We are to “mark” those which walk as the true apostles did. The true apostles did not preach for money…..teaching things for “filthy lucre’s” sake. Those who are truly “sent” (the meaning of “apostle”) will not preach for money but be a SERVANT in the Word. Philippians 3:17-19 KJV (17) Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. MANY are doing otherwise….and are leading MANY down the wide path to their destruction. Their end is the destruction of the flesh so that their spirit may be saved. (18) (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: (19) Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) Paul is a SERVANT of Jesus Christ….and so are those who follow his example by working with his own hands to support his own necessities. He did not preach in covetousness for money….coveting after other’s “silver, gold or apparel” but was a servant of Jesus. Romans 1:1 KJV (1) Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, We are to RENOUNCE the hidden things of dishonesty….not walking in craftiness nor handling the Word of God deceitfully for money’s sake so that others shall not vilify the gospel. We are to forsake our evil “nets” and follow Him. By the manifestation of the Truth, we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. They will see that we do not preach for money and will not be given an opportunity to vilify us nor the Word. 2 Corinthians 4:1-5 KJV (1) Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; (2) But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. But those who love to preach for money are perishing from off this earth and the world is also perishing because they can not see the light of the glorious gospel as the preaching for money blinds the minds of them which believe not. Covetousness blinds the minds of preachers who preach for money and that preaching also blinds the minds of those who see this from the outside and vilify the gospel. The light is being prevented from shining unto them because of the preaching for money. The life of Jesus is NOT being manifest in the mortal flesh because of the hidden covetousness of men who hide it in their own bellies with the flattering tongue and handle the Word of God deceitfully for unjust gain. (3) But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: (4) In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. We are not to preach ourselves, but preach Christ Jesus the Lord and ourselves the SERVANTS for Jesus’ sake. (5) For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. The outside world does not have the Light shine unto them because of the money preaching of those who preach themselves. The preachers and their followers are perishing away to the grave. NO FLESH is being saved. 2 Timothy 1:10 KJV (10) But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel: For those who are greedy of gain are having their life (soul) taken away as they preach the Word of God deceitfully for money’s sake and prevent the life of Jesus from appearing in the mortal bodies of themselves and their followers and the outside world does not see the Light of the glorious gospel of our Lord…the good news that He has abolished death and brought life immortality to Light. Our body is the temple of God. Proverbs 1:18-19 KJV (18) And they lay wait for their own blood; they lurk privily for their own lives. (19) So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof. They that seek to become in rich in their preaching fall into a temptation and a snare and into many foolish and hurtful lusts that drown men in destruction and perdition. That is what the abomination (covetousness = idolatry) of DESOLATION does…..it takes away the life of the owners thereof. Although they lie in wait secretly for the blood of others as they preach deceitfully, they are also taking away their own lives for those who destroy the temple of God by preaching in covetousness are being destroyed themselves. Their judgment is NOT idle and their destruction is NOT delaying….for they are perishing away in their mortal bodies toward the grave. We have MANY graves in many church cemeteries as proof that their teachings and commandments are in error. They are preventing the life of Jesus from being manifested in our mortal flesh by their deceptions. Proverbs 1:10-16 KJV (10) My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. (11) If they say, Come with us, let us lay wait for blood, let us lurk privily for the innocent without cause: (12) Let us swallow them up alive as the grave; and whole, as those that go down into the pit: (13) We shall find all precious substance, we shall fill our houses with spoil: (14) Cast in thy lot among us; let us all have one purse: (15) My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: (16) For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood. The abomination of desolation drowns men in destruction and perdition. Their judgment is ACTIVE now….as they are PERISHING now in the flesh so that their spirits may be saved. The day of their visitation declares their work. Though they themselves are saved, they have suffered loss….the destruction of the mortal body which is “burned” up in the “fire”. 1 Timothy 6: (9) But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. (10) For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. We are to flee the abomination that causes desolation (destruction and perdition) and follow after His righteousness. (11) But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Covetousness…..the abomination of desolation…should not be once named among us as becoming saints. It should not be standing in the holy place. But instead, we are to keep the “daily” sacrifice to walk in LOVE with one another as Christ has loved us and has given Himself for us an offering and a SACRIFICE to God for a sweet-smelling savor. Ephesians 5:1-7 KJV (1) Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; (2) And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. The abomination of DESOLATION should not be found in the holy place…..among us as becoming saints. (3) But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; (4) Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this we know: that no covetous man has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. They are actively being removed from this earth as they are perishing away in their corruption . This is open knowledge to all. Their flesh has not been saved as all have been removed from the earth. (5) 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. They use their words for deception. Babylon = the flattering tongue of men who employ her to get rich in their “preaching”. She is responsible for ALL of the slain of the earth. They are being destroyed from off the earth….for their lives are being taken away just like the rest of the world that does not profess that they know God. Because of these things, the wrath of God comes upon them…..upon the children of disobedience. The wrath of God IS REVEALED from heaven against all of the ungodliness and unrighteousness of men in the here and now. (6) Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. We are not to be partakers with them in their idolatry. We can not sit together with those who call themselves “brothers” but are covetous as they preach for money and earthly pursuits…and are actively being destroyed. (7) Be not ye therefore partakers with them. Men are as trees. He comes looking for the fruits of the Spirit. If none is to be found, He puts “dung” around us in hopes that we come to repentance as He in His patience is not willing that anyone perish. Luke 13:6-9 KJV (6) He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. (7) Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? If we do not bear fruit, we are “cut down” from this earth. Why should we continue to encumber the earth then? (8) And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: (9) And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down. EVERY man’s work is being made manifest already for what it is….for the wrath of God IS REVEALED from heaven against ALL ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who hold down the Truth in unrighteousness. How is it being held down? They are preaching for money which prevents the Light of the glorious gospel of our Lord from shining unto the rest of the world. Romans 1:18-19 KJV (18) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; (19) Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. Those who preach for money are suffering loss….for their mortal bodies are being cut down and burned in the “fire” so that they themselves are saved. Their flesh is being destroyed so that their spirits may be saved. The temple of God is holy of which temple we are. If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy in the here and now by perishing off the earth. And those who are joined together with them are perishing. But God is PATIENT with us….not willing that any perish but come to repentance. 1 Corinthians 3:12-19 KJV (12) Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; (13) Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. (14) If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. (15) If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. (16) Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? Our mortal bodies are the temple of God that we are not to defile by preaching for money and by keeping company with them. (17) If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (18) Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. (19) For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. He gives them up to the uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts to dishonor their own mortal BODIES between themselves. Romans 1:24 KJV (24) Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: The tongue is a fire that sets the wheel of life on fire. It defiles the whole body. They, who do not like to retain God in their knowledge, are burned in the “fire”….being filled with all unrighteousness in their gatherings together as they defile their own mortal bodies together. We can not sit together with them in the denominations of envy, strife, and hatred of one another. We can not be ONE FLESH with them. We must glorify God with our bodies and be separate from them. Romans 1:28-32 KJV (28) And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; (29) Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, (30) Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, (31) Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: (32) Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. Because a sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, the heart of the sons of men become fully set in them to do evil. Ecclesiastes 8:11 KJV (11) Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. The heavens and the earth which are NOW by the Word ARE STORED NOWwith “fire” against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. This is a NOW thing that IS REVEALED upon all the ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. The heavens and the earth are already stored NOW with fire. The destruction of ungodly men eventually comes for each one of them…..but He is patient in waiting for us to come to repentance. The wrath of God IS REVEALED from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of ALL men. 2 Peter 3: (7) But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. (8) But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. Because a sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, the heart of the sons of men become fully set in them to do evil….but the Lord is not slack concerning His promise…but His patience with us is our salvation if we should turn back to Him and DO His commandments. (9) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. For the ungodly and the unrighteous, the heavens pass away with a great noise and the elements melt with fervent heat. All of man’s works are burnt up. Men are perishing with the using of the carnal ordinances of men….the commandments and doctrines of men….the “elements”. The flesh is destroyed so that the spirit may be saved in the Day of the Lord that comes for all of those who do not change their minds about these things. He comes in the day of their visitation as a thief in the night to cut them down from the earth. (10) But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. (11) Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Woe unto those that desire to see the “Day of the LORD”. What end is it for them? The Day of their visitation….the Day of their Judgment….is darkness and not light as they seem to think it is. That Day comes upon every person for the ungodly and unrighteousness of men ….and it is never pleasant. Amos 5:18-20 KJV (18) Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light. (19) As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. (20) Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it? But we are looking forward to a new day…a new order of things….the coming Day of God…wherein dwells righteousness. The coming Day of the Lord = being cut down from the earth as judgment. The coming Day of God = the new heavens and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness. The current order of things shall pass away: the heavens now being on fire…shall be dissolved. There will be new heavens…..without the fire. The heavens are currently stored with fire that destroys all men who are being ungodly and hold down the Truth in their unrighteousness. They are holding it down so that the rest of the world can not see the glorious Light of the good news of our Lord by their covetous preaching…. and they perishing away because of it. His life is hid (the Son of man has been in the “earth”) and not being manifested in the covetous professors of religion and their followers nor the rest of the world. We are supposed to be the light of the world. 2 Peter 3: (12) Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? (13) Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. We are to be DILIGENT so that we may be found of Him NOW in peace, without spot and blameless…for the heavens are currently stored with fire which shall destroy us if we continue to preach deceitfully or sit together with those who do. His patience is our salvation. We are to FLEE those things and pursue His righteousness being found of Him without spot and blameless. We are to be RECONCILED to Him. He is patient with us not willing that any perish but to come to repentance. (14) Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. (15) And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; (16) As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. (17) Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. (18) But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. The breath, as FIRE, DEVOURS. Our God is a consuming fire. Isaiah 33:10-19 KJV (10) Now will I rise, saith the LORD; now will I be exalted; now will I lift up myself. (11) Ye shall conceive chaff, ye shall bring forth stubble: your breath, as fire, shall devour you. (12) And the people shall be as the burnings of lime: as thorns cut up shall they be burned in the fire. (13) Hear, ye that are far off, what I have done; and, ye that are near, acknowledge my might. (14) The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? Who of us shall DWELL with the devouring fire ….as the current heavens and the earth are stored with fire waiting for the judgment of all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men? The wrath of God IS REVEALED from heaven upon men already. Many are abiding under the wrath of God NOW. Those that walk righteously and speak uprightly will dwell with the devouring fire but shall not be devoured. Those that DESPISE THE GAIN of oppression and keep their hands from the HOLDING OF BRIBES and stop their ears from hearing of blood and shut their eyes from seeing evil. They will not covet after other’s silver, gold or apparel and preach deceitfully for these things nor keep company with those who do. (15) He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; (16) He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure. We shall live to see the Day of God….the new heavens and the new earth wherein dwells righteousness. Where will all those people who preached for money and laid heavy burdens of the commandments of men be? (17) Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off. (18) Thine heart shall meditate terror. Where is the scribe? where is the receiver? where is he that counted the towers? The “fierce people” will have all perished from off this earth leaving the meek to inherit the earth. (19) Thou shalt not see a fierce people, a people of a deeper speech than thou canst perceive; of a stammering tongue, that thou canst not understand. We are looking forward to the coming age….the heavens that are currently stored with fire shall be dissolved and we shall live with God who shall dwell with us in the home of righteousness upon this earth. The current order of things shall pass away. The heavens and the earth will no longer be stored with fire for our judgment. Revelation 21:1-5 KJV (1) And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. (2) And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. We are to look for and hasten the presence of the day of God. (3) And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. (4) And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (5) And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. We are to hear and DO His statutes and the judgments so that we may LIVE and go in and possess the earth (“land”). Deuteronomy 4:1-6 KJV (1) Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you. (2) Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. Our eyes have seen what Jehovah has done to those who are covetous…the men who follow “Baalpeor”. The love of money is the root of all evil…and those who have coveted have been destroyed and are being destroyed. 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. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. (3) Your eyes have seen what the LORD did because of Baalpeor: for all the men that followed Baalpeor, the LORD thy God hath destroyed them from among you. But if we cleave unto Him, we shall remain ALIVE every one of us…having “eternal life”…an age-lasting life. We shall go in to possess the earth….while the wicked are removed from it. (4) But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day. (5) Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. The nations shall see that we remain ALIVE by doing His will. We shall prove to the world what it means to do His will….and they will GLORIFY God. (6) Keep therefore and do them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.