VI.E.6 Sin’s Forsaking of the Covenant; the Worship of Demons

  Part VI – TRANSITIONAL ASPECTS OF THE LAMP-STAND MODEL

Subpart E –  MESSIAH – BODY; Trumpets unto Day of Atonement

Article 6 – Sin’s Forsaking of the Covenant; the Worship of Demons

By Daniel Irving

a.   The Lord God of Hosts & the Day of Atonement

b.  Yom Kippur; Mourning & Atonement

c.  Eating of Things Sacrificed to Idols

d.  Works of Unbelief as Demon-Worship

e.  The Acceptable Sacrifice is Made at the Door

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Section (f) –  The Lost Day of Atonement; Sin’s Forsaking of the Covenant

a.  The Lord God of Hosts & the Day of Atonement

The prophecy of Isaiah tells of a tragic day wherein some called unto salvation default on God’s provision for their redemption; a time when the Holy Spirit moves upon them but is not met with  repentance.  We read:

 And in that day did the Lord God of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth;  And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine; let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we shall die.    And it was revealed in mine ears by the Lord of hosts, Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you till ye die, saith the Lord God of hosts.                                                                                                   Is. 22:12-14

What distracted these from this critical day through which God would have brought them into His righteousness, His peace, and the joy that is His kingdom?[1]  This “day” that we are called to “weeping and mourning” is a day decreed to us by the “Lord God of hosts” and is typified in the Law by the Day of Atonement.  Why does the Lord invoke this title “Lord God of Hosts” with reference to this “day” of repentance to which He has called his people?

The title “Lord God of Hosts” is a combination of two more commonly used titles for Christ.  Jesus Christ is the “Lord of Hosts” and He is the “Lord God”.   A study of the title “Lord of hosts” will show it to emphasize Christ’s role as sanctifier of His elect.  On the other hand, the title “Lord God” emphasizes His relationship to the nations that remain estranged from God.  Its first-occurrence in the Psalms comes in the context of God’s judgment upon the heathen as outside of Christ.

  Thou therefore, O Lord God of hosts; the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah.                                                                                       Ps. 59:5

However the title denotes both power and authority for judgment unto sanctification as well, therefore we find it used in the context of the judgment of God; whether unto perdition or unto sanctification of His elect:

O Lord God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people?                                                                                     Ps. 80:4

  Turn us again, O Lord God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; & we shall be saved.                                                                                     Ps. 80:19

Mankind at large, under Law and operating under the principles of Sin and Death can only apprehend Christ as the Almighty God, ie. “Lord God”; the title He took upon Himself at creation.  Through this title, they may apprehend God in terms of judgment upon their works and in terms of their failure to fulfill the purposes of their creation before God.  Yet here in this prophecy, Christ refers to Himself using both titles; as if the words of the prophecy form the crux of the issue of the soul’s ultimate disposition before God.  The issue is eternal sanctification verses reprobation.

b.  Yom Kippur; Mourning & Atonement

After uttering a stern warning to those near unto God’s works that they refrain from scoffing “lest [their] fetters be made stronger”, why would prophecy follow up this warning with a reference to Christ as “the Lord God of Hosts”?  The implication is that a vital turning-point has appeared in which God will either manifest Himself in a way of sanctification or in a way of judgment unto perdition.  For scoffing is an act demonstrating unbelief.  Scoffing in the presence of “the Lord God of hosts” will dispossess the man of the means of eternal life held forth in Christ.

“He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.  And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, & men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their deeds were evil.”        John 3:18-19

Men therefore come into precarious circumstances when they exhibit unbelief in the presence of the witness of Christ.  The Lord often gave men a word of warning when they exhibited unbelief in His presence.   NicodemasConsider His phrase; “do not marvel”, which the Lord first uses when conversing at night with the Jewish ruler, Nicodemas.   Nicodemas took it as incredulous that a person could “enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born”.  The Lord thereafter told him:

Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again’.  The wind blows where it wishes & you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from & where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”    John 3:7-8

Christ would be the Sanctifier of His people.  The context is therefore sanctification via the Spirit of God, which has its Levitical type in the “Day of Atonement” (Yom Kippur).  The following scripture of prophecy comes within the context of the Lord’s sanctification of His people, which is particularly a call to weeping, and to mourning”.[2]  Might “weeping” be a sanctifying-principle?  Consider the Lord’s sermon:

Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh . . . Woe unto you that laugh now!  For ye shall mourn and weep.           Luke 6:21 &25

We are promised a day of weeping that laughter may come.  This promised-day of the Spirit of God bringing His kingdom to bear upon the soul is typified in the Hebrew observance called the “Day of Atonement” (Yom Kippur) of which God directed Moses:

On exactly the tenth day of the seventh month is the Day of Atonementit shall be a holy convocation for you, and you shall humble your souls and present an offering by fire to the Lord.   Neither shall you do any work on this same day, for it is a Day of Atonement, to make atonement on your behalf before the Lord your God.  For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people.                     Lev. 23:27-2

The Day of Atonement is that day God has decreed for the His people that their soul be afflicted for the purposes of receiving the atonement and the manifestation of His holiness.  This is a day when we relinquish in fact what we had afore relinquished in principle, ie. the Law as our justification.

The prophecy of Isaiah makes allusion to the wearing of sackcloth as a symbol for the true repentance brought through the convicting-work of the Holy Spirit.  This does not merely signify a change of opinion or even a change of heart.  Sackcloth rather represents the affliction-of-soul experienced through God establishing us within a new spiritual-governance that is His Spirit and His righteousness.  This is the meaning of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

c.  Eating of Things Sacrificed to Idols

There is painful irony in the observation that by refusing sackcloth, those of whom this prophecy refers actually exclude themselves from the true joy of the Holy Spirit that comes through the revelation of the sufficiency of Jesus Christ.  David prophesies through the Holy Ghost:

Thou hast turned for me my mourning[3] into dancing:  thou hast put off my sackcloth, & girded me with gladness;       Ps 30:11 

Yet for those that are the subject of Isaiah’s prophecy, these have found their joy in this present age.  These are living as if there were no resurrection after which to hope.

Recall that at the time the apostles were formulating an official statement from Jerusalem pertaining to the Gentile converts to Christ, they laid down three rules.   We read in the book of Acts that it was their judgment that a system of rules not be laid on their backs:                              

  But that we write unto them, that they:  abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, & from blood.         Acts 15:20

To abstain from “things strangled” and to abstain “from blood” would appear the very same thing.  The reason to abstain; “from things strangled” is to abstain from eating what retains its blood.

There is something peculiar about what the apostles say to the Gentiles.  There is an apparent contradiction between these instructions and other Scripture which declares that what we eat is without spiritual significance.  Jesus Christ declared all foods clean.

Listen to Me, all of you, and understand.  There is nothing outside the man which going into him can defile him; But the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man.   If any man has ears to hear, let him hear.        Mark 7:14-16

And if this statement were not clear enough, Mark’s gospel drives the point harder home by adding; “Thus He declared all foods clean.” (v.19).  This principle was also firmly maintained by the apostle Paul who declared that there is nothing that is not clean for the eating so long as it is taken with thanks.  Paul even referred expressly to those things sacrificed to idols.

Therefore concerning the eating of things sacrificed to idolswe know that there is no such thing as an idol in the world, and that there is no God but one.                                                                                       I Cor 8:4

Paul’s words declaring “things sacrificed to idols” as without the ability to defile are in agreement with the Lord’s words declaring that nothing a man can eat can defile him.  Therefore there must be a figurative meaning that is involved in the eating of “things sacrificed to idols”.   What does Paul say on this issue of eating things so sacrificed?

 But food will not commend us to God; We are neither the worse if we do not eat, nor the better if we do eat.                                       I Cor 8:8

Paul states the matter plainly; there is nothing inherently-wrong in the literal eating of something that was literally sacrificed to an idol, except if and when it brings an offense to conscience.  Therefore we know that Christ; in speaking to the churches of Pergamos and Thyatira spoke figuratively in condemning the eating of “things sacrificed to idols”.[4]

This raises the question of what is the meaning of eating things sacrificed to idols so as to cause defilement.   The answer to this question may be found in the same place where the Lord declared all foods to be clean.  In that place he explained:

For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness.  All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.”          Mark 7:20-23

The issue is not what goes out from the man literally-speaking, therefore neither is the issue what goes into the man literally-speaking.  The real issue is what goes out from the man figuratively-speaking.  Therefore, the issue is (conversely) what goes into the man figuratively-speaking.  And this is the real and intended meaning behind the concept of eating things sacrificed to idols, ie. what goes into the man that would lead to his defilement by what comes out.

What is it that could go into the man that would cause true defilement to proceed out from the same?  Recall the Lord’s words elsewhere after the Pharisees had blasphemed the Holy Ghost.[5]  He said:

O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.   A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.   But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.                                                                                       Matt. 12:34-36

In this we perceive the flip side; the consequence of eating “things sacrificed to idols”.  The defilements of; evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness are those things that constitute the product of eating “things sacrificed to idols”.  Therefore what might we allegorically eat that would fill our heart with this “evil treasure”?   What might produce an output of “sensuality”?  Sensual input.   Even modern-learning acknowledges this, and it is certainly a spiritual truth as well.  If we are indulging our natural inclination toward gossip and slander, we are eating something sacrificed to an idol, and this spirit will gain access into us that it may work the defilement of proceeding out from us.  If we are exposing ourselves to sensuality, pride, or foolishness, these will also come out from us to defile a good conscious before God; a good conscience that was purchased through the sacrifice of Christ’s offering on the cross.  We are taken out of communion with God just as the children of Israel were taken out of their path with God when they sinned at Baal-Peor.

The spirit of this present age holds a vital-interest in feeding the spirit-baptized with its evil treasure of; fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness, and does so through the increasingly effective means of modern technology.

The world operates in darkness under the spirit of unbelief from whence arises those governing principles of materialism, humanism, rationalism, etc. which will not endure the intrusion of such principles as sin, atonement, sanctification, etc.  The world will not endure consideration of those things for which Jesus Christ entered the world, and therefore the world must remain within darkness; blind to the dreadfulness of its own corruption; closed unto God’s provision and without the light of the Holy Spirit.  In the ignorance of this condition, the world feeds upon earthen-interests, desires, and passions and so shares its table with demons.  Paul writes:Demon 01

But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, & not to God:  & I would not that you should have fellowship with devils.   You cannot drink the cup of the Lord, & the cup of devils;  & you cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, & of the table of devils.       I Cor. 10:20-21

Paul’s context in not the literal eating of a particular-meat or the drinking of a particular wine.  His context is the spiritual idolatry of sin.[6]  But as to an idol itself, that is nothing!

What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?                             I Cor. 10:19

By feeding upon the sacrifices of this world we share in the table of demons and it is through this means that spiritual defilement issues forth.  From the pit of unbelief rises the antichrist-mind of materialism and humanism.  And this is the wellspring of sin of which Christ spoke when he listed: evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness.  These are the product of eating “things sacrificed to idols” and the true table of demons that Paul warned the Corinthians against partaking in.  When we join in the spiritual drunkenness of this world’s thoughts, culture, entertainment, politics, philosophies, etc. We are eating from the plate and drinking from the spirit of this world, producing the consequences of sin and death. We are eating things sacrificed to idols at the cost of our sanctification and at the loss of eternal life.

d.  Works of Unbelief as Demon-Worship

We must understand the world is fundamentally under the control of Satan.  This seems to be a difficult-truth for professing-Christians to apprehend:

We know that whosoever is born of God sins not;  but he that is begotten of God keeps himself, & that wicked one touches him not.   & we know that we are of God, & the whole world lies in wickedness.              I John 5:18-19

Lying in wickedness and continuing in sin, the world worships demons.  We read in Revelation that despite the judgment of God, men . . .

yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils . .                                                                                    Rev. 9:20

This is a remarkable statement as it establishes an association between two things which we do not normally associate, ie. the “works of men’s hands” are associated with the “worship of demons”.  While we might view demon-worship as something akin to bowing down before an idol, Scripture regards demon-worship rather as evil works performed by the unrepentant heart.  Apparently, our works are more condemnable that we understand; otherwise, the presence of Jesus Christ among the people would not have been such a contrast so as to cause the writer to the Hebrews to urge us to:

. . .  consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself lest you be wearied & faint in your minds.          Heb 12:3 

The Lord Jesus Christ was the light that shown upon the darkness of this present age.  He was not merely a perfect-performer of truth in the midst of an imperfect world!  His walk in this world was the one true and effectual spiritual-witness that illuminated the darkness, revealing the damnability of sin’s corruption.  Therefore, the only response man can offer God is faith; faith in the atonement offered by that light sent once into the world.

e.  The Acceptable Sacrifice is Made at the Door

Because of these things God told the Israelites that all sacrifices were to be at the door of the tabernacle of meeting.  This commandment was given for the reason as follows:

And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils after whom they have gone a whoring.   This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations.                                                                                      Lev 17:7

This provision of the Law begins by a portrayal of two contrasting places to sacrifice a goat; either at the door of the tent, or (essentially) anyplace else.  As to anyplace else, this was not acceptable, and constituted a sacrifice unto devils.  We read:

What man soever there be of the house of Israel, that kills an ox, or lamb, or goat,  in the camp, or that kills it out of the camp, & brings it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation,  to offer an offering unto the LORD before the tabernacle of the LORD;  blood shall be imputed unto that man; he has shed blood; & that man shall be cut off from among his people:                   Lev. 17:3-4

What is signified by the “door”?               The Lord Jesus Christ, Who said:

 “I am the door; by Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, & shall go in & out, & find pasture.”                       John 10:9

Therefore, what is signified in bringing the sacrifice to the door of the tabernacle?  Performing the act (ie. work) in the true knowledge and apprehension of the Person and work of Jesus Christ.  Having our works in accordance with Truth, and operating in that Spirit.  Therefore when we perform our works in the knowledge of Christ, they are acceptable as well-pleasing unto God, whose word to us is:

  But to do good and to communicate forget not:  for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.                               Heb 13:16

Acceptable works may not be performed but through the true knowledge of Jesus Christ.  Therefore Israel (ie. the body of Christ) is ordained for this purpose.  And somehow – mystically – these constitute priestly sacrifices unto God:

You also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood,  to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.          I Peter 2:5

The sacrifice made in the knowledge of Jesus Christ is spiritual and acceptable to God.  Therefore everything we undertake is to be performed “at the door”:

  To the end that the children of Israel may bring their sacrifices, which they offer in the open field, even that they may bring them unto the LORD,  unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest, & offer them for peace offerings unto the LORD.                                           Lev 17:5

And if all of our works are performed in this manner; in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, and the apprehension of His work on the cross, then our works will constitute something pleasing unto God.

And the priest shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar of the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, & burn the fat for a sweet savor unto the LORD.                                                                                     Lev 17:6 

Works performed in the abiding knowledge and apprehension of the Person and purposes of Jesus Christ constitute; “such sacrifices [in which] God is well pleased”.

But what is true of those works performed apart from an abiding knowledge of the Person and work of Jesus Christ?  They are unacceptable.  And as they are offered increasingly in contradiction to the Truth so they are increasingly made an offering unto demons.  Therefore we begin to perceive that this world is so afield of godliness that it has no perspective.  What it calls “devil worship” is something bizarre and sensational.  What God calls “devil worship” is the standard service which the world offers to sin, and all its works performed in contradiction to the Truth.  And so, the apostle Paul explains to the Corinthians that the the unbelievers of the world, as closed off from the light of the Holy Ghost, render their service and sacrifices to what they do not understand.  He writes:

But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, & not to God:  & I would not that you should have fellowship with devils.    You cannot drink the cup of the Lord, & the cup of devils;  & you cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, & of the table of devils.               I Cor. 10:20-21

Notice this three-fold aspect of the world’s sacrifices that are the works they perform in the service of devils.  Paul specifies; 1) the fellowship with devils”, 2) “the cup of devils”, and 3) “the table of devils”.  Notice how this presents an antithetical correlation to partaking in the unity of the Holy Spirit.

If the “table of the Lord” is the feeding upon His truth in order to be conformed to His holy nature, then what – inferentially – is the “table of devils?”  This would be the feeding upon the “lie” that results in our being conformed to his profaned image.  Jesus told the Jews:

“Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear My word.   You are of your father the devil, & you want to do the desires of your father.   He was a murderer from the beginning, & does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; For he is a liar, & the father of lies.  But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me.”                                                                                       John 8:43-45

The “lie” constitutes a deception that is spiritual.  As the prophecy goes; “a deceived heart has turned [them] aside”.[7]  Therefore, there is also a; cup of devils” that stands as the alternative to the Lord’s cup.   If the “cup of the Lord” is to imbibe His Spirit, then what would be the “cup of devils”?  To walk-in, and to indulge the thoughts, words, and deeds of the flesh.   Those that walk in the flesh are all those that; “do not repent of the works of their hands, so as not to worship demons”.[8] The “works of their hands” being their own works as opposed to those wrought in Christ.  The “repentance” being itself that wrought by the agency of the Spirit of Christ.

In light of these things, do we perceive why some that were called unto salvation were nonetheless rendered incapable of keeping their day of the Lord’s visitation?  They continued at the table of this world when they had been called to the table of God’s Son. 

And in that day did the Lord God of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth;  And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine; let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we shall die.   And it was revealed in mine ears by the Lord of hosts, Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you till ye die, saith the Lord God of hosts.                                                                                                  Is. 22:12-14


[1] Romans 14:17

[2] Isaiah 22:12

[3] This is the same Hebrew that is translated; “mourning” in the KJV of Isaiah 22:12.

[4] Revelation 2:14 & 2:20

[5] Matthew 12:24  “But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, “This fellow doth not cast out devils but by Beelzebub the prince of devils.”

[6] E.g. (v.8) Neither let us commit fornication . . (v.10) nor grumble . . (v.13) No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man.  (v.14) Therefore my beloved, flee from idolatry.

[7] Isaiah 44:20

[8] Revelation 9:20

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About Lamp-Stand

I was converted to the faith of Jesus Christ in 1982 at which time I received water baptism and Spirit baptism. In the Spring of 2008 I was led of the Spirit through a process of repentance upon which I had an encounter with Christ that worked a profound change upon my inner being. I became aware that I had been forgiven a great debt of sin. I soon felt the Lord's direction that I close my office that my energies not be divided from the study of doctrine.
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