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BY: GEORGE H. WARNOCK First Printing: March 1985 Fifth Printing: (Enlarged) August, 1995 - Printed in Colombia, South America

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Samson’s Ultimate Victory This is a Day of Mixture This is a Day of Deception God’s Glory Comes To His Temple The Day of the Lord, a Day of Darkness The Day of the Lord, a Day of Famine The Day of the Lord, the Day of Confusion The Day of the Lord, a Day of Humbling The Day of the Lord, a Day of Cleansing The Day of the Lord, the Day of Vengeance There Are Two Panoplies Keeping The Unity of the Spirit The First Star Wars The Last Armageddon The Destruction of Sennacherib The Origin of Evil The King of Babylon Is God the Author of Evil? Does God Use the Devil? God Made Everything Good God Is Light Whence Then Cometh Evil? God Is Sovereign over All the Works of Evil The Nature of Adam’s Transgression The Process of Apostasy The Temptation of Jesus Why Is It Wrong? Satan’s Quest for Worship The Nature of Babylon A New World Church The Two Women of Shinar The Cross, a New Way of Life The Mystery of the Cross God’s Judgment of the World The Triumph of the Cross The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth Why A Lamb on the Throne? The Travail of God A Manchild is to be Born The Burnt Offering The Happy Medium The Sons of Sceva

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“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:12,13) INTRODUCTION This writing is about SPIRITUAL WARFARE, but with particular reference to the Day of the LORD, that great Day of God Almighty, when God assembles all the hordes of evil together in open confrontation with Him who is called “Faithful and True,” who leads the armies of Heaven into battle. I do not write on a regular basis, but only as I feel definitely impressed of the Lord to do so. Therefore I have confidence that God has a people out there who are going to be helped and encouraged and challenged by
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this word. These are very awesome times, and it is not mere knowledge or understanding that we really need - not even of the Bible. But we need that creative Word out from the mouth of God, if indeed we are going to be able to embrace it as a living seed that will become PREGNANT within us, and bring forth after its kind. It was after ministering the substance of this message some weeks ago that I felt very much impressed to put it in writing. I did not know what I was to call it. It was not till I wrote the very last line (though I did add portions here and there throughout the book later) that I suddenly realized what the title was to be. It is a challenge from heavenly places as to our identity. Let us search for our identity in the heavenly Zion. If we do not find it there, whatever we are down here will not matter that much. - George H. Warnock - March 15, 1985.

THE ARMIES OF HEAVEN “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him 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, and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. “And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. “And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. “And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress 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.” (Rev. 19:11-16) In this day of fear and anxiety, and distress among nations, how assuring to look into the scriptures and catch a glimpse of God’s war plans, and to know that the Commander-in-Chief of the armies of Heaven is about to break forth on the scene of human depravity and futility, riding upon a white horse of righteousness and power, and leading His armies to battle and to total victory! How assuring to know in this hour, when men’s hearts are failing them for fear, and kings and rulers and presidents of nations are frustrated in their attempt to solve the nuclear arms crisis, and to lay a foundation for peace... to know that there is One who has conquered, and who by God’s decree sits even now at God’s right hand of power and authority, ruling and reigning “in the midst of His enemies”...but who simply awaits God’s time-schedule, and the signal from the throne of the eternal Jehovah-God, to charge forth into battle against the Enemy, and put an end to the reign of evil. And to know also that we, if we are accounted to be ‘faithful and true’ shall be a part of that army that will follow the Son of God as He goes forth to battle in the great Day of God Almighty. These are the people who not only profess to have FAITH and TRUTH; but faithfulness and truthfulness have been wrought into their very being, as they have learned obedience by the things they have suffered, and have followed the Lord in all His ways. The Church of Jesus Christ was destined and equipped with the armor of God to be a warring Church. We are not denying that she has fought many a valiant war with the forces of evil throughout her long history, but in too many cases she has suffered defeat, either because she knew not the strategy of the Enemy, or because she did not confine herself to those spiritual weapons which God had given her for warfare and for eventual victory. Nevertheless, in and through it all God has not forsaken the declaration of His Son:
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“I will build my church, and the gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18) The defeats of the past (and there have been many) do not alter the purposes of God; for in the wisdom of the Cross, God will yet take all the devices of the Evil One, whose intention is to destroy the people of God, and entwine these into His own purposes so that the Enemy will be trapped in his own devices and snared in the very evil that he thought to bring upon God’s chosen ones. SAMSON’S ULTIMATE VICTORY The story of Samson is going to take on beautiful meaning for those of us who live in the last days. Right now we are almost ashamed to admit that we are part of the “Church” when we see ourselves like Samson: bound by the world-systems of the Philistines, grinding out the corn for the enemies of God, and so blinded in our hearts that we think we are victorious and triumphant in the midst of it all. But one day - and we believe it is beginning to happen - the hairs of Samson’s head will grow again, and his strength will be renewed. We are beginning to recognize that God wants us to be distinct and separate people in the earth, “in the world, but not of it.” We are beginning to realize that our calling is heavenly, that our warfare is heavenly. One day as Samson’s heart began to turn back to God - in his weakness and in his blindness and in his bondage - he comes to the place where he is prepared to lay down his life, if so be he can be avenged of the Philistines, and bring deliverance to the people of God. “Let me die with the Philistines,” he cried, as he leaned upon the pillars in the House of Dagon, and destroyed the hordes of the Philistines in one massive blow. The result was that he slew more in his death, than he had slain throughout his whole life - spectacular and dramatic as many of his activities were in his former years. Dear ones, we are going to see the true meaning of all this, when the Church of Jesus Christ begins to come to the realization of the greatness of her bondage... When she realizes she has been so blinded in her understanding, that she did not even know she was a willing tool of the world-system... When she realizes that she has been grinding out corn for the Philistines, all the while thinking she was working for God... When her Nazarite vow of separation unto the Lord is renewed, and her hair of glory is restored... When she suddenly realizes she is the laughing-stock of the world and not her friend... When she realizes she has been led about by a lad of the Philistines, and not by the hand of God... And when she is finally prepared to lay down her life, if so be she might know the power of the risen Christ working within her. “For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh” (2Cor. 4:11) God is preparing an army, beloved, who will go forth in the Day of the LORD to put an end to the reign of Evil, and to deliver the people of God from their oppressor. They are not being conscripted because they have military or political skills, and know how to get involved in human programs; but because like Samson of old they have discovered the folly and the futility of all this, and are now prepared to learn God’s secrets of warfare. They are a people who are being taught the art of war, and whose only weapons are SPIRITUAL AND HEAVENLY, and “mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds” (2Cor. 10:4) And we are going to discover, as we proceed with this message, that if we are not clothed upon with spiritual
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armor, and engaging in battle in the Spirit of God in heavenly places, we are not going to know anything but defeat down here in the realms of earth.

THE DAY OF THE LORD Generally the teaching concerning the coming of the Lord are associated with doctrines about the great tribulation, and controversies as to whether He comes before, during, or after the tribulation. Tribulation seems to be the whole issue. Do we miss it, or do we not? It is clear from the scriptures that the tribulation coincides with the Day of the Lord. It is a time of great trouble and darkness, yes, but it is the dawning of God’s new day something that God’s people often overlook. Paul tells us: “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light” (Rom. 13:12) Is it not clear from this that the Day of the LORD is more to be desired than the night in which we now live? Who would want to miss out on the light of God’s new day? Especially when He tells us clearly that He has provided for us “The armor of light”? Sure, there will be darkness in the world about us in that day. But it is not called “The night of the Lord.” It is God’s DAY! This alone should cause God’s people to stop and consider in their hearts: “Really, now... why do I want to miss that DAY to which all the prophets referred, and which is mentioned frequently in the New Testament as the hope of God’s people?” “For yourselves know perfectly that the Day of the LORD so cometh as a thief in the night.” (1Thess. 5:2). But we must not stop there. “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that DAY Should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ” (vs 4-9) Is it not very clear from this passage that we have no appointment with the wrath of God, because of the armor that we put on, the breastplate of faith and love, and the helmet of salvation? Because we are fully equipped with God’s armor, and not because he snatches us out of the battle? Note the battle dress of God’s people in the Day of the LORD: It is the “armor of light,” “the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.” GOD HAS PROVIDED ARMOR FOR HIS PEOPLE - NOT WINGS! And if we know these things, God help us all to put on “the whole armor of God.” God wants a people who are prepared for battle, and the armor He provides is totally sufficient for us to “stand in the evil day.” (See Ephesians 6:10-18) THIS IS A DAY OF MIXTURE The Day of the LORD will deal with this horrible corruption that abounds in the land, and especially with the MIXTURE that has characterized the people of God. Often are we tainted with the corruption of the world, because we dwell in the very midst of it, and are not always aware of the effect it is having on our minds and spirits. Jesus warned us that because of the abundance of iniquity about us, the love of many would “wax cold.” It is easy to slip into the way of the world, not realizing the world and its systems are the enemies of God, and he that would be “a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (Jas. 4:4) We need to pray that God will show forth such a display and weight of His glory in our midst that we will be able to reprove the world of sin, as we ought to be doing. I do not mean by much talk, and pointing the finger of accusation: I mean by so living and expressing the life of Christ in the world, that the world is confronted with the all-seeing eye of God, and knows that it is God Himself who is reproving them “of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (Jn. 16:8) Without this display of His glory, how helpless we are! And so the best we know is to try to get the legislators on our side, and try to cut off the little twigs and branches of degradation that continue to break forth on the corrupt tree of our society. But unless the tree is cut down - for every twig of corruption we try to nip in the bud, two more will grow in their place. God’s plan is to cut down the
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tree! And we who know our God, and know what the Day of the LORD is all about, will rejoice when the Lord creates darkness and evil for the workers of evil, and brings forth light and peace, to the lovers of truth. For He has declared: “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. Drop down, yea heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together” (Isa. 45:7, 8). This is what the Day of the LORD is all about! God hates a mixture, and He appeals to His people to make a difference between the clean and the unclean, to know the nature of good and evil, and to draw the line between light and darkness: “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” (Isa. 5:20). Once again, in this Day of the LORD that comes swiftly upon us, God is going to “divide the light from the darkness.” Once again the light will be called day, and the darkness will be called night. Only the revelation of His glory can do this. Try as we may to get into the political arena with a shovel, to shovel out the darkness, the darkness will remain... and will continue to get darker. Try as we may to agitate, and march, and harass the workers of iniquity, we accomplish nothing. When light is rejected, darkness is the inevitable result. And as we shall observe later in this message, if light is persistently rejected, God Himself will send even greater and greater darkness, to the point where men do not know the difference, and evil is called good, and darkness is called light. THIS IS A DAY OF DECEPTION God tells us that the time will come when He Himself will “send strong delusion, that they should believe a lie (or, THE LIE).” (2Thess. 2:11) And the reason is clearly stated: “Because they received not the love of the truth that they might be saved” (vs 10). Consistent and persistent rebellion against God causes God to withdraw His restraining hand of grace, thus adding to and multiplying the darkness that is already there. In this sense only does God “create evil.” It is God’s Judgment against iniquity. And whether we are believer or unbeliever, this ought to impart within us all a godly fear. A little bit of disobedience on our part can produce a measure of darkness. God be merciful unto us in that hour - that we might recognize the darkness, and hurry back into His arms, His outstretched arms of love and forgiveness. It is frightening to behold men and women, whom we thought to have known the Lord in a very real way... slipping away into areas of deception and darkness that are utterly foreign to the love of the truth. Somewhere Satan found a foothold, and gradually enlarged upon it, until it might almost appear there is no longer any hope for them. How endless a task we would have on our hands if we were to begin naming all the different areas of deception! God’s provision and antidote for this danger is for you and me to walk in truth. Jesus said, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Jn 8:32). But we do feel to mention this evil of divorce that is running rampant these days; and to warn God’s people especially that Satan is promoting this avalanche of divorce and unfaithfulness that is overwhelming the Church. The Christian home is a miniature “church,” and the Enemy knows if he is victorious in the home, he is automatically victorious in the Church. We must guard against the deception that is overwhelming many, as husband and wife are believing the lie that they do not have their proper spiritual mate - that God never did really join them together - it was their own mistake, and they must find the one that God ordained for them. We have been told from different sources that witches and wizards are praying and fasting for the break-up of the Christian home. Let us not be found in the number of those who are blaming God for the attack of witches and wizards. I do not stand in judgment on God’s people. I know very often an innocent party is involved, and innocent children are often the victims. Complex situations have come as a result of marriages that took place when one or both parties were not born again. All I can say is, if you are caught in tangled situations where you do not know the way out...God is still able to bring order out of chaos, and bring you into a place of REST in Him as
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And then we have this conditional promise. if it is to be truly redemptive and genuine in nature.) .. “peradventure” you will discover the grace of repentance. It was right after the glory of the LORD had appeared to the congregation in the wilderness. The word “offence” is “skandalon” in the Greek. “You can join our church. then the Bible says. And therefore. God intends it that way. IT IS THAT HE MIGHT BE OUR CAPTAIN AND LORD.. But the first step out from your bondage will be your admission that God is right. 4:4). without changing his heart. 6:14).. so it is assumed there is no cross for the rest of us to carry. for the shining forth of His Presence in our midst.. God says if you do that.. and the people of God were defiled. and come to that place of total commitment.. But when He comes in the fullness of His abiding Presence in our midst. Warnock] ~ BOOK 6 .this can only lead into greater deception. that Egypt was suddenly confronted with God’s Judgments. there is hope for you too . you know. and will no longer consider that we are really too much different from them.” The scandal of the cross is scarcely there any longer . from which we get our English word “scandal. Once you can say from your heart.Do you know what Balaam did? He suggested that Balak invite the people of God to one of their wild parties. and how prevalent it has become in the Church. Most of us in the Church have not known. He comes to cleanse and purge His people. let us understand the implications of God’s glory coming back to dwell in the midst of His people. We do not want to become an object of the ‘scandal’ that comes when we take up our cross and follow Him. And I think it is evident that this tendency to unfaithfulness in the home has come from the enticements of the world about seek His will for your life. It was just after the glory of the LORD had passed through the hosts of Israel (in the mighty baptism of the cloud). You can serve God.especially in our western world.. and God’s fire WHO ARE YOU. God had divided the light from the darkness . or cared enough to pursue this kind of identification with the Cross of Christ.God can do that. and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the Devil” (2Tim.. And so we join the world..with the baptism of the Holy Ghost and of fire! GOD’S GLORY COMES TO HIS TEMPLE People of God. Chapters 1-7 [George H. and get them that way. thinking the world will like us. Jesus died on His cross. Lord. 2:25. He can bless us from Heaven. and still have lots of fun. The glory that was a light to the people of God suddenly became gross darkness to the enemy. He comes to take control. And it worked! Thousands of them fell into the snare..” But James warns us: “Ye adulterers and adulteresses. We are talking about one area of deception that has overwhelmed many of God’s people. Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God” (Jas. And if you are the guilty one. and hold to the deception that “God led me to do it” . or recognized.and grace. God you are RIGHT and I am WRONG. For remember. Paul tells us that through the working of the Cross he was “crucified unto the world. is coming to purge the people of God from the doctrine of Balaam. as they corrupted themselves with the charms and the snares of the gods of Moab. What an indictment! We say we must be friends of the world in order to win them. baptize us afresh . God must provide the grace for it.. desirable as all this may be. and still have a good that the enemy came not near the people of God all night long. or postpone it until you have acquired what you want in your disobedience.” and the “world was crucified unto him” (See Gal. “God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth. Just the day before He had taken control of the ass’s tongue without changing his heart. you’re His enemy! When the king of Moab could not persuade Balaam the sorcerer to curse the people of God (for God took control of his tongue. This is the real problem. He who stands in the midst of His people with eyes as a flame of fire. repentance is not something you can do just anytime you feel like it. and pour forth His gifts upon us. let us understand it is also a very fearful thing. in our carnal condition. let us continue to cry out for His glory to return to His Temple. 26) If you insist on your innocence. “The offence of the Cross” has just about ceased! Modern evangelism has pretty well represented the Cross of Jesus as the easy way out for you and me. and you are wrong. But beloved..

are we going to come to the place where we recognize we are here only to do what God bids us to.sit in the congregation and applaud and laugh... because it was before my time .and even greater abominations than these. 10:1. It was just that they gave the impression they were giving all. dead apostate church. something from the Word.” (Rev.. or else I will come unto thee quickly.but I was close to it. But even as we do. 1). and of His glory coming to abide in His Temple! Gone would be the entertainment and the gimmicks that are used today to bring people to Jesus! Satan fears nothing when he sees the people of God going forth TO BATTLE with carnal weapons.) Now what was wrong with the incense they offered? Were they not doing it before the Lord? But that’s not the question. and gave most of it to the Church.. and will remove thy candlestick out of his place. For He says to you and me and God’s people everywhere who have known His workings in times past. (See Lev. “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen.” I know of one instance where a young boy in a Sunday school class had to be delivered from the oppression of spirits. except thou repent. and the glory that was there. magicians showing their illusionary tricks to the applause of an audience that some “church” group hired to trap people into hearing the “gospel.. and had a little understanding of what happened in those early beginnings. I really believe if God’s glory were to suddenly come into our midst in this hour. What is God’s will in the matter? “How do I know God’s will?” someone may ask. and we be found naked. some kind of confirmation from this source or another. They were lying to the Holy Ghost! O if God’s people could only recognize the implications of the Day of the LORD. and brought the rest to the apostles.” Immediately they were consumed by the devouring fire of God’s glory.. but in large charismatic churches where people love to praise and worship and sing in the Spirit and dance before the Lord! O Lord. something “which He commanded them not” (vs. and the like. They were doing something that God had not directed them to do. trying to trick people into hearing the gospel.. But it is something that God is honor-bound to show us when we “present our bodies a living sacrifice” and are totally committed to do His will. rock musicians skillfully using the art of Satan all nicely cloaked with words about Jesus and Heaven and the Bible. after he had watched the clever manipulations of a “puppet-ministry” in a Sunday school class. puppet ministries acting out the gospel with little puppet monkeys or puppet devils. I was born in a second generation of WHO ARE YOU. let us humble ourselves now in His presence lest His light shine upon us suddenly. musical groups doing their thing to the applause of large audiences. come into your temple. and repent.. and have spiritual gifts functioning in their midst . perhaps nine-tenths of it! But they kept the smaller portion for a rainy-day. And all this ... drama troupes coming forth from missionary training centers with a cast depicting God and Jesus and the Devil on the same platform. and do the first works. but as one who grew up under the shadow of Pentecost. as happened to Ananias and Sapphira in the early Church... the day of His glory. and think they are promoting the work of the Lord? The Day of the LORD is at hand. and put fire therein. 2. We anticipate the day of His glory. What was their sin? That they did not give it all? Not really. that Nadab and Abihu decided they would make a little fire of their own. Sometimes we know not how: the still small voice of God. God says that His judgments must first begin at the house of God. beloved. I do not mean from personal experience. “They took either of them his censer.. and “eyes like a flame of fire” are going to consume the dross from the silver pot of God’s refining flame. Peter told them that they “lied not to men. how can these . It comes to us as we seek Him. we would have multitudes falling dead in the pulpit or in the aisles of our churches. Chapters 1-7 [George H. God had not authorized it! When. 2:5) I speak not as a judge. but to the Holy Ghost”! In their silence concerning what they did.... Warnock] ~ BOOK 7 .burst forth from His presence to consume the burnt offering of His people. they were giving the impression they were giving their all as the others were doing. and the people of God who know and have experienced your blessings. nothing more and nothing less? Whether you or I think it would be a good thing to do matters nothing.. and offered strange fire before the LORD.. Have you ever considered how insignificant their sin would be looked upon today in our eyes? They sold some property..not in some old.....

through whomever He might speak. We wanted to meet God first. volume and duration. No flesh might glory in His presence. The rafters were low. God was in His holy WHO ARE YOU. like the slain in battle. 31) “The services ran almost continuously. we avoided as much as possible human contact and greeting.. We wanted to hear from God. It might be from the back seat for from the front. The notes were wonderful in sweetness. the tall must come down. Someone would finally get up anointed for the message. and regretted that I had missed out on the original glory that I knew was there. not for giraffes. human element. All were on a level. with the apostatizing of the movement. or rush for the altar en masse to seek God. Men would fall all over the house. We wanted God. “The spirit of song given from God in the beginning was like the Aeolian harp in its spontaneity and sweetness. “Now a ‘wonderful and horrible thing is come to pass in the land. according to the true meaning of the word. This used to bother me until I came to realize many years later that God had something for His people that was beyond Pentecost. Suddenly the Spirit would fall upon the congregation. No one knew what might be coming. Pride and selfassertion. All were equal.. for His glory. The place was never closed nor empty. nor priest craft. It had to start in poor surroundings. In honor we preferred one another. The Lord was liable to burst through anyone. and no special speakers for such an hour. ordered of the Spirit. In fact it was the very breath of God.. and put them together again. 5:30. and I know that God will do exceeding and abundantly above all we can ask or think. It was indeed ‘singing in the Spirit’. We had no respect of persons. He could not use the self-opinionated. We did not even have a platform or pulpit in the beginning. He was always there. All could reach it. We had no priest class. God Himself would give the altar call. and found a much harder death to die. let us reprint an excerpt from the writing of a man whom the Lord used in those times. We had no human program. The meeting did not depend on the human leader.We had no pope or hierarchy. “We were delivered right there from ecclesiastical hierarchism and abuse. God took strong men and women to pieces. where this particular outpouring took place). but rather for their God-given gifts. The prophets prophesy falsely and the priests bear rule by their means. God’s presence became more and more wonderful. In that old building. We only recognized God. We got our head under some bench in the corner in prayer. We did not honor men for their advantage in means or education. or human vocal chords. The rich and educated were the same as the poor and ignorant.. knowing them ‘after the flesh’ no more. to keep out the selfish.. They all looked alike and had all things in common. We were brethren. with its low rafters and bare floors. in meekness and humility. “When God spoke. These things have come in later. “Someone might be speaking. The fodder was thus placed for the lambs. He set the members in the Body. By the time they got to Azusa they were humbled. The ministers were servants.Pentecost.. The religious ego preached its own funeral sermon quickly... Hence a continuous meeting. “. The people came to meet God. and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?’” (Jer. Those were Holy Ghost meetings. self-importance and self-esteem could not survive there. “All obeyed God. we all obeyed. It made no difference.. It is difficult to sense the reality of the anointing and presence of God just by reading about it. It was a tremendous overhauling process. Chapters 1-7 [George H.. The scene often resembled a forest of fallen trees. I still cherish that Hope. All was spontaneous. “No subjects or sermons were announced ahead of time. and met men only in the Spirit. Seeking souls could be found under the power almost any hour of the night or day. All came down in humility together at His feet. but for those not familiar with the glory of those early days. (The Azusa that is mentioned was the name of a street in Los Angeles. what God would do. led of the Lord. In fact they were oft-times humanly impossible. playing on human heart strings. in that sense at least. ready for the blessing. We prayed for this continually. It seemed a fearful thing to hinder or grieve the Spirit. When we first reached the meeting. the Lord Himself was leading. Warnock] ~ BOOK 8 .

and poverty of spirit.. There is no darkness or evil in God. A DAY OF FAMINE “Behold. Chapters 1-7 [George H. Warnock] ~ BOOK 9 .” (Joel 3:15-16) Paul tells us that the heaven-quakes and the earth-quakes signify that God is shaking everything that can be shaken.All that was left of the dove when it had flown away. the heavens shall tremble: the sun and the moon shall be dark. steadfast and sure... and walking in such love and truth that they become a torment to those who walk in darkness. When peace is rejected (the Prince of Peace).. And “all faces gather blackness. Too often what we see today is but the empty shell. saith the Lord GOD. nor a thirst for water. When love is rejected.” (Amos 8:11) WHO ARE YOU. The LORD also shall roar out of Zion. and the stars shall withdraw their shining. weakness. There was no real reproof of sin in the earth until Jesus came on the scene.referring to the horrible famine in Samaria in the days of Elisha. that I will send a famine in the land. so that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.” (See Joel 2:2-11) It seems so unlike God. we are referring to the scriptural Pentecost. for His camp is very great: for He is strong that executeth His word. (See 2kgs 6:25. we must GO BACK to that dedication and commitment that they knew in those days.then we anticipate that it was but the foretaste of the glory that we shall know at harvest time. and moon into blood. And so of course there is tribulation.. And God’s judgments will fall as the sharp sword of the Word goes forth from hearts that have known rejection. “let’s go back to Pentecost. and utter His voice from Jerusalem. but of hearing the words of the LORD. (See Heb. It is because God has arisen out of His holy habitation (the Church) to judge the world for their iniquity: “The sun and the moon shall be darkened.. Our feeble marches and protests are just accepted by the masses as the democratic right of the people. for the haters of truth will certainly rise up against the light.temple. Frank Bartlemen). When we speak of “Pentecost” of course. Don’t think for one moment that the reason we live in ease and contentment is because our society is a democratic one. there is darkness. at the Feast of Tabernacles. and the stars shall withdraw their shining: And the LORD shall utter His voice before His army.” (Ex.. not a famine of bread.and paying good silver pieces for it. If the glory we once knew was ‘firstfruits’. It is rather BECAUSE WE LACK THE GLORY OF GOD THAT TORMENTS THE WORKERS OF EVIL. It was for man to keep silent.” Why? Because “The earth shall quake before them. there always seemed to be a blending of His glory with desolation and judgment: “A day of darkness and gloominess. “Let us GO ON!” But if we are to GO ON..” Why? Because “the morning” is “spread upon the mountains” as God’s “great people” align themselves for battle. and went before them against the enemy. when they were feeding upon “doves’ dung” and the “ass’s head” .” . We read in the scriptures how the sun will be turned into blackness. the lovers of darkness grew more intensely hateful against Him whose very presence angered them. Egypt never knew such darkness in her history as in the day of redemption for God’s people.. neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings. 12:27-28. there is hate. and not to any denomination or group of people that use that name.. A DAY OF DARKNESS The day of darkness is the inevitable result of God’s glory coming into the midst of His people... the Feast of Ingathering. Pentecost was a harvest of ‘firstfruits’. the days come. But what is it all about? Here is a people so disciplined by the Cross. But in that day there will be open persecution. there is war. 10:22.” I am saying. and it seems so unlike His people who walk in love and truth. And as that day drew nigh we are told: “There was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: they saw not one another.) THE DAY OF THE LORD. But when light is rejected. or as a former pastor used to say. I am not saying. 23) And so. and the heavens and the earth shall shake. whenever the Lord would rise up on behalf of His people. But when He came as a Light into the world.) THE DAY OF THE LORD.” (From “Another Wave Rolls In” . “.

and the eloquent orator. and he that cometh up out of the midst of the pit. and it shall be dark unto you. and God will give you the blessing of Abraham. and the prudent and the ancient. and your mountain hide-outs. and in so doing “lay up treasure in Heaven. they shall all cover their lips.. the judge.” (Isa. just stand and come forward with a thousand dollars. and the honorable man. that ye shall not divine. “Who will bring two hundred. “I will not be a healer. the mighty man. The prophets and the seers will be ashamed to be called one of God’s ministers. and the pit. enter thou into thy chambers. 24:17 . 26:20) Your refuge in doctrines about the second coming that promise safety and security will be swept away when the hailstones of God begin to fall. 7) What kind of prophets were these? The kind that are telling God’s people that all is well. But in the midst of it all there will be the true prophets of the LORD. and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.” And the reason for this kind of famine? “Because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD. shall be taken in the snare. 3:7) He is confessing. and of might. and to Israel his sin” (Mic. and the snare. that ye shall not have a vision. The kind that will prophesy good things to those who put something in their mouths. They will excuse themselves by saying.” (Isa. the captain of fifty. “And he that putteth not into their mouths. until the indignation be overpast ” (Isa. will scramble for safety in that day. and the prophet. my people. for the blessing of David?” or. and the counselor.. “Who will bring five hundred dollars. God has to send a famine in the land when He sees abominations like these.” and find your habitation in God: “Come. No longer will the ministry be something that our young people will aspire after.” Dear ones. 3:8) THE DAY OF THE LORD.” (Mic. “I’m sorry.” (Isa. are come upon thee. they even prepare war against him. for there is no answer of God” (Mic. or a leader of the people. THE DAY OF CONFUSION “Fear. for in my house is neither bread nor clothing: make me not a ruler of the people. No wonder the teachers and the prophets and those who assure the people that God will snatch them away from it all. that they will not see tribulation.18) Go ahead and build your bomb-shelters. . 28:17) And yet in the midst of all the tribulation the people who have found their refuge in God shall rejoice in their God... to provoke the eyes of His glory.” (vs 8) “Therefore night shall be unto you.. and find none: “And the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies.” Then the amounts are reduced.. to declare unto Jacob his transgression. who are “full of power by the Spirit of the LORD. one hundred. WHO ARE YOU. like Micah of old. the kind that have discovered the ministry to be a financial bonanza when they give prophecies of peace.. and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment. O inhabitant of the earth. and the diviners confounded: yea. and of judgment (justice).God said He would take away “the stay and the staff. Far better if you would distribute your excess wealth now to places of need. 3:5) Listen to this: “Now everyone in the audience who wants me to pronounce the blessing of the Lord upon your life. Chapters 1-7 [George H. and the man of war. In that day you will discover that the treasure you have accumulated for the day of trouble will avail nothing.God loves them too much for that.” Perhaps a small blessing may be available to the one who can only afford a ten dollar bill! The tragedy is that there are so many gullible people out there in the Church. the whole stay of bread. and the sun shall go down over the prophets. that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall into the pit. 3:6. and the cunning artificer. for a somewhat lesser blessing. 3:1-3) Theological seminaries and schools of religious training will be empty. and the whole stay of water. Then shall the seers be ashamed. And it shall come to pass. who “love to have it so. and the day shall be dark over them.” (Isa. and stack them well with food and water and guns. but I can’t help you.. Warnock] ~ BOOK 10 . but show contempt for those who refuse.

” (Isa.” How and when is this to happen? “When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion. not many noble. or they will turn away into greater darkness than they have ever known.. For. good and evil. Chapters 1-7 [George H.whether it be in the Church. that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.. by the spirit of judgment. with the indignation of His anger. but in taking up our cross and following Him. 23:9) There are some honorable men who bow at the foot of the Cross. and like fullers’ soap: and He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and He shall purify the sons of Levi. or in the world.” (Isa. Then will the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives be a flaming fire that will shine forth in this world of sin and darkness. THE DAY OF THE LORD. and hailstones. 60:1) Darkness and light. A DAY OF HUMBLING “The lofty looks of man shall be humbled.) “The LORD of hosts hath purposed it. and tempest.. 2:11) It is the day when God brings all men down to one common level. a cloud and smoke by day. “Every mountain and hill shall be made low”. A DAY OF CLEANSING “And the Lord whom ye seek. God has a controversy with Zion. how that not many wise men after the flesh. are called. 4:5) “Arise. truth and error. not only by bowing once at the foot of the Cross for the remission of sins. and upon her assemblies. 30) THE DAY OF THE LORD. and shall show the lighting down of His arm. and with the flame of a devouring fire. and gladness of heart. (See Isa.” (Isa.“Ye shall have a song. brethren... Warnock] ~ BOOK 11 . THE DAY OF VENGEANCE Vengeance for what? For His Temple.. behold. with scattering. it is to “stain the pride of all glory” in His people. even the messenger of the covenant. and by the spirit of burning. that system that has captivated His people and prevented them from becoming His own WHO ARE YOU. and at one and the same time. not many mighty.” (Isa.. brethren. and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee. and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. 4:4) Do we really want to manifest the light of God to a world that sits in darkness? We are not going to do it. and His glory shall be seen upon thee.. and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down. shine. 1:26) When the glory of the LORD comes to His Temple. but only by submitting ourselves to the SPIRIT OF JUDGMENT.” (Mal.. as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the LORD. 3:1-3) God’s Holy Spirit has been given to us to make us HOLY. His glory will draw the line that separates day and night. 40:1-5. And after the cleansing of Zion He will deal with Babylon. as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept. and to bring into contempt all the honorable of the earth. for thy light is come. the darkness shall cover the earth. 30:29) When and where is all this joy? In the very time of the LORD’s wrath: “And the LORD shall cause His glorious voice to be heard.” (Isa. But who may abide the day of His coming? And who shall stand when He appeareth? For He is like refiner’s fire.. “And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion. and THE SPIRIT OF BURNING.” (Isa. and not merely talked about.. and the shining of a flaming fire by night. by preaching and talking about it. THE DAY OF THE LORD.” (vs. beloved. His glory shall be seen.. but Paul tells us they are few in number: “For ye see your calling. one of two things will happen: they will walk in the light. and His people are yet to become “holiness unto the LORD. in each of us. to stain the pride of all glory. to the Mighty One of Israel. and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. And when men see it.” (1Cor. shall suddenly come to His temple.

and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity. CHAPTER THREE THE BATTLE IS THE LORD’S In this great conflict that rages between the forces of good and evil we must understand the simple pattern of warfare that God has sent forth in His Word for the ultimate triumph of the people of God. And we must be assured that “the battle is the LORD’s. you can be sure it bears the stamp of Babylon. and made a shew of them openly. Jesus said. and will not share His glory with another. even by the positive thinkers in the Church. and that is why He made man in the beginning. the day and hour in which God will EXECUTE THE SENTENCE that was passed at the Cross.. that the forthcoming battle is the conclusive one. God wants a people for Himself. The Greek word is “panoplia. Too long has the Church of Jesus Christ been on the defensive. for the decisive battle has already been fought and won. Babylon wants unity.” Babylon wants to keep the people of God unified under some system..” (Luke 21:22) Vengeance for what? It is the vengeance of His Temple: “Flee out of the midst of Babylon. The purpose of true ministry before the Lord is to bring this about. and its second occurrence referring to ours. and worship Him in Spirit and in Truth.” (Heb. my people.” (See Jer. triumphing over them in it.. We should say. to keep them together. any system (name or no name. Well and good.. and crush the hosts of evil under our feet: “And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. under the guise of Divine order. that is..) Babylon is the whole world system. 2:15) It was there on the Cross that Christ “through death” destroyed him “that had the power of death.. Failing to see and understand some of these simple principles can only lead to prolonged frustration and perplexity. or recover from some spiritual setback. religious as well as political. and giving the Lord Jesus total Lordship in their lives.” and not ours.” The word is used only twice in the New Testament: its first occurrence referring to Satan’s panoply. But the hour is at hand when God would mobilize His army for a final and decisive onslaught against the gates of Hell.. 51:6.” (Rom. 16:20) THERE ARE TWO PANOPLIES The scriptures speak of two complete sets of armor: that of God’s people. God through eternal ages has desired a dwelling place for Himself. his goods are in peace: But when a stronger than he shall WHO ARE YOU. Just know how to ward off the attack of the Enemy.dwelling place in the earth. the Devil.. He there and then “spoiled principalities and powers. and to keep them under her control. victory for God’s people has generally been looked upon from a negative standpoint. so that His Church may come forth from the battle in total victory and triumph. who is the Lord Jesus Christ. for this is the time of the LORD’s vengeance.. “When a strong man armed keepeth his palace.. and that of the Enemy. The spirit of Babylon would seek to extend the lordship of MAN. When Jesus died on the Cross.11. and for Himself only.” from which we get our seldom used English word “panoply.... because it is the vengeance of the LORD. Chapters 1-7 [George H.” (Col. other than the one Mediator. She has brought the people of God under her sway. any structure. And God continues to cry. just hold your own. free from the rulership of kings. Any teaching. find how to get healed from some physical ailment. Babylon wants to make a name for herself. In fact.. the vengeance of His temple. to enhance one’s individual freedom and relationship with the Lord. He is a jealous God. 2:14) But the battle we speak of is the conclusive battle.. as we seek to stop the flood of iniquity that has broken forth upon the people of God. “Come out of her. so that they are no longer able to serve Him in His holy Temple. denominational or non-denominational) that promotes any kind of mediator between the individual and his God. Warnock] ~ BOOK 12 .. that all things which are written may be fulfilled. “For these be the days of vengeance.

But in his defeat.his ability to perform his works of evil. and having done all. . this total battle dress. “Behold.He took away their battle dress. making a successful excursion against the Enemy and then scurrying back to the fox-hole for safety. Warnock] ~ BOOK 13 .” He succeeds. because “men love darkness rather than light. And so Jesus said to His disciples. and overcome him. that the ministration of the gospel goes far.. And may God help us to understand (and we will be enlarging upon it later). and the stronger man does three things: (1) Overcomes the strong man. It involves a people penetrating the world of darkness by coming into association with the powers of the heavenly realm. 4:4). “the evil one” (1Jn. and “the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not.. He succeeds.his right to dominate the Adamic race. and we could go on and on in this. 5:19).. and “the prince of the power of the air” (his political title)..much as she may enjoy her victory marches. (Col.. He denuded them. division.” (Luke 11:22) “Put on the whole armor (panoplia) of God. consists of putting on “the whole armor of God. 6:11. therefore. and the whole world lies in the grip of “the god of this world” (his religious title). Of course this has been very effective from his standpoint. Now Christ fully triumphed at the Cross. Now I know that Christ triumphed at the Cross. and over all the power (dunamis) of the enemy. and it is only in the area of darkness and deception that he can do this. God has assured His people of total victory. Chapters 1-7 [George H. because even we as believers find ourselves entertaining ideas which the enemy plants their in our carnal minds. and certainly you are not going to do it by entertaining them with frivolity. Only the ministration of the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit can remove this blindness from the hearts of men. I give unto you power (exousia) to tread on serpents and scorpions.” or more emphatically. His real panoply of POWER and AUTHORITY has been taken away. There has to come about a healing. (3) Divides the spoils of the strong man. There Satan was robbed not only of his power (dunamis).” (Luke 10:19) And before He went away He promised that they would be “endued with power (dunamis) from on high. so now he continues to strengthen. he taketh from him all his armor (panoplia) wherein he trusted. . but for one that is glorious and triumphant.. just holding our own. 13) Notice that there are two strong men.. And with this divine panoply from God. and divideth his spoil.somehow just surviving. The whole world lies in the lap of “wickedness. that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day. for Christ “spoiled” principalities and powers. enabling them to believe. and in this way devastating the world and the people of God with all those attributes of darkness: fear.” (Luke 24:49) Satan’s panoply has been taken from him. hate... far beyond declaring a message. Our warfare. when He died on the Cross. torment.” (Eph. his panoply of DARKNESS. Our Lord is not coming for a defeated Church. even since the Cross. but it is all a lie. (2) Takes away the panoply of the strong man. but His Church still grovels in defeat .. and the people of God? He has done so by magnifying the darkness that is in him. Satan continues to cloak himself with the armor of WHO ARE YOU. unbelief. and the kingdoms of this world.” (2Cor. or writing and talking about it. strife. and becoming acquainted and known of God in the citadel of Zion. (2) Taking Away the Strong Man’s Panoply This is what Jesus did at the Cross. 2:15) The word “spoiled” means He “unclothed” them . How then can he continue to harass and torment the world. Only then are we able to loosen the shackles from the hearts and minds of men. contention. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor (panoplia) of God.. malice... but also of his authority (exousia). You cannot talk men out of their blindness. that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil. scales have to be removed from their eyes. (1) Overcoming the Strong Man This kind of victory goes far. and it is all a kind of DECEPTION of one form or another. this complete armor. far beyond the ordinary concept of victory .. and sing about her victories. to stand.come upon him.” and thereby denying the Enemy any foothold within us.

But he fears greatly when he sees a people learning to walk in the way of the Cross! KEEPING THE UNITY OF THE SPIRIT WHO ARE YOU.entertainments. and he is not at all impressed. Warnock] ~ BOOK 14 . But our Lord has triumphed... we try to come against him with his own kind of weapons.. clothed upon with the “armor of light” is God’s only antidote for evil. we have failed to make any real impact upon the forces of evil that rule the world. as long as he is able to hold dominion over the hearts of men. Satan’s goods “are in peace” as long as God’s people are in turmoil. if we are walking in the ways of the Lord. We have yet to discover the way of the Cross. and truth.” with these attributes of darkness still in our hearts. (3) Dividing the Spoils of the Strong Man This is the third aspect of the victory of the Cross. and then stand on the border of it and boast about what they have got. In other words. and love. in truth. and entertainment. strife. and your cute dramatic presentations of the gospel? He is only slightly amused. and patiently does He rule and reign upon the throne of His glory “in the midst of His enemies” . He fears nothing when we seek to tear down his kingdom with our own human zeal. What does he care about your little shows.even as God has decreed. We have yet to know that one man can chase a thousand. And thinking He has great power. and so forth. we all acknowledge that these virtues would be nice to have. He knows his kingdom is sure as long as the people of God mix religion with entertainment and gimmicks and politics and keep very much involved with the ways of the world. our Church activities and programs ..the day of His power. resources with resources. and in the unity of the Spirit. we are right there to meet his challenge. in meekness. we will do what we can to rally a greater host to come against him.all these carnally devised schemes and gimmicks that are formulated today for the propagation of the gospel.. If he marches.we are too busy fighting the Devil. and these have become very formidable weapons in his hands. and PARTAKE of the fruit of their spiritual heritage. contention. our eloquent sermons. the people of God have gone all-out in their efforts to acquire great and formidable (?) weapons to oppose him. We have yet to learn that a people of God. If he rises up against us with a great host. hopefully with something comparable or better. If he comes against us with what appears to be a powerful weapon. they shall be our bread and butter. He waits expectantly for the day when “all His enemies are subdued under His feet”. Chapters 1-7 [George H. numbers with numbers. nice musical presentations. we will try to outmatch him. strategy with strategy.”don’t be afraid of the Enemy. hate. Caleb exhorted the people in so many words. And yet we go our way preaching the “gospel. The spoils are nothing less than the bodies and souls and spirits of men. hoping to out-maneuver him.these are the only weapons that are going to defeat the Devil. dramatic renditions .. and God’s people get excited and begin to snipe back. and POSSESS that territory. If he comes against us with some new technique. We will keep these things in mend and hopefully some day get more of them..” How little have we known of the fruits of victory in Christ Jesus! How quickly would God bring us into our inheritance if we would but humble ourselves in His presence. tactics with tactics. and sits in the congregation applauding with the rest of them.. if God delight in us He will bring us in.. He calls the shots. and his kingdom remains as strong as ever. Of course. They must drive out the Enemy. we go about seeking to match weapon with weapon. The reason is quite evident: we have not realized that his only weapons are those which operate in areas of deception and darkness: fear.darkness and deception. coupled with all the resources of our modern technology (over which the Enemy continues to hold dominion). Not understanding that these are Satan’s only weapons.the day when His people shall be “willing” . With all our efforts. But in the meantime we are in a war against the Devil... and walk in obedience: in love. torment. we will organize a greater march. And all the while we have this attitude we are failing to realize that these attributes of light. We are to take the “spoils” out of the hands of the Enemy.. and obedience . and we are not going to get too involved about those things right now . The people of God are not only to enter their Canaan heritage. and that two can put ten thousand to flight.

!” But secondly. We will learn that God’s ways are vastly different from ours. it means we are to weep over the erring ones. This means we are to be speaking what He is speaking. and it is hard for a lot of people to believe that the Christian’s Jehovah-God was the Jehovah-God of war in the Old Testament. 4:1-15). and that.. (See Eph. even at the command of the LORD. But He also wants us to know that our encampment at the Red Sea in the will of God. any semblance of an orderly society might have ceased to exist long ago. He would entice the enemy to their doom. for they would boast. Babylon wants that too. but in our so called Christian democracies) our society could very quickly be swallowed up in total anarchy and corruption. First and foremost it means that we must acknowledge the Lordship of the Spirit in our lives and do nothing that will grieve Him. and the menacing hordes of the Egyptians behind them. All they could see was the Red Sea. In all of our seeking for more and more of the fullness of Christ in His people. He did so on purpose. “We have them now! There’s no place for them to go. First. and the secret of victory that God has for us in this hour. protesting against the evil in His people when He is protesting against the evil in His people. In our day we might be inclined to view ancient Israel’s wars as genocidal. and to know that the way of the sea would also become the way of victory. and that the plans and strategies of our warfare are His. and learn how to foster and maintain “the unity of the Spirit” in our midst. and like the dove which represents Him. They were simply executing the judgments of God upon the idolatrous practices of the heathen nations round about them. It is only His grace that forestalls the inevitable doom awaiting this generation. doing what He is doing. God wants us to be ONE in the Spirit. Now “the secret of the LORD is with them that fear Him. God wanted them to see and behold His faithfulness and His wisdom. Muslim.right up against the Red Sea. But let us remember: it is not just “unity” that God is after. and His purpose was twofold. it is only as we walk in His ways that we are going to emerge triumphant in the day of battle. yet as true priests of the Lord we long for the day when once again we will behold the beauty of the Lord in His house. as He prepares a people to show forth His glory and His power in the midst of this crooked and perverse generation. and bore them “on eagle’s wings” from the clutches of the enemy.” and as we consider God’s pattern of victory here. We will learn that the Captain of our salvation goes before us. we are assured of God’s help and direction if we will walk in the Spirit. God wants “the unity of the Spirit. He led them to a dead-end in the wilderness . or Communist regimes. and they indulged frequently in natural warfare. he wants us to fly away from it all when His people refuse to walk with Him. The fact is that God had a plan for the earth for many centuries to come. If God does not intervene shortly to put an end to the abominations perpetrated today (not in heathen. but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.. Chapters 1-7 [George H. 10:4) Yet even as we look into the Old Testament we can discover the art of spiritual warfare. foolish as they may seem to be. He wants us to discover the secret of standing still. where there is no WHO ARE YOU. When the Spirit of God has been crowded out of His temple... may the Lord cause us to know that every dead-end in the pathway of obedience will lead us to a new way of life in the purposes of God. when He is weeping over the erring ones. CHAPTER FOUR THE SECRET OF OUR VICTORY Israel was a natural nation.” He requires that we walk in union with the Spirit of Christ. a natural people. and seeing the salvation of the LORD.There is a divine order in the scriptures for coming into the full stature of Christ. we have no choice but to follow. as typified in some of Israel’s natural struggles in the Old Testament: (1) Israel at the Red Sea When God brought the children of Israel out of Egypt. So let us observe the strategy of our warfare and the secret of our victory.” (2Cor. As Christians of the New Covenant era we must be assured that “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal. and had He not intervened in that day to wipe out the almost unthinkable and unprintable practices of heathen nations surrounding Israel. The same can be said of the day in which we live. and His only. Warnock] ~ BOOK 15 . He would test the obedience and faith of the people of God. and the apostle admonishes us to “keep the unity of the Spirit” as God progressively leads us on to the fullness of the truth.

Where were they overthrown? In the Red Sea! In the place of their dead-end walk with God. the reproach... and forsaking all others. Water baptism (especially here in the Western world) is presented as a beautiful ceremony. and the crowds are especially invited to come and witness it. But to conquer the seven strong nations of Canaan we. 15:1).. and in the sea. and the purpose is that He might be glorified.” It meant in actual fact and experience. (2) Israel at the River Jordan When Israel crossed the Red Sea. “I take you. or fulfilled in the lives of God’s people. and you and I would perhaps not have chosen the way we have walked if we had been in control of our lives. In type we have a picture of the nation being identified with Christ in His death and resurrection. 12) It meant from that day forward you were an enemy of the world.. that we WHO ARE YOU. becomes another aspect of Christian baptism. in preparation for the conquest of Canaan. no way to turn.” (Col.. to go.. In the place of their perplexity. which we would not have known without this wilderness experience. to love and to obey. in the cloud. if we will now learn to walk in obedience.... like Israel of old. Warnock] ~ BOOK 16 . In the place of their utter hopelessness.” And consequently they were able to sing the Song of Moses: “I will sing unto the LORD. The priests bearing the ark of the Covenant were to dip their feet in the waters of Jordan.. to be my lawfully wedded Husband. because the world was the enemy of God.” How often have we committed adultery with the world in this relationship! “Ye adulterers and adulteresses. in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: buried with Him in baptism. God raised up a new generation that would succeed. and the very memory of the old life in Egypt must be “rolled away” at Gilgal.” (Jas. Lord Jesus.” Circumcision.. they were in fact being “baptized unto Moses. and they still carried “the reproach of Egypt” with them. to have and to hold. For when they had set up camp on the western bank there had to be a new circumcision. the burden. identification with the Cross of Christ.. and as they did the waters would be swept back so the people could go over on dry land. In that day it meant a “cutting off. Chapters 1-7 [George H.” Perhaps it was sufficient for them in their wilderness journeys. It was in fact a marriage ceremony in which you said. and before they could possess their inheritance some very detailed instructions were given them concerning the crossing of the Jordan.. For He hath triumphed gloriously: The horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea” (Ex. But somehow He led us this way. They were now under new leadership. is intended in the plan and purpose of God to bring about a defeat of our enemies. The stain.. Coming out of Egypt meant for Israel a baptism “in the cloud and in the sea. and in some of the nations of the world today. must know and experience the dreadful implications of our baptism: identification with Christ in the cutting off of the old Adamic life. know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. it speaks of our baptism into Christ: in water. Twelve stones were to be erected on the bottom of the Jordan as a pillar. We can accept Christian baptism. The priests would then stand in the bottom of the Jordan while the people passed by. 10:2) In type. This new generation had not been circumcised in the wilderness. But when this generation failed to enter into the land of their inheritance through disobedience. and get along very happily with the world about us. And Let us be quick to acknowledge that. 2:11. if we will “stand still and see the salvation of the LORD. Not so in the early Church. He could have led them a different way. and in the Spirit. and twelve stones likewise were to be taken up from the bottom of the river and erected as a pillar on the western bank. There may have been failure and disobedience on our part. 4:4) The soldiers in God’s army have got to experience the full implications of baptism. therefore. In the place of their extremity. “Circumcised with the circumcision made without hands. for that is the meaning of the word “Gilgal. But there was more to this “baptism” than that. It can only be because the true meaning of baptism is not known or realized. and could have seen the end from the beginning.” (1Cor. then. But He would teach us also that out of every failure and disobedience He will yet be glorified.

It was simply their walk of obedience. Warnock] ~ BOOK 17 .”Strong in the Lord. It is this that makes us strong . (3) Consider Ehud WHO ARE YOU. that we might know only the strength and the power of the Lord. at the command of God. In the fullness of this baptism God would weaken us. and God hath chosen the WEAK things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.. their identification with the way of the Cross. and that many times we were impotent in the face of the foe. It can only be because we have not walked in the pathway of the Cross. But most of us who have received that experience have been disappointed to find that the strength of the old Adamic nature remained strong within us.but first of all to minister unto us “life and godliness” (2Pet. Chapters 1-7 [George H. He joins His help to our weakness.000 of their stalwart young men incapacitated for battle in one sudden stroke. and has not permitted us to know too much of the power until we have known the circumcision of Gilgal. and have therefore not experienced the cutting off of the old nature within. yea.. and I think God has been merciful to us. but have not received a baptism of the weakness of our flesh. we will never learn to walk in the Spirit.” We thrill at the thought that the baptism of the Holy Spirit means endowment with power. God give us of your power . We have desired the power of this baptism. God is not out to bring us down a notch or two. and things which ARE NOT (Zero things). 1:3). that brought the fear of God upon the inhabitants of the land and terrified the mighty warriors of Canaan. If we have received a baptism of the Spirit. and totally cripples the whole army of warriors right under the noses of the mighty men of Jericho. and it has been to their own sorrow.. and because God has determined to bring to NOUGHT this whole world system in the Day of the LORD.” Why must we continually emphasize these things? Because we are hard of hearing. and the same pattern of warfare and victory. to bring to NOUGHT (to Zero) things that are. and that day is upon us! The day in which God said He would “stain the pride of all glory”! So what does God do with this uncircumcised nation whom He is preparing for battle? Circumcise them on the eastern bank of the Jordan. In every case we see the same principle involved. I understand it means literally: “The Spirit joins His help to our weakness. “The Spirit helpeth our infirmities” (Rom. 1:28) And what wisdom or what purpose can come out of that? “THAT NO FLESH SHOULD GLORY IN HIS PRESENCE” (vs..might rise to walk with Him “in newness of life. He would weaken them completely right in the presence of their enemies. so they will have time to recover in readiness for the great battle? On the eastern bank where they would have the added protection of high waters.. Now let us consider God’s battle strategy relative to some of the judges of Israel. we will know very little of the baptism of power.” He does not join Himself to the strong. No doubt the hearts of the people of God melted as they saw perhaps 600. 29) That’s what the Day of the LORD is all about. When Paul said. and in the power of His might.. But do you know? At this very moment the hearts of the inhabitants of Jericho also “melted” and “there was no spirit in them” when they saw this crippled army outside their fortified walls! What happened? It was the terror of God upon them.” (1Cor. And in order to do so He must find a people who have come to NOUGHT because of the working of the Cross in their order that God might become our strength and our wisdom and our might. Time and time again did Israel turn away from the LORD after the death of Joshua. Too many of God’s ministers have grasped for the power of God. He will lead us into the way of the Cross. Because it is only in ZERO strength that we will be able to bring the forces of evil to ZERO: “But God hath chosen the FOOLISH things of the world to confound the wise. If the Spirit of God has His Lordship in our lives. that we might know His strength. and as they sought the LORD He was always faithful to raise up a deliverer. but an experience in which we become weaker and more foolish and less competent. It is all of that. and if we refuse that way. for we are told that the Jordan was flooding her banks at that time of the year? No! He takes them across the river first. without the weakening of the flesh. and things which are DESPISED. and BASE things of the world. 8:26). without knowing the weakening of their self-nature. but to bring us down to ZERO. It is not really an experience in which we become stronger and wiser and mightier in our flesh. high-places of our nature. hath God chosen. and weaken our strength. Did you hear what Paul said? He uses the FOOLISH things to display His glory and to confound the wise. who became known as one of the judges.

and blue collar workers. disobedience. our weaknesses (our LEFT HAND). and carpenters. They are ordinary people. suddenly I am linked up with the strength and might and power of God Himself. in His quiver hath He hid me. and in the POWER OF HIS RIGHT HAND? Of course this may well mean that at times we will be walking with a Man of Sorrows. of intellectual excellence. There is no real joy that is not birthed at the Cross. and farmers. of eloquence. I am in trouble. 3:15) Literally it reads. Who is he? He’s got nothing! He can’t do any harm! But Ehud had a secret message for the king. because the people of God were under his dominion. or evangelizing. Being left-handed. ordinary occupation. White collar workers. you will find you can reach forth your hand and draw forth that sharp sword hidden away like Ehud’s dagger. (Judg.. let Him keep you there! You do not need to fret about preaching. And often the Church will think of us as a sad lot. and humility. But I discovered the secret one day when I realized that when I place my weak left hand in God’s strong right hand. Benjamin. and factory hands. however. Can we not be content to take our insufficiencies.. Just keep your left hand in His right hand.” I used to wonder about this when I discovered how God would use the left-handed Benjamites. They are to be found in all walks of life: fishermen. in the shadow of His hand hath He hid me. “No. He is going to be the SON OF MY RIGHT HAND!” There is no real joy that is not born of sorrow. as named by his father Jacob means “Son of my right hand. I know there are many precious ones WHO ARE YOU. But you will discover.” (Isa. under a garment of weakness. “He was bound as to the right hand. 49:2) Let Him keep you there! Young people. the fat Eglon who sat there in his parlor in contentment. if you continue to let Him hold you in His strong right hand. not Benoni. monster. so I do not want to condemn people for the impressions they might get..” But Jacob said.” And one fell swoop of the dagger by the weakling brought deliverance to the whole nation! (4) Consider Shamgar God’s warriors-in-training are not out there in seminaries and places of learning trying to sharpen their weapons at the grindstones of the Philistines. zealous to work for God. But then I recall how Rachel looked upon her son also. 30:5) But Ehud had a dagger with two edges. so I am told. God has brought deliverance to His people. and made me a polished shaft. The left-handed man doesn’t quite fit in our society. you left-handed Benjamites! Get ready for the battle of the LORD! That’s all we need: a living Word that is “sharper than any two-edged sword. Shamgar apparently was just a farmer. Perhaps a few professionals and intellectuals. And because of these very virtues you have been able to pass through the guards undetected. and of course that means self-will. Rachel would have called this child. trying to make a living for themselves and their families in some routine. Sharpen your sword. His goods were in peace. going my own way. I will have to turn in the opposite direction to do that. What did he know about the art of war? The army of the LORD that He is mustering in this hour will not be loaded with professional ministers. But joy cometh in the morning” (Psa. and acquainted with grief. what Isaiah discovered in His weakness: “And He hath made my mouth like a sharp sword. Chapters 1-7 [George H.” You may not be able to use the right hand of proficiency. Warnock] ~ BOOK 18 peace and The secret you fat old left-handed . and meekness. but not too many of these. but BENJAMIN.Ehud was a left-handed Benjamite whom God raised up to save Israel out of the hands of Eglon the king of Moab. “The son of my sorrow. and as you stand face to face with the enemies of God. as the apostle Paul tells us. or trying to do something ecclesiastical or ministerial in nature. “Weeping may endure for a night. and plumbers.” His right hand was a problem with him.. can be rather frustrating at times. and loggers. Now if I try to put my right hand in God’s right hand. message that Ehud bore to the king was this: “God has brought an end to your oppression. or teaching. our lack. and walk side by side with Him in the same direction. He has to learn to do things the hard way. Society is geared for the right-handed person.

Many of them are wondering what they were born for. He was no shirker.out there looking for a soft job. They are diligent. WHO ARE YOU.” you say.” (Judg. and command him to raise an army of 10. What tremendous grace God must work in the lives of His chosen ones in order that they might speak that pure word.” symbol of peace and rest and victory in God. One day God will conscript them for active duty in the army of the LORD. for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.out there whom God is going to use. honest.. in order to qualify for this army. you may come to understand why you are getting nowhere here in your battle against the Devil down here. With these weapons they will be able to face any enemy that comes against the people of God.she “dwelt under a palm tree. But the people recognized the word of the Lord that was in her mouth. may they rise up to call you BLESSED! THE FIRST STAR WARS Do you want to get involved in God’s Star Wars? In the war that is now getting underway in Heaven? “No. God’s warriors-in-training are not lazy men . honest. God just might use a woman to do a man’s job. And as you instruct your little ones in the ways of the Lord. and learn the ways of God. she chided Barak a little for the fear that he seemed to have. reliable. They want to prove that they have a gift and a calling from God. Shamgar had an ox-goad. nothing was left to human organization and strategy. He wanted to put in a good day’s work on the job. reliable. At the right moment Shamgar grabbed his ox-goad and slew six hundred Philistines with a startling blow. 4:9) Mothers in Israel! You have a very high calling. and they came to her home to hear what God had to say to them.. for this is the ultimate test of true prophecy. “I’m too busy fighting the Devil down here.. or perform miracles. hard-working. It is because you are not known UP THERE in the heavenly ranks of Zion.” Sounds good. and under your own palm tree. When God told Deborah to call Barak out of Kedesh-Naphtali. But if you will follow through with what we have to say. This is what she said: “I will surely go with thee. and look after the family. Right now they need no other weapons than the ones they are using: faithful on the job. But they will have to take their place with the rest of us. It was Barak’s insistence that she go with him that caused her to change her mind. She simply considered herself to be a “mother in Israel. O how long will the people of God go about wasting their time sniping at the Enemy from tree-tops and church-steeples? God has a master plan. She was just a house-wife.” Mothers are always content just to stay at home. The people of God came to her for the word of the LORD in their hour of distress and need. And rather than glorying in the fact that she was needed out there at the front of the battle. Do not glory in the fact you have gifts. or can prophesy sure words from the Lord. the strength and the wisdom of the mighty God of Israel. Rejoice in the ministry that God has given you in your own home and family. Many of our women feel they have to vindicate their ministry because it seems they live in a man’s world.000 men from Naphtali and Zebulun to deliver God’s people out of the hands of Sisera. God had given her a sure word. The gift she had from God did not cause her to be exalted. like Deborah of old. Deborah didn’t even have to travel around in ministry . and still that vessel remain humble and meek in His presence and before men. and he used an ox-goad to make sure his oxen kept pace with him. hard-working. Chapters 1-7 [George H. diligent. notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honor. and why they are still alive. like any other woman in Israel. In her reply to Barak there was a prophecy that would seem to imply something like this. (5) Consider Deborah and Barak Deborah was a prophetess. In the first Star Wars. her only desire seemed to be just to stay right there at home. and delivered the people of God. with power and authority. trustworthy. But glory in the fact that God has made you a “weaker vessel” that you might know. and following the Lord in all His ways. If the man is unfaithful. God has His Shamgars out there on the job. Warnock] ~ BOOK 19 .. and with prophetic insight.

.” It is not enough to be zealous for battle. of weakness. the Dragon (Satan) is cast out of his heavenly stronghold. 5:18). They were from the tribes of Naphtali and Zebulun. Barak’s battle was the first of the Star Wars. 5:20) THE LAST ARMAGEDDON Barak’s battle was the first Battle of Armageddon. 19) Dr. and torment the people of God and the inhabitants of the earth. a portion of their resources . But EVERYTHING! “They jeoparded their lives unto the death in the high places of the field” (Judg. and wrestlers. “having great wrath. beloved! When this corporate SON comes forth. it is a declaration of WAR IN HEAVEN! But it also embraces the whole earth.000 men whom He knew would offer themselves “willingly” when called to battle.. 7) Notice this. Young the Hebrew scholar says that Megiddo means “Place of God. 12:11) Where will this last and final battle of the Lord take place? In the earth. God considered the hearts of His people and found 10. and He it was who had KNOWN them and called them to the battle. as we abide in Him we will know how to wrestle against the powers of the heavenly realm. Warnock] ~ BOOK 20 . a little of their silver and gold.” (Rev. Once again God is mustering a people for battle. 12:12) The inhabitants of the world will not understand. “And they overcame him (the Dragon) by the blood of the Lamb.” We are learning to abide in Christ (Zebulun means “dwelling”). of foolishness. who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up to God. 12:5. And because we know the rest and confidence of the Lord. “And she (the woman clothed with the sun) brought forth a man child. Therefore the heavens themselves were aflame with the mighty warriors of the heavenly realms who rose up on behalf of the people of God: “They fought from Heaven..” (Judg..” (Judg. or their double-tithes.” and they have to know that they can only do this under the power and canopy of the Spirit of God.” (Rev. He had prepared their hearts. and captivate. Again they are a people who are offering themselves willingly: not just their talents. Not just their services. and in the heavens. God had prepared an army that was known and recognized in heavenly places.and He wants you and me to come into His secret counsels. and Megiddo was the place of God’s appointment. of suffering. The last Star Wars are about to take place.” (Rev. of reproach. Zebulun means “dwelling. The woman “in the wilderness” will not understand. because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. AND THERE WAS WAR IN HEAVEN. But there is a WHO ARE YOU. and to His throne. that we might come to know His way. And now that he relinquishes those high places of dominance to the victorious sons of God.. and anguish. “But we wrestle not against flesh and blood. he comes down to earth. as they fought “by the waters of Megiddo” (vs. When Barak called them to the battle of the Lord they “willingly offered themselves.but it will start in Heaven. They have got to know God’s REST. For when Michael the archangel (who is in charge of the angelic forces) wars against the Dragon. And therefore they can have no high towers. Chapters 1-7 [George H. And they loved not their lives unto the death. and the secret of victory. They must learn to “abide” in the True Vine. They are “wrestlers” (Naphtali means “wrestling”). or fortresses. The stars in their courses Fought against Sisera. Naphtali means “wrestling” and Zebulun means “dwelling.. 5:2) Not just their money.. because there is tribulation. and by the word of their testimony. that place of dominion in the heavens from which he would harass. and persecution. They must make the Lord Himself to be their habitation. or kingdoms of their own.” It was God’s war.but THEMSELVES. The last one is just on ahead.. of misunderstanding. There is disaster and calamity everywhere.” God’s warriors must learn how to “wrestle against principalities and powers. Not just their tithes. They are going to have to discover that it is the way of the Cross.

Armageddon) means Place of God. PREPARED. even though they are yet to be revealed in another phase of His workings. and cast down from his lofty heights? “Woe to the inhabiters of the earth. but they are also very present here and now. the Lord sounds a clear call to holiness and watchfulness: “Behold. and peeking through a knot-hole watching a race as the horses ran by. and by different symbols. and another. and the things which WHO ARE YOU. and the things which are. God tells us that these unclean spirits that come forth from the mouth of the Dragon. repeated over and over again. not always from a chronological standpoint. Many of the things which John saw. 15) God saw fit to insert this special warning to His people in the time when the forces of Armageddon are being assembled. 12:12) And it is all because the victory has been fought and won! It is the Day of the LORD! It is the great Day of God Almighty! Barak’s armies fought in the “high places of the field. not walking in a straight line chronologically toward the ultimate goal. and keepeth his garments.. who are in the earth. victory. and the things which shall be hereafter. and warring in heavenly places. until it progressively reaches its glorious climax. and the things which are.. I come as a thief. and this wonderful book will have special meaning for those who walk in His ways in this hour. A circle. 5:19).) But what about the earth. with spiritual weapons.” (Rev. And now we come to the day of harvest. and ye that dwell therein!” The people of God are walking in heavenly places.” (vs. And that is why all through the book we will behold trouble. And that is why the Book has had real meaning for God’s people in every era of the Church. and everything mentioned later is still future. because he knoweth that he hath but a short time” (Rev. lest he walk naked. and they will continue to be meaningful to the Church even to the time of the end. John continues writing. Far from giving God’s people the consolation of being snatched away from these dreadful times. Chapters 1-7 [George H. As God progressively moves in the earth throughout this era of the Church. tribulation. But we must not look at the harvest scene and think that everything before that is a thing of the past. as Paul said they would.. The Book will have more meaning to us when we understand that John saw things as related by the Angel. ye heavens. Warnock] ~ BOOK 21 . 16:20. are also things which we are witnessing here and now. The things pertaining to the seven churches are certainly historical. in different settings. “are the spirits of devils. from our viewpoint. AND WALKING IN THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF JESUS CHRIST. 1:19) But we must understand that the things John saw in his day. but will cause wars and dreadful repercussions all over the world. and who must be alerted and prepared for this hour. having great wrath. It is the place of God’s appointment for all the forces of evil that have arrayed themselves against the people of God.” (Rev. now that Satan has been defeated in battle.. things that have already happened on a certain level of God’s workings. to gather them to the battle of the great Day of God Almighty. then another circle. Megiddo has therefore taken on a symbolic name for the last great battle of God that will be fought in Heaven. after casting a stone into the pool. WARNING AND ENCOURAGING US TO BE ALERT. and of the sea! For the Devil is come down unto you. 16) Let us not be confused with the fact that different facets of truth are presented in the Book of Revelation over and over again. Blessed is he that watcheth. according to their particular circle in the time-frame of God’s purposes.” (vs. and they see his shame. and which God will destroy in the Day of the LORD.. but observing the unfolding of truth much like you would see the circles progressively stirring the waters in one circle after another. Or see ourselves at the time of the “seven thunders” and feel that everything before that is mere history for us. (See Rom. but from a panoramic standpoint: not as one standing before a high board fence. it is not just a past-present-future situation from God’s standpoint. Now they are able to crush him under their feet.. “And He gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue ARMAGEDDON. Let us see ourselves with John. Then after this parenthesis. which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world. And the “things which shall be hereafter” may very well be. working miracles. in some particular phase of God’s mighty workings in the earth and in the Church.” and “by the waters of Megiddo” (Judg. I am told Har-Megiddo (Or. Nevertheless all events were progressively moving forward to the glorious climax of a New Heavens and a New Earth.celestial shout of triumph: “Rejoice. and the kingdom. 16:14) Then there is this very solemn warning to God’s people. but watching from a watchtower above the fence. even while their feet are on the earth where the Dragon is. and seeing clearly that portion of events that God was showing him from His own perspective. John was told to “Write the things which thou hast seen.

In answer to their cry God raised up a man by the name of Gideon. and bring about their destruction..” (Judg. I am strong. anointed “watchmen” to sound the alarm ..and they shall overcome all the hordes of Evil. where on two particular occasions God assembled the hordes of evil together to bring about their destruction by His own mighty intervention. let them come up: Beat your plowshares into swords. from the beginning until now.. based on the false premise that a major holocaust will be averted as long as each block of nations understands that a first-strike would mean mutual destruction! In the midst of it all God is preparing a people. Let the World Church come together and exalt the leadership of this day when the Church is being taught to settle down. they are despised as “alarmists. If we are not real familiar with the Old Testament. be at peace.. Because God will not let us see those dreadful days of tribulation and darkness that the alarmists are talking about. In and throughout every era of the Church there has been the conflict of Good and Evil. then. and all the while rejecting the Prince of Peace. let all the men of war draw near. Assemble yourselves. thou mighty man of valor. when the angel of the LORD greeted him with strange words: “The LORD is with thee.. revealed to God’s chosen ones. and meekness.. and all enemies are subdued under His feet. have been enacted and re-enacted many times in the earth. as one circle after another has issued forth in the outworking of God’s purposes. but “secrets” that the world about us cannot know or perceive. and cried unto God for a deliverer. and poverty of spirit. we can read the Book of Revelation and fail to realize that the “sign-language” that is used is largely from the types and shadows of the Old Testament . When God’s servants start talking the way Joel talked. Both the wars of Barak and of Gideon were fought in the area of Megiddo. and gather yourselves together round about. of Light and Darkness.shall be hereafter. “by the blood of the Lamb. and righteousness.not only from the books that relate to the sacrifices and ceremonies of Israel. (See Rev.. made it known to him in “sign” language..) It is that great Day of God Almighty..” (Joel 3:9-11) God declares war against all nations for their rebellion against Him. May God raise up a few more Heaven-sent. and love . in the Valley of Judgment. For He tells us clearly that “the secret of the Lord is to them that fear Him. all ye heathen. and by the word of their testimony!” (6) Consider Gideon “Israel was greatly impoverished” because of the Midianites. Let the superpowers strive for peace based on human power and strength. wake up the mighty men.. derives its significance from the Old Testament Megiddo. And so Joel was the alarmist of his day. the Place of God. The angel “sign-ified” unto His servant John.” He says. Prepare for War! I have an appointment for all men at Armageddon... but the meaning is clear. Warnock] ~ BOOK 22 .” It is that day when God sits in judgment upon the whole world. 25:14) Armageddon. Gideon was threshing grain by (or ‘in’) the winepress in order to hide it from the Midianites. except as the heart is laid bare before Him. “I am ready for battle. of uniting the peoples of the earth together in alliances of PEACE. as the Holy Spirit saw fit to clothe the “Revelation” in terminology that would be something very “hidden” from those who continued to walk in disobedience and rebellion against God. but to the words of the prophets as well. and arming them with weapons of truth. 16:14-16. God is preparing a Body in the earth that is exalting the Lordship of Christ. “Get together. The “mysteries” of God are secrets. until in the consummation of it all we see the Lamb standing on Mount Zion with the overcomers who have followed Him. Have your international conferences. and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say. Chapters 1-7 [George H. Joel therefore calls it a battle in the Valley of Jehoshaphat.. Jehoshaphat means “God is Judge.” (Psa. 6:12) God knew Gideon’s problem.” So were God’s prophets of old. There are approximately 400 direct quotations or other references to the Old Testament in the Book of Revelation.. Joel is the Old Testament alarmist. The Book of Revelation begins with the statement that God made it known by signs. This is not the same valley as Megiddo. and come.. and your summit meetings! Have your World Church councils and your Ecumenical gatherings! And UNITE!” God says He is releasing the unclean spirits of devils to hasten on the task that men in high places have in mind. who cried out: “PREPARE WAR.. He knew that WHO ARE YOU. where God sits in judgment upon the whole world. and so God in the Book of Revelation tells us that it will be at Armageddon where God will draw the evil forces of this world system together.

and not of us. With a lamp. or to your employee. then Israel would take some of the glory. unfaithfulness to your employer. and a pitcher. So we know that when God hand-picked these 300 men. lying. even throughout all the host. God said if He used the whole multitude.000 men to a handful of 300.. robbing your fellow-citizens by falsifying tax returns. and they did not know it! There is something else very significant. and trying their hearts.. 14) His strength was not to be in his own resources.. when they were so anxious to fight for the LORD. that strength is not in numbers... Whatever the reason was for the discharge of these 9. God chose the 300. But the pitcher had to be broken that the light might shine forth. “Go in this thy might. by ordering all the fearful ones to go home. but God said. These were all anxious for battle. but to demonstrate that in the weakness of man He Himself would be glorified. He knew they would not take any glory for the victory He would give them. in the way of the Cross! (7) Consider Jehoshaphat A great multitude of the children of Ammon. “Every man’s sword was against his fellow. in both the Old Testament and the New.000 men. and of Moab. because the battle was the LORD’s. cheating. God’s battle strategy against the enemy is to throw them into confusion.. that the excellency of the power may be of God. Beloved. God knew He would get all the glory! God who searcheth the hearts of men is marking His own for involvement in the battle of the Lord. Do not expect to be commissioned to a post of duty in the army of the Lord if there is indifference or slothfulness or unfaithfulness or dishonesty in your menial day by day tasks at home or at work. Just the qualities that God was looking for! And so the angel said.. Warnock] ~ BOOK 23 . And we could go on and on in this. 7:22) Satan has effectively used this strategy by bringing division and confusion into the midst of God’s people. They were just down at the water quenching their thirst. and submission to His will. We all know the story. “We have this treasure in earthen vessels. and not from the halls of learning? Gideon demobilized his army at the command of the LORD. Chapters 1-7 [George H. in and about our daily tasks and occupations. He was left with only 10. “The people are yet too many”. and actually destroyed themselves.Gideon was filled with fear because of the enemy. discharged them from the army of the Lord! And for what reason? Perhaps many of them wondered why.. the fading wealth of this life. how God had to whittle down the original army of 32. Paul observed that there was one requirement of a steward. but all this will be reversed in the Day of the LORD.” (Judg. I think God would have us know that in the very ordinary things of life. in his father’s house. not to show how mighty they were. And so Paul says. we are being tested and tried of the Lord every day.” (vs. obedience. The hosts of Satan tremble. His standard of judgment is this: “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in that which is much”. God took the matter in His own hands and sent another 9..” The enemy was routed in utter confusion. and thou shalt save Israel. that wisdom proceeds from the way of the Cross.” (2Cor. they went forth to battle. and we are not always aware of it. He knew he was but a weak man in one of the poorest families of Manasseh..700 soldiers. but God was watching from Heaven. he must be found faithful. And then the trumpet sound of God’s Word went forth: “The Sword of the LORD and of Gideon. God could not trust him with the true riches. and a trumpet. and not the greatest. but in his weakness. 4:7) A lamp within the pitcher. and of Mount Seir had assembled together to strike WHO ARE YOU.. that riches consist not of silver and gold. and are thrown into a confused state of self-destruction when they are confronted with a people walking in the obedience of Christ. That was all they needed. He knew that Gideon was the least..700 home. And the fact that God SENT him would be the only authority and power he needed. according to His own requirements of faithfulness. And Jesus said if a man could not be trusted in his dealings with mammon. why can we not learn from the multitude of witnesses.

But when they sought God with all their hearts. revealing the strategy of the Enemy. in the day of sudden fear. Here was a people faced with utter destruction. Warnock] ~ BOOK 24 . because people are taught “how to do it”. and they had nothing to do but to praise God for His intervention and gather the spoils of victory! (8) Consider Hezekiah Hezekiah was a good king.. and see the salvation of the LORD. The Lord has been faithful to enrich His people with spiritual gifts and enablements. when God’s people get involved with his ways.) What happened in Jehoshaphat’s battle? The battle was the LORD’s. Immediately this humble king assembled the people and the priests together and earnestly sought the Lord for help and guidance. when we know we have no might against the enemy. “I have to prophesy.though they will require certain guidance as these faculties unfold in their lives. when we know not what to do. It was not just a case of every man in Israel doing what he could. Jehoshaphat stood before all the people and cried out to the Lord for help. because He is their Deliverer. We really do not have to teach our children how to see. But as God’s people are nurtured with truth. and begin walking in the pathway of obedience. They assembled together and sought God. convicting the erring ones. because he heard from God . for His mercy endureth for ever!” And once again the enemies of God destroyed themselves. God wants us to know in the day of sudden calamity. and God gave them a great revival. and confess it! “Lord. or if the one speaking has been taught HOW to prophesy. Here again the battle was to be the Lord’s. All Israel had to do was go out and gather the spoils! Then enemies of the Lord fight and destroy one another when God’s people walk in His ways! You cannot imitate victory marches like that. hands to do and perform what God is doing.” Suddenly the spirit of prophecy came upon a certain Levite of the sons of Jerusalem. breaking the stubborn will. the gift they have from God will issue forth in the beauty of His Life. the people of God were totally helpless. “Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves. and causing the unbelievers to fall down on their face and cry out to God for mercy! (See 1Cor. Too often has there been a very mechanical operation of the gifts. because the Lord GOD hath spoken” (See Amos 3:8. When you hear a prophesy it is generally not too difficult to discern whether God has spoken. 25.” (2Chron. so they sent singers before the army. He will show us what to do. neither know we what to do: BUT OUR EYES ARE UPON THEE.” (2Chron.. the secret of our victory is this: “Our eyes are upon Thee. and he stood and revealed the exact location of the enemy. stand ye still. Chapters 1-7 [George H.and as one is filled with fear when the lion roars. Amos said he could not help but prophesy. They did not know what to do! Dear ones. singing “Praise the LORD. 14:24. Then he gave the people of God explicit instructions as to what they were to do. so he says. our eyes are upon Thee. and they shall stand and give forth a clear word from the Lord! Words from the Lord that will penetrate the hearts of His people. I don’t know what to do!” Then if we can settle our hearts and wait upon Him. 20:12) Once again. He gave them a clear word of direction.) Beloved..” God does not hesitate to expose His chosen ones in their utter weakness before the hordes of the enemy. and upon coming to the throne of Judah his first concern was to restore the worship and the glory of God’s temple. ears to hear what God is saying. ending his fervent prayer with a very NEGATIVE (?) confession: “For we have no might against this great company that cometh against us. and how to hear. 20:17) And the whole congregation fell before the LORD.. WHO ARE YOU. They openly confessed they did not know what to do. These enablements are like the faculties of the human body: eyes to see what God is revealing.. How we long for those days when the Spirit of God will come upon His priesthood in the earth.. and hearing what the Spirit is saying to the churches.. And He rises up on their behalf when they cry: “Lord. Confess it! Break all the rules of the success books.. and how to breathe . we are going to see those days. and worshipped.

and came and sought the Lord. Others humbled themselves.. division. 29:3) Priests and Levites were assembled together at Jerusalem to begin the task of cleansing the temple of God. then the outside will be clean too. Healings began to take place (though we are not told the names of any who ministered the healing!). The temple had to be cleansed. and God knew that. Not a mere outward. and it brought great fear into the hearts of all. and entered into Judah. You don’t really hear the SONG OF THE LORD until there is a burnt offering. and the people of God cleansed and purified and enriched with all the glorious provisions of His grace! And let us not be deterred from this vision by ignorant teachers who scoff: “These people are sitting around trying to get perfect. The burnt offering had to be restored.” (2Chron. the song of the LORD began also. There is nothing like the joy of the Holy Spirit. I wonder just how many idols we are going to discover when God begins to judge His house. and teachers were raised up to lead the people of God in His ways. The hearts of the people were open for the Word. inviting the people to come to Jerusalem to keep the passover. a well structured leadership. legalistic sort of thing. 35) Generally. They did not feel they were ready. a complete yielding to God. and offering themselves willingly unto the Lord. But “the song of the LORD” is entirely different: songs of the Spirit are songs that penetrate the heart and produce a brokenness and a sense of awesomeness because of the presence of God. There was “great joy in Jerusalem”. Why did He not get them involved in military training camps? Because God’s armor is the “armor of light”. Next came the breaking down of the images and high places of idolatry that abounded in the land. but a deep. 27) There are lots of nice songs in the Church today. we are not going to survive the burnings of that great day.The first thing he did was to “open the doors of the house of the LORD and repair them. which soon ends in another Babel . and totally exposed to the fires of God. The Enemy has devised a wicked plot to destroy the people of God in one massive blow. This is the day of the cleansing of God’s house.. Soon the revival spread to other parts of the land.. the joy that proceeds from a people who are brought low at His feet because of the burnt offering. God’s order is based upon a people drawn together by the Holy Spirit. Warnock] ~ BOOK 25 . God wants truth in the inward parts.disorder. this is first on our agenda: Get it well organized with a building. Sennacherib king of Assyria came. The Day of the LORD is at hand. and the establishment thereof. and therefore His first concern was for His temple. and strife. and thought to win them for himself. This was far different from the trumped up joy that men are trying to manufacture in our churches today. and who wait before Him in humility and contrition of heart. and have it all ready for God to move in. “So the service of the house of the LORD was set in order. How we seek to emphasize that it is only as the people of God become KNOWN IN THE HEAVENS AND RECOGNIZED BEFORE THE WHO ARE YOU. 32:1) But Jerusalem was ready for them. and to turn again to the Lord. “After these things. The hearts of men had to be laid on the altar.” (vs. Next comes Divine order. When God cleanses and changes the hearts of men. and if God’s Temple is not cleansed and His people consecrated on the altar of burnt offering. coming to fullness of commitment and sacrifice. Messengers went forth from Jerusalem to the various towns and villages. and search out His people with the seven flaming eyes of the Spirit of God! May God continue this great work that He has begun in the earth that His Temple (the Church) might be restored. and that’s what this great preparation is all about.. and begin to learn of Him and walk in His ways. And so we read. And so we have man’s order. Some mocked and laughed the messengers to scorn.. a sacrifice of a broken and contrite spirit.” (2Chron. instead of getting out there and working for God”. “And when the burnt offering began. There was a battle coming. Chapters 1-7 [George H. It is time God’s people understood this. and a lot of good professional music. penetrating work of the Spirit of God in hearts and lives. and encamped against the fenced cities.. The final outcome of it all was JOY.” (vs. But in their commitment to the Lord they had penetrated the very heavens. or there would be defeat in battle.

and that God was their sufficiency. And the tents were all silent. the trumpet unblown. and I would like to include it here: THE DESTRUCTION OF SENNACHERIB The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold. And it came to pass that night. So he took the letter to the temple. Hezekiah had touched the throne. and were recognized by the armies of Heaven. and for my servant David’s sake. and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand. With the dew on his brow. that they were helpless.” (2kgs 19:3) It seemed to Hezekiah that all the good things God had done for them. which amounted to this simple ultimatum: “Surrender or else!” Hezekiah had no answer to send back.. to save it. that they are going to know victory over the onslaughts of the Evil One down here. But through it there rolled not the breath of his pride. and he concluded the letter by saying. you read this. and forever grew still! And there lay the steed with his nostril all wide. That host with their banners at sunset were seen. 35) In school days we had a poem in our reader by the famous English poet Lord Byron. For the Angel of Death spread his wings on the blast. It was a scathing denunciation of Sennacherib and all his armies.. Chapters 1-7 [George H. and there was none in Israel. “No strength to bring forth!” Now Hezekiah means “Jah is Strength”. The battle was the LORD’s! Isaiah sent back to Hezekiah the assurance that God had heard their cries. if the burnt offering of total commitment to God is not ascending before the Lord from broken and contrite hearts.. but Hezekiah had none of his own. where he dramatically describes this great confrontation. and gave Rabshakeh the answer that Hezekiah was unable to give. I don’t know what to do about it”. But all this will amount to nothing if the hearts of the people have not turned back to God. That host on the morrow lay withered and strown. Like the leaves of the forest when Autumn hath blown. And the foam of his gasping lay white on the turf. When the blue wave rolls nightly on deep Galilee. The lances unlifted. WHO ARE YOU.” (2kgs 19:34.. And breathed in the face of the foe as he passed. and the rust on his mail. “Lord. And the sheen of their spears was like stars on the sea. Warnock] ~ BOOK 26 . Like the leaves of the forest when Summer is green. and there is not strength to bring forth.. But the secret of their victory would rest in this very fact. And their hearts but once heaved. threatening letter from Sennacherib’s general.. and of rebuke. The people of God had penetrated the Heavens. that the Angel of the LORD went out. if the Temple is not being cleansed. for mine own sake. and the revival they had known.. were about to end in disaster. “I (the LORD) will defend this city. I know we are exhorted: “We must pray more..!” Very true. And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold. and “spread it out before the Lord”. and of blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth. and God would soon reveal what He was going to do. Hezekiah received a long. And the eyes of the sleepers waxed deadly and chill. What did Hezekiah do in the hour of such great distress and peril? He sent a message to Isaiah the prophet in which he confessed (and once again it seemed like a very negative confession): “This is a day of trouble.THRONE. the banners alone. He said. And cold as the spray of the rock-beating surf. and they knew it.. And there lay the rider distorted and pale. we must intercede more..

and he could find no rest. had been a good man in his captivity.” said the king to Haman. it was a very dark hour for the people of God.. But he just couldn’t wait all those months to get rid of Mordecai. and He desires to nurture them in His ways. the one Jew that tormented him just by his very presence. “There is a certain man in my kingdom that I must honor. and had one of his servants read it to him by the light of a lamp. but everywhere revealed. Warnock] ~ BOOK 27 . where God’s Name is nowhere expressly mentioned. But not for long. because he knew he must not delay this matter any longer.. Chapters 1-7 [George H. Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delighteth to honor. Immediately he went to sleep. well.” said the king. and the pit that they have dug for the child of God. when they come into open confrontation with the enemy they are going to discover that he begins to weaken even before the battle begins. not the least rebellious because of his fate. and all he needed now was the king’s signature.. “Why not clothe the man with your own royal garments. Be sure you don’t leave out anything that you have mentioned. “and put your crown on his head. We find it in the Book of Esther.!” There was the reason he could not sleep! The man Mordecai had saved his life. “What would you suggest?” Haman felt sure he was the man the king had in mend. God simply takes the wise in their own craftiness. For this he had received no recognition. Haman in the meantime had been very busy erecting a gallows in his back-yard. who used to sit at the king’s gate.” he said to the king. and set him on your royal horse. And the idols are broke in the temple of Baal! And the might of the Gentile. not even from the king. the king got in the first word. If the hearts of God’s people have been prepared.. Then he put the horse away. and perhaps this was making him restless.. But as God’s people began to get concerned about their fate. When His people begin to walk with Him. and the day was set. and set their faces to seek God with prayer and fasting. With that intuition that women often have. however. He must do something noble to Mordecai the Jew.. so it wasn’t hard to think up a real good one. And Haman went out and did exactly what the king had ordered. And so the LORD troubled the king on his bed at night. Mordecai. submission to His will. “Now you are my favorite noblemen.. God’s problem has always been with His people. Haman the exalted Prince of Persia had an unsatiated hatred for Mordecai the Jew. and that they learn His ways. Still. and went home and cried on his wife’s shoulder. perhaps his days were numbered! Haman was beginning to lose his armor.) “A very good suggestion. Finally he called for the royal diary. immediately she cautioned him that perhaps the tables were turning. of course. they fall into it themselves.. Haman had already succeeded in getting the King’s signature on an edict to wipe the Jews from the face of the earth. but it was necessary. and he had even saved the king’s life on one occasion. He seemed to have the feeling that something might have happened in his kingdom that he had neglected to look into. then have one of your favorite nobles lead the horse through the city. One angel from Heaven could liquidate any of them at a moment’s notice..” (See Esth. because he had received so many royal honors of late.. Go and do to Mordecai the Jew everything that you have suggested. God has never had any problem dealing with kings and dictators. Sure enough! “Would you repeat that last sentence please. That little piece of paper that he had in his hand for the king to sign. 6:9. because they are His children. upon which he was going to hang Mordecai. Just a minor detail. right down to the last little detail”. and proclaim before all the people standing by. God began to move on their behalf. By now it was early morning. From them He requires obedience. But as he came into the king’s court with that little piece of paper in his hand. he just crumpled it up and slipped it in his pocket. Hath melted like snow in the glance of the Lord! (9) Consider Mordecai Here we have one of the clearest examples of how God enables His people to take away the panoply from the Enemy. unsmote by the sword. The unalterable edict of Haman hang heavily over the WHO ARE YOU. and he (the king) had forgotten all about it...And the widows of Ashur are loud in their wail.

to take his place. though she did not realize it when she was appointed to be the queen. that one day he himself would hang from the top of it. and to destroy his would-be destroyer. And as the king paced back and forth in a rage. But God had heard the cries of His people. It is the day when all the forces of Evil are assembled at God’s appointment to battle with the WHO ARE YOU. there is an overcoming manchild. Mordecai reminded her that perhaps she had come into a place of royal favour just for this very critical occasion. on the very same day that Haman had decreed to bring about their total annihilation. But God had chosen Esther to be another key in this whole situation. Haman was hanged on the gallows which he had erected for Mordecai. Warnock] ~ BOOK 28 .) God wants us to know that any device of Satan to harm that one who is walking in the obedience of the Cross. Chapters 1-7 [George H. But it was a different story when the banquet got underway. that when we get there we might find God. If God’s people understood the Day of the LORD.. and the God of Mordecai. This law applied to everyone who was not specifically called to come in.” Little did Haman realize. She then requested the king’s presence at a banquet that she would prepare. still operational. which gave authority to every Jew in the 127 provinces of Persia (an empire that reached all the way down to India) to stand for his life. whether it was the queen. and everybody knew that not even the king dared to tamper with that cornerstone of the judicial system. And the time may well come. Mordecai. Of course Haman was delighted to have been so highly honored by the queen. when he finally got Jesus on the Cross. sat mourning at the king’s gate clothed in sackcloth. immediately he held forth the golden sceptre of acceptance. God ordains the dead-ends in our walk with God. God wants us to understand this. along with all his principalities and powers. But another decree was issued. when “the accuser of the brethren” loses his foothold in heavenly places. God wants us to know in that hour that He is still the God of Israel. and that it was there that the Son of God had triumphed over him. All Jewry was in a state of mourning. and Mordecai was given the princely office left vacant by Haman’s destruction. and prayer. concerned about the fate of his people. to replace the former queen who had been dismissed from royalty for insubordination. But how would Mordecai go about the royal task of saving the people from the Edict of Haman? He could not cancel the law outright. God Himself came on the scene and began to put confusion into the ranks of the enemy.heads of every Jew in the 127 provinces of Persia. or the caretaker. Heb. If ever there was a book that might be called the Book of Irony. and thereby bring greater glory to Himself. (See Col. “Hang Haman on his own gallows. it meant sudden execution for her. God will turn it into his own destruction. still unused. because we may be assured that the “god of this world” is determined to wipe God’s people off the face of the earth. 2:14. yet very timid step into the king’s presence to intercede for her people. During this first banquet. because the laws of the Medes and Persians were unalterable. in the not-too-distant future. Neither the king nor Haman knew that she was a Jewess. when this will appear to be a very imminent possibility. Haman was petrified. Little did Satan realize. beloved. the God of Esther. Then when that fearful day approached. Be assured of this. when he built the gallows. she requested that both the king and Haman would accept an invitation to another banquet on the next day. Esther knew that if the king did not extend the royal sceptre to her when she walked into his presence. But God ordained it this way. 2: 14. so He could make a way where there was no way. they would cease dreading that day and would stop looking for a way out of it. and told his wife when he got home how well everything was going. She was Mordecai’s cousin and Mordecai had raised her like his own daughter. Esther had been chosen by the king from among many contestants. Esther was persuaded by her cousin to take the bold. and as she stepped into the presence of the king.15. Esther openly condemned Haman as the wicked prince who had devised the whole plot to destroy her people. wondering what to do with Haman. for Mordecai had warned her to keep this a secret. that he (Satan himself) would hang from that Cross in total destruction. There seemed to be no way out. it is the Book of Esther. And the authority that the Enemy uses to harass and torment the people of God becomes the authority of God’s chosen priesthood to bring healing and deliverance and peace to God’s people. The king commanded.. and fasting. and brings us to places of great crisis. a royal priesthood.15. one of his servants reminded him that Haman’s gallows were still standing in Haman’s back-yard. The king was furious.

. How could I tell the difference? Can’t you see? God made me this way. 2:14) We have observed in all these illustrations we have used from the Old Testament.” (Heb. as His people learn to walk in the pathway of obedience and in the wisdom of the Cross. God made me like this: to kill..” (Esth. and body... don’t be too hard on me. and allied themselves with the people of God. between light and darkness. And then in union with Him they shall be able to confront the forces of evil in open battle. You say it is not good. The first Adam was but a “figure” or “type” of the Last Adam. Every time God’s enemies bring forth some evil decree or device against the people of God. and how to face every onslaught of the Evil One against us. as His people were brought face to face with certain and imminent destruction. As we walk in His ways and learn of Him. 15:47) Jesus said He saw Satan fall from heaven “as lightning” (Luke WHO ARE YOU.. a murderer. the Author of both.the Lucifer that Isaiah spoke about..” (1Cor. and uses them to ensnare the Enemy in his own trap.... I can show you from the Bible that God made me just the way I am. So if I cause my servants to slaughter the innocents on my altars. Adam was made in God’s image. He will show us how to walk in the wisdom of the Cross. God made me do it!” Some are teaching that Adam was ‘the shining one’ . of darkness. When God bids His people to come to that place of maturity where they are able to discern both good and evil.” (Heb. if I pervert their minds with filth and wild intoxicating music. The Bible says that I sinned from the beginning. with all manner of sexual and immoral perversity. and bring them to nought. to steal. clothed upon with “the armor of righteousness. full of hate. THE ORIGIN OF EVIL Now if we understand that God is PURE LIGHT..” He shows us how God. in some sense. God put such a fear and trembling into the hearts of their enemies that many of these Gentiles became Jews. how time and time again. Chapters 1-7 [George H. between truth and falsehood. discern. reaches forth and takes the devices of the Enemy which he had devised for our destruction.. the Devil. 5:14. and that “in Him is no darkness at all” (1Jn.) Adam was never a heavenly one. Rather He would bring His mature ones to that place in God where they know.. and they sought Him. He was “of the earth.” (2Cor. Can’t you hear him pleading for a little understanding and sympathy from God’s people? “Christian friends. understand the nature of both. and to destroy. God came on the scene and brought the hordes of evil to destruction by their own evil strategies. entwines them into His own glorious purposes. that is. He is not asking them to understand that He is. Suddenly the Day of Doom was transformed into what the Bible describes as a Day of Joy! “The Jews had joy and gladness. of confusion. nor did he fall “from Heaven”. there is no way we can go along with some current teaching that God made the Devil just as He is now: a liar. Warnock] ~ BOOK 29 . knowing that in a short time he is to be crushed under the feet of the people of God. between order and disorder. if I drag your young men and women down into destruction through drugs and liquor.. so they will know where to draw the line between good and evil.. 8:17) CHAPTER FIVE DISCERNING GOOD AND EVIL “But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age. a feast and a good day. 2:11) God is not the Author of evil. True. and degrade them utterly in spirit. How would I know? I never knew the meaning of GOOD. 5:14) “For we are not ignorant of his (Satan’s) devices. soul. even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (See Rom. but never was he in the full expression of “the image of God”. to deceive. It is the teaching of the Cross… “That through death he might destroy him that had the power of death. God simply turns it to their own destruction. in the wisdom of the Cross. even Jesus. This was reserved for the Last Adam. 1:5).. I can’t help it.. earthy”. I believe Satan’s strategy in this is to promote a little sympathy for himself.forces of God and Righteousness. full of sin. full of darkness. It was the Last Adam who was “the Lord from heaven. And God’s people are arrayed with the Armor of Light to bring them to nought.

Daniel also speaks of the earthly and heavenly princes. 2Cor. or prime ministers. IS GOD THE AUTHOR OF EVIL? There is this passage in 1 John 3:8 that some are misconstruing to make God the Author of evil..” (vs. if they are not seeking Him earnestly and their hearts are not prepared to walk in obedience before Him. because Satan knows how to take advantage of the people of God in their ignorance.) For Babylon is seen again in the Book of Revelation.. God has no problem dealing with earthly governors and rulers. and stop blaming the evil rulers that abound in the earth today. that the purposes of God will not be frustrated by the Enemy. It is not too difficult for us to understand that the original Babel. 11) What beginning? The day they were born? No! It was another beginning. our prayers will not penetrate the heavens.10:18).” All the nations are seen as dominated by the Babylon system. prime ministers. (it matters not how they vote). many years later when they had come to years. “This is the message that ye heard from the beginning. And here in Isa. or disobedience. On the contrary. Lucifer is clearly identified in the Bible as the king of Babylon: THE KING OF BABYLON “Take up this proverb against the king of Babylon. many WHO ARE YOU. God knows how to deal with them when His people are walking in obedience and interceding for the Church of Christ according to the will of God. people of God: if our they evil and perverse. and if God’s people who are scattered among them. and how Michael the archangel got involved in warfare with the Prince of Persia. and will do what he can to put pressure on the princes of this world to hinder the work of God.) It is not strange. He can turn their hearts any way He will . as the kingdom and domain of the “whore” that rides the scarlet-colored “beast. or kings. And when His people turn away from God. It was at a time when the earthly Prince of Persia (king Cyrus) was favoring the people of God. it is evident that there is the blending of the earthly with the heavenly. How hath the oppressor ceased!” And after describing his greatness and his pomp the prophet goes on to describe his sin.” and as “the god of this world.. as the ally themselves together to “make war with the Lamb” and His chosen ones. God’s problem is with His own people. And let us be assured of this. whatever they may be designated down here. Be they presidents.” (See Eph. and the gospel came to them. 17:1-18. in the same context. therefore.” (See Isa. The heavenly counterpart of the earthly ruler is against God and His purposes. or any other nation comes to the place of hopeless apostasy. God will give them the kind of ruler that is compatible with the heart of the nation. and over which Satan would rule as “the prince of the power of the air. (Rev. We had better know and recognize that this is so.” Notice in the very same breath John says. If you will take your concordance and examine the various “beginnings” mentioned in the Bible. and say. are not walking in the ways of truth. and his fall: “How art thou fallen from heaven.. or ironhanded dictators. and helping them rebuild and restore the temple in Jerusalem.. and warred against the heavenly Prince of Persia.. that the prophets would speak of the earthly and the heavenly kingdoms in the same breath.and He knows how to cancel out the vote of zealous Christians. it becomes clear that there are many. and go their own way. God sets in power whom He will.. Chapters 1-7 [George H. 10:13) There are “principalities and powers” in the heavenlies that are counterparts of kings.. 4:4... That is why we are exhorted to pray for these earthly rulers. in its ultimate form. and the later kingdoms of Babylon (under Nebuchadnezzar and other kings) were but the first expressions of a great antichrist system that would come to ultimate fullness in the earth. 14:1-15. etc. and with the Church that has “lost its savor”. 12:7-9.. then the identification of the king of Babylon is readily apparent. presidents. dictators. Rev. or seemingly good and benevolent. (See Dan. and these heavenly powers are not at all favorable to any kind of law or decree that will help the cause of God’s people in the earth. and God’s earthly rulers will be pressured by the Enemy to go his way. 2:2. 14. “The Devil sinneth from the beginning. whether that ruler be Christian or pagan. a people walking in the paths of truth can penetrate the very heavens and cause even the heart of an oppressive ruler to bow to His will. Michael therefore stood up on behalf of God’s people. according to His own righteous decrees . O Lucifer. Warnock] ~ BOOK 30 . and knows how to frustrate the purposes of the Evil One who may be working in both the earthly and the heavenly realms.. God in His sovereignty holds absolute power and authority in His hands.) As we come to understand what Babylon is. Getting involved in the political arena solves nothing.

and signs of decay and corruption abound in all of His works. hate. murder.” .) It is not true that God created the world. Everything God made.referring to the time when John the Baptist came on the scene. And so his accusers slanderously reported that Paul was preaching: “Let us do evil that good may come”. Yet in and through it all there is enough evidence of Himself in His handiwork to make all men “without excuse. and even Satan is under God’s control. He complained that God had put a hedge about Job. But let us not slander God by accusing him of creating this Evil One and endowing him with sin.. 3:5-8. and that if God would remove the hedge.” (John. Chapters 1-7 [George H. The apostle Paul preached the glorious gospel of the grace of God.” (Mark 1:1) .what shall we say of those who are teaching that God Himself created the greatest of all evils. He may even send evil (or the Evil One) against His own chosen vessels. 4:15).. or anything in it. The disciples of Jesus. when He made the Evil One that “good might come” out of it? “Shall we (that are prone to sin). “Let us make a Devil. pestilence and the like. Paul also speaks about “the beginning of the gospel”. What shall we say then of this slanderous teaching. as He did to Job.that good may come”? It is totally contrary to the Spirit of Truth. and removed the hedge . GOD MADE EVERYTHING GOOD Even in the natural world about us. or Adversary of God. which was perhaps 30 years or more later (See Phil. because it is so obviously a charge against God’s holy character.beginnings. what God made was so good that His own Godhead and attributes are to be seen in “the things that are made. We would naturally suppose God should have stripped him of his power when he fell.without obscuring the fact that Satan was himself the author of his own evil deeds. who is awesome in holiness. And if it was a slanderous report when men accused Paul of teaching. 15:27) You mean from the first day they were born? …Or from the beginning of creation? No! But from the beginning.” A quick scan through your concordance will show there is a clear distinction between the evil deeds of men or devils. and it all depends on the context in which they are mentioned. grace did much more abound”. It was not the same “beginning of the gospel” that Mark spoke about. And because the Devil sinned “from the beginning” it is a great error to say that God created him that way.. and the evil that God Himself creates for the punishment of evil doers. But who are we to question God’s wisdom? God has never relinquished His absolute sovereignty in the heavens or in the earth. and deceit in the day He created him. Mark speaks about “the beginning of the gospel. Rather from the time he chose the pathway of self-exaltation and disobedience to his Creator . He simply says it’s a “slanderous report” against God. So God took the blame for Job’s afflictions. “Let us do evil that good may come. Satan knows he is under restraint. Much to his displeasure he does not have liberty to perform his evil works except the Lord permits it. and that God will righteously judge those who accuse him of teaching a doctrine like this. create an Evil One “that good may come”? The apostle Paul refuses to even argue the point.) We know that God is in charge of all His creation. Job would sin like any other man. or authorizes it. DOES GOD USE THE DEVIL? Certainly God is Sovereign. except that which was given him from above. He gave him these evil attributes? Because this would be maligning God. (See Job 2:3. when he ministered the gospel in Macedonia and in other parts. Warnock] ~ BOOK 31 . and He knows how and when He will turn all the devices of Satan against himself. by way of refining them in the furnace of affliction.. out of “nothing”. famines.that was the beginning of his role as Satan. walked with Christ “from the beginning. because it makes a holy God to be the Author of Evil.. God gave it to him. we are told. Paul reminds us that even though God may use our “lie” to show forth His glory this in no way implies that the “lie” is excusable because of the glory God will bring out of it. When questioned by Pilate (who reminded Jesus that he had power to release Him or to condemn Him) Jesus told him plainly that he had no power. full of hate and murder and deceit. do evil that good may come?” Or shall God.” Much of it has come under the curse. and that any power Satan has. to bring about his destruction. and he is referring to his own ministry. (John 19:11) God is certainly in control. and we can be confident He never will. God “creates evil” to judge the wicked for their wickedness-by sending wars. (See Rom. and boldly declared that “where sin abounded. He created WHO ARE YOU. Then why not just confess that when God created him. We could go on and on in this. when Jesus called them to become His disciples.

being understood by the things that are made. which originated wholly from himself. And what does it concern us to know. let us be content with this concise information respecting the nature of devils. and therefore even His SHADOW is one of pure light. Kindness. “But since the devil was created by God. Goodness. Mercy.. and in Him there is no darkness at all. even his eternal power and Godhead. O man. That we ourselves. but left their own habitation’.” (Titus 1:2) Are you telling us then. and kept not their first estate. (Heb. therefore. For this reason Christ declares. he has acquired by his defection and fall. And Paul. The scriptures tell us that “God cannot lie.out of attributes or powers or qualities that are inherent in Himself. God may “turn” in different directions. It was not merely the ‘shadow’ cast as he obscured the sun. that God who cannot lie can nevertheless create a liar. Justice . and become the instruments of perdition to others. He was living in the presence of God. he certainly implies that he had once been in it. speaketh of his own. ‘spared not the angels that sinned.but from invisible things. and when he calls him the father of a lie. All that comes out from His own Being is Light. XVI. but from corruption.” (Luke 11:36) If we walk in the total Light of Him who is Light. If you and I carry a light with us. in various places. The thought is that EVIL is foreign to His nature. Yet even Calvin the reformer saw fit to mention how perverse such a thought would be. either more particulars. 11:3) And these “invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen. but the SHADOW OF LIGHT that emanated from a man that was walking in the full light of God’s presence. respecting devils. that at their creation they were originally angels of God. And so Jesus said that if our eye be single. “having NO PART DARK. healed the sick as he walked by them.because there are no dark areas in His Being. a distinct and detailed account of their fall. lest. God has no dark areas in His Being.” (Jas. Ch. yet they are abundantly sufficient to vindicate the majesty of God from every calumny. righteous and awesome character. because our body is the dark area that casts the shadow. Warnock] ~ BOOK 32 . But. and create evil in the land to judge the workers of iniquity. that Satan. if not to be passed over in total silence. yet certainly to be touched on but lightly. a thief. One translation reads: “God is unversed in evils”. believing him to have come from God. James tells us: “God cannot be tempted with evil” (Jas. Though these things are delivered in a brief and rather obscure manner.. may not dwell upon unprofitable subjects. But never is there any shadow of darkness cast about Him by reason of His “turning”.” (1John 1:5) God is Light. or the unrighteous acts of His people. He will at times show forth His wrath. to deliver nothing in his sacred oracles. because it would ill comport with the dignity of the Holy Spirit to feed curiosity with vain and unprofitable histories. This being useful to be known. so that they are without excuse. with whom is no variableness.” (Rom. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above. “Do not err. He knew God well enough to know that in Him there was no such perverted expertise and wisdom. and abiding “under the shadow of the Almighty”. No wonder Peter’s shadow. and nature.. 1:16. it was better for them. and cometh down from the Father of LIGHTS. without doubt tacitly implies that WHO ARE YOU. in response to the righteous. my beloved brethren. God does not have those kinds of skills. Love. we should ascribe to God himself that which is in direct opposition to him. the only ‘shadows’ or ‘projections’ that we cast about us. that this wickedness which we attribute to his nature is not from creation. these things being nothing to us.’ and adds the reason . it is clearly stated by Peter and Jude. he precludes his imputing to God the depravity of his nature. will be rays of light. total light. and He emphasized it further by saying. 1:13). He writes in his Institutes. And of this the Scripture apprizes us.’ say they. mentioning the elect angels. but by degenerating have ruined themselves.. ‘God. just as he now is. or for any other purpose? Some persons are displeased that the Scripture does not give us. manner. and we perceive it to have been the design of the Lord. we cannot avoid casting a shadow. which we might not learn to our edification. as it were. our whole body will be full of LIGHT. 17) Yes. total Light. time. so that “things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” . ‘when he speaketh a lie. we must remark. Truth. Chapters 1-7 [George H. Long-suffering. 1:20) GOD IS LIGHT Hear this very clear statement of the apostle John: “God is light. For whatever evil quality he has. When he says that he abode not in the truth. with its cause. to create and bring forth creatures of sin and darkness… God does not have in His holy. Patience. neither shadow of turning. Righteousness. and the father of all lies? As far as I am aware this teaching was introduced into the Church in modern times. Volume I. the ability to create a murderer. a liar.and because of these and other virtues.‘because he abode not in the truth’.

then immediately there is DARKNESS. and the result is simply NEGATIVE. I have power lines coming into my home.” (Rom.. But one day I decide in my heart. 3:23) From this “same lump” God sees fit to choose a perverse Pharaoh. and suddenly I am in darkness. Warnock] ~ BOOK 33 . and you have Evil. and you have Deception. but He gives this assurance: “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper. I will have my own light. AND JUST AS AWESOME. God sends still further darkness. God is LIGHT. I am totally dependent upon the Electric Power Company for light in my home. we are all from the same lump of fallen humanity. and all celestial beings. We in earth.. But we as creatures of God. 2:10. or by sovereign grace to make others to be “vessels unto honor”.suddenly it becomes apparent where evil comes from. an inquisitive lot. He gives light. Exclude Light. Where does Evil come from? JUST EXCLUDE GOD AND YOU HAVE IT! GOD IS SOVEREIGN OVER ALL THE WORKS OF EVIL But when we understand how God entwines the devices of the Evil One into His own purposes. IT IS JUST AS SIMPLE AS THAT. God says. Hate. Then sun sets. 17) As Pharaoh persists in his darkness and rebellion. God is Love. and I am in darkness.. When darkness falls. and I am in darkness. you do not have to go anywhere looking for darkness… it is immediately THERE.” (vs. that to expel the Darkness.. “for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. and so.” (Isa.” WHENCE THEN COMETH EVIL? When we see God as One who is Light. 54:16) And so God wants us to know that inasmuch as He created that evil man or devil. we need to walk in Truth. and you have Darkness. and Deception.. And darkness is simply the absence of light. of goodness. He knows how to deal with him. Exclude Love. and “in Him is no darkness at all”. “I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire. and for His own glory . in every ray of His Glory . Now we mentioned that there are many facets of light.. Suddenly my home is in darkness. of course. of mercy. Exclude Mercy.. and I have created the waster to destroy. And need we point out again. If we choose to cut the channel of LIGHT. and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work. and create darkness: I make peace. To defeat the Cruelty. We all deserve His wrath . as a “vessel unto dishonor”. for the facets of LIGHT are many. Exclude Good. God is Truth. we need only to come to the Light.let us make no mistake about that. of grace. we can only do it with Goodness. 11) If you exclude Him who is LIGHT. To overcome the Hatred. To overcome the Evil. can only retain that light as we walk in union with Him.” (Isa. of long-suffering. he that hateth his brother is in darkness.. Where did it come from? From the Power Company? No! Rather. For a season God may let him rage against us. God is Light. and for His sustaining grace to maintain that life. not just a light-bearer. made to be light-bearers.then we can praise Him in the midst of any torment that Satan seeks to bring upon us. for He tells us.” (1Jn. Is the sun the cause of the darkness? Not at all. I excluded the light. are totally dependent upon Him for the life we have. He is total LIGHT. To banish the Deception. Chapters 1-7 [George H. we need to show Mercy. I excluded and severed my connection with the Power Company. 45:7) In Adam’s disobedience and fall. We are. but He doesn’t feel obliged to tell us why He WHO ARE YOU. “He that loveth his brother abideth in the light. And are these not the very pillars of the Sermon on the Mount? …And the secret of being made heirs of the Kingdom of Christ? And so John tells us. but the sun moved away. Exclude Truth...there are reprobate ones. and create evil: I the LORD do all these things. “I do not want to live in this kind of dependence. because He is the source of truth. and you have Hatred. Leave God out and you have Darkness. EVIL is simply DARKNESS in all its various forms and intensities. we need to walk in Love. “I form the light. and you have Cruelty. I will cut those power lines”.

Chapters 1-7 [George H.but it was a pattern that showed very distinct contrasts: the first Adam bringing death and condemnation to all in his race. Now we are told that Adam was “a figure of him that was to come”. Paul tells us he was “of the earth. and He too would be subjected to a test of obedience. which we will enlarge upon in the last chapter). (Rom. if he was to retain this life and this glory. 2:10) For let us understand that perfection in the general use of that word in scripture. Like all of God’s creatures. Warnock] ~ BOOK 34 . though “made of the dust”. because he was created in God’s image. that do not deserve His grace... the last Adam triumphed. as Lucifer did.. O the depth of the riches. never as an equal. “O Lord. He chose the pathway of obedience. his was a deliberate act of disobedience. He knew he was made to be lord of planet earth. but in Adam’s case it was a deliberate transgression. is not only a state of goodness and moral uprightness-it goes far beyond that. and his trial consisted of a simple matter of obedience to the God who created him. There will yet be a new race of men. and when he transgressed he did not fall from Heaven. 5:14) The One to come was to be another Adam. and upon every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God. He chose to partake of the curse of His fallen Bride. if she would eat of the tree. he was on probation. Eve was the only companion he had in that beautiful Garden! Now she had fallen! He made a deliberate decision to disobey God. not as the first Adam .and ever and always remained faithful to the Heavenly Father. But Adam knew better. He was created like God in the first place. and was made “perfect through sufferings. In His ultimate test of obedience He was required to go to the Cross. to bring us back to God. He was forbidden to eat of “the tree of knowledge of good and evil”. and the Last Adam bringing righteousness and life and peace to all in His race. The first Adam was tested and tried in a simple matter of obedience. And yet. “Why hast thou made me thus?” (See Rom. a Seed that would “bruise the Serpent’s head. The “pattern” of the first Adam is portrayed again in the Last Adam. of the Last Adam. in His image. Ultimately it is that blessed state where one has been tested and tried. and was not deceived into thinking that if he partook of the forbidden fruit he would “ascend” into a place of lordship in Heaven. even Christ. he was given a very high position as lord of this planet. and has come forth an approved vessel. and to share the fate of his wife who had fallen. earthy. Where we cannot understand. and deliberately chose the pathway of disobedience. Not to say he was “perfect” in the sense that he had come to the full stature of God’s intention. One Man has already come forth in God’s perfect image.) Satan will continue to war against the holy Seed that God promised Eve. He drove man out of the Garden.. and “deceived” her with a promise of great knowledge .” The true Seed did this at the Cross. and there was never a hint about any conspiracy with Eve or with the Serpent to be like God. he would always be totally dependent upon God. But “for the joy that was set before Him”. And so the first Adam was a “figure” or “pattern” of the Last Adam .the joy of bringing many sons to glory. but in obedience to the Father as our Kinsman Redeemer. The Serpent came to Eve in his subtlety. He likewise had to make a deliberate choice.. And they will eat of the Tree of Life “which is in the midst of the paradise of God” (See Rev. for he had not yet been approved in a trial of obedience. for he was already made like God. and He will yet crush him under His Feet.will tolerate and use “vessels of wrath fitted to destruction”. after the image of the Last Adam.. . let us be content to know that He is indeed the Potter. But as one “like God” in the nature and character of his being. both of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God! It is this glorious plan of redemption that occupies the heart and mind of God all through the scriptures..” (1Cor. THE NATURE OF ADAM’S TRANSGRESSION Adam was never a heavenly being. and Eve fell as a result. So in a very unique way the first Adam is a figure or pattern. but in a very remarkable contrast. He failed in the test of obedience. in the sense of being another god. 2:7. The Last Adam was tested and tried in much suffering and rejection and humiliation. and shower abundant grace on others. of a far higher order than the image of the first Adam. And therefore we have no right to say. complete and entire… lacking nothing. and we are but the clay. but He will bring him back again. Still. “ADAM WAS NOT DECEIVED” either by the Serpent or by Eve. But notice this.” (Heb. 2:14) EVE WAS DECEIVED. (1Tim. 9:1823.something that would elevate her to a position of a god. including the heavenly hosts.) (But He does give us a little insight as to His purpose in all of this. with all creatures subject to him. He was aware of that. How WHO ARE disobedience. 15:47) Nor did he aspire to be “like God” as Lucifer did.. Where Adam failed to come to perfection.

this is the first step away from the light. rather than the Creator.24) (2) Step Two: Man now “changes the truth of God into a lie”. Truth is perverted and becomes a LIE. I release you to walk in total darkness and depravity. (vs. for it shows us clearly what brought us to the state we are in today. nor gave Him thanks? They went into further darkness. True Adam had sinned. and what we are up against? So why march.. Even so. I will be my own god. perverse things like homosexualism and lesbianism. 28) The reprobate mind (Gr.” Paul couples this with UNTHANKFULNESS. but we don’t really need Him anymore. It is not true that in man’s earliest history he worshipped many gods. How then did he apostatize? Paul sets it forth clearly: (1) Step One: “When they knew God. I don’t really need God. And so once again God lets man go his own way into further darkness.long. and leave you to the perversity of your own heart.. But a certain knowledge of God was still there.” (vs.” (Rom. Chapters 1-7 [George H.. And now thirdly. But this was man’s first step downward into the darkness of apostasy... If you do not want Me in your thoughts. and no longer honored Him as God. and you accept a LIE.. Come Lord Jesus! THE PROCESS OF APOSTASY The Bible mentions 3 phases in the process of apostasy. And God says. 26) And then the apostle goes on to describe some of the vilest expressions of moral behavior ever known in man’s history.” (vs. IT DOES NOT KNOW OR RECOGNIZE ANY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL. and for who He is. and even to many Christians. nor does he even want to have God in his thoughts. Who needs God? Well. And so what happened when men took this step of independence from God.. they glorified him not as God. I will not give God His place of honor as my Creator. and became unthankful. and persists to certain degree until this day.. and let us consider briefly each of these.and worships and serves the creature. 28) Notice the steps: First. He says. 25) Unless man returns to his God this is inevitable. and WHO ARE YOU. and “gives them up” to uncleanness. I will withdraw from you completely. men knew God. rejected. He may exist.) (3) Step Three: “They did not like to retain God in their knowledge. Early man was monotheistic. but now evolved to the top of the ladder.” (vs. I will create still greater darkness for you. Man said. then. It is explained by the apostle Paul in his writing to the Romans. I will give you over to greater evil. we who profess to know God. and into darkness. Let us remember. “I will not give God His Lordship in my life. “If you can do without Me. to “dishonor their own bodies between themselves. I will seek to eradicate Him from my very mind”. He begins by stating that in the early days of the human family. no longer has that awareness. Warnock] ~ BOOK 35 . The man who once had an awareness of God. that when we refuse to give God His Lordship.. a species considered to have been a mere animal. 27. where we have come to in our society. With what result? God who is pre Light begins to withdraw His restraining grace from their lives. And so man begins to worship the creature. He only recognized the true God who created him. “I don’t want God in my thoughts. Where did this darkness come from? They refused to give God His Lordship.. “an image made like to corruptible man” as well as “birds and four-footed beasts and creeping things”.. it becomes worthless.” “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections.” (vs. “Their foolish heart was darkened”. ‘adokimos’) is the mind that cannot stand the test. Secondly.. Forsake Him who is Truth. Do you see.. The reprobate mind is one that lacks moral discernment. I refuse to give honor to the God who created me. and to thank Him for His goodness. 1:21) This may seem very insignificant to the world about us. He feels he has developed and evolved to a place where he is sufficient in himself. 1:26. I am sufficient in myself. and finally eliminated them all but one. and fell away from his Creator. (See Rom. And so “God gave them over to a reprobate mind.. I will create still more evil for you.” has been the cry of His suffering Church throughout the ages. neither were thankful. He worships “corruptible man”.

. you know that we are right in the middle of ultimate apostasy. And while they are searching for solutions they are spending millions to fortify the educational system that has caused all the problems by saying: “Just leave God out of the picture. He wants to be “like the Most High”.” . Or to fall headlong from a high building. anything over which he has control. And so we are very quickly coming to the full expression of Phase III of man’s apostasy. 4:1) We want to consider briefly this threefold temptation of Jesus: The temptation to turn the stone into bread. and our educators. and our psychologists are cooperating in all of this. And finally in man’s last downward step of apostasy he now wants to eradicate the very thought of God from his mind. and changed the truth of God into a lie.. and humanism. perhaps these are not sins after all… let’s be open… let’s get together and talk about it. Good becomes Evil.. and Evil Good. The temptation to fall headlong from the temple. Warnock] ~ BOOK 36 . that man is a mere animal (but perhaps the most highly developed in the animal kingdom). and Darkness Light. I am going to send strong delusion. I will eradicate every trace of light that you have ever known.. The temptation to take the kingdoms of this world. no matter what their final decision may be. if WHO ARE YOU. Paul tells us that Satan will come masquerading as an Angel of Light. If ministers in the “Church” and intellectuals in our schools continue to teach atheism.protest. They just do not know the difference. He wants worship. Light becomes Darkness. can reverse this trend of our apostasy. and any manner in which he could do it would be acceptable to him.” (Matt. and His holy fire and anointing in our midst. for the purpose of coming to a consensus as to whether or not they should ordain homosexuals to the “ministry” or condone the practice of it in the Church. and let knowledge and science be exalted”.you know their minds are already in the process of becoming “reprobate”. Our legislators. WHY IS IT WRONG? Why would it have been wrong for Jesus to turn a stone into bread. and argue with people as to the pros and cons of the evils that exist in the land? They do not have a mind that is capable of making a proper judgment in matters of righteousness and morals. He would gladly give to the Lord Jesus. “Well. if He was hungry. Men are being given over to a reprobate mind: the mind that cannot tell the difference between Good and Evil. He got a foothold in the first Adam. Now he would attempt to get a similar foothold in the Last Adam. THE TEMPTATION OF JESUS “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. God says if you want to eradicate Me from your thoughts. through his subtle approach to Eve.. and create more darkness and evil than you will know how to handle. Truth becomes Error. How could he successfully counterfeit the light. so that you will believe the lie. unless he once knew what the light was? How could he produce seemingly good things. Nothing but the proclamation of the Gospel of God. or to any of His followers. and Error Truth. I am going to create such darkness. but we want to emphasize that Satan was looking for a foothold in the life of the Son of God. that you will not know which way to turn. God says I will create still greater darkness for you. When “Church” councils convene. If you are going to turn the truth into a lie. as they are doing. if he had not once known what was good? He must certainly have known that here was Once who came to regain what the first Adam had lost through listening to the voice of the Tempter. and try to legislate proper morals. and I think we are there. and evolution. He simply wants a place of recognition and honor.. into the upholding arms of the angels? Or to take the kingdoms of this world into His dominion? We are not going into great detail concerning these temptations. It is the last stage of man’s apostasy. And it all began when men became unthankful and denied God His Lordship. God is saying to this highly educated and scientific generation: If you are going to leave Me out. and yet are baffled and confused because they sense how hopeless it is getting to deal with delinquency and perverse behavior. When people begin to surmise. Chapters 1-7 [George H.

he will seek a place of honor there. As long as God is left out.. let him deny himself. But he took Him to the wing of the temple in Jerusalem. If God’s men can become greatly known down here. True. and take up his cross. He lays the pathway out before us in clear. a little recognition. Imagine what great advertising He would have from this tremendous miracle. Satan’s kingdom is only threatened when he beholds a people walking in the way of the Cross! A certain minister told me one time that the Devil appeared to him and said. was she not? Buy why was Satan advertising a man like Paul.. repudiate His heavenly Father.we are prepared to give him a little honor. that Jesus should deny His Divine birth. and by so doing get a little honor out of it all for himself. in the sight of all the people milling about in the temple courts! Satan did not hesitate to advertise Paul and his company as God’s men of the hour. and lordship over God’s creation. that we will do only what He is doing. and elevate clergymen and bishops to high political offices in the Empire? Because Satan realized he could not destroy the Church that walked in the way of the Cross. and one that seeks the extension of the Kingdom of God in the earth. who was becoming a threat to the kingdom of darkness? …Because he might be able to influence Paul to become his ally. SATAN’S QUEST FOR WORSHIP Did Satan request. Warnock] ~ BOOK 37 . Sooner or later the pressure will be applied: “The world loves me. “I will make you to be the greatest healing evangelist in the world. Chapters 1-7 [George H.. in politics. or a nature that aspires after wisdom and knowledge and respectability and moral uprightness. and the removal of our WHO ARE YOU. that even to this day involvement with the world. “The world cannot hate you: but me it hateth. because I testify of it. Did he take Jesus over to the brow of some hill there in the wilderness. and receive the praise and honor of men. He wants us to know that He is requiring of us. and eventually strangle him. If there is a true Christian heart. the world hates the way of the Cross. which shew unto us the way of salvation. or extending the knowledge of the Kingdom of God throughout the world. 7:7) Why did Constantine take away the reproach of the Cross. This would make Jesus famous. with a mixture of politics and religion. and because a man or woman is no threat to the kingdom of darkness simply because he is preaching. he will seek a place of honor there. to lead us and guide us. In this way he might get a hold on Paul. we are there and then “joined unto the Lord” . a little worship.” (Matt. Jesus said. as He required of His Son. that the works thereof are evil. in miracles. And in order that we might come to this kind of relationship. in fact.. he is honored. and direct us in the ways of God. and he fled from him. were He to fall headlong from the temple into the arms of the angels. Now this damsel boldly announced: “These men are the servants of the Most High God. Literally it reads. 16:24) Satan is not too deeply concerned how involved we may become in religion. and follow me. say only what He is saying.” (Jn.” (Acts 16:17) Right. or insinuate. The Python kills his prey by strangulation. and the pressure will be great to relapse into the arms of the world. is considered to be the proper approach for those who seek the betterment of society. and he will know how to handle that situation a little later on. and encourage Him to fall headlong into the arms of the angels? No glory for Satan in that. or forsake the idea of regaining man’s lordship over creation? Not at all. in Christian activity. just so long as he is able to retain a little foothold in our lives. God help His people to understand that when we submit ourselves to the Lord and take His Name in Christian baptism. in social programs. Python was a serpent in Greek mythology that battled with one of the gods. And how does he go about that? He just teaches man to leave God out of the picture. if given the opportunity. And so if there is some religious inclination in any of us. and such a sensitivity to His voice. and he came up with a new policy that was designed to cause “the offence of the Cross” to cease.. And his strategy worked! So well. or healing..and from this day forward He wants to be the Lord of our lives.. He just wanted a little part of the honor. and get involved only in what He Himself had ordained as His particular and specific purpose for our lives. a “spirit of Python”.. as we have shown.” But he discerned the voice and resisted the Devil. And so he does not hesitate to advertise and popularize God’s men of the hour. stop the persecution. His ultimate hope and ambition is to get honor and worship from all people. unmistakable terms: “If any man will come after me. he cuts off the flow of the breath of life. The damsel at Philippi had a “spirit of divination”. it is no threat to Satan’s kingdom. what am I going to do?” And so a confrontation is inevitable. he will pollute and twist and demoralize and pervert the human life.. in gifts. by bringing men of God into positions of authority and esteem in the eyes of the world.. such subjection unto His will. because he holds lordship over this world system.

and if He.But they are WHO ARE YOU. We are going to be amazed how quickly all this could happen. The “Church” has supreme authority over the hearts and minds of the people. As they moved about they would not get separated one from the other. The new World Church will be very much entrenched in politics. Warnock] ~ BOOK 38 . Once again. as they moved around on the plains of Shinar. and one’s individual and personal relationship with the Lord matters little or nothing. But they know nothing of the cleansing of the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ..” Not each stone carefully shaped and chiseled by the hand of God and His redeeming. but so will the hearts of men. Not only will the angels be involved.WE KNOW THAT THE TARES ARE A RELIGIOUS PEOPLE. Hindus. God’s people must learn that they can only be a blessing to mankind as they manifest the presence of Christ in this evil world.) A NEW WORLD CHURCH Jesus told us that in the day of harvest He would send forth the angels. and belong to us. who are “called. (See Rev. As “god of this world” Satan wants WORSHIP. as we have been emphasizing. THE NATURE OF BABYLON “And they said.and we can forgive you all your sins! They use “brick” instead of “stone. the enemies of God bring about their own destruction. God will permit it. but his purpose is to unite the two in an alliance of great unity and power. 11:4) The purpose of the first Babel was not to find God. and to all appearances they are humble.. Not the binding together of true born-again believers who have received the free gift of God’s grace.. And not only so. and pay your dues into the “Church”. and the fruit of His Spirit. the city and the tower would be the focal point that would enable them to keep together as one people. But let us not think this to be incredible. and to bring both to total destruction in the great Day of God Almighty.. Notice what this warfare is all about: It is warfare with the Lamb. and so forth? Not necessarily. will even promote it. God commands the separation of the WHEAT from the TARES. transforming grace.. Keep your cultures. just so long as you belong to the “Church!” Just join us. All false religions will be gathered into BUNDLES preparatory to the Day of the LORD. does not have His Lordship in their hearts and lives. 17:1-18. church dogmas. when we realize that spiritual forces are at work to bring it about.. (See Matt. the Lord Jesus. And they used “slime” instead of “mortar” to put it together. and fitted together to form “a habitation of God by the Spirit”. There is a separation coming between the true and the false. He commands that the tares be bound together into bundles for burning. sincere. in order to bring the whole political and religious systems together. and let us make us a NAME. we do not know.) We understand that in the growing process the wheat and the tares are hardly distinguishable to the undiscerning eye. and faithful”. without becoming a part of it. let us build us a city and a tower.. and that the wheat be gathered into the garner. so as to “fulfill His will”. Remember. and those who are with Him. and godly Christians.. 13:30. whose top may reach unto heaven.. and that they would gather all the “tares” of the harvest field into bundles. and the evil spirits that dominate them. those who have His lamblike nature.. but God says “BUNDLES. but to make a NAME for themselves and to promote unity..” …Whether all are brought under one structure or not. THOSE WHO TRULY KNOW HIM. But God sees no difference in any of them if the blood of Jesus Christ is rules out as the only way of salvation. And notice how God puts it in the heart of political Babylon to destroy religious Babylon. lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. As the day of harvest comes upon us. the building materials of the first Babel were “brick” instead of “stone”. Therefore he will continue to keep both religion and politics firmly in his grasp.. and ills. as best they can. Muslims. not as a means to find God. and have been “washed in the blood of the Lamb”. A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand. Jews. and as “prince of the power of the air” he wants DOMINION. Go to.. But they are bound together in a different kind of unity: with the “slime” of church structures. Chapters 1-7 [George H. The tower was intended to keep them together. WHO PASS OFF AS TRUE CHRISTIANS. Does this mean there will be one large “Church” embracing Christians.. and church traditions.” (Gen. The tares will seek to be like the real thing. keep your devil-worship if you must. 16:14-19. NOW IF THE WHEAT SPEAKS OF THE BLOOD-WASHED PEOPLE OF GOD.

for they had wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven. Zechariah saw a weight (a plate of lead) that was lifted off the ephah. rather than by many religious dead works. and looked. 9) Suddenly there were TWO WOMEN.) Then the restraining hand of God will be lifted. but with tares.. Jesus did not say that any of His elect would be deceived. the ORGANIZATION. the part. and the “mystery of iniquity” continued on in its secret workings of evil. the Mother of false.. and your relationship with Him is only incidental. They taught justification by faith.) Do we not detect in this statement that God will have special grace for His own. etc. and therefore the Body of Christ. 24:24. this is all that really matters. and therefore all the same. and the “mystery of iniquity” will come to fullness.” (vs. until we drew nigh to the Day of the LORD. the SOCIETY. THE TWO WOMEN OF SHINAR “And. We have two eyes. Our human body is made up of TWOS. and identified themselves with the Lord Jesus rather than with the religious system. and the lid was thrown back upon the Woman in the ephah. and that is why Babylon is seen in the Book of Revelation as “Mystery. and covered with the heavy plate of lead. and what is Antichrist… The ephah was a measuring basket. behold. As long as you give unswerving loyalty to the CHURCH. But the Day of the LORD had not yet come. personal allegiance and loyalty to the Lamb. the DENOMINATION.whatever it may be called. As we have pointed out on several occasions. 5:7. including apostate Christianity. Warnock] ~ BOOK 39 . Chapters 1-7 [George H. and behold. “Then lifted I up mine eyes. and many other reformers. A plate of heavy lead covers this wickedness. two arms. a vessel for measuring grain. and then thrust back into the ephah. two legs. apostate religion. as scales were removed from their eyes. and its counterpart. and follow Him wherever He goes. and Calvin. began to walk in the way of truth. 8) God said the “mystery of iniquity” would continue to work until the day when “the man of sin” was to be revealed. there came out TWO WOMEN. and penances. this working of iniquity. two ears. and cast into a mould of religion. the number “two” speaks of the corporate expression. Your conscience toward God. and all manner of idolatry. and give unswerving. what is Christ. . Protestantism shone as a great light for a WHO ARE YOU. and that throughout this age of the Church there would be a restraining power that would hold back the secret workings of evil.“brick. She. even the very elect would be deceived IF THAT WERE POSSIBLE! (See Matt. What He said was that the deception would be so great. has always been cloaked in dark mystery.. all in strict conformity to the rules and regulations of the “Church. and many. two lungs. and then he saw the “Wickedness” inside. there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah. and salvation by grace. From time to time God has lifted the weight of lead. 2:3-8. It was lifted for a season during the Reformation. (See 2Thess.” But the Lord will give us from time to time what we need to know and understand concerning GOOD AND EVIL. and the wind was in their wings. False religion. And he said. But this ephah is filled not with wheat. And he cast it (her) into the midst of the ephah: and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof. what is truth and what is error..” (Zech. and his people have had a glimpse of the workings of the “mystery of iniquity”. and will be revealed in the earth. for God does not want us to be ignorant of Satan’s devices. many are going to be deceived by it. We do not need to become extremely knowledgeable in areas that relate to “the mystery of iniquity.” cast into a mould. if we are going to know what is light and what is darkness.. what is good and what is evil. was revealed for what she was. lest they too fall into this horrible deception? We have to walk very close to the Lord Jesus in this hour. The very heavens were shaken as Luther. this is Wickedness.” All made from the clay fields of Shinar. and men who loved the truth began to cast off the shackles of religious bondage.. Babylon”. with wickedness. and indulgences. We believe there is going to come into being a very definite counterfeit of the Body of Christ. But the true children of God must love and honor Him as their Father.

a lot of zeal in people.. 17:14) CHAPTER SIX PENETRATING THE HEAVENLIES Often the people of God who desire to walk in truth are accused of neglecting the simple message of the gospel. encumbering it with needless deeper truths. Whither do these bear the ephah? And he said unto me. “For the Spirit searcheth all things. (See Rev. They will honor this new “Church. 11) Many outstanding men of God are being subjected to great pressures to lend their support to this movement. “These shall make war with the Lamb. and faithful. But. and forgetting about the needs of the world about us.season. 3:8-10. and take the things of Christ. whose only weapons will be the armor of Light.” which may well have a new name. All whose names are not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will be caught in the snare. TO BUILD IT A HOUSE IN THE LAND OF SHINAR: and it shall be established. and make them known unto us. How we long for the release of the gospel of Christ into the hearts of men. “Then said I to the angel that talked with me. and know how to declare the gospel message from the Bible? The riches that God has for us in Christ Jesus are “unsearchable riches”.) But when the winds of Heaven are released we are going to witness some very dramatic unfoldings of the “mystery of iniquity”.and it is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to reach into the heart of God.” (1Cor. and chosen. 10. until His servants are sealed in their foreheads with the seal of the living God. who am less than the least of all saints is this grace given. or more television. or more radio.) (1) To preach the unsearchable riches of Christ. yea.. just because we have certain blessings and gifts. (3) To make known in heavenly places the wisdom of God Let us consider this threefold aspect of the full gospel: (1) “Unto me. mighty signs and wonders will be done in the Name of Jesus. and a lot of good preachers.. 11) This new Babylon that is coming forth out of the ecumenical movement. and set there upon her own base. And it could happen very quickly.. But this is not so. (See Eph. then we must earnestly begin to seek the Lord for help and direction. (2) To make all men SEE what is involved in the fellowship of the gospel. or more tracts. And that “the wind was in their wings”. and walk in the wisdom of the Cross. will be an awesome counterfeit of the Body of Christ in the earth. If it were just a case of raising more money. and the Lamb shall overcome them: for He is Lord of lords. then we could just concentrate on that. 7:3. But we just know and recognize that the light of the gospel cannot shine forth into the hearts of men until the people of God begin to penetrate the very heavens. 2:10) Did you notice why God gave us His Holy Spirit? That He might search out the deep things of God! And now we WHO ARE YOU. one that would be acceptable to most areas of apostate Christendom and other religions. and “set there upon her own base. more terrifying than that. as outlined by the apostle Paul. even the mind of Christ. or the full gospel.. with Roman Catholics and Protestants working together (and often with the support of evangelicals and the Charismatic Movement). that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ”. Chapters 1-7 [George H. and King of kings: and they that are with Him are called. and this new house in the Land of Shinar (where Babel began) will be established. because we are told that the “two women” have strong wings like the wings of a stork. and the Sword of the Spirit. Let us notice the threefold ministration of the gospel. But is will all be according to the working of “the man of sin”. But if the word of the gospel must penetrate the heavens before it can truly penetrate the hearts of men. Warnock] ~ BOOK 40 .. and learn His way for lifting the veil that lies heavily upon all nations. the deep things of God. or more missionaries. for more books. in the day when she falls under the mighty impact of God’s warriors from Heaven.. it must be of God.” (vs. Unsearchable riches! Why do we persuade ourselves that we have the ultimate gospel. but the “mystery of iniquity” had not yet come to fullness. and great will be the delusion of those who feel that if there are healings and miracles. and those who are caught in the net will perish with Babylon.” (Rev.” (vs.. The wind was favorable! God is seen holding back the four winds of the heavens for a season. because there is still a lot of money around.

What Paul said before about preaching the unsearchable riches of Christ. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit. People continue to say. “now let’s not get so heavenly minded that we are of no earthly good”. For he knows that we are of no earthly good because we are not heavenly minded. saying only what the Father gave Him to speak. It is not just a case of persuading men to turn from one religion to another. or eloquence of speech. No one else knows the Father unless the Son reveals Him. 3:11) And in seeing the Christ the scales of darkness dropped from their eyes. The gospel is that ministration by the Spirit which searches out the depths of God.are told to forget all those deep things. or what we are doing. and must be bound before men can see and hear. Chapters 1-7 [George H. and hast REVEALED them unto babes: even so. and the powers of the heavenly Kingdom are not alerted to what we are saying. and therefore the powers of darkness are left undisturbed. IT IS A SECRET REVEALED. Warnock] ~ BOOK 41 .” The gospel is not just a message declared. neither have entered into the heart of man. We have not been able to penetrate the heavens with “the manifold wisdom of God”.” (Luke 10:21. Like the sons of Sceva. and the people SAW the Christ. In vain are we going to simplify the gospel by portraying it vividly with musical talent. to make known and unveil the Jehovah-God of the Old Testament... we might have the right formula: “I bind this evil spirit in the Name of Jesus”. or with the art of rhetoric.. nor ear heard. 2:7-10) No one can come to know God. doing only what the Father gave Him to do. O Father.. and said. Scales have to be removed from blinded eyes before men are able to “SEE what is the fellowship of the mystery”. by a ministration of the Spirit of God. a secret that is made known to those who are initiated into it. (3) “To the intent that NOW unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by (or THROUGH) the Church the manifold wisdom of God”. to take away the blindness from eyes that men might come to see and know God. but the Son. and deaf ears unstopped. For what purpose? “That we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. There must be a revelation. (Gal. that the Spirit of God flowed forth from his life and message. 12) (2) “And to make all men SEE what is the fellowship of the mystery. the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. and unveiling of the Christ.. as it is written. It is not just an earthly ministration: traveling far and wide with a message. “The god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not.” (2Cor. or by drama. He did this as He walked in total union with Him. For the word “mystery” means “secret”. I thank thee.” (vs. The Devil started that saying. Lord of heaven and earth.but rarely is there any real work accomplished because we are not known WHO ARE YOU.” God’s purpose in all this is that there might be a penetration of the wisdom of God into the heavenly realm. 22) Jesus came to reveal the Father. that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent.. or by puppeteering. a “secret” that men can only know as the Spirit of God reveals Christ to their hearts. and having fellowship in the secret of Christ. crucified in their very midst... 4:4) The hearts of men have got to be pierced by the sword of the Spirit before they are able to SEE. God help us to understand that we do not proclaim the gospel merely with books and words and song.. Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. which God ordained before the world unto our glory.. was all leading up to something else: “TO THE INTENT THAT NOW. There must be a heavenly penetration of the wisdom of God. And this is what the gospel is all about. TO THE INTENT THAT NOW! The intention of the gospel is not there. “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery. in most of our preaching.. All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is.. except blinded eyes are opened. The intention of the gospel is to BIND in Heaven those forces that are loose in the earth... even the hidden wisdom. Paul so preached Christ in Galatia as he walked in the infirmity and weakness of his flesh. The gospel is a “mystery”. Eye hath not seen. and who the Father is. “In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit.” (1Cor. and get on with preaching the simple gospel. The intention of the gospel is to LOOSE in Heaven those forces of the Kingdom that need to be loosed in the earth. but the Father. and he to whom the Son will reveal him.

Beloved.” (1Cor. 1:21-24) The Jews. For as we begin to walk in the obedience of the Cross we would find the very atmosphere of prayer would be impregnated with the will of God. there are any number of best-sellers in our local Christian book-stores to help us along. Warnock] ~ BOOK 42 . Chapters 1-7 [George H. “hot” prayers.. WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE OF ANY EARTHLY GOOD DOWN HERE. The choice is clear: if we want to realize the potential for success that lies within us. and get on with our task of preaching the gospel in all the world! Then suddenly we are brought face to face with the realization that the wisdom of God is the wisdom of the Cross. if we are going to see the scales removed from the eyes of men. Let us ponder this statement. and my words abide in you. and the WISDOM of God. and to care nothing about the approval of men. God’s answer to them is the Cross! The Greeks. but unto them which are called. we are going to have to get better acquainted in Heaven if we are going to be of any earthly good down here. those who believe in God the Creator. the intellectuals. how to become fools.we are not making any inroads into the world of darkness. and unto the Greeks foolishness. and the heroes of faith that we read about in the scriptures will no longer be our heroes. and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified. because we are not known and recognized in heavenly places. that He might through us make “intercession for the saints according to the will of God”. in the Day of the LORD that this whole world system is going to come to NOUGHT by a people who have embraced the way of the Cross. There are many schools and colleges of religion that will teach you how to become successful in ministry. and the wisdom of God. Christ the power of God. The apostle tells us that the intention of the gospel is that the wisdom of God might be revealed NOW in heavenly places.. We have got to begin penetrating the heavens with the wisdom of God. “If ye abide in me. to save them that believe. what a difference it would make in our whole approach to the ministry of the gospel! Our whole way of life would be utterly changed. WHO ARE YOU. Christ crucified becomes the POWER of God. Our only desire would be to become a vessel approved of God. and that if we are not walking in the pathway of total obedience to the will of God. you and I are going to have to set our faces as a flint toward the pathway of the Cross.. Why should I care about revealing the wisdom of God to principalities and powers in the heavens? Let us leave those far-out things alone. We are talking about the Wisdom of the Cross. that you might become strong. But only the School of Obedience will teach you how to become weak. But if we truly want to be a part of that company of people who are going to invade the world of darkness and the heavenly realms with the wisdom of God.. We would learn how to “pray in the Holy Spirit”: “fervent” prayers. but companions of the Cross. What foolishness! But to you and me who believe (whether by nature Jew or Greek).. and our words are not heard or obeyed. And the world is yet to discover. Behold the Cross! And they scoff. that you might become wise. If we could only believe this. Suddenly we come to realize that IF WE ARE NOT KNOWN AND RECOGNIZED UP THERE. Our prayer life would be utterly changed. the seekers after wisdom: God says to them. and bring release to the captive souls and spirits of men. it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching. Here we are on earth. the God of power. Lord. and it shall be done unto you.. both Jews and Greeks. teach us how to walk in the wisdom of the Cross! CHAPTER SEVEN THE WISDOM OF THE CROSS “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God. unto the Jews a stumblingblock. and identifying with the Cross of Christ .” (John 15:7) We would know how to give ourselves to the Spirit of God.. that are baptized with the fire of Heaven. And then would we discover what Jesus talked about when He said. ye shall ask what ye will.and recognized in heavenly places... For the Jews require a sign. through the Church. and the captive souls of men set free. in the midst of all earth’s distress and bondage. prayers that reach the throne of God. and the desire to do only those things that are pleasing in His sight..

whose only weapons were a pitcher that had to be broken. Hate. “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels. If men deny God a place in their lives. all the hatred. But if we are going to truly know this new life. we will be able to identify with our Lord Jesus. we are going to have to know an experiential day-by-day identification with that Cross. in order that we might walk continually in the power of His resurrection. but not in despair. but when morning came they rose to behold 185. that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. But in actual fact He was born under the shadow of the Cross. Warnock] ~ BOOK 43 . lived and moved in the reality of it.. and not of us. Where did it all come from? Who created it? We have already pointed out the secret of the origin of Evil: It was THE EXCLUSION OF GOD that brought it about. Pride..” (2Cor. Because He lived a totally holy life in the very presence of sin. and a trumpet that had to be blown. because they are always wanting to use the left hand instead of the right. and overcame the hosts of Evil “by the blood of the Lamb. the forces of Evil rose up against Him in greater and greater opposition. They will begin to identify with Deborah and Barak. and by the word of their testimony. Satan has extended his dominion over the whole human race ever since the Fall. 4:7-11) True. God is LOVE and LIGHT and TRUTH. We are troubled on every side. Strife. and saw the enemies of God routed. and DARKNESS. persecuted.000 stalwart Assyrian soldiers scattered “like leaves of the forest when Autumn hath blown. and so now all we have to do is appropriate His life. the forces of Hate become more and more intensely hateful. a lamp that had to shine. Chapters 1-7 [George H. He died upon it. who had no strength to resist the invasion of Sennacherib. Now in the fullness of time Christ comes on the scene to undo the curse that engulfed the human race because of Adam’s disobedience. all the bitterness. They will be able to identify with the poor in Manasseh. and in the Wisdom of God which seemed so WHO ARE YOU. Jesus died on the Cross once and for all. We must embrace that once for all Sacrifice. and in the fullness of obedience to the will of God. And because He walks in total LIGHT the opposing forces of Darkness become even more intensely DARK. He reproved the sins of men who “loved darkness rather than light”. with “their goods in peace” because the people of God are under their dominion. yet not distressed. we must take up our cross daily and follow Him. who followed the Lamb in battle. nor in our churches.” But above all. who went forth into battle without the use of sword or spear. and the little army who “jeoparded their lives unto the death in the high places of the field”.. So it must be with His people. He walks in total harmony and obedience to the will of God. He bore it all.Then will we be able to identify with the left-handed Ehuds. cast down.. THE MYSTERY OF THE CROSS God give us insight and revelation to see the depths of the WISDOM and of the POWER of the Cross. Because He loved righteousness and hated iniquity. Now the mystery of the Cross is revealed in this: that He accepted all the reproof.. and walks in total harmony with God who is LOVE.. And they will know that the sword of their warfare is nothing less than the Sword of the Lord. If God is excluded. and with saints and martyrs of the Church age. They will be able to identify with Hezekiah.. but not destroyed. But in doing so. there it is. secure and content. But they will also learn the secret of overcoming the oppressing Eglons who sit in their parlors in high places. that the excellency of the power may be of God. A NEW WAY OF LIFE Perhaps we would like to persuade ourselves that in some theoretical way we were crucified with Christ on His Cross. His weapons of destruction have been revealed in Fear. and so cut Him off. there is HATRED. all these negative traits that have harassed the whole human family from the beginning.. Torment.” THE CROSS. we are perplexed. always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus. with Gideon and his little band. that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.and stirred the very heavens into action on behalf of the people of God. all the strife that raged against Him. They will be able to identify with Jehoshaphat. For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake. Because He is LOVE. and ERROR. but not forsaken. Conceit. who do not FIT in our society.

in the Cross. We have Him in our grasp! But God said. yes it was the Jews who handed the Son of God over to the Gentiles for crucifixion.. and all of us. and DEATH. He becomes the CURSE that cancels the CURSE. I will be thy plagues. He suffers the DEATH that cancels out the DEATH. 13:14) What can we say to these things? “O the depth of the riches Both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments. Christ crucified becomes the PLAGUE. because it was your sin and mine. It was a timeless event. “God forbid that I should glory. “Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. But the Cross is more than a historical event. Chapters 1-7 [George H. 11:33) The Romans said the Cross was the most despicable of all forms of capital punishment. We overcome CURSING with BLESSING. And His ways past finding out!” (Rom.. THE PLAGUE THAT PLAGUES THE PLAGUE OF DEATH: “O death.. and the CURSE from the face of the earth. O grave. by whom the world is crucified unto me. it was the sins of the whole world that killed Jesus. that killed Jesus! It was the priests and the religious leaders that killed Jesus. He dies on a Cross. Who killed Jesus! It was you and I. In the Wisdom of God the world is yet to see.. poetic words. As it were. even for “the manifestation of the sons of God”. We overcome EVIL with GOOD. that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him” (2Cor. and the sins of Adam that we have multiplied over and over again in every generation.. it was there and then that I stained the pride of all your glory! WHO ARE YOU. sins that we inherited from Adam. when you nailed My Son to the Cross.” (Hos. Creation is waiting for this. These are not intended as some idles.. God has given us the secret of overcoming the Evil that is rampant in the world about us: We overcome HATE with LOVE. He becomes the SIN that cancels the SIN.. in union with Him and His Cross. We overcome PRIDE with HUMILITY. We overcome ERROR with TRUTH. “For God hath made Him to be SIN for us. in the consummation of the working of the Cross in the lives of His people. But in the Wisdom of God it was God who judged the world. Paul was able to boast. let us submit ourselves to the outworking of the Cross of Christ in our lives. Warnock] ~ BOOK 44 .” (John 12:31) The Cross is God’s judgment of this world. This evil world of sin and rebellion and hate is yet to be totally subdued by an army of overcomers. come to know the beauty of the Lord upon our lives. an event that belonged to the ages.. He becomes THE NEGATIVE THAT CANCELS OUT THE NEGATIVE. save in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Beloved. that we might lift the curse that has engulfed the hearts and minds of men. I will be thy destruction. It appears to have been the other way around: that is was the world that judged Christ. therefore.. All of us are responsible. We overcome DARKNESS with LIGHT.. who use the weapons of the Cross as their only weapons. and even to His own disciples.” (Gal. 5:21). Let us. 6:14) Who really killed Jesus? Historically. the eradication of SIN.negative to the world. Let us see the Wisdom of God revealed in all that transpired that dark day on Golgotha: The proud and the haughty said.. GOD’S JUDGMENT OF THE WORLD Jesus said. who knew no sin. and I unto the world..

God is going to execute the sentence of judgment that He decreed at Golgotha. 2:6. and it is yet to be revealed and made manifest in the earth. I have destroyed the Last Adam. 8) It is “the Lamb that was slain” who receives “power. God had ordained it so. He wants us to know it is only as we “suffer with Him”. Death boasted. 110:1-7. 2:8) But God has declared the decree of His Lordship over all creation. and show forth the infinite heights of His wisdom. Religion said. But God said. it was you O Death. might become the righteousness of God in Him. These wounds in His hands and feet and side are no longer the bruises inflicted upon Him by sinful men. When the Cross was erected on Golgotha (which means the Place of a Skull). hath prevailed to open the book. 12) WHO ARE YOU. THE TRIUMPH OF THE CROSS The Cross is God’s JUDGMENT OF THE WORLD! And in that great and terrible Day of the LORD. 5:6. This is not exactly right. and strength. When you crucified My Son. “The book” sealed with the seven seals. But God said. You are now secure on the Cross. He is a sinner. Sin that reigned supreme in the hearts of men said. the Lion of the tribe of Juda. that He who conquered over sin and Satan and the world by His sacrifice of the Cross. that My people who receive Him as their sin offering. the Root of David.” (vs. It was there at the Cross that I brought down the whole political systems of Rome. and glory. It was there on the Cross that I condemned SIN in the flesh of my Son.) And so it is the Lamb “as it had been slain”. “Weep not: behold. We may be inclined to believe that Christ came as a Lamb to redeem us. Chapters 1-7 [George H. I put an end to all the religions of men that refuse to bow at the foot of the Cross. The soldiers said. and of the world. in the FOOLISHNESS OF GOD that He would bring the wisdom of man to a skull. but that in His resurrection and enthronement He is now ruling on the throne of glory as a Lion. “we see not yet all things put under Him.we might ask. for it was here. Why? . 7.. one of the elders said. and wisdom. and God has placed all things “under His feet”. is now ruling and reigning as THE LAMB on the throne. “Lo. (Rev. even as I destroyed the first one. and recognize the Lord Jesus as Lord of all.. in the midst of the throne.” (See Psa. because He triumphed over Evil with Good when He went to the Cross. and making them restless and uncontrollable. and twenty-eight times as the Lamb! When no one was worthy to open the book and loose the seals. but badges of Honor and Glory! And if we would reign with Him. and He is yet to be revealed as the conquering LAMB in the “day of His power. and to “follow the Lamb” of meekness. and blessing. Because this “Lion” was still the Lamb in heart.” (Rev. and the unfolding of His purposes to rid the earth of its curse and its evil.The political rulers said. But God said. The Lion of Judah is only mentioned once in the Book of Revelation. How do I know? Because when the Lamb opens the seals. Warnock] ~ BOOK 45 . is the record of God’s righteous judgments in the earth and in the heavens. either here or elsewhere in the Book of Revelation. that was given to the Lamb. that is what He reveals.” (Heb. rather than the Lion of power. 5:5) But when John turned to see this mighty Lion. stood a Lamb as it had been slain. and honor. We have overpowered You. He alone is worthy to administer these judgments. But God said. I know the apostle Paul said. that was brought to destruction.. and God wants His people to always see Him and worship Him as the Lamb on the throne. when My Son hung on the Cross I destroyed the military might and glory of all nations. and this is the end of Him.” (vs. We have eliminated the trouble that is disturbing the people. who is honored and worshipped because of His sacrifice. We have put an end to your heresy and your fanaticism.6) It is significant that John the beloved never saw “the Lion of the tribe of Judah” as a powerful lion. in nature and in character. When My Son hung upon the Cross. It is the story of the Triumph of the Lamb over all the forces of Evil. and riches. But God said. and to loose the seven seals thereof. to the dust..

(Ch. 17:4) It is the Lamb who receives the reward of His sacrifice. 17) It is “by the blood of the Lamb. not two. and these “follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. singing “the song of Moses. (vs. “The Lord God Almighty and the Lamb” are the temple of this city. 4) Those who worship the beast and his image are tormented “with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels. 27) “A pure river of water of life. and on the earth. (Ch.. 10) In the twelve foundations of the city are written “the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” (Ch. clean and white”. The inhabitants of the city are those “which are written in the Lamb’s book of life”. 3..10) The overcomers stand on the sea of glass.. 22:1. and in the presence of the Lamb. with the Lamb in the midst of the throne.” and are “firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.” (vs.. together “make war with the Lamb. She is “arrayed in fine linen.” (vs. (Ch. See Ch.” (Ch. 19:7-9) And then John saw “the bride. for it is the Lamb who is “Lord of lords.” (Ch.. (Ch. and opens the seals of God’s purposes and releases His righteous judgments in the earth. 7:17) It is THE LAMB who opens the seals.. 6:1. for God has found His eternal habitation in the Lamb.. and by the word of their testimony” that His people overcome. washed in His blood. in alliance with religious Babylon. and the Lamb shall overcome them”. because they like their Master “loved not their lives unto the death.It is the Lamb that is exalted and honored by all creatures “in heaven.” (vs. 9. that strikes fear into the kings are great men of the earth. because it is THE LAMB that has conquered by the blood of His Cross. 5. 23) The Lamb is the lamp.10. (Ch. and all that are in them. and King of kings. etc..not the wrath of a Lion. 3.” (vs. a home of supreme joy and delight. and the song of the Lamb.from ONE throne of God.” (Ch.. 7:9.17) It is the Lamb before whom the redeemed of the Lord stand. and the Lamb is the light thereof.. 3). clear as crystal” flows forth from “the throne of God and of the Lamb”. 15:3) Political Babylon. 14:1. 14) In this city there is no temple.14) It is the Lamb “in the midst of the throne” who shepherds and leads His flock “unto living fountains of waters. (vs. 21:2. from which the light of God shines forth upon the redeemed.. the Lamb’s wife” pictured as “that great city. and under the earth. 13:8) It is the Lamb who stands on mount Sion with the “redeemed from the earth. 13) It is the Lamb who takes the book.” (Ch.. to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it. descending out of heaven from God” and “prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” (vs. 6:16. and such as are in the sea.) It is the “wrath of the Lamb”.clean and holy and without defilement.. the holy Jerusalem. 12:11) It is in the book of life of “the Lamb that was slain” that the names of His redeemed are recorded in Heaven. 22) “And the city had no need of the sun. and together they sit down at “the marriage supper of the Lamb. Warnock] ~ BOOK 46 .” (Ch. WHO ARE YOU. and clothed in white garments. neither of the moon. Chapters 1-7 [George H.. when “His wife hath made herself ready” and is presented to Him as His spotless Bride.” (vs.

learning obedience in all that He suffered. when his uncle Laban mistreated him.” (2Cor. There are a lot of success-seekers. Comest thou peaceably?” (1Sam. But when the elders of Bethlehem heard he was on his way to their town they “trembled at his coming.” (Matt. then he was able to put on the strength of the Lord: “for when I am weak. AND THE LAMB IS YET TO RECEIVE THE FULL REWARD OF HIS SACRIFICE! THE MEEK SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH Let us make no mistake about this. It will be “the meek” that “shall inherit the earth. But 40 years later he was back in Egypt with his brother Aaron to deliver the nation of Israel from their bondage. Chapters 1-7 [George H. 12:10) Jesus Himself did not put on a face of strength. and replaced this with great confidence and faith in the One who humbled him. and executing God’s righteous judgments in the earth.” (1Cor.” (2Cor.. There are a lot of power-seekers. “Why do you come to me. in the face of opposition. and put an end to the whole matter? Pharaoh didn’t dare flock to God. that Thou are with us! In later years his son Jacob was very much aware of the godly fear of his father Isaac supporting him. Paul said our Lord was “crucified through weakness. 29) Lord. He took His disciples and withdrew from Jerusalem when they faced severe opposition. 12:3) He fled in fear from the face of Pharaoh when he was a strong and mighty prince in Egypt. Let my people go. “We certainly saw that the LORD was with thee. 31:42. 5:3. “when you hated me so much?” They replied. and came to him to make a covenant that he would not hurt them. and He continues to reign on the throne of glory as “the Lamb that was slain”. to die in weakness at the hands of a powerful Roman governor. Then the two men made a covenant of peace. we see Pharaoh begging for mercy several times. 53. but that he walked in the weakness of the Cross. He rejoiced that when he was weak. There are a lot of glory-seekers in the Church today. and finally asking Moses to remember him in prayer. Paul came to Corinth “in weakness. “And Jacob sware by the fear of his father Isaac.” (See Gen.” (Gen. There are many who are talking about Kingdom truth. above all the men which were upon the face of the earth. when the Philistines strove for them and took them by force.. in order that they might qualify to sit with Him in His throng? Let us be assured that it is not those who know and embrace Kingdom truth. and in fear. 16:4) They were quite aware that this old prophet was moving in the authority and power of God. A meek person has known the chastening and discipline of the Lord.. But how many of these are advocating identification with the Lamb. But somehow they began to detect the strength of the man. “The fear of Isaac” seems like a strange title for a man who walked away from the wells he had dug.” Isaac asked. or try to appear mighty. Can you imagine how mighty Pharaoh felt when this humble shepherd walked into his royal courts one day with a stick in his hand. He bids His disciples to get into His yoke if they would discover the rest and peace that He enjoys in the yoke of the Father: “I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. one who surrenders his own will to the will of another. through this meek and humble shepherd. and about reigning with Christ with rods of iron.and it is the LAMB we see all through the book. When God told him to go to Bethlehem and anoint one of the sons of Jesse to be king. Warnock] ~ BOOK 47 . and has proven God’s faithfulness in the fiery trials that have burned away the strength of the human heart and will.. and he knew it. Was it weakness? He was neither brave. 2:3) Herein lay his strength. old man. not just that he was anointed to preach the Gospel of the Cross. and in much trembling. 5:1)? Why didn’t Pharaoh arrest him right there. who will reign with Christ in His throne. walking in that same yoke. 13:4) This is what Paul meant by “the weakness of God”. and commanded “Thus saith the LORD God of Israel. He was meek! He just lived and moved in the yoke of the Father. Jesus couples “meekness” with “lowliness” when speaking of Himself.” (Num... He has no need to defend Himself. It is “weakness” from the WHO ARE YOU. and therefore He is considered to be weak in the eyes of men.” he said. nor yet a coward. “then am I strong. 26:28. Then He came back to Jerusalem.” (Matt. ruling and reigning and shepherding His people. He was a weak. 5) The word “meek” implies a total lack of self-interest. He was a Lamb throughout His ministry in the earth. 11:29) Because He is meek. he was afraid of Saul.” (Ex. It will be “the poor in spirit” who take the Kingdom.) Moses was said to have been “very meek. may our strength be only in this. Samuel was a meek man. and said.

. 3:21) EVEN NOW ON THE THRONE OF GLORY HE IDENTIFIES HIMSELF WITH A SUFFERING LAMB-PEOPLE IN THE EARTH. (Rev.. because He is joined unto them by one Spirit. And now He is reigning. and He tells them. 9:22. 6:10) God is pained with their pain. Warnock] ~ BOOK 48 . when we question Him this way.” (1Cor. 23) That’s God’s answer. as He has witnessed the terror and reign of Evil these thousands of years. 9:22) He has longed to rise up in vengeance on behalf of His chosen ones.. God just WHO ARE YOU.. What a shock it must have been to Saul of Tarsus. that it is the Lamb that is reigning. they must know the sufferings of the Cross.” (Rom. He has heard the prayers of saints and martyrs. dear ones. Chapters 1-7 [George H. We know about human suffering. with all power in heaven and in earth at His command. O Lord. all through the Book of Revelation. I have other sons whom I am preparing for glory. that we might be transformed into His image by seeing Him AS HE IS. He is preparing still other VESSELS OF MERCY! He will bear the pain a little longer. as the Lamb upon the throne. Saul. Only then will we be able to reign with Him in life.. who cry out: “How long. willing to shew His wrath. THAT WE TOO MIGHT REIGN WITH HIM. and to make His power known. This is one side of God we can very easily lose sight of in all of those theological arguments as to why God the Omnipotent has permitted this horrible reign of evil. ENDURED WITH MUCH LONG-SUFFERING THE VESSELS OF WRATH FITTED TO DESTRUCTION: AND THAT HE MIGHT MAKE KNOWN THE RICHES OF HIS GLORY ON THE VESSELS OF MERCY. and will continue to reign eternally. when he heard the voice of the Lord of Glory saying. Why then does the Spirit emphasize. dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell in the earth?” (Rev. WHY A LAMB ON THE THRONE? Now we know that Christ is indeed “the Lion of the tribe of Judah”. but we fail to realize that God IS SUFFERING. IN HIS THRONE. why persecutest thou Me?” May the Lord open our eyes to see “the Lamb that was slain” on the throne of Glory. He hears and feels those blasphemous attacks against His suffering Church in the earth. “God has to be a Man. and crying out for the rocks to hide them? HE REIGNS AS THE LAMB.viewpoint of men who consider meekness to be weakness. holy and true. I recall a certain woman (as they discussed the horrible pains of womankind) remarking. AND THAT HE HAS SUFFERED LONG with the evil of men’s hearts. The apostle tells us that this kind of “weakness” is “stronger than men. at least. BECAUSE IT IS HIS INTENTION TO BRING FORTH THE CHARACTER OF THE LAMB IN US. “What if God. Why.. “Saul.. did He not put an end to the reign of Evil long before now? The apostle answers hard questions like these by asking another one: “What if God. “You must wait yet a little while.” She was saying. ENDURED WITH MUCH LONGSUFFERING THE VESSELS OF WRATH FITTED TO DESTRUCTION?” (Rom. as He has witnessed the evil perpetrated against them.. THE TRAVAIL OF GOD Why did God permit Evil to come into the world? Surely He could have prevented it if He had wished to do so. Again we must emphasize that God has been suffering pain beyond our ability to comprehend: “What if God.?” What if He purposed to bring greater glory out of it all? What if He had a better plan? If we could only sense the heart of God we would realize that it has been with great PAIN that God has restrained Himself.. 1:25) He laid down His life as a bleeding Lamb. and the Lamb that is shepherding the flock of God? And whoever heard of a Lamb shepherding the flock? Or a Lamb striking kings and potentates of the earth with fear. He has ENDURED patience and long-suffering beyond our ability to comprehend. overshadowed in our weakness by His mighty power..” And so the apostle explains a little concerning His purpose in enduring the evil in this world. not once but 28 times. even as you have.

that they are seen as ONE MAN.he does not know that God is using him to refine the gold. throughout long ages. a “perfect MAN”.” (Isa. in the time of the prophets. “As soon as Zion travailed. the corporate MAN that Paul speaks about in Eph. Satan stood there beside Joshua to resist him. It is the people born of the woman that was “clothed with the sun. 9:23) When we see “vessels of wrath” pouring out their hot flames against the people of God. But God saw fit to pluck it out! Some Christians do not like God’s autocratic ways. Beloved.a people walking in such union and harmony with Christ. “I am going to overcome the Evil with the Good . So did Satan. yes. He doesn’t show us too much. For He knows Satan does not understand the wisdom of the Cross . When God chose a “brand plucked out of the fire” to be the high priest of the restored temple in Jerusalem.” (Rom. Satan may stoke the flames and add fuel to the fire.. she was delivered of a man child. even in His own heart. and restrained Himself. He may urge him on. and the prophet is amazed how quickly it seemed to have happened. and rebuked Satan in the Name of the Lord. Who are we to say. and by the very love and mercy and truth that they walk in. O Jerusalem.” (Isa. she brought forth her children.” (Isa. let us remember this.. 2) And so we rejoice that God lets us see the other side of His seemingly strange and arbitrary ways... and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. but enough to cause the pure in heart to. “I must bring forth other Vessels of Mercy. He likens Himself to a travailing woman at the hour of her birth. The prayers and the cryings and the travail of saints and martyrs have been stored up in the vials of Heaven. God knew that.but why does He not destroy the “vessels of wrath”? And God’s answer is. He puts the same burden upon His people: “I have set watchmen upon thy walls. a corporate MAN. until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness.. Why Lord have you waited so long? God said He would never hold His peace till this people came forth in the light and in the splendor of His salvation: “For Zion’s sake I will not hold my peace. Here was a brand in the fire. and till He make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.. 7) A MANCHILD IS TO BE BORN God has refrained Himself.” and the Spirit encourages them to “Give Him no REST. 4:13. is called Zion’s “children” in vs. (See Zech. We may wonder why God did not come forth in the early days of the human family. they will be My weapons to destroy the Evil”.so I will use the vessels of wrath to polish and refine the vessels of mercy.. He knows all about it! Hear what He says. Coming forth in the end-time because God’s precious ones of all ages have cried and travailed before God for the triumph and victory of His people. WHO ARE YOU. 66:8) Notice that the one who is called the man child in vs. and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest.. the opposition was strong and heavy.. 12:1). Chapters 1-7 [George H. 66:7) “Who ever heard of such a thing?” Isaiah asked. to bring about his own destruction. I have been still. I will destroy and devour at once.well and good . If He must have “vessels of mercy”. It ought to have been burned along with all the other sticks in the fire. 62:1) And because this is the burden of His heart... 7.. 3:1. prepared unto Glory”. “Before she travailed. till He establish.. a vessel approved of God. It is ONE but many.” (Rev. “I have long time holden my peace. But Michael the Archangel fully approved. And Satan didn’t like it either. But the question remains. Using Satan. using him to prepare another “vessel unto honor”. 8. 42:14) There is something almost explosive in God’s heart. and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. and the moon under her feet.” (vs. God is at the same time using them to prepare “vessels of mercy” for His own glory. for he goes on to say... and refrained myself: now will I cry LIKE A TRAVAILING WOMAN.. A holy nation born in one day? I think the prophet is emphasizing that no longer will there be an extension of the age-long yearning in the heart of God to rise up on behalf of His people in the earth.” (Isa... Suddenly there comes forth in the endtime a manchild. she brought forth: before her pain came.. But He said in His heart. Warnock] ~ BOOK 49 . and if God sees fit.does not know what the pain of childbirth is all about.. And so He endures “with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath” in order “that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy.

Chapters 1-7 [George H. I have yet many more Vessels of Mercy that I must bring forth. Bring to Him your burnt offering. and the strife. But the burnt offering was different. knowing God’s intention is good. And because they live as He lived. They walk in Heaven. by overcoming the Evil of the world with Mercy and Truth and Love. brethren. as Jesus did when He was here. and walk in Your ways. “he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering”. and the violence that existed in the hearts of men. Be assured that God is using those fiery trials to defeat the Enemy who is adding fuel to the fire. And so we stand on the threshold of the Day of the LORD. for my glory. He only could die for the sins of the world. But God said. Recognize that God is pained with their pain. acceptable unto God. And we are not going to discover a dying out to sin. are meek and lowly even as He was meek and lowly. by the mercies of God. when the sentence of the Cross shall be executed in all its Fury and in all its Mercy. (Rom.” (Lev.. that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice. and I see that His head was also smitten. In the fullness of time God brought forth His Only Begotten. 2) Next.. I accept the fact. until there is truly a dying out to SELF. in all its Deception and in all its Truth.... In this offering we must “present ourselves” and not merely some of our valued possessions. But there were five offerings that Moses instituted for the people of God. and thereby with the WISDOM and the POWER of God? This is the only way we can do it. He will bring forth “vessels of mercy” for the eternal praise and glory of His Name. and bow in submission at His feet. holy. His glorious design being that after He has suffered age-long endurance. forgive even as He forgave.” (Rom. and with it all the hate.. and you and I have a part in this offering as we present our bodies “a living sacrifice. O Lord. 12:1) Do we desire to identify with the Cross. anticipating the day of glory when His people of Mercy would arise in the earth. and continues with much long-suffering to postpone the day of His vengeance. for his acceptance) at the door of the tabernacle. 12:1.. They are known in heavenly places.. acceptable unto God”. that I cannot serve you acceptably unless you deal with the thoughts of my mind.. thorns which grew in the earth because of Adam’s sin. even as Jesus overcame EVIL with GOOD. and they placed a crown of thorns upon His brow. that is true. And then I look aside at the Cross on which my Lord Jesus died. WHO ARE YOU. which are at enmity with your thoughts. It speaks of a life of obedience unto the will of God. show mercy even as He showed mercy.. And so He has waited. THE BURNT OFFERING “I beseech you therefore. Who is this manchild that is caught up to God and His throne? They are vessels of Mercy.. Warnock] ~ BOOK 50 . I must be renewed in the “spirit of the mind” if I am going to know Your mind. They overcome. to put an end to the reign of TERROR AND EVIL. and waited. and stoking the flames. which is your reasonable service.Rejoice in the midst of tribulation. even as their Lord and Saviour overcame. or into the LIGHT AND THE GLORY of a people who have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb. we can’t go to the flocks and get something to die in our place. 1:3) Unlike the Israelites of old. they are hated even as He was hated. Jesus did that for us.. on the Altar of Burnt Offering. and all the while He has known and experienced great LONGSUFFERING. We are saying in effect: I accept the judgment of God upon my HEAD. “He shall offer it of his own voluntary will (or. and the murder. And there and then God condemned the world. Yet in the end they overcome EVIL with GOOD. whom men slew and hung upon a tree. in all its Darkness and in all its Light. because they love even as He loved. and as the sin offering Jesus fulfilled that in a very unique way. live even as He lived. even as they move upon the earth. holy. He suffered it all that I might know the mind of Christ. For the truth of God will crowd all men into one of two areas: into the DARKNESS AND DEATH of a world that hates God.

he was saying. cutting asunder soul and spirit.. My feet must be fastened securely to that Tree. Perhaps He understood nothing of what it all meant. that I lay upon the bodies and souls of men for their healing. living waters that are saturated with the precious blood of Jesus. The priest would be responsible to arrange the wood on the fire. cleansing eye! And so may we understand the implications of our Burnt Offering. of course. if I am going to know the release of living waters from my heart. and stay before the Altar until we are sure the Priest has us under His control. and still another. the parts.” (Rev... and I must accept it for myself. What an exposing of the heart there will be when He with eyes as a flame of fire accepts our offering. Warnock] ~ BOOK 51 ..” (Lev. the head. hoping to discover the secret of life.and walk in the Spirit. lay his hand on the head of the bullock and slay it.. my side. shall lay the parts. that He might do it in us. and in us: “Lord. “O Lord. in order upon the wood that is on the fire. We must ask Him to do it for us. As we bring our offering unto the Lord.. when we bring our offering to Him. I must learn the same obedience. the joints and the marrow... life-giving streams to the nations of the world. only to discover a few days later that somehow the work had not been done... The Israelite of old would bring his offering to the priest. But we have to present ourselves to Him. and the fat. and flowing forth in healing.” (vs. 8) The pieces. And so I must leave you with but one requirement. And they loved not their lives unto the death.) I mean.. How many of us have searched through the writings of the famous overcomers in Church history.. and sprinkle the blood round about upon the altar. that henceforth I might walk with the “beautiful feet” of the risen Christ. 5) He did all that for me. Only our High Priest can do this. and the priests. hoping to discover the secret of living the life of Christ! And then when we came to the five easy steps to victory we would underscore them... Then the priest would take it and do all the rest. and our “turtledove” has two wings... The parts. O. that blood and water might flow from my broken heart. my feet.. 1:6. and be delivered from the law of sin and death. and love your ways” “And he shall kill the bullock before the LORD. we must leave it there for Him to finish the work! (Just remembering. bruise my head.. Our hands must be nailed to the Cross. But in the Burnt Offering I must know that I can only know this life as I too find myself hanging there with Him. but His. take my mind. 4:12) We do not really know ourselves until the piercing sword of God’s Spirit begins to divide and cut asunder and expose. our great High Priest. that when I begin to serve Him from the fire of the Burnt Offering. Only God can do this.. purifying. and stoke the fire that would cause the offering to ascend to God “as a sweet savor unto the LORD”. My side must be pierced. my hands. What are we saying? Simply that the Burnt Offering is entirely through the working of our great High Priest in the heavens. And therefore we pray. “I identify myself with this offering that is slain”. and discerning… discovering… exposing “the thoughts and intents of the heart.. the fat. but without knowing it. that I might live. the head. that our “bullock” has four legs. bringing the gospel of peace to the captive souls of men. that out from the futility of a life that I have lived in the energies and WHO ARE YOU. Expose my inward parts completely to the sword of Your Spirit.” (Heb. And so we would turn to another book. Chapters 1-7 [George H. “And they overcame him (the Dragon) by the blood of the Lamb. and by the word of their testimony. All the inner thoughts and workings of the fleshly nature totally exposed and laid bare before the priest. only to suffer disappointment over and over again. and to fires of Your Altar. if we could only know the longing of God’s heart to take us and cleanse us. Aaron’s sons.. and begins to uncover and lay bare the PARTS before His searching. my heart. we must decree the sentence of death for the whole man. and cut it into his pieces. and let it know the bruising of Your crown of thorns that I might henceforth think your thoughts. and go about trying to make it work. 12:11) “And he shall flay the burnt offering... to bring to light the hidden things of darkness. it will no longer be my hands.. and lay the parts on the wood. upon the mountains of anointing and victory.

. LEST HE WALK NAKED. But it is happening now. 13:8) When the Lord tells us that He is going to release the “spirits of devils. it is going to dissolve.’ “And rather than fearing the cost. 16:15) God is saying very clearly. THE HAPPY MEDIUM At this present time there are three classes of people in the Church: Those who are given over to Christ. but it is still crowded with people. Lord. And there were seven sons of one Sceva. BUT WHO ARE YE? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them. lest he walk naked.. You in Your grace and power and in the wisdom of Your Cross. and keepeth his garments. and it is getting smaller every day. with witchcraft. The people of the world and of the Church are going to be pressured into one camp or the other.. whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. And the evil spirit answered and said. and when the storms of the Day of the LORD begin to break upon us. Warnock] ~ BOOK 52 . the political realm of the Beast. when there will be but TWO CAMPS: “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him (the Beast). and chief of the priests. It is a small island.... We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. out from its politics.. We will have to come out for Christ: out from the world. such a revelation of Thy glory that we might willingly count all but dross for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord”. took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus. and they see his shame.. THEY JUST WANT THE HAPPY MEDIUM! But this little Island of Neutrality is built of sinking sand.. ‘An offering made by fire. exorcists. and overcame them. and the religious systems of the False Prophet. and with religions that are structured under Satanic principles. its pleasures. It may sound unreasonable and illogical that good respectable “Christians” could ever get involved with demonic cults and systems. the Armor of Righteousness! THE SONS OF SCEVA “Then certain of the vagabond (traveling) Jews. They are not really heavenly-minded. but not really earthly-minded. and shrinking from the reproach of it all. grant us. its warfare.carnal strivings of my fleshly nature. JESUS I KNOW. and it will continue to take on momentum as we approach the Day of the Lord.. Chapters 1-7 [George H. saying. but they do not want to die upon it. AND THEY SEE HIS SHAME. and of course it would WHO ARE YOU. Of a sweet savor unto the LORD.”) Activity of this kind from the world of darkness may sound like a very unusual situation. its whole way of life. sing about the Cross. a Jew. AND PAUL I KNOW. those who are given over to their own ways. and those who live on the little Island of Neutrality.” (Rev. They want Heaven when they die. but they do not want to walk in Heaven while they live here. Or we will become engulfed in the domain of the Dragon. but not really COLD. working miracles” in order to gather together the forces of Evil to Armageddon. They talk about the Cross.. and not clothed upon with the Armor of Light.” (Acts 19:13-16) (Remember how Jesus warned His people concerning the Day of Evil: to WATCH. its religious systems.” (Rev. that it may ascend as incense before the Lord. Be Prepared! Lest in that day you are found naked. so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded... and prevailed against them.. might consume my sacrifice with Fire from off the Altar. to that great day of God Almighty. Jesus speaks of these in His letter to the Church at Laodicea: They are not really HOT. which did so. to KEEP HIS GARMENTS. take notice once again of that little parenthesis that immediately follows: “Blessed is he that watcheth.

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