BALAAM

 

Extracts and comments from Revelations Chp. 2:14  

 

2.14

But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of (a)Balaam who taught Balak to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel (b)to eat things sacrificed to Idols, and to commit fornication. 

(a)  Balaam; who consorted with divination of all kinds, was forced by the Almighty to do His bidding for Israel, when he had been commissioned by Balak to curse them by Satan's power.  Three times he blessed Israel, and also prophesied their ultimate survival and conquest at the end of an Age.  The reference to Balaam's effect (stumbling block) is Num. 25:1-3, with its result in the rest of the Chapter.  Therefore, although Balaam was used of Jehovah, he was of Satan, and the subsequent result was of Satan, in the plague on Israel.  Balaam was a Hittite chieftain, and therefore possibly influenced by Nephilim! 

(b)  These sins were central to Israel's failures.   Satan again attempting to repeat his earlier successes.

 

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