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Border Security

   While watching a documentary recently on the issue of the US-Mexico border security, I gained some spiritual insights that I believe the Lord would have us understand regarding the border security of His kingdom. His laws apply to those who desire to enter into the freedom of the kingdom of heaven, as well as the responsibility of carrying out those laws among those whose names have been legally registered in heaven (Hebrew 12:23). The fact that our nation is being flooded by “illegal” immigrants, in particular the open door of opportunity for our enemies to slip in unnoticed, should be a legitimate concern among all who understand the necessity of law and order in order to maintain our freedom.

   On an even higher level of understanding though, is the number of “illegals” that have been allowed to pour into God’s kingdom by the spiritual leaders that have been granted the authority to guard His borders. The gaping holes in their lawless theology have caused the current confusion and lack of order in His church. The boundaries of God’s law have not been clearly identified for those who live within His boundaries. Because of this careless neglect, He has begun to step in and enforce what the leaders of His people have not, including their exposure and removal. If He didn’t, we would plunge into total chaos with great loss of life; eternal life.

 

Illegal Immigrants

 

   One day while listening to a conversation on the radio in regards to the illegal immigrant issue in our country, the Lord spoke to me and said, “There are also many illegal immigrants in my kingdom. They too want the benefits of living in a free society without adhering to the laws that govern it.” The illegals in the church will, through the Lord's justice, be cast out of His kingdom. Unlike corrupt government, God does not reward evil behavior.

   The current open borders in our nation that allow free access into our land by illegal means, including the covert actions of our enemies, is a manifestation of the unguarded hearts of Christians in our nation and the illegal means (i.e. lawlessness) they now operate under. Our borders will be as secure as the hearts of God’s people, because, as the church goes, so goes the world.   In the documentary they interviewed a citizen militia group that patrols the border, a nonprofit humanitarian organization that provides water stations for those under the harsh conditions of the desert, a man who was turned back at the border, as well as a guide for the illegals to enter into America known as a “coyote.”

   The desire to escape the oppression and poverty of a nation and come to a free and prosperous America is a good desire, but only by the legal manner establishes with our system. America is a land that has been built by immigrants, we welcome them. But our blessings were not through nefarious means. We were established through the blessing of God that comes through obedience to His laws like no other nation in history, besides Israel, to be a beacon of His light to the world. Have we been perfect in this? Of course not, but there was a remnant among His people that He has kept in our nation in order to finish our national call of carrying out His purpose. That light is kept on, though, only through the obedience of His people. The recent increase of darkness in our land is due to the absence of God’s light allowed to come through His people. It’s the church’s responsibility to be His light bearers to those living in darkness. The blessings of obedience or the curses of disobedience flow through the church. It is our responsibility before God that He holds us accountable for, not the unbelievers.

   In the interview with the man caught and turned back at the border, he described the dangers along the journey to cross the border. First, he said was the fear of being bit by snakes. Next would be the need for water, and then of getting lost in the wilderness of the desert along the way. After listening to this man’s description of the possibility of death, the interviewer made the comment, “It’s a journey of life and death,” to which the man somberly answered, “Yes.” They are willing to possibly suffer death for the opportunity of freedom and a new life. Unfortunately, as many in the church are about to discover, it must be done through legal means.

 

Coyote Guides In The Church

 

   It was pointed out that the paid, “coyote” guides that led these people would sometimes abandon them, or even rob them on the way. There was no guarantee that they would guide them to their desired destination. They could find themselves lost in the desert, left to die. In the church, this would be compared to what is described as a “hireling,” which is a paid or hired hand behind the pulpit. Jesus refers to these self-centered leaders, saying;

 

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. But a hireling [3411- “a hired hand”], he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep.”

(John 10:11-13/NKJV)

 

   Jesus says that these “hirelings,” or “hired hands” in other versions, are not the owner of the sheep. They do not possess the same concern for the sheep’s welfare as the owner would. Similarly, coyote guides are like the nocturnal animal; they both operate under the cover of darkness and are therefore not fully concerned about those they are leading as much as they are about getting paid for their work.

   A coyote minster acts under the same power of darkness. Unlike the Owner’s heart of concern, their heart of self-preservation is revealed when a wolf is in their midst. They quickly flee when danger appears, leaving the sheep on their own to fend for themselves. Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words states that this word in the Greek “expresses, not only one who has no real interest in his duty… but one who is unfaithful in the discharge of it.” Spiritually speaking, it requires a shepherd with the heart of Christ, the Owner, to protect His sheep in a way that He would, thereby pleasing Him.

   Thankfully, our Guide (i.e. the Holy Spirit) will never leave us or forsake us to the wolves on our journey. The issue with Christians on their journey to the Promised Land of God, though, is rebellion along the way, choosing a different route than what they’re being led on. As pictured by the children of Israel’s wilderness journey, if not repented of, it will cause us to stop following our Guide’s directions. This will leave us vulnerable to the attack of the enemy who seeks to devour a straying sheep (1 Peter 5:8).

   The Holy Spirit is the only One who knows the way we need to travel so as to arrive safely at our promised destination. There are numerous pitfalls along the way that demand our trust of His knowledge of the direction and manner in which we should walk. Otherwise, we will undoubtedly trip and fall (away) from Him.

   As the children of Israel discovered, the promise of God alone, without their cooperation, wasn’t enough to gain entrance into the Promised land of the Lord’s inheritance. The doctrines of demons that have leavened much of the church say otherwise, number one being the so-called “Eternal Security,” or “once saved always saved” lie that rewards continued bad behavior with the prize of eternal life.

   The wolves of hell are always lurking nearby, seeking those sheep who have carelessly strayed from their Master Shepherd’s safety and protection. The Holy Spirit will always be there, attempting to redirect us back to Himself, but we have been given the freewill to choose this day whom we will listen to. The choices we make today determine the direction we will take tomorrow. Choices have consequences.

 

Law And Order

 

   There is a corporate responsibility, as well as a personal responsibility, in border security. In the nation, the government is called to protect its citizens from all injustice, and the citizens are expected to observe the laws (as long as they are in agreement with God’s laws), so as to keep order within society. This is what’s referred to as “law and order.” Webster’s Dictionary defines law and order as “the safe, civil, and orderly functioning of society viewed especially as a result of the enactment and strict enforcement of laws.”

   We agree and support legal means to enter into our nation, not only for obvious security reasons, but also for the “orderly functioning” of our society. As it would be in a personal residence, breaking the law through illegal entry must be met with quick resistance lest the invader(s) is allowed to overpower and disturb what should be a safe haven for those living within its borders.

   Internally, a person remains free within a society as long as they keep the laws that govern it. When they break a law, they lose their rights (see the Bible study Freedom In Christ for more on a Christian losing their “rights” in Christ). In God’s kingdom, keeping His laws maintains His freedom and order in our individual lives, and our corporate lives. Thankfully, when we break His laws, as we will do, there is a place of restoration our Guide leads us to called repentance. It’s a place of His mercy to restore peace and order again within us. Within God’s kingdom, freedom in Him is maintained only as we walk by the Spirit, per His guidance, repenting of our rebellion against His lordship over us when necessary. Otherwise, we too can lose our way as the children of Israel did on their journey.

   Using them as our example, the writer of Hebrews solemnly warns us as Christ followers to be careful to be faithful in our walk with Him, not testing the Guide on the way lest we be denied entrance as the Israelites were;

 

“We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. As has just been said: ‘Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.’ Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the desert? And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief [570- “unfaithfulness”].”

(Hebrews 3:14-19/NIV)

 

So we also see that a Christian can be denied entrance, after turning to Christ (Hebrews 10:26-31), by rebelling along the way through “unbelief,” or by definition of the Greek, “unfaithfulness.”

   A Christian finds themselves living between two kingdoms. They possess the kingdom of God within them while living in an external kingdom, but it is the internal kingdom of God that will influence the external kingdom they reside in for good or for evil. As stated, our obedience allows blessings to flow, while disobedience results in curses. This is a weighty responsibility granted to us through willing submission to the government of Jesus Christ over us. It’s part of the covenantal agreement we have entered into with Christ.

 

 

Who's Responsible Around Here?

 

Q: Whose responsibility is it to protect our borders, to enforce the laws of our land, and therefore protect its citizens?

A: The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a DHS component (Department of Homeland Security).

 

“Protecting our borders from the illicit movement of weapons, drugs, contraband, and people, while promoting lawful entry and exit, and lawful trade, is essential to homeland security, economic prosperity, and national sovereignty.”

“The federal government is responsible for conducting a number of activities to protect U.S. borders and enforce immigration laws, mainly through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ)…

 

 

What About Our Spiritual Borders?

 

Q: Whose responsibility is it to protect our spiritual borders, to enforce the laws of God for His citizens [eternal] security, while educating them about the laws of God to remain secure in Him within His border, and therefore protect its citizens?

A: Spiritual leaders (i.e. Pastors, elders, etc.). Education in truth, producing the proper fear of the Lord in regards to His borders that we dare not remain outside of through continued rebellion, is not there. The parapet (see Deuteronomy 22:8 right below) has not been established or maintained through truth by those with spiritual authority. They have moved the boundaries for personal gain. Therefore, they will have a great deal of blood on their hands when they stand before Christ and give an account of themselves.

 

 

The Parapet Border Of Security

 

   In Deuteronomy 22:8 we read the following building code from the Lord;

 

“When you build a new house, make a parapet around your roof so that you may not bring the guilt of bloodshed on your house if someone falls from the roof.” (NIV)

 

   A parapet was a low protective wall along the edge of a roof, bridge, or balcony. The roofs of the homes were flat in that time, allowing people to freely walk around on them. The Lord is declaring that, for obvious safety concerns, the owner of the home needed to look out for not only themselves, but for anyone else who may get too close to the edge and fall off. If the wall was in place and someone fell off, the owner was not held responsible. But if the wall had not been built and a person fell, they would be held legally responsible for their carelessness in obeying God’s command. The victim’s bloodshed would be on their “hands.”

   Even more critical, there is a spiritual parapet of truth that must be established as well around God’s house. It’s the border of the fear of the Lord that occurs when His truth is declared regarding His salvation. If a spiritual leader does not clearly put in place the guard-rail of security through proclamation to those under their care in the house of God, and they “fall away” from God by drifting too close to the edge with no concern for where they stand (2 Thessalonians 2:1-4), then the responsibility for their fall (i.e. apostate heart) falls totally on the minister. But if they have clearly defined the edge of genuine security [in Christ], and a Christian willfully goes beyond it (i.e. willful sin with no concern for repentance; Hebrews 10:26-31), their fall (away from Christ) is completely their fault. The guilt of bloodshed will be on their hands.

 

 

The Establishing Of The Border For Security

(The following is from the Bible study Moving The Boundary Stones.)

 

   On October 19, 2021, the Lord spoke to my wife in prayer early in that morning. Among other things, He said to her; “Hosea 5:10, that is what I will do to the leaders in your country, along with the leaders in the church.” He then led me into the following study of Hosea 5:10 regarding the wrath of God that is poured out on those who move boundary stones.

   Hosea 5:10 says, “Judah's leaders are like those who move [5253- “to remove, carry away”] boundary [1366- “boundary; limit; territory; closed area.”] stones. I will pour out my wrath on them like a flood of water.” (NIV) It was forbidden by the law of God to move a boundary stone. Today, we would call this a property line which is still illegal to move. Spiritually speaking, God has also established eternal boundaries that are also forbidden to move. Throughout history, though, man has moved them, either for his own ungodly desires, or from ignorance of His law.

   As the Lord has declared to my wife, this has happened within the leadership of our nation. In their beastly lust for power, they are ignoring the Constitution established by our Forefathers in the wisdom of God. Also, and with even greater consequences, many leaders within the church have ignored the covenantal boundaries established by our Founding, Heavenly Father in His word and reestablished their own, per their false doctrines. Both will soon receive God’s wrath for their arrogant actions.

   In the law of God given to Israel through Moses, He said; “Do not move your neighbor's boundary stone set up by your predecessors [7223- “first, in place, time or rank; primary, former, ancestors”] in the inheritance you receive in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess.” (Deuteronomy 19:14/NIV) Within America, we are watching our government leaders do this very thing, for the establishing of their own wicked plans. They are attempting to change the constitutional boundaries established by our Forefathers that are necessary for the continuing preservation of this nation.

   The church has done the same thing with the covenantal boundaries that our spiritual Forefathers wrote for us in the Bible through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. With unequaled pride and arrogance, certain leaders have moved the boundaries of God’s covenant for gaining and then keeping possession of our eternal inheritance. By their actions, based upon their accepted and promoted “doctrines of demons” (1 Timothy 4:1), they are saying that they can alter God’s boundaries (i.e. border) and still remain in Christ (i.e. be secure), without any consequences. In so doing they have placed themselves under God’s curse and will, in His wrath, be cast out of His Kingdom borders (see Deuteronomy 27:17 below and my Bible study Outer Darkness).

   Solomon wrote in Proverbs 22:28, “Do not move an ancient [5769- “forever, everlasting, continuous existence, perpetual”] boundary stone set up by your forefathers [1- “father; grandfather; forefather; ancestor”]." Again, the Lord declared to Shelley that He will pour out His wrath on the leaders within our nation who are ignoring the boundaries (i.e. borders) established by our American Forefathers, as well as the leaders in the church who are guilty of this arrogant sin against His established, eternal law of boundaries. To this I declare, “Amen!” They must be stopped before our nation, and the majority of God’s people, are destroyed.

   Deuteronomy 27:17 is part of the curses Moses had the Levites proclaim to the children of Israel right after they entered the Promised Land. It says, “Cursed is the man who moves his neighbor's boundary stone."  Then all the people shall say, ‘Amen!’ [543- “truly; genuinely; amen; so be it.”].” (NIV) Six tribes were commanded to stand on Mount Ebal (“stone” or “bare mountain”) to hear the boundaries/borders of God. They, in turn, showed their agreement with them by saying, “Amen!” As seen in type through the children of Israel, to be cursed as a Christian today is to walk in disobedience to the revealed terms of the covenant with God that you have entered into through repentance, which is why the terms must be revealed.

   Due to the lack of the fear of the Lord that comes through the knowledge of truth, many Christians have no understanding of what God commands from them when in covenant with Him. I believe this lack of secret counsel is due to a codependency on “what the pastor says” rather than spending time yourself seeking the Lord. As a leader you can enable people by giving too many free handouts, without teaching them to hear for themselves. There is no personal responsibility in spending your own time with the Lord in order to know the will of God so as to do it in order to receive His promise (Hebrews 10:36). I believe this is a revealed characteristic of the foolish virgins who always look to gain others oil for themselves.

 

Standing Firm In The Place of Blessing

 

   Six of the Israelite tribes were commanded by Moses to stand on Mount Gerizim (which means “cut up, i.e. rocky; “cuttings off”) which represented the blessings of God that occur through obedience. To stand firm in this place is to have God’s favor and lovingkindness manifested in your life. To be cursed through continued disobedience is to not have His favor or lovingkindness over you, but to instead be under His wrath/discipline.

   It’s interesting that as soon as the children of Israel entered into the inheritance of the Lord, the terms of the covenant were publicly revealed to them, for a response, so that they would understand what He required to retain His blessings, as well as possession of the land. They, in turn, would then accept the terms of God, His covenant boundaries, and give the “amen” in agreement.

   Today, the spiritual leadership in the church does not clearly explain the terms of the new covenant in Christ to His children, as the Levites did, in order to receive His blessings and to remain in Him (John 15:1-11). I believe this occurs because many do not believe that a Christian can ever be cursed after turning to Christ (see Galatians 1:6-9, 2 Peter 2:1-22, Matthew 25:41; for Old Testament types see Joshua 6:18, 7:10-26; Malachi 2:1-2, 3:8-12). Yes, the Lord is very patient with His children, but He does have a line that we dare not toy with in presumption. David prayed, “Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous [2086- “arrogant, proud”] sins; Let them not rule over me; Then I will be blameless [8552- “to be complete, to be finished, to make whole”], and I shall be acquitted [5352- “to be clean, to be pure, to be innocent, to be free”] of great transgression.” (Psalm 19:13/NASU)

   It is His love to scourge and discipline us, when necessary (Hebrews 12:6), so as to keep us from falling away from Him with an apostate heart. The Holy Spirit will convict us when we are drifting in order to turn our hearts back to Him. We then make the choice to repent and return to the secure place in Christ, reestablishing His border of security around us, or to continue in rebellion and face the consequences. Peter warns Christians, saying, “be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position.” (2 Peter 3:17/NIV)

   The good news is that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law which, on our own, we can never do. Paul said that Jesus has become a curse for us by hanging on a cross (Galatians 3:13-14). When we put our faith in Him, repenting of our sin and then doing what the Spirit reveals to us as Moses revealed to the children of Israel, the blessings of God flow. Disobedience to Christ halts the flow of blessings; obedience opens the windows of heaven for them to be poured out “until it overflows” (Malachi 3:10).

   To walk in the Spirit is to be led by the Spirit, not our fleshly desires (Galatians 5). To know God’s will is to spend time with Him, in His word and prayer, thereby receiving His intimate, “secret counsel.” It is our acknowledgement that He is Lord, and that apart from Him we can do nothing (John 15:5) that causes the border of our life to be well guarded by the Holy Spirit from the enemy of our soul, making us secure in Him. As Jesus declared, “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing.” (John 6:63/NIV) May the fear of the Lord keep us near Him, within the boundary (i.e. border) of His salvation.



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