"The Foreign Woman."
Bible Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's
The time is coming when our Lord Jesus Christ will be here on earth with us, and at that time many will come to him and say; "I cast demons out in your name," and claim to have done many things in Jesus name. The acts done "in Jesus name", when it was for personal gain was playing with religion. When one is biblically ignorant, yet claims to know everything is playing with the traditions of men, and be careful what you do in Jesus name. Pray for wisdom, for all wisdom comes from God. These chapters in Proverbs are wisdom speaking to you personally.
Wisdom tells you exactly what you should and must not do when you claim the name of Jesus Christ. We read in the last chapter of the thief that took a loaf of bread for the sake of feeding his starved family, and that act against God's commandments is understandable; however it is very difficult to understand why someone would throw away their eternal salvation in becoming an apostate, and chasing after the "foreign woman", which is a religion that goes against the Word of God.
There is only One Father, One Son Jesus Christ, and One Holy Spirit, there is not a lot of them. So if you come across many of them, you are dealing with the devil's spirits, wicked spirits. It should not be difficult to distinguish between the spirits; if that Spirit conforms to what God told us to do through His Word, it is the Holy Spirit, but if it varies from the Word, The devil is using his wicked evil spirits to move you. Jesus told us, "I am the Word...I am the way...no man cometh to the Father but by me." He is the way the truth, the bread and the light. Now lets go back to Proverbs 6:23; "For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; And reproofs of instruction are the way of life."
Next time you try to justify something that goes against what God said to do; on who's authority are you taking that liberty. It doesn't matter if it is the health laws of some other set of instructions that is laid out in the Scripture, it becomes a matter of obedience to the Father. On my own, when no one is observing, sure I have freedoms that are not present when other are present, however it sets a practice, a habit that may be done without thought at another time. Those commandments are a candle, a light in a dark world, your obedience to God's Word shines that light in the darkness of foreign religions and tradition, also called "THE FOREIGN WOMAN"; the topic of this seventh chapter. Seek out this wisdom and use it, and make it part of your thought process. Wisdom will get you gold and silver, but those riches will not get you wisdom, only God's holy Word will give you that wisdom.
Proverbs 7:1 "My son, keep my words, And lay up my commandments with thee."
It is from the instructions within God's Words that you achieve common sense. That wisdom comes from those commandments and instructions that we have stored with your mind. Those instructions allows us to have discernment during critical time when each of us must make decisions for our lives. Wisdom will direct you in all matters.
Proverbs 7:2 "Keep my commandments, and live; And my law as the apple of thine eye."
To "live" is to "live forever and have eternal life". It is to be part in the first resurrection to share jointly in Christ's kingdom. God's instruction to you on this matter is given in Leviticus 18:4, 5;
Leviticus 18:4 "Ye shall do My judgments, and keep Mine ordinances, to walk therein: I am the Lord your God."
The only part of the law that was done away with are the ordinances that apply to blood sacrifices; for they were all fulfilled at the cross through the blood of Jesus Christ.
Leviticus 18:5 "Ye shall therefore keep My statutes, and My judgment: which if a man do, he shall live in them: I am the Lord."
Many think that they can play around and select what they can do and not do, and they use man's tradition to support their violations. Each person must do what he thinks right according to his or her personal conscience, and those acts will be accountable before the throne of God at the time of Judgment. Sure we have liberty in Christ, and as a Christian you have freedom from the bonds of sin. Our "freedom in Christ" is the right to approach the throne of God for repentance, in Jesus name. It is not a license to live as the world lives. What spiritual light comes from this world? Absolutely none, the only light that shines forth in this world comes from the candle of each soul that shines out by their brightness of living the Word through their lives.
When you accepted Christ and entered into the rebirth or your soul into the kingdom of God, you took on all the responsibilities of Christ's kingdom. Before, your mind set was to please old number one, yourself. However, as a Christian, our duty and purpose is sending forth the gospel of Christ, and living according to His holy Word. "It is to tell the untold, reach the unreached, and help the believers to walk in faith and victory, by the anointed teaching and living the Gospel of Christ in my life." It doesn't matter what the other person does, when you accept Christ, you get your spiritual candle lit, and it is you that keeps it lit or lets it burn out. Get it? its personal.
When you do, then God promises you that you become as the very apple or pupil of God's eye. He will protect you at all times. When your eyes is in danger, the fastest line of protection is the blinking of your eye, and that is the quickness that our heavenly Father will respond to your needs. God has told us that when someone tries to pull his Word away from you, that is how fast you are to respond to protect His Word in your mind. You are the one to keep My Word, and protect it in your mind.
Proverbs 7:3 "Bind them upon thy fingers, Write them upon the table of thine heart."
You "bind them" by studying them and putting them in your mind, and that is where the source of your common sense comes from. If it is hard for you to learn, then pray for your memory to be restored. You are God's child and He wants His best for you. Put those instruction to use in your personal life and give God a reason for blessing you.
Proverbs 7:4 "Say unto wisdom, "Thou art my sister;" And call understanding thy kinswoman:"
This is what you say to wisdom; it is what you do to help yourself remember and understand the instructions that God has given you. Around most Christian homes there is Bible verses posted on the walls reminding us that "God is love". The ten commandments are posted, and other sayings reminding us of the many promises that God's Word gives us. Keep God's promises as close as the wife or husband that lives with you. Keep something that will remind you of the Word. Keeping of these sayings was done in Solomon's day, and it is just as common in our day; however the best place to keep those reminders are in the tables of your mind.
Proverbs 7:5 "That they may keep thee from the strange woman, From the stranger which flattereth with her words."
This "strange woman" religion, "zur" in the Hebrew, gets you off the word and into all sorts of activity such as laughing, mutterings, and what not, to take away from the true Word of God. She is an apostate, one that claims to be of Christ, yet has accepted and mixed foreign religious forms to make you stray from the path laid out in God's Word. At one time this person had the truth, yet in time they fooled around with all sorts of man's traditions and they simply blew their faith. Keep focused on the reality of what God's Word states, and keep diligent in your desire to please Father.
The second part of this verse, "the stranger" is "nakar" in the Hebrew, and the "nakar" never did accept or receive any part of God's Word, but she [religious form] had the talent of using kind and luring words to entice you into her camp or church. Remember that we are not talking about women, but religious people and their ideas. The "strange woman" [zur] is one that at one time believed, and was drawn away into foreign religious ideas [an apostate], and the "stranger" [nakar] never did accept and follow Christ's teaching or any part of God's Word.
Today the one world system is in place, and that system of sister Babylon is taking over in all corners of the earth. It seems today that many churches have a goal to deceive everyone into some new form of traditions which leads to this false religion. Be careful, for they will put on all sorts of make-up on, give their special programs, hand out free books and give dinners and what not to get you into their fold. There are no new ways to please God, just the old way that were set up by God through His prophets, apostles and by His Son Jesus the Christ. There is no new book, no new way, and no other religious form. Look out, be careful and stay true. God is the same yesterday, as He is today; He simply doesn't change. He put His way into His book, and that's the only way.
Proverbs 7:6 "For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,"
You know how you are, what you can do and and how you look. When look into a mirror you see the image of yourself at that instant in time. When someone comes up to you and tries to make you out to be something that you know is not true, look out. Pride cometh before the fall. Know what you believe and why those truths are dear to you. Then when the evil ones come to draw you away, hold fast and grab your wallet, for they are about to take you for a ride. Get to know Satan's method of operation so when he comes knocking, you have enough sense to send him away. Remember that this chapter is talking of religion, something that will damn your soul to hell. That is why each of us must close the doors to acceptance of any falsehood, the best that you can.
Proverbs 7:7 "And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding."
In observing some unsuspecting young people living their lives, it became obvious by their words and actions that many of those youth simply did not use common sense in what they would do. He was void of wisdom.
Proverbs 7:8 "Passing through the street near her corner; And he went the way to her house,"
Then while passing through the back alley, along came this strange woman, and he was taken by her immediately. Remember that we are still talking about religion, religious activity that draws an unsuspecting person away from the ways of God. You know how they draw them; "Won't you come to our meeting tonight? and then they peddle some new form of religion. They find pleasure dealing with familiar spirits that support their ways, and it becomes spiritual poison from Satan.
Proverbs 7:9 "In the twilight, in the evening, In the black and dark night:"
This is directly talking about the end of the age, and brother and sister we are living in that moment in time. As we approach the day of vengeance, at the return of our Lord, it will become progressively worse. That is when these religious forms seek out the "zur", those that have tasted of the goodness of the Lord, to become apostates at a later time. They have turned their back to the truth, to seek after strange doctrines and traditions.
Proverbs 7:10 "And, behold, there met him a woman With the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart."
The subtlety that this religious form will have is not like Satan subtlety with Eve in the Garden of Eden, but this whorish church will use hidden forms in all that she does. In most cases, this whorish church and religion never understands what she is doing because she is biblically illiterate.
Proverbs 7:11 "(She is loud and stubborn; Her feet abide not in her house:"
This whorish church is very active and restless to achieve those thing that she has set out to do. She presents herself to be something that she is not, but it doesn't take a long time to see right through this old harlot church. In the latter days, which we are in, this whorish religion thinks she is a queen, but she is nothing but a harlot.
Revelation 17:3 "So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns."
The Spirit carried John to a time far into his future, to the time of the end. This time is just prior to when Satan will come as the false Christ. This "Scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy..." is the religious system that will usher the entire world under Satan's religious system to prepare them to receive Satan as God.
Revelation 17:4 "And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:"
Those religious forms will look so good, sound so true, give so much, and support you in what ever you need supporting in; yet through all those actions and words, they are nothing but abominations and filthiness before the Lord. The twist the Word to make what they say so right, yet it all goes against God's Ways. Then Jesus tells John just where this old harlot comes from.
Revelation 17:8 "The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is."
Friend, we are being prepared for this instant in time when Satan, the one from the bottomless pit shall return to earth. Satan is the son of perdition, and the entire earth is being prepared to receive him at his arrival at the sixth trumpet. There were many in the world that was, that first earth age when the elect made their stand and were not taken in by Satan, because each of them knew Satan for what he is. We are living in the time of the latter days, and this is going on now. What is she doing?
Proverbs 7:12 "Now is she without, now in the streets, And lieth in wait at every corner.)"
"Now she is without" as the followers of these harlot churches and religious forms hustle down the street seeking out fresh souls to bring into their church houses. In the planning sessions, special meeting, and house calls these people try everything to win, or should I say con some poor soul into their system.
Proverbs 7:13 "So she caught him, and kissed him, And with an impudent face said unto him,"
We are now looking at this religious system's method of operation for doing what she does. At first their is much concern for the individual, supporting in every part where there is weakness; kisses and hugs and all the right words to entice the person to become a member and part of "the family". Until the time of membership, all sorts of promises are given, but once that unsuspecting soul has given in, then come the dos and don't, the restrictions and the bondage. Do you see how they work.
Proverbs 7:14 "I have peace offerings with me; This day have I payed my vows."
Vows, vows and more vows...free will offerings are given for every need, purpose, person, and thing that can be thought up. The fat little babies in Africa, the environment and all sorts of things, yet it never seems to find it's way to its stated purpose. Yet there is pride the mind of those that gave because they feel that what they have done has earned respect in the eyes of God. Sure each of them feel that they have done what the Lord wanted them to do. What is obvious is that this religious for has plenty, yet she still has a lust for more wealth than will ever be used. Remember above from Revelation 17:4: "..the woman arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup full in her hand full of abominations..." We are talking about the methods of the harlot church of the end times...we are living in those times. It's time to wake up and look around you. That is exactly as Satan will come, "prosperously and to destroy wonderfully". Daniel 8:23-26 gives us the detail of how this religious whore of the end times takes over.
This Babylon church of the end times comes in many forms, yet all their methods are similar. They function under a well set stated policy of intent, and they follow their forms in detail. They seek prosperity for anyone that will follow them, while in the end the one that will be magnified will be Satan, the one that thought up these methods of deceit and spiritual destruction. Be careful in your spiritual life, and what you give your ear and mind to.
Proverbs 7:15 "Therefore came I forth to meet thee, Diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee."
The stated purpose in their approach is that they had been looking for someone to save today, and you are the one. Like you should be proud to be the sucker they have chosen. They ask; "are you saved? I'm out here looking for someone lost." There are many approaches that is used today to get people to listen to them.
Proverbs 7:16 "I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, With carved works, with fine linen of Egypt."
God's ways are not from Egypt, but from his temple, from his prophets and apostles, and they are the "fine linen" of righteous acts of the saints. These false religious forms come at you with their fine linen from Egypt, thought up by men to become the traditions of men. It doesn't matter to them what they use in their worship form, as long is it looks good, right and very spiritual. On this next point keep in mind that God uses adultery and idolatry interchangeable.
Proverbs 7:17 "I have performed my bed With myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon."
Proverbs 7:18 "Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: Let us solace ourselves with loves."
This sounds so good with all this turtle dove talk of love, and fly away thought. They make it so easy to come to Christ, all you have to do is just believe, yet they take away the tools that are necessary to make a stand in these final day. There is so much love talk, filled with the myrrh, and sweet smelling things that the listener is caught completely off guard. They ask you to team up with their spiritual family, and they will do your thinking for you, lead you where you are to go, and tell you when you are to give. Sure the money is essential to the job of a harlot, but the satisfaction is provided first to make the soul think that it is worth it all. "Jump in my bed and we will fly away together.." is the center of their thought of oneness.
Ezekiel addressed this thought in Ezekiel 13:20; "Wherefore thus saith the Lord God; `Behold, I am against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tare them from your arms, and will let the souls go, even the souls that ye hunt to make them fly." This was written to those living in the latter days and we are living in the latter day. The entire idea of a rapture came out of the 1830 from a mentally ill woman in Scotland, and it has been picked up by many churches today, and passed on in their traditions of men [woman-Margaret MacDonald].
God has told us very directly what He thinks of those that would teach your soul to fly, He hates it. Have you been wondering where "Mystery Babylon" is? open your eyes, it is all around you.
Proverbs 7:19 "For the goodman is not at home, He is gone a long journey:"
Remember the parable that Christ gave us in Mark 13:34, 35: "For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch."
Mark 13:35 "Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:"
Mark 13:36, 37 "Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch."
The husband was gone for a long journey for two thousand years, and when he came home his wife had become nothing but a harlot. How would you feel in the same position? "Woe to those that are with child and give suck in those days." The woman is Christ's bride, and she has given herself over to another man, Satan and his religious system. This is given in a spiritual sense to let us know that Christ expects his bride and wife to be true, yet many will not be. She is no longer a virgin bride for Christ, but stands a harlot. The Proverb and the parable is beautiful and to the point. Can you take the examples given of the flesh, and apply them to the spiritual application? Our Father expects you to, if your spiritual eyes are open. That is wisdom speaking.
This is speaking of the churches of the end times, and what they will be doing in those churches that are not in tune with His Word. Wisdom has given us examples that are down to earth and easy to see, if your spiritual eyes are open. If that church hose is not teaching all the Word, chapter by chapter and verse by verse, you will remain just as biblical illiterate when you come out, as you were when you first entered its doors. All you will get there is just milk, no meat of the Word, and you will remain nothing but a overgrown, bottle sucking spiritual baby, still spiritually diapered in the same pew you sat in for the past twenty years.
If you are in a church that teaches God's Word as it is to be taught, all of it, and rightly dividing it, thank God, and support that pastor. It doesn't matter what it calls itself, if it teaches the truths of God's Word is taught.
Proverbs 7:20 "He hath taken a bag of money with him, And will come home at the day appointed."
This verse continues with the thought of the man of the house going on a long journey over a long period of time, and taking a bag of money with him for the journey. So what wisdom is saying here is that she knew what the man of the house was carrying this wealth with him, and she knew exactly when he would return. This woman, or faithful wife and bride, knew the Scriptures, and was fully aware of the signs of the times and the season she was living in.
Proverbs 7:21 "With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, With the flattering of her lips she forced him."
Sometimes other religions sound so good, as they draw you into their church house. They offer new ways and different ways to worship God. That is what this is speaking of.
Proverbs 7:22 "He goeth after her straightway, As an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;"
If you are not aware of the truths of God's Word, you also will stumble into their nets and snares, just as an ox heads into the slaughter house, completely unaware of the danger it is in.
Proverbs 7:23 "Till a dart strike through his liver; As a bird hasteth to the snare, And knoweth not that it is for his life."
The thing that should wake you up to the fact that it is speaking in the spiritual and not in the flesh, is that "his life", as given in the Hebrew text is "nephesh", "his soul". Sure Satan can kill your flesh body, but what he truly wants is your soul. Satan wants to take many to the abyss with him, on that day when his soul will be turned to ashes. That is why Satan's prime tool for getting you to follow him is by temptation through religion. In a Matthew 4 when Satan tempted Christ, what did he use? He used Scripture, only he did then just as he does today, he twists the Scripture by adding a word here and leaving a word out there. He pulls out of context to where the unsuspecting soul will fall into his trap just like the little bird in the snare, and the ox at the slaughter house. Be careful my friend, for Satan uses religion that sounds so right. The real problem today is that most people that call themselves Christians, can not read those verses of Matthew 4, and tell you how they were twisted.
Satan omitted the essential words "To keep thee in all thy ways," and he added; "at any time". Thus making Satan's entire quote a lie. Each time Satan quoted the Scripture in tempting you, he will do likewise; just enough to make it a lie. The point here is not to be able to memorize huge sums of God's Word, but to be able to use the tools of study to check it out for yourself.
Proverbs 7:24 "Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, And attend to the words of my mouth."
This is wisdom speaking to those that claim to be true to God's Word.
Proverbs 7:25 "Let not thine heart decline to her ways, Go not astray in her paths."
You stay out of sister Babylon, that old harlot religious system's path. Wake up and be aware that she is trying to trap you. Let those church houses play the harlot all they want to, but don't listen to her.
Proverbs 7:26 "For she hath cast down many wounded: Yea, many strong men have been slain by her."
Again this is talking about sister Babylon, and thought this is talking about a woman, it is directed to men and women alike, all those that would distort the the Word of God, and pull it out of context. On the whole, most denominations today will not allow a woman behind the pulpit, so this applies more-so to men than women. Wisdom has told us in this chapter that we don't listen to fools, whether male or female.
Proverbs 7:27 "Her house is the way to hell, Going down to the chambers of death."
Have you ever wonder where the final destination of those following false religion will be? Wisdom tells us here. Put it in common terms..."That church house of false religious is the way to hell, and going down to her chambers for instruction is preparing your soul for spiritual death." Do you still find those new religious forms inviting, knowing where they will lead you?
Now go back to Proverbs 6:16-19 and reread what God hated the most. Wisdom [God] told us that "A false witness that speaketh lies, And he that soweth discord among brethren is an abomination unto Him." The one that is an abomination is one that sows confusion in a group that is trying to study God's Word. God hates a person like that.
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