Leviticus 10:1-3 (NKJV)
The Profane Fire of Nadab and Abihu
1 Then Nadab (liberal; generous) and Abihu (he is my father), the sons of Aaron, each took his censer and put fire in it, put incense on it, and offered profane fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them. 2 So fire went out from the Lord and devoured them, and they died before the Lord. 3 And Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke, saying:
‘By those who come near Me
I must be regarded as holy;
And before all the people
I must be glorified. ’” So Aaron held his peace.
There are several important points given in this passage of scripture. Any offering presented before the The Lord that He has not approved or authorized is considered profane. The ones who do this and their offering is rejected by God and He will judge them. These did not show honor to The Lord and did not regard The Lord God as holy. What is also interesting is the meanings of the names of those who presented this ‘profane fire’ before The Lord. The first, Nadab, means liberal; generous and the second, Abihu, means ‘he is my father’. It matters not to The Lord of what mind or motive you bring your offering that He has NOT authorized. You may be a generous soul, easily willing to give to any and all good works but if you do this without the instruction of The Lord, then your giving is in vain and as a reward, you will be judged for the evil that is in your own heart. For you do this for gain and not to honor a holy God. If you wanted to honor God, you must wait for Him to instruct you to give of what He has given you.
Matthew 6:1-4 (NKJV)
1 “ Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 3 But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.
As for his brother, Abihu, he gave his offering based simply upon the fact of his lineage. His thinking is that because he was born of Aaron, the high priest of God, this blood line was greater than God’s will. It matters not if our parents were Christian leaders, great or small, if we think that we are accepted by God solely on those credentials. God has set how we may be accepted into His kingdom and that is through faith in His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Again, no matter if you are the son of a great man of faith, it is still not your own faith in this lineage that you walk in but must be your faith in the One God has chosen, His Son Jesus Christ. We simply cannot go before The Lord and expect He will receive us and our offerings based on the name of our natural father, no matter how much God may love him. God is holy and in this holiness, it is HE that determines what He will accept, not you. Remove the evil in your heart that tells you that you can do what you please based on this lie and repent and be baptized in the name of The Lord Jesus Christ.
HISTORY OF NADAB AND ABIHU
To aid in understanding the progression of things that led to these two men to assume they could bring anything of their own choice to God and it would be accepted, it is important to see how they saw themselves. The following verses will provide much in the way of understanding how, we too, often deceive ourselves into making choices that God will not accept and will not bless us when we do. Just as Cain’s offering to The Lord was rejected and his brother Abel’s offering was accepted, so any offering brought before The Lord outside of what He requires, will be rejected as well as us.
Exodus 6:23 (NKJV)
Aaron took to himself Elisheba, daughter of Amminadab, sister of Nahshon, as wife; and she bore him Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
These two men were the first born sons of Aaron. The first born son, the son that opens the womb of his mother, is favored highly of his father as the son of promise, the son of his inheritance. Great expectations Aaron had for his first son which he named aptly, Nadab or liberal; generous for The Lord has shown kindness to Aaron and given to him a son of promise. Consider this as The Lord sent fire to destroy this son of promise and his brother, how devastated Aaron was when God judged his first born and his other son too. The thing to keep in mind through this is to know that God is no respecter of persons. His judgment is final. He may love you because you keep His commandments, as Jesus confirmed but if your son or daughter does not follow after The Lord according to His ways and according to His holiness, then they too may fall as did the first two sons of Aaron.
Leviticus 10:6-7 (NKJV)
And Moses said to Aaron, and to Eleazar and Ithamar, his sons, “Do not uncover your heads nor tear your clothes, lest you die, and wrath come upon all the people. But let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the Lord has kindled. 7 You shall not go out from the door of the tabernacle of meeting, lest you die, for the anointing oil of the Lord is upon you.” And they did according to the word of Moses.
In addition to this, Aaron and his other two sons, was instructed by The Lord not to mourn for their loss. Others may mourn but Aaron and his other two sons were not allowed to. Why? It is because that when Aaron and his sons were chosen by God to be priests in His temple, they gave up all rights to their lives as it was and was now a representative of God and in this capacity, was not allowed to show favoritism, even to their own family. This is important for us to understand as we are accepted and approved by God for service in His kingdom.
Matthew 10:37-39 (NKJV)
He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. 39 He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.
To follow Christ, we must forsake all else for if we seek to save our lives, then we shall forfeit it but we lay it down for His sake, then we shall find it. This principle was not a new one when Jesus spoke these words in the gospel of Matthew. These have been established long before and we are seeing this in the tragedy of the loss of Aaron’s two oldest sons. The cost may be high but the rewards are ever greater! God is just and holy and only those who approach Him in the fear of The Lord, honoring God according to His will and His way above their own, shall find life and peace but those who insist on their own way and do not honor God by walking in all He commands them, then even their offerings will be rejected along with them.
Exodus 28:1 (NKJV)
1 “Now take Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister to Me as priest, Aaron and Aaron’s sons:Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
In this passage, God called certain ones to be set aside, sanctified to God, for the purpose of service to God and of those, were included all of Aaron’s sons. No greater joy could have been bestowed upon Aaron than to have his sons be chosen by God to serve Him. It is the greatest joy of every Christian parent to see that their children are chosen of God for service in His kingdom.
Exodus 24:1-2 (NKJV)
1 Now He said to Moses, “Come up to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship from afar. 2 And Moses alone shall come near the Lord, but they shall not come near; nor shall the people go up with him.”
Before God chose these men to serve Him, he called them to Himself to allow them to worship God but only Moses was allowed to come near to The Lord. This commandment of God, I believe, set the stage to test these other men God Himself has chosen. Will they accept their roles? They are chosen and allowed to minister to The Lord in worship but will this be enough for them or will they feel entitled for more?
Exodus 24:9-11 (NKJV)
9 Then Moses went up, also Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, 10 and they saw the God of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity. 11 But on the nobles of the children of Israel He did not lay His hand. So they saw God, and they ate and drank.
What better way for God to confirm His choice in our lives when we have been selected and approved by Him to draw near to worship than to be given the means by which we may worship Him; to see Him in His glory! Few there are that have had this great blessing given to them to set their eyes on the Holy One and not be destroyed! What greater cause for worship can there be?!
For even the angels cry HOLY HOLY HOLY to The Lord God Almighty as they continue to gaze at Him. Oh the revelations they received as the Eternal continues to ever release the knowledge of Himself through revelation after revelation! Is it no wonder they cry out day and night, HOLY, HOLY, HOLY. For what else could they say as they behold His glory unfolding before them? And now, God is allowing these mortal men to see what has only been seen by His Holy Angels! Worship indeed! In addition to all this, they ate and drank in His Presence! What JOY! What Fellowship! With such an experience, how can man not consider himself as special, set apart from all others.
The danger, however, is the same that caused the fall of that evil one, Satan, previously called Lucifer. He too became lifted up because of the special favor God has laid upon him and he saw his own beauty and his heart was lifted up in pride and he rebelled against the One who created him. So is the great danger of all who are highly favored of The Lord as He bestows upon them the riches of His glory.
We all must walk in fear and humility, never forgetting from where we came and by what cost we were allowed into the presence of Almighty God, the suffering and death of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. We must remember, through all the glory God reveals to us, that we are mere mortal men and women and should not think more highly of ourselves than we should.
The temptation facing these chosen ones of God, the sons of Aaron, are the same that face us. Will we let this get to our heads and begin to think God would never reject whatever we choose to do because He loves us? It is better for us to never forget from where we came and not allow what He has brought to us to cause us to be lifted up in pride as many today have done. In their pride, men today, just as these two sons of Aaron, think they can do anything and God will approve, when in fact, God has not. If we do as we please after He has delivered us from that bondage of sin and we enter into sin again after we have been saved, will He not look at the arrogance of our heart and turn away from us and reject us?!
Let us follow the warning that Jesus gave in that we should only seek to be known as brother or sister and not adopt for ourselves titles and the praise of men. Jesus said that if we do this, we will have received our reward but as for God, we shall be rejected.
GOD’S WARNING TO AARON
Leviticus 16:1-2 (NKJV)
1 Now the Lord spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they offered profane fire before the Lord, and died; 2 and the Lord said to Moses: “Tell Aaron your brother not to come at just any time into the Holy Place inside the veil, before the mercy seat which is on the ark, lest he die; for I will appear in the cloud above the mercy seat.
This last message to Aaron in regards to the loss of his first and second born sons…was to give a strong warning, lest Aaron approach a holy God unbidden. Only God sets the standard in which we are to approach Him and all those who ignore His commands, do so at their own risk. Brethren, it is not wise to make presumptions upon The Lord. Although we have been given entrance into His presence for help in time of need, we may boldly approach Him as His sons and daughters, walk in fear and trembling for although we are sons and daughters, God remains no respecter of persons. If we do not regard Him as holy and approach Him without that regard, then we too will be rejected. So therefore, let us all walk in humility of heart and with our hearts bowed low before Him who is Lord of heaven and earth and below the earth. Let us keep the lessons of old, as illustrated in these passages of scripture, not to bring strange or profane fire before The Lord of Hosts. Let us seek and do all those things He commands of us, walking in obedience, and in so doing, offer up to Him our sacrifices of praise. For this is acceptable before The Lord.
THE REBELLION OF KORAH
Numbers 16:1-40 (NLTse)
1 One day Korah (bald; baldness) son of Izhar (shining), a descendant of Kohath (assembly; to ally oneself) son of Levi (joined to), conspired with Dathan (front; belonging to a fountain) and Abiram (father of elevation; my father is exalted or the exalted one is my father), the sons of Eliab (my God is Father), and On (ability, power, (figuratively) wealth:— force, goods, might, strength, substance. The same as h0205. אונ ’aewn; from an unused root perhaps meaning properly, to pant (hence, to exert oneself, usually in vain; to come to naught); strictly nothingness; also trouble. vanity, wickedness; specifically an idol:— affliction, evil, false, idol, iniquity, mischief, mourners (- ing), naught, sorrow, unjust, unrighteous, vain, vanity, wicked (- ness).) son of Peleth (swiftness), from the tribe of Reuben (behold a son; son of Jacob). 2 They incited a rebellion against Moses, along with 250 other leaders of the community, all prominent members of the assembly. 3 They united against Moses and Aaron and said,
~~~”You have gone too far! The whole community of Israel has been set apart by the LORD, and he is with all of us. What right do you have to act as though you are greater than the rest of the LORD’s people?”~~~
4 When Moses heard what they were saying, he fell face down on the ground. 5 Then he said to Korah and his followers,
~~~”Tomorrow morning the LORD will show us who belongs to him and who is holy. The LORD will allow only those whom he selects to enter his own presence. 6 Korah, you and all your followers must prepare your incense burners. 7 Light fires in them tomorrow, and burn incense before the LORD. Then we will see whom the LORD chooses as his holy one. You Levites are the ones who have gone too far!”~~~
8 Then Moses spoke again to Korah:”Now listen, you Levites! 9 Does it seem insignificant to you that the God of Israel has chosen you from among all the community of Israel to be near him so you can serve in the LORD’s Tabernacle and stand before the people to minister to them? 10 Korah, he has already given this special ministry to you and your fellow Levites. Are you now demanding the priesthood as well? 11 The LORD is the one you and your followers are really revolting against! For who is Aaron that you are complaining about him?”
12 Then Moses summoned Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, but they replied,
~~~”We refuse to come before you! 13 Isn’t it enough that you brought us out of Egypt, a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us here in this wilderness, and that you now treat us like your subjects? 14 What’s more, you haven’t brought us into another land flowing with milk and honey. You haven’t given us a new homeland with fields and vineyards. Are you trying to fool these men? We will not come.”~~~
15 Then Moses became very angry and said to the LORD, “Do not accept their grain offerings! I have not taken so much as a donkey from them, and I have never hurt a single one of them.” 16 And Moses said to Korah,
~~~”You and all your followers must come here tomorrow and present yourselves before the LORD. Aaron will also be here. 17 You and each of your 250 followers must prepare an incense burner and put incense on it, so you can all present them before the LORD. Aaron will also bring his incense burner.”~~~
18 So each of these men prepared an incense burner, lit the fire, and placed incense on it. Then they all stood at the entrance of the Tabernacle with Moses and Aaron. 19 Meanwhile, Korah had stirred up the entire community against Moses and Aaron, and they all gathered at the Tabernacle entrance. Then the glorious presence of the LORD appeared to the whole community, 20 and the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, 21 “Get away from all these people so that I may instantly destroy them!”
22 But Moses and Aaron fell face down on the ground. “O God,” they pleaded, “you are the God who gives breath to all creatures. Must you be angry with all the people when only one man sins?”
23 And the LORD said to Moses, 24
~~~”Then tell all the people to get away from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.”~~~
25 So Moses got up and rushed over to the tents of Dathan and Abiram, followed by the elders of Israel. 26 “Quick!” he told the people.
~~~”Get away from the tents of these wicked men, and don’t touch anything that belongs to them. If you do, you will be destroyed for their sins.”~~~
27 So all the people stood back from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. Then Dathan and Abiram came out and stood at the entrances of their tents, together with their wives and children and little ones.
28 And Moses said,
~~~”This is how you will know that the LORD has sent me to do all these things that I have done- for I have not done them on my own. 29 If these men die a natural death, or if nothing unusual happens, then the LORD has not sent me. 30 But if the LORD does something entirely new and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them and all their belongings, and they go down alive into the grave, then you will know that these men have shown contempt for the LORD.”~~~
31 He had hardly finished speaking the words when the ground suddenly split open beneath them. 32 The earth opened its mouth and swallowed the men, along with their households and all their followers who were standing with them, and everything they owned. 33 So they went down alive into the grave, along with all their belongings. The earth closed over them, and they all vanished from among the people of Israel. 34 All the people around them fled when they heard their screams. “The earth will swallow us, too!” they cried. 35 Then fire blazed forth from the LORD and burned up the 250 men who were offering incense.
36 And the LORD said to Moses, 37
~~~”Tell Eleazar son of Aaron the priest to pull all the incense burners from the fire, for they are holy. Also tell him to scatter the burning coals. 38 Take the incense burners of these men who have sinned at the cost of their lives, and hammer the metal into a thin sheet to overlay the altar. Since these burners were used in the LORD’s presence, they have become holy. Let them serve as a warning to the people of Israel.”~~~
39 So Eleazar the priest collected the 250 bronze incense burners that had been used by the men who died in the fire, and he hammered them into a thin sheet to overlay the altar.
~~~40 This would warn the Israelites that no unauthorized person- no one who was not a descendant of Aaron- should ever enter the LORD’s presence to burn incense. If anyone did, the same thing would happen to him as happened to Korah and his followers.~~~
So the LORD’s instructions to Moses were carried out.
The rebellion of Korah, sets for us another example of that which was in the heart of those who would present to God strange fire. In this, these with rebellion in their hearts, were instructed by God to bring their offerings of fire, for it was what was in their hearts that God would be dealing with. These were all of the tribe of Levy. These were the ones who, when Moses called out to all of Israel, “Who is for The Lord”, it was the whole tribe of Levy that responded and as a result, they were chosen by God to be His servants.
Out of these, a man named Korah, which means “bald or baldness” which speaks of a head that is uncovered, rose up to challenge the authority of Moses. This “head uncovered” is an example of rebellion against God as he recognizes no authority but his own. A head that is uncovered speaks of shame and the absence of glory. In the New Testament, we learn that a woman’s hair is her glory and in the presence of The Lord, it must be covered or veiled as The Lord will share His glory with no one. Her hair is her own glory and must not take preeminence above God’s glory. The same is for a man. If he approaches The Lord uncovered, he is revealing his disdain for God’s authority and as such, will be rejected by The Lord. That symbol of his head being covered speaks of God as being his authority and not his own authority. This is why God has commanded in Leviticus 10 and 21, they were not to uncover their heads. It is a statement of whose they are and whom they serve.
Leviticus 21:10 (NKJV)
‘ He who is the high priest among his brethren, on whose head the anointing oil was poured and who is consecrated to wear the garments, shall not uncover his head nor tear his clothes;
Leviticus 10:6 (NKJV)
And Moses said to Aaron, and to Eleazar and Ithamar, his sons, “Do not uncover your heads nor tear your clothes, lest you die, and wrath come upon all the people. But let your brethren, the whole house of Israel, bewail the burning which the Lord has kindled.
The rebellion of Korah, as seen in the verses above, is a direct challenge against God’s anointed. They too were servants of the most High but felt they were being short-changed by Moses, as if Moses had chosen himself and not by God. This is typically the challenge of those with rebellion in their heart. It is the evidence of PRIDE. Pride refuses to submit to another but sees itself as its own authority. So it was with Korah, the uncovered one. Men, throughout the ages, have done as this man did. Rise up and challenge the authority of God and took positions of leadership in the church when God has not approved them but they have approved themselves instead. It is with this arrogance of heart that tears at the very foundations of the church today. When these men of evil hearts, assumed the role of leadership in the church, they have both undermined the purposes of God through their own rebellion as Korah did, and they have robbed the children of God of their most precious of gifts, the five fold ministry gift given by God to bring to maturity His children.
What a horror for those of us today who both participate in the fruits of this rebellion, whether knowingly or unknowingly. And for those today, who are seeking to serve their Lord and Master, not knowing that the fruits of the labors of these men and women in which they labor, can never produce the full fruits that God has intended from the beginning. It matters not whether the leaders of today are walking in the same rebellion as those who came before. For they are walking in the fruits of that rebellion and as such, can never see the fruits of their labor in the abundance that God desires. Only by removing themselves, repenting and recognizing the false system that has been set up by the wicked one and coming into that which The Lord has established through His servants, the Apostles, can any who labor in the church, see the full fruits of their labor come to fruition.
Brethren, do you see what has been revealed here? That thing, spoken of in the book of Revelation, that Jesus is calling for His people to come out of, IS THIS MYSTERY BABYLON!!! This is that wicked system of which we are warned against and although it has its roots today in the Roman system, which is a mirror of the religious system of ancient Babylon, has continued well after the rise of Protestantism. For the very form that was established in the Roman Catholic Church, is still in use today, across the world, in virtually every place that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been preached. For what form these men and women brought with them, in their order of worship, was a direct reflection of that system of worship that came as the fruit of Korah’s rebellion. Consider this before you dismiss what I am saying.
After Judas, known as Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus and died by his own hand, the remaining disciples, now known as Apostles, chose from among their own, who should be Judas’ replacement. In Acts chapter one beginning in verse 15, the process of selection took place. In verse 23, we see that two of their number were selected. In the following verses, we see the outcome:
Acts 1:24-26 (NKJV)
And they prayed and said, “You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen 25 to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.” 26 And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles.
The Apostles prayed to God, seeking direction from Him, asking Him to show them which of these two candidates were to take the place of Judas Iscariot. Consider this for moment. They did not ask God who His candidates should be but made their own selection of candidates. After they prayed, they reverted to an old, pre-Christ custom or tradition and cast lots with the lot falling on Matthias. And so, he was added to the number of apostles, bringing that number back to twelve. But was this REALLY God’s choice? The thing I find very interesting here is something we can all see what happened in the Old Testament with Moses. God instructed Moses to strike that first rock to provide water for the children of Israel in the desert. But the second time the people rose up to complain of thirst, God told Moses to SPEAK to the rock but Moses, because of his own wrath against the people, reverted to what worked before and not obeying God in what He instructed him to do this time. As a result, Moses was denied entry into the land of promise.
The fledgling Apostles, sought to replace a missing number from among themselves, made their own choices of candidates, asked God for His direction and INSTEAD of LISTENING for Him to SPEAK to them, they REVERTED to a method that was in common practice BEFORE Jesus came into their lives to reveal that God was wanting a place in their hearts to tabernacle with man. Jesus foretold of this but as before, when Moses reverted to what has worked before when God wanted to do a new thing, these Apostles, reverted to what has worked before when God was in the midst of doing a new thing. God’s choice was actually Saul of Tarsus who later became known by all as PAUL, the Apostle. He was God’s choice but the original eleven did not wait for God to tell them Himself. Consider this as well, what works of this selection of the Apostles, Matthias, have we seen that has lasted to this day? What of Paul, God’s choice? I think that the answer becomes very obvious by now. Men may choose but God’s word is the final authority over ALL THINGS! In their casting of lots, a vote was cast from men and through this, they made their choice.
This system of selection has continued to this day. It is NOT God’s way because that was superseded by Christ and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on all flesh. God is in charge yet man continues to choose amongst themselves and through the laying on of hands, make their own selections in releasing men and women into ministry AFTER they have passed the regimen for that position according to all the requirements set forth by men, which did not necessarily follow the example set forth in scripture but rather followed after their own experiences in this life.
As time went on, this selection process, removed men from waiting for that process of growth and maturity in their own lives and the receiving of God’s approval and waiting till God speaks to His people to point out to them whom He has chosen, as He did with Paul and Barnabas, to something where this long and tedious process was greatly shortened, producing men and women who would follow after the pattern of the church they now served rather than that pattern set up by the Apostles.
This pattern followed after the one established in the Roman hierarchy and system of church government which is a pattern established from ancient Babylon which also follows after the same pattern exposed in Korah’s rebellion. Men approving men. Men approving themselves and NOT waiting for the approval from the Father.
For a further explanation of the process of ministry preparation, read my blog entitled “Requirements for Ministry” found at this link:
Also, there is another excellent resource about what God is calling for the church in the order of worship He has established by the Apostles of the first century, at the following link: http://on.fb.me/17OUdDI
There is included in this discussion, a prophetic word released by myself which was first received by vision in October of 1978 for the USA and expanded for today’s church. In this, you will see what God’s plan has been since the beginning till now and He is about to release His Spirit to restore that final piece that will bring in to the church those missing parts that will enable the church to reach its goal, a mature full man, where every joint supplies, building up the whole and presenting before The Lord a victorious Bride who has made herself ready.
I would include the text of these messages here but space prohibits as Facebook is not yet able to contain so lengthy a discourse.
In conclusion, it is my prayer that God gives to you of His Spirit and that Spirit of Truth enlighten your understanding to where you will be able to see through this cloud of deception that has so blinded mankind through the centuries and open your hearts to embrace that image of the working of His church in the body of Christ first established by the first Apostles during the first century. Once God pours out of His Spirit again in the earth, many will be moved from that hidden place where He has kept them protected and brought into the open where this gospel of His kingdom and The Lord Jesus Christ, will be preached in a power and anointing not seen since the first century. These, whom God has prepared in secret and kept hidden from the church at large, will be of those who will usher in the return of Jesus Christ as He will come, not as Savior but as Judge, executing justice and the removal of all things that offend so that we, who remain and are alive will shine like the sun in his strength and rise with those who are asleep to meet The Lord in the clouds and there, forever be with The Lord. To Him who LIVES and who reigns forever and ever, be honor and strength and power and glory forever and ever. To one Jesus Christ, the King of kings and The Lord of lords.