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Going Outside The Door

Isaiah 46:9-10We know what will happen in the end by what happened in the beginning.

9 Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.

10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.


John 16:12-13The ministry of the Holy Spirit.

12 "I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.

13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.


Exodus 12:21-22Moses warns the people of the final judgment that would come upon Egypt (Exodus 4:22-23), those who held them in bondage, who enslaved them, with specific instructions for what to do in order to be protected. Through the first nine judgments on Egypt, the fear of the Lord had been placed within the hearts of the Israelites so that they would be sure to place the blood on the door and not be judged along with the Egyptians.

21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, "Go and take for yourselves lambs according to your families, and slay the Passover lamb.

22 "You shall take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and apply some of the blood that is in the basin to the lintel and the two doorposts; and none of you shall go outside [3318] the door [6607- “an opening, a doorway, an entrance, a gate”] of his house [1004- “a house, a dwelling, a habitation”] until morning [1242- “dawn, morning, break of day”].


OT:3318 yatsa' (yaw-tsaw')

(Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

a primitive root; to go (causatively, bring) out, in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively, direct and proxim.:

KJV - after, appear, assuredly, bear out, begotten, break out, bring forth (out, up), carry out, come (abroad, out, thereat, without), be condemned, depart (-ing, -ure), draw forth, in the end, escape, exact, fail, fall (out), fetch forth (out), get away (forth, hence, out), (able to, cause to, let) go abroad (forth, on, out), going out, grow, have forth (out), issue out, lay (lie) out, lead out, pluck out, proceed, pull out, put away, be risen, scarce, send with commandment, shoot forth, spread, spring out, stand out, still, surely, take forth (out), at any time, to [and fro], utter.

(Brown Driver Briggs Hebrew Lexicon)

to go out, to come out, to exit, to go forth

a) (Qal)

1) to go or to come out or forth, to depart

2) to go forth (to a place)

3) to go forward, to proceed to (or toward something)

4) to come or go forth (with purpose or for result)

5) to come out of

b) (Hiphil)

1) to cause to go or to come out, to bring out, to lead out

2) to bring out of

3) to lead out

4) to deliver

c) (Hophal) to be brought out or forth

yatsa' [OT:3318] – “to come forth, go out, proceed, go forth, bring out, come out.” This verb occurs in all Semitic languages, including biblical Aramaic and Hebrew. It occurs in every period of Hebrew; the Old Testament attests the word about 1,070 times.

Basically, this word means “movement away” from some point, even as bo’ (“come”) means movement toward some point. Yatsa' is the word used of “coming forth” — the observer is outside the point of departure but also speaks from the perspective of that departing point. For example, Genesis 2:10 (the first occurrence of the word) reports that a river “came forth” or “flowed out” from the garden of Eden.

(from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words, Copyright © 1985, Thomas Nelson Publishers.)

Key Words:

“go outside” – To go or come out of, to exit, to depart. Basically, this word means “movement away” from some point.

Ezekiel 44:5In Ezekiel’s vision from the Lord he was shown the habitation of God with its entrances and exits. He was commanded to “listen closely and give attention” to all the “regulations,” or laws that govern it.

5 The Lord said to me, "Son of man, look carefully, listen closely and give attention to everything I tell you concerning all the regulations [2708- “statute, regulations, law”] regarding the temple [1004] of the Lord. Give attention to the entrance [3996- “a place or way of entrance”] of the temple [1004- same as in Exodus 12:22] and all the exits [4161- “the place of going forth”] of the sanctuary [4720- “a consecrated thing or place, a sacred place, a holy place”].


Colossians 1:21-23Paul’s warning to “continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel,” so as to be presented before the Lord “holy and blameless and beyond reproach.” This is another “big if” in the Bible which is a conditional statement. (See the note for Jonah 2:8 in the Bible study Shaking regarding idolatry and moving away from God.)

21 And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds,

22 yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless [299- “without blemish”] and beyond reproach [410- “unaccused, that which cannot be called to account”]

23 if indeed you continue [1961- “to stay at or with, to abide, continue, remain”] in the faith firmly established [2311- “to lay a foundation, grounded”] and steadfast [1476- “firm, immovable, steadfast”], and not moved away [3334- “to move from a place, to move away, to remove oneself”] from the hope [1680- “expectation or confidence, favorable or confident expectation”] of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister.


Other [1680] Verses:

Hebrews 3:5-6This passage uses another “big if” in regards to our retaining our place in the Lord’s house IF we “holdfast our confidence and the boast of our hope until the end.” (Also see Hebrews 6:11-12, 18-20.)

5 Now Moses was faithful in all His house [3624- “a house, household, family, a dwelling, tabernacle, sanctuary”] as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later;

6 but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house [3624] — whose house [3624] we are, if we hold fast [add] our confidence [3954- “all outspokenness, boldness, freedom of speech”] and the boast of our hope [1680] firm [2722- “hold fast, keep secure, retain”] until the end.


1 John 3:2-3

2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.

3 And everyone who has this hope [1680] fixed on Him purifies [48- “to purify, cleanse from defilement”] himself, just as He is pure [53- “clean, pure from defilement, pure from every fault”].


Titus 1:2, 2:13, 3:7The hope [1680] of eternal life and the appearing of the glory of Christ.

(This passage is from the Bible study Wholly Illumined No Dark Part.)

Matthew 7:21-23By definition, to depart from Christ is to be removed from being near Him. These dark parts, or people in the Body who practice lawlessness, not doing the will of God, will be separated from Him. One of the definitions for lawlessness is “illegality”. While driving in the car one day, I heard a discussion on the radio regarding the issue of illegal aliens in America. The Lord revealed to me that there are also illegal aliens in His kingdom. Like these being discussed, they want the benefits of living under His government without adhering to the rules that govern it. They will be removed.

21 "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.

22 "Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?'

23 "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; DEPART FROM [575 - “off, i.e. away (from something near), used of separation”] ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS [458 – see def. in Matthew 13:41 above].'


(The following note is from the article Falling Away 2 Peter 3. Revealing a New Testament example of those who fall away from Christ, I originally wrote this in my book The Plague Of Abortion~ Babylon’s Guilt Of Bloodshed.)

“In Acts 8 we are given the account of Philip proclaiming Christ to the people in the city of Samaria. As they heard and saw the miraculous signs which he was doing in His name, many believed and were baptized. Acts 8:9-11 states, “But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great, to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, ‘This man is the great power of God.’ And they heeded him because he had astonished them with his sorceries for a long time.”

The word “astonished” is taken from the Greek word existemi. It means ‘to put out of wits, to throw out of position, to displace.’ It is taken from two other words that denotes ‘origin (the point where action or motion proceeds), out of, away from,’ and ‘to set, to make firm, to stand.’ The two words imply a moving out of, or away from a firm position. This defines the fruit of Simon the sorcerer’s so called “power of God.”

He represents the deceived, false prophets of Babylon. Through their sorceries, or witchcraft, God’s children are led away from their firm, secure position in Himself. This is the “error of unprincipled men” spoken of earlier in 2 Peter 3:17 [see the article]. The result of their teachings is the numerous amount of covenant breakers that now make up the church in America.”

“the door” - “an opening, a doorway, an entrance, a gate” (For more on “gates” see Matthew 7:13-14, Psalm 118:19-20, and Genesis 19:1, 28:17.)

John 10:1-21In this passage Jesus is talking with some Pharisees, explaining to them that He is the door/gate of the sheep, and that everyone who came before Him were thieves and robbers. In the last portion He speaks of “hired hands,” or hirelings who runs away when the wolf comes. They represent many of the hired clergy in our day.

7 So Jesus said to them again, "Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door [2374- “a portal, an entrance, a way or passage into”] of the sheep. [See John 14:6]

8 "All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.

9 "I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.


Shut Door Verses:

Matthew 25:1-13Jesus taught a parable of wise and foolish virgins. The foolish virgins didn’t have enough oil in their lamps (see the Bible study Oil And The Trimming Of Lamps). While going to purchase some the door was shut and they found themselves on the wrong side of it.

10 "And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut.


Luke 13:22-30This is another parable of Jesus about a shut door. It’s interesting to note the definition of the Greek for “strive.” One of them is “figuratively to contend, struggle, with difficulties and dangers antagonistic to the gospel.” It is a struggle to enter through the required “narrow door.” The world, the flesh, and the devil are all there to fight against us in hope of keeping us on the outside. Once in they continue to tempt us to step back over the line into their domain.

24 "Strive [75] to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.

25 "Once the head [“Master”] of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, 'Lord, open up to us!' then He will answer and say to you, 'I do not know where you are from.'


NT:75 agonizomai (ag-o-nid'-zom-ahee)

(Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

from NT:73; to struggle, literally (to compete for a prize), figuratively (to contend with an adversary), or genitive case (to endeavor to accomplish something):

KJV - fight, labor fervently, strive.

(Thayer’s Greek Lexicon)

1. to enter a contest; contend in the gymnastic games (1 Corinthians 9:25)

2. universally, to contend with adversaries, fight

3. figuratively to contend, struggle, with difficulties and dangers antagonistic to the gospel

4. to endeavor with strenuous zeal, strife, to obtain something; followed by an infinitive (Luke 13:24)

2 Kings 4:1-7Elisha tells a widow to go into her house and shut the door in order to fill the empty vessels she gathered from her neighbors with oil. Those vessels represent the “emptied of self” servants of the Lord that are in His house. He will fill them (i.e. the fullness in Romans 11:25) with the oil of His Holy Spirit. She shut the door behind her and her sons, a picture of those consecrated/sanctified “sons and daughters” of God (i.e. sonship). (Also see 2 Kings 4:33.)

1 Now a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, "Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord; and the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves."

2 Elisha said to her, "What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?" And she said, "Your maidservant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil."

3 Then he said, "Go, borrow vessels at large for yourself from all your neighbors, even empty vessels; do not get a few.

4 "And you shall go in and shut the door behind you and your sons, and pour out into all these vessels, and you shall set aside [5265] what is full."

5 So she went from him and shut the door behind her and her sons; they were bringing the vessels to her and she poured.

6 When the vessels were full, she said to her son, "Bring me another vessel." And he said to her, "There is not one vessel more." And the oil stopped.

7 Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, "Go, sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your sons can live on the rest."


OT:5265 naca` (naw-sah')

(Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance)

a primitive root; properly, to pull up, especially the tent-pins, i.e. start on a journey:

KJV - cause to blow, bring, get, (make to) go (away, forth, forward, onward, out), (take) journey, march, remove, set aside (forward), still, be on his (go their) way.

(Brown, Driver Briggs Hebrew Lexicon)

to pull out, to pull up, to set out, to journey, to remove, to set forward, to depart

a) (Qal)

1) to pull out, to pull up

2) to set out, to depart

3) to journey, to march

4) to set forth (used of wind)

b) (Niphal) to be pulled up, to be removed, to be plucked up

c) (Hiphil)

1) to cause to set out, to lead out, to cause to spring up

2) to remove, to quarry

Genesis 7:12-16God shut the door of the ark right before His righteous judgment fell on mankind (see the Bible study Urim And Thummim for more on the righteous judgment of the Lord).

12 The rain fell upon the earth for forty days and forty nights.

13 On the very same day Noah and Shem and Ham and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark,

14 they and every beast after its kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, all sorts of birds.

15 So they went into the ark to Noah, by twos of all flesh in which was the breath of life.

16 Those that entered, male and female of all flesh, entered as God had commanded him; and the Lord closed it behind him.


Genesis 19:1-29Lot was pulled back into his house and the angels shut the door behind him. I see the mercy of God that was on “Lot, a righteous man” (2 Peter 2:7). While standing in a place outside the door of his house, angels pulled him back in right before judgment was poured out on the wicked. It says they “wearied themselves trying to find the doorway.” So it will be in the end when the Lord judges the earth. Those who find themselves on the outside where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth will “weary themselves” as well trying to find the way out who is Jesus Christ. (See the Bible study Outer Darkness.)

4 Before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, both young and old, all the people from every quarter;

5 and they called to Lot and said to him, "Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us that we may have relations with them."

6 But Lot went out to them at the doorway, and shut the door behind him,

7 and said, "Please, my brothers, do not act wickedly.

8 "Now behold, I have two daughters who have not had relations with man; please let me bring them out to you, and do to them whatever you like; only do nothing to these men, inasmuch as they have come under the shelter of my roof."

9 But they said, "Stand aside." Furthermore, they said, "This one came in as an alien, and already he is acting like a judge; now we will treat you worse than them." So they pressed hard against Lot and came near to break the door.

10 But the men reached out their hands and brought Lot into the house with them, and shut the door.

11 They struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they wearied themselves trying to find the doorway.


“house” – “a house, a dwelling, a habitation”

Hebrews 3:4-6 – We are God’s house “if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.” (See Matthew 10:22, 24:13.)

1 Peter 2:5 – We, as living stones, “are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”

“morning” – “daybreak, dawn”; It was at the dawning of a new day when everything changed. It will be the same in the end. After a dark period on earth, a darkness that will be felt (Exodus 10:21, Isaiah 60:1-3), the glorious light of the Lord will dawn on the earth, ushering a new day for all that have survived. (See Genesis 19:15, 32:26; Exodus 14:27, and Acts 27:14-44 (v.33) for more on the dawn.)

There is a picture in Exodus 12:22, in type, of the final judgment of the Lord on earth, His final shaking on all nations that will set His people free from all earthly bondage. (See the notes for Hebrews 12:25-29 and Acts 16:25-26 in the Bible study Shaking.) Through this we understand how crucial it is to “remain” IN Christ, safe from His imminent judgment on earth of all that is wicked (see the note for John 15:4-11 in the Bible study Shaking).

  • In all this we see the significance of remaining in Christ, not going “outside the door” through disobedience and careless neglect right before His final judgment on earth when He will judge all that is outside of Him (see the Bible study The Nephilim And The End Of All Flesh).

  • To judge the world is to deliver God’s people from injustice and oppression.

  • To not take this warning seriously is to become a foolish virgin who will find themselves on the outside of Christ’s protection in a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 25:1-13).

  • We must purify our hearts by faith, laying aside the sin which so easily entangles us (Hebrews 12:1-3), dressed in readiness for our Deliverer.

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