Numbers 22:12 – And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they are blessed.
Joshua 13:22 – Balaam also the son of Beor, the soothsayer, did the children of Israel slay with the sword among them that were slain by them.
Hey all, back with a new blog today, and back to the life of Balaam! Had a brief hiatus from Balaam but back on board today! I hope you get something out of this blog today, and hope you read the whole thing before passing judgement! In this blog we will be talking about the Christian that went to hell, because Balaam is a picture of exactly that. Balaam is a picture of a wishy washy “Christian” in name, Christianized perhaps but not converted, who doesn’t survive the cut… we read that in Jude 1:5 – I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. People at the Great White Throne are going to try and enter the heaven but Jesus said they will not be able. There will be justification Lord Lord, didn’t I do this? didn’t I do that? and in your name! But he will say, depart from me I never knew you. The angels of God will cast them into the lake of fire which burns forever and ever. Strong stuff, serious stuff, yet all this goes straight over our heads. Matthew 13:15 – For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. We can hear the gospel again and again and just be numb to it, and it’s because of our hard hearts, Satan blinds the minds of unbelievers. You can grow up in a Christian home, know how to talk the talk, walk the walk and go to hell. Jesus preached the gospel to many, and few believed him. Most got offended, most walked away, most fell away, most wanted him killed. Truth offends, truth hurts, the light shining in the darkness of our hearts is exposing, it is not comfortable. What’s your heart like today?
Firstly, we see that Balaam had Balak fooled. You may have everyone fooled today, and maybe you even have yourself fooled. The Bible says to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. The Bible says to examine yourself and see whether you be in the faith. Balak was the king of Moab and he wanted to curse Israel because he felt threatened by Israel (his concerns were not legitimate at all, God did not give Moab’s land into Israel’s hand, Israel was just on their way through to the promised land). But here we go, Balak sent for the prophet Balaam hoping to use Balaam’s perceived divine expertise to extract a result… cursing Israel. Balaam had Balak well and truly fooled. Balak said that who Balaam curses is cursed and who Balaam blesses is blessed. What a joke! In actual fact it is God that does this, it is God whose curses and blessings actually stick. It was God who said to Abraham – in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed. God told Abraham he would bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curseth thee. Balak was fooled by a false prophet, Balak went to the wrong source, a “Christian” who may have had some gifts, some abilities, some talents, there are people today who are fakes who can do things that will amaze you and fool you. There are false prophets, false teachers today who have huge followings today, they amaze them with false divine experiences, they wow them with their oratory skills, they lead gullible masses to hell. God lets all this happen to try your faith, God will let you prove yourself, whether you are truly in the faith or not. God left the nations in the promised land to prove Israel, God allows even your family members to whisper to you that you should go and follow other gods. When your life is shaken, and it will be, what will remain? There is a shaking coming to you, to all of us. Is your house built upon the rock, or upon the shifting sands of vain philosophy, intellect, human wisdom, false gods, false religion. Balak was fooled, but God was not, Balaam was a fake.
Balaam was out of touch with God. Balaam didn’t know anything. Because he didn’t read his Bible. He knew nothing. He had no business cursing Israel. If he read his Bible he would know that, just as if you read your Bible you would know exactly what God is saying. God hasn’t made it hard for you, he has made his will known, he has made the way of salvation know to you. Sure you may say Balaam didn’t have a Bible back then!! Addressing this would sidetrack the blog so all I will say is that he, just like us, had the word of God, we have the word of God. Think he didn’t? God spoke to him. God said, Thou shalt not. Pretty clear instructions, but just like most of us, if not all of us, we like to do exactly what he did with God’s word today. Think about who Israel was. They were God’s nation, a nation God created, a nation God had just brought out of Egypt, God was in their midst, Moses talked to God… and here is Balaam wanting to curse them! How nonsensical! And furthermore he wanted God himself to curse them… the very God who had blessed them. And God’s word don’t change people. It is eternal, incorruptible, settled and forever. So Balaam was waaaaay out of line here. And Christians, or so called believers are today. Look at Saul, he justified his disobedience to what Samuel told him to do as that he had actually obeyed God. There is nothing left after this at all! He was claiming his disobedience was obedience. What more can be said? And nothing more was said, this was Saul’s final moment with God. Saul had what is called a reprobate mind, a mind that God gives over to delusion, God finishes dealing with such people. These people lie to their own hearts, they only con and kid and defraud themselves. Don’t think you’re too special, too important to not go to hell. The ONLY reason you won’t go to hell is if you have the blood of Christ covering you. That’s what God respects, he doesn’t respect you or me. If we aren’t saved by believing in his only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, there is nothing at all that can save you. It is the blood of Christ, his life, his death, his burial, his resurrection alone that is worthy. God said of Jesus, This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. He is only pleased with you when he sees the Son in you, covering you, who has forgiven you, who has saved you. Are you saved? Truly saved? Not Christianized… saved… born again of the Spirit of God by faith in him.
Ok so here we go. God said thou shalt not go with them. Is that clear or is that not clear enough? People say today, God can’t be understood. They say that of the King James Bible, oh it’s archaic, hard to understand. Rubbish. The Bible says let God be true and every man a liar. I’m a liar, you’re a liar, God’s word is truth. It’s so gunbarrel easy to understand. We, like Balaam, can clearly understand what God’s saying, but the truth is we don’t want what God is saying, we don’t like it, it doesn’t suit our agenda, our lusts, it doesn’t comply to our reasoning, intellect. So naturally the best way to solve that is by changing God’s word, rather than God’s word changing us. We make God’s word subject to us, rather than coming under the authority of God’s word. Truth or not truth? If we don’t actually try revising and chopping up the Bible in the name of whatever, we try interpreting and allegorizing it away. Once again in violation of clear scripture, the Bible interprets itself, interpretations belong to God, the Bible is of no private interpretation. And it’s pretty clear what God said. Thou shalt not.
Balaam was a pretentious believer. He pretended he was in relationship, fellowship with God. Sure he spoke to God. God bears witness to all of us in our hearts. Maybe you just don’t hear his voice. Jesus said my sheep hear my voice. If you are saved you will know your master’s crib. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth, he guides us into truth, if you can rest not being in truth, you don’t have the Spirit of truth. The Spirit of truth won’t let you rest while you live in error. If you are happy in your error, if there is no check in your spirit when you are in error, then check your salvation. Samuel didn’t recognize God’s voice at first. Not until Eli pointed him in the right direction and Samuel said, speak Lord for thy servant heareth. That’s what our attitude has to be, and God will manifest himself to us through his Word, and we will understand clearly what he’s saying. But do you want what he is saying? Samuel did, but Balaam didn’t. He pretended he did. But he really didn’t. His mind was already made up to go. Because Balak dangled the carrot of wealth, fame, riches and Balaam was hooked. Satan will bring things before you just as Balak brought things before Balaam which we will go a whoring after. Jesus said we have to put God first, he doesn’t come second. It’s all in or not in at all. You will hate one or the other, you can’t serve two masters. Balaam wasn’t interested in God’s word ultimately. He feigned interest. But it wasn’t real. He didn’t really want light, he didn’t really want the truth. You may say you do… but do you really? Who cares if you fool other people, you won’t fool God.
And Balaam did some good things. He blessed Israel. He declared good things from God. In fact he had amazing prophecy of Israel that God put in his mouth. It would be sad if you are a Christian who tells others about truth, about salvation, about Jesus, and yet you are not saved yourself. Balaam is an example of that. God was able to use him even though he had no interest himself in God’s will, in God’s glory, in God’s word. God will use you as he wants regardless of your compliance. God had his way because he is God. If you don’t like it, too bad. And just like Balaam did a good thing here, so unsaved people and unsaved “Christians” can do good things, they can dedicate their lives to good things, they can live moral and upright. People can do good things, noble things, honorable things, and not want God. You can satisfy your flesh by doing right! Read the last few verses of Colossians 2, you can satisfy your flesh with good works, but not be truly saved. People can dedicate themselves to good things, to good causes and go to hell. They can have positive impacts and go to hell. Maybe you think God is unfair and mean now. Wait a minute, can you see inside another person’s heart? Can you see what they truly are? God looks on the inside, and it’s easy to fool others. God is the righteous judge, God knows man, the Bible says Jesus did not commit himself unto man, because he knew what was in man. And how can you assess others, how can you judge the righteousness of God? You don’t even understand your own way. We don’t know anything apart from what God’s word says. When you read God’s word only then do we realize things, the truth about us, just how utterly sinful and wicked we are. Proverbs 16:2 – All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes; but the LORD weigheth the spirits. Proverbs 16:25 – There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Proverbs 20:24 – Man’s goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?
And now this is where we hit a more misunderstood part of the Bible. God told Balaam one thing, then told him something else. We think, why then was God angry at him because he went? But it’s clear if you read your Bible. If you reject truth there is nothing left for you. All that’s left is delusion. There’s a trillion ways to tell a lie, but there’s one truth. The Bible is full of one. God is one, there is one Spirit of truth we all receive, there is one word, there is one faith, there is one salvation, one way. If you reject truth, just as Saul did, then God will give you delusion. You don’t want truth? Here, have delusion. Truth apart from God does not exist people. Jesus IS truth. Blows your mind. God send delusion on Saul, God sent an evil spirit, and the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul. God was done with Saul because Saul disobeyed and rejected God’s word. That’s what you get when God’s done with you. When you sin away your day of grace, when you miss the boat on the day of visitation, when you kick the Holy Spirit to the kerb. In 1 John, John wrote that there is a sin unto death. What will be your sin unto death? Don’t lie to the Holy Spirit, don’t blaspheme him, it’s a mortal sin. Without the Holy Spirit you cannot get saved. Salvation belongs unto the Lord. This may be hard to understand. But that’s what the Bible teaches. Salvation is of God, you can’t get saved of your own effort. Salvation is something God gives. Something God does. It is a gift from God, offered by God. Salvation involves the work of the Holy Spirit, when you get saved the Holy Spirit births a new creature inside you. That’s what being born again is. If you’ve pushed away the Holy Spirit, you can’t be saved, without the Holy Spirit you CAN’T be saved. God said his Spirit will not always strive with man. So do you want salvation or not? When God draws you, don’t push him away. You never know when you will do it for the last time. The people of Noah’s day pushed away Noah, a preacher of righteousness, years on end. Noah looked the fool, and looked the fool, he was a fool for Christ. But suddenly the ark was shut, and time was up. It’s not a stretch to imagine that people ran to the ark as the ground began bursting from underneath with the water, and the rain started piling down from heaven, that these people were bashing on the door of the ark, clawing to get in. But it was over with. Balaam was pretentious, he was not real with God, or with himself. He had Balaak fooled, but there wasn’t a reality there at all. God said his way was perverse, he was full of error. Balaam said he would see what God would say MORE. Sound like new Bibles, new revelations, new gospels, new Jesus’, new spirits, new experiences today? And after this God was done with him. God would’ve killed him then and there on his way to Balak had not the ass saved his life.
And Balaam didn’t just go to hell, he took some people with him, just as Satan will take his angels and masses of human beings to the lake of fire with him. He didn’t stop at being a fake himself, he got other people to sin. He cast stumbling blocks before the children of Israel. Fake Christians hinder others. 2 Peter 2:2 says that the way of truth would be evil spoken of because of fakes. We see that today, that is so true. The way of truth is mocked, scorned, scoffed all these fake Christians have dragged the name of Christ through the mud with their hypocrisy, their double standards, their lies, their fakeness. People aren’t idiots, the average Joe can tell a fake from a genuine person. Impostors. The Bible says that Satan can appear as an angel of light, and his ministers as ministers of righteousness. Can you spot a fake? Fakes take other fakes with them to hell. The blind leading the blind, and they all fall into the ditch together. At this point let’s just realize Balaam didn’t go to hell because he didn’t know truth. He had truth but he didn’t want truth. All human beings have that choice, and that right to reject God. God has given everyone the knowledge of him, the gospel has gone into the whole world, if you go to hell you will have fought God to go there. He doesn’t want you to go there, but if you are determined to go there, if you oppose your own self as the Bible says, if you judge yourself unworthy of eternal life as the Bible says, than you will go there. That’s the reality of it. Matthew 23:13 – But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
It is interesting that Baalam’s name has “Baal” in it. Because through the Bible particularly in the Old Testament we see that Israel always tended forsake God and to serve Baal. Baal was a false God. But here’s an aspect easily missed… Baal was claimed as the real God. Baal is a picture of counterfeit Christianity. Satan is a counterfeiter, just like the magicians in Egypt who counterfeited Moses’s rod that turned into a serpent. Paul warned of another Jesus, another spirit, another gospel. Baal was just that, and Baal still runs rampant today. Baal is false Christianity. So which is the real Christianity? Do you worship God or Baal. The Lord Jesus Christ makes a claim, and Baal (another Jesus) makes a claim. But who is the true God? Well, there is a famous story in the Bible dealing with just this… Elijah and the prophets of Baal. Elijah said if Baal be God serve him, or if the Lord be God serve him. Elijah said to the onlooking people of Israel who came to witness the contest… How long halt ye between two opinions? If you are a Christian with a foot in multiple doors you are in the same spot that Israel was in who watched on as Elijah contested the prophets of Baal at Mount Carmel. Choose whom you will serve, go one way or the other, stop compromising, it’s got to be one or the other. And it will be. There is no middle ground. Jesus said you are either for me or against me. However in the Laodicean church time that we are in, people are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, neither here nor there, neither yea or nay. Fence sitters, non committal, fakes. You need a revival, just as there was a revival at Mount Carmel. Repair the altar of your heart, just as Elijah repaired the altar. The false Jesus you serve, the false gospel you invest in, the false erroneous spirits that you give ear to are Baal. Baal is not the true God. When the fire fell on Elijah’s sacrifice, the people said… the Lord he is THE God. Baal is not THE God, the Lord Jesus Christ is THE God. That contest at Mount Carmel sorted out who was actually THE God, and THE God is the Lord, the Lord Jesus Christ. How long halt ye between two opinions?
Finally, we see that Balaam was mad. The Bible says he was mad. 2 Peter 15,16 – Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man’s voice forbad the madness of the prophet. That’s another problem for us. We can love unrighteousness. The Bible warns expressly against regarding iniquity in your heart. That’s sin you love, private or public. Things you will not let go, things that will keep you from being saved, strongholds in your life. Balaam loved the wages of unrighteousness and he was mad, stark, raving mad. And you will be mad too. To be a Christian and go to hell is MADNESS. You have to be out of your mind to go to hell that way. Better to go out in a blaze of glory than live the life without the spiritual internal reality and bust hell wide open. In Luke 4, when Jesus opened his mouth and said the gracious words after reading a portion of Isaiah, he said this day is scripture fulfilled in your ears. They were filled with MADNESS. God’s word is going to make you mad or make you in the right mind. There was a man from the Gadarenes who was mad, but Jesus visited him and he went from possessed of legion and mad to being in his right mind and the feet of Jesus! Here with these guys in the synagogue… Christians!!!! and they were mad at him. So mad at him they tried to shove him off a cliff! How mad does the Lord Jesus Christ make you? Or is he your sanity, is he giving you a right mind or is he making you mad? Because you will be mad to be a Christian yet not be truly saved. Balaam is a picture of a Christian that went to hell. He had it all, he had all the opportunity, but he squandered it. We have barely touched the surface of the story, but don’t be a Balaam. Be a Samuel instead, who didn’t let any of God’s words fall to the ground, even in a time when the word of the Lord was precious in those days the Bible says. The word of the Lord is precious in these days, there is a famine of hearing of the word of God. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Jesus said when he came to the earth would he find faith? The Bible has the final say, and sums it up. Proverbs 20:6 – Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?