5:12), His name is Jesus Christ.

1.       (Luke 8:13)  They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation [testing] fall away.

2.       (Mark 4:17)  And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth [Goliath] for the word's sake [who will you serve?], immediately they are offended [entrapped, i.e. tripped up (fig. stumble or enticed to sin, apostasy or displeasure)].


(1 Sam 17:1-3)  Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and were gathered together at Shochoh [to entwine, i.e. shut in (for formation, protection or restraint): fence. make an hedge (Job 1:10)], which belongeth to Judah, and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah [tilled /// to surround, protect or aid: help], in Ephesdammim [boundary of blood-drops]. And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah [an oak or other strong tree (symbol of the cross)], and set the battle in array against the Philistines. And the Philistines [rolling, migratory /// to roll (in dust): roll (wallow) self] stood on a mountain on the one side, and Israel [he will rule as God] stood on a mountain on the other side: and there was a valley [“a great gulf fixed” Luke 16:26] between them.

(1 Sam 17:38,39)  And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an helmet of brass upon his head; also he armed him with a coat of mail. And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him.

SAUL AND THE ISRAELITES (the present professing church)

King Saul along with the Israelite “armies of the living God” (1 Sam 17:26: the church universal in apostasy) was suffering from the potentially fatal mental disease of false doctrine. In their confused mental condition, “God is not the author of confusion” (1 Cor 14:33), they were not in their right minds (“tombs… cutting himself with stones… and in his right mind” Mark 5:15; “and when he came to himself” Luke 15:17). The Israelites were bound up in an ‘Approach-Avoidance Conflict’ by the slender ropes of indecision (synonyms: hesitation, vacillation, irresolution, wavering, questioning, puzzling, indecisiveness, doubt). The Israelites knew of God (objective knowledge, outside oneself) but they did not fully believe in, place their trust in, have faith in God (subjective knowledge, inside oneself - intimate). They were vacillating between belief in the “still small voice” (1 Kin 19:12) of the invisible God, and belief in the visible world, symbolized by Goliath who was blatantly (loudly, vehemently) manifesting himself daily before their faces. They didn’t know who to believe, the small voice or the roaring giant, but they could SEE the giant. “And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man [Goliath], fled from him, and were sore afraid.” (1 Sam 17:24). The Israelites and the Philistines were all walking by sight, except David “(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)” (2 Cor 5:7). It is never rendered that David “saw” Goliath. King Saul, the head of the apostate church, was well-intentioned, “And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch” (Mat 15:14). Saul attempted to bind David, to put upon and clothe David with Saul’s own false doctrine (armor - the doctrines of men - self-righteousness - filthiness), but David (loving) loosed the bindings of false doctrine, i.e. “put them off him.” Conclusion: false doctrine inside the church leads to indecision, which at the very least nullifies your witness, and can lead to your death – unless you “Come out of her, my people.” (Rev 18:4).

1.       (Joel 3:14)  Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision.

2.       (1 Ki 18:20,21)  So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets [of Baal] together unto mount Carmel. And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

3.       halt ye = Heb: to hop, i.e. (fig.) skip over; by impl. to hesitate; also (lit.) to limp, to dance: halt, become lame [i.e. become ineffective warriors], leap, pass over.

4.       (Rev 3:16)  So then [spoken to the Laodiceans (a people of (for) judgment); the 7th and last church; us] because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot [i.e. in  between – indecisive, not convinced], I will spue thee out of my mouth. [David and his four brothers were hot for God; Saul and the Israelites were lukewarm for God; Goliath and the Philistines were cold for God. Everything is God-centered]



The Valley Of Elah = The Cross

David Rejected Saul's "Covering"

Another Iteration Of The Pride - Humility Scale


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