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As we come into God's new Kingdom Age Day, we need to know and understand what we must become if we are to be part of His Kingdom. As we seek God's Word, we come to the understanding that God gave us Israel as our example:
"Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come." I Corinthians 10:11
The Greek word world should have been translated age. We are coming to the end of the Age of Grace. As we consider our example, we can compare Israel's journey to their promised land to our journey to our Kingdom Age.
God informed Abraham He was going to give his descendants the land of Canaan. It was fourteen hundred years later that God fulfilled this promise. When Israel left Egypt it took three months for them to get to Mt. Sinai.
"In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai." Exodus 19:1
Mt. Sinai was where God put Israel through many tests to see if they would be obedient to His voice or whether they would rebel. We need to ask, "How long was Israel required to remain at Sinai?"
"And it came to pass on the twentieth day of the second month, in the second year, that the cloud was taken up from off the tabernacle of the testimony. And the children of Israel took their journeys out of the wilderness of Sinai; and the cloud rested in the wilderness of Paran." Numbers 10:11-12
Israel was required to remain in the wilderness of Sinai for over two years. The name Sinai means "my thorns." Israel was required to deal with the many thorns that were in their lives - - - and all those who desire to enter into their promise land, the Kingdom of God, must deal with the thorns in their lives also. We cannot enter into the presence of God with these thorns in our lives.
Sinai is where God desired to speak directly to His people. Our God desires this same privilege today. As Jesus declared:
"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me." John 10:27
If we are to follow God, we must know His voice. Then we must become obedient to His voice. As Jesus said to His disciples, "Follow Me!" We, too, must follow Him. Jesus' disciples left all - - - their homes, their vocations, their families. Matthew, who was a publican, even left behind his tax money to follow Jesus. This same requirement is made of us if we are to enter into God's Kingdom Age. When God called Moses up into Mount Sinai, He told Moses to inform Israel what they had to do to receive His promises:
"Now therefore, if ye will obey My voice indeed, and keep My covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people: for all the earth is Mine: And ye shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel." Exodus 19:5-6
And all the people answered together, and said, All that the Lord hath spoken, we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the Lord." Exodus 19:8
Moses laid out God's request so Israel could receive their promises. The people's response was, "All that the Lord has spoken, we will do." Moses was faithful to God's commandment:
"And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. And Mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice." Exodus 19:17-19
God came down on Mount Sinai to speak directly to the people. How did the people react to God's voice?
"And all the people saw the thunderings and lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die." Exodus 20:18-19
When Israel came face to face with the power and the glory of God, they could not receive what He wanted them to hear. Why? It was because their heart was not right before God. As Israel, many today serve the Lord with their mouths, but when the simplest requirement is made of them, they make excuses. Many today who supposedly walk in the Spirit, confess their relationship with God, but they pull back from the presence of God.
When Israel saw the thunderings and lightnings, and heard the sound of the trumpets, they turned from God and stood afar off. Then they declared to Moses, "Do not let God speak to us again. You hear from God, and tell us what He says." How like the modern church today. The people do not want to seek God's presence for themselves. They want their preacher to seek God for them - - - and they listen and believe what the preacher tells them - - - never discovering for themselves the truths found in God's Word. God's desire is to have a personal relationship with all His people.
Fear had filled the hearts of Israel. If Israel had listened to God, the Ten Commandments would have been all the law they would have had to keep. But God called Moses up into the mount and gave him an extensive set of laws which Israel was then required to keep and live by. Paul explained Moses' Law to the church at Rome:
"For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made us free from the law of sin and death." Romans 8:2
Moses' Law was the law of sin and death. If you sinned under the law, you died. There was no forgiveness of sins under Moses' Law. When Israel sinned they were required to offer some innocent animal to atone for their sin. Atonement did not forgive their sin. It simply set it aside. Yet many denominations still try to keep the old law. Again Paul declared to the Romans:
"Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin." Romans 3:20
If Israel had kept the whole law perfectly, they still would not have been justified before God. So, do we need to know the law? Absolutely, because it is by the law we have the knowledge of sin. By the law, we know what is acceptable and not acceptable before our God. So then, do we attempt to keep the law? Absolutely not! The Apostle James informs us:
"For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." James 2:10
If we try to keep any part of the law, but break even one point of the law, we are guilty of the whole law. Israel could not keep the law, neither can we. Christ has made us free of the old law. While Moses was in the mount receiving the law, the people became restless.
"And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up! Make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him." Exodus 32:1
Moses was in the mount, receiving God's law because the people refused to hear God's voice. He had been gone from the presence of Israel, less than forty days, when the people demanded Aaron to make them false gods.
How like the church system today. If they do not get goose bumps, they will work up their emotion and call it God. If the Holy Spirit does not speak to them, they bring out a word that sounds good to placate the people's religious spirit. Aaron met the people's demand:
"And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me." Exodus 32:2
Aaron told them to bring all their earrings. Gold is the symbol of God and His anointing. When Israel removed the earrings from their ears, the anointing was gone, and they could no longer hear God's words. Without the anointing, God's Word simply becomes a dry morsel.
"And the Lord said unto Moses, Go! Get thee down! For thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves. They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, these be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt." Exodus 32:7-8
God spoke to Moses, "The people have corrupted themselves." Moses was gone but a short time, and now they corrupted themselves by worshipping a golden calf, declaring it was their god that led them out of Israel. How soon Israel had turned aside from the way God had commanded them to go by making a molten calf, sacrificing to it, and worshiping it. How soon they forgot all the miracles God had shown them in Egypt by keeping them from all the plagues. How soon they forgot how God had healed the waters of Moray and destroyed Pharaoh's army in the Red Sea who were determined to return them to slavery.
"And the Lord said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people: Now therefore let Me alone, that My wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation." Exodus 32:9-10
God declared Israel was a stiffnecked people. The word stiffnecked means "obstinate, difficult, and stubborn." It makes one wonder what God thinks of the modern church!
God wanted to destroy Israel in His wrath, and He told Moses He would raise up another great nation from Moses. But Moses interceded for the people so God would not destroy them.
"And when Joshua heard the noise of the people as they shouted, he said unto Moses, There is a noise of war in the camp. And he said, It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, neither is it the voice of them that cry for being overcome: but the noise of them that sing do I hear." Exodus 32:17-18
There was a great commotion coming from the camp. Joshua thought a war had broken out in the camp. Moses knew it was not the voice of mastery (strength, valor, or bravery), neither was it the voice of the overcomers. Moses declared it was the voice of singing. The Hebrew word singing in this verse means "afflicted, downcast, depressed, and oppressed." It was the voice of the those who had been overcome by their spirit of religion. An unknown Psalmist explained Israel's dilemma:
"And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul." Psalm 106:15
Today many demand things from God which they do not need, and which are harmful to their Spiritual walk. God may let them have their heart's desire, but He will send leanness into their souls. Moses was very disappointed with the actions of Israel:
"And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it." Exodus 32:20
Moses destroyed the image, then he ground the gold to powder, and sprinkled it upon the water. Then he made the children of Israel drink it. This was to be a reminder to them of their sin.
"And when Moses saw that the people were naked; for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies." Exodus 32:25
Israel was naked before their enemies. Many teach Israel was engaged in a sexual orgy. But this is not what God was trying to reveal to us. When Israel sinned by worshipping the calf, the Holy Spirit left them, and they were Spiritually uncovered, and destitute of God's Spiritual covering of protection before their enemies. God's people do not understand that when they offend the Holy Spirit, they open themselves up to demonic attacks because they have lost their Spiritual covering. Thus they have no Spiritual power to resist the devil.
When Moses was in the mount, he received the Ten Commandments which God had engraved in two tablets of stone:
"And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses' anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount." Exodus 32:19
Moses cast down the tables of stone and broke them at the foot of Mount Sinai. This represented the period of time when God would end the law. Paul revealed the time when we could come to the end of the law:
"For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth." Romans 10:4
When we come to Christ, the anointing, we come to the end of the law. This happened on the Day of Pentecost for all who believe. Each of us must have his or her Day of Pentecost. Paul gives us further insight as to our relationship to the law:
"For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves." Romans 2:14
When the Gentiles (those who are not of natural Israel) which were not given the law do by nature (because of a changed heart) the things contained in the law, then they become a law unto themselves. So how do we know the law? It is by reading and studying the Scriptures. Then we can understand the words Paul wrote to the Hebrews:
"This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them." Hebrews 10:16
When we read the Word which contains God's whole law, not just Moses' Law, then God's Law is written in our hearts and minds. And we do God's Law because we are a law unto ourselves because His Law is our life. It's how we live and think.
God was ready to destroy Israel and raise up a new people which Moses would have been the father of. We must remember Moses was over eighty years old. How long would it have taken for God to accomplish this purpose? It would have taken at least two hundred years. Could he have done this? Yes! Time means nothing to God. Or was this a test for Moses? Would his pride desire such a thing. Then God put another test before Moses:
"And the Lord said unto Moses, Depart, and go up hence, thou and the people which thou hast brought up out of the land of Egypt, unto the land which I sware unto Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, Unto thy seed will I give it:
And I will send an angel before thee; and I will drive out the Canaanite, the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite: Unto a land flowing with milk and honey: for I will not go up in the midst of thee; for thou art a stiffnecked people: lest I consume thee in the way." Exodus 33:1-3
God told Moses to take the people and go, and He would send an angel before them to destroy all the inhabitants of their promise land. But God told Moses He would not go with them, because they were an obstinate, stubborn, stiffnecked people. God stated, "Lest I consume them in the way." We really need to ask ourselves, "Are those who are supposed to be serving God any different today?" If God wanted to consume Israel, how would the modern church fare? We are informed by Peter:
"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?" I Peter 4:17
How many who call themselves Christians completely obey the gospel? How many Christians today have become a law unto themselves and obey God's Word because the Word has become their whole life? When Stephen was about to be stoned, he spoke to those who were piling up the rocks:
"Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye." Acts 7:51
How true this is today! The people still resist the Holy Ghost. When God wants to make changes in their life, they resist any change. Instead we hear, "God accepts me just the way I am." This is true. But He accepts us the way we are so He can change us. Certainly the way we were does not qualify us to enter into our promise land, the Kingdom of God. Paul explained this to the church at Ephesus:
"For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and of God." Ephesians 5:5
And yet we witness all these Paul mentioned filling the pews of today's modern churches. How many Israelites heard and heeded the words of Moses? Out of the multitude Moses led out of Egypt, only two entered into their promise land. These were Joshua and Caleb. Why were these two given such favor? Joshua and Caleb were part of the twelve Moses had sent into the promise land as spies, and they were the only two who declared they would go up and take the land. The other ten brought fear on the people when they declared, "There are giants in the land!" Because of the unbelief of these ten spies, God sentenced Israel to wonder forty years in the wilderness. Only Joshua and Caleb were faithful to the promises of God. It was said of Joshua:
"And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle." Exodus 33:11
Joshua remained in the tabernacle, interceding for Moses and the people. He remained constantly in the presence of God. Of Caleb it was reported:
"But My servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed Me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it." Numbers 14:24
Caleb had another spirit. Caleb had a spirit of belief and obedience, and he followed God's Word fully (completely), not questioning what he did not understand. Caleb had no fear of the giants in the land. Caleb is our example of those who will enter in and occupy their promise land the Kingdom of God.
Israel thought because God brought them out of their Egyptian bondage they were guaranteed their promise land. Spiritually speaking, God delivering Israel from their Egyptian slavery is a type of God delivering us from the world when we come into His plan of salvation. This is what the church refers to as "Getting saved, accepting Jesus, and being redeemed." The church thinks because they are saved, they are home free. They declare themselves to be the sons of God. We need to ask ourselves, "If that is all there is to becoming sons, why then did John declare?"
"But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name." John 1:12
If sonship is automatic, why did God give us His power (the Holy Spirit) to become His sons? As God showed us through Caleb, if we are to become His sons we need another Spirit.
Today the church system has the spirit of religion. This is why they declare, "Our denomination is right, and other denominations are wrong!" This separation is a sign of a religious spirit. Israel had this same religious spirit. They thought because God delivered them, it was His responsibility to keep His promise. But all God's promises come with a condition. And we must fulfill these conditions to receive His promises. Because of fear and unbelief, all those God had brought out of Egypt perished in the wilderness except for Joshua and Caleb.
"And the space in which we came from Kadeshbarnea, until we were come over the brook Zered, was thirty and eight years; until all the generation of the men of war were wasted out from among the host, as the Lord sware unto them." Deuteronomy 2:14
It only took thirty-eight years for all these to perish. Only those under the fighting age of twenty were spared, and this was because they were born in the wilderness. Today many of those who declare themselves to be sons will never see their promise land, the Kingdom of God, because they, as Israel, are stiffnecked, headstrong, stubborn, and obstinate. Their religious spirit tells them they are alright in God's sight. They refuse to change, they refuse to hear, and they continue to expound on their pride of life. All they speak of is their past victories. They take credit for what God has done through them. They become self-centered, self-willed, and self-governed. These need to learn from Caleb and Joshua to become obedient and allow the power (the Holy Spirit) to direct their lives, so they can truly become the sons of God.
God told Moses He was not going any further with them, and that He was going to send an angel. When Moses told the people of their situation, because of their sin:
". . . the children of Israel stripped themselves of their ornaments by the Mount Horeb. And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the Congregation. And it came to pass that every one which sought the Lord went out unto the Tabernacle of the Congregation, which was without the camp." Exodus 33:6-7
Israel began to repent, and Moses took the Tabernacle and put it up outside the camp. He did not just put it up close to the camp, he put it afar off. Those who sought for God were required to go out of the camp a great distance to seek the Lord. Moses called it the Tabernacle of the Congregation. No longer could the people seek God inside the camp. What a picture of today's modern church system! Jesus informed us:
"For many are called, but few are chosen." Matthew 22:14
Many are called of God, but if we desire to be part of the chosen, we must go outside the camp, outside the organized church system. Those who remain inside the camp have made idols unto themselves. What are these idols? It is their grandiose buildings, their doctrines of prosperity, and their adherence to their dead precepts and doctrines of men. These have denied the power (the Holy Spirit) of God and have become as those Jeremiah reveals:
"For My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken Me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water." Jeremiah 2:13
Those who follow the precepts and doctrines of their denominational orders have set up idols in their hearts. They only teach what comes from the denominational headquarters. Most receive their lessons through the mail or what they buy from the merchandising Christian book stores. The Holy Spirit has nothing to do with what is being taught the people. Their broken cisterns hold no living water. These no longer have the heart's cry of Paul who declared:
"That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death;" Philippians 3:10
We need to ask, "Is our whole being crying out to know God?" Or are we content to stay in the camp and remain where they worship the created more than the Creator, Romans 1:25. Paul's cry was to know the power of Christ's resurrection. The power of His resurrection is the Holy Spirit. Timothy described the organized church when he wrote:
"Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." II Timothy 3:5
From such turn away, or he could have said, "Get outside the camp and seek God with a pure and undefiled heart." Paul wanted to be ". . . in fellowship with His suffering . . ." If you mention suffering in the modern church system, you might get trampled on your way to the door. This is not the message the church wants to hear. The prophet Isaiah declared the heart of those who are content in the camp:
"Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:" Isaiah 30:10
Many only want to hear the smooth things, those things that do not ruffle the feathers or speak of a changed life. Many would rather be deceived. These are taught that before anything bad happens, they will be taken out in a phony rapture. Thus they remain happy in their deceived condition. Others are taught once saved, always saved. No matter what they do, God is bound by their commitment. Others are taught that all will eventually be saved. Timothy informs us:
"If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him: if we deny Him, He also will deny us:" II Timothy 2:12
One thing is for certain. Those who refuse to suffer with Him will never reign with Him. Paul also wanted to be made conformable to Christ's death:
"Wherefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach." Hebrews 13:12-13
Jesus is our example. It was the religious system of His day who cried, "Crucify Him! Crucify Him!" If He tried to interfere with the church system today, the same cry would be heard.
Paul directed us that if we want to go forth unto Him and be conformable unto His death, we must go to Him outside the camp just as Moses set up the Tabernacle of the congregation outside the camp. The people in Moses' day had to make a conscience effort to seek for God. All who want to rule and reign with Christ today must also make this same sacrificial decision.
There was another decision Moses had to make at Sinai. God had told Moses He would not go up with the people, but would send an angel before them. Moses pled the case for God's people:
"And Moses said unto the Lord, See, Thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and Thou hast not let me know whom Thou wilt send with me. Yet Thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in My sight. Now therefore, I pray Thee, if I have found grace in Thy sight, shew me now Thy way, that I may know Thee, that I may find grace in Thy sight: and consider that this nation is Thy people." Exodus 33:12-13
Moses knew what few pastors are aware of today. The flock they are to teach and lead in the ways of God belong to God. Pastors are only set there as caretakers of God's inheritance. When Moses reminded God that he (Moses) was only a servant doing what God had ordered Him to do, God repented:
"And He said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest
And he said unto Him, If Thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence." Exodus 33:14-15
Moses would not move the people unless God went with them. What a lesson for God's people today. We should refuse to move unless we have not only God's presence, but His direction. Too many today are either running ahead of God or lagging behind. Moses knew that without God's presence, their promise land would be empty. If we desire to be part of God's Kingdom, we must make Him first in everything we do and say.
"For wherein shall it be known here that I and Thy people have found grace in Thy sight? Is it not in that Thou goest with us? So Shall we be separated, I and Thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth.
And the Lord said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that Thou hast spoken: for Thou hast found grace in My sight, and I know thee by name." Exodus 33:16-17
We need to ask ourselves, "Would we have been satisfied to have God's angel go before us, or would we have refused to move until God's presence went before us?" We live in the day when we need to know God's voice, His will, and His absolute direction in our lives. Those who follow His way will be separated above all the people who are upon the earth. If this is our desire, then we must go outside the camp where God will meet with all of us. Praise the Lord!
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