YOU ARE NOW IN AN ARMY OF GOD… BOOTCAMP
11-08-15 This message may be viewed live streaming video at www.tabernacleofmoses.org commencing today Sunday at 11:00 am, and repeated 24/7 for one week; thereafter, the video and notes are archived.
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THE ARMIES OF GOD
(Rev 19:11-16) And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse [the Spirit of Truth: John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13]; and he that sat upon him [the Lord Christ Jesus] was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns [unlike the single “crown” (Rev 6:2) of the imposter Antichrist who, previous to the Lord, also issues forth on a white horse (the spirit of deception)]; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture [Gk: garment, robe] dipped [Gk: whelmed, covered wholly with fluid] in blood: and his name is called The Word [Gk: logos: John 1:14: Law] of God. And the armies [of men and of angels and of creatures] which were in heaven followed him upon white horses [the Spirit of Truth: John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13], clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp [twoedged] sword [logos/rhema: Heb 4:12; Eph 6:17], that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron [judgment]: and he treadeth the winepress [pressing down, crushing out, separating the wine from dregs of humanity] of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
(Mark 16:15) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world [Gk: kosmos “cosmos” (universe)], and preach the gospel [of love] to every creature.
Commentary: “to every creature” = a category that includes man and “the living ceature… the beast of the earth” (Gen 1:24,25). Both man and animals were created on the same sixth day, thereby clearly manifesting commonality. Birds, whales, and fish were created on the fifth day.
(Rev 5:13,14) And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts [in heaven] said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
SOLDIERS IN THE HUMAN ARMY OF GOD
(2 Tim 2:1-4) Thou therefore, my son, be strong [Gk: empowered: enabled] in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard [Gk: understood] of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Thou therefore endure hardness [Gk: undergo hardship: be afflicted, suffer trouble], as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth [Gk: serves in a military campaign] entangleth himself with [Gk: entwines: involves himself with] the affairs [Gk: the transactions] of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier [Gk: a warrior].
ENLISTING INTO THE HUMAN ARMY OF GOD
(Exo 3:1-6) Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law [the father of Zipporah], the priest of Midian [brawling, contentious, discord, strife]: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush [Heb: to prick; a bramble]: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I [the oath of enlistment (obedience)]. And he said, Draw not nigh hither [“Do not come near” Amplif.]: put off thy shoes [Heb: (sandal) tongue] from off thy feet [that separate you from this ground], for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.
Horeb = Heb: desolate /// to parch (through drought), (by analogy) destroy, kill: - decay, (be) dry (up), slay, X surely, (lay, lie, make) waste.
Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary: the “mountain of God” (Exo 18:5) in the Sinai Peninsula where Moses heard God speaking through the burning bush (Exo 3:1) and where the law was given to Israel.
(Eph 6:14,15) Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And [having] your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace [i.e., the two sandals that we shall walk in and talk in: the Old Testament and the New Testament];
THE MISSION OF THE HUMAN ARMY OF GOD
(Exo 3:7-10) And the LORD said, I have surely seen the affliction [Heb: depression, misery: trouble] of my people which are in Egypt [symbolically, in the land of the unsaved], and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters [“they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens” Exo 1:11]; for I know their sorrows [Heb: anguish: grief, pain]; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up [a type and shadow of the rapture: “caught up” 2 Cor 12:2,4; 1 Thes 4:17; Rev 12:5] out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites. Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians [the unsaved] oppress them. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.
GOD IS EQUIPING US FOR THE MISSION, AS SOLDIERS WITH POWER
(Exo 4:1-5) And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee. And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand [held in your power]? And he said, A rod [(a bad rod)]. And he said, Cast it on the ground [i.e., separate yourself from it. Being separated from his rod of safety was a big deal to Moses, and to anybody]. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent [the archetypical symbol of sin (Gen 3:1) (you see, it really was a bad rod)]; and Moses fled [Heb: escaped] from before it [Moses was terrified by what he now saw that dwelt within him, i.e., he saw his demons, fallen angels]. And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it [i.e., controlled it with “temperance” (Gal 5:23)= Gk: self-control], and it became [“transformed” Rom 12:2 into] a rod [a good rod – (a type and shadow of us)] in his hand: That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.
a rod = Heb: a branch (as extending); fig. a tribe; also a rod, whether for chastising (fig. correction), ruling (a sceptre), throwing (a lance), or walking (fig. a support of life, for example bread).
Commentary: “A rod” = Whose rod was it? Answer: Moses’ rod, and a highly important part of Moses’ self support system, a support system that then excluded God. His rod was something that he trusted and relied on for safety and food.
Commentary: “And he cast it on the ground” = Moses obeyed God, and because Moses obeyed God, God empowered Moses to become separated from his sinful natural nature so that he then might clearly see and discern his inner sinful self for what it was (a form of projection; early psychoanalysis).
(James 4:7) Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
submit = Gk: subordinate (yourself); obey: be under obedience (obedient), put (self) under, subdue (self) unto, be subject unto, be (put self) in subjection, submit self unto.
resist = Gk: to stand against, oppose: withstand.
Commentary: “And he put forth his hand” = Moses, trusting God over his fear of the serpent, once again obeyed God, and because He obeyed God, he was therefore in cooperation with God, and in that manner benignly possessed and directed by God. Moses became a channel through which God’s power flowed, a willing instrument, a friend of God through which the Grace of God would operate as God. That flow is exemplified by the Hebrew meaning of Israel = Heb: he will rule as God. The Jacob man is a channel through which evil flows.
caught it = Heb: to fasten upon; seize, be strong (fig. courageous); to bind, restrain, conquer: prevail, take (hold), behave self valiantly, withstand. [He who controls his sin has the power of/with God]
Commentary: “and it became a rod in his hand” = A good rod. How so? Answer: Well Moses and Aaron employed that same rod to cast the 10 plagues of retribution upon Egypt (perhaps a type and shadow of the Millennium), and that good rod was a type and shadow of the Holy Spirit which was placed inside the Ark of the Covenant, which Ark is a type and shadow of us.
(John 14:12) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works [Gk: deeds] that I do shall he do also; and greater works [Gk: deeds] than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.