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1 Tape Twelve on Sat Jan 12, 2013 11:27 am

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Treading Down the Grain
Truth comes as a result of us “treading” it out. In Old Testament, the making of bread is a picture of the Word of God. It’s a result of an oxen walking in a circular fashion, crushing grain. Continually walking over it again and again before it’s finally ground down to the point to where it can be used as meal. Or that it’s ground up enough to be digestible. We sometimes jump too soon to another topic or message before spending enough time grinding down what’s been originally laid out before us.

Flour, Oil, and Water
We don’t spend enough time walking it out, over and over in our minds and understanding, allowing the wheat of the Word to be ground into a fine flour that can be mixed with the water and oil of the spirit with which bread is then made, baked, and eaten. So we’re back in Revelation 9, we’re still treading. Of all the chapters we’ve come to this far, this one is one of the more difficult passages. This isn’t meant to discourage the reader, it’s been said to let us know that as we read this chapter, we may sense a bit of an overwhelming feeling that the understanding appears to be too confusing.

Whenever we read any passage in Scripture and we say to ourselves or anyone within an ear-shot of our voice, “that doesn’t make any sense to me” we are planting in our own mind, seeds of unbelief. The argument may be that many of these things dealing with the spiritual kingdom and the Old Testament cultures and on and on, they don’t fit with how we think or talk and it’s hard to understand any of it. The truth is, your spirit does understand, it’s your mind that is having a problem in catching up with it because our minds are carnal.

Scripture Can’t Remove the Veil
2 Corinthians 3:14 speaks about that veil that is still on some people’s minds even as they read the Scripture because the Bible doesn’t have the ability to remove the veil. If you read that verse you’ll see that only Jesus can do that. And if we resist him, he still won’t be able to remove it either because he won’t force himself on us against our will. But also understand that it’s God’s intention to write his laws not just in our hearts, but in our minds also. (Heb. 10:16)

2 Corinthians 3
9If the Government of Condemnation was impressive, how about this Government of Affirmation? 10Bright as that old government was, it would look downright dull alongside this new one. 11If that makeshift arrangement impressed us, how much more this brightly shining government installed for eternity?
12With that kind of hope to excite us, nothing holds us back. 13Unlike Moses, we have nothing to hide. Everything is out in the open with us. He wore a veil so the children of Israel wouldn't notice that the glory was fading away-- 14and they didn't notice. They didn't notice it then and they don't notice it now, don't notice that there's nothing left behind that veil. 15Even today when the proclamations of that old, bankrupt government are read out, they can't see through it. Only Christ can get rid of the veil so they can see for themselves that there's nothing there.
16Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are--face to face! 17They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We're free of it! 18All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him


Our Faith Cuts Two Ways
My spirit does have the aptitude to grasp and comprehend anything that’s in Scripture from Genesis to Revelation. And you’re mind will catch up if you don’t continue to speak negatively about what you don’t understand. Satan loves to water seeds of his own that he plants in us. We help him out by calling out things as though they were just as we do with Scriptural truths. He uses our own tongue to speak death into our own experience. That cuts both ways and we need to understand that. God’s truth is not hidden from us, it’s hidden “for” us. Perhaps, if you need to say anything at all, it’d be best to say “I don’t understand it ‘yet’.” That’s what Revelation is all about. Apocalypses means to unveil.

Revelation 9
1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit 2 And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit 3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. 4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; (trees refer to only the godly?) but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads 5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. 7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared unto battle; and on their heads were as it were crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. 8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. 9 And they had breastplates, as it were breastplates of iron; and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots of many horses running to battle. 10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. 11 And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. 12 One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.

Symbols of Scripture Interpret Symbols of ScriptureOne of the most important things we need to keep remembering, this book is written in symbolism. We should know that the key to unlocking it’s truth is understanding the symbols. The symbols are not to be related to how we would us them in our own culture or understanding, but the symbols used in this book are to be compared to and related with the symbols used in other passages of Scripture. The Bible itself, interprets itself. Otherwise, I have preconceived ideas and I will then make it say what I want it to say instead of understanding what the original message was intended to say.

Isa 34:4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling [fig] from the fig tree.

What’s in an Angel
These last few verses then is clear to know they are symbolism. In the opening verse, it speaks of the 5th angel sounding. There are seven angels over all. In our minds, we picture a great angel with light glowing out from him in all directions and he lifts a long, 6 or 7-foot trumpet to his lips and lets out a deafening blast announcing the opening of another seal. But this isn’t entirely what John is seeing here. Remember where John is physically when he receives this spiritual vision? He’s stranded, left for dead on an Island called Patmos. Patmos means “my killing”. Interesting.

Significance of Seven
But as John is on this Island, God has opened up the heavens of understanding to him like a scroll the same scroll we just read about in Isaiah. He’s given a specific message to 7 specific churches, and then from the point where he’s taken up dimensionally to the throne, it’s all symbolic from that point on. So the seven angels that are sounding trumpets, 7 being a reoccurring number that is found more in the book of Revelation than in any other book of the Bible as it is the symbolism of completion and perfection. So we are seeing things come to culmination and to perfection here in the last book added to the Bible. That’s why seven is used over and over.

On that Note . . .
Did it ever occur to the reader that in the day when this was first given to John that perhaps there were more than seven churches in operation at that time? Were these seven covered in the first three chapters of the book the only ones that God had issues with? Are we to assume that all the other churches were in perfect harmony with God’s will for their lives and communities that they didn’t need to be addressed? Or could it be that this is again a spiritual symbolic picture of the church, the whole church, in it’s maturity or the complete church that God was addressing?

Trumpet-blasting Messengers
So the angels we see blowing the trumpets are not in every case, in some cases they are, but not in all cases are they literal beings that are around the throne of God. In chapters 2 and 3 the angels are messengers to the 7 churches are clearly pastors over the congregations. They are messengers. They are apostolic in their gifting. But now the trumpets that we’re reading about, like we saw in Revelation 1 and chapter 4, they always “denote” or speak of a prophetic voice. We’re not actually seeing a literal instrument fashioned like a bell on the end of it used for musical invocation. But that is a symbol that what is being prepared to be heard is a prophetic voice.

What do we mean by a prophetic voice?
We mean that this isn’t just someone that is echoing everything that is resonating around the religious world, but his is a voice that is clear. It’s definitive, distinguishable above everything else. There is a mixture in the religious world today that doesn’t have a clear, distinctive sound. It doesn’t clear things up for us as much as it brings us confusion. It doesn’t encourage, but it discourages us. It doesn’t create a hunger in us for more of God’s word, but it keeps us away instead. Those are not prophetic voices or trumpets. Often times we see an emotional recital from Scripture which the reader then inaccurately interprets what was said, but because of the emotion, the listener buys what’s being said as truth which then the seed of misdirection has been successfully planted.

1 Corinthians 14 it speaks if a trumpet gives and uncertain sound, how do we know when it’s time to prepare for battle? So when we see the 7 trumpets here in Revelation, that should cause us to remember in the Old Testament there were seven trumpets that were sounded by the priests as they went around the walls of Jerico. Whenever I hear a prophetic voice, the word spoken will cause such a resonation throughout my body as well as others, that it will cause things that you thought were asleep forever to wake up and it also alarms you. Not to mention if it’s a trumpet of truth, the walls of our hearts will collapse because they were man-made in the first place, and the truth of God will then envelope us like a flood.

What is it that a Biblical trumpet did?
Whenever the blast was given by the Priest, it would immediately have a response by the people. It would alert them to act. It would get there attention and instruct them what to do or where to go or when to go. Whenever I see people become actively responsive to what I would say, I would sometimes become a bit frustrated by their response of confusion or questioning because I felt I’d failed them in explaining the ways of God’s patterns effectively. But then the Lord began to reveal to me that he’s making me to be a trumpet, calling his body to order and prepare for what he’s going to do next. But a trumpet is simply announcing change to routine. It’s not the trumpet’s responsibility to bring about the change, it’s simply announcing that change is on the horizon.

I want to be the trumpet voice of the Lord that will cause the body to think. That will awaken you and arouse you out of your spiritual slumber that will stir you up and bring you to a place where you’ll begin to act in the name of the Lord. A sound that will cause you to break free from the status quo and get you to realize that you’re hearing something that you’re not hearing out there in the noise of the streets of religion. It’s easy to become a parrot or a talking head.

John the Baptist Trumpet Blast
But when an angel starts flying through the heavens with the awakening trumpet blast into your spirit of a fresh and new word in the spirit, the body readily responds to it’s alarm. John the Baptist sounded the trumpet blast to all the religious world after 400 years of silence from the realm of heaven. For 400 hundred years, they laid in the lap of a stale religious system. But when John the Baptist stood up, he wasn’t dressed like they dressed, he didn’t eat like they ate, he didn’t speak the same mundane things they routinely repeated by rote. He was a voice crying in the wilderness.

There will be many people that will plug their ears and run in the opposite direction from the blast. They will reject what God is bringing and they will rebel against what he’s doing because it’s not the same as what they’ve been conditioned to believe for all those years. But when the truth came to set them free, they rejected it and in a frenzy, they tried to kill it, not realizing for it to multiply, it had to first die. But as a result, life was given to the entire world instead of just a chosen few.

And now again, just as was prophesied, the third day is fast approaching and Jesus is raising up his body in our midst but we’ve spent so much time and effort in focusing on the letter of the law that we have completely missed the spirit of what was being said and given to us. But this time, if we reject him, there won’t be another chance for us to change our minds and hearts. Our time of opportunity is now. He’s knocking at our doors now. Waiting to come in and perfect us, dine with us, mature in us, but we are so steeped with our own religious pride that our doors are jammed shut from the expansion of ourselves.

But there will be a remnant that want to hear the voice of the Lord. There is a fragment of religious body that are not only looking for the true voice of the trumpet, but they are quick to respond to it’s blast. The sound of the prophetic trumpet quickens the spirit of those who are looking for Jesus to return in the form of “His” choice and not ours.

Oasis in the Trumpets
Why is it that there is a kind of parenthesis between the end of chapter 8 and the opening of chapter nine between the 4th and the 5th angel sounding. An eagle flies through the heavens announcing the coming of the next 3 trumpets. There are seven trumpets just a like there are seven creative days, or seven days of creation in Genesis. Six were when God worked, on the seventh he rested. In light of that, we see here when the fourth trumpet sounds, it affected the sun, moon, and the stars which is prophetic to the 4th day of creation when the sun, moon and stars were created, the passage goes on to say they were rulers.

Sun, Moon, and Stars
Whenever you see the sun, moon and stars are mentioned in Scripture, it’s important to understand that even though they do have a purpose on the physical plain or in the first dimension, they also are symbols of other things in a spiritual standpoint. When Joseph referred to his dream, he saw his mother, Father, and brothers bowing down to him, his dream symbolized them as sun, being the Father, the moon, being his Mother, and the stars were his brothers. Another way to see it would be that God is the sun, Jesus is a reflection of God, he’d be the moon and as his children, we’d be the stars that give off his light.

Then take that to the next step which is where we find understanding in the meaning of stars in Scripture and that would be that Jesus is the sun, it’s always been about Jesus and it will always be about Jesus. He is the sun, as his children, we are to reflect his light. Then there are those whom he’s appointed to give off his light as Apostles, preachers, teachers, evangelists and Prophets. These messengers he’s “fixed” in his kingdom to give off light for other believers that need navigation, to look to these stars and plot out their destinations according to the positioning of these prophetic stars God established in his spiritual heaven.

Day of Darkening
So, let’s digress a bit and look at when the sun, moon and stars were darkened. In this sense, we can determine the when the sun, moon and stars are all together, we can understand that they have the same symbolism as they did in Joseph’s dream. They are referring to Israel. When the fourth trumpet is sounded, instead of “lights on” as was the case on the 4th day of creation, this time it was just the opposite for Israel. It was “lights out” on the sun moon and stars. God was saying he’s through with Israel due to their rejection of His son.

We’re going to weave between historical and prophetic. Keeping in mind now, this was originally written to the first century Christians that were literally in the darkest days of the life of the church at that time. The Jews and the Romans again, were out to demolish any remnant of Jesus that was still out there after he was already crucified. The Jews didn’t just hate Jesus, they were out to root out those that were proclaiming him even after he himself was gone.

Last Days . . .Not Today?
We can learn from the historical writings of Josephus where he writes about the last days. The last days by the way are not where we are at today. The last days are referring to the last days of the old religious system that Israel had identified itself with for so many thousands of years. Since the exodus of Moses, they have prided themselves in the following of every minute law and enforce these laws on others to the point that when Jesus came on the scene, they were so focused on the written law that they didn’t recognize the living one. And that is what Jesus came to remove. Hebrews speaks of this clearly. Jesus was the High Priest in the line of Malchezadek as the Jewish high priest of that day was in the line of Levi.

New Leadership, New Rules
It goes on to say that when a new High Priest comes in to office, the old system is done away with and a new system is established. The difference here is, before Jesus, redemption as well as other big words like, justification, sanctification to name a few, but for them to gain these spiritual processes, they had to literally bring live animal sacrifices that symbolized the covering of their sins. Jesus, being the new high priest, offered himself as the sacrifice not to cover our sins, but to remove them all together. The only requirement needed to have these sins removed was a confession of faith. The redemption was not something we could earn through works or sacrifice, but it’s given to us through grace.

The Jews rejected this entire message and as a result, they crucified Jesus and took the curse of sin that he’d taken to the cross on their behalf, and they reclaimed it to be upon them and their children. (Matt. 27:25) I find it interesting that this is the very reason why Peter and the apostles with him were beaten and just about killed on the spot, was due to the fact that the religious priests claimed that their message was declaring the idea that they the religious Jews, were the reason why Jesus was crucified in the first place. (Acts 5:28) When in all actuality, they were the ones making the claim to Pilate at Jesus crucifixion. It’s also interesting in this same passage that they were more concerned about their reputation than about the fact that these guys they’d just imprisoned, walked out through locked bars unscathed.

This Generation
So, back to the topic at hand. The last days were referring to the days when the apostles were still proclaiming the word of God in person and Israel had not yet been destroyed by Rome. In Matthew 23 and 24, Jesus said specifically “this generation” meaning those that were there when this was being given. Mark has the same thing but in there, it’s even clearer because just a couple chapters prior, Mark writes the words Jesus spoke to them when they were asking for a sign to prove he was who he said he was

Mar 8:12 And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation.
It is clear that Jesus isn’t referring to a generation 2,000 years later, so why then would we try to twist things around when he uses the same phraseology in Mark 13 where he says that “this generation will not pass until all these things be done”? If he’s pointing them out specifically in chapter 8, you can then be sure he’s being just as specific in chapter 13. That was not a prophetic word about the 7-year tribulation, rapture of the church or any other religious tradition that has been taught over the years. He was telling them personally that they’re sacred religious system that they were so protective of, was about to be completely destroyed. Because he was the new High Priest coming into office and it would be ruled by grace and not by law

No Blessing Until 4th Day
So on the fourth trumpet we see God putting the lights out in Israel. There is also an important observation in the first 4 days of creation and that is the fact that they weren’t blessed. God saw that what he commanded in to being was good, but it wasn’t blessed. The last three days of creation however, were blessed. In Genesis 1:22 he created the animals on the 5th day and blessed them. On the sixth day he created man in his own image and in Genesis 1:28 it states he blessed them as well. Then in Genesis 2:3 it states that God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it because that was the day he rested.

The first 4 days were under the law. The first 4 thousand years were under the law. A day to the Lord is as a thousand years and a thousand years is as a day. Jesus was the dawning of the 5 day, the first of the final 3. The reason why God laid out the earth in 7 days is also important to understand because God could have created the earth and everything in it in a millisecond of time if he wanted to. He could have easily done it in 3 days, 10 days, 12 days, 40 days, and on and on. But he didn’t he chose 7 days, ever wonder why? He was giving us a pattern of his processes of his purposes.

Finished? Time to Sit
He could have done it in one day but he spread it out over a period of 6 days and then on the 7th day he rested, was it because he was tired? It’s principle. He didn’t rest because he was tired, he did it as a pattern to us to know what a finished work looks like. Whenever you see God sitting, Jesus sitting at anything, it’s to show the work is already completed. Where is Jesus right now? He’s seated at the right hand of the Father. Why? Because his work is finished and ever since the cross, he’s simply been at rest in the work he’s already done. Isn’t it about time we did the same?

We claim that His yoke is easy and His burden is light, but at the same time, we inflict rules and regulations on how true Christians should live. We put such an effort in doing what we think a Christian should do, we completely overlook the fact that to be like Christ also means we’re to rest like Christ. The battle isn’t ours to fight, how can we say we’re made in his own image when we’re fighting and working while he’s resting?

Four trumpets, four days. The four days or four thousand years were bound by the law. But the four days have come to an end and now the eagle has flown announcing the final three days. If a thousand years is as a day and a day is as a thousand years, because God doesn’t live in our time, he doesn’t go by eastern time, central time or Pacific, he goes by eternal. If we can understand that, then we can understand that a thousand years ago to us is just yesterday to God. And Jesus was just here the day before yesterday. Four trumpets four days.

Trumpet Declares New Years!
We are in that time frame from the first second and third day. We are almost 3 days removed from Christ. And here we see where the trumpets are interrupted . .Incidentally, just a side note hear, when we celebrate the end of a year and the beginning of a new, what is one of the traditions we do at the stroke of midnight? Don’t we blow on those stupid party things that are rolled up until you blow on them and then they unwind and let out an annoying sound? We think it’s a silly party gimmick, but what you see in the natural can have a spiritual interpretation, if you look for it. But in a goofy way, that’s our way of blowing our trumpet, announcing the beginning of a new year. Just something to think about.

4th Day The Son, 5th Day, the Spirit.
Now, the fifth angel is going to sound. It hasn’t been mentioned until we got to the fourth trumpet that we identified it with the fourth day of creation. But the reality is, you can do it with all 7 days. We’re going into the fifth trumpet, what was created on the fifth day in Genesis? Fish and foul were created. Fish swim in the water, birds fly through the air. Both water and air are types of the Spirit. From out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water, right? And the wind blows where it chooses? So on the 5th day, God created things that had to do with the Spirit.

If four days consumed the law, what happened on the 5th day of creation and the fifth day in history? In creation, as we said, it was fish and foul, in history it was the upper room outpouring of the Holy Spirit that came in wind and fire. It’s time the church stopped drinking someone else’s milk and started eating meat of their own.

Falling Star
So, the fifth trumpet sounds and we see a star fall from the heavens right? When he sees this star fall, we have to be careful what we attribute the stars to. We’ve seen stars in other places in Revelation also. Jude talks about wandering stars. The stars in Joseph’s dream referred to his brothers. Stars earlier in Revelation were referring to Apastolic ministry. How can we say that? For one, Jesus is a type of the sun isn’t he? Malachi says he’s the sun risen with healing in his wings. We come to worship on Sunday, the day of the sun. Even though all the other days of the week are a tribute to pagan gods by the way. And understand also, the sun is a star in and of itself as well. It’s fixed where it is to bring life to the earth.

So, what is the star that fell? Again the seven stars in Jesus hand in Revelation one is referring to the Apostolic ministry and the wandering star of Jude is referring to false prophets, but the stars that are set in the heavens and never move out of their orbit are unchanged. They give us guidance and direction. Men that are luminaries are guides in the darkness that give light and direction through the power of Christ to give the rest of us. Who is this star? It says “a” star and it fell. Some preachers claim this to be Jesus, but the problem with that is, Jesus never fell. Jesus is the morning star. He’s the same yesterday, to day and forever.

This star is given the key to the bottomless pit. This is the same picture Jesus described when he said he saw Satan fall from heaven. God enabled John to see the same thing. Let’s take even a closer look at application. There is more to revelation than just getting a rise out of the experience that something deep has just been released. There also needs to be application. How does that come? It comes in the same way the Spirit moves, from any direction he wants to, to any destination he chooses, on any form of transportation he desires.

A, B. C’s Of the Spirit
Even now, church members everywhere are calling out their desire for deeper things of God. Then when it begins to flow, we become frustrated with what’s being preached because it’s too deep. The truth is, God wants his body to become fluent in walking in the spirit, growing in the spirit, so it, the body, can become effective in the spirit. God wants us to move from the A, B, C’s of who he is and be able to form sentences of what he can do for others.

But when the time comes to learn how to put a sentence together and the difference between a verb and a noun, spiritually, we want to go to a church where it’s easier to understand the spiritual A, B, C’s instead of spiritual languages. God wants us to get this down pat so we can put a sentence together.

This example of Satan being cast out of heaven, should be a powerful example to all of us. No matter how great we think we are in any level of our relationship with God, we need to be careful lest we fall into the snares of Satan also. We think the most dangerous place to be where there’s a possibility of falling is out there in the world on the edge of the line between the righteous and the unrighteous. But the most vulnerable place to falling into sin is when you, like Adam and Eve in the very garden of God, or like Lucifer who was one of the covering cherubs whose responsibility was standing with another cherub with his wings covering God. In the very presence of God’s throne where he resided, is where he was cast down from.

Our Strength Isn’t What We Think.
Sometimes, what we think is our greatest weakness is our greatest strength and the place where we think we’re protected the most is where we let our guard down and become the most vulnerable for an attack instead of a covering. Satan loves approaching a sleeping church being cuddled by words of pacifying comfort when what really should be getting preached is alarm and readiness. The roaring lion is on the prowl and he’s using all our weaknesses against us. We need to be watchful that we aren’t calling a victory a defeat and what we think is a defeat a victory. What we think is a death is actually something God is resurrecting.

The star fell from heaven, Satan was cast down from heaven. Don’t think that God has used you and let his glory eminate from you that you’re untouchable by Satan. That’s when you’re the most vulnerable for the enemy to come in and destroy you. You can be a star and still fall from heaven. But at the same time, the Bible says that in the last day, the sun is going to shine seven times brighter than it ever has before. There’s no need for our individual glory to shine.

Isa 30:26
Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.

The key to the bottomless pit.
There is this assumption that it’s hell. It’s used several times in the Old Testament to refer to the deepest part of the face of the earth. I don’t literally think there is any such thing as a bottomless pit. It is really physically impossible to have a bottomless anything. It will always lead to somewhere. But more than likely, I believe this bottomless pit is simply another dimension or realm that can’t be seen to the naked eye. You can’t get or be translated out into outer space into some black hole and arrive at heaven because heaven isn’t some specific or designated area that no physical man can fly in their spaceships to. Heaven is a dimension. Heaven is right here, you just can’t see it. We need to again, stop thinking in terms of carnal time and space, but instead we need to take things from an eternal perspective.

Bottomless Pit of Imagination?
What is the pit then. One of the first uses of it is in Genesis 7 when the fountains of the deep broke up during the flood of Noah’s day. Another usage of it is when Job speaks of a leviathan coming out of the deep. Another place is where Jonah is carried down to the belly of the fish, or down to the bottom of the mountains. It says he saw the bars of hell. He wasn’t hallucinating looking at the ribs of the fish, but he saw something spiritually. The bottomless pit not only is a place or dimension out of which some of the most evil spirits can issue. It also has the application that there are bottomless areas in our own carnal being that we’re not aware of. There are caverns in our own souls where things reside even though we can speak in other tongues through the spirit does not mean that you’re exempt from these areas.

Jonah 2
1Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish's belly, 2And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. 3For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me. 4Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. 5The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head. 6I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God. 7When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. 8They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. 9But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD. 10And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.

Out of Sin, Sin Out of You?
In fact, all it takes some time is a prophetic voice to approach you and yell out “Move away the stone!” In fact that’s what happens when a prophetic voice is spoken over you and you go to the car mad as hell at me and the reason why is that the prophetic words stirred up hell in your cavern. Hell isn’t just some place for the devil and his angels all though that’s the main reason why it’s prepared for. Understand that even though we’re out of sin, it doesn’t mean the sin is out of us. Just because we’re out of Egypt doesn’t mean that Egypt is out of us.

So when you see that a man is given the key to open the bottomless pit in you, you don’t like it because all these foul spirits are coming out. So apostate Israel is being warned that all hell is breaking loose and the temple they had worshiped in that was the temple of the Lord instead of the Lord of the temple. It was going to become a habitation of demons. Now understand this closely and you’ll see where bottomless pits are from.

Bottomless Pits of Revival?
Bottomless pits are not only in us, but they are also places where there’s been great moves of God. And they haven’t heard the voice of the Lord when he came to sweep them clean. Remember in Matthew 12 where the man was delivered from demons and was instructed to be careful or the demon that was cast out will come back and find the place swept clean and then go get his buddies that are seven times worse. We take that to mean it happens with individuals which is true, but take it a step further and understand that it also happens with the church.

Matthew 12
41"On Judgment Day, the Ninevites will stand up and give evidence that will condemn this generation, because when Jonah preached to them they changed their lives. A far greater preacher than Jonah is here, and you squabble about "proofs.' 42On Judgment Day, the Queen of Sheba will come forward and bring evidence that will condemn this generation, because she traveled from a far corner of the earth to listen to wise Solomon. Wisdom far greater than Solomon's is right in front of you, and you quibble over "evidence.'
43"When a defiling evil spirit is expelled from someone, it drifts along through the desert looking for an oasis, some unsuspecting soul it can bedevil. When it doesn't find anyone, 44it says, "I'll go back to my old haunt.' On return it finds the person spotlessly clean, but vacant. 45It then runs out and rounds up seven other spirits more evil than itself and they all move in, whooping it up. That person ends up far worse off than if he'd never gotten cleaned up in the first place. "That's what this generation is like: You may think you have cleaned out the junk from your lives and gotten ready for God, but you weren't hospitable to my kingdom message, and now all the devils are moving back in."


Who is he speaking to?
38Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.

Jesus The House Cleaner
In verse 45, we use this passage and quote it verbatim without batting an eye, but what we conveniently overlook is the end of that same verse where it says “that’s what this generation is like”. Who was he talking to? He was talking to the Jewish people, the religious church. When Jesus entered into the temple, he swept the house out. He threw out the evil that was taking place in his house. Jesus wasn’t losing his temper, he took the time to prepare the whip. It was methodical. It was symbolical. When he turned the money changers tables over it went beyond the surface that the story portrays and it went spiritual with relevance to our everyday lives.

We have places in our hearts that the power of Christ needs to come in and turn over the spiritual upheaval we’ve allowed to come in and let the blood of Christ sweep us clean and purify is with his power that we can again walk in love and not criticism. When Jesus turned over the tables in the temple and cleaned it or swept it clean of the impureness that was taking place, he made a profound statement. He said “My Father’s house IS a house of prayer, you HAVE MADE it a den of thieves. The Old Religious System of live animal sacrifices and everything connected to that WAS the avenue in which God used to speak to his children. But they lost God in all the religious ritual.

So in Matthew 12 he says “I have swept it out and your house was clean, but because you haven’t accepted the fresh, new move of my spirit, and allowed yourselves to change course and go where I was leading you to, a new and better way, then what was once swept clean will now be 7 times worse that it was in the first place. We interpret Matthew 12 to mean that this is what causes people to go insane, because they become so unstable that they get put away in asylums. But the truth is, the real asylums are under steeples every Sunday morning because of their religious insanity. We focus on stuff that has nothing to do with God or what he is saying. We’re always looking at what’s wrong with one another and we focus on the sins of the flesh instead of sins of the spirit.

Locusts
Where do the locust come from then? From the bottomless pit and the sun and moon were darkened by the smoke coming out of the pit. Let’s back up and look at some historical perspectives. The Jewish temple, God has abandoned it. He left it the day the veil was torn from the top to the bottom and never went back. The priests continued going through their rituals, going through all the motions of their traditions but God was no where to be found. The laws that the religious leaders went to great lengths to enforce, who did they effect?

This stinging scorpion analogy, the way this is written, it seems to imply that these locusts will have the same fear toward them that a scorpion demands of us as well. (Revelation 9:3) The reason I respect a scorpion is not because I think highly of it, but because I know it has a powerful sting. It can only sting those that are not equipped with a healthy sense of respect for it. It’s the same with the religious leaders of that generation especially. The religious leaders were in bondage as a result of their own imaginations of what they thought God was. They were reacting to the images coming out of the bottomless pit of their minds. From my mind comes a cloud of confusion, smoke, from the smoke comes the locusts, from my mind comes the carnal desire to enforce my doctrine, to be effective, I use intimidation and guilt to convince people to fear me. (Walk in the spirit)

It was their goal to inflict their strict laws on all the Jews in the world. They were the locusts being referred to. But the beauty was, they couldn’t effect any green tree. A green tree is a symbol of life. A tree symbolizes man, a green tree is a man that produces life. This isn’t physical life, it’s spiritual life. So this is saying these locusts, these religious leaders had power to inflict their venom only in those that didn’t have a relationship with God through Jesus. As a result, God said “I’m gonna open up a pit and I’m going to release plagues against you. How many of us have heard the positive side of Deuteronomy 28 preached to us?

Deuteronomy 28
2All these blessings will come down on you and spread out beyond you because you have responded to the Voice of GOD, your God: 3GOD's blessing inside the city, GOD's blessing in the country; 4GOD's blessing on your children, the crops of your land, the young of your livestock, the calves of your herds, the lambs of your flocks. 5GOD's blessing on your basket and bread bowl; 6GOD's blessing in your coming in, GOD's blessing in your going out.

Unbalanced Diet of the Word

This really is a great message and it’s a great encouragement to all who read it. But what we tend to do at times is become a bit unbalanced in our application. Just as God blesses those that respond, he also curses those that don’t. This is not condemnation, cold and calculated evil, or even meanness. It’s simply spiritual math. Jesus call + my response = life. Jesus call + my rejection = death. We have no one to blame but ourselves. So at the end of the chapter, we see the curses. This is where you can make the connection. The things seen in Revelation coming out of the pit are the same things listed in Deuteronomy 28. The blessings are a two sided coin. There are blessings and cursings.

Quail and Locust?
In a sense, you can also connect the story of the children of Israel’s experience of the abundance of quail with the opening of the bottomless pit releasing the curses as well. It was because of their rebellion and complaining for flesh that God responded by saying . . . you want flesh to eat? I’ll give you flesh until it comes out your nose. This was a picture of how we can take something that is intended to bring us life, and we pervert it to cause death.

Bottomless Caverns of Religion
God opened a bottomless pit and released hoards of demons in the spirit. The bottomless pit speaks of religious caverns. Where familiar or demonic spirits are housed and live in prison houses and bound chains as Peter speaks about spirits that have been kept there and held in chains. So Satan opens this bottomless pit with a key that’s been given to him.

Notice in verse one of Revelation 9 that the key was “given” to this fallen star. If the bottomless pit is our own minds and imaginations, then who is it that’s giving this “star” the key in the first place? This is why the locust can only affect the ungodly, because they’re the ones that give him permission to open the lid and let the sludge pour out. There’s another passage in Scripture that instructs the godly to do just the opposite.

2 Corinthians 10
3The world is unprincipled. It's dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn't fight fair. But we don't live or fight our battles that way--never have and never will. 4The tools of our trade aren't for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. 5We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. 6Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity. 7You stare and stare at the obvious, but you can't see the forest for the trees. If you're looking for a clear example of someone on Christ's side, why do you so quickly cut me out? Believe me, I am quite sure of my standing with Christ. 8You may think I overstate the authority he gave me, but I'm not backing off. Every bit of my commitment is for the purpose of building you up, after all, not tearing you down.

Bottomless Pits are like Opinions . . .
Keep in mind, it’s the ungodly that these locusts are going after, but this doesn’t mean it’s only the ungodly that have the bottomless pit. If you have a physical mind, you have a bottomless pit. You’re mind never rests, it goes on and on and on. Even when you’re body sleeps, you’re mind continues to be active. This is how dreams come about. This is also why people have a hard time falling to sleep at all, their minds won’t quiet down enough to let the body rest. It’s the same in the spiritual realm as well. If you’re mind is constantly second-guessing what the Spirit is saying to the churches, you will never find any rest.

But if your mind is marked with the peace of Christ, the blood of his redemption, then the plagues of confusion, restlessness, rebellion, warped vision, religious bondages, all these things won’t affect you because you’re getting your life from beneath the surface of the world itself. The miracle of life never happens on the surface, but always underground. But these things come through obedience to the order of God’s structural foundation for the house that he’s built for his bride. When we reject his order, it opens the door again for the locusts to be loosed. God often used the plagues not just on Egypt, but on Israel as well. But again, Israel would never have had to experience any plagues at all had they already had all of Egypt removed from them in the first place.

It’s important to understand that there are things in place that bring judgment or justice in on it’s own power. As in the Old testament, when you will not listen, or you will not hear God’s urging. You will not hear the Holy Spirit. You will not hear a prophetic ministry, when you will not receive correction. Correction is not rejection. In fact that’s another thing. Before we can ever have a true church with sons and daughters that he can pour out his spirit in the last day. It is going to have to be a people that can receive correction from the men of God. So God releases these things to happen. Whenever you don’t listen to the voice of God or to his prophets or to those who have oversight over your soul.

Hebrews 13
7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation. 8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. 9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.

7Appreciate your pastoral leaders who gave you the Word of God. Take a good look at the way they live, and let their faithfulness instruct you, as well as their truthfulness. There should be a consistency that runs through us all. 8For Jesus doesn't change--yesterday, today, tomorrow, he's always totally himself. 9Don't be lured away from him by the latest speculations about him. The grace of Christ is the only good ground for life. Products named after Christ don't seem to do much for those who buy them.

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