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"Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." John 17:17
The Word is Truth! When we examine the "WORD" in the Bible, we find that LOGOS and RHEMA are the 2 words used, and that there are 3 aspects of the Word that we must consider.
We have Jesus, the Word, in John 1:1, 14; the Bible, the Word, in II Timothy 3:15-16; and we have the spoken word by the mouth of God, in John 10:27.
The word most used is LOGOS and refers to Jesus as being the Word, and the Bible as being the written Word.
The RHEMA Word is the spoken word. This is the word that God speaks directly to us. We must live our lives by both the LOGOS and RHEMA Word.
We read in the book of Jeremiah about the Rechabites and a test that the Lord put them through. God used the prophet, Jeremiah, for this test. The Lord spoke to Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 35:2 "Go unto the house of the Rechabites and speak unto them, and bring them into the house of the Lord, into one of the chambers, and give them wine to drink."
Jeremiah was to take the Rechabites into the house of the Lord and serve them wine. Jeremiah assembled the Rechabites in the temple of the Lord and set pots of wine before them and commanded them,
"Drink ye wine." Jeremiah 35:5
But the Rechabites replied,
"We will drink no wine."
Jeremiah was a prophet of Judah, chosen from his mother's womb, to speak the Word of God to all Judah. It would appear on the surface that they were disobedient to Jeremiah and certainly disobedient to God, because God had directed Jeremiah to do exactly what Jeremiah did. But the Rechabites said, "We will drink no wine."
Their reason was because Jonadab, the son of Rechab, had commanded that they were to drink no wine. They knew that what Jonadab had spoken was from the mouth of God. God had not spoken to their hearts that He had changed His mind.
The Rechabites are examples to us that what God speaks, He means. He is not a wishy-washy God who speaks different things by different voices. God speaks with one voice, and that voice always speaks only what has been written.
What God speaks with His voice will line up perfectly with His written Word. God never speaks outside Himself. But there are many, today, that would have us believe that God is giving us new revelations outside the written Word.
Jesus said, "...behold, I have foretold you all things." Mark 13:23
All things are foretold in Him. Yet, these prophets continue to say, "Thus sayeth the Lord", and expect the people to do as they say.
An example of this is shown in I Kings. God had sent a prophet from Judah to Jeroboam in Bethel. He cried against the altar that Jeroboam had built to the golden calves. He prophesied the birth of Josiah and that he would burn men's bones on that altar. As a sign, the altar would be rent (broken) and the ashes would be poured out upon the ground. I Kings 13:1-3
Jeroboam was so infuriated that he reached out to take hold of the prophet, and Jeroboam's hand dried up. He could not pull his hand back. God had paralyzed his arm. At that instant, the altar rent and the ashes were spilled, I kings 13:4-5. Jeroboam repented and pleaded with the prophet for God to heal him. After Jeroboam was healed, he invited the prophet to come home with him where he could be refreshed and receive a reward.
By the mouth of the prophet, the words of the Lord were sure in his understanding, I Kings 13:8-10. The man of God was not to eat bread, nor drink water in Bethel. He was not even to return to Judah by the same way he came. This was the sure word, or the RHEMA Word, that God had spoken unto him.
There was an old prophet dwelling in Bethel. When his sons told him of the acts of the young prophet, the old prophet saddled his ass and went to look for him. He found him sitting under an oak. The young prophet had accomplished what God had sent him to do and was settled back on his "lees", taking his rest.
Today, many have become complacent in their attitudes toward God. Zephaniah, the prophet, spoke of this complacency.
Zephaniah 1:12 "And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem with candles, and punish the men that are settled on their lees: that say in their heart, The Lord will not do good, neither will he do evil."
They do not believe God will do anything.
The young prophet thought that he had come to a safe place and could take his rest. The old prophet asked him to come home and eat bread. I Kings 13:15
The young prophet confessed, again with his mouth, that God had given him a direct commandment not to eat bread, nor drink water in that place.
The old prophet said, "...I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spoke unto me by the Word of the Lord, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him." I Kings 13:18
The young prophet listened to the old prophet. The old prophet had not heard from the Lord, but said he had heard from an angel. The young prophet's commandments had been direct from the mouth of God, the RHEMA Word. But he listened to the old prophet and returned to Bethel in total disobedience to God. This cost the young prophet his life. He would be killed by a lion on his way home. He had taken his rest and was refreshed and had a full belly. But it cost him his life. All because he ignored the Word of God and listened to the mouth of the prophet.
The young prophet was not as a Rechabite because the Rechabites said, "We will drink no wine."
It made no difference to them that the great man of God had spoken. God had not rescinded His Word to Jonadab, their father.
We live in a time when many are calling themselves prophets, and are leading God's people on a wrong path. They are trying to lift themselves up to be called great in the sight of man. There are many, now, who ascribe the title "prophet" to their names to be seen of men. These men do not have the rough mantle of a prophet; but generally expensive suits, expensive shoes and fancy words that are designed to deceive.
When Jesus spoke of John the Baptist, He said,
"What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind? "But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts. But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet." Luke 7:24-26
The prophets of old spoke much about the prophets of today. Jeremiah spoke,
"And the prophets shall become wind, and the Word is not in them..." Jeremiah 5:13
These prophets do not have the Word in them.
"Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, the prophets say unto them, Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place. Then the Lord said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart." Jeremiah 14:13-14
"Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you; they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the Lord." Jeremiah 23:16
"I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied." Jeremiah 23:21
Ezekiel spoke of these prophets, also.
"Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the Lord; Thus saith the Lord God; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing.
They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The Lord saith: and the Lord hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word." Ezekiel 13:2-3 and 6
The prophet is God's representation to man, and the words that the prophets speak are to come from God. Today, many run their lives by the mouth of the prophet and not by the LOGOS and RHEMA Word of God.
There have been reports of so-called prophets prophesying that God was going to give a particular person a new car. So they run out, by the words of the mouth of the prophet, and go in debt for a new car, claiming it came from the Lord. When God gives us something, it does not come with a payment book.
Many churches operate by the mouth of the prophet. They stand on the words of the prophet and not the Word of God. Paul spoke of the prophet in the church, which must be applied to our lives. Paul states,
"And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets." I Corinthians 14:32
The word subject is HUPOTASSO and means "to be in subjection to". The prophet's spirit is to be under the control of the prophet. So-called prophets, at times, become disruptive in order to bring a message from God. The prophet is to have control of his mouth as to when he speaks, and be in order.
Paul further states, "Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge." I Corinthians 14:29
The word for judge is DIAKRINO and would have been better translated "discern". We are to discern what the prophets speak. How do we discern? Discerning of spirits is a gift of the Spirit, I Corinthians 12:10. We need to operate in the Spirit, not act upon the mouth of the prophet.
God's prophets are still speaking God's heart to His people. They are speaking judgment and preparation. Their words always line up with the LOGOS Word of God and they come in the Father's name. Jesus spoke:
John 5:43-44 "I am come in My Father's name, and ye receive Me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only?"
Those who come in their own name and seek their honor among men are a dishonor before God.
Ezekiel 14:7 "For every one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourneth in Israel, which separateth himself from Me, and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to a prophet to enquire of him concerning Me; I the Lord will answer him by Myself:"
Those who have separated themselves from God, have set up idols in their heart and put the stumbling block of sin before His face. Who are the idols? The prophets! The people continue to run to their prophets, and they have separated themselves from God. God wants to answer us Himself. We are to treat Him as Father. We are not to go to someone else to understand what the Father is speaking.
"The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?" Jeremiah 5:31
God's people want someone to tell them what to do instead of seeking the Father on their own. They will become enslaved by the mouth of the prophet. These people will never become as Rechabites who will stand up to the prophet and say,
"We will drink no wine."
The Rechabites lived their lives by the LOGOS and RHEMA Word of God. The Rechabites were put to the test, and they passed the test.
God did not tempt the Rechabites because God will not tempt anyone. God is not the tempter. That title is ascribed to satan.
"But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed." James 1:14
It is when we are enticed, or lured by our lust, that we are tempted. When we are tempted, we have not come out of the flesh, but are still operating in our carnality. The LOGOS and RHEMA Word of God have not become our life.
The Rechabites were not tempted. They passed God's testing with flying colors. If their flesh had gotten in the way, and had their flesh desired the wine, then they certainly could have justified the drinking of the wine, because it was commanded by the mouth of the prophet.
God used the Rechabites as an example to all Israel, and that includes us, Spiritual Israel, today. The message that God spoke through Jeremiah to all Judah is for God's people now.
Jeremiah 35:12-15 "Then came the word of the Lord unto Jeremiah, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Go and tell the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to my words? saith the Lord. The words of Jonadab the son of echab, that he commanded his sons not to drink wine, are performed; for unto this day they drink none, but obey their father's commandment: notwithstanding I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye hearkened not unto me. I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers: but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me."
God's desire in the earth, from the beginning of time, was that He would have a people; a people to love, honor, obey and trust Him in all areas of their lives. God will love that people who will come to Him and not run to the mouth of the prophet.
Because the Rechabites would not hearken unto the mouth of the prophet, but listened unto their father's voice, God made them a promise:
Jeremiah 35:19 "Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before me for ever."
God has Rechabites in the earth today. They are those who are obedient to the Father's voice.
Jonadab gave other commandment to the Rechabites. They were not to build houses, nor sow seeds, nor plant vineyards. They were to dwell in tents in the land where they were strangers. Jeremiah 35.
The Rechabites were to have no ties to the earth. The word stranger is GUR and means "to live among people who are not blood relatives". They were only sojourners in the land with no permanent ties to the earth.
This is a picture of the Rechabites in the earth today; those who follow Jesus into the regeneration; those who will be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. I Corinthians 15:52
Matthew 19:28-29 "And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of His glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life."
It will be necessary for those who go into the regeneration to give up all ties to this present world and become sojourners, with no blood relation and no ties to this earth, just as the Rechabites, our example.
The Rechabites are God's army, whom He will raise up in the earth in these last days. The word Rechab means "charioteer or horsemen".
Horsemen in the Bible never meant a rider on horseback; but, rather, one who controlled the horse. The charioteer rode in the chariot.
Horses and chariots are a type given of military strength. The strength of an army was measured, not only by how many foot soldiers an army had, but by how many horses and chariots the army had.
Horses and chariots were also a sign of wealth. It was said that Solomon had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots and twelve thousand horsemen, I Kings 4:26.
This was a sign to the whole world of the wealth and strength of Solomon.
God's army will be made up of those who have separated themselves from all worldly ties. Paul wrote to Timothy:
II Timothy 2:3-4 "Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please Him who hath chosen him to be a soldier."
Those in God's army will not entangle themselves with the things of this life. Our lives should be pleasing to the one who has chosen us as His soldier. They will hear only the Father's voice. They have on their battle garb, having their loins girt about with truth, the breastplate of righteousness, their feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; having on the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit. These are equipped to do battle for the Lord as a good soldier.
We need to realize our job as soldiers. We are not to concern ourselves with the uniform. That is up to the One who called us. Nor are we to concern ourselves about where we will dwell, nor what we will eat. The head of the army is obligated to take care of those needs for us.
Paul wrote: "Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges?" I Corinthians 9:7
Everything we need to do the warfare, God will supply.
It is not our job to concern ourselves with the battle we will fight. Our only concern is that we obey the Master's voice, and where He sends us, we go. We only have one obligation, and that is to fight.
Paul writes that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God, to the pulling down of strongholds, II Corinthians 10:4. Paul wrote to the Ephesians that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places. These are the four levels of authority in the demonic realm.
God is raising up His army, an army to do spiritual warfare in the earth. These are the Rechabites. They only hear their Father's voice. They have separated themselves from families, lands and all earthly ties and have no permanent dwelling place.
The spiritual army of God was prophesied in the Old Testament. Joel wrote of this army.
Joel 2:4-5 "The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; and as horsemen, so shall they run. Like the noise of chariots on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array."
The appearance of this army will be as horses and horsemen. They will be like the noise of chariots on the tops of the mountains. They will strike fear in the hearts of those who resist their advance.
Joel informs us that this army will be raised up in a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness. This will be a day when darkness covers all the earth, when sin has come to the full. But we know that where sin abounds, that God's grace will abound all the more. The grace to do His will, will be instilled in His army.
Joel reveals that this will be a great people and a strong people that the world has never seen the like. The world has never seen the power and authority that will be in this army who will accomplish God's purpose in the earth, Joel 2:2.
Who will head up this army?
Joel 2:11 "And the Lord shall utter His voice before His army: for His camp is very great: for He is strong that executeth His Word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide t?"
This army hears only the Father's voice. These soldiers will execute His Word. The word execute means "to accomplish" His Word, or "fulfill" His Word. We know that this generation will not pass away until all things be fulfilled, Matthew 24:34. This army will be raised up to fulfill the Word of God in this day of darkness, the great and terrible day of the Lord.
Joel says that this army shall run like mighty men, they will climb walls like men of war. They shall march every one on His way. They shall not break their rank. If they should fall upon their sword, they should not be wounded, Joel 2:7-8.
These are God's horsemen, His army. They will neither turn to the right hand, nor the left. They will obey the Father's voice. Other prophets of old have foretold of the activities of this army, and who will serve in it.
Isaiah 41:15-16 "Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff. Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the Lord, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel."
We are that new sharp threshing instrument that God will use to thresh the mountains, the kingdoms of darkness. He will make them a chaff to be blown away by the wind.
Isaiah says we will fan them. The word fan means "to scatter, to cast away, and disperse". The whirlwind shall scatter them, or destroy the enemies' strength, and we will rejoice and glory in our Lord, the Holy One of Israel.
The battle is the Lord's. The victory is ours. God's army will do the spiritual warfare necessary to accomplish God's purpose in the earth. Jeremiah saw this time, also:
Jeremiah 51:20 "Thou art my battle-axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms;"
We are God's battle-axe. We are His weapons of war. He will use us to break in pieces the nations and kingdoms. There are some who are teaching that God is speaking this in the physical. God is speaking in the spiritual. It is not by might, (physical strength), nor by power, (physical armament), but by My Spirit, sayeth the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6
God's army is made of spiritual warriors. They are His horsemen.
Zechariah 10:3-5 "Mine anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished the goats: for the Lord of Hosts hath visited His flock the house of Judah, and hath made them as His goodly horse in the battle. Out of Him came forth the corner, out of Him the nail, out of Him the battle bow, out of Him every oppressor together. And they shall be as mighty men, which tread down their enemies in the mire of the streets in the battle: and they shall fight, because the Lord is with them, and the riders on horses shall be confounded."
We are His goodly horse. The word horse should have been translated "horsemen", and the word goodly means "splendor, majesty, glory and honorable". God calls us His goodly horsemen in the battle. They shall be mighty which tread down the enemies in the mud of the streets in the battle, because the Lord is with them.
God is forming this army now. He is calling His people unto Himself, separating them from the things of the earth and putting His glory in their vision.
Joel said that before God's army the land is as the Garden of Eden, Joel 2:3. Their vision is not for this time. It is for the time that lies directly ahead; the full day, the 1000 year day, the seventh day from creation and the third day since Jesus left the earth; the day Jesus spoke of when He would be glorified. Luke 13:32
He will be glorified in His saints, His army in the earth, that will do His spiritual warfare. They will reclaim that which was lost in the Garden. They will, again, restore His headship over all creation. They will bind and cast all satan's kingdom into the bottomless pit. And they will put all enemies under His footstool.
The writers of Hebrews enlightened us to the fact of this.
Hebrews 10:12-13 "But this man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool."
Many have said that Jesus was coming back to make everything alright. Then, He would turn it over to us. The Word says He will sit on the right hand of the Father, expecting (waiting) till His enemies be made His footstool. All His enemies will be put under His feet.
Then the question arises: Who will put His enemies under His footstool? The answer should be obvious. It is the army of His spiritual warriors who will cast down all principalities, powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places. His army will put them under His feet and restore unto Him the place of His authority that our ancestors, Adam and Eve, gave away.
Then He will return to be the head over His body, those who have come into sonship, the overcomers who inherit all things Revelation 21:7.
From these, God will make up His church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. God is calling to the Rechabites, the charioteers, His new, sharp, threshing instrument, His battle- axe, His goodly horsemen and His battle bow to enlist in His army today.
The qualifications are that we only hear the Father's voice, and separate ourselves from anything that we are holding onto in this earth. We must be willing to be trained in the Word and the ways of God. Our lives must be lived by the LOGOS and RHEMA Word of God. Then the process of dying to self will have begun.
As Paul referred to Epaphroditus, his companion in labor, his brother and fellowsoldier; we will recognize our fellowsoldiers by their walk. Philippians 2:25. God will order their steps Psalms 37:23.
When we come to this place in God, we will witness the coming of the fullness in our lives. That is the fullness of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit without measure; as Jesus received the Early and Latter Rain, the Double Portion anointing.
"But when that which is perfect (complete) is come, then that which is in part shall be done away." I Corinthians 13:10
Prophecies will cease and vanish away, I Corinthians 13:8.
There will be no need to prophesy, speak in tongues or desire knowledge because the head of the army will be speaking all we need to know, or hear, to His army.
Those who have ears to hear, HEAR what the Spirit is speaking unto the church. Listen to the Spirit and not to the mouth of prophets. Be as the Rechabites and stand up and say, "We will drink no wine. We will hear our Father, Jonadab's voice only."
Jonadab's name means "Jehovah is a willing giver". Our Father will give us all things that will accomplish His purpose in our lives.
1. What are the two words translated "word" in the Bible?
2. What are the three aspects of the Word that we must consider?
3. The word most used for the Word is __________ and refers to as being the Word, and the _________ as being the written Word.
4. The RHEMA word is the word that _________ speaks directly to us.
5. Jeremiah was a Prophet from his mother's womb, to do what?
6. When God speaks with His voice, what will it line up perfectly with?
7. What have many become complacent with?
8. When the young prophet listened to the old prophet instead of the Lord, what happened?
9. We are living in a time when many are calling themselves what?
10. The Prophet is God's _________________ to man, and the words that they speak are to come from _________.
11. Who is the Prophet's spirit to be under the control of?
12. How can we discern what the prophets speak? I Corinthians 12:10
13. God's prophets are now speaking _______________ and _________ .
14. Who lived their lives by the Logos and Rhema word of God?
15. What will those who go into regeneration need to give up?
16. Horses and chariots are a type of what?
17. What kind of warfare is God raising His army for?
18. When sin abounds, what will abound all the more?
19. What is God's army of Spiritual warriors referred to as?
Zechariah 10:3-5 20. Our father will give us all things to accomplish what?
1. Q. What are the two words translated "word" in the Bible? A. Logos and Rhema
2. Q. What are the three aspects of the Word that we must consider? A. 1. Jesus - the Word John 1:1-14
2. The Bible - the Word II Timothy 3:15-16
3. The spoken Word by the mouth of God John 10:27
3. Q. The word most used is _____________ and refers to__________ as being the Word, and the ________ as being the written Word.
A. Logos, Jesus, Bible
4. Q. The RHEMA word is the word that _______speaks directly to us.
5. Q. Jeremiah was a Prophet from his mother's womb, to do what? A. Speak the word of God to Judah
6. Q. When God speaks with His voice, what will it line up perfectly with?
A. His written Word
7. Q. What have many become complacent with?
A. Their attitude toward God
8. Q. When the young prophet listened to the old prophet instead of the Lord, what happened?
A. It cost him his life
9. Q. We are living in a time when many are calling themselves what?
10. Q. The Prophet is God's _________________ to man, and the words that they speak are to come from __________ .
A. Representation, God
11. Q. Who is the Prophet's spirit to be under the control of?
A. The Prophet I Corinthians 14:32
12. Q. How can we discern what the prophets speak? I Corinthians 12:10
A. Discerning the spirits is a gift from the Holy Spirit, so we need to operate in the Spirit
13. Q. God's prophets are now speaking ________________ and __________________
A. Judgment, preparation 1
4. Q. Who lived their lives by the Logos and Rhema word of God? A. The Rechabites
15. Q. what will those who go into regeneration need to give up? A. All times to this present world, and to become sojourners with no blood relation
16. Q. Horses and chariots are a type of what?
A. Military strength
17. Q. What kind of warfare is God raising His army for?
A. Spiritual warfare
18. Q. When sin abounds, what will abound all the more?
A. God's grace
19. Q. What is God's army of Spiritual warriors referred to as? Zechariah 10:3-5
A. His goodly horsemen
20. Q. Our father will give us all things to accomplish what? A. His purposes in our lives
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