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(1 Sam 17:15-18)  But David [archetype of Jesus] went and returned from Saul [archetype of professing (not saved) Christians, and a type of the church in apostasy] to feed his father's sheep at Bethlehem [house of bread]. And the Philistine [Goliath – archetype of the worldly unsaved] drew near morning and evening [times of the daily sacrifices in the Tabernacle], and presented himself [for their acceptance, symbolically as their false swine (pig) sacrifice upon the brazen altar (cross) in place of the Lamb of God] forty days [the number of testing, i.e. forty years “in the church in the wilderness” Acts 7:38]. And Jesse [extant /// to exist (archetype of God – I Am)] said unto David his son [the Son of God], Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this parched corn [the Word of God - God the Father], and these ten loaves [the Word of God – God the Son], and run to the camp to thy brethren [his Second Coming]; And carry these ten cheeses [the Word of God – God the Holy Ghost] unto the captain [head person] of their thousand, and look how thy brethren fare, and take [take up, bring, carry away, seize (1 Thes 4:17 “harpazo”)] their pledge [fully redeem their pledge, their earnest, i.e. pay in full].


Please note that David’s three eldest brothers willingly remained in Saul’s army, an army that symbolized the apostatized church in the world. Like typical prodigal sons, they had gone “into a far country” (Luke 15:12) away from Bethlehem (house of bread) and their Father, and their Father’s sheepfold. But they had not “come to themselves” and returned. That is, they had not done as had David and “returned from Saul to feed his father's sheep at Bethlehem” (1 Sam 17:15), i.e. they had not “Come out of her [the false church in apostasy], my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” (Rev 18:4). HOW DO YOU COME OUT OF THE FALSE CHURCH?

1.       (John 3:3)  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. [“he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” John 3:5]

2.       (Mark 16:15)  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel [to herald (as a public crier), espec. divine truth (the gospel): proclaim, publish] to every creature.

3.       (Rom 12:1,2)  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. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed [changed] by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

4.       (2 Tim 2:15)  Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman [a toiler; fig. a teacher: labourer] that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing [to make a straight cut, (fig.) to dissect (expound) correctly (the divine message)] the word [logos] of truth.

5.       (1 Th 5:17)  Pray without ceasing.


During the forty days that Goliath was testing the visible church, David and his four remaining brothers (significantly, five in all – connoting the Hand Ministry) were busily but quietly engaged back home in Bethlehem doing “my Father’s business” (Luke 2:49). These four brothers plus the thumb of David collectively symbolize the Hand of God, the works of the invisible church for they were clearly not visible nor mentioned at all in the 1 Samuel chapter 17 scenario. Our Father’s business is that of feeding our Father’s sheep with the rightly divided Word of God. Meanwhile, David’s three eldest brothers, wasteful prodigal sons all (Luke 15:11-24), were spending (literally wasting away – physically and spiritually) all their time standing around on the unfruitful “rock” (Luke 8:13) of a self-centered mountain of pride “being conformed to this world” (Rom 12:2) by watching and listening and thinking and altogether interacting with Goliath (Satan, the world, mammon: personified by television). In a very subtle way (Gen 3:1), David’s (good ground) three eldest brothers (among the thorns), true believers all, were being held captive, prisoners, captivated (syn: in bondage, servitude, slavery) by Goliath and the Philistines (the way side), along with the vast majority of the Israelite “armies of the living God” (1 Sam 26,36 – i.e. denominations). This is the visible church in apostasy which is composed of non-believing but confessing (stony ground, “no root” Mat 13:6) “Christians” (perhaps as much as 80%), and a much lesser number of believing Christians (among the thorns) who have not “Come out of her” (perhaps 20%).  


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