There are many who could work for the Lord, but wouldn’t be acceptable to work with you. This woman had had several husbands; and the man she was living with, at that time, was not her husband. Nevertheless, Jesus said, “I’ll give you a drink.” She said, “Our father’s worshipped in this mountain, (in that day also, mountains were an expression of different places of worship) but you say Jerusalem is the right place to worship.” He answered, “The hour cometh and now is when the true worshipper will worship the Father in this mountain.” What mountain? The mountain of Spirit and truth!
This is the high mountain that the angel took John upon, when he saw “the City”. “He carried me away to a great high mountain.” You can’t go down in the lowlands or you’ll never see the City. You have to be “carried away under that great high spiritual position”. Only spiritual men and women, whose spiritual condition is in a good shape, can see that city in all her glory. Daniel said that this would become a mountain and fill all the earth. Isaiah and other prophets, pointed to a day, when the knowledge of the Lord would fill the whole earth, but millennialists pick that up and say there’s going to come a day when the knowledge of the Lord will fill the whole earth. The stone became a mountain, when it became Mt. Zion; when Christ acquired His spiritual body, the Church. When does it fill the whole earth? What does that mean? Earth? Man and woman. Eph. 1:19: “And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power (20) Which He wrought in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and set him at His own right hand in the heavenly places. (21) Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come. (22) And hath put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, (23) Which is His Body, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all.” What earth gets filled with His knowledge? Not the soil, but this earth: mankind. When we get filled with His fullness, we are filled with the fullness of Christ, or truth. So the mountain on fire symbolizes the morning church, baptized with the Holy Ghost.
The grass was burned up. We told you that the grass was a symbol of the old fleshly nature of man. It is a beautiful and awesome sight to behold a mountain on fire. But it’s a sad picture when we think of her being cast into the sea.
God tells the truth when He gives the story of man and relates the bad as well as the good about him. He relates how Moses became angry and broke the tablets of the law. He also told about Abraham and how he failed to tell the truth when he was down in Egypt. There are people who are willing to hear the good things about the church of today, but they don’t like to hear or to talk about an apostasy or a falling away. However, this is true as anything else and the trumpet needs to be sounded out to warn men and women today. The apostasy was a deceptive thing, and it wrecked a good part of the kingdom of God before men ever realized what was happening. Paul tried earnestly to show them that the mystery of iniquity was already working. You have a terrible time getting it over today. You can go to any sect or to their leaders and say, “You people have apostatized”. They reply, “We have a broader view of the thing. We’re getting along better than we ever did.” Again, if you go to the compromising leaders of the church of God---and you will have the hardest kind of time, trying to convince them that they’ve fallen from truth. Why? Because, they don’t see it--- the thing is so deceptive. It has stolen the very vitals out, and left them with a mere profession and a certain feeling that they are in better shape than they ever were, before. The Bible tells us that they say, “We are rich and increased with goods,” and know not that they are poor. But the Revelation tells us that the second angel sounded, and as it were, a great mountain, burning with fire, was cast into the sea. We have found out what that mountain is.
THE CASTING DOWN OF THE GREAT MOUNTAIN
This casting down of the great mountain---symbolizing the apostasy that took place in the morning church, happened because of the way the trumpet was sounded. This followed the sounding of the trumpet. If the trumpet of this age, had continued to sound the same as the first trumpet, this would never have happened. People say today, that it doesn’t make too much difference what you preach. It makes all the difference. The second trumpet failed to sound out and preach a straight (all truth) message, and a sad condition came, in the church. So the mountain on fire was cast into the sea.
In Daniel 8:10-12, we read about an abomination that would practice and prosper, and the truth would be cast down. Daniel 8:10, “And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them (11) Yea, and he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, An by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. (12) And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practiced and prospered.”
The same thing is prospering today, that the morning church laid hold of and caused to crumble. How can it stand today? It can stand because the church now, in our time, is failing to put out the unadulterated Word. We should all live the Word of God more than we love America. Why? This earth is going up in smoke one of these days, but the truth will carry us to a new earth where we will live forever. The Church was falling out of God’s hands, not as a whole, but a great part of it fell out of the hands of God, and into the hands of men. As soon as men began to take over the church, it began to lose its lofty position and came down. Acts 20:28-31: “Take heed to yourselves and to the flock over which the Holy Ghost has made you overseers.” There’s where we need to take heed. As to what we feed the flock, or preach to here; for what is preached causes her to become what she is---weak or strong. Take heed to yourselves. Why? You can understand the doctrines of the church, but you can’t preach it, if you don’t live it. There will be no power in your preaching, unless you live a life that backs it up. There’s a cry today in the church of God ministry. It’s, “Take heed to yourselves and feed the flock.”
If we can get the ministry straightened out, we’ll be able to straighten out the saints. The enemy knows where he can work and where he can’t. He also knows whether or not you have power to resist him.
Paul was working faithfully and casting out devils, and the Jews said: “Well, let us try to do it.” So they laid hands on the man who was devil possessed, and said, “We adjure you in the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, come out of him.” But the evil spirit replied, “Jesus we know, and Paul we know, but who are you?” And the result was very disastrous. But when a real man of God rebukes Satan in the name of Jesus, he has to go. In His name, we have power over every effort of the enemy and we can still put scorpions and also serpents under our feet. The devil has to go. Peter tells us the same thing. Jude said to earnestly contend for the faith. And why? Certain men had crept in unawares. Jude 10, “They speak evil of those things which they know not, but what they know naturally, as brute beasts. They creep in, not even sparing the flock today, leading away disciples after themselves.”
How do we start leading away disciples? When the truth plainly teaches doctrinal points, and we start saying, Well, we don’t believe in that, we don’t practice that, then, some or many of the flock starts following us, and we meet on the campgrounds and hear more plain truth and…Well, we decide to follow what our pastor preaches instead of taking a stand for truth. That pastor is leading us away after himself. When we leave the pathway of holiness and the Word of God, people should refuse to follow us. People tell me my people are following me. I answer that they are supposed to follow me, as I follow Christ. The pastor is the overseer, but it is the privilege of every saint to make sure the pastor stays in line with truth. Paul said to follow him, as he followed Christ. Keep your eye on Christ and follow him, regardless of leaders. Jude is speaking of these men that crept in unaware. I don’t like this creeping business. Peter points them out for us. They go around privy with their doctrine. May we be able to mark such, so that you will know who they are.
A man of God has enough confidence in his message before God that he will get up and preach before great numbers. Paul knew that he had the will of God in his ministry to the Gentiles and said: “I withstood Peter, face to face.” I said, “Peter, you are a good man, but you have not seen all the truth yet. The Gospel is for the Gentiles too.”
We love God’s people, but we must tell them the truth. We need to be more careful with this matter, of some speaking boldly, as the Spirit of God leads, and others gathering in little groups to criticize and to disagree privately; it divides the flock. “They speak evil of the things they know not and what they know naturally as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves; woe unto them.” They went the way of Cain. What did Cain do? He killed his brother. Why? He killed his brother because his brother’s prayers went up and his didn’t. They have Cain’s spirit. Again, why did Cain kill Abel? Abel truly worshipped God and his smoke went up and Cain’s didn’t. These critics are just working to kill your influence. Your smoke is going up and theirs is not.
BALAAM STROVE TO PROPHESY FOR REWARD
“They went the way of Cain and ran greedily after the error of Balaam.” Balaam was a man of God that was requested by Balak to curse Israel. Balak was afraid of the Israelites. He knew he could not stand against them, so he talked the prophet into going over and cursing them, and then he could handle them. Balaam wanted the gifts they offered and wanted to go before he even prayed. If we want real direction from God, we had better go with an open heart, because if God sees that you’re set in your heart to do a certain thing, he’ll let you do it.
Now Balaam prayed more than once, so God said, go ahead. He would go with him. God letting this prophet go down to curse Israel? So on down the road they went, but soon an angel of the Lord stood in front to the mule on which Balaam rode. Well, the mule balked and would go no further. When men get started going contrary to God’s will they become dumber than an ass. The ass could see the angel, but the man couldn’t. Why couldn’t he see it? As he had gone on riding along, he kept thinking about that gold. He still wanted to be true to God, but he also wanted the gold. So he was so wrapped up in what he was thinking, he couldn’t see spiritual things. So he began to whip the mule.
Finally God put a voice in the mule, saying, “What’s going on here?” But God let him go on down. Balak said, “Are you ready to curse Israel?” He said, “Yes, I’m ready.” But every time he arose to curse Israel, he blessed her instead. He even began prophesying about the star that came forth out of Jesse and other prophecies. Balak told him he didn’t get him to come to bless Israel, and Balaam replied, “How can I curse what God blesses?” He tried it again and again, and every time he got ready to curse Israel, blessing would flow from his mouth. Balaam ran greedily after reward.
How many today have misled the children of God, for the sake of reward, position, salary, or reward of some kind? But, again God says such men perished in the gainsaying of Core. Perhaps you’re well acquainted with what Core did. She led a delegation against a man of God. God worked through Moses to lead Israel. Core rose up and said, “Is Moses the only one who hears from God around here?” Well, she began to divide Israel. She led a delegation against the very leadership of God
The 12th verse reads: These are spots in your feasts. Do you want to know why we’re not having greater feasting time in the Lord? We need to clean house. The thing has gotten so spotted, there’s not much of a feast to it in many places. How shall we clean them out? Just start preaching the truth and putting the Word on these conditions. [ The End ]