In the book of Numbers, Chapter 16, God details the grim consequences of attempting to usurp the authority of God and those whom He has chosen to be leaders of His people.
In the story, a man named Korah from the same tribe as Moses and Aaron, decided that he was tired of Moses’ leadership. You see, God had raised up Moses and Aaron to be the leaders of His people Israel during some very difficult years. God had spent many years training and preparing Moses, who didn’t even hear God’s voice until about 80 years of age. God raised up Moses for “such a time as this”.
But Korah, whose name means frost, decided that he could do a much better job of leading the people than Moses. This is AFTER God had used Moses to bring down the 10 plagues on Egypt, to part the Red Sea, and to give Israel the 10 commandments and the pattern for the Tabernacle. Korah gathered up about 250 leaders of the assembly to stage a rebellion against God’s chosen leader, Moses. Korah accused Moses of exalting himself, which is the exact opposite of how God describes Moses in the Bible.
Numbers 16: Now Korah the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men, 2 and they stood before Moses, together with some of the sons of Israel, 250 leaders of the congregation chosen in the assembly, men of renown.
3 They assembled together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, “You have gone far enough! For all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is in their midst; so why do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the Lord?”
Let us recall that in Numbers 12:3, Moses is described as the most humble man on the face of the earth.
Numbers 12:3: (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any person who was on the face of the earth.)
Hebrews 11:24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the temporary pleasures of sin, 26 considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he persevered, as though seeing Him who is unseen. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch them.
Clearly Korah and his followers, the other men of the assembly, wanted to have what they perceived to be ultimate power and authority! Korah was staging a REBELLION. They were not satisfied that God had already placed them in positions influence, using them in the service of the Tabernacle and ministering to the people. This was a great honor for the Levites. But no, Korah and his followers desired to be “top dog”.
Numbers 16:8: Then Moses said to Korah, “Hear now, you sons of Levi: 9 Is it too small an honor for you that the God of Israel has singled you out from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to Himself, to perform the service of the tabernacle of the Lord, and to stand before the congregation to minister to them; 10 and that He has brought you near, Korah, and all your brothers, sons of Levi, with you?
But are you seeking the priesthood as well? 11 Therefore you and your whole group are the ones gathered together against the Lord; but as for Aaron, who is he, that you grumble against him?”
Members of Korah’s rebellion accused Moses of placing himself in a position of authority, denying that it was God Almighty who placed Moses there. This was really quite astounding since God had made it very, very crystal clear that He was WITH Moses. By leading this revolt against God’s appointed leaders, Korah was actually leading a rebellion against God (Numbers 16:11).
Numbers 16:19: So Korah assembled all the congregation against them (Moses and Aaron) at the entrance of the tent of meeting. And the glory of the Lord appeared to all the congregation.
God then spoke to Moses and Aaron…
Numbers 16:20: Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 21 “Separate yourselves from among this congregation, so that I may consume them instantly.” 22 But they fell on their faces and said, “God, the God of the spirits of humanity, when one person sins, will You be angry with the entire congregation?”
God was understandably angry. He had raised up Moses and Aaron to be His appointed leaders. He spent many years training and preparing them for the work that HE had for them. He had been kind and gracious to Korah and the other Levites in the Assembly, allowing for them to minister in the Tabernacle and to the people…and still, that wasn’t good enough. They plotted to overthrow God’s appointed leaders and make THEMSELVES the leader. In effect, they were rebelling against God, which invited God’s Righteous Judgement against them.
Moses and Aaron begged God to spare the Congregation from His Wrath. In His mercy, God then told Moses to WARN the congregation to separate themselves from the dwelling places of Korah and his cohorts.
Why? Because God was about to judge the rebels!
Numbers 16:23: Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 24 “Speak to the congregation, saying, ‘Get away from the areas around the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.’”
25 Then Moses arose and went to Dathan and Abiram, with the elders of Israel following him, 26 and he spoke to the congregation, saying, “Get away now from the tents of these wicked men, and do not touch anything that belongs to them, or you will be swept away in all their sin
What then ensued SENT SHOCKWAVES throughout the entire CONGREGATION.
Somewhat frightened, the people LISTENED and MOVED AWAY from the rebel leaders’ dwelling places. Moses reminded the people that this was not his doing, this was from the Lord. He told the people that if these rebels die a normal death, the type that all mankind die from, then God did not send him.
BUT…If God does something entirely new by the ground OPENING ITS MOUTH and SWALLOWING THEM UP, then they would know that the men had disrespected the LORD.
Numbers 16:30: But if the Lord brings about an entirely new thing and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them with everything that is theirs, and they descend alive into Sheol, then you will know that these men have been disrespectful to the Lord.”
I think we can guess where this is going. The Ground opened up and swallowed all of these rebels, and everything they owned. Furthermore, “fire came out from the LORD” and consumed the other 250 men who were party to Korah’s rebellion. The rest of the Israelites were terrified and fled (Numbers 16:31-35).
Needless to say, this rebellion didn’t go well. God is patient, merciful, graceful, and loving…but He is also RIGHTEOUS and HOLY, something much of today’s Church seems to have forgotten. It is NEVER a good idea to attempt to overthrow through crooked and evil means, those whom the Lord has placed in positions of authority and power. God views any effort to purposely subvert HIS WILL as a rebellion against HIM.
It should have been very obvious that Moses and Aaron were placed in a position of power by God Almighty. Anyone with eyes to see would realize that Moses didn’t place himself there. Remember, Moses had been the adopted son of an Egyptian Pharoah. As far as wealth, power and worldly pursuits, Moses had had it all. He grew up with a silver spoon in his mouth (so to speak). But he gave all of that up to follow God’s call and purpose for his life.
- God used Moses and Aaron to help bring His people out of Egyptian bondage and slavery
- God performed Mighty Miracles through them.
- God used them to turn the people back to His Laws and ways.
- God supernaturally protected them during times of trouble
This story has as much relevance today as it did some 3500 years ago. God does not allow evil, wicked people to usurp His authority and illegally place themselves in positions of power and leadership through subversion, deception, or any other means. God does allow evil people to be kings; however, only when it is His Will to do so.
If God has anointed a person to be a leader, and that person is removed by hook and by crook and through WICKED, subversive means against the Will of God, then we can expect a similar result to what happened in Korah’s rebellion. In korah’s rebellion, God struck and all of Israel was shocked. They hadn’t seen it coming. Of course, at that time they didn’t have God’s written Word to guide them as we do. When we see these types of events happen today, following a similar pattern, we who know God’s Word should listen to GOD, understand His Righteous Judgement as did Moses, and WARN the people to move away from the tents of those who orchestrated such wicked rebellion.
Today, we know that there is a wealthy man who had everything the world has to offer, and yet like Moses, gave it all up to instead help lead his nation. He was raised up and anointed by God to restore peace, prosperity, and Biblical values to a nation who had been “fundementally changed” to something that is quite honestly antichrist.
Do we know for sure what will happen in the days and weeks ahead? No. But like in the days of Korah’s rebellion, this man who has been anointed by God, and who has also been falsely accused by “The Assembly”, is being forcibly removed from office through wicked and subversive means. In-fact, a planned riot just occurred that this man had nothing to do with, and yet they want to USE IT to not only remove him from office, but “crucify” him AND all who support him.
How do we know this attack was planned? Three reasons.
- It totally took the attention off of the true situation, election fraud and illegality
- The media completely ignored months of rioting, burning down buildings, killing and looting (calling them “peaceful protests”), but is now non-stop talking about what happened in the Capital? Something doesn’t pass the ‘smell test‘.
- It’s being used as a means to remove the President PRIOR TO the inauguration ….AND as an excuse to cancel, ban, censor, and persecute his supporters.
What happens now? We can’t say for sure, but if we are following a similar pattern to Korah’s rebellion in Numbers Chapter 16, then I would not want to be anywhere near those who participated in this wicked scheme. In-fact, we PRAY for ALL those who have given themselves over to this rebellion against God, to REPENT, seek the Lord’s mercy and be saved! Will the ground open up and swallow them in a giant sink-hole? Strangely enough, a giant sinkhole did open up yesterday in Naples Italy just two days after this rebellion. Warning sign? It is notable that the Big Tech firms (Silicon Valley) who have supported, financed, and spear-headed this rebellion are located primarily on the West Coast of the United States sitting precariously on the “Ring of Fire”. Will fire fall from the sky and consume all who participated? What about a massive earthquake or tsunami? We do not know which is why we pray for REPENTANCE and MERCY! Scripture tells us that eventually ALL who rebel against God will be thrown into the fierce wrath of God’s righteous judgment.
God’s Will shall be done on earth as it is in Heaven.
In this story, there was one other supernatural event that made God’s Will very clear to the people. After the wicked rebels were swallowed up by the ground, the people blamed Moses for this “act of God”. They were scared, but they still did not know who to “follow”.
As it turns out, the issue was settled in a really cool way, one that stayed with Israel for a very long time. God had the leader of every Tribe turn in his “staff” or “rod” with his tribe’s name on it, 12 sticks for the 12 tribes of Israel. Whoever’s rod budded or bloomed, THAT would be Israel’s leader. The people were looking for BLOOMS!
Numbers 17: Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the sons of Israel, and obtain from them a staff for each father’s household: twelve staffs, from all their leaders for their fathers’ households. You shall write each man’s name on his staff, 3 and write Aaron’s name on the staff of Levi; for there is to be one staff for the head of each of their fathers’ households. 4 You shall then leave them in the tent of meeting in front of the testimony, where I meet with you. 5 And it will come about that the staff of the man whom I choose will sprout.
What ended up happening was nothing short of reMARKable. The next day, Aaron’s staff not only sprouted with Almond buds, but then the blossoms turned into full blown flowers, and finally a fully ripe almond all in a single day. In the natural, this is not possible, but nothing is impossible with God. God was making it CLEAR that Aaron and Moses were his anointed leaders in that generation, a demonstration of the POWER and AUTHORITY of God Almighty, the One who gives LIFE.
Numbers 17: 8 Now on the next day Moses went into the tent of the testimony; and behold, Aaron’s staff for the house of Levi had sprouted and produced buds and bloomed with blossoms, and it yielded ripe almonds.
God then had Moses keep Aaron’s staff in front in the Tabernacle as a reminder not to rebel against God and die. In-fact, it’s recorded later in the Bible that Aaron’s rod that budded was kept in the Ark of the Covenant, WITH the 10 commandments for hundreds of years.
Hebrews 9:3: Behind the second veil there was a tabernacle which is called the Most Holy Place, 4 having a golden altar of incense and the ark of the covenant covered on all sides with gold, in which was a golden jar holding the manna, Aaron’s staff which budded, and the tablets of the covenant;
Now, there are many people who think that this type of pattern is reserved only for the church or Israel. After-all, the President is a secular leader, right? The truth is President Trump is the leader of a nation that chose God (Mayflower compact) and was built on Judeo/Christian values, regardless of what the mainstream media reports. Moses was the leader of Israel, a nation whom God chose. Israel and the USA are “sister nations” as Jews and Gentiles are “sisters”. Jews just don’t yet know their MESSIAH JESUS, but many soon will! President Trump supports and defends Biblical values (not saying he’s perfect, which he is not), is PRO-LIFE, against human trafficking, is PRO-ISRAEL, against lawlessness, supports religious freedom, is against censorship, supports democracy, and is against communism and tyranny. This President openly speaks of his faith in Jesus Christ and the Bible. He made “Merry Christmas” fashionable again instead of “Happy Holidays”, and he boldly declared he would kneel for the Cross and stand for the flag. Like Josiah, his first act when he moved into the White House was to tear down the high places that had been set up by previous Presidents.
Over these past 4 years, God has been dividing sheep and goats. He has drawn a line in the sand, do we follow Biblical values, family, God, country, democracy and freedom? Or, do we advance a globalist, antichrist agenda that supports unBiblical values, communism/marxism, censorship, “cancel culture”, abortion (child sacrifce), and tyranny? Our choice isn’t about a particular President or leader, but it is about Biblical values. If we truly believe in Jesus Christ and the Word of God (Bible), then we should support leaders who advocate and defend BIBLICAL values – regardless of whether or not the media demonizes them. We’re not here to win a popularity contest. We’re here to GLORIFY JESUS CHRIST.
Interestingly in this fight, the loudest, most persistent /powerful voices, the Mainstream media👿 , have advocated non-stop FOR an antichrist agenda, that they promote as “good, fair, tolerant, and right”. In contrast, they portray Biblical values as “fascist, evil, biggoted, and just plain wrong.
God anointed this President (and others) to lead the nation and the world back towards Jesus in these last days. But the opposition has been fierce, and many, many, MANY people have believed the lies of the Mainstream Media who is labeling all Trump supporters and Christians as “violent Conspiracy theorists” who need to be “cancelled”. This will eventually expand to unprecedented levels of Christian persection. This is not new as the Roman Emporer Nero used this exact same strategy in ancient Rome after he burned down the city. He blamed the Christians, just as the media is vehemently blaming Trump and his supporters for what happened in the Capital on January 6, 2020.
But still, God has the final word. We have been in the valley of decison for several years. Are we going to follow Jesus, and support the man whom God placed in the Oval office? Do we love God’s Word? Do we believe in Biblical values? Or, are do we want to look like the world and be “popular”, ignoring the EVIDENCE that has been produced, supporting “Korah’s rebellion”?
Potentially related to this, I have a dream to share that I had on January 4, 2020. Please pray for discernment. This could be nothing, or it could be from God, having a prophetic nature to it as God’s people are offered the gift of prophecy from the Holy Spirit. God also promised His people dreams and visions in the Last Days (Joel 2/Acts 2).
If this is a prophetic dream, it could be fulfilled literally or figuratively, just as God’s judgement for “Korah’s rebellion” could be fulfilled literally or figuratively. Only God knows.
In the dream, I was auditioning for a part in a play. There were others trying out too. I was given a number for my tryout, almost like the type of number you would have in a fitting room at a store. My number was #45.
After a waiting period, the person in front of me was actively trying out, and I was “on deck” (next). It was then that the realization came that I had left the number behind, or forgotten to bring it with me. We had to show our number to the people in charge before we could try out. Really wanting the part, I hurredly ran back to try to find the missing #45.
By the time I had retrieved the number and returned to try out, it was too late…somebody else had gotten the part. Discouraged, I left. But then, something happened (some kind of attack against the play) and everyone in the play was killed – directors, actors, etc..
Thank God I wasn’t there! I Picked up the phone and tried to warn the producer to get out of there before it was too late.
We need to wait and see how this will all play out. Things are not always as they seem. The enemy has made his move...now it’s God’s turn.
In the valley of decision, we each must make a choice, who are we going to follow? What are we going to believe? Which “team” are we on? The choice is yours and mine. Choose wisely.
As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.