I Samuel Chapter 15

"War with the Amalekites [1-35]."
"Disobedience of Saul [7-35]."
Saul's Reproof by Samuel's Word [13-35]."

This Bible Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's transcription is provided with written permission by http://www.theseason.org

This chapter is the record of the downfall of Saul as the king of Israel. When Saul leaves the throne, David replaces him as the king.

I Samuel 15:1 "Samuel also said unto Saul, "The Lord sent me to anoint thee to be king over His People, over Israel: now there hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the Lord."

Even though Samuel was no longer the Judge over Israel, he still sat in the seat of the high priest, and the priest's role was still very much in order.

I Samuel 15:2 "Thus saith the Lord of hosts, `Remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt."

Amalek was the son of Esau, and when the Israelites were wandering in the desert for those forty years, after being released from their captivity in Egypt, the Amalekites plotted and laid wait to destroy the Israelites. They were relatives of the Israelites, and they sought to take advantage of their own kin. God doesn't approve of relatives turning on their own kin.

I Samuel 15:3 "Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.' "

This is God's command to Saul, the king of Israel, for it is payback time to those who would plot against God's people. "Utterly destroy all that they have", and that command included not only the men, but the woman and children. Even "the infant and the suckling" child. The order by God was to destroy not only what they have, but all of them that are with them also.

I Samuel 15:4 "And Saul gathered the People together, and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah."

Notice that the House of Israel and the house of Judah are numbered separately. The house of Israel are all the tribes except Judah, while the house of Judah numbered only the tribe of Judah, along with the small tribe of Benjamin, which was rebuilding it's population after the slaughter that took place as recorded in the final chapters of the book of Judges. This called to battle most of the men of the Israelites.

I Samuel 15:5 "And Saul came to the city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley,"

Lets review a prophecy written in Numbers 24:20, concerning the Edomites and the Kenites.

Numbers 24:20 "And when he looked on Amalek, he took up his parable, and said, Amalek, was the first of the nations; But his latter end shall be that he perish for ever."

Balaam was prophesying here some four hundred years prior to God's command to Saul to utterly destroy the Amalekites.

Numbers 24:21 "And he looked on the Kenites, and took up his parable, and said, "Strong is thy dwelling place, And thou puttest thy nest in a rock."

The Kenites have always sought their hiding places to nest in a the rocks. They seek out their strongholds amongst all the nations, and continue their hidden activities. There ways survive only because they hide the fact of who they are, where they came from, and what their intentions are.

Numbers 24:22 "Nevertheless the Kenite shall be wasted, Until Asshur shall carry thee away captive."

The Kenites time after time have escaped into their hiding places, from these ancient times of the Amalekites during the time of Saul, to wherever they may hide even today. However, at the end of this earth age, and following the Millennium age, they simply will not exist. It will be as if they had never existed. For they will have either repented to the Father in Jesus name and be saved, or they will go right along with their father Satan into the lake of fire. Should a Kenite repent he or she will be just as any other Christian, a child of the Living God. At this time though, Saul allowed those Kenites that were dwelling in the rock of the Amalekites go, he allowed them to flee from the Amalekites to save their lives.

Numbers 24:23 "And he took up his parable, and said, "Alas, who shall live when God doeth this!"

In the end it is God's people that shall live.

Numbers 24:24 "And ships shall come from te coast of Chittim.. And shall afflict Asshur, and shall afflict Eber, And he also shall perish."

After the Amalekites laid in wait to destroy the Israelites, God revealed this prophecy to Balaam. In the term "ships of Chittim", "Chittim" in the Hebrew text are the "bruisers", which are God's people that shall bruise Satan and all his children in the end.

I Samuel 15:6 "And Saul said unto the Kenites, "Go, depart, get you down from among the Amalekites, lest I destroy you with them:" for ye shewed kindness to the children of Israel, when they came up out of Egypt," So the Kenites departed from among the Amalekites."

These Kenites are not of Abraham or of Esau, but they are the Son's of Cain, the first child that was born to Eve in the Garden of Eden, and the son of the sexual union between Eve and Satan. The Kenites are not of Adam as many teachers teach. These Kenites were Cain's offspring that were living with, and dwelling amongst the Amalekites. The Kenites were very present in Samuel's day, just as they are in control of the four hidden dynasties in our day. God ordered that the Kenites that lived amongst the Amalekites were to be destroyed right along with the Amalekites.

The way that the Kenites showed kindness was through their services that were rendered to the Israelites. They were the shop keepers and the merchants that provided goods for a profit. That is their way of life, for God forbid them to till the soil and tend to animals. Trade and merchandising was and still is their way of life. Even to our present day, they deal with those things of trade, banking and shop keeping for their livelihood. God cursed Cain for his wickedness, and forbid he and his offspring from tending to lands.

Genesis 4:11 "And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand."

Genesis 4:12 "When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforeth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shall thou be in the earth."

This is why the Kenites will own the land but never work the soil. They will own the cattle but others will tend to the animal stock for them. God had placed a curse on Cain and his offspring, the Kenites, and they had become a people that mixed with the other peoples of the world, and races, and would be the bankers and merchants for them. They trade amongst themselves, for their kin are amongst the other nations also. They hide themselves and their identity in the nations by concealing within other nations. While in Israel, they called themselves Jews, after brother Judah, yet they are not of brother Judah.

They have to make their living off other people because they cannot be independent with in themselves. Saul let this band of Kenites that were the merchants amongst the Amalekites of the hook, and allowed them to depart from all the lands of the Amalekites.

I Samuel 15:7 "And Saul smote the Amalekites from Havilah until thou comest to Shur, that is over against Egypt."

I Samuel 15:8 "And he took Agag the king of the Amalekites alive, and utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword."

Saul defied God when he took Agag the king of the Amalekites, and allowed him to live. Because of what happened way back in the desert several hundred years prior to Saul, Moses prophecied that when the Israelites were in the promised land, and strong, their army would return and utterly destroy the Amalekites. This was God's plan and the command that was given to Saul, the king of Israel.

The people of the kingdom of Agag are dead by the swords of the Israelites, yet this king was allowed to live. This just isn't what God commanded, for all the Amalekites were to die, men, women and children, even the suckling in their mother's arms. Saul sinned and let king Agag live. Old Agag had his hidden treasures and probably made many promises to Saul. Saul's eyes were not focused on the commandment of God but on personal gain.

The point to remember from this chapter is that we are to give complete obedience to our Heavenly Father. Father said to utterly destroy.

I Samuel 15:9 "But Saul and the People spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly."

Saul was the king and God's order was to the king of Israel. Yet when the battle started and the people saw the riches that were stored up by the Amalekites, they came to Saul and caused Saul to change the orders that God had given to him. Saul allowed only the vile and refuse to be destroyed, yet the people saved the good cattle and all that was of value. So who was responsible for this sin that was going on?

The people called for a man to rule over them, and God gave them Saul. Saul was the only one that was responsible to see that God's commands were carried out. The people saw that the lambs were very healthy, and the oxen were bigger than those back home. There are all sorts of excuses that can be made for not killing the cattle and lambs and not doing away with king Agag, but the order was to destroy it all.

The people convinced Saul that this was not an evil thing to kill off innocent animals, and to end the argument they made something religious out of their evil act. They said we will sacrifice some of the animals to God. Just as many think today, that in the name of religion their sins make it all right. I'm doing it all for God. This is how people think, and it was no different then as it is today. But it still doesn't make it right in the eyes of God. God said, "Utterly destroy every one of them, man, sheep, camel and ass, and even the suckling; yet they saved out the best for their greed.

I Samuel 15:10 "Then came the word of the Lord unto Samuel, saying,"

I Samuel 15:11 "It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following Me, and hath not performed my commandments. And it grieved Samuel: and he cried unto the Lord all night"

Samuel was praying for the people and praying for Saul.

I Samuel 15:12 "And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it was told Samuel, saying, "Saul came to Carmel, and behold, he set him up a place, and is gone about, and passed on, and gone down to Gilgal,"

Saul has the rewards of war in his hands and he is spreading them all over the kingdom.

I Samuel 15:13 "And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, "Blessed be thou of the Lord: I have performed the commandment of the Lord."

Saul was lying to Samuel; and God does not like a liar over His people. God hates lying leadership. This applies to the king of Israel, just as it does to the President of the United States.

I Samuel 15:14 "And Samuel said, "What meaneth them this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?"

Samuel knew that Saul was lying, so he asked Saul again, "What is all this bleating of the sheep and lowing of the oxen that I hear?" Samuel wants to know where all the sheep and oxen came from. Saul now knows that he was caught in a lie.

I Samuel 15:15 "And Saul said, "They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed."

One lie breads another lie, until there is nothing but a flood of lies. That is how Satan works. Saul now blames the people for his own greed and lusts; The people, "they have brought them"; "The people spared the best..." and so on. Lie packed upon another lie, when all the time Saul was the king, and his word was the final authority. Saul's sin was his allowing those under him to sin when he could have stopped it. Saul's sin was not following the command of God in obedience.

Notice the reason that was given for disobeying God. They made a spiritual thing out of their disobedience, thinking that that would please God in the end. Man's thinking applied to God's plan is what religion is, and there is only one thing wrong with it. It is not what God ordered. We must learn to discern between what seems good to man, and what God orders through His Word. The ability to do this is what is called "discipline".

There is very little discipline in the churches today, whereby their words, deeds and actions align with the Word of God. We have to many preachers that are trying to sooth-say what the people want them to say. They try to tell the people what they want to hear, and not what God wants them to hear. They are all wrapped up in emotions, and they tell the people what ever makes them feel go and will draw their families and their pocket books to the meeting place. That is not loving the people, but that was what happened to Saul.

This disobedience is also going on in our nation today. The leaders are not following what is right for the nation, but making their judgment on the skewed polls by the commercial pollsters, bought and paid for by men and women trying to get their way. They profit from the lies and sins that they are committing. The Sodomites have their polls, the bankers have their polls, the press and magazines have theirs, and each poll is skewed to the thinking of those that paid for the poll.

The problem with Saul was that he did not listen God, but to the people and their lust for profit. It is real sad to see what man will accept in the name of religion. That is how religions and denominations are formed, by man changing something of God into his own desires and accepting that distortion as being of God. In time that substitute religion will grow so far away from the truth that the people accept their traditions, a product of men, as the truth from God's Word, when in fact it is nothing but a lie.

When you are pleasing the Father, you will please the people in the end. If this does not please the People, than they are not your people anyway. God's people want to hear the truth and please God. For they know that when they please God they will be blessed of God. If you don't teach discipline and stay focused in teaching the Word of God in your ministry, than you have failed miserably as a religious leader.

I Samuel 15:16 "Then Samuel said unto Saul, "Stay, and I will tell thee what the Lord hath said to me this night." And he said unto him, "Say on."

In the Hebrew text Samuel was telling Saul; "Be quiet and listen to me."

I Samuel 15:17 "And Samuel said, "When thou wast little in thine own sight, wast thou not made the head of the tribes of Israel, and the Lord anointed thee king over Israel?"

Samuel reminded Saul that when he was just a lad, and only the keeper of his father's asses, God appointed and anointed him over the tribes of Israel. Saul at that time sought to please God, even in his innocence. His only duty was to look after his father's asses and sure enough Saul lost them and failed in that job. The reason that God chose Saul to be their king was to teach the people a lesson. The people were crying for a man to rule over them like the other nations had, and they didn't care who that person was.

I Samuel 15:18 "And the Lord sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed.' "

Samuel was reminding Saul, "God sent you a very simple order, take your army and completely destroy the Amalekites and Kenites until every last one of them was killed. That was the order God gave Saul.

I Samuel 15:19 "Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the Lord, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the Lord?"

Samuel asked, "Why did you do this evil in the sight of the Lord, Saul? Saul was not listening and obeying the Lord but listening to people. If you want the blessings of God, then you have to please God. When you please God, it doesn't matter what the people think; however when you please God, the people that love God will be pleased also.

I Samuel 15:20 "And Saul said unto Samuel, "Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the Lord, and have gone the way which the Lord sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites."

Saul is speaking back to Samuel the priest. Saul in his representing himself is overlooking the fact that Agag was to have been killed also. Saul did only the part of the job that pleased him, not God. Agag probable promised Saul some great wealth if he would just spare his life.

I Samuel 15:21 "But the People took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God in Gilgal."

Here again Saul is passing the responsibility for the sin on to the People, and trying to use their justification as his own. They said to Saul, lets take the sheep and oxen back to offer for sacrifices, and Saul is using the people's words to justify his own action.

The people wanted to keep the wealth of the enemy, and Saul was playing the role of the good old boy, that tries to please everybody. He was like the old dog that would hunt with anyone. The people wanted to take something that was evil and use it as a sacrifice to God, only there was just one problem with this thought. They were not following what God had instructed his people to do.

This applies today just as it did then, for if you are not real careful you can also be doing something in your church house that goes against God's Words. Your ways can be foreign to the things that God's Word actually commands. When a pastor tries to please the people and looses sight of God's instructions for him or her, than all that is left in that church is a bunch of spiritual religious wimps bound by their own traditions. True love is to love somebody enough that you would share the truth with them. The only way to be blessed of God is to be obedient to His Word.

I Samuel 15:22 "And Samuel said, "Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams."

This is a very special verse, and we should apply it to our lives. "Behold", or listen to what I am about to say; for "to hearken" is to listen and act upon those instructions is better than to make any sacrifice. God gets tired of burnt offerings and religious practices, especially when those religious practices cause people to disobey what He has instructed them to do in the first place. The only reason that people make and set up their religious practices is that they are ignorant of what God's Word says.

Today we have so-called preachers that tell their people that they don't have to read and know what is in the Old Testament, or the Book of Revelation. They tell their people that; "they will be gone when those things happen, and those things don't apply to you anyway". This is a lie and a fabrication and not from God's Word. The very word "Revelation" is to reveal and make known to a people that will live and see those things happening, so that they will not be caught up on the deception of the last days. When you understand the book of Revelation, you will know exactly what will take place in the final generation of this earth age when man is living in the flesh body. It lets you know exactly how the end will come, and prepares the elect of God so that we will not be deceived by the false Christ. Satan will come with his angels in the latter days to deceive the world. We are living in the final days of this earth age, and those things of the Scriptures prophesied to the final generation were written just for our generation.

When the fifth trumpet sounds, which is happening today, God gave a commandment to Satan the fallen Star, that when he comes to earth with his fallen angels, he can have his way with all the people on earth, but not to His elect. Revelation 9:4; "And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither the green thing, neither any tree: but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads."

The "seal of God" is what is prophesied in the Bible concerning the final days. What is in your forehead? Of course it is your mind, and when God's Word concerning Satan and his role as the Antichrist is fixed firmly in your mind, you will not be deceived by Satan and become one of Satan's bride at his coming. Any one that teaches others that parts of God's Word are not true and don't applied to us: other than those blood sacrifices that were fulfilled in the blood of Christ, is a worker for Satan. That preacher is no better than Saul when he tried to butter the people up and allow them to go against God's plan. God expects obedience, and He holds His teachers personally accountable for everything they teach. Learn to think for yourself, and watch out for those that desire to do your thinking for you. It is time to make a difference and take a stand.

I Samuel 15:23 "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, He hath also rejected thee from being king."

God is saying that, to disobey and go against God's Word is the same as witchcraft. Witchcraft is the dealing with evil spirit, those spirits under the control of Satan. When you have a "stubborn heart" it is the same as bowing down to idols and taking part in forms of idolatry. "Iniquity" in the Hebrew text is "aven", or "emptiness". Plain and simply, Samuel is spelling out for Saul that God is going to end Saul's reign as being king.

Many people go to church and do exactly what the preacher tells them to do, but they never get around to finding out what God would have them do. They have no idea in the world what God's feelings are or what pleases our Heavenly Father. I hope that you do not expect to be blessed of God when you are set in doing those things that go against God's Word. The only way to know our Father's feelings is to get into the Word of God. "Rebellion" is to do those things that are contrary to God's Word. And to do those things in the name of God, is worse than witchcraft and fooling around with Satan's evil spirits. God wants your love and he desires your obedience to Him. He wants to use you and bless you, and in Saul's case, he pleased neither God nor the people.

I Samuel 15:24 "And Saul said unto Samuel, "I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and thy words: because I feared the People, and obeyed their voice."

To listen to people rather than God is one of the worse mistakes that you can make. Remember that all wisdom comes from the Father, and that is why we should only accept what can be documented from the Word of God.

I Samuel 15:25 "Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the Lord."

The lesson here is that Saul was selected for leadership amongst the people and he failed. Now after the fact, Saul has a repentive heart and desires to worship the Lord. God can touch someone and change their mind and makes a new person out of them and that is good and right. However, the point that Samuel made here was that when God selected Saul to lead and rule His people, and then Saul transgressed the commandments of God, it was different then having just one of the people in a disobedience to God's commandments. It then becomes a matter of the trust of the entire nation. When God gives you more than the others, He expects much more from you. Saul will still be able to worship God, but not as the king of Israel.

I Samuel 15:26 "And Samuel said unto Saul, "I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord hath rejected thee from being king over Israel."

Can you understand what was said here? God had not rejected Saul as an individual, but as His leader over His people. Saul has the right to forgiveness by the Father, but that forgiveness does not extend to the office of Judge or king over Israel.

I Samuel 15:27 "And as Samuel turned about to go away he laid hold upon the skirt of the mantle and it rent."

As Samuel turned the leave the presence of Saul, Samuel grabbed a hold of Saul's mantle and ripped his clothes.

I Samuel 15:28 "And Samuel said unto him, "The Lord hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou."

Samuel was letting Saul know here and now that another person has been selected to lead the people of Israel as their king. Of course this man will be David. When you wear the mantle of an office of God's service, that is a very special obligation. One word of advise to that person, is to watch out how you treat and use that office. "The mantle" is someone that is blessed by God for teaching, preaching, or any office such as an elder or deacon. God is very jealous of those people and how they represent Him. Those that hold those offices will be accountable to Him for the things they say and do, In God's name. That mantle of faith alone is something great and to be desired. Be careful when you touch one of God's mantle. God's order to you and to even Satan, was "Touch not mine anointed", and God meant it.

I Samuel 15:29 "And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that He should repent." "

The "Strength of Israel" is our Heavenly Father, it is God. The only strength that we have in this world is in the power of Christ. If you put your strength in anything else it just won't be there when you need it. When God has promised you something in His Word, God will not change His mind. God's promises are something that you can count upon, both the blessings and the cursings. God is the real king and He is the creator of it all. He doesn't have to repent for anything that is done, for all those things that happen are within the plan of God, even thought it may be confusing to man at times.

I Samuel 15:30 "Then he said, "I have sinned: yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my People, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the Lord thy God."

Samuel will have no problem with this request by Saul, for Samuel did not ask for Saul's kingship; but he asked for Saul's act of worshipping God.

I Samuel 15:31 "So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul worshipped the Lord."

Saul did worship the Lord, even though Saul's kingship is coming to a close.

I Samuel 15:32 "Then said Samuel, "Bring ye thither to me Agag the king of Amalekites." And Agag came unto him delicately. And Agag said, "Surely the bitterness of death is past."

This was Samuel the preacher talking, the man of God wearing the mantle of God speaking to Saul the king. Samuel demanded that Agag the king of the Amalekites be brought before him. Then when Agag came in before the prophet Samuel, he came in delicately, tippy-toe, with much respect. King Agag was a good talker and when he used his charm on Saul, Saul caved in to his sweet words. But now standing before Samuel it was a different thing. This man of God is going to do a very spiritual thing at this moment, he is going to complete the commandment that God gave to Saul.

I Samuel 15:33 "And Samuel said, "As thy sword hath made women childless, so shall thy mother be childless among women." And Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the Lord in Gilgal."

Samuel is calling Agag a murderer, for the acts that he and the Amalekites did to the Israelites back in the wilderness, and now the punishment for that crime will be carried out. "Capitol punishment" is a very spiritual thing for it is following the commandments of God. Agag's mother is about to be childless among women, because her boy Agag is about to be cut by the sword.

The only sacrifice that pleased God before Saul, what when Agag was cut into pieces by Samuel the prophet. That ended the matter when Samuel the man of God had to complete the order of God given to Saul the king. The king was to take over the duties of the judge and Saul failed, and when that happened, the priest of God and to complete the duties of the king. Capital punishment is suppose to be the duties of the government and the king, for the church and state are to be separate offices. When one branch fails in its duties, than the other branch must comply to those commandments of God. Samuel completed the duties of Saul in the killing of Agag, and left Gilgal.

I Samuel 15:34 "Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house to Gibeah of Saul."

I Samuel 15:35 "And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel morned for Saul: and the Lord repented that He had made Saul king over Israel."

Samuel loved Saul, and thus this became very difficult for Samuel. Saul was God's anointed, even in all of Saul's short comings. The Lord repented, or was sorry that He had chosen Saul. God knew all of Saul's shortcomings even before Saul was anointed. Saul had nothing going for him as a youth, for he couldn't even take care of the simple job his father gave him looking after his donkeys. However the people asked for a man to rule over them, and God gave them Saul.

Sometimes when you ask for something and you pray hard of that thing, God may know that that thing may be of harm to you. If you keep up the praying, He will give it to you, to your own destruction. There are ways to pray for things, and rules to follow.

When you are praying for a business to succeed, than gather all the facts of the business together, to where you know the ins and outs of the business, the financial pictures as well as the labor, and pray for wisdom so that you do not going in over your ankles. Notice that I did not say head, for if you are testing God in your prayer, and God doesn't want you in that business, He doesn't want you destroyed by the chances you take. Know that it will take one year minimum to build a business and you will suffer losses for that year. If you fail the first time try again within that year. Rethink the problems that you had, pray about the things that you have done wrong before you start up the second time. If the second time fails try it again the third time for God hates a quitter. On the third time of working at it at the highest level of efficiency, set out a fleece, or testing of God to see if that is His will for you, and if it fails then leave it and enter your alternate plan.

God is about to select another king, and David will be God's next chosen and anointed king for Israel. Within the next three chapters, we will see the "key of David", the very foundation of understanding that the elect will have in the end times. Those that have the "key of David" sealed in their minds will understand what will be happening in the end times. They will know the genealogy of peoples and many other things that go to understanding the overall plan of God.

Revelation 3:7 "And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; `These things saith He That is Holy, He That is True, He That hath the key of David, He that openeth, and no man shutteth, and shutteth, and no man openeth;"

The church of Philadelphia of the end times understand this verse. This church of Philadelphia held the "key of David", and thus they were able to understand the hidden truths (manna) of the end times. The "key of David" allowed them to unlock all the doors of deception laid before them by any man, and that includes Satan and his offspring the Kenites, the sons of Cain.

Revelation 3:8 "I know thy works: Behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it; for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name."

When God opens the door so you can see into the truth, it's a blessing. With just a little strength from God, anything is possible. When you know the truth of God's Word, you will never follow any man, or be tempted by Satan the Antichrist, or his system.

Revelation 3:9 "Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Sa'-tan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee."

Those of the "synagogue of Satan" are the "Kenites", the very ones that Saul allowed to flee the camp of the Amalekites, and indwell amongst the Israelites in Saul's day. And behold these Kenties have no hold over the Christians of the Philadelphia church. If they do exist in the Philadelphia church, they are converted and worship right along with the rest of the Christians, and love the Lord Jesus Christ also. Within the church, Kenites cause confusion, misinterpretation of God's Word, gossip, and conflicts of all sorts.

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