Our Rock

I am going to say most Christians know what rock we are suppose to be built and founded upon. It is Jesus Christ. But how many know that there are two rocks mentioned in God's Word? One is a false rock the other is the true rock. We are going to take a look at this subject and hopefully you will understand which is which.

A good place to start is usually somewhere in the first five books of the Bible known also as the torah. Turn to the Book of Deuteronomy.

Start with chapter 32 verse 15. This is in the Song of Moses, the song that the overcomers of antichrist shall sing. It is also mentioned in Revelation 15. In the previous verses it speaks of God delivering Israel from her enemies.

In verse 15 and somewhat after that the tone changes and God delivers prophecy about what Israel would become and what she would do to anger God.

Deut 32:15

15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.

There it is, your Rock, capital "R". God is your rock and your salvation if you have faith in Him.

The name Jeshurun means "upright". It is also a play on words and mean a pampered or very blessed. When things we're going great for Israel she forgot all about God. Never do this in your life and your walk with Him, even when times are rough.

16 They provoked him to jealousy with strange gods, with abominations provoked they him to anger.

17 They sacrificed unto devils, not to God; to gods whom they knew not, to new gods that came newly up, whom your fathers feared not.

Israel had already done this before as Moses was on Mt. Sinai and they fashioned that golden calf. God knew they would do it again and again. Anything or anyone that comes between you and God is an idol.

18 Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast forgotten God that formed thee.

How this must have pierced God's heart. They would forget the very Creator that created their souls. Again the word "Rock". They would fall away to the fake rock. How would you feel if your son or daughter just plain forgot you even existed?

Deut 32:26-33

26 I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men:

Scattered among the nations. Ever hear about the ten lost tribes? They are basically the Christian nations of today. They are lost to themselves but God did not lose track, He knows exactly where they are. Most cannot trace their ancestry past the 19th century.

27 Were it not that I feared the wrath of the enemy, lest their adversaries should behave themselves strangely, and lest they should say, Our hand is high, and the LORD hath not done all this.

This is the one world political system. Look around you, you hear of a "New World Order" being talked about. Guess who is going to head it? Antichrist, instead of Christ, Satan. It won't go too far because God will stop them and Satan.

28 For they are a nation void of counsel, neither is there any understanding in them.

This always reminds me of Psalm 2 verse 1 that states "Why do the heathen rage and imagine a vain thing?"

29 O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!

The wise do consider and do know because they have eyes to see and ears to hear.

30 How should one chase a thousand, and two put ten thousand to flight, except their Rock had sold them, and the LORD had shut them up?

How? By boldly teaching the Word and standing therein with power and knowledge.

31 For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges.

Notice there is the word "rock" twice. Once with a lower case "r", the other capped. Their rock (the Kenites) is not our Rock. Theirs is the false messiah and false rock. They know their rock is not God's.

32 For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter:

By their fruit you shall know them.

33 Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps.

Satan poisons many things, even with doctrines of men. For example the pre-trib rapture theory. Satan does his best work from the pulpits.

For the good news and the victory which we have in our Rock, continue reading this Song of Moses.

We are now going to turn to Ezekiel 28 and learn about the king of Tyre.

What does the word "tyre" mean? It means a rock. Isn't that convenient?

We're not going to cover the whole chapter. So some work will be needed on your part. In other words study for yourself also.

Ezek 28:11-19

11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

Satan or Lucifer was created with wisdom beyond Daniel's and one of the most beautiful angelic beings.

13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

Satan was in the garden? Yes, that's right he was there. He is the one who beguiled Eve, not a snake.

14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

Nowhere is it written a flesh man is called a cherub. We're dealing with a supernatural entity here.

Satan was once a cherub, the covering or protecting angel of the mercy seat, even the stones of fire or God's throne itself. Satan at one time had that privilege.

15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.

Can angels sin? You bet. His iniquity was self-pride.

16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.

Satan lost his standing (after, I'm sure a few chances to repent and change) and he fell from grace.

17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.

Don't ever think your better than God or God needs you instead. Don't ever become that prideful or God will knock you down I guarantee it.

Looking in the futurist sense, Satan will be beholden by man when God has him chained by Michael during the millennium. For a side study of that event read Isaiah 14.

18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.

More like a sheep trafficker. Leading the sheep into his "religion".

Do you see the final result of sin? It's death. Satan, and Satan only has been given the death sentence to the lake of fire. God being the consuming fire will destroy Satan from the midst of him and he will be turned to ashes forever. This includes all that will follow Satan after the millennium when he is released for a short season.

19 All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.

Satan will never be remembered. He is blotted out.

That's probably the hardest thing for anyone to do; kill one of your own children. But it is going to happen to him and those who still want for worldly things after the millennium. They will all be blotted out, destroyed body and soul.

Let's go to the New Testament now and focus a little on the true Rock. Turn to Matthew.

Matt 7:21-29

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Why won't everyone that calls themselves "Christian" not enter? Because they went and worshipped the wrong christ.

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

What day are we speaking of here? The last day at Christ's return. Oh, yes they did everything in His name. They blew on them, waved coats and knocked them down. There is the other problem: they did it in the name of the false Jesus, antichrist's.

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

They were supposed to remain spiritual virgins for the husbandman Jesus Christ. But they committed adultery (idolatry) with the false husbandman. Christ never knew them because they never knew Him. They never got into His Word to know Him.

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

There's the two words together some hate to hear, "heareth" and "doeth".

You just can't go wrong when your foundation is Jesus Christ. He is our Rock not Satan. Build your Christian (spiritual) house upon the Rock. It will be you're only salvation when the flood of lies from Satan's mouth come roaring forth.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

Are you foolish? Do you "just believe" and don't work in studying God's word and planting seeds to help others? If the answer is no, then I'm sorry the previous verse doesn't apply to you that much does it?

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Pretty good advice. Don't build your house upon false doctrines and the traditions of man or your house is done for.

28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:

29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

Are you astonished at Christ's words? It is written Christ would become a stumbling block to some (Romans 9:33 and 1 Peter 2:6-8). Is He one to you? He taught with authority. He wasn't a reed shaken in the wind saying, "On this hand thus, but then again on this hand". It was yea or nay!

Let's move to Matthew 16 where Christ is asking the disciples who they think He is.

Matt 16:13-19

13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

Some thought he was a prophet come back from the dead.

15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

Christ now asks who they believe He is.

16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

Don't just read over that verse 17. Who revealed this to Peter? Almighty God did. He spoke through Peter.

18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

This Rock is not Peter. It is Christ Himself that is the Rock, an immovable Rock. Naturally the gates of hell have no power against it.

19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

This verse simply says that Peter and the church had authority to preach God's word and teach repentance and forgiveness.

There you have it another study on the false and true shepherds. Or in this case rocks. Always study diligently and be aware of the instances in which a word like "rock" can be attributed to Satan or Jesus Christ. Like the moon that only reflects light from the sun, Satan can only try to imitate the True Light, Jesus Christ.

A good way to learn more is to get your Strong's concordance and look up the words "rock" and "stone(s)".

Written by Phil Najera


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