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Sea of Flesh Scriptural Basis

 

Physical Example - The Creation
 
 
Let us begin with The Beginning, and establish a rudimentary (basic) understanding of what God created. When God created all things they were initially made undefiled, as evidenced by the repeated phrase “… and God saw that it was good.”
 
Creation of the Sea
 
Genesis 1:2   And the earth was without form, and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
 
For future use in our study we need to grasp two key facts here, 1. darkness was upon the face of the deep, and 2. the spirit of God did not move through, of, with, or in the waters, but upon the face of the waters.
 
Verses 6 through 8 of Genesis, Chapter 1, record the creation of the firmament (Heaven), and dividing of the waters under the firmament from the waters above the firmament. Verses 9 and 10 then record;
 
Genesis 1:9, 10  And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
 
We see through these scriptures that the seas are waters that are under the heaven or firmament, and are separated from the earth or dry land. These were therefore the physical waters of the planet (Do not be confused about the waters being “… gathered together unto one place …” The flood of Genesis chapters 6 through 8, as well as the dividing of the land in Genesis 10:25 and I Chronicles 1:19 later changed the face of the earth).
 
Creation of Flesh
 
While Genesis 1: 26 – 28 describes the general creation and dominion of man, Chapter 2 is more specific about how man was created, as well as the creation of woman;
 
Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
(Please note that man became a living soul – the significance will be discussed later)
 
Genesis 2:23, 24 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
 
Again, when God first created man he was perfect and undefiled in body, soul, and spirit.
 
Defilement of Flesh (and Land)
 
The spiritual fall of Adam (man) in the Garden is recorded in Genesis chapter 3. By the time of Genesis chapter 6 the wicked condition of man/flesh before the flood is recorded;
 
Genesis 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
 
Genesis 6:12, 13 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold I will destroy them with the earth.
 
We can see later in scripture (when the Israelites prepare to go into the Promised Land) that when flesh, or men, are defiled the land also is defiled. In Chapter 18 of Leviticus God is giving the law relative to various sins of fornication, and then gives the current condition of the inhabitants of the land, and the result of their sin;
 
Leviticus 18:24, 25 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.
 
It is easy to look at the world today and compare it to “… as in the days of Noah”, due to the wickedness abounding. But one gets a different perspective when we consider that the … land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants. With each earthquake, fire, hurricane, tornado, flood, or tsunami, and their increasing frequency, the earth acknowledges the increasing wickedness of man. Likewise in Isaiah Chapter 24 this defilement of the earth is stated;
 
Isaiah 24:3 – 6 The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the Lord hath spoken this word. The earth mourneth and fadeth away, the world languisheth and fadeth away, the haughty people of the earth do languish. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore hath the curse devoured the earth, and they that dwell therein are desolate: therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men left.
 
This scripture again notes that the earth is defiled, and declares that the inhabitants will be burned, and few left (a remnant). It is this promise Peter warns us of, and encourages us to be prepared and looking for new heavens and earth;
 
2 Peter 3: 5 – 14 For this they willingly were ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
 
This scripture further expounds the destruction of the earth that Isaiah had told of, and calls us unto godliness and righteousness, that we might receive the promise of the world to come.
 
Destruction of the Earth (Flesh)
 
And so, after God saw the wickedness of man before the flood, he used the waters to destroy the earth and all flesh that was on it;
 
Genesis 6: 17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die.
 
Genesis 7: 21 – 23 And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died. And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark.
 
God spoke everything into existence, and he could have reversed that. However, as man defiled the land, God used the creation to remove man. Scripture prophesies that this will occur again, as man has remained wicked and defiled the creation. The creation being subject to vanity and corruption is also noted in Romans Chapter 8, and we see that the creation shall be delivered:
 
Romans 8: 19 – 22 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
 
Scripture does not specifically attribute defilement to the seas for their use in destroying the earth. However, when Ezekiel speaks of the waters that issue from the threshold of the temple we see that the waters of the sea are in need of healing;
 
Ezekiel 47:8 Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed.
 
Scientists tell us that up to 80% of the worlds fresh water is contained in the polar ice caps (An ice cap is defined as a thick permanent covering of ice and snow on land). In their need to explain how this occurred scientists have theorized that ice caps were formed from layers of snow that were compressed together over millions of years, as the bottom layers hardened into ice. The thickest parts of the ice cap in Antarctica dip approximately 2 miles below sea level. (http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2000/HannaBerenblit.shtml) It takes too much empty faith for me to believe that!
 
The waters were perfect when God created the earth. When the polar caps first froze they were still fresh water, and thus that fresh water could remain so today, unmixed with the remaining waters that were defiled after the flood! Scripture records that Lot’s wife became a pillar of salt. Deuteronomy 29:23 attributes salt as an end product of destruction such as Sodom and Gomorrah. Jesus tells us we are the salt of the earth (and it can lose its savour). It is much easier for me to believe that the destruction of all flesh salted the water after the flood!
 
The Flesh Remains Wicked/Evil
 
The flood did not resolve man’s problem with the flesh. Our failed condition that separates us from God is acknowledged in numerous scriptures, including:
 
Romans 8:7, 8 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
 
I Corinthians 1:26 – 29 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.
 
Galatians 5:19 – 21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
 
Isaiah 59: 1, 2 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
 
Our flesh and our sin separate us from God, due to the flesh remaining wicked or evil.
 
Darkness and Wickedness Comparison
 
Now, back to the darkness we said we would return to discuss. There are a number of scriptures in the Bible that relate darkness with evil or wickedness, such as;
 
I Samuel 2:9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.
 
Proverbs 4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.
 
Luke 11:34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.
 
As one goes deeper and deeper into a body of water it gets darker and darker, since the light penetrates less. And so it is with sin; the deeper one goes into sin the darker it becomes as they lose more and more of their spiritual sight.
 
It is this darkness, evil, or sin that God will not look upon when we walk in it;
 
Habakkuk 1:13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: …
 
Through these various scriptures we can see the relationship of darkness to sin, or evil. We can also begin to see the relationship of darkness and the depths of the sea.
 
Amos 9:3 … and though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them:
 
In accordance with this God provides that the depths of the sea will receive sin;
 
Micah 7:19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
 
Thank God for his mercy in providing a way to reconcile us to him! And yet the scripture notes that our fleshly sins and iniquities wind up in the sea. There is nothing that we can do, but He will; turn again … have compassion … subdue our iniquities … and … cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
 
Spiritual Comparing: Sea and Flesh
 
Having now laid this foundation we need to begin comparing the spiritual truths in God’s word with physical examples about the sea and flesh.
 
In Isaiah, people and nations are compared to the sound of waters;
 
Isaiah 17:12, 13 Woe to the multitude of many people, which make a noise like the noise of the seas; and to the rushing of nations, that make a rushing like the rushing of mighty waters! The nations shall rush like the rushing of many waters: but God shall rebuke them, and they shall flee far off, and shall be chased as the chaff of the mountains before the wind, and like a rolling thing before the whirlwind.
 
This word says woe to these people and nations, and that God would rebuke them. It is apparent then that they are accounted as wicked in this comparison. Later in Isaiah, the wicked are compared to the troubled sea;
 
Isaiah 57:20 But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
 
In Revelation the waters are equated with mankind (flesh);
 
Revelation 17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me,
          saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew thee the judgment of  the great whore that sitteth upon many 
          waters:
 
Revelation 17:15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.
 
In verse 5 of the 17th Chapter of Revelation the whore is called “… BABYLON THE GREAT…”, and in verse 18 “… the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which ruleth over the kings of the earth.” In Jeremiah 51, at verse 13 Babylon is accounted as “Oh thou that dwellest upon many waters, …” and at verse 42 “The sea is come up upon Babylon: she is covered by the multitude of the waves thereof.” Babylon is then a port city on waters that spiritually “… are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.” (the sea of flesh!) I had always believed Peter was speaking of Jerusalem in I Peter 5:13 when he wrote “The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you …”, but questioned the fact that Jerusalem was not a port city. By spiritually being on the sea of flesh she is a port city! Is the defiled Jerusalem spiritually called Babylon?
 
Later in Revelation, when the great white throne judgment is spoken of, the sea is noted to give up the dead which were in it;
 
Revelation 20:12 – 13 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
 
If this scripture is read physically, one thinks of those drowned, shipwrecked, or buried at sea. That would be very exclusory, omitting many peoples who do not fit into those three places mentioned. It could also include saints who had prepared themselves, and had garments without spot or wrinkle! I now see that this is a spiritual word, and refers to the sea of humanity, or flesh. If we are to avoid the great white throne judgment we must come out of the sea of flesh.
 
Slightly further in Revelation we find that the sea will be no more;
 
Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
 
What sea is being referred to in this scripture? By acknowledging the following several scriptures, the sea that was no more must be the sea of flesh. Ezekiel spoke of the vision he was given of the waters that issued from under the threshold, and we saw this scripture above that spoke of the healing of the sea;
 
Ezekiel 47:8 Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed.
 
Revelation 22 speaks of the river of life coming out from the throne;
 
Revelation 22:1, 2 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb, In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruits every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
 
If the sea Ezekiel spoke of is to be healed by the waters that come from under the throne, also noted in holy Jerusalem in the above scripture, then that sea still exists. The sea that was no more must refer to the sea of flesh. When we consider the verses in the preceding Chapters in Revelation, and realize that the beast, the false prophet, the devil, and those in the sea whose names were not written in the book of life are in the lake of fire, it is obvious why there is no more sea.
 
While it is important to show the scriptural comparisons of evil, darkness, wickedness, and sin to the sea, it is also needful to show that the good things of God cannot be compared with them. Considering the following scriptures in Job (his words, not those of his failed friends), it can be found that wisdom, understanding, and the fear of God cannot be found in the depth or the sea;
 
Job 28:12 But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?
 
Job 28:14 The depth saith, it is not in me: and the sea saith, it is not with me.
 
Job 28:28 And unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and to depart from evil is understanding.
 
Please consider; why was it scripturally necessary to establish that wisdom cannot be found in the depth and the sea? In fact, wisdom will not begin until we have the fear of God;
 
Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
 
If we desire wisdom then, we must come out of the depth and the sea and gain the fear of God. But what is the fear of the Lord?
 
Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the forward mouth, do I hate.
 
So then the more we hate the things of the flesh, the more we will fear God and grow in wisdom and understanding. Our failed, fleshly, walk stops us from receiving spiritually. We are blind until we receive the fear of the Lord, and cannot see the spiritual battle or recognize the enemy.

 


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