HIS-STORY OF THE REMNANT
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There is a question that necessitates being addressed at this point. I have declared and given evidence that Yahweh planned to severely judge the church in 1995-96. Someone could, and even should, ask here whether Yahweh really would plan to judge the church, and the church not even know of these intentions, only for Him to change His mind and hold back His judgment, again without the church knowing it? Not only could He do this, but I am sure that this is exactly what He did. To confirm this, we simply need to turn once again to the Scriptures.
If Yahweh was going to judge the church, this would be a major event, as it would mean a cleansing, or even worse a blood bath, in the kingdom of God. For anything to occur on this major order, Yahweh would have given testimony of it beforehand (though the church being blind to it). A judgment of this order, despite not being carried out, evidences the objection Yahweh has for the corruption of His kingdom by carnal men. When the churchs eyes are finally opened to His planned wrath and their narrow escape, they will know Yahwehs righteousness, will see the greatness as well as the severity of their error, and will thus be greatly humbled. Where do we see this planned wrath and the escape thereof testified in the Scriptures? Yahweh has given us a very specific testimony to this in the unusual and striking account of Balaam.
In the life of Balaam we find a clear testimony of the church. The account of Balaam is most unusual (like the church). It is important to note that if one only possessed the Numbers account concerning Balaam, clearly they would not come to such a harsh and critical view of this prophet of Yahweh, as revealed in other parts of the Scriptures. Let us look at this opening account and see what Balaam said and did; and then we will consider the seemingly unusual response by Yahweh.
In Numbers 22 the prophet Balaam is being solicited by the Moabite king, Balak, to come and curse the children of Israel as they were about to complete their wilderness journyings and enter into the promised land. We find here that other than the ill nature of the request, the prophet, with his devotion and obedience to Yahweh, varies little from the devotion and response of many Christians. Let us look at this.
Beginning in verse eight, we read of Balaams devotion to the words of Yahweh and his faithfulness to Him as a prophet. At King Balaks request to come, Balaam declared to the kings messengers - "Spend the night here, and I will bring word back to you as Yahweh may speak to me." Balaam sought the will of Yahweh, and upon hearing from Him obediently declared to these men - "Go back to your land, for Yahweh has refused to let me go with you."
But Balak was a desperate man and could not be content with the prophets answer. So, again he sent an entourage of men, but this time more numerous and distinguished than the former. "I will indeed honor you richly, and I will do whatever you say to me. Please come then, curse this people for me," begged the king.
Balaams answer once again had the fervency of many devoted Christians. "Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not do anything, either small or great, contrary to the command of Yahweh my God." That is devotion.
Once again Balaam sought Yahweh as to what he should do, and once again he fully obeyed His direction. This time though, Yahweh told Balaam to go with them, but to only speak what He told him. In complete obedience to Yahweh, Balaam arose the next morning, saddled his donkey, and went with them, along with his two servants.
So, what could be wrong here? Here is a man who fervently sought Yahweh, took a bold position of rejecting the things of this world for the sake of faithfulness to Him and His word, and clearly heard from Him and obeyed. What could be wrong? We have here a man on a mission from God.
But as we read the continuing account, we find that when Balaam began his journey with the kings messengers, "God was angry because he was going." As this account unfolds, one would wonder why God would be angry. Balaam was only doing what God told him to do.
Yahweh sent an angel to stand in the way as an adversary against Balaam, but when his seeing donkey saw the angel with his drawn sword, the donkey turned off and went into the field. Balaam, not seeing, struck his donkey and turned her back to the way.
"Then the angel of Yahweh stood in a narrow path of the vineyards, with a wall on this side and a wall on that side. When the donkey saw the angel of Yahweh, she pressed herself to the wall and pressed Balaams foot against the wall, so he struck her again. And the angel of Yahweh went further, and stood in a narrow place where there was no way to turn to the right hand or the left. When the donkey saw the angel of Yahweh, she lay down under Balaam; so Balaam was angry and struck the donkey with his stick." You know the rest of the account - the donkey talked to Balaam, and Balaams eyes were opened to see what the donkey had seen all along.
Balaams response at this point remained one of continuing devotion, though undoubtedly possessing increased fervency. Balaam was more than willing to leave the kings escorts and return back home, even as he offered; but, Yahweh once again told him to go with them and to speak only what He told him, which Balaam did.
Balaam had every appearance up to this point, and really throughout this account, that he was a man of God, doing only the will of Yahweh. There was nothing up to here that according to natural sight gave the slightest hint that Yahweh was or would have been displeased with him. This is the precise case with the church. It proceeds on in its outward devotion, riding its "donkey," communing with God, unknowing that Yahweh is angry and ready to judge it. Clearly, in many regards the church is Balaam.
Three times Balaams life was spared; three times Clintons life was spared. Why? Because Balaam and Clinton both represent the same work of Yahweh - the church that is supposed to get 3,000 years tenure. Just as there are numerous evidences that Clinton represents Christianity, there are numerous evidences that Balaam likewise represents Christianity. I cannot elaborate on these here, but Balaams blindness, his sincere and strict devotion to doing only the will of Yahweh, the seeing donkey Balaam rode that saved his life (a donkey represents in the Scriptures an outpouring of the Holy Spirit), the "two servants" accompanying Balaam (two remnants), the field which the donkey turned into (several times Yahshua compared the kingdom of God as going into a field), the vineyards (the kingdom of God), the pressing of Balaams foot against the wall (the foot represents the rights to the kingdom), all reveal a man who is Christianity.
And if you have any doubts whether this event was prophetic, I assure you that if one angel who slew 70,000 men (2 Samuel 24:15-16) really wanted to take out Balaam, he would have had no problem whatsoever doing so. The fact is, Balaam was walking out living prophecy for our instruction today pertaining to the church.
In this prophetic role, two most significant points are strikingly evident - (1) Balaam is completely blind to his peril, and (2) he is unknowingly saved on three accounts. So once again we ask - Can Christianity be at risk to the wrath of Yahweh, escape that wrath, and not even know it? They not only can, but they most definitely have. We find here in this clearly prophetic account of church-representing Balaam, that Yahweh has indeed shown mercy to His church, His seemingly devoted and obedient "prophet" with whom He is angry (the reasons for such anger being far more evident for the corrupt church than for obedient Balaam). Even as Yahweh was not pleased with Balaam for what appears to be unknown reasons, particularly to Balaam, equally Yahweh is not pleased with Christianity (though it does not take much for one to perceive their just judgment), and equally they have been blind to His plans of wrath.
Obedient, God seeking, word of God speaking, worldly riches denying, donkey riding, two servant acquiring, field entering, vineyard passing, foot smashing, blind yet having his eyes opened Balaam is a clear, highly revealing, and most important prophetic representation of the church, and Yahwehs dealings with it. I present this most prophetic account of Balaam, in conjunction with the three attempts upon the life of President Clinton, as evidence that Yahweh not only planned the severe judgment of the church in 1995-96, but on at least two other occasions most likely did so as well. These planned acts of Yahwehs wrath were spared by one thing - the protecting "donkey" upon which the church rides, the workings and moves of the Holy Spirit in the church. The Holy Spirit has always been the churchs guide, helper, and, as we see here, even protector; and it is time for "Balaams donkey" to do a little talking and for blinded eyes to be opened. It is time, and most needed!
Thus we see not only the threat of Yahwehs judgment upon the church, but equally important Yahwehs deliverance by the works of the Holy Spirit. So, if you ask if Yahweh would bring the church into sever judgment without its awareness, and for the church to narrowly escape His wrath, then remember Balaam, the prophetic picture of Christianity. Yahweh not only would, He has, even as we see here in Balaam, as testified in Clinton, and as this writer has intercessorally experienced and proclaimed.
And may I say here parenthetically, it was mentioned earlier that prophecy runs in two veins - one, if Yahweh acted in wrath, and two, if Yahweh acted in mercy. In this account, if one read prophecy according to the angel's plan, then Balaam would have been slain, as this was his every intention. But in the actual account we find mercy and escape from wrath. Equally we find these two prophetic perspectives - one wrath, and one mercy. It was the wrath, the "angel perspective" I was shown in '94 through '96. But it is the mercy perspective with the "donkey factor" that I have seen since then.
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